Cosmic Candy: June 23 – 30

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- Though the rest of June still has you running around accomplishing a great deal, the real grunt work has you doing some recalculating in terms of what and where you call “home”.  The next three weeks should also have you reconsidering where the important action is taking place.  We know that your energy moves outward and into life, but this astrology holds some other experience for you, namely one that moves you deeply inward to reflect on the past, like the way, way, way past.  Trips to the homeland (either physically or in day/dream time) help you to understand who you are and why you do what you do out in the world.  Most importantly you are entering into a time that holds a tremendous amount of healing potential for you and your family.  This can occur with them or just within yourself, which automatically shifts your relationships to them.  So often it’s not the situation that needs to change, it’s our perception of it.  The next three weeks allow you a rare glimpse into some of the ways your thinking is prohibiting you from feeling like you belong.  Change your thoughts and your world changes.

Taurus and Taurus Rising- I’m sitting outside on a rare windless San Francisco night writing your horoscope.  There is so much to take in; movement to and fro, everyone scurrying around the edges of their weekend, searching for a late night bite, a drink or a last minute adventure.  There is something really sweet about spending time listening, interacting and becoming a part of our environment.  We get to see what roles we inhabit and how different situations will evoke a different part of us-perhaps one we haven’t seen for a while.  There is a versatility that you are moving into at this time and there are ways in which you are able to slip in between the cracks of your environment, in and out of different roles, inhabiting different landscapes and finding that there are fewer limits put on you than usual.  You may be more keenly aware of how your mind is seeing things in different ways and you have most likely been wanting to change some part of how you live.  Re-visiting childhood neighborhoods, having insightful communications with siblings and re-learning what is important to you in terms of day-to-day living is what this week is about.  I suggest staying versatile, movable and unstuck, as there is quite possibly a twist of fate or two coming your way-but chances are they won’t look like the gift horses that you may expect.  Stay open minded.

Gemini and Gemini Rising- “I feel a sense of relief, relief that I don’t have to do it all, relief that some things have passed and that they weren’t for me to do anyways.” With this one statement, my Gemini sister had unknowingly just taught me something really important about your astrology. Whatever the last year has brought you, whatever you have taken from it, whatever wisdom you have gleaned – this is the year to put it to use.  And the good news is that you don’t have to do everything, nor do you need to know everything, you simply need to chose a path and proceed with an open heart and a willing spirit.  However, for the next three weeks your ruling planet, Mercury will be retrograde meaning that it’s not quite the moment to move forward, though it is a moment to review all your plans and all the things you feel you own.  We can own our walk, our thoughts, our home, our dreams or our talents…or we can project them onto everyone else and wish we were as good as them.  I suggest you take this time to get to investigate your part in your successes and your failures so that whatever you do build this year is from an honest foundation.

Cancer and Cancer Rising- When I look at your chart for the week and for your year (birthday to birthday), I hear a giant YES!  I could wax poetic about potential, opportunity and expansion in your outer world-which is bound to happen this year, but more to the point, this year is about your internal growth.  With Jupiter moving into your sign for the next year we have officially entered your domain Cancer, and it’s a wet and wild ride filled with moody twists, emotional turns and heartfelt adventures.  Cancer energy searches for connection, sustenance and meaning and more than ever that meaning will come from your connection to your creative, intuitive intelligence.  This week Mercury stations retrograde (appearing to turn backwards in the sky) also in your sign making this a perfect time to stop and take stock of all that has unfolded.  Finish projects you initiated earlier in the year, review your work, edit the extraneous, re-frame and re-contextualize the stories that you tell yourself about who you are and how much joy you are allowed to experience.  More than anything this year is about entering more fully into your life, expanding into every nook and cranny of your being-and feeling at home there.

Leo and Leo Rising- In the depths of despair it’s usually next to impossible to see the value of such a dissent, yet every time we surface-if we have taken the opportunity to investigate our inner world- we have a greater understanding and connection to ourselves.  We bring these experiences of healing with us; they resonate unmistakably through every word, every movement and every action that we take.  Everyone around us feels the effects of our inner work and are sometimes even moved to do the same.  In many ways when we really show up to do the work that our soul is calling us to do we learn to appreciate all of our difficulties, all of our crinkles, tears and broken bits and in that appreciation we are smoothed out.  Less afraid, less anxious and less self-absorbed we can show up more fully for the task at hand.  When we can see how interesting all of these imperfections make us then we no longer fear having them exposed.   And if we are really brave we share them with those around us, often inspiring a kind of radical self-love in the face of a culture that fears such courage.  I say this because if in the coming weeks you feel a little less than your usual self, know that you are in the process of getting to know another side of yourself, one that you may usually reject or hide from.  However it’s a part of yourself that holds a great amount of wisdom if you can navigate through the murky waters of your fears and projections.

Virgo and Virgo Rising- We just can’t do it alone, it takes a village to raise a child so the African proverb goes, but it also takes a village to make a vision come to fruition.  Now is the time to revisit some old stomping grounds-go through your Rolodex and see who may be available to help you out.  DO NOT be afraid or even apprehensive about reaching out to others for help.  Think of it this way-when we ask others for guidance we offer them the opportunity to be of service, and being of service brings out the very best in all of us.  This next month is asking us all to allow a flow in some area of our lives and Virgo’s get the opportunity to experience and facilitate this flow in all of their relationships.  Try to see how you affect your community (are there ways in which you can show up more fully?) and how your community can help you breath more life into your projects.  I know you think it’s easier and more efficient if you do everything on your own (because who the hell will do it as well as you?) but quite simply, you are wrong.  I say that because what you need to learn right now can only come through those pesky, dangerous and unpredictable humans that live just beyond the boundaries you have so meticulously and artfully constructed.

Libra and Libra Rising- Pace yourself and don’t believe your own hype, there will be plenty of things that will teach you humility if you get too far ahead of yourself-better to start small and take it a step at a time.  There’s a very helpful expression that you come across in many 12-step programs, it’s called being “right sized”.  Being right-sized involves a lot of honesty and reflection on our part.  Many of us want to be so big because we have spent our life feeling so small.  Neither extreme is a useful place to inhabit however and the Buddhist axiom, “Chop wood.  Carry water.” fits here.  What you do before your famous and fabulous is what you need to do after you are.  You still need to brush teeth and wash pits.  So even though I do want you to enter into the world with all of your big dreams and wild expectations, I also want you to keep it all in check.  You are stepping onto the world stage in a way you haven’t for a long time, but if you don’t keep it in perspective it all ends up being like an excerpt from “Ego’s Gone Wild”.  And no matter how hard you try, you just can’t take that shit back.

Scorpio and Scorpio Rising- It’s a relief when the hard work starts to pay off and for you the relief may start out as an internal knowing, but trust me, this feeling will expand out into your broader world.  This is a time to actively engage in learning something new, which may come through your life experiences, but it can also be something a little more formal and structured.  The bottom line is, if you want to move your life forward you must challenge yourself to go beyond your known reality because that is where the opportunity awaits you.  You are not doing yourself any favors by playing it safe.  The problem with getting out of our known reality is that we don’t know what we don’t know; we need influences from the outside world to challenge us to see life in a different way.  There is an emotional unbuckling happening right now and if you resist it you will miss the very essence of the moment, so don’t be afraid to defrost some of your icier edges and get into the stream.  Let yourself be carried into uncharted waters, mixing and merging with all the other forms of life swirling around you.

Sagittarius and Sagittarius Rising- Understanding our psychological motives is no small feat.  It’s not something we can accomplish, achieve, get out of the way, check off the list or do.  Rather it’s something that sneaks up on us-all of a sudden we find ourselves searching around in the poorly lit backrooms of our psyche’s, in the company of some pretty strange ghosts.  Generally the ego’s response to such creatures is to bolt, like in that dream you have where you are being chased and you run for your life away from…from…just what were you running from?  The current astrology is suggesting that there is an exchange that you need to be willing to make with a partner in your life, however, what they are asking from you may at first appear to be as terrifying as the figure from your nightmare.  Perhaps you know that the price they are proposing is too high or too threatening a thing for you to pay.  However, intimacy is neither cheap, nor free. If you do decide to be an adult and deal with who’s in front of you, there are many signs that point to the whole thing working out in your favor.  In fact you are entering into a period that is likely to bring you great fortune through your connections to others if you can be honest in your communications with them.  Don’t let your fears drive your decisions and don’t be to quick to say yes before you consider the exchange.

Capricorn and Capricorn Rising- This is a fantastic month for you to practice all your effective communication techniques-like the one where you say, “I take full responsibility for (insert your part in the wreckage here).”  I say this because a) it’s just a good practice b) it’s a really good practice for this astrology c) it’s an important part of the unfolding of your whole year.  People want to help you right now; they want to open doors for you, introduce you to others that can help you and act like your fairy goddess mother.  However, it would be a shame to complicate matters with old communication patterns that inhibit your relationship connections-namely the ones where you reject help by being too aloof.  You know, it wouldn’t kill you to show us your softer side every once in while.  “Please” and “Thank you” are still gold standards in terms of dealing with other humans.  Maya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  Make us feel like you care about us and we will give you the world in return.

Aquarius and Aquarius Rising- The vacuum breaks, your check gets lost in the mail, the email gets misread, you show up on the wrong day for the right interview, you show up at the right time for the wrong appointment.  Don’t let it ruffle your feathers-instead of seeing these mishaps as the world’s plot to destroy your life, see if you can experience them as healing opportunities.  I know, this may sound like advice from an insane person when you find yourself stranded at the airport because your ride forgot that today was the day you were coming to town but look!  There is a taxi/shuttle/car service right to your door.  Sure, it’s not what you were expecting but it’s also not the end of the world and beyond that your real successes this week come from how you deal with the failures.  Suit up and grow up, you’ll come out ahead if you can keep your cool through the trails of your mundane life.  I say this to help you smooth everything out, but also to pave the way for the opportunity that wants to come your way.  The less you take personally and the calmer you are in the face of adversity the more you stand out as the person who can handle success and all it comes with.

Pisces and Pisces Rising- I know a writer who has such a profound relationship to her material world that her entire home is like a visual poem.  Every objects personality is revealed through its relationship to the space it inhabits.  There is something spiritually affirming about making art useful and making artistic use of the objects around us, as if our entire world is a canvas for us to experiment with.  You have the ability right now to do just that-create your world, as you want it to be.  You can also learn to convey and receive a great amount of emotional and spiritual truths through all of your pleasure seeking activities-you don’t have to numb out in order to decompress.  You also don’t have to check your dignity at the door of your romantic affairs. This week starts a three-week long review of your relationships so don’t be surprised if you run into an ex or five. When and if you do, pay close attention to what you are thinking, doing and feeling right before you run into them.  These events are messages from the universe about how far you’ve come and what kind of love your heart desires at this juncture of your life.  Don’t let your creative energy leak out into love affairs that will ultimately only distract you, but do engage in ones that feed you.

For more information please visit Chani’s personal blog, UntilTheStarsFallFromTheSky, or for personal astrology readings please contact Chani directly at chani [at]

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