By Jonathan Cainer
Valentine’s Day, this year, falls on a Monday. There’s an ideal excuse to turn the whole preceding weekend into a festival of romantic gestures. Regardless of the downturn, there’ll be an upturn for various cosy little restaurants and getaway hotels. Florists, chocolatiers, jewellers and candlemakers should do well. There has long been an unspoken yet undeniable connection between wealth and romance. In astrology, it is reflected by the planet Venus, which governs both love and luxury. Venus, this month, is in Capricorn, sign of pragmatism. February may be easier on the heart and the purse, than many now expect.
AQUARIUS (January 21 – February 19)
There are many games that people play. Of these, perhaps the most insidious is the game called Let’s Play It Safe. It sounds fine in theory. If you avoid taking a risk or dicing with drama, you will never look foolish. Nobody will be able to accuse you of having got it wrong. People who play this game, though, lead dull lives. They avoid the pitfalls, but they also miss life’s exciting opportunities. As Mars and Mercury pass through your sign in February, they effectively urge you to stop playing such a game now. Be brave. Break a deadlock. Act out of inspiration not out of fear and you’ll never regret this month’s changes!
PISCES (February 20 – March 20)
One person’s piece of old junk, is another’s priceless antique. A slightly stale sandwich in a wealthy household is a poorer person’s fantastic feast. Some assets cannot be transferred. Others, though, most certainly can. Something, that someone else hardly values, is a treasure that you would love to acquire. Much the same can now be said about an asset of your own. As we now approach a month in which the Sun, Mars and Mercury will eventually enter your sign, amazing possibilities arise. Give away what you really don’t need and you may yet find that you get what you would so much like to have.
ARIES (March 21 – April 20)
Money is coming into your life but as soon as it gets there it is taking one brief look at you and saying, “See you later.” It is not that you are spending wildly or making poor choices, it is more that there are bills you never budgeted for and needs you weren’t expecting. In February, your love life is also due to be full of surprises, some of which are a little tense or dramatic. In a strange way, you thrive on having so much to deal with, complain about – or strive to set straight. So you had best enjoy the upheaval whilst you can because soon you will commence a more prosperous, stable, emotionally comforting era.
TAURUS (April 21 – May 21)
Remember the old story about the emperor’s new clothes? How did those two dodgy tailors ever fool him into standing naked before the crowd? They must have used hypnotism. But did they put everyone in the town into a trance? Or were the people just so in awe of their leader that they went along with whatever he said? Any pretence can be kept up for a while. If just a few people act as if they believe in it, they can persuade many others to treat it as true. But sooner or later, the reality will reveal itself. Will February bring you a rude awakening? Well, it need not be rude. It may, indeed, be very timely and profitable.
GEMINI (May 22 – June 22)
Donuts. Candies. Wild nights. Crazy adventures. Secret passions. The things that many of us enjoy the most are neither sensible nor good for us. Does that mean, then, that we should eschew them all? We had best be careful who we ask. There are some enthusiastic aesthetes who would insist that we should. If you are of that view, you will find this a difficult month. Indeed, you will find difficulty wherever or whenever you try to restrain powerful impulses and justify irrational urges. It won’t do you too much harm to indulge at least a few of these in February. And there’ll certainly be plenty of opportunity for fun!
CANCER (June 23 – July 23)
You may wear your heart on your sleeve a lot of the time but when you need to, you can act. You can, indeed, act with all the consummate professionalism of a famous thespian. Some performances you put on are so convincing, they even fool you! One side-effect of this is a natural ability to know when others are putting on a front of some kind, too. Right now, you suspect that there’s more to a story than meets the eye. Of course there is. Play your part well in February and you’ll find out just how much more. You’re about to “coax a response” from someone that ultimately makes you happier… and potentially wealthier!
LEO (July 24 – August 23)
How good are your instincts? You are about to find out. Do you need to worry? No! You will never be able to hear your instincts accurately if you are experiencing anxiety. Success relies on your ability to be humble, yet confident; quiet enough to hear what your heart is saying, calm enough not to be swayed by fear, yet brave enough to act on whatever seems most appropriate at a deep, intuitive level. Nobody can tell you what to do but you can tell yourself. Listen to your own deepest wisdom in February and you’ll strengthen and develop an emotional bond. You’ll solve a pressing material problem too!
VIRGO (August 24 – September 23)
Some days, we just look at the world and shrug our shoulders. None of it makes sense. All of it seems confusing, disappointing, unfair or somehow just wrong. What changes this? Why, on other occasions, do we feel full of excitement and inspiration? It isn’t always because things have started to go our way. We don’t have to get lucky before we get happy. We just have to get rid of whatever negative emotion we feel trapped by. Well, when I say “get rid,” I guess I mean, rise above, let go of, see through and move on from. All of that is viable for you in February, which brings a real chance to invite new hope into your life.
LIBRA (September 24 – October 23)
If you’re not happy with what’s happening, do something about it. Be discreet, but don’t be shy. Be diplomatic but don’t apologise for yourself. Be gentle but don’t be a pushover. Be determined but not angry. If, in February, you remain calm and reasonable, kind and sensitive, polite and pleasant you will manage to push the agenda that means most to you, regardless of who now seems to be standing in the way of this. You’re dealing with someone who acts with apparent authority yet who is actually gripped by a crippling fear. Don’t underestimate the extent of your power to reassure. It’s impressive.
SCORPIO (October 24 – November 22)
Dare you take the risk you are now contemplating? What if it backfires? What if you end up looking silly with a lot to explain? Then again, let’s look at the other side of this. What if you don’t try? What if you miss a great opportunity? What if you end up kicking yourself? All will be fine as long as you follow the first law of gambling. Never bet a penny more than you can afford to lose. There’s a point past which you must not go. Until you reach it, you should keep on going! And if it’s an emotional gamble, rather than a financial one that you’re considering in February, remember that pride is never worth trying to preserve!
SAGITTARIUS (November 23 – December 21)
Why are the easiest things sometimes so difficult? Why do we end up wrestling intently with problems that we really ought to be able to sweep aside? Different people have different theories. Some think that the universe deliberately clouds our judgement, or puts us in compromising situations so that we can be tried and tested. Maybe that’s true, maybe not. Every so often, though, we get a break. Suddenly, we see what’s going on, what’s really needed and how to make it all okay. In February, you are going to gain such clarity. That will help you resolve many difficulties and fulfil many desires!
CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 20)
Venus is the planet of love, popularity, charm and creativity. Through all but the first few days of February, it will be in your sector of the sky. That’s not a guarantee that the spirit of St Valentine will favour you over and above all other seekers of romance but it certainly suggests your love life won’t be entirely unsatisfactory! There may well be something that you want now, more than a perfect relationship or the fulfilment of some fervent passion. You seek a sense of material security and the ability to sustain a lifestyle that seems to be under threat. Soon, you’ll feel far better about your chances of doing that.
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