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Weekly horoscopes: Aug. 11-17

Christopher Renstrom is the creator of which is his idea of an on-line, subscription-based, interactive Astrology Magazine. It is based on his bestselling book Ruling Planets, which was published by HarperCollins in 200...

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You’ll want to roll up your sleeves and knuckle down when Mars forms a sextile to Pluto this week. This is a highly motivated planetary combo, which means that it’s the perfect time to train for a marathon, to start a new diet (you’ll actually lose weight this time) or commit to that creative project you always dreamed of doing one day. Nothing can stop you. Not only are you determined to change the habits of a lifetime, but you will go the distance because you are supremely results driven. You will find that you can reshape most anything according to your will — within reason, of course. You may not be able to bend spoons by staring at them, but it will be the next best thing.

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Escapist tendencies are strong with Mars moving through that part of your solar chart that pertains to long journeys. Burnt out and exhausted, you long to get lost in some faraway place. There's nothing wrong with that as long as you know that certain big life decisions will be waiting for you when you get back. One has to do with where you're living and the other with what you do for a living. A change of scene is good for recharging psychic batteries and for unlocking mental wheels. This gives you a fresh perspective on familiar terrain.

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