If you follow astrology, the zodiacs are an important part of your daily routine. They can influence the way you go about your life and they can impact your relationships with others. Even those who don’t prescribe to the astrological meanings behind the zodiac often find some value in reading their daily horoscopes. For as long as you remember, you were proud to state your zodiac sign. But, NASA has recently announced that there is a new zodiac sign to consider. So, what does this mean for you?
Historically, humans have been concerned with 12 different zodiac signs, which, more or less, coincided with the 12 calendar months. Depending on when you were born, you knew that one of these zodiac signs represented you. This was determined by what zodiac constellation was in the sky during that month you were born. In other words, it relies on an arbitrary straight line being projected from the earth towards the specific constellation and claims that you are somehow aligned with it. After doing the math and looking at the sky, NASA has some important news -there are 13 zodiacs. The 13th, ophiuchus has just been left out up until now.
Wow! There are actually 13 zodiac signs! 😯😱 pic.twitter.com/AEOJTlQwMo
— Astrology Signs ℧ (@FantasyMinds) September 20, 2016
In astrology, your zodiac sign is determined by a variety of factors. Keeping things simple, your primary sign is based on the date you were born according to where the earth was in relation to the 12 constellations. If you are accounting for the “new zodiac sign” the actual constellation that was prevalent at your birth will change. Of course, the new sign is not really new at all. This constellation has been there since ancient history, but with a 12-month calendar, the ancient Babylonian’s, who assigned these symbols, had to cut one out. They decided it was ophiuchus that would go, so it did.
Of course, NASA has made it clear that it has nothing to do with your zodiac sign and that they did not create anything new. Whereas NASA studies the scientific, the zodiac deals with the metaphysical. In other words, if you believe in astrology and have an interest in your sign, nothing has really changed. NASA made this quite clear at the beginning of their Tumblr post on the subject. The zodiac calendar you use for getting your daily horoscope is on a completely different system than the scientific zodiac. If you are looking up in the sky though, ophiuchus is a constellation to consider and it has been there forever. Perhaps mystics will look to implement a change, but most likely you won’t notice anything different.
Then again, maybe the earth should have been based on a 13-month calendar instead of a 12-month one. Either way, it is important to remember that all of this will change over time. Though you won’t notice it in your lifetime, stars are always moving and the earth’s place in the universe is changing.