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Hi folks!

I just got tweeted some interesting news regarding our beloved star-signs!
It turns our that they are no longer 12! Apparently, another sign has been pushing "italian style" in the queue to get in....
Meet "Ophiuchus", the 13th sign of the zodiac.
Apparently already in use 3000 years ago with the babylonians, credited for having "invented" the zodiac, Ophiuchus, running approximately between 29 November and 17 December, got excluded arbitrarily when the babylonians decided to work with only 12 signs (and we thought that only Catholics would arbitrarily exclude parts of their religion to suit them better...).
Now, 3000 years later, thanks to a shift in the Earth's axis, and according to Parke Kunkle, a board member of the Minnesota Planetarium Society, our old, familiar signs, have also shifted seats, creating room for a 13th guest.
This is some more information on Ophiuchus.
Go and check on this page if your sign has been affected, whether you believe in the Zodiac or not (I don't, but it's amusing...).
I am still very much a Taurean, but, if Mr. Kunkle is to be believed, my son is actually not a Gemini, but a Taurean as well (version that I would actually prefer, as Gemini men are all über intelligent heartbreakers with the attention span of a fruit-fly... Allegedly...), and my husband is not a Piscean, but actually an Aquarian, which I can appreciate, since Pisceans are quite devoid of any aggression, but Aquarians can be cosmic rottweilers if they want to, and my dad is actually not a Taurean anymore, but an Aries, which suits him fine as he displays the "teak-head" stubbornness of this latter sign.
If you happen to be so very lucky and be born between Nov 29th and Dec 17, then YOU are an Ophiuchus!
Congratulations!! How do you feel?
Not a catchy name, I admit, but at least you are original. Don't get put off by the strangeness of the name! Soon enough we will stop reacting to it like it's an infectious disease ( 'Hi, I'm Joe and I am an Ophiuchus... Am I still getting laid?' ).
It remains to be seen where the sign characteristics of Ophiuchus are. Has anybody written them yet?



jon said...

Seems logical. The lunar cycle is 28 days (as our female friends always remind us with their cycles) and if you divide 365 by 28 you get 13 months. Somewhere along the line, this logic got subverted. Wondering if this was another Judeo-Christian bugaboo.... Probably... Religion will always supplant rational, scientific thinking...

The Queen Father said...


You make me wonder....
Why do we always end up suppressing scientific fact with religious fiction.... Are we such dreamers that need to believe we belong to something bigger than what we see?
Are we so unhappy with reality that we prefer to don a pair of blacked-out goggles, keeping ourselves into the immaterial realm of faith, rather than enjoying our material bodies, their five senses and their intelligence?
Is it man's perennial dissatisfaction with himself that has made religions so strong throughout civil history?
Is religion like fashion: preying o the weaknesses of the many, promising a better life, all for the benefit of the few?
Am I on drugs?


jon said...

You are not on drugs; you just happen to be something very rare in this day and age: an enlightened person.


Silvia said...

In verità negli ultimi 2000 anni le costellazioni si sono spostate di un segno quindi io che dovrei essere Ariete risulto Pesci:D