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Horoscopes (Aug. 16-22)

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ARIES (March 21- April 20):

No one has ever been able to tell you a thing, but I will take a chance and go for it. You can keep this up but sooner or later it'll be one of those things that reminds you what you would have done if you had known better. You have arrived at the place that everyone gets to when they realize they went too far. If you have your wits about you, it will be easier to pull your head out of your butt and tell everyone why you decided to go off the deep end. Coming back to yourself is the only way; open your heart and let all of your actions reflect your desire to love and be loved.

TAURUS (April 21 -May 20):

Playing both ends to the middle is what's going on. Sooner or later you're going to have to make a choice. Others are freaking out about the fact that they don't know where you're coming from, and you are so wrapped up in who you think you are, you stopped looking at the reality of your situation about a year ago. Now that it's time to face things you've got to get down to the bone and stop over-dramatizing them. Life is pretty simple when you come right down to it, but the truth can be a hard thing to tell. Once you give it a voice it'll open the space for you to move on.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20):

Life has put you in the hot seat and you are either rising to the occasion or you're imagining the worst and praying your ass off. Others are oblivious, so don't waste a minute expecting people to turn into something they are not. What's up to you would be less of a deal if anyone had bothered to give you a template, or some instructions for it. As you get accustomed to the fact that what's on top of the stack is entirely up to you, you will begin to see who's who. Lots of heavy duty liars and posers have shown up to test your will and offer you an advanced course in discernment.

CANCER (June 21-July 20):

What happens next is anyone's guess. Things are going to change in ways that are hard to predict. So much of who you are and what you want is wrapped up in how other people feel about it, it would help if you could think about what matters to you for a change. If you can find a way to slow down and get quiet enough to listen to your inner voice, you will see that you need the rest of your life to do what you love. The pressure that you're under right now has reached its melting point. Don't go to extremes. If you can take your time with this shift, the sky is the limit.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 20):

You have a better grip on where things are going than you give yourself credit for. The next few weeks will give you a chance to settle up all kinds of loose ends. At the moment, life is showing you what it really means to be honest. For some of you the truth is easy to tell. For others, the story gets mixed in with whatever you're unwilling to see, and your version of it gets drawn in patterns that keep bringing you back to the same old thing. Either way, it's your turn to reckon with this chaos and get as close as you can to whatever it takes to make your life ring true.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 20):

Too many trials have generated a lack of certainty that has eroded your faith. If you feel like you're ready to fall apart, the deeper part of you knows that this is what happens when we get close to the truth. In reality this is a breakthrough. Right now it's your job to find the light and see it clearly enough to know how to get through this. On a million different levels what seems like it's too much to bear has the potential to open your life up in ways that will absolutely amaze you. Our hardest lessons don't prove their worth until we find the strength to surrender to them.

LIBRA (Sept. 21-Oct. 20):

If things haven't gotten a little nuts, it would surprise me. And you're either on the case or you're wishing someone else could handle it. Waiting for others to wake up could take forever. In the meantime, too many things are falling through the cracks for you to waste another minute on people and things that will never pan out. Making what you can of a situation that pales in comparison to what you'd much rather be doing has no chance of working. In both the long run and the short run, you'll be way better off if you can find a way to tell it like it is and move on.

SCORPIO (Oct. 21-Nov. 20):

If you could figure out how to get around, or possibly even out of, this situation there's no telling how far you could go. The pressure to hang tight has been doubled by what you have watched your colleagues go through, and by the fact that you equate safety with hanging in there. At this point, you can do whatever you want. With or without a safety net, anything you set your heart to is bound to work. Before you can get clear enough to see this for yourself, locate the courage to go for it, and scroll back to the way your story was going approximately 7 years ago.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21-Dec. 20):

Life is moving in a totally new direction. It's time to pull yourself together and get with the program. Bucking the system could very well be part of this. You could also be feeling like a stranger in a strange land. Between one extreme and another the complexities of the past are making the future seem as if you have only one or two options when in fact, there are many. The psychic component is huge right now. Trust your intuition and let your instincts be the ones to tell you how to manage a shift that will require you to relinquish everything but the truth.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 20):

Don't fool yourself into thinking this is going to be hard. I don't need to tell you that the way we see things makes or breaks them. Old fears are giving you a run for your money. At the same time, the bigger part of you is wide awake and knows exactly how to proceed from here. For the next few months life will be about showing up and making sure you're there for whatever's going on, 100 percent. What other people do is their business. Don't let your concerns create the sense that anyone has to be as involved with them as you are, and monitor your stress level meditatively.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 21-Feb. 20):

For someone who prides themselves on having it all figured out, you are feeling a little clueless. The outer stuff is less of an issue for you than whatever it is that drives you to make everything absolutely perfect. Enough time has elapsed for you to be able to relax into a more tolerant frame of mind. Less inclined to overwork for all the wrong reasons, you are experimenting with a newfound need to stay grounded within the simplicity of daily life. Staying tuned in will require you to keep reminding yourself that you already are perfect and life was never meant to be hard.

PISCES (Feb. 21-March 20):

Your only weakness is the tendency to expect your relationships to do it all for you. As you look at how to deepen your connection to yourself you're beginning to realize that much of who you are is too entwined with other people. In the next few months you'll be dealing with situations that demand 100 percent of whatever you claim to stand for. If outside forces attempt to derail you, your choice will go between impossible odds and cutting your losses. Discretion is always the better part of valor. Don't be stupid and don't assume that giving up is any sign of failure.

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