Last Saturday, I guested at a GMA7's Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho TV Magazine touching on a topic that has created a stir in the belief landscape of zodiac zealots. The 13th constellation Ophiucus was debunked by many astrologers, stating that there would be no truth to its existence in the western astrology, which is accordingly offset by 23degrees with the sidereal astrology, an astrology that uses backdraft of stars.
Up until now, I still receive questions about this Ophiucus so let me blog it here for everyone's enlightenment. I was wondering as to why there are two standards in the zodiac? As much as I couldn't grasp as to why they differ when both of them uses constellation as a foundation of their groundwork.
Since the GMA7's Jessica Soho TV magazine is a strip-down diorama of a collection of lengthy interviews, let me provide you my complete statement without the warrant of post-production editing. I was interviewed by their segment producer I would just designate her GMA7 SP for brevity sake. It has to be in Taglish, in fact when I started blurt it out in pure Englsh, I was interrupted by GMA7 SP to say it in a way that it can be understood by the Filipino masses.
GMA7 SP: Sir, ano pong masasabi ninyo kung bakit ngayon lang po lumitaw ang ingay na ito sa kabila ng sinasabi ng lahat na matagal na raw po ito.
JRC: Nagsisilbi pa ring hiwaga sa aming mga astronomers at sa buong scientific community kung bakit ngayon lang ito nakakakuha ng atensyon, when in fact, matagal na naming natatanaw in the night sky tong Ophicus na ito. Makaraang dalawang taon na ang nakalipas.
GMA7 SP: Ano po ang pananaw ninyo Sir kung bakit ngayon lang po ito lumitaw.
JRC: I couldn't speak in the behalf of the astrologers kase magkahiwalay na landas ang pag aaral namin as a scientific organization kesa sa kanila. Subalit may dalawang teyorya po tayo na tinitingnan. Ito ay may kinalaman sa sinasabi ng mga Mayan na hudyat ng pagtatapos ng long-count calendar ngayong 2012 na natataon sa tinatawag na "galactic alignment." Ito po ay nag pagtatapat ng sinag ng ating araw sa galactic equator ng ating Milky Way. Ito po ay natatapat sa kalagitnaan. That dark eerie region of space sandwiched in between constellations Sagittarius and Scorpio at ito ay ang Ophiucus. It sends us a gloomy scenario of what might happen in the coming 2012. Ngunit ang sabi ko sa kanila, hindi naman overnight yung galactic alignment na yan. In fact, nagsisimula yan noon 1980 pa at magtatapos ngayong 2016. Pangalawang teyorya ay yung sinasabi nilang lost book of Nostradamus. Obviously hindi na sya "lost" kase natatagpuan na niya. Pero nakasaad dito na ang katapusan ng mundo ay sinisimbolo ng isang serpente spitting three times. At alam naman natin na ang Ophiucus is a man-bearing serpent.
GMA7 SP: May mga pagbabago pa ba sa constellation sa mga darating na taon?
JRC: Una una noh, ang dahilan ng ating pagbabago ng perspective in relative to the constellation ay young tinatawag nating "wobbling" ng ating axis dahil sa gravimetric drag of the Moon. Lahat po ay pwedeng magbago. Ngayon ang ating North Star ay Polaris. But back when the Pyramid of Giza was still under construction, yun po ay Thanus from constellation Draco. Coming 12,000years from now, ito po ay magiging Lyra, brightest star from constellation Vega. Sa mga darating na dekada, tayo po ay mananatili sa ating position with the 13 constellation. However, billions of years from now, hindi natin alam. Mahalaga na malaman ng ating mga kababayan that the universe is expanding. And it is expanding at an exponential rate. Malay natin noh, 3-5billion years from now, kung magbabangga na ang sarili nating Milky Way Galaxy with Andromeda Galaxy, ibang constellation naman makikita natin. These two galaxies upon collision will form a very complex gravitational dance, merging them into one singular elliptical galaxy. By that time, hindi natin alam kung buhay pa ba tayo bilang planetary civilization.
GMA7 SP: Sir, yun lang po Sir Maraming salamat.
JRC: Maraming salamat din sa pag anyaya.
On our way to the PAG ASA main office, I overheard the Segment Producer talking to Madam Rosa, Filipino known astrologer. She was asked if she believes in Ophiucus, to which Madam Rosa replied that she doesn't believe it because they derive their forecast from Gregorian calendar and not the Babylonian calendar. Huh? Since when do constellation and our gravitational movement derived from the calendar. If astrology has to deal with the stars, they will have have to keep up with the science that deals with the stars. And that's astronomy.
I was a sleepy slackhead when it was aired so I wasn't able to record it. There maybe online videos available but they may have a copyright requirement from GMA7.