Get those paper dragons and golden coins ready: The Chinese New Year is this Wednesday, February 2. We’re ending the Tiger year, which was all about competing, earning our “stripes,” and showing them off, sometimes in an intimidating way. Tiger energy is cunning and clever. Under its influence, success is all about the sneak attack. The world saw surprises like the iPad revolutionizing digital media, and politics shifting with uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.
Who are the people you call friends or count on? Today’s Aquarius new moon turns your attention to the people who surround you. (It’s also the Chinese New Year — Happy Rabbit-ing!) These are the folks who influence almost everything about you, from the topics you discuss to the way you dress to the risks you’re inspired to take.
First off, this post is not ONLY about Charlie Sheen, though we will look at his headline-making struggles with addiction through the lens of astrology. But the truth is, many of us have a Charlie Sheen (or a future Charlie Sheen) in our lives. Some of us ARE the Charlie Sheen in our own lives. No, there may not be three-day benders with prostitutes, embarrassing tabloid spreads or celebrity paychecks involved. But addiction is addiction. It’s a real disease, and it’s one that our culture has yet to fully come to terms with.
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.
Creating the perfect gift or date for Valentine’s Day can be a high-stakes gamble. Read on for a few ideas from the cosmos to delight your sweetie’s sign.
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From Dr. Jane Greer: Marriage & Family Therapist, Author, Radio Host:
This year, making resolutions will be easy. Look to Jupiter, the planet of luck and expansion, for positive growth. Check disciplinarian Saturn for where to cut back or do the hard work. Jupiter and Saturn are in opposite signs (Aries and Libra, respectively) for the first half of the year. Here’s where each zodiac sign should direct energy in 2011.
Expand: Solo projects, personal/alone time, courage, asserting your independence
Yesterday’s new moon was also a solar eclipse, one of the last in a series on the Cancer/Capricorn axis that began in 2008. Solar eclipses bring bold new beginnings, pushing us off the fence into action. Capricorn is the ruler of long-term goals, career ambitions and integrity. What we give our word to as 2011 begins really deserves some honest consideration. It’s one thing to say you’ll scale Mt. Kilimanjaro, switch to a gluten-free diet and meet the love of your life in 2011. But HOW? That’s the question to ponder.
Goodbye intensity, hello fun! Love planet Venus moves into Sagittarius today to stay until February 4, bringing hope and enthusiasm back to our love lives. It’s a welcome relief, since Venus has been visiting intense Scorpio since September, an extra-long stay that included a challenging retrograde (backward) period in October and November. Although many of us faced our deepest “intimacy issues” during this cycle, it’s been like being in nonstop couples therapy.