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What's Up With The New Zodiac?

The constellation of Ophiuchus has always been there, it did not suddenly appear! Every Astrologer, as well as, every Astronomer already knows this, and interestingly enough, so does everyone else now thanks to the media blitz which has falsely turned it into the 13th sign.

The best explanation I have received in my Astrological Circle has been from John Halloran. He has given permission to quote it here. Thank you John.
"Western astrologers became dissatisfied with the sidereal zodiac of the constellations by the 5th century CE, and switched
to the tropical zodiac that astrologers in the West have used ever since. The tropical zodiac coincided with the constellations in the year 221 CE.  It took a couple of centuries, but astrologers did figure out that planets, signs, and charts should be measured from the equinox, not from a particular star.
Western astrology starts the signs from the north or ascending node of intersection between the ecliptic and the celestial equator, the zero Aries or equinox point. Nodes are the intersections between planes and have always been important points in astrology.  The resulting ecliptic hemispheres are then divided into the four quadrants and each quadrant has a beginning space, a middle space, and an end space, just like life.  These are the signs of Western astrology.  They are mathematically and geometrically elegant, as opposed to the irregular groupings of stars known as the constellations, which is what the Minnesota astronomer and media talking heads are ultimately referring to."
I believe there is really more going on here than meets the eye. Yes, I am certainly intrigued by how it seems to be affecting everyone, even my "not really interested in astrology" husband is reading about it on his iphone! It has sparked a new interest in Astrology and a new door has opened to new possibilities. It's all very interesting to say the least, but as for me I will continue using the Tropical and Sidereal Zodiacs as I have always done. Rick Levine sums it up quite well, "...it's not a sign, it's a constellation." Enough said...let's move on.

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