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Has Your Horoscope Changed?

Jan 13, 2010

Counting on your horoscope to tell you what’s going to happen in the coming weeks, months or years? You may have to think again. According to astronomers, thanks to the Earth’s wobble, astrological signs as we know them are, well, totally bunk.


Astrology 101

Astrological signs are based on the position of the sun relative to certain constellations on a person's day of birth. The problem is the positions were determined more than 2,000 years ago! Since then, the stars have shifted in the night sky so much that horoscope signs are nearly a month off!


Traditional Astrological ChartTraditional Astrological Chart

Shifty Business

The shift is caused by something called precession, which is the wobble in the Earth's axis caused by the gravitational attraction of the moon to our equator. Basically, what this means is that, while astrology - which is what determines your astrological sign and horoscope - tell us that the sun is in one position, astronomy - which is the scientific study of stars and planets - tells us it’s in another position.


PrecessionPrecession

Astronomy 101

Here's what astronomers (the scientific dudes) know: the Earth is like a wobbly top. As it spins, its axis swings in a circle, pointing in different directions. As the Earth's position shifts, so does our perspective of the night sky.


Shifting of the North StarShifting of the North Star

Let’s take the good ol’ North Star - called Polaris - as an example. It's the star that’s CURRENTLY most closely aligned with Earth's [kwlink ]North Pole[/kwlink]. But back when the pyramids were being built in Egypt, thousands and thousands of years ago, the star that aligned with the North Pole wasn't Polaris at all, but a star in the constellation Draco called Thuban. And, 12,000 more years from now, Earth's North Star will be Vega, the brightest star in the constellation Lyra!


Seeing Stars

Basically, this means everything in space, including the stars, is always shifting and on the move – nothing stays fixed in a permanent spot. Since the stars move around, so do the dates for the different astrological signs. According to astronomers, the “real” dates of astrological signs are:

  • Capricorn: Jan 20-Feb 16
  • Aquarius: Feb 16-Mar 11
  • Pisces: Mar 11-Apr 18
  • Aries: Apr 18-May 13
  • Taurus: May 13-Jun 21
  • Gemini: Jun 21-Jul 20
  • Cancer: Jul 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

Opi-wha?

OphiuchusOphiuchus

Yup, it’s a 13th sign, called Ophiuchus (the serpent bearer) - a formation the ancient Babylonians left out of the horoscope because they wanted 12 star signs, not 13! The serpent bearer is usually represented as a man holding a snake.


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" In the vast, deep forest of Hyrule… long have I served as the guardian spirit… I am known as the Deku Tree. The children of the forest, the Kokiri, live here with me. Each Kokiri has his or her own guardian fairy. However, there is one boy who does not have a fairy…. " *** In his tree-trunk home, the boy was tossing and turning on his little cot. The circular room was dark; it was nighttime. And, as it was nighttime again, his young mind was plunged into the same nightmare again.... Hooves, galloping in a rapid staccato, like a myriad of drums being pounded, raced across a dark path lit on either side by fire as tall as the boy. But they only reached the shoulders of the horse as dark as midnight, its master clothed in cloth and armor just as dark. But that wasn't what was scary... it was the aura of evil practically dripping off the man, with his fiery hair and dark, nearly-green skin.... And how real he felt. *** "...Navi... Navi, where art thou? Come hither...." Back in my clearing, a cyan ball of light entered my line of sight, gently bobbing a few feet off of the ground. A pair of barely visible clear wings were the only indicator that she was facing me. Compared to my massive size, she was almost a speck. " Oh, Navi the fairy... listen to my words, the words of the Deku Tree.... Dost thou sense it? The climate of evil descending upon this realm.... Malevolent forces even now are mustering to attack our land of Hyrule.... For so long, the Kokiri Forest, the source of life, has stood a barrier, deterring outsiders and maintaining the order of the world.... But, before this tremendous evil power, my power is as nothing.... It seems the time has come for the boy without a fairy to begin his journey... the youth whose destiny it is to lead Hyrule to the path of justice and truth.... Navi, go now! Find our young friend and guide him to me... I do not Have much time left. Fly, Navi, fly! The fate of the forest--nay, the world--depends upon thee. "
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So, this is a story version of the game  The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time  that I'm writing for (a) fun and (b) one of my friends who is interested in it, but can't play it. Some of the characters' words will be direct quotes, and some won't. I'm going to try and make it as exact to the game as possible. I'll have direct quotes pointed out like this: " Hey, listen! " And more paraphrased things will be formatted regularly. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the story--coming up in the next post! I DO NOT CLAIM ANY PART OF THIS STORY--CHARACTERS, PLOT, LORE, AND EVERYTHING BESIDES THE FACT I DESCRIBED IT--AS MINE. ALL CHARACTERS, LORE, AND EVERY BIT OF THE PLOT BELONGS TO NINTENDO. I MERELY DESCRIBED IT AND AM DOING THIS FOR A FRIEND.
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