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Ophiuchus the 13th Zodiac Sign? No, It's Not

Expert astrologers debunk the latest astrological rumor

The recent media hype about Ophiuchus (pronounced Oh-fee-YOU-cuss), "the new 13th zodiac sign," has sent folks spinning into an astrological identity crisis -- as well as overloading our own DH web servers. But the whole thing is not even true!

"Ophiuchus has nothing to do with Astrology," said expert astrologer Rick Levine. "It's not an Astrology issue. It has to do with the stars -- it's not a sign, it's a constellation." 

"There are four seasons each with a beginning, middle and end," Levine continued. "That makes 12 zodiac signs, and there's no such thing as a 13th astrological sign."

So why are people freaking out, wondering if they went to bed last night a Gemini and woke up a Taurus? Here are the answers you've been waiting for on this cosmic controversy:

What is Ophiuchus?

Ophiuchus is a large modern constellation commonly represented as a man grasping the snake represented by the constellation Serpens.

Is Ophiuchus the 13th sign?

No. It's just a constellation. Even the founding text for Astrology (Tetrabiblos by Claudius Ptolemy written 170 AD) only mentions 12 signs. A few astrologers who practice the controversial sidereal  (constellation-based) zodiac use it as the 13th zodiac sign -- and by a few we mean about 1 percent.

How did this whole myth get started?

It began when astronomy professor Parke Kunkle of Minneapolis Community and Technical College told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune about the precession of stars over time. He said "Two thousand years ago the Sun was 'in' whatever it was in. Now it's about a whole constellation off from that." Kunkle's quote went viral and was picked up by FOX News and other media outlets because people mistakenly assume that Astrology is based on constellations. But that's not true.

So what is the truth?

Astrology is based on the four seasons, not on constellations -- and the seasons don't change. As Levine said above, there are four seasons, each with a beginning, middle and end, which adds up to 12 zodiac signs. There is no 13th astrological sign. Period.

What does this mean for you?

Nothing! Your zodiac sign hasn't changed. If you were a Gemini yesterday, you're still a Gemini today -- don't worry, you'll never wake up a Taurus. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

What can we learn from this?

Listen to the experts, and don't believe everything you read until you check your facts. There are a lot of people out there who think they understand Astrology when they really don't. Dailyhoroscope.com works only with authentic astrologers and we'll be sure to keep you informed of the truth.

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Sunitram says:
Sat, 01/22/2011 - 14:31

Adding Ophinchus as a 13th Zodiac Sign and utilizing the "true time frames" during which the Sun is in the actual zodiac constellations is logical and the correct thing to do. On March 20, the Sun is actually in the zodiacal constellation of Pisces and a person born on that day is, according to "true" astrology, a Pisces and definitely not an Aries. Everything changes and the "precession of the equinoxes" has caused the zodiac signs to move from where they once were 2,000 years ago. We would be foolish to not change with the Law of Time! Hidden by sacred orders to rule and decieve the masses of the power and knowledge of the significance of the 13th Zodiac Sign, the significance of 13 with the Founding of America, the significance of 13 and Jesus and his 12 Disciples, the significance of 13 and the so-called "Lost Tribe" in addition to the 12 Tribes of Israel has passed. 13 takes us to a higher plane of existence. In existance is a 13-Month Calendar that last forever, proves the "true" year is 16,041, is based on astronomy / "true" astrology, is a scientific fact, and is scientifically sound. Look on your One-Dollar Bill! 13, 13, 13! The Change Has Come. Everything is Being Reveiled. It is what it is! What did you think the "Dawning of the Age of Aquarius" really meant?" Accept It or be Left Behind! There's more to come!

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donodou says:
Wed, 01/19/2011 - 23:38

if this is not the 13th sign then why in the hell aren't my horoscopes a little closer to what is going on in my life now???? for example...my fiancee would be an aries now with this sign and when we looked it up it hit her perfectly like a hammer hitting the head of a nail and her what you say she should still be a taurus is so freaking off it isn't even funny...well actually it is because i laughed at it...and if you just say it is a constellation then why the hell does all the other signs have constellations in the heaven's as well??????????????????????????????????????/

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Bella says:
Tue, 01/18/2011 - 12:28

woops didnt mean to send tht 3 times

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Bella says:
Tue, 01/18/2011 - 12:28

Thank-you so much this is one of the cites tht reassured me tht it is not true! No offence karma101 but astology IS based on the four seasons, NOT on the stars and constellations.this sign is TOTALLY fake I knew it from the start thank-you for the help! :) ~Bella

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Bella says:
Tue, 01/18/2011 - 12:27

Thank-you so much this is one of the cites tht reassured me tht it is not true! No offence karma101 but astology IS based on the four seasons, NOT on the stars and constellations.this sign is TOTALLY fake I knew it from the start thank-you for the help! :) ~Bella

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Bella says:
Tue, 01/18/2011 - 12:27

Thank-you so much this is one of the cites tht reassured me tht it is not true! No offence karma101 but astology IS based on the four seasons, NOT on the stars and constellations.this sign is TOTALLY fake I knew it from the start thank-you for the help! :) ~Bella

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karma101 says:
Mon, 01/17/2011 - 09:59

Now, i am soooooo confused. This is the onlt sight that i checked on that said that this is COMPLETELY false and everything... So maybe thiis site is false !! :o
And i agree with Sheala, I beleive that astronomy is based on stars and constellations, ok, coicindence that there are 3 per season? Maybe... That there's a 13th constellation, it's quite possible !! This is the only web site that i went on that said that it wasnt tru and that the dude Parke was all wrong...
I don't know... If i get my sign tattooed, im getting cancer AND Gemini so that i know im not wrong :)

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Shealea says:
Sun, 01/16/2011 - 13:04

Atronomy is based on Stars and Constellation NOT the four seasons hence the names Astrology & Astronomy not Seasonolgy!

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Linzy says:
Sat, 01/15/2011 - 23:40

I freaked out when my friend brought this up one day, I enjoy my leo-hood to much, and I really don't wanna be a cancer ( no offense to you cancers out there) and I can thankfully be absolutly sure I'm a leo for life :)

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John says:
Sat, 01/15/2011 - 11:10

That Eastern astrologers use the Sidereal zodiac (drawing their charts based on the actual backdrop of constellations astronomers now see in the sky), and Western astrologers, the Tropical zodiac (a zodiac constructed symbolically and numerically, by dividing the space around the earth into sectors of 30 degree “spaces where the forces of creation morph into qualities and functions”) is also standard knowledge.

western astrologers “allegorically” refer to zones of celestial activity (that happen to have the names of the constellations). These zones are called Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces and are represented by the Ram, Bull, Twins and Crab etc, because the qualities of these animals symbolize these cosmic principles not because they are physically near the constellations by the same names.

According to the mythos of Greek or Western Astrology, the Sun acts as a middle man, bringing in the cosmic forces from the Galaxy and streams the energies into 12 zones, like 12 cosmic energy portals that the Earth passes through on its trip around the Sun. The planets focus these energies and step the galactic forces down even more and bring them into our earthly experience.

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