by PAULA LYNDE
PISCES (Feb 19-Mar 20): Pisces, a large number of influential planets occupy the Eastern horizon of your horoscope this month. This means that you’ll be extra aggressive with your goals and less likely to take “no” for an answer. Luckily, because your charisma is strong right now, others are likely to let you have your way. They’ll also be drawn to this bold version of yourself, so don’t be surprised if you suddenly have a lot of new friends – or, at least people trying to be your friend. As a naturally independent type, you may not find all of this attention particularly attractive, but try to be patient. Remember that receiving a dinner invitation isn’t a reason to take out a restraining order on someone. Wait until they ask you to host the kind of party that leads to participation in a pyramid scheme, then take out a restraining order.
ARIES (March 21-April 19): For Aries, planetary strength lies in the Northern half of the horoscope this month, so you’ll need to play it cool. If you play it cool enough, you’ll impress your boss, and quite possibly land a nice raise or promotion. It looks like you should probably buy a leather jacket. Don’t worry if you’re a vegan (a vegan reading a horoscope – go figure), because something in a nice pleather should suffice. Just practice sticking up your thumbs and saying “ayyyyy” a lot.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Taurus, the first week of the month could get interesting. This is when planetary dominance will shift to the eastern half of the chart. At this point, your personal creativity will override your social graces and desire to fit in. Likely, you’ll show up at a party wearing a bedazzled denim vest, then wonder why no one there shares your love of polka music. Here’s the crazy part, though. Venus is definitely on your side this month, so a special someone will be highly impressed with your new devil-may-care attitude. So, you’d better start planning your big date for the 14th.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Good news, Gemini. The moon will propel your finances forward during the first half of the month. Although, unfortunately, all of this success will make you a little self-centered. If you’re in a committed relationship, your partner may start to feel neglected. Or, if you’re dating, any connections you make right now may be fairly superficial – don’t expect these potential relationships to last. Remember that, as the old saying goes, money can’t buy you love. It can, however, buy gifts for angry partners. This may be helpful if you want to say “I’m sorry” when March rolls around.
CANCER (June 21-July 22): Wow, Cancer, Mars and Mercury are really working against you this month, making your finances weak and your love life – well, not the best. The good news is that your health will flourish. So, use this time to eat right and get back into a fitness plan. When the tide turns, and your luck turns around, you can greet March with a smile and a six-pack. Of course, if you don’t take this advice, feel free to say “hello” to the new month with a different type of sixpack. Either way, you’ll be ready for better days ahead when gray February draws to a close.
LEO (July 23-Aug-22): February will start off slow for Leos, but the forward movement of Mercury during the middle of the month will give your wallet a nice boost. Love is also in the air for lions this month, so if you’re in a committed relationship, you may decide to take a plunge. Of course, this isn’t the 1950s, so “a plunge” doesn’t necessarily mean marriage. You could, of course, take a walk down the aisle, but you may also want to consider just sharing a Netflix account, or buying a rabbit together (a dog is a very big step, so start small). Or, you might simply hold hands and jump into a pool.
VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 22): Virgo, you’re an independent type of person who likes to feel in control of the situation – any situation. Well, this month may throw you off a bit, but don’t look at it as a bad thing. Okay, you’ll definitely see it as a bad thing, but you may learn a thing or two and come out stronger on the other side. See, a retrograde of the planets will make you more dependent on other people. You may have to – heaven forbid – ask for help from time to time. Take advantage of this temporary change by letting yourself relax a little. Try yoga. Or, if spandex just isn’t your thing, try avocado toast.
LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22): Libras, be warned. Venus is all over you this month. So, for better or worse, it’s all about the love. Kudos to you for being consistent with the seasonal candy dominating the grocery store shelves. Yes, cupid has you in his sights, so get ready to get smitten. If you’re already in a relationship, don’t be surprised if you become a little hyper-critical about things that have never bugged you before. Here’s another warning: Because Venus has a tendency to make people giddy, this influence could cause you to overspend during the first two weeks of February. Try to resist, and remember that a simple box of chocolate and a single, long-stemmed rose are all you really need if you’re dealing with the right person.
SCORPIO (Oct 23 – Nov 21): Hey, Scorpio, fasten your seatbelt. You’re going to have a very interesting month. It looks like Mars is in your House of Career, so success in business (whatever business you’re in) is likely. However, throughout February, your career goals are closely tied to your social life, so now is the time to be the life of the party at work. No, don’t bring your karaoke machine to work. Unless you’re truly amazing, no one really wants to hear your rendition of “Hollaback Girl.” Instead, get in a few one-line zingers at your next office function, and let your boss know that your impressive skillset is only trumped by your amazing personality.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21): Sagittarius, planetary influence is on the Eastern side of the zodiac, and your career isn’t the most pressing thing on your mind right now. Instead, the desire to travel and learn new things dominates your mental space. So, load up the car – throw your family in if you have one – and take that road trip you’ve been planning. For extra satisfaction, grab some language-learning CDs, or download an app that will help you learn French, Spanish, Greek, or whatever you’ve always wanted to speak. Be sure to get your academic and wander-lust fill, because next month, it’ll likely be back to the grindstone, and work, work, work.
CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19): Even Capricorns who don’t pay much attention to fashion or their appearances in general will feel the influence of Venus in their House of Personal Image. So, don’t be alarmed if you suddenly have the urge to match your shoes to your belt – or change purses because the one that you normally carry clashes with your ensemble. For more style-conscious Caps, this won’t be a big deal. However, for those of you who “plan” their outfits around what’s clean – or, clean-ER – this may come as a bit of a shock. In fact, your partners, co-workers, and friends may think that you’ve suffered some kind of mental breakdown. Don’t worry. Just smile, work the runway of life, and enjoy some new success at work that may come as a result of the more put-together you.
AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18): It’s all about you, this month, Aquarius, as a great forward motion in the planets puts a spring in your step and ambition in your brain. The sky’s the limit, career-wise, right now, so make the most of it. Just watch out for the fact that your “all about me” mentality in February may cause you to make some indulgent purchases. That’s okay, of course, as long as you don’t go overboard. After all, it’s healthy to treat yourself from time to time. For example, if you’ve had your eye on a one-of-a-kind giraffe-printed wallet, go ahead and pull the trigger. But don’t buy a real giraffe. No matter how well you do at work this month, or any other month, you’ll never be able to afford that kind of pet.