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Monthly Forecast

By Maria DeSimone

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Aries Horoscope: August 2013

Turn Play Into Pay

You reach new heights of creativity with the Sun in dramatic Leo and your 5th House of Romance and Self-Expression until August 22. Remember, though, not to use this gift to play games when you could invest your energy in more important matters. The first of three powerful oppositions between enterprising Jupiter and transformational Pluto falls in your security-oriented 4th House of Home and Family and 10th House of Career on August 7. This can trigger a crisis at home or on the job that has you scrambling for safety -- or, better, reviving an ambitious professional plan. 

This aspect recurs on January 31 and April 20, 2014, providing two more chances to put these powerful planetary forces to practical use. The audacious Leo New Moon on August 6 trines rebellious Uranus, triggering an urge for personal freedom and sparking originality. Communicative Mercury's move into your demonstrative 5th house on August 8 makes your creative voice loud enough for everyone to hear.

Lovely Venus moves into relationship-oriented Libra and your 7th House of Partners on August 16, encouraging a sense of fair play in love and money. Keeping your allies on your side requires that you pay as much attention to their needs as your own. Your bright ideas may get your foot in the door, but without listening to others you won't be able to close the deal. 

The Aquarius Full Moon on August 20 shines in your 11th House of Groups, challenging you to be a better friend and teammate. Learning how to adjust your methods of working is especially important with the Sun's move into modest Virgo and your 6th House of Service on August 22. Mental Mercury follows on August 23, making this an excellent time to sharpen old skills and develop new ones.

Keep in Mind this Month

Getting attention is not the same as getting results. When you make a good impression, follow it up with hard work to maximize the return on your efforts.

Key Dates for Aries

August 1-2: Sweet and Sour

Your restless spirit and natural resistance to rules put you in a less-than-cooperative mood. You're still resonating from yesterday's explosive Mars-Uranus square, and now you face a manipulative Sun-Pluto quincunx on August 1 that can stir up power struggles. Fortunately, Mars forms an efficient trine with the Moon's North Node that guides you to resolve relationship problems—as long as your head doesn't get in the way of your heart. In fact, you can be downright flirtatious on the 2nd, with a saucy little Venus-Mars sextile adding delicious delight to your day.

SUPER NOVA DAYS

August 19-21: Embrace the Unknown

On August 19, the occasionally arrogant Leo Sun in your outgoing 5th House of Play clashes with a square between bombastic Jupiter and wayward Uranus on June 21. These aspects can provoke reckless behavior and self-aggrandizing statements that may be difficult to substantiate. The idealistic Aquarius Full Moon on June 20 also inspires you to work for an important cause, but circumstances are too volatile to be sure that your belief is well founded. Open your mind and start gathering information instead of making any serious promises or commitments. Philosophical Jupiter squares radical Uranus again on February 26 and April 20, 2014, in a long-lasting process that can drastically change your perspective. Determine whether your expectations have a realistic chance of success before putting all your eggs in one basket.

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