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With a New Zodiac Constellation, Students Are Confused When Asked What Sign They Are

by Caylee Winpigler

Roughly three thousand years ago, the Babylonians created the zodiac signs. They chose twelve constellations from the sky to represent different time spans throughout the year. However, they cut out one zodiac sign called Ophiuchus.

The inclusion of Ophiuchus changes all the zodiac signs placement drastically. Especially if your birthday fell on the cusp of two signs, you may want to go investigate what your sign is now.

Many students have been caught off guard by this change. “I’m really upset it’s changing and it’s starting to make me believe this stuff [isn’t] real. I used to look at it for fun, but now I think I’m going to stop,” junior Paige Shortt exclaimed.

This frustration portrayed by Shortt is due to the familiarity the world has with all the signs. Everyone has a general idea who they are based on the personality trait summary that accompanies every sign and which other signs they are and are not compatible with in life. This new sign throws off everyone’s identity.

A question then surfaces: what is an Ophiuchus and what are they like?

The dates for an Ophiuchus is from November 29th to December 17th. This time frame overlaps with the old dates for a Sagittarius (November 22nd – December 22nd). A Sagittarius is a fiery sun element while Ophiuchus is a calm water element. A centaur represents the Sagittarius zodiac while a serpent represents Ophiuchus. Sagittarius is known for being cheerful, independent, friendly,  sincere, restless, unemotional, and inflexible. On the other hand, a Ophiuchus is supposedly magnetic, impulsive, clever, flamboyant, jealous, power hungry, and temperamental. Does this new description fit those born in between these dates?

“That totally fits my mom,” said junior Alexis Brunnelson after laughing hysterically. “She is definitely temperamental. One second she’s happy and the next she’s throwing things.”

“My dad was born then,” said freshmen Kasie Ogwulu. “My dad is stubborn, demanding, and he’s sometimes clueless.”

Both Brunnelson and Ogwulu agreed that the personality traits of an Ophiuchus accurately personify their parents, but not everyone felt that way.

Juniors Susan Foster and Julie Yang believed this description was “kind [of]” like the individuals they know who now have a birthday corresponding with the Ophiuchus zodiac sign. “My mom is supportive, strict in a good way, and she has high expectations,” said Foster. Yang described her brother as childish and lazy, which was not reflected in the zodiac summary. These students know their family members well, but not as well as their family members know themselves.

Sophomore Mirandy Bomysoad was born December 2nd, and is no longer a Sagittarius. She described herself as “childish and laid back… I’m sporty. I think I’m nice.” She paused for a moment to think, then added, “there’s a lot there (in the description). I think they did pretty good. I have a short temper and I do like to be the boss.” When asked how she saw herself she was quick to revert back to her original Sagittarius sign.

Senior Enrique Figueroa (born December ninth) was described by fellow senior and newly promoted Ophiuchus Celia Miller as, “nice to everyone, funny in an inappropriate way, a relatively good student,  patient, easily excitable, and really entertaining.”

Figueroa followed up by saying Miller, born December first, is “dedicated, ambitious, caring, patient, independent, and strong.” They, too, identify most readily with their now previous sign Sagittarius.

In the end, a lot of people feel as though the zodiac signs are a bunch of mumbo jumbo and it may very well be. But, where would we be without our most effective ice breaker, a fun research pastime at a girl slumber party, and our most immediate compatibility check? Zodiac signs are fun to explore, and they should continue to be appreciated. It is just crucial to keep in mind that a sign or name does not define you or the person you know.