Haute Astrology

by Starsky + Cox
authors of Sextrology

week of August 30-September 5 2015

The virgin of Virgo is Kore, the maiden form of Earth mother-goddess Demeter, from whose name the word core is derived, a nod to the planet’s molten, shifting center, its fiery furnace. While Virgo man draws on the archetype of Hephaestus, god of that sizzling forge, Virgo woman personifies his little dolly, Pandora, meaning “all given”, whom the god gave the best features of all the goddesses, baking her out of clay in his divine kiln. Virgo is the mutable-earth sign, highlighting tangible change. Demeter, too, was called Pandora, also meaning “all giver.” Virgo woman acts as caretaker, little sister, especially to objects of her desire, playing den mother, a Wendy, to any number of lost, Peter Pan-complexed boys or domineering Peppermint Patties. She leans, learns and models herself on significant others, having her fun, and ultimately forging her own future. On the shadow side, she borrows too directly from others, appropriating their moves to the point of inappropriateness. She tends to secure a mature mate who’ll cherish her and to whose power and protection she is drawn, and from whom she pulls strength to grow and develop her own unique talents, skills and character…which she often then focuses on helping others in turn. Enter: Mary Shelley, Peggy Guggenheim, Kitty Carlisle, Agatha Christie, Mother Theresa, Mother Seton, Cass Eliot, Margaret Sanger, Sylvia Fine, Geraldine Ferraro, Nan Goldin, Salma Hayek, Emmy Rossum, Melissa McCarthy, Amy Poehler, Blake Lively, Rosie Perez, Queen Noor, Queen Rania, Sonia Sanchez, Paula Jones, Ségolène Royal, Lea Michele, Joan Jett, Chrissie Hynde, Fionna Apple, Pink.

Aries

As Venus retro-transits Mars, you may self-impose austerity measures; yet there is certain freedom and personal challenge in cinching your Alaïa belt; so long as do so by choice, and not from fear. You wear a Spartan chic well, feeling like a spiritual warrior on a quest to conquer the next creative milestone. You call the shots; so lawyers, agents, managers et al may be gratuitous. There should be humor in a new artistic or intellectual direction, so look for the funny and record your findings. Coffers refill quicker than ever.

Taurus

In the wake of the Full Moon you may see that you invested in a design for living that served as an antidote to abandonment issues. But, in a bid for so-called normalcy, life may’ve become small, thus stifling a need for exploration. Jupiter opposing Neptune now awakens realizable dreams and a taste for the exotic. So get ready to venture beyond your garden gate. Co-dependents may squawk, while true loved ones support your quest to become a smaller fish in a larger pond. Still, there’s no rush—time fosters greatness.

Gemini

You can strike a balance between the trad and the rad, with Mars and Venus trining Uranus. playing by the rules to further your most innovative goals or ideals. You now clearly visualize and communicate your views in group settings. Take the reins in making any pitches; and share your herstory with others. You show finesse now, too, fielding any inquiry. Where you once felt stymied in articulation, you now flow, trippingly. You pour on genuine charm without a disingenuous note. It’s better to improvise than rehearse.

Cancer

With Venus retro-transiting Mars, you now stretch beyond comfort zones and usual cultural or social limits, only to then dive deeper into serene you-time. What you can no longer tolerate are pat, homogenous human contacts or vague amusements. It’s high time to unplug and curb social networking and to bring back good old-fashioned modes and manners. This is a time for healing, which includes a rediscovery of long-lost pastimes and intellectual interests. Nature and meditation open channels to your deeper wisdom.

Leo

The Sun trine Pluto now deepens your interests and aesthetic sense. Leo artistes get serious, inspired to new heights; while all Lions find beauty in exposing hidden, even harsh, truths, revealing the beatific in the beat. Cautious not to be fooled by appearances or dazzled by packaging, you extra probe situations, so-called opportunities and people, for the truth. Your power of appreciation is ignited. Take stock of all you possess, both materially and intrinsically, and give thanks for this bounty. Your stock is on the rise.

Virgo

You embark on a transformational trip, with Sun and Jupiter opposing Neptune. Expect a sudden change in the intimate company you keep—just as you make bold, new acquaintanceships. The daily grind gets groovier; and you experience epiphanies you can straightaway put into practice. Creative and healthful rituals take precedence over pleasure seeking. You get a glimpse of living in a manner aligned with inner peace, not outside expectations. As you cease seeking acceptance, you learn what’s acceptable from others.

Libra

Entree is given to enclaves formerly denied you. Ironically, their appeal has waned since you last pressed your nose against these windows. But don’t cut off your schnozz to spite your face: Venus retro-transiting Mars says to sashay through open doors with an attitude of gratitude. Make no mention of any ancient ill feelings. This would only be fodder for detractors. Focus on showcasing skills that uniquely distinguish you. Some say you don’t play by the rules. Damn straight—you rewrite them. And for this, Libra, we salute you.

Scorpio

With Jupiter opposing Neptune now, it’s all about matching your behavior with your beliefs. Own your true feelings and act accordingly. First, take up more emotional space. Scorpios can’t pull of the small-and-meek routine. Anyone who pushes back is meant to be challenged. And let them see you sweat. There’s no boon in pretending that success comes easy. Persistence and perspiration don’t undermine your talent, they advocate for it. You have blamed failures on not really trying. But now any result is for no lack of it.

Sagittarius

In the wake of the Full Moon, you put a new modus operandi into effect. Preservation should be your watchword when it comes to time and energy. Slice and dice your day into units, allotting specific hours of focus for select activities, working solely on this or that at scheduled times. You must forgo fatuous endeavors, but avoid adopting a superior air. If you pooh-pooh projects in which you’re not participating, one will suspect you of sour grapes. Jupiter opposing Neptune asks you to dream bigger but to avoid escapism.

Capricorn

The cosmic climate optimizes opportunities for healing, some of which come out of the blue or are too easily ignored. Accept olive branches on offer, and fully mourn losses. Cheerleaders and champions manifest in your midst, those for whom success and being of great service aren’t mutually exclusive. You know, your kind of people. Foster bonds with other sultry saints and avoid stingy sinners at all costs. Just see their heads getting tinier and tinier in your rearview. Venus transiting Mars signals a fresh start in an old place.

Aquarius

Mars and Venus trining Uranus presents a series of tests, early in the week, which, signs show, you ace. By Wednesday you’re ready to recess and reap some reward. If you’re overindulging in negative thoughts or behavior, it’s a symptom of not facing up to facts, particularly in intimate bonds. You can’t manufacture feelings for situations and people whose appeal has diminished. Feeling you owe it to others to pretend is, paradoxically, patronizing. This applies to geography as well. If your home base isn’t fun anymore, leave.

Pisces

With Neptune opposing Jupiter, it’s best to temper overindulgence in celebration on one hand, while minding a tendency for self-deprivation on the other. There’s no point beating yourself up for not meeting so-called expectations. Setting bars too high only sucks the should-be fun out of activities. Base your identity on life pursuits other than career advancement. Avoid competition, even the friendly sort. Yours is now an untrodden path, so don’t be pigeon holed. Self-started operations succeed best, though a p.a. couldn’t hurt.

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Haute Astrology

by Starsky + Cox

authors of SEXTROLOGY

week of August 23-29 2015

Taylor Mac: A Walking Talking Allegory Photo Credit Tim Hailand

Taylor Mac: A Walking Talking Allegory (Photo Credit: Tim Hailand)

The move from Leo to Virgo is like a shift in historical consciousness from the divine right of kings to the empowerment of serfs. Virgo’s motto is I serve. In the annals, we saw the absolute power of (Leo) nobility give way to that of the indentured (Virgo), Pride being trumped by Humility—this is mirrored in the rise of allegorical pieces of literature like Everyman, which tackled the dichotomy of virtue and vice, and Dr. Faustus, caught in that same balance between good and evil. The temporal takeaway is that power shifts from crowns to individual human conscience. Take that monarchists. As personifications of these signs, Leo man embodies the golden-boy Sun-king archetype, while Virgo man is a walking-talking morality play, munching on experience and humble pie, embodying that human conscience, whose nature it is to grapple; but, in so doing, to eradicate pride along with every other human vice, digesting experience to extract its every virtue. You won’t see a Virgo man bound into a room unapologetically. He doesn’t have that golden glow of Leo. The sign color of Virgo is silvery grey (Gandalf grey) the result of negotiating a world that can be so black-and-white. He is thoughtful, to a fault, self-effacing, self-examining and often hyper-critical. He negotiates his way in the world carefully, and yes, skeptically, but he thereby aims to leave it a better place than he found it. Virgo begins on August 23rd, the festival of Vulcanalia. Vulcan (Greek: Hephaestus, from whose name Faustus might derive) was a disenfranchised “lame” god who channeled the lemons he was given into making lemonade. A smith, a potter, a tinker, an inventor, artisan, artist and, like Faust, an alchemist in all respects. Hephaestus hid himself away, something of a hermit (with that Gandalf wardrobe). Virgo is traditionally ruled by planet Mercury (Greek: Hermes, from whence the term derives)—focus on the work and service at hand, typically making tools and weaponry that would empower the other gods. He forged Zeus’s lightning bolts, for instance, the true power behind the throne. Virgo man is likewise a lover of privacy, a symptom, first, of feeling dejected on some level, but ultimately the crucible via which he forges his own path toward success and fulfillment. He will wrestle with his conscience, the true philosopher’s stone, to alchemically transmute his disappointments into opportunities, his wounds into sources of healing and his accumulated woes, source- material, into masterful works of art. Behold the Virgo Everyman of conscience who has sought his separate peace and serenity in his solitude; or as an actor (our best living archetypes!) plays that part to the hilt: Bill Murray, Jimmy Fallon, Luke Wilson, Martin Freeman, Jack Black, Chris Pine, Rupert Grint, Colin Firth, Leonard Cohen, Josh Charles, Armie Hammer, Jason Sudeikis, Adam Sandler, Stephen Fry, Paul Reubens, Roald Dahl, Louis C.K., Idris Elba, Keanu Reeves, Warren Buffet, Aaron Paul, Alexander Skarsgärd, Richard Gere, Wes Bentley, Oliver Stone, Stephen King, David Copperfield, Moby, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, John Locke, John Cage.

Aries
With Mercury entering your opposite sign of Libra, crafty manipulators may try to turn the tables, or twist truths, on you. And despite the mountains you can move, or in part due to them, petty minds may point out the one stone you left unturned. Don’t take it in. You not only possess surpassing skill, vision and clarity, but also the ability to transcend any obstacles green-eyed monsters drop in your path. See detractors as lab rats in your experimentation with a newly improved sense of self. But, yes, they are still dirty rats.

Taurus
There’s no game if you don’t play. Leading to Saturday’s Full Moon, you may enter a mental state free of shady shenanigans. Avoid being dragged into family contests or so-called friendly competitions. Take solo space, determined to be your own authority in all settings. And throw some weight around. It’s better to seek forgiveness than permission. Emotions are mastered as you funnel outsized feelings into pet projects. Living well isn’t the best revenge. Being well is. And it’s high time you discerned the difference, pet.

Gemini
Life is simpler than you’re making it. With Sun and Jupiter opposing Neptune and, then, Saturday’s Full Moon, planning life down to the last detail distracts from living it. So put to-do lists aside and munch on experience—not to be confused with chewing the scenery. Now is no time to be meek or make weak choices; instead, make bold Gemini strokes. And yuk it up, finding the funny. You’ve free license to vividly express your creativity, so color outside the lines and don’t edit yourself. Mercury in Libra inspires high thoughts.

Cancer
With a Grand Trine of Moon, Venus and Uranus, things get cooking with gas: Career accelerates, finances flourish, home environment gets a make-over, and love bonds tighten (as you gain freedom). To boot, your creative spirit resuscitates after a spate of dormancy. Yes all in one week. Oh, and if you’re wondering what that weird sensation is, it could be joy. To cultivate it, rise above the sort of desire that ends up causing suffering. Ephemeral pleasures and fleeting attention only ever make you feel empty in their wake.

Leo
As the Sun transits Jupiter, both opposing Neptune and, then, a Full Moon, you may feel pummeled by metaphoric dodge balls of drab details and minutiae aimed at knocking you off your cloud. All the more reason to sit tighter in dreamy imagination and discern the doable from delusion. Seek to embrace so-called banalities as ballast to stabilize a scattered mind. Chop wood, carry water, floss teeth. It’s so easy to enjoy life when it’s all unicorns and koalas. The trick is to super-love it in spite of its chores, snafus and caveats.

Virgo
With the Sun entering your sign today, Sunday, what ruts you’ve fallen into are now paved with the promise of new routines you do well to undertake as powerful rituals. There is an unraveling of dependence on collectives and cult mentality, while you’re put at the hub of professional and social activity. Cutting-and-pasting wisdom from a variety of sources, you now formulate a singular belief system. Freed from others’ demands, you find more compassion in detachment. Rarely have you felt so centered in seeming chaos.

Libra
It’s time to reflect and mine the past for wisdom that will illuminate your path forward. With a Grand Trine of Venus, Uranus and the Moon, Full on Saturday, examine present circumstances, and your behavior therein, to make sure you’re embracing, not repeating, lessons learned. Jettison baggage to speed your trip toward creative reward and certain enlightenment. Wave adieu to needy hangers-on and eschew guilt-trippers who claim: you’ve changed. Damn straight: You are the new prime mover on the astrological block.

Scorpio
You needn’t fear the reaper; but, with Jupiter/Sun opposing Neptune/Full Moon, by Saturday you see results of any seeds you’ve lately sown. Being generous, you find abundance; being kind, affection finds you. An ill-willing Scorpio will be iced out. A pause button is pressed on career goals that’ve spun off their axis. Focus on shoring up your base and take stock of loyal allies. And consider how to make someone’s day. Not to say you’re all take and no give, but you’re now cosmically assisted in a happy switcheroo.

Sagittarius
Wheaty truths are now being separated from sketchy chaffs. As the Sun transits Jupiter you’re urged to accept self-deluding ways. You dread feeling like a dilettante, but, at its root, that word means one who takes delight, begging the question: do you delight in what you do? No? Then ditch such undertakings and alight on the new and engaging. The only person stopping you is you. You talk as if you believe in self-actualization. So walk the walk, and on ye olde road less traveled. Saturday’s Full Moon inspires compassion.

Capricorn
Hidden agendas or slices of a secret life see the light of day with Saturn squaring the Sun, transiting Jupiter. So embrace what you may be repressing. There are blinding gems of understanding pressurized within the dark coal of your psyche. And behind every covert thought or emotion lies an opportunity for sparkling creative or intellectual expression. Think sexy self-help podcast or subversive travel-guide series. It’s only fine to fall down a rabbit hole, so long as you emerge with personal insights that have universal resonance.

Aquarius
A Grand Trine of the Moon, Venus and Uranus lends a synchronic, mystical quality to your experience. Seems you barely utter a desire before it manifests; and you bump into people you need to see as if by (so-called) chance. All truth shakes out as you step back from knotty drama. You are a creative genie, now—not a machine—rolling out a series of finished products. Others are in awe at your (so-called) luck in business. It’s actually the residue of a well-oiled design. Saturday’s Full Moon brings back (so-called) lost love.

Pisces
The Sun and Jupiter opposed Neptune and, then, Saturday’s Full Moon bids you pinpoint squelched callings silently screaming for recognition. As you heed inner voices, don’t be surprised by a sense of a loving presence. For, spiritual assistance is in the stars, helping you kick habits like swallowing anger or internalizing past affronts against you. You do long for greatness, but has this kept you from actually venturing new things for fear of failure? Now you enter a fresh phase of welcoming all of life’s wondrous learning curves.

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Haute Astrology

 

by Starsky + Cox
week of August 16-22, 2015

Sextrology, the e-version: finally, an edition your friends can't steal.

Sextrology, the e-version: finally, an edition your friends can’t steal.

lisakudrowspt042110To honor this fifth week of Leo, at the end of which point we enter Virgo, we explore another living archetype of the Leo woman, that of the dumb blond—or red head, or brunette—but mainly blond. The sign of the Lioness boasts any number of disarmingly, flakey, kooky, wiggy, ditzy felines who are really anything but. For the Leo woman is inclined to play a bit of cat and mouse—it’s a a ploy—to outmaneuver the rest of us at every turn. The zodiac’s Queen of Hearts has all the right moves on this chessboard called life, and sometimes having you think she’s a little out to lunch works a bit like an ambush. Leo ladies of the stage and screen are often typecast in this very role. Think of Gracie Allen, Lucille Ball, Lisa Kudrow, Victoria Jackson, Sally Struthers, Barbara Eden, Madonna, Mila Kunis, Loni Anderson, Melanie Griffith, Elizabeth Berkley, Christine Taylor, Kristin Chenoweth, Connie Stevens, Rosanna Arquette, Debra Messing, Maggie Wheeler, Julie Newmar, Shelly Winters, Jill St. John, Georgia Engel, Alice Ghostley—the good stars above, this list goes on forever….

Aries

Expect a cosmic booster shot with Jupiter and, ultimately, the Sun opposing Neptune. The key now is balancing others’ needs with your own. Mars speeds pioneering efforts, as you continue to carve out a clear identity within a chosen field. Saturn squaring Venus lends the desired effect of slowing down time, helping you maintain a spiritual center and avoid racing ahead or buckling under fabricated pressures. All you’ve quietly nurtured begins to cook with gas. By Saturday, solitary confinement is a reward not punishment.

Taurus

You may feel at a crossroads, wondering whether to stick with an existing paradigm or to plot a new course that calls for dramatic changes. Family ties may bind; still the larger issue is worry over losing small-pond status you’ve cultivated. But Venus trine Uranus suggests it’s high time to stand on the shoulders of heroes to further singular aims and risk a wider arena. The bubble in which you’ve kept yourself now begins to burst. Those aren’t nerves you feel, it’s adrenalin. Let it fuel you. Don’t try to drown or anesthetize it.

Gemini

A sort of spiritual rebirth is in the stars for you as Mercury trines Pluto. However, psychological transformation won’t come easy as old habits die hard. Expect extinction bursts—old, bad habits and behaviors resurfacing by way of being eradicated—and enjoy them while they last! In the wake of their release you’ll feel a renewed sense of purity and innocence. Jump cut to a spate of synchronicities that’ll come to characterize the week’s end. Flow with it, imposing no will or desire other than to let life unfold its special magic.

Cancer

As Jupiter and the Sun oppose Neptune, it’s up to you whether you get dragged under by an ocean of unrequited feelings or coolly glide over it. Creating emotional space to deal with murky feelings is fully within your power; as is limiting nonessential social or spurious activities. Otherwise, you can keep dancing as fast as you can, until feelings topple you. Please let’s not. Allow emotions to deepen your artistic voice and sharpen convictions until they pierce the fabric of your psyche. We aim for a breakthrough not a breakdown.

Leo

When it comes to waiting on deliverables from (over)promisers, patience isn’t much a virtue. Don’t stand on ceremony in demanding what’s due you. If the errant population won’t put up, feel free to shut down such associations. But do realize: it’s a two-way street, and you can’t hide, either, from those to whom you made pledges, be they loving or lucrative. If you look through a lens of lack you will see dearth; while, with Jupiter conjunct the Sun, witnessing the many ways life is abundant increases its plenty, multifold.

Virgo

Now is time to recreate, in every sense of the word. Refresh mind and spirit with simple tasks and pleasures—don’t suffuse them with selfish or sycophantic plots or posturing. Yes, you may aspire to lofty goals and ideals. Just do so from a gentle place of true yearning, not for glaring attention. Saturn square the Sun blends creativity with discipline and facilitates productive ventures; like launching a promotion or product, staging a show or coup, or checking back into rehab. What? Well, let’s just say, you could use a wee rest.

Libra

The Sun and Venus trine Uranus provides the right cosmic atmosphere for percolating grains of ideas into practicable projects. Approach efforts from a gut level, grounding plans that so far only work in the abstract. You are better able to blur boundaries and dissolve what separates you from both people and the goals you seek to achieve. Getting to know those around you more closely fosters a sense of well-being and community. Being aloof won’t mask a fear of intimacy. Be conscious not to undermine others’ efforts.

Scorpio

You’ve got to be real; so check yourself for ulterior motives and drop all pretenses. With Jupiter opposing Neptune, actions speak louder than words. Avoid embellishment or blowing smoke. Talent, which you possess by the ton, is just half the recipe for success. Humility and team-playing make up the other. So modestly fall back, now, where you usually gloat or ride rough shod, doubling back to do damage control on that score if need be. Extend olive branches and spark up peace pipes. Forgiveness knows no bounds.

Sagittarius

As the Sun and Jupiter cojoin, opposing Neptune, you’re provided a laser-like ability to cut through foggy situations and to get to the bottom of what ails limp systems and associations. Though you’re genius at managing minutiae in many areas, down to the last detail, now is about cultivating your higher mind and expanding perception. It’s time to hone a personal philosophy you can bank on. So shelve all the self-help books and start being a living example of the belief system—you simply need reminding—you embody.

Capricorn

As you seek answers regarding property investment, relocation, and where you’d next like to land, Saturn square Venus challenges you to clearly articulate concerns over conflicts of personal comfort and professional promise. The universe says you can have it all. It just requires your being adaptable and willing to go the extra mile—sometimes, literally—to bridge business goals with your personal design-for-living. Loved ones tug at your heart strings—or are they pulling your codependent chain? Know the difference.

Aquarius

Delegating is now key to lightening your load and to freeing up more time to do as much good for as many people as possible. With Sun and Venus trine Uranus others may suspect you have less than selfless motives. Said folks are ripe for the discard pile. All you’re asking for is moral support; and you should keep the exclusive company of fellow sanguine characters. You can’t afford a single negative thought or influence now. Loved ones make demands. Saying yes is both an affirmation and an expression of acceptance.

Pisces

Relationship woes are eased as you address personal and, yes, artistic delusions. Jupiter and the Sun opposing Neptune will put your talents to the test, providing opportunities to show others what you’ve got to offer. You may need reminding that you can make a living off your gifts and be the most productive babe, with the most functional bonds, on the astrological block. Super achievement takes sweat, so don’t waste it on the small stuff. Quit pointing out others’ faults and mind your own. Your only job, ever, is to be yourself.

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Haute Astrology

Sextrology, the e-version: finally, an edition your friends can't steal.

Sextrology, the e-version: finally, an edition your friends can’t steal.

week of August 9-15
by Starsky + Cox

Julie-NewmarI’m sure you’ve heard us say that Artemis, goddess of the hunt, whom Homer called a “lioness amongst women” is the premier archetype of the Leo woman, one that resonates through mythology, literature and in flesh- and-blood females of the sign. Artemis is goddess of wild creatures; and Leo women are, in some regard, feral females, on the loose, often latch-key children, if not parentless, at an early age. The aptly named Kit (Katharine) in Taming of the Shrew speaks to the heterosexual Leo woman, anyway, seeking to be trumped, domesticated, by the rare man that she doesn’t outshine—the Sun is her ruler. Cue Leo lady Annie Oakley’s refrain to her would-be love in Annie Get Your Gun: “Anything you can do I can do better.” Indeed, Leo women best the best men at their own games. They’re on the hunt for a man who’s tougher, more wild and passionate than they, playing cat and mouse with weaker male specimens. But let’s not bring J. Lo’s Marc Antony into this. Although Cleopatra, with her own Marc Antony, was a living Leo archetype—Cleo just so happens to be a cliché name for a cat. Catherine in Wuthering Heights is another emanation of the feral Leo, whose cosmic soulmate was the wild Heathcliff. No wonder Leo Kate Bush relates to and sings as that character, just as she appears as Artemis on the cover of her record, Hounds of Love. It’s a whisker’s breath from Kate to Tori Amos. And we can name queen Leo superstars all day long, from Lucille Ball (translates to: ball of light, like the Sun) to Madonna to Julia Child to J.K. Rowling to Coco Chanel to Martha Stewart to Amelia Earhart to Mae West to Jackie O, not to mention such luscious—and they look like lionesses!—Leo ladies like Charlize Theron, Iman, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Honor Blackman, Natasha Hensridge, Vivica Fox and, of course, the classic catwomen Halle Berry and Julie Newmar.

Aries

Friday’s New Moon signals a need for help in launching new enterprises. Stirring fresh faces into your recipe for success sees a faster roll-out of plans. It may feel like there’s too much on your plate, now, with a plethora of looming deadlines. But, uh-uh: Mars trine Saturn has the beneficial effect of transcending limits of time by making you less linear, and more impressionistic, in your operations. Watch your vast horizons expand as you put unique visions into solid play. Proliferation of good vibrations is its own reward.

Taurus

The lead up to Friday’s New Moon is one big, long pressing of the reset button, putting nagging problems and pet peevishness behind you, opening new vistas to travel and education. You’ve license to be fancy free. Doing plenty of nothing can be productive; so shelve what you can. Repressed feelings rise, releasing emotional blocks. With Venus retro-transiting the Sun, by Saturday, squeakiest wheels get oiled. Priorities prioritize themselves, so long as you front-load imaginative works. Others find you tough loving.

Gemini

Integration is key, bringing the myriad moving parts of your life into concert. As Mercury continues to oppose Neptune, you should put out all fires and consolidate your energy. Personal fulfillment requires mastering your emotions, leading to the New Moon, Friday. Stand back to gain big-picture perspectives on family and friendly dynamics, crucial in cultivating any lasting calm. Specialize more in career, aiming your laser focus at specific goals. Love bonds grow deeper; and even if you’re hitched, a cerebral fling is in the stars.

Cancer

You enter a phase of abundance, as Neptune opposes Jupiter, measured in amped artistic output, a widening social sphere, and increasing support of creative ventures. Venus transiting the New Moon and Sun ramps things up with your mate or inspires a spate of hot dates. Though you’ve happily gone without excess material trappings, you’ve an urge to crawl into a cozy lap of luxury. Provide yourself perks and requisite props—it delivers the right message: That you esteem yourself most highly and feel worthy of some tribute.

Leo

You’re empowered, exuding charisma and confidence, as Venus retro-transits the Sun. You needn’t grab at what you deem divine-rightfully yours; you just reach out and snatch it. You wax more symbiotic, as we wane to Friday’s New Moon, spending quality one-on-one time with a short list of fine, fellow freaks and fringe dwellers. You meet could-be problems with compromise solutions, uncovering secret passageways to progress, forgiving (-ish) those who did you wrong. A career offer manifests just as you beg off.

Virgo

Frustration over obligations may tempt you to take short cuts to fulfilling them. But that would side-step necessary character building. Mental muscle is what you need most now. So power through, as doing so will make future challenges cinchier. Mercury opposed Neptune illumines how said side-stepping might also rob you of synchronistic moments that spell success. By embracing what life hands you, you find majesty in the so-called mundane. It may involve some intense soul-searching, but you’ll love what you discover.

Libra

You’ve a sense of hitting your stride as retrograde Venus transits the New Moon and Sun. You effectively embody progressive ideals without seeming like some free radical. As creative momentum builds, you gain support for so-called wild notions, maybe even winning over some suits ponying up to fund your visions. Romantic and social interest in you is piqued, so you can soft sell. What’s revealed is: you really have no rivals. And you discern a visible line, now, between your desire and destiny to make an indelible mark.

Scorpio

As we wane to the New Moon, Friday, emotions bubble to the surface. You may wear them on your sleeve, but put a ban on people-pleasing. It can seem patronizing; and your prepared pleasantries are starting to repeat and seem inauthentic. True friends want to feel deeper connection. And would-be champions request new works and widgets from you. A packed schedule doesn’t equal success, so limit commitments, solely devoting time and energy to quality ones. Neptune opposed Mercury suggests mining dreams for direction.

Sagittarius

Sometimes we get a true sense of karma. With Jupiter conjunct Venus, retro-transiting the New Moon and Sun, you may shower others with support and appreciation and expect cosmic reward (earthly opportunities) in return. If you linger in a narcissistic space, scapegoating people, places and things for your own shortcomings, expect to do penance. Playing victim takes up time and space. Even the sainted have limited patience. More is happening on this big blue marble than meets a sometime self-ish Sagittarian eye.

Capricorn

Leading to the New Moon, Friday, you feel at the end of your tether, making clean breaks and drastic changes. But, as sweeping as you feel, you needn’t be too hasty. Saturn square Jupiter, Venus and Mercury says to make transitions slowly and deliberately. So-called losses may not need to be cut. In a zeal to push on, you may heedlessly ditch valuable plans or people. So cool your jets lest you end up jettisoning some good stuff. Maybe you should eradicate bad habits instead of avoiding human reminders that you possess them??

Aquarius

Could it be that close cronies have lost that loving feeling? Or perhaps their affections were predicated on what you could do for them? Just a thought. Venus retro-transiting the Sun sheds light on those with two faces. But beware of confrontation, as an unaspected Mars can make your temper flare. Be the strong and silent type. You may be invited into some deal, but don’t jump to collude or collaborate. Now is about owning your autonomy. There is power in No. Keeping your own counsel shows true confidence.

Pisces

You’re not wrong in thinking you’ve all the answers. But leading to the New Moon you realize: there’s no benefit in letting others know it. What loved ones need, now, is a good listener. So slap on your best Mona Lisa smile, and mine what you’d say to others for nuggets of wisdom you can chew on yourself. You may take a professional fall if only to stave off further complication; but truth wins out; and you’ll be vindicated and invested with increased trust. Jupiter entering Virgo exposes any detractors and all disinformation.

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by STARSKY + COX
authors of SEXTROLOGY

week of August 2-8 2015

One Tough Leo Ginger: Kevin McKidd

One Tough Leo Ginger: Kevin McKidd

Just as the previous sign of Cancer is ruled by the mother-principled Moon, which portrays creation as a nurturing goddess-source from whom all matter springs (cardinal water), august Leo, ruled by the father-principled Sun, sees creation from the view of a distant, fiery sky god (fixed fire) to be revered, if not feared. Leo rules the 5th astrological house, that of co-creation with god, the mantle of which Leo man, the zodiac’s own lion king, willingly dons, embodying entitlement, if not divine right. Let’s just say he assumes authority easily, as author, akin to Arthur, boy-king, like David, taking the central role. The Sun symbol is a dot inside a circle—think Arthur seated center at table. The lion is king… of beasts; David slays Goliath, read: his own giant beastly nature, just as Arthur subdued and civilized the pagan wilds, inside himself. Leo man can be a hot head. There we said it. Little wonder that the shadow side of the sign has spawned those having such dictatorial sway: Napoleon, Mussolini, Castro, Martha Stewart. But seriously, think of the many tyrannical film directors and kings of that industry, those who will make or break others’ careers: Hitchcock (go ask Tippi), Demille, Kubrick (go ask Shelley), David O. Russell (go ask Lily). Huston, Redford, Cameron, Polanski, Penn, M. Night Shayamalan, Kevin Smith. And then there are Leo actors who play god-complexed egoists with a vengeance: Robert Deniro, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Matt LeBlanc, Andrew Garfield—probably also that ginger cat, Garfield—Kevin Spacey, Billy Bob Thornton, Wesley Snipes, David Duchovny, Adam Samberg, Laurence Fishburn, Sam Elliot, Jean Reno, Kevin McKidd, Jeremy Piven and Steve Martin.

Aries

Saturn now direct reins in extravagant impulses, lending you an increasingly sober vision. That said, you can now run faster and farther with wild ideas or satisfy far-flung longings. All with goat-sure footing. You’re bent on speeding things along, removing would-be obstacles with sanguine aplomb. Real cronies may’ve been hard to find in your emotional landscape of late; but fresh devotees now emerge from the mist as you glimpse a future of truer friendships. Geographical cures mightn’t work but they surely can’t hurt.

Taurus

You’re urged to go deeper into existing bonds or to dissolve them. A Grand Trine of the Moon, Mars and Saturn in water challenges you to invest more feeling. This thrills or sends partners running for the hills. Delusions in love dissolve; while your creative visualizations are being realized. As your star rises, people may feel left in the dust. But it’s a trail of glory, and said dust is the nutritious star variety. You’re given to child-like antics by week’s end, while a dash of youthfulness is just what the soul doctor ordered.

Gemini

You now ease into warrior mode, with Mars trine Saturn, but be still, holding vigil, along with your Mercury-ruled tongue. Delusional fabricants may surround you, so steer clear. Don’t bother getting red-faced, delivering reality checks. Have the presence of mind to just smile and nod when confronted with green-eyed opportunists, grand gesturers or dirty, stinking liars. Yes, you may roll your eyes a bit but that’s it. Creatively, intellectually, you have mountains to move; but patience—you do so one small pebble at a time.

Cancer

Your mental pathways are being rerouted so to head off would-be pathologies at the pass. With Mercury entering into opposition with Neptune, you are less reactionary and more observational and empathetic. Your new cranial processing system gets tested when sudden plan changes occur, threatening to impact objectives, and in a major way. Remember: nothing is personal and nada can derail you but your own negative thoughts. You may play the victim for five minutes, tops, before you start mining for silver linings.

Leo

You may get the sense that things are unraveling, or that devotees on whom you depend are investing emotion elsewhere. Not so. With both the Sun and Pluto unaspected, others simply assume you’re tougher and loads more secure and resilient than you are. They’d never guess your detachment is a defense mechanism designed to protect you from getting too close (because you do bruise so easily). So be clear and air tender feelings, letting others see you care—it’ll make folks more sensitive to your emotions in the future.

Virgo

You are seeking clarity in a swirling sea of disinformation. Mars trine Saturn slaps on a realistic filter, so you needn’t take anything at face value nor, by the same token, discount any possibility. This proves helpful given hype on new projects or offers being promised you: People will tell tall tales of great opportunity in hopes you’ll invest sweat equity. Uh, no. You’re of the mind that: Too much time making a living, leaves little for living it. Saturn direct will dispel any lingering doubts that you lack desired or required expertise.

Libra

Personal bonds may be a source of energy drainage, urging you to channel verve into solo pursuits. A stellium of Mercury, Jupiter and Venus square Saturn determines that your relationships won’t become excuses for not pursuing dreams. You may feel at odds with convention but this is a good thing. It’s no time to play by old rules. Risk-taking is now rewarded. But defer any need for instant gratification. Impatience can be a fatal flaw; so rein it in. You have free license to act according to your highest vision of self.

Scorpio

You may have trouble putting your finger on exactly what you want, or from whence enjoyment or enlightenment should derive. Consider it a lesson in not having to fill some void or unduly stimulate your senses. Embrace a delicious sense of vacuity. The Sun and Pluto unaspected challenges you to voice your lusts for life, without self-imposed clauses or caveats. Abide your unbearable lightness of being until you glimpse a fresh direction. Saturn direct now suffuses you with a renewed sense of purpose and forward momentum.

Sagittarius

Mars trine Saturn prescribes living more in your body and less in your mind, which is now made noisy by a stellium of Mercury, Jupiter and Venus. Feeling the weight of obligation is your cue to reimagine so-called chores as moving meditations—as you likewise see current struggles as an investment in future success. Avoid deciding who you are, or what you want to be; simply observe whom it is you’re becoming. Fuzzy finances clear up in your favor and cash flows more freely. Don’t let a glut of projects spoil any travel plans.

Capricorn

Saturn direct now provides you with an unapologetic need to recharge and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Sophisticated settings and social posturing seem fatuous; ironically, just as your public persona is enjoying a rise in status. Saturn squaring a stellium of Mercury, Jupiter and Venus gives voice to long squelched opinions that now beg for expression. You can no longer sugar coat or play an assigned role with family or friends. You’re fiercer than ever in your determination to do what you will and live where you want.

Aquarius

You’re awfully persuasive, now, recruiting minions to do your bidding. Having kept a low profile for the most part this year, you now make up for lost time, imposing authority and demanding attention. With Mars entering Leo, you are eager if not desperate to manifest desired outcomes. And you more easily bite the heads off those who question your panoramic vision. You’re more self- assured, as evidenced by a less overt need to convince (yourself and) others of that fact. An estranged or absent figure makes a return.

Pisces

You step out of the shadows of partners, heroes or mentors. Where you once felt skittish, you now feel sanctioned and, we dare say, spiritually assisted. Neptune opposed Mercury sees that money can, and will, be made in ways that others almost universally label impractical. You build artistic and intellectual muscle now by putting ideas out there, especially if they get shot down. They say it’s the things you don’t do that you regret most, but it’s an adage you won’t put to the test. Fear, you feel, is the opposite of Faith.

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by Starsky + Cox
authors of SEXTROLOGY

week of July 26-August 1 2015

Leo woman draws on the complementary archetypes of both the Goddess of the Hunt, Artemis (Roman: Diana), and the Goddess of the Hearth, Hestia (Roman:Vesta). The sign of Leo rules the heart; and the Sun, the heart and hearth of the solar system, rules it. Leo women can be most predatory, particularly in public life, fairly stalking their successes; while, in private, they take firm hold of the center around which others draw or revolve. What paradoxically connects the seemingly opposite Artemis and Hestia is that they are both protectors—of the wild and of domestic life, respectively. In Homer’s Iliad, Artemis is referred to as “a lioness amongst women,” and we see in the Leo lion a dual nature of ferocity and maternal affection. Indeed, lions are matriarchal, females of the species being the prime movers of their prides. It’s the same with the human variety. Leo men are typically laid back, lovers of lolling about, while Leo women are fiercely energetic self-starters with, sometimes gappy toothed, predators’ smiles. Some savage Leo sweethearts: Anna Paquin, Elizabeth Moss, Madonna, Gillian Anderson, Rose Byrne, Vera Farmiga, Amy Adams, Mila Kunis, Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Kate Beckinsale, Kristin Wiig, Iman, Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez, Lynda Carter, Louise Fletcher, Helen Mirren, Elizabeth Berkley, Taylor Schilling, Yvonne Strahovski.

Aries

Whoever said that to be great is to be misunderstood might have had people problems. As, with the end of Uranus squaring Pluto, there should be no doubt how grand a lady/boy you truly are; so long as you don’t second guess yourself. You not only possess a mandate to make bold, unexpected moves; but you should also refuse to explain or complain (about anything) in the process. Be of the mind that wherever you are is the place to be. Trumpet your decisions from the rooftops. And get set to play in the big leagues. A Blue Aquarian Moon, in the wee hours, Friday amplifies your eccentricities.

Taurus

Beware of self-recrimination creeping back into your experience. There’s nada you’ve done wrong and you haven’t lost a thing. So-called big breaks, or people, that fall through, or away, are meant to do exactly that, making room for true affinity and abundance. Venus retrograde strikes a chord. You may connect with a greater audience via creative works, which is the goal, no?, without anxiety needing to surface. Getting what you want may have once sent you off the rails, but no longer. You’re ready to own your corner of the sky. A Blue Moon in Aquarius Thursday night into Friday, raises your career status.

Gemini

Mercury trine Uranus heightens emotions to crescendo and much-needed catharsis. So resist any temptations to numb your feelings. You can nearly speak in tongues, voicing age-old feelings you’ve bottled up. Longstanding authority issues come to the fore. And you’ll tell dictators or detractors where to get off. But do temper temper. Preventatively define your boundaries, not that they won’t be crossed. You lose crucial debates if you lose your cool. Bullies who overstep fall away by the weight of their grand delusions. With the Blue Moon in Aquarius forming on Thursday, you ache to expand mind and horizons.

Cancer

The Moon waxing Blue, after midnight Thursday, illuminates your path. You discern a fresh sense of direction and are suffused with a newly liberated spirit to guide you. Venus conjunct Jupiter now eases the daily grind, facilitating solo pursuits and freeing you from personal ties that bind. If you work in partnership, increased autonomy actually furthers shared goals. In career, you’re now ultra persuasive at sealing deals. Choose reassuringly luxurious avenues over budget ones for marketing your wares. Short cuts cut you. You’re now a fantasist in love or whatever you call those feelings stirring in your nether regions.

Leo

Things seem to be heightening, as we build to the Blue Moon in the wee hours on Friday. This is augmenting your creative power. You have a new bring-it-on attitude which makes even crunchy times filled with deadlines feel like a working holiday. True friends watch you transform, as if, overnight, from most-def to least-stressed wo/man on the astrological block. Expression of talents is fast-tracked as artier inroads get groovier. Expect multiple flashes of genius and strike while ideas are hottest. Don’t sweat the details; and through what seems an emotional obstacle course, embody your gentlest self.

Virgo

With the Sun and Mars trine Saturn, you are setting fresh intentions. Old wounds of self- doubt heal without a visible scar. And you can be of great help to those going through struggles not unfamiliar to you. Now that Uranus and Pluto are no longer squared, you seek the Truth. Those who can’t look you in the eye do indeed have something to hide. Judge not. Open your heart ever more. Focus on creating an atmosphere of acceptance—you thus allow people to be their best. And you let life unfold according to its own miraculous design. In love, you’re more sought after with the Blue Moon early Friday.

Libra

You are in the process of overcoming certain fears while summoning resolve to take on new challenges. With Venus retrograde, you should exercise your versatility. Be a wonderful wiz of whatever, going with the flow, taking setbacks and snafus in stride. You’re called to embody active faith, especially, in that the best is yet to come. Try to find pleasure in unexpected departures, whether they be impromptu flights to parts unknown or a sudden fling with someone with, well, parts unknown. The trick is not to let vague distractions become obsessive rabbit holes. With Friday’s Blue Moon you eschew amateurish ways.

Scorpio

You’re suffused with a spirit of surrender, with the end of the Uranus and Pluto square. This brings down your guard, allowing for more guileless times. You see how every move you make needn’t have a lucrative or seductive pay off. You can act without expectation. There may be reunions with those you consigned to the past. Reminiscing is healthy but nostalgia can get noxious. You will also emotionally reconnect with old goals that still burn in you. Any pangs you now feel are the release of old pains, which paves a pathway to a viable, joyful future. The Blue Moon early Friday rekindles home fires.

Sagittarius

You can’t help micro-managing, with Mercury trine Uranus. You’ve evolved the ability to administer to every detail, systemizing all in sight, with a calm finesse. You’re also being given “cosmic do-overs” in the form of familiar experiences from the past that didn’t quite gel. This should make you more chill, less judgmental, totes patient and not the least bit power hungry. You can now raise the bar in friendships, expecting more from cronies. You are, after all, a great source of solace for others. Satisfying a craving for intimacy requires revealing more of your self. Friday’s Blue Moon reveals crucial information.

Capricorn

The Sun and Mars trine Saturn aligns your goal-setting strategies with your ultimate aspirations. You may now lay out practical plans to realize the most elaborate pipe dreams. Family and friendly connections are only icing. You create your own cakey opportunities by honing skills and talents you may take for granted. You can learn to love the process of becoming what you’ve been in such a rush to be. This way, real magic finds its way into the mix. Patience is a solid investment in your future. Still, momentum is key, so make small moves, daily. The Blue Moon early Friday shows you the money.

Aquarius

Leading to the Blue Moon in Aquarius after midnight, Thursday, you’re increasingly chill and magnanimous in dealings, letting go of tired grudges. Mercury trine Uranus helps bury hatchets dating back to the last century. Strained relationships have drained a lot of energy, which can now be channeled into promising new bonds. You’re being offered the role of a lifetime—that of the bigger person—a part you can play to the hilt. And hear that? It’s the sound of squeaky clean karma. The one most in need of your forgiveness right now is you. By Friday, the Blue Moon will have helped you achieve true closure.

Pisces

With Venus now retrograde, the walls you’ve put up with folks are torn down. You will still need to filter out the overly needy cling-ons with their drastic drama; but you can open yourself up to more divine inspiration and a certain joie de vivre. Let others buzz or flail around, while you stay the course, centered, sacrificing fleeting pleasures. A new, meditative stillness gives you the edge with deadlines as it attracts fellow tribe members who seek a self-contained partner or, even, a sometime plaything. Friday’s Blue Moon imparts an irrefutable sense that you’re not alone, but spiritually guided by benign beings.

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by Starsky + Cox
authors of Sextrology

In our book Sextrology, the Leo Man chapter is titled The Natural. So many tawny men of the sign are wont to go native, being astrologically designed, like their totem Lion, to easefully roam the great expanses of the planet. They are attracted to cultures and peoples with a primal throb. The lion is born free and stays that way. Like its ruler, the central Sun, the heart-center of the body is governed by the sign of Leo. The beating of the heart is the rhythm of life; and besides boasting many drummers among its number, the sign of Leo breeds men who live life at its own pace or, at least, they believe that they do. For, the zodiac’s king might naturally confuse his own will with that of the divine. He assumes he’s Right. The shadow side of the king, of course, is the tyrant and anyone acquainted with a Leo man has probably seen it creep in. The golden Leo nature boy abhors artifice and is near maniacal in his embracing of authenticity. He is, by nature, skeptical of phonies or over-sophisticates. Whether he possesses the rugged outdoorsyness of Davy Crockett, the pastoral, bare aesthetic of Thomas Eakins, the natural sweepingness of filmmaker John Huston, the arid no-nonsense of Sundance king Robert Redford, the hempish ways of Woody Harrelson, the prairie rattyness of Garrison Keillor, the vegan crunch of Casey Affleck or the going-nativeness of William Clark, Herman Melville, Cartier-Bresson, Lawrence of Arabia or even Ginger Baker, for that matter, Leo men celebrate the beating of creation’s heart and extol our earthly kingdom and mankind in its most noble, natural state. Some other Leo hunks include the “Conans” Jason Momoa and Arnold Schwarzenegger, “Thor” Chris Hemsworth, “Hulk” Eric Bana, and “Avatar” Sam Worthington.

Aries

Mercury transiting the Sun, in Leo, spells some heavy emotional lifting in the midst of mounting joy. You’re being readied to face the fact: you’re a true creative. You may even forgo so-called bread-and-butter jobs that bind (they may only provide a semblance of security). There is much power now in saying No and going for broke with your dreams. Mars opposed Pluto points to a tired situation that needs to fall away, so that you can experience spiritual rebirth. Take kicks in the seat in stride—they only impel you forward.

Taurus

Venus and Jupiter squaring Saturn lets the steam out of the ways you take yourself too seriously. You can now drop pretenses and relate to people, more seamlessly. Rid yourself of puffery and name-dropping. You needn’t cite your connections—instead, make new ones. Smarmy wheeling and dealing is see-through. And good thing: You shouldn’t mask killer instincts and natural ease in negotiations. They win you respect, inviting opportunity from like-minds who value such assets. Be fierce and the rest follows.

Gemini

Venus trine Uranus urges you to consider the lilies. You’ve free license to let personal transformation be a simple process of unfolding from within. Keep farthest-reaching goals in mind, without limiting thoughts. Strike negative contractions from your vocabulary. Get a fix on desires—the wilder the better. 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.

Cancer

You’re cleaning out literal and figurative closets, as Mercury transits the Sun, in Leo. You might upgrade your digs with some overdue mod cons, embracing a more minimal aesthetic to maximize mental clarity. Overall, you’re super energized. Once vague, pale interests become solid platforms for reaching loftiest goals. People either celebrate or tolerate you. Embrace the former, circular-file the latter. A spare social life fuels your professional one. You now consist of radical moves, resonant notions and raw nerve.

Leo

The trick now is to isolate areas where you lack know-how, so to make yourself more indispensable. This is key in both career and creative endeavors, and in fusing the two. Mars opposed Pluto turns chores into choices, and dull routines into powerful rituals. You’re being rebooted and, indeed, repackaged on an unseen, alchemical level, emerging as a more accessible you; but fret not: You’ll still be blissfully unbeholden to others. Only now, your solo goals will positively impact them. Spending splurges while passion surges.

Virgo

If you feel at the mercy of others’ whims, don’t sweat it: You’re being challenged to build emotional muscle, courtesy of Venus and Jupiter squaring Saturn. Not only can you take it, you don’t even need to dish it out. This Teflon mojo sets you apart from those who can’t as easily transcend fraught or frazzled situations. And then there’s you: silently assuming positions of leadership, quietly showing quitters the door. And that’s just on the domestic front. In business: detractors fade away like the morning dew, as devotees genuflect.

Libra

Expect caveats and corrections to abound with Mercury transiting the Sun. Being bombarded with ever-changing moods and (dis)information, you may rework plans multiple times. Even quasi ordered chaos can make you feel more vulnerable than usual. You’re inspired to cultivate calm despite—indeed due to—lack of control. If you ace this test, you’ll be in good stead for ages. Nature thrills far more than social enclaves with interior intrigue. Others’ hubric power plays are no match for your seasoned, insouciant kindness.

Scorpio

Life is in the details, as the week kicks off with the Moon opposed Neptune, a planet that can make you forget this fact! All the more reason to focus. You’ve a chance to cook up bigger successes than ever to date. Some say you’re too big for your britches. Never mind. Keep on trucking and carry on repeating: Nothing is personal. Keep a tight rein on spending and make no grand gestures picking up tabs or tricks. With Mercury transiting the Sun, you’ve nothing to prove, and no one to impress. Confidence is confiding in yourself.

Sagittarius

Jupiter and Venus square Saturn sees you’re afforded proper respect; and that the overly pretentious out there are firmly put in their place. You may be called self-serving. That’s half true. And it’s enough for you to know how generous you are. Don’t dignify disses by justifying yourself. On another note: You demand tangible proof that your powers of attraction are at their peak. You’re ultra-serious, now, in love. Commitment seekers sigh relief. Those dodging it will be shown the door. You’re running a tighter emotional ship.

Capricorn

With the Moon opposing Neptune at week’s start, the world seems your oyster. But don’t cast your pearls therein. Some people may be edited from your social roster as they don’t meet friend-ly requirements. Now is about defining belief systems and being steadfast in your ethics. Venus square Saturn points to big decisions and possible exits to make, on principle. And you’ve no bandwidth to navigate others’ moral compasses that clash with your own. Quietly voice hopes and wishes to Ms. Universe. She will answer all prayers.

Aquarius

With the Moon opposing Neptune at the top of the week, you’re asked to sure up all the places in your life where you’re lackadaisical or rest on laurels. Now is about true artistry and innovation, so strap on a pair of, let’s say, metaphorical spurs and pioneer! Affections are called into question. Focus more on giving love than where you don’t get it. If this proves too challenging, you may be barking up the wrong relationship tree. Uranus trine Venus also suggests you’re looking for a new squeeze or to shake it up with a main one.

Pisces

Neptune opposed the Moon at week’s start provides wiggle room with looming deadlines. Creativity flows and words fall trippingly, so don’t waste the grace of time and space. Press your button nose firmly to the grindstone. And be ready to field monkey wrenches being launched from left field. We thrill to see how you cope with the unexpected. And it isn’t just we watching. Would-be emotional, if not flushy financial, investors are also eyeing you. If you’ll just be yourself, no matter how glaring the attention, you will rule.

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by Starsky + Cox
authors of SEXTROLOGY and Cosmic Coupling

week of July 12-18 2015

Sextrology, the e-version: finally, an edition your friends can't steal.

Sextrology, the e-version: finally, an edition your friends can’t steal.

Cancer woman’s life journey can be characterized as one long transition from the seeming chaos of her youth toward achievement of her own natural rhythm. Long before Linda Ronstadt marched to the beat of a different drum, Cancer girls have often felt emotionally abandoned at a tender age, echoed in some form of their own self-abandon. It takes time’s ticking tides to emotionally process Cancer woman’s way to a calmer shore—flood myths are endemic to the cosmic energy of the sign. Instinct defines the Cancerian realm, and the lady Moonchild, in particular, develops a gut variety by way of fully embracing any rocky circumstance of her youth; the inevitable embarkation there from; any subsequent feelings of being “at sea” along with strong senses of hope and promise; before she can ultimately experience deliverance. Cancer and the Moon rule the 4th astrological house of both the home one comes from and the home one creates for oneself. It is the house of re-creation, which is why one should never give up hope that a Cancer woman will land herself a happy, healthy and emotionally secure existence. In the meantime, it can be quite a shite show. ‘Tis the season, so here come the hurricanes Jennifer Saunders (Edina Monsoon!), Lindsay Lohan, Carly Simon, Pamela Anderson, Ludivine Sagnier, Courtney Love, Busy Phillips, Sue Lyon, Cyndi Lauper, Penny Arcade, Julianne Hough, Sofia Vergara, Phoebe Legere, Gisele Bündchen, Karen Black, Jerry Hall, Jessica Simpson, Kelly McGillis, Monica Lewinsky, Princess Diana, Imelda Marcos, Leona Helmsley, Lizzy Borden and Helen Keller are all Cancerians who, at some point or other, might have been a bit upset and needed to lie down.

Aries

A New Moon conjuncts the Sun, which now conjuncts Mars and Mercury, all opposing Pluto. This gets Aries’ creative and libidinous juices flowing. You’re courting Muses, of both the etheric and the downright financial kinds. Just remember: the patronizing can be patronizing. The key to success in love or art now entails a return to roots and innocence. Isolate mean, jaded feelings and shake them out. Eschew sophisticated milieu, if need be, embracing nature and certain naiveté. Heel any temptations to character assassinate.

Taurus

You best satisfy any excitement addiction by sticking to routines, says Venus and Jupiter square Saturn. Turn chores into magic rituals designed to empower you. The New Moon overnight Wednesday, sees you not so much raging against establishment machinery as releasing any holds one might have on you. As the dramedy unfolds on the career and social fronts, eye situations with bemused detachment. Be optimistic, in the truest sense: you create your own good fortune by optimizing opportunity, dignifying no detractions.

Gemini

You inspire confidence if not a few green shades of envy on the career front. Mercury transits Mars on Wednesday’s New Moon, bidding you to stop and smell the milestones before stretching for the next brass ring. You can go to extremes, undervaluing, then splurging on celebrations of, self. Stay middle-grounded. Highs and lows are equally dicey, where emotions are concerned. External circumstance should have no bearing on your weather within, which is partly sunny with a good chance of thunderous applause.

Cancer

Your senses are working overtime, in advance of Wednesday’s New Moon, but it’s a good antidote for too much living in your head. The Mars-Sun-Mercury conjunct says listen to your body. You may be overdoing even exercise regimes; you may need to rest more, or to delight your appetites some. Strike the word should from your vocabulary just now. Leave open-ended hours for wandering off and just seeing what happens. Embrace that which provides natural stimulation. Venus conjunct Jupiter invites all sorts of admiration.

Leo

Those who’ve invested hope or hard cash in your promise(s) now expect you to deliver said goods. This could be a challenge, says Mercury transit Mars conjunct the Sun. Not playing victim in the process could be a second one. You are reminded that your opinion of others is none of their beeswax. Telegraphing petty disappointments doesn’t puff up your status, it makes it go poof. Embody your golden-ruling codes of ethics and make good on all favors and faith afforded you. Give people slack and you’ll have them in your palm.

Virgo

Serious introspection is now key to isolating and ultimately curtailing excesses. Prior to Wednesday’s New Moon, it’s pretty existential—hell can be others—isolation providing a salve for external stresses. But as Venus enters Virgo it becomes increasingly evident: the real distress call is coming from inside the house (your psyche). Unlike like-realizations of the past, this one inspires resolve not dread. You’re ready to swallow bitter pills and spill your guts instead of cocktails or metaphorical milk over which you’ve cried enough.

Libra

Your ability to score solo goals is to be commended as Mercury transits Mars; while Venus conjunct Jupiter urges you to take others’ counsel to heart. You’ve been called many things; we now add wing wo/man to the list. Co-authoring a project, even playing second fiddle, is not only a preferable paradigm for winning praise and making bank, it also provides opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a type-B personality: A steady pulse, listening skills, plump skin, a cool remove, empathy, sheet wrinkles and eye twinkles.

Scorpio

A New Moon with the Sun conjunct Mars and Mercury, all opposed Pluto means you now come clean, emotionally. Admit your part in unraveling relationships, recognizing any repetitive patterns you fall into. There is air enough to suck in every room, and room enough at the top, for everyone. Nobody can take away anything that truly belongs to you. Your one job is to be yourself. Focus on solo achievement sans thought of providing for or impressing others. If unintentionally, others can put a damper on your dreams.

Sagittarius

You now alight on life-alterations needing making. With Wednesday’s New Moon, you consider a need for specificity in career. Are you clear or wavering on your expectations of current employ and/or can you specialize more? You must distinctly articulate desired paths, in all things, so that the universe, let alone bosses or sponsors, can meet you half way. Balance in your bonds also comes to bear. Control needs to give way to acceptance.
Mercury’s transit of Mars gives voice to both petty pet peeves and profound life purpose.

Capricorn

You’re all intuition and insight with the New Moon, Sun, Mars and Mercury in stellium. You soak up local color, new experience and out-of-left-field opportunities like a sponge. Bide your time, weigh all options and reveal little, wearing a poker face. Others confess secrets to you, but don’t take anyone’s words as gospel. Trust you know when someone is hiding truths or purposely feeding you falsehoods. Money-wise: Expect the best, but err on frugality nonetheless. Practical magic nips stress in the bud. In love, you bear your soul.

Aquarius

Guilty pleasures tempt, but you’re apt to trip on the G-word. Mercury transiting Mars illustrates how self-punishment is your vice. Meanwhile, your drug of choice should be the adrenalin of creative output. Pluto opposing Sun and New Moon spotlights subversive motivations—yours and others’. Be forthright in dealings. Failure to do so suggests fear, better known as a dearth of faith. An anxious vision can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. So pull out all stops in showing you’re sanguine. Snubbing others is pitiful not powerful.

Pisces

Mercury transiting Mars, conjunct the Sun and New Moon, all trining Neptune (phew) gets to the bottom of nagging issues. Emotional fatigue manifests physically, so meditate on any weariness, aches and twinges and see them as the release not the source of what ails you. Even sorrow is a symptom of healing, as old scars are being erased. Adopt a high-vibe diet of positivity and a mystic fitness practice of compassionate acts. Pretend you’ve been secretly cast in a reality show about a modern day saint. It’s not far from the truth.

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Sextrology, the e-version: finally, an edition your friends can't steal.

Sextrology, the e-version: finally, an edition your friends can’t steal.

by Starsky + Cox

week of July 5-July 11 2015

Whether or not you believe we actually went to the Moon, the fact remains that Cancer men often do end up looking a lot like the Man in it. You decide whether or not he might also be described as cheesy. Behold the bald and the beautiful Cancerian males who glow with a kindly condescension, a subtle superiority and a distant devotion. And beware the chrome-dome glare: Patrick Stewart, John Glenn, Yul Brynner, Jeffrey Tambor, Terrence Stamp, Larry David, Jesse Ventura, Montel Williams, Anthony Edwards, Donald Faison, Michael Jace, Vin Diesel, Gerald Ford, Kurtwood Smith, Forest Whitaker, Mel Brooks, Danny Glover, Mike Tyson, Zinedine Zidane, Dalai Lama, Anthony Edwards, Jackie Earle Haley, Dan Aykroyd, David Drake, Prince William and all the future folically challenged Cancerian fellows.

Aries

You’re delivered from outmoded, limiting thoughts by the Sun and Mars trining Neptune. Long-suffering projects need your all to bring them home. Then clear the decks for drafting new plans percolating on your brain’s back burner. You may be offered a lead role of some kind. Being in charge isn’t a burning passion now, but it may be a necessity in achieving desired results. Venus and Jupiter trine Uranus can spark an epiphany: You see how expecting the best puts you in the right frame of mind, regardless of any result.

Taurus

Put focus squarely on you: Mercury conjunct Mars points to a process of individuation. Aiming to please colleagues, clients or cronies gets you nowhere fast. You may be singled out for a new project or opportunity. Surely, you are distinguishing yourself from the pack. You may feel angst in group settings—lest you’re being hailed as a leader, expert or guru, it’s best to eschew them. You strike out in a solo direction. A lone effort tugging at your psyche is to be pursued. In love, too, you prove you can stand alone.

Gemini

As Venus and Jupiter T-square Moon and Saturn, you undergo an alchemical shift, becoming more golden a child and getting the lead out in harkening to true callings. There may be temptation to relive hedonistic ways. It’s only a test. You haven’t brought your A-game only to backslide at this tipping point. Self-actualization is designed to impress nobody but you. Remember: giving into fleeting pleasures might only postpone lasting joy. Think beyond yourself—getting to a place where you have so much to give.

Cancer

You’re tempted to go into hiding, with Mars and Sun trining Neptune; but please trust that networking is now crucial. Avoid isolation at all costs; and perish the thought that involving others in your plans dilutes the energy thereof. It actually expands your reach along a web of your own weaving. To be fair, you haven’t exactly been alone, but relying on the kindness of strangers, keeping said connections under wraps. Yet, you now step into the light with all activities. Champions for burning causes are closer than you think.

Leo

In anticipation of a Mars/Sun-Neptune/Moon trine, which amps your empathetic power, you needn’t fear being entangled in clingy alliances. Your compassion for others is truly detached. As a result of being burned by some jealous dementors of late, you’re right not to invite input on projects or share plans. Mercury in Cancer frees you to bond with fresh faces who see the truest you: a caring character with a cool remove. A once and future friend may extend an olive branch this week; still, it’s okay if you’re not ready to engage.

Virgo

Sun and Mars opposed Pluto provides impetus to convey views and feelings creatively, while making you aware of skills and talents that need developing to do exactly that. You see your artistic potential in isolating 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. Express yourself now in bold strokes; you can always go back and fine tune later. And better to ask forgiveness than permission.

Libra

With Saturn square Venus and Jupiter, you exude confidence and renewed authority. You may experience a role swap that puts you in charge of those you’ve followed in the past; while people doing your bidding may need a reminder of the fact. It is key to put any resentments aside. Strike the word revenge from your dictionary. So-called rivals may become lieutenants who carry out your edicts in exchange for your championing their causes. Being in command means delegating liberally, empowering those under your wing.

Scorpio

The Sun and Mars trining Moon and Neptune can make it seem you’re surrounded by beneficent fairies. Indeed, unseen forces do show up to assist you. Life is breathed into your goodly actions, particularly those of a community nature. You divorce yourself from the so-called influential to whose bad behavior you’ve heretofore turned a blind eye, giving praise to those you’ve under-appreciated. You feel the power in wanting what you already have, needing nada from empty promisors. You won’t feel lonely going it alone.

Sagittarius

Karma is creeping up on you, which, for most Sadges is a good thing. Mars and Sun opposing Pluto exposes your hypocrisies so that they can be eradicated. There seems to be a disconnect between your professional and private selves. Visualize them coming together. You possess great wisdom, yet forgiveness can be a stumbling block. Beware of scapegoating others for your losing affection for them. Nobody is dictating the company you must keep, so you needn’t fabricate reasons to blame people for cooling on them.

Capricorn

With Saturn squaring Jupiter and Venus you find pleasure in kicking nasty habits and shifting wellness routines into high gear. Ask yourself what situations or relationships most call for some correction. 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 your precious time and energy.

Aquarius

Snafus and setbacks are blessings in disguise, keeping you from multi-tasking your way into full neuron fritz-out. Venus and Jupiter trine Uranus sees group dynamics reach an apex. Making an exit strategy is wise, not a sign of weakness. Whatever you’re doing: If it feels like work, it’s not working. Yours should be a path of no resistance, now. It’s time to focus on solo ambitions, integrating art and commerce. Beware of overindulging to ease any pain. Overpopulating your surroundings can, ironically, make you feel lonelier.

Pisces

With the Sun and Mars trining the Moon and Neptune, your approach is direct, your actions impulsive and your love tough. Expect a shake-out on the career front as you wax brutally honest. You’re now a wide open book, expecting others to follow suit. You may go out on a limb, socially; and there’s zero wrong with running with a so-called faster crowd, so long as it’s actually going places. Rub elbows with progressive mover-shakers like yourself—don’t hang back with the brutes. You bruise easily, but recover in a jiffy.

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by STARSKY + COX
authors of SEXTROLOGY

week of June 28-July 4 2015

Cry us a river: It can be near comical to peruse a photo collage of Cancer women, as, more often than not, their expression suggests they might be on the verge of tears. Cancer females embody the cardinal-water assignation of their sign. They are fountains of feeling ruled by Mother Moon which, we know, controls the tides. These daughters of Phoebe and Selene are one with their emotions, which can make them wildly chaotic or oh-so touchingly histrionic—we’ll get to a list of extreme cases in the coming weeks. Little wonder they make the most emotionally accessible actresses. We cite the character of Cinderella as one of the Cancer woman archetypes. Like Cindy, Cancer lady is equal parts lamenting and hopeful, mirroring the expressions of the waxing and waning Moon. Indeed, she employs the power of wish-craft, floating her hopes toward the deliverance of desired results. The Cinderella myth is filled with nocturnal imagery—moon-powered elements—from pumpkins, which grow by night, and mice and rats, which are nocturnal. The woeful beauty of the Cancer woman can be captivating, inviting salvation, if not some savior prince/ss to trot up on a white charger or in a convertible white Cooper Mini. A list of pouty Cancer princesses includes Liv Tyler, Eva Green, Juno Temple, Shelley Duvall, Deborah Harry, Frances McDormand, Linda Cardellini, Kristen Bell, Diane Kruger, Clair Forlani, Phoebe Cates, Isabelle Adjani, Elizabeth McGovern, Meryl Streep, Princess Diana, Sandra Oh, Judy Greer, Melissa Rauch, Edie Falco, Stephanie Seymour, Selena Gomez, Linda Ronstadt, Ginger Rogers, Eva Marie Saint, Diana Rigg, Janet Leigh, Olivia De Havilland. Boo hoo.

Aries

The atmosphere buzzes with excitement; still, until Wednesday’s Full Moon, remain trance-like, lest nerves get frayed. With Sun and Mars trine Neptune, you long for a lush, sensual life, craving more texture in your career and luxury in your social fabric. Those you seek to sway hardly notice curling up in the palm of your hand. All the more reason to be a hard nut, sticking to ethics and principles. Summon surplus backbone to slap down bullies preying on the meek. You needn’t get the last word, but you will have final say.

Taurus

Nigh on Wednesday’s Full Moon keep expectations low with intimates. Otherwise, feelings you wear on your sleeve might get sullied. It’s time to cut losses with the dysfunctional, unless your ego relies on others’ co-dependence? A new daily routine designed to cultivate serenity emerges by Friday. Follow up on all ideas and introductions you initiated. Others disappoint only if you let them. Current devotees offering love and support deserve your focus way more than any withholders you keep trying to win over.

Gemini

You take up more real and metaphoric space now, with Mercury square Chiron; good news after being jostled by a shifting social or career landscape. By the Full Moon, Wednesday, you’re back in the saddle, biz-wise, and in the know, buzz-wise. You realize your wildest dreams are ones most destined for success. So you can cut ties that bind you to those who, if only subconsciously, try to keep a lid on your rising star. Be gleefully on the make for those who may invest in any light bulbs popping off in your beautiful mind.

Cancer

It wasn’t so long ago that you petitioned the heavens for increased creative opportunity—fist shaking to the magestical roof. And as Mars and Sun trine Neptune for the Full Moon mid-week, here it comes. So don’t claim you’re not ready. Crank up the can-do machinery and shift imagination into action. Humility is one thing, but self-sabotage from a fear of success is another. Life unfolds according to your intentions. Believe fully in yourself then match behavior to your belief. So-called selfish goals have wider, universal benefit.

Leo

The Sun-Mars conjunct puts you on the receiving end of some tough love over the Full Moon, Wednesday; but try to see it as deepening your compassion. That adorable way you see yourself as gods’ gift to the universe: though it’s totally true, you now see how everyone else is, too. You are to be praised for sacrifices made to those you deem less fortunate; yet being messianic makes you spiritually messy. This is your cue to spiff up your act and not judge others. And don’t forget: there is no such thing as giving enough.

Virgo

If at your wits’ end, hang in there—it’s a test of faith. As Mercury squares Neptune, you receive forgiveness from those you may’ve inadvertently crossed. You also get work reprieves from projects in difficulty or facing looming deadlines. With Wednesday’s Full Moon, you may be singled out for a promotion, payoff or perk. And don’t turn up your nose at what might seem a lateral move. It is actually a distinctly diagonal, steep, upward-spiral rise! Though you may be in sparkling new company, don’t fair-weather old friends.

Libra

Prior to Wednesday’s Full Moon, pushing too hard for desired outcomes is a sure way to see them slip through your fingers. Saturn unaspected causes shifts in status between you and partners in love or business. Embrace authority without necessarily wielding it. Let self-professed rivals make vivid power plays—they’ll likely overshoot their marks. You win now by making minor concessions and meager demands. The trick is to master your defensive emotions. It’s how you’ll magnetize desired outcomes and love objects to you.

Scorpio

You gain insight into group, social psychology as Mars conjuncts the Sun squaring Pluto. You further hone intuition and expression during the Full Moon mid-week—projects that require tapping into the collective consciousness are green lighted. While surfing the zeitgeist, close bonds may get short shrift. So let loved ones know if you’re heading down any rabbit holes. Don’t overpromise then disappoint. Some talents may be rusty, and credos dusty, but in this time of personal renaissance you come up with requisite goods.

Sagittarius

With Venus conjunct Jupiter trine Uranus you form a united front at home and at work, warding off hostile takeovers, family invasions, alien visitations and psychic possessions. There will be veiled finger-pointing. Try tabling internal conflicts until after Wednesday’s Full Moon when they no longer signify. And, as you wax more proactive in business, let your guard down in private. Stick to convictions, if unpopular. Don’t anesthetize vacant feelings. It can be lonely out on a limb, but it’s where juicy fruits of your labor are ripest.

Capricorn

Waxing to Wednesday’s Full Capricorn Moon, focus on zeroing in on super niche ways to channel creativity. Saturn unaspected allows you to feel the thrill of success as you hit myriad marks, acting as a most divine messenger of delicious ideas. Aim to find the finest line between loyalty and codependence. Your higher mind embraces complex and esoteric ideology with your signature devotion. Your mind is exercised as your spirit is exorcised of any demon need to be all things to all people. You’re best at being an icon.

Aquarius

A long-pursued goal is now within reach; so says Uranus trining Jupiter and Venus. While you’re winning the day, don’t forget: this is just one step in a series of triumphs you’ve yet to achieve. Mustn’t rest on laurels—redouble your efforts. And avoid gambles with Wednesday’s Full Moon. You best employ restraint and impose limits on indulging any cloying need for fortune. If a prize is yours, it will be had on noblest terms. An ardent admirer makes their self known, so look alive. Release placeholder people from your life.

Pisces

Put first things first: that means callings and whatever engages your imagination. Any to-do lists will keep till after Wednesday’s Full Moon. Even so, you must stay busy, worky stuff on the back-burner, front-loading activities that feed your dreams. If your environment is messy you might see it as in process, a fluffy nest for hatching ideas and manifesting artistry. Prioritize content over form. Neptune trine Sun and Mars sees you identify as a creative—the more you follow your impressions, the more impressive you are.

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