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Weekly horoscope (May 19-25)

Reflection is key

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For All Signs: The planets Venus and Mars are in opposition at this time. Venus, the ancient goddess of love, carries broad feminine and romantic symbolism. Mars is the warrior god and prevails over masculine territory. This opposing alignment may suggest the conclusion of one relationship and the beginning of another. Alternatively the opposition suggests a need to lay our cards on the table, clear the air, and find solutions to issues within an ongoing relationship. We are asked to look at both the internal and external character of the relationship. This is a halfway point in an ongoing 26 month cycle. The beginning of this cycle occurred during the first quarter of 2015. This marks a time in which we are evaluating the development of that beginning. By now it has come to a point of tweaking. The direction may be changed from the intended purpose. That shift could be a purely creative outcome or perhaps we can readily perceive potholes that need to be corrected. The "relationship" can be gender oriented or it might be a singular piece of creative work. Reflect on what began for you in the first quarter of 2015. At this point we see the result of that birth. Make changes if needed. The full moon on the 21st is a doozy. Stay home and watch TV.

Aries: This looks like a week in which you really want to say your piece, but you have a sense that would be a bad idea. Agreed. Your ruling planet, Mars, continues to retrograde. If someone "attacks" you, then you may safely defend yourself. But if you want to initiate a snipe at anyone, you'd best save that for late in the summer.

Taurus: During this period it is probable that you and another will need to clarify and come to agreement on issues of shared resources. Those may include time, sexuality, energy, objects, and/or the finances of a partnership. This is a time for honesty and fresh or renewed agreements.

Gemini: The sun moves into your sign this week. Right away it begins making oppositions to several planets. You may be in the mood to tell someone off. The problem is that given the Mars retrograde, it is better to do so judiciously, lest you be seen as an "attacker." Slow it down by writing the complaints in a letter so you can review before you speak.

Cancer: It is normal to feel somewhat lethargic during the month just prior to one's birthday. At this time the sun is figuratively at its darkest and we experience a natural low in our personal annual cycle. Don't take the dip too seriously. It is meant to happen this way, so that you can rest before your new year begins. Create some time for rest and relaxing, if possible. Steer clear of trouble on the 21st full moon.

Leo: A small cycle change this week shifts your attention to the areas of community and broader social relationships. This is a good time to develop your network of contacts. Beware of hidden opposition that could undermine your plans. Don't push.

Virgo: Mercury is your avatar planet and will be turning direct on the 22nd. You may be surprised to recognize that during this retrograde period you have learned more about yourself and your belief system. This could significantly helpful in making decisions that have been pending.

Libra: Choose your words carefully when speaking to friends and loved ones. Sometimes you present your ideas as though they were established facts. Your words may generate hurt feelings and anger that likely will return to haunt you later.

Scorpio: You are under significant financial pressure now. Make an effort to face the problem. Don't let yourself resort to any get rich quickly schemes. That will only cost you money you can't afford to spend.

Sagittarius: There is potential trouble in the area of significant relationships, partnership(s), and clientele. Whenever you push forward you are met with bright flood lights aimed at your weaknesses. Resist the temptation to shift into passive-aggressive behavior.

Capricorn: Over the weekend, someone takes an aggressive poke at you. It calls for a response from you, but at this time the aggressor always loses, so keep that in mind. The aggressive action works like a boomerang and comes right back at the initiator. If the battle is interior, then you may be feeding yourself negative thoughts.

Aquarius: Aspects are not the best for the Waterbearers at this time. You may feel isolated or as though no one around you can possibly understand who or what you are. In some way life circumstances may be preventing you from communicating. Remember that feelings come and go like waves. They never remain the same.

Pisces: This is a period in which you are doing battle with yourself. You want to move forward, but fear the changes involved. Equally as strong is the fish that ducks underwater and does not want to be bothered. This is a conundrum that you probably cannot repair until July. Go easy on yourself. Do what must be done now and let other things go.

Are you interested in a personal horoscope? Vivian Carol may be reached at 704-366-3777 for private psychotherapy or astrology appointments. www.horoscopesbyvivian.com.

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