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In July, a new zodiac caused outrage amongst astrology fans. So what are the new star signs and dates? Express.co.uk spoke to famous astrologer Russell Grant to find out what all the fuss is about and how to check YOUR star sign.
What is the 13th star sign?
A bombshell was dropped on Tuesday, July 14 when headlines popped up announcing that a new star sign had been found.
The claims were that NASA had discovered a new sign– Ophiuchus– between Scorpio and Sagittarius
The new sign, which is symbolised by the snake bearer, would shift the dates of every other sign.
This changed astrology as we knew it and destroyed the connection astrology fans had to their signs.
However, you don’t need to worry because it isn’t true!
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Russell commented: “Yet again there’s a lot of fuss about the ‘discovery’ of a new constellation, Ophiuchus.
“It’s not new. This has come up again and again for years.
“Will it make a difference to astrology? No! Will it make any difference to our astrology if more signs are discovered? – No!”
Russell said the sign is not a new discovery and isn’t relevant to our zodiac.
Russell explained: “Ophiuchus the Serpent Charmer and other ‘new’ signs in the zodiac aren’t relevant to our zodiac which begins at 0 degrees Aries and ends at 360 degrees where we find the last degree of Pisces.
“Western astrologers use the Tropical Fixed Zodiac. Fixed points like the equinoxes and solstices are always the same. These are the points we work from and they do not move.
“There are many different systems of astrology and two Zodiacs: the Sidereal Zodiac and the Tropical Zodiac which is the system we use in the West.
“We use fixed points starting from 0 degrees Aries whereas the Sidereal Zodiac uses a backdrop of constellations in the skies as we see them today.”
Ophiuchus does exist as a constellation, but it is NOT new sign.
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We use the names of the constellations but they are in a different position in the sky to when they were first spotted. This is because the earth wobbles on its axis.
Russell said: “Western astrologers use fixed points to determine a mathematically exact zodiac of 360 degrees.
“The Sun might pass through 13 constellations during the course of a year but not all of these have been assigned an astrological sign, not because astrologers have not recognised their existence but because the mathematics of our astrology do not require a 13th, 14th or 15th zodiac sign.”
There you have it, you can comfortably stick to the sign you have always been.
How to check YOUR star sign
You can check your star sign against the traditional dates. They are:
• Aries: March 21 – April 19
• Taurus: April 20 – May 20
• Gemini: May 21 – June 20
• Cancer: June 21 – July 22
• Leo: July 23 – August 22
• Virgo: August 23 – September 22
• Libra: September 23 – October 22
• Scorpio: October 23 – November 21
• Sagittarius: November 22 – December 21
• Capricorn: December 22 – January 19
• Aquarius: January 20 – February 18
• Pisces: February 19 – March 20
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