For young people struggling to embrace their identity, online astrology forums can be a safe space. The use of social media has taken astrology to new heights. Quizzes, guides and other articles written around the Zodiac signs tend to be a running theme on young media sites like Buzzfeed, babe and Refinery29, which are widely circulated on social media platforms.
Facebook groups are popular for users interested in a particular topic, and some of the more dedicated groups can foster a sense of community. Enter “the stars say you’re a loser,” one of the largest and most active astrology communities on Facebook. With 7,000+ members and thousands more added each month, it’s hard to believe that it has only been around for a year.
“It is magic … that idea of women supporting women and having a sacred, safe spiritual place to do that.”
Organized religion isn’t doing it for millennials these days. The Pew Research Center shows a continuous decline in the number of religiously affiliated Americans. This is especially so for those in the millennial generation. At the same time, other studies note that skepticism about astrology, the study of how the positions of stars and planets influence human behavior, is decreasing among Americans. For a number of reasons, traditional religious faith is being pushed aside by young people in favor of alternative belief systems – including astrology – which can also serve as a guiding or healing force in one’s life.