Venus Revs Up Altruism

By Holiday Mathis

January 18, 2018 6 min read

In the dictionary, "altruism" is defined as "disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others." And yet, in real life it hardly ever turns out that way. To care for other beings is to care for beings in general, a category that, if you are reading this, you fall into. These first days of Venus in Aquarius ramp up the philanthropic spirit.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Aesthetic choices are never really correct or incorrect. There's not one right way things should appear. So work on such matters using the sensibility that best represents your attractions, preferences and delight.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). If you demand a little more of your conversations, you'll get a lot of fun, insight and creative inspiration out of them. But you have to be willing to focus on the other person, staying alert to the openings that lead a little deeper.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Ambition can be an energizing force, but it can also be the thief of contentment. There's a balance to be struck today so that you may swing into the future while holding firmly to the handles of satisfaction with the present.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You are emotionally invested in something that would otherwise be a very clinical process. Rather ordinary daily happenings will present a magic opportunity for you to feel and make other people feel.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The subject line is the trickiest part of email. Your point, in and of itself, may not be juicy enough to get someone to open and read on. That sums up all communication today. To get heard will require thought and pizazz.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Your version of a good result may not match up with another person's. Chances are, your standards are higher or just very different. Therefore it will be important to make your expectations known up front.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You can't assume that people know what you're all about. This is true even for people who, by now, really should. You'll have to fill in the blanks today by giving lots of context. This is a chance for fun and self-discovery.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You've seen it time and again. Frustration and anger at others is really anger with the self. It's easier to see when you're not the one who is mad. Either way, you'll grow from today's realization.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Start the story from the beginning, and take your time in the telling. People will be really interested in you today and will want the chance to be fully entertained by you.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Practice your charm with strangers. It will be easier than using it with people you know, because there's no build-up of expectation and you won't be worried about forgetting a name or some key piece of information.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). "Well, actually," they say when they are about to point out how wrong the other person is. This is annoying, at best, and can be downright combative, so try to ignore it when you hear it.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Keep building your way forward, trying new things, introducing unlikely elements and basically taking an experimental approach to life. You might feel childish and foolish before you ultimately feel victorious.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 18). Your influence will grow through this solar return. People will accept your help, act on your advice and become successful in ways that benefit themselves and you, too. There's a breakthrough in March, and the opportunities get challenging and magical. Invest in April. Your creativity will shine. How gratifying! Libra and Pisces adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 6, 40, 1, 28 and 31.

ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "I'm a highly sensitive Pisces, and it seems like I'm always doing things I don't want to be doing, because I simply have trouble saying no. I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings. Do you have any advice?"

Rest assured, you're not the only Pisces with a tendency to say yes to things you have no interest in, no benefit to derive from, no desire at all to be a part of. Sometimes this works out well! After all, people broaden themselves by doing things they don't want to do. For instance, if everyone only said yes to eating what they knew they liked, kale wouldn't even be a thing. But that's not the point. You should still be able to say no, whether it's good for you or not. And saying yes just out of fear of hurting someone could get you into a lot worse than kale. So let's take away the part where the feelings get hurt so that you can say no with great ease. Come back on Saturday for some guiding principles to help you master the art of declining.

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Capricorn actor Jason Segel is best known for his roles in "Freaks and Geeks," "How I Met Your Mother" and a multitude of films. It is not as widely known that he's a musician and songwriter whose music has often been a part of these projects. Segel was born under a musical Venus in soulful Pisces. Hardworking earth signs are a predominant influence in his natal chart.

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