Your horoscope for February 18 to 24, 2010
“The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture, their amphitheaters, for wild beasts to fight in.”
Constructing a future isn’t easy. Love, family, wealth, education, long-term security—we spend much of our lives chasing a half-step behind these magical medallions of fulfillment. And make no mistake, these are lives lived with honour and meaning. In our quest for survival, no gain will be judged too costly, and no ingenuity should be denied. “Spiritualism is great,” a famous Canadian novelist once told me, “but a smile don’t pay the rent.” Strange attitude for an artist, but there you have it.
I, however, am a bit of a rebel. It has always been my experience that the physical world represents only a minuscule part of reality. When I look back on my life, my truest moments of success have been shared smiles, moments of spiritual breakthrough, and loves accepted. For me, the theatre is not more important than the show.
This week’s planetary alignments will help debunk our illusions of specialness. The ego—that empty room, that old house of lies—must now be acknowledged, and, if one is strong enough, challenged. It’s time to choose between a life compassionately lived and merely paying the rent.
For the less materialistic among us, powerful revelations and rekindled optimism will trigger unique and lasting promises in all relationships this week. For more ego-driven types, addictions, disrupted sleep patterns, and repetitive behaviours will prove briefly annoying. And for all of us, the show must go on.
March 21 - April 20
Image: A film critic at a silent movie festival.
Message: Reviewing the past. Personal reflection captivates your attention this week. Unproductive patterns between loved ones can easily be identified and dispelled. Use this time to accept yesterday’s disappointments and acknowledge today’s positive influences.
April 21 - May 20
Image: Brilliant sunshine glinting off a frozen waterfall.
Message: Flashing moments. Long-term relationships begin a brief but intense phase of lost ambition or indecision. Don’t be unnerved. Loved ones need to evaluate their own attitudes, habits, or behaviours. Watch for subtle breakthroughs and encourage privacy or deep thought.
May 21 - June 21
Image: A lion cub preparing to pounce on a butterfly.
Message: Focusing. Workplace discussions provide a glimpse into the private agendas of key officials. Office policy, long-term funding, and team planning are all accented. Remain silent and gather important facts. In the coming weeks, revised duties will be announced.
June 22 - July 22
Image: Before a show, a newscaster straightening his tie.
Message: A polished delivery. Over the next few days, a friend or relative outlines an elaborate plan for increased education, revised workplace skills, or a fast career change. Much of this is positive but delayed. Remain supportive and expect progress after mid March.
July 23 - August 22
Image: At the end of a long pier, an old woman with a fishing rod.
Message: Catching wisdom. Financial planning requires special attention. Long-term goals, although positive, may be temporarily unreachable; don’t be dismayed. At present, added home and family expenses are both necessary and productive. Be flexible.
August 23 - September 22
Image: During a fierce sandstorm, a hidden oasis.
Message: Promise. Lovers and marital partners ask for emotional clarity or renewed long-term commitments. Listen closely to the needs of others. Proposed lifestyle changes, social expansion, and family acceptance may be more important than anticipated. Stay focused.
September 23 - October 23
Image: At a playground, a bright red merry-go-round.
Message: Enjoying the moment. Over the next few days, close colleagues may mask insecurity with optimism, zany antics, or humour. Offer genuine but subtle signals of acceptance. Before Wednesday, your social awareness will be openly negotiated and greatly appreciated.
October 24 - November 22
Image: Floating in the ocean, an embroidered lace hankie.
Message: Old attachments. Nostalgic reflection captivates the thoughts of loved ones. Yesterday’s romantic ideals and home plans will rise quickly to the surface and demand discussion. Join in and explore positive memories; your participation will not be forgotten.
November 23 - December 21
Image: After work, a gathering of fishermen at a diner.
Message: Just for the halibut. Older friends or relatives propose unexpected family gatherings or social activities. Restlessness and low self-esteem are a strong influence. Encourage all fresh ideas, no matter how small or unrealistic. Shared goals will soon be easily accepted.
December 22 - January 20
Image: At dusk, a gentle wind wafting through the forest.
Message: Listening for insight. Renovations, home planning, and costly repairs cause minor tensions. Refuse to be derailed. Loved ones are more doubtful than necessary. Next week, powerful dreams and vivid impressions are highlighted. Stay alert to quick, personal revelations.
January 21 - February 19
Image: Late at night, fluttering moths gathered around a porch light.
Message: Crazy wisdom. Social discussions are misleading. After Friday, someone close may offer surprising information concerning the past behaviour of a friend or relative. If so, avoid reacting in the moment. Added insights or accurate details will soon provide clarity.
February 20 - March 20
Image: In a crowded stream, tiny fish darting over sharp rocks.
Message: Inner movement. This week, pay attention to a renewed sense of group acceptance. Subtle comments may be particularly revealing. Loved ones will no longer question the sincerity of others. After Sunday, a new financial strategy may be needed. Don’t wait.