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
Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to embrace the warrior that you are. There’s no denying that the astrological weather is nothing short of brilliant if you are comfortable with a tremendous amount of discomfort in order to achieve a maximum amount of growth. Time to sharpen your sword of discernment and steady your stance. You will need to strengthen your legs to carry around your enormous heart, for if this kind of cosmic weather works at all it’s going to crack you open and render you dangerously grateful and fundamentally forgiving. I’m not implying that pixies are going to come and put a spell on you, magically lifting the heaviness of the moment, but I am suggesting that nothing tenderizes one like a good old-fashioned trip to the underworld. Strung up and stripped of our defenses we can get to the root of who we are and what we hold dear. A relationship or two may help you reach new levels of depth and if they do, just remember that the journey involves coming up for air, eventually.
Taurus and Taurus Rising
Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to face the factors in your relationships that you have been too afraid to face until now. Peel back the layers of your story until you get to the bottom, do not let yourself stop at anger, ask yourself to go beneath it to see what is there. Allow the reality of who you are and what you do in your relationships to surface and don’t be afraid of what you find-it cannot be as bad as you have lead yourself to believe. This is an extremely powerful time for you to be witnessed by loved ones, but also to witness yourself through thier eyes. What are you asking others for? How are others letting you down, but more importantly how are you setting yourself up to feel let down, betrayed, abandoned and alone? This is a complicated but magical time for you; it looks like one of those times where you can make some lasting changes in regards to your perceptions of others and yourself, if you do the work.
Gemini and Gemini Rising
Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to work like a superhero. I know, now I’m mixing metaphors, are you a spy or a superhero? A bit of both really, think of yourself as an undercover-super-hero-spy-person who isn’t afraid to put in a couple extra hours if it means that it is helping you become more of who you want to be. There could be some daily heavy lifting, but this training is about strengthening rather than straining-know when to rest. Messed up plans and key-stealing fairies may have you running in circles in the next few weeks, so conserve your precious energy when things go awry. Sometimes when everything has gone fakakta it just means that we have forgotten to meditate, sleep, eat or refuel. Wash, work, rest, repeat.
Cancer and Cancer Rising
Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to realize your job as co-creator of your life. You and I have talked about it, we’ve hashed it out, we’ve even planned it out in recent weeks, so now my only job is to remind you that when you feel good you create goodness and when you feel short-changed, snubbed and left out in the cold, you create more of that experience. You are a feeler my friend, there is no way around it, but if you are always replaying painful experiences then you are bound to recreate them, and we both know you don’t really want that. This Mercury retrograde is here to remind you that you are not a dumb, numb and blind consumer that is willing to buy anything anyone tells you need. You are not a consumer, you are a creator. You are more powerful than you know and your creations begin with your feelings, which lead to your thoughts, which lead to your actions, which lead to your present situation. If necessary re-parent, repair and relearn how to love yourself, feeling “not good enough” is not a good enough excuse at this stage in the game. We simply don’t have the luxury to indulge such delusions; we need you on the field, suited up and ready to play.
Leo and Leo Rising
Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to dig a little deeper. It doesn’t do us much good to run around accomplishing things in our careers and public lives if they aren’t meaningful and connected to an internal desire. However, every desire cannot be taken at face value as so many of them are in response to feeling inadequate, unloved and inherently flawed. It’s extremely important to understand why we want what we want. I don’t mean to simply know what happened and why this or that event from our past makes us do what we do, but to have the experience of having that desire outed and challenged so you can feel the damage that it does. We humans (mostly) want to live authentic lives that reflect our deepest values and core beliefs, but we can’t get there without a tremendous amount of emotional honesty. Be real about the pain that lies beneath the anger, the fear that hides behind the depression and the shame that masquerades as self-importance. We don’t have to be perfect, clean or fixed, but if we want to be happy and free we must be willing to admit when we have been unskillful.
Virgo and Virgo Rising
Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to tell it like it is. Loquacious as you can nervously be, I want to invite you to play around with being succinct and to the point, yet I’m going to caution against indulging in your tendency to be so blunt you obliterate another. We know you have the searingly accurate gaze of a laser beam, but too much specificity can deeply wound and ultimately cause separations between you and others. So where is the middle path? Say what needs to be said as long as it isn’t going to harm another and try not to resist the opportunity to reveal yourself in your communications with others. I still have an eye on your relationships to your siblings and suspect that if you have any, they will provide you with some good batting practice in these areas. It’d go more for a t-ball kind of practice if I were you, less pressure to perform with a gentler approach aimed at helping you to hit it out of the park.
Libra and Libra Rising
Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to remember your worth. I could go on and on and on and on about the negative impact of marketing on our self-esteem, advertising’s main goal used to be to sell us things that we needed, now it’s main goal is to convince us what we need so it can sell us more of it. We’re all pawns in the game of buy more, feel less but the truth is that things are eventually boring as hell, so buy out of necessity, not desperation. I’m not saying that understanding your finances right now isn’t a top priority, because it is, but I am reminding you that our relationship to the funny paper has gotten us in quite a jam. This sticky substance can make us hide from the realities of our debt, run from potential financial success or sabotage the possibilities of financial freedom/freedom from financial attachments. Get the books straight so you can enter into right relationship with your material reality.
Scorpio and Scorpio Rising
Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to do you. Not only do I want to wish you a happy birthday, but also a happy eclipse season, as perverse as that may seem. If it feels a little less “happy” and a little more “holy shit” don’t worry, that’s the universe’s twisted way of saying, “Happy Birthday, I thought I’d get you self-realization by means of a reality-check with a side of responsibility overload, cause you are soooo awesome.” The truth (as I see it) is that most of us want to transcend all pain by leaping towards something higher, above or beyond us-not an entirely bad idea, but perhaps an intrinsically flawed one if not balanced by a slow, steady, grounded approach to life. Your feet are being pinned to the ground right now and you may feel up against a wall or two, but don’t forget that your mind can be your best friend or your best frenemy. Some of you will leave this Mercury retrograde in Scorpio portal (the next 3 weeks) completely transformed, some of you will feel completely broken down and others will have been propelled to a new stratosphere of amazing-in short this is no time to fall asleep at the wheel. There are tests for sure; trials, no doubt and you will have to navigate your way through traffic of all kinds. This is the season where the veils are said to be the thinnest between the worlds-if you need support ask your ancestors, angels and guides for assistance. We must go through a test before we can give a testimony, and you my friend are going to give one hell of a sermon.
Sagittarius and Sagittarius Rising
Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to go within. It’s not that I am suggesting that you stop socializing or going to work, but I do think will be extremely beneficial is to counter all your outward movements with an inward exploration. I’ve already hinted, if not outwardly stated, that this is the time to up your trips to the mental dentist, psychic surgeon and any other head shrinker that you feel steadies you in this reality. This Mercury retrograde has more than one landmine for you to stumble upon, propelling you into some domain of your past, your fantasy of the future or headfirst into an emotional abyss. Better to know that you are on the battlefield, in the backroom or on the beach during a tsunami warning than to think it’s just another day in the sunshine. You are especially porous now and you may forget about things like, oh, I don’t know…boundaries? It’s not your job to save everyone, you can’t be everywhere you want to be and you aren’t responsible for solving every problem the world faces. Clean up you own life and the rest will be much more manageable.
Capricorn and Capricorn Rising
Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to explore your connection to other humans. No matter what bells, whistles, bobbles, fancy pants or diamond tiara’s we acquire, what most humans want is an experience of connection to other humans. We are social creatures, the experience of being seen and witnessed, as terrifying as it can sometimes be, is what we long for. In fact most of us construct fascinating contraptions out of our jobs, our relationships and our appearance so that we will be noticed, seen and acknowledged by the folks around us-but it never really works. Our egos may get a stroke, our reputations a boost, but our soul remains unseen by both our community and more importantly perhaps, by ourselves. This Mercury retrograde is asking you to dive a little deeper with those around you, I’m not saying this is without a trigger, a stumble or a fall, but sometimes that’s exactly what’s necessary in order for us to get on our knees-and that’s when real change can happen.
Aquarius and Aquarius Rising
Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to roll with the hiccups at work and shine as brightly as you can there. On a deeper note I also want you to know, down to your bones, that no matter what goes down in your public life, you are the child of your mother, who comes from a long line of women who had to find a way to move through their circumstances to matter what the moon was doing. You are linked to an ancestral line that you may feel disconnected from, but rest assured there is someone in it that line of folks that you are exactly like. I believe that we are here to live out some part of parents or family’s life that they couldn’t or didn’t get to, and this is a time where that becomes increasingly apparent to you. If you are moving towards your dreams than you are actively moving past the limits that their fear placed on them, and that may just be your real career.
Pisces and Pisces Rising
Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to create a new narrative. You can’t do this while watching ridiculous amounts of TV or by spending all your time absorbing the images, thoughts and gestations of your current circle of friends. This mission demands a rigorous honesty and an unwavering concentration on the kind of narrative that would actually serve you; therefore a media diet would be your best way of using the current astrological currents. We have been trained to be consumers of a story that gets popularized and then reinforced through every media stream at our fingertips-but that’s their story, a story that makes us mostly feel insecure, incomplete, alone, imperfect and flawed with the answer to all of our problems found in the product that they have so thoughtfully created for us. I have only side-eye for that kind of tomfoolery. What is your philosophy about life? What has meaning for you? In the coming weeks refuse to let anyone tell you who or what you are capable of. In the land of the blind, the one eyed person reigns supreme, but what I am envisioning for you is some kind of full spectrum, HD, Technicolor, 3-D insight that is all your own.