Haute Astrology

By Starsky + Cox

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Week of October 19-25 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Copyright 2014 Wheel Atelier Inc. All Rights Reserved. Have you read Sextrology?

Haute Astrology

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

Week of October 12-18, 2014

Laurel Wreathed Libra Lady Activist: Mira Sorvino

Laurel Wreathed Libra Lady Activist: Mira Sorvino

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Haute Astrology

by Starsky + Cox
authors of
Sextrology: The Astrology of Sex and the Sexes

week of October 5-11 2014

zachswim2We talked about Libra, The Scales, being the only inanimate sign, and how Libra Men, personifying cosmic Libra energy, create characters for themselves, often changing their names: Sting, Meatloaf, Eminem, Usher, Le Corbusier, e.e. cummings, Flea et al. Another symptom of this inanimate assignation is: Libra man not seeming “real” to other people, which is compounded by the fact that Libra is a renaissance man who can read as a dilettante. Ruled by Venus on the astral plane (it rules Taurus on the earth plane), Libra experiences Venus’s pleasure principles of beauty, love and grace not as physical but as ideological attributes. Its seventh-house mottos are: “I balance” and “We are”, which both point to that house’s rule of relationships, especially a karmic one, between individuals. Little wonder that the sign of the Scales—Justice for all—is one that espouses beautiful ideas of democracy and equality, as well as aesthetics and certain enlightenment. Old Father Saturn is exalted in Libra; and, indeed, over time, Libra man’s tendency to seem all over the place, with hands in many pots, coalesces into a number of solid talents, typically, in creative pursuits as well as socially active ones. And one added thing: The original meaning of the word oaf, deriving from pagan Nordic belief, is that of an imposter child put in the place of a real one stolen by elves, witches or fairies. And as any Libra man will tell you, he feels he must have been switched at birth, not belonging to his family of origin nor identifying with his birth-self (first house) thus developing his character and personality (7th house) becoming the person he was born to be through careful cultivation. Some creative, socially active and rather oafish looking Libra men: Tim Robbins, Chris O’Dowd, John Lithgow, Michael McKean, Liev Schreiber, Will Smith, Andrew Dice Clay, Zach Galifianakis, Sacha Baron Cohen, Simon Cowell, Clive Owen, Jon Favreau, David Morse, Michael Gambon, Chevy Chase, Roger Moore, Randy Quaid, Christopher Lloyd, Peter Boyle, Jeffery Jones, Walter Matthau, Bernie Mac, Phil Hartman, Kevin Sorbo, Jeff Goldblum, Steve McQueen, Mark Hamill.

Aries

While the Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse, Wednesday, shifts focus from function to design, Mercury trine Neptune now makes your vision more fanciful. Monkish ways that served you, spiritually, in the past, now smack of self-denial. Love bonds beg for attention with a new variation on an old theme: Weighing sole ambition against investing time and energy in significant others. Be flexible in your commercial dealings, too. Your high principles and ability to compromise aren’t mutually exclusive. Keep your eye on the pie.

Taurus

Leading to Wednesday’s Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse stay true to your routine, even in the face of extraordinary people, places or things entering into experience. Mars trine Uranus says: embrace your ideal self as you face off with unlike-ly folks and fauxs. Funny how much more you you are in large groups and social settings. Take the lead and play host when chances present. Narrow fields of interest and close ranks with friends who surely have your back, as you do theirs. Do right by tried and true devotees, not seek new favor.

Gemini

Prior to Wednesday’s Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse, life is so riddled with contingencies and if/then equations that you’re wont to escape to your happy place. After Bergdorf’s, Mercury trine Neptune keeps you under the radar, out of harm or drama’s way. You wax romantic, idealistic, unleashing a backlog of dreamy aspirations kept in lockdown. Loved ones amaze at your jump-starting familiar ambitions. You also get some social do-overs. Opportunities you assumed you blew are back, and deals you tagged d.o.a. spring to life.

Cancer

Though typically at home in the eye of a social storm, you’re easing into being on the periphery of the swirl. Wednesday’s Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse provides a new relaxation in group settings with nary an artificial form of asylum or escape. People you’ve kept at arms-length are given access to a more open, accessible, embraceable you, manifesting quite literally. Sun and Venus opposing Uranus make your relationships more purposeful, radical and heady. You may let your emotional guard down, but keep psychic shields up.

Leo

With the Grand Trine of Mars, Jupiter and Uranus, inventory your intentions, ensuring they’re all noble. You acquire expertise, now, too, with a vengeance. What’s fueling you? Not revenge. Right? Careful of claiming proficiency in too many areas out of a need for praise. Let yourself be driven deeper with Wednesday’s Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse, into areas of interest with the sole aim of solo accomplishment. It’s better to be the starriest pupil seeking answers than to have them all. Mercury in Libra calls for a new inner circle.

Virgo

Your nerves, if not your senses, work overtime leading to Wednesday’s Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse. After which, you delight in luxuries, indulging splurge urges. Sun conjunct Venus square Pluto challenges you to magnetize more moolah, which can entail extra sanctioned spending. Erotic charges drive you, powering creativity as well as libido. More the culture-vulture, you seek exposure to exotic arts and social experience. Those who accept your lavish spirit get to know you profoundly—you shall also do likewise.

Libra

Venus conjunct the Sun makes you your most in-and-out gorgeous self, solidly aligned with beautiful, new aspirations—Wednesday’s Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse (opposing these planets) sees you quietly rage against the cool exterior you strain to maintain, until you find transcendence of frayed emotions, taking all slings and arrows in stride. Unnervers will find you impermeable. And big-wigs headhunting superhumans may well eyeball you, with good intent, to run a dazzling show. Err on humility, sans selling yourself short.

Scorpio

Things appear topsy-turvy. But with Wednesday’s Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse you see this as an opportunity deconstruct your creative process and let any number of seams show in your personal or professional life. Venus square Pluto helps you find beauty in progress, not perfection. As you go through many changes, speak to them—testify to outmoded paradigms. Accept situations (you can’t change) as they are—outgrowing is still growth! Loyalty to loved ones shouldn’t entail passing on solo opportunities that ardently beckon.

Sagittarius

You’re extra into exploring your subconscious nooks and crannies for the combined benefit of increased self-awareness and creative inspiration. Wednesday’s Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse champions rooting around inside yourself for unique observations that also have universal resonance, offering emotional release to you, and comic relief to others. Mercury trine Neptune helps court the muse for visual projects, while the Sun conjunct Venus provides clarity regarding any climbers schmoozing you for connections.

Capricorn

Pluto opposed Sun and Venus says to be proactive but not to the exclusion of pleasure. It may’ve worked, professionally, in the past, to allow others to chase you—in personal bonds, too, you’ve been sought-after—but this won’t fly now with chances for love and money going to the most determined, not to the most literally or figuratively attractive. With Wednesday’s Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse, maintain clarity, no toying, with others’ affections, even in the vaguest relationships. You naturally see the divinity in others; so look…

Aquarius

By Wednesday’s Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse you’re made highly aware of certain self-imposed limits in your life. The baby-steps that need taking to break through stumbling blocks in love, and with ambitions, are also starkly illuminated, thanks to the Sun-Venus conjunct. Its opposition to Uranus helps you let go lightly of fair-weatherings and sitchies that don’t serve. Even tiniest moves toward truest desired goals are rewarded. Declare intentions then act on them! Nothing, nobody, is out of your league. There are no leagues.

Pisces

Leading to Wednesday’s Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse, you seek to balance self-restraint with pleasure-seeking. Equipoise stems from grooving on the paradoxic of these so-called opposites: Discipline isn’t an abstract authority figure to rebel against but a partner in crime. Hedonism, which long since promised to make you hip, is more likely to see you break one. Sun conjunct Venus shows how excess sweet-life causes decay. Head that off at the pass, even erasing ill effects, by embracing the eternal stillness of certain asceticism.

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Haute Astrology

By Starsky + Cox
authors of Sextrology

week of September 28-October 4 2015

 

Just A Spoonful of Sugar: Winslet Does Her Best Deneuve

Just A Spoonful of Sugar: Winslet Does Her Best Deneuve

The female archetype of the Libran woman is no cinch to pin down. Not just because this is an etheric sign—the symbol Scales being the only inanimate one in the zodiac—there’s just something esoteric about Libra. The male archetype is embodied in the god Apollo, a famous deity but an abstract one. He rules an inanimate estate that includes light, order, reason, music, prophecy and other intangibles. The female archetype of Libra points to the paradox particular to this abstract sign, which is that of an unseen, intangible but nonetheless animating force. Let’s call it en-light-enment, for lack of a better term. For, we are not looking at the initial divine spark of life that animates the body, associated with Libra’s so-called opposite (cardinal-fire) sign of Aries, but rather the cardinal-air force that animates the soul, quickening its karmic evolution. Esoteric, see. In Sextrology we speak of the Libra woman as being typified by the oracular High Priestess (counterpart to Apollo) and etheric goddesses like Sophia, emblemized by a dove, and other astral Venuses like Astraea or Psyche all of whom are seen as the holy-spirited feminine agent of the universe with whom one becomes suffused, characterizing their individual (re-)connection with the divine. Little wonder Libran women seem to personify all goodness and light with high expectations that are not always so easy to meet. She is the white goddess of daylight, not a dark femme fatale. She seeks to elevate you, not drag you down. So bring on the Libran belles du jour: Catherine Deneuve, Kate Winslet, Julie Andrews, Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Newton John, Kelly Ripa, Angela Lansbury, Glynnis Johns, Susan Sarandon, Hillary Duff, Kelly Preston, Gwen Stefani, Naomi Watts, Avril Lavigne, Heather Locklear, Carol Lombard, Joan Fontaine, June Allyson, Deborah Kerr, Helen Hayes, Lilian Gish, Neve Campbell, Maria Osmond, Nancy Kerrigan, Pam Dawber. Wait, we’re going into sugar-shock breakdown…

Aries

As Venus sashays into Libra you take recent moral lessons more to heart, putting them into gritty action. This means absorbing information that intimates confide—truly being there for them—not just offering up pat solutions, or throwing money or musings at their problems. Nobody wants your charity—they now seek investment of your emotions. We know you fear any troubles that can tap deepest feelings. But too bad. With Mercury retrograde, Saturday, you’re provided a safe environment for expressing said empathy.

Taurus

You may now feel the backlash of slapping smiley-face emoticons on all your dealings. Mars square Neptune sets boundaries with cling-ons, especially. You won’t play a part in others’ downward spirals, or tip-toe through eggshell-y, dysfunctional landscapes. You become possessed of a warrior spirit, taking a stand against the subtlest abusers or enablers. Mercury retrograde, Saturday, pinpoints a broken bond needing mending. You feel physically limber, mentally lucid, emotionally free and oh-so fiercely independent.

Gemini

A grand trine in fire of Mars, Jupiter and Uranus offers a grace period wherein you can acquire new tools of your trade. Denying yourself requisite goods is a false economy and sends the wrong message: that you’re unworthy of such an investment. Perhaps not having what you need makes a convenient excuse for failure? If no, then open the coffers and cough up some cash to finance your successes. When Mercury retrogrades, Saturday, self doubt is more easily vanquished. Your mildest addictions also surface so to be eradicated.

Cancer

In advance of Mercury retrograde, Saturday, you pull back from a fraught work and social scene. As if in slow-motion—others flail around at lightning speed—you take care of business, meditatively hitting all your marks. On the work front, starting late and leaving early goes blissfully undetected. This means you’ve time to heed higher career and creative callings, ones where you embody a calm sense of purpose. Venus in Libra opens diplomatic channels, soothing social unrest, clearing a path for boonful alliances.

Leo

A Grand Trine of planets in fire signs sets the stage for pure potential. Physically, you more easily jumpstart fitness routines or raise the bar on existing ones. Stylistically, a fresh aesthetic beckons to express your soulful yearning for authenticity. Mentally, positive thoughts have an alchemical, transformational effect on you and loved ones, who make fewer demands. Seize solo moments to alter routines, explore new areas of study, and carve out more autonomy and anonymity. We see your star now rising clearly.

Virgo

Consider all actions and messages you put out there in advance of Mercury retrograde, Saturday. This week is about public image. and expertise must be your mantra. Suffuse every move you bust with authority. Specialize more. Be synonymous with something others can pinpoint in a word or two. Narrowing focus concentrates energy, magnetizing others to you. You not only have the right stuff others seek, it’s also wrapped in a nice package. On that score: Eliminate excess in diet and in exercise—overdoing is undoing.

Libra

Things are looking up; so you’ll feel pretty silly if you spend this time whining, especially over money. Venus in Libra opens your eyes to the abundance right under your nose. If you just quit pooh-poohing projects in which you’ve invested sweat equity, you might see how huge the pay-offs can be. Don’t wait to whistle while you work­—put your lips together and blow before cheerier types start eating your lunch. Mercury retrograde, Saturday, bids you take stock of past achievements so to power up your immediate goals.

Scorpio

Leading to Mercury retrograde, Saturday, a long cosmic pause button is pushed and you’re rightfully reflective. You could write a book, given the twisty turns in your saga. The upshot? You wish to be of more service to humanity. Dynamics dovetail now as you examine your own plot lines and recurring themes to extract life lessons to impart to others seeking guidance. You foster trust and solidarity, sharing experiences previously omitted from your story. Dicier details, once detriments, now inspire and empower you.

Sagittarius

Those butterflies you feel are in anticipation of Mercury retrograde, by Saturday. But it’s adrenalin not nerves, a symptom of unconscious preparations to stage a big production, if not something of a coup. Let emotions be your guide. Stick to your guns in the face of any opposition. You know what it takes to make projects sing. And money plays a part. So don’t be nickeled and dimed. Better to pass work on to others more in need of it than to operate on shoestrings. Mars trine Jupiter spells abundance from burning solo desires.

Capricorn

Strong creative and career inroads are made by putting fantastical spins on the tried and true. This is the mandate of the Grand Trine in fire of Jupiter, Uranus and Mars. But how to distinguish enchanted notions from delusions: For starters, keep most big ideas secret. The good ones don’t entail a string of contingencies, or a team of engineers to manifest, either. And the best ones have been on your drawing board before—they just need dusting off and souping up. Mercury retrograde, Saturday, keeps you from racing ahead.

Aquarius

New hierarchies emerge on the home front. Power shifts your way with a mate or repeat date, so take full charge and advantage. Your concept of family is changing; and though actual members of your brood may throw shade, this affects you less the more you embrace adopted loved ones. You parent in many ways that weren’t heretofore, well, apparent. Pluto opposing the Sun bids you recognize recent successes and enjoy some of the bounty and reward. Mercury retrograde, Saturday, both soothes and steels your nerves.

Pisces

You’re making a break for it. Pluto T-square Sun and Uranus signals the end of a cycle. You may take literal flight, decamping to old stomping grounds to regroup or soak up some local color. More likely, you’ll emotionally retreat, mindful that close colleagues, even trusty ones, who are loyal in flush times, mightn’t be so easy to find when the chips are down. It begs the question: Can you be in a bond with no strings to pull or chains to yank? Mercury retrograde, Saturday, hatches solid plans for a bright, sustainable future.

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BY STARSKY + COX

Week of September 21-27 2014

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Luscious Libra Matt Bomer

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With the Autumnal Equinox on Monday, September 22nd, we tip into the sign of the Scales. As the cardinal-air sign, Libra translates to the energy of Light. The Scales are the only “inanimate” sign in the zodiac—the rest are human or animal—and it thus rules life in the abstract and on the etheric plane, that of ideas, principles and prophecy. Apollo is the god of light and such abstracts as harmony, music, law, reason, order, poetry and prophecy; and it portrays the archetype of the male Libra, the 7th sign. Apollo’s birthday is cited as the 7th of the month (though which one, exactly, is in dispute) while his ancient festival date, held in Athens, is firmly October 7. The 7th astrological house is that of “other”, which logically opposes the first house of “self”; pointing, foremost, to the otherness of our own being, i.e. the personality or character we develop and the abstract elements of our selfhood. In Sextrology, the Libra Man’s chapter is called The Character, as he most personifies the notion that we are who we appear to be or become. Libra men may seem unreal or phony to others, when in fact they most embody the ideals by which they live. Apollo played upon the lyre, from which we get the word lyric, a nod to his poetic, abstract, etheric but ordered nature. And let’s not forget there are seven notes in a scale. We see many Libran poets and playwrights—versant in an etheric language, creating life in the abstract—just as we witness a great many Libra men taking on abstract names to express their, perhaps ever truer, identities: e. e. cummings, Sting, Flea, Eminem, Le Corbusier, Snoop Dog, T.S. Eliot, Evel Knievel, Caravaggio, Dizzy Gillespie, Jim Henson, Chevy Chase, Groucho Marx, Arthur Miller, Viggo Mortensen, Pelé, Harold Pinter, Oscar Wilde, Usher, T.I., Gore Vidal, Wallace Stevens, Eugene O’Neill. Plus a few more Libras, just so we have some eye-candy to picture with this post: Zac Efron, Dan Stevens, Josh Hutercherson, Zachary Levi, Rupert Friend, Ben Whishaw, Matt Bomer, Steve McQueen, Manu Bennett, Ken Watanabe.

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Aries

Mars still square Neptune helps you realize you haven’t done much daydreaming lately. Once upon a time, you did nothing but. It’s how you conjured realities you’re now living. And here we go again. However, now, your reveries focus on artistic expression not achievement of goals: knowledge, power, conquest. These dreams are also a means to an end: With the New Moon, Wednesday, you see how increased creativity is a giant leap toward a more spiritual existence. After all, a little bit o’ soul is what you truly yearn for.

Taurus

Fret not if self-styled genius notions seem at odds with public opinion. With Venus conjunct the Sun and New Moon, Wednesday, remain true to your visions. If anything, expand them. Put notions further out there, beyond small-ish minds. Wait and see them catch like wildfire. You may feel scattered but you’re not. Creativity takes collagist form now—it’s not linear. Trust instincts about people, places, and things and steer clear where your gut says to. Pluto direct makes clear: What others say about you is none of your biz.

Gemini

With Mercury largely unaspected this week, it’s best not to deliberate. You can easily talk yourself out of the sorts of opportunities you kicked yourself for passing on in the past. A redesign-for-living is now within reach. The sole requirement is to put pipe dreams first and money issues a distant thirty-third. Wednesday’s New Moon begins a happy process of dissolution in your life, so you can better, well, process and make peace with waving ba-bye to old rubbish, making room for increasing abundance that’s in store.

Cancer

The New Moon, Wednesday, signals things coming full circle. You may return to old stomping grounds, or revisit discarded projects or, even, people you fell out with. Pluto direct suggests some bonds you nipped in the bud now yearn for rekindling. And though you’ll convince yourself that reconciliation is a result of others having changed, the truth is: you have. Admit you once iced out friends for fear they were souring on you, seeking revenge if they had. Now you clean slate others, open to the simple gifts they give you.

Leo

Pluto direct grants you a kind of x-ray vision. You see right through sycophants disguised as sincere. You rally others to stand up for their rights at work, in the community, or within their own loving bonds. Mercury in Scorpio gives you a voice that is heard above a din of disinformation. It more than suffices that you to use it to empower those close at hand. Still, a seed is planted, now, which will grow into a wider platform for your wise, motivational words and ideals. The New Moon, Wednesday, brings righteous retribution.

Virgo

You’re a whiz at reading subtext and uncovering subversion, especially when it comes to financial doings. With Mercury in Scorpio, and Pluto direct, be meticulous in wording and interpreting communiqués. Get every deal in writing; and play detective, considering all angles others might work. An air of mystery suffuses experience—with the New Moon, Wednesday—and inspiration comes from unusual sources. Dig deeper into exotic realms of interest for creative direction. A secret admirer just might make his/her self known.

Libra

If ever there was a time to cultivate healthy detachment….with Sun and New Moon in Libra: Let acquaintances take precedence over intimate bonds which, let’s face it, have become too close for comfort. This will rankle co-dependents. Oh goodie. Meanwhile, truly significant others provide room to spread your wings. Those who don’t are up for elimination. Shore up true friendships. For own well-being, extend olive branches, even if they get slapped down. Pluto direct begins to put your (mobile) house in order.

Scorpio

Mercury entering Scorpio this week seeks to synergize master plans with the many puny tasks it takes to realize these larger goals. The flip side is: you can easily get lost in details. So do your damnest not to get mired. Prioritize to-dos. Then let it all go and attend to one thing at a time, thoroughly. Stick to wellness routines, but go at half speed. Show up for group gatherings. Get up earlier, read, or meditate. With the New Moon, Wednesday, ask yourself: Is the micro-management of others a pretense of productivity?

Sagittarius

Ask yourself what’s working. Jupiter square Saturn urges you to end uphill battles and to play on winning teams. Abandoning sinking ships isn’t easy, but over-sentimentality can be a professional pitfall. With Wednesday’s New Moon, you brim with feeling; those who try to curtail your expression don’t deserve your emotional investment. But they’ll miss it when it’s gone. Mercury in Scorpio reveals others waiting in the wings who do right by your affection. Beware situations that trigger self-destruction. You know what we mean.

Capricorn

Now is about strengthening resolve and sharpening navigational skills in negotiations. Despite appearances, there’s no such thing as a dead end. With Pluto direct, you have extra chutzpah to out-think and -maneuver others at the bargaining table. Like any good improviser: you don’t say “but”; you say “yes, and.” This insists that, yes, you appreciate others’ wishes, and you’ll let them satisfy yours. Wednesday’s New Libran Moon offers a fresh start. You’ll reflect upon this time as the beginning of your untold future happiness.

Aquarius

Insecurities seem to loom large as the Sun enters Libra with a New Moon there as well. This can send you in search of validation. Recognize it as old behavior and weather this cosmic climate by refusing to either rely on loved ones or lay blame on them. You build emotional muscle now as you eschew sophisticated milieu and embrace your childlike nature. Wholesome fun is a mood lifter. So, skip rope, play checkers, build a fort, do it in the backseat. And don’t just act nice enough. Be a fully open channel for truest kindness.

Pisces

You do realize that you’re infinitely more organized and efficient than those in your midst, right? Just because they work in a linear fashion and you circle successes doesn’t mean you’re not on point. Au contraire, lil’ Fishy. But you engender no good will in rubbing folks’ noses in the fact. Wednesday’s New Libran Moon brings clarity and the forgoing of a need to be right all the time. Maybe you’ve outgrown existing partnership paradigms? Perhaps it’s time to move on to greener pastures where mistakes are all your own.

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Haute Astrology

by Starsky + Cox

Week of September 14-20 2014

Picture of a Virgo: Holding a Divide.

Picture of a Virgo: Holding a Divide.

Virgo with a V: In our book Sextrology the she-Virgo chapter begins “And God created woman.” Drawing on her mutable-earthy Pandora archetype, Virgo woman seems designed to the specifications of someone seeking a lady stacked with feminine assets. In mythology, the cuckolded potter-god Hephaestus/Vulcan (married to Aphrodite/Venus who was getting busy with Ares/Mars while carrying a torch for Adonis) bakes up his own little sex-dolly out of clay: Pandora, with her infamous box. (It was actually a jar, a vessel). And we titled that chapter “The Vessel” because, like the Virgo virgin holding that sheaf of grain intent on separating the wheat (virtue) from chaff (vice), Pandora’s jar was filled with an equal mix of the same stuff. From a patriarchal standpoint, and a misogynist one, woman has been viewed as both a source of pleasure to be penetrated and one of the world’s ills. Mary Magdalene is sinner and saint. She, too, is the vessel. Especially if one thinks on her as the literal wife of Jesus and potential mother to his children. Blasphemy. She was a sacred harlot, like the Vestal virgins, sex and spirituality going hand in hand (or something in something) as it should. And so, without getting too into it, the Virgo woman personifies the feminine as such: An undulating object of lust who could be ones undoing. The Virgo motto is “I serve” which is misread as submissive or subservient (she can be if it serves her). But like any good master-slave inversion, one typically finds oneself so dependent on the Virgo woman, whether for her love, devotion or mad skills in the sack, that she typically ends up holding all the power. Makes you rethink the image of the Virgin clutching that phallic sheaf in her tight, tender grip. And, blow me down, just look at these brick houses. Claudia Schiffer, Raquel Welch, Naomie Harris, Jaqueline Bisset, Pink, Beyoncé Knowles, Sophia Loren, Salma Hayek, Whitney Cummings, Joey Heatherton, Jennifer Hudson, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall, Yvonne DeCarlo, Padma Lakshmi, Peggy Lipton, Rachel Ward, Jennifer Tilly, Foxy Brown, Rebecca DeMornay, Jennifer Coolidge, Tuesday Weld, Shannon Elizabeth, Lea Michele, Cameron Diaz, Barbara Bach, Valerie Perrine, Fay Wray, Frances Farmer, Alotta Fagina.

Aries

Domestic issues come to the fore and cast you in the role of decision-maker, but the center cannot hold. (T)rusty co-dependents must walk alone; or else you may step out on them. Play any part other than the resident agony aunt. Working in partnership might not pay off either. This is the cosmos’ way of ushering you toward a solo career challenge. With Mars opposed the Moon at the top of the week: A maternal figure is now a source of great inspiration. Turn a lady’s famous words-to-live-by into silent, incessant prayer.

Taurus

As Venus continues its opposition to Neptune, expect some confusion and soap operatic scenes. This is your cue to cultivate an extra-protective calm. Fortunately, you’ll mainly be a (somewhat) innocent bystander. And there’s another perk: True feelings are exposed and you gain a clearer view of others’ real agendas. In love, a casual fling may get flung and even morph into something more fully committed. Those in existing bonds seem to recapture some old magic. Say nothing in anger or during other moments of, uh, friction.

Gemini

Revenue streams that dried up a year or so ago start to pump back in, and you feel in fuller possession of the skills it takes to turn so-so prospects into golden nest eggs. Mars square Neptune challenges you to take the higher road if not the the upper hand in deals and negotiations. You’ve earned your steely attitude by vanquishing numerous fears of late. Now you put your own sense of true, honest entitlement to the test, standing firm in the face of those who try to make you feel lesser than…The approval you seek is within.

Cancer

You’re ready to let stark realities sink in, facing life head on, and fessing up to the temptations you personify. (Note where you’ve been less than a stellar influence). You strike desired balance in bonds, between total freedom and security. With Mercury retrograding into Aquarius, you’re surrounded by adoring friends who don’t expect much in return. But when you’re on the brink of total self-absorption, you recall: relationships are two-way streets. Remember: your opinions aren’t facts, and are oft better left unsaid.

Leo

So-called set backs are an illusion. And this week you’ll pull strings like a puppet master to further your own agenda and those of loyal associates. Have your sway, sure, but don’t go too far out on a limb. The Sun opposing Neptune may cause misunderstandings you find tricky to untangle. You only waste valuable time trying to pinpoint where talks went south. You gain more ground by cutting losses and keeping communication open. You realize that being disappointed is a choice—don’t give others the power to let you down.

Virgo

Risk taking is rewarded—safe bets are for wimps. You may work by committee, but with Jupiter squaring Saturn, hell can be others. Take a leadership role; it’s now right up your street. Pushing people to their limit wins respect and admiration. You like that. With charismatic power over mates and, even, dates, you only score points by not abusing it. If your heart isn’t in a romantic bond, don’t introduce other body parts. The achievement of your loftiest goals requires unorthodox approaches, so says Mercury opposing Uranus.

Libra

You should feel less obligated to prove just how talented or connected you are. Focus must be on fully believing it, yourself. If you’re feigning interest or phoning in creative endeavors, you should bow out instead. With Mars square Neptune: all fakery will be obvious. If you’re truly-wuly into what you’re doing, then your work will speak for itself. Posturing undermines your true sincerity and obscures the fact that you’re not only so very hard working but, if not for you, certain projects would never get off the ground.

Scorpio

It’s time to establish new ground rules this week as Mercury opposes Uranus. First, put a ban on idle chit chat. Next, list all opportunities for growth that now derive from constructive criticism and supposed setbacks. Now is about cultivating a wisdom deeper than knowing who wore what best. The cosmos can seem a bit hard on you now because it expects a great deal of you. You’re blessed with a superpower of invisibility and elimination. So make yourself scarce and focus on thoughts and deeds that need ditching.

Sagittarius

In the process of expressing repressed talents and desires, you might also want to spill magic beans before—mixing metaphors wildly—cats come scratching out of bags. Venus opposing Chiron, the Healer, suggests that physical complaints are likely emotionally based, and symptoms disappear as you drop old baggage. In your glee for hitting major milestones make sure you don’t forget those who’ve helped facilitate your achievements.

Avoid projecting too far into the future, missing key next steps in your personal evolution.

Capricorn

With Saturn square Jupiter you mustn’t censure or punish yourself for any slips in your signature strict routine. All efforts are cumulative, and a Capricorn’s path is hilly, with peaks and valleys, neither of which must be framed as good or bad. Let all the pieces fall into place and resist editing your dreams or tailoring them to fit others’ visions. Compromise is counterproductive now. When you feel as if you’re spread too thin, visualize a giant umbrella under which all the “disparate” things you do work in concert.

Aquarius

Strange that, with all your successes, you often feel less the artist, producer, entrepreneur, guru or saint than you’d intended to be. But with Mercury opposed Uranus, the grooves in your brain now deepen to channel pent up creative passion into searing action. Endeavors that have nada to do with advancement or moneymaking, and everything to do with expressing your belief system, expanding your mind and nourishing your soul must be foremost undertaken. It’s a transformative week, gearing you up for huge paradigm shifts.

Pisces

You make mental space to manifest big ideas as you eliminate real clutter from your midst. A minimal sensibility is key, too, in packaging or proliferating concepts or products. Keep written elements brief. Succinct. Design is a crucial component in your work, and the Muses smile on a spare aesthetic. That said, simplicity is no cinch to achieve. Neptune opposed the Sun challenges you avoid distractions (disguised as busy work) helping you move would-be masterpieces to the front burner to get them cooking.

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Haute Astrology

By Starsky + Cox 

Week of September 7-13 2014

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Clever Cutie Chris Pine

Ever Clever Everyman Chris Pine

Virgo’s planetary ruler is in dispute. Its traditional planet is Mercury, which also governs the mutable-air sign of Gemini, the god Mercury (Greek: Hermes) being patron of all sorts of street folk from merchants to thieves, jugglers to magicians, which brings us to the mutable-earth (read: clay) sign of Virgo where it rules alchemists and all the “hermetic” and healing arts. Mercury’s staff, called the caduceus, is the emblem of the medical profession to this day. Virgo and the 6th house are associated with health, habits and hygiene. But there are those who don’t feel that Mercury actually rules Virgo. Some say that rulership belongs to Chiron, a minor planet-ette orbiting the Sun between Saturn and Uranus. The notion is that Chiron, discovered in 1977, was once a major planet that got pummeled by asteroids. It thus draws on the archetype of the “wounded healer” in mythology. Chiron was a centaur who wasn’t savage like his fellows, but the opposite, a savior, and he is the father of doctors, who were one and the same as magicians, under the heading of alchemists. Another theory is that Virgo is ruled by the as yet undiscovered planet Vulcan, which is debatably orbiting between Mercury and the Sun. Virgo begins on August 23rd, the ancient festival date of Vulcanalia, the feast of the eponymous god (Greek: Hephaestus) of smiths, tinkers, potters, inventers and, yes, alchemists, too. Virgo men are mensches, but they do tinker—if not nipping and tucking themselves, they may Svengali others, women especially, whom they treat as Pandoras, the first sex doll molded by Hephaestus out of clay. Voila: Virgo men-schs: Colin Firth, Elvis Costello, Chris Tucker, Chris Pine, Bill Murray, Peter Sellers, Tommy Lee Jones, Paolo Coelho, Peter Falk, Rupert Grint, Bob Newhart, Ben Falcone, Joe Pantoliano, Daniel Stern, Adam Sandler, Sam Neill, David Arquette, Mark Harmon, and those who couldn’t leave themselves, let alone others, well, alone: Mickey Rourke, Michael Keaton, Barry Gibb, Billy Ray Cyrus, Eddie Fischer, Michael Jackson, Gene Simmons, Kenny Rogers, Steve Guttenberg, Harry Connick, Jr., Paul Reubens.

Aries

You’re facing control issues with the Super Moon, Mon./Tues., learning to delegate responsibility without dumping it on people. Finished products aren’t. Revisit and redouble efforts to ensure their success. Let others pick up slack in areas you no longer need tackle. Mercury opposed Uranus lets cats out of the bag, and prevailing truth will set you free from false friendship. Take time in every endeavor, prioritizing a collective agenda over a solo one now. Mars unaspected sees you driving folks all kinds of crazy; but they thank you for it.

Taurus

Turning creative passion into a platform for success is the mandate of Venus trine Pluto. Pause to take a big picture of every possibility or pay-off. The Super Moon, Mon./Tues., helps decide which to pursue first. Digging into work at hand can unleash a storm of edgy emotions. The trick now is to create without editing yourself. Self-consciousness is an indulgence you can’t afford. Dare to fail or just be so-so, taking your time to achieve excellence—progress not perfection. “Hunger,” said Hemingway, “is good discipline.”

Gemini

Your concept of home goes through changes. Venus trine Pluto initiates a process of elimination, so you could pull up stakes on a dime if you had to. There’s no room for sentimentality now. Shoot it, scan it, then can it. Claim solo space with the Super Moon, Mon./Tues. Gird yourself with talismans and testaments to solo achievement. You either fully feel you live in a spiritual home, or you consider a more conducive city, country or crib for incubating next moves. Only your most dysfunctional bonds unravel, so let them.

Cancer

You must now lead with your imagination, a word so very akin to magic. With the Super Moon plus Venus opposing Neptune, viewing life as a lotus unfolding or a lucid dream is both challenging and highly rewarding. Circumstance may unfold to your specifications; if and only if: Your wishes are for the good of all beings— not in the least self-satisfying. What you conjure mustn’t impinge or impede others. Thus you may expect a sustained spate of happy synchronicities. Even seeming snafus are blessed corrections in disguise.

Leo

As a reward for resisting revengeful urges recently, karma steps in and makes life a bitch for those who wronged you. But no gloating. The Super Moon, Mon/Tues., shows where you play the victim but should be victor. Moving forward, you can let the cosmos deliver all paybacks. Meanwhile stop moping around like some deposed royal. Yes, attention and validation are key to a Leo, but you must view them as luxuries not necessities. Sun trine Pluto condones giving to others with all sincerity. No easy task to master, you may find.

Virgo

You’re poised to kick introspective ventures into high gear, courtesy of the Pisces Super Moon, Mon./Tues. Lunar power distills formerly vague articulations of your visions—any eurekas! you now come up with may well put you into vogue. Discipline can elude you, especially where it’s needed most. Embrace efficiency and economy in all dealings. Keep cards close to the vest so not to dilute the energy of plans and revelations, and to ward against other’s censure if you decide to change tack. Your path is in no way linear.

Libra

Poke around beyond deceiving appearances to discover hidden truths and others’ could-be sketchy agendas. There is much to be gleaned, too, from delving your own subconscious and documenting your dreams, now, with the Super Moon, Mon./Tues. Turning attention inward, objectively surveying the landscape of thoughts and emotions, is key to loosening psychological knots blocking creative expression. Yes, you’ll seem self-absorbed, but not that much more than usual. Mercury square Pluto challenges you to know yourself better.

Scorpio

A desire for making hard cash and heeding a destiny calling aren’t mutually exclusive. The Super Moon, Mon./Tues., green-lights educational forays that promise short- and long-term financial viability and help fulfill purpose. Mercury opposed Uranus disseminates information indiscriminately. Don’t sacrifice clarity in your communication to a need for speed. Slow it down. Ironically, your nerves are soothed in collective settings. Groups make great sounding boards for your feelings without others taking them personally.

Sagittarius

Though money is made more easily now, your most precious commodity is Time. The Saturn-Mars conjunct advises you to take inventory of commitments, consolidate your myriad to-do lists, and tackle first things first. Procrastination is a habit you can break now, for good. The Super Moon, Mon./Tues., spotlights upgrades needing making. Focus also goes to sharpening your skills, augmenting your assets, further raising your stock. The so-called pipe dream you’d be happiest chasing everyday is the one that’s purest gold.

Capricorn

You’re full steam ahead, getting kinks out of gnarly operations. Conjunct Saturn and Mars puts lessons learned into bold action. Rarely have you felt this comfy in your skin. With the Pisces Super Moon, Mon./Tues., you sense divine presence gently guiding you through any gambits. Big deals are slowly materializing; the trick is to clear the decks as they do. Publishing and higher education are highlighted. Still, you’ll want to remain present-minded to snatch opportunities tossed from left field. All is unfolding as it should.

Aquarius

Underground interests and some subversive desires come to the fore with Neptune opposing Venus. Your summer child-like activities already feel like kid stuff, and you’re on to exploring, if not addressing, more adult issues. You take (even more) authority now in close relationships. And with the Super Moon, Mon./Tues., there are new players in your midst who, unlike some existing ones, won’t take you for granted. You throw more weight around, while embracing untold passion, pizzazz and pomp in your circumstance.

Pisces

Unexplored areas of your nature now awaken. Mentors have major impact on you, and ripping whole pages from their books is encouraged. For you, the Pisces Super Moon, Mon./Tues., keeps things real, refining elements of style that smack of affectation, uniquely assimilating acquired influences. But you must make an effort in this. Mars conjunct Saturn says to let others’ success inspire you to work harder, no shade or plots to top(ple) them. Many owe you a debt of gratitude. Ask and ye shall receive moral support.

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Haute Astrology

 by Starsky + Cox

authors of SEXTROLOGY

Week of August 31-September 6 2014

poehler_preblow1The virgin of Virgo is Kore, the maiden aspect of Earth mother Demeter, from whose name the word core is derived, a nod to the planet’s molten, shifting center, its furnace. While Virgo man draws on the archetype of Hephaestus, god of that fiery forge, Virgo woman personifies his little dolly, Pandora, meaning “all given”, whom the god gave the best features of all the goddesses, baking her out of clay in his kiln. Virgo is the mutable-earth sign, highlighting tangible change. Demeter, too, was called Pandora, also meaning “all giver.” Virgo woman acts as caretaker, little sister, especially to objects of her desire, playing den mother, a Wendy, to any number of lost, Peter Pan-complexed boys or domineering Peppermint Patties. She leans, learns and models herself on significant others, having her fun, and ultimately forging her own future. On the shadow side, she borrows too directly from others, appropriating their moves to the point of inappropriateness. She tends to secure a mature mate who’ll cherish her and to whose power and protection she is drawn, and from whom she pulls strength to grow and develop her own unique talents, skills and character…which she often then focuses on helping others in turn. Enter: Mary Shelley, Peggy Guggenheim, Kitty Carlisle, Agatha Christie, Mother Theresa, Mother Seton, Cass Eliot, Margaret Sanger, Sylvia Fine, Geraldine Ferraro, Nan Goldin, Salma Hayek, Emmy Rossum, Melissa McCarthy, Amy Poehler, Blake Lively, Rosie Perez, Queen Noor, Queen Rania, Sonia Sanchez, Paula Jones, Ségolène Royal, Lea Michele, Joan Jett, Chrissie Hynde, Fionna Apple, Pink.

Aries

You find more facility and freedom, now, functioning within groups. Difficulties in communication ease with Mercury unaspected, but it may be vague. Technical snafus and mechanical mishegoss work themselves out as you learn more about what it takes to make real or metaphoric 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 intent on maintaining the status quo, but you are on an evolutionary fast track.

Taurus

With Venus square Saturn, disturbing events of the past are finally processed. Expect emotional blocks to release, giving way to something of a spiritual reboot. Your personal saga has universal resonance, and you benefit, perhaps even financially, from sharing the trials from your not always happy trails. If you learn anything now, it’s that you heal most through creative expression, even finding humor in what was once horrific. With Venus in Virgo, by Friday, you gain unique perspective and the seeds of a lucrative niche industry.

Gemini

One of our original adages is: “Diversity is the Mother of Compassion.”™ And with a Grand Trine of Jupiter, Moon and Uranus on Tuesday, you’re compelled to explore exotic influences outside your comfort zone. Though you typically stick to a small circle, you now branch out to champion those who offer you nothing on paper. Where you once kowtowed to conventionalists, you may now sever such ties for the sake of your own ideology and the social freedom of others. Your grassiest, rootsiest efforts succeed best.

Cancer

Beware pitying. We know it can come from a good-ish place, but with Tuesday’s Grand Trine of Moon, Jupiter and Uranus, expressions of aw aren’t helpful but read as hubris. Trust the moves loved ones are making, don’t caution or curtail them. So-called concern may be your own projected fear of failure. The more you encourage others to grab brass rings, the more nerve you build to do likewise. Check any hypocrisy in labeling others “negative” while bitching about so-called raw deals you’re being dealt. Why not just deal?

Leo

Relationships pose challenges but present options for growth. With the Sun trine Pluto, you’re learning to cultivate lasting joy, forgoing fleeting pleasures, still understanding that ground rules make for far happier partnerships. You explore the word Love more now as a verb. You readily take on the role of wise, older wo/man. In other news, your public image needs amplifying. Project the most expert, authoritative you. Or just fake it till you feel it. You can mold your concept of self without fear of putting on phony airs.

Virgo

Because life is on an upswing, it’s the best time to bolster defenses and cultivate healthful calm, if not in extremely monkish ways. Venus enters Virgo now and and raises your psychic shield against would-be dementors, as it suffuses you with glamour i.e. the power of attraction. Batten down hatches at home to better support creative aims—don’t siphon off energy on ephemera. Where you were prized as a party mule, you now gain points for playing the wallflower. There are new admirers in your midst just raring to peel you off.

Libra

Your conscious mind can overwhelm with thoughts you’d just as soon not think. The Sun trine Pluto steps in to offer subconscious protection and a working through of issues via dreams and quiet psychological breakthroughs, soothing nerves from the inside out. You may join a new tribe that inspires growth and learning. Seeking company for a common purpose replaces aimless group gatherings devoted to the eradication of brain cells. You now align with feminine energy, feeling yourself a source to be valued and preserved.

Scorpio

With Venus square Saturn and Mars, it’s make or break time. You either shake your fist at the sky like Scarlett O’H. (never again!) or you pack up your dolls and dishes and slink away for shame. Let’s say you do the former. You now know the truth about money: It isn’t the root of all evil, although love of it can be. And how: Doing things solely for dosh leaves you spiritually depleted. And those offering a hand may want a handy in return. Can you embody self-reliance without being enslaved to those in your so-called service?

Sagittarius

You’re exposed to far-out influences, thanks to Jupiter trine Uranus. Adventure is in the air, whetting your appetite, dulled of late, for travel and experience. You will embark on a vision quest, sparking creative initiatives for the year ahead. Pinpoint what you most wish to learn at this juncture. You’ve a need to feed a curiosity with its roots in childhood. And there’s a mystical element to it. For to find any magic without, the journey must also always be within. Venus opposing Neptune rids all fog from your imaginative process.

Capricorn

If a negative internal dialogue emerges, it is bubbling up, solely, for elimination. Saturn square Venus eases self examination; and you see that any present unrest stems from past burned bridges or roads not taken. The upshot is: It’s not too late. Forgive yourself—for everything—to avoid repeating self-defeating behavior. You will forge 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. Here, a mantra to repeat: I am the tortoise.

Aquarius

It’s time to leave the capsule, if you dare. After much self-imposed isolation, partnering on projects is the best, if not the only, way to realize them. Uranus trine Jupiter provides life lessons along the way. Beware co-dependents. Give and take must be equal in all bonds. One venture is the exception to the rule: A project you spearheaded, alone, amid others’ naysaying, is now valued by the same flipfloppers. Don’t be talked into including them in plans. Mercury square Pluto, by Friday, inspires a radical change in your outlook.

Pisces

You’re suffused with forward momentum, and yet it might be difficult to execute your agenda. We advise cooling your jets, remaining unruffled in the face of, mainly, silly snafus. Venus sashaying into opposition with Neptune urges you not to chase but to magnetize; even play hard to get. Got deadlines? Well, push ‘em back, push ‘em back, way back. And bench any so-called players who drop the proverbial ball. Be a kind dictator who expects much, but nada from your subjects you wouldn’t give, yourself.

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Haute Astrology

by Starsky + Cox

Week of August 24-30 2014

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Armie Hammer. Even his name has a smithy Virgo ring to it.

Armie Hammer. Even his name has a smithy Virgo ring to it.

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

Aries

The old adage “it’s better to be feared than loved”, rings truest now, as Mars transits Saturn. Trotting the road less traveled has seen you wax introspective, itchy and intense. People can’t predict which way your moods will swing, only hoping to remain on your good side. And, lo, with Monday’s New Moon, you find a new sanguinity, settling into situations and a rhythm. You’re still detached from others, keeping ‘em guessing and snapping to; but you’re more about giving than getting, keeping your inner Joan Crawford at bay.

Taurus

Trust your inner guidance system. Venus square Mars and Saturn amplifies insight into fresh faces and experiences. Directional instincts may put you at odds with partners demanding “good reasons” you can’t put into words—they will just have to trust you. And they will thank you for it. In the face of myriad opportunities, resist taking on work solely for money or status. The spiritual risk in it can cost you a lot more than a few bank deposits. Monday’s New Moon coolly soothes passive-aggression in your environment.

Gemini

Any anger you feel is hurt. Mars (pow!) transiting Saturn (ouch) in Scorpio (oops) surfaces the notion that you’re hyper-sensitive and can retaliate for so-called criticism you take way too personally. Any messengers you’re wont to kill aren’t out to get you; they simply want to help you clear any hurdles you self-made. So, before you create frenemies, for real, ease hard lines and check your paranoia. Accept expressions of tough love. It’s a wise Gemini who shrugs off slings and arrows, knowing: there’s no war if you don’t fight.

Cancer

The Sun trine Pluto and opposing Neptune highly suggests you Crabs go with any and all situational flows. Don’t try to skirt situations, or grouse or mug or otherwise telegraph discontent. If you ace this week’s life lesson you’ll emerge with emotional muscle to last till Yule. Monday’s New Moon can see you playing therapist to loved ones. Sounds like a chore, but you’ll get into the role of helping flailing friends or family failing to see the forest for the trees. But don’t chew the scenery. Save your drama for your mama or papi.

Leo

Challenges that have proved tough are now pretty cinchy. It’s the simple stuff of life that tends to elude you. With the Sun trine Pluto opposing Neptune, give focus to feelings, domestic needs, and inter-personal affairs. Neptune and Pluto inspire deep philosophical ideas. And whether it’s a vague malaise or a burning desire that’s triggering a deep need for a belief system to sustain you, you must clear some mind-space to cultivate it. For the first time in, well, forever, you seamlessly channel emotional pain into beneficial action.

Virgo

With Monday’s New Moon, you long for holistic healing. Signs point to easy-peasy remedies. Like pastimes, you know, hobbies, heard of them? Or a holiday? How long since your last? You see, not all activities must be productive or impact career or cash flow. In fact, you should forget about finances for a while. Make haste to tie up loose ends, especially the busy work of returning correspondence. In love, you now desire more than convenience or a free ride. You heard us. Venus transiting Jupiter fans an old flame.

Libra

You’ve been through the emotional ringer and, as Venus transits Jupiter, a purge is now in order—Mars also transiting Saturn triggers its expression! You can only move forward in creating a home by reckoning with the one from whence you came. It may require reaching out to friends, an ordered group of strangers, or a well-worn shrink to get you over the hump of some remembrances of things past. You fight energy depletion by owning your full range of feelings. Monday’s New Moon turns wounds into blessings.

Scorpio

Just when you thought you were at the end of your tether, opportunity abounds. With the Sun square Pluto opposing Neptune you pursue solo projects that narrow your niche—specificity is key—while satisfying existing bread-and-butter obligations. Financial facts and figures others may have fudged also come to light. You can be all forgiveness but be sure that sneaks never try to pull a fast one again. Monday’s New Moon relieves you of over-responsibility to others, while making it crystal: you won’t be anyone’s afterthought.

Sagittarius

Monday’s New Moon turns down your ego volume while amplifying true confidence. Meanwhile Venus transiting Jupiter inspires a sense of ease which can be double-edged. Though you’re not one to squander gifts or cast pearls before swindlers, you mightn’t recognize when you’re doing both things at once. Planet moves illumine talents on which you should place a hefty price tag, making your worth clear to all and, most importantly, yourself. Get the lead out in manifesting figments of imagination destined to bear fruit.

Capricorn

Mars transiting Saturn says you don’t have the luxury of time now. Over-consideration can see you miss important boats. You do well to quickly document ideas before punting them out into the cosmos. You will not compromise quality by throwing a quantity of pitches out there to see what sticks. Employ sounding boards, yes, but exnay on the collaborators. You kick yourself when someone moves on a great idea you’d already thunk up. Monday’s New Moon ensures you won’t let it happen again (any time soon).

Aquarius

You need increased solitude to express soulful yearnings. Despite recent successes, your private life has taken a few hits, requiring some healing. As Mars transits Saturn, it may seem you’re retreating into a dicey mental space or behavior. Not so. You’re taking a turn forward along an upward spiral. It only seems you’ve circled back to revisit pains you put behind you; but in fact, you’re lifted that much more out of them, gaining perspective and self-awareness. Monday’s New Moon signals a real letting go of past disappointments.

Pisces

You may question whether a new life direction is available to you. The simple answer is yes. So when it rears its lovely head, don’t miss it by clinging to all-too-familiar fears. The Sun opposed Neptune, trine Pluto, shifts your focus from inner longings to external manifestation. So allow the former to surface and don’t talk yourself out of the actions they entail taking. Just because you’ve put time and effort into building a life based on one set of desires doesn’t mean you can’t outgrow them to answer new destiny callings.

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Haute Astrology

by Starsky + Cox 

Week of August 17-23 2014

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Lovely Lioness  Kristen Chenoweth

Lovely Lioness Kristin Chenoweth

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

Aries

In career as well as social settings, you buck convention with radical displays. As the Sun opposes Neptune, you’re living proof that shock tactics can be key to making life-style and aesthetic visions known. You can find yourself at odds with public opinion, but no mind: Detractors only corral you toward meeting like-minded kindred spirits. And meet them you do, but on your own terms, in your own time. As we enter Virgo, Saturday, an agent or manager may need to be shown the door. Your love life can get a bit wild now.

Taurus

Communication happily breaks down with Mercury trine Pluto. We say happily because glitches actually provide a grace period to strengthen arguments, mission statements and overall resolve. You’ve a knack now for squaring solo goals with partners’. You envision umbrella scenarios that satisfy everyone’s needs. The realization that you can’t solve others’ problems sets in. Their issues are mere distractions from your own dilemmas needing solving. Success is assured—in what state of spiritual wellness you meet it is up to you.

Gemini

Drop any pretenses. As Venus transits Jupiter, your competitive nature can run amok, just when you should give it a rest—stop, drop and smell the roses. Taking downtime is a crucial cog in steering, not spinning, your wheels toward desired career goals. Yes, you can mix business with pleasure—just don’t obliterate the line between. Maintain a certain formality. A creative or social cause may require your moral and/or financial support. Investing in others, giving self-promotion a rest, ultimately empowers your own pursuits.

Cancer

The slightest veering from your routine has been known to set you off the rails. But, with Mars squaring Venus and Jupiter, you’re challenged to find more flexibility in your nature. It’s time to venture beyond the garden gate to explore fresh vistas, and set any emotional hostages free. You may also detach from so-called mentors who treat you like a disobedient pet. You’ve milked such bonds for all their worth, picking up some affected ticks in the process. Clear away all-too familiar cobwebs and embrace blissful uncertainty.

Leo

With the Sun opposing Neptune, by Tuesday, you connect profoundly with others and that thing called The All. You’re driven to surrender in relationships, graduating from co-existence to fully melding with significant others. Stalwart single Moonchildren may feel the urge to do so for the first time. You’re now a miner for meaning, digging deep into lofty subjects and your own untapped subconscious. The atmosphere is charged with electricity—circumstance is loaded with synchronicity. Go with—don’t second guess—it.

Virgo

Welcome to the labyrinth with its myriad contingencies, twists and turns. Cravings for earthly delights can find you locked in a hedonistic maze. Stick to simple pleasures and recapture lost innocence. With Mars square Venus and Jupiter, you gain little by acting out of spite or rivalry. Try giving to others unreservedly. Fancy yourself a secret agent for natural abundance. If you believe that the universe does indeed provide, then, as part of it, show us how its done. Unless you need reminding that this is primarily a spiritual life.

Libra

Those of you who feel the woe of the status-quo will take a more pro-active approach to career. In love, you quit waiting to be wooed and go in pursuit. Venus transiting Jupiter puts focus on finances. You may synch with a partner or team in a shared investment. In this, remain super-realistic, but don’t lose your zeal in the swirl of supply-side economics. If anything, let a child-like enthusiasm set you apart from others. You can be young at heart without being developmentally arrested. Get into all the drag of being a grown up.

Scorpio

Do you need reminding that money doesn’t provide the kind of security you crave. It’s knowledge that’s the real ticket. Mercury trine Pluto makes mastering subjects with which you once struggled not only doable but pleasurable. You may get a fresh start with a purely creative pursuit that has zero to do with making bank. The most important thing is to keep moving and not to get caught in any cul-de-sacs that support a vague subsistence. Visualize your ego being shed like serpent skin. Attempt new challenges that humble you.

Sagittarius

Are you still and calm or silently screaming? If it’s the latter, it’s best not to pretend. Signs show that hell is (your pretending to tolerate) others. With Venus transiting Jupiter you’ve a shorter fuse for detractors, dilettantes and drifters. You’ve also the power to make them all disappear, and to cultivate the company of honest, functional beings. But you must disengage from those that aren’t. Silly cliques have always left you cold. And you’ve petitioned the universe for solo time, so take it! In love, keep it light and keep it moving.

Capricorn

Don’t even attempt to follow a linear path right now. With Saturn conjunct Mars square Venus and Jupiter best laid plans are pulled out from under you. So now’s your chance to transcend logic and if-then equations and get into the magic of the universe unfolding its own agenda. To do this, keep sitting back. Be a passenger—don’t try to drive the action. Resist people pleasing. Stay spiritually selfish. Exude your child-like curiosity for new experiences. Be picky on the social front and let others come to you. Bold moves pay off.

Aquarius

Times like these when you wax eccentric and experimental, embracing your Uranian over your Saturnian self, are to be savored. Your unique visions are destined to morph into groundbreaking initiatives that win reward and respect; if you activate and don’t ignore them. With Saturn conjunct Mars, you have energy to express and manifest creative yearnings. Storytelling is especially highlighted. By taking the spotlight you empower yourself and others. Look to quietly loyal friends and honor their support of you.

Pisces

You will admit that overnight success is something you’ve been cultivating for some time. And we needn’t tell you: It can be a mixed blessing. In case you’re in any way misrepresenting who you are, now is the time make any adjustments to your brand, art, mission, or other means of defining your professional self. But do so with a light touch. The Sun opposed Neptune suggests that workaholism must be kept in check, along with any mechanization in demeanor. Speak only the truth and embrace your so-called foibles.

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