According to myth, the Jade Emperor invited a number of animals to his party and the order in which they arrived became the order of the Chinese Zodiac. The pig was last because either she overslept or was busy rebuilding her house, depending on whom you believe. Nonetheless, her omen bodes well for a year of abundance and progress.
TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 5). This year starts off like a Sheryl Crow song in that “every day is winding road,” but there’s a real sense that you’re getting closer to regular contentment, and you’ll achieve it, mostly through the building of healthy daily habits. Big strokes of luck will drop in, but it’s day-to-day improvements that will matter. Scorpio and Gemini adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 46, 8, 13, 40 and 11.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). City dwellers know that to drown out the noise everywhere, you have to listen to your own. White noise can help you sleep. Talk can comfort you. Beats can move you. Choose your sounds; choose your environment.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You can tell when someone is being competitive with you, and unless you’re actually in an official competition, there’s no reason to let the race go on. Sidestep. Don’t engage.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). There’s something that won’t be right until you fix it, and the time to fix it has come. As the Roman poet Horace said, “He who postpones the hour of living rightly is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.”
CANCER (June 22-July 22). One secret to your success is that you have talent, and yet you don’t rely on it. Consistent work is more important than talent, and the magic mix of both things together makes for an absolute unstoppable success.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). To avoid a thing is a way of focusing on it, and thus attracting it. So avoidance is attraction. Instead, keep your eye on the prize. Imagine what you do want, not what you don’t.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You’re skeptical, and it’s a beneficial quality right now. There’s too much out there to believe and it can’t all be true. Someone needs to sort it out, and that someone is you.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Loud and clear is a good way to communicate; it usually works mighty fine. But if you have to choose between the two, take clear. It will outdo loud even at the faintest volume.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Though it may seem that you’ve been at a certain stage for a while now, you cannot be contained where you are. You’re extending your spirit beyond it, outside it, above it and around it.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You have an excellent sense about how to best lead people today. You’ll get a feeling about when you should go easy and when you should push things along, perhaps with a hard truth.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). It’s said that crime doesn’t pay, and yet there are still criminals at large who would beg to differ — if it didn’t count as an official confession. But what about honesty? Of course honesty pays, immediately if not amply.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You’ve censored yourself to accommodate those younger, older, more formal, more pious... but when you’re at home with your nearest and dearest, you want to feel you can just be yourself. Lift the ban.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Maybe you won’t solve a problem by walking away from it, but you’ll solve it after you walk away from it. Movement and a new environment will juice your mind’s problem-solving capabilities.