Are you star-struck too?

Friday - - EDITOR'S LETTER -

For years the first thing I did ev­ery morn­ing was read my horoscopes. “Ssssh,” I’d tell my mother if she tried to talk to me over break­fast. “I need to find out what will hap­pen to­day.” She’d tut and tsk but I’d just dis­miss her cyn­i­cism. She was a head­strong Leo, while I was a fun-lov­ing Aries who was des­per­ate to know if I was go­ing to find love and wealth, or suf­fer bad health in the com­ing hours, weeks and months.

I wasn’t just in­ter­ested in my own good (or bad) luck though – I’d ask every­one I met their star sign and read their horoscopes too. Soon I had all my friends and col­leagues hooked and we’d pore over our stars ev­ery lunchtime plot­ting our nights out, hol­i­days, ca­reers and ro­mances on the align­ment of the stars at any par­tic­u­lar mo­ment. I even had my own per­sonal chart plot­ted – con­fus­ing sev­eral as­trologers be­cause I was born ex­actly at mid­night, mean­ing my mother was asked to choose my birth­day for my birth cer­tifi­cate (April 10 or 11 – she went for the lat­ter as it was the new day).

And then I fi­nally re­alised that I had a lot of choices in my life and didn’t need to have ev­ery­thing worked out for me or to fol­low some­one else’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the skies. That doesn’t mean I don’t love read­ing my stars – I was the one who asked Shel­ley von Strunckel to write the horo­scope spe­cial on page 26 – but I don’t base my ev­ery de­ci­sion on my daily horo­scope. Or not ev­ery day at least! If you’re ‘star-struck’ let me know. En­joy the is­sue,

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