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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 RayPatrick Johnson, Danton Boller, special guest Nathann Carrera, and surprise night visitors.

Thoroughly James Thurber

Thoroughly James Thurber

by Starsky + Cox

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.

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Aries

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.

Taurus

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.

Gemini

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.

Cancer

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.

Leo

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.

Virgo

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.

Libra

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.

Scorpio

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.

Sagittarius

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!

Capricorn

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.

Aquarius

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.

Pisces

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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Starsky + Cox • WHAT’S GOING ON
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 RayPatrick Johnson, special guest Nathann Carrera, and surprise night visitors.

*If you’re attending, and you’d perhaps like a quick-and-dirty read from the stage, email your name, birth-date, -time and -place to trip@starskyandcox.com.

The Juno Symbol

The Juno Symbol, an asterisk on a crossed stick

by Starsky + Cox

Week of December 7-13, 2014

We’ve opined on the extreme nature of Sagittarius. The sign rules all the exes: excitation, experience, exoticism, exposition, exhaustion of the senses, and so on. The extreme dynamic of the sign is archetypically linked, for women of the sign, to the supreme queen of the gods, Juno (Greek: Hera), who represents womanhood in both its mother aspect—she rules marriage and motherhood—and in its most potent aspect—she is also goddess of power and influence. (In her virgin aspect she is Hebe, and in her crone aspect, the anagrammatical Rhea.) She is a most empathic deity, the exhibitionist peacock being her totem animal. Her symbol is an asterisk on a crossed stick, denoting her signature radiance. The ride of Lady Godiva—goddess diva—is a display of her über nature. As in medieval lore where she puts out the eyes of “the peeping Tom”, Hera’s favorite form of retaliation was blinding, or fully burning, those who challenged her, the natural consequence of getting too good a glimpse of her supremacy. It’s a rather ironic nod to Sagittarius’s motto: I see. The image of a naked Lady atop a wild mare is indeed the very image of the female Centauress, proudly displaying herself in all her glory. Sagittarian women are inheritors of Juno’s power. They often exhibit a glamazonial stature, or have a wide and brimming expression; they make scenes, take stands, whether in public or personal protest, or in celebration of self or something universal. (On the flipside of the theme, they can be just as skittish of attention, and, sometimes, in turns.) As a rule, though, they will not be overlooked. If anything, they risk overexposure. Sadges designed to dazzle or otherwise cause a stir: Jane Fonda, Ellen Burstyn, Daryl Hannah, Kim Basinger, Judi Dench, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Tyra Banks, Anna Faris, Susan Dey, Liv Ullman, Sarah Paulson, Agnes Moorehead, Billy Jean King, Sarah Silverman, Amanda Seyfried, AnnaSophia Robb, Katherine Heigl, Honor Blackman, Julianne Moore, Natascha McElhone, Ann Coulter, Katie Holmes, Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Christina Applegate, Nicki Minaj, Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Mayim Bialik, Sinead O’Connor, Vanessa Paradis, Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears. Pow!

Aries

You best satisfy any excitement addiction by sticking to routines but executing them as if they’re magic rituals designed to empower you. Jupiter retrograde, by Monday, sees you not so much raging against establishment machinery as transcending any holds one might have on you. As the week’s dramedy unfolds, on the career and/or social fronts, you eye situations with bemused detachment. Optimistic, in the truest sense of the word: You create your own good fortune by optimizing every opportunity, dignifying no detractions.

Taurus

You inspire confidence and a green whiff of envy on the work front now. Venus and Sun trine Jupiter bids you: Stop to smell the career milestones before groping for the next brass ring. On the flip side, avoid going broke, splurging on self-celebrations. Stay middle-grounded. Highs are as dicey as lows, where emotions are now concerned. External circumstance should have no bearing on the weather within, which, from here looks mostly sunny with a chance of flurries of overexcitement. So bring your rubbers!

Gemini

Your senses are working overtime, thanks to Jupiter retrograde, but it’s a good remedy for living too much in your head. Now is about indulging your body. You may have gotten too rigid in your regimes; and need to delight your appetites some. This is a call to action that runs counter to the must-do and must-have loop running in your mind. Leave open-ended hours for venturing forth and just seeing what happens. Say yes to anything that provides natural stimulation. Venus sashaying into Capricorn inspires lust and admiration.

Cancer

Those who’ve invested hope or hard cash in your promise(s) now expect you to come up with the deliverables. This could be a challenge. Avoiding playing the victim in the process is another. Mercury transiting the Sun reminds you that: What you think of others is none of their beeswax. Telegraphing petty thoughts to others doesn’t puff up your self-importance—it makes it go poof. Embody your truest code of ethics and make good on all favors, opportunities and faith afforded you. Why not give more than you’ve received?

Leo

The current phase of Jupiter squaring Saturn says that introspection is key to recognizing excesses and making strides to curb them. It’s a Sartre moment—hell can feel like others; and isolation will provide a salve for most stresses. But it soon becomes clear that the distress call is coming from inside the house i.e. your psychological state. Unlike past like-realizations, this a-ha inspires enthusiasm not dread. You’re ready to swallow home truths and spill your guts instead of well drinks or milk over which you’ve cried enough.

Virgo

Although your skill in realizing solo goals is to be applauded, Jupiter retrograde urges you to take others’ counsel to heart. You’ve been called many things; but how about adding good listener to the list? Co-authoring a project, even playing second fiddle, is not only a preferable paradigm for making bank and winning praise—it also provides an opportunity to enjoy the perks of a type-B personality: a snail’s pace, increased prana, no small talk, concise to-do lists, a flowy stream of consciousness, and sexy sheet wrinkles.

Libra

As Venus skips into Capricorn, you won’t entertain any bullshiz, let alone shovel it. In biz, you have renewed respect for those both above and below you on the illusory ladder of success. Retro Jupiter imparts lessons. Like: There’s room enough for everyone at the top. And: Nobody can take away anything that truly belongs to you. Your only job is to be yourself. Focus on solo achievement without thought of bringing others along for the ride. If, unintentionally, others can put a damper on your dreams, get ‘em off your cloud.

Scorpio

The week kicks off with Venus opposed the Moon, causing your mind to wander and alight on life-alterations needing to be made. Moving house is an inkling to pursue; as is a need for specificity in your career. Are you clear—or wavering—on expectations? You must distinctly articulate desired paths, in all things, so that the universe can meet you half way. Balance in your bonds also comes to bear. Need to control a loved one? Feeling controlled? How about ridding the word control from your vocabulary? There’s a thought.

Sagittarius

You’re all intuition and insight, with a Grand Trine this week of Sun, Moon and Uranus. You soak up local color, experience and opportunities like a sponge. Bide your time, weigh all options and reveal little, practicing your poker face. Others will confess secrets to you. But don’t take anyone’s words as gospel. Trust that you know when someone is hiding truths or purposely feeding you falsehoods. Money-wise: Expect the best, but prepare for the worst. Pragmatic action nips stress in the bud. In love, you bear your soul.

Capricorn

With Venus entering your sign, guilty pleasures hold more appeal. But avoid tripping on the g-word. Self-punishment is your worst vice. Your top drug of choice, meanwhile, should be the adrenalin of creative performance. A Grand Trine, Thursday, sheds light on subversive motivations—yours and others. Be forthright in all dealings. A failure to do so suggests fear, better known as a dearth of Faith. A vacant vision can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. So pull out all stops. Confident Cap expression is, by its nature, most winning.

Aquarius

Mercury transiting the Sun, trine Jupiter, helps you get to the bottom of nagging mind-body issues. You now manifest emotional fatigue, physically. Get into meditating on your weariness, aches and twinges being the evaporation, not the source, of what ails you. See them as sensations being released into the ether. Even emotional pain is a symptom of healing not of distress itself. Old wounds and scars are being erased. Meditation can go deep. Your are fairly aching for a high-vibe diet of positivity and mystic fitness practice.

Pisces

You’re in observer mode as the week kicks off with the Moon trine Neptune. Notice how artistry surges as romantic interest swells. Conversely, note how courting the Muses makes you amorous. The key to success, in love or art, now entails a return to innocence. Isolate shameful feelings and shake them all out. Indulge urges to eschew sophistication for the wholesome and naive. In love, especially, you might capture some lost innocence. In so doing, you might fess up to any character assassinations you executed out of envy.

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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 RayPatrick Johnson, special guest Nathann Carrera, and surprise night visitors.

*If you’re attending, and you’d perhaps like a quick-and-dirty read from the stage, email your name, birth-date, -time and -place to trip@starskyandcox.com.

red-dragon

Red Dragon by William Blake

 

by Starsky + Cox
Week of November 30th-December 6th 2014

Sagittarius is the sign of mutable fire. Ruled by Jupiter, named for the chief lightning god (Greek: Zeus), the sign is associated with lightning flashes of inspiration and the ninth astrological house of the higher mind. The Centaur is at once high-minded seer and savage beast, connecting an ordered conscious (Libra) with a carefully mined subconscious (Scorpio) into a stream-of-consciousness cum superconscious. Sagittarius men try to ride that point between—the mark ‘twain—Samuel Clemens, of course, being of Sagittarian stock—questing after the extrinsic, expansive, exotic, exploratory and other exciting, not to mention ecstatic, experiences. In the process of growing third eyes, they may risk ultimate burnout. Jimi Hendrix begged the question “Are you experienced?” His fellow psychedelic Sagittarians have nodded in agreement:—Nostradamus, Walt Disney, Charles M. Schulz, C.S. Lewis, Jean Genet, Andrew Carnegie, Beethoven, Winston Churchill, James Thurber, Little Richard, William Blake, John Milton, Gustave Flaubert, Andre Gide, Jim Morrison, Frank Zappa, Keith Richards, Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, Uri Geller, John Malcovich, Brad Pitt, Jake Gyllenhaal And, hazy or no, purple is Sagittarius’ color.

Click for links to the e-version of Sextrology—an edition your friends won't steal.

Click for links to the e-version of Sextrology—an edition your friends won’t steal.

Aries

Aiming to please colleagues, clients or even cronies, has gotten you nowhere fast. But, focus is back on you: Mars moving into Aquarius points to a process of individuation. You may be singled out for a new project or opportunity. Certainly you are distinguishing yourself from the pack. You might feel agro in group settings—unless you’re being hailed as a guru—so it’s best to eschew them. The stars are shooing you in a solo direction. A lone effort tugging at your psyche is to be explored. Prove you can stand on your own.

 Taurus

Leading up to the Full Moon on Saturday, you undergo an alchemical shift, becoming more golden a child, getting the lead out in heeding true callings. There’s temptation, too, to relive more hedonistic ways, with Venus trine Jupiter. It’s a test. You didn’t bring your A-game only to backslide at this tipping point. You’re becoming self-realized to impress nobody but you. Remember: giving into ephemeral pleasures only postpones lasting joy. Try to think beyond yourself—getting into a position where you have so much: to give.

 Gemini

You’re tempted to go into hiding, with Mercury squaring Neptune; however, trust the fact that networking is now key. Avoid isolation at all costs; and resist the notion that involving others in your plans dilutes the energy thereof. It actually expands your reach along a web of your own weaving. Anyway, you haven’t exactly been alone, but rather relying on the kindness of strangers. With a Grand Trine of planets, Tuesday, you step into the light with all activities. Champions for creative causes are closer than you think.

 Cancer

A Grand Trine of the Moon, Venus and Jupiter amps your empathetic power; and yet you needn’t fear being entangled in clingy alliances. Your compassion for others is sincerely detached. And as a result of being burned by some jealous dementors of late, you’re right not to invite input on projects or share plans. Mars in Aquarius, Thursday, frees you to bond with fresh faces who see the true you: a caring character with a cool remove. A once and future friend may extend an olive branch, but it’s okay if you’re not ready to engage.

 Leo

A Grand Trine in fire signs provides impetus to convey your views or feelings creatively, while making you aware of skills and talents that most need developing to do just that. You realize your artistic potential by pinpointing any obstacles to it. The primary one being the limitations of your own thinking. Even if your art is commerce, take heed: Breaking the rules is making new ones. Don’t edit yourself. Get your ya-ya’s out in bold strokes; you can always go back and fine tune. Make like your ruler Sun and shine on.

 Virgo

Leading to the Full Moon on Saturday, you exude confidence and a renewed authority. You may experience a switcheroo that puts you in charge of people you’ve followed in the past; while those doing your bidding may need reminding of the fact. It is crucial to put resentment aside. Strike the word vendetta from your vocabulary. So called rivals may become vassals who carry out your edicts in exchange for championing their causes. Retaining your sway involves delegating responsibility, empowering those in your midst.

 Libra

It might seem like you’re being swarmed by helpful fairies, as unseen forces come to your aid. Life is breathed into your goodly intentions, particularly those aimed at community efforts. You divorce yourself from the so-called influential to whose bad behavior you’ve heretofore turned a blind eye. You instead give kudos to those you’ve under-appreciated. You feel the power in wanting what you already have, needing nothing from empty promisors. This week might see you going it alone, but you’ve never been less lonely.

 Scorpio

Karma is creeping up on you—for most Scorpios that’s a good thing. A Grand Trine in fire exposes your hypocrisies so that they might be eradicated. There seems to be a disconnect between your professional and private selves. Focus on bringing them together. You possess superior wisdom, and yet forgiveness is a stumbling block. Beware of scapegoating people for your falling out of like with them. Nobody is dictating the company you keep, so don’t fabricate reasons to blame others for your cooling on them.

 Sagittarius

With Jupiter trine Venus you find pleasure in kicking nasty habits and wellness routines into high gear. Ask yourself what situations or relationships most need corrections. Stick to a sanguine tribe and steer clear of pity partiers, lest you find yourself one of them. Invest energy in areas of interest where it will do the most good for you and others. A tumultuous emotional past has wrought pearls of wisdom in you. The trick is not to cast them before swindlers of time and energy. Saturday’s Full Moon could inspire some lust.

 Capricorn

Setbacks are blessings in disguise, keeping you from multi-tasking your way into neuron failure. Leading to the Full Moon on Saturday, tensions within a group can reach an apex. Throwing in the towel isn’t a sign of weakness. Whatever you’re doing: If it feels like work, it’s not working. Yours should be a path of little resistance. It’s time to focus on solo ambitions, integrating joy and work, art and commerce. Beware of overindulging to ease any pain. That’s a trap in itself. Even if the trap is thigh high, red-soled and suede.

 Aquarius

With Mars entering Aquarius, your approach is direct, your actions impulsive and your honesty brutal. Expect a shake-out on the career front with a Grand Trine of planets in fire. Remain an open book. You may go out on a limb, socially. There’s zero wrong with running with a so-called faster crowd, so long as it’s actually going places. Rub elbows with forward thinking mover-shakers like yourself—don’t hang back with the brutes. Your feelings are more easily hurt now, but your recovery time is that much quicker.

 Pisces

You are delivered from outmoded ideas and expectations, by Mercury squaring Neptune. Give long-suffering projects your all to bring them home, by Friday. Then clear the decks for drafting new projects you’ve been percolating on the back burner of your brain. You may be offered a lead role of some kind. Being in charge isn’t a burning passion, but it may be necessity to achieve desired results. The Full Moon, Saturday, sparks an epiphany.

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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 RayPatrick Johnson, special guest Nathann Carrera, and surprise night visitors.

*If you’re attending, and you’d perhaps like a quick-and-dirty read from the stage, email your name, birth-date, -time and -place to trip@starskyandcox.com.

MarinaAbramovicFramed

Week of November 23-29 2014
by Starsky + Cox

 Welcome to Sagittarius! Ruled by planet Jupiter, named for the supreme ruler of the gods (Greek: Zeus), it follows that Sagittarius women draw on the archetype of Jupiter’s female counterpart, Juno (Greek: Hera), the undisputed queen of heaven and goddess of women and of power—as ever the twain shall meet—akin, as it is, to knowledge, the major attribute of the ninth astrological house corresponding to the the ninth sign of Sagittarius. Phew, that was a long sentence. Don’t you just love the notion that power is personified in a female deity? It’s a power that has certainly been a target of repression. And of all the female signs laboring under a patriarchal paradigm, Sagittarian women managed to distinguish themselves, wielding power and influence on a global scale in probably the only way afforded them: by way of publishing, another major attribute of the ninth astrological house, along with philosophies, belief systems, higher education and all means of mind expansion and genius. Thus, an otherwise isolated world of disenfranchised people, let alone women, experienced the brilliance—Juno’s power manifested as blinding radiance—of Jane Austen, George Eliot, Emily Dickinson, Louisa May Alcott, Willa Cather and others whose inheritors include Madeline L’Engle, Dawn Powell, Joan Didion, Rita Mae Brown, Sarah Silverman and, by extension, artist Marina Abramovic. Fittingly, the powerful Sagittarius female writer has often penned work along themes of the female estate, or the power of higher-mind consciousness, or both. Let us not forget the authoress of I, Tina whose autobiography is hinged on her personal struggles against male oppression. Tina herself is a hinge pin of the Sagittarius archetype, being something of a showgirl and a showboat. For Sagittarius power isn’t just expressed in expository writing, it’s exhibited in an overt brand of talented expression that rarely shies away from over-exposure. And in that tradition: Betty Grable, Maria Callas, Bette Midler, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Nelly Furtado and, without so much as singing a note, Anna Nicole Smith.

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Aries

Keep expectations low with intimates as Mercury transits Saturn, by Tuesday. Otherwise, feelings you wear on your sleeve may become frayed. It’s time to cut losses with the dysfunctional. Or does your ego rely on their dependence on you? A new daily routine designed to cultivate serenity now emerges. Follow up on all the ideas and introductions you initiated. Others disappoint only if you let them. Existing devotees offering love and support deserve your attention way more than the detractors you keep trying to win over.

Taurus

You take up more real and metaphoric space, now, after being jostled by a shifting social or career landscape. With Mercury sextile Mars, you’re back in the saddle, biz-wise, and totes in the know, buzz-wise. You come to realize that your wildest dreams are those most destined for success. With that in mind, you can cut ties that bind you to those who, if only subconsciously, try to keep your star from rising. Be gleefully on the make for others who may invest in some of the light bulbs popping off in that beautiful mind of yours.

Gemini

Remember, about three months ago, you secretly petitioned the cosmos for increased creative opportunity—fist shaking to the firmament? Well, with Mercury transiting Saturn, poised to leap-frog other planets, here it comes. So don’t complain you’re not ready. Crank up your global-success machinery and put your glorious ideas into action. Humility is one thing. Self-sabotage is another. Life unfolds according to your intentions. Match behavior with your beliefs. So-called selfish goals have wider, universal benefit!

Cancer

Mercury sextile Mars puts you on the receiving end of some tough love; but try to take it as compassionate expression. In some ways, you’ve labored under the (mis)apprehension that you’re the gods’ gift to the cosmos. Which is absolutely true; but so is everyone else. Yes, you’re to be praised for sacrifices made to those you deem less fortunate; yet being messianic isn’t license to also be just plain old messy. This is your cue to spiff up your own act and not judge others’. And remember: there is no such thing as giving enough.

Leo

If you’re feeling at wits’ end, hang in there—it’s just a test of your faith. With Mercury transiting Saturn, sidling up to the Sun and Venus, you receive loving forgiveness from those whom you (inadvertently?) crossed. You get work reprieves, too, from bigwigs who’ve found you wanting. But the grand news is: You’re singled out for a promotion, award, payoff or major perk. So don’t turn up your nose at what only appears to be a lateral move. It looks to us more like a distinctly diagonal, steep, upwardly spiral rise!

Virgo

Pushing too hard for desired outcomes is a sure way to see them slip through your fingers. As Saturn and Jupiter trine Venus, you experience shifts in status between you and partners in biz, love or war. Embrace your authority without necessarily wielding it. Let self-professed rivals make bold power plays—they’ll likely overshoot their marks. You gain support by making minor concessions and meager demands. The trick is to master your infamous emotions. It’s how to magnetize desired outcomes and love objects, both.

Libra

You gain insight into group, social psychology as expansive Jupiter squares Saturn and Mercury, which hones your expression. Projects requiring tapping into the collective consciousness get full focus and green lighted. Surfing the zeitgeist, relationships can get short shrift. So let loved ones know you’re going down an important rabbit hole. Don’t overpromise then disappoint. You need no lectures on Libra flakiness. Some talents may be rusty, and credos dusty, but in this new renaissance you come up with the goods!

Scorpio

With Mercury transiting Saturn you lead a united front at home and at work, warding off hostile takeovers, invading relatives, alien visitations or psychic possessions. Mars sextile Mercury can lead to finger pointing. If you table internal conflicts until next week, then they will no longer signify. As you wax more proactive in business, let your guard down in private settings. Stick to your convictions, even if unpopular. Don’t anesthetize vacant feelings. It may be lonely out on a limb, but it’s where the fruits of your labor are found.

Sagittarius

You’re creatively reawakened by Neptune squaring Mercury, Saturn and Sun; but you must zero in on specific ways of channeling your artistry. There is a special thrill, now, in hitting myriad marks, acting as divine messenger and facilitator. But find that fine line between loyalty and codependence. Esoteric dabbling may become more of a devotion, now, exercising your mind while exorcising your spirit of a demon need to be all things to all people. Mercury in Sagittarius, Friday, inspires declarations of loving independence.

Capricorn

A long-pursued goal is now within reach; so says Mercury’s transit of Saturn. While certain victory is yours, remember: this is a single step in a series of triumphs you’ve yet to achieve. So don’t rest on laurels—redouble your efforts. And avoid gambles. It’s best to employ restraint and impose limits on indulging a need for fortune to shine on you. If a prize is truly yours to receive, it must only be had on the noblest of terms. An ardent admirer makes his/herself known, so stay alert. You can let any poor placeholders go!

Aquarius

Must to put first things first. That means engaging your imagination. Your endless to-do list will keep track of the rest. Just resist the urge to add anything to it. Mercury transiting Mercury square Jupiter urges you to find the beauty in what is, instead of imposing ideals/aesthetics. If your external environment is a bit of a mess, see it as in process, a perfect backdrop for birthing or unearthing raw creative manifestation, content over form. The most selfless thing to do now is give your all to solo aims as ultimately benefit us all.

Pisces

Though surroundings buzz with excitement, remain trance-like, lest enervation ensue. With Neptune squaring Mercury, Saturn and Sun, you long for a lush, sensual feel to life, craving more texture in your career and luxury in your social fabric. Those you seek to sway scarcely notice curling up in the palm of your hand. All the more reason to be a hard nut, sticking to principles. Summon surplus backbone to slap down those bullying anyone vulnerable in your midst. You needn’t get the last word, but insist on final say.

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Week of November 16-22, 2014

In Sextrology, the Scorpio Man Chapter is titled The Stranger. Like his archetype god Pluto, namesake planet ruler of the sign, men of the sign choose not to live on some bright, shining Olympus as part of any pantheon of other joiners, but rather inhabit their own dominion—Pluto’s underworld symbolizes ones inner life and the realm of the subconscious. Scorpio man finds fatuous the world of appearances—rose-colored glasses aren’t endemic to his fashion sense. He is a born outsider, an anti-hero, and he delves the depths of experience that are typically hidden from view, whether they be taboo aspects of life or the murmurings of our own repressed psychology. Scorpio is deep. And he can be dark if only to bring the unknown and unexplored to light—just as those attempting to keep things light tend to cast a long shadow of repression. Scorpio man can get under our skin in an attempt to root out our secrets; he acts on subconscious instinct to cure what ails us as, the saying goes, for individuals or society as a whole: We are only as sick as said secrets. So bid enter the brooding, seemingly pessimistic, subversive miner for meaning and hearts of gold: Albert Camus, Pablo Picasso, Neil Young, Johnny Carson, Dick Cavett, Charles Bronson, Robert Mapplethorpe, Seth MacFarlane, Roberto Benigni, Richard Burton, Christopher Columbus, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Joachim Phoenix, Auguste Rodin, Bram Stoker, Dylan Thomas, Kurt Vonnegut, Jonathan Winters, Leon Trotsky, Gordon Ramsay, Lyle Lovett, John Keats, Neil Gaiman, Matt Drudge, Rodney Dangerfield, Claude Rains, Voltaire.

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Aries

Kicking off with the Moon trine Mars and Pluto, consider the paradoxes of the road less taken versus the path of least resistance. Alien territory mightn’t entail a dreadful journey, while a well-worn route can easily be pitted with others’ negative experiences, wearing on and tearing at your singular objectives. You understand that we’re recommending the former track, yes? The New Moon, Saturday brings an emotional breakthrough. It’s time to (re)commit to pursuits and practices that impart pure lasting joy.

Taurus

Life is lousy with choices concerning change in career, address, social circles or causes to take up. Venus square Neptune suggests: you should try on as many new scenarios as you can, without necessarily committing to any. So-called shake-ups in routine offer exciting peeks into a sustainable new lifestyle. Meaning, don’t fight set-backs; embrace and move through them, confident they lead to a new happy place. If you get lost in complaint, you won’t smell the magic for all the manure. Saturday’s New Moon brings romantic declaration.

Gemini

Don’t sweat trying to explain to fair-weather friends that you’re moving on. They may label this social climbing. We call it an assumption. The Sun transiting Saturn lends you devil-may-care license to reach out and touch whomever you like, providing entrée to any enclave you crave. Accept a leadership role on a committee or for an event, especially one offering empowerment through knowledge. Passing on, or shirking, responsibilities can see your reputation suffer. Saturday’s New Moon signals a new emotional maturity.

Cancer

You’re feeling things; sensing events, with near animal instinct, before they happen, virtue of the Moon trine Mars and Pluto. If you’re in the business of gauging trends, or wishing to sell high what you’ve a hunch will soon dip in value, trust your gut. You’re itchy for experience, and biz partnership may be holding you back. In love, you feel a disconnect between liberated notions and an emotional urge to cling. The aim is to get your radical consciousness and conservative conscience to work more fully in concert.

Leo

There may be a tendency to spin your wheels. As the Sun transits Saturn to cozy up to Venus, you can all too easily indulge in self-created drama, playing stressed out and put upon. Try to see it as a subconscious ploy to maintain the status quo. You may fear change and time passing and certain grim reaping. But you’re also potentially holding others hostage, thwarting their growth along with your own, by projecting your fears onto them. There’s no real crisis. Just human challenges to meet with strict, noble indifference.

Virgo

You’re probing situations for hidden agendas and caveats with the Moon trining Mars and Pluto at the top of the week. You sense opportunity is cloaked in invisibility. And know-how being power, you need full intel to make all the right moves. It’s time, too, to turn an investigative gaze inward, getting a handle on your own reactionary impulses. Ever wonder why so-called friends and loved ones want to press your buttons? The c-word: Control. But you’re nobody’s emo-puppet. Neptune direct Saturday lifts a creative block.

Libra

The Sun transiting Saturn removes last vestiges of doubt in making departures, allowing you to focus more on the excitement of embarking on new adventures. Still, you can get a bit neurotic, if not obsessive. If-then thinking is a trap to avoid. You can find comfort and indeed happiness in accepting the way things are, instead of relegating it to a future that depends on having so many ducks in a row. And avoid quacky self-help. Your mind may play tricks, but your emotions never lie. Neptune direct, Saturday, signals a divine assist.

Scorpio

You may feel the Moon, trining Mars and Pluto, augment your libido to outsize proportions, while, more subtly, it also reboots your entire psyche. Deep-seated issues or secrets no longer weigh on you. You feel free to dive deeper into your primordial soup, facing any truths you feared would one day undo you. You unearth memories, stories, that are ripe for expression. And as you delve more internally, you skate more gracefully on the surface. Let’s recap: Intense connection with self; breezy interactions with others.

Sagittarius

Certain artistry is now yours. And we don’t mean macaroni art or velvet paintings. Or do we? The truth is you could elevate even those to Whitney Biennial grade now. Sun and Venus squaring Neptune sees you raising high that which is seen as discarded, on the fringes—making the ordinary extraordinary by simple virtue of framing it as such. Does this mean so-called banal existence can be beatific? You bet your sweet bippy it does. Confidence is confiding secrets in yourself. Here’s one: Life is magic and you can work it.

Capricorn

As the Sun transits Saturn to align with Venus, you must stop, drop and roll with the punches. Tough love abounds, and those whose affections you took for granted may be investing it elsewhere; while a seeming waning of interest in your business wares can bruise your ego. The trick is to appreciate people for what they do offer; and don’t judge them for failing to play roles you assign them. Take up career challenges, embracing change to evade petrification. Avoid sour grapes and find inspiration, not fault, in others’ successes.

Aquarius

Your personal life can get tricky with the Moon trining Mars and Pluto at the top of the week. Beware of turning a would-be affair into a cozy slice of camaraderie, drained of all juice. Likewise, a marriage mustn’t morph into a business partnership. Neptune direct by Saturday stresses remaining aspirational in love, not to mention indulging some fantasies therein. Be mindful not to project familiar dynamics from your upbringing onto intimate bonds. A lover isn’t your remote father or smothering mother. S/he’s a minefield all her own.

Pisces

Shared resources are blinking as a result of the Sun and Venus squaring Neptune. Your purse is poised to be filled by patrons, while you are also in a position to invest in others’ projects, despite expectation of payoffs. Leading to Saturday’s New Moon, do your homework—don’t take on face value what others are peddling. Focus is on collaboration, not always your strong suit; and you may be put in charge of those who once bossed you. It’s an emotionally twisty time, but you’re up to the challenge, exceeding expectations.

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 by Starsky + Cox

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week of November 9-15 2014

O'Keeffe_MusicPinkAndBlueLast week we explored how Scorpio’s rule over the genitalia impacts the rather reptilian men of the sign. Now it’s the Scorpio women’s turn. Maybe because we have so long lived in a Lizard King patriarchy, it’s Scorpio lady’s unabashed embracing of her potent womanhood which has spurred the notion that she’s the most infamous of females. Yes, she is the zodiac’s unapologetic Scarlett O’Hara who’s also voted most likely to be slapped with a scarlet letter. Imagine Georgia O’Keeffe opening a gallery in 17th century Salem? Sex and death and regeneration are all associated with Scorpio’s astrological 8th house. The abyss inhabited by the sign’s planetary namesake god of the underworld, Pluto, and his female counterpart Persephone, symbolizes the subconscious, the subversive, all that is hidden, a mystery, as are death (mort) and sex (petit mort); and if Scorpio man is, like his totem serpent/dragon/snake, a probing, investigative if not prickly character, then Scorpio woman personifies—Persephonizes—the dark interior itself. Earth’s crystalized cave interior matches Scorpio’s assignation as the fixed-water (ice, crystals) sign. Scorpio woman is the unseen: enigma, incarnate. And, if Scorpio guy can be something of a dick, then…we will let you finish this sentence yourself. The point being that Scorpio woman is well aware of the power she wields and how threatening, diminishing, if not castrating her vagina-dentata character might make her. She knows it automatically weeds out the faint of heart, the phonies, the wannabes and sycophants, as she demands the company of strong figures and, when it comes to male lovers, those virile enough to match her concentrated femininity. Otherwise she might flash that Mona Lisa smile or outright laugh in your face while pointing lower. Persephone, akin to Kali, is the goddess in her destroyer aspect and it is on this archetype that Scorpio woman draws. Persephone is the proverbial maker you meet upon entering her own dark, moist underworld where she decides your fate based on your earthly deeds. Go ask Alice or any of these Scorpio female inhabitants of W-underland what’s what: Grace Slick, Joni Mitchell, Mary Travers, Shere Hite, Roseanne, Kathy Griffin, Whoopi Goldberg, Hillary Clinton, Kate Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Jenny McCarthy, Ann Sexton, George Elliot, Marie Curie, Sylvia Path, Ethel Waters, Marie Antoinette, Björk, Indira Ghandi, Goldie Hawn, Lauren Hutton, k.d. lang, Margaret Mitchell, Georgia O’Keeffe, Helen Reddy.

Aries

Popular trends may run counter to your ever-unfolding vision; the challenge of Mars transiting Pluto this week being: to cope with feeling that your ideas are yesterday’s smashed potatoes. Go with it, seizing moments to fall under the radar to hatch new creative plans. You bemoan the fact you’ve little time to brainstorm. So, here you have it. Take advantage, digging deeper into your singular aesthetic or ideology to come up with fresh plans, products or pearls of wisdom that others will—just a matter of time—buy into.

Taurus

A stellium of Sun, Venus and Saturn can make you preggers with possibility, readying to birth a brood of brainchildren. Keep pad, paper or voice-memo handy as misty visions, born from your imagination, take form. Clear the decks for this prolific time, avoiding the kind of energy dissipation that comes from cutting loose, acting up or out, or sowing oats long since wild. Between pushing out a plethora of project ideas—some to do now, some to save for later—rest, stretch, hydrate, breathe, and do not put on that red light, Roxanne.

Gemini

Boring routines and self-deprivation are replaced by a spate of extraordinary opportunity and increased abundance as Jupiter squares a stellium of Sun, Venus and Saturn. So, pencil in brainstorming sessions and fantasy dates with mover-shakers, scratching bleak tasks and dull play dates from your calendar. These planet moves also reset relationships. It may seem to some like you’re dumping them for a new social climb; while, really, you’re aligning with like-minds whose stellar trajectories parallel your own true path.

Cancer

Saturn forming a stellium with the Sun and Venus prescribes embracing traditional methods to give projects a hands-on, if not home-made feel; while long-range goals of said projects should be radically progressive. Characterized by a string of annual doings, socializing can feel mechanized. Allow this to urge you toward more personal investment in a new circle of cronies. A recent event that promised notoriety may have disappointed. Hold that thought. You’ll be ready for your close-up when you’re not so eager to face it.

Leo

Of late, you’ve played the infamous wo/man behind the curtain; but now, with Mars transiting Pluto, all eyes are on you. Tidbits, or the full monty, of your life story benefit in the retelling. You may find there is gold in your tales of mundane magic. So take poetic license as there is a transcendent truth in revision. Just don’t overdo it. A dash of fiction goes a long way to satisfy others’ hunger for wise words mined from your past experience. A rivalry can rear it’s ugly mug—it won’t signify if you don’t engage.

Virgo

As Mars transits Pluto the slate is wiped clean of drama and you prepare to move on from tired situations. No matter what, resist the urge to mop the floor with others on your way out. And avoid sweeping resolutions—get facts and figures straight before making snap decisions. Success stems from letting, not making, things happen. Trouble derives from failing to do so. Power lies in not reacting to others’ statements or behavior—but do take note of serial shadiness. If you act as if sleazy antics are beneath you, so shall they be.

Libra

You manage to avoid a probe, or even a punishment, for recent misdeeds, as would-be challengers turn a blind eye. At least for the time being. Mars sextile Sun and Venus otherwise initiates a period of transparency, exposing the dark side of your illuminating Libran mojo. Others see you’re not all sweetness and light; while those who’ve labeled you a lightweight get a heavy revelation. And you learn a lesson: You can’t blame others’ responses to your actions as the root of any problem—they’re the symptom, not the cause.

Scorpio

You’ll find yourself firing on all cylinders now, as Mars transits Pluto. This brings the realization that life isn’t about getting by, or away, with things. It’s hinged on making the next right decision. From what you eat to what you say to to what career path you take, all your choices literally matter. It puts a smile on your face to know you’re a vehicle for positive change. Your internal metamorphosis notwithstanding, transforming the world around you, for a common good, not your personal own, is a recipe for sustainable joy.

Sagittarius

Planet moves are determined to put the past behind you. Riddance is your watchword, whether you’re selling, storing, scorching, or permanently sidelining people, places and things that no longer serve you. Jupiter squaring a stellium of the Sun, Venus and Saturn sees you embrace streamlining operations. Aesthetically, you embrace a utility that promises peace not impersonality. Though you do in fact realize that nothing is personal nor should it be. Forgo favors lest you relearn ye olde lesson about strings being attached.

Capricorn

Mercury trine Neptune helps you find your voice in family and/or community concerns, communicating a collective agenda to the powers that be. Still, you have trepidation. Maybe it’s ego-driven? Are you looking for some kudos for so-called selfless actions? Saturn in stellium with the Sun and Venus sees you moving beyond hubris to humility. Ironically, you’ll garner most praise when you least desire it. And what’s that lamentful feeling, you wonder: Could be you regret being a fair-weather friend to one who was true.

Aquarius

Though you see signs of bounty, we caution against urges to splurge, materially. With Uranus square Mars transiting Pluto, you’re meant to tap into artistic and intellectual abundance, keeping any material waste in check. Giving yourself budgetary boundaries, you create both a financial reservoir and an energetic one that enables you to finish that next great American novel or whatever your equivalent might be. Life being paradoxical, with every show of restraint, you now expand all the more fully in reaching loftiest goals.

Pisces

As Mars transits Pluto this week, you’ll notice how physical ailments vary according to your emotional state. You may be hard pressed to still your mind and avoid situations and individuals that rattle your cage. But this all forces you to put well-being first, if not be a vigilante for the greatest love of all ( yes, you). Pushing to your limits once assured your survival—no longer doing so is tantamount to thrivation. When we say it’s play time, we don’t mean it frivolously. It’s time to set your inner child free. But don’t break curfew.

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by Starsky + Cox

Sextrology: The Astrology of Sex and the Sexes now available as an e-book—an edition your friends won't steal.

Sextrology: The Astrology of Sex and the Sexes now available as an e-book—an edition your friends won’t steal.

Week of November 2-8 2014

We look forward to writing on this particular theme each year: As each sign is associated with a different set of body parts, Scorpio rules our tender bits and pieces. We’ve had a lot of fun with this in our live shows, too, when we’ve gone through the entire zodiac talking about the various personality types per sign vis a vis its anatomical rule. For Scorpio man is, by nature, rather rigid—being a fixed sign—with a, shall we say, stiff countenance—he tends to turn his whole upper body, not just his head, to look this way or that. The sign of Scorpio boasts multiple totems including the lizard, the snake, the serpent, the dragon, the phoenix and, you might say that the male of the sign is, on the whole, fairly reptilian looking. Okay fine—no beating around the bush (ha, ha) he can look like a penis: with his signature sinewy physique, veiny extremities, hooded hairline, if he has hair at all—Scorpio does bald readily—never mind his penchant for turtlenecks. And the metaphor extends to his personality which is best described as probing if not intrusive, insistent if not unrelenting and, yes, often, truly deep. Nobody invests more interest and concern in, or is it control over?, those he loves; and nobody can be a bigger prick when crossed. Take a look at this list of Scorpios and you tell us if it’s all phallus-y or not: Adam Driver, David Schwimmer, Damon Wayans, Seth MacFarlane, Owen Wilson, Matthew McConaughey, Dolph Lundgren, Ted Turner, Howard Dean, Dylan McDermott, Dermot Mulroney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joachim Phoenix, Ryan Gosling, Sam Rockwell, Gerard Butler, Johnny Lee Miller, Ethan Hawke, Mads Mikkelson, Ben Foster, Chris Noth, F. Murray Abraham, Wallace Shawn, Sam Shepherd, Romany Malco, Bob Hoskins, Ed Asner and B.D. Wong.

Aries

Leading to the Full Moon, Thursday, you’re consciously cultivating new bonds, every situation you now touch seeming to turn to gold if not platinum. Innovative ideas plus an abiding optimism add up to making bank as well as a social contribution. The Sun-Venus conjunct provides both social grace and professional poise, allowing you a light touch in dealings. You beat any lingering blues by doing good deeds, caring less about impressing others and more about impressing upon them a new imperative for conscious behavior.

Taurus

All roads now lead to the same place—with Mercury on a solo tear—so there’s no need to fret over any particular path. As long as you follow intuition and impressions, the road will rise to meet you. Mars conjunct Pluto says: when it comes to well-trodden situations, or even people, you may need to leave them behind (for now). If they’re not there when you “get back” they never were. But do go! And strut your literal or figurative stuff, putting a hefty price tag on talents and wares. And those who can’t afford you…won’t.

Gemini

The Full Moon, Thursday, opposing both Sun and Venus, makes for a fun and challenging week. You now hone the execution of daily duties, and catch a wee buzz from doing due diligence to bring your next big dreams into being. Feeling on top of the world, while actually making global waves in it, is the reward of many a moon working in the trenches to become this so-called overnight success. And who says you can’t break records, win awards, swing deals, stage coups and achieve enlightenment, all in a one week? Not us.

Cancer

It dawns on you, leading to Thursday’s Full Moon, that life is, indeed, sweet. Simple pleasures abound as the Sun conjuncts Venus. This makes default thinking rosier, your mood less jaded and your daydreams more vividly adventurous. Artistic passions and pastimes beckon—indulging them allows your mind to wander and alight on making larger goals clearer and more niche. Dull routines rhythmically morph into rituals that empower and consecrate your experience, as bad habits and bonds are toe-tagged for final eradication.

Leo

Leading to the Full Moon, Thursday, it’s time to come clean. The thrill of cutting some people loose notwithstanding, Venus conjunct Saturn hits home the fact that feigning to suffer fools only serves selfish purposes. To avoid a karmic dip, provide compensation and give credit to those you may’ve used as crutches or stepping stones—lest the revenge of said humble nerds be swift and mighty. Inner turmoil can no longer be blamed on others. Prepare to make amends, and any payment plans, to speed your karmic trip!

Virgo

The Sun trine Neptune prescribes the deflecting of attention, if not wearing a cloak of invisibility. If someone brags about their successes, acknowledge it—at the very least, smile or nod. Just don’t try to one-up them. With Thursday’s New Moon, give thanks to those who’ve championed you—some with whom you promised to spend quality time. (Finger wag). Do good works to achieve your aims. And play it smart. If you wish to endear yourself to people for personal gain, then get into some mutual back scratching.

Libra

You seek solace with Venus conjunct Saturn. So cultivate composure by employing few words and meeting myriad obligations with decisive calm. Thursday’s Full Moon helps you divine middle grounds, so you can mediate opposing factors and keep a cool head. You even can partake of earthly pleasures without overindulging in them. Consciously put emotional see-sawing of the past behind you. In love bonds, you needn’t be so all-or-nothing—mates find relief in not taking responsibility for your every woe or happiness.

Scorpio

The conjunct of your rulers Pluto and Mars sees underlying melancholy motivating you to reunite with old chums and revisit creative projects you may’ve prematurely put out to pasture. Artistically, you might be in a blue period? But let it be a celebrated one! You can’t turn back time, Cher, but you can pick up the threads. In so doing, you see: You bring way more to the table now than when you first made a go at goals you then set aside. Oh and if people say you don’t seem yourself, try to take it as a compliment. What?

Sagittarius

Leading to the Full Moon, Thursday, epiphanies may smack you upside the head: Prizing certain people or milieus may’ve contributed to career paralysis or social mildew. The good news is: Such illusions of sham personalities you’ve plopped onto pedestals now shatter. And a-ha moments are had as you connect the dots from your undue praise of such folk to the drain it has had on your personal power. Don’t let shady peeps or their shenanigans slide. Stand up to bullies and stamp out injustices where you find them.

Capricorn

With the Sun conjunct Venus, sidling up to Saturn (all opposing Thursday’s Full Moon), life  will feel like a sustained spate of synchronicities. This so-called strange phenomena isn’t so odd, really. Once you get accustomed to it, you’ll see it as symptomatic of your living a certain truth: that just being alive is a gigundo miracle. So existence takes on the quality of unfolding according to your specifications. And, to fully harness this lotus-power, keep dedicating your actions to the merit of all sentient beings.

Aquarius

En route to Thursday’s Full Moon, your commercial viability is given a boost, just as the Sun conjunct Venus amps your urge to merge with a community of like minds. But resist impulses to codependently cling. For love or money, try to employ the law of attraction. Venus edging into Saturn, too, allows you to clearly define goals that bring desired, not just any old people, places and perks to you. It’s time to self-examine, taking a good, long gander into the mirror. They don’t call it reflection for nothing—it begins and ends with you.

Pisces

By the time of Thursday’s Full Moon, you’ll be embarking on new adventures. Mars conjunct Pluto, meanwhile, provides you freedom in letting go, coaxing you out of the bondage of so-called safety and security. Big plans have been stealthily manifesting as you’ve slowly detoxed, getting rid of ancient fears that portray the shadow-side of the inherent active faith (you need reminding?) you possess. Looking solely on the bright side, you pick up clues in living life as you like it: as a present-minded treasure hunt.

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by Starsky + Cox

authors of SEXTROLOGY, now available as an e-book

Sextrology: The Astrology of Sex and the Sexes


W
eek of October 26-November 1 2014

Now that we’ve moved from the world of appearance and light (conscious mind) of Libra to the hidden dark underworld (subconscious mind) of Scorpio, we embrace the chthonian (subterranean) archetypes personified as Scorpio people. Ladies first: We explore the queen of the underworld, the original femme fatale, Persephone, who sat frozen, entranced on her throne, the proverbial maker whom you may be loath to meet. In mythology, Persephone is Kore in her underground aspect. Kore turned to Persephone when she was raped, captured, dragged down to the underworld by its god, Pluto, namesake for Scorpio’s planetary ruler. Persephone is a snapshot of the goddess in her destroyer aspect, akin to Kali. But there is no death—only regeneration. The sign has many totems—scorpion, spider, serpent, lizard, dragon, eagle, phoenix and so forth. The planet Pluto’s orbit is elliptical, following a pattern like that of the phoenix rising and falling and rising again—regeneration, transformation, reincarnation, reinvention. Up from the ashes: Scorpio archetype Scarlett O’Hara will never be hungry again, she vows, chomping on a subterranean root vegetable excavated from the destruction of her former life. She will spin a web and all will be caught in it. That is the way of the Scorpio woman. She chases nothing and nobody. The fixed-water sign (read: ice) lies in wait and entrances (read: paralyses) others into doing her bidding. And we thank her for it, grateful to be tenderly trapped by her Spiderwoman’s kiss and to see her feast on what we bring to the table to please her. She is like some lady spy whom we know is only telling us half the story, hiding much behind her wry Mona Lisa smile—what does she know that we don’t know? For one thing: to make no apologies for herself and to live life on her own terms, which includes you happily playing the role she assigns you. Should you go against whatever fate the zodiac’s Persephone has in store for you, then, quicker than you can say Demi Moore, you will feel the full wrath of this dragon lady. Some fiery-icy Scorpio femme fatales who’ve made their way onto the silver screen (even as non-actresses) are Vivian Leigh, Hedy Lamarr, Grace Kelly, Gene Tierney, Anne Hathaway, Veronica Lake, Dorothy Dandridge, Louise Brooks, Joanna Moore, Jean Seberg, Lauren Hutton, Tabu, Anna Wintour, Sally Field, Gabriel Union, Jodie Foster, Winona Ryder, Holly Hunter, Tilda Swinton, Demi Moore, Julia Roberts, Emma Stone, Ciara, Rachel McAdams, Sean Young, Sylvia Plath, Marie Curie, Marie Antoinette.

Aries

You may be a bit spooked or superstitious, but the only bogeyman is poor preparation. So vanquish nagging dread by knowing your shizzle, cold. Don’t lament the loose ends in your wake—double-back and tie them up. Pluto square Mercury triggers unexpected realizations. For instance, your self-concern has had an alienating effect. Others are trying to get close to you—you must lay down your defenses to let them. This will entail confronting lingering intimacy issues. The key is open communication, not clamming up.

Taurus

Be mindful of the words you employ as they do indeed have wings now. If you’ve spoken out of turn or gone on the attack, with Mercury and Uranus T-squared by Pluto, you can find personal forgiveness and karmic pardon. That said, miscommunications are still easy to perpetrate, so hold your tongue if you can. To utter is human, to shut the ef up, divine. Heads up: a financial opportunity may be riskier than it seems. Keep your purse zipped along with your lips. Anybody pressuring you into ponying up cash should be snubbed.

Gemini

The Sun and Venus trining Neptune urges you deeper into intellectual, philosophical, even mystic study. You’re heeding a true calling for higher knowledge, so shopping around for degree programs or other means of mastery is cosmically condoned. Such a pursuit doesn’t preclude getting other shows on the road, too—showcasing your talents and wares on an increasingly global scale. And you do all this while inner journeying more profoundly than ever before. Others may find you uncharacteristically asocial.

Cancer

Mars sextile the Sun and Venus can make you edgy as you put plans for the future into works. Old routines and relationships factor heavily. And, upon revisiting them, you learn how much you’ve changed. Resist falling back into old behavior—Cancerian histrionics blinding you to reason—which belies the calm you’ve cultivated these past few months. Others tempting you with earthly delights designed to derail you put your emotional progress to a test. You can forgo immediate sensual stimulation for longer range dreams.

Leo

With Jupiter in Leo squaring Saturn, you can be vague if not dissolute. You say you’re chill and others are uptight, while you may be in denial, experiencing a disconnect between your mind and emotions. Now is about matching your will with your want, your imagination with your actions, your behavior with your beliefs. Let any resistance you encounter reinforce your resolve to achieve solo objectives. Standing firm, you receive cosmic assists via new allies and big breaks. Don’t compare your success with others’.

Virgo

You’ve a mounting sense something huge is about to happen, courtesy of Uranus opposing Mercury. Heed instincts to put your surroundings in order before an imminent flood of activity. An inkling to liquidate some assets is a good one. There is great benefit in sudden change. Let go of pretend struggles, be they ongoing battles within or delusions that certain goals are too hard to realize. Advancement in your career or creative work calls for pinpointing so-called weaknesses and realizing they’re sources of great strength.

Libra

You go into a sort of sensory overload—memories engulf you by day and nightly reveries are ultra vivid, even a tad jarring. Venus trine Neptune provides psychedelic clues to psychological conundrums as well as a source for artistic inspiration. It also amps your self-esteem and the status others afford you—one and the same? Contempt for other’s successes is sour grapes. Turn intimidation into inspiration. Appreciating people as living examples raises your spirits and vibration, attracting divine help to speed your own aims.

Scorpio

You’re set to make fast deals, snap decisions, and quick trips: Good timing as some relationships have become too close for comfort. Indeed, your love life may take a serious turn with Saturn square Jupiter deepening certain bonds, earmarking others for elimination. Anxiety over budgets or contracts is nothing but distraction. Stay firm in negotiations. Make it crystal clear you’re a fierce warrior, not a feeble worrier. So-called rejections won’t derail true desires but they will redirect you away from false ones.

Sagittarius

You’re being guided toward a truer tribe of intimates, so not to worry if you feel a certain disconnect from some existing parties. You’re being saved from more emotional pain. Uranus opposed Mercury provides the emotional detachment you need to see: Nothing is personal. Though career stakes might be high, with a plethora of projects in the pipeline, it’s all the more important to plan a getaway if not a permanent escape. The support you seek is within. And distance from others helps foster desired, so necessary, self-reliance.

Capricorn

With Mars now entering Capricorn, you must be clear what campaigns to undertake, and in what order. You delude yourself into thinking you can achieve a multitude of goals all at once. Take your three-month plan and spread it over a full year. Priority one is health and physical well-being. The second is giving yourself requisite props, not to mention some trusty assistance, to succeed. An impulsive move may be imminent; that, or you make a sudden switcheroo, dismantling an intended plan. Trust your gut to be your guide.

Aquarius

You’re schooled in the art of discernment, now, as Mars sextiles Sun and Venus. This comes in handy as you have more work, social opportunities and loving attention than you can shake a stick at. Enter another lesson in the power of No, learning how to decline offers without utterly closing doors. Others may revere you as expert, mentor or guru, but beware of groupies looking for a free ride on your gravy train. Only welcome on board those who’ve already contributed to your good fortune. It will feel so good to give back.

Pisces

You’ll have difficulty soft-pedaling when telling others where to get off. With Mars sextile Sun and Venus, you’re determined to set boundaries, unable to tolerate when others cross the line. Pity those who now mistake your kindness for weakness as you display outsized emotional muscle. It is crucial to put anything that isn’t priority on the back burner and to devote attention to a pressing career endeavor. It may not feel as if you’re hitting an artistic milestone. But trust: You’re paving the way for a creative future.

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By Starsky + Cox

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Week of October 19-25 2014

In the last dusk, this week, of Libra: Apollo, god of light, is the sign’s male archetype. The Scales is the only inanimate symbol in the zodiac and the sole cardinal-air sign, which translates to light. Apollo isn’t the warmest, fuzziest god—though he tries to be. The thing is, he rules the etheric realm, that of abstracts and intangibles—order, music, poetry, prophecy, oracles, oration, reason, truth, all things which characterize the uplifting of conscious minds and spirits. Gnostic Lucifer, meaning “light bringer”, often conflated with the devil, Satan, is cast out because he sought to bring light, enlightenment, to man. Just as Apollo, who tried to overthrow Zeus, was, for a time, cast from Olympus. Likewise, Luke Skywalker with his light saber is cast down by his father who is ultimately raised high by him. (Apollo has a twin sister, Artemis, so does Luke have Leia—Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher are, incidentally, both Libras. Artemis, whom Homer calls “a lioness amongst women”, archetypally rules the female sign of Leo, not Libra—but that’s another story.) No lion, Apollo’s prime animal totem is the wolf, not to be disassociated from his rule of light. Firstly, a wolf does see in the dark, his vision illuminates. And there is an etymological link here: He is Apollo Lyceus and Apollo Lycegenes, respectively, from the Greek, Lukeios (light) and Lukegenes (wolf-born). Some wolfy looking Libra guys, often with signature Siberian husky eyes are Wolverines Hugh Jackman and Liev Shreiber, Matt Damon, Sting, Viggo Mortensen, Will Smith, Seann William Scott, Guy Pearce, Zac Efron, Josh Hutcherson, Matt Bomer, Ryan Reynolds, Christoph Waltz, Charlton Heston, Mark Hamill, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Jim Caviezel, Stephen Moyer, Ben Whishaw, Dan Stevens, Luke Perry, Steve Coogan, Tate Donovan, Eric Stoltz, Trevor Donovan, Jeremy Davies and, of course, Peter Coyote.

Aries
Assign compartments of time and energy in which to contain family interaction. Pleasant detachment is now more than enough emotional investment. Leading to Thursday’s Solar Eclipse, feel free to opt out of gatherings or otherwise take a powder. You mightn’t be ready to reveal a love or other secrets, so zip it. And beware of bragging—folks can feel their noses being rubbed in your tales of success—whether intended or not. It’s best to wait till Mercury is direct, Saturday, to sign contracts, seal deals, pinky swear, or elope.

Taurus
With Mars sextile Sun and Venus, you may become preoccupied with making your mark. This mustn’t take precedence over pinpointing with what, exactly, you plan to make it. Thursday’s Solar Eclipse says: Get thee to your workshop or whatever you call your hub of productivity, and turn it out. And for counterbalance, you can let yourself get dragged into a social swirl. Both ways, be abstemious—no two-ended candle burning. Mercury direct, Saturday, helps verbalize ambitions. You may have the ear of future champions.

Gemini
A love bond can wax platonic and/or a new one emerge, with Venus transiting the Sun this week. For sure, intimacy issues come to the fore. The Solar Eclipse, Thursday, reveals that a little solitude is good for the soul. You understand/accept others’ “crazy”, that which once put you off; while being more forgiving of your own idiosyncrasies—funny how that works. Mercury direct, Saturday, sees you better connecting with people, in general. Self-consciousness is at a record low—you feel expansive. Let’s keep that up.

Cancer
We may find you firmly ensconced in your soul kitchen, vitamixing art and commerce into a recipe for success. With Thursday’s Solar Eclipse, you could kick a corporate habit, go free-lance, or hang out an eponymous shingle. Certainly, you break with outmoded constructs, opening onto a vista of a future filled with abundance. You can now channel resources into truest, perhaps childhood?, ambitions. With Mercury direct, Saturday, you mine past disappointments for gems of wisdom and real-magic new words to live by.

Leo
Mars sextile Sun and Venus transmutes (what you perceive as) weaknesses into power. Skeletons in your closet provide the bones of a business plan; so-called losses leave room for new opportunity. Without so much as your lifting a paw, others’ ill intentions are exposed by cosmic forces. (You’re welcome.) Thursday’s Solar Eclipse directs energy you spent self-obsessing into raising your, and others’, spirits. Mercury direct, Saturday, gives bold voice to unspoken family issues. You can own your lot and let it fuel you.

Virgo
Solo aims can put a strain on shared resources, or so it seems, with Mercury square Pluto. This shall ease, but only after a showdown of sorts. Living on the job, or out of a suitcase, is self-flagellation. So declare to the cosmos: I need a space to call my own, even if under a collective roof. With Thursday’s Solar Eclipse you literally ache to pursue your creative dreams, calling on higher powers to aid in not-so-quixotic quests. Codependents may claim you’re hard to reach, but no mind. It’s a normal effect of your reaching for the stars.

Libra
A spate of limbo can be fun, but we needn’t see how low you can go. Venus transiting the Sun this week seeks to balance pleasure with purpose. You actually have less downtime than ever in recent memory, but new projects and big breaks energize you to a level you haven’t known since the days you enjoyed an actual field day. Thursday’s Solar Eclipse inspires you to make amends instead of excuses to those you’ve ducked or [insert rhyme] over. Mercury direct on Saturday sees you breaking away in a lone direction. Cue sunset.

Scorpio
Your circle may label you “a giver”. Yet your investment may be perfunctory at best. Mercury square Pluto bids you self-examine on this score. Are intentions altruistic? Or designed to make others feel indebted? With Thursday’s Solar Eclipse, you see how the puffery that stems from others’ dependence on you is a poor substitute for personal accomplishment. It’s a solemn duty to fulfill your desires—that’s destiny— and to commit fully to this thing called life. Mercury direct, Saturday, may inspire uttering of sincerest apology.

Sagittarius
With Mars sextile Sun and Venus, repressed anger can take you unawares. Woe it is to those who push their luck with you; but heed: lashing out for fear that the strides you’ve made will be ripped away would be self-fulfilling prophecy. So beware of paranoid projections lest you bite the hands feeding you continued opportunities. Thursday’s Solar Eclipse provides you a new, wider platform for reaching people with a product or message, zapping you into the Zeitgeist. Mercury direct, Saturday, unlocks closed doors.

Capricorn
You’re set to embark on a new journey, but Mercury square Pluto says to take a 360° look before leaping into uncharted terrain. As impassioned as you are, you’re just as easily discouraged; so balance increased self-confidence against a healthy humility. Thursday’s Solar Eclipse urges you out of ruts, including the trap of judging situations too quickly. Be patient, with yourself, especially, taking time to warm to new people, places and things. With Mercury direct, Saturday, the words you search for tumble like gum drops.

Aquarius
You’re more emotionally accessed, now, with Mercury opposing Uranus, but it can be as painful as it is exhilarating. Accept recent trials by fire, noting how they’ve purified and transformed you into a more open and forgiving being. Sit with all your feelings, then shake them out. With Thursday’s Solar Eclipse, you enter a period of mind expansion. You increasingly forgo cheap thrills for greater goals, immersing yourself in study you’ve long wanted to undertake. Mercury direct, on Saturday, will widen your third eye.

Pisces
It’s well in your power to positively spin setbacks that would have derailed the fainter hearted. With Venus transiting the Sun, both trine Neptune, focus is on clearing obstacles to success, disappointment be damned. Self-reliance is your secret weapon, while your natural vulnerability inspires help from others, too. Expect to be pampered, praised and raised up as righteous with Thursday’s Solar Eclipse. You at once indulge in earthly delights and cultivate increased spiritual connection, with Mercury direct on Saturday.

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Haute Astrology

by Starsky + Cox
a
uthors of Sextrology
now available as an e-book

Week of October 12-18, 2014

Whereas the Libra man, regardless of sexual preference, tends to place women on pedestals, playing the role of Pip, in heterosexual bonds, to any number of unattainable Estelles—the god Apollo chasing Daphne into a petrified personification of perfect laurels: To be fair, Libra woman can plop herself onto that pedestal, podium, pulpit or portable soap box, playing her own archetypal role of High Priestess, offering up her edicts, advice, decrees and, yes, judgments—lest we forget, she is the lady of The Scales, dame Justice incarnate. High and mighty, her principles will be known. A couple weeks back we listed a slew of Libran lasses who seem all goodness and light. Running with that theme in a pointed direction, we bring you even more righteously activist Scales women with decided ideas on how society, if only their intimate variety, should operate. (Tap, tap…) Is this thing on? Let’s hear it for the outspoken, decorous, exacting and emotionally judicious, if not detachedly judgy, democratically loving Libra woman: Eleanor Roosevelt, Mira Sorvino, Susan Sarandon, Janeane Garofalo, Nana Mouskouri, Ani DiFranco, PJ Harvey, Alicia Silverstone, Judge Judy, Kate Walsh, Barbara Walters, Avril Lavigne, Linda McCartney, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Emily Post, Margaret Thatcher, Mata Amritanandamayi, Sharon Osborne, Toni Braxton, Cherie Blair, Michelle Bachelet, Joy Behar, Teresa Heinz Kerry, Catharine MacKinnon, Jody Williams.

Aries
We see cracks in your façade, thanks to Mars opposing the Moon at week’s start. But that’s where the light gets in! Crumbling appearances urge you to reach inside and root around for more profound purpose. Not that you get a full handle on it straight away; but you do cop a feel for new directions that’ll serve you at career or creative crossroads. As good as life looks on paper, it can feel hollow, and you, more vulnerable, than usual. This inspires life improvements needing making to align your behaviors with truest beliefs.

Taurus
Mercury retro-rolling over the Sun and Venus this week teaches you something about abundance: Even if you’re made of money, you benefit from limiting consumerist action. Now is about perceiving the innate bounty of nature, the universe, existence. Despite peer pressure to splurge or save financial face, it’s best to forgo unduly doling out dosh. For this, you’re cosmically rewarded with perks on which you cannot put a price tag. Mercury trine Neptune turns an casual pastime into a burning passion, illuminating a creative path.

Gemini
You wax radical, realizing that, regarding personal freedom, yours and significant others’, there’s no such thing as half measures. The Sun, Venus and Mercury oppose Uranus; and, as a result, some may caution you against being too liberally minded—as if it’s possible? Anyway, censure only inspires you to seek new company, vistas and virtual heavens to inhabit. As Mercury transits Sun and Venus, you have bigger fish to fry and must perish small thoughts. The hardest part about getting what you want is letting yourself have it.

Cancer
Mars opposed the Moon at week’s start inspires you to do some energetic thinking. You don’t have to be the best (fill in the blank) in the world—but perhaps you need to aspire. You’ve defined yourself so completely by a certain label, and others highly esteemed you as such. Then you underwent vast changes. Now, instead of looking for that same sort of stroking again, you seek to set an example. So, if being offered a break-out or leadership role, don’t take it on pride alone. Accept in a spirit of devotion: to be an agent for Good.

Leo
What gives? It’s a query to pose yourself with Mercury retro-transiting the Sun and Venus: You’re given a choice between endeavors that may or may not serve you. It looks like thrilling opportunities with no immediate cash payoff could outweigh lucrative ones. Where your bliss goes, coin follows. Uranus opposed these three planets says: take stock of stale situations and refresh them. Avoid inventorying others’ behaviors, citing them for creating dysfunction. These may be reactions to the real culprit: your own erratic actions.

Virgo
You’re suffused with great expectations, as Mercury trines Neptune. Strictly personal priorities reshuffle; and a me-first attitude clears a swath through competing obligations. You are no good to anyone unless your own needs are met first. Mercury backing over Sun and Venus says that leaps of faith meet with major cosmic assists. Now is the time to throw caution to the wind and grab at all the shiny brass rings catching your eye. While a new romantic prospect could pop up, it mightn’t be the best news for an existing admirer.

Libra
Don’t stiffen up. Soften stances to save yourself grief and to allow for divine intervention. Being a nimble negotiator is a must to make deals or contracts work now. With Mercury retro-transiting the Sun and Venus, words and deeds can be misconstrued, so proofread memos for tone and don’t send mixed messages. Ride the social rollercoaster or get off it. Plans change with the wind. Embrace serendipity and wield a clean slate to fill with fresh projects and people. Existing bonds will be there; so fully embrace new ones sans history.

Scorpio
Tie bows, with confidence, on lingering labors of love. Mercury info-gathers for new interests with calm, knowing circumspection, backing over the Sun and Venus. This may lend the impression that anticipated windfalls are falling through. Not so. Prosperity is multi-form. Resist urges to pester people making promises. Those who mistrust can read as mistrustful, not a desired impression to make. You can’t play savior to another’s well-being. Promote interest widely for passion projects, grateful to be in easy planning stages.

Sagittarius
Though typically and blissfully oblivious to the small stuff, Mercury reversing over the Sun and Venus can see you micromanage all minutiae. Resist. Perfectionism is a delay tactic, and attention to detail is fear trying to look busy. Realize that your so-called second-rate results are better than most’s best. Meet deadlines and tweak later. Signs say to save your creative juices for projects that matter more personally than those stacking up now. In love, don’t pick at emotional sores lest others suspect you of seeking an out.

Capricorn
The Moon opposed Mars, Sunday, sets the tone this week for a more magnanimous you. You now perfect the fine art of delegating, providing increased purpose and votes of confidence to others. Fellow mover-shakers dig your cool remove in dealing with some pretty tough customers. In personal bonds, detaching—with love—does your bit in the war against codependence. You now gain fortitude to see lofty aims through to fruition. Indeed, you become adept at adding speed to the accuracy with which you grow success.

Aquarius
For you, Uranus opposing the Sun and Venus, which are retro-transited by Mercury, all adds up to a spiritually energizing week. Planet moves also relax self-imposed rules, allowing you to embody more ease and vitality. By ditching your eternal to-do list, you will actually get more done. You are increasingly generous with yourself, as inhibitions loosen. Those who underestimated you now see a fierce competitor and an even finer friend. Letting huge past dramas become vaguely anecdotal allows new stories to emerge.

Pisces
Higher purpose descends upon you at this juncture of Neptune trining Mercury, as it reverses over the Sun and Venus. It keeps you laughing, if only through tears, releasing outmoded attachments, suffusing you with optimism in love and art. You needn’t lower expectations of others; rather hold out for those who’ll meet them. A creature of habit of late, making sweeping changes takes others off guard. Those who cast you as old reliable must adjust to a new you unfolding. Those championing your transformation are keepers.

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