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Until a few years ago, astrology sat alongside crystal balls and Ouija boards as an eccentric, outmoded form of spirituality. Now, horoscopes are a mainstay of online media, advice columns and even dating profiles. Debika Ray charts astrology’s cosmic journey back into the popular consciousness and learns why a nonhierarchical, culturally inclusive system of belief makes perfect sense to so many.

Thank goodness someone thought to publish an online list of all the astrological signs represented as cat breeds. In case you’re curious: Geminis are most like ragdolls, Libras may feel an affinity with the American shorthair and Scorpios are likely to identify with the brawny Maine coon.

For many people under 40, these comparisons will need little explanation. Like with so many age-old cultural phenomena, the internet has given new form to the venerable practice of astrology, a system that claims human events and personal characteristics can be explained and predicted by observing the movements of celestial bodies. A historic feature of practically every culture from China to Latin America, it had an almost scholarly status in the ancient world and continues to be referenced as

  • Words:
    Debika Ray

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