If you’re wondering just how your zodiac sign came to be, it was the interplay of the Sun and maybe a little fate and guessing. If the constellation Libra was behind the Sun at the time you were born, you fell into the balanced set of individuals who gloat over being ‘fair and just’. If your life pretty much revolves around the stars, you’re in for a rude shock! NASA may have just changed the entire ballgame by suggesting it has discovered a 13th zodiac sign! What could this mean for humanity?
A 13th zodiac sign?
A four-year-old post from NASA has recently become viral! The space agency has uncovered a new zodiac and thus suggests that we’ve been following the wrong sign for years.
The blog post features a chart showing the latest zodiac signs highlighting the addition of the new star sign called Ophiuchus. This new zodiac pans from the end of November to the middle of December, meaning if you are born between November 23 - November 29, instead of being a Sagittarius, you are now an Ophiuchus. Unless your life revolves around the arrangement of the stars there should be no need to panic. In fact, this ‘new’ zodiac is no new occurrence.
A race in Mesopotamia called the Babylonians, were way ahead in this race to discover this new zodiac and did it 3000 years ago! Known for their use of astrology, they were aware of the 13 constellations. However, they chose convenience and divided the sky into 12 different parts (making it even) and went on to name the constellations as per the part of the sky that the Sun was passing through. Thus, if the Sun passed through the area of the sky that was called Libra, the period of days that the Sun spent in this zone, would be assigned to the Libra zodiac. They believed animals and figures held a prominent place in the tribe’s lives which is why zodiacs are symbolically represented by these animal figures.
Have our zodiac signs changed?
If NASA bringing up the 13th zodiac was shocking, you will be aghast to know there are many ignored constellations (Altair, Eagle Nebula, Arcturus, to name a few) that frequent the skies and are not assigned zodiacs. The reason why Ophiuchus managed to garner so much attention was because the Sun spends a significant amount of time in the Ophiuchus region, than it does in the other ‘extra’ constellations, thus causing debate as to whether Ophiuchus should be added into the zodiac chart.
Research has shown that zodiacs can change over time. The skies shift and none of the constellations are in the same place they were all those years ago. So, 3,000 years ago, a birthday between about July 23 and August 22 meant being born under the constellation Leo. Now, it would probably be under Cancer. This was what the NASA post was trying to suggest! (or at least that’s what we hope!)