What’s Your Sign? Check the New Zodiac Assignments Before You Answer
January 14, 2011
(ChattahBox Science News)—If you were born in November but never liked the connotation that the zodiac sign “Scorpio” gave you, now’s the time you’ll become a Libra…or an “Ophiuchus.” That’s because under the newly-revised zodiac signs, Scorpio only comprises one week of births (Nov. 23-Nov. 29)—the shortest span of all astrological signs—and the dates of all other signs have changed as well, thanks to some recent adjustments, Gawker.com reports.
As the Earth’s axis has shifted over time, the current zodiac assignments are no longer accurate based on when the sun is in each constellation’s “house,” Gawker notes. Therefore, the new date assignments, as well as the addition of an additional astrological sign, were instituted.
Originally, the ancient Babylonians developed the zodiac with 13 signs, including all of the 12 modern signs from Capricorn through Sagittarius that you’ve always known, but with the addition of Ophiuchus. The Babylonians later decided to keep it down to 12 signs so they later dropped Ophiuchus from the list and readjusted the dates of the remaining signs, Gawker reports.