SkyCode Horoscopes for the week of May 15-21, 2017


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

“At The Shadow Line”

Meandering Mercury leaves his so-called “shadow” period this week. The fleet-footed planet shadows the degree and sign he was in (4º Taurus) before he went retrograde last month. This isn’t the same Mercury, though. He has more light from experience that he didn’t have at his shadow. He’s also technically at a different declination, latitude, and faster. FYI: declination is what’s used to decide whether a planet is “out of bounds” as discussed here. I talked about this last fall. It has nothing to do with “signs.” Yet, it still gives us an alternative way to know the position of a planet. Unfortunately, our fixation on “signs” blinds us to appreciating the whole sky.

You too have more experience than a month ago. You just have to be more grounded in it. That makes sense since Mercury ventures into earthy Taurus. But the Sun moving into Gemini on Saturday reminds us not to be too grounded. The Gemini Sun pushes us to entertain possibilities and to hazard risk. Your assumptions and experience can light up most of how you approach a situation. But as you gather new info, what you know will possibly change like the shadow line of a sundial. You’ll have to update your assumptions. That doesn’t mean you get rid of ALL assumptions. Just the opposite. You can’t be certain about everything. Think more about the likelihood of something being true rather than only sticking to the truths you like.

Like Mercury’s return to 4º Taurus, you might find that many things look and feel the same as you’ve known them. Yet, push to find the difference. It’s likely there. If you failed at something about a month ago, don’t assume you’re up for a repeat performance. The same goes for any successes. Yet, that doesn’t mean anything goes. The only sure bet is the one you can reasonably make. There’s going to be some shadow of a doubt. And that’s okay.

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

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

Don’t try to convince yourself or anyone else that you’re 100% certain of a decision. Wrong or right isn’t necessarily the key point. You only have to demonstrate the willingness to admit that there’s more than one way for things to go down. That you don’t have as much control as you would like to believe. Nor do you really care to have that much control. (It also comes with too much responsibility with less pleasure for you.) Stay willing and open. The wiggle room of that willingness will mean a lot to someone else and keep you feeling free.

Affirmation:
I can be less than absolutely certain yet clear and open in my decision-making.

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’re more likely to feel tight at the top of the week, like you’re not ready for anything. Perhaps this will translate into really anal behavior, like triple-checking that you’ve turned off the stove before you leave the house. Know that this is fear masked as attentiveness. Don’t yield too much to that. Focus more on connecting to others, especially loved ones. That will loosen you up. Fortunately, you’ll be able to relax more toward the weekend once soothing Venus faces off with festive Jupiter.

Affirmation:
I attend to my loved ones, not my fears of being ill prepared.

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

Please cut yourself some slack. You can’t possibly “be there” for everybody every time and be there for yourself, your sleep, or your pleasure. Don’t let someone guilt-trip you into doing more than is prudent for you to do. No one’s entitled to decide how you should spend your time unless his or life depends on you, like your child or pet. Be generous because you feel the overflow from your heart. You’re entitled to good times as much as anyone. And you can have more of those good times this weekend.

Affirmation:
I am present for my pleasure and myself without the need to be omnipresent for everyone.

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

Fortunately, you have a breeziness and lightness toward connecting and chatting that makes it easier to manifest recent ideas. You might distrust that and sometimes make things harder than they should or need to be. Leave more time for enjoyment, because it might fuel more of your own ideas and creative process. Get juiced and jazzed about details with your plans or with others in collaboration. Geek out with people in the know. You’re on the come up. But no one can bring you down like yourself. Avoid your own guilt-trips.

Affirmation:

I relish the clatter and chatter about details with personal or collaborative projects.

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

Feeling pressed for instant gratification isn’t usually a problem for you. But it all depends on how you define instant, I suppose. You want to “get yours” as much as the next person. But perhaps think more about what you can get now versus later. You’re likely able to get more if you don’t settle. If you detail more what you want. And more important, how you decide to get it. Start with paying attention to dark emotions from which you try to distance yourself, like envy. Envy often tells the truth about what you truly desire. Yet, fear and lack of a plan prevents us from owning these desires. Release the fear.

Affirmation:
I release fear and will feed a strong desire more with multiple courses of fulfillment over time.

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

Your thoughts might lean toward fears and concerns that weigh you down. Were you warm enough to a colleague you passed in the hallway? Did you really do your best on that last assignment or project? You can fill in the blanks with any guilt-inducing thought you wish. And only you can properly answer any of these questions. But don’t let the guilt eclipse too much of your right to be in your own pleasure or funk as much as the next person. You can stop to smell the flowers that bloom along your life journey without fear that you’re wasteful or will end up lost.

Affirmation:
I embrace who I am and what I desire as a process, free of impatience, shame, or guilt.

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

I heard someone once say to a Scorpio, “Lighten up. Talk about the weather or something.” So, he never talked about the weather and would dive into the most taboo of social subjects in random, casual encounters. Yeah, y’all can be that contrary. But it’s not just to cut against the grain. There’s perhaps a deeper fear that lightening up will dilute your potency. You’re a powerful batch of something no matter what’s added to you. Yet, you don’t have to share that special brew of what you call yourself the same way. Relish the creative challenge to serve yourself up with light convo or even with more spice and full body.

Affirmation:
I can suit the taste of others without diluting myself like one pours a carafe of robust coffee into a cup with cream and sugar.

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 suddenly might notice new details in your surroundings or routines. This could open up fascinating portals. Or lead you down wasteful dead-ends. Yet, don’t write off that last possibility by dubbing it all “an adventure.” Demand more purpose from your pleasures. Does the cost of pursuing something outweigh the net result? (Yeah, the trick is to get you think more about what you want to get out of any new details.) So, maybe the 30-minute adventure of the hike to and back from a newly discovered café near your job isn’t worth halving your hour-long lunch break. Unless you make it a power walk for exercise. Otherwise, make more count.

Affirmation:
I make fresh discoveries count for more than just pleasure of discovering them.

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

In ‘80s corporate culture, I believe, execs tried to make responsibility sexier or fun by talking about it as “response-ability,” your ability to respond to things according to your own free will. Well, maybe they did too well of a job, because many complain that companies and employees don’t have the same sense of duty or loyalty as bygone eras. You’re gonna do better with all of this. You’ll remember that having fun is its own reward. That having a sense of duty can be guilt-free. You know in your bones that you can become a better person while doing your best. The best of what you do comes from who you are. That’s how you become more response-able. No need for tricks.

Affirmation:
My commitment to becoming a better person and doing my best keeps me responsible and guilt-free.

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

It’s often not hard for you to see or know the big picture. Imaginably it gives you the greatest pleasure to know how effortless these visions can come to you. But perhaps you dread just as much mapping out the tiny practical steps you must take to make it all come true. The dread might come from impatience. Perhaps you want to skip steps and just accelerate your learning curve. You can do some of that by figuring out what’s key, like 4-hour workweek/body guru Tim Ferriss explains here. But, ultimately, you’re just going to have to become more comfortable with the pleasure of unfurling your visions.

Affirmation:
I am more patient with learning how to see closer what I’ve seen from a great distance.

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

It’s likely that the more extravagant you feel you must make something, the more you’re probably overthinking it or just being wasteful. This doesn’t mean you must be cheap. But are you spending extra money or time because you know that’s the best course of action? Or are you doing it more from the fear and ignorance that you don’t know what you need or want? Before you commit your cash or calendar to something, be sure you know what you want and whether you’re getting it at the right expense of time, money, or energy.

Affirmation:
I am clear on what I need and want before I commit cash or my calendar to it.

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

It’s more than likely someone in your life has said to you, “You’re too much.” Maybe you’ve taken to saying this to yourself after you told that person to bugger off. Yet, what exactly is “too much”? Most often, too much of something is when it harms you or another. You can drink too much alcohol, for example. But more often than not we’re not being enough of ourselves. Sometimes we try to fit ourselves into too tight containers like our relationships or jobs. Instead, take “too much” as growing pains. (The right growing pains are the ones that help, not hurt, you.) You might have to leave some people and things behind in the not too distant future.

Affirmation:
I embrace “too much” as a call to reach for more that can hold space for me.

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