Astrologer Walter Mercado disagrees with astronomer's zodiac change

01/14/2011 6:55 AM

01/14/2011 12:59 PM

Self proclaimed psychic and astrologer Walter Mercado confirmed that the traditional dates of the Zodiac "remain the same.''

He also clarified that there is a confusion between the dates for the zodiac signs in Western culture and those of Hindu astrology, which have been circulating as "the new signs.''

The Minnesota Star Tribune newspaper caused alarm among supporters of the horoscope by publishing an interview with Parke Kunkle, a member of the Minnesota Planetarium Society, who said that modern zodiacal signs are wrong because they do not take into account the changes of the gravity field of the Moon, which have caused the Earth's axis orientation and have altered the position of the stars in the sky since the invention of the horoscope, 2.000 years ago.

By mid-morning the issue was one of the major search trends in Google, generated hundreds of responses to social media and traditional media sites like The Washington Post.

Walter Mercado explained that "the dates we use in the horoscope are known from the time of the Chaldeans,''and that are based on the equinoxes and solstices.

''Spring Equinox marks the beginning of Aries and thus begins the account'' he said.

As for the supposed new dates governing each sign, the astrologer said those are the dates used in astrology Jyotish, India, and that these ''do not agree with how [the zodiac signs] are classified in the West .''

"The oriental horoscope is based on constellations visible from there ''and therefore the dates differ from those used in the West, explained the expert.

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