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A Winter’s Solstice Saturnalia December 21, 2014 at 7PM
at Joe’s Pub @ The Public Theater NYC
On a cosmic sleigh-ride over hills and valleys of higher consciousness, Starsky + Cox break Yuletide tradition, following yonder stars, to birth a bouncing new show destined to save your soul from existential confusion.
What’s Going On answers the self-same question, in words and music; and in this premier holiday installment—A Winter’s Solstice Saturnalia—Stella Starsky and Quinn Cox navigate you beyond a messy nativity, acclimating you to astrological climate change, letting you in on cosmic jokes, and gently shooing you toward enlightenment.
Attend this season’s revival of singing satyrs, sacrificial Holly Kings, bacchanalian school marms, talking Narnians and hale hierophants, led by the merriest metaphysicians this side of Bethlehem. With musical director Matt Ray, Patrick Johnson, special guest Nathann Carrera, and surprise night visitors.
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Week of November 23-29 2014
by Starsky + Cox
Welcome to Sagittarius! Ruled by planet Jupiter, named for the supreme ruler of the gods (Greek: Zeus), it follows that Sagittarius women draw on the archetype of Jupiter’s female counterpart, Juno (Greek: Hera), the undisputed queen of heaven and goddess of women and of power—as ever the twain shall meet—akin, as it is, to knowledge, the major attribute of the ninth astrological house corresponding to the the ninth sign of Sagittarius. Phew, that was a long sentence. Don’t you just love the notion that power is personified in a female deity? It’s a power that has certainly been a target of repression. And of all the female signs laboring under a patriarchal paradigm, Sagittarian women managed to distinguish themselves, wielding power and influence on a global scale in probably the only way afforded them: by way of publishing, another major attribute of the ninth astrological house, along with philosophies, belief systems, higher education and all means of mind expansion and genius. Thus, an otherwise isolated world of disenfranchised people, let alone women, experienced the brilliance—Juno’s power manifested as blinding radiance—of Jane Austen, George Eliot, Emily Dickinson, Louisa May Alcott, Willa Cather and others whose inheritors include Madeline L’Engle, Dawn Powell, Joan Didion, Rita Mae Brown, Sarah Silverman and, by extension, artist Marina Abramovic. Fittingly, the powerful Sagittarius female writer has often penned work along themes of the female estate, or the power of higher-mind consciousness, or both. Let us not forget the authoress of I, Tina whose autobiography is hinged on her personal struggles against male oppression. Tina herself is a hinge pin of the Sagittarius archetype, being something of a showgirl and a showboat. For Sagittarius power isn’t just expressed in expository writing, it’s exhibited in an overt brand of talented expression that rarely shies away from over-exposure. And in that tradition: Betty Grable, Maria Callas, Bette Midler, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Nelly Furtado and, without so much as singing a note, Anna Nicole Smith.
Keep expectations low with intimates as Mercury transits Saturn, by Tuesday. Otherwise, feelings you wear on your sleeve may become frayed. It’s time to cut losses with the dysfunctional. Or does your ego rely on their dependence on you? A new daily routine designed to cultivate serenity now emerges. Follow up on all the ideas and introductions you initiated. Others disappoint only if you let them. Existing devotees offering love and support deserve your attention way more than the detractors you keep trying to win over.
You take up more real and metaphoric space, now, after being jostled by a shifting social or career landscape. With Mercury sextile Mars, you’re back in the saddle, biz-wise, and totes in the know, buzz-wise. You come to realize that your wildest dreams are those most destined for success. With that in mind, you can cut ties that bind you to those who, if only subconsciously, try to keep your star from rising. Be gleefully on the make for others who may invest in some of the light bulbs popping off in that beautiful mind of yours.
Remember, about three months ago, you secretly petitioned the cosmos for increased creative opportunity—fist shaking to the firmament? Well, with Mercury transiting Saturn, poised to leap-frog other planets, here it comes. So don’t complain you’re not ready. Crank up your global-success machinery and put your glorious ideas into action. Humility is one thing. Self-sabotage is another. Life unfolds according to your intentions. Match behavior with your beliefs. So-called selfish goals have wider, universal benefit!
Mercury sextile Mars puts you on the receiving end of some tough love; but try to take it as compassionate expression. In some ways, you’ve labored under the (mis)apprehension that you’re the gods’ gift to the cosmos. Which is absolutely true; but so is everyone else. Yes, you’re to be praised for sacrifices made to those you deem less fortunate; yet being messianic isn’t license to also be just plain old messy. This is your cue to spiff up your own act and not judge others’. And remember: there is no such thing as giving enough.
If you’re feeling at wits’ end, hang in there—it’s just a test of your faith. With Mercury transiting Saturn, sidling up to the Sun and Venus, you receive loving forgiveness from those whom you (inadvertently?) crossed. You get work reprieves, too, from bigwigs who’ve found you wanting. But the grand news is: You’re singled out for a promotion, award, payoff or major perk. So don’t turn up your nose at what only appears to be a lateral move. It looks to us more like a distinctly diagonal, steep, upwardly spiral rise!
Pushing too hard for desired outcomes is a sure way to see them slip through your fingers. As Saturn and Jupiter trine Venus, you experience shifts in status between you and partners in biz, love or war. Embrace your authority without necessarily wielding it. Let self-professed rivals make bold power plays—they’ll likely overshoot their marks. You gain support by making minor concessions and meager demands. The trick is to master your infamous emotions. It’s how to magnetize desired outcomes and love objects, both.
You gain insight into group, social psychology as expansive Jupiter squares Saturn and Mercury, which hones your expression. Projects requiring tapping into the collective consciousness get full focus and green lighted. Surfing the zeitgeist, relationships can get short shrift. So let loved ones know you’re going down an important rabbit hole. Don’t overpromise then disappoint. You need no lectures on Libra flakiness. Some talents may be rusty, and credos dusty, but in this new renaissance you come up with the goods!
With Mercury transiting Saturn you lead a united front at home and at work, warding off hostile takeovers, invading relatives, alien visitations or psychic possessions. Mars sextile Mercury can lead to finger pointing. If you table internal conflicts until next week, then they will no longer signify. As you wax more proactive in business, let your guard down in private settings. Stick to your convictions, even if unpopular. Don’t anesthetize vacant feelings. It may be lonely out on a limb, but it’s where the fruits of your labor are found.
You’re creatively reawakened by Neptune squaring Mercury, Saturn and Sun; but you must zero in on specific ways of channeling your artistry. There is a special thrill, now, in hitting myriad marks, acting as divine messenger and facilitator. But find that fine line between loyalty and codependence. Esoteric dabbling may become more of a devotion, now, exercising your mind while exorcising your spirit of a demon need to be all things to all people. Mercury in Sagittarius, Friday, inspires declarations of loving independence.
A long-pursued goal is now within reach; so says Mercury’s transit of Saturn. While certain victory is yours, remember: this is a single step in a series of triumphs you’ve yet to achieve. So don’t rest on laurels—redouble your efforts. And avoid gambles. It’s best to employ restraint and impose limits on indulging a need for fortune to shine on you. If a prize is truly yours to receive, it must only be had on the noblest of terms. An ardent admirer makes his/herself known, so stay alert. You can let any poor placeholders go!
Must to put first things first. That means engaging your imagination. Your endless to-do list will keep track of the rest. Just resist the urge to add anything to it. Mercury transiting Mercury square Jupiter urges you to find the beauty in what is, instead of imposing ideals/aesthetics. If your external environment is a bit of a mess, see it as in process, a perfect backdrop for birthing or unearthing raw creative manifestation, content over form. The most selfless thing to do now is give your all to solo aims as ultimately benefit us all.
Though surroundings buzz with excitement, remain trance-like, lest enervation ensue. With Neptune squaring Mercury, Saturn and Sun, you long for a lush, sensual feel to life, craving more texture in your career and luxury in your social fabric. Those you seek to sway scarcely notice curling up in the palm of your hand. All the more reason to be a hard nut, sticking to principles. Summon surplus backbone to slap down those bullying anyone vulnerable in your midst. You needn’t get the last word, but insist on final say.
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