Dawn of a New Zodiac Sign: Ophiuchus

Zodiac dialLast night, on a dinner at Zefra while celebrating a fellow Capricorn’s birthday, we talked how January is full of birthdays and felt proud that there are just so many Capricorns around.

Someone announced, ‘and to continue with our Capricorn birthday celebrations, we shall celebrate Sadaf’s birthday day after tomorrow!” Yaaaay! I was so excited to be the concluder of Capricornian circle being born on Jan19th.

But before I could continue doing the proud victory dance in my brains someone said, Oh, by the way, did anyone of you hear that the Zodiac Calendar is changed as of 2011?”

In the midst of loud, extended ‘Whats’ and ‘Whens’ and ‘Hows’, the breaker of the news said, ‘There is addition of a new sign, ‘Ophiuchus‘ and because of that all signs have been shuffled.

So all you proud Capricorns are now the new Sagittarians!” Once again, there were long and unending shrieks but this time they were all “Nooooooooooooooo…”(Silence on the table and all the 5 Capricorns out of 8 people at the dinner were in state of shock) Just then, another friend jumped up and said, ‘Oh that makes me the new Capricorn!’ (Apparently the previous Aquarian) Shucks!

So, this was the prelude to the impact of the raging news about change in Zodiac Calendar with the addition of the new sign Ophiuchus which has upset every single Astrology following soul on planet Earth.

True, there are many people who do not believe in Astrology as a science or anything that has to do with the stars and what not. But at the end of the day, it all boils down to one’s own perception about life and all things related to life. We cannot deny the fact that there are in fact many MANY people who do believe that stars have an impact on one’s personality and life (myself being one of them).

So yeah, it did upset me a little that I am no longer representing the strong-headed, ambitious and confident Capricorns that once I was a proud owner of. But on a lighter side, we don’t let these things completely rule over our life. Most of us just like to associate ourselves with a star sign because we feel they represent our personalities and in a way we get a chance to form a pseudo community among friends like all Leos always proud of being Leos and always defending each other in a group and so on so forth.

Just in case if you want to learn on how this has happened, BBC notes that Parke Kunkle, an astronomy instructor has pointed out that a wobble in the Earth’s rotation meant that the stars were in a different position – as viewed from Earth – than they were 2,000 years ago when the Zodiac was drawn up. You can follow the complete article here.

Anyways, for those of you who are, like me, followers of Astrology and proud of their previous Zodiac signs, here is where you fall after the addition of the new star, Ophiuchus. On a brighter side, If it can help a little, there are many reports that consider this Zodiac addition as inaccurate. What’s your say?

New Zodiac Calendar 2011:

  • 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.

  • Tell me about it…I am heartbroken after finding out that I am *apparently* no longer a Capricorn! :-/

  • What does this article has to do with Pakistan or Sciene & Technology or Telecom??

    Why not also add articles on Zubaida aapa, cooking & fashion?

  • Tell me a single proof thats defending miss Sadaf statement ! , Just her personal view in the light of few astrologers prespectives ! Else you all can Search the internet and Overall 12 Traditional Zodiac signs are being recognized and used No matter whatsoever !

    So Kindly remove the topic !

  • read this, originally posted on yahoo answers.

    First and foremost there is nothing exactly new about Ophiuchus, the 13th zodiac sign – it was revealed and discussed years ago. Second, the whole exercise of looking up to the celestial position to know one’ fate is just another anomaly in an otherwise scientific age.

    And finally, if you still think stars and their position do matter to what happens in your life, horoscope has got it wrong for you – because you are standing on the surface of a “wobbly” earth, which has shifted away from the position it was in when the zodiac signs were formulated.

    Astrologers have got it horribly wrong with your horoscope!

    And then, astronomy, which can explain the position of stars in the sky, and the changes in stellar alignments which take place over thousands of years, can right the wrong.

    LiveScience published an article way back in October 2007, which addresses the question of zodiac signs’ accuracy, or the lack of it. The article, which also discusses Ophiuchus as one of the zodiac signs, says zodiac signs of people are in fact different from what they think it is, if it is calculated according to modern constellation boundaries and corrected for precession.

    You will most likely find that once precession is taken into account, your zodiac sign is different. And if you were born between November 29 and December 17, your sign is actually one you never saw in the newspaper: you are an Ophiuchus! The eliptic passes through the constellation of Ophiuchus after Scorpius,” the article written by Pedro Braganca says


    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. 23-29. Ophiuchus: Nov. 29-Dec. 17.(It’s NEW)Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan-20.

  • Be responsible ProPakistani Team in coveying ideas!
    This new Zodaic sign thing is mere a thought of an astrologer and is rejected worldwide by astrological circle.

    Even the article of BBC which is referred as proof has concluded by saying “The Tauruses are still Taurus and the Arieses are still Aries”

  • The new zodiac sign does not change the existing positions of already born.
    However, for new born it is applicable so do not think that your existing zodiac has changed.

  • I am now a Capricorn, which should be OK i guess…. i was really happy being an Aquarius :(

    Its like changing your name…. or cast…. or something like that =(

  • Dear Brothers and Sisters, can’t you see the Contradiction in yourselves?

    You claim your LORD is Allah but disobey him continuously by believing in such things.

    Astrology, horoscopes, superstition and fortune-telling are all actions of jaahiliyyah (ignorance) which Islam came to show as false and to explain that they are shirk, because they involve depending on something other than Allaah and believing that benefit and harm come from something other than Him, and believing the words of fortune-tellers and soothsayers who falsely claim to have knowledge of the unseen in order to cheat people of their money and change their beliefs.

    The evidence (daleel) for that is the hadeeth narrated by Abu Dawood in his Sunan with a saheeh isnaad from Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him), that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

    “Whoever learns anything of astrology has learned a branch of witchcraft (al-sihr)…” And al-Bazzaar narrated with a jayyid isnaad from ‘Imraan ibn Husayn that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “He is not one of us who practises augury or has it done for him, who tells fortunes or has his fortune told, or who practises witchcraft or has that done for him.”

    I hope my Muslim (one who submits his/her will to None but Allah) brothers and sisters learn the Way of Life that our Creator prescribed for us.

    Allah guide us all.

  • The information presented recently in the news is a misrepresentation and over-hype of a system known as Sidereal Astrology, which has been inplace for several centuries. The shift in the stars that causes planetary precession has been known of since the 2nd century BC and was knowingly not accounted for in the more popular system of Tropical astrology we have gone by since ancient times. Neither system is moreor less “correct”. They are simply two different systems with two different emphases.

    i do’nt trust it another zodiac :(……… im SCORPION only scorpion nt libran…:(


  • What i have read is it has been like this for centuries, nothing has changed but only the media found out the news to make rounds of it. Babylonians who founded this zodiac system 3000 years ago just wanted to have 12 signs instead of 13 so they skipped Ophiuchus. Nothing has changed for anyone, it is just like it was….

  • it wz really shokng 4 me dat em not sagittarian nw nw em scrpion it izzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooot possible

  • Looks like we’ve to find some other IT site.hi aamir ask an astro to find a lucky date for closing ur site. Its no more related to IT so better close it.

  • What does this have to do with any IT!! what the hell is up these days with this site? I think it was a good idea to hire some writers but i dont thing you are managing it correctly!

  • Ophiuchus is not a star. It is a constellation & only 1% astrologers use it as 13th sign. Astrology is based on the 4 seasons each with beginning, middle, & end, which adds up to 12 Zodiac signs and the seasons don’t change.

    It’s mean if you were a Gemini yesterday, you’re still a Gemini. You will never wake up a Taurus ;-)

  • For Muslimis,

    Islam defies astrology the most but stresses to go in search of knowledge but not the one that shaken your belief in Allah.

    Believing in astrology is denying the faith in Allah. Now if you say that this is just for “fun”, Islam doesn’t stop you enjoying life at fullest but not denying the basics of it that only Allah rules this universe and many others.

    If these stars effect our lives then why only these stars and why not trillions of stars in only this universe? Who defined that only these few stars around sun will effect and not the rest ?

    Prayers of 40 days will not be accepted if one goes to an astrologist (Hadith).

  • @mrs samia adnan. we’r interested in telecom and it news at this site. For news we can use dawn jhang lot more. Go to the homepage of propakistani.pk and check for what purpose this site is made. Aamir don’t allow publishing any thread without ur approval.

    • I am myself against this type of articles in this site that’s why i have asked above to either re-think on the site’s purpose and remove such type of useless posts which are un-islamic (as Mr Ahmad has explained above) OR simply add a new section for such type of nuisance.

  • even 13 zodiac sign didnt changed my star lol, 18 august. I was proud leo and will be proud leo.. Yay….. B.t.w its fake i guess. Who cares im leo, even after that.

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