Unlucky for some: How hitherto unknown 13th sign of zodiac Ophiuchus could be why your stars never seem right
By DANIEL BATES
Last updated at 12:05 AM on 15th January 2011
Last updated at 12:05 AM on 15th January 2011
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If your horoscope has never made any sense to you, there may be a good reason why - it could be out of date.
Astronomers have called for the zodiac signs to be overhauled because they no are no longer accurate.
The ancient Babylonians based zodiac signs on the constellation the sun was ‘in’ on the day a person was born.
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13th sign of the Zodiac: Ophiuchus represents a man wrestling a serpent and was discarded by the Babylonians because they only wanted 12 constellations
But during the thousands of years since, the moon's gravitational pull has made the Earth shift on its axis and created a one-month shift in the stars' alignment.
Astronomers are now proposing to move all the star signs back one month and introduce a 13th star sign, Ophiuchus, to help readjust the zodiac calendar.
The change will come as a shock to many who will discover they have been reading the wrong star sign their entire lives - and will not necessarily be happy with their new ones.
Those under dominant and creative Leo could now find themselves a Cancer, which means they are moody and sensitive.
A passionate Scorpio could become a more diplomatic and balanced Libra whilst if you were a Taurus, you could now find yourself a stubborn Aires.
The change was suggest by Professor Parke Kunkle, who teaches astronomy at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
Astronomers study space and the stars from a scientific viewpoint whilst astrologers write horoscopes and claim that celestial bodies can give clues to personality traits.
Professor Kunkle said that those who read theirstar signs could have been reading the wrong one their whole lives and should readjust accordingly.
‘When astrologers say that the sun is in Pisces, it's really not in Pisces,’ he said.
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‘Historically, people looked at the sky to understand the world around us. But today I don't think people who are into astrology look at the sky very much.’ The signs of the zodiac have roots in mythology and relate to the legend of how the 12 Olympian gods took animal shapes to flee the monster Typhon who was causing havoc on Earth.
They date back to Roman and Babylonian times and are based on the ecliptic, which is the path of the sun over the celestial sphere, or imaginary path around the Earth for a year.
In the beginning your star sign was indeed determined by the constellation in the sky that the sun lined up with at the time of your birth.
Since then, however, astrologers have adopted a mathematically equal division of the sky, so the position of the constellations is no longer relevant.
The proposed 13th star sign, Ophiuchus, is a constellation in space and existing prints of its symbol indicate it is a heavily muscled individual holding a snake to the sky.
Those born under Ophiuchus are said to have lofty ideals, enjoy longevity and are inventive. Those who are currently Scorpio or Saggitarius could make the switch.
The story has sparked controversy and debate around the world and instantly became the most popular topic of conversation on microblogging site Twitter, where some users were aghast at the change in their fortunes.
One woman summed up the feeling of many when she wrote: 'I am now a Cancer. I went from being the top of the zodiac..Leo the courageous lion - to a crab!' Daily Mail astrologer Jonathan Cainer vehemently denied Professor Kunkle’s claim and said that it was the work of a ‘jealous astronomer’.
‘He is right that the Earth has moved but astrologers have not for years based their predictions on the constellations,’ he said.
‘The star signs are named after the constellations of stars but they are not based on them or their positions in the sky.
‘For thousands of years we have used mathematically equal divisions of the ecliptic.
‘This is either wilfully ignorant or mischievous and malevolent and shows that the scientific community reacts in a bigoted way when faced with mysticism.
‘There is no need for people to adjust their star signs or for a 13th star sign to be introduced. This is just a load of nonsense’.
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