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New Zodiac Sign Dates? Ophiuchus It Is.

By John Cave Osborne |

We're gonna need a new one of these...

Many of us got turned upside down when we learned the shocking astrological news that has a nation of horoscope readers scratching their heads. And I’m none too pleased about it. Turns out all these years, I’ve been living a lie. But boy did I buy into the whole Sagittarius deal. Hard to blame me. After all, I had all the traits. But now I’ve come to find out that I’m not actually a Sagittarius. Which means that all those years I thought I was free spirited? Turns out I was just super irresponsible. That 3-day Vegas bender during the 1997 NCAA tourney? It wasn’t because I possessed an innate sense of adventure, but rather a garden-variety penchant for booze and gambling.

But here’s the worst thing. When I recently decided to sell the successful small business I had co-owned for nearly a decade in part to pursue a career as a writer? I thought it was because I, as a Sagittarius, knew that anything was possible. Because I was a dreamer and a risk taker. Because I was one who was more than capable of making his dreams come true.

Turns out it’s because I’m a lame father.

After all, what kind of fool would leave such stability, unless he actually were a Sagittarius, who, according to the Universal Psychic Guild “are adept at seeking out their very own pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.” My decision? It had nothing to do with a romantic pot of gold I was seeking. Instead, it was probably nothing more than an early mid-life crisis, for crying out loud.

If I only had known, I would have done things so differently. Sierra’s the one who tipped me off. She first wrote about the new zodiac sign dates earlier today:

The zodiac problems are due to long-overlooked subtle shifts in planetary orbits and other things in space. I can’t pretend to know all about it. Happily, Paul Kunkle of the Minnesota Planetarium Society has this one covered. Here’s his corrected zodiac dates, in all their original Babylonian glory.

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.

* Discarded by the Babylonians because they wanted 12 signs per year.

I have great empathy for anyone who has suddenly found themselves to be a different zodiac sign than the one they always believed themselves to be. However, it’s nothing compared to what I’m going through. Not only am I not the sign that seemed to fit me like a glove, I’m actually a sign that before today never even existed. At least I’d never heard of it. Ophiuchus. I don’t know even the very first thing about the sign. Including how to pronounce it.

So in a nutshell, some sloppy astrological bookkeeping and the Babylonians’ decision to blow off a 13th sign has suddenly left me holding the bag that contains a full-blown identity crisis.

At least I’m not the only one in my family who’s affected. In fact, it’s impacted all of us. The triplets go from Libra to Virgo, and both my oldest daughter and my wife go from Leo to Cancer. But still, at least they’re getting shifted to an existing sign. At least they can read up on the traits they’re supposed to have so they can make the necessary tweaks. And at least every single one of them has someone else in our family who share their plight.

So this new astrological world shouldn’t be that scary for them.

Oh. Except for the fact that they’re either married to or being raised by a man who no longer has even the slightest clue as to who he really is.

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22 thoughts on “New Zodiac Sign Dates? Ophiuchus It Is.

  1. Jessica says:

    John i’m so with you total identity crisis there is no way i’m a Virgo. I’m a Libra and always have been/will be :) i just can’t identify with Virgo. Maybe there was a reason the 13th sign was thrown out???? My question is why is Scorpio only like 6 days??? what’s up with Scorpios? The other signs have at least 3 weeks for them. Hm… just makes me wonder…

  2. Torrie says:

    The addition of the sign has not been deemed official, it is hype made over a scientist’s opinion that was broadcast to a large audience. Added this is the same crap that was brought up years ago and was never accepted so it was thrown back into the trash, and Ophiuchus was originally not supposed to effect the other signs’ dates if it was added. However, if this is deemed official, it is only the sign that changes, the personality traits of the “traditional” sign one is born under are thrown onto your new one… Essentially you are the same person and will have the same readings, just a new physical sign. Ex; I’m a Scorpio traditionally, now I would be a Libra… Libras are now the dark evil sign of the zodiac lol. UGH this is why you do NOT mix science with spirituality and I hope this dies off soon.

    1. John Cave Osborne says:

      @ Jessica — i say we go back to the old way!

      @Torrie — maybe it’ll die off. and i really hope they don’t add that sign. i know nothing about astrology, except that i always did sorta believe that i possessed the characteristics one normally associates w/ Sagittarius.

      @Linda, the original one — OKAY, i just watched every second of that and i LOVED it. (and the motive behind sending it wasn’t lost on me. but rest assured, i’m not quite as flaky as i you might think!) that guy is incredible. well done, indeed.

    2. John Cave Osborne says:

      @Linda, the original one — and, Linda, thank you for your thoughtful condolences re: my cousin.

  3. Linda, the original one says:

    I don’t think you’re flaky, I thought I would hit my target audience. :)

  4. Emily says:

    You’re not a new Zodiac sign, unless you were born after 2009. You’re welcome. :)

  5. [...] WHAT? My son is now likely going to be an Aquarius and not a Pisces? I am devastated. DEVASTATED, I tell you! Because I totally had mapped out his life course based on his element being water and his sign being the fish! And Serge? Serge hasn’t left his room for hours, because, you know, they were going to fish together and, and, and… now? All is lost! We’ve all been living a lie! [...]

  6. Heather says:

    I think you’re taking this a little too seriously. Sure, I pay attention to my Zodiac, and I’m a little sad that I’ve gone from being a Leo to a Cancer. But I’m not freaking out or having an identity crisis because of it. Your Zodiac doesn’t determine who you are. You do. Your Zodiac has no control over your life or the choices you make. You do. The decisions you made in the past are no more wise or unwise just because your Zodiac is different than you thought it was. You shouldn’t let this have so much power over you. Take control of your life and don’t let what astronomers have said ‘is your exact personality’ rule how you think of yourself.

    1. John Cave Osborne says:

      @Heather — apparently the tongue-in-cheek nature of this post was lost on you. the identity crisis bit was a joke. i am who i am.

      that said, it is odd to think that i may no longer be considered a Sagittarius by some.

  7. Kyle says:

    Im not with this change. For over 2000 years, even with great philosophers like Pythagoras and Nostradamus, and many more after them, and
    no one throughout the history pointed out this theory? What happened to the elements, it wasn’t mentioned in the article. Is there anyone else out there besides Paul Kunkle that could prove this theory true? Why does it start in November 2009? If these changes are true, why is it that we make the change now compared to doing this centuries ago?

  8. John says:

    This article doesn’t do a good job explaining the difference between the height of these constellations and astrological signs. Astrological signs are each divisions of the ecliptic into 12 30 degree segments. That’s why they each last the same number of days. They were just named after nearby constellations, not defined by them.

    See the wikipedia article:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ophiuchus_(astrology)

    1. John Cave Osborne says:

      @John — this article didn’t try to do a good job of explaining the difference between the height of these constellations and astrological signs. its intent was to deliver an amusing perspective. thanks for your comment.

  9. nicholas says:

    nope sorry buddy you still are a Sagittarius haha wrote this big ole thread for nothing hahaha. it only applys for people born in 2009 and after. you are still 100 % Sagittarius

  10. Toni says:

    My daughter was born an Aries (Apr 1) now 24 yrs old, but she has been very emotional which is traditionally a behavior of a Pisces (new horoscope) and my son was born an Aquarius (Feb 7) now 22 yrs old, usually very cautious more like a
    Capricorn (new sign. There might be something to this. Maybe it is all very uncomfortable at the moment – but could be true.

  11. Gail says:

    Hey, if the Babylonians can blow off a sign I say we can, too. I’m sticking with Taurus, no matter what the new list says.

  12. Eric says:

    Astrologers are just using an outdated, mistaken system. Astronomically speaking, from November 30th to December 17th, the sun’s celestial backdrop is Ophiuchus. This was true before 2009, too — the actual dates of the sun signs shift one day every 71.6 years.

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  17. DILEN says:

    Dont let this controll your life, regardless of your sign, you can change how u act by simply changing how u act… its obvious. Do what you feel is right and not what your horoscope tells you because you end up living your life thinking that you have to do this, or you cant do that… and you’ve probably been doing this for a while but look what happened! the signs have been wrong so you have been living a certain way for NO REASON… Just do what u feel is right as long as its not violent… DAS BAD

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