Have you noticed that there is an increased popularity of astrology amongst Millennials? It just seems as if this particular age group genuinely loves astrology. But why is this? Is it really just Millennials? Some would say that Millennials are more receptive to astrology because they’re interested in self-discovery and self-awareness beyond the traditional methods. Nevertheless, it does appear that astrology has become quite popular, and it’s interesting to explore exactly why this is.
The Millennial Obsession with Astrology
No matter what social media platform you use, an astrology post is likely to end up on your feed or as a mention at some point. There is this fixation on knowing the sun, moon, and rising signs. More and more people are seeking out astrological readings for natal and transit charts. It really does seem that astrology is taking a hold of the world especially when it comes to younger people. Some would say that the current younger generation specifically the Millennials and perhaps even Generation Z are quite obsessed with astrology.Read More »
But why are Millennials so invested in astrology? A lot of this has to do with moving beyond established methods of self-discovery and awareness.
A Desire for Understanding Beyond Religion
Traditionally, throughout the ages, religion has really had a strong hold on most of society. Even though astrology has been around since the beginning of time, adopting religious beliefs and mandates has reigned supreme. The Millennial generation appears to be bucking the traditional trend of adopting religious standards and beliefs. There’s a questioning of what is truly valid and a move towards understandings that are inclusive to everyone as opposed to exclusive and divisionary.
Given that astrology is based on planetary energy, religion doesn’t matter. It’s all about understanding how planetary energies impact a person’s personality and path in life. It is for this reason that many Millennials may find astrology to be more digestible because religion for this particular group may feel more confining and doesn’t offer them the freedom and expression of being who they are beyond the strict, rigid rules of religious rules and mandates.
The Seeking of Personal & Universal Truth
What is truth? Does any particular religious or philosophical belief hold universal truth? This is where the trouble with religion comes in because they’re so many different paths to follow. For those regardless of age who don’t necessarily believe in a particular path or religious doctrine, it may be difficult to adhere to just one belief. Some within the Millennial generation are seeking both personal and universal truth, and if they believe that they cannot find this through religion, there is a desire to find other forms of truth that are more inclusive and encompassing.
This is where astrology becomes very popular because the separative details such as culture and background are not important. Astrology is based on planetary energies which impact everyone regardless of religious background. For some, there is the belief that astrology goes beyond religion and allows for individuals to explore themselves as well as collective conditions beyond the mandates and beliefs of an already established religious system.
Astrology is attractive to many Millennials because it has both a universal and personal impact. If there is the belief that everyone is impacted by planetary energies, then we are all indeed impacted by the movement of the planets and their energetic impact upon us. At the same time, astrology also honors the individuality of each of us. Even if we encounter two people who are Aries, those two Aries are never going to be quite the same because they have a different astrological makeup due to the date, time, and location of birth.
It could be assumed that Millennials are attracted to astrology because it gives them the opportunity to connect to something greater than themselves while also maintaining a sense of individuality in their respective journeys to knowing themselves.
It’s Not Just Millennials: Baby Boomers, Hippies & Astrology
Although it appears that Millennials are these astrology-obsessed individuals, that’s not necessarily true. The astrological obsession didn’t really start with Millennials at all. We can actually thank the Baby Boomers of the 60s for a resurgence in the interest in astrology. There’s a saying that all new things are actually old things just resurfacing, and some would say that this is the case with astrology.
Back in the 60s that was a very prevalent Pluto/Uranus conjunction in the sign of Virgo which ushered in a desire to release anything that was no longer relevant to growth, healing, and awareness. Those born and living under this energy have a great desire to be of service due to the prominent Virgo signature.
This is also the generation that is related to what is referred to as “counter-culture.” These are the original care-free hippies. These are the people who were born and raised during the society shifting movements from civil rights to women. These are the people who seek clarity through grounded action.
So, it’s not just the Millennials that have an interest in astrology. Once upon a time, there was a whole generation of folks during the 60s that made it their mission to buck the norm, live an “off beat” hippie life, and ask “what’s your sign?” Perhaps a cycle is repeating itself, and now the Millennials of today are embracing similar energy in their own way.
Resurgence of Astrology: The Age of Aquarius
The dawning of The Age of Aquarius is also another reason why there is such a rise in astrology amongst the Millennials and even Generation Z. The last couple of years have highlighted Aquarius/Uranus energy. Astrologically, it is believed that the 2020 Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius marked the official era change over from the Age of Pisces into the Age of Aquarius. Uranus, Aquarius’ ruler, rules astrology which increases the interest in astrology and other types of information that increases consciousness and awareness.
As we continue to move forward into The Age of Aquarius, a desire for information and understanding that expands human consciousness and connects us beyond barriers and limitations is desired both personally and collectively. Astrology is just one type of information and understanding that is highlighted at this time, but the upsurge in the interest in astrology, especially amongst the younger generations of Millennials, and Generation Z, highlights just how significant planetary energies are in their effect on humanity personally and collectively.
So, yes, the Millennials are quite engaged in astrology, but it is important to remember that their interest is not unique to their generation. Astrology is a centuries-old practice that has long held the interest of those who believe the planets have an effect on the human condition.
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