Since my recent publications of Ophiuchus personality traits and compatibility (including element. You can click either phrase to read these pieces.) I’ve ended up in numerous, “Is Ophiuchus real?” debates. I’m first a little surprised by how many people get offended by the very idea of changing the zodiac. It seems the majority of people fall into one of three categories when it comes to feelings on the “new” zodiac. They either complete disregard it feeling it’s bogus, bull crap and simply flat out not real (this includes those in the I don’t care category), are confused about it in general and don’t understand what the “new” zodiac means (this includes those that are misinformed), or they believe in it whole heartedly and are searching for information on their new signs. Being that most people fall into option 1 or 2 I’m getting tired of presenting my argument and choose to just, give them a link explaining why Ophiuchus is real and what’s really the deal with this new zodiac stuff.
What’s the story on the new zodiac?
After a news paper released a story about the movement of the earth no longer being the same as it was when the zodiac signs were created was printed the internet exploded with news, twitters, facebook posts and the like about how all the zodiac signs had changed and a new 13th sign had been added (Ophiuchus).
Did the zodiac really change?
Not exactly. It is true that the earth has moved and now a child born under what the zodiac would call one sign would actually be a different sign (all the signs have moved by about a month), but the earth moving AFTER your birth would not change which sign was in alignment when you were born. If you were a Pisces and you were born 30 years ago you’re not going to wake up and become an Aquarius. It doesn’t work that way. Now the changes would apply to more recently born infants (think 09-11) technically. However, there are two ways of looking at the zodiac. In the western zodiac that most of us follow, the signs are not based on where the actual constellations are up there in the sky when we’re born. They are based on fixed zodiac signs attached to the seasons. In this case even newly born adorable babies (like my son) also have not changed signs. If you follow the other zodiac (usually used in eastern countries) then yes, little babies will now be born under the new zodiac sign dates. To summarize chances are your sign hasn’t changed!
So has anything about the zodiac changed or is this all a load of crap?
In my opinion the part about there being a 13th sign, Ophiuchus is true and should prompt a change in both zodiacs.
Is Ophiuchus real?
The thing is Ophiuchus is an actual constellation, and while I realize there are LOTS of constellations that aren’t zodiac signs. What makes a constellation a zodiac sign is being in the path of the sun as it rotates the earth. In example on December 19th the sun is lined up with Sagittarius in the sky. Ophiuchus is in the rotation directly between Scorpio and Sagittarius and is included in the eastern zodiac. For some reason when the western zodiac was made this 13th sign was tossed out. Possibly because 13 was commonly considered a bad luck number, or because 13 was an uneven number making the elements and qualities of the zodiac unbalanced, who really knows or cares. Being disregarded by ancient Babylonians who set up the western zodiac doesn’t make this astrological sign not real, this would be argument 1 for Ophiuchus being real.
Others argue that Ophiuchus will mess up the balance and that if there was supposed to be 13 signs there would be 13 months as the western zodiac pretty much places a zodiac in each month. With this argument you have to realize that our current calendar is not the only calendar ever to exist. In fact 13 is not as foreign to time tracking as you many think. If the year was divided into equal months of 28 days (coincidentally the average length of a woman’s menstrual cycle and a lunar phase IS 28 days- is that really a coincidence?) there would be 13 months, not 12 making 13 signs a logical number. This would be a second and excellent argument for Ophiuchus being real.
Finally you have talk to all of those people who used to be Sagittarius or Scorpio and just never really fit that personality profile. Being one of those many I can say Ophiuchus actually fits the person I am, and to me that’s the most convincing argument for Ophiuchus being real. If others wants to keep saying there’s 12 zodiac signs because “that’s how it’s always been”, go ahead, I realize not all zodiac signs are accepting of change.
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