How Will The Ophiuchus Change Horoscopes? Astrology Lovers Shouldn't Freak Out
When news spread that the dates associated with zodiac signs had appeared to be recently updated, people, naturally, freaked out. Many people rely and subscribe to astrology for guidance on relationships, and general personality and emotional traits. So hearing news that there's a "new" 13th constellation called Ophiuchus that supposedly changes the dates assigned to zodiac signs, I, like many others would no longer be considered a Cancer, nearly lost it. I mean, responding to Fatman Scoop's early 2000s hit "Be Faithful" when he asked "what's your zodiac sign?" could seriously cause some confusion at parties. So, how will the Ophiuchus change horoscopes? Apparently, not so much, but it depends on your interpretation.
As Refinery29 cited, NASA had long-released, and certainly has known, information about the Ophiuchus constellation. In fact, according to a NASA blog, Ophiuchus was discovered with other constellations (and the 12 zodiacs) some 3,000 years ago by Babylonians. So, Ophiuchus was always a thing, but it was apparently left out of zodiac assignments in order to fit the 12-month calendar year.
"Your zodiac sign has not changed!" Edut said. She explained that the United States mostly recognizes western or tropical astrology that uses the 12 zodiac signs, without Ophiuchus included. But other astrological practices like, sidereal or Vedic astrology, include the oh-so-scandalous, Ophiuchus. "It’s a totally different system of astrology and just as fascinating," she added.
I just learned I'm born into the new Zodiac sign. I am an Ophiuchus. I miss Sagittarius already.— Grant Smith (@MasterWuggles) September 27, 2016
Disconcerted to learn that my life has been a lie: I'm no longer a Sagittarius, apparently I'm an Ophiuchus— Danielle Norman (@DanielleMNorman) September 22, 2016
We should ignore this whole new Zodiac thing. There's probably a reason the Babylonians ignored Ophiuchus in the first place.— abby dodge (@abby_dodge) September 21, 2016
And in case you were curious about the "new zodiac sign dates" that includes Ophiuchus, it goes as follows:
But scientists over at NASA, though, made clear that astrology is not astronomy or scientific, in a NASA tumblr blog post:
But this isn't the first time news of a "new" zodiac sign has made news. Back in 2011, similar news surrounding a discovery of Ophiuchus made its round on the internet.
Regardless of what you subscribe to, I still stand by my belief that one should always have a zodiac sign response for Fatman Scoop.