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FOR anyone interested in horoscopes and celebrities... how about mixing the two? During my research for today's column I found a website purely for people who've ever wondered how they might astrologically match up to the celebrity of their dreams. It's called, and if this is for you, all you have to do is go to the homepage and enter your birthday on their site, and you're off and running. It's as easy (and bizarre) as that.

This brings me nicely to my views on astrology. Many years ago I signed up to a website called, and for the past eight years I've had my own personal horoscope emailed to me every single day. Depending on where I am in my life I either find great solace in these daily emails (I'm an Aquarian by the way) or I dismiss them if I'm not up to reading news about my love life, financial situation and career prospects.

Sometimes the trajectory of any of those three - let alone all of them together - is just too distressing to read about.

I'm an inquisitive person by default, so when I receive their emails with such dynamic subject matter as "Your Past Lives Revealed", "Your Fantasies Are Luring You Off Into The Distant Future" and "You Think You Have An Ace Up Your Sleeve", I'm compelled to click on the link.

Two weeks ago I received one entitled: "Look Out, Mercury Is Going Mental!" It advised me to: "Get ready for a period of heavy thinking, as the planet that rules the mind is moving into the deeply serious sign of Scorpio."

Further advising me that "now was the perfect time to liberate myself from any mental baggage which may be weighing me down".

What? That in itself would take ages! But since Mercury is going mental (and they felt the need to warn me) I only hope I don't go mental in Manhattan this weekend!

Although there are worse places to lose it I suppose.

I've always had interest in astrology, especially where my love life is concerned, and I read my horoscope as much as possible, whether online, or in newspapers and magazines.

I'm glad to see stargazing is becoming fashionable again, just check out Russell Grant's regular slot on ITV's This Morning. He delivers his information with such compassion and conviction you have to believe it! However, I did have a bad experience with love and astrology last year, and it's left me rather cynical.

I'd just started a relationship with the ex in Canada (the one who was 12 years younger, try to keep up) and I was constantly researching our star signs.

He was a Sagittarian, me the Aquarian. The more I Googled our romantic compatibility the more hopeful I became. All the astrological sites said, and I quote: "Aquarius and Sagittarius are a Perfect Match."

In fact some sites said: "Best match of the zodiac." One website even billed us as "perfect partners".

We were convinced we were a match-made-in-heaven (I'm yawning out loud here just remembering it all).

Sadly we were so wrapped up with our union being written in the stars, we didn't see the writing on the wall. Our compatibilityrose-tinted glasses meant we ignored the huge red flags and glaring issues. It eventually turned out to be more horror story than horoscope.

The moral of this tale being, don't let your judgement be clouded with what you want to believe, you still have to deal with reality too. So it left me pondering the question, "Can love really be written in the stars?" I love reading Yasmin Boland's brilliant horoscopes here in the Wales on Sunday, and here's what she had to say about Aquarians last Sunday: "The effect you have on others is evident, so use your persuasive ability wisely. Others are comforted by your words. Invest your inventive energies into a long-term project or long-term relationship. Yesterday's lunar eclipse will affect you in the area of communication... Network, especially through social media." See, Astrologers get me. It's true, I'm good with words, and I'm a social network addict.

Whatever the stars say, my advice is to just get on with it. For example, my parents have been married for over 60 years, and, I doubt they worried about their star signs and astrological compatibility when they met.

I do have a funny story about their take on their marital longevity though. A few years ago I was a guest on an English-speaking talk show in Sweden.

Since we have Swedish blood in our family, I took my parents along as my guests, and they were given VIP seats in the audience. Halfway through my interview the host asked the cameraman to pan to my parents, seeking their advice on the topic of what makes for a long and happy marriage.

Interestingly enough, without any hesitation, my mum said deafness, and my dad said alcohol.

The place erupted with laughter. I guess the point is: whatever works for you!
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 20, 2013
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