The never-ending debate of a 13th zodiac sign continues and new reports from science and astrology confirms that the NASA new zodiac signs are in fact not related to astrology. Does this mean then that astrology and zodiac sign believers can rest easy knowing that nothing has changed with their zodiac signs?
According to DailyHoroscope.com Master Astrologer, all is well and everyone can rest easy because there are still 12 zodiac signs and the dates have not changed.
“Ophiuchus has nothing to do with Astrology,” Levine said. “It’s not an Astrology issue. It has to do with the stars — it’s not a sign, it’s a constellation.”
He further continues his explanation by saying, “There are four seasons each with a beginning, middle and end. That makes 12 zodiac signs, and there’s no such thing as a 13th astrological sign.”
Popular science blogger and astronomer, Phil Plait (aka The Bad Astronomer), also agrees with Levine’s statement but goes on explaining the science of zodiac signs in an article from NewScientist.com.
“The planets, including the Earth, orbit the Sun on pretty much the same plane (from the side, the solar system’s planets’ orbits look flat). From the Earth, it looks like the Sun moves around us once per year. The path it takes across the sky is the same year after year, and we call this the ecliptic. The planets all move across the sky in that same path, too.
“So, like clockwork, the Sun passes into the same constellations at a certain time every year. You know the names of these constellations: Sagittarius, Libra, Scorpius, Aries, Gemini… the constellation of the zodiac, or, if you prefer, the zodiacal constellations.”
NASA New Zodiac Signs: Ophiuchus is Fake?
No, the constellation actually exists and it is one of the other constellations the sun passes by, only that it is larger than some.
So, in essence, NASA did not make up the constellation which has existed around the same time the other constellations have. NewScientist.com actually goes on and blames astrologers for the misconception, writing: “NASA didn’t add in Ophiuchus or change the zodiac or anything like that. Ophiuchus has been around this whole time, but has been ignored by astrologers. They’re the ones who should take the blame for all this, not actual scientists who don’t even think astrology is worth wrapping fish in anyway.”
And we can’t blame NASA, because it did say in their blog that they do not deal with astrology but with astronomy. To understand the difference between the two better, you can visit Phil’s blog about what astrology really is.
So, to clarify everything we know so far… a) there are still only 12 zodiac signs as per astrology and b) Ophiuchus does exist and it is a constellation, only it is not included in astrology’s zodiac signs.