QUOTE (GuitaristWill @ Jun 30 2011, 11:18 PM)
hahaha...well i was born Aries and now i'm apparently Pisces. but i don't think the new change in signs counts for people born before last year. at least i hope i'm not wrong...
The zodiac sun signs are based on which constellation the sun is in each month or so. I guess the reason for the change is because astrologers finally decided to address the Precession of the Equinoxes despite it being well known for quite some time (even the ancients knew about it). The earth's polar axis wobbles like a top, which causes our perception of star positions to shift relative to the sun. For example, around 12000 BCE, Vega was actually our north star, not Polaris. This wobble is about 2200 years per zodiac sign (~26000 for a full cycle). Considering astrology has been around for a long time, when it was first conceived the sun was in Pieces in ~March and in Aries in ~April. However for quite some time, (I'm talking centuries here) the sun was in the constellation Pieces in ~April and Aquarius in ~March. That's right, for CENTURIES, we've been off on our zodiac signs. ;)
Whether or not you are Pieces or Aries... well, it depends on if you want to believe in the astronomical zodiac that's based on where the sun is relative to the stars in a given year or the astrological zodiac which is based on the spiritual energy and whatnot. Personally, I believe in the astronomical, so I consider myself a Pieces instead of an Aries because the sun was positioned among Pieces when I was born. :)
QUOTE ("Dragon Mage2011")
That's only if you believe in the 13th zodiac sign Ophiuchus. But, your officially Aries.
Funny thing about Ophiuchus, apparently only the foot of the constellation is among the ecliptic (which all zodiac constellations fall under). If you look at a constellation chart, the foot is right next to Scorpio, almost colliding with it. And seriously, if we're going to include Ophiuchus, might as well include all the constellations that have portions of it among the ecliptic. :x Yeah, I think the 13th zodiac is fun for stories and whatnot, but I too am having trouble wrapping my head around Ophiuchus being included. Though, I think in other cultures, there may be more or less constellations among the ecliptic, but I'm not sure.
@Celianna: I totally agree with you. It's fun, but not to be taken seriously. The traits are so broad and versatile that it can fit nearly anyone, even people NOT born under that zodiac sign. My friend was really into astrology, she even bought a book that described your zodiac personality trait by the day you were born in. It's as broad as you'd think it would be, but it was interesting to read.