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Diamonds, home ownership, beer: “things that millennials are killing” was easily the most tedious meme of 2017. Luckily, we can begin the new year with a celebration of one branch of pseudo-knowledge this beleaguered generation has embraced: astrology. In the Atlantic, Julie Beck explains why an otherwise-skeptical group is happy to take a semi-earnest leap of faith into the world of charts, zodiac signs, and — of course — a perennially in-retrograde Mercury.

It might be that Millennials are more comfortable living in the borderlands between skepticism and belief because they’ve spent so much of their lives online, in another space that is real and unreal at the same time. That so many people find astrology meaningful is a reminder that something doesn’t have to be real to feel true. Don’t we find truth in fiction?

In describing her attitude toward astrology, [software engineer Nicole] Leffel recalled a line…

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