Astrology is gaining in popularity these days, entering the mainstream media once again. 2012’s Lola Versus cast Greta Gerwig as a woman negotiating her Saturn return, and the musical Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 premiered the same year. The Comet opened on Broadway in November as David Hyde Pierce continued his run in A Life, about an astrologer trying to make sense of a recent break-up and his place in the universe.
In 2014, Mother Jones ran an article summarizing recent polls on belief in astrology. A National Science Foundation study suggested that Americans are more accepting of astrology than they have been in over 30 years.
Celebrities like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez and Angelina Jolie are all reported to believe in and even rely on astrology.
Astrology is breaking out into popular culture once again, for the first time that I can remember since its great popularity in the 60s when the musical Hair and “The Age of Aquarius” became synonymous with the beginning of the “New Age.” And with the proliferation of online classes and accreditation programs in the 21st century, it’s now probably better understood than it was before.
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