SkyCode Horoscopes for August 14-20, 2017


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

“So close yet so far”

 

On Tuesday, a tough Morningstar Venus in sensitive Cancer clashes with demanding Pluto in powerful Capricorn. Then Venus gets down and parties with outgoing Jupiter by a square early on Thursday morning. Effectively, she tries to grin away her gripes. It’s up to us whether that works out or not.

There’s something else that’s up to us too. I’ve written before how Venus cycles often relate to the disaffection that African Americans have experienced in the US. But there’s a larger cooling effect that’s highlighted this week before next Monday’s Great American solar eclipse.

This week we have a last quarter moon and a Mercury retrograde. The moon shows how we’re pressed to shed the gunk that has appeared since the full moon. We must “process” it, collectively. This requires more introspection and softer ways to engage each other. But Mercury’s retrograde alerts us that we should be slower to judge and speak without knowing our own minds.

Yet, we also have to be able to connect with others with sensitivity for them and ourselves. That’s harder to do. It’s easy to slip when we feel the need to prove our mettle by dismissing our own sense of self. For instance, a decent guy who feels he should be a jerk to command respect. Or embracing a sentimentality that has little to anchor it to the present or the future. It’s like mourning your entire childhood without living your best life now. Or preserving statues for people who were heroes to some but villains more for others.

Of course, there’s no guarantee that we can figure all of that out. But the nobility is in trying from the heart. Don’t give up. Bridging gaps start with acknowledging they’re there. (So, yeah, #ThisIsUs) And then wanting to do something about those gaps. That usually becomes clearer at new moons. Well, we got a big one coming right up! Stay (at)tuned.

 

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

It’s the last full week of your solar birthday season. But you likely won’t have much time to feel sad about it. You have too many options for that. That might even be the problem. Take this as an opportunity to simplify your pleasures and need to please. Think how you can have more bang for your buck. For instance, you might enjoy cooking a lavish birthday meal for you and a loved one. (After all, you are just that generous!) But do you have six hours to spend prepping everything from scratch? Pick fewer items for that.

Affirmation:
I simplify my pleasures and need to please without sacrificing quality.

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

There’s being helpful. And then there’s helping yourself to a handful of hell. You avoid the last choice by having clear limits and using some of your storied judgment. For example, there’s no sense lending $100 more to someone who has yet to pay back $1000. You’re likely not making an investment at that point. You’re gambling your time or money with someone else’s confusion or deceit. Generosity without wisdom is still waste. Instead, focus on the folks or opportunities where your caring will lead to results and self-satisfaction.

Affirmation:
I invest wisely and generously in what produces results, even if it’s only self-satisfaction.

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

Someone else can only spoil your comfort zone with your permission. Likewise, blurry lines will stay blurry if you let them. Keep consistently clear on your boundaries and you won’t have to fret too much about someone crossing them. That firm consistency, without a lot of dramatic emotion, is important. So, yes, someone’s likely to try you. Only you decide how far he or she will go. Don’t wonder too much about why someone’s over-reaching. Another’s madness doesn’t have to make you mad. Otherwise, you’ll be sucked into a vortex of crazy making that will nix more of the fun you can have now.

Affirmation:
I keep my boundaries clear and consistent.

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

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

Everyone talks about your penchant for secrets. And you might have to deal with several this week. But few talk about why secrets find their way to you. That reason might help you manage the pressure. You have a passionate curiosity for what and who could affect you in the world. That curiosity is a magnet for secrets. Yet, you’re not as fond of others having that same curiosity about you or your affairs. But that even attracts more intrigue around you. If you want some release from the intrigue, let some things around you just have their mystery. You’ll also be more at ease with your own mystery. You won’t have to tense up when others try to pry.

Affirmation:
I allow some mysteries to just be, including some of 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.

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

Hoarding often starts from a very noble impulse: to waste nothing. But that’s nearly impossible. You must risk some waste or extra to have more, to enjoy more. Perhaps you’re hearing too loudly the voices in your head that tell you to conserve. Yes, you can often run off half-cocked for an adventure. But the solution isn’t to stay holed up with too much either. You can instead wisely choose how to spend limited resources. Generally, if you splurge a little, you’ll save yourself from blowing a load of money or energy on something regrettable later.

Affirmation:
I let loose a little with no fear of waste.

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

You often like to keep the upper hand in most relationships. That might be great for all the situations you need to control, like at your job. But that’s usually awful for all those things you can’t or shouldn’t regulate. If you’ve invested a relationship more with power than passion, more with control than compassion, then you can expect its currency to be power and control. A seesaw for those things. Assess what you’re investing in your personal relationships. You know, the ones where you expect more care than cash or caches of influence.

Affirmation:
I hold the hands of those dear to me without losing the upper hand on those who expect it.

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

At times, it might be hard to decide on whether you want to socialize, work, or dive deep into something that could blow your mind. Of course, your best moments will be when you can do all three. But don’t agonize about it all before you’re in the moment. Play it by ear. Otherwise, you could get into pointless power struggles because you’re locked into things you don’t want to do. Or with people with whom you don’t want to be.

Affirmation:
I improvise, not agonize, with my best choices for delight.

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

Perhaps you touch a friend or associate’s nerve that you didn’t even know was that raw. Your first inclination might be to dwell on the shock, nursing how that person’s reaction came out of nowhere. But did it? Look closer at what you can own in the matter. But be careful not to take too much blame. That might be where you made the first mistake. You directed too much energy toward yourself. Leave more space for the person to be responsible for his or her own foibles. This includes how he or she hasn’t been clear with you about his or her needs.

Affirmation:
I lean in just enough to let someone step forward about his or her feelings.

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

Self-control should be your very best friend this week. You might develop an obsession or compulsion about something (or someone) that seems delightful. But too much delight can mess up long-term goals or focus. It’s okay to be indulgent every now and again. But too much and you can become complacent enough to stagnate. Except it won’t feel and look like that. It’ll look like you’re being kind to yourself. Like eating a loaf of juicy Hawaiian sweet rolls after a good yoga class is a decent reward. C’mon. Sure, you earned a roll. But not the whole bag.

Affirmation:
I keep a level-headed perspective on my “needs.”

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 more in touch with your inner nerd than you’d care to admit. There’s a certainty that you’ve been fishing for that seems to keep eluding you. That’s mostly because you won’t find it in books, journals, YouTube videos, or from numerous conversations with friends or mentors. There’s even a certain guilty pleasure you have from stacking as much knowledge as possible. Don’t let that pleasure blind you to living your best possible life. You’ll have to hazard more practice. More opportunities to mess up and maybe even land on your face. BUT you’ll know and you will learn.

Affirmation:
I know no amount of wisdom from others can outdo learning from my own experience and practice.

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

Budgeting isn’t a form of masochism. It’s a smart way to get more of what you want. That’s what you’ll likely have to keep telling yourself as you look at that thing that you really, really want. But you know you really, really shouldn’t have. Honestly, it’s probably something that’s not needed NOW. But you want it now to fill a void. For instance, some people must buy a new gadget to keep themselves entertained. God forbid if they would have to spend more time alone with their own thoughts! Honor the void before you rush to fill it with something that can wait.

Affirmation:
I spend time figuring out where I feel empty, not money trying to fill what I don’t yet understand.

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

Peace comes at a high premium for you because more folks might want a piece of you now. Others flirt with you more. It’s possible that people want more of your attention for other reasons. They might also seek your approval. Or they want you to seek theirs. You, on other hand, are likely wondering when did life become such a struggle. But the key is to lighten up. Find the humor, because it’s there. When the tenth person in a row requests a smile from you, you don’t have to give it. You can make a game of it. Every request is a smile you must give to yourself later or someone you actually like.

Affirmation:
I lighten up for my own peace of mind as others try to snatch pieces of me.

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