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Sextrology, the e-version: Some things never go out of style

Sextrology, the e-version, an edition your friends can’t borrow (steal).

by Starsky + Cox

Week of April 12-18 2015

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Google “Most Belligerent Actor” and you get Alec Baldwin

Mars-ruled Aries is all about not ignoring the obvious. It is primal, impulsive energy. Objective, yang, “masculine”, the sign’s celestial symbol “spear and shield of Ares” (the Greek name of Mars) is a blatant representation of the male genitalia that is ubiquitously plastered on men’s room doors around the globe. There is little irony being a man born under this sign. Aries views his raw animal appeal as both a blessing and a curse. He learns to embrace and embody his outsized drives, honing their power. Meanwhile, he may try to transcend his true nature—part rutting animal, part Superman—by way of channeling his native aggression into some Zen, Spartan or namesake martial-arts devotion. The beautiful irony being that spiritual warriorship helps him to more fully accept his irrepressible Self, the premier principle of the astrological 1st house that is Aries man’s birthright to personify. Here a list of objectifying Aries hunks of burning love, some of whom, drawing on their war-god Mars archetype, can be downright belligerent: Ryan O’Neal, Russell Crow, Alec Baldwin, Piers Morgan, Hugh Heffner, Angus Young, Serge Gainsbourg, Herb Alpert, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Quentin Tarantino, Sean Bean, Jackie Chan, Steven Segal, Roger Corman, Steve McQueen, James Garner, William Shatner, Eddie Murphy, Eric Roberts, Scott Eastwood, Luke Evans, Sung Kang, Marlon Brando, James Woods, Marvin Gaye, James Caan, William Holden, Crispin Glover, Tommy Hilfiger and (p-tuey) Adolf Hitler.

Aries

Untapped parts of your psyche now awaken. Heroes and mentors have major impact on you; and you should rip whole pages from their books. Jupiter squaring Mars keeps things real, helping you redefine elements of style that smack of affectation, so you may uniquely assimilate acquired influences. Let others’ success inspire you to work harder—no shade or plots to top/ple them. Some folks owe you a debt of gratitude. Ask and you shall receive moral support when you need it. Saturday’s New Moon is most vitalizing.

Taurus

You confront control issues, as Pluto retrogrades. Try to delegate responsibility without outright dumping it on people. Finished products aren’t necessarily. Redouble efforts to ensure their success. Let others pick up slack in areas you no longer need tackle. Saturn opposed Venus lets cats out of the bag; and even awful truths will set you free from false ties that bind. Take time in every endeavor, prioritizing a collective agenda over a solo one. You drive others a bit bonkers with Saturday’s New Moon, but they thank you for it.

Gemini

Mercury conjunct Mars now turns a creative passion into a solid platform for success. Focus; and take in the big picture of every possibility or pay-off. Pluto retrograde helps prioritize what to pursue first; but mind: digging into work at hand can unleash a storm of edgy emotions. The trick is to create without editing yourself. Self-consciousness is an indulgence you can’t afford. Dare to make mistakes, taking time to achieve excellence—be about progress not perfection. Saturday’s New Moon opens communication channels.

Cancer

Your domestic needs are going through changes. Mars trine Pluto initiates a process of elimination, so you can pull up stakes on a dime (if you wanted to). There’s little room for sentimentality as you streamline and simplify. Claim solo space with Mercury conjunct Mars. Empower yourself with talismans and testaments to solo achievement. You may find validation that you already live in your spiritual home, or you may consider another city, country or crib. Only your most codependent bonds will unravel now, so let them.

Leo

You must lead with your imagination, a word that shares its root with magic. With the Moon conjunct Neptune T-squaring Saturn and Venus, viewing life as a lucid dream is both challenging and highly rewarding. Circumstance can unfold to your specifications if, and only if, your wishes are for the good of everyone—not solely self-satisfying. What you conjure mustn’t impinge upon or impede others. Given that, you may expect a spate of happy synchronicities. Even so-called setbacks are necessary corrections in disguise.

Virgo

As a reward for recently resisting revengeful urges, karma steps in and serves retribution to those who wronged you. But you mustn’t gloat. Mars conjunct Mercury shows you how to play the humble victor where you used to act the prideful victim. Your dejected days of moping around are well behind you. Yes, attention and validation are key to you Virgins, but you must view them as luxuries not necessities. Saturday’s New Moon prescribes giving to others with all sincerity. No easy task to master, you may discover.

Libra

You’re poised to kick introspective ventures into high gear, as Pluto retrogrades and Venus opposes Saturn. Planet moves distill formerly vague articulations of your vision and any aha moments can be funneled into functional plans. Discipline can elude you, here, where you need it most, so take baby steps toward long-range goals. Embrace efficiency and economy in dealings. Keep cards close to the vest so not to dilute plans or open them to scrutiny or censure. Your path is in no way linear—you circle in on success.

Scorpio

You’re in super-Scorpio mode, poking beyond appearances, unearthing hidden truths and veiled agendas. There’s much to be gleaned from delving your own subconscious, too, documenting dreams and exploring ulterior motives. Pluto retrograde, by Friday, amps this inward focus, so you might objectively survey the landscape of repressed thoughts and emotions, loosening psychological knots that block creative expression. You’ll seem self-absorbed; but what else is new? Mercury conjunct Mars helps articulate your anger.

Sagittarius

A desire for hard cash and the heeding of a calling aren’t mutually exclusive. Saturday’s New Moon green-lights educational forays that promise long-term financial viability and provide a sense of purpose. Meanwhile, Mars conjunct Mercury disseminates information indiscriminately; but don’t sacrifice clarity-in-communication to a need for speed. Slow it down. Collectives provide a salve for frayed nerves; groups also allow you to air feelings without fear of their being taken personally. Pluto retrograde exposes some fuzzy math.

Capricorn

As money is being made more easily now, Time remains your most precious commodity. Ol’ Father Saturn opposed Venus says to take inventory of commitments, consolidate to-do lists, and tackle first things first. Selective procrastination is a habit you can now break. Pluto retrograde shines a light on upgrades needing making. Focus should also go to sharpening skills, optimizing assets, and further raising your professional stock. A so-called pipe dream you’d be happiest pursuing everyday is also the one that’s purest gold.

Aquarius

You now get the kinks out of operational machinery. Mercury conjunct Mars not only puts recent lessons learned into bold action, it also makes you super comfortable in your skin. Leading to Saturday’s New Moon, you may sense a divine presence gently guiding you through any gambits. Big deals slowly materialize; the trick is to clear the decks as they do. Publishing or other formal packaging of ideas is highlighted. Opportunities are tossed from left field, so stay alert. Pluto retrograde weeds out phonies in your midst.

Pisces

Underground interests and even subversive desires come to the fore with Pluto retrograde by Friday. Social activity of late has felt like kid stuff, and you’re on to exploring, if not exploiting, more adult themes. You take (even more) authority in close relationships. And with Saturn opposing Venus, there are some serious new players on the scene who, unlike various existing ones, won’t take you for granted. You’re apt to throw more weight around, all the while embracing seething passions, stylish pizzazz and scintillating conversations.

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Sextrology, the e-version: Some things never go out of style

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by Starsky + Cox

week of April 5-11 2015

 

Dusty Springfield

Dusty Springfield

If you’ve read your Sextrology, then you know that we’ve assigned Athena, the war goddess, as the archetype of the Aries woman, in whom that deity’s righteous stature as a fierce female with a principled, if not political agenda, is personified. Athena (Roman: Minerva) is the original feminist, going toe to toe with male gods in competitions while punishing mortal women for their frivolity, vanity and passivity. In her famous feud with her uncle, the sea god Poseidon, over the patronage of what became her namesake Athens, she offered the native people the olive, which became both food and fuel, two elements to ensure their survival and literal enlightenment. Human empowerment! Artistically depicted and described as strong featured and steely eyed, Athena is the physical prototype of the Aries woman just as she portrays their directive nature and steadfast resolve. Think of the handsome, angular beauty of Natascha McElhone, Jessica Chastain, Claire Danes, Jennifer Garner, Emma Thompson, Celine Dion, Elle Fanning, Lady Gaga, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Lange, Maria Sharapova, Saoirse Ronan, Julie Christie, Dusty Springfield, Emmy Lou Harris, Julia Stiles, Patricia Arquette, Robin Wright, not to mention such beauties with blatantly uplifting, individualist agendas, like Jane Goodall, Vivienne Westwood, Linda Goodman, Gloria Steinham, Maya Angelou, Brooke Astor, Doris Day, Betty Ford and Sandra Day O’Connor.

Aries

You are all forward momentum and yet you might find it hard to execute an agenda. As Neptune sextiles Mars, we advise cooling your jets, remaining unruffled in the face of what are, mainly, silly snafus. Don’t chase down opportunities—imagine magnetizing them to you; even play hard to get. Got deadlines? Well, push ‘em back, push ‘em back, way back. And bench any self-professed players who drop the proverbial ball. Be a kind dictator who expects much from your subjects, but nothing you wouldn’t, yourself, give.

Taurus

Group environments provide more freedom and facility than working alone in a vacuum. Communication difficulties ease with Mercury trine Jupiter, going direct on Wednesday, but it could get over the top. Technical snafus work themselves out as you learn more about what it takes to make literal or figurative machinery tick. You get the kinks out of your attitude, too, by embracing elements of self you’ve kept under wraps. You may fly in the face of fuddy-duddies maintaining the status quo, but yours is an evolutionary trip.

Gemini

With Venus entering Gemini, unpalatable past events are being processed. Emotional blocks give way to a new serenity and a spiritual reboot. Your personal saga has universal resonance, and you benefit, perhaps even financially, from sharing the trials from your sometimes happy trails. If you learn anything now, it’s that you heal most via creative expression, even finding humor in what was once horrific. Venus opposing Saturn now provides a solid perspective, empowering you to sow the seeds of a new business venture.

Cancer

You might have heard us say that “Diversity is the Mother of Compassion.”™ And as Jupiter trines Uranus, you’re propelled o explore new and exotic influences outside your comfort zone. Though you typically stick to an intimate circle, you now branch out to champion those who offer nothing in return (on paper that is). Where you once kowtowed to traditionalists, you now sever such ties for the sake of your own burgeoning ideology and the liberation, social or otherwise, of others. Grass-rootsiest efforts will succeed best.

Leo

Feel sorry for no one. We know it can come from a good-ish place, but with Uranus and Sun trine Jupiter, expressions that even slightly whiff of pity are deemed condescending. Support the moves loved ones are making, don’t caution or curtail them. Your concern could be projected fear of failure. The more you encourage others to go for the gold, the more spine you find to do likewise. Mind the hypocrisy of labeling others negative when you’re the one bitching about raw deals you’re being dealt. Let’s have no victims here.

Virgo

Close bonds pose challenges but present opportunities for growth. With Jupiter direct by Wednesday, you’re learning to cultivate lasting joy, forgoing ephemeral pleasures. And you’ve the sense ground rules make for far happier relationships. You explore the word Love more, now, as a verb, readily taking on the role of wise and knowing sage. In other news, your public image needs a zhush. Put your most expert, in-charge self forward. If it feels unnatural, use your acting. But steer clear of hubris—humility is your superpower.

Libra

Fortune is on an upswing, with Jupiter trining three major planets. But that’s your cue to bolster defenses and cultivate a healthful calm. Venus opposed Saturn raises your psychic shield against would-be dementors, just as it suffuses you with glamour, that is, the power of attraction. Batten down hatches at home to better support creative aims—don’t waste energy on petty minutiae. Where you were once prized as a party mule, you now gain points as a wallflower. There are admirers out there fairly aching to peel you off that wall.

Scorpio

Jupiter direct, trine Mercury adds up to overthinking and being too self aware. But the Sun square Pluto imposes subconscious protection and works through issues via dreams and quiet psychic breakthroughs, soothing troubled neurons from the inside out. You may run with a new pack that inspires growth and learning. Seeking company for a common purpose replaces aimless gatherings devoted to the eradication of brain cells. You’re more aligned, now, with feminine forces, feeling yourself a source to be valued and preserved.

Sagittarius

It’s make or break time. With ruler Jupiter direct by Wednesday, you shake your fist at the sky with resolve (as gods are my witness..!) or you pack up your Legos and Lincoln Logs and retreat. Let’s say you do the former. You now know the truth about money, right?: It isn’t the root of all evil, the love of it is. And how: Doing things just for dough leaves you spiritually depleted. And anyone offering a hand or handout may want a handy in return. Petition the heavens for total self-reliance and then embody it unerringly.

Capricorn

Prepare to be exposed to far-out and -flung influences with Jupiter trine Uranus, Sun and Mercury. Adventure is in the air, whetting your appetite, dulled of late, for travel and experience. You vision quest, sparking creative initiatives for the year ahead. Pinpoint what you most wish to accomplish this season. Signs show you’ll feed a curiosity with its roots in childhood. And there’s a mystical element to it. To experience magic without, you must journey within. Venus opposed Saturn hones your powerful charms…and spells.

Aquarius

Like Veronica Cartwright in The Witches of Eastwick, puking up cherry pits, you’ll be spewing a dark internal dialogue, which is bubbling up, solely, for elimination. Jupiter trine Uranus facilitates self examination; showing that present unrest stems from past roads not taken. The upshot is: It’s not too late. You will forge a slew of fresh ventures. You simply have to be okay with not knowing, yet, in which order you will do so. Art and commerce, however, will go hand in hand. Fully forgive yourself to propel forward.

Pisces

After a solo spate, partnering on projects is the best recipe for success. Jupiter direct mid week makes you ultra-aware of clinging co-dependents, and, as it trines Uranus, you seek a new tribe. You’re sowing some radical oats, drawn to those who take stands and make demands. The milquetoast set leaves you cold. As do pompous recovery artists, disaffected designers of things, and baby talkers. You’re wont to rip the social fabric a new one. Certain luxury is underrated—you may upgrade and/or make a geographic change.

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Sextrology, the e-version: Some things never go out of style

Sextrology, the e-version: Some things never go out of style

by Starsky + Cox

week of March 29-April 4 2015

Marcel Marceau

Marcel Marceau

The premier sign of Aries and its first astrological house is associated with the physical self; as such, people of the sign tend to be very comfortable in their skin. Ruled by the red planet Mars, Aries in turn governs the muscles and blood—pure red is the sign’s color—and the sign also rules the element of iron, which is a life-giving element in our blood, as it provides the protein hemoglobin, binding to oxygen, carrying it through our tissues and muscles. It is fascinating how these sign-assignations to body parts and elements pre-date modern biology or chemistry—and yet all that information was already encoded into the Zodiac which seems to transcend chronological time! Aries men are especially corporeal, if not rough and tumble, tending to boast rather un-ironic butch physiques. They often use their bodies in extraordinary ways, too, not just as athletes or as their planetary namesake martial artists, or even as the proverbial action man— as actors, for instance, they generally possess what is known as “a great physical life” on stage (or in films). Of all the male signs in the zodiac, Aries have a way of using their physiques in ways that seem to defy physics, their bantam bodies being the tangible stuff via which they achieve certain transcendence. Just look at this list: Martin Short, Andy Serkis, Harry Houdini, Harold Lloyd, Charlie Chaplin, Robert Downey Jr., Marcel Mareau, Jim Parsons, Bill Irwin, M. Emmet Walsh, Jackie Chan, Steven Seagal, Frank Gorshin, David Blaine, Eric Idle, Martin Lawrence, Eric McCormack, Peyton Manning, Gary Oldman, Matthew Broderick, Christophe Lambert, David Hyde Pierce, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Aries

Mars still on a solo tear makes you question whether a fresh life direction is open to you. The simple answer is yass. So when opportunity knocks, don’t cling to familiar or convenient fears. Shift focus from inner longings to external manifestation. Let the former surface and inspire actions needing taking. Just because you’ve put time and effort into an agenda based on one set of desires, it doesn’t mean you can’t press pause on that to heed new destiny callings. Saturday’s Lunar Eclipse brings relationship issues to a head.

Taurus

That old chestnut—it’s better to be feared than loved—rings truest now, as Venus trines Pluto. Trundling along the road less traveled has seen you wax introspective, itching for life meaning. Peeps can’t predict which way your moods will swing next; they can only hope to stay on your good side. And, lo, leading to Saturday’s Lunar Eclipse, you find a sanguinity, settling into new situations and rhythms. You’re still detached, keeping others guessing and snapping to; but you’re giving tough love, mentorship and fierce entrée.

Gemini

Trust your inner guidance system as Mercury trines Jupiter, amping powers of insight into uncharted people, places and pings. Such inklings may put you at odds with loved ones demanding so-called good reasons you can’t articulate. They’ll just have to trust you; or not. (They should; and will thank you for it) . You’ve myriad opportunities, but resist taking on work solely for coin or status. It can spiritually cost you. Leading to Saturday’s Lunar Eclipse, you’re tempted to flaunt or brag; but, after, you’ll feel the fool if you do.

Cancer

Mars in a solo orbit suggests that anger you feel is really hurt. Hyper sensitive, you’re tempted to retaliate even for constructive criticism, which you take too personally. Messengers you’re wont to kill aren’t out to get you; they may just want to help you clear self-imposed hurdles. So before you amass hordes of frenemies, relax hard lines and check your paranoia. With Saturday’s Lunar Eclipse, it’s a wise Moonchild who shrugs off slings and arrows. There’s no battle if you don’t fight. And lovers aren’t mind readers.

Leo

It’s not easy, but you must go with any and all situational flows. As Pluto squares the Sun, don’t skirt situations, grouse, mug or otherwise telegraph your discontent. Doing so backfires big-time. If you ace this test you’ll emerge with emotional muscle to last a mean season. Saturday’s Lunar Eclipse can see you playing therapist to loved ones. Sounds like a drag, but you get into helping flailing friends or family failing to see the forest for the trees. Beware of Oscar-worthy performances—not even your mama wants your drama.

Virgo

Tasks that proved tough in the past are suddenly cinchy. It’s the simple stuff of life that can elude you. With Jupiter trine Mercury, you must strive to give focus to feelings, domestic needs, and inter-personal details—all so easy to skate over. Deep philosophical ideas now register. And whether it’s a vague malaise or a burning desire that triggers a longing for a belief system to sustain you, you must clear some mind-space to cultivate it. With Saturday’s Lunar Eclipse, you can channel emotional stress into productive action.

Libra

Leading to the Libra Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, Saturday, focus is on holistic healing. There are simple remedies. Like pastimes, hobbies—you’ve heard of them? Or perhaps a holiday. How long has it been since your last? Not all activities must be productive or impact career or cash flow. Forget finances for a while. Tie up loose ends, especially the busy work of returning correspondence. In love, you desire more than convenience or a free ride. Yes you heard us correctly. Oh, and Venus squaring Jupiter fans an old flame.

Scorpio

You may’ve been put through the emotional ringer, and are in need of a purge—Mars entering Taurus should trigger its expression. Realize: you can only move forward in creating a home by reckoning with the one you came from. This could require reaching out to friends, an organized group of strangers, or a well-worn shrink to get you over the hump of some remembrances of things past. With Saturday’s Lunar Eclipse, you combat energy depletion by owning your full range of feelings, recognizing wounds as blessings.

Sagittarius

Just as you feel at the end of your tether, fortune smiles. Jupiter trine the Sun and Uranus sees you pursuing solo projects that narrow your niche—specificity is king!—while you satisfy existing bread-and-butter obligations. Financial facts and figures others may’ve tried to fudge come to light, in your favor. You can be all forgiveness but be sure that sneaks never try to pull a fast one again. Saturday’s Lunar Eclipse relieves you of feeling over-responsible toward others, just as it makes crystal clear: you won’t be undervalued.

Capricorn

Volume is turned down on ego, while true confidence is amplified. Saturn trine Mercury inspires a sense of ease that can be double-edged. Because you’re not one to squander talents or cast pearls before swindlers, you may not recognize, now, when you’re doing both. Planet moves illumine gifts on which you should place a hefty price, making your worth clear to everyone and, most importantly, yourself. In anticipation of Saturday’s Lunar Eclipse, get the lead out in realizing figments of imagination destined to bear fruit.

Aquarius

As Mars enters Taurus, feeling you have the luxury of time is an illusion. Deliberation can see you miss important boats. You do well to quickly document ideas and then punt them out into the ether. Quality will not be compromised by throwing a quantity of pitches out there to see what sticks. Employ sounding boards, yes, but avoid temptation to collaborate. You kick yourself when someone moves on a great idea you thought of first. Saturday’s Lunar Eclipse is determined to not let that sort of thing happen again.

Pisces

Some self-imposed solitude may be key to express soulful yearnings. Despite recent success, you may feel depleted or that you’ve taken a few hits. Neptune sextile Venus can make it seem you’re entering into dicey mental space or behavior. Not so: You’re taking a turn, yes, but on an upward spiral. It seems you’re circling back to revisit pains you put behind you; but you’re only lifted that much more out of them, gaining perspective and self-awareness. Saturday’s Lunar Eclipse signals a real letting go of past disappointments.

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by Starsky + Cox

Week of March 22-28 2015

Maisie Williams working her Aries warrior archetype.

Maisie Williams working her Aries warrior archetype.

Ruled by planet Mars, named for the god of war and representing the masculine principle in the cosmos, the Aries woman archetypally draws on the decidedly un-femmy, though fiercely feminist, armor-clad Athena, goddess of prudent war, strategy and, of course, wisdom. Also called Pallus (read: phallus), you might say this steely goddess was the original chick with a metaphoric dick. She is the “first born” of Zeus, and is thus the primordial daughter, likened to Lilith, the biblical Adam’s “first wife” who was much too much a top for his taste. Indeed, Aries women do wear the pants, particularly in partnerships. And they surely don’t subscribe to the notion of being the second sex. They are not subject to men; if anything, they are objectifying of them. Like Hemingway heroines, they are living-breathing animus with a primal, nearly primitive brand of beauty—typically athletic, with strong, cute, cave-woman underbites and heavy brows, a nod to Athena’s wise godhead. While the Aries male is objective in the form of aggression and assertion, Aries female is objective in the sense of being impersonal, detached, keenly strategic and defensive in nature. In a nod to her sheepish Ram symbol, there is no pulling the wool over Aries’ signature bushy eyebrows. Tweezers not included: Patricia Arquette, Keira Knightly, Jennifer Garner, Robin Wright, Kristen Stewart, Leslie Mann, Reese Witherspoon, Lady Gaga, Maisie Williams, Victoria Beckham, Fergie, Catherine Keener, Michelle Monaghan, Lucy Lawless, Rooney Mara, Sara Jessica Parker, Diana Ross, Amy Sedaris, Tatjana Patitz, Joss Stone, Norah Jones, Claire Danes, Emma Watson, Jessica Chastain, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.

Aries

You might admit that overnight success is something you’ve been cultivating for quite some time. And you should know: It can be a mixed blessing. If you’re in any way misrepresenting who you are, now is time to make necessary adjustments to your brand, creative mission, or other means of defining your professional self. But take a light touch. Mars on a solo tear suggests you should keep workaholism in check, along with any auto-pilot mechanization in demeanor. Speak but the truth, and embrace your so-called quirks.

Taurus

In career as well as social settings, you buck convention with radical displays. As Venus makes profound connections to other planets, you might employ shock tactics to assert your life-style and aesthetic choices. This can put you at odds with public opinion, but never you mind: Detractors only repel you toward meeting like-minded kindred spirits. Still, you will meet them on your own terms, and in your own time. An agent or manager or co-dependent may need the boot. And Jupiter squaring Venus spells a wild spate in love.

Gemini

A footloose Mercury can break down communication a bit, but happily so. We say this because glitches provide grace periods to strengthen arguments, elevator pitches and overall resolve. You’ve an amped talent for aligning solo ambitions with team playing. You can envision uber-scenarios that satisfy everyone’s needs. You must realize, though, that you can’t fix others’ problems, which are distractions from your own dilemmas that need resolving. Success is now assured—in what state of mind you meet it is up to you.

Cancer

With the Moon opposing Saturn then Pluto, your competitive nature can run amok, just when you should give it a rest. Prioritizing your downtime is a crucial cog in steering—not spinning—your wheels toward desired creative goals. Sure, you can mix business with pleasure—just don’t completely blur the line between. Maintain a mature formality. A creative or social cause may require both your moral and financial support. Devoting time to others, giving self-promotion a rest, ultimately empowers your own objectives.

Leo

The slightest diversion from your routine often drives you off the rails. But, with the Sun trine Saturn, you’re urged to find more flexibility in your nature. It’s time to venture beyond the garden gate to explore fresh avenues. You must also set free any emotional hostages. It’s time to detach from bosses or mentors who treat you like a disobedient pet. You may’ve benefited as much as you will from such people, picking up some affected ticks in the process. Clear the cobwebs of complacency and embrace cheerful uncertainty.

Virgo

You connect more profoundly with others and the proverbial All, courtesy of a few Moon-Neptune aspects this week. You surrender (not give up) more in relationships, less co-existing and more fully melding with signifiers. Pickier Virgos may feel the urge to do so for the first time. Pluto in the mix makes you a miner for meaning—you dig deep into profound subjects and into your oft-ignored subconscious. Your atmosphere is charged with electricity, possibility and synchronicity. Enjoy the buzz but keep your options open.

Libra

With Venus squaring Jupiter, you enter a labyrinth of myriad contingencies and mental twists and turns. Overindulging in earthly delights can see you locked in a hedonistic maze. Stick to simple pleasures and embrace certain innocence. You gain little by acting out of spite or rivalry. Try giving to others unreservedly. Imagine yourself a secret agent for cosmic bounty. If you believe that the universe does indeed provide, then, as part of it, show us how it’s done. Unless you aren’t really interested in your so-called spiritual life.

Scorpio

If you’re feeling the woe of the status-quo, you can take a more pro-active approach to career. Similarly, in love, quit waiting to be wooed and go in hot pursuit. The Moon opposing Saturn then Pluto also puts focus on finances. You may synch with a partner or team in a shared investment. It’s key to remain super-realistic, here, but not in the least pessimistic. Know the difference! Let a childlike zeal set you apart from others. You can be young at heart without getting developmentally arrested. Groove on a sexy grown-up vibe.

Sagittarius

Sometimes you need reminding that money doesn’t provide the security a Sadge craves. It’s knowledge that does the trick. Jupiter trine the Sun makes mastering subjects with which you once struggled not only doable but pleasurable. You may need a fresh start with a purely creative pursuit that has nada to do with a cash payoff. The most important thing is momentum—not getting caught in cul-de-sacs that stymie you or support a vague subsistence. Shed ego like lizard skin—keep taking on new challenges that humble you.

Capricorn

Are you truly calm, or, a human oxymoron, silently screaming? If the latter, its best not to pretend. Hell is (feigning to tolerate) others. With Saturn trine the Sun you’ve a short fuse for detractors and idlers. But you’ve also the power to make them go poof, and to cultivate the company of supportive, functional beings. But—chicken, egg—first you must disengage from them who aren’t. Silly cliques have always left you cold; and you’ve petitioned the heavens for solo time—so take it! In love: keep it light and keep it moving.

Aquarius

You mustn’t bother trying to follow a linear path. The Moon opposing Saturn and Pluto can see best laid plans pulled out from under you. So it’s your chance to transcend practicality and if-then equations, and to get into the magic of a synchronic universe. To this end, keep sitting back. Be a passenger, not a driver, and certainly not a conductor. Resist people pleasing (and needing to be pleased by them). Be picky on the social front, saving yourself for quality interaction. Self-reliance makes for a most spiritual existence.

Pisces

Times like these are to be savored, when you wax impressionistic, embracing your Neptunian self. As your ruling planet squares both Moon and Saturn in opposition, unique visions are destined to morph into groundbreaking initiatives that win reward and respect—if you activate and don’t ignore them. You possess the vitality to express and manifest creative longings. Storytelling is extra-highlighted; and your taking the spotlight is empowering for you and others. Honor quietly loyal friends, eschewing the noisy takers.

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week of March 15-21 2015

This egomaniacal Aries sure has made Bjork mad...

This egomaniacal Aries has made Bjork very mad…

Happy Astrological New Year! As we move, this week, from the “feminine” sign of Pisces (mutable water) to the “masculine” sign of Aries (cardinal fire), with the Spring Equinox on Friday, we collectively exit the protean, primordial womb of the zodiac, associated with the 12th house of non-material existence, and burst forth into the realm of spirit-incarnate: physicality and individual selfhood, attributes of the 1st house. Another time around the wheel! Aries is ruled by planet Mars, named for the ubermasculine god of war. Birth, life, is foremost a physical fight for survival. The Aries color is red. Blood red. The advent of life is primarily a violent, bloody affair. Even those crocuses popping up have had to fight their way through rock and soil. We are challenged from the moment we come into this world. And it’s me-first or forget about it. Aries men personify this spirit all their lives, and are thus the most un-ironic males in the zodiac. They are warriors. And, comparatively speaking, they are the most macho of the astrological bunch. These guys tend to be on top in every situation or barking orders from the bottom. As the model-A man, Aries is like Adam, embodying a certain carte blanche, life being for the taking. They are typically on a mission or campaign, and, as the male personification of objective energy, they don’t take much in. Empathy isn’t their purview. They are out for conquest in their careers, creative pursuits and in the expression of their lusts for life. The Mars symbol, self-same as the male symbol, that of the “spear and shield of Ares” (the Greek name for the god) vividly recalls the male genitalia which does spur Aries on. They don’t call him the Ram for nothing. Some upfront, if not full frontal men, of the sign: Ewan McGregor, Matthew Barney, Michael Fassbender, Christopher Meloni, Luke Evans, Michael Pitt, James Franco, Adrien Brody, Vincent Gallo, Robert Downey Jr., Taylor Kitsch, Russell Crowe, Marlon Brando, Sean Bean, Alec Baldwin, Matthew Goode, Charlie Hunnam, Dennis Quaid, Billy Dee Williams, Warren Beatty, James Caan, , James Garner, Gregory Peck, William Holden, Omar Sharif.

Aries

Fan out! It’s time to put your eggs in multiple baskets and your fingers in myriad pots. Without forcing any one agenda, you will let increased bounty find you. Leading up to Thursday’s Solar Eclipse, we suggest refraining from counting or crunching numbers. You’re now freer to focus on higher callings, and fun ones to boot—those that entail evolving your art and/or providing others with moral and spiritual support. With Mars conjunct Uranus, you’ll be in receipt of a revelation that may inspire personal revolution.

Taurus

Venus entering Taurus finds you pursuing big dreams you haven’t yet dared to venture. You’ve seen people with less talent and more pluck succeed where you’ve demurred. And you’ve new respect for that chutzpah, realizing it’s half the battle in achieving a creative goal. Mercury conjunct Neptune says to get your thoughts on paper, noting your process as a means of meeting, and acing, challenges before you. You must also document your dreams which are now brought to you, in technicolor, by the wonderful world of wisdom.

Gemini

As Mercury transits Neptune, it hits home how being surrounded by others can actually heighten a sense of isolation. You see through others’ meticulously designed personas to their true selves. Shocking how friendly faces morph into monsters, as the scary soften into benefactors. Any hyperbole aside, this helps you navigate toward kindred sprits, those, like you, who maintain a cool remove. The last thing you need is emotional cling. Thursday’s Solar Eclipse outlines your most divine plan. You need only connect the dots.

Cancer

You may’ve experienced a lapse in focus on physical well being. Damned emotions got the best of you again? But leading to Thursday’s Solar Eclipse, you’re determined to get in peak condition. But you mustn’t be hyper vigilant. It’s mostly a matter of ditching delights that subtly undo you—saying No gets more results than any Hollywood trainer. You embrace a certain asceticism, a Cancerian brand, which isn’t Spartan by any stretch. You simply crave space, time and tranquility more than status, material gain, or attention.

Leo

With Thursday’s Solar Eclipse, defense mechanisms are on a hair trigger. You can easily fall into envy and vanity. But you can channel these into encouragement and self-value. Stay on alert for being taken advantage of. But don’t be a paranoid. Mercury transiting Neptune says that friends are everywhere; so don’t put up walls. You’re far comfier in social situations than you’d anticipate. Stop bracing yourself—breathe and identify with, don’t differentiate from, others. Leave some space between thoughts and emotions.

Virgo

Your mind may spin, now, with Mercury transiting Neptune. Luckily, Saturn trine the Sun helps foster the grounded home base you need. Becoming a better friend is a theme to explore in earnest. It requires being accountable for bad behavior. Where you thought you’d gotten away with alienating behaviors: You’re now called out for them. Excitement over events can be its own addiction. Take ups and downs in equal stride. True allies champion a temperate you. The Solar Eclipse can delude you, or expose your delusions.

Libra

As Saturn trines the Sun, you’re faced with familiar folks and dynamics. This is your chance to observe and not repeat patterns that made you bolt from these very people, places and things in the first place. Bust some solo moves. Even if you work, now, in collaboration, it’s high time to break out with a project of your own. It needn’t be to the exclusion of existing teams. Flash: “partners” who protest may need a permanent time out. Thursday’s Solar Eclipse helps you think outside the box and get out of your head.

Scorpio

Saturn square Neptune sees you becoming more fixated (than ever). In love, it’s painfully profound—but hurts so good. You’ve got a fix, too, on a destiny calling, realizing, now, that it won’t be the only one. (But you must only tackle one at a time.) With Thursday’s Solar Eclipse, others may overly rely on you. Voice issues about this before they become resentments. Don’t go to extremes and bail on your commitments; suck ‘em up and learn to decline next time. Mars conjunct Uranus suggests that your big ideas will now go viral.

Sagittarius

The flip-side of having strong convictions is confusing your opinions with facts. Jupiter trine Mars lends you a fierce power of suggestion with which you weave whole narratives to control situations and people. But you may not know your own strength in this! If not careful, you may end up creating scenarios that threaten others. The question is: Do you have good enough a conscience to keep your sway at bay? Thursday’s Solar Eclipse brings forgiveness for damages you carelessly, if not consciously, caused those you lurve.

Capricorn

They say it’s best to give rather than receive; but now the opposite may be true. The Sun trine Saturn sheds light on the shadow-fact that your generosity can be a way of indebting others to you. Can you graciously accept what people have on offer? We know your elegantly dismissive airs mask a hidden inferiority. But others can get the impression you don’t notice, let alone value, them. Thursday’s Solar Eclipse will bring down your guard revealing your vulnerability and, thus, your accessibility. Let people provide enrichment!

Aquarius

You now find fulfillment in championing universal causes. Mars conjunct Uranus bids you grab hold of a real or metaphoric megaphone, to be a voice of healthy change. With Thursday’s Solar Eclipse, you see the correlation between any solo work at hand and the sweeping resonance it can have at large. Others trying to make you feel “less than” is merely an expression of their own frailty. Issues surrounding status come to the fore so to reaffirm your inborn self-belief and to amplify your appreciation of your natural talents.

Pisces

Mercury transiting Neptune says to recognize your milestones. You must admit you’ve scored some achievement. You also find other successful friends, lovers, clients and would-be investors nicer, more respectful, less drama-filled, and more functional than the non-variety. The poverty-conscious no longer have a place in your experience. Money-wise: squirreling away, not wildly spending, makes you feel richest. You vacillate between wanting to be rooted, and craving travel and exposure—the latter shall win out!

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 by Starsky + Cox

week of March 8-14

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La Liza, Pisces Supreme Photo:Richard Avedon

So back to Pisces woman. We mentioned Blanche du Bois and Penelope Pitstop as modern figurative incarnations of this most profound of water signs, echoings of ancient archetypes of the great goddess of the sea, Aphrodite cum Mari cum Mary, whose della robbia blue gown is the sea fringed with foam, from whence this glorious goddess of Love emerged. Meanwhile Blanche, like Miss Pitstop, would have you believe she is the perfect woman, pure in thought and deed, but we know she is as much a pit stop as she is, at least, a pretense of a prude. But that’s the Pisces paradox. She’s at once rarified and raunchy. Think of that other, golden Blanche character that a Pisces actress embodied so brilliantly on TV. Blanche—white—pure as the driven snow. Or is that snow incessantly plowed? It’s this very combination of personality traits that makes Pisces woman the most dramatic of creatures and, if we may say so, a most beloved one by the queer population. She is all about sexuality and spirituality, the gutter and the stars, those opposite facing Fish of her sign pointing upward toward heaven and downward into the very depths of earthly delight. So let’s hear it once again for the Pisces diva, as sometimes tragic and utterly triumphant as a lady can be! Rue McClanahan, Nina Simone, Tammy Faye Baker, Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Tamar Braxton, Glenn Close, Eva Mendes, Christine Ebersole, Anna Magnani, Erykah Badu, Eva Longoria, Meow Meow, Sophie Turner, Drew Barrymore, Dakota Fanning, Rashida Jones, Bernadette Peters, Connie Britton, Dana Delany, Vanessa Williams, Kristin Davis, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Julie Walters, Sandy Duncan, Juliette Binoche, Sharon Stone, Ellen Page and Rihanna.

Aries

Clear up communication in partnerships, despite any dread of emotional reactions. Venus breaking out on her own reveals the ways in which you live in a fool’s paradise. And Saturn retrograde initiates conversations on the topic of others’ honesty, or lack thereof. Your candid assessments of them may bring responses that sting. So, it may be best to keep your peace and let others stew in their own mendacity. As you detach from heady dysfunction, you unveil life’s innate sense of ease, feeling more integrated into its fabric.

Taurus

You form bonds with a new tribe of cautiously expansive types. As Saturn retrogrades and squares Mercury, you’re attracted to mentors in whom you spy qualities untapped or needing developing in you. This triggers mixed emotions as you mete out jealousy from admiration. Venus unaspected helps envy morph into inspiration, and competition into collaboration—even blatantly borrowing from others’ works, through your unique filter, so don’t fear being imitative. Finances flow freer, as you shift gears from survive to thrive.

Gemini

With Mercury in Pisces, even so-called busy work incites imagination if undertaken with presence of mind. As it squares Saturn, this facilitates you staying in the moment. Pre-thinking breeds trepidation—”speculation is the enemy of calm”. Take stock of creative assets, settle accounts with those you owe, and take full rein of sole intellectual property. Longing for luxury and asceticism, in turns, bids you strike a balance. Unaspected Venus invites love from unusual quarters as career offers ripen for the picking. Travel beckons.

Cancer

You’ve come a long way, baby, toward self-actualization. It’d be a shame to slip back into bad habits and associations. So stay strong. Saturn retrograding sees you embark on a new leg of your spiritual journey. And, as it squares Neptune and Mercury, it looses some reassuring synchronicity. It may be a spontaneous run-in with a long-lost someone on your mind, or one with whom karma needs clearing, or a kindred soul, newly met, with whom you share a parallel trajectory. In any case, you want to be in full self-possession.

Leo

An unresolved issue comes back, not to bite you but to kiss you full on the smacker. You can now take another crack at a creative, lucrative plan you let fall by the curb. We sense some serious coin, with Jupiter trine Mars. Mercury in Pisces eases the articulation of your wants, which are not to be confused with supposed needs or even deepest longings. It’s time to start drafting a design for living that is ultimately more suited to your soul. Matching destiny to desire can be dizzying, with a blissfully bearable lightness of being.

Virgo

You’ve got your nerve—we mean this as a compliment. Still, you can easily overreach. With Jupiter trine Uranus and Mars, you may crave greater popularity, seeking credit for knowing all the right people, places and plots. But there is a fine line twixt gregarious and aggressive. Folks may think: what the pluck? Acknowledge people’s accomplishments, don’t seek to impress them. This results in more friends to play with and the amassing of the right kind of power—that of appreciation. Strive to be the biggest person, not the best.

Libra

Personal issues require increased attention as professional vistas widen. Venus breaking loose from Uranus and Mars urges you to tend to Self, first; which will make it easier to heed calls to assist others. Match your behavior with your beliefs. Mercury in Pisces can cast you in the role of doyen, guide or guru. It also green-lights projects in the pipeline. The last thing you need, though, is too-high expectations placed on skills and talents. Sit tight in loving detachment. Be demurely selfish. In this way, others needn’t cater to you.

Scorpio

As Saturn retrogrades, squaring Mercury, sitches that no longer serve fall away by their own weight. These include: going-nowhere romances, family on whose deaf ears words fall, loved ones evolving out from under your control. So what to do with the surplus time and energy in the wake of all this? Use your newfound autonomy to widen the scope of acquaintanceships, and to launch solo projects and self-help missions you can only do alone. There is but one rule in Love: Do it—Love—without measure or score-keeping.

Sagittarius

Put up your antennae. With Mercury in Pisces you can now open channels to mystical assistance to help realize fresh hopes and wishes. After a bit of a plateau, opportunities for new achievement now materialize. Pointing fingers or laying blame kills the magic. So thank anything, or one, you’ve outgrown—all has sped your trip to more niche happiness. And newsflash: You may have more to learn in a chosen field to call yourself: expert. Turn envy into inspiration and anger into action. This fosters ubiquitous support.

Capricorn

You welcome transparency now. People see you as you truly are; not as a projection of their own needs. You emerge as a kind yet self-preservation entity, open to lightning bolts of genius and fortune to strike. And so it does. Jupiter trine Mars reprioritizes views on rights vs. privileges, in larger social contexts and closer to home. You define fine lines between your own liberal stances in relationships and others’ taking too many liberties. You understand you’ve nothing to hide but Truth; and nothing to lose but obstacles to Joy.

Aquarius

Wondering if you can blaze new frontiers under an existing auspice? The answer is Oui. Saturn retrograde actually provides you a safety net for making maverick moves. This makes daunting tasks feel like cakey pastimes. By Thursday, you will have tackled your sweeping to-do list, jettisoned junk collecting dust, and weeded your social landscape down to a few true buds. It’s aptly named stuff that blocks any doors to opportunity. Venus untethered inspires a chic aesthetic and suffuses you with ever higher principles.

Pisces

Mercury in Pisces makes an already variable emotional climate even more changeable. This will keep you from trying to fix, analyze or control; and see you surrender to serendipity. Believe that marks will be hit and the right goals/people will be met, without plotting or planning. Focus energy into prolific output. Opportunity finds you at your metaphorical (or real) easel or workbench. You may produce more now than other creatives do in a year. Your inner nerd is also being stimulated, as is an attraction to other gorgeous geeks.

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week of February 28-March 7 2015

Ken Carson was first introduced at the American International Toy Fair as Barbie doll’s boyfriend on March 11, 1961.

Ken Carson was first introduced at the American International Toy Fair as Barbie doll’s boyfriend on March 11, 1961.

We may have asked you this before, but do you remember Peter Perfect and Penelope Pitstop? They emerge from the “mutable-water” mists of Pisces as modern alliterative archetypes of the Zodiac’s Fish. In true Piscean paradox, the so-called shadow sides of people born under this sign are characterized as being pristinely flawless, if not prissy, caricatures. Planet Neptune, named for the great god of the sea, rules Pisces. Its energy is that of dissolution. And one way in which it manifests, or is, rather, personified, by Pisces people, is in their ability to wash away aspects of their own human condition-ing, which they view as an impediment to whom they believe themselves to be. (I Believe is the sign’s motto). An overactivation of this mechanism in Pisces men, in particular, can result in a Peter Perfect syndrome whereby Fish males adopt slash remove such impediments to a sort of Richie Cunningham goody-goodyness; or, in extreme cases, get stuck in more Felix Unger-style neurosis-sy displays of fastidiousness. Being proper, even putting on aristocratic airs, can be a hallmark of the Pisces Ken Doll, any anatomical incorrectness not withstanding. And so we find the lock-jaw likes of Pisces David Niven, Tony Randall, Rex Harrison, Jim Backus, Kelsey Grammer, Kyle MacLachlan, Mitt Romney, French Stewart and Rob Lowe along with such picture perfect personalities as John Barrowman, James Van Der Beek, Ron Howard, Sidney Poitier, Robert Sean Leonard, Tim Daly, Chris Martin, Freddie Prinze, Jr., Chris Klein, Barry Bostwick, Tommy Tune, Peter Graves, Michael Bolton, Josh Groban, Harry Belafonte, “Ken Carson” and, of course, Mr. (Fred) Rogers.

Aries

You receive encouraging news, now, as the Sun conjuncts healing Chiron—and there’s no need to dread some other shoe dropping, either. Life meets you half way, materializing hopes and wishes. You now negotiate a new design-for-living, wearing many hats. And Thursday’s Full Moon illuminates the fact that you can have it all. Resist any number crunching—it actually limits abundance. What if…is no way to begin a sentence. Just imagine…is more like. Karmic retribution is in full swing: this is more good news, no?

Taurus

With Thursday’s Full Moon, and Jupiter trining Uranus, Venus and Mars, you accept the notion that you descend from a long line of creative, intellectual mavericks. And you come to see that being out on a limb—artistically, academically, entrepreneurially— is now the safest place to be. Far from maddening mediocrity, you nurture a niche that allows for singular expression while tapping you into fresh revenue streams. Feel the link between burningest ambitions and a bubbling source of spiritual inspiration. And work it.

Gemini

You feel more at ease, now, with life’s ephemera, acing any psychological tests placed before you. As Mars trines Saturn, family may converge. Surely, ancient roles are being played out (pun intended); but, try as they might, loved ones can’t push your buttons. Right? A solo vocation beckons, one that allows you to make an enduring mark. You percolate where you’d once procrastinated. Funds ease as you prize freedom over possessions. Thursday’s Full Moon will allay all communication on the home front.

Cancer

You launch a comprehensive plan in service of personal evolution, as both a creative and a creature of love. Mercury opposing Jupiter blesses you with the ability to carve out professional inroads and to experience a fine romance, free of clingy dysfunction. But you must blast your way out of career cul de sacs, and challenge yourself to be with those who share your idea of commitment. A crony seems to be giving you the boot; or maybe it’s just the kick in the caboose you need to learn that friendship is a true gift not a given.

Leo

You provide your brain a rest, now, settling deeper into your body; and the conjunct of the Sun and Chiron lends teeth to efforts to stick to any kind of wellness program. It is key to be less focused on making alterations and more so on appreciating the journey of doing right by health and happiness. If debating whether to kick a questionable habit, we offer a resounding: Yes. Pluto square Mars amps powers of elimination. The removal of excesses is vividly more beneficial than usual, as evidenced by increased loving interest.

Virgo

Mercury opposed Jupiter sees you plotting next major moves. You should also recharge your batteries but, as this looks unlikely, at least pace yourself, easing, not diving, into obligations. Treat them as meditations or exercise. Instincts are sharp as regards new faces on the scene. You’re tempted to censure people for mercenary maneuvers, but resist and rise above. Be thankful you’re more conscious about relationships than the next d-bag. Yes, you’re self-concerned; but at least you don’t tax others with your private-life drama, baby.

Libra

You’re of a mind to something fresh, but now is first about retooling existing plans, products and projects, doing what you already do, louder and prouder. So don’t throw in the creative towel—audience is on the horizon. With the Full Moon, Thursday, you march forward with more objectivity about yourself. Be not concerned with what your actions mean or how you’re seen. Trust: Even if the thing you most want to do is something you feel you’re bad at, then get out there and deliver the most vividly horrific display you can.

Scorpio

You wax uncharacteristically philosophical, now, transforming acquired street smarts into sustainable wisdom. With Pluto square Venus and Mars, others may also turn to you for guidance. Flash: you can be a go-to guru while maintaining emotional detachment. Though you brim with genius notions, you mustn’t waste the grace—record all thoughts. You may not get to some big ideas for eons, but trust that they’ll keep. The trick is not to be distracted from pursuing most pressing ones. Forgiveness is the only absolute power.

Sagittarius

Mercury opposed Jupiter has the obvious effect of challenging you to network your way to new intellectual, academic, philosophical or artistic heights. Stay attuned to sign-posts pointing to new inroads of opportunity. Freedom stems from maintaining a me-first attitude—don’t be emotionally blackmailed into anything that doesn’t sit right. False prophets have a plethora of opinions on what you should/not do. Silence! Make your own decisions. Keep goals in mind and don’t pooh pooh cash-making gigs that get you there.

Capricorn

You’ve hurricanes raging inside you as Saturn trines Mars. Healthiest detachment from people, places and things must be maintained. It can feel like the opposite is true but: nothing is personal. You’ll lose if you fight affronts with brash retorts. Word all business plans or directives carefully, artfully. It can seem like voices are speaking through you; and we won’t dismiss spiritual assists. You’ve the strength, now, to curb consumption and to embrace any asceticism your soul desires. When you feel like retaliating…love more.

Aquarius

We adore a positive spin as much as the next mystics; but, leading to Thursday’s Full Moon, you must admit that there is inequality in your midst. So fight the power of oppression and Plutocracy. Yours are not opinions to be kept to yourself, but wise words for instigating swift and sweeping change. Be most wary of those putting the sick in sycophant. Such hiney-smoochers may be trying to put you off the scent of taking advantage of your connections. Shut it down. Ease on down the road to meditative calm.

Pisces

Efforts you put out there this week are met with great enthusiasm. With the Sun conjunct Neptune, leading to Thursday’s Full Moon, your scope expands in response to career or creative schmoozing. Karmically, too, you get an instant return on goodly investments. What you focus upon will magnetize. So if you fixate on any lacking attention, you may be undervalued; if you appreciate your own unique asset, you best ready yourself for the limelight. See life as a lotus unfolding: fully expressive, expansive and in no way linear.

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week of February 22-28 2015

Anna Magnani

Anna Magnani

Just as Pisces man draws on the fishy archetype of Jesus, Pisces woman is a big Mary. The sign is ruled by Neptune, whose symbol is a trident, originally that of the triple goddess, akin to the Celtic shamrock or the gnostic lily or fleur-de-lis. Biblically, there are three Marys—the mother Mary, the virgin (sacred harlot) Mary Magdalene and that elusive, etheric one who seems to pop in and out only at crucial moments, like the crucifixion and resurrection. Taken together, she is the great goddess in triplicate, akin to to the Great Goddess of the Sea, Aphrodite, curiously also called Mari. Mary’s della robbia blue gown fringed in white is the sea fringed with foam, that primordial mutable-water Piscean écume (scum) from whence Aphrodite emerged. Indeed the two Pisces “Fish” of the zodiac are the totems of Aphrodite and her son Eros. Eros is love, Jesus is love. And just as Pisces man’s sexuality can put the ishy in fishy, Pisces woman tends to take up with guys who are a bit light in their loaves and fishes, if not as lovers than as platonic soulmates. We often cite Tennessee Williams’ Blanche du Bois, an incarnation of the medieval Blanchefleur (who rocks that fleur-de-lis) as the modern emblem of the Pisces woman. She is forever re-emerging from her bath, creating Neptunian enchantment, reeling from her Belle Reve and looking to share a cherry pop with some pretty young thing barely out of short pants. Likewise, the personality of the female Pisces, the everywoman of the zodiac, runs the gamut from fantastical diva to tragic dame-on-the-verge, lover to sacrificial killer. And for this, and so many other reasons, we are enraptured by the likes of Nina Simone, Elizabeth Taylor, Sharon Stone, Laura Pepon, Chelsea Handler, Patsy Kensit, Theresa Russell, Rue MacClanahan, Eryka Badu, Liza Minelli, Elis Regina, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Anaïs Nin, Patty Hearst, Bernadette Peters, Tyne Daly, Anna Magnani, Rihanna, Ursula Andres, Isabelle Huppert, Eva Mendes.

Aries

As Mars and Venus inch closer to Uranus, you may feel spread thin, but rather a part of the cosmic fabric. Being one with the All is something you crave, yet it requires a certain death of ego trappings. Harken to any spiritual callings, whether or not you fully heed them at this point. Sticky emotional vestiges of the past are being removed, inspiring fresh avenues of thought and emotion. Ditch worn out rituals, along with the same ol’ people playing the same ol’ games, for new toys and tricks, all entendres intended.

Taurus

Your mental powers peak to near psychic proportion, with the Sun conjunct Neptune and Venus conjunct Uranus. Nary a soul escapes being slid under your microscope. Given to micromanagement to root out dysfunction in all your operations, you define said dysfunction as anything done in a way you wouldn’t do it. Discern the fine line between helpful and plain old hunty. In love, errant mates won’t make the cut—even disloyal buckfuddies are prepped for the discard pile. You’re in the throes of an artistic and aesthetic revolution.

Gemini

The Moon T-squares a Mercury-Jupiter opposition, opening new dialogues and launching fresh initiatives. This also eases articulation, especially, of radical ideas. It is clarity time for creative Geminians for whom veils of self-doubt and -delusion fall away. Cautiously optimistic, stock up on patience to sandbag any floods of discouragement. Enthusiasm is mounting and you itch for celebration. But don’t waste fuel on trips to party city. Keep it in the bank to fund imminent breakthroughs. Love won’t find you wanting, but willing.

Cancer

Financial concerns come to the fore, a result of the Moon squaring Uranus, Venus and Mars. The thing is: Though you’re fairly flush, recently achieved milestones in money-making may’ve left you cold. There’s a lesson here: It’s time to affirm what you truly value, over cash. Experience? Freedom? Is liberty, over liquidity, your new definition of luxury? If so, initiate plans to venture forth in future—book travel, blaze frontiers of learning—maybe combining cerebral and geographical journeys. Only you can stop you.

Leo

You can’t hide your altruistic ways, now, as the Sun conjuncts Neptune. Others come to learn of the good deeds you’ve been doing on the down low. It is true that having kept your white-witch/warlock ways under wraps has magnified your power to affect positive changes. So you can try to keep charity covert but channels are being opened to you, both in the material world—where others rally around and champion your causes—and in the spiritual realm. If ever were you to believe the guidance of unseen forces, now’s the time.

Virgo

As Venus and Mars sidle up to Uranus, you may not want a revolution, but you can expect a revelation. You simply cannot take half measures in the hatching of innovative ideas and projects that promote radical change. Not that you need to stage some kind of coup. No heads need roll. But there must be a changing of the guard. Your financial instincts are super keen. And you feel a shift in tone and responsibility in relationships. You’re tempted to impose restrictions as romantic feelings deepen; but resist and let go.

Libra

You see the need to make specific choices, as Venus squares off with Pluto. Distinguish a more distinct direction than one taken in recent career past. Don’t try to create tipping points— success is the culmination of past actions. Hope that’s good news. The truth is: you needn’t be so dutiful or reverential toward those (you think) have all the power. The validation and authority you seek are within. Venus conjunct Mars prescribes a romance with self. As they both inch toward Uranus, your love life can become a bit freaky deaky.

Scorpio

You’re dying. We all are. And as Pluto squares Venus you might factor that fact into your every hope, dream, plan or action. How much whistling in the graveyard do you truly do? Fortune now increases: accept it with humility. Now is time to define your unique selling points, keys to long-term success. There is no boon in being multifaceted; it breeds half-baked products, ideas and services. Focus on the one thing. And work it for all its worth. As you narrow your niche, you simplify the equation, which adds up to more time and $.

Sagittarius

It’s high time to unhitch your wagon from anyone else’s star and tell hangers-on to yours where to get off. Mercury opposing Jupiter now pinpoints how being part of a collective, corporation, or cult social scene actually limits you. Not only do you have the verve to extricate yourself from hives that provide no honey, you come to see: you are your own best asset. Dream a singular dream even in the midst of team working. Healing now happens. Forgo activities that provide fleeting pleasure and thus postpone lasting Joy.

Capricorn

Life can seem like a domino pattern of if-then contingencies, as the Moon makes challenging aspects to Uranus, Venus and Mars. You may see that sticking to your guns isn’t always productive. Yes, you can have great expectations, but the universe unfolds of its own accord, not to your specifications, and surely not on your schedule. Uranus conjunct Venus may put you at the whim of random caveats; then bam, synchronic run-ins reaffirm your faith in divine order. Focus not on what isn’t happening, and nurture what is.

Aquarius

As Pluto squares Venus and Uranus, you’ll feel more empowered in putting group aims ahead of your own. Ironically, you win increasing praise for solo pursuits in the process. You make it look easy to pull off massive projects—we know the struggle—while solidarity with others has never been more, well, solid. People are less likely to label or put you in a box. If anything, you’re urged to articulate your unique, personal belief system. It likely prescribes no entangling alliances but utter empathy and compassion.

Pisces

Be inspired by the gifted spirits in your midst. The conjunct of Sun and Neptune says not to avoid the obvious by trying not to emulate them. You’re in no danger of being imitative. You know what it is you do best and others harken to your unique voice. In business or creative work, as ever the twain shall meet, don’t edit yourself! Take space and time to fully express what most needs it. You can make yourself a bit scarce without becoming totally isolated. Solitude shouldn’t be escape, just as pursuing your dreams needn’t spell oblivion.

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Week of February 15-21

Micky Dolenz: He's a believer.

Pisces motto is “I believe.” Micky Dolenz: “I’m a Believer.”

Just as the sign of Aquarius, the Waterbearer, ushers us into Pisces, so too does the Aquarian archetype of John the Baptist, the Waterbearer, prepare (ye) the way for the Pisces archetype, Jesus, the quintessential Fish. Aquarius represents revelation, glimpses of the future, truth and potential joy—men of the sign being notoriously lost in their visions—whilst Pisces man, in perpetual Jesus mode, represents a sustained drifting, like one in a lucid dream, personifying the perennial state of Nirvana, the “true reality” lodged beyond the veil of illusion which characterizes our material life in the visible, tangible world. That old chestnut. In Sextrology, the Pisces Man chapter is indeed entitled The Drifter. More than any other individual, Pisces treats existence as one big womb of potentiality in which he floats toward desired goals without the efforting or struggle that most of us exhibit. His life is a protracted process of incubation whereby his goal is to remain peaceful, if not pacified by others, most notably, strong-willed partners or lovers, who help pilot his life while cleaving to him as some sort of life saver, spiritual or otherwise. The metaphor of Jesus walking on water illustrates Pisces’ ability to be buoyed by his belief that the universe provides the perfect unfolding of his destiny. There is thus no need to stress. Life goes on equally within and without you. At least that seems to be the message of flow personified by the vibrationally itinerant Pisces male. Here: a list of pretty, Jesus-y and, some, messiah-complexed drifters: Jack Kerouac, George Harrison, Jake Bugg, Peter Fonda, James Taylor, Kurt Cobain, Roger Daltry, Emile Hirsch, Peter Berg, Jon Bon Jovi, Victor Garber, Ricky Wilson, Common, Johnny Cash, Johnny Knoxville, James Blunt, Matthew Gray Gubler, Ja Rule, Micky Dolenz, Rudolf Nureyev, Vaslav Nijinsky, Lou Reed, Robin Thicke, Justin Bieber, Chris Martin, Adam Levine, Josh Groban, Danny Masterson, Will I Am, L. Ron Hubbard.

Aries

You now see how self discipline and spiritual awakening go hand-in-hand. Even a new exercise routine is as much about gaining peace of mind as it is sinewy tone. Your vistas expand with Wednesday’s New Moon: Actual travel is likely, while, you’ll surely voyage inwardly. Expect a rosier financial profile; and a rather paradoxical mix of wider renown and increased privacy is in the stars. Striking a better balance between private and public life is the byproduct of a mindful design to bring all aspects of experience into concert.

Taurus

You achieve major closure with Saturn trining both Mars and Venus. A sense of completion makes you near giddy; and you see: the more you do, the more you can do. Get busy-work out of the way, clearing the decks for heavier lifting, with Wednesday’s New Moon. Reconnect with heroes, pinpointing traits you seek to emulate. Seek to heed truest callings. And lube your elbows for some major rubbing, resisting the urge to grease others': For your humblest of gestures can be misconstrued now to have ulterior motives.

Gemini

With the Sun entering Pisces, and a New Moon, Wednesday, outsized encouragement fuels professional advancement—or is it the other way around? In either case, you gain fuller mastery in your career, so long as you acknowledge the progress you’ve made thus far. Fear that good things won’t last is a self-fulfilling prophesy. On the work front, you have two options: continue what you’re doing, or alight on something better. So chill and channel any worrier energy into warrior action. Forward march on all artistic campaigns.

Cancer

With the New Moon this week, you may face so-called demons, urging you to clearly articulate your singular brand of skewed genius as an intellectual, sociologist, activist or (fill in the blank) of note. You see that personal paydays and sharing the wealth aren’t mutually exclusive. While you plan long-term planet moves, impromptu travel is in the stars. Balancing a busy urbane life with bucolic escapes characterizes your near-future. You learn more about life’s meanings from Mother Nature than from any guide or guru.

Leo

Your professional reputation now becomes paramount. Cultivating a stellar one depends on your ability to specialize, with laser focus, so to distinguish yourself from any pack. After Wednesday’s New Moon, you can change your career headline by accepting more responsibility. Mars entering Aries, Thursday, provides ease in competitions. Venus following suit signals good fortune for an intimate you’ve aided in an emotional struggle. Being there for loved ones amps your overall beneficence, attracting great karmic reward.

Virgo

Discernment is a Virgo super power. You can apply it to fine lines between curiosity and suspicion, vulnerability and victimization, stillness and stagnation. With the New Moon and Sun in Pisces, the Vaselined gauze drops from the lens through which others see you. So-called faults become obvious so you can work to refine, even appreciate, them. Accept criticism given by colleagues or cronies. Avoid defensiveness. Ask for help then take it. Seething family issues rear up. Be overtly neutral. Relegate any and all battles to the past.

Libra

Expect the unexpected with the New Moon conjunct Sun in Pisces, Wednesday. It brings offers, prospects and escapes from out of the blue. That said, you must meet opportunities half way, dropping into situations that truly suit you, fist-bumping would-be helping hands. And this should go without saying: Speak nothing but the Truth. Now isn’t time to pose or posture; and you win no points in pretending to be nonchalant. Saturn trine Venus says a stifling of unrequited feelings can result in an explosion of them. Express thyself!

Scorpio

Nigh on Wednesday’s New Moon, you shake up the status quo, honoring a burning desire for change. But mind that restlessness doesn’t turn to recklessness lest you alienate those whose favor you value. Mars in Aries can cause head-butting with clients or colleagues, fueled by friction at home. But, with Venus trailing behind, you can take stock of, and apologize to, those you may’ve scapegoated. Now can be a new beginning with assured successes, if you remove energetic blocks. Try to make heartfelt, not perfunctory amends.

Sagittarius

First impressions are everything with Sun entering Pisces on a New Moon. It’s like you have X-ray vision into others’ hearts and minds. The upshot is, you’re equally transparent. This may shock those who view you with rose-colored glasses. Voicing contrary opinions can jar people who counted you on their side, but this can be a healthy impetus for change. With Saturn trine Venus, a long lost someone may make a reentry. Such a person can be a mirror signaling a readiness to confront aspects of yourself s/he vividly portrays.

Capricorn

Saturn trining Venus and Mars exposes inherent biases formed in childhood conditioning. Those you’re wont to label gauche, in knee-jerk fashion, may very well emerge to be valued allies. With Wednesday’s New Moon, a project for which you once had passion— investing blood, sweat and tears—then shelved for fear of failure, can now be dusted off. You show true grit in overriding doubts and naysayers you previously let derail you. But can you resist sycophants kissing up to you? Or are you still an all-day sucker for them?

Aquarius

As the Sun enters Pisces on a New Moon, focus is on meticulously analyzing deals and offers. Remember that nothing is personal; and let discretion be your prime biz directive. Empty promises of the past have left you skeptical, but you now have no fear of falling for any slim or shady negotiations. If anything, it’s being too jaded and not recognizing a good thing when it presents itself that concern us. With Mars entering Aries, a seeming dead end provides a breakthrough. Leave no stone unturned to insure you’re being heard.

Pisces

Though generally open and accepting, with the Sun’s move into Pisces on the New Moon, you find one-on-one associations most challenging. Little wonder: Individuals demand intimacy just as you invest emotion more detachedly, democratically. But any effort put into close bonds increases overall emotional intelligence. In career, you’re subtly fierce, asserting a new creative agenda, uncompromisingly, finding a process of self-discovery most rewarding. Any gnawing sensation you feel is a gut instinct aching to be trusted.

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Week of February 8-14 2015

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The classic Greek male Aquarian archetype is Ganymede, a beautiful shepherd boy whom Zeus, in eagle form, whisked up to Olympus and immortalized as his cup bearer. As a youth, the Aquarian male is likewise open to being taken under the wing of older and wiser mentors who promise a more exalted existence. But who’s zoomin’ who? As the fixed-air sign ruled by Uranus (the Sky God of the Universe) Aquarian men do seek a more heavenly rather than earthly experience of life, whether that translates to living a utopian vision, a rarefied lifestyle, being held up as some sort of guru, demagogue, demigod, or getting lost in futuristic, scientific dreams and visions. They are naturally detached—one might argue that they are the most healthy, emotionally, rarely falling prey to codependence, although they tend to breed it in others, and in spades. The Arthurian Ganymede is Galahad, pure enough to reach the grail and receive the manna, which is really what is happening with Zeus elevating his beloved boy. Grace and Truth are the provenance of the sign of Aquarius and men of the sign are poised, free from excess restraint of human interaction, to be most open to receive, and be taken up, by these principle-energies. Eternally youthful Aquarian love objects with a calling (or those who play the part): Dane DeHann, Freddie Highmore, Cristiano Rinaldo, Elijah Wood, Jeremy Sumpter, Harry Styles, Chord Overstreet, Nick Carter, James Dean, Justin Timberlake, Greg Louganis, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Taylor Lautner, Casey Spooner, Billie Joe Armstrong, Matt Dillon, Brandon Boyd.

Aries

It’s cards on the table time: With Mercury direct by Wednesday, disclosure of desired plans will attract those who’ll champion such efforts. A window is now opened, through which others may enter into your wildest schemes. Your sense of empathy (yes, you have one) is also amped, fostering affection from those who thought you too imperious or impervious to approach. You lay down arms, giving access to a heretofore guarded true you. This real Self doesn’t front or pose. S/he is a happy, free inhabitant of Authenti City.

Taurus

Mercury direct by Wednesday paves a path to create new avenues of abundance. Tie up loose ends, paying outstanding debts and delivering on every promise. You can feel like something of a loose cannon, now. And yes, flying in the face of convention is condoned; but it must serve a purpose, people, and/or progress, not just buck systems that bum you out. You’re a bit itchy—or just plain (b-). So, in love: think through lusty or grouchy impulses. Make sure acting on them supports your true quest for sustainable well being.

Gemini

As Mercury stations and goes direct, recent struggles reveal themselves to be inspiration for personal expression. You’re cosmically assisted in processing ill feelings to be released—leaving you open to court new influences, ideologies. and individuals. Creative juices resume flowing. So you can begin chucking ideas onto paper or other platforms where you can work out any kinks, without focusing on perfection. Jupiter trine the Sun wraps your brain around career changes into which your gut is already intuitively tapping.

Cancer

Intrigue abounds as Pluto T-squares Uranus and the Moon at week’s start. Mystery, mystique, even mysticism are in the air. You sense a convergence of unseen energies and situations. Acceptance is key to floating on the surface of any waves others make. With Tuesday’s Full Moon: Check your ego in brainstorming sessions, letting ideas happen through you. This endows works of creation with a life force all their own. You possess the power to raise the vibration in relationships, while remaining lovingly detached.

Leo

As Mercury quits retrograde, by Wednesday, you may be taken to school, for reals. Some of you will literally ship off to one institute of learning or other, while most embark on a fresh personal course of study. Your brain is being rewired for processing new information, removing obstacles to absorbing wisdom from the pervasive din. You quit pretending you have all the answers and actually seek some. Take care of how your moves to further cred/status impact others. Intimates are free to be their singular selves.

Virgo

A Stellium of Mars, Chiron and Venus plus Mercury out of retrograde, by Wednesday, all add up to a burst of Virgo ego, Virego?, and exhilaration. Yens for ephemeral pleasures abound. You know: indulging them can leave you feeling emptier. A mini crash and burn might be unavoidable, but it may be what’s needed to springboard you, from the ashes to even greater heights. Certain sacrifice gives rise to payoffs that help you achieve desired, increased autonomy. Prioritize activities that provide you lasting joy, not a passing fancy.

Libra

It’s time to call in all chits and favors, as Mercury stations, going direct by Wednesday. And get deals in writing! Jupiter in the last throes of opposition to the Sun can make it seem like luck is running out, when, in fact, you are urged to participate in its design. A cool diligence in meeting challenges, without complaint, sees you ace them. Meanwhile don’t ignore or repress sadness—honor it lest it drag you into deeper depression. There’s a thin line between the fabulous and the nebulous. Be sure dreamy situations are really rooted.

Scorpio

Put a safety on your stinger and embrace a breezy formality in dealings. As Mercury about-faces by Wednesday, you can commit to people and situations without compulsion, being of service without becoming indentured. You more easily laugh off faults and mistakes that typically trigger self-loathing. Feel your underlying confidence—it’s there. Note where private affairs seep into professional ones, keeping a hearty polarity in place. Using people as place holders until so-called betters come along is plain old unspiritual.

Sagittarius

You march to your own drum, again, as Mercury goes direct, by Wednesday. We like to say: where others Sousa, you salsa. And being “out of step” is tantamount to finding your own rhythm. Explore your whims and unfurl your freak flags. You’ve got the guts to withstand scapegoating so don’t stress should that occur. You will be victorious in any psychic battle. Meanwhile don’t defend yourself against, nor dignify, the slings and arrows of detractors. Consider the notion of integrity: It means keeping yourself together.

Capricorn

As Mercury goes direct, by Wednesday, your snail’s pace turns to warp speed. A packed schedule draws attention outward while inner struggles won’t be ignored. Deep-seated issues and desires surface with a bang. Be super temperate in your habits, adding no fuel to a fiery psyche. Keep voicing feelings and true callings, if only to your mirror. This releases trapped emotion, which can manifest as physical tension. See your angst as a storehouse of adrenalin to channel into action. Yoda was wrong. Trying is everything.

Aquarius

We know you’ve been keeping a low profile; but you begin to expose yourself to new thoughts and situations with relish. With Mercury going direct, and a mash-up of Mars, Chiron and Venus: You’re snapped out of self-imposed ruts, taking risks, coloring outside defined lines. You ask for forgiveness, if need be, instead of permission. Leaking holes in long-range plans can be plugged up, assuring their success. You’re also given evidence of your enduring desirability—and just as that convent or monastery wasn’t looking so bad.

Pisces

The current aspect of Saturn square Neptune helps pinpoint sources of dread and fear, so you can take steps toward eradicating them. It’s glossing over them that frays your nerves over time. You’re emotionally full steam ahead, with Mercury direct, by Wednesday, and putting an end to if-then thinking. If you fear regret, then leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of your dreams. Set a new intention to allow a life-long goal to take, well, a lifetime. Know where you’re going, but don’t be in a rush to get there. Just plan to live longer.

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