Saturday, Aug 18, 2018 | Last Update : 04:26 PM IST

Weekly Horoscope

Oscar Cainer

In my family we never feel comfortable dissecting a movie we have just seen until we’re in the car, or clear of the cinema. I’m not sure why we wait. Perhaps it’s a mark of respect for the work, or maybe it simply allows emotions to settle and thoughts to form. This weekend, we will all witness the final instalment in a rare trilogy of eclipses playing out across the heavens. Soon afterwards, Mars reverses into Capricorn and Mercury slows. We can afford to let the dust settle before rushing to make any judgments this week.

Aries (Mar 21 - Apr 20)

The biggest battles and wars are remembered in the annals of history. Yet there’s little space to acknowledge the smaller skirmishes that have been fought along the way — even though they made a significant impact and enabled later bigger successes, there’s simply not enough space to remember them all. In fact, it’s sometimes those little moments that are worth more than the so-called big events of our lives. As Mars slips backwards this week, all you need to do is consolidate one small victory. That’s enough. In your love life: You take a while to adjust to new realities. But when you finally do move on, you do so with grace. Is it time now?
#Aries Daily Prediction

Taurus (Apr 21 - May 20)

Even though you feel as if you’re facing a battle that you can’t possibly win, there’s some good news on your horizon. There’s no way you’re going to lose it either! The most likely outcome is a stalemate. Some sort of compromise is being called for so that, despite your concerns and efforts, things will work out right and fair. There will undoubtedly be some annoyance and frustration involved as you reach a truce. But nothing unacceptable. As long as you manage to stay calm and philosophical, your dream will stay intact. In your love life: Don’t set out to solve problems that aren’t really problems and don’t need solving. You truly do have power now.
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Gemini (May 21 - Jun 21)

What’s the point in carefully chiseling away at the rock face, when there are explosives to use? Well, it depends on the scope you have for error. There’s a strong likelihood that you’ll have more of an impact than you imagine this week. Once you’ve blown something out of the water, it won’t sink again without a trace… you’ll create a wave of energy that can shift and change the dynamics of a key relationship. Or you can keep slowly chipping away at the block. Eventually you’ll achieve the same result. The choice, is yours. In your love life: You suspect you should take a development very seriously. But you should just relax. Nothing needs to be forced.
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Cancer (Jun 22 - Jul 22)

We can always find a reason to have an argument. There’s always something or someone who’s easy to criticise. We can find a battle that needs fighting, a side that needs joining or a score that needs settling. Then, when we put energy into life’s battles and challenges, it throws more of them our way. Even when a contentious issue arises, you don’t have to respond in the usual way this week. As Mars reverses into your opposite sign, you can achieve more than you think and then stop, before you get too drawn in. In your love life: Satisfaction can be linked to finding the ability not to partake in something we fancy. Remember that, and go gently.
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Leo (Jul 23 - Aug 23)

You know where you want to go and what you want to achieve. Your vision is crystal clear. You have a strong feeling that you know exactly what you need to do to be able to get what you want. This, though, may not be quite as helpful as it seems. Your aspiration is valid but as Mars reverses out of your opposite sign, just after the Solar Eclipse pushes you forward, you need to reassess the route you’re taking — and take life a little less seriously. Before you have time to register the change in direction, you’ll be off on a better route. In your love life: Be careful with your words. Be sure you know how something has begun before you assume how it is going to end.
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Virgo (Aug 24 - Sep 23)

As Mars continues its backwards journey, it returns to the area of the sky associated with your ability to be creative. As your lateral thinking skills are highlighted you’ll not only be able to see something that’s unacceptable, you’ll find a way to communicate your dissatisfaction with ease. It something’s not right, you’re right not to put up with it any longer. This being the last week of Mercury’s retrograde motion, you’ll soon be able to put your energy into a new project. Be on the look-out for inventive ideas, and you can weave magic this week. In your love life: Want to alter something superficial? Or fundamental? Before you attempt a miracle, be sure you need to go that far.
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Libra (Sep 24 - Oct 23)

It seems that human beings are born with an innate sense of kindness, and a desire for justice and fairness. The old saying ‘an eye for an eye will make the whole world blind’ serves as a good reminder of what happens when we forget the importance of such behaviour. When someone does you a good turn, you instinctively want to return the favour: you understand the benefits of reciprocating generous actions and the danger of revenge. Keep positive and productive this week and the payback will be significant. In your love life: You would like confusion to be clarified. The best way to make that happen might be to alter your own expectation.
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Scorpio (Oct 24 - Nov 22)

However well you use a language, there’s room for misunderstanding. When it comes to physical communication methods such as Morse code, the potential for misunderstanding is even more complicated; the communicants need to be very focused so as not to create confusion. While Mercury remains retrograde, and as Mars changes signs as it continues to move backwards across the sky, there are communication challenges in the air. Don’t let an easy assumption skew important progress this week. In your love life: Seeing no progress in a sensitive area? Perhaps it is not really needed. Before you step forward, try stepping back.
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Sagittarius (Nov 23 - Dec 21)

There’s a saying about how a journey of a thousand miles begins by taking just a single step. But what if the step is in the wrong direction? Does the saying still ring true? Sometimes we need to gain an experience of what isn’t right in order to know what is. This week, as Mars changes signs on its backwards journey, you may find yourself feeling unusually uncertain about a recent important decision. Since regrets are not your style, you can rethink things through, learn from any mistakes and instigate a positive change. In your love life: Life is offering you the chance to go further than usual. Don’t be afraid of this. Observe the story with an open mind.
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Capricon (Dec 22 - Jan 21)

Although the expression ‘there’s no smoke without fire’ is usually accurate, smoke isn’t always easy to identify. As vaping and e-cigarette smoking demonstrates, steam may be less harmful than smoke, but it certainly looks very like similar. This week, as Mars moves into your sign on its journey backwards through the sky, a situation may arise which has all the signs of being very problematic. But a look beneath the surface will indicate that it’s part of a highly helpful process that can re-energise and re-motivate you. In your love life: You feel emotionally attracted to a possibility. It’s not enough reason to think it is the wisest course of action.
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Aquarius (Jan 22 - Feb 19)

When you’ve done all that you can to speed up a vital process yet nothing is happening, it’s hard to be patient and wait for a new development. This week, you might have to wait… but you don’t need to develop patience! You can, if you want, be edgy and full of nervous energy. All you need to know is that whichever way you decide to tackle this situation, as retrograde Mars changes signs, your mood can’t alter the speed of its progress. The success you want to achieve is tantalisingly within reach, just not quite how and when you want it. In your love life: You feel like a giant among dwarfs. True. But you have a duty to recognise your advantage and use it wisely.
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Pisces (Feb 20 - Mar 20)

When sports commentators talk about the importance of taking part, they don’t say it about the winning team. Such generosity of understanding may be helpful in some situations, but you’re determined to give this particular scenario everything you’ve got first. You have something you want to prove and a change you want to make. Even though the odds may not be on your side, if you’re sure that you’re pursuing your objectives for the right reasons, your chance of being successful is surprisingly high this week. In your love life: In a drama, you’re inclined to diffuse the tension, and inclined to add to it! Be honest about what you really want.
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