There is a rising trend in the modern world, and it has to do with magic, paganism, and astrology rather than the old standard of religion.
According to a Pew Research Center survey, more adults think a belief in God is not necessary to have good values and be a moral person. A growing share of millennials between 18 to 29 is starting to doubt the existence of God. From 2007 to 2012, the portion of young people who never doubted God’s existence dropped from 81 percent to 67 percent.
Meanwhile, more than half of young adults in the U.S. believe astrology is a science. compared to less than 8% of the Chinese public. The psychic services industry — which includes astrology, aura reading, mediumship, tarot-card reading and palmistry, among other metaphysical services — grew 2% between 2011 and 2016. It is now worth $2 billion annually, according to industry analysis firm IBIS World.
MarketWatch recently reported that millennials are partaking in a number of nonreligious spiritual practices such as witchcraft, also known as Wicca, and astrology.
“Whether it be spell-casting, tarot, astrology, meditation, and trance, or herbalism, these traditions offer tangible ways for people to enact change in their lives,” Melissa Jayne, owner of Brooklyn-based “metaphysical boutique” Catland, told MarketWatch. “For a generation that grew up in a world of big industry, environmental destruction, large and oppressive governments, and toxic social structures, all of which seem too big to change, this can be incredibly attractive.”
Jayne said she’s seen an uptick in interest in alternative religious and spiritual practices over the last five years, particularly among New Yorkers in their 20s. Her store offers courses such as “Witchcraft 101,” “Astrology 101,” and a “Spirit Seance.”
The beauty about America is that we’re given the freedoms to choose one’s religion or none at all. When conservatives talk about how this country was founded on Judeo-Christian values, it leaves a lot of people who don’t subscribe to those particular faiths out in the cold. While there are plenty of atheists in this world who deny the existence of God, but have good values, morals, and lead fulfilling lives, there’s a part of me that thinks having an omniscient, omnipotent being constantly holding you accountable for your actions when no one is watching is imperative to decency and morality.
If someone chooses to follow pagan tradition or assigns their thoughts and feelings to how the stars are aligned in astrology, and it makes them better people, then we should be at least open to supporting their way of life.