Even in the face of scientific evidence, I refuse to believe I am a Pisces, NASA.
First and foremost, I’d like to start off this article by proclaiming I am obviously an Aries. Secondly, I want to kindly request that NASA does the right thing and backs off from the idea of changing our star signs.
If not, I’ll take a second option of altering horoscope signs for all 7.59 billion people on earth, except for those born on March 22. Those born on March 22 should get to remain Aries, the sign they have on that bikini they bought half off on ASOS and the ring their best friend gave them for their 20th.
Now, as anyone who follows astrology knows, your Astrological sign is dictated by the position of the sun relative to a constellation of stars on the day you were born.
Currently, the signs are as follows, which they have remained as for thousands of years, NASA:
The pseudoscience of astrology — which represents the art of looking to the sky to derive meaning and presage — dates backs to 330 BC. It was during this time period that the 12 star signs that make up the Zodiac were first defined by the Babylonians.
Divination through other methods was also popular. Scrying, the oldest form of divination, which practices reading one’s destiny through reflection, was performed in ancient Egypt using ink and by the Greeks with reflective surfaces, such as mirrors. Ancient societies also turned to entrails, corn grains, and tea leaves, among other objects, to derive future insight.
While altered forms of these historical means of divination are still seen today-scrying lead to the method of reading crystal balls to glean what’s ahead, tea leaves are featured in Harry Potter-none remain as popular or prevalent as astrology.
After all, with over half of 18–24 year old’s now declaring some belief in the scientific power of astrology, and a general push towards all sorts of wellness, including spiritual well-being, across social media platforms, the art of reading the stars fits into our current landscape.
Astrology is also easily accessible. Whereas shifting through the body parts of a goat under a new moon might alienate some potential followers, it’s easy enough to know a sign that correlates with the day you were born. In fact, 90% of all adults know their sign, so much so that the art of asking someone “what’s your sign?” might well be the most cliché and hated of pickup lines.
Finally, in a time of great uncertainty, there’s even more appeal in the assurance of destiny that astrology provides; recently Google searches regarding the topic have skyrocketed.
But like I said, it’s a pseudoscience that I’ve felt no attachment to, until my sign was recently threatened. Now, inexplicably, I’m more ride or die about remaining an Aries than I’ve ever been about anything in my life, ever, so please back off, NASA.
To give you some context into why I am concerned about being categorized as a Pisces, a water sign embodied by a fish, NASA has rediscovered the oft overlooked star, Ophiuchus. The inclusion of Ophiuchus, which would encompass the time between November 29th and December 17th, has a ripple effect on the dates covered by each of the 12 set signs.
If Ophiuchus is included in the Zodiac, the new alignment of signs would be as follows:
Capricorn: 20 January to 15 February
Aquarius: 16 February to 11 March
Pisces: 11 March to 18 April
Aries: 18 April to 13 May
Taurus: 13 May to 21 June
Gemini: 21 June to 20 July
Cancer: 20 July to 10 August
Leo: 10 August to 16 September
Virgo: 16 September to 30 October
Libra: 30 October to 23 November
Scorpio: 23 November to 29 November
Ophiuchus: 29 November to 17 December
Sagittarius: 17 December to 20 January
As you can see, Scoprios would be reduced to a mere 7 days to make way for the Ophiuchus’s. In fact, the sun does stays in the realm of the constellation Ophiuchus longer than it does in Scorpius, which makes the update more scientifically accurate. There are also up to 21 constellations that fall into the path defined by Babylonians. If we really wanted to be scientifically accurate, the Zodiac should be expanded to encompass each one, an idea that fans of Astrology have repeatedly rebelled against.
However, people shouldn’t panic just yet. After all, even thousands of years ago, the Babylonians knew of this constellation, which is represented by a man fighting a snake. They simply decided not to include it in the Zodiac, with the symmetry of twelve signs corresponding to twelve months more appealing.
And periodic articles have come up mentioning the fact the world, due to the “axial precession” of the Earth — the concept that the Earth does not rotate perfectly but that the axis rotates the way a spinning top might — has altered the planet’s position in relation to the star signs set thousands of years ago, so that the old but prevalent Zodiac signs are no longer accurate. In fact, they’ll continue to slowly shift with the precession of the earth over a 26,000 year cycle. But, again, fans of Astrology have ignored this information in favor of the beloved, but scientifically inaccurate, original 12 signs.
It’s likely that with an outcry Twitter users and the general Astrology loving public decrying the recent shift to include a 13th by NASA that the new signs and proposed schedule won’t stick and we’ll remain using the original 12 to best determine our personalities, our romantic matches, and our fates.
And I don’t believe our signs should be altered to include this new constellation. After all, astrology was never meant to reflect exact science or be an exact science. And people have long identified with the old signs, saying something about the wisdom of the Babylonians, which has filtered down through centuries so much so that Carl Jung believed it could be used to delve into the subconscious mind well into the 19th century. Now, in a time of economic, physical, and mental uncertainty, we need something concrete. There’s no point in trying to alter the Zodiac, especially the general public aka the people who gain the most joy out of something proven not to be the least bit scientific, don’t see the point in doing so.
So, the next time I’m in a club and someone asks me what my sign is, I won’t look at them with total disdain. Instead, I’ll proudly proclaim “I’m an Aries.”