Haute Astrology

by Starsky + Cox

Week of September 14-20 2014

Picture of a Virgo: Holding a Divide.

Picture of a Virgo: Holding a Divide.

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

Aries

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

Taurus

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

Gemini

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

Cancer

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

Leo

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

Virgo

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

Libra

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

Scorpio

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

Sagittarius

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

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

Capricorn

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

Aquarius

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

Pisces

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

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Haute Astrology

By Starsky + Cox 

Week of September 7-13 2014

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Clever Cutie Chris Pine

Ever Clever Everyman Chris Pine

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

Aries

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

Taurus

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

Gemini

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

Cancer

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

Leo

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

Virgo

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

Libra

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

Scorpio

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

Sagittarius

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

Capricorn

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

Aquarius

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

Pisces

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

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Haute Astrology

 by Starsky + Cox

authors of SEXTROLOGY

Week of August 31-September 6 2014

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

Aries

You find more facility and freedom, now, functioning within groups. Difficulties in communication ease with Mercury unaspected, but it may be vague. Technical snafus and mechanical mishegoss work themselves out as you learn more about what it takes to make real or metaphoric machinery tick. You get the kinks out of your attitude, too, by embracing elements of self you’ve kept under wraps. You may fly in the face of fuddy-duddies intent on maintaining the status quo, but you are on an evolutionary fast track.

Taurus

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

Gemini

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

Cancer

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

Leo

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

Virgo

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

Libra

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

Scorpio

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

Sagittarius

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

Capricorn

If a negative internal dialogue emerges, it is bubbling up, solely, for elimination. Saturn square Venus eases self examination; and you see that any present unrest stems from past burned bridges or roads not taken. The upshot is: It’s not too late. Forgive yourself—for everything—to avoid repeating self-defeating behavior. You will forge fresh ventures. You simply have to be okay with not knowing, yet, in which order you will do so. Art and commerce, however, will go hand in hand. Here, a mantra to repeat: I am the tortoise.

Aquarius

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

Pisces

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

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Haute Astrology

by Starsky + Cox

Week of August 24-30 2014

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

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

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

Aries

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

Taurus

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

Gemini

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

Cancer

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

Leo

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

Virgo

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

Libra

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

Scorpio

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

Sagittarius

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

Capricorn

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

Aquarius

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

Pisces

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

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Haute Astrology

by Starsky + Cox 

Week of August 17-23 2014

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Your perfect beach read. The “red bible”, e-version now available on iTunes, Amazon, and B&N.com.

Lovely Lioness  Kristen Chenoweth

Lovely Lioness Kristin Chenoweth

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

Aries

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

Taurus

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

Gemini

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

Cancer

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

Leo

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

Virgo

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

Libra

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

Scorpio

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

Sagittarius

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

Capricorn

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

Aquarius

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

Pisces

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

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Haute Astrology

by Starsky + Cox

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Your perfect beach read. The “red bible”, e-version now available on iTunes, Amazon, and B&N.com.

Week of August 10-16, 2014

charlize-theron-celebrities-in-gold-colorWe discussed how Artemis, goddess of the hunt, “lioness amongst women” is a prime archetype of the Leo lady, one that resonates through mythology, literature and in flesh- and-blood females of the sign. Artemis is goddess of wild creatures and Leo women are feral females, on the loose, often latch-key children, if not parentless, at an early age. The aptly named Kit (Katharine) in Taming of the Shrew speaks to the heterosexual Leo woman seeking to be trumped, domesticated, by the rare man that she doesn’t outshine—the Sun is her ruler. Leo lady Annie Oakley’s refrain to her would-be love in Annie Get Your Gun: “Anything you can do I can do better.” Indeed, Leo women best the best men at their own games. They’re on the hunt for a man who’s tougher, more wild and passionate than they, playing cat and mouse with weaker male specimens. But let’s not bring J. Lo’s Marc Antony into this. Although Cleopatra, with her Marc Antony, was a living Leo archetype—Cleo just so happens to be a cliché name for a cat. Catherine in Wuthering Heights is another emanation of the feral Leo, whose cosmic soulmate was the wild Heathcliff. No wonder Leo woman Kate Bush relates to and sings as that character, just as she appears as Artemis on the cover of her record, Hounds of Love. It’s a whisker’s breath from Kate to Tori Amos. And we can name queen Leo superstars all day long, from Lucille Ball (translates to: ball of light, like the Sun) to Madonna to Julia Child to J.K. Rowling to Coco Chanel to Martha Stewart to Amelia Earhart to Mae West to Jackie O, not to mention such luscious—and they look like lionesses!—Leo ladies as Charlize Theron, Iman, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Honor Blackman, Natasha Hensridge, Vivica Fox and, of course, the classic catwomen Halle Berry and Julie Newmar.

Aries

The Full Moon sees you taking stabs at big dreams you haven’t before dared to venture. What’s different is that you have seen people with less talent and more pluck succeed where you’ve subsisted. And you have a new respect for that brand of aplomb, realizing it’s half the equation for would-be achievement in a creative endeavor of choice. It’s a good time to get thoughts on paper, documenting your process as a means of meeting, and acing, challenges before you. Mars conjunct Saturn gives your initiative endurance.

Taurus

Ironic how being surrounded by others can heighten a sense of isolation. With Venus conjunct Jupiter, entering Leo, you see through others’ meticulously designed characters to their true selves. It may shock you to witness friendly faces morph into monsters, and vice versa. Hyperbole aside, this helps you navigate toward warm souls, like you, with healthy, cool removes. The last thing you need is emotional entanglement. These planets of fortune together connect the dots in your point-by-point ascent toward dreamiest goals.

Gemini

A recent lapse in physical well-being notwithstanding, Saturn conjunct Mars adds grit to your determination to get in peak condition. You needn’t be hyper-vigilant about it, as in the past. It’s mostly a matter of ditching earthly delights that slowly, subtly undo you. Disciplining your mind to say “no” does more for your physique than exercise. It’s part and parcel of embracing a certain asceticism, which isn’t Spartan by most standards. You simply crave space, silence and time more than attention, fame, food, money or affection.

Cancer

Your defense mechanism is on a hair trigger with Sunday’s Full Moon. You easily fall into envy and vanity. Channel these into encouragement and self-value. Stay on alert for being taken advantage of. But don’t be paranoid. Jupiter and Venus conjunct says: friends are everywhere, don’t put up walls. You’re far comfier in social situations than you would have anticipated. Stop bracing yourself. Breathe and identify with, don’t differentiate from, others. Own your hypersensitivity and keep a cushion between feelings and actions.

Leo

Ground yourself in emotion lest you get lost in spinning thoughts. The team of Mars and Saturn helps foster the home and private life you desire. Becoming a better friend is a theme to explore in earnest. It requires being accountable for bad behavior. Where you thought you’d gotten away with alienating antics, you’re now called out for them. Excitement over events can be an addiction. Take ups and downs in equal stride. True allies champion your sense of proportion. With Sunday’s Full Moon your social circle expands.

Virgo

As Mercury glides into your sign this week, you’re faced with familiar folks and dynamics. This is your chance to observe and not repeat patterns that made you bolt from said people, places and things in the first place. Bust solo moves. Even if you work in collaboration, now’s time to break out with a project on your own. It needn’t be to the exclusion of teamwork. But any partners who protest might need a permanent heave-ho. The Full Moon, Sunday, helps you to think outside of the box and get out of your head.

Libra

With the Full Aquarius Moon, you become fixated. In love, it can be painfully profound, but a good kind of hurt. You’ve a fix, too, on a destiny calling, realizing, in the process, that you’ll have many in life. But you need only do one at a time. And for a time. People may now overly rely on you. Verbalize resentment as it builds, before it bursts. Don’t go to extremes and bail on commitments; suck it up and learn to say “no” next time. Venus conjunct Jupiter indicates a strong zeitgeist connection. Got something that could go viral?

Scorpio

Mercury conjunct Sun reboots your mental control system. The flipside of having strong conviction is that you confuse your opinions with facts. With fierce power of suggestion you weave whole narratives to control situations and people. But you don’t know your own strength in this and can end up creating scenarios that threaten others. The question then becomes: Do you have conscience enough to right things? In the wake of the Full Moon, you receive forgiveness for any damage you carelessly if not consciously caused.

Sagittarius

They say it’s better to give than to receive; but now the opposite is true. The Full Moon sheds light on the shadow fact that your generosity can be a way of indebting others to you. What you should work on is graciously accepting what others have on offer. We know your dismissive, cavalier airs may mask hidden inferiority. But people can think you don’t even notice, let alone value, them. Venus conjunct Jupiter works to bring down your guard to show vulnerability and accessibility. You can let others enrich your life.

Capricorn

Fulfillment is found in championing universal causes. Saturn square Sun and Mercury asks you to grab hold of a real or metaphoric megaphone, to be a voice of healthy change. With Sunday’s Full Moon, you see the correlation between solo work at hand and the sweeping resonance it can have at large. Others’ attempts to make you feel “less than” are merely expressions of their own insecurity. Issues surrounding status come to the fore, only to reaffirm a natural-born belief in yourself and amplify appreciation of your talents.

Aquarius

You’re happiest, now, at the top of the social or professional heap. As Venus conjuncts Jupiter you simply find successful, accomplished friends, lovers, clients, investors to be nicer, more respectful, less drama-filled, and way more functional as people. Those in love with their poverty (consciousness) no longer have a place in your life. In economic news: It’s squirreling away, not wildly spending, that makes you feel richest. You vacillate between feeling rooted on the home front and needing newness. The latter is winning out.

Pisces

It’s time to fan out, putting eggs in multiple baskets and fingers in myriad pots. Without pushing any one agenda, you allow increased bounty to find you. In the wake of Sunday’s Full Moon, we suggest refraining from crunching numbers. You’re now freer to focus on higher callings, and fun ones to boot—those that entail evolving at least one art form and/or providing those needing it with moral and spiritual support. With Mars trine Neptune, any, let’s call them, past fabrications you concocted may come back to bite you.

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Haute Astrology

by Starsky + Cox
Authors of

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Your perfect beach read. The “red bible”, e-version now available on iTunes, Amazon, and B&N.com.

Week of August 3-9 2014

Once and future king? Andrew Garfield

As the previous sign, Cancer, is ruled by the mother-principled Moon, which portrays creation as a nurturing goddess-source from whom all matter springs (cardinal water), Leo, ruled by the father-principled Sun, sees creation from the view of a distant, fiery sky god (fixed fire) to be revered, if not feared. Leo rules the 5th astrological house, that of co-creation with god, the mantle of which Leo man, the zodiac’s own lion king, willingly dons, embodying entitlement, if not divine right. Let’s just say he assumes authority easily, as author, akin to Arthur, boy-king, like David, taking the central role. The Sun symbol is a dot inside a circle—think Arthur seated center at table. The lion is king…of beasts; David slays Goliath, read: his own giant beastly nature, just as Arthur subdued and civilized the pagan wilds, inside himself. Leo man can be a hot head. There we said it. Little wonder that the shadow side of the sign has spawned those having such dictatorial sway: Napoleon, Mussolini, Castro, Schwarzenegger, Martha Stewart. But seriously, think of the many tyrannical film directors and kings of that industry, those who will make or break others’ careers: Hitchcock (go ask Tippi), DeMille, Kubrick (go ask Shelley), David O. Russell (go ask Lily). Huston, Redford, Cameron, Polanski, Penn, M. Night Shayamalan, Kevin Smith. And then there are Leo actors who play god-complexed egoists with a vengeance: Robert Deniro, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Matt LeBlanc, Andrew Garfield, (probably also the ginger cat, Garfield), Kevin Spacey, Billy Bob Thornton, Wesley Snipes, David Duchovny, Adam Samberg, Laurence Fishburn, Sam Elliot, Jean Reno, Kevin McKidd, Jeremy Piven, Steve Martin.

Aries

You’re forming bonds with a new tribe of cautiously expansive like-minds. With Saturn loosening its grip on Venus, you’re attracted to mentors in whom you spy qualities untapped or needing developing in you. This triggers mixed emotions as you juggle jealousy and admiration. But with Venus unaspected, you let envy morph into inspiration; and competition, perhaps, into co-creation—even blatantly borrowing from others’ works through your unique filter. Finances flow more freely, as you shift modes from survive to thrive.

Taurus

Even busy work can incite imagination if performed with utter presence of mind. Mars trine Neptune facilitates your ability to stick to the now. Pre-thinking breeds dread. “Speculation is the enemy of calm.” Inventory creative assets, settle accounts with those you owe, and take full rein of sole creative property. Longing for luxury and asceticism, in turns, bids you strike a balance if not a pose. Unaspected Venus invites love from unexpected quarters, and career offers ripen for picking. Be present to have presence.

Gemini

It’d be a shame to slip back into bad situations or associations. You’ve come a long way toward self-actualization—honor that by staying strong. With Saturn square Sun and Mercury you embark on a new leg of a spiritual journey. Slow and steady wins the race. This planetary pattern also lets loose some synchronicity. It may be a spontaneous run-in with a long-lost someone on your mind, or one with whom karma needs sorting, or a kindred soul, newly met, with whom you share a trajectory. You’ll want to be your best self.

Cancer

An unresolved issue comes back not to bite but to kiss you. Looks like you can take another crack at a creative, would-be lucrative, opportunity you let fall by the wayside. We taste some serious coin as Jupiter teams with Mercury. This also increases the articulation of your wants, which are not to be confused with supposed needs or even deepest longings. It’s time, if only to begin, to carve out an existence ultimately more suited to your soul. Matching destiny to desire can be dizzying, with a blissfully bearable lightness of being.

Leo

You’re nervier than usual. Still, you can easily overreach. With the Sun trine Uranus, too, you may crave greater popularity, seeking credit for knowing all the right people, places and things. But there is a fine line between outgoing and pushy. Avoid others thinking: What the pluck? Check impulses to impress others. Acknowledge their accomplishments instead. This results in more friends to play with and the amassing of the right kind of power—that of appreciation. It’s better to be the biggest person than it is to be the best.

Virgo

As career vistas open, personal issues require more loving attention. The Sun trine Uranus urges you to tend to Self, first; doing so makes it easier to heed calls to help others. Align your behavior with your beliefs. A tag-team of Mercury and Jupiter allows you to be seen as doyen, guide or guru. It can also green-light projects in the pipeline. The last thing you need, though, is too-high expectations placed on skills and talents. Sit tight in loving detachment. Be quietly selfish. And this way we don’t have to cater to you!

Libra

Venus set free of Saturn metes out situations that no longer serve: Love affairs going nowhere, deaf family ears words fall upon, evolving loved ones requiring no future hand-holding. What to do with all the so-called surplus time and energy? Use your newfound anonymity to widen your scope of acquaintances, launch solo projects, and self-help missions you can only do alone. There are no rules in Love, you might realize, but one: Do it. Love. Employ it as a verb. You have powers of persuasion you know not of. Yet.

Scorpio

Antennas up! With Mars trine Neptune, you can now open channels to mystical assistance to help realize new hopes and wishes. After a long plateau, opportunities for further achievement now materialize. Pointing fingers or taking another’s inventory stops the cosmic action. So thank those you grew out of—they’ve sped you toward more niche fulfillment. And news flash: You’ve more to learn in a chosen field to call yourself expert. Also, anger is energy you can direct creatively. The rest of us will thank you for doing so.

Sagittarius

Certain transparency colors life now. Folks see you as you truly are; that is to say: not as a navel gazer, but as an introspective agent for genius allowing lightning to strike. And so it does. Jupiter and Mercury join to reprioritize your views on rights versus privileges, in larger social contexts, yes; but they also hit close to home. Clarify fine lines between liberal stances in relationships and where we all take too many liberties. Let it all hang out, without hurting. There’s nothing to hide but Truth, nothing to lose but barriers to Joy.

Capricorn

You now blaze new frontiers under an existing auspice. Just what you always wanted: A safety net for making maverick moves. Mars square Jupiter and Mercury turns daunting tasks into pleasurable pastimes. You will have tackled your big to-do list, and jettisoned items collecting dust. Some acquaintances may have to go, too. You must be rid of aptly named stuff, that which blocks doors of opportunity. Venus unaspected inspires fresh interest in higher-minded study, even some light mysticism, or science, e’er the twain shall meet.

Aquarius

Don’t bother trying to analyze what, for you, is a changeable cosmic climate. You might miss divine serendipity if you aren’t keeping yourself programmed, solely, to receive. Throw would-be plans out into the ether, without needing any one to stick. Focus on what you can indeed affect and, mostly, on coming up with any deliverables. Wax prolific where you once procrastinated. You can produce more at this point than others ever do. All courtesy of Sun and Mercury trine Uranus, which also stimulates your inner nerd.

Pisces

Communication in partnerships must be cleared up, despite dread of emotional reactions. Venus unaspected reveals the ways you live in a fool’s paradise. Saturn squaring Sun and Mercury initiates specific conversations on the subject of others’ honesty, or lack thereof. Your frank assessments of them may bring responses that sting. So it may be better to stifle yourself and let others stew in their own mendacity. As you disentangle from heady dysfunction, life has a greater sense of ease; and you feel more part of the fabric of things.

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Haute Astrology

 by Starsky + Cox

Week of July 27-August 2, 2014

Getting Wiig-y With It

Gettin’ Wiig-y With It

Leo woman draws on the complementary archetypes of both the Goddess of the Hunt, Artemis (Roman: Diana), and the Goddess of the Hearth, Hestia (Roman:Vesta). The sign of Leo rules the heart; and the Sun, the heart and hearth of the solar system, rules it. Leo women can be most predatory, particularly in public life, fairly stalking their successes; while, in private, they take firm hold of the center around which others draw or revolve. What paradoxically connects the seemingly opposite Artemis and Hestia is that they are both protectors—of the wild and of domestic life, respectively. In Homer’s Iliad, Artemis is referred to as “a lioness amongst women,” and we see in the Leo lion a dual nature of ferocity and maternal affection. Indeed, lions are matriarchal, females of the species being the prime movers of their prides. It’s the same with the human variety. Leo men are typically laid back, lovers of lolling about, while Leo women are fiercely energetic self-starters with (sometimes gappy-toothed) predators’ smiles. Some savage Leo sweethearts: Anna Paquin, Elizabeth Moss, Madonna, Gillian Anderson, Rose Byrne, Vera Farmiga, Amy Adams, Mila Kunis, Jennifer Lawrence, Sandra Bullock, Kate Beckinsale, Kristin Wiig, Iman, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Lopez, Lynda Carter, Louise Fletcher, Helen Mirren, Elizabeth Berkley, Taylor Schilling, Yvonne Strahovski.

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Aries

In the wake of the New Moon, and with your ruler Mars now direct, try to see yourself as descending from a long line of imaginative, maverick creatives and intellectuals. Indeed, out on a limb—artistically, academically, or in entrepreneurial pursuits—is now the safest place to be. Far from the destructive power of mediocrity, you’re able to nurture a niche that allows for singular expression, while tapping into fresh revenue streams. Mars trine Neptune connects your burningest ambitions with a source of spiritual inspiration.

Taurus

You feel more at ease, now, with life’s ephemera, acing any psychological tests put before you, with your ruler Venus trining Saturn. Family may converge. In any case, ancient roles are played out (pun intended); but, try as they might, loved ones can’t push your buttons. Right? A solo vocation beckons, one that allows you to make an enduring mark. You percolate where you’d once procrastinated. Funds ease as you prize freedom over possessions. Mercury in Leo, Thursday, eases all communication on the home front.

Gemini

You now launch a 360-degree plan in your personal evolution as both a creative and a creature of love. Mercury conjunct Sun and Jupiter blesses you with the ability to carve out professional niches and to experience a fine romance, free of static co-dependence. But you must blast your way out of dead ends in career, and challenge yourself to be with those who share your idea of commitment. A friend may seem to be giving you the boot; or maybe it is the kick in the pants you need to learn that friendship is a gift not a given.

Cancer

With the New Moon you give your brain a rest, settling deeper into your body; while Venus opposing Pluto lends teeth to efforts to stick to any kind of wellness program. The trick is to be less focused on making alterations and more so on appreciating yourself as you are at each moment. Debating whether to kick or cool a questionable habit? Do it. Pluto amps your processes of elimination. The removal of any excesses is way more beneficial and remarkable than usual, as evidenced by an increase of leers on the avenue.

Leo

With ruler Sun conjunct Jupiter, you’re plotting next major moves. You should also be recharging batteries, but that looks unlikely, so pace yourself, ease into obligations, as if they’re meditations or exercise. Instincts are sharp regarding new faces on the scene. You may be tempted to censure others for mercenary maneuvers, but try to resist and rise above. Be thankful you’re more conscious about human relationships than the next f/ella. You may be self-absorbed. So? At least you’re not taxing others with your private drama.

Virgo

Post the New Moon, you’re wont to start something fresh, but now is actually about retooling existing plans, wares and projects, doing what you already do, even louder and prouder. When you’re about to throw in the creative towel, trust there is an audience on the horizon. Push forward with more objectivity about yourself. Be less concerned with what your actions “mean” or how it is you’re seen. You’re moving away from being a collage of others’ influences on you, toward being a uniquely cohesive entity all your own.

Libra

You wax philosophical, transforming newly acquired street smarts into high wisdom that sustains you. Loved ones may also turn to you now for guidance; and—news flash—you can be a “go-to” guru while keeping emotional detachment in place. The Sun conjunct Jupiter sees you brim with genius notions. Don’t waste the grace; write everything down. You may not get to some big ideas for eons, but trust that they will keep. The trick is to not be distracted from pursuing the most pressing big idea. You know of which we speak.

Scorpio

At present, you can network your way down a fresh professional path. Just keep reading the signposts pointing to new inroads of opportunity. That’s the collective cosmic message based on myriad planet moves. Stay free and maintain a me-first attitude—do not be emotionally blackmailed into anything that doesn’t sit right in your gut. False prophets have surplus opinions on what you should or should not do. Silence! Make your decision(s). Have a set goal in mind. And praise money-making gigs that pave your way.

Sagittarius

There are storms raging inside you, with Jupiter conjunct the Sun. So strive for healthiest detachment from people, places and things. It may feel the opposite is true but remember: Nothing is personal. You lose if you fight affronts with brash retorts. Word all business plans or directives carefully and artfully. It may seem someone is speaking through you. We won’t argue with spiritual guidance. You have the strength, now, to curb consumption and embrace an asceticism your soul desires. Try to love more, and avoid all retaliation.

Capricorn

You know we like positive spin as much as the next sage; but with Pluto opposing Venus, you can admit that there is inequality in your midst. So rage a bit against any outmoded machinery you encounter. Yours are not opinions to be kept to yourself, but wise words for instigating sweeping change. Be most wary of so-called pets smooching your behind. They may be trying to put you off the scent of working you for some kind of freebie. In the wake of the New Moon, you can get back to meditative practices. Do first things first.

Aquarius

Expect enthusiastic reactions to any efforts you put out there. With Uranus T-squaring Venus and Pluto, you enjoy increased scope in response to career or creative schmoozing. And karmically, too, you get instant return on goodly investments. What you focus on magnetizes. So if you fixate on feeling undervalued, alrighty then; if you appreciate your unique talents and beauty, then get ready for your close-up. See life as a lotus unfolding: fully expressive, expansive and not linear. It’s ego and fear of lack that makes you Ascaryius.

Pisces

You may receive encouraging news with Neptune trine Mars, now direct. Don’t dread some other shoe dropping. Let life meet you half way, materializing hopes and wishes. You may be negotiating living and working in a number of locales, or the wearing of many hats. You can have it all so worry not. Resist crunching numbers as it limits freedom and abundance. But what if…is no way to begin a sentence. Just imagine…is more the way to go. Unless you’ve purposely sown seeds of discord, expect harmony.

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Haute Astrology

By Starsky + Cox

Week of July 20-26, 2014

Your perfect beach read. The "red bible",  e-version now available  on iTunes, Amazon, and B&N.com.

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"Thor" star Chris Hemsworth

“Thor” star Chris Hemsworth

In our book Sextrology, the Leo Man chapter is titled The Natural. So many tawny men of the sign are wont to go native, being astrologically designed, like their totem Lion, to easefully roam the great expanses of the planet. They are attracted to cultures and peoples with a primal throb. The lion is born free and stays that way. Like its ruler, the central Sun, the heart-center of the body is governed by the sign of Leo. The beating of the heart is the rhythm of life; and besides boasting many drummers among its number, the sign of Leo breeds men who live life at its own pace or, at least, they believe that they do. For, the zodiac’s king might naturally confuse his own will with that of the divine. He assumes he’s Right. The shadow side of the king, of course, is the tyrant; and anyone acquainted with a Leo man has probably seen it creep in. The golden Leo nature boy abhors artifice and is near maniacal in his embracing of authenticity. He is, by nature, skeptical of phonies or over-sophisticates. Whether he possesses the rugged outdoorsiness of Davy Crockett, the pastoral, bare aesthetic of Thomas Eakins, the natural sweepingness of filmmaker John Huston, the arid no-nonsense of Sundance king Robert Redford, the hempish ways of Woody Harrelson, the prairie rattiness of Garrison Keillor, the vegan crunch of Casey Affleck or the going-nativeness of William Clark, Herman Melville, Cartier-Bresson, Lawrence of Arabia or even Ginger Baker, for that matter, Leo men celebrate the beating of creation’s heart and extol our earthly kingdom and mankind in its most noble natural, state. Some other Leo hunks include the “Conans” Jason Momoa and Arnold Schwarzenegger, “Thor” Chris Hemsworth, “Hulk” Eric Bana, and “Avatar” Sam Worthington.

Aries

With Mars entering Scorpio, your mental powers peak to near psychic proportion, and nobody escapes being slid under your microscope. You also micromanage, now, to root out dysfunction both at work and at home; although, for you dysfunction means anything done in a way in which you wouldn’t do it. Find the fine line between being helpful and being hunty. In love, errant mates don’t make the cut—even steady buckfuddies are ripe for the heap. And heads up: The Sun passing Jupiter, Thursday, amps all aspects of creative fertility.

Taurus

Mercury and Venus conjunct opens new dialogues and launches fresh initiatives, while it eases articulation, especially, of radical ideas. It is clarity time for artist Bulls for whom veils of self-doubt and delusion lift. Remain cautiously optimistic and employ patience to sandbag floods of discouragement. Leading to the New Moon, Saturday, enthusiasm mounts with an itch for celebration. But don’t waste fuel on trips to party city. Keep it in the bank to fund an imminent breakthrough. Love finds you wanting, every which way.

Gemini

Financial concerns now come to the fore. Saturn, direct, trine Mercury shows that recently achieved monetary milestones may’ve left you cold. Extract the lesson from this: It’s time to affirm what truly constitutes value in your life. Experience? And to opt for liberty over basic liquidity as your new definition of luxury. Plan now to venture forth more in future, booking tangible travel tickets, blazing frontiers of learning, or, just a thought, combining mental and geographical expansion. Only you can hold you back.

Cancer

You can’t hide your altruistic ways. With Saturn direct, opposing the Moon, at this week’s outset, others come to learn of the good deeds you’re doing on the down low. Granted, keeping your white witch ways under wraps has magnified their power. So maintain any covert charity but know this: Channels are being opened to you, both in the material world, where others rally around and champion your causes, and in those of a spiritual nature. If ever you were to believe in being guided by unseen forces, now is the time.

Leo

With Uranus retrograde from Tuesday, you don’t want a revolution—you seek revelation. You realize you cannot take half measures in the hatching of most innovative ideas and projects that promote radical change. Not that you need to stage some kind of coup. No heads must roll. But the guard does need changing. Financial instincts are super keen. And Venus trine Mars signals a shift in tone and responsibility in relationships. You’re tempted to impose restrictions as romantic feelings deepen. Keep letting that stuff go.

Virgo

You see the need to make specific choices, distinguishing a more distinct direction than one taken in the recent past. Saturn now direct says to stop trying to create tipping points. Your success is the steady culmination of past actions. Uh-oh? In truth, you needn’t be so dutiful and reverential to those you think have all the power. The validation and authority you seek are within. Mercury and Venus opposed Pluto points to the need for a love affair with self. Keep focus on you. As a Virgo friend once said: Comparison is violence.

Libra

Saturn direct releases a storehouse of energy you’ve stockpiled. To reap full benefit, accept increasing fortune with utter humility. Now is time to define your USP—unique selling point—which is key to long-term success. There is no boon in being multifaceted; it breeds half-baked products, ideas and services. Focus on the one thing. And work it for all its worth. As you narrow your niche, you simplify the equation, adding up to more time and money. Mars leaving Libra, Saturday, is the cosmic equivalent of laying down arms.

Scorpio

Unhitch your wagon from anyone else’s star and tell any cling-ons to yours where to get off. Pluto opposing Mercury and Venus pinpoints how your being part of a collective, corporation, or cult social scene now keeps you down. You not only have the verve to extricate yourself from hives that provide no honey, you realize you are your own best asset. Pursue a singular dream even in the midst of team working. Healing is happening. Forgo activities and events that provide fleeting pleasure and only postpone lasting Joy.

Sagittarius

Life seems like a string of if-then contingencies until the Sun transits Jupiter, Thursday. In the process, you learn that being too rigid isn’t productive. Yes, you can have great expectations, but let the universe unfold of its own accord, not to your specifications and and schedule. With Uranus retrograde, you can feel at the whim of random caveats; then bam, synchronic run-ins and so-called coincidences reaffirm your faith in divine order. Quit focusing on what isn’t happening and nurture what is. Let people be who they are.

Capricorn

With Pluto opposing Venus, you’ll feel more empowered putting group aims ahead of your own. Ironically, you garner increasing praise for solo pursuits in the process. Saturn now direct may make it look easy to pull off massive projects—we know the struggle—while camaraderie with others is good on all counts. People are less likely to label you or put you in a box. That’s convenient because you’re now being urged to articulate your personal belief system. It entails forgiveness of others and the eradication of any and all excuses.

Aquarius

You shine more brightly in a firmament of like stars with whom you’re now surrounded. Be inspired by the gifted types in your midst—don’t avoid the obvious by trying not to emulate them. With Uranus retrograde you’re in no danger of being imitative. You know what it is you do best. Others heed your unique voice. In business or artistic work, as ever the twain shall meet, don’t edit yourself, rather, take your space and time to fully express what most needs it. You can make yourself scarce, socially, without utterly isolating.

Pisces

This week brings a sense of spiritual homecoming. Really and metaphorically, Pisces have been fanned out these past few months; but Saturn direct now points to true north. So accept the callings you hear, whether or not you heed them is another story. As the Sun transits Jupiter this week, it removes, from view at least, many vestiges of the past, inspiring fresh avenues of thought. You ditch worn out rituals along with the same ol’ crowd playing the same ol’ games. You crave new toys and tricks, all entendres intended.

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Haute Astrology

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

Week of July 13-19 2014

ABsolutely FABulous Cancerian Jennifer Saunders

ABsolutely FABulous Cancerian Jennifer Saunders

Cancer woman’s life journey can be characterized as one long move away from the seeming chaos of her youth toward the fulfillment of finding her own natural rhythm. Long before Linda Ronstadt marched to the beat of a different drum, Cancer girls have felt emotionally abandoned at a callow age and/or expressed their own self-abandon. It takes time’s ticking tides to emotionally process Cancer woman’s way to a calmer shore, flood myths being endemic to the cosmic energy of the sign. Instinct defines the Cancerian realm, and the lady Moonchild, in particular, develops a gut variety by way of fully embracing any rocky circumstance of her youth; the inevitable embarkation therefrom; any subsequent feelings of being “at sea” along with strong senses of hope and promise; before she can ultimately experience deliverance. Cancer and the Moon rule the 4th astrological house of both the home one comes from and the home one creates for oneself. It is the house of re-creation, which is why one should never give up hope that a Cancer woman will land herself a happy, healthy and emotionally transcendent existence. In the meantime, it can be quite a shite show. ‘Tis the season, so here come the hurricanes: Jennifer Saunders (Edina Monsoon!), Lindsay Lohan, Carly Simon, Pamela Anderson, Ludivine Sagnier, Courtney Love, Busy Phillips, Sue Lyon, Cyndi Lauper, Penny Arcade, Julianne Hough, Sofia Vergara, Phoebe Legere, Gisele Bündchen, Karen Black, Jerry Hall, Jessica Simpson, Kelly McGillis, Monica Lewinsky, Princess Diana, Imelda Marcos, Leona Helmsley, Lizzy Borden and Helen Keller are all Cancerians who might, have, at one point or other, been a little upset and needed to lie down.

 Aries

Closure is king with Mars squaring the Sun and Jupiter. A sense of completion makes you near giddy, and the more you do, the more you can do. Get any busy work out of the way, clearing the decks for heavier lifting. Reconnect with heroes, pinpointing traits you seek to emulate and embody. Now is about heeding true callings. Moisturize your elbows for some major rubbing, but resist the urge to grease anybody else’s. The humblest of gestures can be misconstrued now to have ulterior motives. It’s okay to want to be alone.

 Taurus

Post the Full Moon, opposing Sun and Jupiter, outsized encouragement fuels career advancement—or is it the other way around? In either case you can gain fuller mastery in your profession, that is so long as you acknowledge the progress you’ve made so far. Fear that good things won’t last is self-prophesying illusion. The stars show that, on the work front, there are two options: 1) what you like doing now or 2) something better. So chill and channel worrier energy into warrior action. Forward march on all creative campaigns.

 Gemini

Facing some so-called demons, you more clearly articulate your particular brand of whacked-out genius as an artist, intellectual, sociologist, activist…or fill in the blank. Mercury opposed Pluto says that personal paydays and spreading the wealth aren’t mutually exclusive. While you plan long-term planet moves, sudden travel is also in the stars. Balancing a busy biz life with a bucolic existence will characterize your near-future existence. You learn more about life and joy from nature than from any self-help manual.

 Cancer

In the wake of the Full Moon, professional reputation is paramount. Fostering a fine one depends on your ability to specialize, with laser focus, in order to distinguish yourself from the pack. You will change the career headline by accepting more responsibility on the work front. Venus in Cancer by Friday provides ease in competitions. It also signals good fortune for an intimate you’ve aided in an emotional struggle. Being there for loved ones has amped your overall beneficence, which now attracts some great karmic rewards.

 Leo

There is a fine line between curiosity and suspicion, sacrifice and victimization, stillness and inertia, as you soon realize. With Jupiter entering Leo, the gauze drops from the lens through which others see you. So-called faults are made obvious so that you may work to refine or even appreciate them or both. Accept criticism given you by colleagues and cronies. Avoid getting defensive. Solicit advice. Then take it. Dormant family issues may spring up. Be aggressively neutral. For you, any battles are rightly relegated to the past.

 Virgo

Expect the unexpected with Mercury opposing Uranus, which brings offers, breaks and prospects from out of the blue. That said you must meet opportunities half way, plopping into situations that truly suit you, making direct contact with helping hands you could slip a grip. And this should go without saying but: Speak only the truth. Now isn’t time to pose or fabricate; and you gain no points by feigning nonchalance. With Venus entering Cancer, a stifling of unrequited feelings results in an explosion of them. Express yourself!

 Libra

In the wake of the Full Moon you shake up the status quo, honoring your inner need for change. Mind that restlessness doesn’t turn to recklessness lest you alienate those whose favor you value. Mars in Libra can cause head-butting with clients or colleagues, fueled by friction at home. But as it trines Venues, take stock of, and perhaps apologize to, those you may’ve scapegoated. This can be a time of new beginnings and sure successes if you remove what energetic blocks you can. Make sure amends are heartfelt not perfunctory.

Scorpio

First impressions are everything. And Pluto opposed Mercury provides X-ray vision into other’s hearts and minds. The upshot is, you’re equally transparent. This will jolt those used to your being a closed book (especially you). Some may count you “on their side” unquestioningly. Voicing contrary opinions can jar but others but provide impetus for change. Mercury trine Neptune says a long lost someone may make a big reentry. This person is a mirror; and you’re ready to confront aspects of Self s/he embodies, sans fear.

Sagittarius

Venus trine Mars exposes inherent biases formed in childhood conditioning. People you knee-jerk label gauche may very well emerge to be most valued acquaintances. With Jupiter entering Leo, a project for which you had passion, poured blood, sweat and tears into, then shelved for fear of failure, can be dusted off. You show true grit in overriding doubts and naysayers you once let derail you. But, on the other side of the same coin, can you resist sycophants kissing up to you or are you an egoist all-day sucker for them?

 Capricorn

Coming off the Capricorn Full Moon, focus is on clearly analyzing deals and offers. Remember that nothing’s personal and let discernment be your sole business directive. Empty promises of the past have left you skeptical, but you’ve no fear of falling for something slim or shady. Au contraire: It’s being too jaded and thus not recognizing a good thing when it presents itself now that concerns us. With Mars squaring Jupiter, a dead end is a breakthrough yet to happen. Leave no stone unturned in letting yourself be heard.

 Aquarius

Though you’ve a reputation for being generally open and accepting, you can find one-on-one associations most challenging. With Venus trine Mars, individuals demand intimacy just as you field more flirty stares on the street. Putting effort into your relationships is tantamount to increased emotional intelligence. In career, you’re subtly fierce, asserting a new creative agenda without compromise, finding the process of internal discovery most rewarding. And that gnawing sensation you feel is gut instinct fairly aching to be trusted.

 Pisces

There is a symbiotic relationship now between self discipline and spiritual awakening; Even an exercise routine is more about gaining peace of mind than muscle tone. Your vistas expand with Jupiter conjunct the Sun. Actual travel is likely, while, you surely voyage inwardly. Your financial profile is rosier. And a paradoxical concoction of wider renown and more privacy is in the stars. Striking a better balance between private and professional life is the residue of a mindful design to bring all aspects of life into concert.

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