In a show, entrances and exits are a big deal. Often they are applauded. Usually they happen in a manner that gives insight into a character. Today's big identity marker of a sun aligns with Mercury, master of comings and goings. Life is a stage and we can win applause with those entrances and exits. Make them count.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). There's so much to do. You're not sure if it's work or play, but you know it's fun, so who cares? Tonight: You'll find your way through what is, essentially, a maze.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). If you're not sticking to your personal rules — not erecting and enforcing personal boundaries — then it's possible you're unconsciously telling someone that it's OK for them to continue in a way that's not desirable to you.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You recognize what is convenient for you and what makes sense for you, and you have the right and the ability to say no when it doesn't fit into either category.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). The easiest way to learn the needs and wants of others is to simply ask. And if you can't ask others, ask yourself. To understand yourself more thoroughly is to understand others at deeper levels, too.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). A friendship takes your focus. This relationship thrives with good timing and healthy balance, which currently favors giving attention and quiet support over advice and efforts.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There's an illusion going on, made possible by distance. Get closer to the action. Get inside the action if you can. That's how you're going to know what's really going on.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). To glimpse the future, observe what's happening at the boundaries. Boundaries include: edges of territory, opening and closing time, the limits of manners, customs and rules, the change of clothing that signals a shifting of roles.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Groups emerge. It's important to know why. What's the attracting force bringing it together? What's the commonality? Inside this information is all you need to know to form a good group or dissolve a bad one.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). There's always the option to walk out of the room. It doesn't even have to be a bad room. There might not be anything technically wrong with the room, but if it's not for you, it's not... and you can just walk out.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Not long ago, you set out to solve a problem and you built a thing — a system, tool, attitude, set of rules or a guiding philosophy you hoped would be the answer. Now it's time to check that what you built works as intended.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). An agreement you made is turning into much more work for you than you thought it would be. There are people around you who, with a request and some clear instructions, could easily help. All will go well.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You won't start what you can't finish. That's just not your style. Actually, it's no professional's style. Professionals decide what they are going to do and what "done" looks like, and they don't stop until the picture matches.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 29). Your birthday gift will be a productive shortcut that takes you on a 10-week journey in five weeks. Other highlights of the year include: getting reacquainted with an old friend, enjoying family and your extended support system in a new and more relaxed way and the introduction of a novel and hip hobby. Cancer and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 10, 2, 22, 4, and 16.
LAST GASP OF VENUS IN SAGITTARIUS: On Sunday, Feb. 3, Venus will slip into responsible Capricorn and it will be several months before the current bold, adventuresome spirit returns to the realm of love and beauty. To understand the significance of this, we turn to the Sagittarian legend which casts a centaur in the starring role. You know the creature, yes? The bottom half a horse, the top a man and an archer, often depicted with this bow drawn, eye fixed on some distant target which he'll pierce in the name of food, war or perhaps sport.
The image recalls the very human predicament of being an animal with animal abilities and needs — freedom, speed, the safety of the herd, the ability to find and thrive in greener pastures — all whilst a higher mind fights for control of the situation. It's easy to see how the small head of humanity can get overwhelmed in the operation of a large, powerful animal, and yet the head is still in charge. And it's our ability to dream and scheme, and use tools to build and destroy things, that makes us unique. These last days of Venus in Sagittarius represents both an opportunity and a struggle. We may go where the animal takes us, but we never escape the experience and responsibility of a higher mind.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Entertainment mogul, societal leader, philanthropist and human rights activist Oprah Winfrey was born when the sun, Mercury and Venus were all in the sign of Aquarius. Symbolized as the water bearer, Aquarius is the great humanitarian of the zodiac, finding a deep sense of purpose in service and contribution to humanity.
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