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Your love horoscope for the week is here, commencing August 7th 2021

Astrologer Oscar Cainer lays out your weekly love horoscope for the week of Saturday August 7th, to Friday August 13th.

If we didn’t ever make mistakes, we wouldn’t have opportunities to correct our own errors. If we were perfect, we’d never develop the character-enhancing humility that emerges only through making heart-felt apologies. This week, events in your life focus on righting wrongs and readdressing injustices. Even if you don’t feel as if you have much power to change things, as long as you genuinely and intelligently try your best, the New Moon’s link with innovative Uranus suggests that that will be more than enough to make excellent progress.

‘Love is a losing game / One I wished I’d never played / Oh, what a mess we made’. Amy Winehouse’s heart-breaking lyrics sum up the desperation we feel when relationships go wrong. Yet it’s a mistake to look on love as a game; it suggests there’ll always be winners and losers. It’s far better to look on your key relationships (especially your romantic ones) as a joint enterprise… where each supports the other through good times and bad. It’s time, this week, to reappraise how one key relationship can benefit from a new way of thinking.

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Of all the zodiac signs, you’re one of the most loyal. But your loyalty has been stretched lately. If a breach of trust in a friendship – or an even more intimate relationship – has taken place, you don’t have to put up with it. No one likes being taken for granted. The time has come for you to make your feelings clear – and set boundaries about the kind of behaviour you’ll put up with, or not. It’s time to clear the air; and by the time your ruler Venus moves opposite Neptune this week, you’ll be able to enjoy the magic the cosmos has in store.

When an infant fails to get their own way, you can expect a tantrum to follow. Stamping one’s feet and crying might be an age-appropriate response for a two-year-old. But it’s hardly good behaviour for an adult. As we get older, hopefully, we also get wiser. If you find yourself thwarted in some way this week, it’s important not to react how you once might have done. As Venus and Neptune link, you can respond with wisdom and maturity, and leave space for someone else to change their attitude. An innovative approach will work wonders.

We’re all so used to life being a struggle that it’s a shock to find ourselves in calm waters. We don’t expect free gifts or trouble-free rides. Surely there has to be catch? Well, not always. Sometimes the cosmos just likes to give back, which is exactly what you can expect over the next week. Relationships can expect a healthy boost, and there might be other unpredicted windfalls coming your way too. Following the powerful New Moon, as Venus links with dreamy Neptune, the cosmos brings well-deserved gifts your way. Enjoy!

Drum roll, please! Are you ready? Can you feel that tingly sensation yet? If you can’t, there’s a very good chance that you soon will! The New Moon is in your sign; and its effects are potent. It ushers in a new start, a clean slate. But nothing exciting will unfold without some input from you. Fortunately, as long as you have a clear view of where you’d like to go next, you’ll be ready and able to take advantage of the cosmic creativity available. And, with Venus and Neptune linking later in the week, the ball’s in your court. You’re in control. Go for it.

Doubts and self-questioning are a healthy part of life on planet Earth. An internal debate, whereby we reassure ourselves that we’re acting in the right way and pursuing beneficial goals, is always worthwhile. But when our questions fuel worries and self-criticism, it’s time for the sensible-you to over-rule the worrier-you. Existential concerns are part of the maturing process; a way to confirm that we’re on the right path, and that our relationships are worth nurturing. If the demons of doubt nag you this week, connect with your intuition and silence any critics.

If we spend our leisure time watching TV and films, we can easily start to believe that perfection is something we can attain; the perfect body, teeth, hair, clothing and car etc. We forget that that kind of perfection is an illusion. The truth, is that instead of striving for something that will give us little satisfaction, we just need to simply do our best. Have you found yourself caught up in a weirdly competitive relationship which leaves you feeling less than perfect? What’s needed, this New Moon week, is a reality check. You’re doing enough.

Compromise isn’t a dirty word. Too often, in business, and even within friendships or social groups. we think in terms of winning or losing. But the ability to see things from other people’s viewpoints is the secret to making relationships work. Someone near you seems to be unaware of the sacrifices others are making, and enjoying the lion’s share of the good times without taking any of the difficulties on board. There may be an innocent explanation… but it needs to be addressed. There’s an opportunity to restore an imbalance this week.

Polygraph (lie detector) tests are only about 90 per cent accurate. It’s possible to generate misleading results by concealing or faking stress. Is the same true of our inner detectors? You suspect that someone isn’t being honest with you, and your antennae are twitching. That should be enough to tell you all you need to know. But is your internal radar sensitive enough to warn you when you start to believe a deceit of your own? Don’t be too quick to judge this week. The Venus/Neptune link underscores the fact that honesty is the best policy.

‘Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet’. Greek philosopher Aristotle knew a lot about human nature, and his observation encapsulates the attitude you need to follow this week. Things might not be moving as fast as you’d like. But, rest assured, the cosmos knows the right place and time for things to shift to the next level. Good things take time; the trick is to savour this period of anticipation. Change is coming… and it’s unfolding at exactly the right speed for the best result. The New Moon marks a turning point. Just keep believing.

The principle of ‘give and take’ is one of the keys to a happy life. Fairness and balance are so important, whether it’s in business, among friends, or in a more intimate setting. Somehow, perhaps even due to the strange times we’ve all endured, a relationship has become more challenging. It’s likely that the mistake you’ve made is to believe that you’re the only one who’s aware of this. You’re not. This week, as Venus (love) and Neptune (inspiration) link, the cosmos offers a chance to talk things through and get things back on track.

If only most weeks were as encouraging as the one you’re about to enter. There’s no need to rack your brain with deep philosophical questions – or even to spend any time worrying about work, politics or things over which you have little or no control. As the planet of love moves opposite your ruling planet, dreamy Neptune, the cosmos showers you with gentle, romantic opportunities. Just regard this as a reward, even a sort of respite, for all you’ve been through. This week brings a refreshing holiday for your soul and your spirit.

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