August 18-25, 2010

by Carrie Megginson
Published on August 18, 2010, 9:40pm | Comments

Heavenly Round-Up: Like ships passing in the night – really big ships – the gas giants of the zodiac are making waves as they track their cycles around the sun. What does this mean for those of us at the microcosm level? It means pressure will be brought to bear, both expected and out of the blue. It means that the status quo won't hold still for us, even if we like things just the way they are. It means forging ahead into the unknown to win friends and influence people. Go!

Aries: You're like a lion caught in a net. You're just too powerful to manage the delicate and focused task of freeing yourself. You will need to call on the support of your most annoying acquaintance: those whose forte is in the details. This is a form of good debt. Create ties.

Taurus: Are you where you want to be? Are you with the right people? Are you living a life commensurate with your ethical beliefs and moral practices? Do you have the courage to re-examine those choices in the context of your greater life experience? Be brave Friday.

Gemini: You have looked into the abyss – and it looked right back at you. Are you changed by your intimacy with the ineffable? Are you moved to set a fresh course with newly minted objectives? Are you scared spitless? All this and more is possible, probable and healthy.

Cancer: Is morphology destiny? Can the shape of things as they currently are determine the shape of things to come? Yes and no might be the most realistic answer. You can change your own shape. You can change the shape of the space around you. Think butterfly effect.

Leo: No, you are not being snuck up on. No, you are not being intentionally baited prior to ambush. No, this isn't sabotage. But yes, everything has changed direction while you were distracted. Your life has a new purpose, and your heart a new focus. Rejoice early.

Virgo: Contumely has found you again. How is it possible that one as upright as yourself should so often be the target of gossip and the victim of rumor? Could it be your abiding love of privacy? Could it be your natural dignity and reserve? Ignore the rabble and go forth.

Libra: You've got the whole world in your hands. But you feel paralyzed. You've got ideas to change a generation, and your tongue is stuck on ''mute.'' You've got a rich and varied future ahead of you, but you can't move from the paradigm of the present. Rethink.

Scorpio: You looked both ways before you crossed and you still almost got nailed. Well, you were distracted. Is that how it's going to be? You don't need the near misses. Can you thin down your calendar so that you may focus on what really matters? Ask an Aries.

Sagittarius: Are you a man or a mouse? Probably you're a bit of both. Don't let others nag you into acts of pointless heroism. Don't psyche yourself out of your current position. Stay open to argument and keep the lines of communication going, but don't fold early.

Capricorn: The going has gotten tough. You are tough enough to keep going. But do you have to? Do you want to? Should you at all? If your own considerations aren't to the fore, you may have to ask yourself what you're giving up to give to others. Is this what you want?

Aquarius: If you were a fish, you would swim away and it would all dissolve in bubbles behind you. But you aren't. And it won't. Stick around and hold the moral high ground until the cavalry arrives. Or run away and join the guerrilla resistance. Doing nothing is not an option.

Pisces: Potential resides in all things seen and unseen. Can you shape that potential to meet your ends? Have you the courage of that conviction? You could take a huge risk, and see amazing returns. You could take that risk and see everything in ruins. It's a crapshoot.

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