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Posted at 3:50 PM ET, 01/14/2011

The New Zodiac Signs: Three stars who should welcome a realignment

By Liz Kelly

Mel Gibson: Does a new sign = a new man?

What's the deal with the new zodiac signs? Should you change your sign or not? It's all so dang confusing. But, since the matter is up for debate, we picked three celebs -- completely at random, of course -- for astrological makeovers. Since their current signs aren't working out so well, we argue, why not take advantage of this chance to adopt a new horoscope and the attendant qualities?

Lindsay Lohan
Born July 2, 1986, Lindsay has spent the past 24 years living her life as if there were no tomorrow. And that's not surprising considering she thought she was a cancer -- a mutable sign, cancers tend to be "unsophisticated" and "prone to move around in search of the right opportunity."

Based on the new zodiac Lohan is actually a Gemini and Geminis are blessed with the abiliity to "communicate effectively and think clearly." Just what one needs after spending the holidays in rehab. And, her new Gemini-ness will also be a boon to Lilo's business ventures since she now is "quite astute and opportunistic and [doesn't] miss a chance to make fast money."


Taylor Swift
You and Jake Gyllenhaal made so much sense back when you were a Sagittarius (she was born on Dec. 13, 1989). But now that you could potentially be a Scorpio or Ophiuchus (depending on who you ask), you can break free from the cycle of failed relationships and the compulsion to write about them. Or maybe not, since as a Scorpio you are apparently "quite shrewd and astute and even intensely revengeful in cases." Alternatively, you may want to opt for Ophiuchus which will set you up as "an interpreter of dreams, who attracts good luck and fruitful blessing" and "can rise to fame -- either grand, or completely misunderstood."


Mel Gibson
Born Jan. 3, 1956 one could almost say Gibson was born under a bad sign (sorry Capricorns) based on the run of bad luck he's had over the past few years -- what with his DUI arrest, public outing as a racist and anti-Semite and, in late 2010, as a guy who holds nothing back when it comes to threatening and berating his baby-mama on the phone. But imagine a new start for Mel as a Sagittarius. He could use his new-found "wide-open and curious" nature to examine himself. Though he will have to be careful of the Sagittarian's "uncivilized" personality which can lead to "fights and arguments." Actually, on second thought, maybe Mel should stick with Capricorn.

Horoscope sources: Astrology.com; ask-oracle.com;

By Liz Kelly  | January 14, 2011; 3:50 PM ET
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In Defense of the 12-Sign System:
Why the New Zodiac is Wrong

By Anonymous

The introduction of the new sign Ophiucus is an attempt to channel or interpret the configurations of a constellation, or a body of stars, and work it into the 12-zodiac astrology system which is based upon the seasonal marking points of the equinoxes and related to the planetary configurations. Under the new system, all current signs are apparently shifted by about one month or so, and the sign Scorpio is squeezed into the week of November 23-29 when the constellation Scorpius passes through that part of the year. Scorpio as we knew it was swallowed entirely by the assigned dates of the new Libra.

However, this apparent change or shift in the constellations should not affect the current workings of astrology for several reasons. Astrology as was performed for the past thousands of years has rested upon the configuration of the planetary bodies in relation to a person's birthplace, the exact hour being used to determine the ascendant according to planetary and celestial bodies' configurations. The planets represent the ego, outlook, or persona of the person, and the configuration of certain planets in relation to the others would determine other traits such as needs (often associated with the moon sign) and the external ego (ascendant). A person born in the middle of November, for example, would be considered a Scorpio because the sun passes through Pluto which is considered a planet that governs that sign. This person would embody some of the traits ascribed to the Scorpio personality in addition to effecting the influence of that sign, often associated with research. What has happened is that the "new zodiac" signs have been confused with the constellations, or the position of body of stars, in relation to the person's birthplace. Libra's constellation, for example, would appear during the period assigned traditionally to Scorpio and Scorpius, the constellation so named after the scorpion which is symbolic of Scorpio, would appear during November 23-29 which was previously in the sign Sagittarius.

There are a number of possibilites why this is so. A first possibility is that the constellation presiding over the sign may be said to effect an "influence" over that part of the sign. For Scorpio, the constellation Libra, when it passes through that sign, may impart a sense of judgment or discernment. For the week of November 23-29, Scorpius may impart some qualities associated with Scorpio to that part of Sagittarius. Astrology combines not only the sun sign and the moon sign but other aspects, including planetary configurations. Each sign is supposedly split into three decans which have differing qualities according to the rulership or influence of presiding planets, though they all share the same "theme" represented by the planet governing their shared sign. For example, Gemini is often divided into three decans presided over by Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius, though all

Posted by: anonymous10000 | January 14, 2011 10:52 PM | Report abuse

three decans are considered essentially Gemini. The constellation passing through the sign may be another "aspect" or influence of that part of the sign in determining his or her personality.

Another factor that perhaps causes some confusion is the "carryover" of some signs' traits into others. It has often been observed that natives of one sign may exhibit some of the traits of the sign preceding it; some astrologers would point to the significance of having "recently passed through" that sign. A gemini, for example, may show a great appreciation of food, or "comfort food," which is often used to describe a Taurus. A cancer might be rather garrulous, but his essential nature is supposedly to hold onto things and letting go only afterwards. A Leo can be a great caretaker of the home, a carryover trait from Cancer, and a Virgo may be rather flamboyant when attracting a mate; a Libra may be critical and practical if a situation calls for it, and a Scorpio may seem to possess judgment and discernment as well as the ability to balance another person's view if called for; a Sagittarius may seem to be able to see through one's exterior, and a Capricorn may seem to be headed past the horizon; an Aquarius may often have a more conservative framework from which he works, and a Pisces may be rather friendly, humanitarian, and diffuse in compassion; an Aries may seem somewhat nebulous at times and a Taurus may appear to take on the lead on occasion. Some signs also have special qualities that seem to contradict their essential nature. Capricorns, for example, are often noted for growing younger with age, after having experienced some hardships; it is a cardinal earth sign associated with construction and public distinction among other things.

There is also the influence of the progressed sun. A person born in one sign, for example, may have his goals, image, or aspirations changed later on in life due to the influence of the newer configuartion of planetary bodies; he may also take on the traits of another sign. Some qualities may not change, but some can. Each year in a person's life could be said to correspond to a day progressing after the person's day of birth. For example, a person born in January 21 who is thirty years old would probably have an affinity with someone who is born on February 21 because of his or her progressed sun. That is, his or her views, aspirations, image, or goals, may be influenced by or have an affinity with Aquarius. A Gemini born in June 3 may see his progressed sun move into Leo at the age of around forty-eight. The "new zodiac" seems to offset each sign by about one month. If a person's characteristics, traits, and aspirations can be observed over time, it can be seen that a person may enter a turning point when his progressed sun crosses into another sign. Since each sign is followed by a supposedly incompatible element, it would seem that they appear to change, though their ego or outlook my remain the same. Fire and

Posted by: anonymous10000 | January 14, 2011 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Cancer is a cardinal sign, not a mutable one.

Posted by: poseidon1 | January 14, 2011 11:37 PM | Report abuse

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