13th Zodiac Sign: Ophiuchus….?

“I will not settle for being a PISCES!! I’m so sad! I want to stay an ARIES!!”

“Eww I’m a Taurus!!! NOOOOOO!!!

          These were just a couple of the status updates that we saw all across the social web on January 14th, when news started to come out of the addition of a 13th zodiac sign. The new sign was called Ophiuchus. Now for some this may not matter, but for those people who avidly check their horoscope or even have a tattoo of their zodiac sign this was bad news because it initially meant a shift in zodiac signs for everyone.

So why do we have the new zodiac sign?

             According to the initial comments made by an astronomer by the name of Parke Kunkle from Minnesota, the Earth has been wobbling slightly on its axis due to the gravitational pulls from the Moon; thereby changing its position with relation to the Sun. According to him the change has been enough to change the dates of zodiac signs and has also made it necessary to add a 13th sign, Ophiuchus.

So is this really “new” news? Does this mean we have different horoscopes readings/signs?

        No, because according to popular astronomers such as Susan Miller as well as the more recent clarified statements made by Parke Kunkle stated that  none of this is actual new information, and according to them “astronomers have known this since 130 B.C”. Furthermore, this has no effect on our horoscope readings here in the West because Western astrologers use the Tropical zodiac where as Vedic astrologers, such as those based in India use the Sidereal zodiac. “The Tropical zodiac is based on the movement of the seasons where as the Sidereal zodiac is based on the actual positioning of the stars.” This is important because as the Earth shifts Vedic astrology changes along with it. So while this 13th sign might be important to Vedic astrologers, to us in the West nothing changes and our zodiac signs and dates stay intact.

              Hopefully this will clear up any concerns that you may have had about your sign. I also think this serves as a great reminder for all of us on the importance of always doing our research before we get caught up in all the media hoopla that surrounds us.

2 responses to “13th Zodiac Sign: Ophiuchus….?

  1. Another interesting thing about horoscopes and research is that studies (http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v318/n6045/abs/318419a0.html) have shown that astrological predictions and operationally defined outcomes have failed to have significant statistical relationships. However, I for one would still flip to that section of the newspaper/magazine to check out my horoscope and see how I will fare this month just for the sake of it. Although I wouldn’t necessarily base my decisions on the alignment of the sun and moon and stars…

  2. I’d read a headline about this earlier but didn’t really pay much attention to it as I never really read my horoscope, I had no idea there were two different zodiacs! Neat!

    I just found a pretty neat article explaining the differences between the tropical vs. sidereal Zodiac if your interested (or as confused as I was!) http://www.lunarplanner.com/siderealastrology.html