Saturday, January 15, 2011

Take a deep breath, you can choose if Ophiuchus changes your zodiac sign or not

So there's a lot of crazy hoopla going on on twitter about zodiac signs changing. Few recent articles on the net, and this whole Ophiuchus thing has gone viral, people are freaking out that they've been mislead, feel silly for getting certain zodiac tattoos, and some feel betrayed.

hmm many of you might be confused, so let me back track. If you believe in astrology, or see it as "just for fun", you know there are 12 zodiac signs:

Well now there are claims of a new kid in school, and it's name is Ophiuchus  /ˌɒfiˈjuːkəs/ or (off-ee-YOU- cuss) (other name Serpentarius) Odd name huh? so Ophiuchus is the 13th zodiac sign. This just became popular though you can find web articles, and forums discussing this pre 2008.

Thanks to this new 13th sign {Nov 30 - Dec 17} Ophiuchus it changes the date of almost all the signs. When I heard this news I said to myself, "Its impossible that I can be any other sign, I'm impatient, strong headed & stubborn, definitely Aries." Funny enough my Birthday is April 19th so I'm an Aries in both the old & new chart. Zodiac signs have always been odd, somedays my birthday April 19th was the last for Aries, and other times April 20th was the last, so I guess people born April 20th probably always had some identity crisis, & now many other people get to experience that.

From: : Did your Zodiac Sign Change
(Below are the date ranges of the signs under three different systems. The tropical zodiac is the one you know and love; the IAU definition gives the new dates that everyone’s talking about. Dates are not set in stone, but vary each year depending on the timing of the vernal equinox, etc.)

SignTropical ZodiacSidereal ZodiacIAU Definition
Aries3/20 – 4/204/14 – 5/14/19 – 5/14
Taurus4/20 – 5/215/14 – 6/15/14 – 6/21
Gemini5/21 – 6/216/14 – 7/316/21 – 7/21
Cancer6/21 – 7/237/14 – 8/17/21 – 8/11
Leo7/23 – 8/238/14 – 9/138/11 – 9/17
Virgo8/23 – 9/239/13 – 10/309/17 – 10/31
Libra9/23 – 10/2310/14 – 11/1310/31 – 11/21
Scorpio10/23 – 11/2211/13 – 12/3011/21 – 11/30
OphiuchusN/AN/A11/30 – 12/18
Sagittarius11/22 – 12/2212/14 – 1/212/18 – 1/21
Capricorn12/22 – 1/201/13 – 2/11/21 – 2/17
Aquarius1/20 – 2/192/12 – 3/22/17 – 3/12
Pisces2/19 – 3/203/14 – 4/13/12 – 4/19

& from wikipedia (the old signs that starts 21 ends 19) the other variation. (I got y'all of you covered) : Sidereal Astrology.
The dates the Sun passes through the 13 astronomical constellations of the ecliptic are listed below, accurate to the year 2002. The dates will increment by one day every 70½ years, and already several have changed. The corresponding tropical and sidereal dates are given as well.

ConstellationTropical date Sidereal DateIAU Definition
Aries.svgAriesMarch 21 - April 19April 15 - May 15April 17 - May 13
Taurus.svgTaurusApril 20 - May 21May 16 - June 15May 14 - June 19
Gemini.svgGeminiMay 22 - June 22June 16 - July 15June 20 - July 20
Cancer.svgCancerJune 23 - July 22July 16 - August 15July 21 - August 9
Leo.svgLeoJuly 23 - August 22August 16 - September 15August 10 - September 15
Virgo.svgVirgoAugust 23 - September 23September 16 - October 15September 16 - October 30
Libra.svgLibraSeptember 24 - October 23October 16 - November 15October 31 - November 22
Scorpio.svgScorpiusOctober 24 - November 22November 16 - December 15November 23 - November 28
Asclepius staff.svgOphiuchusN/ANovember 29 - December 17
Sagittarius.svgSagittariusNovember 23 - December 21December 16 - January 14December 18 - January 17
Capricorn.svgCapricornDecember 22 - January 20January 15 - February 14January 18 - February 15
Aquarius.svgAquariusJanuary 21 - February 19February 15 - March 14February 16 - March 11
Pisces.svgPiscesFebruary 20 - March 20March 15 - April 14March 12 - April 16

  • Qualities of an Ophiuchus
  • - interpreter of dreams, vivid premonitions,
  • - attracts good luck and fruitful blessings,
  • - serpent holder, lofty ideals,
  • - a seeker of peace and harmony,
  • - doctor of medicine or science, natural-pathic,
  • - adds, increases, joins, or gathers together
  • - poetical, inventive nature, expanding qualities,
  • - seeks higher education and wisdom,
  • - overseer, supervisor of work,
  • - fame - either grand, or completely misunderstood,
  • - longevity, aspirations of healing the ills of man,
  • - architect, builder, reaches for the stars, figuratively and literally,
  • - tax assessor, or levys taxes,
  • - astrological talents, intuitive,
  • - large family indicated, but apt to be separated from them when young,
  • - the number twelve holds great significance,
  • - foresight and good fortune to benefit from hard times,
  • - has secret enemies in family or close associations,
  • - many jealous of this subject,
  • - notable father, apple of father's eye when young,
  • - high position in life expected [depending on aspects] highest fame and legend comes after death
  • - feelings of granular, wise, genius mentality,
  • - likes to wear clothing of vibrant colors, and plaids in particular,
  • - receives the favor of those in authority.

from Betty Rhodes

Anyways before your life comes tumbling down, or you get confused, here's why things will be ok. There are different zodiac charts. This new chart follows the constellations, but there is the tropical zodiac chart that is used by many westerners, it doesn't use 13 constellations and is fixed to seasons, so no matter what happens, a 13th, 14th, or even 20th zodiac will be disregarded, So you are still the sign you have tattooed on your back. Under the tropical zodiac there are only 12 signs, and things don't change. The Babylonians knew about Ophiuchus but deliberately dropped him/ it.

So when someone tells you "Your sign is wrong." Just say no  "It's right, I follow the Tropical Zodiac" (Babylonian one, used by most Westerners), and go about your day.

CNN: No, your zodiac sign hasn't changed

That's because the tropical zodiac – which is fixed to seasons, and which Western astrology adheres to – differs from the sidereal zodiac – which is fixed to constellations and is followed more in the East, and is the type of zodiac to which the Star Tribune article ultimately refers.

Two zodiacs. That's nothing new.

"People who put stock in astrology can ask whether they should adhere to the tropical zodiac or the sidereal zodiac. Jawer argues for the tropical.

If you prefer your "new" sign, go with it. Some people felt the old signs never agreed with them & now their new horoscope characteristics finally make sense.

& if you want to be more confused, under sidereal see how your sign changes depending on whether you are born before 1990( so 1989, 1989etc)  & it changes from 1990. (link)

So under the new 13 zodiac if you are born From 1990 (link):
AQUARIUS March 26 - April 18
PISCES April 19 - May 26
ARIES May 27 - June 20
TAURUS June 21 - July27
GEMINI July 28 - August 27
CANCER August 28 - September 17
LEO September 18 - October 24
VIRGO October 25 - December 9
LIBRA December 10 - January 1
SCORPIO January 2 - January 8
OPHIUCHUS January 9 - Janury 26
SAGITTARIUS January 27 - February 27
CAPRICORN February 28 - March 25

You can go into all this in detail, with research etc, but all i need is peace of mind, so hopefully this helped you. Ignore everything else, shooo c'mon I cited CNN, lol so that's proof enough that I'm right, and you can now breathe. You are still the sign you thought you were! Now go on with your bad self, and read various horoscopes on different sites & newspapers, till you find one you like.

today's Jan 14: if your Aries it says:

this particular horoscope makes so..... much sense to me, and perhaps after June on my blog you'll understand why. check for yours. As a kid I used to love the yearly mini book cosmo girl had, it dealt with crushes etc.
Cliff Notes:
Oh well now you understand what the whole "hoopla" and hopefully you are no longer confused. But in case you are still confused  ignore this post, and continue following the zodiac signs you always did, because they aren't wrong (and if you like the new ones, follow it, because there are different zodiacs so you are also not wrong).

Love Bombchell


  1. im a taurus... may8. but on the new one im an aries. im still a taurus lol. but maybe this would explain my spice hahaha
    i actually blogs about this about a year ago, i wonder why theyre just now talking about it?

  2. I was Leo, I am still a Leo...
    However, the Sidereal Date says I am not. One has it on the 14TH, && the other chart 16TH...
    Um, yeah, I am Leo. && I am that girl that has a Leo tattoo on my (upper) back.


  3. @The Dailey lol don't you love the power of twitter & social media? basically i tink more of us became aware of it, so more people addressed it.

    @ Cupcakes & Cosmopolitans woot woot, I vote that you are a leo :) I remember the month I wanted to get a ( lower )back tattoo, MTV did a quick montage that showed everyone had one :( and so ive been stuck ever since without a tattoo. smh now I think i want half a sleeve so more decisions (aka no balls).


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