3 Myths About Astrology You Should Stop Believing

Written by on January 17, 2019 in Astrology & Numerology, Reality's Edge with 0 Comments

Astrology has had a recent upsurge in popularity, and more people have some information about it then ever before. While this is a positive development, there is a downside. The downside is that there is also a lot of misinformation as well. In this article, we will address 3 common myths about astrology that you should stop believing.

1)   Astrologers are using the wrong zodiac

For most of human history, astrology and astronomy were combined. When Ancient people studied and measured the orbits of the planets and the stars, they were doing so to look for meaning. To them, the movements of the planets and the stars represented spiritual forces and gave signals and signs concerning the will of gods and goddesses. Ancient astronomers/astrologers tracked the sky with great precision and detail, and many of the foundations of modern astronomy are based on the work of the Ancients, particularly the Ancient Greeks.

Sadly, in the Enlightenment, the disciplines of astrology and astronomy split, and astronomers began to have contempt and animosity towards astrologers. In attempting to dispute astrology, some astronomers have spread a myth that astrologers are using the wrong zodiac. The basis for this myth is as follows.

The constellations of the zodiac are made up of what are known as “fixed stars.” Despite the name, fixed stars are not completely fixed. There is a phenomenon known as “precession of the equinoxes,” which is caused by a slight wobble in the Earth’s rotation that makes the fixed stars move ever so slowly. This means that the constellations along the ecliptic, known as the zodiac, also move. This has been known since at least the 2nd Century B.C.E.

In the Hellenistic Era, the constellation Aries was rising in the sky at dawn on the Spring Equinox. Currently, according to most astrologers and astronomers, the constellation Pisces is rising at the Spring Equinox. Sometime in the future, it will be the sign Aquarius. This is the astrological meaning of the Age of Aquarius. This leaves astrologers with a dilemma. Should the sky be divided by the actual constellations, which drift from alignment with the seasons, or should there be a fixed division that stays consistent with the seasons?

Western Astrology made the decision to use a fixed division of the sky that stays aligned with the seasons. This is known as the Tropical Zodiac. In this zodiac, 0° Aries is the place of the Sun at the Spring Equinox, and the sky is divided into twelve equal parts which are named for the rest of the signs of the zodiac. Vedic Astrology made the opposite decision and kept its zodiac consistent with the constellations, without worrying about alignment with the seasons. This zodiac is known as the Sidereal Zodiac.


While there are debates among astrologers as to which zodiac to use, the Tropical and Sidereal Zodiacs both have long pedigrees and give accurate results within their respective systems.

2)   There is a newly discovered 13th Sign of the Zodiac

On a similar note, from time to time, another myth spreads through the news. This myth is that scientists have discovered a 13th sign in the zodiac and that we all must change the sign we think we are.

The constellation in question is named Ophiuchus, and it is not a new discovery at all. It partially intersects the ecliptic between the constellations Scorpio and Sagittarius. Ophiuchus has been known since at least the time of the Ancient Babylonians, and probably before. Ancient astronomers/astrologers purposely did not include it in their system. As discussed above, most Western astrologers use the Tropical Zodiac based on the seasons rather than the actual constellations, and so a “new” constellation is irrelevant to the system in any case.

Even if one using the Sidereal Zodiac based on the actual constellations, there is no need to include Ophiuchus. While the stars are universal, the constellations are not. Constellations are groupings of stars and are determined by the priests, astrologers, and astronomers of each culture. For example, Ancient Chinese astrology divided the ecliptic into what are known as Lunar Mansions, and some forms of astrology, including Vedic Astrology, continue to use various forms of Lunar Mansions to this day. Therefore, it is a choice of astrologers as to how to divide the sky, and most mainstream astrologers choose to trust one of the divisions made by the Ancients.

There may be some astrologers who do choose to incorporate Ophiuchus, but these astrologers are in the vast minority in the field.

3)   A Sun Sign description should match your personality perfectly

Most people first learn about astrology through their Sun Signs. Your Sun Sign is the sign, or division of the sky, that the Sun was in when you were born. Many places such as Numerology Sign give information on astrology based on your Sun Sign. One reason for this is that it is easy to determine one’s Sun Sign. All you need to know is your birthday. Another reason is that the Sun represents who we are on a very deep level, so almost everyone will have some traits of their Sun Sign.

On the other hand, people are much more complicated than that, and few people resonate with their Sun Sign perfectly. To get a complete picture of a person, astrologers will cast what is known as a Natal Chart, which is a map of the entire sky at the time of that person’s first breath. This chart is complicated, and it contains varied and sometimes contradictory information. Professional astrologers spend years and even decades learning to weigh and interpret the information in a Natal Chart in a meaningful way.

If you do not want to see a professional astrologer, and if you do not want to spend decades learning the craft, there is a quick and easy way to get a more detailed picture of your personality than your Sun Sign alone can provide. This may be especially helpful to you if your Sun Sign has you baffled. The first thing you need to do is to find your time and place of birth. Usually, this will be listed on your birth certificate, but if it is not, you may have to ask someone who would know, like your mother. Using this information, you can find websites such as Terry Nazon, which will cast your Natal Chart for free.

For this purpose, determine the signs of Sun, Moon, and Ascendant. When you are reading Sun Sign descriptions, you should read all three of these. The order you should read them depends on whether you were born during the day or at night. If you were born during the day, read the descriptions in the following order: 1) Sun Sign, 2) Ascendant, and 3) Moon Sign. If you were born at night, read in this order: 1) Moon Sign, 2) Ascendant, and 3) Sun Sign. This will give you a fuller sense of your personality and character than your Sun Sign alone.

In this article, we have looked at 3 common myths of astrology. These myths are that astrologers are using the wrong zodiac, that there is a newly discovered 13th sign, and that Sun Sign descriptions will perfectly match your personality. These myths are not true, and we have given you better and more accurate information to rely upon instead.

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