*Attention douche bags: “What’s your name, what’s your NEW sign?” may be a new conversation starter again!*
You’re signs have changed for a while, according to astronomers.. But that’s just because we have followed western astrology and not SideREAL Astrology, which is the real deal. Its really nothing to be upset about, it’s just a few words that some lady makes up in the morning to collectively prepare us for our day..you knew all along that you shared the same birth week with quite a few people (probably over 5,000,000) that don’t look – act – smile – think like you do, so how could they be the same sign?.. To be honest, I always thought it was BS from my teenage years when I would hope to find something to brighten my day and all i’d get was some negative news mixed with some up lifting boring shit like “You are going to have a fight with your best friend, but no worries you will finish your homework on time, stay happy!”… Middle school Paige Piskin was like no way I am following this crap anymore, i’d rather not know – then create my day around this stupid mindset. Thankfully, I am no longer a taurus. I am an Aries. Not sure what that means, and I don’t care to look into it unless I speak to a reallllly awesome spiritual astrologer from 2000 years ago.
Here are the facts… if you want the time magazine article go here: Visit Site
Astrology vs Astronomy : Tropical vs Sidereal Astrology
The classical zodiac of Greek astronomy as defined by Ptolemy is tropical in nature, defining the signs relative to vernal equinox regardless of the position of constellations. Western astrology traditionally uses this system.
Sidereal astrology ties its signs of the zodiac to the actual constellations.
Some sidereal astrologers denounce tropical astrologers for failing to relate to the “actual heavens,”, seeing in this a fundamental degeneration of the subject…
The vernal equinox is the point of reference from which both astronomers and astrologers begin their measurement of the ecliptic, and it marks the beginning of the division of the zodiac into twelve equal segments. This is why the segment of the zodiac known as “Aries” is situated where the fixed star constellation of Pisces is. On 30th March, the sun is situated at roughly 10° of the astrological segment of the ecliptic known as Aries, but if one were to look up into the night sky one would see the fixed star constellation of Pisces.
Western astrology no longer uses the background of fixed stars as a point of reference. Modern western astrology uses the same system of reference as that of astronomy, i.e. it divides the ecliptic into segments starting at the vernal equinox. Although these segments have been given the same names as the fixed star constellations, the earth’s precession means that they are no longer in line with the constellations of the same name. It is only in certain specialist areas of astrology – such as mundane astrology when studying larger epochal changes – that the relationship between these constellations of fixed stars and the ecliptic has any significance. References are then made to the “Ages” of Pisces, Aquarius etc. Other non-western systems of astrology still work to some extent with alternative systems to the ecliptical equinoctial coordinate system used by western astrologers. Indian astrology uses a system which refers to the fixed stars as its method of measurement, leading to a situation in which the position of the zero-point has become a matter for dispute. This is because different astrological schools in Indian astrology refer to different zero-points.
The original astrology calendar indicated the dates/houses when the Sun moved in each Zodiac constellation. The Sun rose in Aries, at the vernal equinox, when the astrology calendar was devised over 2000 years ago. This century, on the date of the vernal equinox, the Sun rises in Pisces at the zero degree co-ordinate. Due to precession, the astrology calendar and the zodiac star-sign dates are about a month out of sync with the location of the Sun.
By Ignoring precession, astrology lost it
Nowadays, astrologers do not check the sky, they simply refer to an outdated ephemeris and astrology calendar. Most people do not realize astrology has lost the plot and is no longer as accurate as it used to be. The priests of astrology in ancient times observed and reported what actually occurred in the sky. Astrologers were the first scientists, mathematicians and time keepers – they aimed to be accurate.
As long as astrologers continue to refer to the zodiac calendar, the further out of date and sync with the actual sky they become. When a reform occurs and the zodiac calendar is updated, astrology will be accurate and relevant to our time.
Precession causes a slow shift clockwise of the Zodiac constellations along the ecliptic, which amounts to one degree every 72 years. Since the era when the zodiac calendar was devised, the first point of Aries has shifted from the zero degree to RA 25 degrees. The Sun moves in Aries at the end of the month of April, not in March as the Zodiac calendar depicts. The precession shift is consistent, all the zodiac constellation have moved about 25 degrees from where they were originally plotted 2000 years ago.
Precession of the equinoxes is caused by gravitational forces of the Sun and the Moon on the Earth. The period when a precession cycle is completed is 25,700 years – called ‘The Great Platonic Year. Over thousands of years, each Zodiac constellations has a period when the Sun rises in it at the vernal equinox. In 23,000 years time, Aries will complete a full circle of 360° around the equatorial co-ordinate until the Sun once more rises in it at the time of the vernal equinox.
Sources to get back up info:
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. 23-29.
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29-Dec. 17. (Yep, this one is new — read all about the Ophiuchus way of life here)
Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan. 20