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Weekly horoscope Aug. 4-10 

Leo The Lion (July 22-Aug. 22)

Take a fresh look at where you want to direct your attention. Use this month to let go of past hurts and take a deep breath of healing energy. Reorganization of all kinds is going on around you, but you can remain within the center of yourself and avoid the tizzies. Breathe ...

For All Signs: This week there are numerous challenging planetary aspects in the sky. They involve Venus, Mars, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto. These are combinations that can disrupt the peace in our personal lives or abroad. Among the best things we can do here is pay attention to what is going on inside of our own psyche, rather than pointing at someone else as the "villain." The temptations are plentiful to lose one's temper, to manipulate others, to gossip and blame. If we manage well, we will be looking inside our minds, noticing where we are attempting to take control of a relationship and bend others to our personal will. This is dark behavior, no matter what the relationship or whether we think the "other" deserves it. Problem-solving is better than the blame game.

Aries: You need a lot of space this week to work alone. This is not the best week for mechanical objects. Breakage or failures are highly possible. Your reflexes are strung too tightly so make an effort to relax muscles and concentrate on steady, but consistent forward motion. This is the advice whether driving the car or running a mile.

Taurus: Your desire to be free of the usual routine of life is seething just under the surface. Think carefully about what you are doing this week. You could make a break for freedom, but you might be shooting yourself in the foot. Moderation in all things is the path of wisdom.

Gemini: Peace is the ruler of your home, hearth and family this week. You may receive good fortune from previous investments during this period. The "investment" does not have to be monetary. It could be gifts or favors that come through others whom you have helped in the past.

Cancer: You have been through the wringer in the last several weeks, during all the eclipses. This week brings you peace and general harmony. At the very least it doesn't create new drama. Your direction in life seems to be changing. The Fates have brought you an opportunity, and it is up to you to shape it.

Virgo: Although many around you are in rags and tatters, you remain generally calm. Don't absorb energies of those nearby and allow yourself to slide into a state of nerves. Stay aware of whose issue belongs to whom. You, personally, are not in the fray.

Libra: Others may be challenging you or attempting to goad you into losing control. Step aside from this if you can. If you cannot, take charge of yourself without returning the attack. Family members or partners may be the culprits. Hold to your boundaries and don't allow anyone to pressure you beyond that.

Scorpio: Over the next six weeks 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. Avoid gossip and do not allow yourself to become embroiled in any sort of neighborhood controversy. It might become dangerous.

Sagittarius: Your energy is super-high this week. You may be excited about a new love or a fresh creative venture in your life. It might have you stumbling all over yourself. Self-discipline is at a low ebb, so avoid putting yourself in situations where you are prone to indulge.

Capricorn: During this period you must prove the value of your efforts on a project that began a year or more ago. You are focused and bent on having things your way, and therefore tempted to railroad those who object. Concentrate on diplomacy in order to accomplish your objectives more easily. Forcing the issue will only result in generating defensiveness.

Aquarius: You are thoroughly at odds with yourself over an issue of philosophy. This conflict may also include being in conflict with another. The tension seems extremely tight and you may feel as though you would burst. Seek a truth that is large enough to allow you to live in both sides of yourself, the conservative and the unconventional.

Pisces: You are in a high-energy zone this week. You want to go everywhere and do everything at once. You feel generous to others and they to you. If money is an issue, then you would be better off leaving credit cards at home. Activities that involve physical self-expression are favored.

Are you interested in a personal horoscope? Vivian Carol may be reached at 704-366-3777 for private psychotherapy or astrology appointments. Blog:

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