Sagittarius. Capricorn. Aquarius. Pisces. Aries. Taurus. Gemini. Cancer. Leo. Virgo. Libra. Scorpio. Ophiuchus?
Recently, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that a shifting of the stars may have caused the Zodiac to change.
The article read:
“The ancient Babylonians based zodiac signs on the constellation the sun was ‘in’ on the day a person was born. During the ensuing millenniums, the moon’s gravitational pull has made the Earth ‘wobble’ around its axis, creating about a one-month bump in the stars’ alignment.”
Other points raised by the article include the existence of a 13th zodiac sign, Ophiuchus, between Scorpio and Sagittarius that the Babylonians threw out because they only wanted 12 zodiac signs.
Realignment of the stars means that whereas the sun really was in Pisces during the month of March when the zodiac was first created, that is no longer the case.
“Your zodiac has been wrong for hundreds of years,” Lewis Ritenour, sophomore astronomy major, said. “The current one is what you should be on now. The zodiac is based on what constellation the sun is in on the day you were born.”
While the stars have shifted, the question of whether the zodiac has changed depends on which zodiac you’re referring to.
“It’s not really a new system,” Phillip Williams, history graduate student, said. “The system that they are talking about is the sidereal zodiac, which tries to take into account that the current position of the stars doesn’t match up to the way that we assign zodiac signs.”
Professional astrologist and author, Matthew Currie, explained the differences to Salon:
“The Zodiac, the twelve divisions of the sky made up of the horoscope signs, and the Zodiac, the band of constellations in the sky, are two different things. This is how a lot of skeptics of astrology trick people to convince themselves and others that there’s nothing to astrology. But in reality, we’re talking about two different things.”
Western astrology follows the tropical zodiac, which is fixed to the seasons, while astronomy and Eastern astrology adhere to the second, the sidereal zodiac, according to CNN’s newsblog, This Just In.
“When we look at the astrology used in the Western world, the seasonally based astrology has not changed, was never oriented to the constellations, and stands as … has been stated for two millenniums,” Jeff Jawer, astrologer with Tarot.com, told This Just In.
So rest easy Aquarians, it’s still your time to shine. Followers of traditional Western astrology have nothing to worry about.
Astrologers have long known about the shifting of the stars.
“This story is born periodically as if someone has discovered some truth. It’s not news,” Jawer said.
Feelings on the campus about the recent zodiac change frenzy range from anger to apathy, while some students are just tired of all the commotion.
“I’d like to not hear people complain about it anymore,” Sarah Repass, sophomore Spanish major, said. “I don’t even really understand what they changed.”
“People are furious,” Chazity Murray, sophomore nursing major, said. “I know a lot of people that are mad about that.”
“All the girls on my hallway are freaking out,” Madelyn Pressley, freshman communications major, said.
There’s no need to stress. For those unsure of which zodiac to follow now, Jawer suggests the tropical.
“Astrology is geocentric. It relates life on Earth to the Earth’s environment, and seasons are the most dramatic effect, which is why we use the tropical zodiac,” he said.