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- This is not a time to act out or to worry about money, but it is a time to ask yourself what the “grown up” version of you would do. Your feelings around worth and value are up right now and it’s imperative that you separate your bank statements from your personal inventory, unless of course you find that you are spending tremendous amounts of money to mask feeling of self-doubt and shame. Most of us cannot look outside of ourselves for positive reflections because we live in a culture that discounts life and sells us a smooth, pale, plastic, toxic version of what we “should” be. To hell with that, I say. I don’t want to hear about what you are not, and I don’t want you to hear it either, I only want you to hear about what you truly are, and that is so much more than what you have inherited from your family, what you think you see in the mirror or what you feel in your worst moments.
Taurus and Taurus Rising- Dealing with authority figures that try to abuse their power and make your life more difficult than it needs to be because of bureaucratic hoop jumping and regular old “towing the line” bull is never easy. However the focus is on you right now so it’s important how you deal with these trials and tribulations, you may be up against more than “the patriarchy” or any other oppressive structure here. Some things to look for are projections of power; oppression is real, but so is how we internalize it. I don’t suggest getting into a stand off with anyone in an authoritative position, instead I want you to outsmart them by using one of your most famous traits-a calm, steady, focused, stubborn resistance to bowing the powers that be. That being said, I am not granting you a get-out-of-jail free card for crap that you are actively stirring up with friends and lovers. You can’t control everyone, actually you can’t control anyone, and doing so just makes people resent you. Trust that “they” can all figure it out and if they don’t that’s their deal. Worry about yourself and everyone else will be fine.
Gemini and Gemini Rising- The tension is between letting go completely (a very seductive fantasy) and/or holding on too tightly and controlling all aspects of your daily life (also a seductive illusion, as if we are that powerful!). There definitely is a softening going on that is essential for your sanity and at the same time (just to confuse you) you must remain in the here and now. It’s much harder to have an actual spiritual experience (any state of bliss, healing or connection) without some sort of structured practice-I understand that this is completely antithetical to the kind of “I have my own sense of spirituality” attitude that is out there that really means that we do what we want when we feel like it. Look, I know we all want to experience endless amounts of pleasure without having to show up for anything or anyone, but we get to experience moments of bliss because of the structure we experience it in. Otherwise finding joy is just a shot in the dark, sometimes it works, but most times it doesn’t. Don’t wait until you feel like doing something, do what you know you must do in order to keep moving in the right direction. Don’t wait to want to work at anything because that day may never come.
Cancer and Cancer Rising- Your biggest lesson this week will be learned through your interactions with your friends and community. There is most likely a reflection coming your way about how you treat others or how you come across that will be important to sit with and reflect on. What I want you to do is take both positions, see how you present yourself and notice if it’s different than how you wanted to. This is a time where you can catch all the ways in which you misrepresent yourself. Please refrain from retracting into your shell this week in protest of said lessons or to protect yourself, it would not be a wise use of this transit. This is a time to transform the ways in which you know are living incongruently especially in your relationships with your peers, and they are your peers dear Cancer, you belong among them. Conversely there could very well be a worthy opponent that will come to expose all your weaknesses in these areas through use of their power or authority. Don’t fall for it, don’t engage with it and don’t give them the satisfaction of getting you when you are being tested like you are. It’s time for you to stand up for what you believe in and to say out loud what you have known in your heart for a lifetime; you have every right to be here.
Leo and Leo Rising- You may be extraordinarily aware of how much you (feel) you are missing, like an actor waiting in the wings about to go on stage when she realizes that she has (momentarily) forgotten her lines. The truth is that if you have forgotten your lines all you need to do right now is fake it till you make it because dress rehearsals are over. When things cool down a little you’ll have time to take stock of what you discovered you need to work on. Finding cracks in our foundation is a good thing, say it with me, it’s a good thing! Why? Because then you can actually do something about it. Consciousness moves us out of victimization and into a position that has choice, we can ignore it or we can do something about it, but the choice and therefore the power lies with us. There may be a tension at home that you are trying to move away from but this week actually wants us all to move into the tension in order to find balance. How can you balance your inner life and outer life while respecting the need for both?
Virgo and Virgo Rising- It’s definitely time to try something new out and I would be surprised if you weren’t itching for the experience, but life is not quite footloose and fancy-free yet. It seems that the heavens want you to both expand your vision of life but not to forget that you have to go to work tomorrow. How do you do both?? I’m not sure either, but I do know that you are about to feel freer by next week. This week is much like coming through the birth canal and I’m hoping that you enjoyed the “no bullshit” factor of last week’s eclipse, which helped many of us, move into a more honest relationship with everything. I still think that there is a conversation or possibly many conversations that may be a little challenging but that you need to willingly take on. It may be coming from a sibling, a neighbor or from someone in your daily environment, but it may just be an attitude or belief that you have picked up from any of those people or places. The point is to challenge it by countering the opinion or thought with faith, not a blind faith but a faith in your life and the fact that you are always given exactly what you need.
Libra and Libra Rising- As long as you can restrain your need to control things in your partnerships; this week is going to continue to assist the development of your business and intimate affairs. There is a letting go process that is really important for you to get in touch with and it’s about releasing your ego’s desires to manipulate the outcome of your life, especially in regards to your anger (that you don’t ever want anyone to see). There is also a great need to keep an eye on what you have built with another, what you share with others and how you share. What’s the instruction manual that you have in terms of living with others, in terms of intimacy and in terms of being able to express your needs in a straightforward and honest way? It looks like as long as you can keep all of that in check, you are on a path to some great success.
Scorpio and Scorpio Rising- The best thing that can happen to us is to find something that we get better at with age. The youth culture that we live in is wildly damaging to our souls; wisdom is what’s sexy. Confidence over cockiness, I say. As a Scorpio, if you are unable to find your own way to buck the system and have currently found yourself in a compliant position to the authorities that be, you will eventually become an intolerable nightmare. You are not cut out for a life of submission, you need to set the rules and this is not the kind of astrology that bodes well for living a lie. I don’t want you coming out with all your guns-a-blazing (you know how terrifying that would be, even Medusa would run and hide) but you do need to stand up for yourself- especially if you have been towing-the-line for a cause of person you know isn’t in line with your core beliefs. Since the fall you have been breaking new ground and finding your way and it’s essential that you learn how to be more of an adult than you have ever been before.
Sagittarius and Sagittarius Rising- The good thing about this astrology is it’s asking you to be so present that you can’t miss the beauty of the here and now. Our fantasy life is so alluring and intoxicating, but actually it’s disempowering to believe for too long. Right here is the only place we have to actually be, now is the only moment that we have any control over- and we only have power over our reactions to it. Contrary to what our mind loves to say, we have no real influence over the past so stay out of it. Take a look, where are you? What’s going on? Isn’t it perfect? How is it just what you need? Wake up, stay present, keep it simple and worship the details of the day. Wax on wax off.
Capricorn and Capricorn Rising- We all have a great responsibility for how we express our creative and sexual energy, do we throw our uniqueness under the bus to experience popularity or do we stay true blue no matter what the magazines say? Seeing your effect on others is an important component to this week. There is an initiation that you have been in this area of your life that is finishing up this Sunday and it’s all about being yourself no matter what the circumstance. A friend and I were joking that we were going to write an e-book about how we were going on a moratorium from marketing e-books. Just how many things do we have to read about defining ourselves and standing out amidst the competition? But…but, there is something in going through those lists that helps us define what it is we are presenting to our peers. What’s your specialty? What is it that gets you out of bed in the morning? Who are you and what makes your heart go pitter-patter? If the past few weeks were fruitful in terms of separating from the parts of your past that have been weighing you down, you now get to move forward. It’s a radical political act to define our identity on our own terms. If it’s at all possible pay less attention to what societies translation of your gender/race/class/sexual orientation is and define that for yourself.
Aquarius and Aquarius Rising- This week gives you more opportunities to investigate all your reasons for doing what you do. Without being in a consistent and deep conversation with our inner life most of us just become cogs in the wheel of the machine we need to rage against. We may make money, we may gain a certain type of power, but make no mistake; dignity and self-respect are not easily won in a world that values the all-mighty-dollar over fresh air, clean water and food as nature intended it. If you can listen to the nuances of your life, the whispers of your heart and follow the golden threads of your desires than this week can serve as a kind of launching pad that is so exciting, so strengthened and so fortified by your own unique desires and dreams it’s formidable-and so too are you.
Pisces and Pisces Rising- Considering that many of you are up to your eyeballs in final papers and end of term assignments this is some interesting astrology. Most of what your chart is talking about is this need to define your ideas and ideals, philosophies and worldviews. Now, this may differ greatly from that of your professor or any other educational, spiritual or religious authority that you may find yourself contending with, but write your truth you must. If school is not your thing right now than I suggest a daily writing practice and a daily adventure practice. Take a different route to work, go to a different market, café or park. You need to go venturing out into the neighborhoods that surround you- it’s really important for your point of view. Moving around locally helps you to see things globally, perhaps not literally but symbolically. If you find yourself stuck this week, drop everything and get on those boots that were made for walking and wander to your hearts content.