SkyCode Horoscopes for November 6-12, 2017 1


Horoscopes to unlock the stars, not to be locked down by them.

In Adversity

 

 

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Two planets, versatile Mercury and voluptuous Venus, dip into Zodiac signs where they’re considered in “detriment” this week. Planets in detriment are in signs opposite to the ones where they feel most at home. Mercury went into Sagittarius last Sunday. (He’s more comfortable in Gemini, instead.) Venus squeezes into brooding Scorpio on Tuesday morning. (She’s more comfortable in Taurus, Scorpio’s opposite sign.) Many modern astrologers don’t like to “old-timey” language of detriment or fall. That’s for a few reasons.

One reason is that we often confuse planets for people. We think by judging a planet, we’re judging the person who has the planet in detriment or fall. That’s a misperception. The condition of the planet gives us insight on how a person can match the planet’s condition with circumstances that suit it. Or not. Often, the planet signified in a chart mirrors how a person tries to fit a square peg in a round hole. The solution, of course, is finding a better match. Or working to highlight better circumstances that suits what the planet represents in the person’s chart.

For instance, Mercury in Sagittarius might signify a communication or learning style that works best when a person has space to roam and meander. Perhaps it’s hard for a Mercury in Sagittarius owner to feel comfortable in a situation that doesn’t allow for free-thought and asking hypothetical or theoretical questions. It’s a placement that doesn’t like to hear, “That’s just the way it is.” Or “keep it short.” (Where’s the fun in any of that?!)

Some other modern astrologers bristle at the use of “detriment” because they don’t really know what it means. Astrologer Chris Brennan talks about this in his groundbreaking book, Hellenistic Astrology. He says there’s not much written in the early ancient Greek tradition about a planet in its opposite sign. Brennan suggests that several words were historically used to describe a planet being in its opposite place. But some of the better choice words might not have survived into English. So, we’ve been stuck with “detriment.” He suggests, though, that a better word might be adversity.

These planets in adversity somehow must work harder at being more themselves. Venus in Scorpio must work harder to stay loving, supple, and kind when experiencing strife in Scorpio, Mars’ natural home. So, this doesn’t mean if you’re born with a Venus in Scorpio that you’re doomed to a resting bitch face or enduring love as a battlefield. It means that you can better appreciate love through significant hardships. Venus in Scorpio is a planet made wiser by a few knocks on the heart. She mirrors a heart strengthened by challenges. The heart is a muscle. Venus in Scorpio can become a power lifter.

So, we should welcome these planets dipping into their adversities. American novelist James Lane Allen once said, “Adversity does not build character, it reveals it.” I beg to differ. It does both. We have opportunities to improve how we make connections via Mercury and to strengthen our emotional bonds via Venus. We can see more of what we’re made of with these “detriments” and improve.

Read on for the SkyCodes for your particular moon, ascendant, Sun or key planet of your chart.

 

SCORPIO
Moon, ascendant, Sun or strong Mars in birth chart

Venus in your sign heralds you are becoming more of a fresher you. Look closer at your wardrobe or how you present yourself. That’s not to suggest you look bad. Don’t swing toward extremes. The better question to ask yourself is whether you can present better? It’s also a time to allow yourself to feel friskier and flirt more. Be more in your pleasure and your body rather than your head and work. Of course, this means risking more vulnerability, more chances for people to get to know the real you. But that’s okay. You’re a work in progress. There’ll always be more to learn since you’re going through a “systems upgrade.”

Affirmation:
I can change my look yet others still will have to look closer to see the real me.

Don’t know your ascendant, moon or Sun sign or if you have a strong Mars? Learn what to do about it here.

SAGITTARIUS
Moon, ascendant, Sun or strong Jupiter in birth chart

You might want to talk more. And even if you don’t want to talk, you probably have a lot more energy than usual surging through that expansive brain of yours. The best gift to give yourself would be focus. Focus doesn’t have to become a straightjacket, though. It’s keeping your attention on what’s happening in the moment rather than some yonder distant shore that’s only in your mind. Everyone might not want to hear a twenty-minute story for a five second point or punch line. So, know your audience and roughly what you want to say before you’re knee deep into it.

Affirmation:
I appreciate the wisdom of focus for knowing where and how to share my brilliance.

Don’t know your ascendant, moon or Sun sign or if you have a strong Jupiter? Learn what to do about it here.

CAPRICORN
Moon, ascendant, Sun or strong Saturn in birth chart

Feeling shifts between you and people you once found important can be unnerving. It’s sometimes hard to know what to feel. You’re not necessarily one to dwell too long on sentimental connections. But be careful about rushing off toward new adventures without tying up loose ends with those in your recent or even distant past. Fight to preserve what you can. Of course, you’re often inclined to give your best. But before you let someone or something go, be sure you’ve given your all to keep it. If you have, then it’s time to move on with a clear conscience and slate.

Affirmation:
I have given my all to preserve a connection that was once high in importance and now low in juice and trust.

Don’t know your ascendant, moon or Sun sign or if you have a strong Saturn? Learn what to do about it here.

AQUARIUS
Moon, ascendant, Sun or strong Saturn in birth chart

You perhaps must tread carefully with your damage control efforts from shaking isht up last week. You likely want to smooth things over. But you can’t do too much and hold to the integrity of what you really had to say or do. You must strive to be as pleasant as possible. Let that phrase resonate like a mantra. Not everything is possible. So, you can only be as pleasant as a situation warrants. A nod of acknowledgment to someone with whom you’re upset will ring truer than an attempt at a broad smile. And it’s still pleasant. You can’t be friendlier than you truly feel. So, shoot to be _____ enough. That’s a good start.

Affirmation:
I am as pleasant with others as possible.

Don’t know your ascendant, moon or Sun sign or if you have a strong Saturn? Learn what to do about it here.

PISCES
Moon, ascendant, Sun or strong Jupiter in birth chart

You run the risk of having too many initiatives and ideas you want to launch all at once. Aspects of your career and life seem like a smorgasbord and you want to sample as much as you can. Hurray for options since you do constantly crave for more of those. But think more about what opportunities or ideas you could cycle back to later. It might pain you to decline invites to meet new people. Or not have time to tinker with fun ideas. Yet, you will have to set priorities. Or risk doing too much and spoiling your own reputation by not being direct and honest about keeping your end of a bargain.

Affirmation:
I choose wisely the ideas and initiatives to enjoy and cultivate now.

Don’t know your ascendant, moon or Sun sign or if you have a strong Jupiter? Learn what to do about it here.

ARIES
Moon, ascendant, Sun or strong Mars in birth chart

You mostly like the adrenaline rush of having rock-solid knowledge. That’s fine when you do know something for certain. But you might not know something as well as you think. Or if you are an expert, you might not be expertly sharing what you know. For instance, if your mind drifts more toward, “People are stupid” when questioned about your expertise, then you’re working the sharing angle wrong. To be fair, that doesn’t mean some people aren’t stupid. But when you must teach others, you must meet them where they are. Not where you think they should be. Or at your proficient level. You must delay your own adrenaline rush to craft what must be said at the level it will and can be understood.

Affirmation:
I suit what I must say at the level of understanding and interest of others, not solely my own.

Don’t know your ascendant, moon or Sun sign or if you have a strong Mars? Learn what to do about it here.

TAURUS
Moon, ascendant, Sun or strong Venus in birth chart

You’re likely overthinking someone’s motivations way too hard. That’s not a suggestion to trust blindly that person. You just might be giving him or her too much credit. For instance, you suspect a person’s being purposely manipulative. But you might be blind to how you’re allowing yourself to be easily manipulated. And it’s equally possible that the suspicious person is not acting with as much conscious intention as you think. Sadly, some people are selfish and see you only as a means to an end. So, it’s not about anything deep about you personally. At all. But your first job is to think more about your own options rather than focusing on what you think others are doing to you.

Affirmation:
I spend more time thinking about how I’ll move forward with a difficult situation than about the person creating it.

Don’t know your ascendant, moon or Sun sign or if you have a strong Venus? Learn what to do about it here.

GEMINI
Moon, ascendant, Sun or strong Mercury in birth chart

You might become particularly unhappy with how your daily routine or workspaces feel or look. Act on this if you can spend a sensible amount of time and money to do it. Or keep it simple, like re-lacing your gym shoes with new colorful laces. It’s also possible that you’ll have to talk things out with a colleague or a friend who’s thrown off by recent changes in your schedule or availability. Your first impulse might be to see this as a distraction. And it kinda is. But a small dose of attention now will prevent a bigger problem later.

Affirmation:
A distracting dose of beauty and harmony with my routines or a listening ear for an upset friend will save me from bigger disruptions later.

Don’t know your ascendant, moon or Sun sign or if you have a strong Mercury? Learn what to do about it here.

CANCER
Moon, ascendant, Sun or strong Moon in birth chart

You would think life grand. That is if work, details, tedium, goals, and other such items weren’t in the way! There’s a lot that might get on your nerves now. Mostly because you don’t want anything to get on your nerves! If that sounds bratty to you, then you might have a sense how you sound in your “weaker” moments when you voice aloud your complaints. You’re not entirely wrong. It does suck when you can’t have as much fun as you want. But these other things you don’t want to do in the moment can incrementally improve your fun if you give them due attention. Just not too much. That’s what you must remember moving forward.

Affirmation:
I create more fun in my life by giving due attention to some of the things that aren’t much fun.

Don’t know your ascendant, moon or Sun sign or if you have a strong Moon? Learn what to do about it here.

LEO
Moon, ascendant, Sun or strong Sun in birth chart

Carve out more space and time to digest the feelings you’ve stirred up within and from others over the last few weeks. But that doesn’t mean you must idle. Just the opposite. Recharge by sharing your creativity and charity at home. Use that energy to lavish more affection and attention on your home and those in it. A trusting, familiar environment will allow you to sift through the emotionally-charged thoughts. Re-decorate your place or have family over for a meal to ground you. As you’re more grounded, you’ll eventually figure out how to wrap up your year. It’s likely been a big year for you and there’s definitely more excitement ahead.

Affirmation:
I recharge and gear up for the rest of the year by sharing my creativity and charity at home.

Don’t know your ascendant, moon or Sun sign or if you have a strong Sun? Learn what to do about it here.

VIRGO
Moon, ascendant, Sun or strong Mercury in birth chart

No, Mercury is not retrograde. But it might feel that way to you. And not in the “usual” ways related to miscommunication. There might be a lot from the past that comes up for you. Some of what might come up will be harmless, like reminiscing fondly with a sibling about a big trip you once took together. But it’s also possible that you find yourself thinking more about your childhood or existing problems with your family or other dear ones. Old lovers might also surface unexpectedly. Make time to deal with those feelings. Don’t sweep them under the rug.

Affirmation:
I patiently parse through my feelings about my past.

Don’t know your ascendant, moon or Sun sign or if you have a strong Mercury? Learn what to do about it here.

LIBRA
Moon, ascendant, Sun or strong Venus in birth chart

Don’t let your focus on your goals falter. Or your faith in yourself. A few weeks ago, I spoke with you here about gratitude. Gratitude is a prerequisite for getting more in your life. But faith and focus are important ways to get more too. Faith in yourself isn’t just a fuzzy, warm feeling about who you are, where you’ve come from, what you’ve done and blah blah blah. It’s about how you daily invest in yourself with actions that show you believe in yourself. So, keep swinging for the damn rafters! That doesn’t mean you must boast about yourself because you’re bursting with pride. It means you’re grateful enough for your gifts to let others know about them. Keep sharing and talking. You’ll connect with your heart’s desire soon enough.

Affirmation:
I focus on my dreams, and share them and my gifts more with others.

Don’t know your ascendant, moon or Sun sign or if you have a strong Venus? Learn what to do about it here.


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