The 13th Zodiac

When NASA formally announced in 2016 that there is a 13th Zodiac Constellation, people everywhere were so shocked. They felt that NASA had been withholding information from the public. Cosmopolitan, an entertainment news outlet that does daily horoscopes for its users, published a story immediately providing the new borders for the zodiac symbols. Later in the month, Cosmopolitan edited the post to correct that NASA had not hidden anything. Since Babylonian times, the 13th zodiac, Ophiuchus, has been scientific knowledge. They just ‘did the math’. Using only 12 was easier to match with the lunar calendar. Many people feel as if everything they had assumed to be true is wrong, but the recognition of Ophiuchus deals with astronomy and constellations, not how we perceive our signs, astrology. Take a look and see if yours has changed!

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

2 thoughts on “The 13th Zodiac

  1. I find it kind of funny that people were so shaken by the revelation that there’s a 13th Zodiac sign. I personally don’t know much about Zodiac signs when it comes to horoscopes and the like, but I don’t see why they couldn’t have just left Ophiuchus on the roster. You rightly point out that using 12 matches better with the lunar calendar, but if you just look at the dates for each sign, they don’t span the months neatly anyway (e.g. there’s no one sign for January 1-31 or February 1-28, etc.). Since the dates for each month are split up among the Zodiac constellations anyway, it feels like they could have let Ophiuchus be included.

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  2. From your TA: nice post! I remember when I heard that there was a 13th zodiac sign, and because of that I was technically a Capricorn instead of an Aquarius. Even though I have never read my horoscope or believed in the power of astrological signs, I still felt attached to my own sign, so I still tell people that I’m an Aquarius if they ask.

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