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Everybody, not just Libra and Taurus, the signs ruled by Venus, might have a change of heart Friday when the goddess finally comes out of retrograde. If you had a falling out over the holidays and have been nursing a grudge ever since, now would be a good time to send out a friendly overture. Hoping for the best is what all of us do while the altruistic Aquarius sun and idealistic Neptune conjunct, as they will on Super Bowl Sunday. Incidentally, since the game will be played during a moon-void, the outcome could well be an upset. Anticipate big payoffs on Monday thanks to the challenge issues by the sun testing lucky Jupiter. Meanwhile Mercury picks up speed as it prepares to cross from Aquarius to Pisces on Wednesday. One more month and it turns retrograde again.
Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19
Hot-blooded Rams, whether single or attached, could be making plans for Valentine's Day with the same degree of enthusiasm they have for the Super Bowl. No more, no less. However, keep in mind that this year a one-on-one romantic get-away might not be as fulfilling as inviting a house full of party animals over to celebrate the Lion's full moon. Why not? Although your horny Mars ruler will remain in sensuous Taurus another two weeks, sparks between you and another sign won't fly until the President's Day weekend.
Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20
You may not be the chosen one this week, but there's a chance that your partner, or whatever you're calling the person or people you're currently involved with, is. It's safe to assume that their good fortune, be it a promotion at work, a glowing review or a Super Bowl payoff, will rub off on you. This Valentine's Day can be particularly satisfying because your no-longer retrograde Venus ruler in status-conscious Capricorn is finally making discernible progress as she joins generous Jupiter. Luxury and laughs are a given; true love, a maybe.
Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20
Remember that while unpredictable Uranus has your Pisces career house wired, you're liable to get a shock to your system at any moment. Although adaptable Gemini can become bored with regularity and stability, sometimes you want assurances that there's a comfy cushion to fall back on. This is NOT one of those times. Besides the start of your Mercury ruler's choppy voyage through Pisces on the 8th, you're about to get a bi-annual visit from impetuous, excitable Mars. It'll transit Gemini from Feb. 17 until the Aries-Libra full moon Easter Week.
Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22
Sex, death, and other people's money is the area, broad as it may seem, that can hold your attention for a couple of weeks. The mysterious eighth house is indeed fascinating and a hot spot to explore on Valentine's Day; however, the artistry, spirituality, and wisdom offered by your Pisces ninth house is where you're headed. Luckily, Crabs continue to have easy access to lovely and loving partners, at least until March 5. That's when Venus leaves your Capricorn marriage house where the goddess has been hanging out since Nov. 5.
Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22
Whether you're still thinking about it or are already in the process, while your sun ruler is being pressured by ever-expansive, ever-expensive Jupiter, moving up, building an addition to the house, maybe even enlarging the family, could be your chief concern. In another week, when the sun squares ambitious Mars in your midheaven, career advancement or community involvement might become your main focus, but that won't last as long as feathering your nest will. Meanwhile, prospects for a passionate Valentine's Day look good. Plan ahead.
Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22
If you've felt stymied lately, trying to figure out why projects aren't progressing fast enough, it may help to learn that once your Mercury ruler enters fluid Pisces on the 8th, whatever you're interested in speeds up. Whether it'll be smooth going depends on the aspects Mercury makes. Deep thinkers can become even more unfathomable when the Messenger conspires with secretive Pluto. Flash-in-the-pan types may seem particularly brilliant while Mercury merges with electric, erotic Uranus on Valentine's Day. Talk about a mind-fuck!
Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22
Libras tend to make a big deal out of any holiday celebration, but few occasions tweak your artistic imagination like Valentine's Day. Even the cynics among you can be cheered by the ubiquitous hearts and flowers, chocolates and champagne. Just be aware that having generous "eat, drink and be merry" Jupiter in your Scorpio money house this year could cost you much more than you intend to spend. Still and all, since your Venus ruler and Jupiter are on such friendly terms that day, why not go all out?
Scorpio: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21
Faith (in your team?) and a favorite fantasy (that you'll win big?) could be dominating your thoughts. Don't be surprised if you're willing to take a greater risk this month than security-conscious Scorpio is known for. That's because Jupiter in your sign is urging you to expand beyond your comfort zone, ultimately to claim more territory than you currently control. Keep this in mind when planning how best to deal with Valentine's Day. Hint, hint: Amenable Venus favoring lucky Jupiter that day increases your chances for success. Vegas?
Sagittarius: Nov. 22 - Dec. 21
Read for Scorpio. They, along with Capricorn, Libra and Taurus, will benefit from the friendly and fortunate relationship your Jupiter ruler enjoys with Venus this month. It may narrow your choice of signs to hook up with; however, Leo and Aquarius also make good companions especially during the full moon that weekend. Be diplomatic, but for peace of mind, avoid spending time with Gemini, Virgo or Pisces while very vocal Mercury weds erratic, explosive Uranus on Valentine's Day.
Capricorn: Dec. 22 - Jan. 20
Enough with the delays and postponements! Now that Venus in Capricorn is facing forward again, go ahead and order the invitations, schedule the procedure, make plans to make yourself even more beautiful. You still have protective Jupiter riding shot gun, making sure that you get what you want. Only try to keep your new, improved vision within reasonable limits and at reasonable cost. Perhaps that's easier said than done; the planetary energy coming out of your Aquarius money house, while imaginative, is somewhat delusional.
Aquarius: Jan. 21 - Feb. 18
Visual artists, actors, musicians, dancers, fishermen and pharmacologists, professions ruled by Neptune, may wind up in the news while the Aquarius sun and media-wise Mercury circle around the God of the Sea. Also, the spotlight provided by the Leo full moon, the sign of your cosmic companion can make it difficult to enjoy a quiet, romantic Valentine's Day. Not to mention how all this unwanted attention may affect your birthday celebration. But if Oprah, Ellen and Aniston, even Ashton Kutcher, got used to it, so can you.
Wildly contradictory influences are at work, so if you feel like a yo-yo, this is why. Since the humanistic Aquarius sun and expressive Mercury are currently under the spell of your idealistic Neptune ruler, it's likely that you believe more things are possible than they were. Silly Fish! While you might not hear a discouraging word until Presidents Day weekend, you'd better find a way to keep your temper and tongue in check on Valentine's Day. Otherwise you could blow even the best laid plans to smithereens.