The Capricorn moon rules the countdown to several events of the week — Mardi Gras, Valentine's Day and the Lunar New Year. Taking care of the practical considerations is the order of the day. What you think of and plan for now will set the stage for successful celebrations and lucky beginnings.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You'll contemplate a move that would totally change your lifestyle. Some people wouldn't even consider this. Give yourself points just for having the guts to entertain the idea.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Friendship should not be relegated to a lower position than romantic love. Sometimes being "just friends" is exactly what's needed to take love to a more real, nurturing and committed place.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You'll make friends wherever you go, so don't worry about whether or not you have good company. Company is never far from you. Bonus: There's a distinct advantage in being the new person.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Much suffering in the world is caused by people wanting to change others to be more like them. Too much similarity among a group is not only unnecessary but also unhealthy.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). People get used to a base level of attention from you. That loving attention begins to just feel normal. The situation requires intermittent acts of initiative. The tiniest novel gesture will liberate a flow of adoring energy.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Get ahead of the competition by doing better work than any of the others on a consistent basis. There will be a few obvious hurdles, though nothing insurmountable once you put your mind to it.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The physical world expresses itself through moving and through being. There's no arguing with it, and that's the beauty. Can your statement be made without words? Look into this today.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Don't worry too much now about presenting yourself in a novel way. You don't have to try to stand out. And you can't help but be original. It's not in one thing you say or do but in the sum of your work.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). To show small but unmistakable kindness to the one for which you currently feel only neutrality will change you — and the world — for the better, to a degree that's totally disproportionate to the small gesture.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Quiet water acts as a mirror, whereas nothing can be reflected in rushing or disturbed water. The mind is the same way. Reflection happens in mental stillness. Distortion happens in the blur of having too many thoughts.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Such sayings as "mind your own business" and "to each his own" may feel rather common and small, but they are packed with a great deal of wisdom and power. Intolerance is suffering. Tolerance is peace.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Yes, nice people are pleasant to hang around with, and they're a lot less work. But people who aren't nice have their merits, too, and there will be a benefit to relating to them today, as well.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 11). Compatibility is a puzzle, and the pieces will fall right in place for you this solar return. This will be as true in your professional life as it is in your personal life. You've simply a knack for being a part of winning teams. April is when an investment pays you back. June brings a big improvement that will take a while to settle into. Leo and Libra adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 30, 22, 25 and 14.
FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: Valentine's Day falls on Ash Wednesday this year and will be governed by a compassionate Aquarius moon. Romantic love won't be the only kind celebrated. This lunar aspect favors appreciation for all of the people in our lives who make us better, especially by inspiring us to think on a higher level and give more generously of ourselves.
Did you know that you can lower your blood pressure just by petting a dog? Those who have dogs as pets often find that they enhance the home dynamics in unexpected and mysterious ways. The nature of dogs is to be loyal and affectionate while working into the order of things. There can only be so many leaders of the pack, so dogs naturally seek to fit in and make themselves useful. Let's hope these favorable qualities of man's best friend will describe the year ahead, as this week brings us the beginning of the Lunar New Year of the Earth Dog. The new moon in Aquarius and solar eclipse of Feb. 15 is the doorway into the New Year celebration on Friday. Welcome to a year characterized by friendship and group work. May this be an omen of balance, stability and teamwork.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Jennifer Aniston's personal life has been a matter of public interest to rival presidential elections and wartime events. Aniston was born when the sun and Mercury were both in friendly, philanthropic Aquarius and the moon was in passionate Sagittarius. Look for the fascinating actress in the upcoming movie "Dumplin'," which is based on the popular novel by the same name.
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