UAE residents took the news that the zodiac signs have changed with a pinch of salt and a bit of skepticism.
While almost everyone admitted to reading what their star sign had in store for them every day, news that the shift in the alignment of the stars, which has come about because the Earth has been wobbling on its axis for millennia, so most people go back a sign, was met with starry disbelief.
"I knew something was off as soon as I read my astrological forecast at the beginning of the year," said a flustered Prarita Jain. The Sharjah resident added: "I'm a Libran and scheduled to get married later this year, but my forecast only spelt doom and gloom for my love life in 2011.
"Now that I'm a Virgo, I'm sure everything will fall into place."
However, others look at this as a load of hogwash.
"All this Zodiac nonsense is rubbish anyway. Your sign doesn't dictate who you are, your personality does; and I hardly doubt a change in an astrological symbol alters your characteristics overnight," said Dubai resident, Ram Bhatia. "Someone wanted their five minutes of fame in the media and they got it."
Yet, many are still clueless to the Zodiac sign change or to the addition of the orphan, Ophiuchus.
"Err, I can't even pronounce it, let alone know where to look for its forecast or how it impacts my life," said Amna Khan, a Dubai resident. "Can't I just remain a Scorpion and no one will be any the wiser?"
Also, many Sagittarians are now Ophiucus.
Ophiucus. It's the hitherto little-heard-of 13th astrological sign. Apparently the Babylonians had an Ophiucus column in their daily horoscopes but it got dropped somewhere between their civilization and ours.
In any case, news of the celestial shift and of Ophiucus's resurrection sent astrology buffs reeling.