The flap over the new zodiac continues. In a Sunday (Feb. 13) New York Times article, Vincent Mallozzi notes that at least one couple waited to confirm it should be together until one of them transformed (magicially) from being a Capricorn (not fated) to a Sagittarius (fated) according to the new chart. According to one of the couple, "For 15 years...every tarot reader had produced the Knight of Wands, meaning that the person I was supposed to hook up with was a Sagittarius.'” Because of that, apparently he had held off committing to this person, even though he was attracted. "“`It didn’t make too much sense," said his partner. But now, with confirmation from the new chart, "Our relationship feels a lot more fated." Hmmm.
"Astronomers have known about this since about 130 B.C., Kunkle told The Associated Press Friday in his office at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College, his phone ringing constantly, as it had since the article came out. (One person had even demanded: "Give me my sign back.") This is not new news. Almost every astronomy class talks about it. New news or old, most people had never heard it before. And one of the more fascinating elements of the story was talk of a new sign altogether. By the reckoning of Kunkle and other astronomers, astrologers are not only a month off in their zodiac signs, but they are neglecting a 13th constellation, Ophiuchus (Ooh-FEE-yew-kus) the Serpent Bearer, for those born from Nov. 30 to Dec. 17."
Mr. Mallozzi quotes a lawyer-astrologer from New Jersey who says the change shouldn't worry those attached to their signs, since Western Astrologers don't use the constellations. So no one should be concerned. "Kathy Biehl, a lawyer and astrologer in Jefferson Township, N.J., said Earth’s wobbly orbit was a problem for astrologers as far back as 1,800 years ago. Some of them at the time devised a new zodiac based on the seasons and the relationship between the sun and Earth. "`The Western zodiac does not use the constellations,' she insisted. “And as a result, no one’s astrological sign has changed.'"
Still, some people are miffed about the change in their birth signs. Maybe they could sue for IIED. I can foresee the old Zodiac class action brought against, oh dear, whom? Those astronomers who didn't notify us (since 130 B.C., no less)? Just kidding. It's Monday.