13th zodiac constellation 'Ophiuchus' may not change your sign

"Now, 3,000 years later, the sky has shifted because Earth's axis (North Pole) doesn't point in quite the same direction". Consequently, there were 12 signs for humans to be "born under". From the final 13, they deleted for convenience the 13th Zodiac sign Ophiuchus and retained 12 to suit the lunar calendar they were already following.

Last week a news spread that 86 percent of the people now have a different star sign as NASA had chosen to update the astrological signs for the first time in 2,000 years. However, anyone with a little bit of scientific knowledge can figure out that it is indeed incredibly odd that NASA is studying zodiac signs.

It all started last week, when The Space Place, an education blog hosted on the agency's website, explained how the ancient Babylonians left out a constellation when they drew up the 12-month zodiac chart. So as Earth orbits the sun, the sun would appear to pass through each of the 12 parts. The same web-page described how the positions of constellations have shifted, relative to the Earth, in the thousands of years since the Babylonians originally mapped out the zodiac.

Think about it. The zodiac dates were fixed over 2000 years ago, and well, a lot can happen astrologically in that time.

Astrologists who participate in Eastern astrology - which follows the zodiac based on constellations, not signs, according to Mother Nature Network - versus the aforementioned Western form, are the ones who believe everyone's signs have changed.

The main point of the NASA article was that astrology is not a science.

The Babylonians had a 12-month calendar, so each month was supposed to get its own slice of the zodiac.

On top of that, the sun didn't move through each constellation to fit neatly into a month-long slice.

The internet promptly panicked when many outlets (ahem) reported on a resurfaced January NASA report explaining there has always been a 13th constellation, and, possibly, therefore, a 13th zodiac sign. Not being able to accommodate this extra constellation into their lunar calendar, the Babylonians made a decision to leave Ophiuchus out!

"NASA studies astronomy not astrology", NASA spokesperson Dwayne Brown told the site, clearing up any suggestion that they have any influence over our horoscopes.

  • Carolyn Briggs