Number 13 lucky for some!!
Everyone across the globe who views astrological predictions on the basis of western astrology and sun sign, were in for a rude shock when Parke Kunkle, one of the astronomers from Minnesota Planetarium Society announced the discovery of a new sun sign "Ophichus"
The Truth Behind the Folklore
Parke Kunkle found out that because of the moon’s gravitational pull on earth, the alignment of stars was pushed by a month. Hence the sign “Ophiuchus” came into existence. Those born between November 29 and December 17 will fall under this zodiac.
|The Babylonian symbol of Opuichus|
The Babylonian astrology believes in a different zodiac system. This system has a 13th sign in which the sun spends only 19 days. Since 13 is considered to be unlucky, they ignored the 13th sign –“Ophiuchus”, the snake charmer.
Breaking the Myth
Indian astrologers like Pandit Krishna Upadyay say that the Hindu system of nakshatra is based on the movement of the moon and not the sun. Hence their predictions would not be affected by this discovery. Moreover the Indian astrology is 15000 years old and holds no evidence of the existence of a new sun sign.
|The Indian Soothsayer|
In a report by Times Of India famous Indian astrologer, Anupam V Kapil explains that astrology is based on astronomy. The panchang automatically factors such changes. The universe is divided into 12 divisions to have 30 degrees to each sign. This cannot change no matter how many times the polar axis shifts.
He also adds that our Vedas are very clear on this aspect as the rishi’s are aware that there are actually many more planets, but the complete set of planets which influence the life and destiny on our earth are only 9.
In the same report world renowned astrologer Bejan Daruwalla commented that the signs will remain the same. There may be small additions to the signs, but it will not affect the future of humanity and way we predict future.
Existing believers of zodiac have taken this news with a pinch of salt. Some find consolation in the argument that it applies to people who are born after 2009/2010. Many people refuse to believe that their sun sign would change due to some astrological complication. Shika Johnson a PR consultant says “I have lived almost a quarter of my life being a Sagittarian, and I’ll die being one”
The reasons for not accepting these signs are novel. This change is unacceptable to some because, in all likelihood ones zodiac sign in the new system could end up being similar to that of their foes. People above the age of 50 said that it was too late for them to change their zodiac.
Despite the chaos, there are many people (karma yogis) who consider that this finding would not really make a difference to them because they believe a man’s future depends on his present Karmas and not on his stars.
Arti Mestry , a expert animator ,who incidentally falls under the new Zodiac says “ it’s a change and one should accept it, changes like these should not upset people, because one has no control over them”
To be or Not to be..
The research and the study is at a very nascent stage and there is no confirmation of the fact that this new sign really exists. Any which ways all of us are dealing with a number of hassles in daily life, a new problem due to this sign would surely not be too much for most of us to handle.
The New Zodiac Dates
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 – Sep 16
Virgo: Sep 16 – Oct 30
Libra: Oct 30 – Nov 23
Scorpio: Nov 23 – Nov 29
Ophiuchus: Nov 29 – Dec 17
Sagittarius: Dec 17 – Jan 20