No matter the walk of life, it seems almost everyone is interested in their astrological sign to some degree. People are often just told what sign they are, and never learn WHY their birthday falls within one of the 12 zodiac constellations. To add insult to injury, what many do not know is that the astrological dates are outdated by 2,000 years!
Before you go and get a tattoo of your zodiac sign, READ THIS FIRST!
Let’s Go Over the Dates We Know and Love
How Your Zodiac Date is Supposed to Work – Astronomically Speaking
The Zodiac is a family of constellations in the sky along the ecliptic – where from Earth’s perspective, the Sun’s changing position traces a path throughout the year. It’s also where you find the Moon and planets. You can learn more about the ecliptic by clicking here!
Let’s say for example your birthday is August 11, and according to the chart, you know you are a Leo, thanks to your birthday falling between July 23 and August 22.
But have you noticed that you don’t see Leo in the night sky on those summer dates, instead the best times to see Leo at night are during the late winter – spring months? That is because around your birthday, our Sun has moved in front of the constellation in the Zodiac; so from your perspective on Earth, you cannot see it at night – the Sun’s glare blocks it. This applies to every Zodiac date.
Sounds good, right?
The Star Dates Assigned Were 2,000 Years Ago But Are Now Outdated!
Astrologers DID assign the dates based on the sun’s position among the stars as they were seen at the time, 2000 years ago. With planetarium software you can see they weren’t 100% accurate, but still very close. Considering this was all based on visual observation, this was pretty cool they could do this with the precision they had.
But remember, through no fault of their own, they still believed Earth was fixed in the universe, not knowing about precession – where Earth’s rotational parameters and orbital slowly change with time. Since the dates were assigned, the positions of the stars and ecliptic have slowly shifted, thus the Sun is now in different positions on the dates compared to before.
Still no big deal, right?
There are 13 Constellations in the Zodiac, not 12!
You heard me right! Most do not know about the missing 13th constellation, Ophiuchus (O-fye-a-cuss) – The Snake Bearer. Ophiuchus is not a “new sign.” per say, it was always there, and the Sun would cross in front of it even when the dates were originally made. Ophiuchus is a large constellation whose boundaries reach a wide area between Scorpius and Sagittarius.
Why did astrologers leave out Ophiuchus?
It’s not entirely sure, but there’s two possible reasons:
- To the naked eye, long before modern constellation boundaries were defined, it would have been tough to see the Sun’s position as in front of Ophiuchus.
- Astrologers most likely wanted to divide the zodiac into 12 equal parts to go with a 12 month calendar – nothing wrong with that, but already misleading to modern astronomy!
Uh oh, that may screw with your dates a bit more, doesn’t it?
Therefore, Here are The Dates as They SHOULD BE …
Due to my birthday landing on December 22, I was told I was a Capricorn – The Sea Goat. Funny fact, my parents used to tell me, “your room looks like a goat lives in here.”
2000 years ago, our Sun was actually technically within Sagittarius, but close to the boundary between Sagittarius and Capricorn on December 22. Nowadays the Sun is not even close to Capricorn – it has shifted to well within Sagittarius. When I learned this fact, I remember thinking, “well, I’d rather be an archer than a sea goat anyway!”
If you don’t believe me, use any star app and go to your day. Tell me which zodiac constellation the Sun is in front of!
This Is NOT a Permanent Change!
The Sun’s position on your birthday is slowly shifting east through the ecliptic due to Earth’s precession – a 26,000 year cycle! Using my birthday as an example, the following are the years when December 22 was and will be a different zodiac constellation.
500 BC – Capricorn
250 BC – Sagittarius
2,300 AD – Ophiuchus
3,700 AD – Scorpio
4,250 AD – Libra
6,000 AD – Virgo
9,100 AD – Leo
11,950 AD – Cancer
13,500 AD – Gemini
15,900 AD – Taurus
18,800 AD – Aries
20,800 AD – Pisces
24,000 AD – Aquarius
25,807 AD – Capricorn
At some point, astrologers who rely on their dates for horoscopes are going to have to update the dates, otherwise it’ll be a hard sell when 11,000 years from now you’ll be told you’re a Sagittarius when the Sun is in front of Gemini on your birthday.
Some of you have looked at this chart, have found that your “true” zodiac date has changed and do not like your new sign. Well, chances are you are going to have to wait another 20,000 years before the signs go back to the dates they were originally assigned.
I’m sure some of you have strong feelings and would much rather identify with your old sign. Since I hated my old sign and like my new one better, who am I to say you can’t identify with your old.
When it comes to the astronomy side of things, the zodiac sign you identify with really does NOT matter at all! This article just served to give you that information!
If you always identified as a Libra but just found out you’re a Virgo, and would rather stay Libra, then go ahead! Who does it harm? Nobody!
This is not meant to be an attack on astrology. This was simply published to inform that the true zodiac dates have changed to reflect the ACTUAL CURRENT positions of the Sun in front of the zodiac constellations. I didn’t change them, NASA didn’t change them, the earth itself did! If you want to blame something, blame the Earth’s 26,000 year precession cycle!