TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Jan. 25). This year rolls in on a float of flowers and waving well-wishers throwing candy. But work prevents you from staying too long at the parade. The months ahead let you expand into the joy and liberation that have for too long been an unclaimed destiny. Clasp it and bring it in. Sagittarius and Virgo adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 27, 2, 18, 33 and 6.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You’ll be struck by the number of people around you who you admire, a few in your actual circle, many in the cultural community and a few who are versions of yourself.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Each person travels in a cloud of their own convictions. You’ll know right away which personal atmospheres will mix well with yours and which will be intolerable (this is no day to argue, just leave).
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs theory, the higher ones only become an issue after the lower ones have been fulfilled. You’re grateful for complex problems. It’s a sign that your basics are solid.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Dopamine is to the brain what cupcakes are to carbohydrates. In both, little goes a long way. Too much pleasure, anticipation, wanting is unhealthy, addictive even.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). It seems there are dozens of reasons why you shouldn’t do a thing and only one reason you should. When the one reason is important enough — as in love, ethics, family, country — opposition is inconsequential.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Enlightenment is a terrible goal, as it cannot be achieved or discovered. Instead, it’s a state in which it is found that there is nothing to find. Peace will come inside the moments you inhabit. No striving.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). People who ask for your opinion are really just trying to figure out who you are, where you stand and what you might possibly do for them. They want to know, like and trust you more than they want your inner thought process.
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). The philosopher Seneca believed that to laugh in the face of fear or stay calm in tumult could only be the result of “a beam of divinity that influences a mortal body.” Or maybe you’re there as you did the work.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Yes, you are the prophet of your own story, generating numerous predictions per hour and seeing many of them come true. Wisdom comes of you being willing, and even excited, to be proven wrong.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’re in a constant collaboration with yourself. Mix in a few more opinions from the peanut gallery and it all becomes a little much. It will be more peaceful and more fun if you go this one solo.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Get creative on paper. How much brainstorming do you need to do to get to a real solution for your problem? As much as it takes. You’ll know it when you see it.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). You’re not sure what’s on the other side of your fear, but you can certain that whatever its qualities, you will experience them in retrospect as the sublime reward for courage in motion.