Zodiac Update: Is Your Star Sign Changing?

We originally published this blog post back in 2016, but as the topic has recently resurfaced in the news, we thought we’d provide an update for any star sign enthusiasts!

For years, many of us have known exactly what our star signs are, whether you’re an optimistic Aries or a passionate Scorpio. Astrology suggests that your date of birth determines your zodiac sign, accompanied by strengths, weaknesses, likes and dislikes – which may or may not match up to your own personality traits.

But could all that be set to change?

Why might the star signs change in 2020?

Back in 2016, an educational article published by Nasa revealed that our star signs may actually be wrong. It came down to a change in the Earth’s axis and a little white lie from the Babylonians, which overall meant a possible shift in star signs as we know them.

The Baylonians, like us, had a 12-month calendar. To match things up nice and evenly, they decided to divide the zodiac up into 12 signs, selecting 12 zodiac constellations – when in fact there were 13. The idea was that each zodiac sign would get its own month of the year.

In the 3000 years since then, another issue has come to light: the sky has shifted. Due to gravitational effects from the sun, the North Pole doesn’t point in quite the same direction anymore, meaning that different dates correspond to different constellations.

So what about the new 13th star sign that seems to have been forgotten about all these years? 

Is there a new star sign for 2020?

The mysterious 13th star sign is called Ophiuchus, and is said to fall between Scorpio and Sagittarius on the zodiac calendar. Represented by the constellation Serpens, its symbol is a man wrestling with a snake. 

According to astrologists, the Ophiuchus sign is most compatible with Pisces.

Key personality traits for Ophiuchus include passionate, curious, funny and just a little self-absorbed at times.

What are the new star sign dates?

With all of this in mind, what would the new star sign dates be? Well, here’s what the new Zodiac guide could look like….

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 – Nov 29

Ophiuchus: Nov 29 – Dec 17

Sagittarius: Dec 17 – Jan 20

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Is my star sign really changing in 2020?

Of course, this is huge news for those who follow their astrological findings religiously. Even those who are casual readers of the daily horoscopes will probably feel a little cheated after all these years. 

However, it’s important to remember that this news actually came out back in 2016 – and nothing seems to have changed since then. The topic is resurfacing in 2020, but does that really mean that the star signs are changing?

Dwayne Brown, a NASA spokesperson, even stated: “We didn’t change any Zodiac signs, we just did the math.” In other words, astronomy does not equal astrology!

If you connect with your original star sign and identify with those personality traits, then we see nothing wrong with continuing to follow your horoscope as normal. 

If you’re sticking with your current sign and searching for a piece of zodiac jewellery to tell the world exactly what you’re all about, why not take a look at the selection of star sign jewellery available at Joshua James? We feature a range spanning charms from Nomination to our very own line of silver zodiac pendants. Take a look at some of our favourite styles below!

Nomination Classic CZ Silver Sagittarius Symbol Charm
Joshua James Silver Leo Zodiac Sign Pendant
Nomination Classic Rose Gold Oval Libra Charm
Swarovski Kris Bear – Sagittarius Crystal Figurine
Nomination Classic Gold Oval Virgo Charm
Nomination Classic Scorpio Charm

On the other hand, if you’re seeking out a gift for someone born under the new Ophiuchus star sign, you might have a slightly harder time. 

Most zodiac jewellery collections will omit the controversial 13th sign, but what about a piece of birthstone jewellery instead?

Going by the ‘new’ star sign dates, the Ophiuchus birthstone would be topaz or citrine for November, or turquoise, tanzanite or blue zircon for December. 

With that in mind, take a look at some of our favourite Ophiuchus birthstone jewellery picks below!

Joshua James 9ct Gold & Blue Topaz December Birthstone Stud Earrings
Joshua James November Birthstone Swarovski Topaz Ring
Joshua James December Birthstone Swarovski Blue Zirconia Pendant
Joshua James 9ct Gold & Citrine November Birthstone Pendant
Nomination Classic Rose Gold November Citrine Charm
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Precious 9ct White Gold & Blue Topaz Rectangular Stud Earrings

Whether you’re a horoscope fanatic or simply curious about the changing star signs, we hope our post has shed a little light on the topic! And if you’re on the lookout for a stylish piece of astrological jewellery, make sure to browse the full range of star sign necklaces and Nomination zodiac charms here at Joshua James.

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