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Weekly Horoscope (Aug. 17-23) 

Buckle Up: Eclipse Time

For All Signs August is an eclipse season this year. The full moon of the 7th and the new moon of August 21 are both eclipsed. In ancient times eclipses were believed frightening, heralding negative omens, especially in regions of their visibility. Contemporary astrologers now perceive these seasons as periods that relieve critical mass, with a purpose similar to that of a small earthquake. For many of us this month there will be an experience of manifestation or illumination about situations that have been long brewing. It is a time to face facts, but not all those facts are frightening or negative. Some people experience positive results of past effort during eclipse periods. Keep in mind that eclipse periods are "seasons" and not to be read strictly for the date given. The effects of eclipses can go on for weeks.

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Aries This eclipse pattern emphasizes your progeny or other personally creative births. Romantic ventures will be intensely emotional and self-revealing. You will be learning a few lessons in discernment concerning friendships and associations that no longer serve you well.

Taurus Matters concerning your family and property will be accented for the next 18 months. Old problems in relationships, even with the deceased, will surface for cleansing and healing. A new family member may enter the scene, or you may begin to spend more time with family in general.

Gemini The accent of this eclipse cycle will be on travel, education, care of vehicles and relationships to siblings, roommates, neighbors, or others who daily traverse your life. Habit patterns of thought will be brought to consciousness so negative thinking can be corrected. You will be introduced to new practical life skills. Or you may be teaching skills to others.

Cancer During this new 18 month series of eclipses you will be learning to value yourself in new ways. Alongside of that comes education in the management of money and other resources, such as time and energy. There will be less assistance from others in these arenas, but you are creating these resources for yourself.

Leo the Lion (July 22--Aug 22) The lunar eclipse described in the lead paragraph occurs in your Sun's sign. Circumstances around this period, even for weeks or months, press you to encounter yourself in relationship to others. If your behavior is authentically "from the heart," you will receive positive attention. If otherwise, you will hear about that as well.

Virgo This eclipse is in your twelfth house of the unconscious mind. It suggests you need to explore what is going on with you beneath your usual routines. Helpful tools could be: counseling or therapy, hypnosis, dream study and/or journaling. Find out what your unconscious is creating. If you don't like it, address that and redirect its patterns.

Libra The new eclipse season will be opening your mind and heart to accept a larger circle of friends. You may become a leader or a strong supporter of a community network which has shared ideals. Certainly you will continue to have the friendships you have built in the past. However, your attention may be shifted to goals greater than your own.

Scorpio The new 18 month series of eclipses will bring a certain amount of intensity in the arenas of career (work in the world) and also home, hearth and family. You will be stretching your worldly boundaries to serve a new group of people. Family relationships will include one loss and one gain during these months.

Sagittarius Legal, ethical or educational issues will be emphasized by the new 18 month series of eclipses. Travel will be punctuated, whether it via body, mind, or spirit. Exposure to those of different backgrounds or cultures opens your heart and expands your philosophy. A challenge concerning siblings, roommates, or neighbors may press you to seek a Higher Road.

Capricorn This new eclipse pattern will emphasize issues of sexuality, intimacy, and material accumulation. Reorganization of debt, investments and your estate may be in progress. You may become more conscious than usual about existential matters related to life, death, and what is on "the other side" of normal, waking consciousness.

Aquarius The eclipses of this 18 month series will draw attention to your partnerships. Negative patterns from your childhood history may need to be uncovered, repaired or removed to allow your growth into a more mature relationship. Circumstances may encourage you to allow your partner to lead, while you take a supporting role.

Pisces This Leo eclipse pressures you to concentrate on improvement of work related relationships and health maintenance. Diet, exercise and improvement of physical regimen will become imperative. Honing your management systems in personal and work arenas is necessary to create order in your daily work routine.

Interested in a personal horoscope? Reach Vivian Carol at 704-366-3777 for private psychotherapy or astrology appointments, or visit her at www.horoscopesbyvivian.com.

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