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Everyone knows that you have to make compromises when you're in a relationship. But there's a difference between compromise and compromising as the Sun/Uranus trine on Aug. 4 shows. This is a very fiery, very authentic energy so it's going to demand that both people be real because it's only by being true to who you are that you can recognize the truth in your partner. No one will be allowed to overshadow or play the role of victim. There are few opportunities when we get to toss the roles we play into the bonfire and this is one of them.


ARIES (March 20-April 18)

Flaunt it. You have a lot of fiery energy coursing through your horoscope right now which means that you'll be attracting all kinds of hotties. Guys just won't be able to keep their eyes off you. Fire energy is always good for the ego and yours could use some stroking after having been put through the wringer. What if you're already spoken for? It doesn't hurt to remind Mister that he should know a good thing when he's got it and that he'd better keep an eye on the store.


TAURUS (April 19-May 19)

Have you seen the movie My Fair Lady? It's about a speech professor who transforms a flower girl into a lady by teaching her how to speak, dress and act properly. This week, you'll be studying your beau in the same way that Henry Higgins sized up Eliza Doolittle. You don't want to be stuck at home with a couch potato. You want to be out doing something fun and cultured. Begin with signing up for a cooking class or ballroom dancing. He'll like it more than you think.


GEMINI (May 20-June 19)

There are a few basic things that say if the guy you like is right for you — sex, money and how he behaves around family. Right now, Venus is traveling through that part of your solar horoscope that pertains to hearth and home, so this would be a good time to study his behavior. Does he ignore you around his relatives? Compete with your kids for your attention? Is he a doting son or a little prince? These answers will tell you everything you need to know about your future together.


CANCER (June 20-July 21)

You always have to be careful about the way that you interpret things because what can start out as an innocent misunderstanding at the beginning of the day can weave itself into a web of suspicions, doubts and worst-case scenarios by day's end. The combination of vivid imagination and fear of rejection can set you up for a major downward spiral on the 30th. That's why it's so important for you to communicate with your lover or spouse. Chances are you'll discover that your apprehensions were much ado about nothing.


LEO (July 22-Aug. 21)

Leos aren't ones to hide their light under a bushel. This is why you have to be very careful about the men you partner with. This point will be driven home on Wednesday when you receive an order to toe the line. Emotionally you'll want to accommodate. You like to make things nice, but spiritually you can't and being a fire sign means the spirit will always win out. Hopefully the fellow you're seeing will recognize that he is overstepping the line. If not, then you may have to part company.


VIRGO (Aug. 22-Sept. 21)

A rare sextile between Venus in Virgo and Mars in Cancer makes you the focal point of a lot of love energy. This doesn't have to be exclusively sexual — although it can be if that's your desire. Your wish will be others' command on July 30, Aug. 2 and Aug. 4. However, the sextile energy can do much more. You have a unique ability to generate interest, garner support and bring people's attention to any cause you believe in. Serve the highest good and you'll reap the greatest benefit.


LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 21)

Expect to be thrown for a loop when Mars forms a square to Uranus — the planet of revolution and change — on July 31. Now your first reaction may be: so what's new? You've been dealing with all kinds of love life craziness since April. But the word “revolution” doesn't always mean upset; it can also describe the full turn of a wheel — as in what comes around once comes around again. So does this mean the return of someone from your past or a penitent ex? It's highly probable.


SCORPIO (Oct. 22-Nov. 20)

The difficulty with obsession is that it's predicated on unfulfilled desire. Obsession's burning appeal lies in you not getting what you want. That's what makes it so erotic. It's also why you may be taken aback by developments on July 30 when the Venus/Pluto trine shows that the person who's been so indifferent to your advances is now in hot pursuit. You may be turned off by this role reversal. If that's the case, then you'll need to do some serious self-examination. You don't want the erotic to turn into something neurotic.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21-Dec. 20)

You want a companion, but not if he's going to bring you down or hold you back. This is not an impossible request as long as you know who you are. If you're unclear, then you will be drawn to egotistical types. This might be in the hopes that some of his confidence might rub off on you, but oftentimes you wind up feeling overshadowed and resentful. Egos are important things. They're the inner suns that our personality traits orbit around. Get in touch with yours and you'll enjoy his.


CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 18)

You will have a chance to give back to a lover or spouse this week. It wasn't so long ago that you were feeling overwhelmed and this person was there for you. The Mars/Uranus square on July 31 shows that the shoe's on the other foot and he will be turning to you for advice, support and love. Thankfully you were born under an earth sign and nobody does Rock of Gibraltar like a Capricorn. Rest assured that things won't be stormy for long. You'll see skies clear by next Tuesday.


AQUARIUS (Jan. 19-Feb. 17)

It's natural to feel down in the dumps when the Sun is traveling through your opposite sign. Your vital energies are always lowest six months away from your birthday so be good to yourself. Take it easy, moderate your pace, and don't spend too much time in front of the bathroom mirror because you are predisposed to find flaws everywhere. The plus side to all of this is that you can count on your boyfriend or spouse for reassurance. He won't let you down and he loves to feel needed.


PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19)

It isn't easy talking about money with a loved one. It's almost as difficult as talking about sex. Nevertheless the Mars/Uranus square on Wednesday shows that things are near the breaking point and you need to clear the air. It's hard to tell which one of you is profligate, controlling, cheap or buried under debt. In any case, meeting with a financial advisor wouldn't be the worst idea because it would be a shame for your relationship to unravel because of this. Remember that in the end it's only math.

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