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Forget astrology as you know it. The back-page, popularized "Tropical" astrology that we are all familiar with is bogus. It doesn't even qualify as a pseudo-science, just an old one. The degrees and signs are all wrong. Today's astrology is bad astronomy. Tropical astrology has a static view from 2,000 years ago. Astronomic fact proves it. The numbers are off. The signs are wrong. If there's a choice between the wrong degree and the right degree, why do we hesitate? We have to choose Astronomy over tropical astrology, because star-gazing is and always has been at the core of astrology. How can astrology work, if it's not astronomically correct?

Assyrian depiction of the eight pointed star of Venus, right, the Moon and Solar disk, left, with its four axes and four intercalated solar rays [source]

For 6,000 years, astronomy and astrology were inseparable. The astrologer and the astronomer were the same person! The two fields of study used the same map of the stars. Today however, astronomy is the reality, and astrology is the fallacy. Astrology has spurned science, and wanders at the fringes of incredulity.

Astrology is Broken

How did this happen? Most European and American astrologers use a system that doesn't match up to the sky anymore. They have tried to stop the time. Planets and objects in space are NOT where they say they are. Any horoscope made using Tropical astrology is a fraud. If we used their horoscope charts the way we use maps, we'd never reach our destination. That's why NASA doesn't use it, and astronomers think astrologers are idiots.

The majority of American astrologers are still using the horoscopes that only work for 100 ACE/AD. The Earth's rotational "wobble" has made it necessary to adjust the signs backwards 30 degrees or more since that time. But these astrologers don't do it, so their tropical system gets more inaccurate every day like a cheap watch.

How has astrology been reduced to little more than a superstition? Astrologers in Rome used it as a shill to glorify the old emperor, Augustus, who died around 40 ACE. The Romans changed it around to serve Rome, not the truth. They doomed modern astrology to replicate their propaganda ever since. Aside from the aspects and houses, tropical astrology would never get it right again.

Who Screwed Astrology?

Ptolemy: was he just wrong, or did he sell out?

The astrological view of the ecliptic was bastardized for the purposes of the Roman war-and-slaves machine, courtesy of Ptolemy, a second-rate astrologer who also believed the Sun revolved around the Earth. He not only forgot the precession of the equinoxes, (see below) but changed the gender and positions of the signs, based on the wishes of his imperial masters. Astronomy was thrown out the window.

By shackling the Zodiac to the Earth's seasons, he froze the vernal equinox at the Aries Spring of his era, even though it is moving backwards at a rate of 1 degree every 75 years. This meant that his version would not be accurate in the future. Today, spring occurs in March, during Pisces, making Ptolemaic astrology a relic. The Greeks and Romans also eliminated the powerful female constellations, or shortchanged their signs to animals. They killed Ophiuchus, the guardian of women.

Today, astrologers still use the Roman astrology, and more than 80% of us are told the wrong sign. Even if you don't believe in astrology you get bombarded with the wrong information. Finding the truth is easy, just look at the sky. Better yet, get a (free) planetarium app, Stellarium, and see it on your computer.


Ophiuchus is part of the Zodiac

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See Ophiuchus, the suppressed constellation? It's on the ecliptic, too, right after Scorpio. It's one of the original 13 eponymous signs, which the tropical astrologers forgot to mention. The exclusion of Ophiuchus is the big lie that tropical astrologers have repeated so often that they themselves now believe it as fact.

The Real Sky here

Actual Positions of the Sun, Moon, planets, asteroids and the Black Moon/Lilith

Back to the Future

The way to change our astrology is to take it back to move it forward, using the ancient lunar-based 13-sign system that is still in accord with both NASA and the International Astronomical Union. 13 sign astrology solves all the problems of modern astrology, and puts us in sync with astronomy again. 13 sign astrology also resurrects the female signs of the original Zodiac and shows us are true signs, the way the universe intended. Science and astrology are reunited, and the horoscope is accurate once more.

Why are we still using a broken astrology at this late date? Now is time to change it. MORE


The point of equinox changes at about 50.29 arc seconds annually -- rotating backwards one degree every 75 years.

precession of the equinoxes

The 2 Theories About Precession

Our orientation to the larger universe is constantly shifting. There is something that causes the vernal equinox (the meeting place of the celestial and ecliptic plane) to go in a backwards cycle around the ecliptic, returning to its starting place over an estimated period of 26,000 years. This is called the precession of the equinoxes and it is why our first day of spring is always changing, moving backwards along the calendar days.

The reasons for the precession are unknown, but there are two main theories:

The Gravitational Theory
The precession is caused by the combined gravitational effects of the sun, moon, and the planetary components which act on the Earth’s equatorial bulge, like the motion of a spinning top. This torque causes a slight distortion in the shape of the Earth which slows it down.

The Binary System (Polarity Theory)
Every object in the Universe has its companion in space, even billions of light years away, yet they are connected by an invisible electric plasma (dark matter?) Our Sun with its solar system rotates in a binary orbit with a companion star, maybe an invisible brown dwarf. The whole solar system’s orientation to the fixed stars slows down, resonating and mirroring the invisible twin's movement.

The Binary theory has made a big comeback recently because of the the flaws in gravitational theory. MORE


SIGN Dates of passage Days in sign Star
Virgo 16 September – 30 October 45 days Spica
Pisces 12 March – 18 April 38 days Eta Piscium
Taurus 14 May – 19 June 37 days Aldebaran
Leo 10 August – 15 September 37 days Regulus
Sagittarius 18 December – 18 January 32 32 days Kaus Australis
Gemini 20 June – 20 July 31 days Pollux
Capricornus 19 January – 15 February 28 days Deneb Algedi
Aries 19 April – 13 May 25 days Hamal
Aquarius 16 February – 11 March 24 days Sadalsuud
Libra 31 October – 22 November 23 days Zubeneschamali
Cancer 21 July – 9 August 20 days Al Tarf
Ophiuchus 30 November – 17 December 18 days Rasalhague
Scorpius 23 November – 29 November 7 days Antares



Degrees of Sun's travel in each sign*

Aries 24
Taurus 38
Gemini 27
Cancer 21
Leo 35
Virgo 44
Libra 23
Scorpius 7*
Ophiuchus 18*
Sagittarius 34
Capricornus 28
Aquarius 24
Pisces 37


Number of Days in Each Sign

Aries: 25.5 days
Taurus: 38.2 days
Gemini: 29.3 days
Cancer: 21.1 days
Leo: 36.9 days
Virgo: 44.5 days
Libra: 21.1 days
Scorpio: 8.4 days
Ophiuchus: 18.4 days
Sagittarius: 33.6 days
Capricorn: 27.4 days
Aquarius: 23.9 days
Pisces: 37.7 days



Tropical/Sidereal/13 sign



Tropical zodiac

Sidereal zodiac

13-SIGN (IAU*)

Solar stay**

Brightest star


21 March –
20 April

15 April -
15 May

19 April – 13 May

25 days



21 April –
21 May

16 May -
15 June

14 May – 19 June

37 days



22 May –
21 June

16 June -
15 July

20 June – 20 July

31 days



22 June –
22 July

16 July -
15 August

21 July – 9 August

20 days

Al Tarf


23 July –
22 August

16 August -
15 September

10 August – 15 September

37 days



23 August –
23 September

16 September -
15 October

16 September – 30 October

45 days



24 September –
23 October

16 October -
16 November

31 October – 22 November

23 days



24 October –
22 November

16 November -
15 December

23 November – 29 November

7 days




30 November – 17 December

18 days



23 November –
21 December

16 December -
14 January

18 December – 18 January

32 days

Kaus Australis


22 December –
20 January

15 January –
14 February

19 January – 15 February

28 days

Deneb Algedi


21 January –
19 February

15 February -
14 March

16 February – 11 March

24 days



20 February –
20 March

15 March -
14 April

12 March – 18 April

38 days

Eta Piscium

*International Astronomic Union
** Number of days of the Sun's travel through the sign


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Comparison of the Zodiac systems





Aries Mar 21 - April 20 April 15 - May 15 April 19 - May 13
Taurus April 21 - May 20 May 16 - June 15 May 14 - June 19
Gemini May 21 - June 20 June 16 - July 15 June 20 - July 20
Cancer June 21 - July 21 July 16 - Aug 15 July 21 - Aug 9
Leo July 22 Aug 22 Aug 16 - Sep 15 Aug 10 – Sep 15
Virgo Aug 23 - Sep 22 Sep 16 - Oct 15 Sept 16 – Oct 30
Libra Sep 23 - Oct 22 Oct 16 - Nov 15 Oct 31– Nov 22
Scorpio Oct 23 - Nov 21 Nov 16 - Dec 15 Nov 23 – Nov 29
Ophiuchus NA NA Nov 30 – Dec 17
Sagittarius Nov 22 - Dec 21 Dec 16 - Jan 14 Dec 18– Jan 18
Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 20 Jan 15 - Feb 14 Jan 19 – Feb 15
Aquarius Jan 21 - Feb 19 Feb 15 - Mar 14 Feb 16– Mar 11
Pisces Feb 20 - Mar 20 Mar 15 - April 14 Mar 12 – April 18


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