AGED 18 Melissa Shirley knew what the first thing she’d do was - get a tattoo.
Before then her parents Jackie and Ian, now 50 and 52, had explicitly forbidden her from having one.
So, soon after her birthday and accompanied by her mates, she headed to her local tattoo parlour in Southampton and nervously sat down in the chair.
“I was 18 and it was a teenage thing,” she told Fabulous. “I could finally get one.
“My friends went with me but as they were under 18 they were not allowed one.
“I laughed the whole time it was done as it tickled.”
Civil servant Melissa, now 29, and mum to Sophia eight, Phoebe four, Kiya, three, Xavier one, and Theodore three months, opted to have her star sign Capricorn inked onto the middle of her back.
“It was very fashionable at the time and I thought ‘Why not get my star sign put there? It’s part of me and always have and always will be’.”
She was pleased with the inking at the time which is all black and looks a bit like the number 76 but is a symbol of Capricorn.
“It cost £40 which I got through my job as a hairdresser. It was a big chunk of my wages - I was on £100 a week, ” she continued.
And she felt comfortable being a Capricorn - the tenth astrological sign which is represented by the horned goat.
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“My star sign then said I was a worker bee, my name also means honey bee in Greek,” she continued.
“So I always believed it was correct.
“I do work hard to achieve my dreams and goals but I don’t like to give things up to achieve my goals.”
But then, reading The Sun a couple of days ago, Melissa, who lives in Port Talbot, South Wales, had the shock of her life when she learnt her December 29th birthday meant she was no longer a Capricorn but a Sagittarius.
It’s emerged as a result of a resurfaced NASA blog post.
A shift in dates has seen people's signs move forward or backwards with the introduction of a new, 13th star sign called Ophiuchus.
NASA experts explain Zodiac signs were invented by the Babylonians more than 3,000 years ago in order to make sense of the world. The Babylonians divided the sky into 12 sections to coincide with the 12 months in a year and studied the movement of the sun in relation to these constellations to create star signs.
However, the Babylonians were aware that their system didn't quite match up with the earth's rotation - and so they chose to leave out the 13th sign known as Ophiuchus.
“I was stunned,” she admitted. “I’d always been a Capricorn - how could it change?
“I immediately thought, ‘Oh my God… I have a star sign tattoo… that’s permanent!
I am annoyed as I'm now stuck with the wrong tattoo on my back. I can’t get it lasered off and my skin has scared around the tattoo.Melissa Shirley
“I now totally regret my tattoo.
“And I do believe in star signs.
“I read my star signs all the time, even more so if I'm having a bad time.
“I find they give me hope.”
But Melissa says she actually likes her new star sign - Sagittarius which is represented by the archer.
“I’ve read about it and it says I'm honest, friendly, generous and open and I am.
“Come to think of it, I think this suits me more than a Capricorn.
“But I am annoyed as I'm now stuck with the wrong tattoo on my back.
“I can’t get it lasered off and my skin has scared around the tattoo.
“It’s unlikely I'll be able to ever fully cover it too.”
Still, it’s given her friends and family a laugh.
“My family thought it was a bad choice of tattoo all along and always wind me up over it,” she admitted.
“Now I’ve proven them right.
“My husband, stay-at-home dad David, 29, thinks it’s hilarious I'm stuck with the wrong tattoo on my back!”
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