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Shaking up the Zodiac -- What Sign are you Really?

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It all started when I had a discussion over the holidays with my niece Meredith about the Chinese Zodiac.  I had always been under the impression that I was a Tiger, since I was born in 1974.  I did not realize that the breaks in the year occur at a different time in the Chinese Zodiac (the placemats at restaurants don't go into this much detail!), so, I am in fact born in the year of the Ox.

Later in the week, I was hanging out with my friend David, and the topic came up again.  He pulled out an astronomy book and told me about a controversy concerning a 13th constellation that has moved into the traditional Zodiac.  This thirteenth sign, Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer, falls between Scorpio and Sagittarius, and shifts all the signs somewhat.

Now, I am a skeptic by nature, but I do read my horoscope frequently (even fortune cookies captivate me), and I always felt that I was very much a Capricorn.  According to this new information, I am in fact a Sagittarius!

Sun Sign    Meaning   Dates 
01:   Pisces   the Fishes   12 Mar to 18 Apr 
02:   Aries   the Ram   19 Apr to 13 May 
03:   Taurus   the Bull   14 May to 19 Jun 
04:   Gemini   the Twins   20 Jun to 20 Jul 
05:   Cancer   the Crab   21 Jul to 9 Aug
06:  Leo   the Lion   10 Aug to 15 Sep 
07:  Virgo   the Maiden   16 Sep to 30 Oct 
08:  Libra   the Scales   31 Oct to 22 Nov 
09:  Scorpius   the Scorpion   23 Nov to 29 Nov   
10:  Ophiuchus    the Serpent Bearer   30 Nov to 17 Dec 
11  Sagittarius   the Archer   18 Dec to 18 Jan 
12:  Capricornus     the Sea Goat   19 Jan to 15 Feb 
13:  Aquarius   the Water Carrier   16 Feb to 11 Mar

This would seem to throw the whole astrological world into disarray.  Here's a link or two with more about Ophiuchus.



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