By now you have undoubtedly heard about the “changing zodiac” and possibly even looked it up to see what your “new” sign is and what that means for you. What does this whole thing mean, though, and is it even real? And does it mean that we were all living a lie to begin with?
First of all, I know many Wiccans and Witches who do not go by the Zodiac and that is perfectly fine. Likewise, I know many people who follow astrology and are devout Christians/Jews/Buddhists, etc. So this blog entry doesn’t just apply to my fellow Wiccans out there, nor should you feel like you have to read your horoscope if you practice magick.
While some are quick to say that the “changing zodiac” is a new buzz that is circulating the Internet, the concept has actually existed for awhile. I remember hearing about it years ago, back when a lot of people referred to it as a “conspiracy theory”, for lack of a better phrase.
So why would your astrological sign be changing in the first place?
The short answer is that the stars that we see now are not aligned in the same manner that they were back in ancient times when the zodiac was first established. This is due to a form of “wobble” that the earth has when it spins.
With that in mind, we’ve all slid back just a little bit. If you were an Aries, you are now a Pisces and if you were a Pisces, then you’re now an Aquarius.
But I FEEL like a Pisces! I’m emotional, sensitive, a romantic, and feel drawn to water! I’ve looked up the characteristics for an Aquarius and I don’t fit any of those at all!
If you’re feeling that way right now then don’t despair. It is highly possible that this theory has simply been misinterpreted. It is also possible that even before you heard of this theory, you never really felt like your sign to begin with.
I have a dear friend, for instance, whose birthday is a few days from the Pisces/Aries cutoff date. Technically speaking, she is a Pisces. However, she has always identified more with the Aries personality and feels no connection with any of the traits that are normally given to those who fall under Pisces. She attributes this to the fact that she was simply born a few days early and was MEANT to be an Aries from the beginning.
An argument does exist that while the stars influence the zodiac signs in a lot of Eastern cultures, they don’t in the fundamental basics of astrology in the West. What? Isn’t astrology ALWAYS based on the stars? By the very name of “astrology”, doesn’t that imply that we are basing at least part of it on something in the solar system.
That would make sense, of course, by the counterargument is that the astrology in the West is influenced by the seasons and is referred to as “tropical astrology.” Since the seasons aren’t changing (unless you want to count global warming) it would suffice to say that your zodiac sign isn’t changing either.
This is good news for all of those who don’t want to have to get used to reading another horoscope.
On the other hand, most professional (and even some amateur) astrologists would argue that your personality isn’t simply based on your sign. There are a lot of things to take into account, including your time of birth, your place of birth, and the position of all the planets at the precise moment of your birthing. If you have ever been to a very good astrologist you will find that they need a lot more information to do your chart than your simple birthday. They also need to know what time zone you were born in, the exact hour of your birth, and sometimes even what specific state or country you were born in. All of these things work together to give you a very unique chart.
You must also be careful about the power of suggestion. I know that it might sound preposterous to most people and you might even wonder why I would mention this, but even IF your zodiac sign were to change that wouldn’t mean that your personality would have to. If you were always a little organized and showed a lot of leadership skills and were the first to stand at the call to attention, then you shouldn’t suddenly start becoming sloppy in your work, abandoning your projects, and becoming untidy just because you hear that your sign is changing to a sign that fits those characteristics. You are who you are and while your zodiac sign might shed some light on your personality and help you understand important decisions, it doesn’t dictate who you are.
On the other hand, if you do believe that the signs are changing, then you might feel some relief in the idea. Perhaps you always felt like a Virgo at heart, and now you understand why!
Your Warm and Caring “Resident Witch In Charge”