Astrology 101: In the News
It is all pretty complicated, and that's why there are astrologers. And why people have boiled everything down to Sun Signs, because most everyone knows their own birthday. And also why a lot of people don't believe in astrology--because they think that this popularized Sun Sign astrology is the whole of it. Since everything is connected to everything else, it follows that where the planets were and are effect our lives on a day to day basis.
The way that popular or newspaper astrology works is that the astrologer, because he doesn't know all your signs, puts the Sun Sign (makes it the rising sign) in the first house and compares where all of the planets are, and their aspects to that. So, basically, his predictions are only going to work for 1/12 of the population: those who have the same sun and rising signs (e.g. sun in aries, rising sign aries).
What it all boils down to is this: if you want your newspaper predictions to work, find out what your rising sign is, and read the prediction for that, and not your sun sign.
To find your rising sign, you need to know the approximate time/place of your birth, and go to www.astrology.com or www.geocosmic.org and get a free sample of your birth chart. They will give you a cool pic of your chart, and underneath a little blurb about what sign everything is in, including your rising sign.
Bibilioscopes, by the way, are by Sun Sign, and not your rising sign.