Why Are We So Into Astrology?

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Astrology has recently exploded in popularity, especially among millennials, who looking to consult the stars for all sorts of guidance, explanations, business, and even romantic advice.

According to a report from The Atlantic, people will often turn to astrology during times of stress, which makes sense considering millennials are the stressed-out out generation. In the ever evolving climate of today’s life, stress is a common problem that affects millions. With seemingly no one to turn to, astrology can become a saving grace in seeking out understanding and relief.

Astrology has been around for thousands of years, though the practice of modern astrology came about in the 60s and 70s due to the coming of the Zodiac, or as some refer to it as the Age of Aquarius. After this time period, astrology popularity died down, but you could still find horoscopes in dollar magazines. In the last five to seven years, astrology saw a powerful resurgence back into the relevance of many peoples lives.

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This may be due to a “reframing of New Age Practices,” that have been geared for the prominent generation of millennials. Given we live in the internet age, it is somewhat fitting for astrology to see a massive increase in popularity. With the rise of social media, it has never been easier for people to fall into a rabbit hole of astrology research, as the internet is filled with an endless breadth of information on the subject.

The study of astrology deals with the complexities of personality, relationship patterns, life cycles, and zodiac symbols, and bow the alignment of planets might affect a certain sign. While it is important to note that astrology is a far-cry from being backed in science, it hasn’t stopped people from turning to it to help them make sense of whatever may be going on in their lives.

With a generation of millions dealing with a heavy load of stressors in their lives, astrology can be a comforting thing to turn to, as it offers a potential future that is free of the countless crisis of the modern age. As humans, we are constantly searching for an explanation for our existence, and the many intricacies that mark it. Astrology gives its followers the opportunity to help make sense of the random events in our lives, despite almost certainly having no evidence to back it.

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But is that such a bad thing? If astrology offers people a reprieve from the stresses of life, does it matter if it’s not backed in science? Astrology thinly straddles the line between spiritual and logical, but it also offers some much-needed consolation in a time where many can really use it, and I don;t think we’ll be seeing any less of it anytime soon.

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