Suddenly I’m an Aries


So, you’ve spent your whole life happily smug in your star sign. You’re a fish! Swimming in two directions! You’re intuitive, imaginative, unworldly! And then today’s Web is aflame with the news: You are not a Pisces. You are an Aquarius. Your star sign has been wrong your whole life. All along, you’ve been a freaking water carrier. This is not cool.

Have ya’ll gotten the memo that you need to switch your sign?  I didn’t, but my son B assures me that a bunch of astrologers got together and tweaked our horoscopes to keep up with the changing alignment of the stars.

Apparently our Star signs were created some 2,000 years ago by tracking where the sun was in the sky each month. However, the moon’s gravitational pull has slowly moved the Earth in its axis, creating about a one-month bump in the stars’ alignment, reports the Minnesota Star Tribune. Now, during what we think as the month of Pisces, the sun is actually in the sign of Aries.

The new dates would therefore be:

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-Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan. 20

Is this the dawning of a new age of Aquarius?

Commentators have also responded to the initial article, saying the new location of the earth does not matter. One wrote, "Oh for heaven’s sake (oops), how can people with Ph.D.s be so ignorant? Of course astrologers know about precession — they’ve known since about 200 BC. Horoscopes always take it into account… Sheesh."

The commentator is correct that this is not new information. Live Science reported on the role of "precession" on astrology in 2007. Precession is the phenomenon of the moon causing the earth to "wobble" on its axis.

Other astrologists say the ancient system was merely a practice used as a helpful hint for diviners.

So all those hapless men and women who rushed out in college to get a scorpion tattooed on their back don’t need to now rush to sign up for laser removal. If you’re going to believe that all the people born on your birthday are imbued with certain traits similar to your own in some mystical, ancient manner, you might as well believe it does not matter where the stars are in the sky to begin with. On the flip side, if you’ve never liked your sign, here’s your chance to switch.

The old signs were as follows.  Yup, right as rain, I’m no longer a bull-headed Taurus, but a whimpy Aries.  Sorry you Ariesians, but I liked being a Taurus. 

Aries: March 21 – April 19
Taurus: April 20 – May 20
Gemini: May 21 – June 20
Cancer: June 21 – July 22
Leo: July 23 – August 22
Virgo: August 23 – September 22
Libra: September 23 – October 22
Scorpio: October 23 – November 21
Sagittarius: November 22 – December 21
Capricorn: December 22 – January 19
Aquarius: January 20 – February 18
Pisces: February 19 – March 20

I’m just wondering if anyone told the newspapers about the change.

One thought on “Suddenly I’m an Aries

  1. Emily, sun signs can offer general traits, but to get an accurate picture, you need to know your ascendant (rising) sign. That is determined by using your place of birth and the exact (to the minute) time of birth and checking to see what sign was rising when you were born. When using the equal house method, that will be your first house. Then you place the planets, sun and moon in their proper houses, determine any aspects they make to one another as well as to your ascendant, nadir, etc., and you will be surprised what you can learn about yourself.
    Obviously, everyone born during the same 30 day period will not share the same characteristics. The rising sign is much more indicative of the personality.
    Not sure if this is still available, but at one time there were places on the internet where you could submit your birth info and they would do a free chart that you could print for future reference.

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