Astro Advice Weekly for August 18, 2013

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Show everyone how capable you are on the 18th and 19th. Take the initiative and do what you can to help others. Finding solutions will enhance your reputation and bring you closer to someone you want to get to know better. Greater intensity regarding an emotional relationship will lead to interesting changes in your status on the 20th and 21st. Let your intuition guide you when it comes to domestic issues. On the 22nd and 23rd, don't feel you have to make an impulsive decision or change because someone wants you to. Consider your motives. On the 24th, stifle anger before it ruins your day. Don't waste your time on a no-win situation. Move on to better options.

TAURUS (Apr 20-May 20): On the 18th and 19th, don't count on anyone or anything unless you receive reliable confirmation. Put your energy into your relationships with your peers and family and doing what you can to fix up your home. Use your imagination to find ways to fix any situation you feel needs to be improved on the 20th and 21st. Your intuition regarding the people you encounter will be accurate. Don't judge harshly, but protect your interests. Avoid overdoing it on the 22nd and 23rd. It may lead to injury or poor health. Protect your assets, possessions and personal interests on the 24th. Problems with authority, institutions and people looking for arguments are likely.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Put more emphasis on self-improvement on the 18th and 19th. Personal purchases that will enhance your looks or enlighten you mentally should be your goal. Make changes that ensure you advance personally and professionally on the 20th and 21st. Show your interest in jobs that can lead to more responsibility and higher income. Talk to the people you spend the most time with, and sort out any problems you foresee before they develop. On the 22nd and 23rd, dig in and do something that will benefit your community or a cause you believe in. A change of heart will lead to a positive future with someone you love on the 24th. Romance will enhance your love life.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Fix up your place on the 18th and 19th. The changes you make will improve your outlook and inspire you to follow through with a creative project you've been thinking about. Love is on the rise; plan something romantic. A getaway or setting your sights on learning something new will bring you great pleasure and satisfaction on the 20th and 21st. You'll instinctively choose what's best for you. Put more thought into ways you can earn more cash on the 22nd and 23rd, and you will come up with a plan or drum up interest in something you have to offer. Don't make an impulsive move on the 24th. Step back and go over all your options. Time is on your side.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Refrain from letting your emotions take over on the 18th and 19th. An overheated discussion will change the way you feel about someone. Try to remain calm and avoid making assumptions or judgments. Take care of domestic responsibilities before you offer to lend a helping hand to outsiders on the 20th and 21st. Remember: Charity begins at home, and you should be careful not to let anyone take advantage of you. A change in your lifestyle or the way you approach money matters will benefit you and enhance a special relationship on the 22nd and 23rd. Include the people you feel most comfortable with in any plans you make on the 24th. Live in the moment.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): On the 18th and 19th, offer your services to organizations or individuals that can give you something in return. Networking will lead to some serious interest in what you have to offer. On the 20th and 21st, communicate with friends, neighbors and peers regarding business ideas and solutions to existing problems, and you will get the support you need. Let your intuition guide you to success. An emotional situation will escalate on the 22nd and 23rd. Taking a stubborn or pushy approach to get your way will not help. Use compliments, not criticism, to get what you want. Stick to your budget on the 24th. Refrain from purchasing a luxury item or making a donation you cannot afford.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Alter your daily routine on the 18th and 19th to include "me time." Pampering or relaxing while you catch up on reading or something else that eases your stress should be your goal. Reconsider your direction on the 20th and 21st. Look at your options and gravitate toward the direction that allows you to use your skills to the best of your ability. Don't let someone else dictate what you should do. A partnership will undergo change on the 22nd and 23rd. Don't back down to keep the peace. Fight for your rights and what you want to see happen. Too much of anything will lead to trouble on the 24th. Avoid overspending, overdoing, overindulging and overcompensating.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Don't jump too quickly if someone asks you to do something on the 18th and 19th. Make sure there is something in it for you before you make promises you may not want to honor. On the 20th and 21st, set up new rules to live by or get into a regimented routine that will help you explore unusual interests that can inspire you. Conversations will not go the way you expect on the 22nd and 23rd. Back away from anyone who appears to be erratic or unpredictable. Jealousy is apparent and must not stand between you and someone you love. Don't mix business with pleasure on the 24th. It may interfere with your chance to advance.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): On the 18th and 19th, getting together with someone from your past can be a real eye-opener. Enjoy the chance to reminisce and to brag about what you've accomplished. Someone will withhold information on the 20th and 21st. Be prepared to ask questions and to do your fact finding so that you aren't left in a vulnerable position. Love is on the rise, but circumstances may not be as they appear. On the 22nd and 23rd, make changes at home that enable you to pursue a hobby or challenge that can help you get ahead doing something you enjoy. Romance should be high on your to-do list on the 24th. Make the first move and enjoy.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Spend more time on self-improvement on the 18th and 19th. Update your wardrobe or do something that will relax your mind and ease your stress. Love is in the stars. An interesting opportunity is within reach on the 20th and 21st. Look at all the angles, and you'll come up with a plan that will allow you to follow a path that is rewarding. Walk away from anyone who expresses impulsive behavior or tries to push you into something you don't want to do on the 22nd and 23rd. Take care of your physical and emotional well-being. An argument must be handled swiftly before it spins out of control on the 24th. Nurturing will be necessary if you have been neglectful.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Emotions will mount if you don't have an outlet to take your mind off a personal situation that is nagging away at you on the 18th and 19th. A change of scenery or taking on a physical challenge will do you good. Honesty will be an issue on the 20th and 21st. Make sure you choose your words wisely and you offer only what you feel you can supply. Look at your job prospects on the 22nd and 23rd. Problems with a peer are likely to push you in a new direction. Look over contracts, joint investments and personal money matters. An interesting offer will help you improve your domestic situation on the 24th. Take the necessary steps to move forward.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Keep your personal problems to yourself on the 18th and 19th. Mixing business with pleasure will backfire, leaving you in a precarious position. Focus on getting ahead by using your talent and skills to promote and present what you have to offer. Emotional deception is apparent on the 20th and 21st. Make sure that you are seeing your situation clearly before you decide to meddle, complain or make a decision that can hurt an important relationship. Ask questions if you don't know where you stand with someone you are close to on the 22nd and 23rd. Choose your words wisely on the 24th. Diplomacy can save you from loss.

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