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It's all in the stars

What's going on up there?

I wonder if other people have favourite constellations. Mine is Orion. I love the fact that he comes back in March and signals the coming of summer. I love how you look farther up from the brightest star on his shoulder, Betelgeuse, and find Gemini (my own birth sign). And I love the mythology behind all the stars.

What’s your favourite constellation? Do you ‘follow the stars’ – do you read your own horoscope? Is it just for fun or do you think there is something in it?

The character Karl, in my novel The Way Things Fall, is an astronomer and Egyptologist. He does not distinguish between astronomy and astrology and he believes there is a tremendous power in the forces of the universe that we must respect. To me, astrology is a fascinating study, especially if you explore how ancient cultures, like the Egyptians, the Babylonians, the Mayans, read the night sky and how it influenced their lives. Unfortunately, the whole subject has been ‘dumbed down’ and many people shake their heads and think you’re nuts if you express an interest in it. But others claim that the more you read, the more questions you have and the more astonished you will become.

Please tell me your own views on this.