Money: Welcome to the Planet Finance

Can astrologers help when you invest? asks Edmund Tirbutt

The knack: How to read your tea leaves,

"Use Darjeeling, Assam, or Chinese green tea; they have big leaves and form the best pictures. Use a cup which is not fluted or shaped, preferably white and definitely not a mug. Add milk and sugar if you want, it doesn't matter. After drinking, swirl the cup anti-clockwise three times, and then drain the dregs of liquid off, leaving the leaves in the bottom. Then look for the pictures. It's quite straightforward - anything that looks like a ring is likely to be a wedding, journeys are represented by boats or birds, and anything that looks like a knife or other weapon means a possible attack of some sort, although not necessarily physical.

Books: The truth about Leo women, pizza and trains

The Astrological Diary of God

Poppy Folly: Your stars - It could happen

People misconstrue the Aries sector. The aggression and energetic imbecility that we associate with the sign mark it out as the natural homeland for fascists. But though Ariens are bullies (Ethel Kennedy, Tamerlane the Great) they generally lack the mental stamina to construct and adhere to an ideological framework. More simply, and less to their credit, they're not obedient enough.

Books: From chariots of wire to Starship Kurt

Liz Jensen says that weird fiction should stay within a human orbit; The Astrological Diary of God by Bo Fowler Jonathan Cape, pounds 10, 296pp

Spirit of the age: Know the future, and fulfil it

I THINK I may have picked the wrong bloke. I went all the way to Pembroke, at the most western extremity of wild Wales, to meet Peter Lemesurier. There is always a danger in travelling so far, for the very process of journeying tends to invest meaning in our enterprises. And, given its remoteness, it seemed just the place to find a mystical seer.

People and Business: Beware of rats

DRAGONS, TIGERS and monkeys are leaving a trail of destruction across the country, according to CGU Insurance

Check it Out: Hi-tech Alternatives

THERE MUST be something about the approach of a new millennium that makes people want to go all technological. Whatever the reason, even "alternative" aspects of contemporary life are repackaging themselves into hi-tech phenomena. If you're seeking peace of body, mind or soul, there's almost certainly a futuristic gadget out there to help you achieve it.

Obituary: B. V. Raman

B. V. RAMAN was India's best-known astrologer. He popularised astrology and accurately foretold important events during the Second World War, the fate of Hitler and Mussolini, the Vietnam War and the assassination of the prime minister Indira Gandhi, and made hundreds of other successful predictions in his hugely popular English-language Astrological Magazine.

Letter: Sunstroke

Sir: It is undeniable that popular astrology helps to sell newspapers at this time of year, but John Walsh ("What planet are you on?", 5 January) gets it wrong when he says that "all the signs are that horoscopes have a future". In Britain astrologers can be prosecuted under the Fraudulent Mediums Act, 1951, although this has not, so far, happened.

Right of Reply: Marjorie Orr

The astrology for `The Express' newspaper responds to John Walsh's attack on divination

What planet are you on?

You don't need to be Russell Grant to predict what sells papers in January. And you don't need to be Carol Vorderman to deduce that our dependence on the stars is not entirely logical. But all the signs are that horoscopes have a future

Stars And Planets: January

BROTHER CADFAEL might be the best person to assist astronomers perplexed by the "mystery of the missing medieval supernova". It seems that an exploding star of the 13th century should have been as brilliant as the full moon - yet no one reported seeing it.

Science: Stars and Planets: November

THE FIREWORKS season is upon us again - and we don't mean Guy Fawkes' night. This November we are due for the greatest celestial display of pyrotechnics for a generation. Shooting stars will rain down from the sky, at a rate that may reach literally hundreds of meteors a minute. That's the good news. The bad news is that - almost certainly - you'll need to be in the Far East to have a grandstand seat.

Stuff and nonsense (I think)

THERE WAS a chap on the telly the other day who was a professor of Millennial Studies. It does not sound like a job with much in the way of long-term prospects. Presumably redundancy looms in 18 months or so, which is why he appeared to have such sympathy with the apocalyptic gloom of the last millennium.
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