Astrology has made its way from a newspaper and magazine afterthought into the realms of meme culture, fashion and for some, even self help.
But as a Scorpio with her rising sign and moon in Pisces, who owns a daily horoscope app on her phone (it’s called Co – Star, get on it), it’s become very evident that people fall into two distinct groups: the growing numbers who are paying more attention to astrology and those who scoff and eye roll.
The latter are probably Capricorns.
For next level astrology fans, zodiac makeup exists, and we can’t look away.
Jokes aside, whether or not you believe being a Leo genuinely impacts your personality, what’s more telling is the gravitas you put into astrology in general.
Speaking to Mamamia, clinical psychologist Amanda Gordon of Armchair Psychology refers to the term self-efficacy when explaining why some people are more drawn to the practice.
“If you’re a person with high self-efficacy then you believe it’s your actions that change the world. You’re less likely to look to the alternatives like astrology and the impacts of the planets to account for what’s happening,” she says.
“Whereas if you’re of low self-efficacy, you look at external events in the world to make more sense of it. You’d be the person more likely to believe something has happened outside of your control and astrology fits into that. Maybe you see yourself as a victim of the impact of planets.”
Given this information, does our growing willingness to entertain these cosmic theories indicate something more problematic? Gordon explains the potential dangers of this mindset.
“I think the risk is you lose belief in your own capacity to make changes in your own life and that’s where it’s dangerous. They say one of the great wisdoms is to know the things you have control of and which you don’t,” she says.
“If you’re poor at distinguishing those things, then you might not be making choices which are suitable for yourself. You might just assume the universe is going to make the choice for you.”
It’s not all bad news though.
“In some cases that’s helpful,” she adds.
“For example, if you surrender to grief for instance, you can breathe and be done, but if you’re always looking at what you should have been doing, that can be harder.”