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Weekly horoscope (Aug. 7-13) 

Exercise self-restraint

For All Signs: We have the full moon in Aquarius on Sunday. It adds to the tension of the larger square of the sun and Saturn. Old, festering resentments between people or nations could result in explosive behavior if we act on our more childish impulses. The danger of this full moon is that we are prone to make decisions with our pride rather than our minds. Exercise self-restraint, even if you must confront someone during this period or things could mushroom out of proportion.

Aries: Your planetary ruler, Mars, will be traveling with Saturn for the next few weeks. It may interfere with your forward motion. Saturn has a reputation for "delaying" or "denying." If your project fights your progress, consider it a message from Saturn, who is telling you "not now, maybe at another time."

Taurus: Venus is your ruling planet and she represents your cooperative and affable personality, along with your attraction to beauty in all its forms. Between Aug. 12 and Sept. 6, she is traveling through the sector which is related to home, property and family matters. A people problem turns up right away, but things will go much smoother next week. You will be concentrating upon making your life more secure.

Gemini: You may feel somewhat edgy and irritable this week. Parts of your mind are scattered into so many corners that it is hard to pull everything together. Drive and handle tools with special care this week. Your reflexes may be off kilter but you can compensate with deliberate attention.

Cancer: As a moon child, you are strongly reactive to both new and full moons. This lunation lights up the whole arena of finances, which includes income, expenses, debts, taxes, insurance and investments. There is work to be done here in order to improve your overall financial situation. Concentrate on remaining legal in paperwork.

Leo: Read the lead paragraph because it applies to you. There are likely to be stop signals in many directions. This is a time in which maintaining your relationships must be a conscious effort. Everyone is easily frazzled. Of all things, study, research, and high tech activities may have "go" signals. Concentrate there.

Virgo: Beware of the tendency to worry over matters that may never happen. You are tempted to see the world through a dark lens this week and you may think that is the true version. It's more likely that the pessimistic view is extreme. If there is something you can actually do to make things better, then do so. Otherwise set it on the back burner.

Libra: Venus, your ruling planet, travels with you into the territory of friendships, community and organizational affairs. Over the next three weeks she will enhance your presence at any activity in this sphere. In the very beginning of this transit, you will encounter someone who is manipulative or pressuring. That will go away soon and you will move on to better things.

Scorpio: This is a seriously hard-working period. You may be packing and moving your personal goods. Whatever the project, it involves considerable lifting, pushing, pulling and grunt work. Be very conscious of good body posture. The emotional stress and tension may set you up for an accident.

Sagittarius: You may be reaching out to expand beyond your reach. Maybe home, hearth and family matters are holding you back. You are in a situation in which there just isn't enough time or resources to do everything. You are forced to take care of practical matters. Things will improve in late August.

Capricorn: It is difficult, if not impossible, to proceed with a challenging goal at this time. Don't break your neck on something that is not getting anywhere. Perhaps the timing is wrong or you don't have the proper tools. Take a break and move on to things that can move forward. Try again when the difficulties are resolved.

Aquarius: Your power of concentration is deep at this time. It is important that you use your mind for the good in your life rather than in self-criticism and obstructive thinking. If you cannot stop the negative self-talk, then focus on something else that is totally neutral. Walk the dog. Wash dishes. Move your body in order to shift away from a pessimistic thought.

Pisces: You must focus on good health routines at this time. Bad eating habits and lack of exercise may be taking its toll. If this is not the issue, then you may experience a minor health problem that prevents you from following on your normal regimen. Attention to mental and physical health issues is a priority.

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.)

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