Cosmic Candy: December 30 – January 5

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Happy New Moon! Happy New Year! The following horoscopes are written in the form of mantras that are specific to the areas of life that are best to work with in accordance to the new moon taking place on January 1st. Please feel free to change any word or phrase that doesn’t speak to you. A new moon marks the beginning of a cycle and because this new moon also marks the beginning of the Gregorian calendar, you can use the energy to help you set intentions, make adjustments and realign yourself if need be. The current astrology is asking us to get really real; dishonesty, especially with oneself, does us no good at this point. The spring of 2014 is going to bring with it many twists and turns and this new moon is asking us all to lay down some of the heavy load that we carrying so that we may be a little lighter in our travels this year. We’ll need to be agile in order to dance to the rhythms of the next 12 months.

And 5, 6, 7, 8…

Aries & Aries Rising

New Moon Mantra: I am willing to let go of any and all preconceived notions of what I am “supposed” to be in the world. Any part of my identity that I have been holding on too tightly to, I now release while having absolute faith that I am being taken care of in all fundamental areas of my life. I trust that the reinvention of my identity, the expansion I feel in my home life, the vigorous workout I am getting from my partnerships and the emphasis on my career and social standing at the moment, are all working out for the best. I am ready and willing to give up my limited understanding of success for a greater understanding of my purpose. I am hereby willing to let go of any notion that I am a failure and instead I am willing to embrace all of my triumphs and go forward each and everyday without my hesitation or fear as an excuse to be inactive. Conflicts are sacred, I honor them as teaching tools that help me garner a deeper level of self-awareness. Today is the only day I have and I seize the opportunity to live it to its fullest!

Taurus & Taurus Rising

New Moon Mantra: I am willing to let go of the dogma that has dogged me. I hereby claim my mind open for ideas, philosophies and beliefs that will create a world full of wonder, humor, intelligence, grace and awe. Everyday I have a chance to see the world anew. Others may teach me what they know, but no longer does anyone have the power to dictate how I shall think, I consciously cultivate the ability to use my intellect to free myself from sterilized logic and fear-based nonsense. I know that whatever intelligence created the universe also created my mind and that within this vast and mysterious machine there is the power to both create and destroy life. Therefore, I align my thinking with the greatest organizational creative intelligence in the universe and I allow that kind of brilliance to guide my every thought.

Gemini & Gemini Rising

New Moon Mantra: I am blessed, and because I am blessed I know that it is safe to let go of all things in my life that do not serve me. Even the things that I think I want that have fallen away from me-I willingly let them go now. In darker times I know that stillness and focus are my greatest allies. I enter the night with an internal light on and I can look to any heroine or hero that I resonate with to draw strength from. If my faith is tested I know that it is because I am ready for the test, if I cannot see for the darkness than I know it is time to rely on my inner vision and if I cannot make sense of what is happening than I know that I can wait until I have a greater understanding of the situation. I am capable of rising to the occasion of this moment with my entire being.

Cancer & Cancer Rising

New Moon Mantra: The darkness of my past no longer casts a shadow on my present. Today I am free of what was and I release myself from the bondage of suffering that I have been tied to until now. I reclaim my inherent power to call back the parts of myself that may be lost to the heartbreaks of my past. I call my energy back into the present moment because healing exists here and only here. I care more about what I think of myself than what anyone else does. I release everyone and everything that I have been holding in contempt, in longing and in misunderstanding and in doing so I am free to move forward. I am expanding at a rapid rate and sometimes growing pains occur but underneath the momentary discomfort an indestructible faith is welling up inside of me. I can no longer dwell in the small self-image that I have lived in. I have outgrown the skin I have been in and because of that I have also outgrown the need to be petty, codependent or self-indulgent. I am freer than I have ever been because I am daring to take up more space then I ever have. I am freer then I have ever been and because of this I am actually safer and more secure. I trust life and it trusts me back.

Leo & Leo Rising

New Moon Mantra: Every part of my day is sacred and each activity I do is an important part of the larger picture. I carefully consider how to best utilize my day so that my time, energy and mental power may be used constructively. I take this time to deeply consider what I am willing to release from my diet for a period of time so that I can assist my body in the releasing of toxins that have accumulated over the year. I do this in the most supportive way possible for my physical, mental and emotional well-being. Instead of living in an unconscious pattern when it comes to my daily rhythms, I take this moment to carefully consider how to better care for myself by tending to the details of my life with consciousness and intention. I think about how I want to feel during the day and take actions to promote this supportive state. I am willing to let go of my old ideas about right and wrong. I know that my ultimate goal here is to promote connectivity and peace and so I look to understand rather than to be understood.

Virgo & Virgo Rising

New Moon Mantra: My life is simply teeming with creative potential and while there are many ways that I could use this energy I am going to be deliberate about my actions. Like many of the creation myths the world over I know that what I create will take on a life of its own, so I will start all of my projects with the best ingredients possible. I will apply this kind of mindful attention to my romantic affairs, leisurely activities, my children and my artistic endeavors. I willingly let go of what has inhibited my self-expression in the past. I don’t have to be inauthentic to reveal who I am, nor do I need to push myself into any kind of false identity, I simply show up as myself and feel at home in my skin because of that. The more I accept myself in all my quirky beauty the more intimacy I experience in my life. This year I let go of any false identities that I have been lugging around in my “I hope they like me” suitcase because I know that my life is too precious to go on for one more nano-second without revealing who I truly am. I am a brilliant spec of life on a magnificent spec of a planet floating through a universe so vast my mind could never conceive of its scope.

Libra & Libra Rising

New Moon Mantra: I embrace all of the jobs that I have been assigned, chief among them being Keeper Of The Peace. I know that living peacefully is a dynamic process and I do not try to simplify the rich complexity that strife may bring with it, but I also diffuse undue discord by honoring the feelings of those that surround me while not losing track of my own. I am being asked to be the bigger person in many situations in my life and I welcome the charge. As I offer others my understanding I also understand more about myself and all the paradoxical parts of me. I allow my past to straighten itself out, I allow healing to happen with little to no effort from me. Any story or misconception from my childhood or parents childhoods that needs to be released, spontaneously does so now. I trust that the deeper feelings that arise are passing through me, carving little grooves of compassion, cracking me open in places that have been closed to the light. These feelings will pass and they will leave me with a greater understanding of myself and of others. I don’t deny any feeling, I let them all arise and I also let them all go. I hold on to nothing and I resist nothing. I stand in the center of my life, calm, grounded and able to witness the comings and goings of sunshine, storms and everything in between. This is peace.

Scorpio & Scorpio Rising

New Moon Mantra: My mind is an amazing and mysterious instrument that I have the utmost respect for. My thoughts are tremendously powerful and my perception informs my feelings, my well-being and the outcome of many situations in my life. I have no control over what people in my life do and no one can dictate how I perceive a situation. My mind can generate millions of ideas and countless combinations of possible outcomes and so I consciously direct my thinking towards the best possible outcome. I refuse to dwell in feelings of envy, greed, fear and attachment. I am willing to let go of the petty tyrants of my mind that like to hide behind self-righteous indignation so that I make room for more complex and humane ways of seeing the world. I compost my need to be right, I let go of the false notion that others are wrong because I know that there is no winning for myself if it means that others are losing. I hereby ask that my mind be stripped of all false notions that have plagued me thus far and I make room for a greater truth. May my mind be an instrument of peace by way of being able to see through the conflict at hand to the heart of the matter. In this way I use my speech, my movements and my thoughts to promote justice, equanimity and harmony.

Sagittarius & Sagittarius Rising

New Moon Mantra: Possessions are funny. I own nothing and nothing owns me. Everything that comes into material reality eventually disintegrates. In the end I will lose everything, my money, my possessions, my reputation, my fame, my body and everyone I have ever loved. Because I know this I am free to simply enjoy all that is without attaching any self-worth to it. Because I know this I love everyone that is in my path with greater transparency, heart and honesty. Because I know this I let go of resentments and greed as I have no room for them any longer. Because I know this I travel lightly and sleep deeply. Because I know this I am free to play in the realm of the material world without being owned by it. Because of this I am free. I. Am. Free.

Capricorn & Capricorn Rising

New Moon Mantra: This moment holds a tremendously transformative opportunity for me and I am ready for it. My life is a testament to the power of healing and dedicating oneself to a life filed with rigorous honesty, practical magic and the power of being true to ones word. I willingly offer any part of my identity that no longer serves me to the fire as an offering and a payment for the gift of being able to live this life. I know that in order to live honestly I must be open to shedding the layers that once protected me but now restrict my growth. Everything right now points to my renewal and I am ready for the opportunity to continue growing along the lines that I know I must. I am willing to shed the false skins of my past and I have the courage to move forward even though I feel things like fear, trepidation and uncertainty. I allow myself to be thrilled by the very real experience of not knowing what comes next or who I will be at the end of this process but one thing is for sure-I am ready to let life in. My heart is open, my mind is willing and my body is ready for the unfolding a new adventure.

Aquarius & Aquarius Rising

New Moon Mantra: Never before have I had the opportunity to let go of so much without having to fully explain it, expose it or justify it to anyone else. Though I may not fully understand what it is that is taking place I am clear that everything is working out for the best. At this time my connection to a larger picture of existence opens up and I can see the insignificant and yet deeply important role that I play in the unfolding of conscious creation. This allows me to go about my day with a playful detachment, I both deeply care about life while at the same time knowing that all that happens shall pass. I stand on the edge of the abyss and like the Fool I am able to skip along as if I have not a care in the world. I am able to deeply ponder the meaning of my life and though I do not need to come up with any concrete answers I allow myself to dwell in the questions. I know that I am part of a great mystery and I take comfort in that.

Pisces & Pisces Rising

New Moon Mantra: I love all my friends deeply and because I love them so I let them grow in the direction that they need to grow in. I release all my relationships into the starry night sky so that they may all shine like the brilliant lights that they are. I love my friends fiercely and because I love them so I know that they will come and they will go as they need to and they will allow me the same curtesy. I am deeply committed to my friends and because I am so committed to them I am willing to have difficult discussions when our relationship is suffering in silence. I give to my friends and because I am so giving I discuss interesting projects and ideas with them and join forces with them when it would be mutually beneficial to do so. I love my friends to the ends of the earth and back again, but I love myself more and that is why when a relationship is no longer healthy for me I release it back into the great unknown in hopes that it will find its way towards healing.

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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