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Holiday Mathis

This Valentine’s Day, an astrological ruckus swivels the spotlight from Venus, queen of hearts, and the usual star of the day, to Mars, the warrior prince with a new take. The Martian move into Taurus lends itself to a brand of passion that is, though rugged, still partial to lavish sensory indulgences. Visceral experience wins out over poetry.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 14). You bring out something so interesting in the people you meet that many become your biggest fans, rooting for you to complete your projects, win your battles and nail your goals. (So make sure you have plenty of the aforementioned purposes for them to lend power to!) It all starts with stellar planning and organization. Leo and Scorpio adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 8, 2, 40, 20 and 13.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Love really does require a sense of humor. When you bring that to the table, you can find the other person’s quirks, gaps of knowledge and errors in approach to be a source of endearment and mirth.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). The paradox of love is that it can at once feel comfortable and thrilling, right and dangerous, inevitable and yet completely up to you. Take a breath and luxuriate love’s opposites.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You’re keenly aware of what the people in your life need, especially your nearest and dearest. You’ll save up those three little words and drop them when they’ll mean the most.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). Among love’s many gifts will be the sort of temptation that seduces you in a positive way, so that you want nothing more than to do something wonderful instead of wicked, generous instead of selfish.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). People have described love to you, but that didn’t teach you what it was any more than poets or songs or movies did. Experience is the only way, and your experiences just get deeper and more meaningful.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Love isn’t something that happens because two descriptions of it match up well. It’s something much more complex and nuanced than that. You know what love is when you come across it, which is why you keep diving in.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Marilyn Monroe famously said that anyone who couldn’t handle her at her worst didn’t deserve her at her best. This flies against your Libran logic. You reward those who love the full spectrum of you by giving your very best.

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You are decisive and sure, which makes it all the more impactful when you declare your love. It will be easier for you to give than receive, so make extra efforts to receive well.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’ll be understood the way you’ve longed to be, which is to say, in a way that is in some regards beyond your understanding of yourself and in other regards barely scratching the surface of your deep mystery.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). In love, not everything makes sense immediately, but you’ve a sense of patient optimism about it that makes uncertainty palatable, if not entirely pleasant.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Soul-driven connections are happening for you — some in the form of coincidental meetings or unlikely and whimsical connections that nonetheless feel somehow correct, fated even.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Because you’re willing to take on the challenges of love, you’ll be, in the moment you least expect it, seized by a thrilling sense of soaring adventure, followed by a comforting rush of relief when you find a soft place to land.

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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