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Weekly horoscope for July 22-Aug. 3 

Leo The Lion (July 22-Aug. 22)

Your plans and ideas may be challenged by another at this time. In order to hold your own in this situation, you must have clarity about who you have become. Do your best to generate a win-win situation out of the duel, and avoid a frank battle of wills because you will lose.

For All Signs: Uranus, planet of revolution, and Saturn, planet of the status quo and concrete, continue to be in a tense arrangement. On the 29th Mars, ancient god of war, lines up with Saturn and all of these planets are square to Pluto, the drama King. This is what astrologers are calling the "cardinal T square" of the years 2010-2011. The particular energies of these planets in one brew looks like a massive explosion, a war, anger and rebellious activity. It is challenging indeed, globally and on the personal front as well. The planets do not make anything happen. But they are the clock that tells us what time it is. The world is in need of massive change and these aspects represent one trigger in the overhaul. We must hold on to the understanding that sometimes we must endure challenge in order to renew ourselves and our environment. These tensions have been increasingly sharp for two years.

Aries: You and another may need some time apart and this is a good time to take it. Otherwise, old issues may suddenly rise out of nowhere and generate dramatic disagreements. If difficulties arise, count to 10 and return to your corner to clarify thoughts before speaking. Nobody really listens to a rager.

Taurus: Circumstances involving love life and money may feel oppressive. You might experience an emotional droop during this week, in which you perceive yourself to be alone in the world. This is a temporary mood, so don't take it seriously. Maybe it is you who really needs to be alone right now.

Gemini: Your ruling planet shifts to matters of home, hearth and family. It will be in this sector until Oct. 3. Things of the past may surface in your mind for reflection. Bygone family concerns may occupy your attention. Decisions about these things and matters concerning your property need more time to settle than you might imagine. Keep your cool.

Cancer: You may be involved with family to a great degree this weekend. A conflict may require your empathy, but don't join the brew. Your energy is high and being active will cause you to feel better. Aging property requires tending. If you have known this but procrastinated, an episode will tell you the time is now.

Virgo: Mercury travels slowly through your sign between now and Oct. 3. It will be going through its retrograde cycle before it moves along. Take care with any decision of importance because you likely will find reason to change your mind. New information keeps popping up to muddy the works. This is normal with Mercury retrogrades. Do not berate yourself because you can't seem to move forward.

Libra: A person of an erratic and explosive nature may choose you as a dumping ground for pent-up frustration. Make an effort to take a moderate road and do not respond in like manner unless the issue becomes physical. Hold on to the fact that even if you had some minor role to play, the episode is the result of many things that have nothing to do with you.

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. This is definitely not a time to attack in anger or initiate new ideas, but to respond to what comes your way. Even if you know you are right, you don't have the power to act as judge and jury.

Sagittarius: If you have been channeling your energy into a project that has positive value for many you may be receiving recognition and applause now. If, instead, you are working on something that is purely to support your shiny ego, you will find others are fighting you every step of the way. Love life is on the edge.

Capricorn: See the lead paragraph. Pluto has been in your sign for 1.5 years and you have been challenged to keep things balanced ever since. It is possible that sparks have been flying at you for much of the summer. Your job is to transform yourself into a person with a different type of power and circumstances are forcing it. The stress may be too much for your body right now. Give it a break.

Aquarius: Your personal "war" might occur as an accident, so drive very carefully. You may be preparing to file suit on someone who has been erratic and irresponsible. Talk to an attorney about the viability of the case. Don't head off to small claims court on your own. Travel is not favored.

Pisces: If the "war" described in the lead paragraph comes to you, it will be in the form of a financial surprise. Someone (maybe even the IRS) may nail you for a debt you did not expect. Or your investments may take a tumble. Those who owe nothing and are not betting on the stock market are in the best position.

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

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