SkyCode Horoscopes for the week of April 3-9, 2017


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

“Look before you leap!”

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Wily Mercury goes retrograde on Sunday. Someone who normally could care less about astrology becomes a believer for a week or so at the start of Mercury’s retrograde. He might know no other astrological term, but will shout “Retrograde!” at the first sign of what appears to be celestial mischief. That same person might panic even more if he knew that there would be four planets retrograde by the end of the week. So, shhh, don’t tell him too much.

Stodgy Saturn goes retrograde early Thursday morning. That’ll bring the grand total of planets retrograde in the sky to four out of eight possible astrological planets that can retrograde. That’s not rare. But we have more planets retrograde now than all year. We’ll need a collective adjustment, not a freak out. Folks must remember more to be aware rather than beware like I’ve written on retrograde planets here before.

The week begins with a first quarter moon. That moon bespeaks a need for action and forward motion. Retrograde planets are so not that! How do we reconcile the conflict? Simple: look before you leap. Sometimes we can come to believe that progress is always a steady, ever-increasing slope. But retrograde planets remind us that progress can also be a winding road. We’ll need to stay alert and determined. Make fewer assumptions and think more about how to do or say things differently.

So, leap. But leap like you got good sense.

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

Finish your high priority tasks at the top of the week to avoid any “retrograde” sludge that might erupt later. Progress won’t stop completely, though. Use Saturn’s retrograde on Thursday to tighten up and set any upcoming travel plans or ideas. Overall, this is a good reflective week for your birthday season. How’s your year going? Are you using your resources well enough to match your intentions and goals? Take stock now to ensure you don’t come up short by surprise later.

Affirmation:
I wisely use my available resources to achieve my near and distant goals.

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

Your mind perhaps would like to savor fewer things rather than flit off in multiple directions. That’s great focus for editing and reviewing recent projects. Yeah, push to get to #InboxZero or dust off a proposal you shelved some time ago. But it will probably be harder to move on to new things fast. You won’t find it easy to let things go. That doesn’t bode well for any liars or silvery-tongued folks around you, fortunately. Your hackles will rise if anyone attempts to rush your thought process. Or force you to come to any conclusions other than the one you’d care to reach on your own time. That’s not you being stubborn. Be as thorough as you feel called to be.

Affirmation:
I mind my mind and trust it to be thorough on its own time.

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

Pay attention to any pattern of issues or problems that creep up now. Be slow to react to them. These things will likely require more care and long-term attention what appears on the surface. You’ll likely encounter similar problems just before your birthday season. What you do now might help you be more successful when these issues likely resurface in May. For instance, if you get into disagreements with two different friends back to back, don’t assume you already know why. You probably don’t. You might know your version of the story. You perhaps even believe you understand their side of the story. But there’s more to unpack. Be patient enough for the truth.

Affirmation:
I am aware and patient with patterns to any problems or issues that crop up now.

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 might believe that nobody knows better than you that the world is about “who you know.” But perhaps you’ll be given good reason to distrust that this week. The ways of success often do relate to who you know. But these same ways also require you knowing folks well and knowing your business thoroughly. Spend more time getting to know your friends and colleagues better. Especially the ones who keep you motivated and on your success track. Also, invest time in sharpening your skills and work practices. What you know matters too.

Affirmation:
Invest more time in who you know and what you know to increase your success.

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

Narrowing your focus to remedy a simple problem or issue might provide more relief than you could imagine. Re-evaluate your resume, for example. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a job or not. Reflecting on how you describe what you’ve done will perhaps give you insight on where you need to head next. You might also think more about the nature of your accomplishments rather than reach for rote descriptions of your duties or responsibilities. It’s one thing to list and describe a former or current cashier job, for instance. But it’s something else to say that you “always create a pleasant and efficient checkout experience for every customer,” if you strive to do that. If you haven’t created accomplishments like that, then think more about how you can.

Affirmation:
I remedy simple problems in my life as way to gain a grasp on bigger ones.

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

Earlier in the year, I remember talking about you in more carefree ways. Use the retrograde of your sign’s ruler, lively Mercury, to entertain simpler pleasures. Perhaps you’re busier now than earlier this year. Or you feel more scattered. But nothing will happen if you don’t, at least, commit to making more time for your fun. Yes, you can make time. Your schedule doesn’t have to become as fixed as the landscape around you. You don’t have to commit to a two-week vacation when a few hours of a guilt-free pleasure will suffice. Just do whatever it takes, at least once. Analyze and think about more ways to keep your pleasure regular later.

Affirmation:
I commit to creating more carefree time for myself.

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

In many ways, you might feel isolated this week, even when people are all around you. It doesn’t help that you perhaps feel more emotional and raw than usual. The important thing is whether you’re isolating or insulating yourself. Isolating means you withdraw and you close the door to anyone having emotional access to you. Insulating yourself still means you withdraw, but you leave a door cracked for someone to reach you emotionally…or for you to leave. Communicating your feelings, even just a little, and listening for a response will insulate more than isolate.

Affirmation:
I allow others to reach me in some way, even when I must insulate myself.

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

How often have you been conned by the thought that you would be so much happier if you had this, that, or the other? It’s definitely a con as demonstrated at birthdays or holidays when we’re “surprised” with something we wanted. Any real happiness is frequently not in the having, but the wanting. Perhaps Dos Equis’ “Most Interesting Man In the World” was on to something when he encouraged us to “stay hungry.” Be satisfied, Scorpio, but not too much. Joy and happiness come in the hunger and then the hunt to satisfy it. Don’t languish too long or much about what you don’t have. That’ll be your temptation now. Instead, be grateful for what you do not yet have. Your hunger might be more of your saving grace than you appreciate often enough.

Affirmation:
I am satisfied, especially when I am hungrier for more.

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’re not one to fret too much about certain details, especially ones that could be fixed readily. It would be dumb to swing back home when you’re running already late and halfway to the airport for a big trip if you forgot your phone charger or your toothbrush. You could just pick up a new one of either at the airport. But other details are important and not just the necessities. Look closer at the routines and common joys that inspire you to want life’s grand adventures in the first place. Stoke that craving for a genuine espresso in Rome, Italy, for example, because that will likely motivate you to get there faster.

Affirmation:
Stoke inspiration from the details that make you reach farther, not pull you back.

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 feel pretty unsettled if you don’t feel like you’re on the come-up somehow. You might be particularly sensitive to the good fortune of others, even if things are going well for you. Remember success is relative…and fleeting. What you achieve doesn’t define who you are. Who you are, what you desire and how you attain your desire is how you’re defined better. Focus more on any one of those three things rather than what you think is happening or should happen for someone else. Your turn is coming. Just be ready for it.

Affirmation:
I trust my own turn for success will come in due time just as it’s come for others.

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

Temporary bouts of chaos are good. They break any addictions you have to strict order and routine. On the surface, it might look like that’s almost never a problem for you. But that’s because you frequently have a sense of where you’re going and what you wish to accomplish. You’re just frequently flexible enough to change up your means for achieving the ends you desire. But what happens when you’re unsure of the ends? That likely feels more pronounced during this retrograde season. So, don’t shoo away the chaos you feel. Relax, it’s likely not showing on the outside. Stay patient with how you experiment with new ways of making connections. You’ll find a new normal soon enough.

Affirmation:
I relax into the chaos and float along until I find my rhythm and a new order.

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

Even if Plan A is going swimmingly well, keep up with Plan B too. Don’t worry. It’s not because you have to entertain the thought that everything will go wrong. Think more that you need a blend between a few plans to roll with any changes that might appear beyond your control. Keep faith in your ultimate goals. Those aren’t a problem. You can think of a plan as Perceptive Logical Actions Needed to keep you from acting out of habit, panic, or sheer haste. It’s your sharp intuition, though, that will show you where and when you need to change up particular logical steps or actions.

Affirmation:
I use Perceptive Logical Actions Needed (PLAN) to roll with any changes that appear beyond my control.

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