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Why I Quit Writing About Star Signs
01-10-2020, 10:01 PM
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Why I Quit Writing About Star Signs
“When astrology got computerised and went mainstream, anyone could cough up a few bucks and get ‘qualified’ in an online course.”

Astrology is no longer niche. While, a decade ago, it was confined to those who lived and breathed the planets, it’s now something for everyone to dip their toes into.

Star sign memes are all over Instagram; birth charts are available at the click of a button via apps like Co-Star and The Pattern; and experts reckon this “mystical services” industry is now worth upwards of $2.1 billion (£1.7 billion). While astrology itself is an ancient practice, it’s this new era of “pop astrology” that’s responsible for Urban Outfitters selling zodiac cushions and Virgo-themed “trinket trays”.

This is obviously fun for many involved. However, for longtime astrologers with decades of experience, this enthusiasm for pop astrology isn’t necessarily something to be welcomed. Cal Garrison, an Arizona-based astrologer and author, with over 50 years of experience, recently released a statement on her website announcing that she would be ceasing to write weekly horoscopes. “I have totally had enough of that sign-by-sign prediction stuff,” she writes. “It is not astrology – it is a gimmick that sells papers, makes the astrologer a few bucks and keeps everyone in the dark.”

She’s not leaving astrology behind entirely – just sun sign horoscopes and “pop astrology”. “I’ve been at this for 50 years and it is my passion. I am definitely not leaving the field,” Garrison tells VICE. “What I did quit was the pop astrology, weekly sign-by-sign prediction and YouTube astrologer bullshit. The media keeps astrology in that play pen so that the collective mind will never get wind of what it’s really all about.”

https://www.vice.com/en/article/dyzmvk/a...-astrology
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