SkyCode Horoscopes for the week of April 10-16, 2017


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

“Freedom Ain’t Free”

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Often, not always, the first full moon of spring brings Easter, in both the Catholic & Orthodox traditions, and Passover. We can glean astrological wisdom beyond the religious symbolism in any of these traditions. This special spring full moon honors sacrifices made to achieve freedom. It’s good to remember that freedom is a commitment requiring lots of discipline.

When I was a Christian minister, I read the tales of the Hebrews after they left the narrow confines of Egypt. 40 years in the wilderness doesn’t sound like a victory lap for unbridled freedom. And the prosecution of the followers of Jesus didn’t stop with Jesus’ storied resurrection. If anything, things got worse for the early Christians. “Freedom ain’t free,” as the saying goes.

Venus might not feel that way, though. She comes out of her retrograde Saturday near dawn on the US east coast. She’ll be in her exaltation sign, Pisces. Yet, we probably won’t feel a scotch free as she. There are still lots of things to figure out between this “freedom” full moon and three other planets still retrograde (Mercury, Saturn and Jupiter).

Remember Venus prompts us to think about how we experience connection and attachment to people or things. Perhaps we’re not as sure about to whom or what we will remain loyal. With politics, this suggests more public tales of intrigue and perhaps even more double-crossing to ensure somebody stays free. In regular life, perhaps you have relationship kinks to work out. Or you can’t make up your mind about whether you like the couch you moved around a few weeks ago, for example.

Stubbornly attempting to hold on to everything won’t help you. (Just think 40 years of wandering through the wilderness after gaining your freedom.) What will help is not trying to have your cake and eat it too. Honor your commitments intelligently. Change your methods up before you give up and change your mind. Don’t think you’ll break new ground without breaking something. Be thrilled by the freshness of freedom. But don’t think you can get around the work required to keep it.

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

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

Nourish the relationships that make you feel alive. Your mind might drift toward completing priorities over people. But people are a priority too. Be creative and see what you can accomplish with a dear one, like a friend. Perhaps you both can make run to Home Depot together for DIY projects. Or help each other with your respective tasks. The key thing is to remember you’re a human being, not just a human “doing.” It’s good to get things done. But it’s even better to remember we don’t achieve the best version of ourselves alone.

Affirmation:
I bond meaningfully with loved ones as I achieve personal tasks.

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

Work that must be done (and you don’t want to do) doesn’t have to become drudgery. Find some small part of it that can be fun, even if it gives you a silent perverse pleasure to imagine it differently. After all, your pleasure starts and ends with you, not what’s “out there.” Hate weed whacking? Then imagine you’re whacking some customers who consistently get on your nerves. Did guilt just pop up with thoughts like that? That’s probably a clue that you’re keeping some feelings choked up. You have to find some way to get ‘em out. And what’s in your own mind is still only yours. You don’t have to fear that.

Affirmation:
I pleasurably use my imagination to sweeten sour tasks.

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

Remembering pleasantries can keep things, well, pleasant. Stay consistent and nice with folks, especially when they get on your nerves. That doesn’t mean you have to become a pushover. But throwing a tantrum won’t give you much of the lasting satisfaction you hope for. People often throw hissy fits because they’re addressing an issue from their own past, not necessarily anything you’ve done. In other words, another person’s reaction doesn’t have to be personally about you. So, don’t oblige. Keep what’s about you, well, about you, and keep it moving.

Affirmation:
I stay present and pleasant when others aren’t.

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

Your gut has a lot more wisdom for steering you in the right direction than overthinking an issue. You’ll know you’re tuned into your gut when there are strong feelings that prime you to take what feels like a concrete action. It’s okay if you can’t see the whole landscape for what happens next. Let’s say you’re pulled to walk into your boss’s office with only a vague sense of what you have to say. Well, take that as a start, and commit to having a conversation with your boss. Don’t fret about details, like whether to talk in the office or what small talk item to mention first. Trust your power to improvise.

Affirmation:
I trust my gut to lead me toward concrete next steps. My mind will successfully improvise the rest.

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

Life might seem like a mystery and you’re the detective on call to catch the clues. Those clues are not likely to be dramatic. The mystery might not be an event you can pin down. Just know that what appears on the surface isn’t exactly as it seems. Perhaps the colleague talking about how boring his weekend was isn’t trying to share his misery. Maybe he’s telling you how overwhelmed he is by his current workload and how his weekend gave no relief from the sinking feeling. Like any good detective, don’t stop at assumptions. Probe, gently. Ask questions. Stay open to intuitive leaps. Test out ideas. But stay on the case.

Affirmation:
I carefully read the clues that I mysteriously sense around me.

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

Every now and again, you have to take a swill from what I call a bottle of “Fuggit” and swing for the fences. This is more than just taking a calculated risk. And you’re not completely throwing caution to the wind. You’re more focused on releasing power from within. But you have to release some natural hang-ups first. You’ll know you’ve stumbled on one of those when you whine to yourself, “But I always do it this way.” Of course, that’s not an invitation to be sloppy. Instead, wonder aloud with your body about what you can do differently. See what fires off in your mind when you do, what juices you up when you frame your readiness otherwise. Then take the Fuggit swig…and swing.

Affirmation:
I work my mind and body in unfamiliar ways to release inner power.

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

Spring is a season and a feeling. When spring is slow to make you feel alive, you have to do that on your own. Start small with what’s in your immediate environment. You don’t have to commit to a full-on remodeling job unless that’s no big deal for you. But, for example, you certainly might consider whether you need to keep up that second-hand cheap poster in your living room that you’ve been lugging around since college. Also, look at your wardrobe or make-up. No, this isn’t celestial commentary on whether you look bad or not. This is just a friendly reminder that we all can look better and fresher. Play around with that and see what comes up that’s new.

Affirmation:
I seize spring’s renewing powers with creative initiative of my own.

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

It’s sometimes odd to watch how people resist the willful powers of life with quirks of their own. Like the guy who’s practically bald except for the “struggle” locs that fence the back of his head. Or how someone always folds her dollar bills toward her before handing them over to another because she’s telling her money to come back to her. You might say that’s all mawkish sentimentality. But it also could be something deeper. It’s somebody’s quirk pushing through life’s suffocating weeds to flourish and grow. We shouldn’t rush to mow that down. Own and work your quirk. You don’t have to judge its value based on anyone else’s measure of usefulness. Your job now is to know whether a quirk is truly yours and how you might learn to work it better. If it’s not yours, then it’ll naturally find a way to fall away from you.

Affirmation:
I own and work my quirk for my satisfaction, not anyone else’s.

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

By legend, Jupiter, the god for which your sign’s planet is named, would routinely show up at random poor people’s homes as an unexpected guest. This was a big deal in ancient times. A home’s portions were meager and there was no 24-hour store to run out to for more food. People either had to share what little they had or turn strange Jupiter away. Those who housed wandering Jupiter usually ended up with a blessing. They were willing to risk being generous more than fearing the loss of what little they had. Risk your generosity for someone in need. Going out your comfort zone isn’t always about your next destination. Sometimes your next adventure comes to you. You have to be just as ready.

Affirmation:
I boldly risk a little discomfort to be generous to another in need.

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

If a battle plan rests only on winning the war on the battlefield, then that was never a plan. Most battles are won before any soldiers arrive. Life’s a little like that now. This doesn’t mean you have to guilt-trip yourself for not having a plan. Just the opposite. Now is the perfect time to reset previous plans or come up with a new one. Work hard on sealing any deals you have in the works as soon as possible. Plot out the steps you can take and imagine possibilities for all the other steps that you can’t control. But set the stage for your success as much as you can.

Affirmation:
I plan and prepare to win any wars I must wage before I even know where the battlefield will be exactly.

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

Aspects of life might feel more like a jigsaw puzzle. Jigsaw puzzles can only be put back together one piece at a time. Yet, there’s comfort in knowing that there is one image when you have all the pieces. Have faith that you’ll find the pieces to have your life feel and look whole again. It’s losing that faith that might prove the most dispiriting. Once you recover that, you’ll find the patience and perseverance to experiment with how different pieces come together.

Affirmation:
I have faith that I will put the jigsaw pieces of my life together effectively.

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

Cocoon yourself with beautiful sounds, words, and images to soothe the wandering rages of worry or doubt. You don’t have to fear that you’re only fooling yourself with niceties. Instead, know that you’re boosting your spiritual immune system. Like real world germs and viruses, there are ideas, emotions, and settings that can wear you down. Some of your contact with those things is avoidable. But not everything. That’s why taking time to surround yourself with beauty, including wearing some of your favorite things, will shield you with more light and inspire you to be lighter. This might also help you feel and be healthier too.

Affirmation:
I adorn myself with beautiful sounds, words, images, and clothing to stay healthy in mind, body, and soul.

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