Astrologer Chani Nicholas's New Book Is a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Guide to Your Birth Chart

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When I tell Nicholas how the book made me feel, she reiterates that's the goal she had for the project, all along. "I'm really encouraged when I hear people say that they felt seen or witnessed by the book, or that it helped them to understand or accept a little part of themselves.

Since reading the book, I've been holding the affirmations she offers for those with my placements in my head like a worry stone, which include phrases like, "I am allowed to change my mind," and "I am loveable and deserving of attention, no matter who is watching. " After internalizing these, I've also created another personal affirmation of my own to help with the urgency inherent in my spirit: "Sometimes, you just have to go through things to get through them.

And people with the same placement of the planet that rules my rising sign (Libra, ruled by Venus in my eighth house) "generally do well in any situation where they can take the product or talent of another and make the world aware of it. " As an editor, this is what I do already — but now, it feels like some internal captain has been guiding the ship of my career all along. "The way that you were made was perfect.

That's really what I'm hoping for. " She goes on, saying, "I'm hoping that this book helps you feel reflected and accepted by some greater force than ourselves — that there's some reason for your being, that you have a purpose and your life has a meaning.

Only someone who is really, really well-versed in your specific chart could actually drag you astrologically because your individual makeup is so specific to you. ” So, in other words, maybe I should rethink making any major life changes based on push notifications. Got it. “I’m interested in moving the conversation from your sun sign, because that's such a tiny piece of what the astrology chart is, into planets.

YWBFT is uniquely personal — it’s almost like a choose-your-own-adventure style read full of "A-ha! " moments and affirmations you'll want to not only underline but tattoo on the backs of your eyelids. “Most of us have something really difficult and challenging in our chart, something very paradoxical.

Instead, I see that among other things, it actually makes me a good friend, collaborator, and partner, and I can bring the energy I get from my connections with others to moments spent alone. "There's some reason for your being, you have a purpose and your life has a meaning.

I'm hoping to help people appreciate the unique ways in which we're each constructed," Nicholas explains.

Reading YWBFT, I also learned that — thanks to my sun sign being square with the moon — the emotional intensity and urgency I've tried to quell for much of my life is simply part of my fabric.

While we hope it’s going to be something that doesn’t harm us, we also want to be willing to look at the most challenging aspects of the chart because those are the most challenging aspects of life and the self. ” Those, she explains, are the areas to focus on in any healing modalities you’re drawn to, be it meditation or therapy or something else.

But this book, with the nurturing yet guiding prose that Nicholas is known for, helps readers see that even the softest, most tender bits of ourselves — the parts that have been torn to shreds again and again in the moments that have made us question everything on hands and knees — those bits are made of starstuff, too.

I had already been writing them, but I wasn't really valuing my work or thinking it was going to lead to anything. ” This realization was part of the key to living out the purpose of her life; it allowed her to take her work much more seriously. “I feel like I've been able to accept myself and go on a pretty wild ride of opportunity.

Mission accomplished — fine, mission started — at least for me. "I'm hoping to help people appreciate the unique ways in which we're each constructed.

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