January 14, 2011 |
The astrological calendar is all wrong. That public comment from a Minnesota astronomy professor set the Internet aflame this week. People might think they're a Pisces (compassionate, imaginative), but often they're really an Aquarius (witty, clever) -- at least based on an exact reading of the Earth's orbit. Or maybe, if you were born between Nov. 29 and Dec. 17, you're actually a strange new zodiac sign: Ophiuchus, the serpent holder. But who wants to admit to being that snake-guy sign on a first date?
August 4, 2010 |
Barack Obama turns 49 Wednesday. That makes him a Leo, for those who give much thought to astrology. I'm a Leo too, though I think astrology is nonsense, except when I read something like this: "Leo man could embody everything that a man aspires to be — courage, controlled aggression, wit, humor, instant sex appeal and charm!" The uncanny accuracy of that description shakes my skepticism about astrology. Though it may lack the authority of science, there surely must be something to reading the stars if the practice can produce such a definitively perceptive portrait of those of us who share this birth sign.
July 6, 2005 |
Russian astrologer Marina Bai has sued NASA, claiming that the Deep Impact probe that punched a crater into the comet Tempel 1 "ruins the natural balance of forces in the universe," the newspaper Izvestia reported. Scientists say the crash did not significantly alter the comet's orbit. Bai is seeking $300 million in damages -- the approximate equivalent of the mission's cost -- for her "moral sufferings," Izvestia said. She earlier told the paper that the experiment would "deform her horoscope."
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October 6, 2004 |
Joyce Jillson, the syndicated astrologer who once said she provided horoscopes for President Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan, has died. She was 58. Jillson died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of complications from kidney disease, her former husband, Joseph Gallagher, said Tuesday. As an actress, she appeared on Broadway in "The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd" and on television's racy "Peyton Place."
January 19, 2004 |
As the group cycling class settles into a warm-up, the instructor delivers his motivational spiel. But this one's a little different from the usual let's-have-fun-with-fitness speech. "This weekend," says class leader Darryl Gaines, legs pumping at a speedy clip, "Mars and Pluto are going to move in the sky, which means that we have a lot of power available right in front of us, so let's use it. We're going to ride with that tonight."
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August 9, 2003 |
Hindu astrologers are saying the next few months will be an inauspicious time for marriage. "Jupiter and Venus are the main stars that give power at the time of marriage, and these stars are in a bad position," Sabi Singh, an astrologer based in Orlando, Fla., said in an interview. Astrologers cite Jupiter's entry into the sign of Leo and the nearness of Venus to the sun in their warnings that weddings should not take place until at least January and possibly not until May.