Your Horoscope This Week

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St. Valentine's a-knocking this week. Say what you will about the Hallmark holiday, but don't brush off love if it shows up at your door. Early this week, the Pisces moon connects to enchanted Neptune and amorous Venus. We'll all let down our guards a little more, which can melt some of that romantic resistance. But Pisces energy can also beguile us into overlooking red flags. Wear those rose-colored glasses, sure, but don't go into denial.

And how about self-love? We'll also get a push towards our personal passions on Thursday when Venus heads into "Why yes, I am all that" Aries for an extra-long voyage that lasts until April 2. Normally, Venus chills in a zodiac sign for about four weeks, but due to a retrograde (you heard us right, lovebirds) from March 4 to April 5, she'll hover in the Ram's realm twice as long and pop in for a second visit from April 28 to June 6. This is really good news if you happen to be an Aries, but we are all affected by this trend. The world can expect an early rush of spring fever and one that comes with its fair share of sass and spice. Bonus: Venus' copilot Mars is already in Aries and the two planets will share a flight path until March 9. Valentine's Day promises to be an adrenaline rush (make it so) — as this Mars-Venus merger keeps us all on the edge of our seats!

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Aquarius
January 20 to February 18
Money talks — but what is it encouraging you to buy, Aquarius? As the moon, generous Venus and charitable Neptune align in your finance corner early this week, you might rethink your purchasing strategies. If you think about it, Aquarius, you literally vote with your dollar. Your funds support companies — and what those businesses do in the world can be on the side of good or evil. Whether you're shopping or donating, put your money where your heart is. Buy sustainable or from businesses that have ethical practices. Go local and help small businesses thrive — and be sure give them some social media love if you're a superfan. And hey, a donation to Omaze could score you a Valentine's Day date with Idris Elba. We'd call that a wise investment, Aquarius.

Speaking of V-Day, start batting those Twiggy inspired lashes! On Thursday, amorous Venus dances into Aries and your coquettish third house until April 2, joining her partner Mars there through March 9. Feel free to flirt sans restraint — but don't ignore red flags or rings on fingers. And with Venus going retrograde on March 4, you'll want to add some extra protection. Pay attention to what's said — and more importantly, what's not! The clues are right in front of you if you just tune in. This might actually help you radar in a great catch you've been overlooking. And what's this? An old friend may now be relationship potential. Discuss, explore and experiment. Just keep the dialogue open and honest about your expectations. You know what they say about assumptions, Aquarius.
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Pisces
February 19 to March 20
What does your heart desire, Pisces? Focus on your dreams and watch them manifest. Early this week, the moon, Venus and Neptune visit your sign. The law of attraction is definitely on your side, so shoo away those negative thoughts — or upgrade them into a more positive outlook. For example, "I can't" might be better stated as, "I haven't figured out how…yet." See the difference? People will be drawn to you like moths to a flame making this a powerful week for summoning your 2017 Valentine. Direct some of that charismatic energy towards a stalled creative project. Hold the critical eye in this first phase — for now, get the outline on paper or do a few test runs. If you need a boost, pick up The Artist's Way for inspiration and welcome in the muse!

Your lust for life — and all its pretty, glittering things — intensifies this Thursday as decadent Venus floats into Aries and your luxury zone until April 2. You won't have much impulse control now, especially while "see it, want it" Mars is accompanying Venus in Aries through March 9. Put that Louis Vuitton x Supreme bag on your wishlist, just don't hit the "buy now" button. Make a budget first and even a special savings account. It could be tougher to keep yourself out of debt during this cycle. If new versions of the pricier items are still out of your reach, check the consignment shops or set up a clothing swap with tasteful friends. The pace of your love life may slow down over the coming two months, but take this as necessary timing. Stop and smell the roses — and revel in the wooing. If you're going to enjoy a happily ever after, what's the rush?
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Aries
March 21 to April 19
No matter your feelings on Cupid's imminent arrival, February 14 is coming. Get to planning! The moon and Venus get hot and heavy with Neptune this week, helping you turn fantasies into reality. Halfheartedly chowing on a box of drugstore bon-bons while watching bad reality TV? That's a disaster to avert. Pick up some champagne chocolate and make a dinner reservation before everything is booked. How many in your party? That's up to you, Aries. A date is not a requirement, so keep swiping left on the obvious losers. If nothing else, this will help banish the winter blues by giving yourself something to look forward to.

On Thursday, the stars bring another shot of Love Potion No. 9. Gorgeous, gift-giving Venus beams into Aries until April 2 — the first of two visits she'll make to your sign in 2017! (The next one is April 28 to June 6.) Venus' magic elixir is a hella seductive brew, but it will be especially potent until March 9 as Mars, your red-hot ruler, rocks out alongside her in Aries. Pure fire! Before you go love-bombing the world, remember Oscar Wilde's wise words, "To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance." Are you being good to Numero Uno these days — or are you raking over your reflection with a critical eye? Send positive messages to the mirror and indulge liberally in self-care (it's a must in these tumultuous times). Book a massage, a facial, and spring for the spa pedicure. Most importantly, surround yourself only with people who see you in your truest, most fabulous light.
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Taurus
April 20 to May 20
And the Genius Award goes to…you, Taurus! Early this week, the moon, ultra-creative Venus, and magic maker Neptune are whirring together in your innovative 11th house. Get the brainstorming sessions underway! You'll churn out Shark Tank-worthy ideas at the speed of light. Focus now on creating your masterpiece, liberally making messes as you go. Patience will also be required. Hey, electric cars weren't built in a day — even Elon Musk had to work at it. In his words, " When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor." Get the concept hammered out and smooth out all the kinks. Your Instagram reveal will be that much sweeter once you do.

On Thursday, let the ax swing on your toxic frienemies. Warmhearted Venus slips into Aries and your 12th house of completions until April 2. If emotional vampires have been draining your joie de vivre, you'll now have the psychic tools to ward them off. And with assertive Mars also in Aries until March 9, you're doubly fearless. Think of it as a cosmic cleanse: You'll quickly regain your life force energy once you cut the drama queens, gossips and undermining haters from the menu. Venus and Mars are the love planets and it's time to look at how you play the game. Do you habitually share too much, too soon? Fall into the caretaker role? Don't try to be everyone's problem solver or hero, Taurus. Instead, pull back, recalibrate, and go with the natural flow of things. It's called a give and take, not give and give and give and give…
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Gemini
May 21 to June 20
Ever read the classic Dale Carnegie book, How to Make Friends and Influence People, Gemini? Take a peek at those pages this week and you'll glean a valuable notion: A kinder hand at negotiation can win the table. Early this week, the current-sensitive moon links up with diplomatic Venus and enchanting Neptune in your career zone. Before you get down to business, read the room. Warm up the crowd with pleasant chitchat and questions of genuine interest. Delivering top-notch work gives you staying power — but leading with your softer, savvier side will bring the slaying power. Work those charms on social media. A glowing retweet or perfectly placed Kimoji can open the doors for a sweet collaboration.

On Thursday, Venus, the planet of love and romance, twirls into Aries and your 11th house of community until April 2. Just platonic pals? Let's upgrade that! The friend zone could deliver a soulmate grade connection that's been right under your nose. And with lusty Mars also in Aries until March 9, the vibes could heat up from zero to 100 at record speed! Looking for more than a hookup? Digital dating could turn up some surprisingly good options. Use apps that work within your social network for the best results (Blerd dating, anyone?). If you're already in an LTR, peel yourselves off the couch and go socialize as a pair. It's time to build (or expand) your mutual friend group. Co-host a game night or dinner party —these could become legendary affairs before spring.
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Cancer
June 21 to July 22
Still waiting for that romantic royal to gallop up to your castle door? Put your hair up, Rapunzel, and start writing your own fairy tale. Early this week, the moon, Neptune, and Venus converge in your "take a gamble" ninth house. You want a V-Day dinner with that person? Invite them for brunch or a drink this week while the pressure is off. The connection could evolve organically towards that table for two. If your relationship is more, uh distant (i.e. you're pining from across the office), try saying hi. The object of your affections might not even realize you're aware of their existence. Shatter that illusion with some basic small talk, then see what happens. Attached? You've got something up your sleeve, Cancer, and it might involve plane tickets or an Airbnb with a heart-shaped hot tub. Start planning now and you can fete St. Valentine in a corner of the world you've yet to discover.

On Thursday, super suave Venus embarks on a tour through Aries and your career zone, giving you an extra helping of influence until April 2. Better yet? Go-getter Mars is already making moves in Aries, doubling the effect until March 9. Gear up, Cancer: This is a hotspot for making presentations and pitches. You'll impress the boardroom — but do your groundwork before Venus goes retro on March 4. Reach out to your contacts and channel Venus' creativity into your visuals like a new theme for your website or snappy business cards. Rolling into the office in athleisure every day? A new work look could do wonders for your ascension up the ladder.
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Leo
July 23 to August 22
Are those Leo paws gripping too tightly to something in your life? Early this week, a mashup of the moon, Neptune, and Venus urges you to surrender. Have you been a wee bit too possessive of your people? Remember that old saying: If you love someone, let them go. You'll actually build trust by seeing them come back to you — willingly. And if they don't? Well, better to know the real deal so you can keep it moving. If you're getting caught up in the same old toxic pattern, cut the excuses and make some major changes. (Breathe in and out. Change is hard, but good, Leo.) A clean break heals the fastest so step away from the painful situation — and enjoy these "how I got over my ex" movies for catharsis.

It's not all about letting go this week, though. On Thursday, love planet Venus sails into Aries and your global ninth house until April 2, bringing a surge of optimism to your romantic realm. Sexy Mars is already hanging in Aries through March 9 — the heat is on! Single? You may soon be sexting in a different language — or through the universal tongue of emoji. J'adore! Get those winter and spring break plans in motion. A whirlwind vacation romance can help you get your leonine groove back. And when you're headed home, don't assume it's goodbye forever. A long-distance relationship could actually work out in 2017. Coupled Leos might map out a more exotic V-Day getaway. A secluded beach with champagne and caviar? A trip like that could lure you out of a rut and towards a deeper commitment. Aim to go before March 4, when Venus turns retrograde for six weeks.
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Virgo
August 23 to September 22
Give Cupid a clear shot, Virgo — his arrows are ready to aim and fire. With the moon, Venus and dreamy Neptune touring your relationship house early this week, you'll get a double dose of courage and sexy confidence in the game of love. Take the plunge and extend the "Be My Valentine" invitation. Or use your master planning powers to already curate the most romantic February 14th in your personal history thus far. If you have time off, make Valentine's a long weekend: Rent an Airbnb and bake your sweetheart a cake. Or get silly with a night at a casino hotel with a heart-shaped tub and ginormous bed. Whatever works! Get the ball rolling this week already, whether you're wooing a new date or warming up a prospective partner. Two tickets are all you need: Take in a poetry reading, a live DJ set, or a discussion-provoking play.

On Thurdsay, the love theme continues as amorous Venus swoops into Aries and your eighth house of seduction until April 2. Until March 9, she will rendezvous with her partner Mars making you insanely magnetic. Woosh! With that in mind, don't flash that irresistible smile at just anyone; be selective. Hold out for someone who rocks you mind, body, and soul. If you're already attached, save your best energy for after hours fun. Throughout the day, try to do things that relax you and you'll be far more receptive and in the mood after dusk. This Venus phase intensifies your urge to merge. If you've wanted to put a ring on it — or likewise, get a ring box offered up — have the engagement conversation before Venus turns retrograde on March 4.
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Libra
September 23 to October 22
Rule breaker? Not right this second, Libra. Even the zodiac's easy-breezy flower child needs some parameters — especially early this week as the moon, Venus and misty Neptune stir it up in your sixth house of systems. You could easily overload yourself by taking on too many tasks or simply operating on assumptions instead of facts. Before you start the meltdown countdown, take a breath. Then, bring clarity to any vague agreements and put them in writing for sanity's sake. Spell out important details, like say, your pay rate, hours and performance expectations. It's better to ask some basic, and yes, awkward questions up front than find out you missed something major later on. Already locked in? Try to re-negotiate the terms; it can't hurt.

On Thursday, your ruling planet, amorous Venus, orbits into Aries your seventh house of relationships until April 2. Commitment isn't always your indecisive sign's favorite word. But with Venus pairing up with red-hot Mars until March 9, your urge to merge will be stronger than your desire to run for the hills. Instead of getting hung up on manifesting a soulmate, remember that you have the power to shape a lasting relationship by the choices you make and the actions you take. If no one is catching your fancy on Tinder these days, switch up your search options. A new type could be just what the love doctor ordered. But real talk, Libra: Don't wast time trying to reform a player. Marriage proposals and other couple-y adventures are in the works while Venus and Mars unite through March 9. What's that strange feeling? Ah yes, relationship bliss.
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Scorpio
October 23 to November 21
Decisions, decisions. The time has come to make up your mind, Scorpio. If you dawdle any more, the universe will choose for you — and you hate a default. This applies to your V-Day plans. Do you really want to mope around in your sexy PJs with your cat and a bottle of cheap champagne? Or worse, go on a lackluster fallback date? The early bird gets the romantic night out — or the fun-filled evening of debauchery with your wild squad of single friends. Early this week, a trifecta of the moon, Venus and Neptune helps you scheme up something utterly fantastic. Like a ringmaster and entertainment director rolled into one, think outside the conventional box. What if you hosted a prom or just wore ridiculous floor length dresses? (We hear there are lots on clearance in DC's "dress shops.") Maybe you could work your connections to score those Hamilton tickets or pool funds to have a personal chef prep a multi-course dinner at your apartment. Having something to look forward to, whether single or spoken for, will banish any February 14 blues.

On Thursday, radiant Venus heads into Aries and your wellness zone until April 2, pairing up with her dance partner Mars until March 9. Falling in love doesn't have to mean falling off the wagon, Scorpio. This phase is all about making healthy relationship choices. Are your visions of love and romance matching up with reality? If there's a disconnect, start recalibrating. Security comes from knowing exactly where you stand with your S.O. (or F.W.B.). Move your alliance out of the grey zone and into the limelight. Then, figure out what is actually best for you. It might be time to clear the decks for someone who is ready and willing, now. If you're already attached, tackle issues like syncing up your schedules, balancing your shared budget and supporting each other's goals. With Venus and Mars here, working out together can be better than couple's therapy! Single Scorpios could find love in the cycling studio or free weights room before spring training even begins.
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Sagittarius
November 22 to December 21
Pass the power drill! Life may imitate the Antiques Roadshow this week as the moon, Venus, and "upcycler" Neptune hit your domestic sector. Turning "trash" into home decor treasure could require little more than a can of gold spray paint and tub of spackle. Need inspiration? Check out this vintagey beach house. Swoon! Hit the salvage shops and flea markets for some furniture you can rework. (Good bones are key.) If you're not a DIY-er, how about opening up more space in your home? Clear out what you don't need and try living with a more minimalist décor scheme. If you want to spruce up your office cube, bring in a plant — even bamboo, which is said to symbolize abundance according to feng shui. And don't forget the noise-canceling headphones to keep you Zen if you work in a loud office.

Need a romantic boost? If your love life is less La La Land and more Lars and the Real Girl, take some inspo from Ryan Gosling at his love-flick best: The Notebook. With amorous Venus moving into Aries and your passionate fifth house from Thursday until April 2, spring fever strikes super early in 2017. Warning: there could be a wee bit of drama when Venus turns retrograde on March 4. Try to iron out any conflicts before then and remember that you don't need to rile up arguments for "excitement." Block the toxic exes too, because they could come crawling out of the woodwork in March. If you're already in a serious relationship, channel the Venusian energy into healthy outlets: dancing, weekend trips, even putting down roots by purchasing property. Security can be sexy, trust us.
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Capricorn
December 22 to January 19
Shields down, Capricorn. Your mighty — and very protective — force field is super effective at keeping your squad safe from harm. But have you got the voltage set too high? You may be preventing prospective candidates and new friends from getting into your world. With the moon, Venus and Neptune chatting it up in your social sector early this week, it's time to expand. Break out of your tried-and-true routines and explore a new scene. Upgrade a couple one-on-ones to open-invite group hangs. You could find a kindred new spirit or an intriguing business contact among the ranks. But with nebulous Neptune in the picture, let things proceed organically, even if it feels like an instant love fest. Coffee is great, but they don't need your pin number.

Clean up in aisle Capricorn! Impeccable Venus sails into Aries from Friday until April 2, with motivator Mars cruising alongside her through March 9. Feathering your nest could become your winter-into-spring obsession. Tap into these pro-level cleaning hacks before bringing in any new furniture. Alphabetizing and then color-coding your books — by genre, even — could be its own form of therapy in this insane world. Give your bedroom some love. Venus and Mars rule amour and you'll want to enjoy more steamy time behind closed doors. Single? Log off the apps and look to the women in your life for some matchmaking assists. (Yes, even your mom if she knows what makes you tick.) You'll be pleasantly surprised by their picks.
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