In the same way that nobody returns from the mall saying, “I saved $12 million dollars because I didn’t buy anything,” it’s also not exactly fair to say, “I’m a good person because I don’t murder.” The planets suggest we’ll be making character judgments today. Just remember that people aren’t best defined by what they don’t do.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 1). People will be demonstrative in their love for you, and you’ll collect symbols and experiences throughout this solar return as proof. Your comfort zone will undergo a complete rezoning, too, and by May you might be surprised by what you’re capable of, all because you risked, failed, learned and got up again. Cancer and Gemini adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 40, 3, 19, 11 and 16.ARIES (March 21-April 19). Routines give us a sense of comfort and purpose. They let us relax and, at the same time, be stronger and work harder within the confines of what we’re doing, knowing that we don’t have to search for or fear what comes next.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Since the treasure of this day is hidden inside the dirt of relationships you may have to dig for it a bit. Do what it takes to connect. Mostly this will involve letting someone else be the star.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). People are wary of emotionalism, over-righteousness and anything with too much “sound and fury.” That’s why your very subtle and classy pitch will get serious traction today.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). It doesn’t seem fair that some days seem to rush and blur on their way to nowhere. But nothing lasts like yesterday, on and on and on. Some yesterdays last longer than others.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Use your creativity and you’ll get more. You can never run out, actually. The only way you’ll stop being creative is if you believe you have no more ideas, but that belief would be false. Don’t believe false things.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). When you get it wrong, it’s not the end of the world; it’s just another lesson. Take it from your sign mate Bill Murray: You die in the improv set five times out of nine. When you get over your fear of dying, nothing really scares you anymore.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Figure out the story and the general direction of your message and then deliver it from the heart. This is how you let people in on who you are and make them come to love and trust you.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). When you get really close to success, you’re likely to panic. This is normal. It’s just the brain’s way of telling you that you’re about to enter a new level. Breathe, and keep going. The doors will open before you.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You don’t have to invent anything to solve today’s problem. Recombine the existing ideas until you come up with something that feels fresh to you; then try it out.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Your loyalty will be rewarded. Your optimism will prove well-placed. And the care you give others will help them a lot and make you 10 times happier, too.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You resist distraction and opt to look inside yourself instead with the question, “What is it I’m trying to avoid?” This is powerful, and the answer will come to you because you’re ready for it now.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Weird new problems crop up — good. These are the type that require you to slip into an innovative part of your brain, and you’ll love playing around in there.

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