Virgo The Virgin (Aug. 22-Sept. 22):
Irritability and a tendency to short temper may be your companion this week. Beware the temptation to obsess over minor issues. Take especially good care of your body at this time.
For All Signs: Mars, ancient god of war, is facing off against Pluto, god of the underworld. Given their positions and the mood of the times, this looks like two or more countries or other factions at the brink of war. The Mars trigger could represent the match to the powder keg. I write these columns well in advance, so by the time you are reading it, the players are clear. Events of late 2008 represent the root issue. Mars wants to make war because that is what he does. But he does not stand much chance in challenging the storm of Pluto.
Aries: The Powers that Be in your career life are definitely in charge. Progress can be made only through persuasion and even that may not help. Don't succumb to anger or you will have lost your case entirely. You could be tempted to displace your anger onto others.
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 now and Sept. 19 she is traveling through the sector which is related to home, property and family matters.
Gemini: There may be a battle occurring in your family over the topic of possessions, financial matters or security. You are the arbitrator. You prefer to duck such disagreements, but this time it appears you cannot. It may require the wisdom of Solomon to make a good decision.
Cancer: You and your partner may be waging battle over a security issue. Don't get rough because your partner (or Other) can pull rank on you, and a seething resentment may develop. Remain alert and fully conscious of your surroundings, especially if you happen to be in a questionable area.
Leo: Venus enters your sign this week and will be traveling "with you" through Sept. 19. Her presence gives you an air of poise, and people will simply like how you look. Often when Venus is prominent we become more interested in art forms and want to make things in the environment more attractive.
Libra: It is possible that you will be called upon to help others with your negotiating skills. Be aware that the feelings of those you work with are intense and could explode. Negotiate this only with a safety net and a plan of protection for yourself if things turn dark.
Scorpio: You could become embroiled in a battle of wills over who is right. In order to steer clear of a war, remain aware that the subject matter is merely what you think, not who you are. You have the controlling word in any battle.
Sagittarius: You have less energy this week than is normal for you. You may have been hit with a reality last week that is hard to wait through. Where is it written that you must be happy all the time? Give yourself time to absorb what has happened.
Capricorn: You may be so bent on accomplishing something or getting your needs met that you roll over everyone around you. This is a sample of Pluto's power in your sign. Concentrate on the issues at hand and do not set up a battleground over egos or no one will win.
Aquarius: You continue to experience the guilt versus anger syndrome. You are required to "pay back," as in loans, favors, or debts. But if you do so, you will be unable to help yourself or others in some way that you had hoped.
Pisces: There may be a "war" between one of your children and a significant other. You know well enough to stay on the sidelines and offer only support, not advice. Personally you may experience considerable solace in the quiet zones.
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