The short answer is no, especially for those of us who use a form of Western Astrology. What NASA is referring to are the constellations named Aries, Taurus, etc. Constellations are dead stars, glimmering light from past eras that are visible to our eyes. There is a branch of astrology called Sidereal Astrology that does rely on the constellations, but at Inner Makeup we choose to use Western Astrology because instead of using the constellations to determine your sign, we use the procession of the seasons to determine your sign. We don’t believe dead star systems have the immediate relationship that the movement of the planets, the sun, and the moon have on your earthly existence. To give you an example, if you are an Aries, because you are born in the beginning of spring, part of your personality will feature a fiery, driven, athletic temperament, much like the surging ahead of the beginning spring season. If you are a Virgo, you most likely have an analytical mindset, one that is needed to collect the late summer harvest, to discern what is the best yield of the crop. If you are a Capricorn, you are the young, gleaming hope in the dead of winter who must work tirelessly to maintain a messianic image and give hope to those around you.
So no, NASA did not change your sign. The time and place you were born, the relationship of our solar system’s light, matter, and energy to who you are as a human being are far more relevant than fallen stars. We believe the fallen stars are canards in the use of basic Western Astrology. However, those stars may still be integrated in conjunction with the use of Western Astrology. Down the road we will begin to understand how the fallen stars interact with ourselves, and then new forms of spirituality can emerge. As it stands, however, the procession of the seasons, our relationship to them, and the planetary bodies in our solar system is what is paramount. This has been seen, observed, and expressed for millennia across cultures, art, literature, and yes, astrology. We can’t, yet, divorce ourselves from the earth.
Some astrologers are upset about what NASA did. I understand this, to have your craft, work, and discipline misrepresented. To be misunderstood is perhaps the most painful of all psychological conditions. To quote Camille Paglia from her seminal, Aries (yes she’s an Aries) work Sexual Personae, “The formidable combined forces of Judeo-Christianity and modern science have never succeeded in wiping out pagan astrology, nor will they ever. Astrology supplies what is missing in the west’s official moral and intellectual codes.” (222).
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