NASA has not found a ‘new’ sign of the Zodiac. Astrology: How a Shifting Sky destroyed it

A new sign of the zodiac has and was just discovered.

It’s the same every year. People believe the “News” that NASA has discovered a thirteenth sign in the zodiac. They panic.

It happened again this week, and NASA was compelled to tweet about it the simple fact that it hasn’t affected any star signs.

Because the sky has shifted, your star sign will be different.

“No, we didn’t change the zodiac,” stated NASA on Tumblr. “When the Babylonians created the constellations 3000 years ago, they left out a 13th sign. We did the math.”

Understanding the reasons the sky changed and the failures of Western Astrology will give you a deeper understanding of not only the night sky but also the Earth’s journey through time.

Here’s what we are going to do.

Let’s first define the differences between astrology & astronomy. Next, let’s look at where the zodiac originated, then compare it with the reality of night sky. Finally, we will find the 13th sign of the zodiac, the summer constellation of Ophiuchus, which is pronounced “Orfew-cuss”).

You can then go look for Ophiuchus tonight in the night sky and wax poetic about the wonders and beauty of astronomical light… and forget all about astrology.

Western Astrology vs. Astronomy

You can annoy an Astrologer by calling them an astrologer. Don’t bother trying to be annoying for an astrologer. You’re better off completely ignoring them.

Let’s not be harsher than necessary on Western astrology. It’s old science. It refers specifically to the science of ancient Babylonians who lived in Mesopotamia, present-day Iraq, and Syria around 3,000 years ago.

It’s not only old science, but astronomy itself–a modern observational science-around the 17th Century–that diverged. Here are some key facts about astrology.

  • According to Western astrologers, line-of sight observations can have an impact on people’s lives. How could the apparent positions of the Sun, moon, planets and Sun–as determined by an imaginary line from Earth through the Sun and beyond- affecting anyone’s lives? The Sun is not “in” anything. It is in the background, far ahead of the stars.
  • The Sun is not in front of astrological star sign when horoscopes claim it is, not because they are too far away, but because Earth has precessed over the past 3,000 years (more below).

What is the result? The result?

What is the Zodiac?

It is a belt of “animal constellations” that runs across the sky to either side of the ecliptic, where the Sun (and planets and Moon) appears to be moving through.

The Sun’s movements were observed by ancient Babylonians and other civilizations, but they simplified their observations for the rest of us.

Babylonians divided the Ecliptic, which is the apparent path of Sun through the sky, into twelve 30deg segments and assigned each one equally with one of twelve constellations or “signs” it intersected.

13 was considered unlucky, so Ophiuchus was removed from mythology. It was merged with Scorpio and Sagittarius.

Signs of the Zodiac vs. the Night Sky

According to Western Astrology, there are 12 signs that make up the zodiac. This literally means the “circle among animals”. However, the Sun also travels through 13 constellations each year.


Aries, Taurus (where the Sun is presently), Cancer and Leo, Libra, Scorpio, Ophiuchus. Sagittarius, Capricorn. Aquarius.

Unfortunately, astrologists are incorrectly putting dates on star signs. Here are astrology‘s observations of the night sky that form the basis for its line-of sight “insights” into human moods and fortunes:

Astrology (wrong): The Sun’s position in space according to astrology

Here are the places and times that astrologers pretend to be the Sun in the sky. This will help you determine what your birth sign is.

  • Capricorn: December 22-January 19,
  • Aquarius: January 20-February 18,
  • Pisces: February 19-20, 2019
  • Aries: March 21-April 19,
  • Taurus: April 20-May 20,
  • Gemini: May 21-June 20
  • Cancer: June 21-July 22,
  • Leo: July 23-August 22,
  • Virgo: August 23-September 22,
  • Libra: September 23-October 22,
  • Scorpio: October 23-November 21,
  • Sagittarius: November 22-December 21

Correct position of the Sun in the sky

This is the time when the Sun actually appears in the constellations. It is also your “star sign”. There is some overlap with astrology, but many surprises.

  • Capricorn: January 20-February 16
  • Aquarius: February 16-March 11
  • Pisces: March 11-18,
  • Aries: April 18-May 13,
  • Taurus: May 13-21, June 21
  • Gemini: June 21-July 20,
  • Cancer: July 20-August 10, (21 days).
  • Leo: August 10–September 16
  • Virgo: September 16-October 30, (45 days!)
  • Libra: October 30-November 23,
  • Scorpio: November 23-November 29, (just one week!)
  • Ophiuchus: November 29 – December 17 ( Not An astrological sign, but still real!
  • Sagittarius: December 17 – January 20

Your horoscope may be wrong, as the Sun is not in the zodiac sign that astrology claims it to be. It doesn’t really matter what sign the Sun is in, but understanding why it is there will help you understand more about the planet that you live on.

It is precession.

What is precession?

The Earth spins like an upside-down spinning top. Astrology’s “insights”, therefore, have no relationship to the Sun’s position against the background of stars.

It spins like a top due to its 23.5o tilt. It recesses once every 25,800 year. The Earth’s North Poles are the northern point of the spinning top. It currently points to Polaris, which is the North Star in the constellation Ursa Minor.

However, when astrology was first established 3,000 years ago, the Earth’s northern orbit pointed to Thuban, the star in the constellation Draco.

Precession is caused by the Sun’s and Moon’s gravitational influences on Earth’s Equator. The apparent position of stars, constellations and the equinox, solstice and equatorial points changes as the north celestial pole moves. Precession is a key factor in causing the plane of the eclipse to shift slightly.

The result is that the astrological star sign are out of tune with the night sky. This will continue for the next 23,000 year. Thuban will once again be the North Star and the Sun’s apparent route through the sky will return to basic astrological thinking.

But, the problem of the 13th constellation “missing” is still a problem

What is the 13th sign in the zodiac?

Ophiuchus, “the serpent charmer”, is the 13th sign in the zodiac. However, you won’t see Ophiuchus anywhere in your horoscope. It’s located between Sagittarius & Scorpius. Although it is not a new constellation, it is the forgotten thirteenth constellation of zodiac that astrology ignores.

The Sun is seen in the Ophiuchus region south on November 29, each year. It remains there until December 18.

If you think that you are a Sagittarian then you are probably an “orphaned Ophiuchus”.

How to locate Ophiuchus tonight in the night sky

Ophiuchus is easy to find at this time of the year. Look out tonight to the east and then up. You’ll see the “Summer Triangle”, which is defined by three bright stars, Vega, Deneb, and below them, Aquila. Look to the southeast for Saturn and Jupiter. Ophiuchus, a large house-like constellation, is located to the right of a line connecting Jupiter and Vega.

Rasalhague is approximately 50 light years away and the brightest star in Ophiuchus.


What is the zodiacal light?

Literally, the “light from the circle” or “false dawn”, the zodiacal light appears around the September-March equinoxes. Zodiacal light, which is sunlight reflecting off the Solar System’s dust — the building blocks of the planets and leftovers from comets–is the sun’s rays.

NASA has not found a 13th sign in the zodiac. Astrology is fascinating as always.


I wish you clear skies, wide eyes and clear skies.

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