Jefferson and Venus Advise

By Holiday Mathis

February 8, 2019 6 min read

Thomas Jefferson suggested, "Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it." What he failed to mention is that there's always a hook. Otherwise it wouldn't be bait. The trick is to figure out where it is and if it's worth the risk to eat around it. Given the lunar square to Venus, it will take skill to indulge and still remain free.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Certain things are in place. Life will change you for the better, whether you want it to or not. Also, there's nothing to be done about it, so you may as well just relax and take it all in.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Love somehow still sticks with you even when you give it away. In fact, the more you give, the more you have, and it becomes really hard to get rid of.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). When your friend is on the phone to someone else, you can tell who's on the line. You're sensitive to the way people sound in different relationships. It teaches you something about your own communication style.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You have quirks. Everyone does. Some people hide them better than others. You tend to enjoy most the ones who don't bother or who can't seem to hide them. Anyway, someone finds your quirks irresistible today.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Even though practical advice will work for many, if it goes against what you're feeling today, then you're highly unlikely to be able to apply it, so why bother? Accept your own stubbornness as the quality that just might deliver you.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). It's hard to see where you're limiting yourself by complying to norms, but try and step back. Resist going where you're led or answering what you're asked. There's nothing you have to do.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). If you're too focused on what they might like, you'll miss out on what you like. You've been cultivating your preferences and aesthetic for a while now. Isn't everyone missing out if you don't share?

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). If you've ever looked back on old work (or an old diary or historic pieces of your wardrobe) and cringed, well, then today's cringey situation will feel familiar. But isn't this just a sign that you've grown a lot?

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Has it been done before? Of course. Just about everything has, but not quite in this way, and not by you. The particulars of your approach and very essence will make this unique.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Being able to tell a good story is a quality that will take you far, not only socially but also with your work and your self-talk, and the way you organize yourself in general.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You'd like to think that you open yourself to help from friendly forces, and yet you also notice that you're tensing up around a certain area, as though you must do it on your own. This tension is your inner wisdom speaking.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). There's a need to be filled and you'll get the sense that you're just the one for the job. Now it's just a matter of convincing the others, which will be no problem for you once you forget yourself and just do it.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 8). The easiest way to say and do the right thing is not to rehearse it and work at it, but to live it. It's the truth of your heart. So instead of changing anything about your behavior, you'll focus on generating greater joy in your heart. All good things flow from this. You'll count this among your best years to date. Scorpio and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 2, 19, 40 and 38.

WEEKEND LOVE FORECAST: ARIES: Love is patient, so they say, and yet it often feels urgent. Maybe it's not exactly love then. TAURUS: You're excited to feel that spark again. You're open to it, ready for it, and now you just have to put yourself where the electricity might be. GEMINI: You could judge your friend, but it would pull time and energy away from your own scene, and you only have so much of those things! CANCER: Beyond having the same native tongue, it will help even further if you speak the same love language. LEO: Some relationships are like a sinkhole and some are like a garden. VIRGO: If it didn't work the first time, it might not work the second or third either, but there's a reason you keep coming back. LIBRA: Can you really value what you don't understand? Maybe not fully, but it's enough to keep trying to learn more. SCORPIO: There are multiple people out there who you'd be compatible with, even magically, mystically so, so don't worry too much about being destined for one. SAGITTARIUS: Expressing your love creatively will be an excellent move, and well-received, too. CAPRICORN: It's not always easy or even appropriate to be totally honest, but lean toward the truth and ask for guidance about the most loving way to express it. AQUARIUS: How you make the other person feel will determine the level of attraction in play. PISCES: Keep it short. Brevity breeds mystery, which intensifies attraction.

COUPLE OF THE WEEKEND: Aquarius and Capricorn get the couple's dance, and they're stunning in the glow. People in love this deep either make everyone around swoon or sicken. Aquarius wards against haters by being much too generous a spirit to find fault with, and Capricorn deflects the evil eye of jealousy by having such a loving, caring attitude toward Aquarius that one would have to be a monster to throw shade.

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