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New zodiac sign dates -- and Ophiuchus?

Posted by Jason Tuohey  January 15, 2011 09:00 AM

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What's your sign? The once-familiar cheesy pick up line has recently become a hotly contested topic.

The controversy began after astronomer Parke Kunkle told the Star-Tribune of Minnesota that, due to the moon's gravitational pull, the age-old constellations corresponding to a person's birthday may be off by about a month.

Kunkle's comments set off a firestorm as people wondered if their zodiac signs were changing and astrologers rushed to refute the claim.

As if this wasn't confusing enough, there was also talk about adding a 13th sign to the mix -- Ophiuchus, which would span Nov. 29 - Dec. 17, leaving poor Scorpio with only a tiny, six-day window (Nov. 23 - Nov. 29).

So does this mean that you've been faithfully checking the wrong sign every morning for your horoscope? Not necessarily, according to Cambridge astrologer Joyce Levine.

"Don't worry. Your sign hasn't changed!" Levine said in an interview. "The precession of the equinoxes does not affect Tropical Astrology, which is primarily what we use in the western culture. Tropical Astrology is based on the seasons; Aries, the beginning of spring; Cancer, the beginning of summer; Libra, the beginning of fall, and Capricorn, the beginning of winter."

Levine said that Vedic Astrology, which is favored in the east, does take the precession of equinoxes into account.

For those who determine the zodiac signs by the stars, the new changes would be:

Capricorn: Jan. 20-Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 16-March 11
Pisces: March 11-April 18
Aries: April 18-May 13
Taurus: May 13-June 21
Gemini: June 21-July 20
Cancer: July 20-Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 10-Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 16-Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 30-Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 23-Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan. 20

What do you think? Are you sticking with your current sign? Or are you looking for a switch?

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