In response to all of the hoopla regarding a change in Sun Signs, author Susyn Blair-Hunt has provided us with this great guest blog post. Readers, please enjoy!
Answer: This is a theory that popped up in the mid-1990s, and has been causing quite a stir ever since. Based on a scientific study that measured the shift in the earth’s axis (called the wobble or precession), this research cites that the constellations are no longer moving in sync with ancient dates assigned to zodiac in early times. From this point they were eager to point out just one more reason why astrological practices aren’t valid, and to confuse people as to just what their sign might be. Unfortunately for them, but fortunate for astrologers and the general public, they based their entire theory on a misconception about how the signs of the zodiac came into being, and on what they are based.
In truth, the signs, degrees and divisions of the zodiac have no connection to the heavenly constellations that bear their same names, but were originally assigned to an imaginary elliptical belt that surround the earth. These sign designations are based on the seasons of the year, rather than the stars above. An easier way to see this is to remember that our seasons start on the first day the Sun enters a particular sign; the first day of spring (in the northern hemisphere) corresponds to the onset of Aries; summer, the first day of Cancer; autumn, the first day of Libra; and winter, the first day of Capricorn.
Because the constellations are fixed stars in the sky, these hold little place in reading an astrological chart, as they don’t create transits or vary from client to client. Created over 3,000 years ago, as first recorded in Greek history, the signs of the zodiac were named long before most corresponding constellations were discovered. In fact, the constellations were given names based on the zodiac, not the other way around.
So, rest assured that you are still a Gemini, and since that means there are already “two” of you, truly, did you want to add another sign to the mix?
Just for reference however, there are some instances where you may experience a change in your Sun sign. For example, if you decide to explore Vedic astrology, practiced predominately in the Eastern Hemisphere, your Sun would move 23 degrees backwards, which could easily identify you as a Taurus instead of a Gemini if you are born within the first 23 degrees of your sign.
Youâ€™ll want to keep in mind that Eastern (Vedic) and Western astrology are two very different practices; one leans toward more predictive readings, while the other finds its center in one’s developmental and spiritual growth processes. Both work well for the purposes in which they were designed; it’s just important that you understand the difference, so you can get the information you’re seeking.
Our thanks to Susyn Blair-Hunt for her guest post!