Starvoice • 02.17.12

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

David Geffen turns 69 on Tuesday. The out record executive and film producer has been among the richest Americans according to Forbes magazine having an estimated net worth of $4 billion and some change. He was recently awarded the President’s Merit award for his contributions to the music industry at this month’s 53rd Grammy Awards.

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THIS WEEK

Mercury in Pisces now semi-sextile to Venus in Aries suggests one of those old screwball comedies where mad impulses and misunderstandings lead to love and happiness. Charm and humor will conquer all.

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AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
Don’t be afraid of arguments. New angles of discussion open your mind to intriguing new ideas. A little shock adds extra value. The trick is to accept challenges more than you offer them.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
Being garrulous, will open doors. Some you may want to shut again in a hurry. Still the good outweighs the bad. Listen more than you talk, but speak up and you’ll hear something important.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
Use any disagreement as a test of your diplomatic skills. The voices in your head are offering advice, not orders. Think before acting but don’t worry, you’re not crazy.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
Make social commitments as tentative as you can. Your friends want your company and social occasions areadvantageous, but you might be even better off quietly with a few well-chosen pals.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
Don’t let social temptations distract you from your career. Use them to network. Be attentive to moves behind the scenes and disappointments that could prove to be blessings in disguise.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
Engage confusing new ideas. Clarity will come. Intellectual and aesthetic challenges bring opportunities to advance professionally and socially. Don’t be afraid to ask friends or experts to help.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Your sexual allure opens erotic treasures or Pandora’s box. Sublimation can help your career. Dangers lurk at indulgence. Use foresight and look for opportunities outside the bedroom.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
A long phase in your life begins where relationships are more complicated. Impulses open hidden depths and new communications with your lover. Mixed signals are part of the process.

LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
Your efforts to help are easily seen as aggressive meddling. Ask first if your suggestions would be welcome. Attending to your own tasks is usually the better way to set an example.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
As strong as your feelings are steel yourself to welcome constructive criticism as an opportunity to improve. Real friends are not flatterers, but tell the truth.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
Uncovering family treasures helps you realize how much you have to offer in your work. Talking with family elders? Pay special attention to the family’s health history.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
Check and double-check your facts very carefully. Right or wrong, you are also likely to anger people in charge. Take it slow and easy; be diplomatic.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 17, 2012.

—  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