From birth chart readings on TikTok to BuzzFeed quizzes, you cannot escape your feed without interacting with some form of astrological media. Even popular food chains like Wendy’s are using zodiac signs to promote their products and gain interest. But why? What is so captivating about stars and signs?
Astrology is no new study, and it involves examining the movement and position of celestial bodies and how they influence the natural world, including humans. There’s no doubt that astrology has become increasingly popular over the course of the last few year, and this rise in popularity, especially among Generation Z, is accompanied by a variety of opinions, stretching across a spectrum.
Alex Campos, (Aquarius) a Frank Sinatra School of the Arts (FSSA) junior in the instrumental studio, voiced his disdain towards the subject. Astrology had become a recurring theme of conversation among his friends, and he found himself becoming very lost, consequently losing any interest in trying to understand it. As a result, he views the topic with irritation more than anything.
“I’m not crazy about viewing one’s whole character and personality based on the month they were born in,” Alex says. “It takes a lot more to know the person.”
He doesn’t force this disposition on those who are believers though, although he compares it to being make-believe, not unlike a fairy tale. In spite of the fact that he holds no personal interest in the topic himself, he says that if it makes someone else happy then that’s good for them.
A more neutral point of view came from senior students Eason Dai (Leo) and Abe Sexton (Libra). Both online and in person, the two have noticed an increase in astrology talk among their friends. Despite the rise in popularity, they cannot say they have a greater understanding of what it all means. Surface level information like sun sign astrology is being brought to the forefront of their feeds while the real material often goes unnoticed.
Regarding their personal opinions on astrology Eason and Abe agreed that they both find the concept interesting but do not necessarily believe in it. As for whether they think astrology will continue to trend, Abe said, “It’s not going to be lasting, it’s definitely going to die down. A couple people will probably still follow astrology but not everyone.”
Jaewon Dodley, a senior film student finds tremendous value in astrology. To her, it is a tool. She uses the knowledge found within her collection of astrology books to guide her to become the best version of herself.
Jaewon first began interacting with astrology content on social media at an early age. When scrolling through apps like Instagram, Tumblr, and now TikTok, she constantly saw posts about her own sign, Aquarius, and deeply resonated with them.
“I always thought I was weird growing up, I felt like I didn’t really fit in so astrology made me feel comfortable in being myself and it made me feel less alone,” Jaewon mentioned.
From there, Jaewon continued to learn everything she could about astrology. She commented that the judgement astrology often receives is a result of ignorance and misinformation.
“People have an idea that astrology is not applicable to their lives and will disregard it. We like to have control over our own lives and when people feel like there could be something else determining the course of their life, they feel threatened,” Jaewon said.
She says that her interest in astrology will continue and she will carry her knowledge with her for the rest of her life. The practice has helped her realize her own identity, characteristics, and heal both her internal and external relationships.
– by Mia Bravo ’22 (Leo), Sasha Rabinowitz ’22 (Libra)