So, You Think You Know Your Star Sign?
Every year the Sun passes in front of the most famous constellations in the sky: Scorpius, Pisces, Virgo, Leo. These signs of the zodiac were used by the ancients as place markers for their calendars to help them predict the seasons and even the weather.
The path that the Sun appears to take is called the ecliptic – since this is where eclipses occur. Picture a virtual ring around the Earth out in space (that’s how the ancients would’ve imagined it). The Sun seems to move one degree per day around this ring like a marble rolling on a single track.
As the days pass, the Sun appears in front of different stars and constellations – Aries, then Taurus, then Gemini and so on. After a year, it completes a 360-degree loop and returns to its starting place only to repeat the journey again, year after year. This ring of constellations that the Sun appears to pass through is called the Zodiac – meaning the ring of little animals.
If the Sun’s place in the sky could help people predict future weather, astrologers believed it would help them predict individual futures. Your Sun sign indicates where the Sun was when you were born. If you’re a Sagittarius, the Sun rested in front of that constellation as seen from Earth.
But for 17 days in December, the Sun does not sit in any of the 12 signs you’re familiar with. It rests in the constellation Ophiuchus.
What’s an Ophiuchus? The Greeks believed this to be the god and inventor of medicine. Now the good doctor is up in the sky wrestling a snake. It’s a long story, but if you were born between Dec. 1 and 17, you may have to rethink your horoscope. According to astronomy, you are an Ophiuchus.
Astronomy and astrology generally don’t agree on their dates. Astronomy uses observations of the sky to chart where the planets, Sun and Moon are. Astrology uses charts to tell you where the planets were during the Babylonian days. If we use the modern, astronomical observations, you may be surprised to discover what sign you really are.
Source: Cincinatti.Com. Dean Regas email@example.com.