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Weekly horoscope (July 27-Aug. 2) 

Leo The Lion (July 23-Aug. 22)

This is a fine week to travel. You are in the mood for the new and different, that which you consider fun. This is a time in which your exuberance and enthusiasm may carry you farther than you really intended to go. You will certainly have energy to do whatever you choose, but take care that you don't promise way more than you can deliver.

For All Signs: Mercury, planet of communications and general business, turns retrograde this week and will remain so until the 26th. Double-check all information and messages because there are likely to be errors. Be prepared for a flurry of calendar changes, schedule mishaps, delays in traffic and misunderstood items of communication. This occurs three times a year, at varying times. The cosmic message is to slow down and think decisions through more carefully. More generally, we are well-advised to spend the next three to four weeks in self-reflection before launching any major initiative. Recognize that whatever plans or decisions you make are temporary. Don't set them in stone now.

Aries: Your energy is high and your mind is busy at this time. You want to enjoy things of beauty and romance now. It could be hard to concentrate upon mental work that requires attention to detail. If you must do so, then check everything twice. This is a week for the arts, for love, and for fun!

Taurus: Venus is your ruling planet and "she" represents your cooperative and affable personality, along with your attraction to beauty in all its forms. Between July 28 and Aug. 20, she is traveling through the sector which is related to home, property and family matters. You likely will focus on family and on home decorating. You will be concentrating upon making your life more secure.

Gemini: Don't overreact to rumors or fresh news concerning your life direction or home and family. It is likely to be mistaken and revised in September. You may feel compelled to change your mind or stop and think about these areas before taking action. That is likely a wise move. Do some research and learn all the facts.

Cancer: The new moon occurs on the 30th this week. This brings a signal to start a new cycle and the direction of that cycle is in the area of how you manifest your creativity in the world. Perhaps you are having a new idea or desire that wants to be expressed through you. Sometimes these new things creep into the mind quietly.

Virgo: Please note the lead paragraph because Mercury is your ruling planet. This particular retrograde will be more noticeable than others because the planet is also in your sign. Don't be surprised by yourself when you suddenly change your mind about something that seemed fine just a couple of weeks ago.

Libra: Venus, your ruling planet, travels with you into the territory of friendships, community and organizational affairs. Over the next three weeks, she will enhance your presence at any activity in this sphere. It is a good time to plan a party for friends or to meet new people at other gatherings.

Scorpio: You need additional information before you can make a forward move. Unfortunately, the decision is impossible to make at this time, so you must experience a period of waiting. Things are on hold in the areas of career, work, partnership and love life. Pace yourself and hold to a sense of humor. "Accept what you cannot change."

Sagittarius: You have your eye on the big picture, and it looks grand indeed. A word of caution: Your optimistic attitude and belief that you are right could cause you to become arrogant. If you want others to join your ride, give them a special place on the wagon. Share the glory.

Capricorn: You and another are not seeing eye to eye on the sharing of resources or the paying of debts. The solution would be apparent if you didn't have to parse out the money or the goods. In fact, there would be no problem. Unfortunately it appears that the only available answer right now is one that does not suit you individually.

Aquarius: In general, this is a particularly favorable week to pursue love and social life. You and a partner are clearly on the same wavelength at this time. You share a vision that is complementary. This contributes positively to your mutual affection and admiration.

Pisces: Your partner or a professional advisor may reverse directions in the next two weeks. Don't be dismayed or take it personally. This person is realizing that he/she may have erred in logic. It is appropriate to rethink everything this month. Be at peace and know that the right solution will emerge in a few weeks.

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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