To further confuse things, there is now a new, 13th sign, called Ophiuchus, which those born between November 29 and December 17 are lucky enough to have to learn to pronounce. No, no, and no.
And third, Ophiuchus is an ancient constellation, identified by the Greeks thousands of years ago. Even astrologers have come up with tests for it, and it has failed those.
Despite that, lots of people believe in it. It has to do with the zodiac.
As I wrote in an article on the zodiac :. From the Earth, it looks like the Sun moves around us once per year. The path it takes across the sky is the same year after year, and we call this the ecliptic.
The planets all move across the sky in that same path, too. You know the names of these constellations: Sagittarius, Libra, Scorpius, Aries, Gemini… the constellation of the zodiac, or, if you prefer, the zodiacal constellations.
These 12 zodiacal constellations have been recognised in one way or another around the world, though most countries and the International Astronomical Union have adopted a modified version of them known to the ancient Babylonians and Greeks. The thing is, there are more than 12 constellations the sun can pass through. Some are smaller, or have fainter stars, so they get ignored.
The biggest is Ophiuchus, the serpent-bearer, which is a huge constellation taking up quite a bit of celestial real estate, and in fact the sun spends more time in Ophiuchus than Scorpius. Scorpius has brighter stars and an obvious scorpion-like shape, so it gets better press. Ophiuchus has been around this whole time, but has been ignored by astrologers. By some counts, there are as many as Not only that, but Earth wobbles like a top, very slowly, and over centuries that changes the dates the sun is in a given constellation.
Apparently, NASA had to shake up all our lives because the Earth is a little different from the way it was back when the Babylonians created the zodiac we knew and loved.
And in order to make their zodiac calendar seem perfect 12 month calendar, 12 zodiac signs, one sign for each month—you get it the Babylonians straight up ignored a 13th constellation, and NASA has taken it upon themselves to set things right. So, for those born between November 29 and December 17, meet your new sign: Ophiuchus.
Yes, seriously. You are a guy holding a snake, and your standout traits are a penchant for seeking knowledge and being envied by your peers. For the rest of you, check out the new dates for each sign, and a few of your new personality traits, below:. By Glamour. By Abby Gardner.
Read More. Virgo Season sees you more social than normal. It's a retreat. Go soft at the start, and hard on the c. Welcome, Virgo Season! Depending on your birth date, you could be a Libra or Scorpio. Write a horoscope for each of them, predicting what types of adventures they might encounter in the coming days, weeks, or months.
Read More. By Julyssa Lopez. By Astro All-Starz.
They carefully scan the pages of their morning newspaper, searching for their own zodiac sign, and drink in everything that the astrologer has. Brace yourself: NASA published a blog post earlier this year explaining that the Western zodiac has shifted.