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Weekly horoscope (May 15-21) 

Resolving issues

For All Signs: The planet Mars, ancient god of war, turns direct on the 19th after a long retrograde period that began in February. During the retrograde cycle we are often detoured from taking significant external action. Though we may be frustrated by the delays, the purpose of the time is to struggle with inner boundaries before expanding or claiming new outer territory. When we force the issue and push through despite obstacles during the retrograde, we sometimes discover later that the offensive has proven too costly in some way. As Mars turns direct we will begin to resolve roadblocks experienced in recent months or will realize we didn't really need to take the proposed path in the first place.

Aries: Hooray! Your ruling planet is Mars and it is turning direct. It will take a few weeks to clear out the briar patch that it has caused, but at least you can begin to move forward now.

Taurus: Relationships may feel intense and complicated at this time. You may sense some negative forces at work. If this is so, look deeply inside for a hidden motive. If this does not exist, ask your partner whether he/she notices any discomfort. An open discussion will work wonders.

Gemini: You are drawn to all things beautiful and truly tempted to buy items for your home. If you need to watch your dollars, leave your credit cards at home. Now is a good time to take a creative look at your life.

Cancer: You may not be feeling comfortable with yourself. It appears your mind is in conflict with your feelings. Do the best you can to deal with this issue up front, perhaps by journaling or discussing it with a friend. Don't feel like you have to settle on a decision right now.

Leo: The full moon on the 14th occurs in two houses: career and in home life. It is a challenge to serve more than one master, but if anyone has the stamina it would have to be the Lion. Preserve your energy and deal with one thing at a time. Don't allow the rest to keep you awake.

Virgo: At this time you may need to review some of the relationship mishaps of recent months. This is a fine time to talk things over and come to a shared point of view. You may also be discussing plans for future travel. Assistance is available to help you with your goals. Ask for it.

Libra: After cleaning up the debris of the past three months, you will be ready to move forward and take initiative. If you have been ill, you will soon be better. Certainly you will be more free to move around in your world.

Scorpio: Mars is an important planetary ruler for you and the first quarter of this year has not been pretty. You have been caught in a conundrum of money and resource issues. Now that Mars is direct you can begin to move forward.

Sagittarius: Warning to those on diet and exercise programs: This week it is just too easy to break training. If you mean what you've promised to yourself, don't go anywhere that would put you in harm's way. It is a time in which you feel more outgoing. Social life is a pleasure.

Capricorn: An intense experience within a relationship has a purpose. You are asked to search deep inside yourself for your contribution to the difficulty. You must own it and confess it. Healing will be the result. It is a good time to adjust issues of power.

Aquarius: You may feel trapped and forced to make a choice between two options, neither of which seems great. You know you will become angry or feel guilty, whichever way you choose. You need to appear at your best at all times these days and right now that is very challenging.

Pisces: You are in the midst of a period of healing from old wounds. You have help from children or lovers. This week you may need to take care of yourself financially and avoid overspending. The same holds true for all the goodies in life, such as sugar.

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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