Horoscopes (Aug. 10-16)

ARIES (March 21- April 20):

You came here to be a star. It doesn't matter if you're serving coffee at the bistro or splitting the atom, you came here to, at least, be No. 1 at what you do. All of a sudden that prospect is hanging in the balance, and you're questioning yourself, big time. These things are written lifetimes in advance. When the time comes to step out and be you, it's your free will that decides how things are going to roll. From what I can see, you've got this covered. Be mindful of the extent to which your ego, and the money piece, interfere with your ability to remain in integrity.

TAURUS (April 21 -May 20):

If you've got kids, that is what matters right now. No need to spell it out; bring your attention back home. If you're childless, this advice covers getting to the heart of your creative spark and honing it with the kind of dedication and sincerity that will turn straw into gold. On other fronts the intensity of things is beyond words. In the middle of things like this it is nearly impossible to get in touch with how it's actually affecting you. You won't have a handle on this for at least three years. Do your best to swim through it, don't get too analytical, and be as true to yourself as you can.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20):

You just got through this by the skin of your teeth. Thank God. What looked like it was going to take you out has brought you back to basics. If you've stopped long enough to think about it, chances are you are totally grateful to be alive. You were by no means alone when everything started to fly South. Lots of people were hit hard by you and your doings. With a new attitude, and a new lease on life, it would be great if you could make a few amends. In the midst of a huge correction, I have no doubt that things will stay tense in your world for a few more months.

CANCER (June 21-July 20):

Being totally overwhelmed has its good points. It makes it impossible to overanalyze the situation. It makes it easier to get in touch with what matters. You are at an interchange that requires you to stay loose, and be as ready to turn on a dime as you can. Money issues will remain over the top until someone or something shows up to give you a break. The sense of scarcity is an illusion — especially in your world. Within a few weeks there will be enough reaped from the fruits of your labors to be free and clear, and able to move forward with nothing in your way.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 20):

You have more inner stronger convictions than the average bear. If this makes you a force to be reckoned with, it's up to you to be as clear as you can about your motives, and the extent to which you actually "know" what you're talking about. Of late, run-ins with old friends who aren't on the same page have raised enough ire to piss you off. Not one to be challenged, part of you is ready to write them off. You know as well as I do that, that stuff doesn't work anymore. See if you can find it in your big Leo heart to let things be, and find a way to love people in spite of themselves.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 20):

You are dealing with people who don't see things the way that you do. It's hard to meet in the middle. These disagreements are always an opportunity to come together. In fact, the reason behind things like this is to exchange ideas and eventually unite, or at least, agree to disagree. In the long run, maybe all of this will inspire you to remain open to ideas that are outside of your comfort zone, long enough to see that everyone has a right to their opinion. At this point in time, it does no good to get polarized when peace, love, and understanding need to be the operative word.

LIBRA (Sept. 21-Oct. 20):

Smooth sailing is what this is called. Even if you're working your butt off, you haven't felt this good in a long time. Get used to it because everything's about to get better. In a few weeks the potential for beneficial surprises will be on a huge roll. Others are there for you — in more ways than one. No need to get weird about asking for help. Don't be shy when it comes time to get out there and mingle. Being in the right place at the right time means everything right now. As your boundaries stretch, be sure to keep your ability to celebrate diversity, on every level, wide open.

SCORPIO (Oct. 21-Nov. 20):

You see what needs to happen but you get frustrated when it comes to making it work. It takes a lot to be patient these days. Too many forms of interference take your mind away from the things that make you so good at staying on track. If it's other people and their issues, or long-term patterns that keep coming back to haunt you, the message is always about holding your own and being willing to see the light in all of it. There will be positive changes that come out of the way you handle things now. Keep the light on and do whatever it takes to be patient under pressure.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21-Dec. 20):

You've got all kinds of stuff going on. So much of it appears to be coming from other people, you spend a lot of time wishing you could change them. As you tiptoe around trying smooth things over, doing your best to make it all OK, you're beginning to realize a few things. Waking up to the idea that it's not your job to be a vending machine for whatever people want or need has slammed you up against a brick wall. Now that you're here, you see that you, and your own needs are a total mystery. Figuring out what's up with that will make it easier to move on from here.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 20):

Holding your horses was never your cup of tea. Caught in the crossfire of other, larger, more pressing interests, you've been forced to idle, waiting for others to figure out where they want to take this. In your mind, the sky is the limit. That concept looks good on paper but you're trying to get it to work with people whose real agendas have very little to do with what's on your plate. And what's up their sleeve could wind up costing you a fortune in time and money, not to mention your reputation. Be grateful that there is a lull in the action; it could save your life.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 21-Feb. 20):

With everything converging all it once, it looks like you're the one who has to do it all. At times like this the universe steps in to save us from the doubt that makes us wonder where we're going to pull it from. P.S.: That piece of you is solid as a rock. What's in front of you is no different than some of the things you had to surmount as a child. A little later in the week a saving grace is due to arrive. What form it takes will be unique to your situation. As time rolls us on to the next thing, know in your heart that life is cooperating, and the support you need is already on the way.

PISCES (Feb. 21-March 20):

You think you know everything; well, maybe you do, but you're not the only voice in the crowd. And while you may be right about all of this, you won't get anyone else to see it your way until you give them a chance to air their views. The ability to "listen" will take you a lot farther than anything else you do to make your influence felt. Life is heating up in ways that are making it easy to get lost in superficial issues. None of those issues will be resolved if you get too wrapped up in the drama to remember to stay centered and grounded enough to remain objective to it all.

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