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In Defense of Zodiac Signs



by The Astrologer's Daughter January 16, 2011 07:44 PM EST
In Defense of Zodiac Signs

While it’s stirring up a hornet’s nest of hype these days, the fact that the Earth’s axis has changed and thus put the Sun and the constellations out of sync with our popularly known Sun signs is old news -- as in, about 3,000 years old -- both in astronomy and astrology. While back in Babylonian times the constellation Taurus did align with the Sun from April 21 to May 20, the fact that the stars in Taurus have since moved in relation to the Sun doesn’t change your birth sign.

This phenomenon is grandiloquently referred to as the “Precession of the Equinoxes” or “Axial Precession”, and while a very real and measurable astronomical event, it is insignificant when it comes to our zodiac signs. The dates attributed to our Sun signs are actually derived from a certain phase in the Earth’s orbit around the Sun (seasons), not from the Sun’s presence in a constellation.

Constellations did serve as rough visual markers for our earliest astrologers; however, as the effects of Axial Precession took place, these markers became outdated. But old ideas die hard. Whether due to a gullible public or those eager to discredit astrology, every time this millennia-old issue arises, the astrological community has to clear up the misconception. Just because the Sun no longer enters the cluster of stars referred to as Capricorn on December 21 doesn’t mean you are not a Capricorn through the astrological lens. As renowned astrologer Steven Forrest simply states in his foundational work The Inner Sky, "astrology really has nothing to do with the stars themselves.”

So before you go and pay for an expensive tattoo removal of your devilishly inked Scorpion or get too hooked on the idea of being the 13th sign, take a deep breath and realize that this "discovery" has not birthed you into a new set of character traits overnight. For those Sagittarians born between November 29 and December 17, you are relieved from having to sputter "I'm an Ophiuchus" when someone casually asks your sign at a party. So while astrology does use astronomical phenomena to interpret behavior and events, in this case it’s inapplicable.

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A Rose by any other Name ... Astrology is still the Same!
The 13th Zodiac Sign -- Has Your Sun Sign Changed?
Are you an Ophiuchus? Is the Zodiac all Wrong?
Signs Are Okay: Astronomers Just Making Mischief
Are You Dating an Orphiucan?

 
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