It appears that in addition to not needing face-to-face human interaction, “Millennials” don’t need religious faith either. Apparently, the youth of America are more comfortable with Astrology and the Occult and are embracing those practices in record numbers.
According to MarketWatch:
Interest in spirituality has been booming in recent years while interest in religion plummets, especially among millennials. The majority of Americans now believe it is not necessary to believe in God to have good morals, a study from Pew Research Center released Wednesday found. The percentage of people between the ages of 18 and 29 who “never doubt existence of God” fell from 81% in 2007 to 67% in 2012.
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.
Since Millennials and Gen Z are rejecting God, what are they replacing Him with? Overwhelmingly, they are choosing to put their faith in Witchcraft and Astrology — aura reading, tarot cards, palm reading and horoscopes.
Melissa Jayne, owner of Brooklyn-based “metaphysical boutique” Catland, said she has seen a major uptick in interest in the occult in the past five years, especially among New Yorkers in their 20s. The store offers workshops like “Witchcraft 101,” “Astrology 101,” and a “Spirit Seance.”
“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,” she said. “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.” – MarketWatch
Back to the “Me!” Generation
Astrology and mysticism were very popular in the 60’s and 70’s — it was the time of “me” in which people focused most on themselves in an eg0-driven movement of “self-realization” and “self-fulfillment” — it looks like that’s making an ominious come-back. I guess we’ll be hearing “what’s your sign?” a lot more now. If Millennials and Gen Z’ers prefer to communicate with their fellow man via text and cell phone and they’re embracing astrology and witchcraft over traditional religious faiths, we have to ask — what does the future hold for the world?
Freedom to believe or not
We’re very fortunate to have religious freedom in the United States:
The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prevents Congress from making any law respecting an establishment of religion, prohibiting the free exercise of religion, or abridging the freedom of speech, the freedom of the press, the right to peaceably assemble, or to petition for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights.
I fully respect that the First Amendment also means freedom from religion — that right of individuals to not have any religious beliefs at all. If a person chooses to put their faith in astrology, that is their fundamental right. But I wonder if those who are embracing ‘mysticism,’ realize that in reality, they are putting their ‘faith’ in a supernatural force:
Astrology is the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial objects as a means for divining information about human affairs and terrestrial events. Astrology has been dated to at least the 2nd millennium BCE, and has its roots in calendrical systems used to predict seasonal shifts and to interpret celestial cycles as signs of divine communications.
The key words “as signs of divine communications,” by definition mean that those who reject God in favor of astrology or witchcraft, are in fact, embracing what they believe to be a mystical or, supernatural power.
I’m not entirely sure why millennials and Gen Z’ers are abandoning religious faith, but I do hope they understand what it means for their future. I am a Christian, so for me and billions like me, our humanity, values and compassion, have been shaped by the teachings of our faith. As Millennials reject face-to-face human interaction and abandon the religious faiths that help to instill core values, we may be entering into a period of intense selfishness — after all, how can you truly care about others, if you don’t see or speak to them and you focus only on yourself? I hope this won’t be the case of course, but the trends we’re seeing are of concern to many. Is that concern justified?
Read Pew Research Study: A growing share of Americans say it’s not necessary to believe in God to be moral