If you've been going through life thinking you are a Virgo, think again. An astronomer says that a shift in the Earth's alignment has changed zodiac dates and added a 13th sign. So Virgos, how do you feel about being Leos?
Minnesota astronomer Parke Kunkle told a Minnesota TV station that the expected shift added a 13th Zodiac sign: Ophiuchus.
The news has caused an interplanetary uproar among people who read their daily horoscopes, as people who have been one sign or another their entire lives saying that they don't know what to make of the shift, or if they like the idea of changing astrological signs.
Lauren Puche of Kansas City says that she is a Scorpio.
"(If) Scorpio will have a good day or the week ahead promises good things, I'm, like, okay," said Puche. "I don't want to be a lion, I don't want to be a bunny, I want to be a scorpio. I don't know what I would do (if that were to change)."
According to astronomers, the 12 "original" signs were assigned almost 3,000 years ago, and the position of the Earth in relation to the sun has changed, and according to Kunkle, changed your sign along with it.
Debbie Keil Leavitt is an astrologer, a person who looks for signs and effects on human events through the motions of the planets and stars as opposed to an astronomer, who is a trained scientific observer of the motion and behavior of stars, planets and other celestial objects. She says that the constellation Ophiuchus isn't new.
"It didn't happen to be in a prominent place, either the equinoxes, the Winter solstice or the Summer solstice any time recently," said Leavitt of the Aquarian Organization of Astrologers.
Since the Greeks first catalogued the constellations 3,000 years ago, the gravitational pull between the Earth and the Moon has caused a 23 degree shift in the Earth's celestial position, meaning more planets appear to move through the constellation.
Levitt says that's something astrologers like her will take into account when giving a reading for someone trying to see their future in the stars. But she says that shw won't change her view of the 12 original signs of the Zodiac.
"The predominance is when you're looking in the newspaper and read your horoscope, you're looking at 12 signs," said Leavitt.
Some people around the metro agree.
"I will always be a Scorpio at heart," said Puche.
The New Dates:
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- Nov. 29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29- Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17- Jan. 20