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For week of August 1-6, 2002

For All Signs: Give some thought to a dream you began to build in 1989-90. Maybe there was more than one fresh start at that time. In 1999 there was a significant challenge to the original plan and it is possible you abandoned it. If you chose instead to adapt to the realities on hand, you began to make a more grounded foundation for the original dream. Now there is a new turn in the cycle that began in 1989. During this next full year it will be important to define much more clearly how you want this dream to grow.

Aries Over the weekend you may experience a minor droop in energy and a desire to escape from the usual routine. Aspects particularly favor play, travel, education, and dealing with persons from a distance. You will enjoy a broader perspective on life than usual. The insight you gain may lead you in the direction of creative improvements for yourself and others.

Taurus: This is a challenging week. You may be feeling disappointed in a loved one and isolated within the relationship. The "critic" is a little overbearing right now and may make things appear worse than they really are. Hold onto the fact that each of us is only human and we don't always handle relationships perfectly. Next week looks better.

Gemini: Early in the week your mind is steady and concentration is good. This is a favorable time to attend to business or other projects that require focused attention. Get necessary things accomplished early, because from the 4th forward, your anticipated schedule becomes topsy-turvy

Cancer: Your attention is likely to be focused on managing the budget. You'll be determining how best to meet expenses while simultaneously meeting the needs of yourself and others. It is possible you will go a bit overboard, but probably not beyond reasonable expectation of handling the costs.

Leo: Now is the time to concentrate on finishing whatever is on your plate. Before this month is over you will be ready to head into bright, new territory. Significant others may seem to evaporate this week, but don't lose any sleep over it. You are on the verge of taking the reins on projects of your own, whether others join you or not.

Virgo: Work and career issues weigh heavily right now. You may feel you are the only one willing to knuckle down and work, while others dodge the grunt chores. If your need to escape is strong enough, your physical body may accommodate you. On August 6, your ruling planet, Mercury, enters your sign and your attitude will improve.

Libra: Relationships to a lover or children are disappointing this week, but probably not nearly as serious as your inner critic thinks. Make it a point not to expand a minor issue into a catastrophe. A project concerning legal or educational interests requires attention now. Your mood shifts on the 7th and the world will look brighter.

Scorpio: This is a very good time to take a broad look at your career and life direction. Good fortune comes your way through recognition of a job well done, and causes you to consider how to make best use of the opportunities ahead. A fresh beginning is just ahead that will energize and motivate.

Sagittarius: Good news and increased energy arrive from any of the following areas: the law, education, church activities, distant people, publishing, and travel. Aspects favor each of these areas and bring refreshment to your spirit.

Capricorn: This is a week of concentrated work. You may be feeling isolated because those who might have been helpful simply are unavailable. It is best to accept the situation and focus your attention on what you can manage by yourself. You need to organize details concerning finances, shared resources, or money that you manage for others.

Aquarius: You and significant others (or clientele) may experience challenges in communications this week. You may be feeling confused and unable to make decisions, or you may experience this in your partner. The confusion stems from one of you suddenly changing your mind or making a unilateral decision that affects both of you. Talk it over because clearly that is not the best for the relationship.

Pisces: Your body is experiencing a minor dip in energy. If you have allergies (and the Fish often do), use particular caution to avoid the antagonizing agents this week. Be intentional about getting enough sleep and take your vitamins. This is not the time to sell anything because you will be prone to accept less than fair value. A boost concerning career direction comes your way.

Interested in a personal horoscope? Vivian Carol may be reached at 704-987-2258 for private psychotherapy or astrology appointments. Website:

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