Trine of Social Graces
Despite Mercury’s retrograde, the Aquarius sun and the Gemini moon form a harmonious trine to highlight social ease and grace. Mercury retrogrades like to scramble messages, but the lunar vibes steer us toward the rather obvious clues to meaning: body language, tone and context.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). When you think of someone, it draws that person to you in the spirit of your thoughts. This principle will be clearly represented in today’s rather uncanny events.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You will become healthier and feel better, and not because of a magic pill or a wish granted, but because of hundreds of little decisions you’ll make in the days to come.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The best situations offer you a challenge. Let your natural optimism lead the way. You’ll sense you can somehow get on the inside, even though you can’t readily see the way.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Winston Churchill said, “Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” Don’t give up. You’re very close to winning this one.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Were you cut out for this job? Probably not. Most people are not “cut out” for the modern world in general. But to be human is to adapt. Assume you have what it takes, and go for it.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Send your mind ahead of you by visualizing the top three priorities of the day. This exercise will help you stay focused on what’s important instead of being overly reactive to the stimulus of the moment.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Getting people to like you isn’t a problem you possess. Managing the people in your life — that’s a skill set you’d like to bone up on. Note: If your friends get along with one another, it will be easier for you.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You are who you choose to be. If your choice is aligned with your natural abilities, you’ll achieve success faster. But success is possible either way as long as you do consistent work and don’t give up.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Emotions are fleeting. That doesn’t make them any less real, but when you take into account that they eventually will drift on by, it makes the bad ones bearable and the good ones all the more precious.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’ve been so hard on yourself lately. What you call a mistake would actually be an acceptable outcome for others. You’ll achieve your own high standards once you relax.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). The magic will happen soon enough. Until then, focus on building some momentum. It can be created through small, completed tasks. Five tasks ticked off the list, and life will start to lift you up.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Your future happiness depends on nailing the specifics of an arrangement. Think through the deal you want now while you have the luxury of time. When the details pop to mind, write them down.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 9). Everyone appreciates your sense of justice, but as you portion out the good will, you sometimes unfairly forget to include yourself in the split. Step up and claim life’s bounty! One special interest will open opportunities for love and money. March features a move and a makeover. April brings back something lost. Libra and Leo people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 1, 9, 29 and 16.
FORECAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: The first full week of the first Mercury retrograde of the year promises misunderstandings, crossed lines, mistaken identities, foolish assumptions and the wacky dramatic chaos that comes of it. In short, the week plays out like a comedy of errors, so hopefully your sense of humor is in fine form.
On Wednesday, Feb. 12, Mercury sets the tone by driving in reverse out of Pisces and re-entering friendly Aquarius. No good deed goes unpunished under that arrangement, but there’s a good point raised in this unappreciative setting: Who are we really doing the good deeds for in the first place? Is it so we can feel like good people and be seen as such? Is it to make someone else conform to our aesthetic and cultural standards? Such motivations won’t go far to improving things in the world. The only good deeds that really land are the ones that selflessly provide others with what they really need and want.
This year, Valentine’s Day falls on the full moon in Leo, though more accurately, it will feel like the full moon in Leo is crashing into Valentine’s Day with its large-hearted ways and inclination toward over-the-top demonstration. Go big or go home.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Avan Jogia rose to fame as Beck in Nickelodeon’s hit series “Victorious,” and the Aquarian actor recently starred in the mystery thriller series “Twisted.” In addition to three friendly, philanthropic and intellectual Aquarian luminaries, Jogia was born when Venus, Mars, Uranus and Neptune were in cool Capricorn, shading him in an aura of intrigue.
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