NASA Changed The Signs Of The Zodiac, And It Proves We’ll Fall For Anything.
Everyone, or at least everyone interested in astrology, was freaking out with the recent zodiac sign controversy, because if it were true, that would mean that some people's star signs should change.
Fortunately for me, my birthday lands on a day that would keep me as a Virgo, even with the shift. But for others, the news turned their world upside down.
Here are some fast facts. The panic began when NASA published a blog post on Space Place in January 2016. The agency stated that the Babylonians, who created the first zodiac about 3,000 years ago, actually recognized 13 constellations. However, they trimmed it down to align with their 12-month calendar. The constellation they left out? Ophiuchus.
If that didn't cause enough frenzy, they further explained, "the sky has shifted because Earth's axis (North Pole) doesn't point in quite the same direction." This means that we'd lost a day every couple hundred years.
"Now Mimi's August 4 birthday would mean she was born 'under the sign' of Cancer (one constellation 'earlier'), not Leo," the post continued.
NASA spokesperson Dwayne Brown recently emailed Gizmodo with a reassuring statement. “We didn’t change any Zodiac signs, we just did the math."
“[It] was about how astrology is not astronomy, how it was a relic of ancient history, and pointed out the science and math that did come from observations of the night sky.”
So, if you're a Leo and have a tattoo of a lion, you've got nothing to worry about. Some cultures have claimed that there are actually a few dozen constellations, and that didn't affect how our signs before. Also keep in mind that this is not the first time a reputable source has mentioned a 13th constellation.
If you are curious about what your sign would have been, check out the shifts below. To read about Ophiuchus, look towards the end in between Scorpio and Sagittarius.
Capricorn: January 20 — February 16
Previous dates: December 22 – January 19
You enjoy planning and strategizing, which means that you are likely to excel in anything you put your mind to. As a practical person, you appreciate and implement structure and organization, which leads to stability in your life. You're just a grounded person.
Aquarius: Feb 16 — March 11
Previous dates: January 20 — February 18
These people need their independence. If not, they will want to escape. Aquarius personalities are known for being clever and seemingly unemotional or detached, but they can also be very stubborn.
Pisces: March 11 — April 18
Previous dates: February 19 – March 20
If you are a Pisces, you are selfless. You put yourself out there for the people you care about and don't expect anything in return. You are also very intuitive, it's almost scary. Many Pisces personalities are also leaders in art.
Aries: April 18 — May 13
Previous dates: March 21 — April 19
Aries takes initiative and shows resourcefulness. This sign also exhibits an intense curiosity, which means that they aren't afraid to take risks. They like the rush. On the flip side, they can be impulsive, lacking discpline in situations that demand it.
Taurus: May 13 — June 21
Previous dates: April 20 — May 20
Taurus, an Earth sign, is extremely hard working but also very sensual. However, there are some tendencies for Bulls to be stubborn, overly dominant, and sometimes lazy.
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