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Cosmic Alert! Is Your Zodiac Sign Wrong?

Nope. Scientists should research these simple facts

Is your zodiac sign wrong? That's the hot topic in mainstream media, which is suggesting that the Moon's gravitational pull may have shifted the zodiac by a whole month. Don't panic. Our expert astrologers are stepping in to set the cosmic story straight.

It wasn't long ago that news of Pluto's planetary status being bumped to "dwarf" was all over the headlines. And it seems that every six months or so scientists unveil new planets and celestial bodies in our galaxy.

It's fine and dandy to keep tabs on the amazing discoveries in our solar system, and we're always glad when Astrology hits the national news. But when that news is wrong ... well, we're here to remove the cosmic clutter.

One such bit of cosmic clutter is a FOX News story by Jeremy A. Kaplan ("Age of Aquarius Actually Age of Capricorn, Thanks to Rotation of the Earth"), in which Kaplan refers to findings from the Minnesota Planetarium Society that suggest there's been a "one-month bump in the alignment of the stars" and that Astrology is "all wrong."

This and other news stories as heard on TV, radio and print all seem to suggest a state of astrological emergency -- YOUR SUN SIGN MAY BE A WHOLE MONTH OFF! Do not panic. That's FALSE.

Unlike the scientists who did not check their facts, we went straight to astrology expert Jeff Jawer to clean up this confusion and explain what really is going on.

"There is no truth in this," Jawer said. "Western astrologers use the Tropical zodiac, which is based on the seasons, not the signs. Anyone who seriously researches the subject would know that."

Jawer shares these three simple facts to help clear up the astrological matter (pardon the pun):

  1. Astrology is Earth-centric. Not star- or Moon-centric. If the Moon's relative position to the stars changes, that doesn't mean the zodiac changes.
  2. Western astrologers have used a Tropical or season-based zodiac for about 2,500 years. That is why time and location of birth are so important.
  3. The signs of the zodiac, while represented in constellations, are not derived or aligned exclusively with constellations (although they did so coincidentally around 2000 years ago.)

The good news? This lunar shift isn't news. Western Astrology as we know it remains intact and you will not be faced with a horoscope sign identity crisis anytime soon. Learn why all the media hype around this 13th sign is wrong.

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22 Comments to "Cosmic Alert! Is Your Zodiac Sign Wrong?"
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Mela says:
Fri, 01/14/2011 - 06:28

PHEW.. what's happening? So I'm Aries now.. But Taurus suits me best.. I love my Zodiac sign. *pouts* Well, I don't care.. I'm gonna be a Taurus and Aries at the same time LOLz.. Taurus is my Zodiac sign though and Aries is my new .. Oh well.. :/

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Violet says:
Fri, 01/14/2011 - 00:41

Waitaminute - you mean to tell us that the alignment of the stars ISN'T what you've been feeding us this whole time?? So why the "it's in the stars" talk? You mean to tell us that it was "just a coincidence" that the Zodiac actually aligned with the Zodiac about 2000 years ago and we based a lot of belief on what we ACTUALLY SAW line up in the heavens, but that's not what is "REALLY" important?

Wow. This sounds like a lot of people who make a living off of feeding people something to believe are now rushing feverishly to save their butts by patching up the myth to their liking. I, for one, am totally stoked to be given an opportunity for my myth to be reborn, and embrace that my actual birth event lines up with an actual constellation other than what I've long thought. If I'm going to invite the stars to give me an opportunity for reflection and metaphor, it might as well line up to the actual stars, and not some man-made hand-waving gesture like you're trying to peddle now in an effort to convince everyone that you haven't been "wrong" all this time. If I wanted man-made, I'd stick to Christianity. The myth is beautiful, people. Let it just be a myth and it can still work beautifully without all the dogma.

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John Itanimulli says:
Thu, 01/13/2011 - 21:49

This article is just about as bad the article its trying to refute. Nowhere are astronomers claiming that the Moon has changed the zodiac signs. Its precession of the Earth that has changed the sky.

The guy quoted in the Fox article clearly has no idea what he is talking about. But in the end it doesn't matter as astrology is superstitious garbage anyway.

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versilis tyson says:
Thu, 01/13/2011 - 21:42

good....im still a leo

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Stephanie says:
Thu, 01/13/2011 - 21:31

so....what about the new sign Ophiuchus? I'm soo confuuuused

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Arrowwomen says:
Thu, 01/13/2011 - 20:53

I hope so... but I have to say, I sounded very much like a Sagi. Is that because I'm a Venus sub ruled Cappy? or because I have an Aquarius moon?
Ether way I love being a Cappy (the huge Capricorn tattoo says as much lol)

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aaron says:
Thu, 01/13/2011 - 20:27

check out eastern / vedic astrology. they've had it all along. it's time it finally came out to the western public. western astrology is 23 degrees off. you can't hide behind psychology and intuition forever.

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sheila says:
Thu, 01/13/2011 - 20:06

Iam happy to be a scorpio forever and always! Virgo just didnt suit me

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TS says:
Thu, 01/13/2011 - 19:33

I'm glad that I'm still a Gemini, I don't want to be a Taurus

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Jamie Lynn says:
Thu, 01/13/2011 - 19:30

Thanks for clearing this up!

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