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In each episode of Down to Astro, professional astrologers Chani Nicholas, Thea Anderson, and Eliza Robertson look to the sky to make sense of what’s happening here on Earth. This in-depth monthly podcast brings listeners into the astrological group chat to talk through how recent astrology has been landing IRL, how upcoming transits could manifest in the collective, and how we can individually stay grounded amid the flurry.
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Crisis & Conviction

Crisis & Conviction

2024-06-1401:05:25

Episode 8 In this podcast, professional astrologers Chani Nicholas, Thea Anderson, and Eliza Robertson look to the sky to make sense of what’s happening here on Earth. This episode is all about how the recent movements of Mars, Mercury, and Uranus showed up IRL. From Israel’s invasion of Rafah to Trump’s 34 guilty counts, we look at how the past month’s astrological events manifested in the collective. Plus, we give you a preview of what’s coming next. Content warning: genocide Timestamps: (00:00:00) - Welcome to Down to Astro episode 8 (00:00:40) - Introduction (00:02:38) - Mars in Aries and Israel’s invasion of Rafah (00:16:28) - Jupiter in Gemini (the sign of the twins) and Biden / Bibi (00:23:54) - Mercury conjunct Uranus and Trump’s conviction (00:28:37) - Mars in Taurus and pro-Palestine protests (00:31:19) - Mars conjunct Uranus on Trump’s midheaven (00:34:18) - Saturnian consequences for Trump (00:35:29) - More on Jupiter (00:37:06) - Taurus and fundamentalism (00:38:16) - Upcoming DNC convention during Jupiter’s and Mars’ squares to Saturn (00:39:26) - Advice for activists during the difficult astrology to come (00:52:29) - Biden’s restrictive immigration policy (00:57:58) - Whale news, courtesy of Saturn in Pisces (01:03:58) - Episode 8 wrap-up This episode was recorded on 6/6/24, before the Nuseirat refugee camp raid. For more astrological insights, download the CHANI app or follow CHANI on Instagram and Twitter. The song “Midas,” featured in the podcast, was created by NISHA and is available wherever you listen to music. This episode also mentioned the following creative works: “Biden’s Push to End the War in Gaza” by The Daily The works of Mariame Kaba P.S. The transcript for this episode is available here.
Episode 7 In this podcast, professional astrologers Chani Nicholas, Thea Anderson, and Eliza Robertson look to the sky to make sense of what’s happening here on Earth. This episode brings you into the astrological group chat to talk through how the recent eclipses and Jupiter–Uranus conjunction landed IRL. From the ongoing student protests (and violent backlash) to the discord surrounding the exorbitant Met Gala, we look at how these astrological events manifested in the collective. Plus, we give you a preview of what’s coming next. It’s practical. It’s chatty. And it grounds the current astrology in everyday life. Content warning: police violence Timestamps: (00:00:00) - Welcome to Down to Astro episode 7 (00:01:49) - Overview of eclipse season and the Jupiter–Uranus conjunction in relation to student protests and anti-war movements (00:09:23) - Timeline of student protests at Columbia University and how the astrology aligned (00:13:25) - Events that occurred the last time Jupiter was in Taurus, including Occupy Wall Street (00:17:04) - Events that occurred the last time Jupiter and Uranus were conjunct, including the Arab Spring (00:18:44) - The 2024 and 1968 protests at Hind’s Hall (00:20:46) - Saturn in Aries, extreme punishment, and divesting from carceral systems (00:23:18) - The legality of the student protests in response to the genocide in Gaza (00:25:19) - The balm of Jupiter conjunct Uranus (00:27:36) - Macklemore’s song “Hind’s Hall” and the public perception of celebrity wealth amid genocide (00:29:08) - Jupiter in Taurus, the Met Gala, and the Hunger Games (00:31:43) - Pluto in Aquarius, the French Revolution, and “haleyybaylee” (00:32:43) - Ways celebrities can help people in Gaza: Operation Olive Branch (00:33:23) - #Blockout2024 and the “digital guillotine” movement compared to literal guillotines of the French Revolution (00:35:34) - How astrology and social movements are seeded in the past but continue to sprout in the future (00:36:59) - The perception of wealth inequality and the responsibility of people in power to create positive social change (00:42:16) - Different models of uprising: TikTok, Mercury and Chiron near the North Node, and in-person protests (00:44:47) - The impact of TikTok, X, and other digital spaces for social organizing (00:47:46) - Jupiter’s ingress into Gemini, the sign of the twins, amid talks of a two-state solution (00:53:29) - Student protests at the Democratic National Convention (00:58:59) - Politicians’ recent and historical responses to protests (01:04:09) - The anti-apartheid protest at Hind’s Hall in 1985 and Mars’ conjunction with the North Node (01:06:54) - How Pluto functions in fire signs and impacts each generation’s drive to create change (01:08:49) - Jupitarian homework: working with hope as a practice (01:11:11) - Jupiter in Gemini predictions (01:17:48) - Personal stories about travel during difficult astrology (01:19:35) - Episode 7 wrap-up This episode was recorded on 5/13/24. For more astrological insights, download the ⁠CHANI app⁠ or follow CHANI on ⁠Instagram⁠ and ⁠Twitter⁠. The song “Midas,” featured in the podcast, was created by ⁠NISHA⁠ and is available wherever you listen to music. This episode also mentioned the following creative works: “⁠The Ghost of the 1968 Antiwar Movement Has Returned” by Charles M. Blow⁠ ⁠Cosmos and Psyche by Richard Tarnas⁠ ⁠Doppelganger: A Trip into the Mirror World by Naomi Klein⁠ ⁠The works of Mariame Kaba⁠ P.S. The transcript for this episode is available ⁠here⁠.
Episode 6 In this podcast, professional astrologers Chani Nicholas, Thea Anderson, and Eliza Robertson look to the sky to make sense of what’s happening here on Earth. This episode brings you into the astrological group chat to talk through the ways that recent and upcoming transits mirror the events of the mid-to-late 1960s. Covering everything from how the lunar nodes (and eclipses) in Aries and Libra have coincided with violence and anti-war movements to the ways that the rare conjunctions of Saturn, Mercury, and the Sun in Pisces have reverberated themes of sacrifice and martyrdom, it breaks down how these astro events have manifested in history and explores how they could continue to land this time around. Plus, it includes tips on how to work with the astrology as it unfolds. Content warning: suicide and genocide Timestamps: (00:00) - Welcome to Down to Astro episode 6 (00:21) - Introduction to the parallels of astrology through history (05:35) - The North Node in Aries, the South Node in Libra, and eclipses today and in the 1960s (14:15) - The United States’ Chiron return conjunct this season’s eclipses (15:19) - Chiron, the North Node, eclipses, cazimis, and honoring the life of Aaron Bushnell (content warning: suicide) (17:50) - The similarities in the astrology surrounding Aaron Bushnell’s act of protest in February of 2024 and Alice Herz’ act of protest in 1965 (content warning: suicide and genocide) (23:55) - The Saturn–Mercury–Sun conjunction and the “uncommitted” vote in the United States’ Democratic Presidential primary election in Michigan (25:28) - Saturn in Pisces moving into Aries and the parallels to that transit in the 1960s (32:22) - Mars aspecting the nodes of the Moon (content warning: genocide) (34:22) - The lunar nodes and eclipses in Aries and Libra, affirmative action, and civil rights  (45:10) - Venus and Mars conjunct Pluto in Aquarius (content warning: genocide) (46:10) - The Uranus–Pluto conjunction in the 1960s, the current Uranus–Pluto whole sign square, and the arms and space races of these times plus the upcoming Jupiter / Uranus conjunction in Taurus (54:30) - The beginning of this eclipse season, the March 25th lunar eclipse in Libra, and the April 8th solar eclipse in Aries, plus the Mercury retrograde beginning on April 1st (57:50) - Mars in Aquarius’ whole sign square to Uranus, ingress into Pisces, and upcoming Saturn conjunction (58:43) - Tips for navigating all of the upcoming astrology (60:49) - Using technology as a tool for mobilization, resistance, and boycotts (62:27) - More tips for navigating the upcoming astrology (66:11) - Episode 6 wrap-up This episode was recorded on 3/15/24, before the US drafted a resolution to the UN calling for a six-week ceasefire in Gaza. For more astrological insights, download the CHANI app or follow CHANI on Instagram and Twitter. The song “Midas,” featured in the podcast, was created by NISHA and is available wherever you listen to music. This episode also mentioned the following creative works: Cosmos and Psyche by Richard Tarnas “The ‘Colorblindness’ Trap: How a Civil Rights Ideal Got Hijacked” by Nikole Hannah-Jones  Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Y. Davis “An Arms Race Quietly Unfolds in Space” by The Daily  “Horoscopes for the North Node in Aries and the South Node in Libra” by CHANI P.S. The transcript for this episode is available here.
Episode 5 In this podcast, professional astrologers Chani Nicholas, Thea Anderson, and Eliza Robertson look to the sky to make sense of what’s happening here on Earth. This episode brings you into the astrological group chat to talk through 2024’s key transits. Covering everything from Pluto’s re-entrance into Aquarius to Jupiter’s conjunction with Uranus in Taurus and Mars’ retrograde in Leo, it breaks down how these events have manifested throughout history and explores how they could land this time around. It’s practical. It’s fun. It’s chatty. And it’s packed with tips on how to work with the astrology as it unfolds. Timestamps: (00:00) - Welcome to Down to Astro Episode 5 (02:33) - Jupiter conjunct Uranus (April 20th, 2024) (06:12) - The history of Jupiter and Uranus (16:24) - The history of Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto (20:31) - Pluto changing signs (31:45) - What is Zodiacal Releasing? (34:25) - Jupiter in Gemini (42:19) - The astrology of July and August (47:41) - Mars retrograde (49:26) - Some positive notes for 2024 (51:24) - Working with the year’s astrology (52:37) - Episode 5 wrap-up For more astrological insights, download the CHANI app or follow CHANI on Instagram and Twitter. The song “Midas,” featured in the podcast, was created by NISHA and is available wherever you listen to music. This episode also mentioned the following creative works: “Pluto and the Power of Generations” by CHANI Doppelganger by Naomi Klein On the Nose Podcast by Jewish Currents: Naomi Klein on Israel’s “Doppelganger Politics” P.S. The transcript for this episode is available here.
2023 Wrap-Up

2023 Wrap-Up

2023-12-0737:08

Episode 4 In this podcast, professional astrologers Chani Nicholas, Thea Anderson, and Eliza Robertson look to the sky to make sense of what’s happening here on Earth. This episode brings you into the astrological group chat to talk through how recent astrological events have mirrored what we’ve experienced in the collective and how they could continue to show up IRL. Covering everything from last month’s Mars cazimi and the future of AI to the duality of Mercury’s upcoming retrograde, it breaks down what you need to know about the end of 2023. Plus, it gives us a few tips on how to prep for what’s coming next. For more astrological insights, download the CHANI app or follow CHANI on Instagram and Twitter. The song “Midas,” featured in the podcast, was created by NISHA and is available wherever you listen to music. P.S. The transcript for this episode is available here.
Episode 3 In this podcast, professional astrologers Chani Nicholas, Thea Anderson, and Eliza Robertson look to the sky to make sense of what’s happening here on Earth. This episode brings you into the astrological group chat to talk through the aftermath of eclipse season, the influence of Venus in Libra, and the potential impact of the upcoming Mars cazimi in Scorpio. Covering everything from the active genocide and humanitarian crisis in Gaza to the US election, the SAG-AFTRA strike, and the historical significance of previous Mars cazimis, it breaks down how these key astrological events have manifested in the collective and could continue to land IRL. Plus, it gives us a preview of what’s coming next. For more astrological insights, download the CHANI app or follow CHANI on Instagram and Twitter. The song “Midas,” featured in the podcast, was created by NISHA and is available wherever you listen to music. P.S. The transcript for this episode is available here.
Episode 2 In this podcast, professional astrologers Chani Nicholas, Thea Anderson, and Eliza Robertson look to the sky to make sense of what’s happening here on Earth. This mini-episode brings you into the astrological group chat to talk through the upcoming eclipse season — aka one of the biggest astrological moments of the year. Covering everything from the difference between solar and lunar eclipses, North and South Node eclipses, and shifting sign axes to the impact that Venus will have on this set of eclipses, it breaks down how these key astrological events could manifest in the collective. Plus, it gives us a few tips on how to prep for this season of release. For more astrological insights, download the CHANI app or follow CHANI on Instagram and Twitter. The song “Midas,” featured in the podcast, was created by NISHA and is available wherever you listen to music. P.S. The transcript for this episode is available here.
In this podcast, professional astrologers Chani Nicholas, Thea Anderson, and Eliza Robertson look to the sky to make sense of what’s happening here on Earth. This episode brings you into the astrological group chat to talk through how the recent Venus retrograde, Mercury retrograde, and North and South Node shift have landed IRL. Covering everything from the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes to the rise of Barbie, the impact of the Eras and Renaissance World Tours, and the onslaught of celebrity breakups, it looks back at how the summer’s transits manifested in the collective. Plus, it gives us a preview of what’s coming next (we’re looking at you, eclipse season) and tips on how to work with our personal Venus placements. It’s practical. It’s fun. It’s chatty. And it grounds the current astrology in everyday life. For more astrological insights, download the CHANI app or follow CHANI on Instagram and Twitter. The song “Midas,” featured in the podcast, was created by NISHA and is available wherever you listen to music. P.S. The transcript for this episode is available here.
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