Do you have a tattoo that proclaims your zodiac sign to the world at large? If yes, then you may have to think of a trip to a tattoo parlor to discuss how your tattoo can be redone. If the new astrological dates are anything to go by, then all of us showcase characteristics which have nothing in common with our actual zodiac signs. If you are a firm believer in astrology and the power of the zodiac, then your beliefs may have to undergo a sea change now, thanks to the announcement that instead of the widely known 12 astrological signs, there are actually 13.
This announcement that has shaken up the world of astrology comes from Parke Kunkle of the Minnesota Planetarium Society. According to studies by Kunkle, there is evidence of the existence of a thirteenth sign, known as Ophiuchus. Everyone who is born between the 29th of November and the 17th of December belongs to this zodiac sign. According to reports, this discovery is not a new one. In fact, for many centuries Ophiuchus was a part of the zodiac calendar and was expelled by the Babylonians because of a change in the position of the Earth. According to Kunkle's theory, in the past 3000 years or so, this position has changed again and the constellation Ophiuchus will therefore have a huge effect on the different events on Earth.
The announcement regarding this thirteenth sign has been met with major objection. Most astrologers in the Western world have put forward the theory that astrology followed by them is not ruled by stars and constellations but planets, which is why the new dates that define zodiac signs as put forward by Kunkle are irrelevant; though Vedic astrology may be affected by this change in a huge manner as stars and constellations are integral to the predictions made by Vedic astrologers.
New Astrological Signs
The announcement of new astrological signs in 2011 has stirred up a huge debate. Having one's zodiac signs changed means a complete change in a belief system for many people. People who suddenly belong to a whole new zodiac sign may be at a loss regarding the meaning of the new astrological signs. Here's a look at how the astrological signs have been redefined by the addition of the 13th zodiac sign.
|New Zodiac Signs|
|Old Dates||New Dates|
|March 20 - April 20||April 18 - May 13|
|April 20 - May 21||May 13 - June 21|
|May 21 - June 21||June 21 - July 20|
|June 21 - July 23||July 20 - Aug 10|
|July 23 - Aug 23||Aug 10 - Sept 16|
|Aug 23 - Sept 23||Sept 16 - Oct 30|
|Sept 23 - Oct 23||Oct 30 - Nov 23|
|Oct 23 - Nov 22||Nov 23 - Nov 29|
|-||Nov 29 - Dec 17|
|Nov 22 - Dec 22||Dec 17 - Jan 20|
|Dec 22 - Jan 20||Jan 20 - Feb 16|
|Jan 20 - Feb 19||Feb 16 - March 11|
|Feb 19 - March 20||March 11 - April 18|
The reason many of the dates are coinciding is the concept that is known as the cusp sign. The cusp is what is the boundary between two zodiac signs. For people born on dates when one zodiac sign ends and the other starts, it is difficult to determine which sign they belong to. While generally the date determination is typical to determine sun signs, it may remain confusing for people born on the days when the sun sign changes. In such cases it is the time of birth that would determine your sun sign more than your date of birth.
The new zodiac dates may translate into many changes. For those people who have now discovered that they belong to the Ophiuchus sun sign, here's a small introduction to their zodiac sign. As mentioned in the table above, the zodiac sign has its effect between the period of 29th of November and 17th of December. The name of the sign translates literally into serpent bearer and is symbolized by a man holding a snake. There is still confusion regarding whether or not these dates will be accepted. But even if they are, embrace the change. After all if it is an astrological change, it was written in your stars.