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Astrology’s Big Moment

Astrology’s Big Moment

[ 3 ] January 27, 2011 |

Last week the world freaked out when a Minnesota astronomer sent out a press release stating that the zodiac signs had shifted over time and, surprise, you’re not the sign you thought you were. Even more shocking, there was now a new zodiac sign — Ophiuchus.

Thanks to the power of the internet, the press release went viral and people whom I never thought would care about astrology were suddenly losing their stuff. Mainstream American news like CNN and MSNBC even devoted prime time to this allegedly new revelation. Well known astrologers like Susan Miller breathlessly went on air to refute the ill conceived press release. I fielded emails from friends and colleagues who wanted to know if it was true.

The Saturn Sisters were quick to point out in their great post on LifeScript.com that this was a myth, but the damage was done. People were confused and indignant. And like the head of a hydra, more and more media outlets propagated the myth of the 13th sign despite attempts to clarify by the astrological community.

“So now I’m a Pisces?” an Aries sun sign incredulously asked. [...]

Has Your Zodiac Sign Really Changed?

[ 0 ] January 15, 2011 |

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Take a deep breath. Your zodiac sign has NOT changed. You’re still the sign you thought you were when you woke up this morning. Don’t hang up your bull horns and pretend you’re not stubborn, Taurus. Don’t trade in your sexy black negligee just yet, Scorpio. No reason to be meek, Aries. You’re still an adventurer, Sagittarius. But if you were duped by this morning’s “OMG you’re not the sign you thought you were!” story that’s gone viral on the web, consider yourself in plenty of company.

This is merely a false meme that rears its head every few years. (See this story from 2007). Sometimes, bored editors dig up conspiracy theories to draw traffic — that’s what’s happened here. Amazing, with all the important stuff happening in the world (massive floods, fishes and birds falling from the sky, attempted political assassinations, etc.) Thanks to Twitter and Facebook, the current incarnation of the myth is burning up BlackBerries worldwide. [...]

Saturn's Moment in the Sun

[ 0 ] September 27, 2007 |

Our dear Cosmic Taskmaster has been in the news lately. The Cassini mission continues to reveal startling information about Saturn, and assures us that Big Daddy is correctly assigned the role of King in the cosmic pantheon. Tweet

A Moment of Sweetness and Light

[ 0 ] June 7, 2004 |

We interrupt this somber Saturnian moment with a romantic newsflash from the lovely planet Venus. While the media engage in revisionist history regarding the Reagan era and the real devastation in Iraq is obscured by patriotic bombast (thanks to Saturn’s conjunction with the U.S. sun) the planet of love and beauty eclipses the sun for […]

Sedna

[ 0 ] March 20, 2004 |

Is it a planet, a planetoid, or a comet? No one can figure out Sedna, the latest discovery lurking in our solar system. Note that Sedna, christened by astronomers, NOT astrologers, takes its name from the Inuit Goddess of the Sea. The legend is fascinating, particularly in light of the fact that this heavenly body […]

Life on Mars

[ 0 ] January 11, 2004 |

Further proof that Saturn is making himself heard in Cancer. The Rover’s main mission? Finding evidence of WATER. Cancerian, life-supporting, wet, wet delicious water. Go little Rover, go! Mars Rovers in Quest for Grail: Signs of Water Tweet

Mission to Mars

[ 0 ] January 4, 2004 |

Big ups to my ruling planet, Mars. Last night, a bunch of really sweet science nerds at NASA cheered as their beloved rover bounced a bunch of times and finally landed safely on the surface of the Red planet to search for past signs of life. Space Probe Lands on Mars This is also interesting […]