Holiday Mathis

Thomas Jefferson suggested, “Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it.” What he failed to mention is that there’s always a hook. Otherwise it wouldn’t be bait. The trick is to figure out where it is and if it’s worth the risk to eat around it. Given the lunar square to Venus, it will take skill to indulge and still remain free.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Feb. 8). The easiest way to say and do the right thing is not to rehearse it and work at it, but to live it. It’s the truth of your heart. So instead of changing anything about your behavior, you’ll focus on generating greater joy in your heart. All good things flow from this. You’ll count this among your best years to date. Scorpio and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 3, 2, 19, 40 and 38.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Certain things are in place. Life will change you for the better, whether you want it to or not. Also, there’s nothing to be done about it, so you may as well just relax and take it all in.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Love somehow still sticks with you even when you give it away. In fact, the more you give, the more you have, and it becomes really hard to get rid of.

GEMINI (May 21-June 21). When your friend is on the phone to someone else, you can tell who’s on the line. You’re sensitive to the way people sound in different relationships. It teaches you something about your own communication style.

CANCER (June 22-July 22). You have quirks. Everyone does. Some people hide them better than others. You tend to enjoy most the ones who don’t bother or who can’t seem to hide them. Anyway, someone finds your quirks irresistible today.

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Even though practical advice will work for many, if it goes against what you’re feeling today, then you’re highly unlikely to be able to apply it, so why bother? Accept your own stubbornness as the quality that just might deliver you.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). It’s hard to see where you’re limiting yourself by complying to norms, but try and step back. Resist going where you’re led or answering what you’re asked. There’s nothing you have to do.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). If you’re too focused on what they might like, you’ll miss out on what you like. You’ve been cultivating your preferences and aesthetic for a while now. Isn’t everyone missing out if you don’t share?

SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). If you’ve ever looked back on old work (or an old diary or historic pieces of your wardrobe) and cringed, well, then today’s cringey situation will feel familiar. But isn’t this just a sign that you’ve grown a lot?

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Has it been done before? Of course. Just about everything has, but not quite in this way, and not by you. The particulars of your approach and very essence will make this unique.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). Being able to tell a good story is a quality that will take you far, not only socially but also with your work and your self-talk, and the way you organize yourself in general.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You’d like to think that you open yourself to help from friendly forces, and yet you also notice that you’re tensing up around a certain area, as though you must do it on your own. This tension is your inner wisdom speaking.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). There’s a need to be filled and you’ll get the sense that you’re just the one for the job. Now it’s just a matter of convincing the others, which will be no problem for you once you forget yourself and just do it.

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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