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Here at Refinery29, we invest a lot of meaning in the astrological sign we were born into — like, a lot a lot. Imagine our surprise and okay, slight panic , when we got the bone-chilling news that NASA may have declared the date ranges by which we define the signs to be all wrong.
Once we got over the initial shock, being the voracious stargazers that we are, we knew we needed to take a closer look. In a blog post published back in January of this year, NASA reminded us that there are, in fact, 13 constellations in the original zodiac.
It's just that 3, years ago, when they were drawing up a plan for the signs of the zodiac that would correspond with the months of year, the Babylonians already had a month calendar — so they left poor Ophiuchus out. With that and the fact that the earth's axis no longer points in the same direction in mind, NASA explained that the signs as we know them have completely different date ranges now. Now that you've caught your breath, here's a hard truth: From the get-go, astrology was not intended as an exact science.
And as NASA has shown, some of its most foundational values, like these very signs, can be challenged by astrology's hard-science counterpart, astronomy. For those of you scrambling to know what to believe in anymore, it's completely up to you.
Some astrologers add that the seasons play a role in determining the signs' dates, but it's really just a matter of whether you subscribe to the zodiac signs or their corresponding constellations. Each person has a different relationship with their sign and horoscope — if they have one at all — so if you'd like this news from NASA to shatter your worldview, by all means, let it.
But if you've already invested a fair share of personal meaning into the sign you've believed you were born under all along, that's fine, too. Finally, it's important to keep in mind that this isn't the first time this has happened and it won't be the last — after all, in the next couple thousand years, the earth's axis will probably point in a slightly different direction all over again.
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They are slow to make a decision — but then, very persevering in realizing their goals. It's just that 3, years ago, when they were drawing up a plan for the signs of the zodiac that would correspond with the months of year, the Babylonians already had a month calendar — so they left poor Ophiuchus out. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below. The birth flower for December is Narcissus. More Videos.
Many Scorpios are now a Libra, for instance. You can use this handy tool to find your new sign.
NASA, despite their calculations and calendar update, was quick to point out that astrology is, in fact, not a science. Astronomy, on the other hand — the study of stars and space — is a science. Astrologists contend that the slight gravitational pull of the sun and stars can affect personalities depending on the time of year and when people were born.
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