Starvoice • 07.22.11

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Kevin Spacey turns 52 on Tuesday. The two-time Oscar winner battled gay rumors by blatantly not talking about his personal life. Apparently he had enough when he told both Playboy and Gotham magazines that he is not gay. Currently starring in Horrible Bosses, his latest cause is fighting for freedom for the people of Belarus with fellow celebs Mick Jagger and Jude Law.LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
What’s most important to you? Being fabulous only works when it serves a deeper purpose. That’s what you need to get clearer on. When it’s all over, what do you want to be remembered for?

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THIS WEEK

Mercury and Neptune are in opposition, creating a struggle between rationality and irrational, artistic passions. Religion and atheism are articles of faith that cannot be explained or proven. Artistic appreciation is subjective. You can explain and describe how you feel about all those things especially well now, but there’s no winning any arguments there.

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VIRGO Aug 23-Sep 22
Self-criticism promotes self-improvement. Taking to heart every negative piece of crap around you is another thing. Filtering is your forte. Consider the intent behind remarks aimed at you.

LIBRA Sep 23-Oct 22
Let friends distract you from your worries, but let a few help you sort out the real problems from the pointless head trips. Helping others worse off also helps you keep perspective.

SCORPIO Oct 23-Nov 21
As your artistic vision turns to deeper directions, friends lead you to new possibilities. Let go of logic. Inspirations for your career also defy logic, but think ahead before acting on them.

SAGITTARIUS Nov 22-Dec 20
To know where you’re going you need to know clearly where you’ve been. Deep affection and new understandings are great, but don’t lose perspective.

CAPRICORN Dec 21-Jan 19
Nothing is quite right. Some mad, flashy display like a drag show or surrealist art exhibit should put you in the state of acceptance to make more intuitive connections.

AQUARIUS Jan 20-Feb 18
Sometimes you can’t even connect with your most beloved, adoring partner on what’s sexy. Relax and hold on to your self-confidence. It will pass.

PISCES Feb 19-Mar 19
When you lose track of yourself, trust your partner to tell you. Throw yourself into your work. The tasks you take greatest pride in will get you back on track.

ARIES Mar 20-Apr 19
Pay attention to details. Don’t obsess. When you find yourself losing perspective, stop and breathe. Take your work seriously, but not morbidly so. A little fun and relaxation is necessary.

TAURUS Apr 20-May 20
Change a few things around the house. If you don’t live alone, your frenetic aesthetics could be disrupting. Talk with your roommates or family members. They help you develop a plan.

GEMINI May 21-Jun 20
Family chats get very dramatic. Is your sibling helpful or a provocateur? You do need to talk, but be more careful about what you actually say. Also, be very careful to listen.

CANCER Jun 21-Jul 22
Remember what’s important. Advance ideas to provoke discussion to learn from others. Facts and figures aren’t everything, but when using them, make sure they’re accurate.

Jack Fertig can be reached at 415-864-8302 or Starjack.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 22, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Starvoice • 04.22.11

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYkevin-james

Kevin James turns 46 on Tuesday. The burly comedian and actor won the hearts of bear lovers everywhere with his show The King of Queens. Initially, his film I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry with Adam Sandler was deemed as insulting to the community, but GLAAD defended it saying, “in its own disarming way, it’s a call for equality and respect.”

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THIS WEEK

Mars, Jupiter and Eris are all lining up together in Aries. This is a very rare triple conjunction that increases impulsiveness, aggression and competitiveness. Fights and wars are very likely to break out. As ethnic and sexual/gender communities become more assertive there is likely to be a strong reaction. Think ahead and keep your eyes open!

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TAURUS Apr 20-May 20
Personal problems on the back burner are liable to boil over. Current upsets could prove to be blessings in disguise. Swallow your pride and get perspective by helping others.

GEMINI May 21-Jun 20
Your friends’ support help you achieve anything, but do you support them? Talk with them to see how your intentions dovetail and overlap. Generosity and synergy are keys to success.

CANCER Jun 21-Jul 22
A little audacity goes a long way, but your eagerness for success comes off way too hard. Study The Art of War by Sun Tzu, not the march-and-slaughter techniques of General Ulysses Grant.

LEO Jul 23-Aug 22
The more you keep your mouth shut the more you will understand where your opportunities are. There is a time to roar, loud and fierce. Think surgical, not sledgehammer.

VIRGO Aug 23-Sep 22
Trying to convince others you’re hot undermines the effect. If you have to tell people you are, you’re not. Just knowing it and feeling it will carry the message.

LIBRA Sep 23-Oct 22
What most people overlook about Libras is that you can be very shrewd competitors. A fierce side is coming out. Rein in that passion and think ahead.

SCORPIO Oct 23-Nov 21
Do your best work. Trying to best others will arouse anger. Keep that attitude in your exercise. Pushing yourself too hard is dangerous, and pushing others aside could start a fight.

SAGITTARIUS Nov 22-Dec 20
Find a creative way to express your fierceness, in writing, song or onstage. Any artistic medium is good, but if it involves sharps, flames or chemicals, be careful!

CAPRICORN Dec 21-Jan 19
Are you channeling Scarlett O’Hara? Fight for your home or community, but pick your battles carefully and be careful not to cross swords needlessly with those closest to you.

AQUARIUS Jan 20-Feb 18
Your mouth is more dangerous than ever. Efforts to be witty, provocative and incisive can go way over the top before you realize half of what you said. If it’s too brilliant, write it down.

PISCES Feb 19-Mar 19
Your finances could skyrocket or just blow up in your face. Discipline and hard work are the key. You may need to think fast and move fast, but be sure to think first. Guard against impulse.

ARIES Mar 20-Apr 19
Never forget the people who have helped you along. Even your opponents deserve respect at the very least for how they’ve challenged you and forced you to improve.

Jack Fertig can be reached at 415-864-8302 or Starjack.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 22, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Starvoice • 03.11.11

By Jack Fertigstarvoice

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Kevin Williamson turns 46 on Monday. The screenwriter scared us with his Scream trilogy and upgraded the teenage drama with Dawson’s Creek. The out writer keeps churning out the hits with his latest TV creation The Vampire Diaries and has just penned the script for Scream 4.

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THIS WEEK

A Mercury-Saturn opposition normally sharpens minds as well as tongues, but with Neptune in hard aspect to both planets, misguided bitchiness and ill-considered control games are a lot more likely. Examine your own anxieties. They are too easily projected onto others.

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PISCES Feb 19-Mar 19
How does sex fit in your relationships, reflect your values and connect you to your deeper self? Take time to meditate, to understand better whatever gaps you may be trying to fill.

ARIES Mar 20-Apr 19
Ideas from the top of your head are probably wrong. Take time to figure out why. Well-meaning friends stumble in their efforts to assure you; give them credit for trying.

TAURUS Apr 20-May 20
Being a raging control queen will not relieve the stress; getting some professional help could. Relax. Meditate. Doing nothing is the best answer. Consider process and priorities.

GEMINI May 21-Jun 20
Your friends lead you astray if you give them a chance. It could be an adventure if you’re ready to pay the price. Think ahead, but remember the biggest regrets are the things you didn’t do.

CANCER Jun 21-Jul 22
Don’t keep secrets. Keep your attention elsewhere. You’re probably exaggerating threats from someone close to you. Staying focused on goals will help you keep perspective.

LEO Jul 23-Aug 22
Resisting the urge to correct ideas can be the biggest challenge. A touch of surrealism can be fun. If practicality is necessary, ask how those wild ideas would work rather than insisting they can’t.

VIRGO Aug 23-Sep 22
Whatever you say is likely to come out sounding dirtier than you intend. That can be great for fantasy role-play, but awkward in real life. Listen between the lines for what’s really important.

LIBRA Sep 23-Oct 22
Enjoy some twisted fun now, but trying to make it last will get less fun. Criticism to or from your partner is more projection than either of you admit. Do not start or end a relationship now.

SCORPIO Oct 23-Nov 21
Worries about home and family are exaggerated, but not out of place. Meditation helps keep perspective. Clean up what you can, admit you were wrong and the rest takes care of itself.

SAGITTARIUS Nov 22-Dec 20
Your mouth is determined to get you into trouble. Stick to the facts and accept lots of correction. Creative writing is safer than speaking. Just don’t let anyone read it.

CAPRICORN Dec 21-Jan 19
Criticism at home challenges you to re-evaluate your career goals.  Some adjustments may be necessary, but do not doubt yourself! You need to stay especially sharp now.

AQUARIUS Jan 20-Feb 18
Whatever you say is easily misunderstood. Hone your arguments on screen or paper where you can review your own sympathies and see how they affect your logic, or vice versa.

Jack Fertig can be reached at 415-864-8302 or Starjack.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 11, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas