|Astrology revolves around the premise of heavenly bodies: the Sun, Moon, constellations, and planets / Photo by Andrea Danti via 123RF|
Checking their daily horoscope is some people's everyday routine. There's a low-key eagerness in us to know what would be our lucky and unlucky colors and fate for the rest of the day. Although astrology has been introduced centuries ago, its popularity is actually increasing more than people realize. Astrology, in fact, has a particularly strong following among millennials. This is quite surprising since it was once regarded as a silly piece found in magazines and newspapers. But now, it appears that astrology is being taken more seriously in this modern era.
An article by the Ranker reported that 58% of people in the United States alone within the age of 18 to 24 believe in astrology. Aside from that, the study showed that 65% of people who believe in it consider it to be a credible and scientific source. Younger Americans today have been influenced by zodiac signs as compared to a 2004 poll that showed 66% of Americans thought that astrology was complete nonsense. Additionally, it has been reported that a typical horoscope article has 150% more traffic in 2017 compared in 2016.
The figures showed that people nowadays, especially millennials, rely on romantic, spiritual, and supernatural views rather than logic, tradition, and rationality. One of the reasons why this has happened is astrology has become more accessible to people due to the emergence of technology and the internet. In fact, it has become a completely legitimate genre of internet content. You will probably see Twitter accounts that are dedicated to horoscopes and information about the zodiac signs. There are also Instagram accounts that post memes about astrology.
What is astrology? Is it scientifically proven?
People have always been amazed by the mystery of the planets and the stars up until now. The movements of the stars and the planets seem like magic to us. According to an article by the Conscious Lifestyle, astronomical information was already being recorded more than 9,000 years ago. This shows that people have been really interested in astrology ever since, and it might be the oldest form of divination in the world.
Basically, astrology revolves around the premise of heavenly bodies: the Sun, Moon, constellations, and planets. It is believed that their relative positions and movements can predict and explain events on Earth and human personality traits. There are some reports that show it originated in Mesopotamia, however, ancient civilizations in different places, such as Egypt, Babylon, China, and Greece had also studied it.
Early astrologers thought that the five largest and brightest stars on the sky were gods. But they were actually planets: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. They also believed that the movements of the Sun and Moon are significant factors in understanding the basics of astrology. Eventually, astrologers realized that when people are born when the Sun, Moon, and planets were in the same part of the sky, they would have a lot of similarities and that they shared a lot of common interests and feelings.
|People nowadays, especially millennials, rely on romantic, spiritual, and supernatural views rather than logic, tradition, and rationality / Photo by Monika Wisniewska via 123RF|
Thus, astrologers constructed horoscope charts for people. It showed a picture of the heavens at the date, time, and place where the person was born. Although its popularity remains up until now, there are no scientific studies that can prove or show its validity. Instead, the most thorough scientific study ever conducted on the subject in 2003 has debunked astrology’s claims.
According to an article by the Washington Times, the researchers of the study tracked more than 2,000 people for several decades. Most of the people were born within minutes of each other.
The development of more than 2,000 babies who were born in early March of 1958 was registered. The researchers monitored their development at regular intervals, looking at more than 100 different characteristics. Some of these characteristics were anxiety levels, occupation, marital status, aggressiveness, sociability, IQ levels and ability in art, mathematics, sports, and reading.
According to an article by the India Times, believing in astrology could make any person believe less in themselves and can do more harm. It should also be noted that the experiences we have in life are constant and reading and going by astrology won't solve a thing.
A stressed generation
Studies have shown that millennials are more likely to believe in astrology compared to other generations. In an interview by The Thirty, astrological reader Felicia Sokol said, "Millennials have grown up in the age of information. So much information is at our disposal, including spiritual information. We have so much access to so many different perspectives that it's not so foreign for us to dive into the more ethereal realms. It's simply just another realm to dive into."
It has been reported that people turn to astrology when they are stressed, and millennials are very stressed so that they tend to turn to astrology for guidance. This is not surprising since the millennial generation is going through a lot, from losing their jobs to thinking about what's going on in our economy or society. Astrology provides some light in this dark moment of their lives. It essentially gives them hope. Additionally, it provides millennials instant gratification and relief.