Unhappy couple on couch

You spin me round

It's going to be hard to know what you think — much less feel — when Venus opposes revolutionary Uranus on Aug. 26. You've been looking for an excuse to break out of your rut and this planetary energy will bring it in the guise of someone who will rock your world. But don't expect this person to stick around. That's because he's the catalyst for change and not relationship material. It's his job is to shake things up. Not only will you break just about every rule you said you'd never break but you may even wind up having the time of your life because of it.

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ARIES (March 20 – April 18)

Why is it that you're expected to put up with a lover's shortcomings, but when you do something wrong you are immediately taken to task? The simple answer is because you are the better person. You will always endeavor to do the honorable thing and to be the strong one. For the most part you're pretty stalwart, but not when Uranus forms an opposition to Venus on Monday. This is when you will give a certain someone a major dressing down. It's been a long time in the making and it's richly deserved.

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TAURUS (April 19 – May 19)

Get ready for some emotional whitewater rafting on Monday and Tuesday. This is the moment of truth in your relationship. Whether this sinks your chances or puts you on top of a wave is anyone's guess when Uranus is involved. Sorry, but not even astrologers can predict this planet's crazy mood swings. However, what we can tell you is that whatever takes place will be for the best. If he's a schlub, then you're better off without him. And if he's a keeper? Then he's the best thing that's ever happened to you.


gemini

GEMINI (May 20 – June 19)

You're not used to someone being there for you so you'll be delighted to discover that the guy you're dating is Johnny-on-the-spot. Maybe it's a tweet every hour on the hour asking how you're doing or an offer to meet you after you've finished with a particularly grueling meeting. In any case, this will lead you to re-evaluate your feelings and maybe give him more of a chance to win your heart. You're accustomed to having all the answers, so it's a nice change of pace when you meet someone who can surprise you.

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CANCER (June 20 – July 21)

Your heart and your head couldn't be more divided which is why you don't want to push yourself now. You're being pressured to make some larger-than-life decisions. Unfortunately you don't really have anything substantial to counterbalance all of this with other than a vague feeling that you might be better off somewhere else. Whether this is a true pull or wishful thinking is hard to tell. In any case you should wait until Sunday when it looks like your heart and your head will be back on the same page again.


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LEO (July 22 – Aug. 21)

Mars, the planet of "that's what I want and I want it now," enters your zodiac sign on Aug. 27. Mars is the planet of sex and passion. It's great for hook-ups, but it's not exactly stellar in the romance department. It's like being asked to sit down to a nine-course meal when all you want is a fat juicy burger because you're starving. This is why you have to be pretty clear on what you want over the next six weeks. Mars in Leo is all about instant gratification.

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VIRGO (Aug. 22 – Sept. 21)

Careful where you direct those glances this week because you may wind up falling for someone and falling hard. In medieval times people believed that love was an illness. If someone attractive met your gaze, then you were at risk of love shooting its arrows into your heart and infecting you with a longing that could leave you at death's door if that love wasn't consummated. It's a bit extreme, but given the way people get obsessed with people nowadays, you might want to be careful nonetheless. The coast clears after Thursday.


libra

LIBRA (Sept. 22 – Oct. 21)

Life becomes like a soap opera when Venus gets caught in the cosmic crosscurrents of Uranus and Jupiter on Monday and Tuesday. This is when you will see your evenly balanced love life tilt to one extreme. It's either can't live with him or can't live without him and it won't be easy to tell which is which. Thankfully the planetary effect is passing but it will alter the landscape dramatically over Labor Day weekend. It's a helluva way to end the summer, but it certainly makes for an interesting autumn.

scorpio

SCORPIO (Oct. 22 – Nov. 20)

A dramatic upset in your lover's life throws you for a loop on Aug. 26 and 27. This could pertain to health matters, job performance or negligent bookkeeping. You will want to muzzle your own reactions — especially since you warned him to be more vigilant and your warning went unheeded. But are you really going to tell him "I told you so?" Yes. You're a Scorpio. In any case, he knows he screwed up and will want to do better. Help him to salvage the situation by being supportive and encouraging.


sagittarius

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21 – Dec. 20)

It feels like you can't do anything right these days and guess what? You can't. This doesn't mean that you keep making mistakes. What it means is that a loved one doesn't know what he wants — which is why he keeps changing the rules and expectations. Do yourself a favor and stop trying to make things better. The sooner you stop, the sooner he'll realize that he is like a rudderless ship going in circles. Then — and only then — can you start to have a conversation about plotting a future course.

capricorn

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21 – Jan. 18)

You've asked a lot of loved ones and friends recently and they've been forgiving when it came to last-minute rain checks, unreturned phone calls and unanswered emails. What happens over time isn't so much the building up of resentment as it is the growing assumption that you just don't care. And if you don't care, then why should they? Your looming deadlines will always be there, but the people who matter most won't. It would be a good idea to make room in your schedule for them. You can start this week.


aquarius

AQUARIUS (Jan. 19 – Feb. 17)

Mars moves into that part of your solar chart that pertains to relationships on Aug. 27. Mars is a cage rattler so you can expect flare-ups with your nearest and dearest. It's important to know how to fight in a relationship. Not fighting to win, but fighting to understand each other in ways that don't come naturally. The next six weeks won't be easy, but the struggle to connect — and the camaraderie that results from it — will remind you of the special role that Mars plays in forging the ties that bind.

pisces

PISCES (Feb. 18 – March 19)

You are supremely comfortable with who you are. You have put in too many years of marching to the beat of a different drummer not to be. People born under Pisces have a real "come on in, the water's fine" approach to relationships. It's kind of like swimming with the dolphins. It's in your watery nature to accept people for who they are. The relationship question this week isn't whether he can accept you for who you are. It's if he can accept himself for who he is. You'll get your answer on Friday.

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