Short answer: no.
Many years ago, my mother had a job in London working for an “astrologer” who wrote the daily horoscopes in the Evening Standard. There were many occasions, so my mother tells me, when he told her to reuse previously used horoscopes, or worse, write them herself!
So no, I definitely don’t believe in the predictions that appear in newspapers and magazines, and can honestly say that I haven’t read one for YEARS.
On the other hand, until today, I have always thought that there may be a grain or two of truth in the fact that our star signs (Virgo, if anybody’s interested) could be linked to certain character traits.
However, having done some very brief research on this, I’m far less inclined than I was yesterday to even believe this any more, due to the hugely varied interpretations: one list of Virgo characteristics says I am ‘practical, methodical and organised’, while another says I am ‘untidy and creative’.
Hang on a minute – aren’t they the exact opposites of each other?! (I’m more like the first description, than the second, just for the record).
Another reason I haven’t got a lot of time for horoscopes is that the people who are keen on them tend to be wishy-washy-liberal-knit-your-own-yogurt types, who write things like this (taken from a website which shall remain nameless):
“Creative and sensitive, Virgos are delicate people who, like rare and special orchids, require individual treatment to fully blossom into their true unique beauty.”
Which just makes me want to stick a fork in my own eye, quite frankly.