ARIES (March 21-April 19)
Happy Valentine Daze, Aries! After meditating about what advice would be most useful for your love life during the rest of 2008, I decided on this observation from 17th-century philosopher Sir Francis Bacon: “There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.” In other words, you should raise your appreciation for interesting idiosyncrasies and cute “flaws” and odd proportions. They are not inconvenient imperfections that mar the beauty you need in your life. They are the very essence of it.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20)
Happy Valentine Daze, Taurus! After extensive meditation about what advice would be most useful for your love life in the coming months, I decided on this observation from the Dutch priest and writer Henri Nouwen: “Your body needs to be held and to hold, to be touched and to touch. None of these needs is to be despised, denied or repressed. But you have to keep searching for your body’s deeper need, the need for genuine love. Every time you are able to go beyond the body’s superficial desires for love, you are bringing your body home and moving toward integration and unity.”
GEMINI (May 21-June 20)
Happy Valentine Daze, Gemini! During my search for the spark that would be most likely to energize your love life, I found this dose of truth from novelist Tom Robbins: “We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.” I hope that quote inspires you to shed any tendency you might have to wait for the ideal romantic situation to find its way to you. Instead, establish a habit of visualizing in precise detail the kind of love you want to give and receive. Then work on patiently materializing it.
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
Here’s my Valentine message for you, Cancerian: The sea inside of you is not just at high tide, it’s at the highest tide possible—like what happens when the moon is full at the same time that it’s at its closest approach to Earth. To intensify the drama, the sea inside of you is stormy, with torrential rains pouring down from the heaven inside of you as winds bluster and lightning cracks. There are even water spouts rising up now and then. Yet from my perspective, it’s all gorgeous and majestic, a marvelous spectacle worthy of celebration. And since I’m confident no harm will come to you during this elemental interlude, I advise you to just enjoy the ride.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
Scholar Suzanne Juhasz says that Emily Dickinson’s eroticism “inflects and charges” most of her poems. “Erotic desire—sensuous, nuanced, flagrant, extreme, outlandish and profound—is her way of interacting with the world.” From an astrological perspective, it would make perfect sense if you experimented with a similar predilection in the coming days, Leo. During the superheated grace period you’ll be enjoying, interesting things are likely to happen if you basically make love to the whole world. The urge to merge shouldn’t just be the icing on the cake. It should be the icing, the cake, the plate it’s on, your eating of the cake, your feeding of the cake to others and all the stories you tell about your encounter with the cake. Happy Valentine Daze, Leo!
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
“The Eskimos had 52 names for snow because it was important to them,” wrote novelist Margaret Atwood. “There ought to be as many for love.” Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to coin at least nine of those 52 new names between now and Jan. 1, 2009. Of course that means you will have to discover or create nine alternate states of love that have previously been unnamed. And to do that, you’ll have to put aside your habitual expectations and standard definitions of what constitutes love so that you can explore an amazing array of nuances, including varieties you never imagined existed. Start now, Virgo. Happy Valentine’s Daze!