Today’s Extra: These Herbs Can Help Protect You from Pollution

These Herbs Can Help Protect You from Pollution

By: Jordyn Cormier

Adaptogens are substances that help your body tolerate stress, but that doesn’t just mean mental stress—like hitting deadlines or juggling schedules. Adaptogens can be powerful allies in helping our bodies better deal with the stressors of our environment, too.

From growing chemical pollutants to UV damage, here are some of the best adaptogens for serious environmental support.


There are around 80,000 different man-made chemicals infiltrating our daily lives through everyday products and activities.

Cadmium is a highly hazardous and common environmental pollutant, found in car exhaust, cigarette smoke, and even our vegetables. That’s right: years of industrialization have caused this toxic heavy metal to build up in our soil, which poses a serious threat to our produce quality—and our health.

Luckily, holy basil (aka tulsi) bears tremendous potential in detoxifying heavy metals like cadmium from your body. In fact, studies have shown that regular consumption of tulsi can prevent cadmium accumulation and the tissue damage that usually accompanies it.

Other heavy metal-fighting herbs include ashwagandha, ginseng, and gymnema sylvestre.


Intense UV exposure from the sun can result in significant free radical damage, even after just one burn. Golden serpent fern is excellent if you’re looking for a little adaptogenic sun support.

In one study, participants who consumed this herb before exposure to intense sunlight exhibited much less severe inflammation and sun damage than participants who didn’t consume the plant. The evidence is so compelling, some people even call it an ‘internal sunscreen’.

This fern is also packed with antioxidants, inhibits the development of free radicals and may even stimulate collagen production.



The polyphenols found in green tea might actually also bear promise in protecting you from UV damage.

In one study, a group of women was given green tea to drink over the course of a few months, while others drank water. After 12 weeks, the green tea-drinkers experienced a 25 percent reduction in sunburn when exposed to UV light, whereas the water drinkers experienced no change.

The powers of green tea are pretty fascinating. In fact, other research has also shown that it mitigates UV damage to skin cells when applied on the skin as a topical extract.

Of course, adaptogens aren’t going to work miracles if you’re drowning in environmental stressors and pollutants. But, when it comes to fighting the minor, ubiquitous environmental taxes we encounter on a daily basis, adaptogens can provide some much needed support.

Just remember that, when it comes to sun protection, adaptogens are a replacement for a quality SPF sunscreen. Adaptogens can offer tremendous support, but they are NOT interchangeable. (Maybe someday we’ll be eating our sunscreen, but the science just isn’t there yet.)




The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Feb. 4: FEBRUARY BIRTH FLOWERS



With Valentine’s Day on people’s minds, February is a big month for flowers. But, oddly enough, the red rose is not February’s birth month flower! Find out which flowers belong to February, plus the meanings behind them.


The February birth month flowers are the violet and the primrose.


Violets signify watchfulness, loyalty, and faithfulness.

Give a violet to someone to let them know you’ll always be there for them.



The other February birth flower is the primrose, which lets someone know you can’t live without them.

Primroses are colorful perennials of European origin that are not actually related to the rose. Among the first to bloom as winter retreats, they’ll multiply each year if given a little shade and moist (but not soggy) soil.


The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Feb. 4: BIRTHSTONE FOR FEBRUARY


By Catherine Boeckmann

The February birthstone, the amethyst, is said to strengthen relationships and give its wearer courage.

Amethysts are a type of quartz often found in geodes amidst cooled lava.

Their purple coloring runs the gamut from reddish purple to a bluish lilac.

The finest quality is a strongly saturated reddish purple to dark purple as long as the stone does not become too dark to see its brightness.


  • Italian Renaissance artist and scientist Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) believed that wearing an amethyst could increase intelligence.
  • At one time, amethysts were only available to royalty.
  • Ancient Greeks thought that the amethyst guarded against intoxication. In fact, amethyst comes from amethystos, a Greek word meaning “sober.”
  • Wearing an amethyst will give you courage and help to prevent insomnia.
  • A dream of receiving an amethyst as a gift brings good luck.
  • A dream of giving an amethyst means you forgive the recipient.


The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Feb. 4: WHAT DO WE CELEBRATE IN FEBRUARY?


What do we celebrate in February? What is February famous for? This is a short month, so let’s celebrate all February has to offer! Here’s the short list of holiday happenings.

Here delicate snow-stars, out of the cloud,
Come floating downward in airy play,

Like spangles dropped from the glistening crowd

That whiten by night 

the milky way.

–“The Snow-Shower,” by William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)


February comes from the Latin word februa, which means “to cleanse.” The month was named after the Roman Februalia, which was a month-long festival of purification and atonement.

Did you know:

  • It’s the only month to have a length of less than 30 days!  Though it’s usually 28 days, February is 29 days in leap years.
  • January and February were the last two months to be added to the Roman calendar (c. 713 BC); originally, winter was considered a month-less period.
  • Originally, February was made the last month of the calendar year!  Eventually (c. 450 BC), February was moved to its place as the second month.


This short month is packed with holidays and history.

  • February 2 is Groundhog Day. How did this quirky date get started? Find out the meaning of Groundhog Day.
  • February 15 is Chinese New Year! It’s the year of the … .
  • February 12 is Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday. The 16th president of the United States was born in a one-room, 16×18-foot, log cabin with a dirt floor. Do you like Abe?
  • February 14 is always Valentine’s Day. Today, the holiday is celebrated with love, flowers, and chocolate. Who WAS St. Valentine?
  • February 15 is Susan B. Anthony’s Birthday. How much do you know about this women’s right leader?
  • The 15th is also the National Flag of Canada Day!
  • February 18 is President’s Day.
  • The 22nd is George Washington’s Birthday.


February is National Bird Feeding Month.
And it’s also Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month (!).
Feb. 3: Carrot Cake Day
Feb. 5: Weatherperson’s Day
Feb: 9: Read in the Bathtub Day
Feb. 27: International Polar Bear Day


On February 4 of which year did the Electoral College unanimously elect George Washington as the first U.S. president?

a. 1777
b. 1779

c. 1782

d. 1789

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Which English poet wrote the sonnet that includes the famous line, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways”?

1. Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–61)
2. Lord George Gordon Byron (1788–1824)
3. William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

Answers at bottom of page!


New Moon: 

February 4, at 4:04 P.M. EST

First Quarter: 

February 12, at 5:26 P.M. EST

Full Cold Moon: 

February 19, at 10:54 A.M. EST

Last Quarter: 

February 26, at 6:28 A.M. EST

See the Moon Guide for February.


Ready for football food?  See our Super Bowl Dip Recipes —including spinach dip, guacamole, hummus, nacho layer dip, salsa and more!

For Valentine’s Day, we’ve gathered our favorite sweets and treats and romantic dinner ideas, too. See Valentine’s Day recipes.

If you a chocolate lover, Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without a dip into decadence. See our best chocolate dessert recipes.


This is month to plan your garden!  We’ll give you advice on how to space your plans and more! Try our Almanac Garden Planner for your best harvest yet. We’re offering a free 7-day trial.


Shop early for seeds from catalogs and garden stores. The early shopper gets the best choice of seed varieties. See our list of Seed and Plant Mail-Order Sources and our tips on ordering seeds.

Start onions from seed now. They’ll be ready for setting out in April. Onions from seed are generally firmer and longer lasting than from sets.

Start parsley indoors now. You may think you have successfully wintered over the plant, but it is a biennial and will soon go to seed.



Looking for the best days to quit smoking, prune trees, garden, wean babies, cut hair, lose weight, and more?


Aquarius: January 20–February 19

Pisces: February 20–March 20



Even though so many roses are sold during February due to Valentine’s Day, the Violet and the Primrose are the symbolic flowers.

  • The violet signifies watchfulness, loyalty, and faithfulness. Give a violet to someone to let them know that you’ll always be there for them.
  • The primrose lets someone know that you can’t live without them.



Like the violet, February’s birthstone is a purple color.  It’s the beautiful amethyst.

  • This gem is a form of quartz; it can range from a pale lilac color to a deep, rich purple.
  • The name is based on a Greek myth that speaks of a nymph named Amethyst who was inadvertently turned into white stone; in remorse, the Greek god Bacchus poured wine over her to turn her a beautiful purple.
  • The amethyst was thought to prevent intoxication and keep its wearer thinking sharply. It was worn by English royalty in the Middle Ages.


Married in February’s sleety weather,
Life you’ll tread in tune together.

If February give much snow,
A fine summer it doth foreshow.

Fogs in February mean frosts in May.

If Candlemas Day [February 2] be mild and gay
Go saddle your horses, and buy them hay
But if Candlemas Day be stormy and black,
It carries the winter away on its back.

It is better to see a troop of wolves than a fine February.

*Answer to questions at top of page:
George Washington Quiz:  D. February 4, 1789. Congress certified the vote on April 6. Washington took the oath of office on April 30,
Valentine’s Day Quiz: 1. The poem, titled “How Do I Love Thee?,” is Sonnet 43 in Browning’s book Sonnets From the Portuguese, which was dedicated to her husband, poet Robert Browning.



The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Holidays Around The World for Feb. 4: Mauni Amavasya

Mauni Amavasya

January-February; 15th day of waning half of Hindu month of Magha
Complete silence is observed on the day known to Hindus as Mauni Amavasya. Because bathing during Magha, one of the most sacred Hindu months, is considered to be a purifying act, many Hindus camp out along the banks of the Ganges River throughout the month and bathe daily in the sacred river. But the bathing and fasting end with the observance of Mauni Amavasya, a day for worshipping Lord Vishnu and circumambulating the peepal (a type of ficus) tree, which is mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita and is regarded as holy.
For many Hindus, the celebration takes place at Prayag, a well-known pilgrimage center where the Ganges, Yamuna, and Saraswati rivers flow together. Some live here for a full month, practicing rituals and ceremonial sacrifices known as Kalpa-Vas . Religious discourses and services are held daily, and the worshippers who come here eat only one meal a day or confine their diet to fruit and milk.
RelHolCal-2004, p. 183

This Day in History, Feb. 4 – Chávez Leads Coup d’État against Venezuelan President Pérez (1992)

Chávez Leads Coup d’État against Venezuelan President Pérez (1992)

The Venezuelan coup attempts of 1992 were attempts to seize control of the government of Venezuela by the Hugo Chávez-led Revolutionary Bolivarian Movement-200. The first coup attempt took place on February 4, 1992, and was led by Chávez.[1] A second coup attempt on November 27, 1992, took place while Chávez was in prison but was directed by a group of young military officers who were loyal to the Revolutionary Bolivarian Movement-200.[1] The coups were directed against President Carlos Andrés Pérez and occurred in a period marked by neo-liberal economic reforms, which were attempted in order to decrease the country’s level of indebtedness and had caused major protests and labour unrest. Despite their failure to depose the government of Carlos Andrés, the February coup attempts brought Chávez into the national spotlight.[3] Fighting during the coups resulted in the deaths of at least 143 people and perhaps as many as several hundred.[1]

While officially unconfirmed, Cuban involvement in and facilitation of the coup attempts was alleged by multiple sources. CIA analyst Brian Latell suggested that the Cuban intelligence agency, the Dirección General de Inteligencia(DGI), may have utilized Chávez to fulfill Cuban strategic dominance of Venezuela and its oil reserves. In Latell’s view, the DGI may have either hired Chávez as an agent or provided critical aid to his coup plots.[4] Latell claims Cuba had previously engaged in efforts to destabilize Venezuela by aiding guerrillas in the 1960s.[5] According to General Carlos Julio Peñaloza in his book El Delfín de Fidel, both Fidel Castro and the succeeding President of Venezuela, Rafael Caldera, knew of Chávez’s coup plot.[6] Castro allegedly provided agents to convince President Pérez that there was no threat of a coup.[6] After the coup, Caldera, manipulated by Castro and Chávez, was then supposed to take power after Pérez was removed from the presidency.[6]


Mirage fighter jets in rebel hands bombed an army barracks west of Caracas; however, the attack had little effect on slowing down the government counterattack. Around the same time, an F-16 pilot loyal to the government managed to engage and shoot down an AT-27.[29]

An attempt to free Chávez and his associates from jail failed, and government forces retook most military bases. At about 3:00 pm, the remaining rebels took off for Peru in two C-130s, although they made it only as far as Iquitos. In total, the November death toll reached 172, much higher than the February attempt.[30]


Many of the participants in the coups had been members of the Partido de la Revolución Venezolana (PRV) in the 1970s. The PRV was created by ex-Communist and guerrilla fighter Douglas Bravo, who after failing in an armed insurrection, sought to infiltrate the Venezuelan armed forces to reach power.[11] Thus, preparation for the coup began more than ten years before Pérez was re-elected in 1988.

The coup organizers rejected the dominant political consensus of Venezuela, known as puntofijismo, which had been established in 1958. Under puntofijismo, political power was held by two political parties, Democratic Action and COPEI, which they saw as the two arms of a corrupt, clientelist establishment.

The Movimiento Bolivariano Revolucionario 200 (MBR-200) was founded in 1982 by lieutenant colonel Hugo Chávez Frías, who was later joined by Francisco Arias Cárdenas. They used the Venezuelan revolutionary hero Simón Bolívar as their group’s symbol. Their main complaint was the corruption of Carlos Andrés Pérez as well as Venezuela’s ongoing economic difficulties and social turmoil. In the view of these two men, the entire political system had to be changed in order for social change to occur.

In February 1989 shortly before the Caracazo, Cuban president Fidel Castro placed sleeper agents in Venezuela to create unrest, with Cuba recently entering its Special Period and experiencing economic difficulties as a result of the Soviet Union’s Perestroika, Castro allegedly sought to establish an ally in Venezuela so Cuba could also enjoy funds from oil profits.[12] As the Revolutions of 1989 occurred in Soviet states, Castro had allegedly began to organize a coup in late-1989 that would indirectly use sleeper agents who participated in the Caracazo.[13] Castro, who was allegedly one of the main organizers according to Venezuelan Major Orlando Madriz Benítez, would instead use Chávez as the face of a civil-military action in order to avoid retaliatory actions from the United States.[14]

Coup attempts

February 1992 coup attempt

After an extended period of popular dissatisfaction and economic decline under the neoliberal administration of Carlos Andrés Pérez,[9] Chávez made extensive preparations for a military-civilian coup d’état.[15] Initially planned for December 1991, Chávez delayed the MBR-200 coup until the early twilight hours of February 4, 1992. Chávez at the time held the loyalty of some 10% of Venezuela’s military forces.[16] On that date, five army units under Chávez’s command moved into urban Caracas to seize key military and communications installations throughout the city, including the presidential residence (Miraflores Palace), the defense ministry, La Carlota military airport, and the Military Museum. Chávez’s ultimate goal was to intercept Pérez, take custody of him and allegedly execute him before he returned to Miraflores from an overseas trip, planning to capture the president at Maiquetía airport.[7][6]

The coup attempt was originally supposed to be performed by Admiral Hernan Gruber Odreman, the highest-ranking officer among conspirators who was supposed to capture President Pérez when he returned to Venezuela from Davos, Switzerland.[6]However, he refused after discovering that Rafael Caldera was to become head of the governing board following the coup.[6] A second attempt to capture Pérez was then committed hours later by then Army captain, Miguel Rodríguez Torres.[6] Since Pérez had knowledge of the coup, the president was then driven without the car lights on and his vehicle sped onto the highway.[7][6]Torres, surprised, then ordered those under his command to fire at President Pérez’s fleeing vehicle.[6]

The final attempt in the coup attempt occurred 30 minutes later at Miraflores Palacewhere insurgents attempted to siege the palace and kill President Pérez.[6] Those attempting to attack Miraflores were told that the doors would be opened by the palace guards that were supposedly part of the coup.[6] However, when the attackers approached Miraflores in an armored vehicle, they were attacked by the palace guards who knew about the coup.[6] The firefight then ended Chávez’s attack and left 3 of Pérez’s bodyguards dead while Pérez hid under an overcoat eluding capture.[7][17] The president was then able to escape from the palace and then called General Ochoa saying, “No negotiations. Give them bullets. I want to be back in soon”.[7][17]Pérez then used a local TV station to rally the rest of the military against his aggressors.[7] Chávez’s allies were also unable to broadcast Chávez’s pre-recorded call for a planned mass civilian uprising against Pérez.

The betrayals, defections, errors, and other unforeseen circumstances left Chávez and only a small group of rebels completely cut off in the Military Museum, without any means of conveying orders to their collaborators.[18] Nevertheless, rebel forces in other parts of Venezuela made swift advances and took control of such large cities as Valencia, Maracaibo, and Maracay with the help of spontaneous civilian aid. Chávez’s forces, however, had failed to take Caracas since he remained inside the Military Museum.[19] Chávez soon gave himself up to the government. He was then allowed to appear on national television to call for all remaining rebel detachments in Venezuela to cease hostilities. When he did so, Chávez famously quipped on national television that he had only failed “por ahora” (“for now”):[20]

Comrades: Unfortunately, for the moment, the objectives that we had set for ourselves have not been achieved in the capital. That’s to say that those of us here in Caracas have not been able to seize power. Where you are, you have performed well, but now is the time for a rethink; new possibilities will arise again, and the country will be able to move definitively toward a better future.[20]

In the ensuing violence, 18 soldiers were killed while 51 soldiers were injured, while the majority of those killed during the coup were civilians, with 49 killed and about 80 injured in the crossfire.[17][21]

Despite Chávez’s military failure, he was immediately catapulted into the national spotlight due to his action, with many poor Venezuelans seeing him as a figure who had stood up against government corruption and kleptocracy.[7][20][22] Afterward, Chávez imprisoned at the San Carlos military stockade.[23][24]

November 1992 coup attempt

A still image from the video Chávez released during the November 1992 coup attempt.

On November 27, 1992, a second coup attempt was launched. It was led by officers from the air force and navy, including pilot Luis Reyes Reyes [es]. The group had contacts with Chávez in prison and had learned some lessons from the February coup’s errors, including launching at 4:30 am instead of midnight, and obtaining communications equipment to ensure they would not be stranded without it.

In a bloody battle, they took over Venezolana de Televisión, a state-run TV station, and broadcast a video made in prison by Chávez, calling for a popular uprising.[25] But the rebels failed to take over other broadcast outlets such as Televen, allowing Pérez to address the nation and declare that the rebellion had failed.[26]

Mirage fighter jets in rebel hands bombed an army barracks west of Caracas; however, the attack had little effect on slowing down the government counterattack. Around the same time, an F-16 pilot loyal to the government managed to engage and shoot down an AT-27.[29]The rebels also seized control of major air bases and largely gained control of the skies. After a minor pilot defection enabled government forces to shoot down a rebel plane, the rebels bombed some targets. They bombed the Heliocoide Caracas headquarters of DISIP, Miraflores Palace, the Sucre Police headquarters and Generalisimo Francisco de Miranda Air Base. However, by 9:00 am, it was clear that there was little other success for the rebels. [27][28]

An attempt to free Chávez and his associates from jail failed, and government forces retook most military bases. At about 3:00 pm, the remaining rebels took off for Peru in two C-130s, although they made it only as far as Iquitos. In total, the November death toll reached 172, much higher than the February attempt.[30]

Government response

In the process of resisting the coup attempts, government agents were reported to have killed 40 people, both civilians and surrendered rebels, either as extrajudicial

executions or with disproportionate force.[31] Arbitrary detentions numbered in the hundreds, continued for some time after the events, and included student leaders and other civic leaders not connected with the coup attempts. In addition, freedom of expression was suspended for two months in the February case and three weeks in the November case, with censorship of the media. A series of demonstrations in March/April calling for the resignation of President Pérez and the restoration of constitutional guarantees were met with state violence, including indiscriminate police firing into crowds, with a total of thirteen deaths.[31] A number of members of the press covering the protests were severely injured by police.[31]

Participants in the February coup attempt were tried under the regular military justice system. But in response to the November coup attempt, the government created ad hoc courts based on the 1938 legal code of Eleazar López Contreras, drawn up twenty years before the transition to democracy. The Supreme Court ultimately ruled the courts unconstitutional but not on the due process grounds for which they were criticised. The Court instead found that the President had neglected to suspend the relevant constitutional rights (right to a defense, right to be tried by one’s natural judge).[32]

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Inspiration for the Day for Feb. 4: Accepting Yourself



Accepting Yourself


To label yourself good or bad is to think too small.

There is no such thing as a good person or a bad person. There are choices and actions that lead us in different directions, and it is through those choices and actions that we create our realities. Sometimes we choose or do something that takes us in the opposite direction of the reality we want to create for ourselves. When we do this, we feel bad–uneasy, unhappy, unsure. We might go so far as to label ourselves “bad” when a situation like this arises. Instead of labeling ourselves, though, we could simply acknowledge that we made a choice that led us down a particular path, and then let it go, forgiving ourselves and preparing for our next opportunity to choose, and act, in ways that support our best intentions.

Many of us experienced childhoods in which the words good and bad were used as weapons to control us–you were good if you did what you were told and bad if you didn’t. This kind of discipline undermines a person’s ability to find their own moral center and to trust and be guided by their own inner self. If you were raised this way, you may find yourself feeling shockwaves of badness when you do something you were taught was wrong, even if now you don’t agree that it’s bad. Conversely, you may feel good when you do what you learned was right. Notice how this puts you in something of a straitjacket. An important part of our spiritual unfolding requires that we grow beyond what we learned and take responsibility for our own liberation in our own terms.

You are a human being with every right to be here, learning and exploring. To label yourself good or bad is to think too small. What you are is a decision-maker and every moment provides you the opportunity to move in the direction of your higher self or in the direction of stagnation or degradation. In the end, only you know the difference. If you find yourself going into self-judgment, try to stop yourself as soon as you can and come back to center. Know that you are not good or bad, you are simply you.

–Daily OM

Get A Jump On Tomorrow, Your Horoscopes for Tuesday, February 5

Get A Jump On Tomorrow…..

Your Horoscopes for Tuesday, February 5

Moon Alert

Avoid shopping and important decisions from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM EST today (3:30 PM to 6:30 PM PST). After that, the Moon moves from Aquarius into Pisces. Today is the first day of the Chinese Year of the Pig.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

You might meet someone unusual and different today – someone exciting. Quite likely, this will happen later in the day. This person might be in your life only briefly but they will be memorable!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Stay on your toes today, especially this afternoon because you might be caught off guard by someone in a position of power – a boss, parent, VIP or the police. (Whaaat?) Whatever happens will come in from left field, so steady as she goes.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Double check travel reservations, bookings and arrangements because something might slide off the rails, especially this afternoon or later in the day. Don’t be waiting at the train station when your ship comes in. Publishing, the media, medicine and the law might also bring surprises.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Double check details related to shared property, inheritances, insurance issues, banking and debt. (Is the posse after you?) Be on top of things because something unexpected could impact these areas or your partner’s wealth. Forewarned is forearmed. (But it’s minor stuff.)

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

Be ready for something unexpected when dealing with close friends and partners this afternoon. It could be anything. You might meet someone who is different and unusual – someone you least expected to encounter. It’s not a boring day.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

You will be impulsive and independent at work today. However, be careful because you will also encounter the unexpected, and things could go sideways in a New York minute, especially because of the Moon Alert. (See above.) Stay off your heels.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

There’s a lot of energy in the air today and you feel ready to party! This afternoon will be a bit loosey-goosey during the Moon Alert. Be careful about wild, zany impulses. Sometimes they’re fun but sometimes they’re a problem. Parents should keep an eye on their kids this afternoon.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

Certain issues that are unexpected or unusual might occur at home, especially this afternoon. Be aware of this. It will be wise to stock the fridge or have some beer or coffee on hand because a friend might knock on your front door. Just saying…..

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You’re full of clever, original, inventive ideas today. In part, this is why your routine will totally break down this afternoon. Minimize the amount you have to do so that you can cope with the unexpected. It’s always nice to have a little wiggle room to play with.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Keep an eye on your money and finances, especially this afternoon. Be aware of the restrictions of the Moon Alert if you’re thinking of shopping for anything other than food and gas. Protect what you own against loss, theft or damage. During the Moon Alert, postpone impulsive, important financial decisions – definitely.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

You feel energized and rebellious today! You are ambitious, independent and ready to change directions at a moment’s notice. New people, especially unusual new friends, might come your way. (Naturally, this will intrigue you).

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

This is a restless day but it’s also an exciting day. Not overtly but subtly. You can feel it bubbling up within you, especially this afternoon. Expect your plans to change. Count on nothing and hope for the best. This is the kind of day where everything is a bit up for grabs but no worries because things are not earthshaking.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actor Henry Golding (1987) shares your birthday today. You are energetic and interested in life, especially science and technology. You are passionate about helping others. This year you begin a new cycle of exciting changes and beginnings, which is why it’s time to clarify your goals. Remember: What you begin now will unfold in the future. Get ready to take the initiative. Fortunately, your physical strength will increase this year!


About Our Current Zodiac Sign, Pisces

Pisces- ruled by their feelings

Like the fish swimming in opposite directions, Pisceans are torn between logic and emotion

Pisces folk are ruled by their feelings. This means that they go through life following their emotions, instinctively steering their way rather than working things out logically and rationally. Intuition is one of their strongest assets, and they possess an inherent talent for tapping into other people’s feelings and automatically sensing their states of mind and soul.

This makes them sensitive and gentle creatures, as well as wonderfully sympathetic companions. Essentially dreamy and romantic, members of this Sign tend to construct a fairytale world into which they can escape when their own lives get too tough to handle.

At work and play – a wide range of professions suit the gifted and intuitive talents of this group. For a start, the Piscean sensitivity and empathy call many of these natives into counselling, clinical psychology, and alternative therapies. Some find their forte working for charitable organizations, or for other caring institutions.

Yet others turn to the world of music, literature and the arts, where they can express their considerable artistic and imaginative abilities, and find fulfillment through creative endeavor.

In love and relationships – perhaps the most tender-hearted Sign of the Zodiac, belonging to this group makes Piscean people sensitive and vulnerable.

But, because they are so easy-going, and all too often adoring of their partners, Pisceans can be easily put upon. Loneliness is their biggest fear, and they tolerate a lot so as not to be alone. In the right relationship however, their romantic, understanding, and compassionate natures will hold no bounds.

In health, Pisces rules the feet, and many Pisceans suffer miserably with foot problems throughout their lives.

Consequently, good-fitting shoes, even if expensive, are essential for their well being. Pisceans are also known for fretfulness and worry, which can take their toll on the stomach and digestive system, leading to ulcers.

They succumb to disease more quickly than most if they follow a poor diet. Psychologically, members of this Sign can all too easily become depressed and some may resort to alcohol or drugs in an attempt to lift their spirits.

Where wealth is concerned, they are trusting souls and in money matters they really need to be sure of those in whom they place their trust, for many Pisceans have been conned out of their life savings by unscrupulous ‘friends’ or ‘advisers’. However, members of this Sign are indeed quite capable of generating wealth, usually through their prodiguous creative talents – and they are best advised to put their money away safely in a bank.

Personality Keynotes

* Impressionable * Sensitive * Intuitive * Kind * Creative * Artistic *
* Sympathetic * Giving * Understanding * Dreamy * Romantic *
* Sensual * Tender * Soft-hearted * Spiritual * Passive *
* Vague * Irrational * Hapless *


* Symbol – Fish
* Ruling Planet – Neptune
* Element – Water
* Colour – Sea Green
* Flower – Lilac
* Stone – Aquamarine
* Lucky Number – 3
* Lucky Day – Thursday

Pisces Should

* Sometimes take off their rose-tinted glasses
* Learn to stand on their own two feet

Pisces Shouldn’t

* Always follow their emotions
* See themselves as a victim, or play the martyr quite so often