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Ophiuchus: What We Know (And Like) About the New Zodiac Sign

Ophiuchus the New Zodiac Sign

Good traits, slightly jealous

After astronomers at the Minnesota Planetarium Society announced they were changing the zodiac calendar today, everyone is buzzing with questions and possible identity crises.

Around here, my colleague John (ex-Sagittarius) is seeing his life choices in a new light — wondering if he’s really the free-spirited adventure seeker he once thought himself to be.

And he’s just one of many – millions – who might be feeling off tilt today. According to TIME magazine, 31 percent of Americans believe the astrological signs influence personality.

But take heart. What I’ve heard about the Ophiuchus sign so far, I really like. In fact, with a birthday of December 20th — just shy of the December 17th cutoff — I’m a little sad I didn’t make the jump myself.  Here’s the Ophiuchus update:

The Ophiuchus constellation is a man wrestling with a serpent and dividing his body in two (wait, it gets better).

“It is the only sign of the zodiac linked to real men, sharing traits with Imhotep, a 27th century BCE Egyptian doctor, and biblical Joseph.”

Ophiuchus turns out to be a healer, a doctor, a man of medicine, and a scientist. He is intellectual and enlightened — achieving high success and authority in life.

You can see why I wish I had joined John and Carolyn in the zodiac re-assignment. This sounds like a desirable sign, and one I’d hope for if I were to plan a baby according to the stars. Come to think of it, though, the very reason I like this sign (the scientist in me) would prevent me from doing just that.

As per Sierra’s earlier reporting today, the new sign dates are:

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.

Image: flickr

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