Every so often, a blast saying “YOU ARE NOT THE STAR SIGN YOU THINK YOU ARE”, or some such guff, cycles through the social media channels. It might have NASA tagged to it, as if they’ve made some recent discovery that changes everything, but no. That’s not true.
The real question here is which zodiac are you using, though it’s much less sensational for those trying to debunk astrology. BTW, this difference in the zodiacs was first noticed by the Greek astronomer Hipparchus who predates NASA several thousand years.
As simply as possible, there is more than one zodiac used in astrology.
Western horoscopes use the Tropical Zodiac; Hindu horoscopes use the Sidereal Zodiac. What’s the difference? Right now, about 26 degrees. (Tropical starts Aries on March 21; Sidereal on April 15) This is because the Tropical system does not account for the precession of the equinox (cyclic wobbling of Earth’s axis as it rotates), and Sidereal does.
There Is No 13th Star Sign
Both zodiacs divide the ecliptic (the apparent path of the sun around the earth) into 12 pieces of pie, each named for a constellation, but the Tropical begins the Zodiac with the Vernal equinox and the sidereal with the constellation of Aries. Back in Hellenistic times, the two were one and the same, but because of the precession, they have been drifting apart at the rate of about 1.4 degrees every century.
What does that mean to you and your star sign?
Your sign is correct for Western astrology. If you have your Hindu chart done, it might give you different signs, which are interpreted differently as well.
If you want more deets on this, look up the precession of the equinox and Tropical vs. Sidereal Zodiac.
Bottom line is, like all other symbol systems, each is unique and true within its own context. If you see those 13th Star Sign headlines, give them a toss.
They’re just out there to stir the uninformed.
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