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Weekly horoscope (July 30-August 5)

Remain cautious

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For All Signs: We have multiple cycles that represent the economic outlook. Unfortunately between now and the end of May 2016, we have another recessionary cycle, a smaller one that occurs within the larger one we already know. We experience inflation, then recession, followed by inflation once again — a never ending cyclic wheel in our socioeconomic system and our psyches. These two extremes are represented in the sky by Jupiter, planet of optimism, and Saturn, planet of caution. The Saturn principle dominates our thought and represents a stifling of vision and creative risk taking. We fear starvation, literally or figuratively, so we dare not take chances to increase inventory, add employees or experiment with improvements. During this month we have one more round of the current downtrend so we can anticipate more bad news. Don't allow dreadful expectations of the future decade to negatively influence long range decisions. Fearful thinking only generates more fear. Try to remain cautiously neutral.

Aries: Don't make rash moves or decisions over the next two weeks. You need time to think things through. It's a challenge for you to see yourself into the future with accuracy at this time. Seek out information in order to make good choices later this month. An option to reconnect to a former love may surface.

Taurus: Venus is beginning to retrograde in your territory of romance, play, creativity, and children. This suggests that there is some need to go back or reevaluate your position in these areas. You may need to slow down or take a breather from forward motion so you can look more deeply at your personal needs in these areas.

Gemini: This is not your smoothest week. Details may nag your mind and your time like pecking ducks. You and significant others are not having the best of communications right now. You may be in the mood to nit-pick others. Probably you will feel generally better if you work alone.

Cancer: Your heart and mind may be in conflict over just how to proceed with your next projects. This is a good time to reorganize drawers, closets, or maybe your desk. The act of decluttering and making order will clear your mind and then the solution is likely to surface.

Leo: Though you normally have clarity about what is next on your agenda, somehow you are beginning to question one or more previous decisions. Your instinct is accurate here. You may need more information about the costs, the people, or the circumstances in your path. Take it slowly.

Virgo: You may need to concentrate in order to avoid critics, whether they are internal or external. Instead of blame, use the discipline to tackle a project that requires concentration. Avoid contracts and business negotiations right now because misunderstandings may develop.

Libra: You might be putting significant effort into issues involving your family, your psyche or your home at this time. The symbol suggests you are digging deeply into the ground to find rock bottom. It is possible that you are discovering a truth about your family history that completely alters your perspective.

Scorpio: This is a time to step back from one or more relationships in your life. Energies suggest you may be bringing out the worst in each other. Your attitude about yourself is not altogether accurate right now. You may think way too much of your ideas, or alternately, you may see yourself as lower than scum. Neither is accurate.

Sagittarius: In the big picture you are on the verge of major change. The need became apparent last winter and it looked easier then. Now you are hesitating. It is wisest to make conservative decisions for the next several months. Take a look at how you can make this change in small increments and observe the progress as you move forward.

Capricorn: If there are power issues between you and another, this is the week that they will be in full bloom. Discomfort means that change is needed in one or both of your attitudes. Intensity is the theme. Concentrate on remaining conscious so that you won't fall into manipulative games, especially the one called "prove it if you love me."

Aquarius: Beware of the tendency to obsess and worry over matters that may never happen. You are tempted to see the world through a dark lens this week and you may think that is the true version. It's more likely that the pessimistic view is extreme. Set issues aside until you can find a fresh point of view.

Pisces: Give plenty of attention to your mental and physical health this week. Avoid negative people, dark thoughts, and the darker news media. Get plenty of sleep and take your vitamins. Exercise moderately. Take every precaution not to abuse your body during this period. Drugs or alcohol could have peculiar side effects that you don't expect.

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) www.horoscopesbyvivian.com.

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