Astrology, Zodiac, and a Saddened Sagittarius

The Minnesota Planetarium Society and various astronomers have recently changed the familiar zodiac sign everyone knew.

Because of the moon’s gravitational pull, there is a one-month misalignment in the “stars’ alignments.” This means that we have misinterpreted our zodiac signs for centuries, and a 13th sign is being added to the calendar: Ophiuchus. Apparently, the ancient Babylons (dated 3000 B.C.) always knew about Ophiuchus; they had simply thrown this 13th sign out in order to accommodate the 12-month calendar we use to this day. It’s no surprise that throughout the millennium, the positions of planets and stars have shifted. As astronomer Parke Kunkle said, “We’re off by about 10 degrees or so, a twelfth of the way around.”

Here are the new Zodiac Sign dates:

Capricorn: Jan. 20 – Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 16 – March 11
Pisces: March 11- April 18
Aries: April 18 – May 13
Taurus: May 13 – June 21
Gemini: June 21 – July 20
Cancer: July 20 – Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 10 – Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 16 – Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 30 – Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 23 – Nov. 29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29 – Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17 – Jan. 20

So what does this mean? It means we have read the wrong horoscopes all along. Those times we avoided an interview because it wasn’t a good day for Capricorns. Those days we wore red and befriended a stranger because Virgos were blessed by Mercury. Those times we made a difference because Uranus sent every Aquarius “energy.”And yes, we have the wrong birthstone on our bracelets.

Psychology has disproved astrology again and again, but no one listens, of course–astrology vs psychology, come on! On a serious note, this recent zodiac change proves exactly why horoscopes are pure myth. Surveys have discovered that 95% of the time, a person cannot pick out his horoscope from an untitled list. Try it yourself: open the newspaper or go to an online horoscope page and read a random horoscope from a different sign. Doesn’t this horoscope seem like it could apply to you, too?

Here are a few of today’s horoscopes I have gathered from a reliable, popular horoscopes website. See which one(s) apply to you.

  • Your ego may be in for some trouble today, but it’s nothing you can’t handle with your typical aplomb. See if you can absorb any criticism in the spirit in which it is intended! Life does get better.
  • You need to be careful today — it’s all too easy to overindulge. It’s not just you, either, so you may want to try to remove temptations from the home or office so others don’t go down with you.
  • Too much outside influence exists in your life right now — ignore what others say.
  • Your rare combination of wild energy and emotional security can make for some interesting times today. You may want to embark on a new romance or see if your boss agrees about your talents.

See the point? (and in case you wanted to know, the signs were Leo, Libra, Gemini, and Scorpio, respectively)

Of course, a little fun never hurts. As long as you don’t completely engross yourself in horoscopes and “star signs”, then you are fine. I have known people who are quite superstitious when it comes to astrology (not including astrologists, of course).

As for now, I only wish I was still a Sagittarius (“an intelligent, creative mind”) instead of a Ophiuchus (“a person of medicine and high learning”). Curiously, the Sagittarius description matched mine perfectly. But then again, there are probably other signs that fit me as well–I never actually took the time to read them.


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