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Weekly horoscope (July 12-18) 

Mars is moving: Be prepared for both minor and major changes in your daily activity

Cancer The Crab (June 20-July 21)
This is a good week to bring fruition to a home improvement project that was conceived in the fall of 2011. Saturn always gives us what we deserve. So, if you have put work and time into your effort, you will be rewarded. If not, you may be hit with a necessary repair.

For All Signs: Mars, the original god of war, has just moved into Libra and is heading toward the Uranus/Pluto square on July 17—19. Mars is like the proverbial match to the powder keg, ready to strike an explosion. However, while Mars is charging for battle across the plains, suddenly Mercury (the wind) turns retrograde. Since that shift always changes people's minds, it appears that the explosion is not quite to be yet. Be prepared for both minor and major changes in your daily activity and open yourself to make adjustments in attitude.

Aries: Read the lead paragraph carefully. Concentrate on being self-aware. You may be inclined to charge onto the battlefield when the timing is not right. Yes, the war may be necessary, but are you really ready now? Put on your velvet gloves when dealing with others this week.

Taurus: Your mind may be freer and lighter than it has been for a long time. A stone has been heavy in your heart, but for some reason this week it seems easier to handle. Think very carefully before buying something beautiful for your home. It may not "work" for you.

Gemini: Your attitude is bright and cheerful. You will attract pleasant experiences this week and your social life is promising. Because Mercury, your ruling planet, turns retrograde, you likely will reverse a previously made decision. It's a good idea. You need more time to think about it.

Leo: Mercury brings you friends, lovers and great social life this week. Don't make any sort of promises because circumstances may force you to renege. Mercury begins retrograde motion in your sign on the 14th and your calendar may turn topsy-turvy.

Virgo: You have been quietly cheerleading from behind the scenes on behalf of someone else's show. A fresh bit of news may cause you to back away from this activity. Don't take action until this news is proven valid. Often rumors fly wildly when Mercury changes directions.

Libra: You have several balls in the air this week. There are positive aspects concerning education, publishing, travel and the law, particularly over the weekend. Libras are normally very tactful, but now that Mars is in your sign, it is possible that at any time the wrong words may simply fall out of your mouth. Think before you speak.

Scorpio: Although you may be annoyed beyond belief, this is definitely not the time to start any sort of battle, competition or argument. Someone in your vicinity may be really trying to provoke you, but save aggressive moves until later in the summer. At this point giving in to your anger is self-destructive.

Sagittarius: The effort and energy that you put into friendships and your community is coming back to you now. People want to support you and your projects. Sharing the applause with whomever has helped is the appropriate thing to do at this time. Give special attention to including your partner.

Capricorn: Your energies are high and you can accomplish a great deal of work now. Hold in mind that you are the one with the energy, so don't critique others if they can't or won't match it. Avoid antagonizing those in power during this period or you may lose a battle, even if you are in the right.

Aquarius: If you have been involved in an important project concerning the law, travel, your church, publishing or work on the Internet, now is the time of fruition. Assuming you have been true to your cause, the results will be in your favor. There are still details to complete, but essentially you have proven yourself.

Pisces: Generally you will be feeling better this week. Your being is not so reactive to the environmental irritants. That includes both allergens and annoying people. A gift comes your way. This is the result of time and energy you have invested in the past. Don't turn it away.

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.)

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