Everyone Calm Down: Your Zodiac Sign ISN’T Changing, Says NASA
Astrology lovers were in for a shock this weekend when news outlets widely began reporting that our zodiac signs as we knew them would be changing forever, and that we all had NASA to thank. Citing the official administration as their source, the reports had a 13th sign being introduced, Ophiucus, the presence of which would throw all the other planetary signs out of whack and put us at odds with our horoscopesforever.
But not to worry: NASA spokesman Dwayne Brown says it simply isn’t so.
Oddly enough, this isn’t the first time the rumor has surfaced: Myth debunking site Snopes says it has been receiving inquiries regarding this very topic from as far back as 2002!
So what gives?
Gizmodo ferreted out that the root of this latest evolution of the story seems to be stemming from the administrations’s Space Place page, which attempts to explain the differences between astrology and astronomy to young readers.
Ironically, this page states that even 3,000 years ago, when the Babylonians created the zodiac signs as we know them, they were fully aware that they were leaving Ophiucus out — they simply chose 12 of the 13 constellations that they observed the sun passing through to match up with the 12 months of the calendar they had already created. Consequently, there were 12 signs for humans to be “born under.”
The confusion comes in when the NASA page points out that the axis of the Earth has since shifted, meaning the current zodiac signs/constellations as we know them no longer match up with the months they were intended to correspond to — but then again, they never fully did. The existence of Ophiucus (which the Babylonians had always known and consciously ignored) meant that for roughly 18 days of the year, the designated sun signs were at odds with the constellations they claimed to be matching up to — a fact that was purposely overlooked (read: Nothing has changed).
“We didn’t change any Zodiac signs, we simply did the math,” Brown said in an email to Gizmodo. “The Space Place article was about how astrology is not astronomy, how it was a relic of ancient history and pointed out the science that did come from observations of the night sky.”
Futhermore? “We study astronomy, not astrology,” Brown said.
And there you have it folks, straight from the horse’s mouth. All of us lucky Libras? Still Libras (praise hands emoji).
Were you worried you might lose your sign? Tell us over @BritandCo!
(h/t Gizmodo, photos via Getty + NASA)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)