Sometime last week my zodiac sign changed. Yes, one night I went to bed as an Aquarius and, unbeknownst to me, woke up the next morning as a Capricorn.
Well, not really... It wasn't really an overnight event, but it kind of felt that way when I learned of the change!
Yes, the good folks at NASA apparently discovered back in January that there is, and always has been, a 13th constellation in the zodiac, Ophiucus. For whatever reason, though, this news didn't make any headlines until last week. What exactly caused this story to resurface is beyond me.
Although I've never really paid much attention to astrology and have only read my horoscope out of sheer entertainment, I still found this change... Weird. I mean, for forty-something years, I've been an Aquarius; it's loosely been a part of my identify. And now, I'm suddenly supposed to be a Capricorn! I can't go changing astrological signs in midlife!
According to this article, the addition of the 13th astrological sign means that 86% of people were actually born under a different sign than originally thought. Apparently, this upset many people who then blamed NASA for their astrological concerns. The agency posted their innocence in the matter last Tuesday on its Tumblr page stating that:
…Here at NASA, we study astronomy, not astrology. We didn’t change any zodiac signs, we just did the math.Apparently NASA's discovery has ruffled a lot of feathers!
Although saying that I'm really a Capricorn after years of being an Aquarius is odd to me, I really couldn't care less. But, out of curiosity and for basic shits and giggles, I decided to compare the traits of an Aquarian to that of a Capricorn to see which one truly fits me best.
According to 123 New Year, Aquarians are:
Taking an honest looks at myself, I think I posses 8/10 of these characteristics. I have indicated the ones that I think I possess above in purple.
According to the same website, Capricorns are:
Using the definitions provided on the website, I have indicated the characteristics that I think I possess in purple.
So, here's the verdict: I possess 80% of the characteristic traits of Aquarius and only 50% of the traits of a Capricorn.
I think I'm just gonna stick with being an Aquarius.
Here are the newly aligned astrological dates, just in case you are wondering if your sign changed like mine:
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
Do you believe in astrology? Has your astrological sign changed? If it has, how do you feel about that?