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Weekly horoscope (Aug. 16-22) 

The ongoing tension between Uranus and Pluto is punctuated this week by transiting Venus

Leo The Lion (July 22-Aug. 22)
The new moon in your sign on the 17th brings new ideas and a refreshed perspective to your goals and projects. There may be interference in travel plans on the 17th and 18th. However, if you persevere, things will work out over the weekend.

For All Signs: The ongoing tension between Uranus (for social justice) and Pluto (for the Plutocrats) is punctuated this week by transiting Venus, who is creating a triangle among the three. Venus is the goddess that rules money and cooperative agreements. Her presence in this group is likely to bring drama triangles to both individuals and the world at large. In a drama triangle, there is a victim, a perpetrator and a rescuer. Sometimes they alternate roles within the triangle. Previous agreements may be broken and/or negotiations may break down. Steer clear of these dysfunctional games. This drama began over the recent weekend.

Aries: The Powers That Be in your life may seem totally unyielding at this time. Remember that the small force of relentlessly dripping water can wear away a stone. Although you may be feeling anger or frustration during this period, your more mature side will warn you not to express it now.

Taurus: Intensity in relationships is the theme of the week. If you are not conscious, you could be pulled into schemes of manipulation or compulsive behaviors. Existing relationships could re-experience the pain of old wounds. Take responsibility for your part of a pattern before you point a finger at anyone else.

Gemini: Your planetary ruler, Mercury, is now direct and you will begin to move forward. However, just for this week there is an impediment. That might be issues with your vehicle. Friends and/or siblings will help you on your way.

Cancer: Your sign is one of those which may innocently walk into a triangular situation this week (see commentary in the lead paragraph). Your specific role may be that of caretaker or rescuer. Stay alert to the drama and don't allow your ego to lead your behavior. Remain authentic.

Virgo: Responsibilities to your partner and/or your children prevent you from moving forward. However, there is help available if you are willing to ask. Someone wants to share his/her resources with you. It is possible that you receive good news related to investments or money that is owed to you.

Libra: It will probably require considerable self-discipline and tact to avoid getting trapped in other's mine fields this week. Everyone is irritable. Use caution. Anything you initiate will require considerable energy. You must decide whether the objective is worth that effort.

Scorpio: You are walking a tightrope while you wait for something very important to happen. You want to break free and do your own thing, but a positive outcome requires that you think carefully and plan ahead. Keep breathing deeply and move one foot carefully in front of the other toward your goal.

Sagittarius: Concerns related to property or family member(s) may stop you in your tracks this week. Property problems would be due to erosion or water damage. A family member may be draining you of energy. Your partner and friends can be of help in these situations.

Capricorn: Read the lead paragraph carefully on the subject of drama triangles. Your sign is one that is especially affected by this arrangement. It is possible that you are in the "perpetrator" role at this time. Take good care of yourself. Your physical body is in a low cycle.

Aquarius: Use caution with your physical body during this period. Start from the ground up on new muscular activities, lest you have an accident. Don't take shortcuts here and don't expect immediate results. If you begin at the bottom you will create a truly solid base of operation for the future.

Pisces: Take every precaution not to abuse your body during this period. Drugs or alcohol could have peculiar side effects that you don't expect. You are in a low physical cycle and will be unable to push yourself as hard as normal on any physical task. Do not allow the Internal Critic to beat yourself up now. It exaggerates.

Are you interested in a personal horoscope? Vivian Carol may be reached at 704-366-3777 for private psychotherapy or astrology appointments. Website:

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