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Astrology has always fascinated me.

Maybe it was growing up in a family where my aunt reads our tea leaves and tells us what our future holds from the symbols she sees, or maybe it's the off-hand way we seem to know (maybe ''unfairly judge'' is a better phrase) a person by their star sign, or the way we use phrases like ''Oh, well that's the Libra in me. Indecisive. My symbol is the scales, you know.''

More than most of us would like to admit being guilty of flicking to the back of a magazine and scouring what our star signs say.

And why do we do it?

I find I'm drawn to them more in times of uncertainty – be it with a job or a boyfriend or something else.

It's like we can't make sense of life, so we look to a higher power, something bigger than ourselves, to tell us what's really going on and what was best to tackle things.

It is kind of soothing, like a reassuring friend saying over a glass of wine, ''Look, everything's gonna be ok.''

So why is horoscopes and Astrology, in general, experiencing a resurgence in interest? 

Astrology can be defined as the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial objects as a means of divining information about human affairs and terrestrial events.

Dating from the 2nd millennium BCE, Western astrology focuses on the twelve horoscopes that divide up one calendar year and show a person's personality and traits e.g. I am a Sagittarius so I am free-spirited, although I can be blunt.

Obviously, not everyone's personality fits into these twelves boxes; with astrology, you have to take into account the time you were born as that gives your rising moon and sun. 

Kate Arbon has been an astrologist for more than two decades and offers personal, one to one and telephone readings as well as holding workshops, forums, and classes. 

SHEmazing spoke to her about how the demand for readings has grown. 

She says that ''It has partly to do with a sign of our times – people are generally taking a greater interest in their own personal development and the metaphysical aspect of their lives. There is also greater interest in meditation, mindfulness, yoga, healing and a range of other areas that explore the psycho/spiritual realms.''

Which makes sense – but what is the one big thing that makes reading your daily star sign (no matter where you are) so accessible?

Yes, the World Wide Web.

Kate says, ''The Internet has made Astrology, and Sun Sign Horoscopes in particular, very accessible. There is a mass of "pop" Astrology available now online. I do see a lot more good quality work being put out in the last few years as well, and that's very encouraging.''

That should make you feel better about scouring your Refinery29 horoscope every day.

However, although so much info about our star signs/moon signs/how compatible Libra's are with Aries is online, we shouldn't take it all to heart.

Kate continues, ''As a professional Astrologer, it's sometimes frustrating to see so much superficial information being presented, often giving people a very poor impression about Astrology. But with the rise in interest it's even more important for serious and traditional Astrologers to keep getting themselves heard too, so at least something of substance is also available for those who want to look a bit deeper!''

So astrology appeals to us as a generation because we're interested in self-exploration and, as Kate puts it, ''looking for meaningful answers and guidance in a fast-changing, uncertain world.''

So if want to travel down this road of self-discovery and use horoscopes as a guiding light, how can we tell if an astrologer is the real deal?

Kate says that firstly, a serious professional Astrologer will be available for direct contact, even if it's just via web messages or email at first. 

She continued, ''A lot of work goes into a genuine chart reading. The cost should reflect this, so expect to pay for 3-4 hours work even if your consultation is only 60 – 90 minutes long. Anything too cheap probably isn't the real thing.''

So what are the signs then that you 're being scammed?

She said, ''A real Astrology reading will require your birth details and not just your "Sun Sign" Avoid the Tarot Astrology combinations if you want something genuine. Tarot is one thing and has its value but true Astrology readings are a completely different thing and are totally personal.''

Like anything, when it comes to astrology there are always skeptics – people who think horoscopes and rising moon and tarot readings are absolute rubbish. 

Kate says that part of this is understandable although that being dismissive of a complex subject which has an ancient lineage as having no validity, shows ignorance.

Her advice to these people?

She says,''Offer them the opportunity to become informed. I've seen many skeptics go away informed and intrigued. My answer to skeptics is that you have the choice to either remain ignorant or give it some study, but don't voice a strong opinion on something you know so little about.''

That seems fair – and tbh we're kinda intrigued too – surely there must be something in it?

But hey, maybe that's just the curious Sagittarius in me talking. 

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Fancied yourself as a star-crossed love? Ever wonder if you and your other half were meant to be?

Well we have the answer right here, from your best traits in love to who you're best matched to, we got you covered! 

Aquarius (January 20- February 19)

A fire sign, to attract an Aquarius you need to be up for some deep conversations. Super loyal and committed, they like to view their other halves as equals and give them the space they deserve. Enter a Leo or a Sagittarius- independent yet intellectual! 

Pisces (February 19- March 20)

You're just a big softie aren't you, you Pisces?! Don't look to to a Pisces for a short fling- they're in it for the long-haul. Deep in their hearts, Pisces-born are incorrigible romantics. They need a strong and stable earth sign, like a Virgo or a Taurus to keep up with them. 

Aries (March 20- April 19)

You know that person that blurts out the 'L' word way to early in a relationship? That's an Aries for you! They love the first rush of knew love, but need a stimulating and complex partner to keep them interested in the long term. Best matches are with a balanced and diplomatic Libra or an equally feisty Leo. 

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

The careful and steady bull, a Taurus is slow to open up- but definitely worth it once they do! Stubborn to the point of infuriating, a Taurus won't back down and will cling on to those they love with dear life. Paired with a confident Scorpio or an emotional Cancer will make for the strongest relationships. 

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

A Gemini will be a talker, so unless you're willing to stay up swapping childhood tales until 3 am then move on. Communication and physical contact are key for a Gemini- and they could even come across as a bit of a flirt. Choosing a partner with the same zest for life, like Aquarius or Sagittarius, is super important. 

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Cancer's wear their hearts on their sleeves. Gestures are important to Cancers than superficial chat and they love the romance in the little things. A lover of their own space, in the long term a Cancer would much prefer someone that will chill on the couch with Netflix over a wild adventure. They suit equally homely signs like a patient Taurus or a committed Capricorn. 

Leo (July 23- August 22)

Ah Leo, the king of the jungle and ruler of all. They like to be in control of a relationship, it's their way or they highway. But when in love, they are fun, loyal, respectful and very generous towards their loved one. A partner for a Leo needs to be someone that can handle their own and express themselves- such as a Aquarius and Gemini. 

Virgo (August 23- September 22)

Opposites will always attract a Virgo. Logical and reserved, they require a lot of time and patience to get to know. On the outside they are charismatic but they guard their hearts and true feelings closely. They need an partner that's not afraid to say how they really feel, and show them the way to open themselves up to more communication. The work best emotional signs like Pisces and Cancer. 

Libra (September 23- October 22)

Libra's love the idea of 2.5 kids and a white picket fence, but their status as an air sign means that they're flexible. However, this flexibility might mean they give more to a partner than they really should, for a Libra to thrive they need clear communication and boundaries. Matched best with an Aries or Sagittarius, a Libra will provide the stability for these fire signs. 

Scorpio (October 23- November 21)

Oh, hello Scorpio! The most sensual (cough, cough) of all the signs, are passionate about their partners. However quick they adapt to physical relationships, it takes them a bit longer to enter relationships and build trust and respect for their other halves. But once you have it, it's yours for life. They work best with signs like Taurus and Cancer, signs of multiple layers a Scorpio can keep peeling. 

Sagittarius (November 22- December 21)

If you're looking for a merry-go-round of fun than look no further than a Sagittarius! Playful and humorous, to keep a Sagittarius interested you need to keep presenting them with exciting adventures. They love to mix things up so they need a partner, like a Gemini or an Aries, that will hold the map on their spontaneous road trips. 

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

Capricorns are a tough nut to crack, it can often be years once their walls fully come down. But once you manage to worm your way into a Capricorns heart you're there forever. Not big talkers, they will show how much they care in gestures over words. Romance for a Capricorn looks more like a cleaned house than a bundle of flowers. Their hidden sensitvity matches them best with a steady Taurus or a home-bird like Cancer. 

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Looking for a bit of career inspo? Your star sign might have answer

Ever feel like you were born to do a certain job? Well the chance are that you were! Your perfect, most compatible job is just written in the stars.

Don’t believe us? Well we have a list of your dream jobs right here for some serious career inspiration!

Aquarius (January 20- February 19)

The naturally critical Aquarius are perfect for the technology and science industries. They like working on their own and always seem to be two steps ahead of everyone else. Think theoretical physicist for your ultimate dream job!

 

 

Pisces (February 19- March 20)

Pisces, while the can navigate a number of creative jobs with ease, are happiest when helping others. They’re well suited to the healthcare professions, but still need to have that le way for their creative side like psychology or psychotherapy.

Aries (March 20- April 19)

Competition and physical endurance is what life is all about for an Aries. They’re natural born leaders and are great motivators. You guessed it- your top career pick is personal trainer! Go get your sweat on!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

The Taurus are steady, hard-working folk that always give their 100%. They’re also lovers of beauty and the finer things in life, making luxury sales or fashion the perfect fit!

Gemini (May 21-June 19)

Gemini’s thrive in fast-paced, ever-changing environments. The idea of predictable desk job is hell to them, they need to be on their feet and putting out fires. Public Relations is perfect for the fast-thinking, fast-talking Gemini- you can be guaranteed that no two days are the same!

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Tradition and nurturing are very important to the Cancer sign. They’re usually the ‘mum’ of every friend group, and naturally gravitate towards these caring roles in their work life as well. Their compassionate nature is perfect for social workers.

Leo (July 23- August 22)

Leo the lions nad the ruler of the jungle, they’re perfect leaders in the human world as well. Confident and opinionated, they want to change the world- and will stop at nothing to do it. Start with politics and work your way up, Leo, who knows you could even be the next President!

Virgo (August 23- September 22)

You’re all about attention to detail, Virgo! They have amazing memory and are extreme perfectionists. Great with facts and statistics, they would make great detectives- think the next Sherlock Holmes!

Libra (September 23- October 22)

Libra’s are people people, they’re all about balance and making sure that everyone is happy. With a love of aesthetics, they would be ideal wedding planners. No one better than a Libra to calm a stressed bride AND sort out those pesky table arrangements in one swoop!

Scorpio (October 23- November 21)

Scorpio’s love a challenge and often thrive in high-pressure situations. Intense and logical, they would be perfect in the most stressful of situations- Surgery. Afterall, what’s more stressful than holding someone’s life in your hands?

Sagittarius (November 22- December 21)

A Sagittarian will dream big and travel far. They love exploring new places and diverse cultures so being constantly on the move is something that they crave. Tourism and hospitality are perfect for this adventurous fire sign.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

Capricorn’s are driven by achievements, they like to she their accomplishments standing tall- literally. Their dedication and creative spirit make them ideal architects and designers. Reach for the sky(scrapers).

So whether your career path is to break that glass ceiling at senior management level or to work part time from home – your star sign can guide you.

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With Spring in the air there's a sense of new beginnings. The days are longer, the weather is better (most of the time) and the Easter eggs are fully consumed. 

So why not pick up a new skill or hobby? From reading to rowing and cooking to coin collections there's so much out there to choose from! Luckily for you, we've come to the rescue and complied the best hobbies to suit your star sign.

What are you waiting for? Get that spring in your step! 

Aquarius (January 20- February 19)

The tech-savvy Aquarius loves all things problem solving. Get yourself a thousand piece jigsaw and stock up on the sudoku or find a riddle that wll keep you occupied for hours! 

Pisces (February 19- March 20)

Staying true to their symbol of the fish, Pisces adore spending time in the water. Head down to the local pool and get swimming-fit for the summer. Bored of doing lengths? Try a fun water sport like canoeing, water polo or water aerobics instead. 

Aries (March 20- April 19)

Sitting down peacefully is an Aries' worst nightmare, so now is your chance to get out and about! Push yourself out of your comfort zone and defy the height with rock-climbing or wall-climbing! 

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Artistic and sensitive, Spring is the perfect time to take advantage of a Taurus' creative energy. Embrace working with your hands and making a mess with pottery or painting. Who knows, you might be the next Picasso?! 

Gemini (May 21-June 19)

Inquisitive Gemini's love exploring different cultures and modes of thinking. Even if  that round the world plane ticket is out of your reach just yet, why not prep yourself by learning a new language? Take a beginners night course or even download Duolingo. Oui, Oui! 

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

A home bird by nature, Cancers love spending time beautifying their surroundings.  Get out in the garden and turn it into that Eden you've always wanted. Don't have a garden? Fill your window sills and balconies with potted plants and cute cactus gardens! 

Leo (July 23- August 22)

Leos are full of energy and love being centre stage. Confident and outgoing, they were born to be on the stage. So unleash your inner diva this Spring and try Zumba, hip hop, ballet, or even burlesque if you're brave enough! 

Virgo (August 23- September 22)

Virgos need constant stimulation and are always busy. Keep those hands occupied with knitting and croqueting. A new skill set you can do anywhere is right up a Virgos ally! 

Libra (September 23- October 22)

Lovers of the finer things in life and socialising, a book club is the perfect outlet for a Libra. With the gossip and wine flowing, it also gives you a perfect excuse to finally read that bestseller that's been sitting by your bed for months! 

Scorpio (October 23- November 21)

Scorpios are all about self-improvement. While they can appear extroverted on the outside, they prefer pursuits that offer them some alone time to unwind. Try Yoga or meditation as your Spring start! 

Sagittarius (November 22- December 21)

A Sagittarian is all about the wide open outdoors. They love spend time in nature and nothing revives them more than a trip to the wilderness. Get your hiking boots on Sagittarius and climb those mountains! 

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

The practical Capricorn is always looking to make life run a bit smoother. So take a daily chore like cooking and turn it into something fun. Take a cookery class or channel your inner Gordon Ramsey (without the swearing) with set of new cookery books and a host of exciting new recipes! 

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Choosing a wedding dress can be a total ordeal. 

It is probably the most important fashion choice of your life, so you want it to really speak to who you are as a bride, and as an individual. 

That is not always an easy task.

However, when you are looking for the dream dress, why not consider your star sign? If you're into that kind of thing. 

We did a little research, and found a dress to match each of the star signs, based on a number of associated traits.

Let us know your thoughts.

Aquarius (January 20 to February 18)

Common traits: eccentric, eco-friendly, fun.

Pisces (February 19 to March 20)

Common traits: dreamy, ethereal, unpredictable

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Common traits: confident, bold, leader

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Common traits: sensual, old-fashioned glam, romantic

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Common traits: unique, dual personality, likes to mix it up

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Common traits: traditional, family-oriented, emotional/sensitive

Leo (July 23-August 22)

Common traits: glam, wow factor, likes to be the star of the show

Virgo (August 23-September 22)

Common traits: practical, elegant, introverted

Libra (September 23-October 22)

Common traits: romantic, feminine, flirtatious

Scorpio (October 23-November 21)

Common traits: sexy, passionate, mysterious

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)

Common traits: adventurous, independent spirit, spontaneous

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

Common traits: sophisticated, structured, grounded

 

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The snow is finally thawing out and we're getting super excited for the sun. It seems that spring is just around the corner… and we all know what means- it's nearly Summer! 

Okay maybe we're a tiny bit ahead of ourselves here, but we're super excited to jet off this summer (kids optional). 

To help with our daydreaming we've composed the ultimate list on where to find the sun- based on your stars. 

Aquarius (January 20- February 19)

The open-minded Aquarius loves being pushed out of their comfort zone and experience life different to their own. Pick somewhere off the beaten track for your next big adventure like Japan. Immersing yourself in a unique culture and history is ideal for Aquarius! 

Pisces (February 19- March 20)

Pieces are all about experiencing multiple things at once- they want it all and they want it now! South America is calling for you Pieces, embrace the landscapes and friendly locals of Peru. 

Aries (March 20- April 19)

A creature of habit, Aries find one spot they love and stick to it- try something different and head to USA this year. With so many different climates and cultures in the one country, America has tons to offer the Aries looking to expand their travels. 

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Lovers of aesthetic beauty and great food, Thailand is the destination of choice for Taurus. a tactile sign, they'll love the stunning scenery, smells and sounds of this bustling destination. 

Gemini (May 21-June 19)

Ever the adventurer, Gemini's love pushing the boundaries and uncovering the hidden gems of new countries. Try somewhere completely mad like Singapore and embrace the intelligence of the East. 

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Creative, emotional and artistic, Italy is the holiday of choice for Cancer. They'll love the art and architecture of Italy's museums and churches… also did someone say pizza? 

Leo (July 23- August 22)

The confident and easy-going Leo's are as perfect fit for a trip down under! Take a chance and head to Oz this summer, from golden sunny beaches to the endless deserts, Australia has more than enough room for a Leo to prowl. 

Virgo (August 23- September 22)

The logical and curious Virgo is bound for Germany this year. Get lost in the hustle and bustle of Berlin or embrace the nature of the Black Forest, Germany is the ultimate place for our hyper-organised Virgo to chillax. 

Libra (September 23- October 22)

A lover of balance, a Lira needs a little bit of everything to be fully refreshed after a get-away. Treat yourself with a trip to the Maldives. Libra's will just love the laid-back vibes and sunny beaches of the islands! 

Scorpio (October 23- November 21)

The complicated and enigmatic Scorpios love finding somewhere that's as complicated as themselves. Try somewhere away from the crowds for the ultimate get away. Try Romania and be the first of your friends to talk about it! 

Sagittarius (November 22- December 21)

The adventurous Sagittarian will absolutely love India. A combination of physical beauty and deeply enriching philosophies will both challenge and excite a Sagittarius. 

Capricorn (December 22-January 19)

The disciplined and self-contained Capricorn is destined for China. The restrained nature and complex history of China is right up a Capricorn's ally! 

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With Halloween officially behind us, we’ve been on a bit of a downward beauty buzz.

After weeks of creative offerings from makeup artists around the world, our Instagram feeds have been left looking a little dull as everyone retreats back to normality before the launch of Christmas.

Thankfully, we’ve come across the perfect beauty Instagram account to get you through the November hibernation.

Setareh Hosseini – aka Starlit Makeup – has created a full range of star sign themed makeup looks which are so impressive they would mesmerise even the most avid zodiac sceptic.

From shimmering collarbones to brilliant blue brows, check out what Setareh has in store for your sign below:

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If you haven't heard already, NASA has decided to change around mostly everybody's star sign.

Number one: WTF? And number two: People are not happy about it. Not happy at all.

The space station has said the reason behind the change is down to the fact that the sky today is very different to how it was thousands of years ago and because Earth's axis no longer points in the same direction.

For the most part, that's mumbo-jumbo to us, and everyone took to Twitter to share their outrage:

To see if your star sign has changed, check here.

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Are you still struggling to come up with a present to give your other half on Christmas Day?

If Valentine’s Day, your anniversary and his birthday have stolen all your best ideas so far this year and you’re just fresh out, then fear not; we may just have the perfect set of guideline for you to follow!

Why not let his star sign be the determining factor in what you choose to leave under his tree this year!

Aries: March 21st- April 20th

Considered active, outgoing and adventurous, this fire sign is unlikely to thank you for a practical or traditional gift. Play to their adventurous spirit and gift them with an experience instead of an object!

Opt for tickets to a music or sporting event or alternatively book a weekend away and gift him with fantastic memories.

Aquarius: January 21st- February 19th

Considered creative, independent and inventive, this air sign certainly won’t thank you for a generic gift set or bumper box of novelty socks. Make sure to acknowledge his unique taste and creative side by gifting him with something that honours this side of him.

Opt for quirky gifts that stimulate the mind like a piece of art or the latest must-have gadget.

Cancer: June 23rd- July 23rd

Considered loyal, nurturing and sensitive, this water sign will appreciate any gift that acknowledges their love of home, family and friends.

Opt for something he can display in his place like a framed photograph of his favourite band or a big collage of a trip away with friends.

Capricorn: December 22nd- January 20th

Considered ambitious, determined and intellectual, this earth sign won’t see the point of a generic Christmas present. Acknowledge his interests and pursuits by choosing something specifically related to these hobbies.

Opt for something like lessons in an activity he expressed interest in or add to his collection of records, books or retro games.

Gemini: May 22nd- June 22nd

Considered outgoing, witty and creative, this air sign will have little interest in a coffee table book. Instead play to their outgoing and creative side and choose a gift that reflects these qualities.

Opt for a surprise weekend away or honour a past trip away with mementos, photos and souvenirs in a scrapbook or photo album.

Leo: July 24th- August 23rd

Considered confident, ambitious and generous, this fire sign definitely appreciates the finer things in life and won’t be happy with a gift that looks like it could be for any old person!

Opt for luxurious pampering products or a top of the line winter accessory!

Libra: September 24th- October 23rd

Considered romantic, charming and diplomatic, this air sign is the type of person that would appreciate a very simple, but very stylish gift.

Opt for a leather wallet or classic v neck sweater or alternatively, play to his romantic side and organise an elegant dinner for two in his favourite restaurant.

PiscesFebruary 20th- March 20th

Considered sensitive, passionate and imaginative, this water sign will appreciate anything that plays to these traits.

Opt for professional photos of their favourite place or alternatively gift him with a camera so he can let his passionate and imaginative side run free!

Sagittarius: November 23rd- Decemeber 21st

Considered adventurous and philosophical, this fire sign will see little point in receiving a gift he can’t do anything with, so acknowledge this in your choice of present.

Opt for lessons in an outdoor sport or organise a camping trip where he can nourish both his adventurous spirit and enjoy quiet time in the great outdoors.

Scorpio: October 24th- November 22nd

Considered mysterious, passionate and loyal, this water sign will appreciate any gift that plays to these qualities.

Opt for a set of classic mystery books or instead go for the latest thriller box set. Why not go one step further and organise a treasure hunt for him to find his gifts?

Taurus: April 21st -May 21st

Considered dependable, patient and practical, this earth sign may not appreciate a trip in a hot air balloon or an adventure weekend.

Opt instead for items that you know he was coveting throughout the year, but didn’t feel he could splurge on like a really stylish messenger bag or leather bound day planner.

Virgo: August 24th – Sept 23rd

Considered reliable, analytical and observant, this earth sign will appreciate practical or functional gifts.

Opt for a stylish watch or a book about a certain culture or country he’s expressed interest in. 

Now girls, if you're still stuck after all that, then just go for a Selection Box and hope for the best!

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