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Astrological Signs Changed?!

The Twitterverse exploded yesterday with news of everyone’s astrological signs being changed.

My favorite tweet?: “First we were told that Pluto is not a planet, now there's a new zodiac sign, Ophiuchus. My childhood was a bloody lie.”

The news originated from a Minneapolis Star Tribune article that blew people’s minds by explaining that the 3,000 year old Zodiac calendar we are familiar with is off.

Astronomer Parke Kunkle explained that due to gradual changes in the Earth's alignment the dates of many zodiac signs have changed.

Wait, what?! Am I no longer an Aquarius?! But I felt I identified so well with the water carrier sign...

The responsible sign for the shift? Ophiuchus — the 13th and often neglected sign. Doesn’t really roll off the tongue like Leo or Cancer do…

But then, I found out that this shift may only affect those born after 2009. Sigh of relief right there.

But, CNN has now explained that since most of us Westerners probably adhere to a tropical zodiac — we’re in the clear. Phew — you can cancel your laser treatments to get that zodiac tat removed!

The zodiac calendar which Ophiuchus is a part of is called a sidereal astrology, which is more followed in Eastern cultures.

Were you worried when you thought your zodiac sign may have changed? How well do you identify or believe in zodiac signs? Weigh in below!

Cara Sprunk has been the Managing Editor of Her Campus since fall 2009. She is a 2010 graduate of Cornell University where she majored in American Studies with a concentration in cultural studies. At Cornell Cara served as the Assistant Editor of Red Letter Daze, the weekend supplement to the Cornell Daily Sun where she also wrote for the news and arts section and blogged about pop culture. In her free time Cara enjoys reading, shopping, going to the movies, exploring and writing.  
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