By EMMA RUDD This week, Lily Siskind’s hair is bright pink, a drastic change from last week’s slime green. It’s made even brighter next to her piercing black lipstick, which remains perfectly painted on her lips throughout the day as if by a magical force. Her softball-sized round spectacles, always black clothing, and professional-grade tarot card set complement her self-proclaimed title as an “astrology bitch.” And she’s a Taurus.

Getting to know 20-year-old Siskind is as simple as reading her astrological chart. As a Taurus, she’s known for dependability. Her inherent love of comfort often means Saturday nights are spent indoors with a blanket and her always-expanding assortment of plants. Yet, her tendency to turn comfort into laziness is a typical Taurus weakness. She overcomes this laziness with an intense passion to create art, another classic trait of this earth sign. Even her deep appreciation for food and music can be predicted simply by the sun’s position on the day she was born.

Horoscopes were once destined for the back pages of newspapers, providing weekly promises of “surprising news that’s sure to please” or “a newly revealed path to success.” Now, astrology has reached the front pages of major magazines, mapping out every aspect of the millennial psyche. If you’re in a bind for outfit inspiration that matches your personal temperament, Teen Vogue’s fashion horoscope has you covered. On the hunt for a better love match or wishing you knew who to avoid? Look no further than Seventeen Magazine’s zodiac-tailored dating advice. And if you’re in need of some insight into your emotional mode of operation, check out the Harper’s Bazaar piece on decoding Moon signs. Whether it’s a quick superficial suggestion or a deep evaluation of emotions, your life can now be determined by the stars.

However, these prophetic pieces aren’t surprising – they’re merely a byproduct of the millennial shift towards spirituality. In 2017, a quarter of Americans identified as “spiritual but not religious,” according to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center. Still, people crave direction from a higher power and the prophecies of astrology provide some answers.

“I was in fifth grade with few friends so I sat in my room and studied moon signs online,” said Siskind. “It helps me understand people and myself. I usually ask people about their signs and consider them when going into new relationships.”

This advising function of astrology is what people find so appealing – whether it be about understanding yourself or those around you. Astrology “provides a powerful vocabulary to capture not only personality and temperament but also life’s challenges and opportunities,” said social cognitive scientist Bertram Malle in an email to The Atlantic.

Jennifer Allen, a 20-year-old Cancer who shares Siskind’s propensity for astrology and brightly colored hair, believes astrological charts are unique tools that transcend religion. “It’s less about having something to believe in and more about having a way to understand certain things,” she said. “When people read their horoscopes and say ‘that’s so me,’ they’re really just identifying a part of themselves that they maybe didn’t want to talk about before or didn’t know how to express.”

Allen claims that looking at her personality as a Cancer sign has been a tool for understanding some aspects of her childhood that still affect her today. “My birth chart says that Cancers need to be nurtured and made to feel safe during childhood. I didn’t have a lot of that growing up and it definitely impacted me,” she said. “It’s nice to be able to identify what you needed and what you didn’t get.”

As millennials shift more towards liberal worldviews and grapple with extreme political divide, the need for a system of understanding outside of religion has become imperative.

“Astrology has really put me in touch with my intuition and made me more aware of the things going on around me,” said Allen.