Regardless of where you are in your relationship, or what world views your boyfriend, husband or fiancé happen to subscribe to, you can probably agree there's a lot of tension in the air right now (and on your Facebook homepage). Especially during a politically-charged time, with so many events going on in the world, it can be tough to think about the future of your own happiness, both personally and in your relationship. You may even find yourself wondering what the next four years could mean for you and your love — as newlyweds, as a couple starting a family or an engaged duo.
Though there's no magical way to know all of the answers (sad, we know), one place to turn is to the psychic community who claim the ability to connect to the other side or to a metaphysical source in the universe. We spoke with angel intuitive and president of AngelChatter.com, Christine Alexandria about what her guides tell her about marriage in the upcoming few years. What is an 'angel intuitive'? "An angel intuitive is someone who chats, communicates and relays the angel's messages. I cannot speak for others, as I am not in their shoes, but for me, it is a steady stream of consciousness that appears very much like a normal conversation. Inspired thoughts jump in that need to be shared," Alexandria explains. "In fact, when in client sessions, if I don't acknowledge one of their thoughts, I get stuck and cannot move on with the conversation until it is shared! That is one of the ways I do know it's them vs. me. I share their thoughts with tenderness, laughter and great love."
So what marriage trends do the angels sing? Here, Alexandria gives us a glimpse:
We Will Be More Authentic About Love
The silver lining of a tumultuous time where we're being challenged to examine what we believe is that we reflect on those who have enriched our lives and who stand by us, sharing similar beliefs. Alexandria sees a shift toward genuine love, instead of love prescribed by superficial or insincere motivations. How does this impact your marriage or marriage-to-be? It'll mean that you and your partner will have more intense and real conversations about what matters to each of you individually, and as a couple.
"Love and marriage will see a return to being authentically in love from this point forward and will last for many years. Unfortunately so many look for love in all the wrong places. What has happened energetically with the political upheaval is all of our shadow sides have emerged and it ain't pretty. We are being forced to look more within at what makes us tick and even those things we would like to keep hidden. Hiding is no longer an option," Alexandria says.
You Might See More Breakups—But For Good Reasons
It's not what anyone goes into a marriage considering, but divorce is a reality and something that happens to many couples. While it's not the fairy-tale ending that we all dream of when we find someone we thought we could share our lives with, Alexandria says the focus on being true to oneself will appear throughout friendships and relationships. "As the real you continues to emerge, true relationships of all kinds will follow suit. ... This scenario also applies to love. As a collective unit we are allowing our true selves to emerge, see the light and share who we are with the utmost grace, joy and of course love," she says. If you (or some of your pals) realize they're not in a relationship that supports who they are as a person, you might be tempted to get out, fast.
Weddings Might Lose Their Grandeur
It's a true fact about any uncertainty: when you're unsure, you're not quick to make decisions. And when it comes to wedding planning, when couples might not feel as secure financially, or they might worry about purchasing a home or having a baby, that's when they decide to scale back on the cost of their wedding day. Alexandria sees this rhythm in the universe, too. "As a general rule of thumb, weddings will return to the basics. Sure, there will be some that are still the show-stoppers and the 'let's go into debt' to showcase our love type of weddings. However, the overall theme will be one of joy, close intimate groups, a community supporting the couple in their love—not a networking event. A true celebration of love and with those in attendance who care deeply for the couple," she predicts.
If Your Relationship Is Stable, Politics Won't Affect You
...but you're going to have to communicate. It's near impossible to keep all political discussion out of your relationship, and Alexandria says that couples will be challenged to figure out how debates and disagreements impact their happy home. For most marriages, it will be a practice in understanding, listening and moving forward, united. "Oh boy, couples that don't see eye to eye on political matters. That's a big one. It truly is up to the couple involved how much they let left it affect them. Whether they chose to recognize and unite as a couple or allow the differences to be the dividing factor. If the fundamentals are present, politics won't affect most couples. In general, no two people ever think exactly alike. It is one of the ways we grow as an individual; to be open to new ideas, concepts and adventures," she says.
Couples Will Figure Out How to Support One Another
Maybe it means that your husband-to-be joins you at a march. Or you support him as he gets more involved with a cause he's committed to. Whatever the focus of your activism, as a couple your engagements will help you learn to compromise in an effort to support one another. The household still has to run, but you can step up for one another when someone feels passionate and needs to give to others. "Couples will support one another in activism, in different ways. They may not go on the front line in a protest as an example, but they will stay at home and tend to the duties there, thus allowing the other to be passionate in any arena of their life, including politics. As couples grow together, they honor the strengths and perceived weaknesses of the other, which of course are another kind of strength," she says. "All begin to realize at various levels that nobody is indeed perfect, including themselves and all begin to lighten up a bit. Laugh more. Be more. Love more."