by: Julia Coelho
To those who check their horoscope religiously every morning: you may be thrown a bit of a loop when hearing the latest news in astrology. Recently, there has been talk of a new zodiac sign being added to the 12 existing signs. However, although this is considered to be a “new” astrological sign has been around for thousands of years.
Around 500 BC, Babylonian astrologers divided the ecliptic into 12 signs: Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius. All of these established signs created the first celestial coordinate system. However, last month, NASA found an error in the system, which resulted in a change of the astrological signs and the addition of Ophiuchus, which represents the span between November 29th- December 17th.
After discovering this error, NASA concluded that the Babylonians knew about Ophiuchus, but neglected to add it to the astrological calendar. They believed that excluding the thirteenth sign would be a more convenient option, because their calendar had 12 lunar cycles per year.
However, NASA clarified a key detail when they released this news: Astrology is not Astronomy. Astrology is not a science, but a study of how the gravitational pull of the sun and stars can affect people’s personalities. Astronomy, which NASA based their research off of, is the scientific study of stars and space.
Although this may be focused on the more astronomical aspect of things, astrology fanatics have had mixed emotions when learning that their sign had changed. One night, someone could go to bed as a caring and passionate Leo, and then wake up to see that their sign has changed to a defensive and protective Cancer. A lot of people, including myself, feel as though they don’t “identify” with their new sign. Senior Sabrina Moul was particularly thrown off by this news.
“I’m a Virgo, absolutely no doubt. I’m not a Leo, there’s no way. I say we protest it.”
I myself identify with my sign as a Leo very much. I feel as though I am confident and loyal, but also stubborn and melodramatic. When my sign changed to a Cancer, my horoscope stated that I was shy and very sensitive, which I believe I am quite the opposite of.
For others, the addition of Ophiuchus has been a bit more unfortunate. Senior Emma Cromidas shared her friend Brenna’s story.
“My friend Brenna’s birthday is March 9th, so she had her zodiac sign, Pisces, tattooed on her finger. After the new sign was added, her sign changed to Aquarius, so that’s kind of unfortunate for her.”
However, some are very excited about this new discovery. Senior Angela Firicano, who’s birthday is August 5th, was a Leo before Ophiuchus was added. She is now a Cancer, which she is happy about.
“When reading my new horoscope, it says that Cancers are loyal and highly imaginative, which I consider myself both these things. I’m pretty excited by this change,” Firicano stated.
Also, to put it frankly, some people do not care about their zodiac sign.
Senior Alyssa Cohen shared her opinion on the subject and claimed it “didn’t affect her in anyway whatsoever.”
Cohen stated, “I was a Taurus before, and I am an Aries now. I don’t identify with either. I feel like an astrology sign cannot define who you are, for that is only something your heart can do.”
Well said, Cohen. Well said.