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Weekly horoscope (Jan. 17-23) 

A time to evaluate

For All Signs: The planets Venus and Mars were aligned in April of 2013. Venus, the ancient goddess of love, carries broad feminine and romantic symbolism. Mars is the warrior god and prevails over masculine territory. That alignment suggests the conclusion of one relationship and the beginning of another. Alternatively, the conjunction speaks of the beginning and ending of episodes or cycles within a single relationship. This week, Venus has moved into the first quarter square to Mars. This marks a time in which we are evaluating the development of that April beginning. By now, it has come to a point of tweaking. The direction may have drifted from the intended purpose. That shift could be a purely creative outcome or perhaps we can perceive potholes that need to be corrected. The "relationship" may be romantically oriented or it may be a singular piece of creative work. Think about what began for you last spring. Don't remain rigid, or you could strangle it to death.

Aries: Check the lead paragraph, because Mars is your planetary ruler. At this time, you are being asked to invest more deeply into a relationship. This could be measured in money, time, energy or willingness to be intimate. It can be either a personal relationship or business.

Taurus: This is not your best week for getting along with others. Even if you keep to yourself, you may attract those who want to take pokes at you. Don't get caught up in a battle of wills. The energies are short-lived, no more than a few days, and then you can return to harmony.

Gemini: Early in the week you will have particularly bright and creative ideas. Keep a note pad nearby so you can catch them on paper. Whatever you do related to communications or education is favored. Your wit is sharp and quick.

Cancer: You may experience a boost of spirit during this period. It could come in the form of a muse, who encourages you to pursue some form of art, music or automatic writing. Perhaps you have an unusually strong connection to the spirit of your understanding and a deepening of faith.

Leo: Use the early part of the week to complete projects. On the 19th, you will be struck with an important shift of your attention to the arena of relationship(s). This episode may require that you transform yourself or your beliefs about that relationship in order to create a positive resolution for both you and the other.

Virgo: You have needed to make significant changes in your daily life in order to enhance your personal health. This may include a change of work venue or organizing your schedule in order to give more attention to your health. An opportunity to try out something new opens a door. Step through it for a fresh breath of health.

Libra: Your love of luxury may cause a battle with your partner, who prefers to keep the belt tightened. This reflects a genuine inner conflict. A fairly strong part of you also wants to play it safe. Look for a way to satisfy your wants a little more inexpensively.

Scorpio: Old issues may rise to the surface and cause you to become angry all over again. Maybe you simply have to replay this scenario, but don't attack or you'll be sorry. Your reflexes are not at their best right now.

Sagittarius: There are others in the world around you who are at odds or in conflict. On the surface of things, it appears to have nothing to do with you. But somehow it affects you and prevents forward motion. Let people resolve things for themselves and make no effort to push them along, lest you become a target.

Capricorn: 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. You have a choice of whether to work it through differently or act it out in the same ways.

Aquarius: You have an idea or a plan. Maybe it would be better to say this thought has you, because there are elements of potential obsession involved. You are absolutely certain you are right. Expand your point of view to include others.

Pisces: You have a green light related to any of the following: legal and educational matters; an increased sense of connection to your faith and the God of your understanding; and help from the muse wherever it is needed. Social and mundane matters will beckon your attention, but the best choice is to follow the muse.

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.) www.horoscopesbyvivian.com.

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