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Has your zodiac sign changed?

Holly Zapasnik

The world was turned upside down last month when a thirteenth zodiac sign was announced.

I have always been an Aries. The ram. But now, our NASA friends have done the maths from the ancient Babylonian zodiac and found completely new dates to be inclusive of the new sign, Ophiuchus.

The ‘discovery’ was originally announced on a NASA children’s website and was picked up and shared by Cosmopolitan, UK. The reaction over social media has been incredible, with many avid followers of astronomy being upset by their sudden change of sign; many in disbelief and shock as they still hold firmly that their previous sign was perfectly accurate.

Due to the overwhelming response, NASA made a public comment on their Tumblr account stating “Here at NASA, we study astronomy, not astrology. ….We didn’t change any zodiac signs, we just did the math.”

I have never strongly identified with Aries, so the change for me is neither welcome nor unwelcome. However, I wonder how the newly announced dates will resinate with those who highly identified with their astrology sign? What about those with a tattoo? Now that I’m a Pisces, I am naturally empathetic with those with a strong personal connection with their zodiac sign.

NASA’s statement makes the distinction between astronomy and astrology; ensuring that they are an authority on the former, however, Astrostyle, an astrology website, published an article called ‘Your Star Sign Is Still The Same: Here’s What NASA Got Wrong’, mocking NASA and saying that they do not feel that people in the astrology field have authority to comment on astronomy and vice versa. The article neglects to mention how NASA did not announce new astrological dates as breaking new scientific news, but instead mentioned the new maths on one of their childrens’ websites and was only framed in Cosmopolitan as such.

Astrostyle provided their own response to the news stating that Westerners follow ‘artificial’ constellations and so are unaffected by the shift of the Earth’s axis and the dismissed zodiac of Ophiuchus. So those of you who adamantly follow astrology can rest assured knowing that you may remain your traditional zodiac sign and save potentially thousands of dollars on tattoo removal.

‘New’ zodiac signs as follows

Capricorn: Jan. 20 – Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 16 – March 11
Pisces: March 11 – April 18
Aries: April 18 – May 13
Taurus: May 13 – June 21
Gemini: June 21 – July 20
Cancer: July 20 – Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 10 – Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 16 – Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 30 – Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 23 – Nov. 29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29 – Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17 – Jan. 20

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Holly Zapasnik

Holly is a final year public relations student at University of Canberra who will talk your ear off about her dog, Archie (who she will claim is the cutest kelpie in the world). As a Canberran who has lived here her entire life, Holly enjoys quaint little bookstores full of character and making people uncomfortable with her terribly bad puns. When she isn't at home geeking out on her computer, Holly can be found lurking around dog parks patting and playing with the best of them. More about the Author

  • Ms Jennifer

    NOOO I identify with being a Scorpio!

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