Every time a new year begins, many people consult the horoscope to find out what fate has in store for them and, given the heat of annual predictions, a theme has become recurring in astrological debates: the existence of more signs of the zodiac that change everything.
This discussion is not new, in fact, for several years now there has been talk about the existence of Ophiuchus, the famous thirteenth zodiac sign, but is it true that astrology deliberately ignores it? Not satisfied with that, there are people who speak of a fourteenth zodiac sign: Cetus
With the intention of being clear about this controversy, we explain the origin of this debate and the truth behind the “appearance” of more signs of the zodiac.
How did the 13th zodiac sign controversy start?
It all started in 1995 when British Royal Society of Astronomy astronomer, Jacqueline Mitton argued to the BBC that the zodiac should not have 12 zodiac signsbut 13, due to the existence of Ofiuco, according to portals such as ABC Ciencia and El Confidencial.
While not much noise was made about it back then, In 2016 NASA turned the issue on again by pointing out that Ophiuchus was a constellation that the Babylonians “forgot” to include. For many, this meant confirmation of the existence of the thirteenth zodiac sign, which NASA itself clarified in another statement released until 2020, where it said that they did not change the zodiac and emphasized the difference between astronomy and astrology.
“(Astronomy) is the scientific study of everything that exists in outer space, (astrology is) the belief that the positions of stars and planets can influence human events,” he explained in the statement.
What do astrologers say about Ophiuchus and other “forgotten” signs?
Astronomers and astrologers agree on two things: the existence of more constellations and the fact that the Babylonians more than 3000 years ago divided the zodiac into 12 signs and they chose a constellation for each one corresponding to the months of their calendar based on the lunar phases.
For what reasons were the other constellations left out? They did not do it deliberately, but because when they started with the myth of the Zodiac, Ophiuchus was not a visible constellation and now it is because Earth’s axis is not the same as it was 3000 years agoexplained ABC Science.
Has your zodiac sign changed?
Astrologers emphasize that the horoscope has not changed and will never change because, although Ophiuchus and Cetus are real constellations like many others in the sky, they are not included in the Zodiac because astrology and astronomy “are two completely different things” and the calendar has been in use for thousands of years. precise astrology of the Babylonians that aligns with the natural cycles of the Sun, astrologers including Nina Kahn and Rebecca Gordon told Reuters in a post posted 2 years agowhich tells us about how “old” this debate is.
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