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Weekly horoscope (Jan. 31-Feb. 6) 

Using personal energy for greater good

For All Signs: The planets Jupiter and Pluto are opposed across the signs of Cancer and Capricorn. This opposition has been in effect since last summer and will continue through this June. It is exact on Jan. 31 and will be so again in April. This transit has a bright side and a dark side. The bright side is that this period could bring an important project to fruition and represent a blossoming of long preparation. An invention that will improve the lives of many is one example. The dark side is that those with power might decide to claim territory from others. The feel of it is manic, in which one party assumes authority it hasn't properly gained. A hostile takeover of a company is one mundane example. Another is China's sudden expansion of its ADIZ over the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands, which occurred in December. It is important that we concentrate our personal energy on projects that are good for all involved if we are to successfully navigate this transit.

Aries: A friend may suggest doing something novel in order to break out of an old rut, or this friend may find ways to assist you in doing something out of the box. Your planetary ruler, Mars, is in the shadow of its upcoming retrograde. Don't push or try to force anything, lest it cost you.

Taurus: Your ruling planet, Venus turns direct this week. She (you) narrowly escapes a manipulation by the powers that be. Perhaps that is a lover with a personal use for your energies. She will be in the after-shadow until the end of February, which means you are still moving forward in slow motion.

Gemini: Your attention turns toward your life direction. For many, this is reflected by the career path. You may be researching needed information or talking with others about where you are headed. Your work is noticed or on display, with favorable results.

Cancer: You are in a good place with yourself at this time. Your heart and mind are flowing together. You have no conflict between your feelings and your thoughts about those feelings. This is a time for reflection on important subjects. You can make good decisions now.

Leo: Partnerships of any type are generally favored now, because you will be searching for the fair solution in any dilemma. It is a good time to seek consultation from professionals. You are realistic in your approach to almost everything. Focus is on your partner or on others in your life.

Virgo: Your imagination could go overboard this week. Double check any facts, data and directions that come your way. Pay careful attention to communications and messages. You are prone to hear or read what you expect and that may not be what was intended.

Libra: Activities involving your career and decisions about it may have grown stagnant in the last two months. Somehow, you instinctively have known that it was not a time to push the river. In the next few weeks, new information will surface that will make it more clear how you are to proceed.

Scorpio: Focus attention on the lead paragraph, because Pluto is one of your ruling planets. Make certain you are not trying to manipulate others to your will at this time. Activities involving your children or other creative products are favored. Love life flows smoothly.

Sagittarius: It appears to me that there is a struggle over finances or shared resources. This could include a partner's resources, the IRS. or debts or services that are owed to you. You have the necessary evidence to support your position, but others may be ruthless.

Capricorn: You are prone to overreact to anyone or anything that is in your way. Make an effort to think about things before reacting. Search for a compromising point of view that is strong enough to contain both your own and your opponent's belief systems. Together, you can create something much better than you could apart.

Aquarius: You are attending to responsibilities this week. It is a fairly serious time, in which you feel somehow ethically or morally bound to follow through with commitments to the outside world. It is possible you are somehow teaching others what you have learned. If you have prepared, you will definitely succeed.

Pisces: Events in your life may be moving along successfully. However, Mercury is on the verge of turning retrograde in your sign. Pay careful attention to what you say, because you may be proven wrong. Don't make assumptions or big decisions now. Wait for the dust to settle.

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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