The three earth phases of the moon are Taurus, which is focused on doing things the economical way, Virgo, which is focused on doing things the right way, and Capricorn, which is focused on doing things in the way that gets them done. Bonus points for making quick work of it. Get in there and finish, and then dust off your hands and don't look back.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Those who put others in a position where they feel they have no choice will know nothing of loyalty or love. As 17th-century man of letters John Milton said, "who overcomes by force, hath overcome but half his foe."
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). What it means to know and love someone is so much deeper than can be put into words, but try anyway. Your loved ones will cherish the way you express your heart.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). There's nothing major keeping you from the one who has your heart, but sometimes little things can seem major just because they require you to face a fear. You can solve it in a phone call. Make it after 2 p.m.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You recognize beauty wherever you see it. Still, it makes a far greater impact when it's fresh beauty. This is reason enough to leave your environment for a while today to witness what you never have before.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). All you have to do is think of the one you love and your physiology will change; you'll feel warmer and more vital. Your mind, body and spirit will seem to align into one fluid dance.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). They smile and say supportive words — some of which they don't mean at all, though it's not because they wish you ill; rather, they are struggling with their own jealousy. Stay positive anyway. They'll come around soon enough.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). In one culture, it's unlucky to wear your clothes inside out. In another, getting married on a Tuesday spells relationship doom. You've your own ideas on the subject, and they'll dictate what you're willing and unwilling to do today.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Best-case scenario: You get the agreement of all the people on your team before you move forward. It may not be possible. But if you can't get them to agree to the plan, at least get them to believe in you.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Oscar Wilde suggested, "To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance." Though self-appreciation will be the basis of being able to give to others, it's not going to fly on Valentine's Day. Don't leave that to the last minute.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). To be critical of small things is ideally the domain of children who are just learning to notice the world and finding their own independent voice. In more mature people, such pettiness is indicative of small thinking.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Without pleasure, is there really gratitude? Because gratitude, in its sincere and pure form, is enjoyment. It's not the verbiage we come up with out of obligation. It shouldn't have the energy of a chore.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). It takes only a few seconds to wish someone well, but it's a powerful piece of consciousness that could change everything. So go on and sync up your heart and mind to shoot arrows of good energy into the core of the world.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 12). Your effort to give back and pay forward will result in an accidental improvement in your financial picture. Next month finds you solving a problem that plagues many. Mutual love begins a joint adventure. Don't be afraid of commitment. Oddly, there will be freedom in this. Family matters get resolved in September. Cancer and Leo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 7, 17, 29, 31 and 48.
HOW TO WRITE A LOVE LETTER IN 12 STEPS, PART ONE. It's an age-old tradition. As long as writing has been around, so have love letters. If there is a more touching gift than the articulation of one's amorous feelings in a form that can be held and kept as proof, it would be hard to find. And it would cost a lot of money. So save yourself a few bucks and write a love letter. It could very well be an item your beloved will cherish for years to come.
Step One: It starts as all things should start — with the "why" of it. State the purpose of the letter so you can set up an accurate expectation of what is to come.
Example: Dear Jean, I'm writing you this letter because I've gotten to a place where I can't imagine my life without you in it.
Example: Dear Avery, This letter is to tell you my feelings have changed. I can't be just friends with you.
Example: Dear Taylor, The reason I'm writing is that you've made me so happy these past few weeks and I thought maybe you'd like to know that.
To be continued.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: The remarkable life and tragic death of the 16th United States president are a source of enduring fascination, as evidenced by the explorations of Abraham Lincoln through a never-ending stream of books and movies, including the recent mystical novel by George Saunders, "Lincoln in the Bardo." An Aquarius with his moon in Aquarius, as well, Lincoln was the epitome of humanitarian spirit.
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