21 is undoubtedly a milestone birthday. Yes, it marks the legal drinking age in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean it’s only a night for some rowdy shenanigans (as many people take it for). It is so much more than that.
The 21st birthday is a mark of maturity and adulthood because increased legal access to things as trivial as bars, clubs, and drinks also brings with it a hugely symbolic increase of responsibility. This transition into adulthood is cause for celebration because it’s not every year that a milestone birthday comes around. You only have so many during your lifetime, after all!
All that being said, we figure you’ve arrived at this article in the first place because you are searching for the perfect gift to commemorate this momentous occasion. If that’s the case, you’re already on the right track to finding something thoughtful and memorable, since clearly, you’re willing to put in the extra effort to find something special.
Now that you’re looking for something unique and meaningful for the young person in your life, let’s discuss what we think is the most fun, deep, and personal activity to incorporate into your gift to ensure that it's your best yet: astrology.
What Is Astrology?
To start at square one, even if you don’t think you’re familiar at all with astrology, chances are that you have, in fact, heard of the 12 zodiac signs and are probably even able to identify which one you land in.
We’re referring to the terms, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Capricorn, each of which describe a different section of the sky. Astrology is the study of how each celestial body was placed in these sections at the exact time of a person’s birth.
For example, what you already recognize as your “sign” out of these 12 terms is actually your “sun sign,” or the section in which the sun was aligned on your birthday. What you may not know is that astrology runs even deeper than that sun sign because the placement of the moon and planets in each of these sections can cause you to fall into several other sign categories as well. When looked at holistically, each of your signs uncovers a different layer of your essence and personality.
Astrological Gifts Like No Other
Birthdate Co. creates personalized gifts that delve into all of these elements and more, revealing several forms of insight into a person’s astrological composition. They are fun, thoughtful, custom, stylish, and really should be your top pick for the lady in your life on her 21st.
Birthdate Candles display astrological information on the most aesthetically pleasing and functional of forms which is, you guessed it, a candle!
- The Birthdate Book is an even more in-depth analysis of every distinct sign and layer that makes up a person’s own unique astrology and makes for a sleek, modern keepsake that will last a lifetime.
There are several reasons that these gifts are a wonderful choice for a 21-year-old.
How the Younger Generations Are Driving Astrology
Research has shown that young people from the ages of 18 to 29 are the demographic that most believe in astrology and horoscopes above any other. A lot of this popularity is credited to the internet increasing accessibility to daily horoscopes and astrology memes but is also centered on the fact that astrology is historically a great tool to seek self-reflection and validation.
Because it provides an exploration of how the universe influences the central aspects of your soul and personality, astrology is a wonderful agent of introspection and self-actualization.
Why Do They Love It?
Because astrology, though it's been around for ages, has found its modern footing on the internet, it is currently being driven by younger generations like the Millenials and Gen Zers.
These young people are some of the most stressed out and anxious to date, and their turn toward astrology is no surprise given that it is rooted in explanations of why things are the way that they are. In other words, it provides some much-desired answers regarding identity and the universe, and it provides a healthy outlet to ground oneself.
We’ve already talked a bit about how the internet is contributing to astrology’s reign, but screen time definitely has its drawbacks. To give you an idea of the gravity of the situation, a 2019 report found that Gen Z spends a staggering average of four hours and 15 minutes on their phones every day.
While it's great to see that the online world is driving astrology to new heights, it can be even more beneficial to a young person to get them a physical astrological gift that pulls them out of the ceaseless virtual realm, even if just for a moment, to ground them in their material space and maybe relieve some eye strain too.
Why Astrology Makes a Meaningful Gift
Aside from appealing to young people and being a great way to escape from the world of their phones, these physical astrological gifts are special for several other reasons. At the end of the day, they are super chic and stylish, they are made for self-care, they encourage companionship, and their personalization to the individual makes them extra thoughtful.
Style and Function
When you strip your gift search down to its simplest parts, the two most glaring factors to look for are style and function. These candles and books make for gorgeously crafted home goods, and they easily check style off the list thanks to their sleek, modern designs.
In terms of our second point to look for, both of these items are literally functional as well in that one is “light-able” and one is “readable,” but the core of their function lies in their astrology. Learning about astrology is both deeply educational and a natural agent of self-care.
The Road to Self-Care
Self-care does not just mean caring for your body but also is hugely about caring for your inner self. And isn’t astrology doing just that?
By reflecting on and appreciating the innermost qualities of your spirit, you’ll feel awakened and refreshed. So, by giving the gift of astrology, you’re really giving the gift of peace.
The Companionship Factor
Part of astrology’s success in the social media realm can definitely be credited to the fact that it is inherently “sharable.” In other words, because astrology provides us with a way to explore the qualities and characteristics of our zodiac signs, it naturally lends itself to us discovering the similarities and differences we share with friends of the same or opposite signs.
It is like a fun, social tool, and because humans are naturally social creatures, we love the humor and intrigue that comes with comparing our shared experiences. With an astrological gift, someone is receiving an item that is not only valuable to themselves but can also spark connection and companionship when discussed with friends.
Personalized gifts are really the superior choice because they are super distinct—you can’t just go find them on a shelf somewhere. They show that you took the care to incorporate the personal birthday of your friend or family member into their gift. So, what makes these so personal?
We’ve mentioned already that a person’s astrology is established based on their exact birthday. Let’s glance at just a few of the different elements these gifts include that are defined by the alignment of the stars during your birth.
- Sun Sign: The placement of the sun at your birth and the dominant driving force of your being.
- Personality Description: Your strengths and weaknesses are based on your sun sign.
- Ruling Planet: The planet that rules over your sign and influences your essence.
- Ruling Number: The sum of all of the digits in your birthday that is symbolic of your different qualities and characteristics.
- Sun Sign: (see above)
- Rising Sign: What was rising up the easternmost horizon at your birth and how it affects you.
- Moon Sign: The placement of the moon at your birth and the innermost core of your being.
- Mercury Sign: How Mercury influences your intelligence and communication.
- Venus Sign: How Venus influences your beauty and aesthetic senses.
- Mars Sign: How Mars influences your passion and desire.
Make Her 21st Memorable
Astrology holds exciting and memorable information in itself but when it is memorialized on the surface of a gift, it can be appreciated even more deeply for its fashionable display. 21 is a perfect milestone to celebrate the inner depths of someone’s birth date and all of the ways it has shaped them as they’ve grown into an older, wiser adult.
Conversation starters and tools for meaningful self-care, Birthdate Co. gifts are guaranteed to make her 21st extra special.
The New Age Of Astrology | The Atlantic
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