What the new star signs mean for your love life – and why it’s bad news for Aries matched with Pisces

IT feels like everyone has gone crazy this week as Nasa announced there’s a 13th sign: Ophiuchus.

People are regretting their 'safe' star sign tattoos – realising they're now a Taurus not a Gemini – they're questioning their personalities and others are seriously doubting their relationships too.

But chill, relax, take deep breaths.

In fact, despite all the hype, the Ophiuchus constellation has always been a part of the Sun’s path in the sky (called the ecliptic).

So, the reality is you're still a Capricorn, or a Pisces, or a Scorpio.

The origins of the zodiac go back approximately 2,500 years when the Babylonians separated the sky into 12 different sections that happened to coincide with the 12 months on the calendar.

They saw the constellation of Ophiuchus, too, but since it didn’t fit neatly into one of these 12 slices, they decided to leave it out of the zodiac.

There are actually 88 constellations, but there aren’t 88 star signs. The Babylonians decided on the original 12, and that is how it’s remained. Tough luck to the other 66.

However, if you prefer to take Nasa's word for it and not the Babylonians, it might be time to rethink your love matches too…

If you're switching your sign – you can now switch your love compatibility. Exciting!

Curious to know who you’d now be matched with…find out your new star below and we'll go from there.

List of 13 Star Signs – including Ophiuchus

Capricorn – previously December 22 – January 20, now January 20 – February 16

Aquarius – previously January 21 – February 18, now February 16 to March 11

Pisces – previously February 19 – March 20, now March 11 to April 18

Aries – previously March 21 – April 20, now April 18 to May 13

Taurus – previously April 21 – May 21, now May 13 to June 21

Gemini – previously May 22 – June 21, now June 21 to July 20

Cancer – previously June 22 to July 22, now July 20 to August 10

Leo – previously July 23 to August 23, now August 10 to September 16

Virgo – previously August 24 to September 22, now September 16 to October 30

Libra – previously September 23 to October 23, now October 30 to November 23

Scorpio – previously October 24 to November 22, now November 23 to November 29

Ophiuchus – November 29 to December 17

Sagittarius – previously November 23 – December 21, now December 17th to January 20th

Who are your new matches?


Compatible? LEO, GEMINI, CAPRICORN. Ophiuchus would find a fellow passionate fighter in Leo, a great thinker and fellow adventurer in Gemini, and an ambitious and strong partner in Capricorn. Opiuchus is not noted for fidelity, so perhaps they could ‘mingle’ with all three!

The wild card? PISCES. Both of you have magical and powerful imaginations, and together you can create a lifestyle that others would envy. You both bring enchantment to this planet, a true cosmic match.

Avoid at all costs? SAGITTARIUS. Opiuchus would NOT find the tactlessness and clumsiness of the average Sagittarian endearing or funny. It would rile them senseless. 


Compatible? LEO, SAGITTARIUS, ARIES. You quite literally, as fellow Fire signs, get on like a house on fire. Sexy shenanigans and passionate entanglements. It’s like an action film, with a lot of sex. A definite 18 certificate.

The wild card? LIBRA. The warrior-like tendencies of Aries are quelled by diplomatic Libra. Their level-headed and wise way of looking at situations exerts a calming influence which Aries values; like a soothing back massage in human form!

Avoid at all costs? PISCES. Poor old Pisces takes everything to heart and your gob knows no boundaries when you’re riled. You could, quite honestly, scar them for life in one week. 


Compatible? CAPRICORN, VIRGO, TAURUS. Earth signs like food, money, designer labels, posh places and relaxing- so there’s bags of common ground to play in. A bunch of realists who know how to have a good time.

The wild card? SCORPIO. Taurean sensuality is a direct match for Scorpio’s aching need for intimacy, so together you’re a RED HOT combo. You spend all your time together in bed. 

Avoid at all costs? GEMINI. This commitment-phobic, fickle bundle of high frequency energy will jangle your steady nerves to the point your teeth will jitter. 


Compatible? LIBRA, AQUARIUS, GEMINI. Air signs love talking, exploring, debating and flexing their sizeable mental muscles.

The wild card? SAGITTARIUS. Together you both share an insatiable naughty energy, a pair of rebels egging each other on. It’s enormous fun, and utterly dangerous. 

Avoid at all costs? CANCER. Geminis cannot STAND clinginess, it literally makes them feel ill. And Cancer is the neediest of the star signs in all measures- demanding your time, commitment, appreciation and desires (all of which Gemini keeps under lock and key, for their own Twin Self only). 


Compatible? PISCES, SCORPIO, CANCER. Emotional, secretive, psychic and a teeny bit dangerous- Water signs are safest kept contained amongst themselves. You share a deeply intuitive bond and know just what each other is thinking. Soul mates. 

The wild card? CAPRICORN. Ambitious, no-nonsense Capricorn might seem a harsh taskmaster for dreamy, nurturing Cancer- but it works. You are opposites, who attract because each can fulfil what the other is lacking.

Avoid at all costs? AQUARIUS. Cancer need affirmation and attention (which they repay with resolute loyalty and affection, so it’s a fair deal). Aquarians are so wrapped up in their own glacial, outer-space world that commitments and considerations on planet Earth often get forgotten. Cancerians will NOT handle this.


Compatible? ARIES, SAGITTARIUS, LEO. The Fire sign collective are adventurous, playful, warm-hearted and eager to live life to the full. Work hard, play hard. Sparks can fly, but they quickly get consumed by the brighter flames of passion.

The wild card? AQUARIUS. Leo likes to be top dog… and yet that can get stale. The one area they are OK with being bested is in the realm of cold, calculating intellectual ability. Cue: Aquarius. Their brains are icily brilliant, and Leos love to have the ‘best’ on their arm. 

Avoid at all costs? VIRGO. Virgos can’t help judging and criticising- it’s like breathing to them. And Leos can take most things… except criticism. Once the flaws have been spotted, Virgo will point them out- over and over. Nightmare.


Compatible? CAPRICORN, TAURUS, VIRGO. Earth signs are practical realists who like the good things in life; things they can see, feel, touch or eat! Together, Earth signs make ambitious plans, get stuff done, and then have a brilliant party to celebrate.

The wild card? PISCES. Virgo is the most intelligent and perceptive realist of the zodiac, nothing gets past them, whereas Pisces is the perennial dreamer. They make a strange combination, perhaps, but one where the bond can endure a lifetime because each sees life so very differently. 

Avoid at all costs? SAGITTARIUS. The zodiac’s ‘verbal hooligan’; Sagittarius say it how it is, and don’t hold back, they have no filters! This is a horrific prospect to modest, reserved Virgos, who will feel endless embarrassment and endure countless squirmy moments by hanging around with this wild card.


Compatible? AQUARIUS, LIBRA, GEMINI. Librans have lively minds and enjoy dissecting everything, considering each individual part of the overall sum. Only amongst their fellow Air signs is this curiousity and analytical ability matched. Air signs are intellectual and spiritual equals.

The wild card? ARIES. Aries knows what they want and go after it with decisive fervour. Libra can never make their mind up (they can’t bear to lose their options), so a partnership with a fiery, determined Aries can help them get on in life. Aries are also funny and bright, which Librans need to keep them entertained. 

Avoid at all costs? TAURUS. It’s like the rock meets the hard place! Libran procrastination and twittering meets the bull’s taciturn, stubborn front and everything slows… to a stop. Not a date night to look forward to…


Compatible? PISCES, CANCER, SCORPIO. You’re a deep well of emotion and secrecy, with a dangerous undercurrent for those who dare to cross you. Other Water signs intuitively respect that and have got the depth and empathy themselves to connect with you on every level. 

The wild card? TAURUS. You both enjoy sensual pleasures and pursue what makes you FEEL good. Your desire for intimacy is matched by their loyalty and steadfastness. This is a lifelong, passionate match.

Avoid at all costs? LIBRA. Their easy charm and flirtatious nature will trigger your jealous streak. You’re never sure if they’re REALLY into you, or not. Life is black and white to Scorpio, and Libra is more comfortable in endless shades of grey.


Compatible? LEO, ARIES, SAGITTARIUS. Whoop, whoop! It’s party time all day long with the sparky, mischievous Fire sign squad. You all do everything 100%, at a frenetic pace. Let the good times roll.

The wild card? GEMINI. Both of you are live wires and see the world as a giant playground at your disposal to explore (and, importantly, enjoy). Gemini are the zodiac’s ‘forever young’ and, though you’re similar in that respect, you also have a streak of wisdom and common sense which they lack and highly prize. 

Avoid at all costs? CAPRICORN. Ambitious, serious, pragmatic Capricorn is nobody’s fool, and is likely to pour cold water on nearly all of your (in their view- ‘outlandish’) ideas and schemes. It would be like dating a very grumpy head teacher who is forever rolling their eyes.

♑ Capricorn

Compatible? TAURUS, VIRGO, CAPRICORN. You all dream the same dream: ‘winning’ at life, getting rich, and then living in luxury and decadence as lesser mortals get to serve your every need. Earth signs like to work hard, and then play hard. 

The wild card? CANCER. Capricorn takes the lead, and Cancer makes sure the journey goes smoothly. Both of you appreciate what the other does for them / lets them do.

Avoid at all costs? LEO. You like winning; so does Leo. In fact, both of you would rather chew broken glass than lose a competition. So, you can already see where this combo will lead: a battle royale.


Compatible? GEMINI, AQUARIUS, LIBRA. Aquarians have big brains and like to discuss big themes with others who have equally big brains and big ideas. It’s an Air sign love-in when you lot get talking and bouncing off each other.

The wild card? LEO. A streak of pride and self-confidence runs through both of your characters, and, in each other, you recognise a fellow ‘big personality’. Leos are more outwardly confident than you (though Aquarius has got it all going on, inside), and you enjoy basking in their glow. 

Avoid at all costs? TAURUS. You’re all about the intellectual and spiritual world, and Taurus’s gaze rarely leaves the physical, material plane. They like stuff they can see and feel and have no truck with daydreams, hypothetical scenarios or theories. You just don’t ‘get’ each other.


Compatible? SCORPIO, CANCER, PISCES. Pisces is the most imaginative and dreamy star sign, highly in tune with their feelings. All Water signs ‘feel’ life deeply, they are ruled by emotion. 

The wild card? VIRGO. Despite your opposite traits of dreamy imagination (you) vs clear-eyed realistic perceptiveness (them), you are both wise and kind souls who only want the very best for those you love. Together, you look after each other like few other star sign combos can.

Avoid at all costs? GEMINI. The pace at which Gemini moves, the shallow skim of attention they give people and situations (enabling them to cover a LOT of ground tbf) and their slightly callous / dismissive demeanour towards your ‘feelings’ literally chills you to the bone. 

Kerry King uses tarot and star sign wisdom to create inspiring forecasts and insights, with over 20 years fortune telling experience, and many happy clients all over the world.

You can book a personal, written reading, which comes as a beautifully illustrated brochure, at www.kerrykingtarot.etsy.com.

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