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Weekly horoscope (August 6-12) 

Proceed with caution

For All Signs: Jupiter, planet of expansion, remains squared off with Saturn, the planet of contraction. I wrote about this combination last week. It is important in the larger scheme of things, so I am pointing out this challenging aspect again. It really won't be over until after May of 2016. Historically Jupiter/Saturn squares point at recession trends. Saturn carries greater weight, so its symbolism of tightness, coldness, and maintaining structure, will almost always "win" in the world and in our psyches. Jupiter is optimistic and willing to take risks, but Saturn is fearful of change or of the powers that be. If you are contemplating a risky venture, you will probably fare better after this "cold" season is over. If you must proceed, then do so with a cautious eye and cover your bets as carefully as possible.

Aries: This is a week for bringing small projects to a successful transition point. Then your attention shifts to matters concerning children, play, romance and recreation for the next few weeks. You will likely be the one to initiate activities on these fronts. If you have hesitated to ask someone to date you, now is the time to take a step.

Taurus: Issues related to older property, older family members, or problems that you thought you had resolved in the past surface once again to be managed. Maybe the repetition of the problem is inherent in the resolution. Resources (time, money, energy) are limited so a final fix is not likely now. Do what you can and wait for a better time if possible.

Gemini: This is a truly busy time for you with lots of communications, errands, and maybe even a short trip or two. You may need to consider the needs of your vehicle now. Give it a checkup and a detailing. Fix what needs to be repaired. That may include cosmetic improvements.

Cancer: You likely are finishing projects and preparing the decks for a new focus by the end of the week. You are interested in taking action to beautify your surroundings and this may include your garden. Certainly you will want to make improvements on your property.

Leo: Mars, the red planet of war, enters your sign this week and will be traveling with you through most of September. This energy is best used to handle physically heavy projects or take initiatives that you might not otherwise tackle. If you are not choosing to deal honestly with this assertive energy, the common side effects are irritability and infections. Clearly it is healthier to take charge of it.

Virgo: You are thoroughly busy this week. At first you may be absorbed with things or circumstances from your past. It may generate a mildly blue mood, but then there is a shift on the 7th to the positive side of the present. When you shift into the lighter place, your mind will be quick and more able to help you move forward.

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

Scorpio: During this month and most of September, your attention will be drawn to career and life direction. Activity in the outer world picks up speed. Authorities and others may be challenging, so have your ducks in a row if you take initiatives. Use this time to improve your "product" or your presentation.

Sagittarius: You may be researching a new interest, gazing over travel brochures for your next adventure, or pursuing an interest in philosophy or religion. Activities and concerns related to the Internet, education, and publishing are favored. Someone from your past may surface to give you welcome.

Capricorn: Your mind may be preoccupied with concerns about joint resources. That could include insurance payments, debt, invested funds, partner's income or estate matters. At this time it seems forward motion is blocked in more than one way. These issues will work themselves out, one at a time, in September.

Aquarius: Uncomfortable issues from the past may surface in your primary relationship. If things don't feel right between you, then examine the past occurrences in which this feeling has occurred. Think/feel it through and make it your goal to come to a better resolution so this won't continue to undermine the relationship.

Pisces: Your work picks up this week and becomes more interesting. Your lifestyle is about to change, maybe because someone becomes available as a partner or a buddy. That individual may surface this week. Your entire outlook brightens.

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) www.horoscopesbyvivian.com.

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