The tension created by yesterday's conflict between Mercury and Jupiter still hangs in the air. Economic matters are more complex and nuanced than they seem, and it's not exactly the right moment to work out the details. Wait until things simmer down, and know that everything will eventually balance out — it always does.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). There are certain aspects of your life you used to find distressing that you now find merely interesting. The facts are what they are, and you have little emotional attachment to them.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You don't like to admit when you're wrong and being slow to do so will serve you well. You're not the only one responsible for what has happened. Take a moment to review all sides.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The conventional wisdom suggests that the past cannot be changed, and yet, since it exists in your mind, it changes all of the time. The way you view your history will transform yet again today.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You're more likely to believe what is entirely, outrageously incredible than buy into the boring truth. This is a good quality now, as a bit of strange fantasy will fuel your motivation.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You are not in the mood to compromise. You won't sell out your own interests, and you feel the same way about the rest of your team. Your loyalty will be rewarded.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). It's good to be charming and even better to be charming with your own means of transportation. Your smile will get you the invitation, but you'll need a car to get to the party.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You value lively conversation. Sometimes, you have to work a little harder for it. The reading you do now will help future interactions. Also, take note of the best bits of your day to share with a trusted friend later.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). If you want to do something well, save yourself time and effort by going straight to the one who already has mastered the skill. Imitate the master for a while to learn the ropes.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). When arrangements don't go as anticipated, you won't judge or complain. Instead, you'll simply observe the interaction, taking note of how you might, when and if you feel like it, change your approach.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You want justice in a matter, not only for you but for all involved. You're willing to fight for what is really right, even if it benefits others more than it does you.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). If only tomorrow's troubles could be drained away by worrying about them today. But it doesn't work that way. The only thing that will be drained away by worry is your energy. Think positive and get in motion.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). There's a beautiful view on the horizon, but you may be the only one to notice at first. You'll be challenged to draw the attention of others away from self-interest and toward something magnificent.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 29). You'll make new friends, and you'll stay with them throughout the year. Your strength will lie in balancing the many different areas of your life and making them jive together. Seize an excellent opportunity in March and turn it into a moneymaker. A mentor will point the way. July brings romance and travel. Pisces and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 12, 3, 25 and 19.
FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: A honeybee must tap 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey. Thirty billion comets have gone missing from the solar system since its creation. Donald Duck's middle name is Fauntleroy. These facts may be apropos of nothing. Then again, these bits of knowledge may be the secret keys to unlocking the most profoundly important aspects of the universe. Who's to say? Mercury's fresh transit through imaginative Aquarius, the sign that represents all of humanity's knowledge, will help us extrapolate meaning from unusual subjects and find relationships in even the most disparate facts. The transit lasts through Feb. 13, 2012.
The battle of the sexes takes on a new look in each new era as beliefs around gender and sexuality shift with societal changes. But the core issues remain. Men and women are made differently, think differently and have different strengths and weaknesses. This will be the cause of conflict this week. February starts with a cosmic tug of war between Venus and Mars. The game is evenly matched with men and women on opposite sides of the rope. But in this game, everyone wins. What comes from the fight is a new admiration for the strength the opposite team possesses.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: At age 19, this driven Aquarius was already co-anchoring the evening news, and now she's one of the most powerful women in the entertainment world. Oprah Winfrey was born when the sun, Mercury and Venus were all in the humanitarian sign of Aquarius. A fiery Sagittarius moon indicates boundless energy, enthusiasm and reach. Winfrey continues to grow in new and exciting ways.
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