Are you star-struck too?
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,