Astrology is Making a Comeback New Paths

Why Astrology is Making a Comeback Among Millennials

It can be a good thing, whether or not we believe.

You may have noticed that astrology is no longer a New Age woo-woo practice. These days, you won’t be surprised to find tarot cards on department store shelves or hear your friends chalking up their life troubles to Mercury in retrograde. Astrology has made real a comeback and some folks are studying why.

Bertram Malle, a social cognitive scientist at Brown University, told The Atlantic, “To the extent that one simply learns this vocabulary, it may be appealing as a rich way of representing (not explaining or predicting) human experiences and life events, and identifying some possible paths of coping.”

Millennials are a particularly stressed generation. Reports show that they are the highest to report increased stress in the past year since 2010. The 2017 edition of the APA’s survey reported that 63% of Americans admit to being remarkably stressed about the future of their country.

While aspects of astrology can be traced to ancient Babylon about 4,000 years ago the practice as we know it today is only about a century old. During these times, seeking comfort and boundaries through this modern-day touchstone can make an otherwise very chaotic world feel a little more easy to navigate.

 

Astrology map
Photo: Oldmap.com

 

“Then there’s something that’s happened in the last five years that’s given it an edginess, a relevance for this time and place, that it hasn’t had for a good 35 years,” Chani Nicholas, an LA-based astrologer, told The Atlantic. “Millennials have taken it and run with it.”

Astrology finds meaning in the position of the sun, moon, and planets.  Where they are in the 12 sections of the sky connect to the signs of the zodiac. When life gets tough, astrology is yet another reason to turn to the night sky and ask it for a little guidance.

“Astrologers are always trying to boil down these giant concepts into digestible pieces of knowledge,” Nicholas goes on. “The kids these days and their memes are like the perfect context for astrology.”

Whether or not ascribing astrological elements meaning and force is your thing, maybe we can all agree that being offered guidance and structure is always comforting, especially in times like these.

Curiosity piqued? Check out Eric Francis Coppolino’s horoscope column in the Daily News. Coppolino is an investigative reporter-gone-astrologer and we think he has an interesting spin on star stuff.

LGBTQ characters in book New Paths

The Maiden Voyage, an LGBTQ Children’s Book

In a land far, far away, women fell in love with other women and it was perfectly alright.

The second children’s book in an inclusive series about LGBTQ adventurers debuts in June 2018, after their November Kickstarter campaign raised $4,000 more than their $40,000 goal. Readers have been waiting for this story for a very long time.

The Maiden Voyage is a fairytale following a fisherman’s daughter, Ru, who is given a treasure map by her father and joins a crew of sailors, captained by the charismatic Freya. Throughout their adventures and escapades together, the two fall in love.

“It’s important for young people to feel included, that they have a place in the world and something they can relate to in Maiden Voyage” co-author Jaimee Poipoi told NBC News. “If they can identify themselves within a story, that empowers them to be who they are.”

The book comes on the heels of Promised Land – an illustrated love story between a prince and a farmer – created by Maiden Voyage’s other co-authors Adam Reynolds and Chaz Harris. The book was also funded through a Kickstarter campaign. A Kindle edition of this story can be found on Amazon.

 

promised land LGBT Childrens book

 

A 2011 Florida State University study found that children’s books are severely lacking female characters, let alone LGBTQ characters. Male characters, unsurprisingly, dominated.

The Maiden Voyage is trying to turn these statistics on their heads, highlighting brave and badass LGBTQ and POC characters in their books.

“Girls need to grow up knowing they can be a powerful queen, a brave sea captain, or anything else they set their minds to,” Harris told Upworthy.

For these three authors, giving children representation in the media will offer them the confidence to explore who they truly want to become when they grow up.

“We invite you to step aboard and join us on this journey to bring a little more kindness and love into the world,” their Kickstarter reads. “Because love is love, and everyone deserves to live happily ever after.”

 

LGBT Children's book authors
Maiden Voyage authors Adam Reynolds, Chaz Harris, and Jaimee Poipoi. Photo: Maiden Voyage Kickstarter.

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