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The Shift

By Brandon Alter:

I felt the shift on January 20, 2021.

I woke up in a grouchy Capricorn bunker. But a little after noon, as the Sun shifted signs, I, too, emerged into an electric Aquarian atmosphere. I wandered the canyons behind the new house that Angel and I will finally move into a week from Friday. These canyons are home to bobcats, wild peacocks, coyotes, lizards, and other four-legged, winged, and reptile wonders. These canyons are also home to a tapestry of power lines. Aquarius rules electricity. and so I dubbed them the Aquarius Canyons. Aquarius also rules the wind. And yesterday, I found myself pummeled by a strange, strong wind that blasted across these mountains. It was exhilarating and also a little scary. Aquarius energy can do that. It thrills you and it also pushes you, takes you far out of your comfort zone—doesn’t promise to return you back to where it picked you up from. I stood on a ridge between mountains, power towers behind me, North wind ahead of me. I spread out my arms like a willing eagle and let that great wind bathe me. It almost knocked me over; it certainly pushed me back. I spread my legs, I ground down into the Earth—I prepared better to receive the blessing. A wind bath. A wind blessing. More than a wind kiss, a full-on wind cuddle. There is so much we need to heal from, so much that needs to be cleansed. These past four years have been an onslaught of anxiety, a ravaging four years on my nervous system—how about you? While one wind bath may not reverse the wear and tear of trying times, it certainly promotes a path of restoration. As I watched (or listened) to the inauguration of a real-live, functioning adult into the White House today, I thought of the Star, the Tarot card commonly associated with Aquarius. The Star give us hope but even more than that, it gives us healing. Healing, here we are! Too much Aquarius energy can shock, electrocute. There is so much power up for grabs right now. The air is electric with change, possibility, and also the potential for mass anxiety. The year-long Saturn-Uranus square, in Aquarius and Taurus, is asking us to temper our sky-high Aquarian idealism with deep-rooted Taurean practicality. "You are electric," Aquarius whispers. "But you are also human," Taurus reminds. We must remember our bodies, our hearts, our hands, and our feet as we walk the live wire of change.


BRANDON ALTER is a spiritual healer, Tarot reader, Astrologer, mystic and writer living in Los Angeles. He is passionate about sharing spiritual tools that have helped him reconnect to the wisdom of his heart. Brandon is a thoroughly trained healer and teacher who co-hosts The Spiritual Gayz with his husband, a twice-monthly podcast dedicated to exploring the wide reaches of spirituality, without pretending that it all makes sense. Brandon’s mom took him to his very first psychic when he was seven and gave him his first Tarot deck when he was eleven. Since then he has devoted himself to the study of Tarot, Yoga, Pilates, Reiki, Astrology and the myriad ways one can work and heal with the help of the spirits.

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