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Weekly horoscope (July 31-Aug. 6) 

Kite to take a downward spiral

For All Signs: We have a "kite formation" in the zodiac, created by an equilateral triangle among the water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces). The spine of the kite has a tail from the Moon in earthy Virgo, pointing toward the sign of Pisces. This is the tail, rudder, or guiding principle. So the message is to steer in the direction of compassion and care for people, plants and animals, who cannot care for themselves. The earth (Virgo) demands that we tend to water (Pisces) in order to preserve that which we hold dearly and yet take for granted. If this directive is ignored the whole planet will eventually lose its balance and dive downward, just as a kite might do in unsteady winds.

Aries: You have recently become aware of a new person in your life. This might be a new friend or even a lover. This is a time to explore that relationship deeper. It may not work out, but it is worth a try. You are talkative and in an exploring frame of mind. Curb your tendency to be opinionated.

Taurus: You are feeling restless and need to try something new. Commute by a different route or go somewhere you have never visited before. Take your partner on a picnic. It is important to make note of these restless feelings and do something about them. Otherwise you can become hard to live with.

Gemini: Your ruling planet, Mercury, moves into Leo on the 31st. This represents a shift of attention from financial matters to focus on communications, neighbors, siblings, and others who are in your daily environment. Education and short distance travels are favored.

Cancer: You are conflicted on the subject of romance versus caretaking, which is your natural instinct. Perhaps you are caught in the middle between the needs of a spouse and your children. Sometimes a Cancerian becomes a parent to the partner, which usually creates a troubled atmosphere. Set aside decisions on these matters until you are more centered.

Leo: You have a desire to celebrate. The temptation to overspend is strong. Consider what would be fun and interesting that doesn't require a big expenditure. Activities concerning education, publishing, the law and travel have positive aspects. Curb your tendency to be opinionated.

Virgo: There is a shift of your attention to matters of your personal history that may go back quite a long time. You will be looking inside yourself for meditative peace, answers to serious questions, and encouragement from your Source. Journaling, hypnosis, meditation or counseling are favored activities now.

Libra: A relationship or friendship that began suddenly in mid-May has gone through one or two transformations already. If you are still together, this time brings yet one more change in how you relate to each other. If this is not a person, it may be a creative project that you began in the spring.

Scorpio: This looks like a week in which you really want to speak your mind, but you have a sense that would be a bad idea. I agree if you feel so upset that you can't present your case with compassion. But if you give attention to everyone's feelings and present it tactfully, you could accomplish an improvement.

Sagittarius: You are in a generous, gregarious frame of mind. Your energy level is great. You may be tempted to spend more money than you have this week or make other impulsive moves that you might regret later. This is a good period to work on projects that will improve your life in the future.

Capricorn: You occasionally confuse what you think with who you are. There are those who will disagree with you this week. Just don't let it become a battle to the death. Your identity is not at stake in this situation. You may not like what is happening, but you can choose a better time to argue.

Aquarius: Social and romantic life is favored. You may be mixing business and pleasure in a pleasant combination. This is a good time to discuss issues within a relationship because you are steady of mind and likely to be realistic about yourself as well as others.

Pisces: Mark time in your calendar for rest and relaxation. The needs of everyone around you could eat you alive unless you create some time for yourself and hold those boundaries. Too much stress can lead to burnout, as you know well. But before you get to that place, an opportunistic virus may cause you to "lie down by the still waters."

Are you interested in a personal horoscope? Vivian Carol may be reached at 704-366-3777 for private psychotherapy or astrology appointments. (There is a fee.) www.horoscopesbyvivian.com.

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