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NASA New Zodiac Ophiuchus: Basic history of the new astrological sign

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When news of the NASA new zodiac signs made rounds on the internet lately, people were left confused about their understanding of the existing astrological signs. With the inclusion of a 13th zodiac sign, people are wondering whether the new astrological chart will fit their personalities according to their new zodiacs.

The new zodiac made people questioning whether their astrological sign will change and with that, it would mean that their personalities won’t fit anymore. Thus, a basic history is made in order to understand the latest addition to the zodiacs.

The 13th zodiac sign, Ophiuchus, is mythologically known as the healer Asclepius, son of Apollo. Asclepius’ ability is to bring the dead back to life and that made Hades feel threatened so he made Zeus kill his grandson with a lightning bolt. Upon Asclepius’ death, he became a constellation of stars and was named Ophiuchus, which is also known as Serpentarius.

The constellation of Ophiuchus was already discovered in the ancient times. It is described as a man who holds a serpent with his body divided into two parts. Asclepius’ symbol is used in the medical staff and it is also associated with doctors, physicians and healers.

Early astrologers did not include Ophiuchus with the existing zodiac signs because the sun spends around only 19 days on the constellation. The Babylonians left out the constellation of Ophiuchus 3000 years ago because only 12 are needed for the corresponding 12 months in a year.

The 13 zodiac signs were already brought up by Stephen Schmidt back in the 1970s, but because of the controversy that it made, the 12 zodiacs signs was retained.

NASA pointed out that the constellation of Ophiuchus was there all the time and that the agency should not be blamed for the inclusion of a 13th zodiac sign since they are “just doing the math.” The agency also reiterated that astrology and astronomy are not the same. Hence, people should not be confused because the agency is based on facts.

Since the inclusion of Ophiuchus, the dates in the existing astrological signs were moved, thus a new chart is introduced:

Old List of 12 Zodiac Signs and Corresponding DatesNew List of 13 Zodiac Signs and Corresponding Dates
Aquarius: January 20 – February 18Pisces: February 19 – March 20

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

Capricorn: December 22 – January 19

Sagittarius: December 18 – January 18Capricorn: January 19 – February 15

Aquarius: February 16 – March 11

Pisces: March 12– April 18

Aries: April 19 – May 13

Taurus: May 14 – June 19

Gemini: June 20 – July 20

Cancer: July 21 – August 9

Leo: August 10 – September 15

Virgo: September 16 – October 30

Libra: October 31 – November 22

Scorpius: November 23 – November 29

Ophiuchus: November 30 – December 17

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