A fine dining table set for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner, complete with roses

It’s the time of year when men step up their game and pronounce their love and affection for the one woman in their lives. Valentine’s Day is the one day of the year when you are put on a pedestal and reminded that you are loved.

Where the planets happen to be on any given day affect all of us down here on earth. We give some days more special attention than others. Often the planets are not in alignments that reflect our arbitrary assigning of importance to our holidays. But one some occasions, the planetary activity in the zodiac is intense on one of our specially marked days and the excitement is more palpable than ever.

Valentine’s Day 2010 is one of those great cosmic coincidences where the calendar date we have chosen is also a time period where celestial activity is especially alive. The day celebrating love will be the day after the new moon in Aquarius this year. This coincides with the Chinese New Year, ushering in the Year of the Tiger. If these were the sole occurrences on Sunday, it would be a pretty monumental day. But that is just the start – there are two other power-packed planetary alignments that should make this the most important Valentine’s Day of the next few years.

Saturday’s new moon is the meeting of the Sun and Moon in the same spot in the sky. On Sunday, the Sun will be joined up with Neptune, a once-per-year alignment. When this happens, our egos and our dreams merge together and the presence of what we most desire is plain for all to see. Look closely at your man on Valentine’s Day. Ignore his words and watch him, stare at him, study him – his commitment to the relationship and the role it plays in his life’s goals will be painfully apparent. If you can see that he is trying to make you happy, understand that he is committed to making you happy for the rest of your life. If he is going through the motions and his thoughts seem to be elsewhere, you may be getting set up for life as a trophy on his arm or a cleaning lady at his house.

Late into the evening of Valentine’s Day, after midnight on the east coast, Venus harmonizes with Pluto. This only happens a few times a year and it is a powerful astrological alignment. The fact that this combination of planetary energy happens late means that it is building all day. Venus is the planet of love. When it is in harmony with another planet, the beautiful side of everything shows up. Pluto, meanwhile, is the secretive planet of transformation. When there is harmony in the heavens with Pluto, the changes that occur on earth are pleasant and agreeable. Harmony between Venus and Pluto manifests as an increase in love and affection, as well as in a deeper commitment to a partnership. The fact that this planetary interaction is happening on Valentine’s Day transforms a semi-annual astrological combination of planets into one of the deepest love connections of the year.

With all of this planetary activity going on, it may be impossible for you to feel anything but love and affection all day. Anxiety over being single could put a damper on a day otherwise best focused on making the rounds with friends to create the proper energy needed to attract a soulmate. Single or spoken for, committed or confused, read your zodiac sign below for tips on how to handle this massive planetary push on a girl’s most important day of the year.

Aries March 21 – April 19

Married: Enjoy a romantic dinner in a crowded restaurant
Going Steady: Valentine’s Day downtown among the crowds electrifies your partnership.
Single: Go to a party and meet some nice guys. Keep it casual, let love find you.

Taurus April 20 – May 20

Married: You might have to be role models for some other couples.
Going Steady: His work might interfere, be frank that he must make it up to you big time.
Single: Some friends from work or school can make it a better Sunday afternoon get-together.

Gemini May 21 – June 21

Married: Go somewhere completely different to spice it up.
Going Steady: He might take you to a place where the food is too exotic to know what you are eating, but it is the thought and adventure that count.
Single: A girlfriend and you hitting some funky places in offbeat neighborhoods will put you in touch with cool people. It’s definitely better than succumbing to dating a dud just for the box of chocolates.

Cancer June 22 – July 22

Married: A luxurious hotel room could lead to you two not leaving that room at all!
Going Steady: A boring movie in a dark theater is perfect to get other things accomplished together.
Single: Someone else’s date yields you a freebie as a friend passes along tickets or a coupon to an event.

Leo July 23 – August 22

Married: This Valentine’s Day will be an exercise in starting the whole relationship over.
Going Steady: A serious commitment looms large. Prepare yourself.
Single: You are able to spend quality time with a potential soulmate and make big decisions about moving forward in the relationship.

Virgo August 23 – September 22

Married: Trust his work schedule to allow for a Valentine’s moment that will be exquisite.
Going Steady: You might think his attention to detail is overkill, but it means he loves you.
Single: Your job allows you to see how couples interact on the big day; mentally prepare now for future Valentine outings.

Libra September 23 – October 22

Married: Poetry and art dominate a classic afternoon & evening that celebrate you two.
Going Steady: The simplest date will reaffirm the partnership.
Single: Your longing for love could make today so lonely when a simple getting out and seeing the town might deliver the sighting of a future soulmate.

Scorpio October 23 – November 21

Married: Sticking close to home is a sign of consistency. Enjoy your closeness.
Going Steady: His place or your place – either is perfect for a snugglefest.
Single: Staying at home allows you to envision what you really want.

Sagittarius November 22 – December 21

Married: A casual time where lots of the neighbors inevitably stop and say hello makes for a pleasant afternoon.
Going Steady: A nice date could dissolve into having “the discussion” about where you two are going. You only have yourself to blame if you ruin your Valentine’s Day with an epic talk.
Single: Going out with friends makes you forget there is something that you are missing.

Capricorn December 22 – January 19

Married: Resist the urge to judge his love by how much he spends.
Going Steady: You two are still learning about what each other needs, so don’t make a line of questioning an inquisition.
Single: Focus on work and know love is out there somewhere for you.

Aquarius January 20 – February 18

Married: The new moon in your sign will make the two of you recommit like never before.
Going Steady: You might be overpowering a love interest; the intensity you create could make him bolt under stress.
Single: Your friends are tired of hearing about how single you are. Do something about it.

Pisces February 19 – March 20

Married: Your celebration could involve a little more champagne than you will recall on Monday.
Going Steady: The bliss of the perfect Valentine’s Day will be muted by having to get up for work tomorrow morning.
Single: Wait, Valentine’s Day is in February?

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