What's your history in reading horoscopes? When was it that your interest piqued?
Tali: "It was actually an accidental career, we both went to art school at the University of Michigan and while we were there, we started a women's magazine and one of the things that always came up in our meetings was astrology, like trying to figure out the traits of people we were dating or people we were interested in. It was the ultimate guy tool. But, it was a friend who gave us our first astrological chart, which is a map of where all the planets are at your time of your birth, as a present. We knew we were Sagittarians but we then discovered we had all these planets in Scorpio and it was just like 'What?' And so, this obsession began with figuring out what it meant, why it was so scarily accurate, and how you could find out so much about people just from their time of birth."
So, how did you eventually turn your interest into a career?
Tali: "We started doing our friends' charts and it was really just an obsession/hobby and we never thought of it as something we'd be doing for a living. But one of our friends from our magazine got a job at Teen People — that was our first writing gig. She was like 'We need astrologers, you guys should do this!' And we haven't stopped since, and that was 12 years ago. It totally makes sense in retrospect that we're doing this because we've always been interested in things like human psychology and relationships and mysticism and enigmas. The universe kind of put the pieces together for us and then we just started reading everything we could on it. We're self-taught."
Do you think there is something innate or does it take a special gift to accurately read horoscopes?
Tali: "Anyone can learn. The system of astrology is actually very mathematic. So, you have to have a talent for math, or at least geometry and patterns. But the interpretation is where the gift comes in because you have to be able to look at the patterns and know how to apply it to a person's life. Our approach is that we like to bring the stars down to earth. What's the point of knowing that your moon is in Scorpio, if you have no clue how that applies to your real world?"
Were you adamant horoscope checkers before you became astrologers?
Tali: "I've been checking my horoscope since I had a paper route when I was 11. I would always flip to it, and funny enough, Dear Abby."
Tali: "It's an ancient system that was designed by the first astrologers and developed by the Greeks. I mean, it really is legend. It's based on mythology, as well. The planetary names are all named after gods, and the goddess Venus."
What's your advice for someone who is reading their horoscope. How should they interpret it and what should they look for?
Tali: "One thing I should say is what you read when you read the horoscopes…it's the broad stroke. If you really want to get granular, you'd have to do a birth chart, which you can actually do for free on our website, and find out what your rising sign is and what your Moon sign is. [For] the people who are reading the daily horoscopes, look for horoscopes that inspire you into action."
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Have you ever read someone's horoscope and totally shocked yourselves with how spot-on accurate you were?
Tali: "It has happened. I mean, we've predicted a friend was going to meet a European man and marry him within a certain time frame, and that happened. Even in our own lives— Ophira got pregnant right when Jupiter, our ruling planet, was in her motherhood house."
Have you ever been completely off the mark?
Tali: "Not really, actually. I know that sounds weird, but I honestly haven't. I was thinking about that not too long ago, but people tend to be more in tune with the stars than they even know."
Twins are known for having a special bond between them. Do you think that's something that comes into play when it comes to working together and having the ability to read so accurately?
Tali: "Definitely. I mean we've always been tuned into each other. We even had our own language when we were kids, and so relationships and people are such an important part of our lives. We've kind of always been reading each other. We just tune into each other, and we do that with other people without even realizing. It kind of seems normal to us. Then we realize, 'oh other people don't radar in on other people like that.' We feel really lucky to work with each other, and we also have a really easy time dividing up work."
Susan Miller has been dubbed the astrologer of the fashion set by New York Magazine. Why do you think people in fashion are so into astrology anyway?
Tali: "We love Susan Miller. Part of the reason why we got obsessed with horoscopes is we've loved reading hers for years, and we think she's brilliant. People who are into fashion are into self-expression, and individuality, and learning about themselves. Fashion is about expressing yourself. People who are into fashion want to be noticed, want to be seen, you know? Astrology is much the same way. It's this booklet, this code, that's all about you. Also, I think people who are into fashion are also open to the creative realm. Fashion people are great predictors, as well. Fashion is all about predicting the future and staying a few steps ahead of the game. Astrology fits with that well."
Some people might consider reading horoscopes, or five different horoscopes, a day to be a guilty pleasure. What are some of your other guilty pleasures?
Tali: "Totally obsessed with karaoke. Both of us. We'll rent a private room on our lunch break, and take a writing break, and go sing for like three hours non-stop. We are both obsessed with miniature dachshunds, as well. I don't know if that's a guilty pleasure."
Ophira: "Really indulgent little restaurants where everything is thoughtfully made by the chefs, and vintage treasure hunting for clothes and furniture — one degree above dumpster diving. And, I'd say watching bad teen movies and reality shows. Real Housewives."