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January 14th, 2011
10:56 AM ET

Are you reading the wrong horoscope? Maybe, maybe not

Research out of the Minnesota Planetarium Society suggesting that the zodiac sign you've always identified with may be inaccurate has many horoscope readers wondering if they are reading the right horoscope for their birth date. But, AM's Jason Carroll reports that this story has two sides.

Astronomers at the Minnesota Planetarium Society say the astrological chart from which most base their zodiac signs is incorrect. They say the astrological chart, based on a Babylonian chart created 3,000 years ago, does not account for how the earth's position has changed over thousands of years. The astronomers recalculated the dates taking into account the earth's position in relation to the sun, and propose new signs for nearly everyone.

So how do astrologers feel? Carroll talks to one who says “don’t believe the hype.”

Watch the video to discover your new proposed zodiac sign.

Which sign would you rather have, the old one or the updated one?


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  1. Uproar

    Wow...whatever. I actually used to read about my zodiac sign for fun. In a way, that made me associate myself as what the zodiac told me I was. This wasn't something I thought about in my every waking moment–but it was me. It was what I knew for 39 years. Yes , I have been asked what my astrological sign is from numerous people throughout my life..and I knew and I told them. Even zodiacs and horoscopes being a bunch of hokey–I still identified myself what the books told me. I became comfortable with that.

    At this point I definitely feel that it's trying to be stripped from me. Some silly, trivial thing that has actually been with me for 39 years, but it's been with me that long..now you take it away? The zodiac has been around for so long, way longer than myself; & that for a lot of folks, it has become a comfort–a piece of everyday nonsense that will always be with you...but not now. I can understand the uproar and confusion from a lot of people.

    This year seems to have started out quite chaotically..with the dead birds, the dead fish, the erratic weather with snow in the states, floods in Australia and Brazil, the magnetic pole shifts that I have now heard mentioned twice on CNN–which I have never recalled reading from this news source–airports recalculating their compasses to adjust to the poles, the magnetic pole shift being the blame for confusing the birds that fell to their death, a widely known and accepted almost "tradition" radically changed, which claims a 13th zodiac. In the time the zodiacs were really created, the superstitions were high–do you think they wanted a 13th sign?

    The zodiac has always been inaccurate, but it is kind of like the bible in this way–people have become accustomed and comfortable with it despite it's inaccuracies.

    January 15, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  2. Dave

    I suppose I will have to go back to phrenology for my major life decisions now.

    January 15, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  3. hillbilleter

    I'm keeping my old sign. I like it and I'm not changing. If astrologers want to change things, they can't grandfather everyone into the new system, even if it is 3,000 years too late. And the sign Ophiuchus? Sounds like an F-word epithet if you sound it out; that's going to be the joke of the zodiac.

    January 15, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  4. weedstomper

    So does this mean the fortune tellers have been wrong all these years .

    January 14, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  5. joan

    What??!? They can't do that! Is this the Pluto guy again??

    January 14, 2011 at 2:28 pm |