By Angel Lopez:
Aquarius Season wants to challenge you to align more intensely with your transformation into a deeper, authentic expression of yourself. You may feel like you can’t get any more authentic than you already are; but then you find yourself responding to something or someone from an old thought pattern or way of being that’s tied up in triggers and emotions rooted in your past. We’re actually all in a place right now where the wounded children who live inside of us are looking for sensitive attention, and it can be easy to give in to those negative feelings and just want to live there. We might even still be seeking the affection or validation we didn’t receive as kids. But this lingering in what wasn’t can stifle your evolution, keeping that next great version of you at arm’s length. It also traps your playful inner child who wants to create and enjoy. So focus this season on recognizing and acknowledging those past hurts, mentalities, and hard lessons that are still hanging out but not contributing to the goals, risks, and changes that you have percolating for the future. Thank them and throw them a party. But then tell them it’s time to go. Some may loiter or pick a fight in defense of their role in your well-being, but you know what and who it’s time to let go of. And now is the time to set them free.
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You may be holding on to habits and practices that aren’t supporting the work you want to be accomplishing, nor the person you know deep down you’re capable of being right now. Change isn’t something that is entirely hard for you to accept, except when it comes to your identity. You’re so proud of your personal achievements and who you’ve become to reach them that you can cling to certain ways of being, thinking they’re the secret sauce to your success when they were really just part of a specific time in your life. Approaches are meant to be shifted. Routines should alter in response to the needs of the moment. It’s time to take stock of how you’re approaching life and the routines you hold. Make sure they’re supporting you in achieving the needs of this moment and if not, it’s time to adjust.
Is your job or current career path in line with what really matters to you and the mark you want to make on this world? You have an opportunity in the coming weeks to start investigating that question with greater clarity and honesty. It’s also going to become harder to hide any frustrations or resentments you have in your work life, so it will benefit you to start making adjustments that’ll improve your well-being. You need a genuine connection to the things that call for so much of your time or else you’re digging yourself a hole of discontent. The key is in making sure that your work really connects with something you have a passionate interest in. A baker at heart should not be doing other people’s taxes. You don’t have to scream "I quit”" tomorrow, but you do have to begin to work more closely with the dream.
Honey, you need a voyage. That doesn’t mean you have to embark on a cruise around the world—unless that’s calling to you and is accessible. Really, you would just benefit from approaching life from more of an explorer’s perspective. Not to say you don’t know your way around an adventure, because we know you’re not one to sit still. But what if you had more of a focused sum to all these parts? And what if what you were exploring to uncover was the most authentic, unique core of you? With that goal, you may find how some of what you busy yourself with is just that: things to keep you busy. And those things may be pulling you further from the truth rather than closer. So what adventures can you embark on that actually support and nurture your goals, heart, and purpose rather than help you avoid them?
You are entering deep into the transformation zone, so ready to elevate to the next level of your personal evolution. This calls for a heftier commitment to the people, places, and things that make up your life. Start with the people by going through the contact list and marking who it is that really sees you in all your truest, authentic glory. How can you then shift your life to commit more time and space to those folks who actually bolster the real you? With that comes some challenging conversations or decisions that distance you from those who aren’t filling your cup. You could just put them on a personal Do Not Disturb list. Whatever works for you, trust that the changes in the people you give love and life to will only help you to give a richer experience of love and life to yourself.
It could be time to shake up who you see on the regular and welcome in some different perspectives on the current events of your life. You’ve got some much simmering in different areas of your life that it’s easy to circle the drain when it comes to finding answers. Who are the people in your life that you consider close friends but don’t get a chance to talk to as much because they’re just not in your closest and most current circle? Go beyond that circle and reach out to the people who might have pieces of you that have been lost or are able to recognize when you’re lying to yourself. You need more honesty right now, as well as a chance to reclaim those lost parts of you. Get those people into rotation again and use their fresh eyes to gain some exciting understanding on your life.
This time is shining a light on how you structure your routine but not in the way that you’re used to. That activity usually involves working up a plan or a schedule that centers the practical and tangible, your go-to safe words. However, these next few weeks are asking you to give greater attention to joy and play. Are there actions and exercises that you can allot time to that inspire nothing more but pure laughter? What invitations can you send to your inner child that elicit enjoyable experiences fit for the five-year-old version of you? Can you take pause from your responsibilities long enough to give yourself some time to frolic in your creativity and silliness? This may evoke some resistance, but if you can make the commitment, you’ll find the serious parts of your life also becoming more enjoyable and productive.
How can you become so much more at home in your creative spirit that it just becomes a part of the family? Now, you may already consider yourself incredibly creative, or you may be the complete opposite and feel like you lack any sort of artistic gift whatsoever. Wherever you stand on the spectrum, know that these next few weeks offer you an opportunity to deepen the relationship you have with the artist in you so that you can approach your life with greater creative flair. Start by releasing any fears or inhibitions you have around connecting to a greater sense of risk and fun. All great creatives know how to stand at the edge of vulnerability and dive head first into the unknown. It’s the nature of sharing their work. So try to see where you’ve been avoiding vulnerability yourself and jump into a braver expression of yourself.
This could be a good time to look back and reflect on all the life you’ve lived, taking stock of the past successes you’ve achieved and challenges you’ve overcome. This is actually a healthy way to get a sense of where it is you want to be going, to reconnect with past versions of you and see what was motivating them. What inspired them? What scared them? What allowed them to take the risks they did? Then, take a look and see how in alignment you are with those past iterations of you. You’ll probably find you’ve evolved out of most of their motivating factors, but have you also lost some of their hutzpah that could now come in handy? You have probably gained a better perspective on yourself. So consider how to take the good of the past and combine it more cohesively with the person you are now.
This season comes with a captivating, growth-inducing challenge, if you choose to take it. It’s a challenge of the mind, where you’re being asked to recognize a mentality or belief pattern that you’ve believed in so deeply but has actually been impeding the life transformation you’re trying to manifest. It might be obvious, like you constantly telling yourself to be more practical to the point where you’re withholding joy; or the opposite, that you’re so invested in some form of magical thinking around your finances that zeroing out your bank account just feels like a silly nudge from the Universe. It’s time to acknowledge where you’re not completely telling the truth on yourself, and thus giving your power away. If you can get honest about some way of thinking that isn’t truly supporting you but rather keeping you stuck, then you’ll unlock the gates to the next plateau.
You’ve either been fighting with or giving over to the major transformation that has been trying to move through you, and it’s now time to come to terms with which side you’re landing on. Are you going to recognize and release the outdated parts of your identity and personality that cause most of your greatest issues, or will you hold on to them so tightly that you concretize into a stubborn version of yourself that will be sparring until the death about its relevancy? Let’s take the former route, where a mountain of excitement and inspiration is waiting ahead of you. This is the time to innovate the way the world sees you, not to double down on how they’ve seen you. Step into a present-day, more unique version of you, expressing all that you’ve learned, the good and the bad, showing off your brilliance rather than your cynic.
The evolution of you has been beautiful for those around you to watch, but you’ve only just begun. There is so much more of this new you to be born that it’s shocking if you actually feel like a remotely whole person at all. That’s because a lot of your new ways have been responses to challenging life circumstances, changes that have been forced upon you. And you’ve integrated them in gorgeous ways, but it’s time to move beyond the real world and to spend more time in the ethereal realm. There, you’ll find clues on how to continue your beautiful metamorphosis and bring some visioning into the mix. Meditate. Vision quest. Dream. Dream yourself into the next iteration of you. What goals can you envision blossoming into reality? If you can manifest things in the vision space, you’ll find the motivation to bring your dreams into your waking life.
It is your astrological birthright to have a powerful relationship with one or all of the following: spirituality, dreams, creative inspiration, music, lack of focus, sensitivity, “going with the flow,” and/or substances or experiences that help you go bye-bye to the “real world.” These are core aspects of the generic Pisces experience, and these next few weeks want to bring your attention to them. Weed out the ones that are holding your personal evolution back and forge a healthier and more consistent relationship with those that could align you better with the dreams and goals you want to head toward. Consider the ways of being that contribute to you alienating yourself from your loved ones; those should be left by the wayside. You need friends. You need community. You need to be seen as all of you and allow yourself to be loved unconditionally in all your purest Piscean glory.
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.