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TO­DAY’S BIRTH­DAY (Feb. 10): As the sun rocks your birth cra­dle in the sky, your per­sonal life is il­lu­mi­nated with a bril­liant warmth. New ex­cite­ment over­writes old rou­tines. There’s a shift in how money comes to you as the world ac­com­mo­dates your cre­ativ­ity in new ways. You can af­ford to be fear­less as you ex­plore and in­vest in your tal­ents. Leo and Virgo adore you. Your lucky num­bers are: 6, 40, 28, 1 and 13.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): You see when it’s time to rebel. When the norms don’t make sense, the pop­u­lar opin­ion is clearly wrong and peo­ple are be­hav­ing badly en masse, non­con­for­mity is a moral im­per­a­tive.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): When your loved ones get down and need en­cour­age­ment, you have kind words to share. What are the words you give your­self, though? Are they any­where near as kind? Can you shore up the dif­fer­ence?

GEMINI (May 21-June 21): Sure, life is com­pli­cated, but you don’t have to sort it all out in a day, so re­lax. Your wish to be lighter and brighter, with more en­ergy and op­ti­mism, can be achieved through a sim­ple habit of fo­cus­ing on bet­ter things.

CAN­CER (June 22-July 22): The first step is to build an im­age of what you want in your head. It’s harder than it seems be­cause what you don’t want keeps com­ing to mind in­stead. So work on it. Make the imag­ined re­al­ity so big that there’s no room for much else.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Re­morse can be a stage in ma­tu­rity and growth, but only if it’s a feel­ing that gets pro­cessed and moved through. Be­cause you’re lov­ing, you won’t let any­one, in­clud­ing your­self, wal­low in re­morse — not on your watch!

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Im­per­fec­tion is ubiq­ui­tous. Of course a per­son can be or­di­nar­ily flawed yet ex­tremely wor­thy of be­ing cher­ished. So don’t for a sec­ond think that care and kind­ness shouldn’t rightly flow to you. Just ac­cept it.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23): Don’t for­get to bring your imag­i­na­tion, be­cause the most im­por­tant things about the sit­u­a­tion won’t be ob­vi­ous, and imag­i­na­tion makes you sen­si­tive to such eas­ily missed de­tails.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21): There may be prac­ti­cal rea­sons that it’s hard to find the right per­son for a role, but rest as­sured that there are also prac­ti­cal so­lu­tions you can em­ploy to com­pen­sate for them.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Cre­ation is a ma­nip­u­la­tion of en­ergy. You move one thing to form an­other, cut to­gether con­cepts, change the con­text, bring to­gether dif­fer­ent el­e­ments — all in a day’s work. You’re in a f low now.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): There’s re­ally no get­ting around it. We have to be con­sid­ered with com­pas­sion and per­haps a sense of hu­mor to be tol­er­ated over the long term.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): There’s some­thing to fig­ure out, but you won’t be able to, not com­pletely. How­ever, even just try­ing will en­gage the higher men­tal fac­ul­ties that will get you in har­mony with life.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): When peo­ple have sim­i­lar gifts, they can be as­sets to each other — shar­ing ex­pe­ri­ences and knowl­edge or band­ing to­gether to com­pound their pow­ers. Or they can be com­pet­i­tive threats to each other. So go care­fully. Read the room.

FORE­CAST FOR THE WEEK AHEAD: Stud­ies sug­gest that on av­er­age, peo­ple speak be­tween 7,000 and 20,000 words a day. As ver­bal crea­tures, we rely on words and fall in love with them. We use them for work, as weaponry, as tools of se­duc­tion, as iden­tity mark­ers, as sta­tus el­e­va­tors, as creeds to live by. We use words to di­min­ish our ene­mies, cel­e­brate our he­roes, wor­ship our gods. But even with their abun­dant use­ful­ness, words are still not the main way we com­mu­ni­cate.

Our ver­bal lan­guage may be un­like the lan­guage of other an­i­mals, but our com­mu­ni­ca­tion still hap­pens in much the same way as our an­i­mal friends’, through sounds, move­ments and en­er­getic ex­pres­sions that con­vey our in­ten­tions. Like a flock of birds that can take off in sync with­out hav­ing a dis­cus­sion about it or a school of fish swim­ming to the next spot, we can un­der­stand one an­other with­out pass­ing out a memo. We’ve done it for most of hu­man ex­is­tence.

As Mer­cury moves into Pisces, the em­pa­thy flows stronger, as does our sen­si­tiv­ity to mul­ti­ple lay­ers of mean­ing. We will be more keenly aware of un­con­scious sig­nal­ing that we give and re­ceive and may even con­sciously track minute de­tails, such as mi­cro-ex­pres­sions and scent. Be­cause of this in­creased con­scious­ness, relationships get more truth­ful, for bet­ter or worse.

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