Melissa Bell at The Washington Post has quoted me in New Zodiac sign dates: Don’t switch horoscopes yet, with “It is the planets moving across the backdrop of the stars which influence our lives, not the planets moving through imagined 30 degree divisions on a piece of paper.” This is from an article I wrote last year, Zodiac Signs, Fixed Stars and Precession.
We don’t use astrological signs here at Darkstar but we do use the tropical zodiac we are all familiar with. We use it as it was intended, as a mathematical tool so we can draw up the horoscope. Instead of using the Sun signs for interpretation, we look to the aspects the planets make, and to the fixed stars.
It is possible to understand astrology without using any Sun signs, in fact things become much clearer when you take the signs away, and all the baggage that has built up around the signs, such as elements, rulerships etc.
Astronomers and critics have a good point when the rubbish astrology, citing the constellations and precession. Their argument is logical. I was a scientist, and I am very critical. I’m also an astrologer, and like the great astronomer/astrologer Johaness Kepler, I see the value of the tropical zodiac as a measuring tool, but not the value of Sun signs.
One year ago I wrote about the Saturn Uranus oppositions of 2010, and how they would effect astrology, as astrology is ruled by Uranus. “There is a growing mass consciousness awareness of this issue. Astrology has critical role to play in the shift in consciousness beginning to occur. We are evolving away from the zodiac sign astrology and the strict rules and regulations that are based on the 30 degree divisions.” The Evolution of Astrology.
So the biggest news story in the history of astrology has the world abuzz with questions about the Sun signs. Now many people are questioning astrology and looking a bit deeper. Astrologers are being forced to defend their art, and they themselves have to look deeper. This is just the beginning of the process. The Jupiter Uranus conjunction last week has brought this new awareness about astrology. Uranus square Pluto from 2012 to 2015 may well bring fundamental changes to astrology, a major transformation.
Constellation Ophiuchus spans all of Sun sign Sagittarius. As an example of how Ophiuchus effects us more than Sagittarius, check out the horoscope of Tiger Woods. He has Moon in the sign Sagittarius, but it is on the brightest star in constellation Ophiuchus called Ras Alhague, the Head of the Serpent-charmer. This star with the Moon gives “misfortune through women, perverted tastes and mental depravity”.