Weekly horoscopes: Jan. 26 – Feb. 1

ARIES (March 20-April 19)

Naturally competitive, you enjoy a good battle of the wits and wills. These sparring matches are really more sporting than they are anything else. However, Pluto at the top of your solar horoscope can escalate things without you knowing it, so that what starts out as good-natured ribbing devolves into something provocative and hostile. On Jan. 30, take a moment to check in that the people laughing with you really are laughing with you, and that they’re not looking around for a blunt instrument to clobber you with. You can never be too sure when Mars sextiles Pluto.

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