Since the dawn of time, humans have turned to the stars for direction. Astrology, in reality, has been practiced for thousands of years. While it is no longer considered the scientific tradition that it once was, many people continue to examine the effect of heavenly bodies on human behavior. The general public’s interest in astrology has progressively increased over the last few decades, laying the groundwork for its seemingly abrupt explosion in popularity today.
Though birth charts are just the tip of the iceberg, it is clear that many people are intrigued by what the stars and planets have to offer. So, what is it about astrology that has piqued everyone’s curiosity these days? Various factors, according to experts, may make astrology particularly interesting, such as supporting individuals in managing stress and uncertainty during difficult times or developing a greater understanding of themselves.
When uncertainty haunts
Psychologists have discovered that people who are more astrologically inclined have an external locus of control in life, which means they believe their successes or failures are the results of external factors or forces beyond their control, as opposed to people who believe they are the controllers of their narratives.
Gazing at the stars
We’ve long turned to the stars for guidance, from celestial navigation to foretelling our fates. Astrology itself dates back to the 2nd millennium BC, with Babylonian astrology being the earliest organized system, and astrology was regarded as an academic tradition until the 17th century. However, as science evolved, skepticism about the tradition of astrology rose, and modern research has repeatedly found it to be untrustworthy – for example, multiple studies have established that astrology isn’t a decisive factor when it comes to personality.
Despite this, a 2014 study conducted by the National Science Foundation in America revealed that skepticism in astrology was lessening, which might be due to the fact that, in addition to the die-hard astrologers who have always believed, the new generation is embracing this practice. More than half of 18–24-year-olds believe astrology is a scientific tradition, according to the same study. In recent years, it appears that an increasing number of individuals are becoming interested in astrology and analyzing their horoscopes.
Taking a look within
As the wellness industry expands and the #selfcareohyeah audience concentrates on their physical, mental, and spiritual health, it’s not a stretch to believe that the present boom in popularity of astrology is linked to our increased interest in all things healthy. According to Google trends, internet interest in ‘health’ and ‘horoscopes’ in the UK has more than doubled since 2010. And it appears that around the start of each year, we review our internet horoscopes for the future year, as well as Google ‘health’ more than at any other time. When we dive deeper inside and seek to improve and finally understand ourselves, our zodiac signs provide a pattern for understanding who we are and what we need on a deeper and more meaningful levels.