Movements in the earth’s axis over thousands of years have spurred some astronomers to question the accuracy of our zodiac system, and bring to light a previously little known sign: Ophiuchus (oh-FEE-uh-kuss). If you were born between Nov. 29 and Dec. 17, you could be considered Ophiuchus. Apparently previously calculated astrological positions have required some new millennium readjustment. New attention to the shift has supposedly caused many of us to question our signs and switch teams, and for those of us who believe in astrology, it could trigger a bit of an identity crisis.
I must say, I’m not happy about not being a Scorpio. According to today’s wildly publicized alternative zodiac chart (below), I’m now on the cusp of Virgo and Libra.
According to Georgia Nicols, the Scorpio me must beware of financial matters today. The Libra me needs to not bite off more than she can chew. Which leads me to wonder: if our astrological signs have so much to do with our decision-making processes, what impact do they have on determining what’s for dinner?
If you haven’t seen it, here’s the alternative zodiac chart, with 13 signs:
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. 23-29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29-Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan. 20
According to TIME Magazine, the constellation Ophiuchus represents a man wrestling a serpent, dividing the snake’s body in two parts. Ophiuchus is considered a healer of men and a doctor of medicine or science who seeks higher education and enlightenment. You can get to know your new sign better here.
If you’re one who believes in astrology, this is what your sign might have to say about what’s for dinner.
Capricorn: The practical and prudent Capricorn might doctor up a can of beans, making three-bean vegetarian chili to stash away for emergency meals later on.
Aquarius: Original and inventive, an Aquarius might experiment with French cooking, and make cod en papillote (fish baked in parchment).
Pisces: Compassionate and kind, a Pisces might forego making dinner to bake a batch of chocolate peanut butter bars for a friend in need.
Aries: Aries are said to be adventurous and energetic – you might experiment with making ice cream from scratch, using salt, ice and a tin can.
Taurus: Patient, reliable and warm hearted, a Taurus is likely to make a homey beef stew in the slow cooker.
Gemini: Adaptable and versatile, an easy one-wok stir-fry would be right up your alley if you’re a Gemini.
Cancer: Imaginative, creative and intuitive, a Cancer cook might experiment with a Quinoa, Apple & Goji Berry Salad with Honey-Curry Vinaigrette
Leo: A broad-minded and creative Leo might branch out with homemade huevos rancheros for dinner.
Virgo: Practical and diligent, a Virgo might be tempted to learn some time-saving tips and techniques to make mealtime prep more efficient.
Libra: The romantic Libra might make a batch of two-bite raspberry cheesecake tarts for dessert, whether it’s close to Valentine’s Day or not.
Scorpio: Emotional and passionate, a Scorpio is likely to mix up an easy batch of chocolate Nutella pudding, and eat it before dinner makes it to the table.
Ophiuchus: A healer, you might serve a bowl of steaming chicken or turkey soup.
Sagittarius: The good-humored Sagittarius is likely to have some fun with their food.
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