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You Were Born for This: Astrology for Radical Self-Acceptance

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  2,752 ratings  ·  323 reviews
The beloved Los Angeles astrologer with more than one million fans shows a new generation how to use astrology as a tool for self-discovery, success, and self-care in this revolutionary guide.

Modern astrology isn’t about passively accepting our fate, it’s about action, and beloved astrologer Chani Nicholas shows you how to bring this life-changing practice into your life a
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 7th 2020 by HarperOne
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S Brubaker
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
It should be said that I love Chani's writing, regular horoscopes, affirmations, positivity, and her style of astrology. I wasn't entirely sure what I would get out of this book, but was happy to support her regardless. I'm no astro-wiz, but it would be fair to say I can follow more than the average person may, so I understand that I may not have been the target audience for this guide.

Overall, I found You Were Born for This to be lacking meat. There are 287 pages in the book. Once you rule out
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Cameron Airen
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great astrology book for anyone who is NEW to astrology. It focuses on your sun, moon and rising sign, and how the three makeup who you are and your life purpose. As someone who is NOT new to astrology, I didn't enjoy it as much though I did appreciate Chani's perspectives on what the sun, moon and our rising signs represent as I haven't heard it explained in the way that she writes. Even though I probably know a fair amount more than the average American about astrology, I wanted more ...more
etherealfire
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great little basic primer for astrologer newbies, especially geared for (but not exclusive to, by any means) younger people, IMO.
Becca Bishopric Patterson
I love how easy to read and understand this guide is! It is thorough but digestible for a newcomer to astrology. Chani guides you through understanding your chart with the care, nuance and expertise of the best kind of teacher. She shares her wisdom and expertise while prioritizing your agency in the process. Her vulnerability and authenticity shines through her writing and she had me crying by page 2. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to understand more about astrology and/or how to read their ...more
Jasmyne
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really digestible and easy to read. Chani was finally able to clarify a point in my chart that I've had lots of difficulty understanding. Still, this book left me wanting more. I hope she'll write more books in the future. ...more
Rhea
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is like ... half a book? More like a workbook. If you are BRAND NEW to astrology this is a clear, well designed primer. But for anyone who has general knowledge of astrology, this is a light review. It was enjoyable to read but nowhere near the deep dive I expected from this famous, thoughtful astrologer.
Mara
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was the right kind of astrology for beginners with a self-reflection/devotional component book I've been looking for. I'm not a serious believer, but I do appreciate how things like astrology, personality tests, etc. can invite personal introspection and meditation in a way that is not specifically religious. This is a book I see ruminating on & using for personal reflection on an ongoing basis ...more
Shalisa
Easy to understand, I appreciated the use of regular words. I appreciate that she talks about Dr. Maya Angelou, white supremacy, slavery, and racism. I had a fear that it would be super white and heteronormative but it is surprisingly not. If your curious but don’t want to dive in too strong, perfect book.
Moira
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t remember the last time I’ve been so excited for a book to FINALLY be published. I’ve been dying to get my hands on this since I saw it popping up on social media. If you’ve ever been curious about what your natal chart can tell you about yourself this book will honestly blow you away. It’s written, and organized, in away that makes sense and allows for easy reference. I learned so much about myself today! The journal prompts are a really great touch.
Katey Flowers
Chani’s writing and presentation, along with the diagrams and examples, make this book such an easy one to read. The focus here is very much on understanding the basics of what your sun, moon and rising signs mean for you. Chani offers a ‘choose your own adventure’ style system where you jump to the page that discusses your personal messages, which makes it a very simple and easy to use book. It does also mean, however, that you actually only end up needing to read about half the book. It remind ...more
emmy
Dec 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction, dnf
This book, unfortunately, falls into the popular trope of mainstream astrology of requiring knowledge of birth location and time from the reader in order to engage, thus making the book inaccessible to many marginalized people who don't have access to this information. Disappointing. ...more
Katie
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great book for those beginning in astrology. Chani's writing (as always) is elucidating, comforting, and uplifting. She lets you see astrology as a portal for self-discovery and acceptance, rather than a firm fate. And, she connects astrology to your own life journey using the star charts of amazing women. I plan on recommending this book to everyone I know who is looking to chart their way thru life's ups and downs. ...more
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Those looking for blazingly new thoughts and theories, and unique material may find themselves disappointed with this, as well as those looking for a deeper understanding of the theories of astrology.

Those new to astrology (and to traditional astrology) may benefit from reading about how Nicholas applies the principles of planets in domicile, detriment, exaltation and fall to wrench more info from the 'Big Three': Sun, Moon and Ascendant. She also examines the condition of the traditional plane
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Abbey
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
It is rare that I buy both hardcover book AND audiobook, but CHANI CHANI CHANI CHANI! Astrology is a tool for self reflection and I'm grateful for this offering from her. Loved both. Highly recommend. ...more
Ellen Ricks
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have never been more personally called out by the book I was reading and I loved every minutes of it.
Alanna Why
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been interested in astrology ever since I was little, but my love for and study of the occult has only ramped up since I got my first tarot deck four years ago. Even though I know quite a bit about astrology, this book was a useful tool for explaining the “Big Three” placements in a birth chart AKA sun sign, moon sign and rising sign/ascendant. This is also one of the few books I’ve read that explained the twelve house system very clearly. It is the ONLY astrology resource I’ve consulted th ...more
Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
I've read it, but that this just the first step of this book. Reading it is just the key to opening the door; you have to decide to push it open and discover what's on the other side.

Though I feel like I have a good grip on the main aspects focused on in Nicholas's book (sun sign, moon sign, ascendant), what I most appreciated was how she always brings everything back to you as the reader. It isn't prescriptive, it's about your personal experience and how you can use those insights about yourse
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Les
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though she kept it brief, I enjoyed reading her origin story. I enjoyed this book, BUT if you already have accessed her readings, you'll have heard much of what she details. Also, while she does address this issue directly, not having one's known birth-minute (not just birthdate) makes this a much less impactful reading experience than if one does (or believes that you do). If I didn't know when my birth was recorded, I'm not sure how much I would enjoy this approach to astrology. Lots of people ...more
Sarah Esmae Wolfe
This is a great book for anyone new to astrology. It's a choose your own adventure type of format that helps you understand your natal chart. The author does a great job of breaking things down and making the terminology easy to understand so it doesn't become overwhelming. I'm still trying to figure out what all these astrology terms mean so it was ideal for someone like me but if you already have a good foundation in astrology you may find this to be too simplified. ...more
Ondine
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Chani's work (I've read her horoscopes for years), so I was excited that this was gifted to me for xmas. It's a quick read because in several sections you are meant to skip around to read about the aspects that are most relevant to your chart. This is definitely a 101 level astrology book, and it is quite a great introduction. I appreciated the reflections questions, and this is definitely a book that I will go back to multiple times. ...more
Natalie DeYoung
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this book. As usual, it was like Nicholas was peering into my soul. My only complaint is that it felt rushed at the end, like it was unfinished—I turned the last page and said, “that’s it?”
Rachel
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a book I’ll want to come back to a bunch.
Angelica Archangelica
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfic
I'm a Taurus Sun, Taurus Moon and Taurus Mercury in the 11th House with Cancer Rising (ruled by the Moon, again, in Taurus in the 11th House), with Pisces Midheaven AND IT SHOWS. ...more
Maggie
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being new to astrology and a big fan of anything that sparks introspection, I found this a creative effective and engaging guide for self exploration development and growth!
Sonja Spinarski
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was raised on astrology, and have never come across a book so engaging and accessible. Chani’s method of simplifying and breaking down each layer is incredibly helpful, and the journal prompts at the end of each segment really invite you to take a moment to really sit and resonate with your discoveries. She is brilliant, and I’m crossing my fingers she releases more soon!
Eliza
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you want to break down your birth chart, this book is required. Bring Kleenex because the shadow work is intense.
Chelsea Francis
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this and finished it on the day my Saturn return completed and it totally changed my life.
A
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Feel kinda guilty counting this toward my reading challenge because the format of the book has you skip SO much content but..... whatever. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

This was a great introductory guide for someone like me, who is interested in astrology, but really doesn't understand what things mean beyond our Sun signs!
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Joy Messinger
[4 stars] An introduction to personal astrology through a lens of justice, healing, and self-love. Admittedly, I’m a bit of an astrology nut and have been a subscriber to Chani Nicholas’ e-newsletter horoscopes and social media for years. This book was a short and enjoyable read that explored signs, planets, houses, and aspects for Sun, Moon, and Ascendant. Those with beginner- or intermediate-level knowledge of astrology will get the most out of this interactive journey through one’s birth char ...more
Laura Greenwood
Jul 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm a big fan of Chani Nicholas' horoscopes and I read them regularly. I enjoyed this book, but I was also left wanting more. Because the style is "choose your own adventure" -- identify for instance the sign a particular planet is in in your chart, then jump ahead and read about that placement -- it's a much shorter read than the size of the book suggests. I have never encountered this approach to aspects before wherein orbs are not mentioned -- the chart I generated on Chani's website, because ...more
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