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FRIDAY, January 14, 2011

Earth Rotation Changes Zodiac Signs

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A Minneapolis astronomy professor says he's stunned by the attention he's getting for suggesting the signs of the zodiac are all wrong. Parke Kunkle said in a newspaper interview that the Earth's wobbly orbit means it's no longer aligned to the stars in the same way as when the signs of the zodiac were first conceived. He said that means when astrologers say the sun is in Pisces, it's really in Aquarius, and so on.

The story went viral, with thousands of people fretting on social networks that their sign might change. But Kunklee, who teaches at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, said Friday that the shift is "2,000-year-old information."

Shelley Ackerman, spokeswoman for American Federation of Astrologers, said she's been swamped with e-mails from worried clients, but tells them "this doesn't change your chart at all."

Here is the adjusted zodiac:

Capricorn: Jan 20-Feb 16

Aquarius: Feb 16-March 11

Pisces: March 11-April 18

Aries: April 18-May 13

Taurus: May 13-June 21

Gemini: June 21-July 20

Cancer: July 20-Aug 10

Leo: Aug 10-Sept. 16

Virgo: Sept 16-Oct. 30

Libra: Oct 30-Nov. 23

Scorpio: Nov 23-29

Ophiuchus: Nov 29-Dec 17 (This is a new sign, represented by a serpent tamer.  It is associated with higher education, enlightenment, medicine, and healing. Ophiuchus is classified as a water sign, representing emotion and nurture.)

Sagittarius: Dec 17-Jan 20

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