Unsurprisingly, dating has provided a stage for tension. As women become more hooked on astrology, more straight men are being forced to engage with it. Most of the men I spoke to talked about astrology chat ruining dates, or ex-girlfriends who were "too obsessed" with the cosmos. She met my parents — a meeting I thought went well, until my dad laughed in her face when she asked what his sign was and suggested that cancer signs typically struggled with appreciating music.
The family ended up having an "icy" tube journey home, the ex upset that Laurie's dad had given her beliefs so little patience.
Both had an explosive argument about astrology that ended in her "consulting some charts for me there and then to see if my decision-making or reasoning was being negatively affected by Mercury or some similar shite", and Laurie breaking up with her via text. Adam, 26, from Oxford, was dating a female friend when an initial interest in astrology became a gateway drug to all sorts of New Age stuff, like tarot and palm reading. Would Adam date another Astrology Girl? If it was a major thing? All of the above has been observed by working astrologers, too.
Meanings and belief
Jessica Lanyadoo, who hosts Ghost Of A Podcast , said, "I know lots of cis straight male astrologers, but not as many cis straight male astrology fans. Unless you give a straight man evidence of astrology being real, they're less likely to find it remotely interesting. In other words, Randon thinks men might be more likely to be immediately dismissive, while women might feel something out.
A large study released this month found that women are more empathetic and men more analytical, and there is some evidence to show that women's brains will stay with a distressing feeling while a male brain will seek a solution. But gendered biology is a highly disputed field: not every man is a builder, and neither is anyone with a womb somehow bound to be more naturally in tune with nature.
With or without that purported "natural intuition", women are undoubtedly driving the wider self-help and therapeutic industries. Often, there's little separation between self-help and astrology; the latter is often used as a type of the former. Ghost Of A Podcast, for example, has a set-up where the first-half is self-help agony aunt, and the second astrological forecasting for the upcoming week.
To understand your and others' personalities, to try to predict the future: ultimately, it's grasping for control, when we have none. Women and queer people are drawn to astrology because it offers community and refuge, something to lean on during a time in which religion has taken a backseat.
In a heterosexual patriarchy, cis-het men arguably have less to seek refuge from. It is during times of significant stress that people turn to astrology, after all.
In a study , the psychologist Graham Tyson found that people who consult astrologers did so in response to stressors, writing, "Under conditions of high stress, the individual is prepared to use astrology as a coping device, even though under low-stress conditions he does not believe in it. Personally, a vague interest I'd had in astrology since I was a kid was solidified once I did my birth chart and found it to be eerily accurate.
As soon as conflicting deadlines strike in tandem with my rising anxiety levels, and if I've not been looking after myself properly, I notice I'm checking astrology apps and podcasts more. It's just about the entry point and who gets there. I ask Joe if I can do his birth chart.
He says I can, so I go onto Cafe Astrology and work it out for him, sharing some of his characteristics: stubborn, stoical, likes pleasure and the arts, might easily get a bruised ego if not "heard". It is, he says, pretty much accurate — but to express any kind of joy over astrological correctness would be an endorsement he could never give. Joe is a straight man in his twenties. Tech culture. News videos. Explainer videos. Sport videos. Black Friday. Money transfers. Health insurance. Money Deals. The Independent Books.
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