I have little interest in astrology. I doubt that my character is determined by the fact that some groups of stars look like animals, sort of; on the other hand, I feel no itch to denounce it as a pseudo-science, as the pseudo-skeptics do. As an old-school skeptic, I accept that my human faculties are inadequate for establishing criteria for knowledge, and so reserve judgment. I view astrology as an art based on astronomy, just as music is an art based on acoustics. I’m more interested in music than astrology, but so what? I’m still happy to lift a pint of plain with an astrologer.
True practitioners, however, would agree that the sun-sign columns in the daily papers are nothing but fungible boilerplate, with as little connection to real horoscopes as, well, CSICOP to Sextus Empiricus.
So, rather than stoop to the stale comforts of either belief or ridicule, I offer a game you can play with the daily column. All you do is remove the middle portion of the horoscope, thereby linking the first few words with the last, and revealing a new message. Here are a few examples; which I offer not as literature, but as simply a way to enjoy what is otherwise a rather dull page of print.
The time has come to draw
a line under the past. No matter how important certain developments may have been they are of no importance at all when compared to what is about to occur in your life. Always look forward. Always be positive. Always believe that you are capable of doing more.
eclipse of Mercury in your fellow Air sign of Aquarius today will make it easy for you to put your thoughts, and your feelings, into words, which in turn will help you to get others’ approval for a creative plan they might not totally believe in. Your way with words will win them round.
You start out alone, but
it doesn’t last long. Your sign is always one conversation away from being in a group with common interests and feelings of solidarity. When you’re ready, reach out and start talking.
If you’ve got something to say,
don’t hold back. Voice your opinion. However, keep in mind that just because you hand out free advice to someone, it doesn’t mean he is going to take it. You might wonder why people ask for help if they don’t act upon it. But it’s like the old saying: You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink!
You will be
struck by an incredible idea today — in fact maybe several incredible ideas. Carry a pen and notebook with you at all times, because if you don’t write down your thoughts the moment you have them other, less important, matters will crowd them out of your mind and they may be gone forever.
(Posted by Doug Skinner)