By now most people have heard about the zodiac shift. Because of slow changes in the Earth’s rotation over the past x-number of years, the dates that used to correspond to the astrological signs that everyone is familiar with have changed—some by several days, some by over a month. There’s even a new addition: Ophiuchus, the snake-holder.
Astrologers are going to have a fun time explaining this one to their clients. The people who have read horoscopes for years and always thought that all those short, daily paragraphs in their morning papers summed them up completely must be feeling as though their zodiacal walls are crumbling around them.
How can the horoscope enthusiasts possibly explain their rationale now? All those little wisdom-filled blurbs that fit so perfectly and could so clearly be applied to their everyday lives came from the wrong horoscope entries. Some people’s entries were even missing altogether! Could it be that all of this star sign swapping will bring about the downfall of modern horoscopes and astrology once and for all? Probably not, but at least it might finally snap a few people out of it.
On a side note, until I looked it up, I wasn’t sure how to pronounce the name of the new zodiac sign, and I’d been saying it the way I thought it looked. When I finally found the correct pronunciation on Dictionary.com (as well as several other sources) I thought it sounded weird. Apparently the phonetic pronunciation is [of-ee-YOO-kuhs], or [oh-fee-YOO-kuhs]. I personally prefer the way I thought it sounded, which was [oh-FAHY-uh-kuhs], with the second syllable stressed and rhyming with the word “eye”. I suppose I’ll be saying it correctly from now on, even if it sounds funny.
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