How Off Is Astrology

What’s your sign, by the way? Are you certain of that?

Because of a wobble in the earth’s axis, many of us may not be the Leos or Geminis we thought we were. All of the zodiac signs are inaccurate by nearly a month, according to a story in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

The position of the sun in relation to specific constellations on the day you were born determines your astrological sign. The astrological placements, on the other hand, were calculated around 2,000 years ago.

Parke Kunkle, an astronomy professor at Minnesota Community and Technical College and a board member of the Minnesota Planetarium Society, told the Star-Tribune that the moon’s gravitational influence has caused the Earth to “wobble” around its axis in the years since those estimates were performed.

It’s called “precession,” and it’s a well-known phenomena. Our perspective of the stars changes by one degree every 70 years because to this “wobble.” The difference is so slight that it goes unnoticed, yet after 2,000 years, it adds up.

While it’s all a bit convoluted, the main line is that there’s been a one-month shift in the stars’ alignment. And as a result, astrology has become a disaster.

“When people claim the sun is in Pisces, it’s not in Pisces,” Parke Kunkle of the Minnesota Planetarium Society told the newspaper.

According to Kunkle, Ophiuchus, the 13th sign, should exist. The Babylonians who created the zodiac apparently went over Ophiuchus because they only wanted 12 signs. Now that the Earth has turned, the true signs of the zodiac appear to be as follows:

  • Jan. 20-Feb. 16: Capricorn
  • February 16th through March 11th is the sign of Aquarius.
  • Pisces (March 11April 18) is a water sign.
  • April 18th to May 13th is the sign of Aries.
  • Taurus (May 13June 21) is a fixed sign.
  • June 21-July 20: Gemini
  • Cancer: July 20th through August 10th
  • Leo: August 10September 16
  • Virgo: September 16th through October 30th
  • Oct. 30Nov. 22: Libra
  • 23-29 November: Scorpio
  • Nov. 29-Dec. 17: Ophiuchus
  • Sagittarius: December 17th to January 20th

Here’s what you need to know if you were born under the signs of Scorpio or Sagittarius and now find yourself under the sign of Ophiuchus. The sign is based on the same-named constellation, which is claimed to depict Asclepius, son of Apollo, holding two snakes.

Ophiuchus is said to provide good fortune and to uphold lofty goals while seeking peace and harmony. Those born under the sign of Ophiuchus are believed to be curious, passionate, and have a quest for knowledge, as well as a fiery temper.

True astrology believers who have found themselves in an astrological identity crisis have been panicked by the Star-Tribune news about the zodiac shake-up, which has quickly swept over the Internet.

However, some argue that if you’re concerned that you’ve lost your fun-loving Libra identity and are now a perfectionist Virgo, be assured that nothing has changed.

The sidereal zodiac, a type of astrology that calculates zodiac signs based on constellations, is more popular in the East than in the West. Western astrology and, most likely, your local newspaper’s horoscope writers follow the tropical zodiac, which is based on seasons and equinoxes.

Despite the Earth’s axis, nothing has changed according to the tropical zodiac.

So, Libra, keep being that amazing listener and don’t worry about turning into a Virgo.

Is astrology accurate in terms of science?

Astrology is a collection of belief systems that assert that there is a connection between astrological phenomena and events or personality traits in the human world. The scientific community has dismissed astrology as having no explanatory power for describing the universe. Scientific testing has discovered no evidence to back up the astrological traditions’ premises or alleged effects.