Created by astrologer and writer Chani Nicholas and her wife and business partner, Sonya Passi, the CHANI app utilizes astrology for self-discovery and mindfulness. The app includes a detailed birth chart, a meditation library, a journal for self-reflection, and workshops. Some of the content is free to access, but other portions require a paid subscription.
Nicholas tells Elite Daily the most challenging part of creating the app was crafting detailed content. Nicholas says, “100% of horoscopes and birth chart readings in the app were written by me and a team of professional astrologers, and it ended up being more than 500,000 words to write and edit.”
Nicholas is combatting tech stereotypes in her own way. She says, “Our company is centered in queer, feminist ideals, and we are intentionally crafting a culture that dismantles the patriarchal systems so many workplaces are modeled around.” Nicholas adds that the app also donates 5% of its profits to Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Queer, and Trans survivors of gender violence through FreeFrom.org. “We’re not trying to fit the mold of a tech company; we are a company committed to healing and wellness,” she says.
In addition to launching the CHANI app in December 2020, Nicholas released an astrology book, You Were Born for This: Astrology for Radical Self-Acceptance, in 2020, was featured in Netflix’s Star Power, and has served as a counseling astrologer for over 20 years.
The CHANI app is available on the App Store.