Horoscopes (Aug. 1-7) 

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ARIES: March 21 – April 20

A bird's-eye view of your situation would show you that your life is in the middle of a game of 52 pickup: All the cards are in the air and your free will has to step up to the plate. In some cases it's quite obvious that nothing can stay the same — and there is no need to perpetuate whatever stopped working, or never worked from the get-go. Moving on will be subject to others who opt to drag things out, but as long as you know that, you're OK. If you're still stuck on the idea that you want or need to keep on keeping on, consider the virtues of changing your tune.

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TAURUS: April 21 – May 20

Stop needing to let this run your life and try to make sense out of what's really going on here. Behind the drama, the truth is ready to set you free. Those of you who keep blaming people, places, and things are missing the point. The minute you see that blame obscures the truth, seeing the light is a no-brainer. Those close to you care enough to empathize, but sooner later, you've got to buck up and go pearl diving for answers that don't lie on the surface. Take a deep breath, strap on your gear, and jump in. Once you come up for air, you will be washed clean and born again.

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GEMINI: May 21 – June 20

All of a sudden something kicked in and everything got lit up by changes that have lifted your spirits. You're so enthralled by all of this, it would be hard to rain on your parade. While there are some who might remind you of all the blood on the tracks and tell you to hold your horses, something deep has shifted in you and for the first time in your life your higher self and your personality want the same thing. In situations like this, it's safe to say that you have learned enough from your mistakes not to make them again, and this could be your ticket to a whole new ball game.

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CANCER: June 21 – July 20

Up until now, with questions that relate to which direction to take, you've been hovering between a false sense of security and the feeling that you're floundering in the weeds. From day to day you go back and forth, trying to convince yourself that you've chosen wisely, while the deeper part of you keeps checking your luck in the mirror to make sure all is well. As you contemplate your next move, hopefully all of this up and down-ness has taught you enough about faith to proceed from here, knowing that your inner strength is rooted firmly in things that are real.

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LEO: July 21 – August 20

There's a difference between being full of yourself and being full of shit. You guys hold space for so much light, your biggest pitfall comes from leading yourself to believe that your brilliance has something to do with you. From this point of reference, you run on the need to absorb as much attention as you can, and nothing is ever enough. The fine line between the need to absorb light and the ability to radiate it from your heart is the one that you're walking on now. Give that some thought, and notice how much better things go when the light that you hold pours out from within.

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VIRGO: August 21 – September 20

After a deep breath you have a clear sense of what it takes to keep you centered and happy. Months of pressure and stress have given way to a feeling of acceptance and surrender. With this much peace to still your heart, the things that really matter have boiled down to what's left. As the weight of life recedes, you're coming to a deeper place. Reconfiguring your options is bound to be part of this — others don't necessarily have to understand what you're going through. You are finding your way to another shore. As you cross that divide, those closest to you will follow you anywhere.

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LIBRA: Sept. 21 – Oct. 20

Appearances lie. This is why you'd do well to stop judging yourself and the situation(s) that you find yourself in. Trust me; there is more to all of this than meets the eye. In moments, you are totally clear about what you want. For too long the thought that it has eluded you keeps you stuck on the idea that it will keep doing so. This is your Achilles' heel. Keep your heart focused on the cure. There is a solution to the crisis that seems to have you riding out a huge chunk of karma, on the crest of a wave that will rise or fall depending on how close you are living to your truth.

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SCORPIO: Octo. 21 – Nov. 20

Don't assume that your productivity level will increase if you keep going. You've got nothing to lose by giving yourself enough space and time to come down from the changes of the last year or so. And there are unseen reasons for needing to step off the treadmill. Other people and things are about to become way more important than your ambitions and your possessions. The part of you that knows this wants to be free to find out what those things might be. Regardless of where you end up placing your focus, you need to get grounded and clear before you can do anything.

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SAGITTARIUS: Nov. 21 – Dec. 20

You have come a long way. The business of finding yourself has taken you down a million different roads. As past experience wells up to show you where things are at, you're starting to wonder if it's time to go back. Reclaiming things that were meant to be left by the wayside may not be the best idea. On the other hand, there could be good reasons to get back in the saddle. The answer isn't the same for all of you. One thing is for sure — your intuition has already informed you with the truth. Trust it and let that insight show you whether it's time to stay or go.

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CAPRICORN: Dec. 21 - Jan. 20

Yes, things are nuts. To maintain some level of sanity, you'd do well to put a cap on the thought that it's your job to manage what your higher power has already figured out. Whenever we try to create order out of chaos, we create more chaos. And if joy is the point of attraction in this dimension, you won't attract what you're shooting for if you keep wringing your hands and agonizing over whatever is, or is not, happening in your world. It's time to get over yourself. Take a chill pill, stick one of those tiny little umbrellas in your cocktail, and go jump in the lake.

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AQUARIUS: Jan. 21 – Feb. 20

It's time for the good, the bad, and the ugly to meet in the middle. Years of "stuff" is finally getting cleared up — or not — depending on how you decide to look at it. Some of you are ready to forgive and forget. Others feel justified hanging on to whatever your pain contains. In the latter case, it might be good to keep in mind that lack of forgiveness is akin to drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. One way or another this is a huge turning point. First, you have to get to the heart of the hard stuff, but once you clear that hurdle, freedom lies on the other side.

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PISCES: Feb. 21 – March 20

If everything feels a little nuts, don't assume that something is wrong. You're in the middle of a situation that is rearranging all of your original, emotional response mechanisms. These things happen in cycles and if you rewind back 3.5, 7, 14, 24, or even 30 years ago, you will find a thread that connects to the issues that are in front of you now. Before you know it, whatever feels confusing will rearrange itself into a meaningful dynamic. As long as you are willing to take a maverick stance and embrace change with a whole heart you will be back on track in no time.

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