Here at Walrus Books we’re pretty into horoscopes. We’re also pretty into Stories of the Zodiac, the latest in the Dot-to-Dot in the Sky series by Joan Marie Galat. We knew we would love this book when we found out that it includes a glow in the dark star chart. “This,” we thought, “Will help us when we’re trying to impress our friends by pointing out Orion in a dark forest. It will save us from embarrassing situations in which we cannot see our regular star chart.” It is a strongly held belief of ours that everything is better when it includes a glow in the dark star chart.
Once we grew tired of looking at the book under our covers with the lights off, we read it and loved it even more. It’s full of stories about things like Hercules being attacked by giant crabs and accidents that cause gods to transform into sea-goats.
Then we learned that Stories of the Zodiac has been nominated for the Hackmatack Award. You may not know of this award if you are not young and from Atlantic Canada. We are neither (sadly), but this award is pretty cool. Books are selected, and then 7,500 children from all across Atlantic Canada read them, and vote on their favourites. Then there is a big fun awards ceremony where authors and readers get to know each other and shake hands and sign books.
We think that Joan has a pretty good chance of winning. You want to know why? We did a bit of Internet research and none of the other nominees’ books include a glow in the dark star chart. Not even one.
On to the other thing we wanted to write about: horoscopes.
So, according to Stories of the Zodiac, ancient people used to believe that the position of the stars, planets, sun and moon at the time of your birth affected your character and your destiny. While this idea has been proven not terribly scientifically accurate, it has morphed into modern-day horoscopes. The idea is that the position of the sun in relation to the zodiac constellations on the day you were born determines your astrological sign. Here, though, is the kicker: horoscopes are based on 12 different constellations that the sun moves through, but the sun actually moves through 13 constellations, not 12.
The 13th is called Ophiuchus, and apparently the story about him is that he’s some sort of serpent tamer. We are not satisfied with this story. With a little help from Setareh in our design department we came up with this handsome depiction of the constellation:
Now all that’s left is to predict our destiny. Help us out? Write a horoscope for Walrus Books in the comments section.