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By Maria DeSimone

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Capricorn Horoscope: August 2013

True Grit

The same challenges that stop others in their tracks motivate you to work harder to reach your lofty goals. You may long for calmer days, but the obstacles in your path reveal what you must do to reach the top of the mountain. You have little margin for error now; unless you have a concrete plan and an unwavering commitment, you could exhaust yourself by scattering energy without much to show for your efforts. 

The expressive Leo New Moon on August 6 stimulates your 8th House of Shared Resources, making this an excellent time to shore up strategic alliances. This lunation trines unconventional Uranus, so don't limit your choice of partners to the same familiar people that you've collaborated with in the past.

You feel as if relationships are taking over your life with Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter congregating in your 7th House of Partnerships and Public Life. However, working with others can bring a whole new set of problems when overbearing Jupiter opposes demanding Pluto on August 7 and squares unruly Uranus on August 21. 

You're so driven to succeed that your ambitions can become obsessive. Your intensity may inadvertently create unseen resistance or attract manipulative behavior from a formidable opponent. This is the first of Jupiter's three stressful alignments with the long-lasting Uranus-Pluto square that finishes on April 20, 2014, giving you time to turn a no-win conflict into a win-win situation based on cooperation rather than competition. 

The emotionally detached Aquarius Full Moon on August 20 illuminates your 2nd House of Finances. Conflicting aspects with Pluto, Jupiter, and Uranus indicate that careless spending or underestimating the size of a job can drain your resources, leaving you overspent in more ways than one.

Keep in Mind this Month

You aren't in this alone, so be sure your ambitions consider the overall good -- not just your individual success.

Key Dates for Capricorn

SUPER NOVA DAYS

August 20-23: Bite Your Tongue

You may discover difficulties with joint finances when the independent Aquarius Full Moon on August 20 opposes the charismatic Leo Sun. But keep your reaction in check; overblown Jupiter's square to spontaneous Uranus on August 21 can trick you into believing you've discovered a quick fix. On August 22, clever Mercury's tough aspects to the Jupiter-Uranus square further tempt you to substitute wit for wisdom. Fortunately, the Sun shifts into analytical Virgo and your 9th House of Future Vision on August 22, followed by Mercury on August 23, facilitating a more practical approach to creating positive change.

August 26-30: Hold Your Ground

The attraction you're feeling to unusual people or ideas may be an overreaction to instability at work when desirable Venus in your 10th House of Career opposes wild Uranus and squares exuberant Jupiter on August 26-27. Thankfully, a sensible Mercury-Saturn sextile on August 27 followed by a reassuring Sun-Saturn sextile on August 30 help you find and follow the voice of reason amid the noise of turbulent change.

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