The 13th Zodiac sign ‘Ophiuchus’: Myth or Fact

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By Ekta Mal

 

The recent media hype about the Ophiuchus (pronounced Oh-fee-YOU-cuss), “the new 13th zodiac sign”, has made people crazy and searching for their own identity, but the experts have something else to say.

“Ophiuchus has nothing to do with astrology”, said the expert astrologer Rock Levine, (according to a a famous astrological website ‘dailyhoroscope.com’). “It’s not an astrology issue. It has to do with stars, its not a sign, its a constellation”.

But people are still freaking out wondering , if they were Gemini yesterday and Taurus today.

In reality, Ophiuchus is a large modern constellation commonly represented as a man grasping the snake represented by the constellation Serpens.

It is actually just a constellation.

It all began when an astronomy professor Kunkle, said “Two thousand years ago the Sun was ‘in’ whatever it was in. Now it’s about a whole constellation off from that.” Kunkle’s quote went viral and was picked up by FOX News and other media outlets because people mistakenly assume that Astrology is based on constellations. But that’s not true.

The real truth?

Astrology is based on the four seasons, not on constellations and the seasons don’t change. As there are four seasons, each with a beginning, middle and end, which adds up to 12 zodiac signs. There is no 13th astrological sign period.

This means that your zodiac sign hasn’t changed. If you were a Gemini yesterday, you’re still a Gemini today.

What can we learn from this?

Listen to the experts, and don’t believe everything you read until you check your facts. There are a lot of people out there who think they understand Astrology when they really don’t.

(Inputs taken from wikipedia and astrology websites) (Image:youtube)

  • billy

    The 13th zodiac sign is actually Huge Cunt. Did you not see a Huge Cunt on Wikipedia?

  • ten.O

    The majority of those who prefer the sidereal version seem to base their differences on the new position of the stars compared to 2000 years ago, regardless of whether or not the 13th zodiac sign is observed. I think it may be okay to dismiss those who want to include it as a new sign now, especially if it was never a sign in the history of astrology. But I don’t think this dismissal should be lumped with dismissing those who believe in the sidereal format. They may not believe in a 13th sign, but they apparently believe in sidereal astrology, which, by default, means the signs are in different positions now, including ascendants, moons, etc., resulting in sidereal astrologists to aver that my sun sign and ascendant and moon are different than they appear to be in the tropical astrological version. Tropical astrologists believe the zodiac is based on the four seasons, while sidereal astrologists believe it is based on the constellation placements. There are experts in each version.

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  • billy

    The 13th zodiac sign is actually Huge Cunt. Did you not see a Huge Cunt on Wikipedia?

  • ten.O

    The majority of those who prefer the sidereal version seem to base their differences on the new position of the stars compared to 2000 years ago, regardless of whether or not the 13th zodiac sign is observed. I think it may be okay to dismiss those who want to include it as a new sign now, especially if it was never a sign in the history of astrology. But I don’t think this dismissal should be lumped with dismissing those who believe in the sidereal format. They may not believe in a 13th sign, but they apparently believe in sidereal astrology, which, by default, means the signs are in different positions now, including ascendants, moons, etc., resulting in sidereal astrologists to aver that my sun sign and ascendant and moon are different than they appear to be in the tropical astrological version. Tropical astrologists believe the zodiac is based on the four seasons, while sidereal astrologists believe it is based on the constellation placements. There are experts in each version.