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You’re tasked with creating a brand new astrological sign for the people born around your birthday — based solely on yourself. What would your new sign be, and how would you describe those who share it?

You really ask us to do impossible things: How can you change an astrological calendar that has exited for centuries to suit personal needs, and a feeling of self-importance. uniqueness, or definition of one’s essential being?

I see your point, though: My husband and I were born 4 days apart, the same year, and we are both Aquarians. While we seem to have some of the qualities of that sign in common, we are also very different people. I find it interesting that qualities attributed to people born under a given sign do appear to have that sign’s attributes. They are pretty general, though, and I imagine I could fit myself into a number of the categories.

In a recent post, we bloggers were asked to add an hour to the day — which is impossible. The same applies to twelve divisions of the Zodiac. Since as long ago as the 7th century BC there have been attempts to assign celestial coordinates to the “heavens” in an effort, I think, to map and measure the universe.  The “circle” is divided into 12 thirty degree sections with the divisions determined by the placement of stars, the constellations, the planets, etc. The position of the planets at the vernal equinox is the starting point for the sections.

By the second century AD, Ptolemy pretty much standardized the zodiac divisions using his skills as an astronomer. Since the zodiac is determined by alignment of celestial bodies, it would be pretty hard to change it. Curiously, the word “zodiac” actually means “circle of animals” (Greek and Roman).

According to astrology, an outgrowth of astronomy’s discoveries,  the relative position and movements of the Sun, Moon and other planets, holds the clue to human relationships along with other matters.

Thanks for the suggestion — I now know more about the Zodiac than I did before, and it’s all quite interesting, though the finer point of astronomy are still way beyond me.