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Weekly horoscope (Aug. 28-Sept. 3) 

New relationships to start

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. She resides over relationships. Mars is the warrior god and prevails over masculine territory, setting boundaries where need be. The original 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 last quarter square to Mars. This marks a time in which we are observing the outcome of that beginning in the second quarter of 2013. The "relationship" can be romantically oriented, societal, or it might be a singular piece of creative work. Think about what began for you in the spring of 2013. You are now able to see the outcome much more clearly. As this square has developed over the summer, some will conclude the condition is finished and worth no more effort.

Aries: The fresh start in April/May of 2013 may have been financial, interpersonal or a renewed recognition of self-worth. Now you see the outcome, for good or ill. This is the time to decide if you will continue to sustain that beginning or to let it go.

Taurus: Venus is your ruling planet and she is now in a last quarter square to Mars. The conjunction of 2013 occurred in your first solar house and it concerns yourself and your relationships. Who do you want to become? You are beginning the last leg of an arduous journey. Anyone who takes energy from you without return may be toxic. Think carefully.

Gemini: Your recent focus on matters of home and family is drawing to a close and something in these areas is being completed now. Then you will be shifting attention to children, recreation, personal creativity and romance. Take your pick. They are all fun.

Cancer: People or things from your past may resurface. The probability of you wanting to attend to these developments is 50/50. One aspect suggests a friend or family member that you like. A second aspect suggests an old situation from the past that you prefer to avoid.

Leo: This is a time to take a look at reality. The facts are being exposed related to a financial or sexual matter. Maybe you are just becoming aware of the truth concerning your partner's resources. Or possibly the culprit is yourself as you have avoided clear knowledge of your financial picture. Consciousness brings the power to resolve issues.

Virgo: Experiences may seem surreal this week. You may be doing something you never thought you would do. Hold onto the awareness that you may be misinterpreting events. If you feel disconnected, you must go back to your heart center.

Libra: You can now see the result of financial decisions made in the spring/summer of 2013. Hopefully you chose well and can now enjoy the ripe fruits of your choices. In the world of relationships, it appears that you need to have a genuine discussion over shared resources and their management. Communicate clearly.

Scorpio: This week marks a time in which you are likely to let a bad relationship go, rather than carrying all the energy around by yourself. You are much stronger than you may believe right now. You have learned that being alone is better than being in a toxic situation.

Sagittarius: Life will work more smoothly if you let yourself be led by the signs, circumstances and people around you. It is not a time to attack in anger or initiate new ideas, but to respond to what comes your way. If someone takes a swing at you, you may defend yourself as necessary.

Capricorn: Circumstances involving love life and money may feel a bit tight. You may experience an emotional droop in which you perceive yourself to be alone in the world. This is a temporary mood, so don't take it seriously. Focus instead on the immediate present moment and don't project way down the track.

Aquarius: For any number of reasons, circumstances leave you out of the social loop this week. Astrologically this is a time for self-reflection and not self-condemnation. Don't turn this into a negative belief about yourself. Take the time to be still and enjoy the quiet.

Pisces: There are vampires loose in the world, and the Piscean fish tends to attract them. If you have matured a bit, you probably have begun to smell them when they cross your radar. Those who have not are experiencing a lesson now. It's a required life study for this sign. Take care of yourself first when someone approaches you with a sad story.

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.)

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