Is Ophiuchus the 13th Zodiac?

By: Yamilette Resendez
OwlFeed Journalist

As people have heard, back in 2016 people believed that Ophiuchus (Ophiuchus is the constellation of the snake charmer) has become one of the main 12 zodiac signs.

This would be an out of this world accusation because the zodiac are based on the following:

¨The sky is divided into 12 sections, one for each of the 12 months or moon cycles in the year. They then chose 12 constellations, one in each of those sections. And as the year progresses and the Earth rotates around the sun, the sun appears to pass through each of the 12 sections and 12 constellations,¨  according to a blogpost from Bustle titled, “Why Isn’t Ophiuchus In The Zodiac? The 13th Sign Never Made The Cut.”


The zodiac constellations were actually created by ¨by the Sumerians and Babylonians between 2000-3000 B.C.¨ According to The Living Moon, the constellations apparently seemed to have some kind of mythical god related origin. Apparently each constellation has its own story that leads back to their name.

So the question is why can’t they just make space for Ophiuchus in the zodiac family? Well, NASA will somehow have to change the months. In simpler terms, there are 12 zodiacs, 12 months and 4 seasons. If NASA were to add Ophiuchus it wouldn’t make sense because then there would be 13 zodiac and it would mess us the functions of the zodiacs and they wouldn’t be evened out.

Every zodiac has about the same amount of time in each month. (By that I mean every zodiac has kind of the same amount of time in each month, every zodiac has a date limit for each month. Most zodiac signs “share” months, i.e. Aries are people born between March 21 and April 19). It would completely mess everything up if such as dates and special events, especially since ¨the changing positions of the constellations at different times of the year might be important to people and events on Earth,¨ according to an article on NASA Space Place.

In addition to what Ophiuchus does to the dates, it doesn’t give the zodiacs the equal amount of time. Instead of getting a month, some Zodiacs will only get a couple of days. For example if we add Ophiuchus before Sagittarius and after Scorpius, it would take away more than fifty percent of Scorpius’ days.

¨The sun spends close to three weeks in front of the constellation Ophiuchus (November 29-December 18),¨ according to the article uploaded by Earth Sky, “Scorpius? Here’s Your Constellation.” As mentioned before Scorpius has three weeks. But if NASA were to add Ophiuchus it would only give Scorpius SIX DAYS instead of those three weeks it had.

Also by adding Ophiuchus into the gang, everybody would not have their original Zodiac sign. Yes, if you were a Cancer (the zodiac sign of the crab), now would be a Gemini (the Zodiac sign of the twins).

Would you be okay with this change or not?