After all those years of checking your daily horoscope, you may have been following the wrong astrological sign, according to an astronomer at the Minnesota Planetarium Society.
Parke Kunkle, a board member with the organization, claimed that, in the thousands of years since zodiac signs were first configured, a “wobble” in the Earth’s rotation shifted our view of the stars, making the dates of the current astrological signs inaccurate.
Depending on an individual’s birthday, their true zodiac sign may in fact be the preceding one. For example, a person born on Sept. 12, who astrologists call a Virgo, may really be a Leo.
Kunkle says the star’s realignment also created a 13th sign called Ophiuchus, representing those whose birthday falls between Nov. 29 and Dec. 17.
“Historically, people looked at the sky to understand the world around us,” he told The Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “But today I don’t think people who are into astrology look at the sky very much.”
Kunkle’s theory has prompted a flurry of attention and confusion, and fueled the centuries-old “beef” between astronomers and astrologers.
Carole Devine, an astrologer based in Virginia, said her phone has rung constantly for the last two days with inquirers about the new astrological calendar. “I just can’t stand it,” she said. “This debate comes up every 10-15 years. It’s nothing new.”
Another East Coast astrologer, Adam Gainsburg, agreed. “Western Civilization has known about this since 200 A.D,” he told the AFRO.
They said that while the Earth does “wobble,” it does not change the current zodiac calendar. The Earth rotates on its axis like a spinning bottle cap, Gainsburg explained, and right before it stops rotating, it shakes and rattles in what is called a perturb. That reaction causes a backwards shift in the Earth’s view of the stars. “This happens every 2,000 years, creating the appearance that the signs change by one,” he said.
And the Ophiuchus, Gainsburg says is not a zodiac sign, just a collection of stars. He said most astronomers have “no concept of astrology.”
“Astronomers have no interest in informing themselves in astrology but we always take interest in learning about astronomy,” he said.
Devine says the new astrological calendar would not even give an accurate reflection of personalities. “If you have been studying the signs like I have for 40 years, you will see the character traits (associated with the signs) won’t line-up.”
Here is the Minnesota Planetarium Society’s revised astrological calendar:
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 – 29?
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29 – Dec. 17
?Sagittarius: Dec. 17 – Jan. 20