By Sarah Fielding
Mercury may have officially left retrograde but space isn’t done messing with us yet. Word on the street is that the zodiac signs we all know and love, and some of us have tattooed on us, are no longer. The news has sent shockwaves with the internet in a constant state of freaking out. According to these findings, people who have grown up believing themselves to be shy Virgos are now in for a rude awakening that they are actually natural born leaders under the Leo horoscope.
NASA has been shouldering the blame for this but on Tuesday released a statement via Tumblr explaining that, actually, you should be blaming the Babylonian’s instead. It turns out when they designed the calendar, the 13th constellation, Ophiuchus, interfered with their twelve month plan so it was ignored. Additionally, NASA explains even the twelve constellations used really didn’t work out so well and the Babylonians fudged it. For example, the line going from Earth through the sun actually points to Virgo for a total of 45 days. On the other hand, it only points at Scorpio for seven.
The post goes on to explain that Earth’s axis has made some moves in the past 3,000 years. NASA’s biggest, and most hilarious, point, comes when it’s pointed out that the organization couldn’t care less what you think your zodiac sign is. The post explicitly states that NASA studies “astronomy, not astrology”. Then NASA decides to let the world know what it really thinks about this “astrology” business it keeps being sucked into: “Astrology is something else. It’s not science. No one has shown that astrology can be used to predict the future or describe what people are like based on their birth dates.”
The moral of the story seems to be not to regret those tattoos or daily horoscope updates yet. The whole thing is based on, sorry, belief not fact. If you’ve gone your whole life identifying with all things Sagittarius and don’t want to accept that you’re supposedly now an Ophiuchus, a word you can’t even pronounce, don’t. If NASA’s message is that this is all hocus pocus and not science then why should science change who you believe you are? It shouldn’t. So unless you’re really searching for change don’t waste your time updating that horoscope app, astrology hasn’t been proven, yet.