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Weekly Horoscope (Aug. 10-16) 

Mercury Holds Back

For All Signs Guess what? Mercury turns retrograde once again, on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017. During this upcoming week we may encounter obstacles and holes in previously made plans. Delays and revisions of schedule are likely with lots of "hurry up and wait." The solution for most of the issues encountered will be waiting for a time and maintaining a sense of humor. Remember the message of Mercury retrograde: The rhythm of life is supposed to slow down while we reevaluate intentions. Reflection on the past is appropriate now and may offer advice or solutions for present confusion. Given that August is an eclipse season as well, lack of order will be the name of the game. Creating a U.S. budget will be a really challenging project. Mercury is in the sign of healthcare. The fact that it is retrograding suggests "going back" to the former plan rather than initiating a new one.

Aries This is a week in which your physical cycle is "off". Don't press your body beyond what it wants to do, just because it could do the same thing last month. Pay special attention to your temporary boundaries right now and by next week things will return to your personal normal.

Taurus If there are "power" issues between you and another, this is the week that they will be in full bloom. Discomfort means that change is needed in one or both of your attitudes. Intensity is the theme. Concentrate on remaining conscious so that you won't fall into manipulative games, especially the one called "prove it if you love me."

Gemini Early in the week you may be strongly tempted to spend money for home improvements. The timing is not so good for this because your tastes or ideas may change over the next few weeks. Mercury will turn retrograde on Aug. 12, 2017, and that with which you are enchanted now could turn on a dime.

Cancer Issues that have been brewing for a while in relationship(s) are coming to a turning point. You and another may be vying for emotional control. This can be very subtle and create long term issues that occasionally explode to the surface. You know control is not satisfying. Look for ways to communicate authentically.

Leo the Lion (July 22--Aug 22) Aspects favor travel, communications, and relationships to lover(s) and children. This is a good time to focus on recreation and general creativity. Your mind will be steady and you can make things happen.

Virgo Give attention to the lead paragraph. Mercury is turning retrograde in your sign and will be more likely to affect your daily affairs than many of the other signs. Don't even try to finalize anything while a retrograding Mercury is with you. You may even reverse decisions which you have recently made.

Libra You may not be functioning altogether consciously and could be pulled into schemes of manipulation or compulsive behaviors. It is likely the situation will be presented through your career, employer, or life direction. You always want to appear composed and in charge, even if someone else is pulling the strings.

Scorpio It is necessary that you give attention to an issue of control that threatens to split one or more of your relationships. Either one of you may be the one who is seeking power and it may be quite subtle. You may be attempting to get what you want through manipulation. Don't pursue this and don't let someone do it to you. Fly like the Eagle.

Sagittarius You have favorable aspects in any of the following areas: travel, education, teaching, legal interests, church or synagogue activities, the internet, and publishing. Those should keep you busy for a while.

Capricorn Relationships may feel intense and complicated at this time. You may sense some negative force at work. If this is so, look deeply inside for a hidden motive. If this does not exist, then ask your partner whether he/she notices any discomfort. An open discussion can work wonders.

Aquarius You and the authority figures in your world are cooperating and helping each other accomplish a project. Your mind is both steady and imaginative now, able to see how one thing flows into the next. At times like these, "work" becomes a positive experience. It integrates with your personal rhythm and feels smooth.

Pisces You may be tempted to overindulge this week, so tighten your resolve if you are on a self-improvement program. Give yourself a break in another area so you won't feel self-abused. Your imagination and creativity are strong right now and you may be drawn to participate in the arts or music in some way. It will be refreshing.

Are you interested in a personal horoscope? Vivian Carol may be reached at 704-366-3777 for private psychotherapy or astrology appointments. You may also visit her at www.horoscopesbyvivian.com.

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