Haute Astrology

by Starsky + Cox

week of May 17-23 2015

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

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

Working the Goddess of Discord Archetype

Working the Goddess of Discord Archetype

Gemini is the premier air sign, ruled by winged Mercury, the dualistic messenger god of the word (logos) and all forms of communication and gossip, girl. While the Twins guy is Peter Pan-complexed and a bit fly-by-night, Twins woman is the original Tinkerbelle: equal parts manipulative and loveable, disruptive and protective, running hot and cold. “I need you to love me”…. “Stand back, stand back.” Gemini women draw on the archetype of Eris, goddess of discord who, feeling snubbed for not being invited to a divine party of god/desses, caused a buzz by lobbing an apple into the mixer on which were written the words “for the fairest among you”—jump cut to the Judgment of Paris and all-out Trojan war. Enter another Gemini archetype, Helen of Troy, the true twin of Pollux—they hatched from one of two eggs their mother Leda laid (after she was laid by Zeus in the guise of a swan). From a second egg hatched the mortal twins Castor and Clytemnestra. Castor and Pollux are the twins of the Gemini constellation, while Helen and Clytemnestra express the Gemini woman duality: passive/provocative, naive/knowing, meek/magnificent, vulnerable/vainglorious, silly/sublime, delicate/divalike, if not tragic/transcendent. And it’s this mix that fascinates us. That and the fact that the Gemini lady can be pretty/cuckoo, or at least portray cray-cray scary/well: Stevie Nicks, Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, Naomi Campbell, Nicole Kidman, Kathleen Turner, Angelina Jolie, Helena Bonham-Carter, Anne Heche, Heidi Klum, Liz Hurley, Brooke Shields, Lauryn Hill, Natalie Portman, Fairuza Balk, Juliette Lewis, Carey Mulligan, Jewel Kilcher, Ally Sheedy and the teensy/titan Olsen twins.

Aries

You embody higher purpose with the New Moon conjunct Mercury, Mars and the Sun. You have to laugh, if through tears, letting go of blocked emotion and outmoded bonds. You’re suffused with optimism, love and creativity. You needn’t lower expectations of others; rather hold out for those who’ll meet them. With Mercury retrograde, Monday, you make sweeping changes that take some off guard. Those who balk are stalled in their own progress. Those who applaud you comprise a newly improved inner social circle.

Taurus

With the New Moon, and Mercury retrograde, cracks in your façade appear. But as a smoky Quebecois once said: that’s where the light gets in. Crumbling appearances urge you to search your soul for more destiny callings. Not that you get a full handle on them straight away; but you do cop a feel for that which may serve you at career or creative crossroads. As good as life looks on paper, it can feel more hollow than usual. And you, more vulnerable. This inspires attitude shifts that align your behaviors with truest beliefs.

Gemini

Mercury retrograde is bent on teaching you something about abundance: Even if you’re made of money, you benefit from limiting consumerism. Now is about perceiving the innate bounty of nature and, yes, the universe. Despite peer pressure to splurge, or save financial face, it’s best to forgo unduly doling out dosh. For this, you’re rewarded with perks on which you cannot place a price tag. The New Moon empowers you to turn a casual pastime into a burning passion, increasingly illuminating an ultra creative path.

Cancer

With the New Moon, you wax radical, realizing that, in regards to personal freedom, there’s no such thing as half measures. With Mercury retrograde, however, some may caution you against being too liberally minded—as if that’s possible. Censure should only inspire you to seek new company, vistas and virtual Valhallas to ascend to. You have big fish to fry and must perish all small thoughts. The hardest part about getting what you want is letting yourself have it. Don’t allow the caretaking of others to thwart the self sort.

Leo

Mercury retrograde, Mars and the Sun huddle up to the New Moon which inspires some energetic thinking. You don’t have to be the best whatever in the world—you need only aspire. Though you may’ve defined yourself by a certain label, others highly esteeming you as such, you are undergoing a transformation. So instead of looking for stroking for what you’ve already done, strike out in a new direction. If offered a lead or breakout role, don’t take it on pride alone. Accept it in a spirit of devotion to being an agent for good.

Virgo

This week, with Mercury retrograde on the New Moon, you’re given a choice between endeavors that may or may not serve you. An opportunity with no immediate financial payoff could outweigh a lucrative one. Following your bliss can ultimately lead to a pot of coin. With Mercury square Neptune, you may want to refresh stale situations, but don’t beat a dead delusion. Avoid inventorying others’ deeds or citing them for dysfunction. This may be a projection of your own erratic behavior. You don’t wear false humility well.

Libra

You’re suffused with great expectations, by nature, but with Mercury retrograde and the New Moon, others disappoint more than usual. Adopting a me-first attitude clears a swath through competing obligations. You are no good to anyone unless your own needs are met first. Solo leaps of faith enjoy some major cosmic assists. Now is the time to throw caution to the wind and grab at all the shiny brass rings that catch your eye. A new romantic prospect may surface, which mightn’t be the best news for an existing admirer.

Scorpio

With the New Moon conjunct Mars and Mercury retrograde, you must soften stances to save yourself grief and to allow for some divine intervention. Being a nimble negotiator is a must to make deals or contracts work. Words and deeds can be misconstrued, now, 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 clean slates to fill with fresh projects and people. Don’t tinker with existing bonds; embrace new untainted ones.

Sagittarius

It’s time to tie bows on long-suffering labors of love. Mercury retrograde info-gathers for new interests with a nervous zeal; and being conjunct Mars and the New Moon, you may get the impression that anticipated windfalls are falling through. They’re not. Prosperity is multi-form. Resist urges to pester those who’ve pledged support. Worrying can make you seem mistrustful. Don’t play savior to others either—that’s just projection—focus on your own thrivation. Garner interest in your passion projects, grateful to be in planning stages.

Capricorn

Though you typically don’t sweat the small stuff, Mercury retrograde and the New Moon can find you micromanaging and becoming mired in minutiae. Resist. Perfectionism is a delay tactic, and over-attention to detail is worry trying to look busy. Realize that your so-called second-rate results are better than most’s firsts. Meet deadlines and tweak later. Save creative juices for projects that matter more personally than those stacking up now. In love, don’t pick at emotional sores. It might give the impression you’re seeking an out.

Aquarius

The New Moon and Mercury retrograde set the tone for a more magnanimous you. You can 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 is doing your bit in the war against codependence. You gain the necessary fortitude to see lofty aims through to fruition, adding speed to accuracy in growing success. Staying in motion beats the blues.

Pisces

This is a spiritually energizing week. The New Moon conjunct Mars and retrograde Mercury put most plans on hold. Planet moves also relax self-imposed rules, allowing you to embody more ease and vitality. Ironically, in ditching your eternal to-do lists, you actually get more done. You are increasingly generous with yourself, too, as inhibitions loosen. Those who underestimated you find a ferocious competitor and an even fiercer friend. Let past melodramas become vaguely anecdotal. It’s time to create new material.

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Haute Astrology

by Starsky + Cox 

week of May 10-16 2015

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

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

grape+hyacinthIn counterpoint to its preceding sign of objective, directive, “masculine” Mars-ruled Aries (and the forthright people born under that sign), “feminine” Venus-ruled Taurus is subjective, intriguing, inviting and alluring. Taurus people can be, if only naively, vague, suggestive, or downright elusive. They are all pull, and no push. Taurus are navel gazers, endlessly self-reflective, and they thus invite the interest, worship and also the scrutiny of others. As artists and intellects, they obscure and refine, turning obvious forms of expression on their ear while they up the creative ante, achieving unique, even absurdist, and elegant results. By nature, they don’t effort. As the premier earth sign, these pastoral archetypal flower-children—think reflective Narcissus, Adonis and Hyacinth—embody natural ease. They toil nor do they spin. Full expression is their birthright. Taurus rules the throat and voice, symbolizing a natural proclivity for these bovine characters to utter. Venus works her grace and charm physically in this sign and on its men who are suppleness personified. Consider the gravity-defying moves of Fred Astaire and David Beckham; the oblique musical stylings of Burt Bacharach, Bing Crosby, Bono Vox (good voice), Pete Townsend, David Byrne or Brian Eno; the skewed comedic genius of George Carlin and Stephen Colbert; the elegant up-ending of Salvatore Dali and Jasper Johns, the out-of-left-field acting styles of Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson and Harvey Keitel, the ironic soft-spoken-ness of Malcolm X, the obscured invention of Mark Zuckerberg, the self-reverential élan of filmmaker Wes Anderson. All such expression being one big, slow side-long glance of the Taurus Bull. Can they be in love with themselves? That’s a question for the likes of Al Pacino, Chris Brown, George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Enrique Iglesias, Daniel Day Lewis, Jay Leno, Will Arnett, Robert Pattinson, James McAvoy, Jerry Seinfeld, Orson Wells or Rudolph Valentino.

Aries

You seek to balance self-restraint with pleasure-seeking, achieving equipoise between them by realizing that: discipline isn’t an abstract authority figure to rebel against, but a partner in crime; while hedonism, which long since promised to make you hip, will more likely see you break one. Venus opposing Pluto shows you how excess sweet life causes decay. Head that off at the pass, even erasing ill effects, by going deeper into stillness and embracing certain asceticism to counteract Mars in Gemini heating up your social life.

Taurus

As Mars leaves Taurus, focus shifts from function to design, and Venus trine Neptune makes your vision more fanciful. Any monkish ways that served you 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-energy in significant others. Be flexible in any commercial dealings. High principles and an ability to compromise aren’t mutually exclusive. Venus opposing Pluto helps you find closure and to exhibit grace in letting go.

Gemini

Stick like glue to your routine in the face of extraordinary people, places or things entering your experience. Mars trine Uranus says to fully embrace your ideal self as you face off with unlikely folks and fauxs. See how much more you you can be in groups and social settings. Take the lead and play host if given the opportunity. Narrow fields of interest and close ranks with those who have your back, as you do theirs. Don’t seek new favor but do right by tried and true devotees. Mars in Gemini augments physical vitality.

Cancer

Life seems riddled with so many contingencies and if-then equations that you’re wont to escape to your happy place. With Mercury square Neptune, your instinct to stay under the radar, out of drama’s way, is a good one. Venus trine Neptune, meanwhile, sees you wax romantic, idealistic, unleashing a backlog of dreamy aspirations you’ve been sitting on. Loved ones amaze at your jump-starting old projects and revisiting old friends or flames. Big breaks you thought you blew circle back, as deals tagged d.o.a. spring to life.

Leo

Easily at home in the eye of a social storm, you now ease into the periphery of the swirl. The Sun opposed Saturn provides a renewed relaxation in group settings with nary a need for an artificial form of escape. Those you’ve kept at arms-length are given access to a more embraceable you; and Venus trine Neptune can make relationships more enchanted and, paradoxically, illusory. Let your emotional guard down, but keep psychic shields up. It’s possible that your heretofore prized, so-called chillability may stem from past neglect.

Virgo

Take inventory of your intentions, now, ensuring they’re all noble. With Mars sliding into Gemini, you acquire new expertise with something of a vengeance. But be careful of doing anything out of revenge; and don’t claim proficiency in too many areas out of a need for praise. Let yourself be driven deeper into areas of interest with the sole goal of solo accomplishment. It’s better to be the starriest pupil in search of answers than to pretend to have them all. Mercury squaring Neptune makes you prone to exaggeration.

Libra

With Venus trine Neptune, your senses work overtime, as you delight in luxuries and splurge on urges. Venus opposing Pluto, later in the week, however, challenges you to find the pleasure in forgoing such indulgences. You’re increasingly driven by erotic charges that power creativity as well as libido. Ever more the culture vulture, you seek out exotic artistic and social experiences. Those who accept your alternately lavish and frugal spirit bond with you more closely. Those who label you fickle can find the door.

Scorpio

From the inside out, you project a comely confidence, solidly aligned with beautiful, new aspirations—courtesy of Venus in a powerline with Pluto. Nobody even notices that: you quietly rage against the cool exterior you maintain with a Mona Lisa smile, until you’ve transcended frayed emotions, taking slings and arrows in stride. Would-be underminers will find you unshakable. And big-wigs seeking a supermensch to run a new operation eyeball you with good intent. Err on the side of humility, without selling yourself short.

Sagittarius

Things fall apart. This is a good thing. It’s time, for one, to deconstruct your creative process and let some seams show in your personal or professional life. Venus square Pluto help you find beauty in progress, not perfection. As you go through many changes, now, speak to them—testify to outmoded paradigms. Accept situations you cannot change, move through or move on—outgrowing is still growth. Loyalty to loved ones shouldn’t entail passing on knocking opportunities. Mars opposed Saturn signals strength.

Capricorn

Time is on your side now, allowing you a respite to explore your subconscious nooks and crannies for the combined benefit of increased self-awareness and creative inspiration. Saturn opposing Mars and the Sun bodes well for rooting around inside you for unique observations that also have universal resonance, offering emotional release to you, and perhaps even comic relief to others. Venus trine Neptune helps you court any number of muses, but it can bemuse you when it comes to people schmoozing you for connections.

Aquarius

You have cosmic license to be proactive and ultra productive, but not to the exclusion of pleasure. And, though it may’ve worked in the past, personally and professionally, to let others chase you, this won’t fly now. Opportunities for love and money now go to the most determined, not to the most coy or come-hither. With Venus opposing Pluto, you must strive for clarity—no toying with others’ affections, even in the vaguest of bonds. As New Agey as it sounds, look for the divinity in others; it’s how they find it in you.

Pisces

While Mercury squaring Neptune makes you highly aware of self-imposed limits, it also outlines baby steps needing taking to break through stumbling blocks in love and work relationships. To boot, Venus trining Neptune helps you let go lightly of fair-weather friends and situations that no longer serve. Even tiniest moves toward truly desired goals are rewarded. So declare your intentions boldly then act on them! There is nothing and nobody out of your league. There are no leagues. And there’s no game if you don’t play it.

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Haute Astrology

by Starsky + Cox 

week of May 3-9 2015

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

Sextrology, the e-version: finally, an edition your friends won’t “borrow.”

bettiebangsVenus governs Taurus on the earth plane (and Libra on the astral one). The Venus symbol—a circle atop a crossed staff—emblematic of the Feminine Principle—is called the mirror of Aphrodite. The planet’s namesake goddess of grace and beauty works her charms through Taurus, and on its people, in a physical, tangible, often monetary way. Indeed, Taurus woman is the original material girl. Though she may learn early in life that an urgent, myopic focus on possessions can blind her to more eternal bounty. Still, it’s no bull that Taureans tend to be attractive in a fresh and earthy, if not oomphy, way. The women are natural beauties, barefoot contessas and, sometimes self-professed geishas who fetishize their burgeoning femininity. Consider the luscious delights of Emilia Clarke, Bianca Jagger, Penelope Cruz, Rosario Dawson, Jessica Alba, Bettie Page, Uma Thurman, Laetitia Casta, Megan Fox, Diana Agron, Christina Hendricks, Audrey Hepburn and Nancy Kwan. Oh, yes, Taurus enjoys being a girl; and when she inevitably loses her innocent bloom and no longer likes what mirror-mirror reflects, she is most prone to see this as a red flag to charge into some cosmetic surgeon’s office. Case in point: Renee Zellwegger , Cher, Kimora Lee Simmons, Tori Spelling, Christine Baranski, Janet Jackson, Donatella Versace, Carol Burnett, Barbra Streisand, Pia Zadora, Michele Pfeifer, Shirley MacLaine, Melissa Gilbert and Bea Arthur, who, it must be remembered, televised her face lift in primetime on “Maude”.

Aries

The Full Scorpio Moon signals the end of a cycle and sees you making a break for it. You might take literal flight—decamping to old stomping grounds to regroup or soak up some local color. More likely: you’ll emotionally retreat, mindful that even trusty cronies or colleagues who are loyal in flush times mightn’t be so easy to find when the chips are down. This begs the question: Can you be in bonds without strings to pull or chains to yank? Mars opposed Saturn hatches solid plans for a sustainable true-friend-filled future.

Taurus

As Venus sashays into Cancer you take moral lessons of late more to heart, putting them into gritty practice. This means absorbing information that closies confide—truly being there for loved ones—not just offering up pat solutions or throwing money or vague mutterings at their problems. Nobody wants your charity—they seek your emotional investment. We know you fear interaction that can tap deepest feelings. But too bad. Starting with Sunday’s Full Moon, the environment is safe for expressing said empathy.

Gemini

With the Scorpio Full Moon you feel the backlash of slapping smiley-face emoticons on all your dealings. You must set boundaries with cloying cling-ons, especially. Do not play a part in others’ downward spiraling drama, or tip-toe through eggshell-y landscapes of dysfunction. Mars and Mercury opposed Saturn inspires a warrior spirit, taking a stand against the subtlest abusers or enablers; and pinpointing broken bonds needing mending. You feel physically limber, mentally lucid, emotionally agile and fiercely independent.

Cancer

Sunday’s Full Moon 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 not worth self-investment. Not having what you need only makes a convenient excuse for failure. So open the coffers and cough up some cash to finance your successes. Venus in Cancer, opposing the Moon, Thursday, vanquishes self-doubt This mash-up also surfaces some mild addictions en route to eradicating them. So enjoy ‘em while you may.

Leo

With the Scorpio Full Moon, you pull back from a frenetic work, and fraught social, scene. As if in slow-motion, you take care of business, meditatively hitting all your marks, while others flail around you like speed demons. On the work front, starting late and leaving early goes blissfully undetected. This means you’ve time to heed higher creative and spiritual callings, ones where you embody a calm sense of knowing. Venus in Cancer opens diplomatic channels, easing interpersonal unrest, clearing ways for new alliances.

Virgo

Mercury joining Mars in opposition to Saturn sets the stage for pure potential. Physically, you more easily jumpstart fitness routines or raise the ante on existing ones. Stylistically, a fresh aesthetic beckons so to express your increased authenticity of spirit. Mentally, positive thoughts have a transformational effect on you and loved ones, who make fewer demands. Starting with Sunday’s Full Moon, you seize solo moments to alter routines, explore new areas of study, and carve out more autonomy. You star is clearly on the rise.

Libra

With the Full Moon, be mindful of actions and messages you put out there. Now is about public image; and expertise is your mantra. Infuse every move you make with authority. Specialize—become synonymous with something one can pinpoint in two words. Narrowing your focus concentrates energy, magnetizing others to you. Venus in Cancer, opposed the Moon, Thursday, insures you have the right stuff and that it’s wrapped in a pretty package. Eliminate all excess in diet and exercise. Overdoing can be an undoing.

Scorpio

Things are looking up with Sunday’s Full Scorpio Moon. So, you’re gonna feel pretty silly if you spend any time whining, especially over money. Mars opposed Saturn opens your eyes to the abundance right under your nose. If only you’d quit bemoaning projects in which you’ve invested sweat equity, you might see how huge the pay-offs will be. Don’t wait to whistle while you work lest cheerier types start eating your lunch. Take stock of past achievements; this will fuel new endeavors. Put a stop to if-then thinking.

Sagittarius

A nice, long cosmic pause button is pushed with the Full Moon, and you wax reflective. You really could pen a novel given the twisty turns in your saga to date. The upshot being: You wish to be more of service to others. Things dovetail as you examine personal plot lines and recurring themes to extract life lessons you could impart to those seeking guidance. You foster trust and solidarity, sharing experiences previously omitted from your story. Dicier details of your past, once detriments, now inspire and empower you.

Capricorn

The Scorpio Full Moon releases a swarm of butterflies. But it’s adrenalin not nerves you feel, a symptom of unconscious preparation to stage a big production, if not a coup. Let emotions be your guide. Stick to your guns in the face of 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 projects onto those in need than to operate on what for you are shoestrings. Saturn opposed Mars spells abundance from solo callings; but you know it don’t come easy.

Aquarius

The Scorpio Full Moon on Sunday sends you a strong message: Creative career inroads are made by putting innovative new spins on the tried and true. But how to distinguish slam dunks from delusions? Stellar ideas don’t entail a string of contingencies or a team of engineers to manifest them. The best ones may even be on your drawing board and just need dusting off or souping up. Saturn opposed Mercury keeps you from racing ahead. And Venus in Cancer, Thursday, smoothes daily operations and softens your approaches.

Pisces

Ooh, Grr, this Full Moon sees power shifting your way with a mate or steady date, so take full charge of the sitchy-ation. Your notions of a healthy relationship are a-changing; and though actual members of your brood may throw shade, this affects you less the more you embrace your adopted loved ones. You now parent in oh-so many ways that weren’t previously, well, apparent. Venus in Cancer bids you recognize recent successes and the rewards therein. She also soothes your nerves; so mind, body and soul can operate as one.

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Haute Astrology

by Starsky + Cox

week of April 26-May 2 2015

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

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

A talking mannequin of Jean-Paul Gaultier in one of his signature mens' skirts.

A talking mannequin of Jean-Paul Gaultier in one of his signature mens’ skirts.

Representing the feminine principle, planet Venus’ influence on the Taurus male manifests physically, as befits this corporeal earth sign. At her core a fertility goddess, Venus developed into a deity of grace, love and beauty. Taurus is a feminine sign, which is ironically symbolized by a virile Bull. Besides being itself an emblem of male fertility, the Bull represents latent power—the animal is incited to attack. Taurus men are more poised and graceful, if not reticent, rather than being forthright or obviously rough-and-tumble. They have an oblique, if not myopic, view of the world. Just as Taurus girls draw on the archetype of nature nymphs, Taurus man embodies the tempting spirit of such self-reflective flower gods as Hyacinth, Narcissus and Adonis, who even turned the tables on the passive, attractive Venus-Aphrodite, making her chase him down. Taurus man is the zodiac’s premier pretty boy. He is a soft-spoken slice of beefcake, often just a sliver, exuding elegance and debonair flair. He has been known to fetishize and refashion female trappings and attire; from pink sox to sultry peignoirs: Jamie Dornan, Robert Pattinson, David Beckham, Channing Tatum, Henry Cavill, Hunter Parrish, Jack Gleeson, Thomas Welling, Pierce Brosnan, Wes Anderson, Djimon Hounsou, George Clooney, Tony Goldwyn, Dennis Rodman, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Donavan, Peter Frampton, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Duke Ellington, Rudolph Valentino, Liberace, James Mason, Richard Avedon, James McAvoy and Bono.

Aries

You’re infinitely more organized and efficient than folks in your midst. Just because they work in linear fashion and you are now circling your successes doesn’t mean you’re not on point. Still you engender no good will by rubbing their noses in the fact. The Moon conjunct Jupiter, square Mars, brings clarity and the forgoing of a need to be right all the time. Maybe you’ve outgrown a partnership paradigm; and it could be time to move on to greener pastures where you can make your own mistakes. Personal liberation is at hand.

Taurus

Saturn’s square to Neptune hits home the fact: you haven’t daydreamed much lately. Once upon a time; you did nothing but. It’s actually how you conjured the realities you’re now living. So here we go again. Only, this time, your reveries focus on creative expression not the achievement of knowledge, power or conquest. Your new dreams are also a means to an end: You see how increased artistry in your life is a big leap toward a more spiritual existence. And even the blissfully unbeholden may stumble upon a soulmate.

Gemini

Don’t sweat it if your self-styled genius notions seem to rub public opinion the wrong way. As Mercury enters Gemini it’s key to remain true to your visions. If anything, expand upon them. Put notions further out there, beyond any small minds, and just watch them catch like wildfire. You may feel scattered but we promise you’re not. Creativity simply takes collagist form now. Trust instincts about people, places, and things and steer clear where your gut says so. A new project involving evolved figures gets the greenlight.

Cancer

It’s best not to deliberate. You can all too easily talk yourself out of the sorts of big breaks you kicked yourself for passing on in the past. With Saturn T-square a Moon-Neptune opposition, a redesign-for-living is within reach. The sole requirement is to put so-called pipe dreams first and money issues a distant seventy-eighth. Now begins a happy process of dissolution in your life, so you can better, well, process and make peace with waving good riddance to old rubbish, creating space for the increased abundance that’s in store.

Leo

Pluto trining the Sun this week signals things coming full circle. You may return to old stomping grounds, or revisit discarded projects or, even, people you fell out with. There is a suggestion that some bond you nipped in the bud is yearning for rekindling. And though you’ll convince yourself that reconciliation is a result of others having changed, the truth is you have. Admit it: You once iced out friends for fear they were souring on you. Now you can happily clean slate others, open to simple gifts of friendship on offer.

Virgo

You’re granted a sort of of x-ray vision, courtesy of Pluto trining the Sun. You see right through sycophants disguised as sincere; and you rally others to stand up for their rights on the job, in your community, or within their own loving bonds. Mercury in Gemini gives you a voice that is heard above a din of disinformation. It suffices that you use it to empower those close at hand; still a seed is planted that will grow into a wider platform for your wise, motivational words and ideals. Certain righteous retribution is now yours.

Libra

You are now a whiz at exposing subversion and reading subtext, especially when it comes to financial workings. With Saturn opposing Mercury, be meticulous in wording and interpreting communiqués. Get all deals in writing; and do some detective work, researching any new characters on the career front. An air of mystery suffuses your experience and inspiration may come from exotic sources. Dig deeper into alien realms of interest for creative direction. A secret admirer is likely to make romantic designs known.

Scorpio

With Pluto trine Mars and the Sun, it’s a good time to cultivate healthy detachment. Prioritize making new acquaintances over samey-same bonds, some of which have gotten too close for comfort. This will rankle co-dependents. However, truly significant others provide room to spread your wings. Those who don’t are up for elimination. Extend olive branches where your gut says to, if only for your own peace of mind and, even, if they get slapped down. Mercury in Gemini, Friday, puts major groove in your daily grind.

Sagittarius

Mercury entering Gemini synergizes master plans with the many steps it takes to realize larger goals. On the flipside, you can get lost in details. Prioritize to-dos on your list; and tackle them one project at a time, thoroughly. Do not multi-task. Stick to work schedules and wellness routines, but go at half speed and close shop early. Pluto trine Mars prescribes fewer group gatherings, rising and shining earlier, reading and (please start or resume) meditating. Jupiter square the Sun brings a challenging, lucrative opportunity.

Capricorn

Focus solely on what’s working. As Saturn opposes Mercury, you quit uphill battles and learn to play on winning teams. Jumping sinking ships isn’t easy, but over-sentimentality can be a professional pitfall—don’t fall into it. You brim with feeling; and those who try to curtail your expression don’t deserve your emotional investment. But will they ever miss it when it’s gone. Mercury in Gemini reveals those waiting in the wings to do right by your affection. Beware interactions that trigger self-destruction. Know what we mean?

Aquarius

Despite any appearances, there’s no such thing as a dead end now. Saturn T-squaring an opposition of the Moon and Neptune makes you a genius at compromise solutions, from Tuesday, and you have extra chutzpah to out-think and -maneuver others at the bargaining table. Now is about pinpointing your professional objectives, strengthening emotional resolve and sharpening navigational skills in negotiations. Mercury in Gemini breaks through creative blocks. You may look back on this week as a milestone in your success.

Pisces

Venus opposed Saturn, square Neptune, sends you in search of validation. This is an extinction burst of old behavior surfacing so you can eradicate it once and for all. Don’t lean unnecessarily on loved ones nor lay blame on them. You build emotional muscle by eschewing overly sophisticated milieu and embracing your childlike nature. Wholesome fun is a mood lifter. So, play jacks, fly a kite, throw water balloons, or do it under the bleachers. Be candid with your agenda—don’t let others infer you have ulterior motives.

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Haute Astrology

by Starsky + Cox

week of April 19-25 2015

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

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

Nobody Plays Innocent Like Taurus: Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt

Nobody Plays Innocent Like Taurus: Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt

The fixed-earth sign of Taurus is vividly portrayed by a garden, Eden. Taurus draws on archetypes of nymphs and flower gods, who personify innocence and invitation—Taurus is ruled by Venus, the planetary principle of attraction. The sign’s signature color is green, signifying both innocence and envy. Taurus girl is the eternal goddess in maiden form. We know what temptation Eve invited. Likewise, the tale of Snow White is a retelling of the myth of Io, a nymph punished by queen Hera for giving into her hubby Zeus’s seduction—Hera turned Io into a snow-white heifer. Silly cow. Hera is famed for taking the form of a crone who hands out poison apples just like Snow White’s wicked queen, who is vainly obsessed with youth and beauty. Venus’ symbol is called the mirror of Aphrodite; and the planet’s rule, here, on the earth plane of Taurus, makes physical beauty, and green-eyed envy, a preoccupation. Io and Hera are two sides of the same coin, the former representing the naiveté of the latter’s mature womanhood. Really, Hera tries to teach Io a lesson about female power, which Hera deifies. And many a Taurus woman will tell you that this is a central theme for them. Taurus tends to make an impact in her early life, being prized for latent talents and potential charms. Adult life can be an ongoing catch-up lesson in taking her own assets by the horns, something at which she typically overachieves. Indeed, her biggest challenge is in not being objectified, resisting the urge to let domineering figures steer her stars in exchange for creature Taurean comforts, ease and luxury. Passivity can be her pitfall, as can becoming somebody’s cash cow. Here, some earthy Taurus nymphets who peaked young and piqued interest with early promise of potential: Ellie Kemper, Megan Fox, Kristen Dunst, Sandra Dee, Kelly Clarkson, Sofia Coppola, Jessica Alba, Lily Allen, Lily Cole, Jessica Stam, Ann-Margret, Yvonne Craig, Uma Thurman, Janet Jackson, Adele, Barbra Streisand, Shirley Temple, Valerie Bertinelli, Harper Lee and Charlotte Bronte whose heroine Jane Eyre is namesake of Juno-Hera, Eire (Ireland) the emerald green isle where the goddess grew dem apples.

Aries

You clear mental space to hatch new, big ideas as you eliminate actual clutter from your midst. A minimal aesthetic is preferred now in packaging or proliferating concepts or products. Employ an economy of speech and with written elements. Design is a crucial component to your work, and the Muses smile on a spare sensibility. Still, simplicity is not so easily achieved. Pluto trine Mars challenges you to avoid distractions and busy work, facilitating moving would-be masterpieces to the front burner to get them cooking.

Taurus

You may take on the role of caretaker or decision-maker as domestic issues come to the fore. But the center cannot hold. (Co-) dependents must walk alone; you can’t save them from themselves. So don’t play 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 Venus, conjunct the Moon, letting go of Saturn’s hold: A maternal figure is now a source of great inspiration. Turn a lady’s famous words-to-live-by into a living mantra.

Gemini

As Jupiter squares Mars, Moon and Mercury, expect some confusion and soap operatic scenes at the top of the week. This is your cue to cultivate extra calm. Fortunately, you’ll mainly be an innocent-ish bystander to drama. And there’s an upside: True feelings are aired and you gain a clearer view of others’ true agendas. In love, a casual fling may get flung and morph into something more fully committed. Those in existing bonds seem to recapture some old magic. Say nothing in anger or at other moments of friction. What?

Cancer

You will feel flush as revenue streams that dried up a year or so ago start pumping back in. You should also feel in fuller possession of the skills it takes to turn tepid projects into hot prospects. Pluto trine Mars challenges you to take the high road (and get the upper hand) in any negotiations. You’ve earned your steely attitude by staring down fears of late. And you put your own sense of true authority and mastery to the test, standing firm in the face of those who try to make you feel “less than.” The acceptance you seek is within.

Leo

Facing life head on, you let stark realities sink in and fess up to ways in which you’ve been a bad influence on others. You strike desired balance in your bonds, between total abandon and clinging co-dependency. With the Sun in Taurus, you’re surrounded by admirers 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 often better left unsaid. Accepting of tough love, you become a better You.

Virgo

We see you pulling strings like a puppet master to further your own agenda and those of loyal associates. It’s great to have your sway; just don’t go too far out on a limb. Jupiter squaring Mars, Moon and Mercury can incite disinformation you find dicey to dissect. You only waste valuable time trying to pinpoint where conversations went south. You gain more ground by cutting losses and keeping communication wide open. You come to see that being disappointed is a choice—so don’t give others the power to let you down.

Libra

Safe bets are for wusses, while risk-taking is cosmically rewarded. Sure you may work as part of a team but with Venus letting go lightly of Saturn, you can take a breakout, leadership role. Pushing others to their limit wins respect and admiration. You like those. And with charismatic power over mates or dates, you now score points for not abusing it. If your heart isn’t in a romantic bond then don’t introduce other body parts. Achievement of your loftiest goals calls for unorthodox approaches and maybe, even, a sudden departure.

Scorpio

If you’re feigning interest or phoning in creative endeavors, you should bow out instead. With Mars trine Pluto: all fakery becomes obvious. If you’re truly into what you’re doing, your work will speak for itself. Posturing undermines your sincerity and obscures the fact you’re not only hard-working but, if not for you, certain projects would never get off the ground. You needn’t prove how talented you are. Place focus on believing it, yourself. Doing so should make you less hard on people. Try to be genuinely interested in others.

Sagittarius

As Jupiter squares the Moon, Mercury and Mars, you must impose a ban on idle chatter. Next, list all opportunities for growth that have derived from constructive criticism and so-called setbacks. Stop complaining about them. Now is also about cultivating a wisdom deeper than knowing the catalogue of best kitty videos. The cosmos may seem a bit rough on you but it’s because it expects a great deal of you. You’re blessed with a superpower of optimism. But it mustn’t be blind. Meticulously plan your work and then work that plan!

Capricorn

You’re cranking up the artistic machinery after a spate of left-brain activity. Any beans you’re wont to spill are of the magical variety. Meaning: exposure of personal or societal secrets meets with respect and reward—courtesy of Saturn letting loose of Venus. Signs also show that physical complaints are likely emotionally based, and symptoms disappear as you drop old baggage. Avoid projecting into the future, lest you miss next key steps in your personal evolution. It’s not a health kick your are on—it’s a new lifelong devotion.

Aquarius

Don’t censure or punish yourself for any slips in what has become a strict routine. All your efforts are cumulative. Let the proverbial pieces fall into place and resist editing your dreams or tailoring them to fit others’ visions. Compromise is counter-productive. When you feel as if you’re spread too thin, visualize a giant umbrella under which all the so-called disparate things you do work in concert. Jupiter squaring Mercury while trining Uranus prescribes networking on a large scale, while limiting draining, petty interactions.

Pisces

As Jupiter squares Moon, Mercury and Mars, the grooves in your brain now deepen to channel pent-up creative passion into searing action. Endeavors that have ef-all to do with status or moneymaking, and everything to do with expressing a belief system, expanding your mind, and/or nourishing your soul, must be prioritized. It’s a week of transformation, leading to a major paradigm shift. You find others view you as their true north. Let them; but keep a cool remove. People’s adoration can be addictive—consider yourself in rehab.

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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

Sextrology, the e-version, for your reading pleasure

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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Sextrology, the e-version:                                                             Never out of style

 

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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Haute Astrology

by Starsky + Cox

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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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