Virgo The Virgin (Aug. 22-Sept. 22): As the week begins, you have a number of projects that will keep you busy. You are instinctively hurrying to finish things so you can move forward. Although normally tactful, there is a possibility that your tone of speech may be clipped and will hurt someone. It could also be the other way around.
For All Signs: Mars, the ancient god of war, is in a challenging position to both Saturn (the teacher) and Pluto (the powers that be). Events of this week may harken back to July and August of 2012, just over one year ago. Mars represents going after something or someone we want. It takes action without hesitation. Given its arrangement in the sky now, there are two planets that are stronger than Mars which must be challenged. Good wisdom says it is best to back off the desire/urge to take the plunge. Traffic accidents increase in times such as this because everyone is in a hurry. If someone cuts you off on the road, don't let rage put you into a useless battle.
Aries: You may be taking a sober look at one or more relationships. Even the very closest friends cannot know each other from the inside. Sometimes we forget this fact and need to become aware that we are actually separate beings. Sometimes our energy is too low to be there for one another.
Taurus: You may experience some physical discomfort due to environmental stressors at home or work. Those who suffer allergies need to use special caution in avoidance this week. Your physical cycle is on a mild dip. You may need to take a short break in your workout regimen.
Gemini: You have a number of things to handle concerning property and family this week. Give careful thought to what you say because hurtful statements may drop out of your mouth. Mercury, your ruling planet, moves into the sector of life related to children, recreation, personal creativity and romance.
Cancer: This is a good week to travel or at least to get out of the house. Although money may feel tight, choose little trips that cost relatively nothing, like a picnic in the park or a visit to a gallery. Enjoy members of the family or your significant other.
Leo: Give careful attention to your car and also to any machinery you may be handling. Equipment breakdowns are possible at home as well. Of course, they always come at highly inconvenient times. Be prepared with backup or extra parts.
Libra: Events of this week trigger your sense of compassion and present you with the prospect of assisting in the healing of another. As you live this experience, you will discover that having compassion also heals you. Your spirit is lifted. Don't ignore the call.
Scorpio: This is a time in which you will be required to work extra hard just to maintain the status quo. It has already started and will continue for another couple of weeks. You must use your stamina to stay with it, but soon this test will be over.
Sagittarius: Your mood is expansive and optimistic this week. You have a grasp of the big picture and could use this energy to promote your projects and gain support. Or, you could simply kick back and enjoy the good feelings.
Capricorn: Aspects suggest you may be feeling irritable and critical this week. Objects and people are just not cooperating, and you may also be worrying about finances and investments. Some of these things are a reality, but in the greater scheme of things it is a temporary droop. Concentrate on holding peace inside yourself.
Aquarius: This is clearly a rough patch in your relationship(s). The arena may play out in your primary partnership or in your work/career situation. Though someone may be goading you, it is not the time to lose your temper or try to make peace.
Pisces: You have several aspects that favor romance, the arts and things of beauty. You may be the happy recipient of small gifts, compliments or favors from others. Your mind wants to wander in the world of daydreams. It is not a great week for getting things done, but you will enjoy the journey.
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