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From beloved astrologer Chani Nicholas comes an essential guide for radical self-acceptance.
Your weekly horoscope is merely one crumb of astrology’s cake. In her first book You Were Born For This, Chani shows how your birth chart—a snapshot of the sky at the moment you took your first breath—reveals your unique talents, challenges, and opportunities. Fortified with this knowledge, you can live out the life you were born to. Marrying the historic traditions of astrology with a modern approach, You Were Born for This explains the key components of your birth chart in an easy to use, choose your own adventure style. With journal prompts, reflection questions, and affirmations personal to your astrological makeup, this book guides you along the path your chart has laid out for you.
Chani makes the wisdom of your birth chart accessible with three foundational keys:
- The First Key: Your Sun (Your Life’s Purpose)
- The Second Key: Your Moon (Your Physical and Emotional Needs)
- The Third Key: Your Ascendant and Its Ruler (Your Motivation for Life and the Steersperson of Your Ship)
Astrology is not therapy, but it is therapeutic. In a world in which we are taught to look outside of ourselves for validation, You Were Born for This brings us inward to commit to ourselves and our life’s purpose.
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About the Author
Chani Nicholas is a Los Angeles-based New York Times bestselling author and astrologer with a community of over one million monthly readers. She has been a counseling astrologer for more than twenty years, guiding people to discover and live out their life’s purpose through understanding their birth chart. Her app, CHANI, offers users a personalized, daily understanding of their birth chart. It has had nearly a million downloads and counting since its launch in December 2020. She has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and on Netflix.
Table of Contents
Being Witnessed 1
Radical Self-Acceptance 2
I Your Birth Chart 9
The Blueprint of Your Potential 9
The Three Keys of Your Chart 10
Pulling Up Your Chart 11
Committing to This Process 14
How to Use This Book 16
II The Basics 19
The Who: Planets 19
The How: Signs 20
Modalities and Elements 22
Homes, Thrones, and Hostile Environments 25
The Where: Houses 27
Relationships: Aspects 30
The Gifts 30
The Challenges 32
The Mergers 33
Putting it all together: The Rules 34
III The first key: Your sun 37
Your Life's Purpose
Sign of your sun: How Do You Shine? 40
What Sign Is Your Sun In?
House of your sun: In What Area of Life Do You Need to Shine? 66
What House Is Your Sun In?
Relationships with other planets: Who Is Impacting Your Ability to Shine? 81
Which Planets Are in Aspect to Your Sun?
IV The second key: Your moon 97
Your Physical and Emotional Needs
Sign of your moon: How Do You Meet Your Physical and Emotional Needs? 99
What Sign Is Your Moon In?
House of your moon: Where Do You Meet Your Physical and Emotional Needs? 123
What House Is Your Moon In?
Relationships with other planets: Who Is Impacting Your Ability to Meet Your Physical and Emotional Needs? 139
Which Planets Are in Aspect to Your Moon?
V The third key: Your ascendant and its ruler 157
Your Motivation for Life and the Steersperson of Your Ship
Sign of your ascendant: What Is Your Motivation for Life? 162
What Sign Is Your Ascendant?
Planets in the same sign as your ascendant: Who Is Influencing Your Motivation for Life? 185
Do You Have Any Planets in the Same Sign as Your Ascendant?
Planet that rules your ascendant: Who Is Steering the Ship of Your Life? 197
What Planet Rules Your Ascendant?
House of your ascendant ruler: What Area of Life Are You Being Steered Toward? 232
What House Is Your Ascendant Ruler In?
What's next 253
Appendix 1 Each Sign and Its Symbol, Modality, Element, and Planetary Ruler 261
Appendix 2 Each Planet and Its Symbol, Sign of Domicile, Sign of Detriment, Sign of Exaltation, and Sign of Fall 262
Appendix 3 The Houses 263
Appendix 4 Cheat Sheet on Aspects 264
Appendix 5 Dr. Maya Angelou and Frida Kahlo's Birth Charts 269