Horoscope for February 1, 2012

Nancy Black, Tribune Media Services (MCT)

Today’s Birthday (02/01/12).

Treat yourself to lovely scenery, delicious food and company. Recurring themes this year are fun, friendship and learning. The first six months highlight home and family, while social life heats up the second half. Make a big wish!

To get the advantage, check the day’s rating: 10 is the easiest day, 0 the most challenging.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Today is an 8 — Allow ideas to gel, for now. Get into research, where it’s all starting to make sense. Pull together facts and data, and sort through them to discover treasure.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Today is an 8 — You have plenty of profitable ideas, and some are ripe for the picking. Confer with dreamers for inspiration, and let the wind dictate your direction.

Gemini (May 21-June 21)

Today is an 8 — The Moon’s in your sign, and you’re riding high. A unique character enters the picture. Accept an assignment for the money, and find hidden interest.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)

Today is a 7 — Thinking and planning fits your mood. Slow down and contemplate. Fine-tune your domestic environment. Clarify your direction, and get ready to play catch up.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Today is an 8 — Balance responsibility with a bit of crazy. Don’t take friends for granted. They’re really there for you. It’s a two-way street … do something fun together.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Today is an 8 — Wake up to a beautiful day full of options. Climb mountains, cross rivers, stop and smell the roses. Watch where you place your feet. The view’s incredible.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

Today is a 6 — Business interferes with fun. Don’t goof off! You’d much rather play. Plan a vacation or trip, even as you manage your responsibilities. Being productive pays.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Today is a 7 — With the right company, you can face obstacles that you normally might shy away from. Things don’t seem like such a big deal. Balance action and patience.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

Today is a 9 — Insights battle for your attention. Intuition guides your pen, and emotion fuels your efforts. Imagine that you have it all. What would that look like?

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Today is a 7 — “Do what you love and the money will follow” really rings true now. But really, don’t worry about the money … it comes. Enjoy the little pleasures.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Today is a 7 — You are surrounded by love, but you may not be in the mood to run around. Find the inspiration you need to tackle a creative project.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Today is a 6 — It’s best to stay close to home for the next couple of days. Don’t rush any decisions now that you may regret later. Stand your ground, and take it easy.