Your Sign Has NOT Changed

Don’t worry: your sun sign has not changed, no matter what you’ve read online this week. There is no “new” zodiac. There is no 13th sign in the zodiacal system used in western astrology, and the dates for the western signs have not changed, either.

The information that has been flying around the Internet combines two elements that don’t have any affect on western astrology.

The quick explanation is:

(a) Different systems of astrology use different zodiacs. The system common in western astrology uses the dates you’re used to. Other systems calculate the dates and the zodiac differently. The Vedic system (from India) uses dates that are 23 days earlier.

(b) Nothing has happened to change the way the western (tropical) zodiac is calculated.

(b) The western (tropical) system uses signs based on constellations that are in the sun’s path. The constellation Ophiuchus, the so-called 13th sign, is not in the sun’s path. *Near,* yes, but so are lots of other constellations.

The three longer explanations I recommend are by Rob Brezsny at Free Will Astrology, Gary Caton at Soul Sign Astrology and Eric Francis at

By the way, these reports are not “news.” They’re resurrecting claims that have cropped up time and again over the last few decades. Interesting, though, how they have brought astrology into mainstream awareness. Sun-sign freak-out has been a dominant topic on Facebook these past few days. (“I can’t be a Taurus; noooooooo!”)

Astrology igniting in public discourse — sounds like double-teaming by the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction (sudden, shocking, electric shifts in collective viewpoints) and the reawakening of the Gemini/Sagittarius eclipse cycle by the Gemini lunar eclipse on the solstice. Did TIME magazine include input from an astrologer in this breaking news? No. How many of you ran to an astrologer for an explanation? Lots. It’s an early exercise in something we’ll be visiting a lot between now and 2013. What do we believe? What do we know to be true? How does information spread? How reliable is it? Who’s the expert?

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