By Caroline Fallon
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently released a change in zodiac signs, creating confusion about astrological identities.
On Jan. 13 NASA released an article detailing the discovery of a thirteenth zodiac sign. The new sign, Ophiuchus, has the dates Nov. 29 – Dec. 17. These dates previously described the Sagittarius sign, which due to the change is now Dec. 17 – Jan. 20.
Zodiac signs can be used as a way to understand a personality. They provide a collective insight into people’s signs, which are determined by the date they were born.
Each sign also has its own weaknesses and strengths, according to astrology-zodiac-sign.com.
“My birthday is October 23 so technically I’m a Libra-Scorpio, but I definitely think I’m more Scorpio. I see traits of both, but my Scorpio side is pretty apparent. My new zodiac sign is Virgo, which does not describe me at all. Virgo’s are more analytical and wishy-washy,” said senior Erin Kilpatrick.
According to Fox News, this constellation has been ignored when the Babylonians created their 12-month calendar more than 3,000 years ago. Now that NASA has decided to recognize it, people are beginning to ponder the previous ways that their zodiac signs affected their life.
“My cousin got a tattoo of her Zodiac sign on the back of her neck. She was so excited when she got it and now that her sign has changed she just feels silly. Her horoscope was something that she checked everyday and practically lived by,” said junior Anna Leone.
According to NASA, “Astrology is something else. It’s not science. No one has shown that astrology can be used to predict the future or describe what people are like based only on their birth date.”
Zodiac signs are about a person’s identity. However, this identity change is something that could be difficult to cope with. It may even result in an attempt to protest the new sign.
“My zodiac sign is Cancer and I think it describes me perfectly. I just don’t get why for so long this thirteenth sign was ignored and now it’s starting to be included. No matter what people say, I’ll always be a Cancer,” said junior Katherine Seckler.