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Cancer Horoscope: August 2013

A Change Will Do You Good

If you've been tenaciously holding on to old patterns and unhealthy habits, it's time to let go. Optimistic Jupiter continues to play an active role in expanding your world all month, aspecting transformative Pluto in your 7th House of Partners on August 7 and volatile Uranus in your 10th House of Career on August 21. You may be driven by such a compulsive desire to succeed that you exaggerate your actions and possibly stir up an extreme reaction in a jealous competitor.

Sudden opportunities for advancement place additional stress on relationships, especially if you believe that you must wrestle control from a powerful person standing in your way. All these issues intensify when the melodramatic Leo New Moon falls in your 2nd House of Finances on August 6. Getting a raise or receiving a promotion may seem more important now than working out the kinks in a partnership.

You find it easier to talk confidently about what you want when chatty Mercury struts into proud Leo and your 2nd House of Possessions on August 8. Venus' shift into cooperative Libra and your 4th House of Comfort on August 16 reminds you that it's okay to relax while enjoying yourself with your family at home. But you may feel the need to express your individuality on August 20 as the nonconformist Aquarius Full Moon illuminates your 8th House of Intimacy.

There's no time to rest as the Sun and Mercury rush into your 3rd House of Immediate Environment on August 22-23, making it nearly impossible to keep up with everything that's happening. Thankfully you can finally find a moment to catch your breath on August 27-30, when Mercury and the Sun align nicely with several other planets to end the month on a sweet note.

Keep in Mind this Month

Be ready to pass up a chance for career advancement to keep your life in balance. Every lucrative possibility that comes along isn't necessarily right for you.

Key Dates for Cancer

August 11-14: Reversal of Fortune

A sobering Mercury-Saturn square on August 11 leaves you doubting your competence or questioning your strategy, but it's really a call to a higher level of excellence. You resist compromising your beliefs with Mercury in your 2nd House of Values, but be open to negotiation on everything else. It's difficult to know what's important enough to fight for when argumentative Mercury forms an anxious quincunx with suspicious Pluto on August 13. Don't let your wounded pride become an obstacle in your path. Fortunately, a brilliant Mercury-Uranus trine on August 14 clears away your uncertainty with one lightning-like flash of awareness. You'll know what to do once you see the situation in this bright new light.


August 20-23: No Easy Way Out

The Aquarius Full Moon on August 20 pulls you away from your heart and into your head, where you can rationalize risky strategies to advance your interests. Opportunistic Jupiter squares shaky Uranus in your 10th House of Status on August 21, possibly indicating a sudden change in fortune, but it can also make a long shot look like a sure thing. Quicksilver Mercury's tense alignments with Uranus and Jupiter on August 22 coax you to take the bait, yet the Sun's shift into practical Virgo the same day, followed by a shift into Mercury on August 23, require you to use your common sense.

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