This month, NASA provoked a crisis when they announced that, because of a shift in the Earth’s axis, the 12 zodiac signs will change. Say what? They also explained how in the last 3 000 since the zodiac was created, the sky has moved because the North Pole doesn’t point in the same direction anymore.
Reportedly, this discovery made by NASA is in correlation with what the astronomers said: that the constellation Ophiuchus is from now on an honored member of the zodiac.
Astrology and astronomy are not the same thing
But you don’t need to worry. NASA is on the same page with us. We can all agree that astrology and astronomy are not one and the same. Sometimes, astronomers are saying to not trust the horoscope because it is not accurate. Why? Because some constellations shift from time to time. This time they said that Ophiuchus is the thirteenth sign of the zodiac and that all the sign’s dates have changed. Imagine the panic!
But let’s clarify a thig or two. It is indeed true that the constellations have shifted over the years. But the Western Zodiac doesn’t follow these constellations. It actually uses another system. This one is based on the path of the Sun as seen from Earth. So, in the Sun’s way, astrologers have placed static areas, which allow us to track the movements of the planets around them. This is the explanation to why the dates of the zodiac signs remain the same even if the sky shifts.
In Alexandria of the second century, the great mind of Ptolemy created something that’s now called the Tropical Zodiac. It is practically the same thing. A stable system which is not influenced by the movements of the Earth’s axis or by the constellations.
Everything started when astronomy professor Parke Kunkle said that two thousand years ago the Sun was in a different position than it is in now. This has led people to believe that if the Sun moved, the constellations and the signs and the stars moved too. Therefore, we are no longer in the sign under which we were born. Which is very false!
But they once were
Once, astronomy and astrology were actually considered part of the same discipline that had to do with stars and planets. Some famous people who have studied the stars are Galileo Galilei, Sir Isaac Newton or Copernicus. But nowadays this is not the case anymore.
The sign Ophiuchus is represented by a man grasping a snake. It was once formerly referred to as Serpentarius but not anymore. It is located northwest of the center of the Milky Way, between Aquila, Serpens and Hercules. The sign’s supposed date is from November 30 to December 10.
All in all, you need to keep calm because Ophiuchus has nothing to do with astrology. It has to do with the stars. Ophiuchus is not a zodiac sign but a constellation. There are only 12 zodiac signs the same way there are 12 months in a year. So no, if you go to sleep as a Scorpio you will not wake up as an Ophiuchus.
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