[ALL SIGNS The archetypal couple, Venus and Mars, are meeting in the sky this week. Ordinarily this represents the beginning of a new relationship. However, this time Venus is retrograding to meet Mars. This suggests that it may be a new beginning to an old or a former relationship. It could be reassessing your relationship with partner(s) and tweaking for improvements. It is even possible that people from the past turn up to be recognized once again. If you meet a significant new person at this time, you need to be aware that sometimes old, outworn patterns can be re-enacted in new relationships. Don’t trick yourself. If a situation feels “icky”, you may be re-living the past, only with new wallpaper.

[LEO (July 23 to August 22) This month’s Venus/Mars alignment brings you face to face with your identity versus your relationship. You must consciously evaluate how you will manage to meet your personal needs and yet remain connected to the “other” in your life. If someone is “returning” after a time apart, this may represent another shot at a relationship from the past that had a similar issue.

[VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Your sense of meaning and purpose is punctuated during this period. Your attitude is positive. Your ruling planet moves into the financial picture this week. Your attention will be drawn to organizing your accounts and records. You may discover one or two mistakes made in the past that you can rectify now.

[LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) The scales fall from your eyes as an illusion is vaporized. This occurs in the territories of friendship, lovers, children, or yourself. (Yes, we carry illusions about ourselves.) Nothing really has changed. You simply see what is and what is not there. Whatever the disappointment, it is short lived. You will recover quickly.

[SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Your physical cycle is on a “low”, so drive and handle tools carefully this week. Someone from your past returns to front and center in your life. There seems to be a connection to your career in this meeting. Perhaps the returnee is someone you once worked with, but the relationship became more than that of co-workers.

[SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) You have your eye on the big picture and it looks grand indeed. Others follow your lead. A word of caution: your optimistic attitude and belief that you are right could cause you to become arrogant. If you want others to join your ride, give them a special place on the wagon. Share the glory.

[CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) You are at a low both emotionally and physically at this time. Though you are normally prone to push yourself, this is a better period to listen to your body and give it what it needs. The “rules” are interfering with your forward motion during this period. It is frustrating, but it will soon pass.

[AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) This is a time of dramatically challenging work. You are struggling with your semi-conscious expectation of failure. Don’t let it beat you down. You are so much stronger than you know. The fear may have manifested an opponent in the outer world. But the true war is on the inside. Don’t buy into the Critics’ point of view. It/he/she is a figment from your past.

[PISCES (February 19 to March 20) There are vampires loose in the world and the Fish tends to attract them. If you have aged a bit, you probably have begun to smell them when they enter your vicinity. Those who have not will be learning a lesson soon. It’s a required course for this sign. Save some energy for yourself. Don’t take over someone else’s problem.

[ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Carefully read the opening paragraph above. Mars is your avatar, your ruling planet. So a Venus (love) may be returning to your side for another try. Tread carefully in this potential briar patch. S(he) may be looking for revenge, though this motive could be truly unconscious.

[TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Venus is your ruling planet, so the opening paragraph is particularly important to you. The retrograde conjunction occurs in your 4th house of home, hearth, and family. A relative or someone from your childhood may wish to get in touch with you. Perhaps your last experience of each other was not so peaceful. This is a good time to rectify matters.

[GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Mercury, your ruling planet, moves into the sector of life related to children, recreation, personal creativity, and romance. Your attention will be focused in these areas through Sept. And October. You are in your groove for several weeks. However, make choices carefully because Mercury turns retrograde on Sep. 17th, suggesting a shift of plans.

[CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Give special attention to unusual messages or to new people who enter your life during this time. A “teacher” crosses your path in the form of a person, a book, or the right message that will steer you in the next favorable direction. Your mind turns to home, property and family now. Aspects are positive. Are you interested in a personal horoscope? Vivian Carol may be reached at (704) 366-3777 for private psychotherapy or astrology appointments .

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