Astro Advice Weekly For August 18, 2019

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Observe how others react on the 18th. The insight you get into a situation will help you ward off anyone trying to take advantage of you. Keep moving forward on the 19th, 20th and 21st. The less idle time you have, the better. If you look like you are wasting time, you can expect someone to complain or criticize you. A change someone makes will make you realize what's best for you. Put time and effort into being your best on the 22nd and 23rd. Personal progress will help you keep any rivals you have at a distance. Money and emotions won't mix well on the 24th. Binge spending won't lift your spirits, but it will add to your stress.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): A change due to circumstances that arise on the 18th will alter your priorities, pushing you in a different direction. Trust your instincts. Take networking, meetings and the information you gather seriously on the 19th, 20th and 21st. What you learn will help you bypass a costly mistake and encourage you to take part in something concrete. Say no to risk. Share your feelings on the 22nd and 23rd with someone who has captured your heart and shared experiences with you that changed your relationship and your life forever. Stability and personal comfort are within reach. Refuse to let someone from your past disrupt your life on the 24th. Say no to manipulative tactics and temptation.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Keep your life, relationships with others, and past in perspective on the 18th. If you let your emotions run wild, you will end up being misinformed or trusting someone you shouldn't. You can accomplish a lot on the 19th, 20th and 21st once you get started. Bring about positive changes at home, and they will transcend into your personal relationships as well. What you give, you can expect to get back. Striving for equality will set the stage for a great future. Someone is likely to make a move behind your back on the 22nd and 23rd. Make sure you don't reveal personal information that can be used against you. Emotions will surface on the 24th, causing problems at home that can result in being emotionally drained. Avoid aggressive behavior.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Try something different on the 18th, and you will meet interesting people who will help you expand your mind and open your heart to new adventures. Refuse to let anyone goad you into a situation that causes anxiety and raises your stress level on the 19th, 20th and 21st. Channel your energy into something constructive, worthwhile and time-consuming, and you will avoid an emotional confrontation. Focus on what's important to you on the 22nd and 23rd. Nurture meaningful relationships, and engage in pastimes that will benefit everyone. Be careful how you deal with temptation on the 24th. Emotional excess will not solve problems. Concentrate on self-improvement, spiritual growth and personal happiness.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Pay attention to the changes going on around you on the 18th. You may need to enforce updates to keep up with changes. Be rational on the 19th, 20th and 21st. If something doesn't go your way, look for a positive outcome that will encourage you to get back on track. Open up conversations that encourage others to help you reach your goal. Offer incentives that are too enticing to turn down. Be careful not to leap before you look on the 22nd and 23rd. Protect against letting your emotions take over and ruin something that has been a stabilizing factor in your life. Do for yourself on the 24th and you won't have to answer to anyone.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Keep your life simple on the 18th, and take a minimalist approach to the way you run your home. Saving will ease stress and help you move in a direction that brings you greater satisfaction. Put your thoughts in order on the 19th, 20th and 21st, and negotiate a deal that will put you on solid ground. Leave nothing to chance, and you will eliminate having to deal with the unknown. Learn from experience, and aim for 'what's important to you on the 22nd and 23rd. Communication with the right person will lead to valuable information that will encourage you to make a strategic move. Walk away from adversity on the 24th and those who create havoc in your life.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Engage in something that sparks your imagination on the 18th and helps you see the possibilities that are within reach. Share your thoughts, but not your cash or other personal information. Short trips, business meetings and partnerships are highlighted on the 19th, 20th and 21st. If you need to make a change, do so on your terms and schedule. Be a leader, not a follower. Keep your distance on the 22nd and 23rd from people who bring out the worst in you. Getting upset or making a fuss won't help you reach your objective. Keep situations in perspective on the 24th. Don't trust or believe one of your peers who is jealous or trying to make you look bad.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Put your energy where it counts on the 18th. Fixing up your personal space or spending time with someone who makes you a better person will leave you feeling positive and open to new beginnings. Keep your plans to yourself on the 19th, 20th and 21st. Use the element of surprise when dealing with peers and those who can influence your professional goals or livelihood. Think big, but stick to what's actually doable. Partnerships are encouraged on the 22nd and 23rd. Whether personal or work-related, working with those who share similar goals will lead to success. Proceed with caution on the 24th. Someone's intentions are likely to be questionable. Listen to suggestions but tailor them to fit your situation and your style.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Be wary of offers on the 18th that sound too good to be true. Emotional tactics will be used to push you into something excessive. Take care of your physical, emotional and financial health. Push for what you want on the 19th, 20th and 21st. Stand your ground, make your voice heard and follow your heart. Networking, learning and traveling are highlighted. Rely on experience, knowledge and people you enjoyed working alongside in the past, and you will achieve what you set out to do. Be careful who you trust with personal information on the 24th. Someone will be eager to make you look bad or meddle in your private affairs. Walk away from people who are excessive or abusive.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Stop trying to do for everyone else on the 18th, and take a moment to relax and lower your stress level. Make changes at home that add to your comfort and encourage spending downtime with loved ones. Take care of personal money, legal or health matters on the 19th, 20th and 21st. Having your affairs in order will help you move forward and live life your way. A good look at your current cost of living on the 22nd and 23rd will spark ideas that will help you lower your overhead as well as encourage you to take better care of your physical and emotional well-being. Put your money in a safe place on the 24th. Don't feel you have to pay for others.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Think big on the 18th, then weed out what isn't necessary, and you will find the balance you are looking for and the success you desire. Romance is in the stars. Refuse to let anyone hold you back or rain on your parade on the 19th, 20th and 21st. Size up your situation, and do whatever it takes to turn your dream into a reality. Love is on the rise, and a partnership looks promising. Listen to reason on the 22nd and 23rd, and you will come up with a plan that serves both your needs and someone who is questioning your intentions. A problem at home on the 24th will spin out of control if you let your emotions take over.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Look for ways to help others on the 18th that won't jeopardize your lifestyle, finances or your reputation. Simplicity and moderation are in your best interest. Pay closer attention to how you earn your living and handle your personal finances, pending legal matters and health on the 19th, 20th and 21st. Get along with your peers, but don't let anyone take advantage of you. Contact someone on the 22nd and 23rd you have worked well with in the past, and you'll be offered information that can help you advance now. Romance will enhance your personal life. Too much of anything on the 24th will lead to trouble. Take a pass if pressured to participate in something indulgent or out of your price range.

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