Zodiac Changes?

Ophiuchus, the forgotten sign of the zodiac.

Grounds upon which the tradition of astrology are based continue to quake after an astronomer said in the Star Tribune another sign should be added to the list. Parke Kunkle, a board member with the Minnesota Planetarium Society said, “When [astrologers] say the sun is in Pisces, it’s really not in Pisces.” He said this is due to to the Earth’s axial wobble which is largely believed to be the result of the Moon’s gravitational pull on the earth. The truth is that the entire zodiac and all of astrology depends on this fundamental and observeable phenomenon, but we’ll get to that later. The new sign is actually an old one ousted by the Babylonians. It’s called Ophiucus, the serpent holder.

So does this mean the self-proclaimed “Zodiac” killer of San Francisco had it all mixed up? Perhaps. But even then, it’s only speculated that the killer loosely adhered to symbols of the Zodiac. He gave himself the name for one. Also, the infamous coded messages he left behind have only partially been decrypted. Maybe he knew all along about the ancient cosmic adjustment and factored it accordingly. No one really knows but it’s still fun to think about, as macabre as that sounds. Hollywood took advantage of the story in two films recently, “The Zodiac,” and “Zodiac“, 2006 and 2007 respectively.

So what does this revived information mean to the rest of us? Well, modern astrology thus far stands by its 12-symbol structure while astronomer Parke Kunkle has already inserted the new dates in which your sign should fall. According to the new chart, I am now an Aquarius and no longer a Pisces. Do I care? Not really. CNN reported this story earlier.

Here’s the thing. Before you get all upset about your Zodiac tattoo, please do yourself a favor and read about the history of the zodiac. It’s not all about horoscopes, and it’s most certainly not some brand new topic.  Read about the difference between the sidereal zodiac and the tropical zodiac. You’ll learn that dates and celestial positions vary between the two. Read about The Great Year, axial precession and what the ancients observed as the precession of the equinoxes. Trust me, you might find the topic just as interesting as what your horoscope told you this morning. Just to be clear, if you follow the tropical zodiac, which is likely if you live in the western world, then nothing changes.

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