Washington Post staff
Tuesday, January 18, 2011; 10:57 AM
Are there new dates for the Zodiac signs astrologers reference in making horoscopes? Melissa Bell investigated:
According to Parke Kunkle, a board member of the Minnesota Planetarium Society, cool or not, it's written in the stars. Star signs were created some 2,000 years ago by tracking where the sun was in the sky each month. However, the moon's gravitational pull has slowly moved the Earth in its axis, creating about a one-month bump in the stars' alignment, reports the Minnesota Star Tribune. Now, during what we think as the month of Pisces, the sun is actually in the sign of Aries.
The new dates would therefore be:
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-Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan. 20
Is this the dawning of a new age of Aquarius? Well, Kunkle is an astronomer who is not too keen on the practice of astrology. When asked by telephone if the new star locations now require us all to switch our loyalty to a new sign, he demurred. "I can tell you what the science is, but I'm not going to tell you what your personality is based on the location of things."
That didn't stop Alexandra Petri from offering a humorous take on the possible change:
Don't you realize how disruptive this is? I have to rethink my entire life. And all because you had to go and peer into the minds of the Byzantines. Well, if the Byzantines were so great, why aren't they still around? I haven't run into any ancient Byzantines lately, and I bet if I did they wouldn't be having career success.
Minnesota Planetarium Society, did you have to do this?
Do you realize just how much stock I have put into this over the years? I have spent hours likening myself to a limpid turquoise lagoon when I should have been out identifying with fire and goats.
I heard that Pisces liked color and ambergris, and that if I didn't bring my dreams to pass I would be crippled with disappointment. Now I find I'm supposed to be into spices and adventure, and I have to get rid of all these gemstones, poppies, presents wrapped in magical paper, large, visible clocks (recommended for Pisces) and framed photos of Liza Minnelli (notable Pisces).
Finally, Celebritology considered a few Hollywood stars who might welcome the change:
Born July 2, 1986, Lindsay has spent the past 24 years living her life as if there were no tomorrow. And that's not surprising considering she thought she was a cancer -- a mutable sign, cancers tend to be "unsophisticated" and "prone to move around in search of the right opportunity."
Based on the new zodiac Lohan is actually a Gemini and Geminis are blessed with the abiliity to "communicate effectively and think clearly." Just what one needs after spending the holidays in rehab. And, her new Gemini-ness will also be a boon to Lilo's business ventures since she now is "quite astute and opportunistic and [doesn't] miss a chance to make fast money."
You and Jake Gyllenhaal made so much sense back when you were a Sagittarius (she was born on Dec. 13, 1989). But now that you could potentially be a Scorpio or Ophiuchus (depending on who you ask), you can break free from the cycle of failed relationships and the compulsion to write about them. Or maybe not, since as a Scorpio you are apparently "quite shrewd and astute and even intensely revengeful in cases." Alternatively, you may want to opt for Ophiuchus which will set you up as "an interpreter of dreams, who attracts good luck and fruitful blessing" and "can rise to fame -- either grand, or completely misunderstood."