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Horoscopes (Aug. 9-15)

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ARIES (March 21- April 20):

Hanging on for dear life is taking every ounce of energy that's in you. With hardly anything left to keep you afloat, the sheer force of your will is doing its best to make a go of it. The ones who could be of assistance are few and far between. Those who are still close to you are more like tits on a bull. It always comes down to understanding that you get further along the path when you are clear about the fact that you are the proud owner of whatever it takes to go it alone. Keep reinforcing your sense of strength and independence. Those who care need to understand this.

TAURUS (April 21 -May 20):

Walking the fine line between faith and uncertainty has you wondering if you can trust people as far as you can throw them. It's nearly impossible to know for sure what's really going on. You don't have enough information to make any clear judgment and there's so much old business screwing up your perspective, half the time you don't even know what you're looking at. Haul back and return to the place that feels grounded enough to handle anything. From that vantage point, you will be able to cut through the B.S. and figure out whether it's time to fish or cut bait.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20):

As far as I can see you've got the world by the balls. Even with multiple forces arrayed against you, nothing can stop you now. Those closest to you have their doubts, but they have more faith in you than they're letting on. Many are coming around to the fact that your approach to everything doesn't have to make sense, and what seems totally out of the box is working just fine. If you play your cards right, by the time the next eclipse rolls around your best efforts will be justified. Don't hold back. Let all of this clear the path to a total and complete metamorphosis.

CANCER (June 21-July 20):

Getting out and about is introducing you to new people, places, and things. At the same time, many of you are revisiting your past, just long enough to see what you have outgrown. Recent reunions with people you thought you knew have taught you a lot about who you are now. The relationship story may be intense, but as far as you are concerned this is giving both of you the opportunity to go to the depths and return with a deeper understanding of what ties you together. In the next few weeks there will be revelations that open the space for life to exceed every previous limit.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 20):

At this point it comes down to: How much can you handle? With enough fire to get anything moving, you don't know for sure if you care enough to make it worth your while to rise above all of this and be redeemed by it. If that sounds dramatic, your life is always that way. Next to the whipping post, endless possibilities simmer, waiting for you to dip your toe. As you ponder life and death matters, the ones that keep you alive are about to require more from you than you ever imagined. Keep the light on. Your heart is full of it. Don't let it go out at a time like this.

VIRGo (Aug. 21-Sept. 20):

You have more on your mind than the daily grind. Deeper issues keep rattling your cage. With your innate ability to keep on trucking, maintaining a healthy balance between your everyday stuff and your inner being is bound to get confusing. As all of this simmers, your friends are dropping like flies. Don't let this get to you. You're moving through a cycle where certain individuals have been outgrown. Don't spend too much time bemoaning those losses. Prune the dead wood; make room for a raft of new connections who bare a closer resemblance to who you are now.

LIBRA (Sept. 21-Oct. 20):

It's hard to know what to say to you. The Libra frequency is either 100% truthful, or hiding behind a wall of denial that no one can scale. Those of you who have no problem with the reality of your situation are riding high on a wave of self-discovery and jubilance. If that is the case, use this time to keep getting closer to your purpose. Those of you who have a hard time facing both the music and yourself would do well to haul back and look at the ways in which you are using spiritual or philosophical principles to turn a blind eye to whatever you refuse to confront.

SCORPIO (Oct. 21-Nov. 20):

You have to approach everything you do with tenderness and compassion. No matter how hard this is at times, the main thing right now is to always find a way to do it from the heart. Others are not going to change just because you want them to. There is a way to be with life that allows us to see and accept the beauty in all of it. Little by little, this experience is showing you how to be the person who can go there with a full heart and enough wisdom to see that all of us are perfect and the cross we bear is nothing more than a gift that makes whatever we do precious.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21-Dec. 20):

Your life has been rearranged by forces that you never saw coming. Now that it's all turned around, it's your turn to reckon with bigger needs to be here for this. For each of you the territory is unique. In general whatever has gotten in the way of your best laid plans or your dream come true is testing the shit out of you. With the tendency to over-adapt making it seem as if you want this as much as someone else does, it would be good to haul back and ask yourself if that's true. If the answer is "yes", keep it up. If the answer is "no" you need to get real enough to tell the truth.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 20):

Knowing enough to see the writing on the wall would be easier if you could frame this in light of the past. History has a way of repeating itself. Every 27-30 years we play out the same routine. Smaller cycles of 12 to 15 years are just as noteworthy. In the midst of having your cake and eating it too, the saga continues. Being self-aware enough to look at the facts and come to terms with them will require you to go back in time. Once you connect the dots, the precariousness of your situation will open your eyes to the pattern, and to the ways in which both you and it need to change.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 21-Feb. 20):

Things have been balls to the wall. Glitches in timing and miscommunications have created hassles that you did not expect. As much as you've got it all under control, the last thing you need is this much stress. Before you know it you're going to be out of the woods. I see cool water, and a little time in the sun. Soon enough, that which you have been aspiring to will ride in on a white horse and the efforts of years' past will pay off in spades. For now, keep your nose to the grindstone, and do what you do best. Little by little the light will shine at the end of the tunnel, heralding new beginnings.

PISCES (Feb. 21-March 20):

Being left high and dry isn't easy. If you didn't see this coming you're probably in a state of shock. The quicker you get used to the idea that holding the bag seems to wind up being your chore, the better. Too many things have come to a head and too much is getting ready to change. Your main focus needs to include making time to get clear about where you stop and everyone else begins. I've said it before and I'll say it again, you are not a door mat. The ability to just say no and the strength to direct your attention toward the things that you love is where it's at right now.

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