Cosmic Candy: September 16th – 22nd

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September 16 - September 22

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- I can’t imagine that this past week hasn’t already brought you some interesting conversations.  I hope that at the very least you were challenged to see yourself and/or the “other” in an unusual illumination.  Time is such a magnificent and cruel healer.  Both excruciating and revealing, the ticking of the clock can be our best frenemy.  If you are open to it (isn’t that always the trick) this time can be a wild ride that has you finding your reflection in just about everyone that comes within close proximity to you.  It’s a kind of vanity mirror effect, their light is sometimes a little too revealing but it’s also your job to take a step back when the details start to overwhelm. Let the folks in your life light your way, not blind it.  The Pisces full moon on Thursday is in your 12th house of Let It Go and is asking you to do precisely that: shake out of the material experience and take this moment to make conscious contact with your soul’s desires.  Saturn, Venus and the North Node are ganging up in your 8th house of You Inherited Your Mother’s Eyes And Her Insecurities, You’re Welcome! This conglomerate of energies feels like you’re having a mini new moon eclipse happening in this domain of your life.  Think about resetting relationship patterns and really try to flush out the old wounds – they need cleaning periodically for sure, and daily most likely.  Remember that you aren’t a failure if you have feelings.  You aren’t a failure if your relationships end.  The only thing we can fail at is being present for the experience of living, so don’t miss it.

Taurus and Taurus Rising- It’s almost as if something becomes hidden and then revealed this week in terms of your intimate relationships.  The point of this is for you to understand how you interact with wanting what you get, and losing what you thought you wanted.  It takes a freakin’ saint to be able to withstand the experience of both without imploding, but this is what is being asked of you.  Can you sit with the feelings of folks disappointing you?  Can you refuse to jump to conclusions when they come through for you?  Can you stay in appreciation of what is without trying to make it into what you want it to be?  Really, truly it’s an opportune week for you to enjoy the history of each person that you have shared time with. Whether it’s bitter or sweet in your memory, there is a way for you to make peace with what was, especially if there are things there that you are still afraid of.  Fear does nothing more than let us know where we are bound to get hostel, freak out and f*ck up.  Work out issues in person when you can and on paper when you can’t and make a concerted effort to let go of should’s and would’s and do’s and don’ts in all your affairs. Thursday’s full moon peaks in your 11th house of friends and the visions you share with them.  Focus on what is working well there, period.

Gemini and Gemini Rising- There’s no room for you to shirk your responsibility to take care of yourself on the daily.  I know it’s a full time job and you already have 20, but this one is the most important one you will ever have, have ever had, and will ever have the honor of showing up for.  And, yes I know that your mind flies off in a million fragmented pieces at all moments of the day but I don’t care, it’s not an excuse.  There is a reality check in store for you if you are trying to get away with burning the candle at both ends and there are great boons if you are actually putting your well being first and allowing your day to begin and end with healing rituals.  Begin and end, begin and end, begin and end.  Don’t think about doing anything else but what you have to do today (otherwise you’ll have the excuse of being overwhelmed by the thought of being overwhelmed) and you know, easy does it – but DO IT!  Excuses fool no one and hurt the progress of our life.  Every action has a consequence and this is a choose-your-own-adventure kind of game.  Choose your life and it will choose you, cross my heart.  I’m really adamant about this because there is a full moon in your tenth house of career and notoriety and if you can authentically project self-love right now (instead of the old standby: victim #1 and martyr extraordinaire) you’ll make the most of this once a year happening.  Project self-love, receive loving selves.  May you go from strength to strength.

Cancer and Cancer Rising- None of us escape the outcome of our choices, even if some, due to situations out of their control, pay a steeper price than others.  I say this because this week is a reality check that you can look forward to.  Right now you are able to really experience the effects of your conscious and unconscious decisions.  Basically your mantra needs to be something like: “I am willing to clean up all of my psychic trash and I am not swayed by my own tricks of imagination or my meandering mind.  I will remain awake, alert and I will deeply relax into my life.  I will waste no energy in foolish activities like chasing after bees (they don’t like to be caught) and because of that I have an abundant supply of energy to get all the things that are actually important to the unfolding of my life done.  I promise to learn more about the nature of reality and be open to seeing every single thing in my life with new eyes.  And just because I can pacify the pain in the hearts of those stray kitty-cats that arrive on my doorstep every morning screaming for milk, I also need to make sure that I get enough sleep, eats and joy.  Boundaries make me and everyone else in my life happy and when I hold true to mine it means that I have time left over to daydream, flirt, ponder, create and dissipate without it negatively affecting the rest of my life.”  Or, you know, something like that.

Leo and Leo Rising- Our version of the story is never the only version of the story and we actually suffer when we are overly committed to seeing things only through our eyes.  Conversely it’s always important to be able to think critically about the stories we’ve inherited, who told them to us and through what eyes were they told?  This is important not only in how we see our past but also how we envision our future. Not only do I want you to actively seek out alternate points of view about what you are going through, but also I want you to actively seek out the elements of your story that you may never give airtime to, that you may even resist.  Look to your past to see the resilience in the things you were able to resist and the passion in your perseverance.  Now look to the present moment and see how you are still able to do the same thing.  When we remain unconscious of the ways in which we disengage from the moment, we miss out on the part of life that offers us forgiveness, acceptance and an unlimited amount of energy.  When we are living with our life, we get back the energy used up when we are against it.  Right now there is energy in your chart that wants to move you forward and I want you to be able to use it in whatever ways you need.  Be moveable.

Virgo and Virgo Rising- This is the one full moon a year that happens in your house of intimate relationships.  This includes all of our romantic partners, business associates and people that you join forces with in order to bring something that you are passionate about to fruition.  This makes it a great week to connect with others and make your intentions with them known.  Your ruling planet, Mercury has created a couple of situations that have made it impossible for you to hold your tongue lately, and why should you if there is something that needs saying? This trend continues well into Thursday’s full moon in Pisces but this week you run the risk of revealing a little more than you are comfortable with, which isn’t an issue for anyone but you so try to worry a little less-the truth is that most people don’t remember a word we’ve said, but they do remember how we’ve made them feel. Whatever you are busy talking about to everyone is taking shape and forming your reality in a very real way. So the question is, what do you want your reality to be and are you leaving people with the feeling that you want to be creating more of in your world?  There’s another question that I am pondering when looking at your chart but I don’t want you to answer it right away, in fact I want you to sit with it.  And sit with it.  And sit with it.  And then sit with it some more.  Sit with it until the energy of the answer bursts forward from the center of your being.  This answer is only for you; keep it close to your heart, at the forefront of your mind and in your line of vision. The question is: what is a spiritual experience?

Libra and Libra Rising- One of my Libran friends has been saying that she feels like she’s birthing a whole new business, something that is demanding to be manifested through her whether she likes it or not.  Not only does the astrology support that but also to some degree demands it.  It doesn’t have to be completely new or all together different for you, but something about your career or public life is in yearning to expand.  This could be completely overwhelming in scope and the thought of trying to bring it into form could be enough to make you want to go take a week-log nap (these are no small plans).  Don’t get a head of yourself but don’t hold yourself back either.  Remember it isn’t all or nothing but grand ideas take a super-sized commitment so commit to what you know you can carry through on.  The thing about this upcoming birthday is that (especially if yours falls on or around October 4th) you will not leave this next solar year the same as you entered it.  But major transitions are nothing new for you; the past 3 years have taken you through a complete overhaul.  It looks like a lot of that heavy lifting is about to get a chance to prove itself as a worth activity. As long as you are willing to work, and by that I mean be on time and give everything you’ve got while you’re there, this week has some major earning potential with some plans up its sleeve for future endeavors.

Scorpio and Scorpio Rising- This week doesn’t let you get away with much, in fact it’s kind of like you are in an echo chamber and your assignment is to get from point A to point B without making a sound; your normal mode of transportation won’t suffice here.  Let’s face it, you need a new way through the impossible task called: Life.  Mother nature has a wicked sense of humor.  Who else would ask us to enter a world of finite resources, with a finite vehicle to navigate it in paired only with and ego that thinks that even though everyone in the history of everything has died we won’t?  It’s an absurd, holy, gorgeous and fundamentally flawed proposition.  And yet the only thing that we can do is seize it with everything we’ve got.  Seize it without sizing it up to see if it is worthy of us.  Seize it without complaining and moaning and winging that it’s not something other than it is.  Seize it like it’s the only thing that we were ever created to do, because it is.

Sagittarius and Sagittarius Rising- This time of year always brings a full moon in your 4th house of home, family, history and roots.  Tradition.  What are the traditions that you have carried on?  Are they serving you?  Are you showing up for your home/internal/family life like you are for your career/work/public life?  This week brings the message home that you need a place to land as much as you need a place to expand, so is there something that you could do to work on this aspect of your life?  If it’s not physical home then you most likely just need to touch base with that thing, what’s it called?  Oh ya, your soul.  Start from there this week, start from the inside and then work your way out.  Some relationships die and that’s OK.  Some relationships go through a f*cking excruciatingly honest period which temporarily feels like death and eventually works it’s way towards renewal.  This week strips away the rosy colored lenses you can be so good at peering through so you can take an honest look at what yours may need. Just remember that the sexiest thing that you can do right now is take care of yourself and those closest to you.

Capricorn and Capricorn Rising- I know that we had that nails-down-a-chalk-board talk about emotions last week (don’t play, you loved it) but dare I say that this week may have you waxing poetic. Structure helps you feel safe which in turn helps you let your guard down so you can experience another level of being, one that’s underneath all the  “doing”.  I think what makes your sign incredibly deep is your unwillingness to avert your gaze from reality.  Most are so willing to skip out on what’s right in front of them, and you can do this by being too driven, but when push comes to shove you’re down to be there for the shitty, dirty and sometimes nasty side of life.  Your friends may need a little more of your shoulder than usual so be willing to make yourself available.  Give to freely to everyone around you and do so with great heart. If you need to imagine that everyone you meet is the one person who will be with you on your death bed-they may be the most unlikely of candidates but crazier things have happened.  This week is kind of like a karmic piggy bank and I’d hate to give you the impression that I want you to “get ahead” by being kind now and then go back to being another uncaring schmo later, so let me put it this way: there’s a great likelihood that if you are only able to act like you care and want to serve your friends and community in this moment, chances are something in you will shift enough so that you actually become the person who naturally does.

Aquarius and Aquarius Rising- There seems to be multiple ways, all leading to the same outcome, that make it official-you are now a grown up.  Of course there will always be room to grow but in some regard this week is like an initiation that has you stepping up to the plate in ways that you may not have been so willing to do in the past.  I think that for everyone, this week carries with it an unmistakable echo-we get what we give, and for you this will be on a very public level.  The more seriously you take yourself the more the seriously the world takes you.  This isn’t necessarily without some discomfort, insecurity and/or fear of not being enough (FONBE) rearing it’s hideous (but ultimately loveable) head, but insecurities are like bad dates, they happen but they don’t last.  This year is a year to buckle up and get to work and it’s not without some tremendous rewards and those may come in whatever form you need them to.  However, the real take away here is a little some thing called Self-Respect-it ain’t cheap and you can’t buy it, but you can certainly earn it.

Pisces and Pisces Rising- The full moon on Thursday is in your sign creating a personal peak experience.  You may feel this in your body more acutely than other full moons.  When Pisces is completely illuminated it can lean more towards the insane than the sane, the delusional than the real and the poetic than the gross.  Though, as we talked about last week, your job right now is to formalize your way of being in the world through your teaching, knowing and recognizing what it is you have to offer.  I’d like you to also take a look around you at your community, far and wide to see who might be holding a piece of information that you need in order to move forward.  Your movement forward may need to be a joint effort and if so it looks and feels like a powerful collaboration.  But most of all, my friend, I want you to connect your head with your heart and instead of becoming a prisoner to all that you know, seek to have the experience of the philosophies you hold so dear.  Without the lived experience of all that we believe in we become about as lively as a room full of unopened books.  Open up and share your wisdom, but most of all live it.

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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