Happy Year of the Dog

By Holiday Mathis

February 11, 2018 6 min read

It's a common experience: You arrive in a new room only to realize you've forgotten why you entered. Blame it on the door. Passing through doorways has a scientifically proven effect on memory. You can use this to your advantage this week. The Aquarius new moon on Thursday, Feb. 15, is the doorway into the Chinese New Year of the Earth Dog. Forget the past. The new adventure gets a stable start.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). "Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know," so says the Tao. Although, maybe this is on a gradient. Otherwise, how is anyone ever going to learn anything? This is a week to listen up while carefully considering the source and being open to your own inner wisdom on the matter, too.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You get a drill to put a hole in the wall so you can hang a picture. What you want isn't a hole in the wall. What you want is beautiful art. Is there another way? This is the week to solve the problem behind the problem. Events will knock you from shortsightedness and into deeper understanding. This gets good!

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You doubt there's much room to include a new person and all of their wonderful baggage into your life. The three pounds of tightly organized cells inside your skull will support you in this theory. Then again, you'll be surprised at how accommodating your mind can be once your heart gets involved.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). To respond positively to others is what decent, kindhearted folks do. To respond positively to people you don't agree with, well that's for the evolved — generous spirits with superior character and intellect. There's always a way to do this. There's always something to like. You can respond positively without agreeing.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). No problem gets solved from the same frame of mind that created it in the first place. A change of mindset doesn't guarantee a solution, but it certainly brings the solution into the realm of possibility. (Whereas, no change guarantees no solution.) Whatever you do to raise your energy is a step in the right direction.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). First tackle what was left undone last week. Then go out and have some fun before jumping to the next thing. If you skip the part where you celebrate and let loose a little, you'll be skipping a crucial part of life's cycle. This behavior will eventually lead to burnout. So be sure to relax a bit this week.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). No one rises to power and popularity without making a considerable sacrifice. But anonymity and helplessness also comes by way of sacrifice, as does any state. Life is always a trade-off. So you may as well go for what you really want. On a side note, you'll be exceptionally strong physically this week. Take advantage!

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). According to an Aesop's fable, slow and steady wins the race. This is difficult to believe in the digital age. Slow and steady may get you across the finish line, but not necessarily into the winner's circle. To get there before others do will take bursts of ingenuity and speed. Don't wait for things to be perfect. Put yourself out there.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Getting chosen is a tricky thing. You have to be in the right place at the right time and know the right people. You have to have the qualities they're looking for. You have to be a good fit. There's a lot of luck involved in getting chosen. If it happens, great! But sometimes, you just have to choose yourself.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Socializing is on the agenda and you're stellar at it lately. You know just how to make people feel special, valued and interesting. This is because you're truly curious about the lives of others. Of course, you'll enjoy the company of your likeminded friends, but you're also likely to be charmed by an unlikely suspect.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Your style is ever-evolving, and yet there are certain things you do consistently that are just "so you" they've become your signature. You've got upgrades on your mind again — some of them physical. Just remember that success isn't about how you look, but rather, it's about how you make the other person feel.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Loyalty is a quality that gets harder and harder to come by as options abound in our modern world. The value of a loyal person — a person who will stick with you — is often underestimated and under-rewarded. Do not make the mistake of taking loyalty for granted this week.

THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS: You go into this solar return on a cloud of personal ebullience. Oddly, the external circumstances that bring others down around you will have little effect. It's your time to enjoy life without the weight of what you're supposed to do or how you're supposed to feel. Your independent spirit surges, and you become imbued with a pure understanding of who you are and what you're meant to do.

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