Today's lunar shifts (including a void-of-course moon) are a walk through the fun house, mirrors included. Whatever you send through this carnival feature -- feelings, thoughts, your self-image, random ideas -- you can expect distortions. The fun house is only fun when you know it's not real. Remind yourself of this frequently throughout the day.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You'll be seeking connections with smart people who are on your wavelength. It's likely that you will find just the connection you were looking for, except not in the package you were expecting.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Recent science has proved that most people have their highest mental productivity during the second and third hours they've been awake. You'll make this work for you in the days to come.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). When it comes to confidence, it's not really about how you dress or stand or talk; it's about how comfortable you are with it all. Creating comfort starts with deeming the circumstance (or yourself, as the case may be) acceptable.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Everyone with internet access could know what you know but doesn't. You've assembled an eclectic and creative collection of fascinations. Why not fall in love with the way your mind works? Others have.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Resist the urge to present the whole package, to try too hard or to do too much. Let someone else handle the practicalities. You'll bring the color and spice.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Ask around and you'll learn around. Ask directly and you'll learn directly. Ask vaguely and you'll learn something unexpected -- something you might not want to know but that has great value nonetheless.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Most people are exceptionally poor predictors of what will make them happy. They assume it will be the usual things -- the attractive job/partner/home -- but it's going to be something much more specific that will do the job.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). There are always those who will get upset when the menu or logo of their favorite business gets an update or the interface of their favorite software or social network changes. Don't let them stop you from developing yourself.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). When you're not sure whether the other person is on your side, there's probably some pretty good reason for that feeling. Trust it -- not in a paranoid way but in an observant way.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Where exactly are they keeping the "happy" these days? It's not where you used to find it, but don't worry; it's still out there. Change your route. Knock on new doors. Ask different people. It's sure to turn up.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). They have their little flaws and weirdnesses, and you notice -- boy, do you notice. But you're fine with it. Really you are! You respect and love one another, sometimes in spite of the problems and sometimes because of them.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Your mastery of a skill will bring opportunities you have no idea about right now. Just trust that you want to master it for a reason, and then put your head down and practice until you've got it.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 5). When you go inside yourself, you find incredible satisfaction and peace. And though you'll get plenty of external validation this year, you don't feel as if you need it. Because of this, you're a magnet for favorable circumstances. In fact, it's hard not to find them this year, especially when you travel. Capricorn and Virgo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 14, 9, 5, and 40.
ASTROLOGICAL QUESTION: "I can't believe my girlfriend just left me for someone who's not even her type. She's a Gemini, and I'm a Scorpio. This loser is going to take advantage of her hardworking nature, I'm sure. What can I do to get her back?"
I just have to ask: Is it possible that you have, at some time or another, taken advantage of her "hardworking nature"? Examine your heart and know the reasons you really want her back. Do you want to give her more than you receive from her because your life is just better when she's in it? If not, don't bother. Your Gemini will keep moving and growing and working hard, and you will, too. When you're excited about the developments of your own life, your Gemini ex will feel it with senses beyond the usual five and be inexplicably drawn into your orbit. Work on making that happen by focusing on you, your talents and ambitions. As for the boyfriend, your best strategy is to ignore that part of the equation. If you ignore it long enough, it just might go away.
CELEBRITY PROFILES: Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has five Ballon d'Or awards and is widely referred to as the greatest player in the game. The footballer was born when the sun and Mercury were in Aquarius, favoring lightning-quick reflexes and natural grace. His having Venus and Mars in Aries shows a warrior spirit and a fiercely competitive nature. And his moon's being in Leo lends charisma and showmanship.
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