Guest astrologer and wellness alchemist, Stephanie Gailing, MS, shares her wisdom for staying healthy during every solar season!
From January 20-February 18, 2019, the Sun streams through Aquarius, the star sign of the future, inviting you to tap into your humanitarian and communal traits.
During this month-long cycle, your life may become more infused with understanding, camaraderie and innovation. Using the following self-care strategies, you can fine-tune your wellbeing, foster vitality and reduce stress!
Aquarius Wellness Mantras:
- I can see the big picture.
- Just because it’s not obvious doesn’t mean it’s not the right path.
- Strengthening my aura strengthens my well-being.
Aquarius Stress-Reducing Allies:
- Recognizing patterns
- Exploring unconventional/non-traditional solutions
Aquarius Season Body Love
In wellness astrology, aspects of your anatomy and physiology align with the zodiac signs. Aquarius associates with the lower legs, ankles, peripheral circulatory system, and bio-energetic system (your life force and aura).
Support Your Ankles and Lower Legs
Ankles provide structure in a multifaceted way as they are a panoply of joints, muscles, bones and connective tissue. Weave ankle-supporting exercises like these into your self-care regimen, and take extra precaution to hydrate and stretch before exercising to avoid injury. Take a break from wearing too many unsupportive shoes, such as flip-flops or destabilizing high heels. As easy or glamorous as they may be, they can stress ankle joint stability.
The lower legs also host blood vessels that work against gravity, pumping blood from the lower body up to the heart. If this peripheral circulation system isn’t functioning well, it can lead to varicose veins, spider veins and legs that feel heavy or sore. Walk, use witch hazel compresses and try vein-strengthening herbs such as butcher’s broom and horse chestnut in your self-care regimen. Prominent veins could be a sign of a more serious condition known as chronic venous insufficiency, so check in with a doctor if that’s a concern for you.
Eat Fresh and Tropical Foods + Swap Coffee for Matcha
Fresh, “live” and raw foods that are beaming with life force energy can help you tap into invigorating energy of Aquarius season. Eat more salads and fruits, and add grounding nuts, seeds and beans to your diet. An over-reliance on raw may make some people feel emotionally “raw,” in which case, it’s good to mix in some hot dishes. If you live in a chillier climate, you might also consider eating vegetables in lightly cooked forms.
And how about a matcha latte for your afternoon pick me up? Rich in antioxidant phytonutrients, this powdered green tea, which was traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies, has grown in popularity. While it does contain caffeine, the quantity is less than coffee. And instead of causing a spike of energy followed by a precipitous crash, matcha offers a sustainable boost. You can also add this vitality-enhancing green tower-of-power powder to recipes like smoothies or breakfast bowls.
Since Aquarius season can bring out the global explorers in us all, you might forgo the common grapefruit for the goji berry, the ho-hum apple for acai and fruit-salad-staple melon for mangosteen? You may discover you like these more than your go-tos! Guava, persimmon, dried mulberries and lucuma are a few more that are not only delicious but packed with phytonutrients that can bolster wellbeing.
Rethink Meal Times
During Aquarius season, you may flirt with your rebellious streak, not wanting to be hemmed in by schedules. Three square meals? Boring! Experiment with your approach to nourishment. You could try six small meals throughout the day or see how you feel if you do a few days of intermittent fasting each week. Or follow your hunger and mood. If you crave something outside of your usual fare, let your taste buds take you on an intrepid voyage. Saturn is the traditional ruler of Aquarius, so remember to honor at least the baseline healthy eating guidelines as you go!
Aquarius Season Self-Care Ideas
Flower Essences: Quaking Grass and Yarrow
Aquarius is the sign of community and during this solar cycle, you may find yourself spending more time in group settings—ideally ones that are intellectually and idealistically stimulating. Quaking Grass flower essence can help to bolster connection in an Aquarian way by honoring the spirit of individuality while simultaneously supporting the collective spirit. If you’re worried about losing yourself in “groupthink,” this flower essence can help you maintain a balanced sense. The essence may also be used as a room spray: Mix a few drops into a bottle mister. A few spritzes can keep the team productive while encouraging a heartfelt, collaborative process.
Aquarius is the sign that rules electricity. During this astrological season, you may be more sensitive to the energy fields around you. While tuning into subtle dynamics can be wonderful, without boundaries you could become “supercharged” by electromagnetic fields (emitted by cell phone stations, WiFi, and other technology). This can lead to energetic depletion. Yarrow flower essence bolsters the auric field. It shields you from dissipating energetic influences while leaving you feeling protectively contained in your own radiant aura.
Spa Treatments: Acupuncture and Reiki
Acupuncture seems so Aquarian, most notably since it honors the signatures of this sign’s co-rulers, stern Saturn and radical Uranus. Thousands of years old, acupuncture is a healthcare system that’s time-tested (Saturn) and one that focuses on treating illness and uplifting wellness by inspiring the flow of vital energy force (Uranus). People see acupuncturists successfully for conditions such as pain, PMS, depression, digestive disorders, and more. Clinical research reviewed by the World Health Organization shows treatment for these conditions to have efficacy. A new acupuncture trend in the U.S. (with roots in China) is community acupuncture. In a communal setting (again, so Aquarian!)—you recline and enjoy treatment by a skilled practitioner for a fraction of the cost of a private session.
Another wellness therapy to balance life energy force is Reiki. While meditating on different sacred symbols, a Reiki practitioner transmits the vital force energy (known as qi or chi in Chinese, or as prana in Sanskrit) to parts of your body. Reiki helps activate the natural healing potential of the body and mind and is great for stress reduction and relaxation. If you find the process to be beneficial, consider Reiki training yourself. You could also participate in Reiki circles or communal healing experiences. Some Reiki circles (also known as Reiki shares) are open to practitioners only, but sometimes friends, family and the community are welcome.
Relaxation Practices: Mineral Salt Bath and Qigong
The symbol for Aquarius is the Water Bearer, a figure who pours this life-sustaining liquid from an urn, offering it in service to mankind. So, while not a water sign (Aquarius is an air sign), Aquarius is associated with the aqueous elixir of a mineral salt bath. Infused with minerals, such as magnesium-rich Epsom salts, muscles can relax and blood can circulate. Salt is also helpful to clear and harmonize your energy fields, a great boon during this electrically charged season. Add your own blend of essential oils and/or flower essences to make your bath uniquely yours.
A meditative movement practice, qigong has Aquarian characteristics being community oriented. In its native land of China, young and old, poor and rich take part in this group activity in public spaces. In a qigong practice, you perform gentle movements. The benefits are awareness to vibration fields within and around you, honing in on sensory perception, and increasing the flow of life force energy. Check for qigong videos online if no classes are offered in your area.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health condition or disease and is not intended as a substitute for consulting with your physician or healthcare provider.
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About Stephanie Gailing
Stephanie Gailing weaves together archetypal astrology, dreamwork, and lifestyle strategies to provide her clients with stellar life guidance. In addition to working directly with individuals, couples, and organizations, Stephanie regularly teaches in-person and online classes. Stephanie is the author of Planetary Apothecary: An Astrological Approach to Health and Wellness, a pioneering book in the field of wellness astrology. The co-host of the So Divine! podcast and the astrologer-in-residence at The Cloud Room in Seattle, Stephanie and her work have been featured in Bustle, Refinery 29, Seattle Magazine, City Arts, and other outlets. Connect with her on Instagram for her astrological musings, here for her missives on sleep and dreams, or stay in touch via her free newsletters.