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The missing star sign

  • Published at 08:00 pm May 6th, 2016
The missing star sign

Have you always been the person who relies on the locations of stars to determine your personality and future in life? Then you'll be shocked by what we’re about to say.

The dates of the 'star signs' were fixed, over 2,000 years ago, when the zodiac was first devised. Then, they corresponded to the constellation of stars that appeared behind the Sun on the day you were born. But an astronomical phenomenon, unknown at the time, means that the constellations have drifted since then.

The astronomers from the Minnesota Planetarium Society found that because of the moon’s gravitational pull on Earth, the alignment of the stars was pushed by about a month, and there has been a major disturbance in the alignment of stars.

“When astrologers say that the sun is in Pisces, it’s really not in Pisces,” stated Parke Kunkle, a member of the group’s board. Your zodiac sign has been determined by the position of the sun on the day you were born, so that means everything you thought you knew about your horoscope is wrong.

It turns out that astrology has had issues from its inception. Ancient Babylonians had 13 constellations, but wanted only 12, so threw out Ophiuchus, the snake holder.

The 13th sign was deliberately removed more than 2,000 years ago. It is believed that this could be related to the difficulty of dividing 360 degrees of the sky into 13 parts. The current 12 zodiac signs makes it relatively easy to divide 360 degrees into 12 equal parts of 30 degrees each. That being said, an equal division is not realistic as the sun does not remain in each constellation for the same amount of time.

December 19 – January 19: Sagittarius

January 21 - February 16: Capricorn

February 17 – March 12: Aquarius

March 13 - April 18: Pisces

April 19 – May 14: Aries

May 15 – June 21 : Taurus

June 22 - July 20: Gemini

July 21 – August 10: Cancer

August 11 – September 16: Leo

September17 - October31: Virgo

November1 - November23: Libra

November24 - November29: Scorpio

If you were born sometime between the 30th of November and the 18th of December, you are the 13th zodiac sign, Ophiuchus.