The Groundhog and Venus

By Holiday Mathis

February 2, 2019 6 min read

The restless mood of Venus this Groundhog's Day suggests that Punxsutawney Phil, Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators and Weather Prophet Extraordinary may be too distracted by his personal life to deliver an accurate weather prediction. Maybe we'd all be better off sharing this love-before-work ethic today.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Hearing a little bit of a story is unsatisfying. You want the rest! You've time for it today, too. Your curiosity (rarer than you realize) will pave the way to learning interesting and even magical things.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You'll do as you wish. When it coincides with what others wish, great. When it doesn't, you won't worry too much about it. You're not put on this earth to please all people.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). In deciding what to give your time to, the strongest consideration will be the other people involved. If you don't like the activity but prefer the participants, it's in. (Like an activity but don't prefer the participants, it's out.)

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You don't have to change your life all at once in order to change it completely. It only takes a few minutes a day to create life-enhancing habits. By this time next year, you could be a different person because of just one habit.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Due to new information, you may lack the certainty you once had about your situation, which is smart. It's time to learn, and you can't learn if you think you already know. So you'll toss that, remain open and absorb much.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). What you want to do and what you're good at will come together at an intersection, and this is where life gets very exciting for you. Proceed carefully now. Watch out. Intersections can be dangerous.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Your emotional landscape is formed in a dialogue with your environment over time. So it's crucial that you interact in the right environments for you. You need positive and intelligent feedback.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). There are many items in the new vernacular that older people will despise — something to consider before uttering nonchalantly "no problem" or "let's grab dinner." Why use upsetting words when there are other options?

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). To enjoy the unsettling, well that's not as unusual as it may sound. Tension can be delicious, and it's certainly more interesting than going through a problem-free day.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). What you need isn't to comply to others or have others comply to you. What you need is a better idea. Start the dialogue, all as humble equals, and you'll come up with the answers together.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). It's weird that sometimes you don't know you're having a great time until much, much later when you look back on the experience and realize — wow. That was pretty great. Today will bring such a phenomenon.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). A continuing sense of mystery and wonder is a requirement for you and one that will be met and then some by today's strange and unpredictable series of events.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 2). Yes, you'll get a significant zing of good fortune at the top of this year. But the big gift is this: You realize that a way of being can improve all. You intend to embody love, generosity, graciousness, cheerfulness, optimism and ethics. With this aim at the center of your being every day, you'll change the world. Virgo and Scorpio adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 30, 15, 20 and 33.

LESSONS FROM "GROUNDHOG DAY": In the classic 1993 film "Groundhog Day," Bill Murray plays Phil Connors, a weatherman condemned to live the same day over and over until he finally gets it right. Screenwriter Danny Rubin may not have intended the lessons of "Groundhog Day" to be particularly Zen, or representative of keys to enlightenment, but the concepts seem nonetheless conducive to living in the light. May these themes give your Groundhog Day (featuring a fortunate arrangement of Venus and Uranus) some levity and brightness.

1. Attitude is everything. The same day with the same scene and people and weather can be the worst or best day ever. It's really what you make it.

2. Happiness is almost always about being of service to others.

3. We're always making it up as we go. Many of the outcomes seem set in stone, but they change when we change.

4. No one gets ahead by being selfish. It takes a community to make a great day.

5. True love can't be manipulated. Loving someone isn't the same as impressing someone. Until we learn to focus on others, we don't know much.

There are so many more wisdom nuggets in this gem of a film. Which are most meaningful to you? Happy Groundhog Day!

CELEBRITY PROFILES: Shakira melds many influences to create a unique brand of pop music. Shakira is an Aquarius with a well-rounded chart, representing a beautiful balance of air, earth and water influences. She lives up to the Aquarian reputation for outstanding philanthropy, having founded charities to uphold the values of universal education and assist in early childhood development.

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