Cosmic Candy: August 12th – 18th

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- Enjoy this week. Let yourself relax and open up to what is happening now, and try to abstain from rushing ahead in typical Aries fashion.  We are having a moment of mostly clear skies in the astrological weather with a couple of storms brewing off on the horizon.  Try not to get too swept away by what could happen, especially in regards to your relationships and partnerships — remember that what “could happen” all depends on what is happening now.  Mid-week gives you the opportunity to see things from a new perspective, especially in terms of romance, and I’m hoping that it lends you the courage to speak your mind, but also to see that any relationship, in fact all relationships, are merely pointing back to the relationship that you have with yourself.  Start with this one, as it’s bound to be the most rewarding over your entire life.

Taurus and Taurus Rising- Your ruling planet, Venus moves into Libra this week-the other sign that it rules.  This is bound to help your work situation, for now.  I say for now because next week will definitely create some tensions here and you may even be feeling something building now with a colleague or boss.  Though this has the potential to be a difficult situation your part in it doesn’t have to be dramatic and I want you to use this week to practice staying grounded and in the moment in preparation.  Look at it this way: you could be so successful at staying chill this week that you literally breeze through next week, consider this a heads up (which is what astrology is all about).  Speaking of which, you know those moments in life that take you by surprise because they are so mundane but suddenly reveal some sort of truth to you-like having an epiphany about your childhood or past and realizing why your life had to be the way it was while you are doing the laundry?  It’s almost like all of a sudden there is a moment of clarity and revelation and our suffering, we see, was not in vain.  It looks like some of that good stuff is on it’s way for you this week-take any truth to heart.

Gemini and Gemini Rising- Remember that lecture that I gave you last week about writing?  Well it looks like this week is going to help you to get more of your juices flowing in that department — that or you’re going to be lent the strength to do or say something that you know you’ve needed to for a while.  Your planet, Mercury is moving headlong into new territory, and this week it is only being supported by the Big Dude, Uranus.  It’s kind of like hanging out with your ultra hip older sibling. They do everything in such a way that it inspires you to do the same because it’s just that much cooler than how you would have done it.  Enjoy every part of this week as next week looks to be a little more challenging for you in the romance department.  In fact, I encourage you to use this week’s influence of honesty to address any issues that you could see as potential problems and I’d do this by first allowing yourself the artistic license to get said issues out on paper or through the body.  Dance, write, sing and/or paint — anything that helps you lessen the guilt, shame and blame that’s gotten stuck in between your soul and your personality.

Cancer and Cancer Rising- There has been a lot of change for you these past few years and I’d be a little concerned if you told me that there hadn’t been-and/or we could just say that it is surely on it’s way.  In all these shifts there have been many new openings for learning-especially in the past few months.  I’d venture to guess that there has also been a feeling within you that lets you know that you are on to something and I suggest that it’s better of you don’t really know what that something is-rather it’s the time (and surely the week) to let yourself be lead by an inkling here, a sign there and a hunch whenever possible.  I say this because it’s what we all should be doing but I also say this because it’s a way of short circuiting all the times that you are tempted to dishonor, disrespect or devalue yourself and your worth.  This week is trying to get through to you in a surprising fashion (so expect the unexpected) that it doesn’t matter if you believe that you have a purpose here or not-but it is very important that you get out of the way long enough for that purpose to emerge naturally and on it’s own.  Just don’t think too much about it and let your friends and your community reflect to you what formidable creature you really are.

Leo and Leo Rising- While you are frolicking about this week (which I hope that you do a lot of) I want you to keep an eye on the relationship and partnership material that you have been pulling apart like a tangled mess of wires from behind the TV.  I don’t want this to evoke anything like worry, doubt or fear-quite the contrary.  What I am hoping that you are getting to is a deeper foundation of trust and self-exploration in partnership.  This summer has offered you a tremendous amount of mirroring and if you can continue to take as little personally as possible your bound to enter the fall with some solid heart/mind melding for both you and your partner(s).  This week looks to offer you a brilliant idea or two as well, so instead of just letting it pass by I suggest that you anchor it down at least on paper.  The moon is still building towards full and this week looks like it wants to offer you a new way to see your role in the world.  This may only be a slight shift in perspective but life really only consists of one small action after another.

Virgo and Virgo Rising- To continue our conversation from last week, and a talk that we will have for many years to come, I want to further explore this idea of letting what ever needs to soften, soften.  There are so many ways in which your expertise in pin pointing the pea under the pile of mattresses can read as perhaps a little, ah, intense to some.  What would it be to care a little less about the details and a little more about the whole picture?  That’s what I’d like you to focus on this week – the big picture.  You won’t be able to understand the whole thing, nor should you.  It’s not about digesting every little particle but it is about giving yourself over to an experience that washes away some of the grit that can act as a barrier to feeling connected to others. In many ways you are ready for a new level of intimacy, one that would have freaked you out a few years ago, one that can feel like a loss of your ego, but a gain of union.

Libra and Libra Rising- On Friday, Venus’s day, it will make its annual stop in your sign.  Libra being one of the two signs that it rules, this tends to inspire an ease and sense of well being for you-however (isn’t there always one lurking nearby?) the astrology that happens later this month and again later in the fall is far from easing and sweet. Sorry to be a downer but that’s the way this astrology works.  However, it’s nothing to hide from-though we all may want to with the up coming astrology at times.  The fact is that so much of the action centers on your sign-it’s as if you are an outlet for these larger, generational influences to move through.  What I have noticed is that many of my Libran friends have made tremendous strides in their lives if they are dedicated to staying grounded and connected to their daily life.  The up coming astrology will move you in one direction or another, all you can do is make sure that you are internally prepared for the movement even though you have no idea which direction it will take you in.  This takes an extraordinary amount of internal knowing and connection.  This coming week is like a rest stop for all of us, but especially for you.  Take the time to anchor into the practices that keep your feet on the ground and your heart open for empathy and human exchange.

Scorpio and Scorpio Rising- You are currently still being transited by Saturn who is relentless in its pursuit as a task master-so while you may feel like there is a Cosmic Boss breathing down your neck and there is no misstep you are allowed to make without what is akin to immediate karma, I do hope that this summer has felt more like a stabilization than a scolding.  Astrologically your out of the hottest seat in zodiac to some degree and this week looks to be like somewhat of a break for all of us-but don’t worry there is a flurry of activity beginning with the full moon on August 20th, so enjoy this little bit of down time.  What looks like a potential gift at work could turn a financial situation in your favor.  I encourage you to be as open, flexible, dynamic and versatile as you can in your public and professional life-there’s some gift that wants to get to you but it can just as easily turn and walk the other way, so be the gracious host and entertain the public as best you can.

Sagittarius and Sagittarius Rising- This week is about you thinking outside of the box-your regular mind or ways of thinking are of no benefit to you right now.  The good news is that you are either being helped by a loved one, inspired by a romantic romp or just able to harness a greater level of creative consciousness-so please apply this little stroke of genius to the rest of your life.  The coming weeks are sure to bring some changes in either how you are viewed by your community and by your friends or these very relationships will get tested in some pretty interesting ways.  What’s important here in this moment which is more like a pause than anything else, is that you get really clear about what’s’ important to you, what’s meaningful and what holds truth because this knowledge will anchor you in the coming weeks and through the turbulent fall.

Capricorn and Capricorn Rising- If you thought that it’s been an eventful ride so far you are both right and you are not done with the kind of changes, upheaval and personal growth that you have undergone thus far.  If you are in a committed relationship this week make offer some temporary relief around where the two of you live (together or apart?) how you share what you share and what it is that you are creating when you are together.  It’s a sweet week for you in those terms and may help to bring a better understanding about the function and nature of the relationship for your spiritual growth.  To all my single goats- there may be a moment of clarity about what kind of animal you were in your family-be it scapegoat or favorite Billy, this week has you understanding and assimilating something about your past and what you’ve inherited. In a similar way to your coupled counterparts this week has you understanding just how it is you live with yourself day to day.  Are you kind and compassionate?  Understanding or impatient?  There’s quite a lot of career action ahead of you come the end of the month so use this week to stabilize your inner sanctum-be it solo or in union.

Aquarius and Aquarius Rising- Subtle hints and eventually overt urges that culminate in a frenzied fall, may have you wanting to jump on the nearest plane, train, apprenticeship opportunity or teaching gig and fly headlong into a fresh awareness of life and what holds meaning for you.  This of course could have very little to do with actually moving your physical body-but your mind, your beautiful, inquisitive, insatiable and brilliant mind is apt to be ablaze with new insights that will most likely clash with your known surroundings, beliefs and principals.  This is good because it signifies growth and the last thing we want for the electrical currents you carry is stagnation-you could blow anyone into stardust with that kind of static electricity.  This week may offer you some helpful advice through a friend, lover, neighbor or business partner (especially on Wednesday) that can compliment and propel said relationships.

Pisces and Pisces Rising- I don’t mean this to be depressing, negative or disheartening, I just want to validate your experiences by saying that if you feel like there has been a tremendous amount that you have sacrificed lately, it’s totally true.  Perhaps a better way to look at it though is that you have been offering up things that never really belonged to you in the first place.  As the fall progresses I’d like you to keep this in mind-whatever leaves wasn’t yours to keep.  It’s a much more sane way to approach life and it emboldens us with an automatic faith that life is working out exactly as we need it to.  Keep your ears open this week for information about how to make a little extra cash and take any opportunity that feels like a fit.  Please don’t overspend this moth, save as much as possible and try your best to curb your meandering tastes and hankerings for everything good under the sun.  The end of this month may bring an extra expense or two so I want you to be financially padded if at all possible.

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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