You may have heard the news reports about the Minnesota Planetarium Society declaring that the Moon’s gravitational pull on the earth has caused a change in the planet’s position in terms of its axis and that it is going to change the alignment of the constellations by one month. Ever since the dawn of Astrology came into being from the time of the ancient Babylonians, Astro Signs have always been based upon the constellation, where the sun would be during the date,time and place of the birth of a person. This system is still used in Vedic Astrology today. Anyone with knowledge about Western Astrology is aware of this fact because it uses the Tropical Form.
I have been aware of this 25 degree discrepancy for many moons now…but as has been explained…Western Astrology mainly uses Tropical Zodiac based on the seasons ie: March 21 Vernal Equinox/0 degrees Aries…as you know the chart is a symbolic tool that assists in assessing the various archetypes that are present in everyone’s Birth Chart…nothing is fixed in the cosmos…that is why people who dabble in Popular Astrology can easily be perplexed…I take many factors into consideration when interpreting a chart…Transits and Progressions…by the time that a person is serious about an in depth chart analysis…based on Date/Time/Place of Birth…they are usually a young adult…early 20′s…and by that time their Sun will most probably have Progressed into the following Sign anyway…that is why I practice EsoteRic Astrology…consulting with clients regarding specific concerns…usually…Career, Love and Security…There are many factors including the other planets and their placement in the chart. We are more than simply a Sun (Star) Sign…we are a universe of planets with various archetypes.
Regarding the 13th Sign…again…Lunar Calendars were used in many traditions and still are to this day…some Astrologers speak of Arachnid as a long forgotten 13th Sign…the number 13 is significant: 13 Full Moons in a Lunation Cycle…and why there are two full moons in one month each year. Eventually, the 13 Lunar Calendar was changed to the 12 month Solar Calendar…but the Solar and Lunar connection is always there…as they shadow dance through the seasons…known as the Eyes of Heaven…Sun (Gold) and Moon (Silver) and relationships like Christ and the 12 Apostles or King Arthur and the 12 Knights symbolzse this connection.
Did you know the seven days of the week are named after the Sun, Moon and Planets?
There are 12 possible keys any particular song can be played on the piano with Light and Shadow…and we connect those keys to create a unique song of the soul’s life experience.
I perceive the Birth Chart as an ever unfolding piece of art…painted on canvass with a palette of 12 unique colours…that illustrate our ever changing portrait of our selves.

(c) Richard Barrett 2011


Below are two responses from  a couple of renowned astrologers:
Anyone who questions you about the recent publicity given to the
zodiac or a new sign, tell them that is claimed by an astronomer
who knows nothing about astrology or even what the tropical
zodiac consists of.

Western astrologers became dissatisfied with the sidereal zodiac
of the constellations by the 5th century CE, and switched to the
tropical zodiac that astrologers in the West have used ever
since.    The tropical zodiac coincided with the constellations in
the year 221 CE.  It took a couple of centuries, but astrologers
did figure out that planets, signs, and charts should be measured
from the equinox, not from a particular star.

Western astrology starts the signs from the north or ascending
node of intersection between the ecliptic and the celestial
equator, the zero Aries or equinox point. Nodes are the
intersections between planes and have always been important
points in astrology.  The resulting ecliptic hemispheres are then
divided into the four quadrants and each quadrant has a beginning
space, a middle space, and an end space, just like life.  These
are the signs of Western astrology.  They are mathematically and
geometrically elegant, as opposed to the irregular groupings of
stars known as the constellations, which is what the Minnesota
astronomer and media talking heads are ultimately referring to.
-John Halloran “What we have said concerning the signs may strike some persons who otherwise take astrology seriously as a bit abstract and mathematical. So we want to conclude with a few words which relate mostly to the tropical form of astrology.

As the earth moves about the Sun the seasons change. If you could speed up this motion and look at the earth from space, you would see on the continents a movement of green (from vegetation) moving up and down. At the beginning of the northern hemisphere’s spring (beginning of Sun in Aries) you would see it moving up to the north of the equator, reaching its greatest development in the north at the beginning of the northern hemisphere’s summer (Sun in Cancer). Then it would begin to move south until at the beginning of the northern autumn, the southern hemisphere’s spring (Sun in Libra) it reached the most southerly part at the beginning of the southern summer (Sun in Capricorn). After that the belt of green begins to move north again. This is the “pulse of life” that the late Dane Rudhyar referred to in his book of the same name. We believe that the origin of the qualities that astrologers associate with the signs comes from this movement of life energy on earth. In the last analysis, the zodiac may not be so much due to the astronomy by itself as it is to the earth’s biosphere. The signs are simply a measure of where we are in the year and the flow of life on earth as it relates to the heavens -Robert Hand