Cosmic Candy: July 29th – August 4th

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!

Revolution begins with the self, in the self. -Toni Cade Bambara

Aries and Aries Rising- You are still chewing on a rather large mouthful of beliefs about the relationship between you and your parents or your childhood.  This week is another piece in that puzzle which inevitably leads to some sort of discomfort about attaining a sense of individual freedom at the cost of a perceived security.  This could all be arising from a physical move, construction at home or a vacation with your family.  You may be feeling pangs of guilt because you are changing in ways that your family can’t understand or you may have moved so far away from your former life that you aren’t quite sure where to drop your anchor.  One thing is for sure- this movement is far from concluded making it wiser to enjoy the ride than trying to locate the end of the journey. This is about you knowing who you are and having the courage to have much less attachment to things that aren’t necessary, things that you started out with but are silly to keep lugging around.  Guilt is a heavy load; see if you can drop it for now. If you really miss it you can always pick it up again.

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak. -Audre Lorde

Taurus and Taurus Rising- If certain things have been bubbling up inside of you, things like resentments or unspoken agreements that you really don’t actually agree with-it looks like this week could trick you into blurting out something more akin to truth than to peace keeping.  I don’t actually see this as a bad thing, though it could manifest as wildly disruptive, kind of like telling your best friend that their latest date (that they are really excited about) is less than worthy of their brilliance.  It’s not something that’s necessarily a good thing to have said-but it’s true and it just kind of slipped out.  Or did it?  We surely aren’t innocent when it comes to the things that we are sometimes compelled to say but sometimes it takes this kind of shocking admission to illuminate the pink elephant in the room.  Get ahead of the astrology this week by being honest with yourself about what you are thinking and wishing you could say, and then take your time and be as considerate as you can when speaking your truth.

“A culture fixated on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty, but an obsession about female obedience. Dieting is the most potent political sedative in women’s history; a quietly mad population is a tractable one.” -Naomi Wolf

Gemini and Gemini Rising- Reclaiming our bodies is a long, long journey in a world that is obsessed with the outer appearances of things.  Many studies have shown that advertising induces a plethora of self-hating tendencies, which creates a fever of self-doubt that leads to the unconscious uses of our resources.  These actions have nothing to do with attaining any true sense of self-esteem and are far from any real experience of self-love.  It’s far better to love the body that we have been given and honor it with a dedicated kind of adoration.  The food we eat, the clothes we wear and the money that we spend can be used to celebrate our relationship with the physical realm.  Competing with our peers is a useless endeavor because our only real competition is with ourselves.  It simply does not matter what everyone else around you is up to, the only thing that matters is that you are doing what you know you need to do every day.  Instead of squabbling over a few cents here or there or getting into a useless argument over who owes who what-take the high road and stick to the facts.  Be clear, be honest and stay away from petty and useless battles because if you do you’ll come out on top regardless of what it may look like now.

Identity is an assemblage of constellations. -Anna Deavere Smith

Cancer and Cancer Rising- The thing with being an intuitive, feeling type is that when life gets real you basically have to wait it out until you can sense which way to go.  That, and you are prone to using a lot of your energy to process how it all feels: how it feels to wait, how it feels to not know, how getting an inkling of something feels, how other people feel, how the world feels…you get the picture.  It’s hard to know if we are getting much done with so much time spent experiencing and integrating our participation of living life.  The good news is that intuitive types are generally forced into strengthening their faith by having to rely on their own intuition. I had a dream last night that I was led by a voice to find this little shop, but when I got there I didn’t like anything they had.  I was angry and confused, and thought why was I led here? And then I was told that it was about the experience of listening to my intuition that mattered.  Intuition is very different than emotion-it doesn’t really matter what mood you are in, it only matters what actions you take.  Our lives are made up of a string of moments, one after the other, so it could be said that our lives are made of a series of actions, one after the other.  The consequences of your actions carry extra weight right now and you are primed to make some pretty large break throughs if you take the actions that you know you need to take, the actions that follow that inner voice or knowing.  Tattoo it on your forehead if you have to, and say it with me now, “It doesn’t matter what mood I am in, it matters what I do”.  You don’t have to feel like going to the gym to go-just go.

Voyager, there are no bridges, one builds them as one walks. -Gloria Evangelina Anzaldua

Leo and Leo Rising- You know that thing that you run from in your dreams?  Be it a person, a spirit, an animal, a monster or something that has haunted you since childhood- well, it holds the key to some greater understanding that you need right now.  Your unconscious is working out some really intense material this week so it’s important that you give yourself enough dreamtime-in short get to bed early and sleep late when you can.  Of course the opposite could be true and you could be kept awake or disturbed by an energy or fragments of a dream-this is fine (though not convenient for work the next day) and appropriate for the astrology.  Either way my advice to you is to tune into the realms that help you access your deeper motivations for things.  If you aren’t a dreamer than this could manifest as something hidden from you that comes to the surface all of a sudden that could spark a new world view.  Secrets being revealed especially ones that you have kept from yourself are especially important.  Denial isn’t going to serve you very well, but seeking out that which is sincere will.

We offer each other a mirror to our own humanity -Chris Abani

Virgo and Virgo Rising- Especially, but not only, if your born between August 28th and 30th I am going to venture to say that “practical” will get you nowhere right now.  In fact it’s the mere act of trying to make rational decisions that will most likely entangle you in a hot-mess of confusion.  The astrology that we are in right now has you in particular free falling to a large degree, especially when it comes to relationships.  There is a way that you can work this to your benefit but it has everything to do with letting things dissolve as they need to and nothing to do with trying to make things fit or work.  Relationships have their own spirit, their own soul and it can be important to allow for time apart to let the soul of the thing develop.  It’s kind of  like when a teenager needs to distance themselves from their parents in order to find their own identity.  This week may bring somewhat shocking revelations or confusing situations for you via close friends, and if so remember that it’s OK, things need to shift for you in these areas.  Treat all your interactions with others as experiences and be much more interested in what is going on in present time than what it could all mean down the line.

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places. -Ernest Hemingway

Libra and Libra Rising- What ever part of our core carries us through our bleakest moments, whatever strength or perhaps moral fiber that we are inherently born with is the very thing that we will end up being known for. The current astrology has you digging deeply into what it is that carries you through hard times-for some it will show itself through outer conflict that pushes this truth forward and for others this is something that will come through some sweeter set of movements.  Those of you born between the 4th-7th of October will be particularly on the spot and the spot that the universe seems to be pointing to is your heart.  When possible, dear Libra, stay in touch with your own needs, especially ones pertaining to nourishment, comfort and protection.  You’re learning about how to be a highly sensitive and attuned being out in the world while still maintaining the focus and direction you’ll be needing during this next phase of your outer life.  Check in with your body often and have the mantra, “This moment is all there is, this is my only point of power and the only true power in the universe is love.  May I be a steady stream of love and awareness for myself and my world.”  And then stay far away from accident-prone activities and expect the unexpected at work-some shift looks to be taking place there mid-week.  Shifts are good when they can stimulate growth, and not so much fun when all they do is cause havoc.  How you see the events becomes the deciding factor in the end.

“Knowledge that takes you not beyond yourself, is far worse than ignorance” -Elif Shafak

Scorpio and Scorpio Rising- We all know a lot of stuff.  We all have a lot of stuff.  We all throw out a lot of stuff.  Some stuff is cheap, some stuff is expensive but at the end of the day if it isn’t incorporated, cared for and functional (I include beauty in the term functional) part of our daily lives, we become nothing more than hoarders.  So instead of waisting the energy available to you by trying to maintian your current position, I’d like you to let the things that are happening in your life take you beyond your known reality.  It looks as if the astrology is pushing you into some pretty vulnerable terrain which can be unnerving for you. I think the best response to most conversations for you this week would be something like, “I don’t know, but I’m curious about that, please tell me more.”  It’s this kind of attitude that could get you out of more than one sticky conversation this week and into something beyond your current awareness.

Telling a teenager the facts of life is like giving a fish a bath. -Arnold H. Glasow

Sagittarius and Sagittarius Rising- Just in case you need the reminder I’m going to be really, really blunt: If you have ovaries that produce eggs and you sleep with people that produce sperm and you do not want a baby then for the love of an over populated planet have really, really, really safe sex this week (and from now on)That or do other fun things that don’t result in screaming, wriggling balls of flesh that need more time, money, energy, love and attention than you could ever possibly imagine.  Of course if you are trying to get pregnant than by all means call in sick, order delivery and go for broke.  For those of you with children this could be an especially potent week with them, perhaps financially and definitely emotionally as your resources are stretched in one way or another right now.  For all the rest of you who are creating through your work, this week could be a really great time to use some of the accidental energy available for re-inventing projects that you have with others.  This week holds a lot of friction which could definitely manifest in your love affairs and sex-life so instead of getting embroiled in overly emotional battles that you really won’t even remember a week from now-go write a poem, give or receive a tarot reading or do the most ridiculous interpretive dance to a pop song of your choice.

“The lesson I was learning involved the idea that I could feel compassion for people without acting on it. ” -Melody Beattie

Capricorn and Capricorn Rising- Caring for others is no excuse for trying to control them, and control has no place in a loving relationship. The first couple of days of this week has an interesting way of coaxing out your more covertly demanding qualities.  You may be lucky enough to experience this on an internal level, with a great amount of consciousness and awareness and decide to not act on the impulses.  Or you may be so compelled by an ancient knee-jerk reaction, one that was most likely cultivated during childhood, that the desire to react, blow up or blame another is overwhelming and unconsciously manifests itself in a relationship.  The thing to remember is that if we try to control another, we never actually get to know them.  The only thing that we end up being in relationship to, is our fear.  When someone does or says the thing that reminds us of our deepest insecurity it’s hard not to have some sort of visceral response, it’s only human.  But keep in mind that this week is set up as a bit of a trap and it’s entirely possible that the whole situation is an accident and/or completely circumstantial and not at all personal.  Be brave enough to let the chips fall where they may and let everyone make their own decisions in the process.  Love flourishes under free will.

“Anything a man can do, I can fix.” -Chris Abani’s Mom

Aquarius and Aquarius Rising- You may need to break out of your routine this week in order to save yourself from feeling like you are nothing more than an overworked and undervalued servant.  Working yourself to the point of exhaustion right now is very likely to land you in some hot water-falling asleep at the wheel is a disastrous adventure. Pull over and allow yourself the appropriate rest that you’ll need in order to get yourself through the next leg of your journey.  If you forgo digesting the experiences of your life and just blindly push through them all, you are bound to get a lot accomplished-but you won’t remember one bit of it.  Being manic is not the same as being successful. It’s a really good way to lose focus and make mistakes though-mistakes that could create a lot more trouble than any sane person would wish upon themselves. Take. It. One. Step. At. A. Time.

“Don’t let the past steal your present.” -Cherríe L. Moraga

Pisces and Pisces Rising- There could be more than one creative frustration that you are sitting with and the desire to blame that frustration on another person or on a certain situation may be tempting- but in the end this isn’t a path to happiness.  Do your best to become aware of your projections and your temptation to becoming a victim or a martyr. Your best bet this week is to wield your powers of diffusion by ignoring any and all haters-including your inner critic.  Just simply do not respond, especially with aggression.  The solution to the friction that you are feeling is to use any frustration or feelings of aggression to get more creative with your current predicaments.  When you sit in self-pity, studying your wounded places you are only allowing those places within you to become larger.  Of course there are times of doubt that we must enter into but to focus here, to focus on our past, is to ignore the life that is present now.  There may be a surprise expense or two that you don’t see coming this week so try not to waste any money on foolish things to make yourself feel better.  Instead find some nature to be in and replenish yourself with its free and abundant nourishment.

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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