Whatever is between the earthly plane and the realm of angels, be it clouds or sea foam, spirals, sacred geometry, plasma, lightning, dirt, feathers, chutes or ladders... whatever it is, to glimpse it from this earthly plane sends a thrill, blankets us in awe. This last day of Mercury in Aquarius can be credited for the sudden burst of wonder.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Jealousy makes people behave uncharacteristically. It's not worth it to make someone jealous on purpose, and if anyone does this to you it's a red flag.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). If you can facilitate an experience for another person, you'll be thrilled for the opportunity to do so. Stay cognizant of this: You can invite experience but never provide it, as experience is a co-creation between host and guest.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Check in with loved ones, even if you just did recently, even if you're worried about bothering them, even if have nothing to say. Connection will be meaningful in unexpected ways.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You don't have to help everyone around you. Consider that you may be able to help them best today by doing you and being clear, strong and convicted about that.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Issues of territory arise. The map is a crude tool here, because even if you spell out the "mine" and "yours" of it all, life will make the borders messy again. You're going to have to lead with your heart on this one.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). No pressure, but people are noticing you and they'll start to follow you, not in just an attention or social media way, but they'll actually do what you do and say what you say.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). It's one of those days when you can really see clearly who is in and who is not. Harsh maybe, but anyone who isn't rooting for you in obvious ways today doesn't belong on your team.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You did it before and you can do it again. Sure, you can't remember how you did it or even why. You're not the same age, and you don't have the same resources as you did then. Nonetheless, you'll repeat the success. Believe.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). If you could figure out a way to go faster and still keep the quality up, you would. But this is just going to happen naturally. Quality first; speed will follow.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You love to keep smart people around you who will challenge you, make you read, think, learn, strive, be healthy and active... and you also love the comfortable people. In fact, you'll love and need them a little more today.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). People fall in love with you unexpectedly. If you can help it, be careful not to foster attachments you won't be able to keep up with. It's no fun to be loved more than you love.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). What's legal isn't always moral and what's moral isn't always legal. But today won't be about laws of state. It's more like rules of the heart vs. social mores.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 9). You once worried about what was expected of you, and now you laugh about it because you already know, and you've already decided just how much credence to give to those expectations. Truly this is your year of freedom from social constraints and of self-realization at a whole new level. Aries and Libra adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 4, 30, 10, 7 and 28.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: Today's question is a continuation of a series begun on Monday, Feb. 4, about checking one's own privilege. For parts one through four, see the archives.
To check one's own privilege is at once a noble and humble pursuit. Noble because only those who seek and embrace a higher awareness will evolve to such an understanding. Humble because the only way to see one's own privilege is through humility and an ego-less perspective.
It should also be noted that it is not possible to check one's own privilege with a quiz. It's not something that happens because you pass some kind of "woke" test. Rather, it's a way of life and a decision to embody empathy and compassion.
This starts with fighting against the need to write your own story about other people's lives. That means embracing the uncomfortable truth that you just don't know what it's like to be in another person's shoes. From there, a nonjudgmental curiosity can build about different cultures and experiences outside of your comfort zone.
The fast track to increased consciousness in this regard includes: travel, education and seeking diversity in your experiences, influences and relationships.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: The story of Carole King's rise from Brooklyn beginnings to superstardom as one of the most iconic songwriters of all time has been told in books, on Broadway and is archived in Billboard charts and hearts. King was born when the sun, Mercury and Venus were all in musical Aquarius and Mars, and Saturn and Uranus were in Taurus, the sign of voice.
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