Bring on the Dog Days!

By Holiday Mathis

February 16, 2018 6 min read

Happy Lunar New Year. Bring on the days of the Earth Dog. Dog years are times to pull together the way a pack animal would: Find your order in the group, and strive for the good of all. The earthly element is a stable influence. There's nothing tricky about the time ahead. Loyalty and straightforward hard work will be rewarded.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). To be able to give someone a good referral is a gift in and of itself. So if you can't help the situation but you know someone who can, linking the two up could be a huge favor.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You were chosen because you're the best person for the job. Someday the position will be handed to a newcomer. Knowing this is the inevitability of all things, you do your best to make the maximum positive impact.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). With careful conservation of personal energy and resources you'll make it to the triumphant end of a long slog. The first step in this victory will be in realizing that you are indeed on a lengthy journey and not a short race.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Try to explain a television drama to someone who's never watched it. The plot sounds confusing! Yet when you watched from the beginning all events flowed naturally. Today, trust yourself, and don't explain your choices to others.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The sign that says "You are here" is the most clarifying and orienting and the best kind of start to the journey. So take stock. These signs don't just come on mall maps. Sometimes they are reflected in the eyes of others.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). To an outsider it may seem that you've got quite a lot figured out, and yet you don't feel that way on the inside. Many things you wanted fell through. Consider that it was for the best. And look at all you have now!

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Much will boil down to this: which problem are you trying to solve? Find one that's resistant to solution, because it's an exciting place to start and because you're up to it.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Keep an open mind, because your first idea isn't always your best one. And you'll have lots of stellar ideas if you let yourself play around, experiment and stay curious. Don't worry, your aha! moment is coming.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). People associate nervous behaviors with dishonesty, and sometimes this is the case. But the truly dangerous people are the ones who aren't the least bit nervous about their lies.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). How do you know if you're coming up against reality or a mistaken belief about it? Does it change when you change? Does it bend to your will? Reality won't — ever. And anytime you fight with reality, reality will win.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). If you want to spin in circles instead of move forward with life, worry is absolutely the way to do it. Analysis and speculation will also help. To move forward, lighten up and do some experimenting.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Here comes a magical sense of flow. It's like time stands still and its rules just doesn't apply to you: You're totally engaged with life. This is what you were meant for. Get more of it.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 16). It's said that you can't lead where you haven't traveled — patently untrue. Look at all of the exploration missions that have proven otherwise! This year will be such a mission. Not only will you have the pleasure of finding new places, emotional states and manners of being, you'll also bring others on your journey. Leo and Scorpio adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 6, 9, 32, 48 and 8.

WEEKEND LOVE FORECAST: ARIES: You'll do good deeds then move on without a second thought about it. This is spiritual generosity. TAURUS: You can't know where a relationship is going until you know where it already is. GEMINI: Your energy levels tell you something. The people who energize you belong in your life. CANCER: You'll be turned off by people who try to pin you down to a future you're not sure about. LEO: You prefer to know a person's rules early on instead of being surprised to find out later that you've broken them. VIRGO: You'll understand a person without trying. Whatever that person's soul is made of, you feel certain yours is made of the same stuff. LIBRA: Don't get hung up on speculation. What's right for the moment is right in general. SCORPIO: Loyalty. This is the quality that will take you to the deeper love. SAGITTARIUS: You're never really stuck, not in love, not in anything — as long as you can generate new ideas, that is. CAPRICORN: There is no one right answer. Love can work a lot of different ways. AQUARIUS: Change your energy and the relationship changes automatically. PISCES: Conversation will enrich you. It's not what you talk about but whom you talk to that matters.

COUPLE OF THE WEEKEND: The symbol for Pisces is two fish. When a Pisces joins with another Pisces, well, that qualifies as an entire school — a small one, but a powerful entity nonetheless, with more spiritual energy than the sum of its parts. This weekend represents a fluid joining of interests and journey to calmer waters where matters of the heart are settled. Old wounds heal. New creations begin.

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