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ARIES [March 21–April 19] "Hate leaves ugly scars," wrote Mignon McLaughlin, but "love leaves beautiful ones." You're scheduled to receive at least one of the beautiful kind of scars in the coming months. In fact, I think they'll be such lovely booboos that they will markedly add to your overall attractiveness. Rarely, if ever, have you been privileged to hurt as good as you will in 2010—thanks to the benevolent jolts of love. Happy Valentine Daze!
TAURUS [April 20–May 20] 2010 is the year you should expand your world. That could mean enlarging your circle of allies or building a web of connections. It might mean broadening your appeal or opening your mind to possibilities you've been closed to. It may even involve extending your territory or increasing the range of your travels. However you choose to expand, Taurus, I urge you to put love at the heart of your efforts. Love should be the fuel that motivates you and the reference point that ensures you're always making smart moves. For inspiration, memorize this line by poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning: "I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach." In your case, Taurus, "thee" should mean the whole world.
GEMINI [May 21–June 20] Of all the signs of the zodiac, you are most likely to thrive if you experiment with new approaches to kissing in the coming weeks. Conspire with an imaginative partner to conjure up a new kissing game or even a sacred kissing ritual. And come up with your own interpretations of the following kiss techniques: the throbbing kiss, the sip kiss, the butterfly kiss, the tiger kiss, the whispering kiss. Happy Valentine Daze!
CANCER [June 21–July 22] Happy Valentine Daze, Cancerian! After meditating about what advice would be most valuable for your love life in the coming months, I decided on this challenge from Yeats: "True love is a discipline in which each divines the secret self of the other and refuses to believe in the mere daily self." In other words, create in your imagination a detailed picture of your loved ones at their best. Each day, make it a point to feel joy and gratitude for their most excellent beauty and power—as well as the beauty and power that are still ripening and will one day appear in full bloom.
LEO [July 23–August 22] A friend of mine has woven her life together with a Leo who doesn't fully appreciate the ways she expresses her adoration. She asked me to use my bully pulpit as a horoscope writer to convey a message to her lover, and I agreed, because I think it's excellent advice for all of the Leo tribe this Valentine season. Here's what she said: "Just because somebody doesn't always love you the way you wish they would, doesn't mean they don't love you the best they can and with all they have." Are you willing to consider the possibility that maybe you should take that plea to heart, Leo? I hope so, because then you'll be able to get some of the good loving you've closed yourself off from.
VIRGO [August 23–September 22] Happy Valentine Daze, Virgo! I meditated on what might energize your love life, and what I came up with is this by Mignon McLaughlin: "Love opens windows that weren't even there before." The love you should be interested in during the coming months is the kind that opens your eyes to sights that creates new possibilities you've barely imagined.
LIBRA [September 23–October 22] Happy Valentine Daze, Libra! My astrological hunch is that you'd benefit from the teaching that would come from exploring a three-way relationship. But wait. Here's the form I think it should take: Fantasize that the merger of you and your lover has created a third thing that hovers near you, protecting and guiding the two of you. Call this third thing the soul of your connection or the inspirational force of your relationship. And let this magical presence be the third point of your love triangle.
SCORPIO [October 23–November 21] Happy Valentine Daze, Scorpio! After meditating on what advice would best serve your love life, I decided to offer you the words of Carl Jung: "The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves." As I see it, my dear, acting on Jung's wisdom will help you carry out your primary task in the coming months, which is to bring novel experiences and fresh perspectives to your most engaging relationship. The best way to accomplish that is not with nonstop serious talk and intense analysis, but with a generous dose of playful improvisation and experimental fun.
SAGITTARIUS [November 22–December 21] To prepare your Valentine horoscope, I did a lengthy meditation on your love life. I'll give you the single most important piece of advice I came up with: The coming week will be an excellent time for you to survey the history of your love life, starting with the first moment you ever fell in love. I mean you should actually stream the memories across your mind's eye as if you were watching a movie. Feel all the feelings roused by each scene, but also try to maintain some objectivity about it all. Watch for recurring themes. Be especially alert for unexpected insights that emerge about the past. And through it all, be wildly compassionate toward yourself and your co-stars.
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