Zodiac will Never be the Same


 3,000 years ago an ancient civilization known as the Babylonians invented what we know as the Zodiac signs which consist of 12 astrological characters that people can associate with, but did they get their original estimates correct? 

The Babylonians had a polytheistic view when it came to religion. This means that they believed in many different gods that all have different purposes, associating certain gods to certain planets. By observing seasonal movements of the sun, moon, and planets, the Babylonians connected their beliefs of divine intervention in their everyday life by forecasting their future through observation of the stars. They related events, like a lunar eclipse for example, to many economic, social, and environmental issues. They believed that their god’s activities influenced their day-to-day lives, and even used their observations of the sun, moon, and planets to predict whether the gods were angry with them. 

The Babylonians created their beliefs around planets based on the nature of the god that associated with it, dividing the fixed stars into three main groups: Anu, Enlil, and Ea. This system helped Babylonian astrologers associate which regions of the sky belonged to each zodiac. When it came time to create their calendar, astrology became very interconnected. The Babylonians created a 12 month calendar that would replicate nearby countries who had the same idea. So why did they completely overlook the 13th zodiac? 

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, there are actually 13 zodiac signs instead of the original 12. NASA also discovered that the Earth’s axis has moved from the original spot where the Babylonians invented the zodiac signs, so all of the signs now have different date ranges. Right in between Scorpio and Sagittarius, there is actually another sign that was never included in the Babylonian calendar: Ophiuchus. This discovery drastically changed everyone’s zodiac sign by at least one or two signs. Before this discovery, Scorpio’s date was from Oct. 23 to Nov. 22, but now with Ophiuchus moving in, Scorpio’s new date is Nov. 23 to Nov. 29. Pretty different right? 

 Worried about being an Ophiuchus? Well have no fear! If you were born from Nov. 30 to Dec. 17, you are very curious, open-minded and open to change, passionate, but can also be very jealous. Personality traits include an explosive temper, good humor, secretive, egotistical, and a thirst for knowledge. 

So what do we do with this information now? Some of us might have spent most of our lives believing that we are one sign, but now we know that it was all a lie. Some of us might have even made the zodiac a subject of our studies in college, or occupation. How are we going to deal with this drastic change? Face it head-on. Even if you believe in the powers of the zodiac or not, it’s been apart of our history for nearly 3,000 years, and counting.