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Weekly horoscope (April 17-23) 

Contributing to a better whole

For All Signs: The ongoing tension between Uranus (the people) and Pluto (the Plutocrats) is punctuated this week by a transiting Jupiter, which is creating a triangle among the three. Jupiter represents meaning and might bring difficult circumstances together by creating a joint purpose that everyone can agree upon. At worst, this combination could create drama triangles to individuals and the world at large. In a drama triangle there is a victim, a perpetrator, and a rescuer. Sometimes they alternate roles. For example, the rescuer in one scenario may be turned on by both the victim and the perpetrator, and his/her role then becomes that of the victim. Previous agreements may be broken. Stay awake and steer clear of these dysfunctional games. Each of us can contribute to a better whole by concentrating on the next most mature thing to do. Don't make decisions precipitously and have a good night's sleep before making a choice.

Aries: You will be tap-dancing really fast to stay out of the fray. You know you don't want to get tangled in it, but others may be attempting to reel you in. You know clearly where boundaries should be drawn. The best of verbal warriors is concise and says what is needed, but no more.

Taurus: The sun returns "home" to your sign this week. You likely will find it to be energizing. Now is the time to focus on new plans for this next year of your life. Take a fresh look at where you want to direct your energy. Use this month to let go of past hurts and take a deep breath of healing energy.

Gemini: This looks like a week in which you really want to speak your mind, but you have a sense that it would be a bad idea. If you give attention to everyone's feelings and present it tactfully, you could accomplish an improvement.

Cancer: There are pulls and tugs all around you from powerful voices, demanding your service or attention. When you become fatigued, you must say "no" and retreat into your shell to recover. Many of you will be campaigning to right a travesty in your territory.

Leo: Your general attention is shifting the arena of your career and overall life direction. Whatever you have created thus far will be noticed and perhaps applauded. As a talented leader, you may attract an invitation to manage an upcoming project.

Virgo: You may be feeling irritable and a little nervous. You can't be sure whether someone significant in your life is really telling you the truth or treating you honestly. The probability is that there is some sort of deception present. Take good care of yourself.

Libra: During this period you will likely find yourself in a time-sensitive situation. If the pressure is too much, your body may break down. Mars is retrograding in your sign. You may be harboring a secret that adds to the stress.

Scorpio: Keep your nose clean and your mouth shut. You are in a setup that could create explosive circumstances. Do not take the role of the critic, lest you lose something precious. In time you will break free, but you cannot force it now.

Sagittarius: You have the desire to become the best you can be. You want wisdom, respect and good for everyone in your life. However, something drags you backward and keeps you in an uncomfortable place. For some it could be financial, for others fear of controversy.

Capricorn: You are prone to overreact to anything that is in your way. Make an effort to stop and think about things before reacting. Search for a compromising point of view. Together you could accomplish something much better than you can apart.

Aquarius: This is a great week for a getaway. Do something novel, even if you don't leave home. Your mind is open to whatever seems fresh and unique. A surprise may occur related to a roommate, neighbor or a sibling. If you cannot get out this week, then begin plans for a getaway in the near future.

Pisces: You may be feeling vague and unclear about your financial picture. It is possible that an unexpected expense has developed this month and you may be working at plugging that hole. Love and creative life feels good and it is healing an old wound.

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 for services.)

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