Your Horoscope For This Week — Feb 14 2016

Illustrated by John Lisle.
Photographed by Christine Hahn.
Heave a sigh of relief, stargazers. Valentine's Day — and all the angst and pressure surrounding it — is now in our rearview mirrors. Love ya, but bye, Cupid, bye. Raise your hand if you're ready to lighten up about love! Good news: This Tuesday, romantic Venus exits goal-obsessed Capricorn and chills in laid-back Aquarius until March 12. What seemed like Such An Epic Ordeal for the last few weeks might actually be fodder for some good comic relief. Can't you see a little humor in that "heartbreaking" hookup gone awry? (Sorry bae, but the fact that your therapist told you that your engulfment issues stem from your mother breast-feeding you until age five because she was a founding member of La Leche League does NOT excuse away your inability to return a post-coital text in a timely manner...wait...bwahahahah!) Love could even come from the friend zone — stay open to surprises.

But despite Venus' levity early in the week, we'll plunge into deeper waters on Saturday, when the sun slips into soulful, sensitive Pisces until March 20. This water sign governs dreams, divinely inspired creativity and the esoteric realm. Move your schedule around to make time for meditation and the muse. With cerebral Mercury zipping into individualistic Aries for two weeks on Sunday, we could emerge in March with something truly original to share with the world — not to mention some white-light insights about our deepest desires. Keep that (locked) diary within reach.

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Aquarius
Glow on! Charming, radiant Venus makes her annual visit to Aquarius from Tuesday through March 12, blessing you with major magnetism. Although you’ll be quite desirable, you won’t be in a rush to settle down. Not unless you KNOW that you’ve found someone who can hold your interest for more than say, a week. That might take some “field research,” Aquarius, so post that profile and let the games begin. If you’re already spoken for, give yourself a longer leash — not for cheating, but for exploring your autonomous interests. A little distance won’t divide; it will create the oxygen needed to keep the flames burning bright.

On Saturday, tighten up your vegan leather belt a notch or two. (Then, use a belt adroitly to upgrade your wardrobe on the cheap). After four wild weeks of the sun in Aquarius, your birthday time officially wraps. Now, Pisces rules the skies, illuminating your second house of money and foundations until March 20. Translation? Time to get your shit together, Aquarius, and make sure you can keep putting food (even a basic rice bowl) on the table. If you focus now, your work life will flourish. There could even score a raise, promotion, or brand-new job in the coming month. But first, you'll have to prove that you’re reliable by showing up on time, handing in high quality work, and being a team player — not a problem for you!
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Pisces
Fairy-tale romance, anyone? On Tuesday, Venus slips into your fantasy-fueled 12th house until March 12. When it comes to love, you’ll gladly rock the rose-colored glasses, which might help would-be suitors crack past your defenses. You might even meet The One on the dance floor or while you're flipping through analog discs at the record store. (Music is the glue!) But don’t throw good sense out the window after dropping your guard. Run the background checks on your would-be bae and remember that time will tell all. Attached? Now is the time to slip off for a sweet escape. A few nights at a remote cottage or a beachside cabaña is just what the love doctor ordered. Some old fears could be stirred, but diplomatic Venus helps you discuss them lovingly and proactively. Don’t sweep them under the rug. Dealing means healing.

On Saturday, your birthday season begins as the sun blazes into Pisces until March 20! Ready, set, start fresh! You're so ready to leave the past in the past and kickoff a brand-new chapter of live. Flip to the front-facing camera, because it's time to focus on what's ahead of you. That might actually mean cutting off unhealthy or unrewarding situations. Making a clean break will be a lot easier now. Saying goodbye is not the sign of a colossal fail, but rather a mark of maturity. Besides, when you step out, the worthy candidates will have the space to rise up and prove themselves. Focus on personal growth and independent interests. It's time to invest in yourself, Pisces!
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Aries
Just friends...or a little something extra? On Tuesday, lines could blur as Venus moves into your friendly 11th house until March 12. Overall, Aries, your approach to love will be a lot more playful — and experimental. (Throupling? Open relationships? Yeah, maybe.) Regardless of how you swing it, your sense of humor is the most powerful tool in your amorous arsenal now. If you don't have them at hello, your witty one-liners will make 'em swoon. Get out and mingle without an agenda. A friend of a friend or a “random stranger” you meet at a club or festival could turn out to be more than just a passing attraction. Digital dating brings some promising options, too. If you’re already spoken for, socializing as a couple helps to seal your bond.

On Saturday, the sun slips into Pisces and your 12th house of escape, healing, and restoration for a month. Start plotting your winter break getaway, as the urge to get away from it all could hit code-red status. Even if you don't travel, put the brakes on your manic pace and create more downtime, "me time," and flow in your schedule. On March 20, the Sun will blaze into Aries for a month, charging you up with sparkle and initiative once again. Until then, just chill — and start letting go of the baggage you don’t want to bring into your next year of life. With clever Mercury moving into Aries from Sunday until March 5, brilliant ideas flood in — and might even come to you in your dreams. Keep a capture tool handy so you don't lose these gems. You'll have the gift of gab, too, making this a great time for pitching ideas or even recording a podcast.
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Taurus
Who says business and pleasure can't mix? With charming Venus (your cosmic ruler) moving into your ambitious 10th house from Tuesday until March 12, socializing strategically is an essential component of your world-domination plan. It really is "all about who you know" for the next three weeks. Get in the good graces of the influencers and VIPs at work — and create a safe wedge away from the office complainers and gossips. Venus is the celestial stylista: Gloss up your professional presentation with a few wardrobe upgrades, a sleek LinkedIn profile photo, and maybe the help of a graphic designer. P.S.: You could find love through a work function over the next three weeks, but be careful not to blur the wrong lines.

But just because you're on a mission doesn't mean you have to be #LonelyAtTheTop. Teamwork will make the Taurus dream work on Saturday, as the sun blazes into Pisces and your collaborative 11th house until March 20. Sharing the glory means expanding your reach, so don't get caught up in competitive vibes. Having fun for fun's sake will keep you balanced, too, so keep a healthy mix of networking events and nights that are purely meant for partying. An online venture could spell money in the bank under this tech-savvy solar spell. Time to pick your Wordpress theme, shoot those YouTube vids, or hire a developer to bring your insanely good app idea to life.
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Gemini
Keep your ears perked for intriguing accents. This Tuesday, love planet Venus cruises into Aquarius and your worldly ninth house until March 12. An expat visiting your town could turn into a sexy pre-spring fling. (Is that a groundhog head peeking up or is he just happy to meet you? #sorrynotsorry) If you’re vacationing over the coming three weeks, your sojourn could bring a seductive surprise. Coupled Geminis, start pricing out Airbnbs and beach cabañas — in Tulum, Ochos Rios, or maybe Australia's Gold Coast. A getaway for two is just what the love doctor ordered now — and can make up for any hurt feelings lingering after last week's intense and oversensitive Valentine's Day vibes.

Just don't stay off the grid for TOO long. On Saturday, the sun heads into Pisces and your 10th house of career for a month, priming you for professional progress. No need to fight, flaunt, or pull any publicity stunts. The cream always rises to the top, so just focus on doing your best and following the signals the universe sends your way. You’ll know you’re on the right path when you feel a sense of ease, not stress. Remember to delegate, too. Doing it all by your lonesome won’t get you to the finish line. Since Pisces governs dreams and the subconscious mind, relaxing more will actually help you break through creative blocks. You could hit on a killer plan or business idea while you're soaking in the tub or meditating at a gentle yoga class.
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Cancer
Did Cupid fail to hit a high note last week? Fear not, Cancer. This Tuesday, Venus — the planet of amour — slinks through Aquarius and your erotic eighth house. You'll be in your sexiest element with Venus here until March 12. And with that enchanting mystique, you'll draw admirers to you like a moth to a flame. But it's all about rolling in the deep for you now; superficial types need not apply. You could go gaga for the enigmatic artist or the suited-up power player who owns every room. A few cat-and-mouse games can stir up the intrigue — just don't be TOO hard to get. Already involved? Staying in is sexy, so keep some open spots on the calendar for "just the two of us." Your bond could become more exclusive over the next three weeks, too. Think: apartment hunting, ring shopping, or meeting the parents.

As much as you'll long for intensity, you'll also need some breathing room on Saturday. With the sun trekking through Pisces and your intrepid ninth house until March 20, wanderlust could hit you hard. Grab your backpack, passport, and bikini — and maybe some hiking shoes, too. Adventure travel, with lots of inspiring photo ops, could make your world feel so much bigger over the next four weeks. Who knows, Cancer? You could be trekking the Incan trail or lounging in a Nicaraguan surf town before the spring equinox. Make a point of mingling multiculturally close to home. Sparks could fly with someone from a different background. Thinking of going back to school, starting a business, or even teaching a class of your own? The stars are on your side, so give it a go!
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Leo
Are you feeling the power of your purr? Love planet Venus cruises into Aquarius and your seventh house of committed relationships from Tuesday until March 12, and you'll be in the mood for love once again. You could magnetize “the marrying kind” over the next few weeks — or at least someone you see sticking around through the summer. Already involved? Your relationship will deepen under this Venus spell, but not if you roll along on autopilot. Fill your shared calendar with fun social plans (think: an epic night of dancing with mutual friends or a co-hosted party), cultural activities, and creative projects that play to both of your talents.

Your inner sex kitten emerges on Saturday, when the sun heads into Pisces and your erotic eighth house for a month. Hello, love magnet! You'll have no shortage of admirers now — but you need someone who hits on all levels now: mind, body, and soul. Trust and lust must go hand in hand. Take your time to develop a solid connection (try, at least) before anything gets unzipped. The wait time will only make the consummation that much hotter. Ready to make a major life change? The eighth house rules extreme makeovers. No apologies, Leo — come in like a wrecking ball. Tearing down old structures will pave the way for the new.
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Virgo
After a week of distributing Valentines, gorging on chocolate fondue, tending to friends' broken hearts, and hearing their romantic escapades, you are ready to focus on just one person: you. Fortunately, this Tuesday, radiant Venus cruises into Aquarius and your sixth house of healthy living, making self-love the order of the day. Between now and March 12, what will it take to restore your lit-from-within glow — or just crank it up even higher? Forget about fixating on makeup and hair; just get your body moving. Those sexy endorphins you get from a post-workout rush will have you beaming. Pile your plate high with clean, green food, too. You are what you eat. That's the TRUE beauty secret for any woman. While you’re at it, turn your bedroom buddy into your fitness buddy — then, enjoy more satisfying, uh, Iron Mans between the sheets.

Alas, gym-obsessed Virgo, you won't be able to escape Cupid's crosshairs for long. From Saturday until March 20, the sun floats through Pisces and your seventh house of partnerships. Ready to put a ring on it? Uh-huh. Whether it’s a promise band, engagement bauble, or a label that rings so true, you want your relationships guaranteed now. You're also done waffling yourself. Give the object of your affections a roadmap by clearly laying out your desires. It's better to know now whether your visions of love sync up, so you can move in closer — or just move on.
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Libra
Oh, you pretty thing! This Tuesday, radiant Venus — your ruling planet — sashays into Aquarius and your passionate, glamorous fifth house until March 12. Venus makes you feel radiant and gorgeous. Admirers come out of the woodwork as an early case of spring fever strikes. Baby fever, too! So if you're ready to rock the cradle, make the most of this fertile phase. Under Venus' creative guidance, you could also give birth, figuratively speaking, to an artistic brainchild. Get thee to the bedroom...or the studio! And keep the selfie stick handy. This Venus cycle can vault you to celebrity status, so don't be shy about posting pics and promoting your talents. The camera loves you, Libra.

Starting Saturday, you'll be regularly rotating between the Louboutins and the Lululemon. With the Pisces sun lighting up your wellness sector until March 20, you'll get an early start on your spring training. Be a healthy hedonist. With musical Pisces governing this part of your chart, dance-based workouts and a great playlist are everything. Pinpoint a couple of friends who have “fitness buddy” written all over them. As a partnership-oriented Libra, you love sharing experiences. And swinging the kettlebell becomes easier when you know you can catch up at the juice bar post-class.
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Scorpio
Does your home feel like a proper sanctuary, Scorpio? This Tuesday, aesthetic Venus decamps to Aquarius and your domestic fourth house until March 12. You've likely been feathering your nest in earnest over the past few weeks. Keep on adding those soulful and creative touches. Spring for a silky sheet set and sumptuous bath products. Invest in a great portable, Bluetooth speaker so you can pipe your playlist into your bedroom and as background ambience during your long soaks in the tub. Your GFs will be your everything for the next few weeks, too. Reconnect with your girls, particularly the ones who share your sense of creative wonder and adventure. You never know: with Venus here, they might wind up playing matchmaker and connecting you to a sultry springtime sweetheart. Attached? This Venus cycle is all about nesting. Stay in more often and consider a key exchange or even cohabitation.

But forget about turning into a TOTAL homebody. On Saturday, the sun swings into Pisces and your fifth house of fame, glamour, and self-expression for a month. The limelight is calling your name, Scorpio, so take off the dark glasses and treat the world to your talents. You can still keep a little mystery about you — just don't be a total enigma. You could even find yourself on camera or in the media, perhaps as the star of your own Periscope show. If Cupid’s arrows missed your address last week, fear not. You have an extended Valentine’s month now, so don’t be surprised if your spring awakening comes before the March 20 equinox.
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Sagittarius
Swipe right. Now do it again. Variety is the spice of your love life as amorous Venus heads into Aquarius and your ultra-flirty third house for three weeks. As the zodiac's official bachelorette sign, you'll have fun handing out a few roses. But hang on to that final bloom, because this is the time for sampling options instead of settling on a favorite dish. Someone from the friend zone could actually show romantic promise or you could simply add a benefits package to the friendship. If you’re coupled, bring some diversity to your date-planning. You’ve done enough rounds at “the usual places.” Bring on the road trips, overnight jaunts and cultural events like concerts, couples' workshops and bourbon tastings.

Starting Saturday, you'll also need adequate time at home base. Drop the suitcase, Sagittarius, and tend to your roots. With the sun touring Pisces and your domestic fourth house until March 20, you're up for some serious nesting. Cook, decorate, and streamline your storage systems — and capture it all on your blog or Periscope. If you're in the market for a move, the sun could illuminate a great listing to rent or even buy. Channel your inner Hannah Horvath, too, because this is prime time for hanging with your girls. How about playing host? Blow up the air mattress and invite one of your BFFs from back in the day to crash for a bit. Your slumber parties and dinner parties will be epic.
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Capricorn
Set your Spotify to the slow-jam station. Venus switches signs on Tuesday, leaving Capricorn and heading into Aquarius until March 12. You’ll enjoy this sensual energy, even if it means moving at a more plodding pace. Flirting is an art form; seduction, too — especially if you draw things out a bit. And good news! Instead of the heartbreaking bad boys, you’ll be attracted to the “nice guys” now. If you’re already attached, make more time to just chill together. Analog encounters help you truly connect, so lock down cell phones when you’re out together and look into each other's eyes instead of at your screens. Talks could turn to finances, too, and how to better utilize the funds you have between you. With decadent Venus here, you might go in with your sweetie on a luxe purchase.

On Saturday, the sun prances into Pisces and your third house of communication until March 20. You'll have the gift of gab — perfect for writing, podcasting, or just expressing yourself. Forget about waiting for spring to emerge from hibernation. Your social butterfly wings start fluttering and you're back to being entertainment director for your friends. Dabble, mingle, and network, but don’t rush to become an official member of any organization quite yet. Partnering up helps you expand your reach over the next four weeks. You won’t have to travel far from home to find your collaborators. Give the locals first dibs. A sibling, coworker, or your pal in apartment 2B could be your ideal collaborators now, too.
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