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What’s Your Sign?

by Staff

Tags: zodiac, sign, astrology, constellation, precession,

People with zodiac tattoos take heed: your astrological sign probably isn’t what you think it is. In an article for LiveScience, Pedro Braganca tears down some commonly held notions about the signs of the zodiac. Braganca writes that astrological signs were determined 2,200 years ago, based on the position of the sun in relation to the constellations. The problem is that the alignment of the stars has changed over time. Since the astrological positions were first recorded, the Earth has shifted on its axis due to a natural phenomenon called precession, caused by the Moon’s gravitational pull on the Earth’s equator. “This [shift],” writes Braganca, “means that the signs have slipped one-tenth—or almost one whole month—of the way around the sky to the west, relative to the stars beyond.” In other words, your actual astrological sign is probably not the one you thought it was. It may be the one directly before. If you think you are a Cancer, chances are you’re actually a Gemini. If you’re still interested, try LiveScience’s Starry Night program to determine your real, astrologically consistent zodiac sign. 

Morgan Winters 


rhea nodel
1/9/2008 9:28:43 AM

me - a libra - yeah, right a very explosive, emotionally unstable libra perhaps my daughter - a pisces - yeah, right a very strong willed, head-through-the wall, won't take "no" for an answer kind of pisces??? we must all be taking after our rising signs - or have those changed also?

jeffrey kishner
1/9/2008 9:10:50 AM

The author is misinformed. There are two systems of astrology: In Sidereal Astrology, one looks at the current location of the constellations (which takes precession into account.) This is used by Vedic Astrologers. In Western Astrology, we often use the Tropical System, in which Aries always starts at the Vernal Equinox, regardless of where the actual fixed stars are. The signs of the zodiac are, in this system, associated with the seasons. Aries = Spring, the bursting forth of life. http://jeffreykishner@gmail.com

1/8/2008 6:14:32 PM

The Calendar is all wrong. Los mayas lo tenían más claro. http://juliaardon.blogspot.com/

1/8/2008 2:03:07 PM

ACK! Well, I suppose that explains my husband (old sign Gemini, new sign Taurus) as being such a stubborn ass. As for me, I agree with Marion. http://www.myspace.com/ktautfest

1/8/2008 2:00:52 PM

I'd still like it explained to me why the birth process is the defining point in astrology - why not conception? It made more sense when my chart was read this way, anyway - although if this science is correct, then I'd better be even more determined to define myself instead of use my birth date as an excuse when stuff gets hard...

1/8/2008 11:39:53 AM

All these years I thought I was a Scorpio with Libra Rising, Gemini Moon and so on. Now I'm without an identity until the astrologers give us the new configurations! http://http://www.Vitamark.com/764565

1/4/2008 12:00:59 PM

Well, this is depressing. I don't want to be a Taurus! They're such control freaks.

1/4/2008 12:00:42 PM

Well, this is depressing. I don't want to be a Taurus! They're such control freaks.