Here’s the deal, at least from my perspective – Ophiuchus, welcome…back that is, but seriously, you’re not as earth shattering as people are trying to let on.
The sign Ophiuchus has existed for as long as the Zodiac. It isn’t a discovery, it was something Babylonians decided to leave out because they were unlike the Minnesota Planetarium Society and were creating a mystic method of ideology that would be easy to understand, rather than baffle inducing. The sign of Ophiuchus was there, it just isn’t and wasn’t acknowledged because the constellations were simply being used for their names. Apparently, after 3000 years, SOMEONE wants to stir the pot. Hold on for a second before you go reassigning yourself.
When the Zodiac was initially created, the first Zodiac sign was named for the position of the sun during the Vernal Equinox at the time. These ancient Astronomers knew full well that the Earth’s axis would shift and the constellation would come to rise at another time, that didn’t affect the attributes of the first Zodiac sign. That sign was named for a constellation’s position at a point in history and corresponded with a month of their calendar. That sign hasn’t changed names or traits since because the placement of the constellation isn’t the only thing affecting the people born during its namesake.
If you’re an Aries, you’re a fucking Aries because you were born under the first Astrological sign. The FIRST sign, will always be Aries because some Babylonian decided it when he INVENTED the system!
I quote some wikipedia for those who need big words to understand me.
“The Babylonian calendar as it stood in the 7th century BC assigns each month a constellation, beginning with the position of the Sun at vernal equinox, which, at the time, was the Aries constellation (“Age of Aries”), for which reason the first astrological sign is still called “Aries” even after the vernal equinox has moved away from the Aries constellation due to the slow precession of the Earth’s axis of rotation.”
Basically, changing the Astrological signs now would be the equivalent of coming out and saying, “HEY! Did you know that the calendar was completely mismeasured. You weren’t really born in January, you were born in February! Or worse, you were born in Assaninuary! It’s a new month, we just discovered it!
If you want to take serious stock in these dates and changes, I also pose you this conundrum.
Since the time of the Babylonians, the constellations have always been shifting, but one interesting tid bit about them is this – they don’t all take the same amount of time to shift and pass. Virgo takes five times longer than Scorpio, but if you look up the signs (well, before Ophiuchus was acknowledged) Scorpio matched Virgo.
Thus, Virgo takes up fully five times as much ecliptic longitude as Scorpius. The zodiacal signs, on the other hand, are an abstraction from the physical constellations designed to represent exactly one twelfth of the full circle each, or the longitude traversed by the Sun in about 30.4 days.
The Western Astrology is no (nor was truly ever) meticulously based on a constellations placement. It started with an Equinox and went its merry way. (This system is actually referred to as the Tropical Zodiac, as was settled upon during the time of Ptolemy) Our signs are as based on time of year and seasonal impact as they were on stars in the sky when we were born. The Western Tropical Zodiac has not and will not change because a small group of people want to claim a discovery that everyone already knew about. Ochipop was announced in the 1920’s as well.
Notice it didn’t catch on then either.
Here’s the low down, our axis shifting doesn’t change the solar system or the universe around our planet. The Vernal Equinox in the 7th century BC is not the sole cause of your Zodiacal sign. You have hundreds of planetary juxtapostions and alignments that help to affect an Astrological map of your birth. Astrologers have been fully aware of the shift, the 13th (and 14th) sign, the difference in constellation timing, and they understand that these things are not events to change a system that was created by men through a method of abstraction. The signs were named as a means to connect a month with a star pattern. Notice we don’t use the Babylonian calendar. The system itself is mysticism at its finest, the men creating it at the time gave the names based on their time period. If we were to create the zodiac now based on the constellations, yes a Pisces might be inclined to headbutt and chew razor blades, but the truth is “Pisces” would still just be a name given to the people born at that time of year whose collective traits are what cause an Aries to be known as a passionate fighter.
Being born under the Aries constellation didn’t make you a firecracker, but being born during the first Zodiac sign (or Arah Nisanu: the first month of the Babylonian calendar) and being a firecracker are what made Aries known for their firecracker ways.
We decide the Zodiacal traits. A Virgo tends to be critical and a workaholic because someone noticed a pattern about people born under that sign (or during that month – Arah Ululu). If someone wants to call you a LEO now because they are fixated on disreputing an ancient mysticism, apparently Leo now owns the Virgo traits. So, we’re just changing out labels, but not our mannerisms? What’s the fucking point?
And to all you Ophiuchians – I’m sorry that all this time your traits have been bundled in with Sagittarius or Scorpio. Did it bother you? If it did, embrace the new moniker, if not, just forget this ever took place.
The point is, this is a load of hullabaloo that Astronomers can’t declare a change to. Astrology is, again, mysticism, and mysticism by definition does not limit itself to the findings of scientists.
Oh…And Pluto is a FUCKING planet.