Updated on July 22 with new information.
Are you who you thought you were?
If you’re an astrology and horoscope fan, you may have noticed everyone is talking about a big announcement from NASA.
Apparently, the stars have shifted and NASA has announced there is a ‘new’ star sign called Ophiuchus which means that your sign of the zodiac may have changed and you now have a different one.
However, all is not as it appears and astrologers are urging star sign fans not to panic.
Mystic Jane, LifeStyle’s own astrologer has set the record straight.
“Your zodiac sign is based on the position of the sun in relation to particular constellations on the day you were born. These signs are based on charts, created by ancient astrologers.
"Ophiuchus has always been there,” she explains. “It's nothing new - it just wasn't selected as one of the original 12 zodiac signs by ancient Babylonian astrologers.
“Basically this was because 13 signs didn't fit nicely into the 12-month calendar they devised.”
She adds, “When people say NASA has announced there’s a new star sign, it’s simply not true. To be honest NASA has nothing to do with the ancient art of astrology, they are all about science.“
And NASA agree. “Here at NASA, we study astronomy, not astrology. We didn’t change any zodiac signs, we just did the math,” they wrote in an online statement back in 2016.
They added further in the article, “When the Babylonians first invented the 12 signs of zodiac, a birthday between about July 23 and August 22 meant being born under the constellation Leo.
"Now, 3,000 years later, the sky has shifted because Earth’s axis (North Pole) doesn’t point in quite the same direction.”
But does this mean then that there is any impact on the zodiac signs, now that we are aware there has always been 13 according to ancient experts?
“No, says Mystic Jane. “Most astrolgers use the 12 signs of the zodiac that have always been used, and I can’t see it changing. We have always known about this 'extra' sign, we just stick to the traditional astro signs."
“However, if someone wanted to use the system of 13 star signs and the different dates – then you would just need to find an astrologer who reads that.”
As previously reported on July 16:
Nasa has announced a 13th astrological sign and it has changed everything!
Are you who you thought you were?
It's a common question: "What's your star sign?" Whether or not you put any weight in astrology, there is a part of your identity - be it minute or all-defining - that is linked to knowing your star sign.
Your zodiac sign is based on the position of the sun in relation to particular constellations on the day you were born. The charts were created by ancient astrologers, who followed the 360-degree movement of the sun, dividing it into 12 equal 30-degree parts.
Studying the link between the sun's motion and the placement of the constellations led to the creation of the 12 star signs we know today. That was, until NASA changed everything.
In 2016, NASA identified a difference in the constellations from the established grouping of 12. At this time, they warned that this could have a potential impact on the understanding of the zodiac.
“The sky has shifted because Earth’s axis (North Pole) doesn’t point in quite the same direction,” NASA posted, explaining the shift.
The 13th constellation and star sign is called Ophiuchus and is represented by the symbol of the snake bearer. Those who are now under this new sign were previously under Sagittarius, as the new birthdate boundaries are November 29 to December 17.
I’ve really thought about it and I am a true Ophiuchus #starsign— Tiernan Sheehan (@TiernanSheehan) July 15, 2020
If you are to believe the change, then there is also a domino effect on all other astrological signs.
Most Capricorns are now Sagittarians, Aquarians are Capricorns and so on. It has cast a shadow of doubt over all previously believed characteristics of each star sign, and zodiac-fans are not impressed.
Unhappy people are taking to Twitter to express their rage about the change. Many are refusing to adapt to the change, while others are pointing out the huge implications this could have.
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