So there’s a story making the rounds that NASA has changed the Zodiac, adding a 13th sign, and now people are all being assigned new star signs. Which… Okay there’s a lot to unpack here. First of all, NASA has nothing to do with any of this. This is Astrology, not Astronomy. Astronomy is science, whereas astrology is… not. Second of all, the 13th sign, Ophiuchus, isn’t “new” it’s been acknowledged for thousands of years. In fact, when they were originally figuring out the star signs, they knew about the 13th sign, but wanted to cut one out because 13 is seen as an evil/unlucky number.
Pretty much everything back then was also done in base 12. You know how you always set your volume to multiples of 5 or 2 because they just feel like better numbers? That’s because we do everything in base 10, and 5 and 2 divide cleanly into 10. Back then, everything was done in terms of 12, so that’s why we have 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, and 24 hours in a day. It’s why we still count things in dozens, and we have words for 144 things. (a gross). We count circles as having 360 degrees. highly composite numbers like 12, 24, 60, and 360 were super useful in the old days back before we had calculators, so it made it easy to divide everything into bunches of 12, and it’s why we had 12 Zodiac signs, one for each month, despite them knowing there was a 13th.
Also… The Zodiac signs were sort of… wrongly implemented in the first place. See the way you’re familiar with it, each one is roughly a month long, even though the sun is in each of them for wildly different times. For example, we’re only ACTUALLY in Scorpius for 7 days. From November 23 to 29, despite Scorpios being anyone born from October 23 to November 22. I mean we’re not even in Scorpius for a single day that Scorpios are being born. The “new” zodiac seeks to rectify that, and re-add Ophiuchus into the mix, so that we’re much more accurate.
Personally I have no stakes in it at all. I’ve been a Gemini my whole life, and nothing about my personality or understanding of myself will change if I find out I’m actually a Taurus now, but if you really care about the Zodiacs, and don’t want to change your self identity, then don’t. Personally I wish they’d redefine what each sign means with the shuffling, because that way people won’t be horrified to find out that they are now “omg I’m a Libra?! Horrible.” And instead they could say “oh Libra means THAT now? That’s totally me!” At the end of the day, whether I’m a Gemini or a Taurus, I’m still me, and that’s what’s important.