Cosmic Candy: September 23 – 29

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September 23 - September 29

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- Well, I hate to be Queen Of The Obvious but your old tricks just don’t work anymore.  Not only is no one else fooled, but also, most importantly, you aren’t either.  To live a life without passion is a dangerous proposition for you, but if the passion rages out of control all you’re left with is a memory of a traumatic and violent ache for sensation.  Instead of causing damage and leaving wreckage, I’d rather see you burst forth with a passion and a confidence that doesn’t blot out everyone else in the room, but rather inspires them to find their own way towards self-approval.  Your chart simply would be hard pressed to be any more about relationships, sex and intimacy than it is right now (and yet there is still more to come) so the best advice I have is this: repeatedly tell yourself I have no control over anyone but myself.  You are the least likely to be afraid of change, but perhaps voted most likely to miss the more subtle signs that people give you about how you affect them and what they need in a relationship with you.  Work on fine-tuning your techniques and dial into others’ needs – it will be well, well, weeeelllll worth your while.  Trust.

Taurus and Taurus Rising- You and Aries seem to be in a tie for Get The Most Work In My Relationships Done As I Can.  For you however, this is a little more about your style of relating than anything else.  This is a week of movement in your personal relationships so prepare for it by being open to not being on solid ground here: drop your assumptions of what others need and want.  You’re still dealing with a move or a conflict/energy at home and this week seems to add a little fuel to that fire.  What I’d like you to consider is that you may still be holding on too tightly to a vision of what your parents had, or what your family had or wanted for you and it could be the sweetest thing in the whole world but if it’s not happening now then you are setting yourself up for disappointment.  Or, you could be reliving a part of your parents relationship that caused you pain, perhaps one or both of them were perpetually single and bitter about it and you feel that you have taken that on.  Whatever the story it simply doesn’t have to be the one you live out.  Change happens from the inside out-focus on what you can do to have a better relationship with you.

Gemini and Gemini Rising- If I were you, I would keep using the tension that arises in your personal life to fuel your desire to work out the details of your work life.  Also, I suggest that you write, especially about your relationships if that fits into the scheme of what needs to be exorcised.  It’s not like everyone of you is going to begin writing the screenplay for the next rom-com staring Margaret Cho and Louis C.K. (but wouldn’t that be great?) or the next great autobiography, but think of doing your own version of that, even if it’s only as long as a haiku.  What are the themes that have run through your life so far?  What is your character arc?  What’s the feel, tone, smell and sound of your story?  Can you appreciate it?  Do you feel that it’s worthy of reading, or living for that matter?  Many details demand to be dealt with right now but many feelings are also ripe for exploring creatively, pan back so you can get a wider view.  Don’t let yourself get too bogged down by the day to day otherwise you may end up feeling entirely at a loss.  Actively construct time for your passions, our lives are only as satisfying as what we dedicate them to-dedicate yourself to greatness.

Cancer and Cancer Rising- When we get stuck in questions like: what do I do with my life?  Or how do I make this into a business that can support me we get nowhere fast.  It’s never our business to know how the whole thing is going to work out, or if it will-ever!  I know, not the news you were really looking for but that’s only because those are not the kind of questions that the universe gives straight answers to.  We may have more luck if we frame it something like, “Dear Universe, I know that I am prone to worrying, and for good reason, but it doesn’t seem to be helping me out lately.  So I’m going to ask you to relieve me of my worries just for today by praying for your guidance.  What would you have me do?  What would you have me say and to whom?  And where would you have me go?  I give this day to you and every morning I offer you my entire being; my heart, my hands, my mind, my eyes, my intentions and my actions.  May I live this day with only this desire.  Bless the whole deal.”  I know I’ve been giving you many mantras and prayers lately and I want to remind you that you are to want you to make them your own, throw out mine completely if you need to-just make sure yours are affirmative, in present time and something that you feel deeply moved to say.  I don’t want you to fret about money, though it may appear to be tight momentarily, I don’ want you to be concerned about the place you call home-though make the changes and efforts you know you need to, and I really want you to let your friends be who they are without interfering in their process-they are grown, let them find their own way.  I just want you to focus on the energy inside of you that feels like life and expand that sensation outward.

Leo and Leo Rising- When I feel at your chart I get the distinct impression of being smothered and/or interpreting life as smothering.  I want to run, to flee to find my own way, even if it’s just for the sake of it.  Even if it’s obviously the wrong path, I feel like I want the right to make my own mistakes and find my own way of walking through the world.  At the same time I feel a yearning to belong and to collect those that are my tribe, to set something in motion and to find ways to be in a deeply reflective space where psychological material can be worked out, processed and alchemized.  I need both things when I feel into your astrology, but that’s just me.  Perhaps it’s landing for you in a similar way (your inner teenager sticking out their hip, crossing their arms, giving a little cut-eye with sucking teeth but desperately wanting to be consoled and fit in) or perhaps a little something like this: I want to be home more than I can be but the energy available to me know is something I just need to move with, yet home and my relationships there keeps calling me inward.  If you can split the difference, pit stops and disco naps can save lives.

Virgo and Virgo Rising- It’s the perfect week to get into some good old fashioned family drama with one of your siblings – so don’t.  If there is contention there, instead of engaging with it and creating more noise, try to just sit with the feelings and see what kind of new information comes.  It’s so odd, generally we all have this mechanism in us that shuts down when we are confronted with challenges, especially in relationships with others, but it is precisely those challenges that open us up to a greater humanity.  Go with where you feel a healthy amount of friction, and move away from what just sits there and rots.  Virgo appreciates work, so go with what works.  When I look at your chart I get the feeling that something is struggling to release itself from the unconscious, something ready to be let go of, a little part of the fight that you know deep down inside doesn’t need to be fought.  It may not be with an actual sibling, but it may be a belief or story that you got from one or from the days when your little mind was developing.  There’s actually a tremendous amount of fun to be had if you can just focus on what is good, functioning and right in your world.  Allowing a little bit of tension seems to help you appreciate the blessings.

Libra and Libra Rising- Libra I want to reiterate that you are going through a tremendous opening and at the same time I don’t want to put any pressure or worse yet, expectations, about what that could be or mean or end up becoming.  This opening in your career or in terms of your reputation has brought with it some material boons; this week may have you considering your relationships to said material.  Money makes life easier, and that’s about it, so isn’t it at the very least fascinating that we spend most of our energy trying to make as much of it as we can?  Not only that but we can’t take any of it with us, not one drop.  So I am going to challenge you to not only consider how your attitude about your earnings and possessions may be eroding some of your values, thoughts and attitudes about what you personally are worth.  If you are one of the masses that need a little extra help in the financial department then the 25 and into the 26th are the days to werq it, even buy a lottery ticket if you feel called.  This week carries with it the chance to move something from one place to the next.  Moving material wealth to create more is always fun, but what I find more interesting about this week is that it’s a deeper shift about what holds real worth for you.  There’s also another layer about friends and associations in your chart for you to consider: who holds the dreams that you do, you shares the visions that you see and who could build toward them with you in a steady and unyielding fashion?  Snuggle up to those folks this week or at least begin some lively banter with them.

Scorpio and Scorpio Rising- More than anything your life is trying to teach you how to be the container for all the energy that moves through you in a day.  There is simply no way to have everything work out in our favor all the time, and quite frankly that would be the worst thing in the world for our spiritual growth.  So bearing that in mind, how can you personally take less personally?  There are many good mantras that come to mind, including but not limited to, “this to shall pass”.  Another way to see this week is that if there is a discrepancy between what you are capable of in the world and what you actually do for money, this astrology looks to further aggravate those feelings.  There are no quick fixes for you right now, which I am sure sounds like not such good news, but it’s not bad either.  Sometimes it’s good to know when we are in something for the long haul so we can let go of the desire to rush through our current situation.  Take your time, this is extremely important terrain that you are covering and the next eclipse season (especially the eclipse on November 3rd) will bring you more “material” to work with.  Because our jobs as humans is to forget, I will keep lovingly reminding you of this guiding principal: what your life wants from you is dedication, responsibility, reliability and for you to perform probably the greatest task known to the modern person-show up.

Sagittarius and Sagittarius Rising- There’s a really great scene in the movie 2012 where Woody Harrelson realizes that the great flood is coming to sweep him and most likely all of life away.  Instead of getting morose he goes outside spreads his arms and yells YES into the winds of change and into the face of his demise.  It’s a breathtaking ode to what life is like if we truly live it.  We aren’t supposed to stay the same; I don’t think it’s healthy to want to look like you did 30 years ago.  Every day is a day to get up and go outside and yell into our own inevitable demise a giant wholehearted, “Yes!”  You can cry while doing it, you can laugh, you can dance and you can doubt, but if you want to live and get the gifts out of life that its trying to supply you with, your only job is to agree with it. Do the regular inventory this week: are you holding onto things that you know you need to let go of?  Are you trying to keep something alive that needs to drift off and find its own way?  Are you trying to manage and be in control of all the various aspects of your life?  If so there will be many ways for you to suffer, but if you can simply open to what is and believe in your heart of hearts that you too could say yes, the universe will reveal to you more of the details of the initiation that you are in.

Capricorn and Capricorn Rising- I think it’s fair to say that your friends need you right now and in a way you need them to need you, but not like, in a needy way.  There’s something about dropping all your plans, to-do lists and tasks in order to serve your fellow beings that helps you tremendously, especially if you’re really busy.  Keep working on building with those around you that you know will roll up their sleeves and get some good work done but don’t loose sight of the person in front of you that just needs you.  Can you listen deeply to them?  Can you remember their needs and not just your responsibilities?  Can you sensitize yourself to what they may be going through, feeling and dealing with?  You are moving into the spotlight as the sun moves through your 10th house of Hey World, What’s Up?!  It’s not all fun and games out there though (when is it ever?) as you’ll be challenged to live with a greater uncertainty in your inner life, but uncertainly certainly isn’t a negative thing.  It just takes a greater capacity for compassion.  A friend read me a quote from Pema Chodron recently and I think it fits with this theme quite nicely: “Compassionate action starts with seeing yourself when you make yourself right and when you make yourself wrong. At that point you could just contemplate the fact that there is a larger alternative to either of those, a more tender, shaky kind of place where you could live.”  Tender, shaky ground indeed.

Aquarius and Aquarius Rising- It makes me excited to look at your chart.  I get excited because the opportunities for you to grow further into your authority in the next month are tremendous.  Part of the growing pains you’ll be dealing with this week are going to be enacted with an intimate partner in your life-someone that you are forced to be vulnerable with.  I don’t by any means think that they will hurt you, but you may interpret their actions as not feeling so great.  I encourage you to sit with whatever annoys you about others, and when I say sit, I mean sit.  Like in silence for an extended period of time and try not to say anything until at least some of the charge has left you.  You are still being so worked by the issues that are unfolding in your career- but the truth is that in this domain you aren’t exactly a pushover, and you are growing stronger everyday.  The test is to become stronger yet more fluid, deeper without hiding and more in your power without needing to over-powering.  Take the successes as they come, truly focus on what works and let the haters hate, they are going to anyway and the last thing you need to spend your energy on is worrying about how they are using theirs.

Pisces and Pisces Rising- By now I assume that you are probably like, Yes astrologer lady, I get it!  I have all this wisdom to share and it’s time for me to do it but my daily grind is grinding the life out of me and I don’t know how to get to the goods cause by the end of the day I just want to say f*ck it and eat a bag of Cheetos and watch an episode of New Girl.  Well, I hear you.  I really do.  But I’m here to say it’s temporary, the tension, the pain and the effects of the full moon in Pisces that just past.  This is a time for you to be with what makes you feel strong, Queenly/Kingly and in touch with your potential even though you may feel like you are locked in a tower awaiting your trial.  Perhaps I am being overly dramatic and you are getting more done than usual and finding creative ways to travel or at least expand your knowledge through some rigorous study.  The point of this moment, and moments that work you well into November, are that your views, outlooks and your philosophies of life are shifting and if your lucky this will re-orient your relationship to what has meaning in your life.  Put it first no matter what you are up against, don’t lose sight of what you know is central to your happiness.  More than anything I want you to be open to exploring different ways of being you, without committing to any solid path just yet.

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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