January 15, 2011

I'm a Saggitarius Now?

I've been hearing a lot about this Zodiac change business lately. Half of the facebook statuses I read are about their new zodiac signs. I'm not a believer in zodiac signs. I believe that the positions of stars and planets do affect us, but I don't think they can decide what's going to happen in my life. I'm a capricorn cusp, but I don't really care about that. My horoscope for the day is not something that I turn to first thing when I pick up the newspaper. There are people who believe in astrology. I just don't happen to be one of them. But the whole buzz about this zodiac change got me curious. So, I did a little bit of googling. 

Astronomer Parke Kunkle claims that the position of the Earth with respect to the Sun has changed in the last 3000 years since the zodiac signs were first decided by Babylonian astronomers. This has resulted in the introduction of a new sign called Ophiuchus (which, by they way, I can't even pronounce). 

Not many believe in this change though. But it's also true in a sense if you see the difference between Sidereal Astrology and Tropical Astrology. 
According to wiki, "Sidereal astrology is the system of astrology used by some Western and all Jyotish astrologers who base their interpretation around the use of the sidereal zodiac. Its primary feature is that the signs of the sidereal zodiac approximately align to the sky constellations of the same name."
"Tropical astrology is based on the idea that early astrologers (mid-to-late first millennium BCE) defined the star signs according to the seasons in which the sun rose in them. For tropical astrologers therefore it is irrelevant that the solsticial points (tropics) have drifted from one constellation to another over the millennia, due to the precession of the equinoxes. The underlying philosophy remains unchanged in spite of precession, because it is based on the Earth's (and therefore our) relationship to the sun, not to the stars."

This article from cnn explains it: http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/01/13/no-your-zodiac-sign-hasnt-changed/

So, if you're Indian, this has most likely effected you. But if you follow the more common Tropical astrology used by westerners, then you have nothing to worry about. 

A little bit of info on the new sign: Ophiuchus is derived from the Greek word for 'serpent-bearer' The sign is portrayed by a man grasping the snake that is represented by the constellation Serpens. Ophiuchus was one of the 48 constellations proposed by Ptolemy in the second century. It was earlier known as Serpentarius, a Latin word for serpent-bearer.

The symbol for Ophiuchus
The personality traits of those born in the sign of Ophiuchus are said to be honest, intellectual, sexually magnetic, prone to change and of course, jealous. This covers those born between Nov. 29 and Dec 17. 

The rest of the zodiacs have shifted as follows: 

Capricorn: Jan. 20 - Feb. 16
Aquarius: Feb. 16 - March 11
Pisces: March 11- April 18
Aries: April 18- May 13
Taurus: May 13- June 21
Gemini: June 21- July 20
Cancer: July 20- Aug. 10
Leo: Aug. 10- Sept. 16
Virgo: Sept. 16- Oct. 30
Libra: Oct. 30- Nov. 23
Scorpio: Nov. 23- Nov. 29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29- Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17- Jan. 20

I'm now a sagittarius apparently. What's YOUR new sign?

P.S. If you're wondering why I spent the last hour writing a post on a topic that I don't believe in, then the answer lies in the word boredom. Unfortunately, even though its a weekend, I have no plans because I'm lazy and had no inclination to step out of the house. 


Cynthia GarcĂ­a said...

my new sign is libra, but i don't like it at all, I'm scorpio, and i feel like a scorpio, not like a libra, you know? I don't know if you feel the same about that but it's really weird, I was born scoprio, and i'll die scorpio, because that's the way i feel, and i don't mind what those astrologers say, hahah

xx, cynthia


Vanity said...

hehe i'm capricorn now , it seems!
ps-good to have u back :)

PnB said...

i used to be a saggi..i loved being a saggi..now im that cotopus sounding thing....btw hisd is not applicable to us...its applicable only to people born after 2009

anamika said...

eeeeks..i don want to be aries....i want to be taurian only :(

but ok then let me not believe in this and remain happy :)

indianmakeupways said...

wow!now am a gemini!i "used" to be a cancerian lol. anyway i believe in these things to a certain extent and I dont think am gemini at all, am a true blue cancerian with all the trademark traits!!! :D

ladylavendersays said...

@cynthia.. i've always say you are what you believe you are. So if you're a scorpio, you're a scorpio.

@vanity.. capri's are nice (i'm one myself, or used to be one). and i'm technically not back. Had free time this weekend. But i'm working next 2 weekends. :(

@mehak.. actually, i don't know how the whole thing about it only applying to those born after 2009 started. But considering the theory, i don't think it would work that way since the earth's position couldn't have changed in just the last two years. It's been happening gradually for 100s of years. So, it basically would apply to everyone alive today.

@anamika. i think its best to believe what you want to. You're happy. thats what matters.

@anju.. i don't believe in it. But i do match a few capri traits. Plus i don't think i'd be a good saggi at all.

Inky Pinky said...

I always wanted to be scorpio and m glad I've turned into one by fluke :D

ladylavendersays said...

@inky pinky.. i like scorpio's as well. they're very challenging people :P

Anamika K said...

Yeah I have been reading about this too. And yes sudden change of sun sign is weird...And though I dont believe in it,I suddenly am a Piscean now, a sun sign I dont really like :(

Tanveer Parmar said...

Ohh No! I am a Saggi now! I liked being a Capri :P.... but then when I think of it most of my friends are saggis so maybe it cld be right... But I wld rather be a Capri still :D

Vinod R Iyer said...

And they predict how our day/month/year is gonna be with this uncertainty ? How can I they play around with our future like this ?! :)

Good blog you've got here !

bhumika said...

i was a cusp betw sagi n capri..n now sagi alone..as it is i followed majorrie orr n was a sagi in it n my moon sign is also sagi..so dats wat i always followed..now no cusp nn pure sagi...!!

Purvi said...

I was a Gemini and am a Taurus now, but does it really matter??? i don't think so coz I am still what I was :) Haven't changed a bit...

ladylavendersays said...

@anamika k.. i don't believe in it either. But it's weird that i was a capri all my life and now i'm suddenly a saggi..

@tanveer.. i have a lot of saggi friends as well.. but i like the sound of capricorn..

@vinod.. i'm hoping that you were being sarcastic..

@bhumika.. hehe.. for you it works both ways na..

@purvi.. i don't believe in it either. It doesn't really matter actually. zodiacs don't define our lives. if it did, all capri's should have met their Mr. Rights last week. or atleast that's what TOI said.

Poohkie said...

I refuse to be anything other than Aries!!! Zodiac changes to damned!

swati said...

I know that time has changed in the last 3000 years...history will actually tell you the same thing....we are an hour ahead of time in 1700's when daylight saving wasn't introduced...but I strongly believe that simple positions of stars can never influence what we are....I was an aquarian and now I am a capri and I hate it totally and weird but a new sign has been introduced...I don even know how to pronounce it and I am sure I'll forget bout it by morning...tho its fun to read Linda Goodman and Bejan Daruwala :)

Blasphemous Aesthete said...

I shifted from Sagittarius to Ophiuchus, by a margin of one day. I liked the personality traits of a sag, but I like these traits too. :P
Not that I believe in astrology, but I find no harm in having a good read after a long day. Plus, good points are there in every sign, so I won't mind if they made a new sign with all the goodness and put that in the same bracket as Ophiuchus.
Nice read.

Blasphemous Aesthete

Anonymous said...

hi, wonderful blog u have.... encounterd it today n found a urprisingly interesting one... i am a saggi but after reading ths i come under the new sign ochiupus but i love being a saggi... hwevr the personality traits of the new one also is interesting.... bt whtevr m still what i am... hehe

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