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There is a new zodiac sign and people are furious. Know if you belong under Ophiuchus

Whatever may be Ophiuchus’ traits people are not happy about this particular discovery. Of course the believers in horoscope have been devastated.

By: Express Web Desk | Kolkata | Updated: September 20, 2016 1:21 pm
Ophiuchus holding the serpent, Serpens, as depicted in Urania's Mirror, a set of constellation cards published in London c. 1825. Above the tail of the serpent is the now-obsolete constellation Taurus Poniatovii while below it is Scutum. (Source: Wikimedia commons) Ophiuchus holding the serpent, Serpens, as depicted in Urania’s Mirror, a set of constellation cards published in London c. 1825. Above the tail of the serpent is the now-obsolete constellation Taurus Poniatovii while below it is Scutum. (Source: Wikimedia commons)

Believe it or not, there is a new Zodiac sign. Yes, we are as amazed and baffled as you are!

According to reports, NASA updated the horoscope database and for the first time in 2,000 years, a new Zodiac sign was recognised.

In January this year, NASA published a blog post telling us that there were, in fact, 13 constellations as opposed to the 12 we have been following. According to the blog post, about 3,000 years ago the Babylonians divided the zodiac into 12 equal parts according to the 12-month calendar that they already had. This calendar was based on the phases of the Moon. In that, “each month got a slice of the zodiac all to itself.”

However, the shocking blog post reveals that “even according to the Babylonians’ own ancient stories, there were 13 constellations in the zodiac.” The 13th constellation in question here, is known as Ophiuchus. Not being able to accommodate this extra constellation into their lunar calendar, the Babylonians decided to leave the poor Ophiuchus out!

“Even then, some of the chosen 12 didn’t fit neatly into their assigned slice of the pie and slopped over into the next one,” the post adds. Could this be the reason the horoscope predictions for some of us never matched?

The post explains, “When the Babylonians first invented the 12 signs of zodiac, a birthday between about July 23 and August 22 meant being born under the constellation Leo. Now, 3,000 years later, the sky has shifted because Earth’s axis (North Pole) doesn’t point in quite the same direction.”

“The constellations are different sizes and shapes, so the Sun spends different lengths of time lined up with each one. The line from Earth through the Sun points to Virgo for 45 days, but it points to Scorpius for only 7 days. To make a tidy match with their 12-month calendar, the Babylonians ignored the fact that the Sun actually moves through 13 constellations, not 12.”

This new information and these explanations, however, added only misery and came as a shock to people, who discovered that all their lives they has been living under the wrong sign.

You will be surprised to know that apart from the 12 common constellations, the Sun also aligns with the benched Ophiuchus for about 18 days each year. So, for all those born in between November 29 and December 17, congratulations you have a new sign – Ophiuchus.

But the debate about the new sign is not new. Reports suggest that way back in 2011, people knew about Ophiuchus but were just scared or reluctant to accept it.

But who exactly is Ophiuchus? And what do we know about him so far?

A TIME report published in 2011 says, Ophiuchus is a “snake-holder”. Ancient illustrations “portray some sort of heavily muscled person holding on with difficulty to a veritable anaconda in the sky.”

Interestingly, it is the only sign that is linked to real men and shares “traits with Imhotep, a 27th century BCE Egyptian doctor, and biblical Joseph.” Ophiuchus is also considered a healer or a doctor and symbolises the hunt for higher education and enlightenment. Well, these could be the basic traits of people under the new sign.

Whatever may be Ophiuchus’ traits, people do not seem to be happy about this particular discovery. The believers in horoscope, especially, have been devastated. Here is how the world reacted to the news.

There was humour too

What do you feel about this new discovery? Tell us in comments below.