Astrology is one of this decade’s hottest trends. Zodiac signs have become a fountain of information about everyone for everyone.
It’s a fast forming culture everyone has grown to love.
Starting small with sections in the newspaper telling us little things. Weekly horoscopes telling us what to expect. Small personal fortunes among the grander scheme of things; it’s exciting stuff.
Now it’s a social media phenomenon that is grown beyond our understanding. All twelve zodiac signs have their personalities. We’re learning more about ourselves as the years pass through the stars.
‘Zodiac signs as the seven deadly sins.’. ‘Zodiac signs as quotes.’. ‘Zodiac signs as playlists.’
Now it’s more a culture rather than a science. Many people turn to for comfort or for something to look forward to. Astrology’s messages give more than people tend to accept.
It’s been something that was celebrated long before it became a fun trend.
One of the oldest practices of studying the stars can be found in Babylonian ancestry. A celestial practice that priests took part in to foretell future happenings.
They opened the door to eighteen different constellations to look at for answers, before narrowing them down to the twelve most important.
At first, they thought the movements of the stars were messages from their Gods.
Take it in. The first characteristics to ever be associated with your star sign was that of a divine being. Learning from zodiac signs has always been a somewhat sacred practice.
After all, they are celestial bodies hosting a multitude of hidden truths.
There are few things godlier than that.
But it’s no longer the intimidating science it was once recognised as. Astrology has become personalised by a multitude of different civilisations.
Now, it’s about identifying with different human experiences and the representation of one’s life cycles. Each of them has grown and developed throughout the years, like every part of nature, they change, just like we do.
Many people look to their zodiac signs for answers. To tell if they’re compatible with others, or to better understand their emotions.
Anyone’s a liar by saying they’ve never done the same. People like to learn about themselves, and astronomical signs do just that.
People like a narrative to explain our daily lives. Because there’s little in the world that is more interesting than learning about ourselves. Our stories are the most important.
Besides, there’s a magical vibe when we look to the stars to learn. They’ve existed for far longer than we have or will. They have predictions, signs and answers to the things we don’t even know to ask yet.
And it’s a relief for us to not have the pressure of knowing everything.
The future can be scary, so we look to astrology to tell us what to look out for. It’s not scientific, but the world of the Zodiac flies by its own rules.
Although, for others, it is the ultimate millennial meme. There’s a stigma of stupidity attached to those who believe in it. Which is unfair because the world believes in much crazier things than listening to messages in the stars.
Some too controversial to name.
Just because it’s not science doesn’t mean it’s not meaningful. It’s a good way to destress, by looking somewhere else for answers. It offers comfort during a personal crisis, or humour when trying to re-distinguish what your fashion tastes should be.
Because astrology is always giving people ideas. How to improve their lives and better their living space. There are articles and quizzes for everything; which means there is an answer for everything.
And that’s what everyone wants. Some people are just brave enough to look at unconventional sources. It’s an entire culture dedicated to understanding yourself; one that should be better accepted.
After all, there’s not much you can lose. Except maybe your time when you dive into a Google black hole. When you resurface, you’ll probably know more about yourself than you ever needed to.
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Deputy Editor of Brig Newspaper. Fourth year journalism and English student at the University of Stirling. Lover of covering social issues and creator of 'The Talk' column for everyone who needs to hear it.