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Popularity of astrology

The rise of astrology is explained as a result of the decline of organized religion and the insecurity of the economy and politics. 

People want some stability in a world of chaos where they wonder what is going on in their lives.

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Astrology and cultural acceptance

Astrology is currently enjoying a broad cultural acceptance through the Internet. It is a content business as well as a traditional spiritual practice.

Many people are explaining themselves by way of sun, moon and rising signs. In the corporate world, astrologers are partnering with brands to help expand the business. For instance, Amazon sent out “shopping horoscopes” to its Prime Insider subscribers.

At the center of astrology is the pattern of a person’s life that corresponds to the planetary pattern at the moment of his birth.

Astrology has helped people decide when to plant crops or go to war. It is used to predict a person's life and interpret his character. For some, astrology can explain everything, from earthquakes to the rise of social media.

In a chart reading, an astrologer doesn’t predict the future; she describes the client to herself. Expressing characteristics in the language of astrology is easier for many people to hear, or admit unpleasant things about their personalities. It is also easier to accept those qualities in others.

Whereas previously, drawing an astrological chart required some knowledge of astronomy and geometry, today it can be generated instantly on the Internet and opened with mobile apps.

Just as people may find it easier to accept things about themselves when they decide they were born that way, astrology makes it possible to see world events from a less reactive position.

From the view of astrology, people make news because the movements of the planets through the sky activate their charts. When the Titanic happened, there was a big Neptune transit.

Astrological readings can help people get to the core of their purpose and then use that to be of service to the world.

Some believe astrology appeals because it gives context to people and world events. It helps to make sense of their lives and to endure the state they're in.

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For many fans, astrology is a subject of curiosity, a tool for reflection, and a means of understanding that their feelings and struggles are part of a bigger picture.

While people are cautioned against depending on any one source of information for guidance, there is an understanding that it can be difficult to accept that many things in life are out of our control.

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Astrology and Psychology

The most common way astrology is explained in psychological terms is The Barnum Effect, which is a tendency for an individual to believe vague or “barnum” statements when told it applies specifically to themselves or a group they belong to. (I’m such a Libra!)

So, sometimes a sort of magical thinking causes us to superimpose our life experiences and personality traits, twisting them into a shape that allows us to fit a square into a circle.

Back in 1999, a support group called Bright Point was formed to fill the need of friends. But when people came together, no one talked. It was only after games were introduced as a catalyst that friendships started forming. Later, making meals and exercising was added successfully.

The program is not without challenges. Many lonely people may feel intimidated and won't attend. But designating a space for gathering and activities is a good step toward tackling loneliness.