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- It probably couldn’t feel more personal-yet it isn’t. And it is. You (and the rest of us) are in one of those paradoxical moments where life is happening at a very fast pace-yet the thing we need to do is slow down, catch our breath and be where we are. We can’t all go running off to a beach-side paradise yoga retreat where we do tree pose at sunset and drink kale smoothies all day-but we can pause for a moment and try to focus our attention on our breath, find our feet and remember that wherever we are is where we need to be at that moment. As the week gets rolling so will many of your autopilot responses to life. I say you try it another way-especially if you keep taking all the same actions and keep expecting things to go differently. Change is an inside job-start with you and the rest will do what it needs to do.
Taurus and Taurus Rising- There is no denying that your thoughts are the problem-not all of your thoughts but most of them. Pay close attention to thoughts that result in nothing but frustration and ask yourself if they are worth thinking. I’d like you to practice something this week-every morning get up and write three pages of whatever is in your head, stream of consciousness, pen to paper, without stopping. This is from Julia Cameron’s The Artists Way, and it works. What you need right now is a way to empty out your mind and the best time to do this is in the morning before the day begins. At the end of the day I want you to write down 20 things that you are grateful for, doesn’t matter what they are-just write them. There is a tremendous amount of complexity that you are being asked to hold right now- things are anything but simple. Relationship issues, which are bound to surface this week, can only be helped if you show up to them with less of an agenda. Keep emptying your mind, you are in a process of un-learning and it’s important that you stay teachable-many things are working themselves out if you can let them find there own way to the solution.
Gemini and Gemini Rising- Worrying about what we have to offer the world never leads too much. Pushing, grasping or forcing who we are and what we do for money, for love, for success (whatever that may mean) never actually lasts-or it doesn’t brings us true fulfillment. We can easily become like awkward teenagers when we don’t understand the full weight of our worth- trying too hard to fit in and making everyone around us uncomfortable. However, it seems that you are entering a phase of a little more ease in this area of your life and ease is where it’s at. When we get in alignment with what we are supposed to do, everything starts to magically flow in but we have to feel like we can hold it, go with it and trust it in order to make use of it. Faith is a must if we ever want to realize our potential. Your job this week is to notice the places inside that don’t trust, that don’t have faith and that don’t know how to hold the opportunities. These are most likely attitudes or habits that you have inherited and the theme of this week is to weed them out so you can move on up.
Cancer and Cancer Rising- It’s up to you, all of it. Really, I mean that-the ball is in your court right now and your have the option of doing so much shifting it’s kind of remarkable-but it cannot be from your head. Stop fighting with yourself about what you’re your life “should” be like. There are so many planets in water signs right now, many of which are in Cancer, making this an astrological moment that is yours. I’m not talking about cash and prizes here; I’m talking about a chance to use your talents to your advantage. This astrology is about emotional intelligence, something that not all of you have-but you have the upper hand on developing. Start by being honest about what you feel. Stop yourself multiple times a day and ask, “How am I feeling?” Rely on your gut instincts, not your impulses, especially in your intimate relationships. If you don’t feel like you are at a tremendous cross roads in terms of how you deal with sex, love and partnership then you’re either way more evolved than the rest of us or your have your head in the sand. This is the time to be taking up that material with as much courage as you can muster. Now is the time to break free from the patterns that keep you feeling lonely, confused and alone, but you cannot think your way out of this one. You know what you need to do-stand for yourself and by yourself like you never have before.
Leo and Leo Rising- Give up on being perfect, honestly it’s such a relief, and get back to basics- if anything is certain about your life right now it’s that everything is in flux and nothing has been decided. This is how it should be; right now the things that you do on an internal level are what count. This can be a rare time of immense psychological healing for you if you chose to work it that way. It may not be altogether fun, but the fun comes once you’ve gotten down to the truth-you deserve redemption and forgiveness as much as anyone else on the planet. However, the only person that can really give that to you is you. Once we take on the job of forgiving ourselves, the universe then responds accordingly. What starts as a ripple turns into a tidal wave, forever changing the landscape of our lives.
Virgo and Virgo Rising- To get overly caught up in what the groups needs and knowingly forgetting about your own doesn’t actually serve anyone. It doesn’t serve anyone because we don’t actually fully show up unless our entire being can say yes. You seem a little torn at the moment and it may require a temporary time out (or twenty) to consider what it is you actually think. To be community minded is a wonderful thing until it starts to infringe on your own ability to think for yourself. It’s not an either or situation though, right now you are in a tenuous balance between the two-you have to be able to find ways to express your feelings without fear that it will inhibit your interaction or place in the group. This week is all about learning how to share; share yourself, share with others, share community and share your feelings-openly and honestly. Get straight with yourself and then with everyone else.
Libra and Libra Rising- How are you doing at managing your own life? If you were your own employee, would you give yourself a raise? Would you fire yourself? Would you give yourself a warning? Right now it’s imperative that you clean up the workings of your outer life and become the best manager that you can for yourself. It’s also really important that your outer life is consistent with your deepest values, discrepancies will be made known to you through others in ways you’ll most likely want to avoid or internal conflicts about who you are and what you present to the world will start to significantly strain your relationships. Take a good long look and see if you are acting in ways that are congruent with what is of utmost importance to you. This isn’t to judge yourself-it’s just to get clear about what is important and what is not. I say this because there is so much energy being funneled into your work life right now, but without an internal sense of what is important, all that energy is wasted. Clarity brings peace and equanimity, and isn’t that what your sign is after?
Scorpio and Scorpio Rising- Who do your thoughts serve? Do they serve the inner critic or the inner optimist? Each thought we have has the power to change our lives or keep us stuck in the same rut. One of the hardest things to do is to try to interrupt outdated thinking patterns and introduce new ones. Every time we take control of our thoughts and bring your awareness back to the present moment, we are re-wiring the circuitry of our mind. Guilt, fear and shame are key components to staying locked in addictive mental patterns-they keep us isolated and powerless. Flushing out these feelings through admitting our mistakes and recognizing how we hurt folks and how they hurt us is a key to healing the wounds of the mind-taking ownership of our entire lives gives us power. I say this because there is a really fortunate moment of self-discovery coming your way if you can get out of the way long enough for it to happen. You don’t need to be super human, you don’t need to be smart or funny or even right-but you do need to be you. You also don’t have to go to the ends of the earth to find “oneness”, just being ourselves is a spiritual experience and by the looks of your chart that’s exactly what’s being asked of you. Know your divinity.
Sagittarius and Sagittarius Rising- The game right now involves getting into our feelings-so if you are adverse to that you are bound to be very disgruntled for the next month. Be open to what others have to share with you-even if what they share is difficult lessons about what’s yours and what is theirs-intimacy shouldn’t be a loss of self. Keeping your things as your things is never a bad idea; you need to stay in touch with your own resources and your own work in the world. That being said, there’s a growing ease that you’re experiencing in terms of your ability to bond with others. While your tendency is always to want more of whatever is good-there seems to be something else shedding light on the fact that part of what is good right now is that you hold your own piece of the puzzle. You don’t always have to go on a grand adventure to find the pot of gold.
Capricorn and Capricorn Rising- Working with human beings is rarely a simple affair, especially for loners like you. I suggest that you keep an eye on your perceptions of others. Who are you making them out to be? How do you judge them or think that they judge you? You know that what other people think of you is none of your business, right? No matter what you do-they will think what they want about you and it has little to do with you. Most of us are just rushing around projecting all of our fears and longings onto everyone, completely unchecked. Arguments, disagreements and discord are acutely felt this week making them fantastic opportunities to learn more about how you are misperceiving the person in front of you and visa versa. When we are brought to your knees, emotionally speaking, we have a chance to see our part in the situation. You’re exposed in a way that you generally may not let yourself be-and that is a good thing. When we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, sensitive and are willing to surrender we move beyond the need to win and into the desire to live.
Aquarius and Aquarius Rising- The tension may be the same but you need to know that the rewards have multiplied-it’s as if the universe just doubled down on your capacity to move through the minutia-even if it seems endless. This week shows no sign of slowing down-everything we do right now has major repercussions both helpful and hindering. The outcome depends on how wise the choices we make are. I say this knowing full well that everything may seem so mundane it’s maddening, however that’s where the action is. There is no success without a million tiny steps and that is what you are in the process of doing. Taking. A. Million. Tiny. Steps. However, each step, when done with mindfulness, awareness and devotion to what is, is a triumph in and of itself. You may feel creatively or romantically blocked this week, but know that it’s only temporary. What’s permanent is the fruits of your labor so focus more on what needs to get done here and now and make plans for a romantic or creative get away next week.
Pisces and Pisces Rising- From where I sit it looks like you are in the midst of playing a game of instant karma with the universe (think of it as a New Age game of chicken). It’s not really about making right or wrong decisions but it is about seeing the effects of your actions quickly, so pay attention. You can play with this to a certain degree but I’d be cautious when it comes to other people’s feelings. This isn’t the week to make a mess of your relationships. You have a tremendous amount of charm at your disposal-but charm is only good if you use it. I suggest thinking of yourself as a magnanimous host to those that you entertain as a way to smooth out the wrinkles and invite more joy into your life. This week brings with it quite a bit of friction and tension and I would suggest following a path of least resistance when it comes to power struggles and upsets with the romantic partners, pesky politicians and free-thinking punks in your life that want to impose on your independent spirit (or so it feels). Be gracious and creative in your dealings with others-when you give up on being right you have a shot at being happy.