By Angel Lopez:
The relationship between one’s ego and soul is a very delicate one. Once you awaken to living a soulful-driven life, your senses begin to understand what’s motivating your choices. You can sniff out when your ego just needs a hit of validation, causing you to post that thirst trap or do that boundary-pushing favor for the boss. But you also see when you’re feeling the call of your inner guide and fearlessly decide to book that "out of your comfort zone" trip. Or you go and post that thirst trap because, yes, sometimes the soul needs you to share that hot pic too; that is if you have some confidence-building to work through.
Now is the time to get a lot more in touch with your own personal intention factory and to find out who is calling the shots when it comes to deciding the directions you’re taking in your life. Because all of those actions and choices are creating the identity of you. And if you’ve ever needed to redefine yourself in any way, the cosmos is currently paving the path for you to invoke a kind of profound metamorphosis. It’s not going to be an overnight affair. You’ve probably already taken some new actions or put choices into motion in the form of creative projects, relationship breaks, or home-base moves. But now you’ll learn how to apply more commitment to them, or perhaps just abandon them entirely if the ego was in charge. Because you can’t keep moving forward on anything that doesn’t have your soul as its leader.
In order to make the most of this transformative moment, you must connect your soul with the ego. Get it on its side, or you won’t be able to fully follow through with the goals you’re laying out. You also need the clarity to lay foundation for what really matters to you. Why waste time on anything that doesn’t make your heart sing? You deserve to sing, to dance, to feel good. Please make sure that the feelings of your soul, and what it wants you to push yourself to do, are at the forefront this season.
Read for your Sun sign but also check your Rising, if you know it.
Your path for pure purpose alignment is all in the details. It’s time to focus closer attention to how you’re spending your time and energy. You need to make more space for inspiration and the people who help you get in touch with your most playful, creative self. Who are the people that effortlessly lift you up? The ones without an agenda who just want what’s best for you? They are the folks who need to be filling up your calendar and getting your Instagram likes. You may find it necessary to dig deep into the contact list too. Don’t just review the people in your usual circle. Go to unusual parts of your history and rekindle fond friendships of the past. Your calendar also needs some soul-elevating appointments in it. It’s important now to fill your days with nurturing habits, experiences of encouragement, and words of affirmation. You define yourself by who and what surrounds you, so uplift the definition of you.
You’ve been pushed to access deeper reservoirs of inner strength and discover greater amounts of courage, determination, and give-less-fucks about others’ interpretations of you. Hopefully, this period has helped you gain a greater sense of confidence and recognize that your ability to live and thrive isn’t dependent on outside sources. The goal right now is to feel more at home in your skin and your life, so it’s important that you focus on putting your heart into everything you do. You want to make sure your life is a true expression of what you love. Because if it’s not, then you may need to reconsider why you got involved in the first place. It’s okay to change your mind on where you thought the river was flowing if you don’t like the direction of the water. The path needs to empty you out at a place that feels of comfort and offers safety. You deserve that. So make that the goal.
The Universe wants to support you in getting your new ideas out into the world. And some of these are career-related, which will help motivate the business you do and encourage you to feel a greater sense of soulful accomplishment. You should start to feel like things are gelling at work in a new way, and you can see a path forward for the endeavors you want to be doing. But this forward progress isn’t solely about work. You’ve been percolating inside about who you are and who you want to be moving forward, and it’s time to start taking some of those insights for a test spin. What changes do you need to make in your personal presentation or demeanor to help show people the new you that is ready to rise? What words should you use to get across that you mean business? Can you allow yourself to speak fully from the heart in ways that may challenge people’s perception of you? I dare you.
This season is an opportunity to get even clearer with your thoughts, intentions, and values. You may find that you have new additions to your schedule or routine, or perhaps just don’t have the usual one that was easy to cling to before. And life can feel shaky for you when change and lack of control are front and center. This is when trust comes into the picture. Employ that inner sense of knowing and apply it to your career and purpose space. Have faith that the greater picture is at play, even if the present and near future don’t seem to have a concise direction. You know the goals and what you’re capable of accomplishing, so you don’t have to push too hard if circumstances aren’t illuminating in that area in the way you’d hope or expect. Give attention to what is blooming right in front of you, that sparks inspiration and joy. This happy place will give birth to new frontiers in every area of your life.
You’re entering a new era of adventure, beckoned by explorations of self-discovery and greater understandings of your inherent worth. You have no choice right now but to get as Leo as you love to be. In its essence, Leo is a source of inspiring light and creative joy. But life has a way of dampening that light, or at least making it real hard for you to keep the light on. Hopefully, you’re finding yourself better equipped to navigate any challenges that arise so that you can release the unnecessary negativity they can bring along with them. Try to generate some more exciting reasons, experiences, and excursions that encourage delight. You also need to push yourself to connect more openly with others. Build up some of your relationships that have been in the backseat. They will be fantastic luminaries who will stimulate your inner growth.
Ideas and intentions will be the stars at this time. What do you want to accomplish and how do you get it rolling? Just know that you can’t rely on some of your usual standbys: organization, data, and time. If you can get comfortable and confident enough to delve into the surrounding chaos without getting overwhelmed by the uncertainty, you will find yourself exposed to profound realizations and new ways of knowing what’s true. You’ll also be offered the opportunity to let go of personal beliefs you held on to as actual fact that were really just lingering stories built from harsh emotional reactions to moments long ago. You don’t have to define yourself by your losses, experiences of abandonment, and disappointments caused by the ineptitude of other humans. You get to rewrite the story of you, this time with an emphasis on your reliance and passion. Just remember, the Universe is tricky with time, and healing is not linear. So don’t beat yourself up for not being “moved on” just yet. You’re getting there.
You’re a mental creature who has become really good at figuring your way through all challenges and conflicts. The latter is one of your greatest allergies, a relationship space to avoid at all costs. But it’s time for you to face some of your demons around confrontation and disagreement. Now begins a new chapter where you level up your ability to not be everyone’s favorite friend only because you can make them smile. In fact, the point right now is to deepen some of your relationships even further. That will come with stepping your energy back from some of the emotional vampires of your life, who are really just bad with boundaries. You can be too, which is why you allow all types through the door. Be a little more discriminate, as well as connect with those you don’t see enough of but who always bring a laugh and an ability to know what’s really going on with you. You need that insight coming your direction right now.
Your career path may feel littered with obstacles and booby traps in the forms of obnoxious people asserting their power or beliefs over you. You have a pretty strong drive when it comes to who’s in charge of your work world, and if others can’t respect your ways of management and process, you’re apt to shut down to their collaborations or input. Some of what they say may have merit though, so you’d benefit from facing the challenging folks and opening your heart to what they have to say. You may find it’s time to shift some of your approaches, making you feel more efficient and accomplished. You may also just find that working in general is more of a pain, so the more emphasis you can give to the not-working time, the better. Hanging out with friends and going places to be seen can also be productive and is needed for the soul. Get that life balance in check, and clarity will follow in all areas.
It may be time to reimagine the way you experience and engage with the world. Your internal software that connects you to adventure and philosophy-building is in need of an update. Your outlook could be stale. It’s really just because you’re so interested in the greater workings of what grabs your passionate attention that when you find an explanation that sparks for you, it’s easy to hold on to it and build all beliefs from that point. But you’re meant to continue expanding, to shift your gaze and try on something else for size. That type of approach is in your cosmic DNA. Recognize where in your life you’ve been stuck or performing the same rituals or routines to the point of robotic. Take a break. Shake it up. Explore the horizons for what else is out there. You may just find yourself stumbling onto the creative flicker you didn’t know you needed. Or the cute date you didn’t expect. Or the hidden talent that is ready to be your next career.
You may be feeling in need of a transformation or, even more so, perhaps like you can’t avoid one. Your usual confident and determined stance isn’t holding like it once did, and that’s cause for some major discomfort. However, it’s really just meant to show you what structures are no longer working or needed in your life anymore. You’re probably immediately thinking of work, because that is the first place your thoughts tend to go. And that is a relevant area of your life when it comes to what needs some change and overhaul. But it’s your role in the family, your home, and with your lineage that is most in need of attention right now. How is the work you’ve cared so deeply about up to this point creating conflict for who you need to be for your closest loved ones? And can you apply your gifts of forward-thinking and ambition toward your home and family world in a way that doesn’t make you feel like you’re cheating on your career goals?
You’re ready to enlist yourself a new perspective on life, complete with greater laughter, inspiring insights, and dances with magic. You’ve been immersed in a world of deep emotion without entirely understanding how to process and what’s it all for. Now it’s time to get some clarity around how the heart is working and to put it to work in your relationships. Armed with all you’ve learned about life and love, you would benefit best from engaging more deeply with the people you choose to love. Your closest relationships may have a stagnancy in how you’re engaging in them. Challenge yourself to be more yourself in all of your relationships, different from the persona that you enjoy calling up when in social settings. Be all the colors of the rainbow of you at all times. It’s a challenge you were built to meet head on. You can practice in your work life by aligning with those who bring out your most creative, brightest self.
You must embark on an elevation of your self-worth. You must do a better job of valuing your ability to find confidence in the hardest of moments, when you think you’re gonna tank and then you soar. You also must create more space in your daily life for opportunities to metaphorically (or literally) dance like everyone’s watching and give the performance of your life. No more shrinking away or giving the spotlight to others in order to make things easier. You have to grow more comfortable with getting attention and not think that you’re being annoying. You can’t be shy with your passions. You must allow them to take up space in a way that commands notice. You’re a creative force, mostly when no one’s watching, but it’s time to let that power out in surprising ways, both for you and for others. If anything, you’ll discover that others are much more attracted to you, in a good way, so that’s a win.
Angel Lopez is a film producer, writer, astrologer, and co-host of the podcast, THE SPIRITUAL GAYZ alongside his husband, our Spiritual Guru Brandon Alter. Angel has been studying and working with both tarot and astrology for twenty years. He hosted the astrology web-series, ASTRO TALK WITH ANGEL, and writes the blog ASTROLOGY REALNESS. He has also had pieces published on Upworthy.com and The Huffington Post.
On the film side, Angel produced the Sundance Film Festival award winning film DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, as well as the features THE DINNER and STATE LIKE SLEEP. He also wrote and directed his own short film, I CAN’T WITH YOU, which had its premiere at the 2016 HollyShorts Film Festival, and he recently finished producing filmmaker Justin Simien’s second feature, BAD HAIR. Visit www.thespiritualgayz.com to learn more. To sign up for The Spiritual Gayz newsletter click here.