The early twentieth century brought an astrology revival, particularly in the United States. Astrology's practical value as a predictor of stock-market gains and losses in the 1920s, for example, has been well documented.
Today, astrology is more popular than ever. This is largely due to two historical events that overlapped one another. The first was the period of the late 1960s, characterized as the "Age of Aquarius," named for a song from the Broadway musical, Hair.
That era of rebellion and social change downplayed materialism and urged people to embrace the mystical side of life. Astrology became a touchstone for this movement and a forum for discussion of human behavior.
The second historical event, and the greatest force in the popularization of astrology, has been the development of the personal computer. Astrologers who once spent weeks casting and interpreting charts, with accuracy that could not be assured, can now compute and print out a chart in a matter of minutes, with no doubt as to its accuracy. This added to the number of people who can have their natal or transit charts analyzed quickly and for a moderate price.
Astrology now has a different use than it did in the ancient world. The rich and powerful still consult astrologers for clues to their future; the difference is that nowadays everyone can do the same. But astrology is no longer about just love and money. Astrology answers many other questions. There are even astrologers who give stock market tips.
Despite its ancient beginnings, astrology is now part of the New Age movement. Traditional predictive, transit astrology may still rule, but there are many astrologers whose work involves past-life readings, next-life readings, marriage and family counseling, and health advice. There are now more working astrologers than at any other time in history.
And consider this: Two-thirds of people in the United States are said to have either had their charts read by an astrologer or believe that astrology is a viable method of predicting and managing the future.
On our final page, we will examine how astrology works.