A podcast on astrology? Really? How about a podcast on phrenology? Or alchemy?
For many, astrology is that belief that tends to mark an acolyte as someone “a little bit out there.”
When Mangesh Hattikudur (Part-Time Genius podcast and Humans Growing Stuff) set out to do a big, sweeping show on astrology, he didn’t realize the first interview would change the course of his life. But as he tries to put his world back together, he realizes the incredible ways that astrology presents itself in modern society: from NASA employees who keep their belief in astrology in the closet, to world leaders who’ve used astrologers to guide foreign policy, to moneyball statisticians who use astrology more than statistics to build baseball teams, to a little shop in India where your fortune was written for you centuries ago, and is waiting for you to come claim it.
Over the course of eight episodes, Mangesh Hattikudur tries to decipher why we keep looking to the stars for answers, and what happens when you don’t believe in astrology, but astrology keeps happening to you.
The name of this new podcast out November 29 is Skyline Drive by iHeart.
The host, Mangesh Hattikudur, is an American businessman who is the co-founder of the American humor magazine Mental Floss, which he started with Will Pearson when both were students at Duke University. In June 2017, Will and Mangesh Hattikudur began producing the podcast Part Time Genius, a variety style knowledge show, created in partnership with HowStuffWorks.
If you’re skeptical of astrology and its relevance, consider that research dating back as far as 400 B.C blamed the behavioral changes on the pull of the moon. The word ‘lunatic’ after all, came from the idea that changes in the mental state were related to lunar cycles, according to Healthline.
Astrology as we know it originated in Babylon. Babylonians observed and recorded the movement of planets and stars. These astrologers built the foundation for the Greek and Hellenistic astrological practices, and now influencing Western Astrology.
For context, each of the twelve Zodiac signs is associated with one of four elements: water, fire, air and earth. The qualities of these elements link directly to the qualities of the signs.
Many assume that they have only one sign that’s based on their date of birth. That sign is known as the sun sign, but there are many others, including a sign for each planet and 12 different houses. The “big three” are your sun, moon and rising sign, revealing information around your personality, emotions, vulnerability and how you love. You need your birth date, birth location and time (as accurate as possible) in order to retrieve your birth chart that will help reveal your “big three.”
Finally, this nugget about people who believe in astrology may either reassure you or scare the heck out of you, depending on your political viewpoint. According to The New Yorker, President Ronald Reagan “consulted an astrologer before ‘virtually every major move and decision’ including his reelection announcement.” Before that, President Theodore Roosevelt would also often quote horoscopes and kept his birth chart in his drawing-room.
Clearly, you have to check out this podcast. You may doubt, scoff, ridicule, but listen first.
In episode one, host Mangesh Hattikudur begins his journey into the weird, wonderful world of astrology with a little help from: his mom, a science writer, a famous musician, and one very sneaky author! But when an ominous prediction suddenly comes true, his life turns upside down.
Finally, let me read your daily horoscope. Today, you will read this article, curse the writer, but then click on the link and listen to Skyline Drive.
About the Creator
I am a South Jersey-based author who is a writer for the Pod-Alization podcast blog on Substack, Ear Worthy on Medium, Podcast Reports on Blogger, Auditorily on Vocal and The Listening Post on Tealfeed.