Single Ladies’ Guide to Valentine’s Day
Women have come too far to cry in our cosmopolitans if we’re not attached on Valentine’s Day. Love may still be a many-splendored thing, but if you happen to be single this Valentine’s Day, you can still have a blast. Count yourself lucky: A commercialized holiday loaded with so much pressure can rarely live up to our fairy-tale expectations. With lucky Jupiter in independent Aries this year, the single ladies might just have the most fun! In case you don’t believe us, here are sign-specific ideas for how to celebrate — inspired by love planet Venus, which is in Capricorn.
Aries: Put on that LBD and shimmy behind the velvet ropes. Venus in your VIP-loving 10th house helps you live it up in five-star style. You’re an independent sign, at your best when celebrating yourself. Rally a few single friends and buy tickets for a night of entertainment, a prix-fixe champagne dinner or a black-tie singles ball. And if some cuties happen to wander up to your "reservations only" table, pour them a glass of bubbly and flirt!
Taurus: Valentine, Schmalentine. Let’s call the whole thing off, you say … not bitterly, but with a sense of comedic irony. Venus in your worldly ninth house makes you crave laughter and intellectual stimulation. Head to the art-house theater for a foreign film, or meet friends for an Ethiopian buffet meal you can eat with your hands while telling wild tales. Bonus if there’s a visiting author or filmmaker in town — you could meet a sexy philosopher in the crowd.
Gemini: This is your night to feel seriously sexy — and you don’t need to be attached for that. Take a belly-dancing class, shimmy your hips at salsa night, or slink into a curve-skimming outfit that makes you feel great in your skin. Venus in your magnetic eighth house brings out your inner seductress. Treat yourself to some delicate new lingerie, fitted by a professional.
Cancer: Venus is in your committed-relationship zone, meaning Cupid’s arrow is pointed in your direction. Of course, you have to be a willing target. Do a little ritual to release your fears, or all the baggage about that ex who did you wrong. Clear a space for true love to ping you. Your Valentine’s gift to yourself: a copy of "Calling In The One: Seven Weeks to Attract the Love of Your Life."
Leo: Not so fast, sister. If you’re planning to salt the rim of your margarita glass with self-pitying tears, dry your eyes. With Venus in your house of service, your heart chakra expands when you serve Valentine’s dinner at a battered women’s shelter, or go love up some homeless pets at the animal shelter. Bonus: You’ll be rewarded with unconditional affection and appreciation. Beats a teddy bear and stale chocolates any day.
Virgo: Pump up the passion! Venus is in your romantic fifth house, putting you in the mood to flirt like a maniac. Take a whirlwind tour of all your town's hot spots, and go tear up the dance floor at a club. It’s all about having fun today, nothing heavy. If you happen to share a kiss with a stranger, just enjoy. In the mood for a laugh? Check out a romantic comedy at the movies, like "No Strings Attached." Admit it: You can identify with Natalie Portman’s character a teensy bit.
Libra: Lucky you, Libra. Venus just happens to be your ruling planet, making you a born romantic. This year, Venus is in your fourth house of home, women and family. Make like Libra Kim Kardashian and gather all your sisters and fellow goddesses ’round. House party, anyone? Or, honor V-Day, a worldwide day to end violence against women. Go see a staged production of Eve Ensler’s "The Vagina Monologues" at a community or college theater (www.vday.org).
Scorpio: Love locally, Scorpio. Venus is in your third house of community and communication. You’re feeling the platonic love, so gather a couple of friends and hit the town. Take advantage of all the fun things that area businesses have planned for today. Is there a chocolate tasting at the candy store or a wine pairing class at the Italian restaurant? An author appearance at the bookstore? Browse your city pages and go.
Sagittarius: Can we get an affirmation, Sag? Venus in your second house of self-worth is NOT messing around — you HAVE to love and respect yourself before anyone else can. Check in and be honest: Where are you not feeling your ultimate hottest and best? Do something today to restore love to that part of your life. A little retail therapy never hurt, either. Treat yourself to a chic new outfit or a gourmet dinner.
Capricorn: With Venus in your sign, you’re sparkling with attractiveness. Heck, you might as well be wearing a “Shoot me, Cupid” note on your back. Get your makeup done at your favorite department store counter, or lacquer your nails ruby red. Venus in Capricorn is making you pretty pleased with yourself, so revel in your own company. Isn’t it funny? When we’re not really looking for love, that’s often when it finds us.
Aquarius: Your imagination is your greatest asset, Aquarius. Unfortunately, it can also be your downfall when you lose touch with reality. With Venus in your dreamy 12th house, you may be dwelling on an ex, obsessing over an unworthy person, or wasting brain cells on a player in prince’s clothing. It's true: He's just not that into you, so Cut. It. Out. Do a little farewell ritual, erase those e-mails, lose the dude’s number. You’ll create a space for a real Prince Charming to sweep you away.
Pisces: All the single ladies … all the single ladies. You’re the life of the party today, and you just want to be around friends, laughing and having fun. And yeah, even though the candy hearts and Mylar balloons seem cheesy, you’re willing to play along and just enjoy. Keep those spirits light, Pisces. Bring pink cupcakes in to work and get a group together for karaoke, bowling or silly fun tonight.