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A Winter’s Solstice Saturnalia December 21, 2014 at 7PM
at Joe’s Pub @ The Public Theater NYC
On a cosmic sleigh-ride over hills and valleys of higher consciousness, Starsky + Cox break Yuletide tradition, following yonder stars, to birth a bouncing new show destined to save your soul from existential confusion.
What’s Going On answers the self-same question, in words and music; and in this premier holiday installment—A Winter’s Solstice Saturnalia—Stella Starsky and Quinn Cox navigate you beyond a messy nativity, acclimating you to astrological climate change, letting you in on cosmic jokes, and gently shooing you toward enlightenment.
Attend this season’s revival of singing satyrs, sacrificial Holly Kings, bacchanalian school marms, talking Narnians and hale hierophants, led by the merriest metaphysicians this side of Bethlehem. With musical director Matt Ray, Patrick Johnson, Danton Boller, special guest Nathann Carrera, and surprise night visitors.
Week of December 14-20 2014
Sagittarius is the sign of mind expansion, ruled by Jupiter, named for the lightning wielding god. And one way in which this expansion is expressed is through humor, something which opens us up, frees us from constraint, providing relief. The planet’s namesake chief god Jupiter loved to laugh; he is also called Jove, from whom we get the word jovial. What we as a culture find funny is something, typically, absurd yet right under our nose, that is pinpointed and uttered for the first time. It is that electric connection between the blatant truth of a matter and its fresh realization that inspires bolts of explosive laughter. It requires keen intelligence to observe (Sagittarius’ motto is: I See) then communicate existing elements in our experience that inspire such shocks we humans call humor, which at once open our minds and bring catharsis. Lest we forget that the mythic Centaurs were both sages (wise ones) and shamans (healers). Let’s hear it for the wise and witty wonders of the zodiac: Mark Twain (an invented name which speaks to that point of connection!) James Thurber, Charles Schulz, Simon Helberg, Woody Allen, Billy Connolly, Richard Pryor, Jon Stewart, Sarah Silverman, Ben Stiller, Kevin Sussman, Stephen Merchant, Judd Apatow, Jonah Hill, Rodney Dangerfield (an invented name invoking a landscape where one might be struck by lightning) Sam Kinison, Jamie Foxx, Ray Romano, Frank Zappa, Ted Knight, Red Foxx, Fred Armisen, Dick Van Dyke, Andy Dick, and Gary Shandling.
Venus conjunct Pluto lets the steam out of all the ways you take yourself too seriously. You must now drop pretenses and relate to people, unfiltered, on face value. Avoid puffery and namedropping. You needn’t cite connections— seek to make new ones. The seams show on any smarmy wheeling and dealing. And good thing: You shouldn’t mask killer instincts and natural ease in negotiations. These win you respect, inviting opportunity from like-minds who value such assets. Candor amps your natch sex appeal.
Consider the lilies. You have license to let personal transformation be a simple process of unfolding your true essence within. Project farthest-reaching goals into the ether, without limiting thoughts. Strike all negative contractions from your vocabulary. Get a fix on your dreams—the more improbable the better (probably). Now is about letting highest aspirations soar so they might land and take root in the future. Believe without seeing. Loosen those purse strings to acquire requisite props that help prepare you for your good.
You’re cleaning out literal and figurative closets, as Saturn releases Jupiter and squares Neptune. You can upgrade your digs with some mod cons, embracing a more minimal aesthetic to maximize mental clarity. Overall, you’re super energized. Once vague, ish-y interests become solid platforms for reaching starriest goals. Others either celebrate or tolerate you. Embrace the former, jettison the latter. A spare personal life fuels your professional one. You now consist of radicalist moves, resonant ideals and raw talent.
Success lies in isolating areas where you lack know-how, so to make yourself that much more indispensable. This is key in both career and creative endeavors, and, mostly, in fusing them. A stellium of Pluto, Venus and Mercury turns chores into choices; routines into potent rituals. You’re rebooting and being repackaged on an unseen, alchemical level, emerging a more accessible you. You’ll still be blissfully unbeholden to people. It’s just that solo goals will favorably impact them. Spending will splurge and passions surge.
It may feel as if you’re at the mercy of others’ whims, but don’t sweat it: You’re challenged to build emotional muscle, courtesy of Saturn newly squaring Neptune. Not only can you take it, you don’t even need to dish it out. This mojo sets you apart from those who can’t as easily transcend fraught or frayed situations. And there you are: silently assuming positions of leadership, subtly showing slackers the door. And that’s just on the home front. In biz: detractors evaporate like morning dew as devotees salaam.
Expect caveats and corrections to abound with Uranus squaring Venus, conjunct Pluto. Bombarded with ever-changing moods and information, you may rearrange plans multiple times. Even an ordered chaos can make you feel more vulnerable than usual. You’re challenged to cultivate calm despite not having strict control. If you ace this test, it will keep you in good stead for eons. You feel a call of the wild, Friday, when the Moon joins Venus and Pluto. Nature thrills more than social enclaves with interiorized intrigue.
Life is now in the details, with Saturn squaring Neptune, a planet that can make you forget this fact! So, all the more reason to focus. You’ve opportunity to cook up bigger successes than ever to date. Some may say you’re getting too big for your britches. Never you mind. Keep on trucking in your trousers and keep repeating: Nothing is personal. Maintain a tight rein on spending—no grand gestures picking up tabs or tricks. There is nada to prove, and nobody to win over. Confidence is a process of confiding in yourself.
Venus joining Pluto in a stellium with Mercury sees you’re given proper respect; and that the overly pretentious are firmly put in their place. You may be called self-serving. Big whoop. Is it not enough for you to know how generous you are? Don’t dignify any disses by explaining yourself. In other news: You will demand tangible proof that your powers of attraction are at a peak. You’re super-serious in love. Commitment seekers will sigh relief. Those shirking it might be shown the door. Either way, you do some growing up.
With the Moon opposing Uranus at week’s start, the world seems your oyster. But don’t cast your pearls. Some folks require editing from your midst as they don’t meet with your friend-ly requirements. Now is about defining belief systems and being exacting in your ethics. There are big decisions, and possible exits to make, on principle. And you’ve no energy to spare on navigating others’ moral compasses. Especially when they clash with your own. Silently shout your hopes and wishes to Ms. Universe. She will be all answers!
Can you pinpoint areas of life where you cut yourself too much slack? Saturn now square Neptune bids you shape up places where you’re too lazy or rest on laurels. Now is about artistry and innovation, so strap on your prairie bonnet and pioneer! Affections are called into question. Focus less on receiving love and feel your way toward expressing it more. If this proves too challenging, you may be barking up the wrong relationship tree. All in all, embrace the fact you’re evolving the ability to love without needing worship in return.
Saturn squaring Neptune provides you much needed wiggle room with deadlines. It’s a relief, yes, but don’t waste the grace. Press your aquiline nose firmly to the grindstone. And be ready to field monkey wrenches being tossed into the mix. We live to see how you deal with the unexpected. And it’s not just us watching. Would-be emotional, if not financial, investors are also eyeing you. If you can just be yourself, no matter how glaring the spotlight, you’ll rule. Don’t be fooled by flattery or take half measures that fall flat.
For you, the new square of Neptune and Saturn spells some heavy emotional lifting in the midst of mounting joy. It’s all about readying you to own the fact: you’re a true creative. You may even forgo so-called bread and butter jobs that bind (only providing the illusion of security). There is so much power now in saying: screw it—and going for broke with your dreams. The Moon conjunct Pluto, Friday, illuminates a situation that needs to die, so that you can experience rebirth. So take any slaps on the ass in stride, and cry for joy!
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