Antique illustration of the zodiac signs
100 Years of Astrology
In the 1920s, astrology wasn’t yet stereotyped as something only lonely, isolated women were interested in. In fact, educated intellectuals and creatives were hungry to explore the topic and it inspired composer Gustav Holst to create the grand suite known as “The Planets, Op. 32.”
Artists, writers, and musicians love to romanticize the past, and during the 20s and 30s ancient Greco-Roman world became a popular period of focus. This halcyon represented a space of unrepressed freedom and many artists felt the imagined world of the zodiac was a utopian world.
In 1930, astrology made its debut in print when R.H. Naylor presented Princess Margaret’s birth chart. The columns we know today evolved from this article in 1936 and this time period was a turning point because astrology became popular with the masses.
During World War II, astrology was used as propaganda by both the Allies and Axis Powers to manipulate their readers and strengthen their narrative. Louis de Wohl, a famous astrologist, would print fake star charts and bogus astrologically based predictions.
Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Carl Jung was a highly educated medical practitioner interested in astrology. Fascinated by the symbolism of the zodiac he believed it could add value to the psychological experience by examining the archetypal patterns in the human mind.