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Monthly Forecast

By Maria DeSimone

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Libra Horoscope: August 2013

Work, Play, Pray

Social activities fill your time this month with the Sun in demonstrative Leo and your 11th House of Friends until August 22. The gregarious Leo New Moon's trine to eccentric Uranus on August 6 may initiate you into an unconventional group where you could play a leadership role. Even your adorable ruling planet, Venus, gets in the act when she shifts into lovely Libra and your 1st House of Personality on August 16, magnifying your appeal to others and supporting your pursuit of pleasure. 

However, Jupiter, the planet of opportunity, tells a very different tale as it transits through your 10th House of Career, prompting a deep examination of your long-term plans. On August 7, Jupiter makes the first of three oppositions to transformational Pluto that will return on January 31 and April 20, 2014. These transits can disrupt your sense of security, yet their higher purpose is to instill more passion in your work. The urge to take chances in your professional life is triggered by Jupiter's kinetic square with thrill-seeking Uranus on August 21 that will recur on February 26 and April 20, 2014.

The brainy Aquarius Full Moon on August 20 illuminates your 5th House of Love and Creativity with revelations about romance and fresh ways to warm your heart. However, more serious matters require attention with the Sun's shift into methodical Virgo and your 12th House of Privacy on August 22, followed by thoughtful Mercury on August 23. 

Taking some alone time for self-reflection and engaging in a spiritual practice will help you balance the high levels of personal and professional activity that are bound to keep you busy all month.

Keep in Mind this Month

Make adjustments if you're helping others without getting anything in return. Mutual support is vital for healthy relationships.

Key Dates for Libra

August 2-4: Under the Radar

You can motivate people with the gentlest touch on August 2 as graceful Venus forms a smart sextile with assertive Mars. There's also a quiet flirtatious quality to this alignment that lets you send subtle signals of interest in someone without being noticed by others. Unusual characters and new forms of fun may enter your life on August 4 as the heartfelt Sun in your 11th House of Groups trines outlandish Uranus in your 7th House of Partners.

SUPER NOVA DAYS

August 24-27: Runaway Relationships

Close connections are complicated by a mistrusting Venus-Pluto square on August 24 that's better at concealing feelings than expressing them. The slightest hint of influence could be interpreted as an attempt at manipulation. While Venus's beguiling quintile with passionate Mars can patch over some partnership problems on August 25, it will take more than a good time to resolve the underlying issues. Hidden concerns could surface with Venus's explosive opposition to impulsive Uranus on August 26, yet an escapist Venus-Jupiter square on August 27 is better for weaving fantasies than facing facts.

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