You can only be disarming to those who are armed. And today most people will be, as the moon moves into the sign of the archer. They will be armed not with bows and arrows but with the usual defenses, poses and postures they project to be seen in a preferred way. Disarm them through total acceptance of who they really are underneath all that.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 8). This solar return you act on your gut feeling, instinct, intuition and passion, and your life reflects the vibrant uniqueness of who you are. The golden ticket will be yours in April as long as you are clear in your communication and you keep your commitments. You’ll get close with special people in April. Leo and Scorpio adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 8, 30, 22, 19 and 45.ARIES (March 21-April 19). No one succeeds alone. It may feel as though you are the only one putting in the big work and making the major sacrifices, but don’t forget about those whose past work made all of this possible.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The project will seem to drag on and on. Hopefully you’ll find a way to be fine with that, since this is still the middle of the long slog. Things that are worthwhile take time.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You can’t know what will make you happy in the next five years. The way the planets are today, you’ll be lucky to predict what’s going to make you happy in the next five minutes. But you have ideas definitely worth exploring today.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Everything you do today will take courage. It will take courage to express yourself honestly, to show your work when you’re still learning and to take care of your many responsibilities. You’re brave.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Before you act, consider inaction: It’s a valid option today. Of course, it’s better if it’s the kind of inaction that takes patience and restraint instead of the kind that happens out of laziness and apathy.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). If you could travel back in time to talk with the younger you, you’d do more than give yourself hot investment tips or show up where history is in the making. You’d tell yourself to love more fully, too. So tell yourself now.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Considering that overconfidence leads to folly and disappointment is rooted in idealism, a little bit of negative thinking might actually steer you to a better outcome than you could find through strictly positive thinking.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Yes, your moods are catching. But this isn’t just about mood. Everyone and everything you pass is affected by your energy. It is all changed by the subtle etheric pressure of your being.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Most people are dismissive of what they don’t understand. Not you. You take the mystery and hold it to the light. Maybe understanding will happen; maybe it won’t. But there’s a possibility now where there wasn’t before.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Have you ever left a letter unopened because just holding it made you uncomfortable? Though it’s hard to say why, there are some things you just don’t want to know.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You can learn from books, but what make a difference are mirrors. Not all mirrors are made of glass. Some are made of journal paper. Some are made of people who reflect back what they see in you.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). It’s not about doing this right; it’s about doing the right things. To make sure you’re on track, ask the expert. Ask three, and check their answers against each other.

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