Whether it’s an eager Aries, fair-minded Libra, or fiery Leo, some people couldn’t align more perfectly with their Zodiac signs, which of course means reading up on them daily. (Heck, it’s even totally socially acceptable to plan your self-care routine or pick out your mattress based on it.) But if you’ve never seemed to identify with one of the 12 sun signs, there could be a simple explanation for that: You might belong to the 13th.
Okay, okay—a 13th Zodiac sounds a little crazy, but it’s a thing, and if you didn’t check up on it when the news rocked the celestial world a couple of years ago, I’m here to give you a gentle reminder. A shift in Earth’s axis actually increased the number of astrological signs to a baker’s dozen, and with that came Ophiuchus: a sign that’s meant for those born between November 29 and December 17. If you’re wondering how in the world it came completely out of thin air, that’s not exactly the case, even though it seems like it. According to NASA, the Babylonians who created the Zodiac knew Ophiuchus was a thing, but didn’t use it because they only wanted 12 constellations that would align with the 12 calendar months. (AKA you could have been living a lie for the past 3,000 years…or you know however many you’ve been around.)
“Ophiuchus people have Scorpio’s magnetism and sexual allure. They are dream interpreters, passionate, and jealous. But like Sagittarius, they are also wisdom seekers, flamboyant dressers, visionary, and known for having good luck. It’s a pretty sexy sign to be.” —Tali Edut, astrologer
Ophiuchus is now such a big deal that a new docu-series from Netflix called Explained is digging deeper into its discovery and what it means for astrology. But before you take a deep-dive, first thing’s first: What does this new sign even mean? Ophiuchus—which, in the new line-up, is right between Scorpio and Sagittarius—is “the serpent bearer, symbolized by a man clutching a snake,” astrologer Tali Edut told Refinery29. And as for the personality traits, it’s basically the perfect mix of the two signs it’s sandwiched between. “Ophiuchus people have Scorpio’s magnetism and sexual allure. They are dream interpreters, passionate, and jealous. But like Sagittarius, they are also wisdom seekers, flamboyant dressers, visionary, and known for having good luck. It’s a pretty sexy sign to be.”
Of course, this isn’t just news for those who might be the 13th sign. If you choose to acknowledge the presence of Ophiuchus, you also have to live up to this piece of truth: The rest of the Zodiac has shifted, too. So, if you’ve been kicking along feeling your sign, maybe just go on about your business or . Otherwise, Ophiuchus might just be the missing puzzle piece you’ve been waiting for all along.
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