Legend has it that the ox, a faithful servant of the Jade Emperor, would have won the Emperor's great race to be the first of the earthly creatures, were it not for the cheating rat riding along on its head who jumped off and ran across the finish line before him. This Lunar New Year the ox, the second animal of the Chinese zodiac, gets his due.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Like an actor, you fulfill a role and the better you do it, the more the outside world can see a living, breathing character instead of its creator, hard at work. Parts of the real you will shine through; they are irrepressible.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Mutual comfort and confidence can be established just as soon as everyone relaxes. You may have to go first, as you are powerful in the situation and your chill attitude will be contagious.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). When you're kind to people who are kind to you first, it raises your opinion of yourself not at all, because that's just the baseline of decency. But when you're kind first, it gives you confidence regardless of what happens next.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). "The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows" defines kenopsia as "the eerie, forlorn atmosphere of a place that's usually bustling with people but is now abandoned and quiet." You'll know it again today.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). When you're around people who constantly make you feel good, you want to be around them more often. You'll make a connection with one such person today while avoiding less interesting prospects.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The idiom "drop your guard" may as well refer to the release of an actual shield. The accompanying psychological clank and clatter will be, on some level, audible today as someone decides they like you.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). The rule of thumb is to only compliment people on the things they can control, like their manner and style of doing things and their choices. You'll understand the value of such a compliment when you receive one today.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). It will be tempting to worry over how your work will be received and the value judgments that go along with that. For now, just commit to a practice and do the work. Anything else you need to know, you'll learn in good time.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Your reaction gives power to things. Sometimes, it's the one and only power source. Therefore, if you want a situation to discontinue, consider choosing the reaction of nonreaction.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). How you talk to yourself matters more than you think it does. The kindness of your inside voice is reflected in your outside voice, and the same goes for any other tone you choose with yourself.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The minute you feel the need to impress, prove yourself or compete, pull back. In today's instance, those who understand, value and need what you bring to the table won't ask you to compete for your spot.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The world isn't ideal today, and it wasn't totally great yesterday or 700 years ago, or ever. Luckily, the conditions have little to do with the heartfelt thing you must deliver to the world now.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 12). Your solar year is characterized by smoothness and grace. You're in touch with your identity and what you want. The world responds by understanding and fulfilling your needs, which are largely unselfish. Since you so often endeavor for the good of others, you hardly need to prove or pitch yourself. Gemini and Cancer adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 26, 24, 18 and 40.
WEEKEND LOVE FORECAST: ARIES: Your taste and style get attention and possible imitation, which is the highest flattery. TAURUS: Don't worry about dazzling anyone with your knowledge because what they really care about is how you make them feel. GEMINI: As for the hard questions you get asked, you don't have to give them the answer; you only have to give them an answer. CANCER: Whatever happens on a date, you can turn it into something positive. LEO: The best position is when you love and want — but don't need — someone. VIRGO: Nothing works for all of the people all of the time, but you're developing a nice bag of skills that work fantastic for you. LIBRA: You're more likely to say yes to very small proposals, and you'll keep this in mind when it's you making the proposition. SCORPIO: The social energy in your sector is going through a growth spurt. The energy you put into friendships will also stir up your love life. SAGITTARIUS: Music adds to the romance; it's true even for singles. Tunes give you power, confidence and new energy flow. CAPRICORN: You do someone a favor. Suddenly, the door is open for new exchanges. AQUARIUS: Power and attraction are interlinked. As you increase your power, you become more attractive. PISCES: Who they are influences you much more than what they say.
COUPLE OF THE WEEKEND: Aquarius and Capricorn get a couple's dance, stunning in the glow. It should be noted though that 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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