Maanvi: Ah, I never thought of it from the point of view of it being used as something to understand other folks. But also isn't there a danger of it further normalising astrology? Which again and again has been disproved.
The issue with this is in astrology interfering with your self-perception, and being used to justify life decisions and transitions. I love Adele, but a line from her interview to US Vogue struck me as strange where she is using "her Saturn return" to narrativize her divorce, and the upheaval in her life. That's you putting faith in something which is...not logical, to put it kindly. What do you think?
Nayanika: Ooo I get it - but the interesting thing is that we're drawn to astrology precisely because we're logical people. We want narrative, and order, and reason, and sometimes astrology gives us that (especially in a pandemic).
Sometimes we know what we want to do (or not do), and astrology just nudges, or validates. When the advice is encouraging, inclusive, and not enforcing anything - it can help you with some pursuits. Whether that's writing an album, or something smaller, like reconnecting with an old friend. We'll always take the advice that we think we need - and astrology doesn't always have much to do with this.
Maanvi: So the logic in us takes us towards illogic; just for validation. Which, honestly, is also the story of social media and Instagram likes, vlogging and viral tweets. I disagree that astrology doesn't really enforce anything though. Especially in an Indian context, where there’s a fine line between believing in zodiac signs, and thinking kundlis are important for marriage. And we all know how fraught that conversation is; from a gender, class and caste perspective.
It's simple: My wariness towards astrology comes because I can't shake off the superstitions associated with it. I am not the Fun Police by any means, but I do think superstition sets a dangerous precedent for how we interpret and understand relationships and the world.