Good Heavens! The Minnesota Planetarium Society has announced a thirteenth sign, Ophiuchus, should be added to the zodiac charts and it’s causing some cosmic confusion.
"He's always been there,” Theresa Peacock, local psychic and astrologer said. “Just because we now discovered him, what, we immediately label it a new sign? No."
The constellation Ophiuchus sits between Scorpius and Sagittarius. It’s causing an astrological abnormality for many people outside of the astrology and astronomy world.
"Technically, it is in the same plane as the other constellations in the Zodiac,” Adam Kremer, local astronomer said. “But it was never included in the zodiac sign. It's always been there, nothing has changed."
What has changed is the renewed interest in the celestial sign. The Minnesota Planetarium Society is calling for a thirteenth sign, which could signal a change for astrology. Instead of ruling for 28 days, some signs would rule for three weeks. In the case of Scorpio, it would rule for six days.
"If we want to add another sign, we're gonna have to remap the way we do astrology,” Peacock said. “Because, we won't shorten one sign to six days, that's insane."
Peacock recommends research before any changes are made. And while it’s not set yet set in ink, Dale Clifford’s tattoo certainly is. Up until now, he was a Gemini, with a tattoo commemorating his parents’ memory. Under the amended astrological chart, he’s a Taurus and no bull; he says he’s not changing it.
"No, it's a tattoo,” Clifford said. “It’s permanent, so my forearm tells me I'm forever a Gemini, I don't care what the new zodiac scientists do."
He’s not the only one. Many folks come into tattoo joints like Ace’s Tattoo on South Virginia to show their affection for their astrological sign. While no one has come in wanting to wipe away their proof of their old sign, they welcome the new ones.
As Ophiuchus represents wisdom, healing and architecture, these tattoo artists are ready to architect new ink on these folks. The constellation is of a man fighting a serpent-like creature.
"We'll do that,” Johnny Maverick said. “But if anyone wants a new one, we'll totally do that with them; make it to the best of what they want."
So whether you are no longer a Libra or a Leo, or you just found out you are an Aries or Aquarius, don’t have an astrological identity crisis just yet.
"We have free will,” Peacock explained, “We all have a mind, we all have the ability to learn, so we can take this as the basis of the personality but it certainly does not encompass the entire personality."
Take a look at the Minnesota Planetarium Society's revised list of astrological signs:
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-Nov. 29
Ophiuchus: Nov. 29-Dec. 17
Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan. 20