Horoscopes: Jan. 27-Feb. 2 

ARIES (March 21 – April 20): You've got to check in with yourself long enough to see if your ego's running the show or if this is you talking — because you're going through a time when the soul and the personality are at odds with each other — and it's nearly impossible for the truer part of you to hear yourself think. This is not to say that you can't move forward with any and all of your plans — but before you do you need to sit down and weigh the reality of your situation against dreams that have already passed their expiration date or that no longer fit the way things feel to you inside.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 20): You can't afford to let this get to you. It's hard to say how you're going to play it because your skin is so thin and you've had it up to here with people and their BS. That being said, did it ever occur to you that you'd do a lot better to embrace whoever/whatever it is that's driving you crazy? I say this to play the devil's advocate and to remind you that that best defense is always the one that offers no resistance. Think about that before you decide to shut people off, up, or down. This is no time to be alienating the very people who have the ways and means to help you.

GEMINI (May 21 – June 20): When you're between a rock and a hard place all you can do is sit tight until something comes along to loosen things up. You're so hung up on the fact that you seem to be stuck, trapped, or restricted, it hasn't occurred to you that there are ways to make the most of this. Too many things have come to a head. You can no longer afford to ignore whatever it took to get here. Opening your eyes will require you to face these conditions and locate the silver lining in a situation that is all about you getting to see that when life makes it this hard to breathe, the only way out is in.

CANCER (June 21 – July 20): You could be fooling yourself — but who cares — because it sure feels better than whatever led you to this place. If at times you wonder to what extent you're seeing what you want to see, you need to know that it's what we all do, and it's no crime to want the vision to be as real as it can possibly be. This is how we learn to tell the difference between what's true and what's not. Don't be too precious about your decisions, or overly cautious, or too careful; you're in the middle of a situation that will work out better if you let yourself believe that it's the answer to everything.

LEO (July 21 – August 20): You don't care what people think about where you're at. It's been such a mind blow to finally begin to see how little others have been there for you. If you wanted to you could use this as a great excuse to keep going downhill — but for whatever reason this absence of support has taught you how to rise up and be who you are. After a long stretch of wondering what it would take to want to keep living the answer has come in the form of a person or an opportunity that is here to help you shine. Open your heart to the newness of love and to the beginning of happier times.

VIRGO (August 21 – September 20):You have no clue what's going on and you're not in the mood to try to figure it out. For the first time in your life you haven't got a handle on things. This could easily be making you nuts but for some reason it's teaching you that everything in life comes together perfectly when we get out of the way and let things be. If you have moments of doubt as to whether or not you are safe in the arms of a wing and a prayer, at this point you're beginning to see that that's all life is — and if you can just keep weaving the vision, the details inevitably fall into place all by themselves.

LIBRA (September 21 – October 20): You have been so good at taking the good with the bad you haven't acknowledged how much the bad stuff totally pisses you off! Putting on a happy face, being too nice, or too tolerant, or too kind ­­— these things have made it easier to avoid conflict but you've internalized so much anger you're ready to pop. Before your niceness explodes, let off enough steam to see the humor in what happens to all of us when we stop being truthful. While you're at it, look at your more recent encounters and the ways in which sweetness and light sometimes keeps us in the dark.

SCORPIO (October 21 – November 20): To be honest you keep rationalizing everything to the point where none of it seems to matter. Who could argue with you? For better or worse you're about to get your way — and you better be damn sure that this is what you want. Beyond that, your reasons for wanting it need to be clear, because you will meet up with harder lessons if what's good for you isn't good for everyone. Nothing you do matters as much as the wish that fuels it. Think about that. Go ahead and do what you will but be clear in your heart and let your mind be guided by truth and love.

SAGITTARIUS (November 21 – December 20): There aren't enough ways to explain how and why your life got this crazy. You could analyze it into the ground and never fail to be blown away by the extent of the damage. With that in mind you are becoming aware that being bound to the past has forced you into a straitjacket of behaviors that make it difficult for you to attract what you want. In playing the part that fate has foisted upon you, you have become a robot of sorts — or at the very least, someone who would be a lot better off if they could figure out how to express themselves outside the dictates of the past.

CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 20): You pride yourself on being savvy enough to see through anything and everything. At this point you're so clear about that, that you aren't paying attention. While you were looking the other way several influences have entered without knocking and their presence in the equation is setting things off. Unfortunately, there is no direct way to deal with this. What you didn't see coming has an edge that could easily cut things in two if it isn't pleased with the way things are going. Mind your P's and Q's. It looks to me like you're in bed with yet another nut case!

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 20): The next time you decide to go for it, remind yourself of what the last two weeks have taught you. Not for nothing, but where did you get the idea that you were actually ready for this? While I commend your willingness to hang on to your hopes and always take the high road, I am tired of your inability to see how much advantage it gives those who never fail to come along for the ride. For so many of us, our biggest blind spots are always sitting right next to us — and yours just so happens to be the person, place, or thing that keeps asking you to trust it just one more time.

PISCES (Feb. 21-March 20): You have invested way too much, or put all of your energy into something that may not pan out. There are moments when you wonder what made you think that there was really anything to this, and you are going through a process that is a lot like what happens when the truth hits us square in the face. As much as it's difficult to avoid looking at it, there's no way you can fail to see that yes indeed, you put all your eggs in a basket that was woven out of things that weren't real enough to withstand the elements, or the winds of change that alter time and circumstance.

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