13th zodiac sign discovered by NASA, shifting the signs of many birthdays
Sept. 27, 201601:37
The dates for the Western zodiac calendar have, it turns out, shifted, with each one starting later — like, a lot later. If you were a Capricorn born in early to mid-January, you’re now a Sagittarius.
NASA broke the news early this year in a blog post that explained that when ancient Babylonians created the zodiac over 3,000 years ago, they wanted dates on the calendar to correspond with star constellations. But, there were 13 constellations, and they were working with a 12-month calendar.
NASA also pointed out that the Earth’s axis doesn’t even point in the same direction as it did when the original constellations were drawn, so all our signs have different date ranges now anyway.
“Here at NASA, we study astronomy, not astrology. We didn’t change any zodiac signs, we just did the math.”
Has your zodiac sign REALLY changed with new Ophiuchus constellation?
Oh, and there’s a new 13th astrological sign now: Ophiuchus. But those of you born between Nov. 29 to Dec. 17, you’re all now Ophiuchus-es.
Here are the brand-new astrological dates and signs,
Old: Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)
New: Capricorn: Jan. 20 to Feb. 16
Old: Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)
New: Aquarius: Feb. 16 to March 11
Old: Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
New: Pisces: March 11 to April 18
Old: Aries (March 21 – April 19)
New: Aries: April 18 to May 13
Old: Taurus (April 20 – May 20)
New: Taurus: May 13 to June 21
Old: Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
New: Gemini: June 21 to July 20
Old: Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
New: Cancer: July 20 to Aug. 10
Old: Leo (July 23 – August 22)
New: Leo: Aug. 10 to Sept. 16
Old: Virgo (August 23 – September 22)
New: Virgo: Sept. 16 to Oct. 30
Old: Libra (September 23 – October 22)
New: Libra: Oct. 30 to Nov. 23
Old: Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)
New: Scorpio: Nov. 23 to Nov. 29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29 to Dec. 17
Old: Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
New: Sagittarius: Dec. 17 to Jan. 20
Ophiuchus and some of the fixed stars in it were sometimes used by some astrologers in antiquity as extra-zodiacal indicators (i.e. astrologically significant celestial phenomena lying outside of the 12-sign zodiac proper). The constellation is described in the astrological poem of Marcus Manilius: the Astronomica, which is dated to around 10 AD.
Later in his poem, Manilius describes the astrological influence of Ophiuchus, when the constellation is in its rising phase, as one which offers affinity with snakes and protection from poisons, saying “he renders the forms of snakes innocuous to those born under him.
They will receive snakes into the folds of their flowing robes, and will exchange kisses with these poisonous monsters and suffer no harm”. A later 4th century astrologer, known as Anonymous of 379, associated “the bright star of Ophiuchus”, Ras Alhague (α Ophiuchi), with doctors, healers or physicians (ἰατρῶν), which may have been because of the association between poisons and medicines.
Based on the 1930 IAU constellation boundaries, suggestions that “there are really 13 astrological signs” because “the Sun is in the sign of Ophiuchus” between November 30 and December 18 have been published since at least the 1970s.
In 1970, Stephen Schmidt in his Astrology 14 advocated a 14-sign zodiac, introducing Ophiuchus (December 6 to December 31) and Cetus (May 12 to June 6) as new signs.
The idea appears to have originated in 1970 with Stephen Schmidt’s suggestion of a 14-sign zodiac, with it also including Cetus as a sign. A 13-sign zodiac has been suggested by Walter Berg and by Mark Yazaki in 1995, a suggestion that achieved some popularity in Japan, where Ophiuchus is known as Hebitsukai-Za “The Serpent Bearer”).