Horoscopes: Jan. 20-27

ARIES (March 21 – April 20): You would love to be 100 percent OK with this. If you are, don't worry about a thing. But if you're wrestling with the thought that you can't afford to let go of whatever it is you're holding on to, ask yourself why it matters so much. This is no time to be shy about taking a few chances. Aside from that, security is not only in short supply, it isn't what it used to be. You are naïve to think playing it safe is always the best choice. With due caution and a lot of foresight at some point you will wake up and see that you need to branch out and find a way to reinvigorate your life.

TAURUS (April 21 – May 20): Don't be too quick to shut people off just because you don't want to hear it. The enlightened soul never shies away from what they don't want to hear. More often than not the message exposes a blind spot. At this point none of us can afford to close our eyes to anything, so take a look around and welcome any opportunity to clean up your karma, tie up loose ends, or get closure on people and things that remain to be dealt with. The rest of your life is about to open up and if you want the future to expand into a dream come true, you've got to be big enough to release the past.

GEMINI (May 21 – June 20): The tiger by the tail could be anything, but at this point it's wagging the dog. Someone or something has you scattered all over the place and only you can put on the brakes. For now you'd be wise to pull back and get practical about things. A number of different options have presented themselves to you in the last few weeks. By the time you read this you will know which one to choose. Those of you who are paranoid about how you're going to make ends meet need to realize that all of your needs will be met if you narrow things down to what you do best.

CANCER (June 21 – July 20):Little did you know that all of your upsets would turn into a whole new way of looking at the situation. It's amazing what comes to the surface in a crisis. Those who thought they needed a break have figured out that they might have lost the best thing they ever had. While they process their mistake, it's safe for you to move forward with your own life, just long enough for them to understand that they can't keep you on a string forever. Waiting for others to make up their mind will be easier if you keep a candle burning and loosen your ties until they see what you're worth.

LEO (July 21 – August 20): Sometimes people need to make us believe that we're less than we are, just to feel better about themselves. You have more to offer than you give yourself credit for. Don't let anyone diminish you. And it would be great if you could begin to recognize yourself. Most of your energy gets spent nursing other people and their causes. If this seems insignificant, it isn't. Very few of us really understand what it means to care but you have mastered this; what you still haven't figured out is how to share yourself only with those who know how to show their appreciation.

VIRGO (August 21 – September 20): You will have to adapt if you want this to work out. Don't try to stick to any particular plan or any set way of doing things. Your life is calling you to see that all of your relationships and projects go better when you let your pictures of how things are supposed to be grow beyond the limits they impose. You didn't know what you were getting into when you started out in this direction but it's pretty clear to you now. If you can diversify, keep all of your options open, and allow others the space to be themselves, your relationships and your plans are bound to succeed.

LIBRA (September 21 – October 20): You'd give anything to know how this is going to work out. Don't get too obsessed with needing to have it all under control. You are old enough to know that the Earth is a school and life is a test. If we knew the answers it wouldn't be a test. Since the only way that human beings learn is through experience, guess what? You're going to have to go through this without knowing what the outcome will be. If you can stop obsessing about how it will go you'll learn something about life and love that will sink in the minute you surrender to demands of the lesson.

SCORPIO (October 21 – November 20): To be clear about what to do next it might help to eliminate everyone's expectations but your own. At this point you're too caught up in what you think you owe people or in the idea that you have to compromise in order to maintain the status of the connection. While there may be something to this, don't let those things carry too much weight. You know you need to grow beyond whatever it is that you've decided to be. You can trust the fact that if you do what's right for you, your good relationships will only improve and the ones that don't work will disappear.

SAGITTARIUS (November 21 – December 20): If anything the past few months have shown you that you don't know what you want. As you sit and try to figure out what that is, you look at what you have and you realize that it's everything that a person could ever want. Instead of acting like there's something about your situation that needs to change, why don't you think more about what you could bring to it? There's no sense throwing everything away just because you're having an identity crisis. Get a grip. You've got it made. As soon as you figure that out maybe you can turn this crisis into a dream come true.

CAPRICORN (December 21 - January 20): Don't be surprised if others cool off in their approach or stop being the one thing that keeps driving you nuts. It looks to me like someone woke up and decided to do you a favor and leave you alone. This is either feeling good, or not; if you're happy with this it's because you were ready for things to end. If you're one of those people who keeps wishing someone would come back and give you a chance to bare your soul, you might as well be the one to break the ice. If you leave everything up to others it'll be a while before they go out of their way to get in touch.

AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 20):What seems to be a little more than you can handle isn't about to slow down. Things are picking up because the way is clear and there is very little interference blocking your plans. If your relationships are difficult don't take it to mean that you have to do something about it. Everyone is re-evaluating their relationships. Yours is flexible enough to withstand whatever the problem is, and you are objective enough to know how much space to give it. As you keep things balanced, use your outer goals as a beacon to remind you that you are worth your weight in gold.

PISCES (Feb. 21-March 20):  The way is clear. It's been a long time since you've had an opening. As you tie up loose ends and try to figure out where you want to go from here, many of you have no idea who you want to be when you grow up. Something has been germinating in the turmoil of the last several years. You know better than anyone what it means to have everything stripped away. Those of you who haven't buckled under the weight of loss and humiliation are getting ready to start all over again. Changes in relationships and changes in location are bound to be part of whatever happens next.

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