Holiday Mathis

The Virgo moon rules this Groundhog Day, suggesting that Punxsutawney Phil — seer of seers, sage of sages, prognosticator of prognosticators and weather prophet extraordinaire — will be reticent to make a determination this year, as high stakes always seem much higher under this moon of perfectionism.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 2). It’s a year to be bold. Happiness will increase with the force of intention to do good work, to love more fully and to take on responsibilities. You can handle this! The money you spend to improve your surroundings and the way you operate inside them will pay you back in joy and also in dollars. Libra and Gemini adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 50, 1, 26 and 31.ARIES (March 21-April 19). Interesting characters will fill your scene. The more you study them, the more fascinating they get. It helps that you seem to know just the question to unlock the good stories.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You don’t have to wave your hands mysteriously, chant words or concoct recipes involving “eye of newt, wing of bat” to cast a spell over someone. You accomplish maximum enchantment just by being you.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Sometime in the future when you have urgent or exciting news to share, you’ll discover that your reach is outstanding, largely due to the work you do today, building casual goodwill.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Much will be accomplished in small increments. If you’d like to have more faith in life’s process, note what the ocean did to the mountain — ground it into a softy, sandy beach. One wave at a time.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). It is a commonly held belief in the current era that the life of a child should be as easy and magical as possible. In earlier times, many children were sent off to work at age 8. Your inner child feels like a factory worker today.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). They may say that this is a laid-back, easygoing kind of commitment, but don’t believe the lip service. There’s a tacit expectation here. And where there is an expectation, there is work to be done.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. But more importantly, it’s better to be dressed like you than like someone else. Actually, you may enjoy rethinking the sartorial part of you.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The ideal would be a focused effort. Persistent efforts are good; consistent efforts, even better. But it’s the fact you’re making an effort at all that makes the biggest difference.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). The late great George Burns suggested, “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” Your support system can take many forms.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). When it’s very easy to get to know someone, it’s usually an indication of a well-developed outer layer of personality. It’s always deeper than that, though, which you know and discover more about every day.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You’re disarming. Maybe it’s because you really do believe in the goodness of people. You know how to question someone’s views without questioning their integrity.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Casual conversation is a window. Small interactions deliver everything, especially to ones as sensitive and intuitive as you. Now the question is: How much do you want to know?

Holiday Mathis is the author of “Rock Your Stars.” To write to her, please go to www.creators.com and click on “Write the Author” on the Holiday Mathis page, or send her a postcard in the mail. To find out more about Holiday Mathis and read her past columns, visit the CreatorsSyndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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