There has been quite a bit of confusion about the supposed new zodiac sign called
“ Ophiuchus’ that Nasa has “created”. There’s no need to panic, the chart hasn’t changed. Well…not in the way that you think.
The Astrological Signs
There are 12 astrological signs – Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. Some people believe that different signs reveal a person’s different characteristics and talents. To determine which star sign you are, you need to find the zodiac that falls on your birthday.
Some Babylonian Zodiac History
At the time, all astronomers did was simple math. To understand what is going on we have to go back in time three thousand years to when the ancient Babylonians first invented the very concept of constellations. Keen observers of the night, this ancient empire used the stars as a way to track time and explain themselves as people closely tied to the universe.
Over 3, 000 years ago, the Babylonians divided the zodiac into 12 parts and gave each
part a constellation. The Sun would seem to pass through each of the parts throughout
the year. When we say pass through it means that since Earth makes its orbit around
the Sun, we see different constellations at different times of the year.
The Babylonians already had a 12-month calendar thus, 12 zodiacs would fit nicely, one for each month. However, there were 13 zodiacs and one was chosen to be left out: Ophiuchus. Ophiuchus was included with Sagittarius and Scorpio.
To make things more complex, many people believe that the 12 zodiacs don’t start from the beginning of the month and end at the end of it. For example, we can take Aries. Aries spans between the middle of March to the middle of April. So the Babylonians’ idea to make the 12 zodiacs fit into the 12 months doesn’t entirely work either.
However, this article isn’t about blaming the Babylonians. The 12-month zodiac even
now has technically changed. This is because of the shift in the sky proven by the fact
that the North Pole doesn’t quite point in the same direction as before. NASA further
explains that the Sun doesn’t point to all the zodiacs for the same duration of time.
“ The line from Earth through the sun points to Virgo for 45 days, but it points to Scorpius for only 7 days. To make a tidy match with their 12-month calendar, the Babylonians ignored the fact that the sun actually moves through 13 constellations, not 12. Then they assigned each of those 12 constellations equal amounts of time.”
Why NASA Did NOT change your Zodiac Sign
Firstly, we need to understand that NASA is tied with astronomy, not astrology. They
study everything in outer space, however, aren’t connected to the belief that the positions of stars/planet impact our lives.
NASA scientists are astronomers who study space and astral bodies, including stars. The agency does not preside over the astrological calendar, but it has observed how the positions of constellations have shifted since the Babylonians divvied up the zodiac 3,000 years ago.
While the Tumblr post it linked too is fairly straight forward, the staid space agency gets a little spicier in its take on astronomy on its early education site. “No one has shown that astrology can be used to predict the future or describe what people are like based only on their birth date,” NASA writes on their children’s site. “Still, like reading fantasy stories, many people enjoy reading their ‘astrological forecast’ or ‘horoscope’ in the newspaper every day.”
So what have we learned today? Ophiuchus is old news, NASA didn’t invent it. However, this doesn’t mean we should stop showing it, love! The left out sign doesn’t need to change the entire calendar but don’t hesitate to show it some love. It’s a constellation too you know! Here’s my advice for anyone trying to make any sort of chart in the future: don’t leave anything out!
–Scarlet Lotus(anonymous writer in The Insider Team)
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