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Bad news for believers in astrology!
The astrological dates associated with the
Constellations of the Zodiac are NOT in accordance
with astronomical observations. Moreover, the Sun
is now seen to transit through 13 constellations, not
12, as generally believed.
Ergo: Your horoscope is of little value; the dates are
wrong and quite different from those determined by
astronomers, as explained below.
Owing to the precession of Earth’s axis the dates associated with the
constellations of the Zodiac change over time. The apparent path of the Sun
through the Constellations is called the Ecliptic, which intersects with the
Celestial Equator, the extension of the Earth’s equator against the Celestial
Sphere, at the Vernal and Autumn Equinoxes. Historically, an 18 degree wide
belt around the Ecliptic was divided into 12 constellations. However, the
Earth’s axis precesses (“wobbles”) in a circle slowly due to the gravitational
pull of the Moon and the Sun, altering the Celestial Equator. A simple analogy
is with that of a spinning top, tilted at an angle, which slowly wobbles in a
circle while rotating much faster on its axis. Similarly, the Earth’s axis
completes the Circle of Precession in 26,000 years, while rotating on its axis in
one day or about 24 hours (23h 56 m, to be precise). In addition to precession
of Equinoxes, another consequence is that the star Polaris will no longer be the
North-star in a few thousand years; the Earth’s axis might point towards
another bright star above it. The revised dates for the stars in Zodiacal
constellations are given in the table below (International Astronomical Union).
Zodiac Constellations Dates: Ancient vs. Modern
Zodiac Sign
1. Aries
2. Taurus
3. Gemini
4. Cancer
5. Leo
6. Virgo
7. Libra
8. Scorpio
13. Ophiuchus
9. Sagittarius
10 . Capricorn
11. Aquarius
12. Pisces
(Circa ~1000 BC)
Mar 21-Apr 20
Apr 21-May 21
May 22-Jun 21
Jun 22-Jul 23
Jul 24-Aug 23
Aug 24-Sep 23
Sep 24-Oct 23
Oct 24-Nov 22
Nov 23-Dec 21
Dec 22-Jan 20
Jan 21-Feb 19
Feb 20-Mar 20
(Circa ~2011)
Apr 19-May 13
May 14-Jun 20
Jun 21-Jul 20
Jul 21– Aug 10
Aug 11-Sep 16
Sep 17-Oct 30
Oct 31-21 Nov
Nov 21-Nov 29
Nov. 30-Dec 17
Dec 18-Jan 20
Jan 21-Feb 16
Feb 17-Mar 11
Mar 12-Apr 18