What's my baby's sign?
Many parents can't resist the allure of figuring out what their baby's zodiac sign will be as soon as they find out they're expecting. Whether or not you put stock in the idea that the position of the stars can influence your child's life path, shopping around for items like this onesie can, at the very least, be a fun way to build on the excitement about your upcoming addition. The traditional calendar, in case you are curious, looks like this: Aquarius: Jan 20 – Feb 18 Pisces: Feb 19 – March 20 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 – Sept 22 Libra: Sept 23 – Oct 22 Scorpio: Oct 23 – Nov 21 Sagittarius: Nov 22 – Dec 21 Capricorn: Dec 22 – Jan 19 So, it understandably came as a bit of a surprise to many people when they heard the talk this past week about some big changes in the world of astronomy. If you haven't heard about this yet, the Minneapolis Star Tribune recently featured an article drawing attention to a major change in the zodiac calendar, including the addition of a thirteenth sign, Ophiuchus. This has caused a lot of people some sleepless nights trying to figure out if the zodiac sign they've been associated with their whole lives could actually be the wrong one. Or if the little lion they've been raising might actually be a crab. The "new" zodiac calendar looks like this: 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- Sept. 16 Virgo: Sept. 16- Oct. 30 Libra: Oct. 30- Nov. 23 Scorpio: Nov. 23- Nov. 29 Ophiuchus: Nov. 29- Dec. 17 Sagittarius: Dec. 17- Jan. 20 So what's the real deal? Am I a Libra or a Virgo? Well, according to this article from CNN everyone may be taking the new zodiac changes a bit too seriously. The reason for the change is based on the knowledge that "the sun doesn't align with constellations at the same time of year that it did millennia ago," but if you're following the most prominent zodiac in the Western world, that news isn't anything new. That is to say, the Tropical zodiac which Westerners primarily adhere to hasn't changed at all. The changes referred to in the Star Tribune article only affect the Sidereal zodiac that is more prominent in the East. The main difference being that Eastern astrology is fixed to constellations, while Western astrology is fixed to seasons, which are as steady as, well... the seasons. So breath easy, Mom and Dad. Your little Pisces is still a fish.