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Our Team

At Aquarius we employ knowledgeable and experienced spiritual practitioners of varied talents! Our team is service oriented and fully present to recommend the products, books, and techniques that can aid you, whatever your situation!

Barbara Criswell

Preferred Pronouns: she, her

Zodiac Sign: AQUARIUS

Barbara is the founder and owner of Aquarius. She keeps the bills paid, oversees the store, and focuses on the big picture. Most importantly, Barbara keeps the store on track, maintaining the Aquarius purpose and identity. Who we are. What we do. How we serve our community.

Barbara’s Adventures: One of the journey’s that had the most impact on Barbara was when she spent an entire week in the backwoods of Mexico with the Lacandon Maya peoples. She will never forget participating in rituals with them and their leader Kin Eagle.

Barbara’s Mission: Barbara knows and feels that her role in the community is to provide information and tools for anyone who comes to Aquarius, regardless of their personal spiritual path. She welcomes all without judgement.

John Lenz

Preferred Pronouns: they, them, he, him

Zodiac Sign: GEMINI

John is the store manager of Aquarius. He keeps our team paid, scheduled, and happy. John himself specializes in the study of symbols, of ancient mythology, and chaos magick. He orders and selects most of the books in the back bookroom for Aquarius. He is always happy to help customers with research projects, or to give reading recommendations.

John’s Adventures: John has traveled as far as Taiwana and Japan, making wonderful memories along the way. For several years he lived in the pacific northwest, before settling into Kansas City.

John’s Mission: John has long observed that good spiritual people have often been damaged by toxic religion. When people have absorbed toxic teachings all through childhood, it can cause deep wounding. One of John’s roles in the community is to validate that struggle and then guide people in the direction of healing.

Alex Chang

Preferred Pronouns: he, him

Zodiac Sign: LIBRA

Alex is the inventory manager of Aquarius. He often works to fill special orders and requests, getting the customers exactly what they need. Alex is knowledgeable in many areas of metaphysical practice including but not limited to gemology, low magic, colorology, and both correlations and substitutions. When costumers have an unusual inquiry about Aquarius products, Alex is there to help.

Alex’s Adventures: One of the journey’s that was most interesting for Alex was when he visited Hoggstown Florida, which is the former winter home of the fantastic Barnum & Baliely Circus.

Alex’s Mission: Alex finds his role in the community through his interactions with Aquarius customers. He enjoys being there for seekers who need advice, and for customers who are overcome with curiosity and questions. Alex also likes to help people unblock themselves when banality, egos, or past wounds are getting in the way of their personal growth.

John-Mark Aladeen

Preferred Pronouns: he, him

Zodiac Sign: CANCER

John-Mark is our always cheery in house musician. He specializes in the practices of sound vibrational healing, Reiki healing, and is also knowledgeable about Eastern religions and practices. John-Mark has led and experienced many crystal mining expeditions, so, he truly understands working with crystals from the ground up.

John-Mark’s Adventures: John-Mark was born in the Philippines and continues to be connected to that place, traveling there from time to time. He also loved his journey to Hawaii.

John-Mark’s Mission: John-Mark is a believer who wants the best and brightest for the community. He hopes to help people transmute hate and create a better living. John-Mark is a constant fountain of positivity and encouragement for others.

Katarina Elaine M

Preferred Pronouns: she, her

Zodiac Sign: PISCES

Katarina is our Gothic Wiccan sweetheart. She coordinates the events at Aquarius as well as doing online marketing and promotional work. Katarina specializes in the study of Wiccan traditions, crafting and facilitating group ceremonies, shadow-work, shrines, and rites of passage. As the founder of Temple Scarlet, she is knowledgeable of sacred sexuality and sexual healing.

Katarina’s Adventures: Katarina lived briefly in Galway Ireland where she studied witchcraft. The experiences that she had there foreshadowed her future journey, and deeply impacted her. Katarina has also traveled all across the U.S. from Salem M.A. to Hollywood C.A.

Katarina’s Mission: Katarina often observes the shifting movements and problems within the whole of the community. She would like to help empower the community with the courage to make needed changes and to appropriately address harmful behaviors and patterns for the good of all. One of Katarina’s roles is assisting others in understanding controversial or taboo subjects and practices.

Keith Edwards

Preferred Pronouns: he, him, they, them


Keith is our endearing resident wizard. He studies all spiritual paths and magicks, often attempting to find commonalities amoungst them. Keith takes a skeptical look at spiritual practices and applies the scientific method whenever possible. He views energy as natural force and energy work as a science; a science that is fundamental to the make-up of reality.

Keith’s Adventures: Keith has traveled to neat places like The Devils Tower, Pikes Peak, and the Cave of the Winds. It has been astral travel, however, that impacted him the most. He will never forget the time he attended a ‘party for lucid dreamers’ somewhere in the collective unconscious.

Keith’s Mission: Keith finds his own self-healing and his role through everyday acts of service and helping others. He would like to see greater understanding, unity, and also a better comprehension of basic magickal principals in the community. Keith aims to one day create a useful book from the commonalities and magicakl effects that he constantly catalogs.