Haute Astrology

by Starsky + Cox

week of April 24-30 2016

Starsky + Cox's SEXTROLOGY  holiday...the cosmic gift that keeps on giving...

Starsky + Cox’s SEXTROLOGY..the cosmic gift that keeps on giving…

Tempting Tony Goldwyn

Tempting Tony Goldwyn

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 socks 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

We enjoy a positive spin as much as the next mystics; but, with Mercury joining Mars and Pluto in retrograde you do well to admit there is un-kosher inequality in your midst. So fight the powers of oppression. Yours are not opinions to be kept to yourself, but wise words for instigating swift and sweeping change. Be most skeptical of those who put the sick in sycophant. Such hiney-smoochers may be working you for connections. Shut it down. Ease into a state of meditative calm, keeping on trucking with artistic life pursuits.

Taurus

With Venus entering Taurus, efforts you put out there meet with great enthusiasm. Your scope expands in response to career or creative schmoozing. Karmically, too, you get an instant return on goodly deeds. What you focus upon magnetizes. So if you fixate on dearth, you may be undervalued; while, if you appreciate your own unique assets, your personal stock rises. See life as a lotus unfolding: fully expressive, expansive and not at all linear. Then emulate that pansy, holding your ground and opening up to full potential.

Gemini

You get encouraging news in advance of Mercury going retrograde, Thursday. And there’s no need to superstitiously dread the “other shoe” dropping. Life meets you half way in realizing your hopes and wishes. You negotiate a new design-for-living, wearing a number of hats. Venus conjunct Uranus suggests you can have it all. Resist number crunching—it only limits potential abundance. Eradicate if-then constructs. Mostly lead with the word: Imagine… Use your well of confidence to help those who grapple with it.

Cancer

With Mercury trine Pluto, you begin to accept the notion that you descend from a long line of deeply creative, self-starting intelligentsia. And you see that being out on a limb—artistically, commercially, and, yes, even spiritually—is now the safest place to be. Far from the maddening status quo, you nurture a niche that allows for unique expression and taps you into fresh revenue streams. Feel the link between your burningest desire and a burgeoning sense of destiny. Mercury retrograde, Thursday, will see that you fight fair.

Leo

As the Sun slips into trine position with Jupiter, you’re more at ease with life’s ephemera, acing any psychological tests put before you. Family may converge, ancient roles being played out (double entrendre intended); but try as they might, loved ones can’t push your buttons. Right? A solo vocation beckons, one that allows you to make an enduring mark. You’re prolific where you’d once procrastinated. Finances ease: you prize your autonomy over accumulation. Mercury’s retrograde, Thursday, fritzes communication on the home front.

Virgo

The Mars-Saturn mash-up inspires a comprehensive plan to speed your personal evolution as both a bold creative and a creature of love. You should feel blessed with the ability to carve out professional inroads and to experience a fine romance, free of static cling. You can blast your way out of career cul de sacs, as you challenge yourself to be with a significant other who shares your notion of commitment. A buddy may be giving you the boot; or is it the kick in the caboose you need to learn that friendship is a gift not a given?

Libra

As Mercury joins Mars and Pluto in retrograde, your brain gets a wee rest, so you might settle deeper into your body, lending teeth to efforts to stick to any wellness programs. Stop thinking about making external alterations and appreciate the journey of doing right by your inner life, health and happiness. If you’re debating kicking a questionable habit, we offer a resounding: Yass. Mercury trine Pluto amps powers of elimination. Eschewing excesses can be quite obvious, inspiring increased loving interest from onlookers at large.

Scorpio

As you plot next big moves, you must also recharge your batteries; or, at least, pace yourself, easing, not diving, into projects and obligations. Imagine so-called chores to be meditations or exercise. Instincts are sharp when it comes to new faces on the social scene. You’re tempted to fault people for mercenary maneuvers, but resist and rise above. Be thankful you’re more conscious in your bonds than the next character. Don’t accept a “selfish” label—you’re self-contained, and don’t tax others with your private-life drama.

Sagittarius

You’re of a mind to start something new, with the Sun trining Jupiter; but you must first retool existing plans, products and projects, doing what you already do, louder and prouder. There is an audience waiting for you out there. So forward march with increased objectivity about yourself. Don’t junk up your mind with what your actions mean or how you’re seen. Even if the thing you most want to do is something you feel you’re crappy at, stand and deliver the lousiest display you can muster. Venus in Taurus sexes things up.

Capricorn

You wax philosophical, with the Sun trining Jupiter, transforming any street smarts into a wise belief system to live by. Others seek your guidance. But realize you can be a go-to guru while still maintaining emotional detachment. You’re brimming with genius notions, but don’t waste the grace—record every light bulb popping off. You may not get to some of your big ideas for awhile yet, but trust: they’ll keep. The trick is not to be distracted from pursuing the most pressing ones. With Mars conjunct Saturn, you suffer no fools.

Aquarius

Mercury joining Mars and Pluto in retrograde challenges you to network your way to new intellectual, academic or artistic heights. Stay alert for synchronic sign-posts pointing to new inroads of opportunity. Personal freedom depends on maintaining a me-first attitude; don’t be emotionally blackmailed into anything that doesn’t sit right in your gut. False prophets have surplus opinions on what you should or shouldn’t do. So keep your own counsel and goals in mind, and don’t scoff at bread-and-butter gigs that get you there.

Pisces

With Venus entering Taurus, conjunct Uranus, healthiest detachment from people, places and things is prescribed. It will feel the opposite is true but: nothing is personal. You gain nada if you battle any affronts with brash retorts. Word business plans or directives artfully and carefully. It may seem like voices are speaking through you; and far be it for us to deny any spiritual assists. You’ve got the grit to curb consumption and to embrace a certain asceticism your soul may desire. If revenge tempts you, it’s your cue to love more.

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Haute Astrology

 

by Starsky + Cox

Starsky + Cox's SEXTROLOGY holiday...the cosmic gift that keeps on giving...

Starsky + Cox’s SEXTROLOGY holiday…the cosmic gift that keeps on giving…

It’s a big week astrologically with a Grand Trine of Mercury, Jupiter and Pluto; Mars and Saturn T-squaring an opposition of Jupiter and Neptune, Venus conjunct Uranus squaring Pluto, Mars and Pluto both going retrograde, the Sun entering Taurus, Tuesday, a Full Scorpio Moon, Thursday, and more…

week of April 17-23 2016

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 in 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

Venus and Uranus square Pluto empowers you to put group aims ahead of your own. Ironically, you win increased praise for solo pursuits in so doing. You make pulling off massive projects look easy—we know it’s a strain—while your solidarity with others has never been more, well, solid. People are less likely to pin a label on you or put you in a box. If anything, you’re urged to articulate a singular belief system for others to emulate. It will likely entail no entangling alliances, total empathy and rigorous pipe dreaming.

Taurus

You now find inspiration in the gifted beings in your world. With Mars and Saturn T-square Neptune and Jupiter don’t avoid taking whole pages from their books. You’re in no danger of imitation. You know what it is you do best and others tune into your unique voice. In art or commerce, as the twain now meets, don’t edit yourself! Take space and time to express what most needs it. You can make yourself scarce but don’t isolate. Solitude shouldn’t be an escape, just as pursuing your dreams needn’t spell total oblivion.

Gemini

With the Grand Trine of Mercury, Jupiter and Pluto, you may feel spread thin, yet very much a part of the cosmic fabric. To be one with the All is a constant craving, yet it requires a certain death of ego trappings. Harken to spiritual callings, whether or not you fully heed them. Sticky emotional vestiges of the past are now being eradicated, inspiring fresh avenues of thought and feeling. Ditch worn out routines along with all-too familiar faces playing the same old mind games. Opt for new toys and tricks, puns quite intended.

Cancer

Your mental powers peak to near psychic levels as Thursday’s Full Moon approaches. Nobody escapes being slid under your microscope. Given to micromanaging as a means of rooting out impediments in all dealings, you define dysfunction as anything not done your way. Discern the fine line between being helpful and hunty. In love, errant mates won’t make the cut—even disloyal buck fuddies are ripe for the discard pile. You are quietly staging an artistic, aesthetic or ideological coup! But you are in no way revolting.

Leo

The Grand Trine of Mercury, Jupiter and Pluto opens new dialogues and launches fresh initiatives. This also eases articulation of more radical ideas. It is a time of clarity for the creative Leo for whom any vestiges of self-doubt and -delusion fall away. Be cautiously optimistic and utterly patient so to sandbag any floods of discouragement. Enthusiasm is growing and you ache for celebration. But don’t waste fuel on trips to party city. Keep it in the bank to fund emotional breakthroughs. Love should find you willing not wanting.

Virgo

Money concerns come to the fore, with Mars and Pluto retrograding. You’re fairly flush, as it is, while achieving further financial milestones can leave you cold. It’s time to affirm what you truly value and where you place worth beyond any numbers on paper. Perhaps liberty, not liquidity, is your new definition of luxury. If so, initiate plans to venture forth in the near future. Book travel, blaze trails of learning, maybe combining outward and inner journeying. The Grand Trine says nothing can stop you but old fashioned laziness.

Libra

There’s no masking your giving nature and altruism as Venus and Uranus trine Saturn. Others learn of your good deeds; even those you do on the down low. Keeping your white witchery under wraps does amp its power to affect positive changes. So you’re wont to continue keeping charity covert. Still, channels are opening to you, both in the material world, where others rally around your causes, and in that other realm where truer treasures lie. If ever you were to bank on guidance by unseen forces, it would be now.

Scorpio

As Venus and Uranus trine Pluto, you don’t want a revolution, but expect a revelation. Take no half measures in the hatching of innovative ideas and projects that promote fundamental change. Heads need not roll, but a changing of the guard is called for. In other news, your financial instincts are super keen. With the Full Scorpio Moon, Thursday, you’ll spidey-sense a shift in tone and responsibility in relationships, as well. You may be tempted to restrict romantic urges as they deepen, but resistance is so futile.

Sagittarius

It’s decision time, as Mars and Saturn T-square Jupiter and Neptune. Try to determine a more distinct direction than the one you’re currently taking on the career front. You can’t create tipping points— Lady Luck is the residue of design. We hope that’s good news. The fact is: you needn’t be so dutiful or genuflecting toward those (you think) have all the power. The validation you seek is inside. Pluto and Mars retrograde prescribe owning feelings and mining for buried emotional treasure. If you seek to know thyself, dig in.

Capricorn

As Pluto and Mars retrograde, quit whistling in the graveyard and factor inevitables into your hopes, plans and actions. Your fortune now increases, if you accept it with utter humility. Define unique selling points—keys to long-term success. There is no boon in being multi-faceted, at this point; it breeds half-baked products, services and ideas. Focus on the one thing and work it for all its worth. As you narrow your niche, you simplify the equation, which adds up to more time and coin. Shower affection on those who need it.

Aquarius

Venus conjunct Uranus square Pluto bids you unhitch your wagon from anyone else’s star and tell hangers-on to yours where to get off. Pinpoint just how being part of a collective, corporation, or cult scene limits you. You not only possess the verve to extricate yourself from hives that provide no honey, you also come to see yourself as a queen bee. Dream a singular dream even in the midst of team working. Deep healing happens when you forgo fleeting pleasures for lasting Joy. That said, you could use a break and some soul asylum.

Pisces

With a Grand Trine of Mercury, Jupiter and Pluto, retrograding, life takes on a domino effect of if-then contingencies. Sticking to your guns isn’t always productive. Perhaps you can own your great expectations, but still let the universe unfold of its own accord, not to your specifications, or on your schedule. You may feel at the whim of random caveats; then suddenly, synchronic run-ins reaffirm your faith in divine order. Don’t focus on what isn’t happening, nurture what is. Be a still source of inspiration by quiet example.

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Haute Astrology

by Starsky + Cox

Starsky + Cox's SEXTROLOGY holiday...the cosmic gift that keeps on giving...

Starsky + Cox’s SEXTROLOGY …the cosmic gift that keeps on giving…

week of April 10-16 2016

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 is 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, Russ Meyer, 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 (directly on the cusp with Taurus) Adolf Hitler.

Aries

Though you’ve kept a low profile lately; you resume exposing yourself to new thoughts and situations, as Venus trines Mars. Before three more planets retrograde, you snap out of self-imposed ruts, taking risks and coloring outside prescribed lines. You’re better off asking for forgiveness than permission. Pinpoint leaky holes in long-range plans and start plugging away to insure their success. You’re given evidence of your eternal desirability, now. Still, love is had on your terms—you will play nobody one else’s romantic agenda.

Taurus

Mars square Jupiter pinpoints sources of excess, so you can take steps toward eradicating them. It’s ignoring such issues that will fray your nerves. You’re not exactly full steam ahead, but you are putting an end to if-then thinking, realizing: If you want to avoid regret, then leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of your dreams. Set new intentions to allow a life-long goal to take deeper root. Know where you’re going, but don’t be in too big a rush to get there. Just plan to live longer. Venus trine Mars mixes love and lust.

Gemini

It’s cards-on-the-table time as the Sun and Uranus trine Saturn. Full disclosure of desired plans attracts those who’ll champion them. A window is opened, through which others may enter into your wildest schemes. Your sense of empathy—it’s in there somewhere—is amped, fostering affection from those who thought you too imperious or impervious to approach. So lay down arms, providing access to what has been a guarded true you. Your genuine self doesn’t front or pose but freely inhabits authenti-city. See what we did there?

Cancer

With Saturn retrograde corrections abound, removing obstacles to create new avenues of abundance. Before three more planets follow suit, tie up loose ends, paying outstanding debts and delivering on promises. You can be a bit of a loose cannon. And while flying in the face of convention is to be lauded; it must serve a purpose, people and progress, not just buck systems that irk you. You’re a bit itchy, shall we say. But breathe through any grousing or impatience, neither of which serve your quest for sustainable well-being.

Leo

Recent struggles reveal themselves to be inspiration for personal expression. You’re cosmically assisted, now, with Mars trine Venus, in processing ill feelings to be released. This leaves you open to court new influences, ideologies and individuals. Creative juices resume flowing. So start chucking ideas onto paper or other platforms where you can work out any kinks or artistic delusions, focusing on progress not perfection. Your brain is being wrapped around career changes into which your gut is already intuitively tuning.

Virgo

Intrigue abounds with the Sun and Uranus square Pluto. Mystery, a certain mystique, even some misty mysticism are in the air. You may perceive a convergence of unseen energies and situations. Acceptance is key to floating over the waves others are making. Check your ego in brainstorming sessions, seeing how the best ideas happen through you. This endows works of creation with a life force all their own. You have the power to raise the vibration in relationships while remaining lovingly detached. Call it interindependence.

Libra

Saturn’s retrograde takes you to school—some, literally shipping off to an institute of learning, most, embarking on an individual course of study. All receive rude awakenings. Your brain is being rewired to process new information, removing blocks to discern wisdom above the din. Don’t pretend you have all the answers, instead seek some. Take care of how your moves to further personal cred impact others, letting loved ones be their singular selves. You can’t relive the past; if you try, you might feel like a friendly ghost.

Scorpio

You’re hankering for fleeting pleasures as Mars trines Venus. But, as you well know, indulging can leave you feeling emptier than before. A mini crash and burn may be inevitable; and be what’s needed to launch you from the ashes to ever greater heights. Certain sacrifice also gives rise to big payoffs that help you achieve increased autonomy. Begin by prioritizing activities that provide you lasting joy, not a passing fancy. And be willing to invest sweat equity in projects that require self-starting. Avoid any short cuts.

Sagittarius

With Jupiter squaring Mars and Saturn in retrograde, it’s time to call in all chits and favors and to get all pending deals in writing. It might seem like your luck is running out, when, in fact, you are urged to participate in its design. A quiet diligence in meeting obligations, without complaint, assures you’ll optimize them. Meanwhile, don’t ignore or repress grief or sadness. Honor it lest it drag you into depression. There’s a thin line between the fabulous and the nebulous. So be sure your dreams are grounded in reality.

Capricorn

As Saturn continues its retrograde, it’s hard to commit to people and situations without compulsion, or to be of service without becoming indentured. And it’s not so easy to laugh off flaws or snafus that can trigger self-loathing. So make extra effort to connect with your underlying confidence. Take note where private affairs seep into professional ones and keep boundaries strong. Suffering fools or fair-weather friends is unspiritual. Hunker down now, first finishing lingering projects, then making inroads into new ones.

Aquarius

You always march to your own drum, but with Sun and Uranus trine Saturn in retrograde, it’s especially true. To use a fave turn of phrase: where others Sousa, you salsa. Being “out of step” is tantamount to finding your own rhythm. Explore your whims and unfurl all freak flags. And don’t sweat being scapegoated. You shall be victorious in any psychic battle. That said, you needn’t defend yourself against, nor dignify, slings and arrows of detractors. Consider the term integrity. It’s all about keeping the proverbial It together.

Pisces

A hectic schedule draws attention outward while inner conflicts scream for resolve and resolution. Deep-seated issues and desires surface as Mercury connects with Neptune. Be extra temperate in your habits, adding no fuel to your fired-up psyche. Voice feelings and heed instincts. This releases trapped emotion, which can manifest as physical tension. As Mars squares Neptune, try to view any angst as a storehouse of adrenalin to put into action. Friends who fell (or you ditched?) by the wayside return with a happy vengeance.

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Haute Astrology

by Starsky + Cox

authors of SEXTROLOGY

week of April 3-9 2016

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 Steinem, Maya Angelou, Brooke Astor, Doris Day, Betty Ford and Sandra Day O’Connor.

Aries

You’re urged to expel or express past vestiges, memories, repressions, as Mars conjuncts Saturn. But mind the rollercoaster—emotional highs and lows are to be equally sustained. Just observe and take stock of your inner complexities. All answers and solace are within. Seismic shifts in your psyche happen for the best. Just breathe and visualize an invisaline between your desires and your destiny. Success seeks you as you do it. Thursday’s New Moon removes doubts blocking its clear view of you. Work on upping your team playing.

Taurus

Nigh on Thursday’s New Moon, you are better able to extract nuggets of wisdom from every situation, even those you’ve labeled untenable. Jupiter opposing Neptune expands your mind via exaggerated experiences. So when the weirdly absurd occurs, embrace it so to extract life lessons. Your career scope is waxing global. Put busy work aside and concentrate, solely, on your eponymous creative content. Indeed, you are a brand; and its proliferation requires exiting any self-created cul de sacs in which you’re getting waylaid.

Gemini

You need reminding now that: nothing is personal, as Mercury and Uranus conjoin. Not ultra easy for a sensitive creature like yourself. Thursday’s New Moon illumines how the ways in which you flatter, or ingratiate yourself to, people might be read as disingenuous. So soul-search what it is you truly want from others. Acceptance? Accolades? Be brutally honest with yourself on this score. It’s how you rise from any sycophantic depths into a rarified atmosphere of self-love and -esteem. You can be a sincere champion of others.

Cancer

Change is the only constant with Uranus conjunct Mercury. Creative plans call for some revisioning. Double back to pinpoint unique, innovative aspects in your work, while steering clear of the status quo. In advance of the New Moon on Thursday, roll up your sleeves, dig in, and take the lead with a limping project or demoralized team. Doing so positions you to diagnose and root out dysfunction where it lives. Step up to take any top-dog organizational roles on offer. The keenest leadership requires delegating liberally.

Leo

Leading to Thursday’s New Moon, you may laugh through tears as you bid farewells and embark on fresh starts. You’re eager to embrace new plans and paradigms, not to mention rework your mojo and acquire new personal effects. The Sun conjunct Uranus now sees you transition from a period of preparation to one of masterful actualization. Own your accomplishments, and be in possession of all life-lessons learned. You have a signature brand of witty wisdom to impart, so fully embrace your role as wise wo/man of the tribe.

Virgo

In the face of looming deadlines, with Mercury conjunct Uranus, keep telling yourself to expand. Don’t question the ease with which you hit your marks, but don’t waste any grace, either—keep nose to the grindstone. Thursday’s New Moon channels happy thoughts and big ideas into being. Still, perspiration is a key ingredient. Short cuts only cut you. Avoid escape fantasies that involve sordid social scenes. Treating your body like a temple has obvious physical benefit—knowing you’re doing so calms a fettered mind.

Libra

Nigh on Thursday’s New Moon, take stock of overreactions in recent interactions. A blend of scorn and regret may surface, but don’t wallow. Simply adopt a more conscious, compassionate approach to interpersonal bonds moving forward. Mars conjunct Saturn provides requisite distance between your feelings and actions. Shed any false superiority in demeanor (masked insecurity) and find joy in humility and paying respect to others. But don’t over do it: It’s a thin line between expressing appreciation and kissing ass.

Scorpio

Stick to your guns in negotiating deals or partnerships as Mercury conjuncts Uranus. Yes, you rock the art of diplomacy; but a zeal for closure may see you concede too much. Don’t be too quick to peg new faces on the scene as sharks or rivals—they may be allies-in-the-making. Bring dream pursuits are put into balance with your daily grind. Do a little each day toward them—it adds up. Thursday’s New Moon makes creative callings priority-one and speeds their lucrativity. You can be all biz now, working a fierce efficiency expertise.

Sagittarius

Achievement is a source of healing, with Saturn conjunct Mars. You smoothly meet obligations, as if life were one big well-choreographed dance. You stretch into uncharted career territory by embracing progressive modes and ideas. With Thursdays New Moon: Optimism, in all forms, is fueled by making amends and securing loose ends. Keep a positive outlook, being abundance-conscious. You exceed expectations by not selling yourself short, and facing certain facts: You’ve outgrown some people, places and flings.

Capricorn

With Mercury conjunct Uranus, family relations become too close for comfort, causing a more than mild panic. You crave detachment from clinging close squeezes, too, finding comfort in vague acquaintances. Where closing ranks once protected you: leading to the New Moon, on Thursday, it now makes your world precariously small. As a fear of strangers dissolves into a healthy horror of nearest and dearest, you loosen ties that bind. Where this incites a riot, there are surely strings attached. But you’re nobody’s puppet.

Aquarius

Leading to Thursday’s New Moon, you’re stripped of false prophets, hokey heroes and any metaphoric crutches. The trick is to soberly tackle big issues on your plate, on your own, building emotional muscle in the process. Saturn conjunct Mars provides expertise and pure brawn in this new leg of your personal evolution slash vivid transformation. Change is hard on bonds with which you fear to tamper. What’s revealed is: some close intimates may be married to what you represent to them rather than who you truly are.

Pisces

Venus unaspected in Aries urges you to quit forcing plans or projects into works. Others may view this as giving up, while it’s really a surrender to living life on life’s terms. You can no longer twist your brain around situations you don’t feel. Thursday’s New Moon is a call to financial action. Making bank is its own reward. So get ducks in a row, pay down debts and cut any losses. Life is less fraught when you put first things first. If you’ve no time for breakfast, a spring stroll or to read a book, you’re doing it all wrong.

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Haute Astrology

by Starsky + Cox

Week of March 27-April 2 2016

The premier sign of Aries and it’s 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 Marceau, 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

With Mars square Venus and Neptune, you best temper celebratory overindulgence on one hand, minding a tendency for self-deprivation on the other. There’s no point beating yourself up for not meeting so-called expectations. Setting bars too high only sucks the should-be fun out of activities. Base your identity on life pursuits other than professional advancement. Avoid competition, even the friendly sort. Yours is an unbeaten path, so don’t be pigeon holed. Self-started operations succeed best, though a task rabbit wouldn’t hurt.

Taurus

As Venus transits healing Chiron, you may self-impose austerity measures.; yet there is certain freedom and personal challenge in tightening your Hermes belt; so long as do so for fierceness not from fear. You wear a Spartan chic well, feeling like a spiritual warrior on a quest to conquer the next artist windmill. You call the shots; so lawyers, agents, managers et al may be gratuitous. There should be humor in a new artistic or intellectual aim, so look the funny and record your findings. Coffers will refill quicker than expected.

Gemini

With Saturn retrograde, you might realize that you invested in a design for living that served as an antidote to past ills and issues. But in a bid for so-called stability, life may’ve become small and stifled a need for expression. Jupiter opposing Venus and Neptune now awaken doable dreams and a penchant for exploration. So get ready to venture beyond your garden gate. Co-dependents may squawk, while true loved ones support your new forays as a smaller fish in a bigger pond. Still, there’s no rush—try to savor the process.

Cancer

You can strike a balance between the trad and the rad, as Mercury transits Uranus. Playing by the rules can further your most innovative goals or ideals. You now clearly visualize and communicate your views in group settings. Take the reins in making any pitches; and share your personal saga with others. You show finesse, now, too, fielding any inquiry. Where you once felt stymied in articulation, words now flow, trippingly. You exude an genuine charm with nary a disingenuous note. It’s better to improvise, now, than rehearse.

Leo

As the Sun slinks toward Uranus, you now stretch beyond comfort zones and usual cultural or social limits, only to then dive deeper into serene you-time. What you can no longer abide are pat, homogenous human contacts or vague amusements. It’s a high time to unplug, curb social networking, and bring back good old-fashioned modes and manners. This is a time for healing, which includes a rediscovery of long-lost pastimes and creative interests. Nature and meditation open channels to deep, inner messaging.

Virgo

Venus conjunct Neptune deepens your and aesthetic sense and sensuality. Virgo artistes wax serious, inspired to new heights; while all Virgins find beauty in exposing hidden, even harsh truths, revealing the beatific in what may have beat you down. Don’t be fooled by appearances or dazzled by packaging— probe situations, so-called opportunities and people, for the truth. Your power of appreciation is ignited. Take stock of all you possess, materially and non-, and give thanks for this bounty. Your stock rises is oh-so on the rise.

Libra

You embark on a transformational trip, as Mars squares Venus and Neptune. Expect a sudden change in the intimate company you keep, as you make bold, new acquaintanceships. The daily grind gets groovier; and you experience ah-ha epiphanies you can straightaway put into practice. Creative, healthful rituals take precedence over pleasure seeking. You get a glimpse of living in a manner aligned with inner peace, not outside wants. Ceasing to seek their acceptance, you learn what’s acceptable from others.

Scorpio

Entree is provided to enclaves formerly denied you. Irony of irony: the appeal has waned since you last pressed your nose against said windows. But don’t cut off your schnozola to spite your face: Mercury transiting Uranus prescribes sashaying through open doors with an attitude of gratitude. Make no mention of any ancient ill feelings. This would only be fodder for detractors. Focus on showcasing skills that uniquely distinguish you. Some may claim you don’t play by the rules. Damned straight: you fairly rewrite them.

Sagittarius

With Jupiter opposed Venus and Neptune you’re urged to match your behavior with your beliefs. Own your true feelings and proceed accordingly. Take up more emotional space. Sadges can’t pull of a small-and-meek routine. Anyone who pushes back is meant to be challenged. And let them see you sweat. There’s no good pretending that success comes easy. Persistence and perspiration don’t undermine your talent—they provide scaffolding for it. You have blamed failures on not really trying. Now any result is for no lack of it.

Capricorn

With Saturn retrograde, you can put a new modus operandi into effect. Preservation is ever your watchword, particularly when it comes to time and energy. Slice and dice your day into units, allotting specific hours to focus on select activities, working solely on this or that at scheduled times. Then stop. Forgo fatuous endeavors, but avoid putting on superior airs. If you pooh-pooh projects in which you’re not participating, one might suspect you’ve a taste for sour grapes. The bigger you dream, now, the less you’ll escape.

Aquarius

Venus transiting Chiron optimizes opportunities for healing, some of which come out of the blue or are too easily ignored. Accept olive branches on offer, and fully mourn losses. Cheerleaders and champions will flock to your side, those for whom success and being of great service aren’t mutually exclusive—aka your kind of people. Cultivate bonds with other sexy saints and avoid stodgy sinners at all costs. And as you watch their heads getting tinier and tinier in your rearview, you can make a fresh start in a familiar place.

Pisces

Mars square Venus and Neptune poses a series of tests, all of which you should easily ace. First, you’re ready to recess, receive and reap some reward. If you’re overindulging in negative thoughts or deeds, ’twill be symptomatic of not facing facts, especially in love bonds. You can’t manufacture feelings for situations and people whose appeal has waned. The notion that you owe it to others to pretend is, paradoxically, patronizing. It’s the same with your domestic set up: If your home base doesn’t doesn’t give you a glow, then leave.

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Haute Astrology

by STARSKY + COX
week of March 20-26 2016

authors of SEXTROLOGY

Tonight, March 20th, join Starsky + Cox for the first The Zodiac Club, a new series at Sid Gold's, NYC

Tonight, March 20th, join Starsky + Cox for the first Zodiac Club, a brand new live series at Sid Gold’s, NYC, 8 pm

Here We Go Again! It’s the Start of a New Astrological Year. It’s Vernal Equinox and the Sun is at 0° Aries, the first sign of the Zodiac. Ruled by planet Mars, named for the god of war and representing the masculine principle in the cosmos, 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, they are objectifying of them, if anything. 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 put your finger on squelched callings silently screaming for recognition, in the lead up to the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, on Wednesday. As you heed your inner voices, don’t be surprised by a sense of a loving presence. Spiritual assistance, you see, is in the stars, helping you kick habits like swallowing anger or internalizing past affronts against you. You do so long for greatness, but this may have kept you venturing things for fear of failure. Now, you enter a fresh phase of welcoming all of life’s gnarly learning curves.

Taurus

Crafty manipulators may try to turn the tables, or twist truths, on you. And despite the mountains you can move, or in part due to them, petty minds may point out the one stone you left unturned. Don’t take it in. Wednesday’s Full Moon Lunar Eclipse reveals: You not only possess surpassing skill, vision and clarity, but also the ability to transcend any obstacles that green-eyed monsters drop in your path. See your detractors as lab rats in your experimentation with a newly improved sense of self. But, yeah, they’re still rats.

Gemini

There’s no game if you don’t play. Leading to Wednesday’s Full Moon Lunar Eclipse you enter a mental space free of shady shenanigans. You’ll avoid being dragged into family contests or so-called friendly competitions, taking solo time, determined to be your own authority in all settings. You throw more weight around, preferring to seek forgiveness than permission. Emotions are mastered as you funnel outsized feelings into pet projects. Living well isn’t the best revenge. Being well is. And it’s time to discerned the difference.

Cancer

Life is simpler than you’re making it. As Wednesday’s Full Moon Lunar Eclipse approaches, you find that planning life down to the last detail distracts from living it. So put to-do lists aside and munch on experience, if not chew the scenery a bit. Now is no time to be meek or make weak choices; instead, paint with bold strokes. And yuk it up some, finding the funny in all things. You’ve license to vividly express your creativity, so color outside the lines and don’t edit yourself. Saturn retrograde inspires high thoughts.

Leo

Leading to Wednesday’s Full Moon Lunar Eclipses things get cooking with gas: Career accelerates, finances flourish, home improvements hasten, and love bonds strengthen, just as you find more freedom. To boot, your creative spirit resuscitates after a dry spell of dormancy. Yes, all this in one week! And if you’re wondering what that weird sensation is, it could be joy. To cultivate it, rise above desires that end up causing you suffering. Ephemeral pleasures and fleeting attention only ever make you feel empty in their wake.

Virgo

You may feel pummeled by metaphoric dodge balls of drab details and minutiae aimed at knocking you off your cloud. All the more reason to sit tighter in your imagination and to distinguish the doable from the delusionary. With Wednesday’s Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, you more readily embrace so-called banalities as ballast to stabilize a scattered mind. Chop wood, carry water, upload cds, floss teeth. It’s so easy to enjoy life when it’s all unicorns and rainbows. The trick is to super-love it in spite of its chores, snags and caveats.

Libra

Any ruts you’ve fallen into are now paved with the promise of new routines that can take on the quality of powerful rituals. As Wednesday’s Full Moon Lunar Eclipse draws nigh, dependence on collectives and cult mentality unravels. And you’ll soon find yourself at the hub of professional and social activity. Cutting-and-pasting wisdom from a variety of sources, you can formulate a singular belief system. Freed from others’ demands, you find more compassion in detachment. You shall feel calmly centered in seeming chaos.

Scorpio

It’s time to reflect upon and mine the past for wisdom that will illuminate a new path forward. In advance of Wednesday’s Full Moon Lunar Eclipse examine present circumstances, and your behavior therein, to make sure you’re embracing, not repeating, lessons learned. Isolate and discard baggage to speed your trip toward creative reward and certain enlightenment. Bid adieu to needy hangers-on and eschew guilt-trippers who drawl: you’ve changed. Damn straight: You’re the new champion for those less fortunate.

Sagittarius

You needn’t fear the reaper; but, with Saturn retrograde, by Friday you see results of any seeds you’ve lately sown. Being generous, you find abundance; in being kind, affection finds you. If you send ill will, you will be iced out. A pause button is pressed on career goals that’ve spun off their axis. With Wednesday’s Full Moon Lunar Eclipse focus on shoring up your base and take stock of loyal allies. Consider how to make someone’s day. Being more give than take is almost selfish in that it spells increased abundance for you.

Capricorn

Some wheaty truths are being separated from sketchy chaffs. Nigh on Wednesday’s Full Moon Lunar Eclipse you’re urged to accept self-deluding ways. You dread being labeled a dilettante, but, at its root, the word means one who takes delight, begging the question: do you enjoy what you do? If not, then ditch such undertakings and alight on the new and engaging. The only one stopping you is you. You say you believe in self-realization. So walk the walk down that road less traveled. Saturn retrograde, Friday, inspires discipline.

Aquarius

Hidden agendas or slices of a secret life see the light of day with Saturn retrograding, by Friday. So embrace what you may be repressing. Dazzling gems of understanding lie in the dark coal of your psyche, and behind every furtive thought is an opportunity for vivid creative or intellectual expression—the more subversive or subterranean the better. It’s okay to fall down a rabbit hole, now, so long as you emerge with personal insights that have universal resonance. Wednesday’s Full Moon Lunar Eclipse lets the healing begin.

Pisces

The Moon waxing Full to Lunar Eclipse, on Wednesday, lends a synchronic, mystical quality to experience. Seems you barely utter a desire before it’s made manifest. You also bump into people you need to see as if by chance. All truth shakes out as you step back from knotty family drama. You are a creative genie, now—not a machine—rolling out a series of finished products. Others are in awe of your so-called luck in biz. It’s actually the residue of a well-oiled design. Saturn retrograde, Friday, brings a blast from the past.

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Haute Astrology

by STARSKY + COX
week of March 13-19

Starsky + Cox's SEXTROLOGY holiday...the cosmic gift that keeps on giving...

Starsky + Cox’s SEXTROLOGY…the cosmic gift that keeps on giving…

The extra day of leap year has tipped us into a fifth week of Pisces, horoscope-wise. So we thought we’d take the opportunity to bring to light something which we consider a phenomenon regarding people of color—hang on, is “people of color” an effective and respectful phrase? We are assuming so for our purposes. But isn’t white a color? So it’s not entirely accurate. However, to make our point…—born under the sign of the Fish. It’s a subject we touched upon in Sextrology; and though there is no “reason” we can cite that would make this theory true, the empirical evidence suggests that, over the last century especially, more African American Pisces men have “broken through” the color barrier, even at times in our history when doing so would seem impossible. Perhaps it has something to do with Pisces’ power of Belief; or it’s due to the Neptunian cosmic energy of dissolution, liquefying said barriers, as befits this mutable-water sign; or it’s chalked up to the archetypal energy of men of the sign who embody a compassionate, pacifistic Christ-like nature and a super-natural nobility of spirit. (It would be all of the above) And, while there is no real way to know; we shall simply let the following list of Pisces men illustrate the point: Frederick Douglass, Garret Morgan, William H. Johnson, Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Nat King Cole, Ralph Elison, Fats Domino, Smokey Robinson, Quincy Jones, Charley Pride, Al Jarreau, Wilson Pickett, Marion Barry, Emmanuel Lewis, Spike Lee, Charles Barkley, Terence Trent D’Arby, D.L. Hughley, Seal, Shaquille O’Neal, Stedman Graham, Terrence Howard, Lester Holt, Common, John Boyega.

Aries

Relationship woes ease as you address personal, professional and artistic delusions. The Sun trining Mars puts your talents to the test, providing opportunities to show others what you’ve got to offer. A lot! You may need reminding that you can make a living off your gifts and be the most productive babe, with the most functional bonds, on the astrological block. Super achievement takes sweat, so don’t waste it on the small stuff. Quit pointing out others’ faults and get a handle on your own. Your only job, ever, is to be yourself.

Taurus

You get a cosmic booster shot now as Jupiter opposes the Sun, Mercury, Neptune and Chiron. The key is balancing others’ needs with your own. Pioneering efforts are amped, as you continue to carve out a clear identity within a chosen field. Mercury square Saturn lends the desired effect of slowing down time, helping you maintain a spiritual center and avoid racing ahead or buckling under invented pressures. All you have calmly nurtured begins cooking with gas. By Friday, solitary confinement will be a reward not a penalty.

Gemini

You may be at a crossroads, torn between sticking with an existing paradigm or plotting a new course that calls for dramatic changes. Family ties bind, yes, but the larger issue is anxiety over losing big-fish-small-pond status you’ve carefully cultivated. Mercury and Neptune squaring Saturn suggest you stand on the shoulders of heroes to further singular aims, risking a wider arena. The bubble in which you’ve kept yourself is bursting. Those aren’t nerves you feel but adrenalin. Let it fuel you. Don’t try to annihilate or anesthetize it.

Cancer

A spiritual rebirth of sorts is in the stars as Venus T-squares an opposition of Mars and the Moon. Still, psychological transformation won’t come easy as old habits die hard. Expect extinction bursts—old, bad habits resurfacing by way of elimination—and try to enjoy them while they last. In their wake you’ll feel a renewed sense of purity and innocence. Jump cut to a spate of synchronicities that will characterize your week’s end. Flow with them, imposing no will or desire other than to let life unfold its luminous magic.

Leo

As the Sun opposes Jupiter, in a trine with Mars, you can either be dragged under by a sea of unrequited feelings or coolly glide over it–the choice is yours. Making emotional space to deal with murky feelings is well within your power; as is nipping nonessential activates or spurious bonds in the bud. Or you can dance as fast as you can, until feelings topple you; but please don’t. Allow said emotions to deepen your artistic voice, sharpen convictions and build psychic muscle. Let’s aim for a breakthrough not a breakdown.

Virgo

When waiting on deliverables from chronic overpromisors, patience is in no way a virtue. So don’t stand on ceremony—demand what’s due you. If the errant population won’t pony up, you’re free to shut down said associations. But do realize: it’s a two-way street; and you can’t hide, either, from those to whom you made pledges, be they loving or liquid cash. If you peer through a lens of lack you’ll see dearth; while, as Mercury and Neptune square Saturn: witnessing the many ways life is abundant increases its plenty, multifold.

Libra

Now is about re(-)creation, in all senses of the word. Start by refreshing mind and spirit with simple tasks and pleasures—don’t endow them with selfish or sycophantic plots. You heard us: It’s great to aspire to lofty goals and ideals from a gentle place of true yearning, but not from a need of glaring attention. Mercury and Neptune opposing Jupiter blends creativity with facility in such ventures as launching a promotion or product, staging a show or coup, or checking (back) into rehab. It’s reinvention or intervention.

Scorpio

Venus T-square opposing Mars and Moon provides the right cosmic climate for grinding seeds of ideas into practicable works. Approach efforts from a gut level, grounding plans that thus far only worked on paper. You’ve license to blur the lines that separate you from those you wish to know and the goals you need to achieve. Warming to others melts your frosty tendencies, fostering a sense of well-being as well as community. Your aloof act is just that; and it no longer masks a fear of intimacy. Seek not to undermine others’ efforts.

Sagittarius

In the words of the great Cheryl Lynn, you’ve “got to be real.” So check your ulterior motives and drop any pretenses. With Jupiter opposing Neptune, actions speak louder than bombs. Avoid embellishment or blowing smoke. Talent, of which you’ve got lots, is just half the recipe for success. Humility and team-playing constitute the rest. So heel, puppy, where you might gloat or ride rough shod; and double back to do damage control on that score if need be. Extend olive branches, spark peace pipes and pardon everybody.

Capricorn

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

Aquarius

As you seek to solve riddles regarding property, investment, relocation, and emotional environment, Venus square Mars challenges you to articulate inner conflicts involving personal comfort and professional promise. The cosmos says you can have it all. The only requirement is your being adaptable and willing to go the extra mile—sometimes, literally—to bridge professional goals with a personal design-for-living. Loved ones tug at your heart strings, or are they pulling your codependent chain? Know the difference!

Pisces

Delegating is key to lightening your load and freeing up more time to do as much good for as many people as possible. With Mercury and Neptune square Saturn others might suspect you have less than selfless motives. These folks may be up for elimination. All you’re asking for is moral support; and you should keep the company of sanguine folks who get the fact. You can’t afford a single negative thought or influence now. Loved ones may seek favor(s). Yes, remember, is both an affirmation and an expression of acceptance.

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Haute Astrology

 

by STARSKY + COX

authors of best-selling SEXTROLOGY

week of March 6-12 2016

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The magnificent Meow Meow

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

Aries

You’re not wrong in assuming you have all the answers; but nigh on the Supermoon Solar Eclipse, Tuesday, you see: there is no real benefit in letting others know it. What loved ones need, now, is a good listener. And mine what advice you offer others for nuggets of wisdom you can chew on yourself. You may take a professional fall, now, if only to stave off further complication; but truth wins out; and you’ll be vindicated and endowed with increased trust. Mars entering Sagittarius exposes any detractors and all disinformation.

Taurus

Tuesday’s Supermoon Solar Eclipse lays bare your need for help in launching new enterprises. Stirring fresh faces into your recipe for success sees a faster roll-out of plans. You might feel there’s too much on your plate, now, with a backlog of looming deadlines. But no. Venus entering Pisces helps you transcend limits of time, making you less linear, and more impressionistic, in your operations. See how your vast vistas expand as you put unique visions into solid play. The propagation of good will and vibes is its own reward.

Gemini

The lead up to Tuesday’s Supermoon Solar Eclipse is one big, long pressing of a reset button, putting nagging problems and petty peevishness behind you. New opportunities for travel and education open up, and you’re given license to be fancy free. Doing plenty of nothing is most productive; so shelve what you can. Repressed feelings may rise, only to release emotional blocks. Oil only the squeakiest wheels; priorities prioritize themselves, so long as you front-load imaginative works. Intimates tag you tough loving.

Cancer

Integration is key to bringing the myriad moving parts of your life into concert. With Tuesday’s Supermoon Solar Eclipse, you put out all fires and consolidate your energy. Personal fulfillment requires mastering flaming emotions, as Mars enters Sagittarius. Stand back to gain big-picture perspectives on family and friendly dynamics, crucial in cultivating any lasting calm. Specialize in career, aiming laser focus at specific goals. Love bonds deepen; while, even if spoken for, an affair of the heart may be in the stars.

Leo

You enter a phase of abundance, with the Supermoon Solar Eclipse, Tuesday, measured in amped artistic output, a widening social sphere, and increased support for creative ventures. Mars in Sagittarius ramps things up with a mate or inspires a spate of hot dates. Though you have happily gone without excess material trappings, you now have an urge to crawl into a cozy lap of luxury. Provide yourself with perks and requisite props, for it delivers the right message: That you esteem yourself highly and feel worthy of tribute.

Virgo

You’re feeling empowered, exuding charisma and confidence, as the Supermoon eclipses the Sun, by Tuesday. You needn’t grab at what you deem divine-rightfully yours; you let it fall in your lap. You wax more symbiotic, now, spending quality one-on-one time with a short list of fine, fellow freaks and fringe dwellers. You cut would-be problems off at the pass, offering compromise solutions and uncovering secret passageways to progress, even forgiving those who did you wrong. A big career break materializes as you beg off.

Libra

Frustration with too-many obligations tempts you to take short cuts to fulfilling them. But that would side-step character building. Mental muscle is what you need most. So power through— doing so will make future challenges cinchier. Tuesday’s Supermoon Solar Eclipses ironically illumines how side-stepping might also rob you of synchronistic moments that spell success. By embracing what life hands you, you find majesty in the so-called mundane. It may involve intense soul-searching, but you’ll love what you find.

Scorpio

We’ve a sense of you hitting your stride with the approach of Tuesday’s Supermoon Solar Eclipse. You can embody progressive ideals without seeming like a free radical. As creative momentum builds, you gain support for so-called wild ideas, even winning over some stuffed shirts who could pony up to fund your visions. Romantic and social interest in you is piqued, so you can soft sell. What’s revealed: you really have no rivals. And you discern a definite line, now, between your desire and destiny to make an indelible mark.

Sagittarius

As Tuesday’s Supermoon Solar Eclipse looms, emotions bubble to the surface. You may wear them on your shirt-sleeves, but don’t tug on others’, nor gush over anyone. That will seem patronizing, as your prepared pleasantries are starting to repeat and wax inauthentic. True friends want to feel a deeper connection. And would-be champions seek new works and widgets from you. A packed schedule doesn’t equal success, so limit commitments, solely devoting time and energy to quality ones. Mine your vivid dreams for direction.

Capricorn

Instant karma is going to get you. With the Supermoon Solar Eclipse on Tuesday, you find that showering others with support and appreciation results in cosmic reward, in the form of earthly opportunities. By the same token, if you occupy a narcissistic space, scapegoating people, places and things for your shortcomings, expect to do penance. Playing the victim wastes time and space, and even the sainted have limited patience. There’s more afoot on this big blue marble than meets an often myopic Seagoat’s eye.

Aquarius

You may feel at the end of your tether, leading to Tuesday’s Supermoon Solar Eclipse, inspiring the making of clean breaks and drastic changes. But, as sweeping as you feel, don’t be too hasty. Venus in Pisces says to make transitions slowly and deliberately. So-called losses may not need to be cut. In a zeal to push on, you may unduly ditch valuable plans or people. So cool your jets lest you end up jettisoning some good stuff. Maybe you should eradicate bad habits instead of avoiding human reminders that you possess them.

Pisces

Could it be that close intimates have lost that loving feeling? Or were their affections predicated on what you could do for them? Food for thought. Tuesday’s Supermoon Solar Eclipse brings those with two faces into sharp relief. But beware of confrontation as Mars entering Sagittarius can make your temper flare. Stay strong and silent. You may be lured into some deal, but don’t jump to collude or collaborate. Now is about owning your full autonomy. There is power in saying No. Keeping your own counsel is literal confidence.

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Haute Astrology

 

by STARSKY + COX
week of February 28-March 5 2016

Starsky + Cox's SEXTROLOGY is the cosmic gift that keeps on giving...

Starsky + Cox’s SEXTROLOGY is the cosmic gift that keeps on giving…

 

 

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

 Aries

With Mercury squaring Mars, you now step out of the shadows of partners, heroes or mentors. Where you once felt skittish, you feel sanctioned and, even, spiritually guided. Money can, and will, be made in ways that others might nearly universally label impractical. You build artistic and intellectual muscle by putting ideas out there, especially if they get shot down. They say it’s the things you don’t do that you regret most, but it’s an adage we hope you won’t put to the test. Remember: fear is lack of faith.

Taurus

Extravagant impulses are reined in by the Sun transiting Neptune, providing you an increasingly sober vision. That said, you now run farther with wild ideas or satisfy far-flung longings. All with sure footing. You’re bent on speeding things along, removing would-be obstacles with sanguine aplomb. Boon companions may’ve been hard to find in your emotional landscape of late; but fresh cronies now emerge from the mist as you glimpse a future of truer friendships. Geographical cures won’t work but they can’t hurt.

Gemini

On the love front, you either deepen or dissolve existing bonds. Mercury conjunct Venus and square Mars challenges you to invest more intimacy. This will thrill partners or send them running for the hills. While your creative visualizations are being realized, romantic delusions are dashed. As your star rises, some may feel left in the dust, while others bask in your trail of glory, knowing said dust to be the starry variety. You’re given to child-like antics by Friday, but a soupcon of youthfulness is just what the soul doctor has ordered.

Cancer

You ease into warrior mode as the Moon conjuncts Mars, squaring Mercury; but be still, holding vigil, along with your tongue. Fraudsters abound, but don’t get riled or call out anyone. Have the presence of mind to just smile and nod when confronted with green-eyed opportunists, grand gesturers or dirty, rotten scoundrels. Okay, fine, you can roll your eyes—but that’s as much rise as one should get out of you. You have creative and intellectual mountains to move, but, patience—you do so one small pebble at a time.

Leo                                                                             

Your cranial pathways are being rerouted by Mars square Mercury, so to head off would-be pathologies at the pass. And with the Sun transiting Neptune, you are less reactionary and more observational and empathetic. Your new mental processing system gets tested when plans change suddenly, threatening to impact long-range goals, and in a major way. Remember: nothing is personal and nada can derail you but your own negative thoughts. You have five minutes tops to play the victim, before you start mining for silver linings.

Virgo

You may get the sense that things are unraveling, or that devotees on whom you depend are investing support elsewhere. But that’s just not the case. As the Sun opposes Jupiter, others simply assume you’re tougher and more secure and resilient than you might be. They’d never guess your detachment is a defense mechanism to protect you from getting too close—because you do bruise so easily. Be candid and air tender emotions, letting others see you care. Thus, people might be more sensitive to your feelings in the future.

Libra

You seek clarity in a swirling sea of disinformation. Mercury conjunct Venus, square Mars, slaps a realistic lens on life, so you needn’t take anything at face value nor, by the same token, discount any possibility. This proves helpful given hype on new projects or offers: People will tell tall tales of great opportunity in hopes you’ll invest sweat equity. Mais non. You’re of the mind that: Too much time making a living, leaves little for living it. This week will dispel any lingering doubts that you lack desired or required expertise.

Scorpio

Personal bonds can be an energy drainage, urging you to channel verve into solo pursuits. The Sun transiting Neptune determines that your relationships won’t become excuses for not pursuing dreams. You may feel at odds with convention but this can be a good thing, as this is no time to play by old rules. Risk-taking is now rewarded. But defer any need for instant gratification. Impatience is a fatal flaw; so rein it in. You have license to act according to your highest vision of self. Mars square Mercury gives voice to frustration.

Sagittarius

With the Sun transiting Neptune, wait and listen for messages about what you want, or from whence enjoyment or enlightenment truly derives. Don’t jump to fill some void or unduly stimulate your senses. First, enjoy a yummy sense of vacuity, after which Jupiter opposing the Sun will isolate your particular lusts for life—embrace them without self-imposed clauses or caveats. Abide any unbearable lightness of being until a new direction makes itself known. You’ll soon be shot through with renewed purpose and momentum.

Capricorn

Saturn trine Uranus and conjunct the Moon, on Tuesday, sets the stage for living more in your body and less in your noggin, which has been way too noisy. Feeling the weight of obligation is your cue to reimagine so-called chores as moving meditations—and to see current struggles as an investment in future success. Avoid deciding who you are, or what you want to be; simply observe whom it is you’re becoming. Fuzzy finances clear up in your favor and cash flows more freely. A glut of projects energizes not fatigues you now.

Aquarius

Mars square Mercury provides you with an unapologetic need to recharge and enjoy life’s little pleasures. Sophisticated settings and social jockeying strike you as fatuous; just as your public persona is enjoying a rise in status. Venus conjunct Mercury helps you find the words to articulate long-squelched opinions fairly bursting for expression. You can no longer sugar coat or play an assigned role in family or friendly dynamics. You’re fiercer than ever in your determination to do what you will, live where, and up to what, you want.

Pisces

A smooth operator, you’re subtly persuasive, recruiting minions to do your bidding. Having kept a low profile so far this year, you make up for lost time, imposing authority and demanding attention. The Sun transiting Neptune means you are eager if not desperate to manifest desired outcomes. And you all too easily bite the heads off those who question your Technicolor visions. You’re more self-assured, less overtly needing to convince (yourself and) others of the fact. An estranged or absent figure makes a return.

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Haute Astrology

by STARSKY + COX

week of February 21-27 2016

Valentine's is a Starsky + Cox's SEXTROLOGY holiday...the cosmic gift that keeps on giving...

Starsky + Cox’s SEXTROLOGY is the cosmic gift that keeps on giving…

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

Aries

Nigh on Monday’s Full Moon, the walls you’ve put up with folks are torn down. Try to filter out overly needy cling-ons with their drastic drama; opening yourself to divine inspiration and a certain joie de vivre. Let others buzz or flail around, while you stay the course, centered, sacrificing fleeting pleasures. A meditative stillness gives you the edge with deadlines as it attracts fellow tribe members who seek a self-contained partner or, even, a plaything. With the Sun conjunct Neptune you’re being guided by benign forces.

Taurus

Whoever said that to be great is to be misunderstood might have been co-dependent. As, with Monday’s Full Moon, there should be no doubt how grand a lad/y you truly are; so long as you don’t second guess yourself. You not only possess a free license to make bold, unexpected moves; but you should also refuse to explain or complain—about anything—in the process. Be of the mind that wherever you are is the right place to be. Trumpet your decisions from the rooftops. And ready yourself to play in the big leagues.

Gemini

Keep self-recrimination from creeping back into your experience. There’s nada you’ve done wrong and you haven’t lost a thing. So-called big breaks or people that fall through or away are meant to do exactly that, making room for truer affinity and abundance. Monday’s Full Moon will illustrate how you may connect with a greater audience via creative works—your goal, no?—without anxiety or acting out. Whereas getting what you want once sent you off the rails, you are now ready to inhabit your corner of the starry sky.

Cancer

The Full Moon heightens emotions to crescendo en route to a much-needed catharsis. So resist any temptations to numb your feelings. You might nearly speak in tongues, voicing age-old feelings that now bubble up. Longstanding authority issues come to the fore. And you’ll tell tyrants or tearers-down where to get off. But temper your temper. Preemptively define your boundaries so they won’t be crossed. You will forfeit key debates if you lose your cool. Bullies who overstep fall away by the weight of their own grand delusions.

Leo

You discern a fresh sense of direction and are suffused with a liberated spirit with Monday’s Full Moon. It also eases the daily grind, facilitating solo pursuits and freeing you from personal ties that bind. Even if you work in partnership, increased autonomy will further shared goals. In career, you’re most persuasive at sealing deals. Choose reassuringly luxurious avenues over budget ones for marketing your wares. Short cuts cut you. You’re now a fantasist in love or whatever you call that stirring in your root chakra.

Virgo

Things heighten with Monday’s Full Moon. Creative power is augmented; and you have a bring-it-on attitude which makes even crunchy times riddled with deadlines feel like a work holiday. True friends watch you transform, as if, overnight, from most-def to least-stressed lad/y on the astrological block. Expressing talents is fast-tracked as artier inroads get groovier. Expect multiple flashes of genius; and strike while ideas are hottest. Life can seem like an emotional obstacle course—all the more crucial to be gentle on yourself.

Libra

Nigh on the Full Moon, you are setting fresh intentions. Old wounds of self-doubt heal with nary a scar. And you can be of great help to those going through struggles not unfamiliar to you. With Venus conjunct Mercury, you seek the truth; and those who can’t quite look you in the eye do indeed have something to hide. Judge not lest…well, you know. Open your heart all the more. Create an atmosphere of acceptance, allowing people to be their best, as you let life unfold according to its own marvelous design.

Scorpio

You’re overcoming certain fears while summoning resolve to take on new challenges. With Monday’s Full Moon, you might exercise your versatility: Be a wonderful wiz of whatever, going with the flow, taking setbacks and snafus in stride. Embody an active faith, conducting your affairs as if the best is yet to come. Find pleasure in unexpected departures, whether impromptu flights to parts unknown or a sudden fling with those with unknown parts. Be mindful not to obsess and plunge yourself down any rabbit holes.

Sagittarius

You’re suffused with a spirit of surrender, as Jupiter trines Pluto. This brings down your guard, allowing for more guileless, fun times. You see how every move you make needn’t have a lucrative or romantic pay off. You can act without expectation. There may be reunions with those you consigned to the past. Reminiscing is healthy but nostalgia is noxious. You also emotionally reconnect with old goals still burning in you. Any pangs you feel are the release of old pains, paving a new pathway to a viable, joyful future.

Capricorn

You can’t not micro-manage with the Virgo Full Moon. And so be it: You’ve honed an ability to administer to every detail, systemizing all in sight, with calm finesse. You’re also provided “cosmic do-overs” with new opportunities, similar to past ones that didn’t quite gel. This will make you more chill, less judgmental, not a bit power hungry and totes patient. You raise the bar in your bonds, expecting more from friends. A source of solace for others, satisfying an urge for intimacy still requires revealing more of yourself.

Aquarius

Goal-setting strategies align with your ultimate aspirations. With the Full Moon, you lay out practical plans to realize your pipe-y-est dreams. Personal connections are only the icing not the main ingredient. You create your own cakey opportunities by honing skills and talents you may have previously taken for granted. You learn to love the process of becoming what you’ve been in such a rush to be. Real magic thus finds its way into the mix. Patience is an investment in your future. Momentum is making small moves, daily.

Pisces

You’re increasingly chill and magnanimous in dealings, letting go of tired grudges. The Sun conjunct Neptune helps bury hatchets dating back to the last millennium. Where trained relationships have drained you of vigor, the Full Moon now redirects that energy into promising new bonds. You’re being offered the role of a life time—that of the bigger person—and it’s a part you can play to the hilt. And, hey, what’s that? Oh, it’s the sound of squeaky clean karma. And the one presently most in need of your forgiveness is you.

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