Sidereal Zodiac Changes, Old Signs Stay the Same

January 14, 2011 at 11:11 am

Dates for Sidereal Zodiac Shift; Thirteenth Sign Added… Traditional Astrology Unchanged

This week’s shocking news is that the dates of the sidereal zodiac have shifted, in order to more accurately reflect the positions of the stars in the sky. This phenomenon – known as the Precession of the Equinoxes – has been known of for centuries, but mainstream astrological information hasn’t been updated to reflect it (until now). In brief, the position of the Earth to the constellations changes slowly over time, meaning that the timeline of when astrological signs fall on the earth changes as well. (This information has been reflected in Indian astrology for centuries.) In addition, a thirteenth zodiac sign – Ophiucius – has been added in between Sagittarius and Scorpio.

However, it should be noted that this doesn’t affect the traditional – or Tropical – zodiac, which is calculated based on the seasons. So don’t worry – your traditional zodiac sign hasn’t changed, at least by Tropical standards.

The Daily Mail clarifies:

The alterations affect “Sidereal Astrology,” which is the Hindu system. This maps out the signs against the actual changing skies… Indeed astrologer Susan Miller told ABC news: “The constellations don’t suggest what’s coming up, it’s the planets. The constellations are a measuring device.”

CNN confirmed that if people adhered to the tropical zodiac – which if they’re a Westerner, they probably did – absolutely nothing had changed for them.

What do you think? Are the new dates valid? Will they change how you see the zodiac?

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  1. virgo2757 January 17, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Not that I’ve read absolutely everything on this topic that there is to read, BUT: I’m rather suprised that I have not yet seen anyone saying that this attempt to insert Ophiuchus into the Zodiac is a sign of the imminent second coming of Jesus. I’ve often heard it said that the 12 signs of the Zodiac represent the 12 apostles, and Ophiuchus is called “The Serpent Bearer”…well, what little reptilian got Adam and Eve into trouble in the garden? And while I’ve read some rather nasty qualities attributed to Ophiuchus, he IS associated with doctors and healing; and who is considered to be the ultimate Doctor/Healer?

    Just thinking out loud….


  2. Debra Keil-Leavitt January 16, 2011 at 7:20 am

    I was interviewed on a local televisions station regarding this “supposed” change. As I told them, this is NOT news, in fact Ophiuchus is 1000′s of years old. You can all relax. As stated in the article, the Western/tropical zodiac has not shifted, as it is based on the solstices and equinoxes, meaning 0 degrees Aries is the Spring Equinox in the N. Hemisphere. 0 degrees Capricorn is the Winter Solstice, etc. It is valid as well as the sidereal zodiac. With all of our modern tools, many of us have easy ways, and are now integrating Egyptian, Babylonian, and other techniques along with looking at the whole sky. Thus California Psychic’s articles on Egyptian Astrology, Locational Astrology, the Tarot and Astrology (the minor arcana is the astrological “decans” that take in other constellations). California Psychics was way “ahead of the curve” on this one!

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