Love horoscopes? You may have Princess Margaret to thank for them

If you’re a big fan of horoscopes, chances are you’ve read all your charts, found out which star sign you’re compatible with, and regularly have a weekly read of what to expect from a trusted source. Surprisingly, it turns out you may have none other than Princess Margaret to thank for all of this.

Let’s step back into history to explain what we mean. The story goes that in 1930, when the Queen’s younger sister was born, details of the new Princess’ birth were fairly under wraps, and newspaper journalists were therefore unsure of how and what to print to celebrate the occasion.

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It was then that John Gordon, editor of the Sunday Express, had an idea. He would reach out to astrologer William Warner (known as ‘Cheiro’) to predict the young royal’s future. Unfortunately (and perhaps in a twist of fate), Warner was unavailable, but his assistant Richard Harold Naylor stepped in.

Naylor decided to create an article which would predict Margaret’s future. He somewhat correctly predicted that when Margaret was seven years old, ‘events of tremendous importance to the Royal Family and the nation will come about.’ Strangely enough, when Margaret was six, her uncle Edward abdicated the throne, which made her father King George VI, and put her directly back into the line of succession. He also later predicted a plane crash involving a British plane in Paris.

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All this convinced his followers and newspaper editors that Naylor had a talent for predicting the future, and because of this, he was given a weekly column of sorts, named ‘What The Stars Foretell’.

This is where star signs began to take shape; Naylor came up with a new system to predict different futures for different people. He divided everyone into groups depending on the twelve 30 degrees sectors of the ecliptic (the path in the Earth’s sky that the Sun follows over a year). These groups then became star signs as we know them today.

Pretty fascinating, huh?