Full Moon Solstice June 19

Happy Solstice Eve!

The Moon is Full in the wee hours of the morning, so it should be glorious to witness tonight and tomorrow night. The Sun entires Gemini tomorrow and Summer officially begins. The Sun is conjunct Venus in Cancer at Solstice—when the Sun moves into that sign—and the Full Capricorn Moon, which then transits Pluto. What does this all mean?

Well…

Aries are experiencing a dismantling of structures that have been prohibiting an imminent rise in their status and authority.

Taurus are inspired to make a major turn in their personal or spiritual belief systems, and break out in an exotic direction.

Geminis are undergoing deep psychological shifts, unlocking and releasing traumas and repression.

Cancerians are changing the patterns and roles they play in close relationships, pruning their social circle to make room for better bonds.

Leos are digging themselves out of ruts, going rogue from any rat races, and instituting healthy rituals/routines.

Virgos are instituting a new lifestyle that prioritizes leisure, love, laughter and keeping things light.

Libras are mindfully recreating themselves, from the inside out, connecting with their most private selves, cultivating peace of mind.

Scorpios are shoring up their base, polishing close connections, and rewiring their networks and their own mental processes.

Sagittarians take stock of their possessions, both literal and figurative, investing in requisite props to support their talents and objectives.

Capricorns are embodying total self-reliance, connecting with their innate sense of autonomy and spiritual license, savoring new salad days.

Aquarians are letting go of people, places and things that require work and maintenance, relinquishing undue responsibility, if not liquidating assets.

Pisces resolve to channel their natural empathy into action that can positively impact others on a grand scale.

Remember…

You’ll be able to pre-order your Haute Astrology Year Ahead as early as August.
More soon, so stay connected.

 

June 12 2016

Dear Haute-ies,

Photo: Ric Ide

Photo: Ric Ide

More than any other request received from our Haute Astrology readers is for more heads-up—each week we receive at least a note or two from you asking if we could publish a month’s worth, or more, of our horoscopes so that you can “plan ahead” in effect for whatever cosmic climate might be ahead. This is something which has heretofore not been possible for us to pull off, but we have heeded your appeals and have been hatching a plan to deliver to our readers what they have been most desiring if not demanding—some of you have been fiercely lobbying us for this—so guess what?

That’s right! We are going to give you what you want…and then some. Beginning August 1, 2016, you will be able to pre-order your very own Haute Astrology Year Ahead book, one for each sign, twelve in all, so that you can have the entire 2017 year of our weekly horoscopes in the palm of your sweaty little iPad, Kindle, Laptop or smart phone.

That’s a full year of our weekly Haute Astrology guidance at your fingertips. No more anxious Sunday mornings waiting for your horoscope to appear. No more wondering what happens next. No more stabbing in the dark for the best near-future times to do this and that. You will be able to plan your entire earthly existence for 2017 with the help of our starry navigation. But it does come with some sacrifice: You will have to be patient.

We have already been secretly and carefully charting the celestial to’ings and fro’ings for each of the twelve astrological signs, so that we might be able to package, into e-book form, each and every one of the sign’s very own Haute Astrology weekly guide to 2017. We have arranged ourselves and our schedules, now, to shutter ourselves away a bit, over the next several months, to prepare twelve sets of weekly horoscopes, in our signature Haute Astrology style so to give you more comprehensive guidance for the year ahead.

So, as we enter our workshop to do just that, please send us all your best vibes. We know we are answering your call for this work but it is something of a leap for us. But we promise, by August 1, you will be able to order your very own 2017 Haute Astrology. And, given this new book project meets with your approval, we will have momentum to immediately start work on 2018 so that you will never again—only this once—have to go without your weekly Haute Astrology.

In the meantime, we promise to give you a little cosmic sugar along the way: We will be shouting out to all our readers of all astrological persuasions via daily social media and with weekly nuggets of Haute Astrology for all, probably, still, on Sundays, so that you won’t feel entirely lost in the cosmos, without us. Meanwhile, again, send us your best hopes and wishes for what we hope will be continued dialogue between the stars above and our readers here below, by way of your grateful guides, here, sending you…

Love and Miracles,

Stella + Quinn

 

 

Haute Astrology

 

by Starsky + Cox

authors of bestselling SEXTROLOGY, now available as an e-book

week of June 5th-11th 2016

Funny how archetypes work. We say you can’t escape them. Case in point: the Gemini Man. In our book Sextrology, his chapter is called The Goodfellow. Gemini and its third astrological house focus on immediate experience. Immediacy being what both closely surrounds us, spatially, and instantaneously, time-wise. The sign is ruled by Mercury, named for the god who can travel hither and thither in a flash, like his Shakespearean prototype Puck, who is messenger to Oberon the way Mercury (Greek: Hermes) is to Jupiter (Zeus). The third house also rules the teenage slice of life, age 14-21, defined as it is by our immediate family and close cronies, siblings and sibling-like relationships, which are the kind we have at that age, and rarely after—Gemini making an exception to that rule. He personifies that experience always, being eternally youthful like Puck (Robin Goodfellow) or Hermes or his fairytale incarnation, Peter Pan—wrestling with one’s shadow portrays eternal struggle with duality that the sign of the Twins expresses. In legend, we have Robin Hood, in comic books, Robin, the boy wonder. Gemini guys retain their teenage rat-pack mentality, “boon companions” coming under third-house rule. Robin of Sherwood was the first hood in his hood, if you will, doing his bit to balance the rich/poor duality—in essence, the world’s first Goodfella. In modern culture we see many a Gemini entering the zeitgeist at a tender age, playing at being adults while forever remaining something of a juvenile in his antics. Bring on the boy wonders: Michael Cera, Paul Dano, Neil Patrick Harris, Jamie Oliver, Macklemore, Boy George, Rafael Nadal, Jake Short, Dominic Cooper, Justin Long, Kanye West, Cameron Boyce, Troye Sivan, Mark Walhberg, Dave Franco, Shia LeBeouf, Hugh Dancy, T.J. Miller, Michael J. Fox, Mike Meyers, Noah Wylie, Irving Thalberg, Tupak Shakur, Gene Wilder, Gary Burghoff, Johnny Depp, Allen Ginsberg, Lenny Kravitz, John F. Kennedy.

Aries

The New Moon, Sunday, puts recent lessons learned into bold action while making you super comfortable in your skin. You also get kinks out of any operational machinery. As Mercury opposes Mars, trining Pluto, you may sense a divine presence gently guiding you through gauntlets. Big deals slowly materialize; the trick is to clear the decks as they do. Publishing or such packaging of ideas is highlighted. Opportunities are chucked from left field, so look alive out there. Planet moves rid your social landscape of puffy phonies.

Taurus

Subcultural interests, even subversive desires, are piqued with Pluto’s continued trine to Mars. Socializing has felt like kid stuff, lately, and you’re wont to explore, if not exploit, more adult themes. You take more authority in close relationships beginning with Sunday’s New Moon—there are some serious new players on the scene who, unlike some existing ones, don’t take you for granted. You throw more weight around, all the while embracing steamy passions, stylish poses, scintillating pep talks and some sinful perks.

Gemini

Dormant psychic recesses are now awakening. Heroes and mentors have major impact; and you might rip whole pages from their books. Sun and Venus, opposing Saturn, help you pinpoint elements of persona, attitude and style that smack of affectation, so that you may evolve them into unique, signature attributes. Let others’ success inspire you—no sour grapes or plots to top/ple them. Some people owe you a debt of gratitude. Ask and ye shall receive moral support as needed. Sunday’s New Moon will have been vitalizing.

Cancer

You confront control issues with Sunday’s New Moon. Try delegating responsibility without dumping it on people. Finished products might not be. Redouble efforts to ensure their achievement. Let people pick up slack in areas you no longer need tackle. Mercury opposing Mars while trining Pluto lets cats out of the bag; but even awful truths set you free from false ties that bind. Take time with every project, prioritizing a group agenda over a singular one. You can drive folks a bit bonkers now, but they will thank you for it.

Leo

With Sunday’s New Moon you turn a creative passion into a solid platform for success. Focus on the big picture of every possibility or pay-off. The Sun and Venus opposed Saturn helps prioritize what to pursue first; while digging into work at hand may unleash a storm of edgy emotions. The trick is to create without editing yourself. You can’t afford the luxury of consciousness. Dare to muck up, taking time to achieve expertise; prizing progress over perfection. Mercury opposed Mars can make communication a bit heated.

Virgo

Mercury trine Pluto has already initiated a process of elimination. You could, in fact, pull up domestic stakes on a dime, if you chose to. There’s little room for sentimentality as you streamline and simplify home environment. You claim solo space starting with Sunday’s New Moon. Empower yourself with talismans and positive tributes to yourself in the mirror. Perhaps you already live in your spiritual home; if not you may consider another center of operation. Only codependent bonds unravel now, so please let them.

Libra

It’s key to lead with your imagination, a word that shares a linguistic root with magic. With the Grand Trine of Sun, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune, viewing life as a lucid dream is both a challenge and a reward. Circumstance can unfold to your specifications if, and only if, your wishes are for the greater good, not self-satisfying. What you conjure mustn’t impinge upon or impede others. Sunday’s New Moon initiates a spate of spiritually confirming synchronicity. See so-called setbacks as desired corrections in disguise.

Scorpio

As a reward for resisting recent revengeful urges, karma swoops in to serve retribution to those who’ve done you wrong. But, please, no gloating. Sunday’s New Moon helps you play the humble victor where you acted more the proud victim. But your dejected days of moping around might be over. Yes, attention and validation are key, but you must view them as privileges not rights. The Grand Cross of the Sun, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune prescribes giving to others with all sincerity. Sounds easy in theory but you need practice.

Sagittarius

You kick heretofore secret or stealthy endeavors into high gear, as Mercury trines Pluto. To boot, Sunday’s New Moon distills formerly vague mind’s-eye visions; and any eureka moments can be funneled into functional plans. Discipline may elude you in the process, but don’t get impatient—take baby steps toward long-range goals. Embrace efficiency and economy in all dealings. Keep cards close to the vest lest you dilute plans or open them to scrutiny or censure. Your path isn’t linear now. You are circling in on success.

Capricorn

You slip into super-sleuth mode with Pluto trine Mercury, probing beyond appearances and unearthing hidden truths and secret agendas. There’s also much to be gleaned from delving your own veiled subconscious, documenting dreams and delineating ulterior motives. Sunday’s New Moon helps you objectively survey the landscape of repressed emotions and loosens psychological knots that thwart creative expression. You may seem self-absorbed; but you’re truly preservational. Mars opposed Mercury voices any anger.

Aquarius

The Sun and Venus opposed Saturn says a desired windfall and the heeding of a creative calling aren’t mutually exclusive. Sunday’s Gemini New Moon green-lights educational forays that promise long-term financial stability and provide a sense of purpose. It can also disseminate information willy nilly. Be sure not to sacrifice clarity in communication to a need for speed. Collectives provide a salve for frayed nerves; groups also allow you to air feelings without their being taken personally. Some formerly fuzzy math clears up.

Pisces

Though finances flow more easily now, time remains your most precious commodity. Mercury opposing Mars and trining Pluto says to take inventory of commitments, consolidate to-do lists, and tackle first things first. Selective procrastination is a habit worth breaking. Sunday’s New Moon highlights upgrades that require making. Focus is also on sharpening skills, optimizing assets, and further raising your professional stock. A so-called pipe dream you’d be thrilled to pursue is also the one destined to be purest gold.

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Haute Astrology

by Starsky + Cox

week of May 29th – June 4th 2016

Gemini is ruled by winged Mercury, god of the crossroads. Being at a crossroads spells a difficult decision. The winged goddess of discord, Eris, lobs an apple into a divine party with the words “for the fairest among you” penned upon it. Someone must decide. The Judgment of Paris sees the poor boy choosing Aphrodite who promised him Helen for the honor. Helen is a quadruplet. She and brother Pollux hatched from an egg, and Clytemnestra and Castor from another, Zeus having taken swan form in the fathering. Castor and Pollux are the Gemini “twins”. Helen and Clytemnestra, then, too, no? Helen hooked up with Paris who was from the wrong side of the tracks. Fast forward to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet whose suitor, pre-Romeo, is likewise called Paris. The name Juliet translates to both “child of Jove”, a name for Jupiter, Greek: Zeus, and “downy”, another nod to birds. Star-crossed and prone to love at first sight with someone from the wrong side of the crossroads, Juliet is a prime literary archetype of the Gemini woman in keeping with the sign’s rule of the human age of 14-21, a time when one first bites into the apple of temptation. Helen and Paris; Romeo and Juliet are forbidden fruit. This matches the biblical view of the zodiac as well. The first fiery sign Aries is akin to big-bang creation; Taurus to the lush green Eden and temptation; and Gemini, the twins, the Fall, duality, is the consequence of eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Helen and Juliet are echoes of the prurient Eve; as is Nabokov’s Lolita who tempts duality incarnate Humbert Humbert. And you thought it was just all an accident that Gemini women seem a ripe combination of guilelessness and game. This gamine of the Zodiac does tend to be gorgeous enough to launch a thousand cosmetic campaigns; and while there is always some personal-fall sprinkled into the mix and often linked to her falling rather suddenly in love, Gemini birds are simply set on a quicker speed. Innocent as a rose—mind the thorns: Kate Upton, Marilyn Monroe, Amy Schumer, Adriana Lima, Isabella Rossellini, Bar Refaeli, Heidi Klum, Elizabeth Hurley, Brooke Shields, Angelina Jolie, Laverne Cox, Nicole Kidman, Naomi Campbell, Anna Kournikova, Lana Del Rey, Michelle Phillips, Molly Sims, Julianna Marguilies, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Autumn and Willow Shields, and that two-faced swan herself, Natalie Portman,

Starsky + Cox's SEXTROLOGY holiday...the cosmic gift that keeps on giving...

Starsky + Cox’s SEXTROLOGY…the cosmic gift that keeps on giving…

Aries

You’ve a dark internal dialogue bubbling up and over. But, trust, it’s all for the purpose of elimination. Motor-mouth Mercury trining your introspective Pluto puts words to profound feelings. You see that any present unrest stems from past roads not taken. Again, trust: It’s not too late. You’re set to put a slew of fresh ventures in motion. You just have to be okay with not knowing in what order you’ll do so. For sure: art and commerce shall go hand-in-hand. Any failure to launch stems from not forgiving yourself for everything.

Taurus

After a spate of solo endeavoring, you now partner on projects, which is the best recipe for success. The Sun and Venus opposed Saturn isolates clinging co-dependents, and inspires you to seek out a new tribe. You’re sowing radical oats, drawn to those who take stands and make demands. The milquetoast out there leave you cold. As do pretend lovers of poverty, tiny dog toters, and star schtupers. You’re ripping the social fabric a new one. Still, you find certain luxury to be underrated and you make necessary upgrades.

Gemini

You personify forward momentum; yet it may be tricky to execute an agenda as Mercury trines Pluto. We advise cooling your jets, remaining smugly unruffled in the face of what are mainly, superficial setbacks. Don’t chase opportunities; meditate on magnetizing them to you—even play hard to get. Got deadlines? Try chanting: Push ’em back, push ’em back, way back, and bench self-styled players who drop the proverbial ball. Be a benign dictator who expects much from your people—but nothing you wouldn’t yourself give.

Cancer

Group environments provide more freedom and facility than working alone in a vacuum. Communication smooths as Mercury trines Pluto, but beware overpromisers. Technical snafus also untangle as you get a handle on how real or metaphoric machinery ticks. You get the kinks out of your attitude, too, by accepting inalienable facts about yourself and revealing some secrets. With the end of Uranus squaring Pluto, you fly in the face of any stuffed shirts steeped in the status quo—so mote it be for a provocative progressive.

Leo

A Grand Cross of the Sun, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune allows unpalatable past events to be fully processed. Emotional blocks give way to a flood of serenity leading to a spiritual reboot. Your private drama, baby, has universal resonance; and you benefit, perhaps even financially, from sharing the trials of your alternately sad and happy trails. You mend most readily via creative expression, especially finding humor in what was once horrific. You’re gaining solid perspective, empowered to sow seeds for a new vocational venture.

Virgo

One of our resonant original quotes is “Diversity is the Mother of Compassion” (all rights reserved). It’s fitting as a Grand Cross of major planets propels you to explore exotic influences outside your comfort zone. Though you’ve mainly stuck to an intimate circle of devotees, you now branch out to champion those who offer little—on paper—in return. Where you once bowed to convention, you now eschew it for the sake of a burgeoning liberal ideology and others’ social emancipation. Grass-rootsiest plans are now best laid.

Libra

We don’t want your pity. Yes, it may come from a good (enough) place, but, as the Sun and Venus oppose Saturn, expressions that even slightly whiff of it seem condescending. So get fully behind moves loved ones make, don’t caution or curtail. And consider: your amped concern might be projected fear of your own failing. The more you encourage others to reach for brass rings, the more you do likewise. Mind the hypocrisy of labeling others dour when you’re giving RBF over any “raw deals” you’re being dealt.

Scorpio

Close relations pose a challenge but provide great opportunity for growth. As Uranus and Pluto end their square, you focus on cultivating lasting joy, forgoing instant gratification or fleeting pleasure. Imposing ground rules makes for happier blendships. You employ the word love more as a verb than a noun, adopting the role of caring, wonder-filled wise wo/man. Public image gets a boost as you put your most expert, in-charge self forward. If it feels awkward, fake it till you make it. Stick to decisions and whiffle-waffle no more.

Sagittarius

Fortune is on an upswing, with a Grand Cross of the Sun, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune. This is your cue to bolster defenses and foster a savory calm to replace any sour grapes. Raise your psychic shield against dementors, and allow yourself be suffused with true glamour—a conscious power of attraction. Batten down domestic hatches so to cultivate creative efforts—waste no energy on petty minutiae. Once prized as a party mule, you’re now celebrated as a wallflower. You only peel yourself away for most important matters.

Capricorn

With Mercury trine Pluto, you’re prone to overthinking and self-consciousness. But, on the positive side, you gain subconscious protection and the ability to work through issues via dreams and quiet psychic breakthroughs, soothing nerves and neurons. You may run with a new pack that inspires growth and learning. Seeking company for a common purpose replaces aimless gatherings devoted to ritually killing brain cells. You’re more aligned with subtle, etheric energies, feeling yourself a source to be praised and prized.

Aquarius

This is a sort of make or break time. As Saturn continues to oppose the Sun and Venus you shake your fist to heaven with as-god-is-my-witness resolve; otherwise you pack up your toys and tureens and split dysfunctional scenes. Given you do the former, remember that money isn’t the root of all evil, it’s the love of it that is. Doing things solely for gold leaves you spiritually gutted. And there are always those who’ll offer a hand[out] but demand a handy in return. So, petition the sky for self-reliance; and fiercely incarnate it.

Pisces

Gird yourself for a far-out, -flung week with a Grand Cross of the Sun, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune. Adventure is in the air, whetting your whistle for travel and mind-blowing internal trips. You do set off on a vision quest of sorts, sparking creative initiatives for the coming year. Target what you most wish to endeavor; thus you feed a curiosity with roots in early childhood. There may be a mystical element to it. And to perform real magic without, you must journey within. Doing so powers your charms and spells enchantment.

Copyright 2016 Wheel Atelier Inc. All Rights Reserved. Smiles up.

 

Haute Astrology

by Starsky + Cox

Starsky + Cox's SEXTROLOGY holiday...the cosmic gift that keeps on giving...

Starsky + Cox’s SEXTROLOGY…the cosmic gift that keeps on giving…

week of May 22-28, 2016

 

 

Gemini is ruled by Mercury, named for the scrappy god of the crossroads. Literally, or just in their hearts, Gemini guys are street-wise garçons de la rue: poets, troubadours, urchins, scamps, tricksters and jugglers, if just of the truth, dual by nature, dualistic by design. They are artful dodgers, fast-talking champions of the common man. There is a bit of Robin Hood in every Gemini hood in the hood. That aerial hero in green tights recalls another mercurial character, namely, Robin Goodfellow, Shakespeare’s Puck, synonymous with Peter Pan, all fairy versions of winged Mercury, the magician and messenger god who, like Peter and Puck, never ages past adolescence. Duality in all its forms, but knowledge, especially, of mortality and immortality, is the theme of the Gemini male psyche. The tale of the male “twins” of Gemini, Castor and Pollux (actually quadruplets who hatched from separate eggs with twin sisters, fathered by Zeus in the guise of a Swan) is hinged on their mortal/deific dialectic. Birds and wings symbolize the divine side of the human condition, which we all possess. Gemini man tends to express his own via flights of fancy and the proliferation of ideas, poetry, music, writing, or whatever magical or Machiavellian maneuvers with which he seeks to make an lasting mark on the world. He tends to pack a wallop with his words, Mercury (Logos) being god of communication. And many a Gemini actor has played into his airy, pirate archetype. Think Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow, Errol Flynn’s Robin Hood or Captain Blood, Douglas Fairbank’s Robin Hood or Thief of Bagdad, James Purfoy’s Blackbeard, Jason Isaac’s Captain Hook, Geoffrey Rush’s Captain Barbossa. And then there are just the roguish, anti-hero stylings of Colin Farrell, Tupac Shakur, Stellan Skarsgard, Dominic Cooper, Paul Bettany, Peter Dinklage, Hugh Laurie, Malcolm McDowell, Joseph Fiennes, Russell Brand, Rupert Everett, Morrissey, Bob Dylan, Liam Neeson, Ice Cube and Josh Lucas.

Aries

Post the Blue Moon, the sense you have some luxury of time is an illusion. Deliberation only sees you miss important boats. You do well to quickly document ideas then punt them into the ether. Quality isn’t compromised by throwing a quantity of pitches out there to see what sticks. Engage sounding boards, yes, but avoid any temptation to collaborate. You kick yourself when someone moves on a great idea you thought of first. Mercury direct from Monday makes you determined to not let that sort of thing ever happen again.

Taurus

Self-solitude is key to expressing soulful yearnings. Despite recent successes (kudos), you may feel depleted, having taken a few hits. Mercury trine Pluto shows how you’re entering into dicey mental space or behavior. But the opposite is also true: You’re taking a turn on an upward spiral. Circling back to revisit pains you put behind you, only to be lifted that much more out of them, gaining new perspective and self-awareness. The Sun and Venus opposing Mars suggests that longstanding emotional scars are finally healing.

Gemini

In the wake of the Blue Moon, you question whether a fresh life direction is possible. The answer is: affirmative. So let opportunity knock; don’t cling to or linger around familiar or convenient fears. Shift focus from inner longings to external manifestation. Let the former surface and inspire necessary action. Just because you’ve put time and effort into an agenda based on one set of desires, doesn’t mean you can’t press pause and heed new destiny callings. The Sun and Venus opposed Mars brings relationship issues to a head.

Cancer

Ye old adage—”it’s better to be feared than loved”—rings truest now, as Pluto trines Mercury, now direct. Trekking the road less traveled has seen you wax introspective, itching for life meaning. The closest peeps can’t predict which way your moods will swing next; they only hope to stay on your good side. Post the Blue Moon, you find a sanguinity, settling into new sitches and rhythms. You’re still detached—keeping others guessing and snapping to—but you’re giving tough love, mentorship and fierce entrée.

Leo

Heed your infamous inner guidance system, now, in the wake of the Blue Moon. You have amplified powers of insight into uncharted people, places and pretty young things. Still, you’ll meet with resistance from loved ones demanding proof of your perceptions. They’ll just have to trust you; or not (they should) and thank you for it. Jupiter’s current opposition to Neptune brings myriad opportunities; but resist taking on work solely for coin or status. You may be tempted to flaunt or brag; but, you may feel the fool if you do.

Virgo

The Sun opposing Mars says that any anger you feel is actually hurt. As hyper-sensitive as you are, you’re tempted to retaliate against even constructive criticism, which you must realize, once and for all, isn’t personal. Messengers you’re wont to kill aren’t out to get you; they want to help you clear self-imposed hurdles. So relax hard lines and check your paranoia. Post the Blue Moon, it’s a wise Virgin who shrugs off slings and arrows. There is no game if you don’t play. Lovers aren’t mind readers, so articulate wants and needs.

Libra

Go with situational flows. As Pluto trines Mercury, going direct, beware of skirting circumstance or grousing, or mugging or otherwise telegraphing discontent. Doing so only backfires. If you ace this, you’ll emerge with emotional muscle to last a summer. In the wake of the Blue Moon, you play therapist to friends and family. It may sound like a drag, but you get into helping flailing friends or family failing to see the forest for the trees. Eighty-six Oscar -worthy performances—not even your mama wants your drama.

Scorpio

Tasks that proved tough can now suddenly be a cinch. Yet, it’s the simple stuff of life that still eludes you. With Saturn T-squaring Jupiter and Neptune, give focus to feelings, domestic needs, and inter-personal details, which can be all so easy to skate over. Deep philosophical ideas now register. And whether it’s a vague malaise or a burning desire that triggers a longing for a belief system that’ll sustain you, clear some mind-space to cultivate it. With Mercury direct, you can channel emotional stress into productive action.

Sagittarius

After yesterday’s Blue Moon, the spotlight is on holistic healing. Hobbies? Pastimes? Heard of them? How about a holiday? How long has it been since your last? Not all activities must be productive or impact your career or cash flow. Forget finances for a bit—can you? Instead, tie up loose ends, especially that of returning communication. In love, you desire more than convenience or a free ride. Yes, you heard us correctly. Pluto trine Mercury, going direct, can trap you in a triangular relationship. Disengage, bubby.

Capricorn

You may’ve been put through the emotional ringer and be in need of a purge; and the Blue Moon should be triggering its expression. Realize: you can only move forward in creating a new home by reckoning with the one you came from. This requires reaching out to friends, an organized group of strangers, or a well-worn shrink to get you over the hump of some remembrances of things past. Mercury going direct helps you combat energy depletion by owning your full range of feelings, seeing wounds as blessings.

Aquarius

Just as you feel at the end of your financial rope, fortune smiles. Saturn T-squaring Jupiter and Neptune alights on projects that narrow your niche (specificity is queen) while you satisfy existing bread-and-butter obligations. Financial facts and figures others may’ve tried to fudge come to light—and in your favor. You can be all forgiveness, now, but be sure that the sneaky never pull the wool again. Mercury direct relieves you of feeling over-responsible toward others, just as it makes it crystal: you won’t be undervalued.

Pisces

The Blue Moon has humbly turned the volume down on ego, amping true confidence. As you’re not one to squander talents or cast pearls before swindlers, you may not recognize when you’re doing both. The celestial light now shines on gifts on which you should place a hefty price, making your worth clear to everyone and, most importantly, yourself. With Mercury direct you will get the lead out in realizing figments of imagination that are destined to bear fruit. The trick is to do one tiny thing per day toward your goal quest.

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Haute Astrology

 

by Starsky + Cox

Join us Sunday, May 15th, 8 pm, at Sid Gold’s for The Zodiac Club tickets available at the door, and room open, from 7 pm

week of May 15th-21st 2016

We enter Gemini on Friday; and once in a…Saturday’s Full Moon is also a Blue Moon, meaning the third of four Full Moons in a season. That’s what a Blue Moon is. Honest.

Gemini is the premier air sign, ruled by winged Mercury, the dualistic messenger god of the word (logos) and all forms of communication and gossip, girl. While the Twins guy is Peter Pan-complexed and a bit fly-by-night, Twins woman is the original Tinker Bell: equal parts manipulative and loveable, disruptive and protective, running hot and cold. “I need you to love me”…. “Stand back, stand back.” Gemini women draw on the archetype of Eris, goddess of discord who, feeling snubbed for not being invited to a divine party of god/desses, caused a buzz by lobbing an apple into the mixer on which were written the words “for the fairest among you”—jump cut to the Judgment of Paris and all-out Trojan war. Enter another Gemini archetype, Helen of Troy, the true twin of Pollux—they hatched from one of two eggs their mother Leda laid (after she was laid by Zeus in the guise of a swan). From a second egg hatched the mortal twins Castor and Clytemnestra. Castor and Pollux are the twins of the Gemini constellation, while Helen and Clytemnestra express the Gemini woman duality: passive/provocative, naive/knowing, meek/magnificent, vulnerable/vainglorious, silly/sublime, delicate/divalike, if not tragic/transcendent. And it’s this mix that fascinates us. That and the fact that the Gemini lady can be pretty/cuckoo, or at least portray cray-cray scary/well: Stevie Nicks, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Naomi Campbell, Nicole Kidman, Kathleen Turner, Angelina Jolie, Helena Bonham-Carter, Anne Heche, Heidi Klum, Liz Hurley, Brooke Shields, Lauryn Hill, Natalie Portman, Fairuza Balk, Juliette Lewis, Carey Mulligan, Jewel Kilcher, Ally Sheedy and the teensy/titan Olsen twins.

Starsky + Cox's SEXTROLOGY holiday...the cosmic gift that keeps on giving...

Starsky + Cox’s SEXTROLOGY…the cosmic gift that keeps on giving…

 

Aries

You mustn’t even try to follow a linear path, now, directive as you are. Mercury’s continued retrograde sees best laid plans being pulled out from under you. Now is your chance to transcend practicality and if-then equations, and to get into the magic of a synchronic universe. So sit back. Be a passenger, not a driver, and surely not a conductor, even a semi one. Resist people pleasing (and needing pleasing). Be picky on the social front, holding out for quality bonds. Self-reliance mightn’t be easy; but it can be simple.

Taurus

You’re waxing both optimistic and impressionistic with a Grand Trine of Venus/Mercury with Jupiter and Pluto providing unique visions that are bound to morph into ground-breaking directives that win reward and respect. Provided you act on these impressions not ignore them. You possess the vitality to express and manifest creative inklings. Story-telling is particularly highlighted; and taking the spotlight can be empowering for both you and audience. Honor your relations to quietly loyal friends, eschewing noisy pokers.

Gemini

Let’s admit that overnight success is something you’ve been working on for quite a long time now. But you might consider that it can be a mixed blessing. If you’re in any way misrepresenting who you are, make honest adjustments to your brand, creative mission, or other messaging defining your professional self. But take a light touch. A Grand Trine of Venus/Mercury with Jupiter and Pluto says to keep workaholism in check. And beware of being on emotional auto-pilot. Speak the truth and embrace your spacey oddities.

Cancer

You buck convention, now, in career and social circles with radical displays. As the Sun opposes Mars, feel free to employ some shock tactics to assert your life-style and aesthetic choices. This may put you at odds with public opinion, but pay little mind: Detractors only steer you toward like-minded kindred spirits, whom you will nonetheless meet, on your own terms, in your own time. An agent, manager or other codependent may need the boot. Saturday’s Full Moon spells a wild spate in the love department.

Leo

Mercury’s retrograde breaks down communication, but happily so. Because glitches provide grace periods for shoring up points of view, elevator pitches and personal manifestos. You’ve a knack, now, for aligning solo ambitions with team playing—you can envision umbrella scenarios that satisfy the needs of all. You must realize, though, that you can’t fix people’s problems—these are just distractions from your own dilemmas needing resolving. Success is assured; in what state of mind you meet it is up to you.

Virgo

Leading up to Saturday’s Sagittarian Full Moon, your competitive nature can run amok, just when you should give it a rest. Prioritizing downtime is a crucial cog in steering, not spinning, your wheels toward desired goals. Yes, you can mix business with pleasure so long as you don’t utterly obliterate the fine line between. Sustain a mature formality. A creative or social cause may require both your moral and financial support. Devoting time to others, giving self-promotion a wee rest now, will ultimately empower solo endeavors.

Libra

The slightest veering from your schema can drive you off the rails. But, with a Grand Trine of Venus/Mercury, Jupiter and Pluto you’re urged to access more natural flexibility. It’s time to go beyond the garden gate to explore new pastures, as the Full Moon looms. And to free emotional hostages; detach from bosses, mentors or lovers who treat you like a naughty puppy. You’ve benefited as much as you can from said peeps, picking up ticks in the process. Now clear the cobwebs of complacency and embrace cheerful uncertainty.

Scorpio

With a Grand Trine of Venus/Mercury, Jupiter and Pluto, you connect more profoundly both with others and with the proverbial All. You surrender—not the same as giving up— in relationships, less co-existing and more fully merging with significants. Nigh on Saturday’s Full Moon you grasp for meaning—digging deep into profound topics of concern and into your often ignored subconscious. Your atmosphere is charged with electricity, possibility and synchronicity. You can enjoy the buzz and stay sober minded.

Sagittarius

You enter a labyrinth of myriad contingencies and mental twists and turns as Mercury’s retrograde rages on. Overindulging in terrestrial delights may find you locked you in a hedonistic maze. Stick to simple pleasures and embrace certain innocence. You gain little by acting out of spite or rivalry. Try giving to others, no strings attached. Imagine you’re a secret agent for cosmic bounty. If you believe that the universe does indeed provide, then, as part of it, show us how it’s done? Unless you’re not as high-vibey as you claim.

Capricorn

Oh, the woe of the status-quo. Feel it and let it inspire you to take a more pro-active approach to career. Similarly, in love, you needn’t wait around to be wooed—go in hot pursuit. The Sun opposing Mars, and the Full Moon, too, by Saturday, puts focus on finances. In synching with a partner or team in a shared investment, it’s key to remain hyper-realistic, but not in the least pessimistic. Let a childlike zeal set you apart. Young at heart doesn’t mean developmentally arrested. Shake your seasoned groove thing.

Aquarius

You may need reminding that aptly named stuff doesn’t provide the security you crave. It’s knowledge that now does the trick. Leading to Saturday’s Full Sagittarian Moon you find you master subjects with which you once struggled, as if your brain’s been rewired. You may press restart, too, on a purely artistic pursuit that has nada to do with payoffs. Momentum is most crucial—not getting caught in cul-de-sacs that stymie or foster some vague subsistence. Still your ego, continuing to take risks that challenge and humble you.

Pisces

You seem calm to others but your astrologers know you may be quietly crumbling. If so, it’s best not to pretend. Hell is [feigning to abide] others. With the Sun opposed Mars, nigh on the Full Moon, you’ve a short fuse for detractors and idlers. That said, you also possess the power to make them go poof, and to cultivate the company of supportive, purposeful beings. But—chicken, egg—you must first disengage from the dysfunctionals. Cliques always left you cold; and you’ve petitioned the stars for solo time—so take that.

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Haute Astrology

by Starsky + Cox

Starsky + Cox's SEXTROLOGY holiday...the cosmic gift that keeps on giving...

Starsky + Cox’s SEXTROLOGY…the cosmic gift that keeps on giving…

week of May 8-14 2016

Mercury, retrograde, transits the Sun on Monday, something that happens a dozen or so times a century. It surfaces themes of value and dignity for Aries, physical well-being for Taurus, spiritual questioning for Gemini, a calling to the world stage for Cancer, status issues for Leo, higher-mindedness for Virgo, psychological transformation for Libra, relationship concerns for Scorpio, behavioral changes for Sagittarius, creative redirection for Capricorn, domestic rejigging for Aquarius and a sweeping re-thinking for Pisces.

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In counterpoint to it’s preceding sign of objective, directive, “masculine” Mars-ruled Aries (and the forthright people born under that sign), “feminine” Venus-ruled Taurus is subjective, intriguing, inviting and alluring. Taurus people can be, if only naively, vague, suggestive, or downright elusive. They are all pull, and no push. Taurus can in fact be navel gazers, endlessly self-reflective, and they thus invite the interest, worship and also the scrutiny of others. As artists and intellects, they obscure and refine, turning obvious forms of expression on their ear while they up the creative ante, achieving unique, even absurdist, and elegant results. They don’t effort, by nature. As the premier earth sign, these pastoral archetypal flower-children—think reflective Narcissus, Adonis and Hyacinth—embody natural ease. They toil nor do they spin. Full expression is their birthright. Taurus rules the throat and voice, symbolizing a natural proclivity for these bovine characters to utter. Venus works her grace and charm physically in this sign and on its men who are suppleness personified. Consider the gravity-defying moves of Fred Astaire and David Beckham; the oblique musical stylings of Duke Ellington, Burt Bacharach, Bing Crosby, Bono Vox (good voice), Pete Townsend, David Byrne or Brian Eno; the skewed comedic genius of George Carlin and Stephen Colbert; the elegant up-ending of Salvatore Dali and Jasper Johns, the out-of-left-field acting styles of Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson and Harvey Keitel, the ironic soft-spoken-ness of Malcolm X, the obscured invention of Mark Zuckerberg, the self-reverential élan of filmmaker Wes Anderson. All such expression being one big, slow side-long glance of the Taurus Bull. Can they be in love with themselves? That’s a question for the likes of Al Pacino, Chris Brown, George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Enrique Iglesias, Daniel Day Lewis, Jay Leno, Will Arnett, Robert Pattinson, James McAvoy, Jerry Seinfeld, Orson Wells or Rudolph Valentino.

Aries

You find contentment in championing global causes. And Mars letting go lightly from Neptune can see you take hold of a real or metaphoric megaphone, voicing necessary change. Meanwhile, Jupiter going direct delineates the correlation between any solo work at hand and the sweeping resonance it can have at large. Others seeking to make you feel less-than are merely telegraphing their own competitive jealousy. Status issues come to the fore only to reaffirm your innate self-belief and amped appreciation of natural talents.

Taurus

A stellium of the Sun, Mercury and Venus requires recognizing milestones. So own the fact you’ve scored major achievements. And also note that other successful friends, colleagues, lovers and other strangers are nicer, less drama-filled, more respectful and functional than those chewing sour grapes. The poverty-conscious no longer have a place in your orbit. Money-wise: squirreling away, not spending, makes you feel flushest. With Jupiter direct, you vacillate between rooting and wanderlusting—the latter should trump.

Gemini

It’s time to fan out, putting your eggs in multiple baskets, your fingers in myriad pots. Sans forcing any single agenda, you can now let increased bounty find you. With Jupiter direct, Monday, we suggest refraining from counting or crunching numbers. You are now meant to focus on higher callings, and amusing ones to boot, those that entail evolving your art and/or providing others moral and spiritual support. With a Grand Trine of Mercury, Jupiter and Pluto, a heady revelation just might inspire a mini revolution.

Cancer

Jupiter direct sees you pursuing big dreams you haven’t yet dared venture. The thing is you’ve seen people with less talent and more pluck succeed where you’ve retreated. And you have new respect for that kind of chutzpah, realizing it’s half the battle in reaching a creative goal. With Mercury in a stellium with the Sun and Venus, get thoughts on paper, noting your progress in meeting and acing challenges set before you. Document your dreams which are now brought to you, in living color, by the wonderful world of wisdom.

Leo

Uranus square Pluto now hits home how being surrounded by others can actually heighten a sense of isolation. You see through people’s carefully designed personas to their true selves. Shocking how friendly faces morph into fiends, as the supposedly scary soften into angels. All hyperbole aside, this helps you navigate toward kindred sprits, those, like you, who’ve cultivated a cool remove. The last thing you need is emotional cling. Jupiter direct outlines a most divine plan. You simply need to connect the dots.

Virgo

Resist beating yourself up for lapses in focus on your physical well being. It’s emotions getting the best of you again. But with Jupiter direct, you’re determined to reach peak condition. Still, you must avoid being hyper vigilant. It’s mostly a matter of ditching the delights that subtly undo you; saying No gets more results than any wee-hour infomercial guru can. You embrace a certain asceticism which isn’t necessarily Spartan. You crave some serious space, time and tranquility more than status, material gain, or attention.

Libra

With Jupiter going direct, defense mechanisms can be on a hair trigger. You might easily give into envy and vanity. The trick is to channel these into inspiration and amped self-esteem. Don’t be paranoid, but do beware of being taken advantage of. Venus in stellium with the Sun and Mercury says that friends are everywhere; so stay open. You’re comfier in social situations than you anticipate, so don’t brace yourself. Breathe; and identify with, don’t differentiate from, others. Leave more space between thoughts and emotions.

Scorpio

Your head may spin with the Jupiter going direct. Fortunately, Saturn T-square Jupiter and Neptune fosters the stability you seek. Becoming a better friend is a theme to explore in earnest. It means being accountable for any bad behavior. Where you thought you got away with metaphoric murder, you’ll be called out for undermining antics. Excitement is its own addiction. Take ups and downs in equal measure. True allies champion a most temperate you. Planet moves either delude you or expose your delusions. You say which.

Sagittarius

As your ruler Jupiter goes direct, you’re faced with familiar folks and dynamics. Observe and don’t repeat patterns that made you bolt from these people, places and things in the first place. Bust singular moves. Even if you work in collaboration, it’s time to break out with a project of your own. It needn’t be to the exclusion of existing group efforts. And flash: any partner who protests may need a semi-permanent time out. With Jupiter’s Grand Trine with Venus and Pluto you get out of your head and think outside the box.

Capricorn

Jupiter opposed Neptune can see you becoming fixated if not obsessive. Love may be painfully profound, but hurts so good. You’ve got a fix, too, on a destiny calling, but realize it isn’t the only one—and that’s okay. Just tackle only one dream at a time. With Saturn T-square Jupiter and Neptune, others overly rely on you. Voice issues before they wax into resentments. Don’t go to extremes and bail on your commitments; suck them up and next time, learn to decline. Jupiter direct suggests that big ideas will now go viral.

Aquarius

The flipside of having strong convictions is sometimes confusing your opinions with hard facts. Saturn T-squaring Jupiter and Neptune provides a fierce power of suggestion with which you weave convincing narratives. But you may not know your own strength in this, so be careful lest you end up creating scenarios that threaten others. Maintain a clear conscience to keep your sway at bay. Meanwhile, Jupiter going direct, by Monday, will bring forgiveness for damages you carelessly, if not consciously, caused your loved ones.

Pisces

They say it’s better to give than to receive—whoever they are—but now the opposite is true. Jupiter going direct sheds light on the shadow-fact that your generosity can be a way of putting others in your debt. So, can you graciously accept what others offer you? This would mean admitting your dismissive airs mask a cached inferiority. Meanwhile, others may’ve assumed you don’t notice, never mind value, them. But, Mars free from Neptune’s grip pulls down your guard, revealing your vulnerability, which is where the light gets in.

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Haute Astrology

by STARSKY + COX

Starsky + Cox's SEXTROLOGY...the cosmic gift that keeps on giving...

Starsky + Cox’s SEXTROLOGY…the cosmic gift that keeps on giving…

May 1-7 2016

Venus governs Taurus on the earth plane (and Libra on the astral one). The Venus symbol—a circle atop a crossed staff—emblematic of the Feminine Principle—is called the mirror of Aphrodite. The planet’s namesake goddess of grace and beauty works her charms through Taurus, and on its people, in a physical, tangible, often monetary way. Indeed, Taurus woman is the original material girl. Though she may learn early in life that an urgent, myopic focus on possessions can blind her to more eternal bounty. Still, it’s no bull that Taureans tend to be attractive in a fresh and earthy, if not oomphy, way. The women are natural beauties, barefoot contessas, and sometimes self-professed geishas who fetishize their burgeoning femininity. Consider the luscious delights of Emilia Clarke, Bianca Jagger, Penelope Cruz, Jessica Alba, Bettie Page, Uma Thurman, Laetitia Casta, Megan Fox, Diana Agron, Christina Hendricks, Audrey Hepburn and Nancy Kwan. Oh, yes, Taurus enjoys being a girl; and when she inevitably loses her innocent bloom and no longer likes what mirror-mirror reflects, she is most prone to see this as a red flag to charge into some cosmetic surgeon’s office. Case in point: Renee Zellwegger, Cher, Kimora Lee Simmons, Tori Spelling, Christine Baranski, Janet Jackson, Donatella Versace, Carol Burnett, Barbra Streisand, Pia Zadora, Michele Pfeifer, Shirley MacLaine, Melissa Gilbert and Bea Arthur, who, it must be remembered, televised her face lift in primetime on “Maude”.

Aries

Wondering if you can blaze new frontiers under an existing auspice? The answer is Si. Mars and Saturn T-squaring Jupiter and Neptune offers a safety net for busting rebel moves. Daunting tasks suddenly feel like cakey pastimes. With Friday’s New Moon, you will have tackled your sweeping to-do list, jettisoned junk collecting dust, and weeded your social landscape down to a few tasty buds. It’s rightly named stuff that blocks any doors to opportunity. You’ll be suffused you with righteous ethics, exhibiting a cool chic.

Taurus

With Venus unaspected, nigh on Friday’s New Moon, an already variable emotional climate may become more volatile. Don’t try to fix, analyze or control—surrender to serendipity. Trust you will hit your marks and the right goals and contacts will be met, sans over-planning. Focus energy into prolific output. Opportunity finds you at your real or metaphorical workbench. You produce more now than other creatives do in a year. Your inner geek is being stimulated, as is an attraction to other goofballs with big goals.

Gemini

Strive for clear communication in relationships, any dread of dodgy emotional reactions be damned. A Grand Trine of Sun, Jupiter and Pluto reveals how you may be living in a fool’s paradise. Friday’s New Moon initiates conversations on the topic of others’ honesty or lack thereof. Your candid assessments of them may bring responses that sting. So it’s best to keep your peace and let others stew in their own mendacity. As you detach from dysfunction, you unveil life’s innate ease, integrating yourself into its sensuous fabric.

Cancer

You forge new bonds with a tribe of cautiously adventurous folk, encountering mentors in whom you spy qualities untapped or needing developing in you. This triggers mixed emotions as you mete out envy from emulation. Retrograde Mercury transiting the New Moon, Friday, sees jealousy morph into inspiration, competition into collaboration. Don’t fear being imitative—you have such a unique filter that you can’t help evolving existing themes into singular expressions. Finances flow freer, shifting you from survive to thrive.

Leo

A beneficent Grand Trine of Sun, Jupiter and Pluto now sees that even so-called busy work inspires imagination and total presence of mind. Pre-thinking breeds trepidation, and speculation is the enemy of calm. It’s time to take stock of creative assets, settling accounts with those you owe, and taking full rein of sole intellectual property. Alternately longing for a luxe and spare existence sees you strike a happy balance of negligent chic. Friday’s New Moon brings a hidden talent to light or puts a squelched one center stage.

Virgo

You’ve come a long way toward self-realization; so why slip back into bad, old bonds and behaviors? Mercury retrograde begs that question, urging you to embark on a new leg of your spiritual journey, marked by heartening synchronicity: Maybe a spontaneous run-in with a long-lost someone on your mind, or one with whom karma needs cleansing. Or perhaps you meet a new kindred spirit with whom you share a parallel trajectory. Friday’s New Moon will amp self-possession, so speak your mind, no second guessing.

Libra

With Venus at loose ends, unresolved issues come back, if not to bite you in the butt, to kiss you full on the smacker. Upshot: You can take another crack at a creative, lucrative plan you let fall by the wayside. There may be some serious coin in the offing, or are they fairy favors—you decide. Wants are not to be confused with needs and deepest longings. It’s time to draft a new design-for-living that is ultimately more suited to your tender soul. Matching destiny to desire is dizzying but results in a most bearable lightness of being.

Scorpio

You’ve got your nerve (that’s mainly a compliment), still, you can overreach. With the Grand Trine of Sun, Jupiter and Pluto, you enjoy popularity—knowing all the right people, places and pings. But there is a fine line between being outgoing and glomming on. Others may think: What the pluck? Acknowledge their achievements instead of trying to impress them with yours. This results in more friends to play with and the summoning of the right kind of power—that of appreciation. Try to be the bigger person, not the best.

Sagittarius

Personal issues require increased attention as professional vistas widen. Tend to yourself, first, which makes it easier to assist others. Mars and Saturn T-squaring Jupiter and Neptune seek to match your behavior with your beliefs. And Friday’s New Moon may cast you in the role of doyen, guide or guru. It might also green-light projects you have in the pipeline. But the last thing you need are too-high expectations placed on skills and talents. Sit tight in blissful detachment. Be blithely selfish so others need not cater to you.

Capricorn

As the Moon wanes to New, by Friday, situations that no longer serve fall away of their own weight. Including: rigomorphic romances, vampiric friendships, frayed family ties with those on whose deaf ears words fall, and loved ones evolving out from under you. So what to do with the surplus time and energy you gain? Use your newfound autonomy to widen the scope of acquaintanceships, and to launch projects and missions you can only do solo. See love as a verb not a noun—you do it; you don’t hoard or measure it.

Aquarius

Saturn and Mars T-squaring Jupiter and Neptune challenges you to open channels to cosmic, even mystical assistance to help you realize fresh hopes and wishes. After some plateau-ing, opportunities for advancement now materialize. Finger pointing or laying blame kills the mood and magic. So thank anyone or thing you’ve outgrown; they’ve sped your trip to increased happiness. And flash: You may have more to learn to call yourself expert in a chosen field. Friday’s New Moon brings a humility that sees you going places.

Pisces

You welcome transparency now, with a Grand Trine of the Sun, Jupiter and Pluto. People see you as you truly are—not as a projection of their own expectations. You emerge as a kind yet self-preservational entity, allowing lightening bolts of genius and fortune strike. And so it does. Friday’s New Moon rejigs your views on rights versus privileges, in larger social contexts and close to home. You discern fine lines betwixt your own liberal stances in relationships and others’ taking (too many?) liberties. You’re more trad than you think.

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Haute Astrology

by Starsky + Cox

week of April 24-30 2016

Starsky + Cox's SEXTROLOGY holiday...the cosmic gift that keeps on giving...

Starsky + Cox’s SEXTROLOGY..the cosmic gift that keeps on giving…

Representing the feminine principle, planet Venus’ influence on the Taurus male manifests physically, as befits this corporeal earth sign. At her core a fertility goddess, Venus developed into a deity of grace, love and beauty. Taurus is a feminine sign, which is ironically symbolized by a virile Bull. Besides being itself an emblem of male fertility, the Bull represents latent power—the animal is incited to attack. Taurus men are more poised and graceful, if not reticent, rather than being forthright or obviously rough-and-tumble. They have an oblique, if not myopic, view of the world. Just as Taurus girls draw on the archetype of nature nymphs, Taurus man embodies the tempting spirit of such self-reflective flower gods as Hyacinth, Narcissus and Adonis, who even turned the tables on the passive, attractive Venus-Aphrodite, making her chase him down. Taurus man is the zodiac’s premier pretty boy. He is a soft-spoken slice of beefcake, often just a sliver, exuding elegance and debonair flair. He has been known to fetishize and refashion female trappings and attire; from pink socks to sultry peignoirs: Jamie Dornan, Robert Pattinson, David Beckham, Channing Tatum, Henry Cavill, Hunter Parrish, Jack Gleeson, Thomas Welling, Pierce Brosnan, Wes Anderson, Djimon Hounsou, George Clooney, Tony Goldwyn, Dennis Rodman, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Donavan, Peter Frampton, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Duke Ellington, Rudolph Valentino, Liberace, James Mason, Richard Avedon, James McAvoy and Bono.

Aries

We enjoy a positive spin as much as the next mystics; but, with Mercury joining Mars and Pluto in retrograde you do well to admit there is un-kosher inequality in your midst. So fight the powers of oppression. Yours are not opinions to be kept to yourself, but wise words for instigating swift and sweeping change. Be most skeptical of those who put the sick in sycophant. Such hiney-smoochers may be working you for connections. Shut it down. Ease into a state of meditative calm, keeping on trucking with artistic life pursuits.

Taurus

With Venus entering Taurus, efforts you put out there meet with great enthusiasm. Your scope expands in response to career or creative schmoozing. Karmically, too, you get an instant return on goodly deeds. What you focus upon magnetizes. So if you fixate on dearth, you may be undervalued; while, if you appreciate your own unique assets, your personal stock rises. See life as a lotus unfolding: fully expressive, expansive and not at all linear. Then emulate that pansy, holding your ground and opening up to full potential.

Gemini

You get encouraging news in advance of Mercury going retrograde, Thursday. And there’s no need to superstitiously dread the “other shoe” dropping. Life meets you half way in realizing your hopes and wishes. You negotiate a new design-for-living, wearing a number of hats. Venus conjunct Uranus suggests you can have it all. Resist number crunching—it only limits potential abundance. Eradicate if-then constructs. Mostly lead with the word: Imagine… Use your well of confidence to help those who grapple with it.

Cancer

With Mercury trine Pluto, you begin to accept the notion that you descend from a long line of deeply creative, self-starting intelligentsia. And you see that being out on a limb—artistically, commercially, and, yes, even spiritually—is now the safest place to be. Far from the maddening status quo, you nurture a niche that allows for unique expression and taps you into fresh revenue streams. Feel the link between your burningest desire and a burgeoning sense of destiny. Mercury retrograde, Thursday, will see that you fight fair.

Leo

As the Sun slips into trine position with Jupiter, you’re more at ease with life’s ephemera, acing any psychological tests put before you. Family may converge, ancient roles being played out (double entrendre intended); but try as they might, loved ones can’t push your buttons. Right? A solo vocation beckons, one that allows you to make an enduring mark. You’re prolific where you’d once procrastinated. Finances ease: you prize your autonomy over accumulation. Mercury’s retrograde, Thursday, fritzes communication on the home front.

Virgo

The Mars-Saturn mash-up inspires a comprehensive plan to speed your personal evolution as both a bold creative and a creature of love. You should feel blessed with the ability to carve out professional inroads and to experience a fine romance, free of static cling. You can blast your way out of career cul de sacs, as you challenge yourself to be with a significant other who shares your notion of commitment. A buddy may be giving you the boot; or is it the kick in the caboose you need to learn that friendship is a gift not a given?

Libra

As Mercury joins Mars and Pluto in retrograde, your brain gets a wee rest, so you might settle deeper into your body, lending teeth to efforts to stick to any wellness programs. Stop thinking about making external alterations and appreciate the journey of doing right by your inner life, health and happiness. If you’re debating kicking a questionable habit, we offer a resounding: Yass. Mercury trine Pluto amps powers of elimination. Eschewing excesses can be quite obvious, inspiring increased loving interest from onlookers at large.

Scorpio

As you plot next big moves, you must also recharge your batteries; or, at least, pace yourself, easing, not diving, into projects and obligations. Imagine so-called chores to be meditations or exercise. Instincts are sharp when it comes to new faces on the social scene. You’re tempted to fault people for mercenary maneuvers, but resist and rise above. Be thankful you’re more conscious in your bonds than the next character. Don’t accept a “selfish” label—you’re self-contained, and don’t tax others with your private-life drama.

Sagittarius

You’re of a mind to start something new, with the Sun trining Jupiter; but you must first retool existing plans, products and projects, doing what you already do, louder and prouder. There is an audience waiting for you out there. So forward march with increased objectivity about yourself. Don’t junk up your mind with what your actions mean or how you’re seen. Even if the thing you most want to do is something you feel you’re crappy at, stand and deliver the lousiest display you can muster. Venus in Taurus sexes things up.

Capricorn

You wax philosophical, with the Sun trining Jupiter, transforming any street smarts into a wise belief system to live by. Others seek your guidance. But realize you can be a go-to guru while still maintaining emotional detachment. You’re brimming with genius notions, but don’t waste the grace—record every light bulb popping off. You may not get to some of your big ideas for awhile yet, but trust: they’ll keep. The trick is not to be distracted from pursuing the most pressing ones. With Mars conjunct Saturn, you suffer no fools.

Aquarius

Mercury joining Mars and Pluto in retrograde challenges you to network your way to new intellectual, academic or artistic heights. Stay alert for synchronic sign-posts pointing to new inroads of opportunity. Personal freedom depends on maintaining a me-first attitude; don’t be emotionally blackmailed into anything that doesn’t sit right in your gut. False prophets have surplus opinions on what you should or shouldn’t do. So keep your own counsel and goals in mind, and don’t scoff at bread-and-butter gigs that get you there.

Pisces

With Venus entering Taurus, conjunct Uranus, healthiest detachment from people, places and things is prescribed. It will feel the opposite is true but: nothing is personal. You gain nada if you battle any affronts with brash retorts. Word business plans or directives artfully and carefully. It may seem like voices are speaking through you; and far be it for us to deny any spiritual assists. You’ve got the grit to curb consumption and to embrace a certain asceticism your soul may desire. If revenge tempts you, it’s your cue to love more.

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Haute Astrology

 

by Starsky + Cox

Starsky + Cox's SEXTROLOGY holiday...the cosmic gift that keeps on giving...

Starsky + Cox’s SEXTROLOGY holiday…the cosmic gift that keeps on giving…

It’s a big week astrologically with a Grand Trine of Mercury, Jupiter and Pluto; Mars and Saturn T-squaring an opposition of Jupiter and Neptune, Venus conjunct Uranus squaring Pluto, Mars and Pluto both going retrograde, the Sun entering Taurus, Tuesday, a Full Scorpio Moon, Thursday, and more…

week of April 17-23 2016

The fixed-earth sign of Taurus is vividly portrayed by a garden, Eden. Taurus draws on archetypes of nymphs and flower gods, who personify innocence and invitation—Taurus is ruled by Venus, the planetary principle of attraction. The sign’s signature color is green, signifying both innocence and envy. Taurus girl is the eternal goddess in maiden form. We know what temptation Eve invited. Likewise, the tale of Snow White is a retelling of the myth of Io, a nymph punished by queen Hera for giving into her hubby Zeus’s seduction—Hera turned Io into a snow-white heifer. Silly cow. Hera is famed for taking the form of a crone who hands out poison apples just like Snow White’s wicked queen, who is vainly obsessed with youth and beauty. Venus’ symbol is called the mirror of Aphrodite; and the planet’s rule, here, on the earth plane of Taurus, makes physical beauty, and green-eyed envy, a preoccupation. Io and Hera are two sides of the same coin, the former representing the naiveté of the latter’s mature womanhood. Really, Hera tries to teach Io a lesson about female power, which Hera deifies. And many a Taurus woman will tell you that this is a central theme for them. Taurus tends to make an impact in her early in life, being prized for latent talents and potential charms. Adult life can be an ongoing catch-up lesson in taking her own assets by the horns, something at which she typically overachieves. Indeed, her biggest challenge is in not being objectified, resisting the urge to let domineering figures steer her stars in exchange for creature Taurean comforts, ease and luxury. Passivity can be her pitfall, as can becoming somebody’s cash cow. Here, some earthy Taurus nymphets who peaked young and piqued interest with early promise of potential: Ellie Kemper, Megan Fox, Kristen Dunst, Sandra Dee, Kelly Clarkson, Sofia Coppola, Jessica Alba, Lily Allen, Lily Cole, Jessica Stam, Ann-Margret, Yvonne Craig, Uma Thurman, Janet Jackson, Adele, Barbra Streisand, Shirley Temple, Valerie Bertinelli, Harper Lee and Charlotte Bronte whose heroine Jane Eyre is namesake of Juno-Hera, Eire (Ireland) the emerald green isle where the goddess grew dem apples.

Aries

Venus and Uranus square Pluto empowers you to put group aims ahead of your own. Ironically, you win increased praise for solo pursuits in so doing. You make pulling off massive projects look easy—we know it’s a strain—while your solidarity with others has never been more, well, solid. People are less likely to pin a label on you or put you in a box. If anything, you’re urged to articulate a singular belief system for others to emulate. It will likely entail no entangling alliances, total empathy and rigorous pipe dreaming.

Taurus

You now find inspiration in the gifted beings in your world. With Mars and Saturn T-square Neptune and Jupiter don’t avoid taking whole pages from their books. You’re in no danger of imitation. You know what it is you do best and others tune into your unique voice. In art or commerce, as the twain now meets, don’t edit yourself! Take space and time to express what most needs it. You can make yourself scarce but don’t isolate. Solitude shouldn’t be an escape, just as pursuing your dreams needn’t spell total oblivion.

Gemini

With the Grand Trine of Mercury, Jupiter and Pluto, you may feel spread thin, yet very much a part of the cosmic fabric. To be one with the All is a constant craving, yet it requires a certain death of ego trappings. Harken to spiritual callings, whether or not you fully heed them. Sticky emotional vestiges of the past are now being eradicated, inspiring fresh avenues of thought and feeling. Ditch worn out routines along with all-too familiar faces playing the same old mind games. Opt for new toys and tricks, puns quite intended.

Cancer

Your mental powers peak to near psychic levels as Thursday’s Full Moon approaches. Nobody escapes being slid under your microscope. Given to micromanaging as a means of rooting out impediments in all dealings, you define dysfunction as anything not done your way. Discern the fine line between being helpful and hunty. In love, errant mates won’t make the cut—even disloyal buck fuddies are ripe for the discard pile. You are quietly staging an artistic, aesthetic or ideological coup! But you are in no way revolting.

Leo

The Grand Trine of Mercury, Jupiter and Pluto opens new dialogues and launches fresh initiatives. This also eases articulation of more radical ideas. It is a time of clarity for the creative Leo for whom any vestiges of self-doubt and -delusion fall away. Be cautiously optimistic and utterly patient so to sandbag any floods of discouragement. Enthusiasm is growing and you ache for celebration. But don’t waste fuel on trips to party city. Keep it in the bank to fund emotional breakthroughs. Love should find you willing not wanting.

Virgo

Money concerns come to the fore, with Mars and Pluto retrograding. You’re fairly flush, as it is, while achieving further financial milestones can leave you cold. It’s time to affirm what you truly value and where you place worth beyond any numbers on paper. Perhaps liberty, not liquidity, is your new definition of luxury. If so, initiate plans to venture forth in the near future. Book travel, blaze trails of learning, maybe combining outward and inner journeying. The Grand Trine says nothing can stop you but old fashioned laziness.

Libra

There’s no masking your giving nature and altruism as Venus and Uranus trine Saturn. Others learn of your good deeds; even those you do on the down low. Keeping your white witchery under wraps does amp its power to affect positive changes. So you’re wont to continue keeping charity covert. Still, channels are opening to you, both in the material world, where others rally around your causes, and in that other realm where truer treasures lie. If ever you were to bank on guidance by unseen forces, it would be now.

Scorpio

As Venus and Uranus trine Pluto, you don’t want a revolution, but expect a revelation. Take no half measures in the hatching of innovative ideas and projects that promote fundamental change. Heads need not roll, but a changing of the guard is called for. In other news, your financial instincts are super keen. With the Full Scorpio Moon, Thursday, you’ll spidey-sense a shift in tone and responsibility in relationships, as well. You may be tempted to restrict romantic urges as they deepen, but resistance is so futile.

Sagittarius

It’s decision time, as Mars and Saturn T-square Jupiter and Neptune. Try to determine a more distinct direction than the one you’re currently taking on the career front. You can’t create tipping points— Lady Luck is the residue of design. We hope that’s good news. The fact is: you needn’t be so dutiful or genuflecting toward those (you think) have all the power. The validation you seek is inside. Pluto and Mars retrograde prescribe owning feelings and mining for buried emotional treasure. If you seek to know thyself, dig in.

Capricorn

As Pluto and Mars retrograde, quit whistling in the graveyard and factor inevitables into your hopes, plans and actions. Your fortune now increases, if you accept it with utter humility. Define unique selling points—keys to long-term success. There is no boon in being multi-faceted, at this point; it breeds half-baked products, services and ideas. Focus on the one thing and work it for all its worth. As you narrow your niche, you simplify the equation, which adds up to more time and coin. Shower affection on those who need it.

Aquarius

Venus conjunct Uranus square Pluto bids you unhitch your wagon from anyone else’s star and tell hangers-on to yours where to get off. Pinpoint just how being part of a collective, corporation, or cult scene limits you. You not only possess the verve to extricate yourself from hives that provide no honey, you also come to see yourself as a queen bee. Dream a singular dream even in the midst of team working. Deep healing happens when you forgo fleeting pleasures for lasting Joy. That said, you could use a break and some soul asylum.

Pisces

With a Grand Trine of Mercury, Jupiter and Pluto, retrograding, life takes on a domino effect of if-then contingencies. Sticking to your guns isn’t always productive. Perhaps you can own your great expectations, but still let the universe unfold of its own accord, not to your specifications, or on your schedule. You may feel at the whim of random caveats; then suddenly, synchronic run-ins reaffirm your faith in divine order. Don’t focus on what isn’t happening, nurture what is. Be a still source of inspiration by quiet example.

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