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Love horoscopes: Aug. 18 – Aug. 24

Christopher Renstrom is the creator of Rulingplanets.com 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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Good intentions can pave the way to a hellish situation when Mercury forms an opposition to Neptune on Aug. 18. Guilt over not wanting to hurt his feelings can lead you to create the impression that you're interested in him romantically when you aren't. You always want to avoid fostering false hopes when Neptune is powerful because the subsequent disappointment will be made even more crushing when he finds out that you never felt the same way that he did. It's much better to tell it like it is. It's bound to be painful — these sorts of conversations are supposed to be — but he will think better of you for being honest. As will you.

VIRGO (Aug. 22 – Sept. 21)

You don't take in emotional strays. You've been fooled before by their plaintive looks and involved histories. They create the impression that they're looking for a loving home, but no sooner do you take them in than they're scratching at the door wanting to be let out. And once out, they disappear. It's understandable that you'd be skeptical about this new love interest that appears on your back step this week; however, the Mercury/Neptune opposition shows you softening your hard stance. Yes, history may be repeating itself, but then again, you could be learning something new from it.

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