When Meghan Markle recently appeared wearing two diamond zodiac necklaces representing her children earlier this month, it affirmed her belief in astrology. Like millions of us, admittedly or not, Markle probably reads her horoscope, and she has Princess Margaret to thank for the modern-day astrological forecast.
When Queen Elizabeth’s younger sister was born in 1930, the Sunday Express commissioned astrologer R.H. Naylor to predict the young royal’s future. The story was such a big hit with the British public that the newspaper made birthday predictions a regular column. Rather than focus on individual birthdays, the clever Naylor created predictions around the ancient 12-star signs—grouping those born in certain months in their astrological sign—and attributing personality traits to those signs. This sparked the golden age of astrology—and newspapers and periodicals the world over established regular horoscopes columns.
In Princess Margaret’s day, people anxiously awaited their astrological forecast in newspapers or magazines (some even withheld making big decisions until they had the forecast), but today with the internet, we have access to countless astrologers and soothsayers 24/7.
The interest in astrology, not surprisingly, has soared during the pandemic “when people were searching for greater meaning and connections,” says Susan Miller, an established astrologist and author, whose website astrologyzone.com attracts more than 10 million visitors per…