by Starsky + Cox
Starsky + Cox’s SEXTROLOGY…the cosmic gift that keeps on giving…
week of May 8-14 2016
Mercury, retrograde, transits the Sun on Monday, something that happens a dozen or so times a century. It surfaces themes of value and dignity for Aries, physical well-being for Taurus, spiritual questioning for Gemini, a calling to the world stage for Cancer, status issues for Leo, higher-mindedness for Virgo, psychological transformation for Libra, relationship concerns for Scorpio, behavioral changes for Sagittarius, creative redirection for Capricorn, domestic rejigging for Aquarius and a sweeping re-thinking for Pisces.
In counterpoint to it’s preceding sign of objective, directive, “masculine” Mars-ruled Aries (and the forthright people born under that sign), “feminine” Venus-ruled Taurus is subjective, intriguing, inviting and alluring. Taurus people can be, if only naively, vague, suggestive, or downright elusive. They are all pull, and no push. Taurus can in fact be navel gazers, endlessly self-reflective, and they thus invite the interest, worship and also the scrutiny of others. As artists and intellects, they obscure and refine, turning obvious forms of expression on their ear while they up the creative ante, achieving unique, even absurdist, and elegant results. They don’t effort, by nature. As the premier earth sign, these pastoral archetypal flower-children—think reflective Narcissus, Adonis and Hyacinth—embody natural ease. They toil nor do they spin. Full expression is their birthright. Taurus rules the throat and voice, symbolizing a natural proclivity for these bovine characters to utter. Venus works her grace and charm physically in this sign and on its men who are suppleness personified. Consider the gravity-defying moves of Fred Astaire and David Beckham; the oblique musical stylings of Duke Ellington, Burt Bacharach, Bing Crosby, Bono Vox (good voice), Pete Townsend, David Byrne or Brian Eno; the skewed comedic genius of George Carlin and Stephen Colbert; the elegant up-ending of Salvatore Dali and Jasper Johns, the out-of-left-field acting styles of Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson and Harvey Keitel, the ironic soft-spoken-ness of Malcolm X, the obscured invention of Mark Zuckerberg, the self-reverential élan of filmmaker Wes Anderson. All such expression being one big, slow side-long glance of the Taurus Bull. Can they be in love with themselves? That’s a question for the likes of Al Pacino, Chris Brown, George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Enrique Iglesias, Daniel Day Lewis, Jay Leno, Will Arnett, Robert Pattinson, James McAvoy, Jerry Seinfeld, Orson Wells or Rudolph Valentino.
You find contentment in championing global causes. And Mars letting go lightly from Neptune can see you take hold of a real or metaphoric megaphone, voicing necessary change. Meanwhile, Jupiter going direct delineates the correlation between any solo work at hand and the sweeping resonance it can have at large. Others seeking to make you feel less-than are merely telegraphing their own competitive jealousy. Status issues come to the fore only to reaffirm your innate self-belief and amped appreciation of natural talents.
A stellium of the Sun, Mercury and Venus requires recognizing milestones. So own the fact you’ve scored major achievements. And also note that other successful friends, colleagues, lovers and other strangers are nicer, less drama-filled, more respectful and functional than those chewing sour grapes. The poverty-conscious no longer have a place in your orbit. Money-wise: squirreling away, not spending, makes you feel flushest. With Jupiter direct, you vacillate between rooting and wanderlusting—the latter should trump.
It’s time to fan out, putting your eggs in multiple baskets, your fingers in myriad pots. Sans forcing any single agenda, you can now let increased bounty find you. With Jupiter direct, Monday, we suggest refraining from counting or crunching numbers. You are now meant to focus on higher callings, and amusing ones to boot, those that entail evolving your art and/or providing others moral and spiritual support. With a Grand Trine of Mercury, Jupiter and Pluto, a heady revelation just might inspire a mini revolution.
Jupiter direct sees you pursuing big dreams you haven’t yet dared venture. The thing is you’ve seen people with less talent and more pluck succeed where you’ve retreated. And you have new respect for that kind of chutzpah, realizing it’s half the battle in reaching a creative goal. With Mercury in a stellium with the Sun and Venus, get thoughts on paper, noting your progress in meeting and acing challenges set before you. Document your dreams which are now brought to you, in living color, by the wonderful world of wisdom.
Uranus square Pluto now hits home how being surrounded by others can actually heighten a sense of isolation. You see through people’s carefully designed personas to their true selves. Shocking how friendly faces morph into fiends, as the supposedly scary soften into angels. All hyperbole aside, this helps you navigate toward kindred sprits, those, like you, who’ve cultivated a cool remove. The last thing you need is emotional cling. Jupiter direct outlines a most divine plan. You simply need to connect the dots.
Resist beating yourself up for lapses in focus on your physical well being. It’s emotions getting the best of you again. But with Jupiter direct, you’re determined to reach peak condition. Still, you must avoid being hyper vigilant. It’s mostly a matter of ditching the delights that subtly undo you; saying No gets more results than any wee-hour infomercial guru can. You embrace a certain asceticism which isn’t necessarily Spartan. You crave some serious space, time and tranquility more than status, material gain, or attention.
With Jupiter going direct, defense mechanisms can be on a hair trigger. You might easily give into envy and vanity. The trick is to channel these into inspiration and amped self-esteem. Don’t be paranoid, but do beware of being taken advantage of. Venus in stellium with the Sun and Mercury says that friends are everywhere; so stay open. You’re comfier in social situations than you anticipate, so don’t brace yourself. Breathe; and identify with, don’t differentiate from, others. Leave more space between thoughts and emotions.
Your head may spin with the Jupiter going direct. Fortunately, Saturn T-square Jupiter and Neptune fosters the stability you seek. Becoming a better friend is a theme to explore in earnest. It means being accountable for any bad behavior. Where you thought you got away with metaphoric murder, you’ll be called out for undermining antics. Excitement is its own addiction. Take ups and downs in equal measure. True allies champion a most temperate you. Planet moves either delude you or expose your delusions. You say which.
As your ruler Jupiter goes direct, you’re faced with familiar folks and dynamics. Observe and don’t repeat patterns that made you bolt from these people, places and things in the first place. Bust singular moves. Even if you work in collaboration, it’s time to break out with a project of your own. It needn’t be to the exclusion of existing group efforts. And flash: any partner who protests may need a semi-permanent time out. With Jupiter’s Grand Trine with Venus and Pluto you get out of your head and think outside the box.
Jupiter opposed Neptune can see you becoming fixated if not obsessive. Love may be painfully profound, but hurts so good. You’ve got a fix, too, on a destiny calling, but realize it isn’t the only one—and that’s okay. Just tackle only one dream at a time. With Saturn T-square Jupiter and Neptune, others overly rely on you. Voice issues before they wax into resentments. Don’t go to extremes and bail on your commitments; suck them up and next time, learn to decline. Jupiter direct suggests that big ideas will now go viral.
The flipside of having strong convictions is sometimes confusing your opinions with hard facts. Saturn T-squaring Jupiter and Neptune provides a fierce power of suggestion with which you weave convincing narratives. But you may not know your own strength in this, so be careful lest you end up creating scenarios that threaten others. Maintain a clear conscience to keep your sway at bay. Meanwhile, Jupiter going direct, by Monday, will bring forgiveness for damages you carelessly, if not consciously, caused your loved ones.
They say it’s better to give than to receive—whoever they are—but now the opposite is true. Jupiter going direct sheds light on the shadow-fact that your generosity can be a way of putting others in your debt. So, can you graciously accept what others offer you? This would mean admitting your dismissive airs mask a cached inferiority. Meanwhile, others may’ve assumed you don’t notice, never mind value, them. But, Mars free from Neptune’s grip pulls down your guard, revealing your vulnerability, which is where the light gets in.
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