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The meeting of the authors Dorothea Lasky and Alex Dimitriov in a loft in Brooklyn in 2010 led to the establishment of one of the most popular astrology accounts on social media, “Astro Poets”.
The idea? The two write tweet-length poems about the peculiarities of the various zodiac signs. In a few years it became a kind of universe of its own. The combination of sarcasm, poetry and astrology attracts the growing number of followers to the account every Sunday when the new horoscopes are published. It is characterized by the fact that zodiac signs are compared to many everyday things, from emojis to Walt Whitman verses, paired with rhymes and eloquent puns.
Since the signs on Twitter were too tight for a detailed analysis of the zodiac signs in the long run, the two authors decided to publish an entire “Astro Guide for the 21st Century”. “Astro Poets” co-founder Dorothea Lasky talks about clichés and prejudices about astrology.
ICONIST: According to reviews, your book hits the “zeitgeist of astropop culture”. Why do you think astrology is so important to many people that it is even considered pop culture?
Dorothea Lasky: In these uncertain times, astrology gives people personal power. It is exciting and fun to feel that you gain understanding or control over forces with which you often feel powerless. Astrology also helps understand others, whether they're your closest friends or strangers you've just met for the first time. Astrology will always be attractive for these reasons. Especially because the more you learn about astrology, the truer the statements feel.
ICONIST: As a beginner, how can I distinguish a professional horoscope from a made-up horoscope?
Lasky: It is difficult to determine because fortune telling is not always associated with professional training. Especially not with astrology, where you have to teach yourself a lot from your own motivation. However, there may be some signs that the author is an expert. For example, if it mentions the planetary positions and can otherwise convey a comprehensive understanding of astrology in a short text.
ICONIST: Do you have a convincing argument for people who do not believe in horoscopes why they are not just hocus-pocus?
Lasky: It's hard to convince someone to believe in something they don't believe in. Especially when it comes to spirituality. I am against any belief that is supposed to convince another system, so I am the wrong person to talk to. For me, the beauty of astrology and other kinds of occult knowledge is that they invite people to get closer. If a person doesn't think astrology is right for them, then there is no need to convince them.
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