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Astrology: How did it become so popular?

One of my favorite things to do in my free time goes on the Co-Star app and read about what the universe may have in store for me this week. 

I don’t believe in higher powers swaying my decisions or things like fate or destiny, but I’m obsessed with anything zodiac. It’s oddly comforting to see how your personality aligns with others’ or the people you gravitate toward, especially if you’re detached enough to remember not to take all of this to heart.

It sometimes blows my mind that astrology has managed to get so huge in such a short time. It went from a weird hobby to something many people follow religiously on apps and social media. 

It’s very much related to prophecy readings and tied to the universe around us — which I think is why it’s blown up in the past few years. 

Connie Dai | DFP Staff

For starters, humans have looked to the stars for guidance for thousands of years, especially when they’d help you navigate your way back home. And not only that, but it’s natural for us to be curious about what goes on outside our world. We’re fascinated by the ocean because we’ve never really explored it. The same goes for space exploration. What’s out there? That’s the unanswered, golden question. 

Because astrology has so much to do with the vast unknown, many people are drawn to it. 

How can these fiery orbs located millions of miles away guide us in this daunting life? How can we draw from external forces to help us? 

And once we start researching astrology, it’s almost like a black hole — it sucks you in. The lives we lead are always filled with so much chaos that looking up at the stars — the epitome of a calm and collected night — makes us feel in control. When stress and uncertainty are at the forefront of our minds, at least the stars are there to ground us. That’s a huge reason why so many people have chosen to believe in astrology.

I’ll admit, even as a non-believer myself, I make sure to remember the advice astrology sites offer. There may be a time when I’ll need it.

It’s also a time for people to sit back and reflect on themselves. As someone who needs that validation to know I’m going in the right direction, I am sometimes curious to see if the stars might also approve of the way I handle things. Even if all of this may be fake, it can still bring comfort during uncertain times.

For example, I’m a Gemini sun. That means I’m a very communicative person and should pursue more creative-driven fields like writing or film. And here I am, studying journalism, planning on being a writer of some sort in the future. Of course, I didn’t major in this track because my Co-Star told me to. I knew it long before I knew about astrology — but it does make me happy to hear those words. Maybe I’m on the right track. Maybe this is what I should be doing.

Or maybe it’s all bullsh—. Who the hell knows? 

At the end of the day, people will believe what they want to. And if it’s astrology, then so be it. I don’t think there’s any harm in putting a little faith in the stars, and I don’t think it’s right to frown upon someone just because they may not believe the same things you do. Our lives are crazy enough. Don’t judge others on how they find their stability.

But whether or not astrology is your thing, it’s hard to deny the gentle solace the galaxy beyond us brings. When you take a deep breath and look up to see the thousands of glowing beacons that dot the night sky, it truly feels like anything is possible. 

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  1. Astrology is quite popular in the US nowadays. And, I see it all around me in Manhattan! But it enjoyed similar resurgences in the past too. I suspect it’s nothing more than a passing fad even this time around.

    But how does it continuously thrive as part of the daily fabric of life for over 1000 years in India? Where, I understand, it’s employed on a day-to-day basis as preventive-protocol for managing personal, social, and professional relationships and providing holistic guidance in matters pertaining children, family, marriage, romance, business, partnership, litigation, health, employment, and other important life issues.

    Unless we Americans begin using astrology for something more meaningful than generic sun-sign compatibility and character analysis, it will remain, I fear, a dalliance with the esoteric by the fringe. It will never be mainstream!

    I tried quite a few astrology based dating sites and found all bereft of meaningful astro-features until one of my Indian-American friends introduced me to zomatch.com. I will copy a paragraph directly from its landing page to provide a glimpse of what it takes into consideration for matchmaking and creating a composite chart of the couple:

    “The birth chart is the map of your past accumulated karma. Karmic astrology (Jyotish) explores the unfolding of karma and helps you achieve these four objectives of life:
    Dharma – Righteous and spiritual path
    Artha – Acquisition of Wealth
    Kama – Delights of physical pleasures, and
    Moksha – Attainment of self-realization
    Let ZoMatch help you find that special someone whose karma compliment yours. Together you can explore, experience, and realize the four objectives of life.”

    How does one compare with that? But Zomatch even lists this on the landing page!!

    “The two thousand years old synastry of karmic astrology drives the personalized compatibility matching on ZoMatch. We only employ graduates, postgraduates, or Ph.D. in karmic astrology. How qualified is your astrologer?”

    Perhaps its time to fully embrace Karmic astrology / Jyotish, like Yoga, from India!