Everything You Need To Know About "Twin Flames"

Despite the fact that it already feels like it's been 2017 forever, we've really only been in the month of January for three weeks. We haven't even been through our first lunar cycle yet! But during this month's new moon in Aquarius on Jan. 27, we'll be seeing an opportunity for some serious "twin flame" action. I know, I know: What is a "twin flame?" Read up now, fam — because here's your chance for lifelong passion. What a way to ring out the first month of the new year.

"Twin flames," despite sounding like a spell or a natural disaster, is the term used for the kind of intense, explosive relationship we see playing out between the pages of your favorite romance novels. Not to be confused with "soulmates," "twin flames" are more like "mirror souls," according to Aletheia Luna, a psychospiritual mentor and soulwork teacher, writing at Lonerwolf. "They essentially reflect the deepest needs, desires, dreams and shadow elements of our souls," she says.

But as it true with all mirrored reflections, there's a reversal at play. Your twin flame won't match you (that's your soulmate's job) — they'll challenge you. They'll awaken you. And ultimately, your relationship with them will provide new insight into who you are as a person.

As Tanaaz from Forever Consciousness puts it, "Imagine a huge blanket of energy and your soul is cut out of that blanket. The other souls that come from the same blanket as you are [your] soulmates. ... A twin flame is when that single cut, or that single soul, begins getting bigger and bigger to the point where it needs to be cut itself into two different energies."

Apparently there is a twin flame for all of us, though there's a chance that we may never meet them. If you two are lucky enough to enter into a relationship, it's destined to be your most passionate, but not necessarily your longest lasting. It's possible that it'll be one of those "on and off" things — painful, tumultuous, but when it's good, it's legendary. Other twin flame identifying clues? According to Brianna Wiest, author of The Truth About Everything, they'll feel like home the minute you meet. You'll never fully outrun them (or them you), and you'll be "the epitome of 'yin and yang.'"

What's debated throughout the "Twin Flame" community is who your twin flame should be in the grand scheme of your life. Are they your lifelong partner? Are they destined to be "the one who got away"? Are they even a romantic relationship at all?

What's clear throughout the discussions, however, is that the ultimate gain from your twin flame relationship is growth on all levels. 2017 is bound to be a year of change. Embrace it.