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Venus and Mars Alignment

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Maybe it's not a boys against girls situation, but you could have fooled Venus and Mars. The two are positioning as if to start a war. There's little to be done to deescalate the tension. What needs to be said is hanging on the tip of the tongue, and it will spill. If you're mixed into it, you'll talk. The only way to hold back is to leave the premises.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). There's a gap to close. It's a chasm between what you want and what your loved ones want. Luckily, there's a compromise that can be reached with minimal effort.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There's a skill you're trying to hone, and hone it you will. The wise ones say you have to work your way through the bad times to have some good ones. Bottom line: If you don't give up, you'll improve.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your goal is to share the treasures of the moment equally and in peace. You believe in the universal brotherhood of man, and your actions reflect your belief.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Today's rumors spread fast and far. They don't have to be true to be mobile. Be wary and slow to believe any of it. Also, don't repeat what you hear.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The day centers on the people you care about. You'll be comforted and challenged by them. Also, they don't have to be blood related to be important to you.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The things you most want to do are not always wise or even rational. That doesn't make them bad choices. Some of the most important actions you'll take won't make immediate sense.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). When no one else is around, there's still someone worth socializing with: you. You are one of the most important people you could ever get to know. Strive to learn more about yourself.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Your environment is lousy with gossip these days. Also, complaints are contagious. That's why before you open your mouth, you check yourself. Is what you're going to say something you'd like others to repeat?

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The way to peace will be apparent to you in the moment. You'll have a choice then. Do you do what your ego would prefer, or do you make the peaceful choice?

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The one who has enchanted you still has a hold over you even now — months and years after the enchantment should have worn off.

All the best spells have staying power.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Of all the people in your midst, it's the creative and inventive ones who make your life better. One idea leads to another, and suddenly a dull day is a life filled with adventure.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). When you try to compete, you give away the advantages that kept you in a competitive position. Back off. What would you do if you knew you were in a league of your own?

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Aug. 31). The exploration you do in September helps you to join with your lost self — a process that opens the world to you. Next month features a group event that launches you as an individual. October will involve travel. November will bring family into your business — and maybe you won't like it at first, but ultimately it will help. Pisces and Gemini people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 40, 1, 14 and 36.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTIONS: "I'm a Leo, and my boyfriend's moon is in Aquarius. Because these are opposite signs, I'm worried that things could get ugly. Is there any hope for us?"

The synastry between two charts and their subsequent compatibility goes far beyond the interactions between two planets — so don't give up yet. The sun represents your personality and purpose, the way you manifest your will. The moon represents the emotional landscape, the way you manifest your spirit. Your purpose and personality and his emotional needs are of an opposite nature, and yet they balance each other, creating a tremendous amount of attraction in the relationship. He may feel this overwhelmingly. As a rule, the sun sign will dominate in an opposition, and in your case, Leo will have it no other way. This aspect could result in some tension and competitiveness and can be an unstable combination at times. However, much can be attained together, and although this is not as harmonious as others, it can be a good marriage combination if other aspects within your charts support the relationship, notably Venus and Mars. Bottom line: There is a tremendous attraction here, so have fun with it.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: When Chris Tucker chooses a project, it's stellar. The Virgo actor and comedian has appeared in a variety of genres, but whether the film is science fiction like "The Fifth Element," funny like "Rush Hour" or dramatic like "Silver Linings Playbook," like most Virgos, quality is what Tucker is about. His natal sun and Venus are in Virgo, and communication planet Mercury is in entertaining Leo.

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