Do you love astrology? Are you a Gemini, Taurus, a Virgo or Pisces, or perhaps one of the other star signs? Thanks to recent news from NASA, you might need to check again! And does anyone actually know how to say Ophiuchus, the name of the supposed 13th star sign?! Read on to see how 2020 has witnessed uproar and confusion once again, and what the new 13th star sign means for you!
What is the 13th star sign?
The 13th star sign is supposedly a constellation called Ophiuchus and that means it dramatically shifts the dates of the 12 other star signs.
Is Ophiuchus a real zodiac sign?
Not in our astrological system! It changes nothing for us.
Ophiuchus (which takes on the form of the Serpent Charmer, just as Cancer takes on the form of the crab, for example) plus other ‘new’ signs in the zodiac, are not relevant to our Tropical Fixed Zodiac, which is what Western astrologers use. This zodiac begins at 0 degrees Aries and ends at 360 degrees where we find the last degree of Pisces. Fixed points like the equinoxes and solstices are always the same. These are the points we work from and they do not move. That is why the 13th zodiac sign does not exist!
How did NASA discover Ophiuchus?
The ‘discovery’ of new constellation Ophiuchus is not new. It has come up again and again for years. Will it make a difference to astrology? No! Will it make any difference to our astrology if more signs are discovered? No!
Why have the star signs changed?
The ‘new’ report was based on someone recently trawling through a 2016 NASA blog. Ophiuchus has not recently been discovered.
What dates does Ophiuchus cover?
The dates supposedly ruled by Ophiuchus are 29th November to 17th December. That means the zodiac that precedes it, Scorpio, rules 23rd November to 29th November and the following zodiac, Sagittarius, rules 17th December to 20th January. But, as mentioned above, it doesn’t actually shift anything for our zodiac system.
How does Ophiuchus appear in astrology?
The alternative zodiac system, the Sidereal Zodiac, uses a backdrop of constellations in the skies as we see them today.
Yes, we use the names of the constellations, but because the earth wobbles on its axis, these constellations are in a different position to when they were first observed. Western astrologers use fixed points to determine a mathematically exact zodiac of 360 degrees. The Sun might pass through 13 constellations during the course of a year but not all of these have been assigned an astrological sign because the mathematics of our astrology do not require a 13th, 14th or 15th zodiac sign.