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Cosmic Candy: April 15 – 21

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We are pleased to announce that we’ve teamed up with one of our favorite astrologists (and talented yoga pro), Chani Nicholas, to bring you weekly horoscope readings. Check back each Monday to see what’s in the stars for your week!

Aries and Aries Rising- Developing your identity is a worthy endeavor if you can use it to help you experience your potential. We are not our doubts, our fears or our complexes-though we can temporarily be seduced by them.  We are a mere possibility waiting to be realized, we are expressions of a creative energy that is unlimited in the eyes of the universe, but in order to actualize this potential we must consistently show up and work at it. This week should bring you a plethora of new ideas and inspirations about who you are becoming and what the freedom to be yourself could actually feel like.  At the same time there seems to be an equal amount of tension building in your chart around commitment –possibly in a shared project or an intimate relationship.  Perhaps you are being asked to give more time than you are really willing to, or are able to, give.  However, remember that only true commitment can bring about an honest freedom.

Taurus and Taurus Rising- Happy birthday!  This birthday starts off sweetly and quickly heats up- but lets stay with the sweet for now. We kick off the week with your ruling planet, Venus, moving into your sign.  Venus hasn’t been in Taurus for the last two years so it’s likely to feel like putting on a pair of your favorite jeans-comforting and sensually pleasing.  After a relatively intense period of inner work over the past month I am hoping that this week has you feeling like taking a hard earned vacation.  Remember that natives of your sign need beauty, sensual pleasure and time to enjoy life. I’d like you to think of this time as a renewal and rebirth, a process that was always associated with Goddess.  She wasn’t static, She ebbed and flowed (she is the seasons) and this is your time to re-emerge renewed and revitalized.  This is a big year for you as there are eclipses in your sign and Saturn in Scorpio opposing you all year.  It’s likely to be a time that tests your skills to pay the bills, sense of authority over your life and your abilities to deal with all sorts of personalities and relationships.  Take this week to enjoy the subtler moments and marinate in the beauty and simplicity of life as much as possible.

Gemini and Gemini Rising- The best way to handle internal tension or anxiety this week is by getting to work.  There is something in your chart that is speaking very loudly about deconstructing and then restructuring your daily life so that you can be more efficient and less scattered.  Working smarter not harder is the theme right now and you’ll know that you are getting it right if you have more freedom as a direct result of this renovation. It looks like this shift is supported by a torrent of new ideas about your future or dreams for it.  It would be good practice for you to consider all the ways in which you say no to yourself and no to future possibilities so that you can know how you are limiting the unfolding of potential.  This week is about daring to envision a new way to be in the world, namely one that has courage, boldness and an attitude of freedom and an outlook of unlimited possibilities.

Cancer and Cancer Rising- The people you hang around with have a tremendous influence on the direction your life takes.  This week I want you to consider if those around you challenge you to be a better person or if they merely help you to remain comfortable, complacent and asleep. Look, the problem with being a water sign (and let me be clear that I think there are many benefits) is that you have the propensity to waste, leak or spend your creative energy on romantic delusions.  Romantic fantasy and/or idolizing others weakens our ability to become independent and interdependent community members.  This week I want you to consider all the qualities you usually revere in another person (confidence, courage, independence, succes, authority) and demand that you cultivate those very things in yourself.

Leo and Leo Rising- There is something really important about the tension that exists between your comfort zone and the unknown.  This next season we are entering (Taurus) is bringing you out into the world, which should feel very energizing, however this week is still asking you to adjust your beliefs about something from the past, which in turn allows you to take up a different kind of space in the world.  There is something from your childhood that is being aggravated to the point of becoming completely annoying-which is good.  The planets are creating just enough frustration to bring an issue to the surface-which is where you can see it, work with it and transform it.  It’s not about cutting yourself off from your past but it is about transforming an element of your story about it. When we push something away we actually grasp onto to it, try your best to step back and cultivate an attitude curiosity about the whole endeavor.

Virgo and Virgo Rising- From the looks of your chart you are ready to have a conversation with a certain someone that you may have been avoiding up until now-possibly for fear of losing them or being misunderstood.  This week will not let you hold your truth back any longer if indeed that’s what you have been doing.  If there is something to be said or straightened out between you and another the planets are planning to help you address it.  Being of service only works if it’s also beneficial for you.  Every relationship is a two way street, it has to work for you too-please don’t forget that.

Libra and Libra Rising- After weeks of working through some potentially explosive terrain in your relationships (and your projections in relationships), this week looks to bring some exciting breakthroughs about how the structures of your commitments could be more fruitful for all parties considered.  I don’t think that this will be a calm weekend coming up, but it could be the kind that brings some dialogue that will shift some fundamental beliefs and ultimately bring you more freedom.  Let’s face it the past couple of weeks have been nothing if not full of change and the more you’re able to roll with it the better.  Stay tuned into your own sense of self-worth as your responsibility in every relationship is to take care of and love yourself at least as much as you love and care for another.

Scorpio and Scorpio Rising- You are being primed right now for something that has yet to show itself, as an eclipse in your sign is right around the corner.  A lot of the material that is coming up for you is around relationships- you tend towards the obsessive end of the scale in this department and it’s going to be important for you to keep an eye on that tendency as it could threaten to overwhelm you in the coming weeks.  If that isn’t your current issue than I would also recommend challenging all Disney movies and their saccharine romantic content.  We’ve been sold a bill of goods in terms of the whole soul mate manifesto.  Once in a while it works, but generally we would be much happier as a culture if we focused our energy on developing ourselves into the kind of person we dream about being with.  Take back your projections and live with your dream partner now: yourself.

Sagittarius and Sagittarius Rising- This week I see an equal amount of passion and work in your chart.  The truth is that nothing can be brought into form unless we are willing to curb the creative process.  Learning how to deal with time, space and our bodies doesn’t sound like as much fun as you may have been having lately but without mastering form, it can never follow function. Sometimes we need to suffer through discomfort in the creative process, something our current culture is averse to.  Life isn’t just about getting what we want when we want it, it’s about working with what we have and being willing to be as uncomfortable as we need to be in order to produce great works of heart.

Capricorn and Capricorn Rising- There is still more information that you actually need to collect in terms of how your unconscious childhood patterns may be running your life or inhibiting you from seeing yourself clearly.  I suggest taking the appropriate time away from social scenes that don’t support individuality or uniqueness.  There’s a way in which our childhood cuts a groove in our psyche and we don’t know exactly how deep it is until it’s shown to us.  We’ve been talking about this for a minute, I know, but I think this week is a another very important layer to reclaiming parts of yourself that you have lost or given other people power over.  You are an adult and no one is responsible for your happiness but you.  In order for you to live your dreams you need to clear out the ghosts of lack, self-loathing and fear of rejection that may be hanging around from your past (as we all do) it’s just that this week gives you an extra kick in the pants to get the work done.

Aquarius and Aquarius Rising- OK, I’ll admit it, you are being held to your commitments and responsibilities in ways that are a lot less about freedom and a lot more about getting down to business.  However, this is a great time to practice saying what you mean and meaning what you say in your work and public life.  Both of the planets that are related to Aquarius, Saturn and Uranus, are teaming up with Mercury this week in aspects to each other that can cause a lot of discomfort and anxiety.  So, instead of fretting about the proverbial band-aid that you know you have to rip off (most likely sooner than later), I say get brutally honest and ridiculously clear with yourself and take the plunge-it not worth resisting the pressure.

Pisces and Pisces Rising- Security and expansion are incompatible lovers, though this week both topics are up for debate in your world.  The question is: how can you feed each of these needs without sacrificing the other.  There’s a revolution happening in your house (or inner realm) of self-worth and how you tend to value (or devalue) yourself.  Your financial well-being is a part of this and I want to encourage you to spend some time getting real with your money.  Numbers are just numbers and the less fear you have with them the more power you have making them. The universe likes it when we take responsibility for our money, our debt and our energy. This is no time to stay small because you don’t want to deal with the reality of your finances or pretend that you are less valuable a contribution to the universe as you are.

For more information please visit Chani’s personal blog, UntilTheStarsFallFromTheSky, or for personal astrology readings please contact Chani directly at chani [at] chaninicholas.com.

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