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Woman with a Leo-inspired tattoo devastated over ‘changed star sign’


Lauren got the tattoo to show her star sign to the world(Picture: Lauren Sandford / SWNS)

Last week was a bit of a shocker for astrology fans, as it a appeared that there may be a 13th sign that we’d somehow missed.

People stumbled upon an old blog site by NASA that mentioned the constellation Ophiuchus and its significance in the zodiac, sending them into a tailspin that potentially their astrological identity was compromised.

Although this has been debunked, the worry was real for many of us, in particular those who’d got tattoos based around our star sign.

Lauren Sandford, 24, was one of these people, having got a massive lion’s head inked on her leg in tribute to the star sign of Leo.

After the apparent announcement that the date boundaries had changed, though, she was devastated to learn that her birthday on 4 August would potentially actually make her a Cancer.

The tattoo took three hours to complete (Picture: Lauren Sandford / SWNS)

The ‘change’ left her devastated and with the wrong star sign tattooed on her body.

Lauren from Worthing, West Sussex said: ‘I’m Leo through to the core.

‘I’ve read up about Cancer now and I’m nothing like Cancer.

‘I got told today at work by a colleague that NASA had changed the star signs so I looked it up and I couldn’t believe they were saying I’m a Cancer now.

‘I’m really annoyed – how can they just change them like that?!’

The lion cost £170 (Picture: Lauren Sandford / SWNS)

Lauren has over 30 tattoos on her body, and added the lion on her leg in December 2019.

The support worker’s star sign tattoo is on her right leg and is a stunningly intricate design of a lion’s head decorated with flowers in the animal’s hair.

Lauren paid £170 for the tattoo which was designed especially for her and took a painful three hours to be done at Thirteen Ink Studio in Worthing.

She said: ‘When they finished the tattoo, I absolutely fell in love with it.

‘I love lions, they are my favourite animal and I was over the moon that my star sign was Leo the lion, it’s just me down to a t!’

Thankfully Lauren is still a Leo (Picture: Lauren Sandford / SWNS)

Thankfully Lauren can now sleep easy knowing she is still a Leo after the ‘new’ star sign theory was quashed, but it goes to show how one seemingly-insignificant piece of news can change make us question everything.

Lauren said: ‘I am definitely a Leo – I’m a very creative and passionate person, I’m warm-hearted and pretty cheerful.

‘I can have my stubborn days and lazy days. I love travelling and taking holidays, I’m always out with friends.

‘My biggest dislike is being ignored and not being treated like a person should be – I’m a Leo through and through.

‘I’m not a Cancer – I hate water so you wouldn’t see me relaxing in any sort of water and I don’t really like eating in front of people.

‘I just don’t see myself as a Cancer. I’m a Leo and no one is going to change that.’

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