Aquarius The Waterbearer (Jan. 19-Feb. 18): Venus has entered your sign this week and will be traveling "with you" through Feb. 26th. Her presence gives you an air of poise and people will simply like how you look. You may become interested in making improvements in how you are seen.
For All Signs: Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, turns direct on Jan. 30 after a four month period of retrograde motion. He is known as Zeus to the ancients, father figure to the others, and his better side symbolizes human expansiveness and spiritual wisdom. His negative qualities are ostentation, pomposity and expansion without discipline or roots. During his retrograde periods, promises and expectations are often too optimistic and fall short of the mark. When he is direct, as he will be through next October, projected hopes are more likely to come to fruition.
Aries: Now is the time to consider letting go of something or someone who is like a bag of concrete. Over the next six weeks, life will work more smoothly if you let yourself be led by the signs, circumstances, and people around you. It is not a time to attack in anger or initiate new ideas, but to respond to what comes your way.
Taurus: For the next three-and-a-half weeks, your activities are on display. Others are noticing your performance, so make it great. You may be standing in the limelight. Do the best you can to cooperate with the Powers that Be in your life, because they are stronger than you.
Gemini: During the first half of the week, your frame of mind is expansive and optimistic. Later it shifts toward the need to concentrate your mental power. The Twins are often rolling from one side to the other, changing perspectives on a dime. Avoid obsessing. Move your body.
Cancer: At present, your rational mind tells you one set of facts, but your heart and instincts are in another camp altogether. Take your conflict to a higher place — not one of "either/or," but "both/and." A larger perspective would satisfy both ends of the equation. The result will be truly creative.
Leo: In late October, an issue concerning aging of property or elderly family members came to your attention. It is possible that you procrastinated, perhaps hoping it would go away. Now it is once again in front of you and something must be done. Rest assured that it won't go away.
Virgo: You have concerns over a child, a lover, or a neighbor. Beware of the Critic, whether it is directed inward or outward. He may be in fine form this week. Focus on something that is totally neutral. Walk the dog. Wash dishes. Move your body in order to shift away from negative thoughts.
Libra: Venus, your ruling planet, moves into the sector of life related to children, recreation, and romance for the next three-and-a-half weeks. The goddess of love is happy in this territory and often brings new energy and light wherever she goes. Your opportunities to share your love, whether personal or humanistic, will be rewarding.
Scorpio: Relationships are intense and complicated. It is time to bring closure to a project or a person who requires too much attention and effort. Use special caution if a new lover enters your life at this time. There is something deceptive about the relationship. The "ideal" may not be real.
Sagittarius: Give special attention to the lead paragraph, because Jupiter is your planetary ruler. Now that it is turning direct in your partnership house, your decisions concerning relationships will be much easier. The next few months may bring a beneficial business partnership, more clientele, or a deeper commitment.
Capricorn: A new plan that formed in your mind in October is arriving at a turning point. This is a time in which you are challenged to pour more resources into the plan or let it go. You have fantasies about returning to safety, but you know you cannot. This is one small hurdle that may look bigger than it is.
Pisces: Both Mercury and Mars enter your sign this week. Prepare for six weeks of increased activity in your daily life. It is time to identify your boundaries. Pay careful attention to signs of burnout, such as irritability, infection, and unusual fatigue. If these occur, make new assessments of how much you will and will not do.
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