The ancient ritual offering a window into the future

Depending on who you ask, astrologers either predicted the tumult of 2020, or didn’t see it coming at all. But if you find yourself gazing up at the skies for clues about your year ahead, you might want to begin by exploring astrology’s symbols through the new book “Astrology,” a vivid visual history and field guide to the esoteric practice featuring thousands of years of art.

Now considered a pseudoscience, astrology’s popularity has cycled in and out of favor over human history.

The modern reemergence of astrology can be traced back to the 1960s, when hippies embraced the zodiac, sparking the flirty pick-up line “Hey, baby, what’s your sign?” in dimly lit bars across America. President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy hired astrologer Joan Quigley to formally advise them on celestial matters in the 1980s, symbolizing astrology’s return to the mainstream in the West. Millennials and Gen Zers have turned to horoscopes to gain perspective during chaotic times.

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