Have you ever stargazed, wondering what each star means? Searching for a sense of truth in the universe where there are endless planets and stars, and how they affect our daily lives. Another question to be asked is, what is the meaning of life?
If you feel a deep connection to the night sky and the millions of stars and planets that make up its darkness, you will love what astrology has in store for you! Making a habit of stargazing is a great first step, but are you educated about the stars and planets that make up the universe?
Astrology is the belief that the arrangement of stars and planets affects human life. It is a billion-dollar industry with countless social media accounts and apps advertising the belief that make it easily accessible to those who are interested.
Though it is easy to have this information at your fingertips, it is a lot to sort out and retain. So allow me to help you navigate your way through learning more about astrology and turning it into a fun, summer hobby!
What is astrology?
Astrology is a lot of things to a lot of different people, but as stated in the Oxford Dictionary, astrology is the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies interpreted as having an influence on human affairs and the natural world. As I define it, astrology is the use of planets and stars to predict the future. It gives people a sense of direction, who they are, and an explanation of why they are the way they are.
People use the pseudoscience as a spiritual guide to help them seek certainty in their lives. It is also used to identify with zodiac signs, which are star signs assigned to you depending on when you were born. These include; Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. These signs give people a sense of identity to relate to.
Self-discovery is big nowadays and people want to get to know themselves more than ever and are eager for explanations. If astrology is something you want to believe in and learn more about, then it can be a good basis to looking within by researching these universal formations.
Why Is it so popular?
The rise in popularity of astrology has grown exponentially over the past 20 years with 37% of present-day adults under 30 saying that they believe in astrology. This is no coincidence when, over the past 20 years, the world has grown exceptionally chaotic. People are seeking security about their futures and lives more than ever with what astrology provides for them.
Various activities and writings about astrology give people a sense of self-discovery and acts as a guide for where they are headed in the future, and who doesn't love certainty? People feel pulled in by these concepts because they feel certain and grounded in what they read. It is a way for them to make sense of themselves and the world around them. I find it to also be a very entertaining subject that can keep you busy for hours on end!
A lot of people don't think about supplies when it comes to learning more about astrology, but I think there are lots of things you can acquire if you want to take it seriously. Some of this information also bleeds into astronomy, which is the science of space overall. Here's a list of things you will need if you want to commit to astrology as a hobby this summer:
- Chart of moon phases and planets
- Chart of zodiac signs
- Apps like Co-Star, Sanctuary, Time Passage, and Astrology Zone
- Tarot cards
- Book on astrology (If the internet doesn't suffice)
- Place where you can go at night and look at the stars to feel connected
- Journal for experiences and horoscope readings
- Astrology-based jewelry
This list will guarantee you a great beginner's mindset for astrology! You don't need everything on this list, of course. Pick what you want based on how seriously you are taking this hobby.
Telescopes are expensive, like the Celestron StarSense Explorer LT 80AZ Refractor that is around $200. You probably won't need it, but apps, a journal, and tarot cards are a great way to start out. Jewelry is also an excellent addition because it reminds you of your passion and gets you more in the mood for astrology.
How to get started
One way I have learned about astrology in the past was by using an app called Co-Star. This app allows you to see your entire birth chart and see what your day will be like at a glance. It mostly focuses on predictions about the future and who you are. However, there is a lot more to the app. You can talk to other people with the same signs as you and it will tell you what you are struggling with that day and what you feel powerful in.
It will also send you quotes to inspire you throughout the day. Another cool feature is that you can follow your friends and see how their signs compare to yours. If you want to get started with astrology, I highly recommend this app for the endless features that it provides. There is way more to it than what I just listed as well, so give it a try!
The website astrology.com is another great way to start with astrology. People will do tarot card readings and you can learn everything you need to know about astrology. You can take part in compatibility tests, and not just for a lover, but for anyone in your life. You can get your own personalized horoscope letter if they know your birthday and if you join astrology.com.
With astrology.com you can learn anything you want about astrology and even learn about psychic energy if you're into that too! It will teach you how to hone your own psychic energy and use it. There are a variety of tests and reports you can get back on certain aspects of your life, like your love life or your career. Of course, these do cost money, so spend wisely!
The third way to get started with astrology is to watch YouTube videos on tarot readings, planets and star alignments, and zodiac signs and what they mean. Here is a list of amazing astrology-based YouTubers that will help you dive into the craft.
- Lada Duncheva
- Karen Lustrup Astrology
- Barbara Goldsmith
- Alyssa Sharpe
- The Quietest Revolution
- Michele Knight
These are only some of the many astrologers on YouTube, but I bet one of these will spark your interest and lead you to more great astrologers fit for you!
The last thing I want to mention is to do your own research on stars and planets. How do they move in space? What are the names of these planets and stars that are so important? And how does this relate to zodiac signs and tarot readings?
Research the history behind astrology and see what you can find. How did it come to be? There are a million questions you could ask and searching the correct sources could lead you to a jackpot of knowledge.
Next Stop: The moon
Now that you know what astrology is and how to implement this pseudoscience into your daily life, it's time to take to the stars with these steps on how to make astrology your new summer hobby! Begin with tarot cards if you have a strong intuition about life's path and your future awakenings.
Research zodiac signs and their meanings if you seek suspicion in where your true identity lies and do the same with your friends. Learn the names of planets and stars as well as how their alignments in space affect your energy. Summer is the perfect time to go stargazing, so why not reach for the stars and make astrology your new summer hobby?