GARIES (March 21-April 19) "Hate leaves ugly scars," wrote author Mignon McLaughlin, but "love leaves beautiful ones." If I'm reading the astrological omens correctly, you're scheduled to receive at least one of the beautiful kind of scars in the coming months — maybe even two or three. In fact, I think they'll be such lovely boo-boos that they will markedly add to your overall attractiveness. Rarely if ever have you been privileged to hurt as good as you will in 2010 — thanks to the benevolent jolts of love.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) In my view, 2010 is the year you should expand your world. That could mean enlarging your circle of allies or building a bigger web of connections. It might mean broadening your appeal or widening your frame of reference or opening your mind to possibilities you've been closed to. It may even involve extending your territory or increasing the range of your travels. However you choose to expand, I urge you to put love at the heart of your efforts. Love should be the fuel that motivates you and the reference point that ensures you're always making smart moves. For inspiration, memorize this line by poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning: "I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach." In your case, "thee" should mean the whole world.
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Of all the signs of the zodiac, you are most likely to thrive if you experiment with new approaches to kissing in the coming weeks. To whip up your fervor, read incendiary texts like William Cane's The Art of Kissing. Conspire with an imaginative partner to conjure up a new kissing game or even a sacred kissing ritual. And come up with your own interpretations of the following kiss techniques: the throbbing kiss, the sip kiss, the butterfly kiss, the tiger kiss, the whispering kiss. Happy Valentine Daze!
CANCER (June 21-July 22) After meditating about what advice would be most valuable for your love life in the coming months, I decided on this challenge from poet William Butler Yeats: "True love is a discipline in which each divines the secret self of the other and refuses to believe in the mere daily self." In other words, create in your imagination a detailed picture of your loved ones at their best. Each day, make it a point to feel joy and gratitude for their most excellent beauty and power — as well as the beauty and power that are still ripening and will one day appear in full bloom.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) A friend of mine has woven her life together with a Leo who doesn't fully appreciate the ways she expresses her adoration. She asked me to use my bully pulpit to convey a message to her lover, and I agreed, because I think it's excellent advice for all of the Leo tribe this Valentine season. Here's what she said: "Just because somebody doesn't always love you the way you wish they would, doesn't mean they don't love you the best they can and with all they have." Are you willing to consider the possibility that maybe you should take that plea to heart? I hope so, because then you'll be able to get some of the good loving you've closed yourself off from.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Happy Valentine Daze! I meditated on what message might best energize your love life, and what I came up with is a declaration by author Mignon McLaughlin: "Love unlocks doors and opens windows that weren't even there before." In other words, the love you should be most interested in during the coming months is the kind that opens your eyes to sights that were previously invisible and that creates new possibilities you've barely imagined.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) My hunch is that you'd benefit from the specific teaching that would come from exploring a three-way relationship. But wait. Don't jump to conclusions. Here's the form I think it should take: Fantasize that the merger of you and your lover or ally has created a third thing that hovers near you, protecting and guiding the two of you. Call this third thing an angel, or call it the soul of your connection, or the special work the two of you can accomplish together. And let this magical presence be the third point of your love triangle.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Happy Valentine Daze! After meditating on what advice would best serve your love life, I decided on the words of psychologist Carl Jung: "The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves." As I see it, acting on Jung's wisdom will help you carry out your primary task in the coming months, which is to bring novel experiences and fresh perspectives to your most engaging relationship. The best way to accomplish that is not with nonstop talk and intense analysis, but with a generous dose of playful improvisation and experimental fun.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) To prepare your Valentine horoscope, I did a lengthy meditation on your love life. I wish I could offer you a 20-page treatise on my conclusions, but there's not enough room. So instead I'll give you the single most important piece of advice I came up with: The coming week will be an excellent time for you to survey the history of your love life, starting with the first moment you ever fell in love. I mean you should actually stream the memories across your mind's eye as if you were watching a movie. Feel all the feelings roused by each scene, but also try to maintain some objectivity about it all. Watch for recurring themes. Be especially alert for unexpected insights that emerge about the past. And through it all, be wildly compassionate toward yourself and your co-stars.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) "If I love you, what business is it of yours?" wrote Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Now I'm offering his words for you to use as your mantra in the coming months. Your main job, as I see it, is simply to be a lover of pretty much everything — to generate, cultivate and express love in abundance — and not to worry about whether your love is reciprocated or how it's regarded. It's a tall order, I know — one of the most difficult assignments I've ever suggested. And yet I think you have the soul power necessary to accomplish it.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Happy Valentine Daze! In my search for the counsel that would be of greatest help to your love life in the coming months, I decided on this observation by psychologist Albert Ellis: "The art of love is largely the art of persistence." I hope you take that in the spirit in which I'm offering it. It's not meant to suggest that you will be deprived of love's burning, churning pleasures; I just want to make sure you know that your best bet is to be dogged and devoted and disciplined in your cultivation of burning, churning pleasures.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) In 2010, you will have more cosmic assistance than you've had in a long time when you seek to increase your experience of pleasure. Do you want to get more sensual joy out of eating, drinking, dancing and listening to music? This is your year. Do you want to heighten your perceptiveness and find more beauty in the world? This is your year. Do you want to intensify your orgasms and have more of them? This is your year.