Ophiuchus Zodiac Sign 13

Ophiuchus, Zodiac 13?

Rho Oph Cloud Star Forming Region
Antares and Rho, of the Ophiuchus zodiac constellation

Since my last album was named after a Chinese Zodiac sign (Year Of The Ox), I found today’s trending topic of new zodiac signs worthy. This photo is Rho Ophiuchus cloud, a star-forming region. The “new 13th sign,” Ophiuchus seems to be a region where new things are born – stars, to be exact. Named after a Greek demigod, this constellation briefly had me convinced that I’d morphed from Capricorn to Sagittarius. New stars born, new signs, new year (2011 – and new decade!) … the timing of this story is strangely coincidental with my current situation: new band name, new logo, first show under the new name less than two weeks away … and even though I’ve been playing with these musicians for a while (some over 3.5 years) the current combination is relatively new. It feels new, anyway. It’s exciting, like a new chapter in your favorite book. And we are excited to have you along for the ride.

If you don’t know already, it’s a false alarm. Americans have two sets of “Zodiac signs,” tropical and sidereal. Most follow tropical, and they haven’t changed. The following is from CNN’s blog:

“tropical zodiac – which is fixed to seasons, and which Western astrology adheres to – differs from the sidereal zodiac – which is fixed to constellations and is followed more in the East, and is the type of zodiac to which the Star Tribune article ultimately refers.” -Jason Hanna

And in case anyone’s still confused, I am [still] a tropic Capricorn.

To read more about Ophiuchus, check this out: ianridpath.com/startales/ophiuchus.htm

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