Starvoice • 02.24.12

By Jack Fertigstarvoice

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Antonio Sabato Jr. turns 40 on Wednesday. The handsome actor has made women and men swoon since his days as a Calvin Klein model and soap opera star. He embraced his appeal to gays by appearing on the cover of The Advocate in 2006. He played the “gay best friend” in an episode of Hot in Cleveland last year and appears in this year’s Celebrity Wife Swap.

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THIS WEEK

The sun in Pisces opposing Mars in Virgo starts lots of picky, whiney, hyper-critical arguments. Put aside your own “needs” and offer what you can to others.

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PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
Focus on being a better partner. That means allowing some space, being less co-ependent. Enjoy your birthday, but impulse spending would prove surprisingly expensive.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
Staying calm, focused and cooperative on the task ahead is a real challenge. Keep faultfinding to yourself; be mature, stoic and farsighted. It will get easier next week.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
Friends feel like they’re more trouble than they’re worth. Go hide and relax. Social obligations at work are especially difficult. Prioritize; do what you must and save time to recharge your batteries.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
Make the impossible work with a balance of inspiration and practicality. That crazy idea that comes out of nowhere could be the key. Test it before you commit, but at least check it out.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
New situations are overwhelming, even confusing. Resist temptation to retreat. Push through the fog. Not only can you rise to the occasion, but you will find the effort rewarding.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Efforts to smooth over problems backfire big time. Face the music and deal with it. Put that sunshine to work rallying support for a real solution.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Even well intended advice can go very wrong. Pay attention and receive it politely. If it sounds like a good idea, consider it very carefully before acting on it.

LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
Don’t take anything for granted. It may seem tedious work to spell out all the little details, but it is worth the trouble. The less you boast, the more attractive they will make you.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
Losing friends without creating trouble is hard. Be gentle and polite. If they accuse you of being overly-critical, smile agreeably. That’s just a harsh way of saying you have higher standards.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
You’re on a power surge. It could build momentum at work and push you into a better job. If you are considering any big risks with your work, this is the time to take them, but think ahead.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
Your goals are realistic, but you need to get your ego out of the way. Negatives overshadow the issue now. Bring those to light. Soon you’ll see the positives more clearly.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
A good argument could cost you. Be restrained and pragmatic; keep your ears open. Elicit information, but don’t contradict. You could learn something very useful, even profitable.

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

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 24, 2012.

—  Kevin Thomas

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 • 02.03.12

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Kathy Najimy turns 55 on Monday. The actress has been making us laugh since her role as Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act to appearances in gay-friendly fare such as Ugly Betty, Drop Dead Diva and Desperate Housewives. She appeared in the Jennifer Aniston-directed TV movie Five last year and is set to appear in BearCity 2, touted as a hirsute Sex and the City.

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THIS WEEK

Venus is entering Aries, good for sports and trashy fun, not so much for emotional and financial investments. But then she aspects Uranus and Jupiter, so be open for some very fun surprises.

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AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
Your dazzling brilliance may offend some. Don’t hold back. Just be sensitive and ready to apologize if necessary, or just politic. It doesn’t have to be a big deal, but arguing will make it one.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
It’s too easy to say much and give away the store. Let people wonder how much you do know makes you look wiser. Set aside some money for an impulse purchase.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
A new you will break into the open. It could be a daring new look or a talent that refuses to be hidden If you worry about that disrupting your relationships, holding it in will be even worse.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
Trust those instincts and intuitions. That voice inside has important messages. Friends will disappoint you. They’re only human, but are they really friends? Keep a shrewd eye on their motives.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
Showing off your intellectual brilliance can cause more trouble than it solves. If you want to shake things up, you could be very effective, but the only way you can make peace is to stay quiet.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
Remember the soul is eternal. Attend to material realities. Success pulls you away from home and family, but is that so bad? A little separation there doesn’t need to be a complete break.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Winning arguments by intimidation costs you. Gaining allies takes effort and attentive listening. You can change your mind about strategy and details without sacrificing principles.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Be very careful of nervous inflammations, as they may impact the bowels. Cleanliness, relaxation and a healthy sex life are the best care. Improving the work process will irritate colleagues.

LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
Efforts to start or refresh a relationship will open surprises that take you in directions you’re not ready for. Being a control queen will backfire horribly. Just roll with it and see where it goes.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
Nobody can be right all the time, but correct your own mistakes. Did your friends really screw up, or were your expectations unfair? What’s right is more important than who’s right.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
You can’t hold back your rebellious streak, but channel it creatively to boost your standing at work and invigorate your partnership. Go ahead and take a chance.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
Confusion is good for the soul, provoking you to examine yourself deeper. Changes should feel uncomfortable if they provoke real opportunities. Stay focused on the long haul.

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

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 3, 2012.

—  Kevin Thomas

Starvoice • 01.27.12

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Greg Louganis turns 52 on Sunday. The diver won gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. Now he coaches up-and-coming divers. Louganis also competes in dog agility contests and wrote a second book, For the Life of Your Dog. His first book, Breaking the Surface, recounted his coming out and his HIV diagnosis and was a New York Times bestseller.

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THIS WEEK

Neptune coming home to Pisces this Feb. 3 brings 14 years of heightened mysticism, romanticism, sensitivity, passions and decadence. The last time around (1848-1862) was the height of the Romantic era and the beginning of the spiritualist movements.

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AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
Flirtatious impulses prove a bit too extravagant. Remember, one perfect rose is more elegant than a dozen. Don’t dwell on the past. Think about the future and how to get there.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
With your co-ruler Neptune coming to stay the next 14 years, you will feel more in tune, a mixed blessing. Focus and shield your sensitivity. To care for others effectively, care for yourself first.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
Weird insights make you wonder how much you know yourself. Pushing yourself harder makes things tough on those around you. Ask why you do that and whether it’s really necessary.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
Who are your friends really? The answers are surprising. Focus on the good. As much as some people may deserve your wrath, be careful not to say anything you’ll regret later.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
There is a middle ground between needless controversies and sweeping important issues under the rug. Blowhard, diplomat or sycophant? The role you choose will brand you for a long time.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
What friends say about your sex life is none of their business, but it may be true. Being sensitive, open and patient with others helps to improve your reputation, in ways you don’t expect.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Work on your relationship karma. Find new, creative ways to do that. Being nice to your friends is too easy. Reach out to new people. If you have someone special do something special.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Personal relationships get more complex. Your efforts at charm and rationalization to clear the air are beside the point. Welcome the magic and mystery. It can do you a lot of good.

LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
When self-improvement becomes competition, look at what inner demons are feeding that. Meditation and self-examination bring out your deep, inner beauty.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
Arguments at home are about stresses outside. Home should be where you can discuss your agitation and get better insights. Stay calm and focused and it could be.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
Humility, charity and a bit of self-deprecating humor are key. A critical review of recent career moves can suggest new directions, but don’t change quite yet.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
Worries about your career are not entirely unfounded. Watch out for new opportunities. They will cost you, but may be worth the price. Look ahead and think carefully.

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

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 27, 2012

—  Kevin Thomas

Starvoice • 01-13.12

By Jack Fertigdolly-parton

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Dolly Parton turns 66 on Thursday. The Queen of Country Music is just as busy as ever. In 2011, she recorded her 41st studio album Better Day and subsequently hit the road in support of it. She returns to the big screen and costars with Oscar nominee Queen Latifah in the comedy Joyful Noise as a choir director’s widow. The movie was released this month.

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THIS WEEK

Still in Capricorn, the sun squares Saturn, which can feel limiting; turn that “limit” into focusing on goals. Entering Aquarius on the 20th, the sun squares Jupiter in Taurus offering brilliant opportunities. Some are good, but be skeptical. If it looks too good to be true it is.
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CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
It’s easy to feel beat down about where your hard work hasn’t gotten you. Focus on what you have accomplished. That can lead you to a more effective use of your resources.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
Some down time will do you good. Starting or joining a provocative family discussion can be very educational; go ahead, stir it up. Bruised feelings will quickly heal.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
You could be a big hit at a dungeon party. Personal insights are better explored with a friend you can really trust. You may uncover inner resources you’d never dreamed of.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
New friends tempt you to do things you’d never expect. That could get expensive. Opening your mind to new possibilities can lead to financial opportunities. but watch your wallet.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
Vanity leads to a fall. You’ve nothing to prove. Those who love you may seem demanding, but rise to the occasion. The challenge will make you stronger.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
Some things are better left unsaid. Much as you prefer full frontal frankness, think a bit about what the best strategy really is. However apt, sexual analogies can be more disruptive than helpful.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
Re-affirm any New Year’s resolutions about quitting a habit or losing weight. To prioritize and simplify, make three lists: professional contacts; friends you care about; those you don’t.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Harsh words with colleagues come back to haunt you. Putting what needs to be said nicely can be a huge boost to your career. Accept an invitation to something you’d normally never do.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Your first ideas are likely to be extravagant and wasteful, but don’t let disillusionment stop you. Accept scarcity as a challenge to your creativity. At least you’ll never run out of ideas.

LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
A beautifying regimen causes your baby to wonder who you’re prettying-up for. It also arouses envy among your single friends. Focus on your health and your natural beauty will shine.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
A break from your past seems liberating. You need to criticize and innovate, but build on your past. Even negative examples and painful lessons serve a purpose.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
Do something nice for your darling — housework is always appreciated. Showing off will mess it up. Just do whatever’s needed. The less you draw attention, the more it will be appreciated.

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

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 13, 2012.

 

—  Kevin Thomas

Starvoice • 01.06.12

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Kate Middleton turns 30 on Monday. The new Duchess of Cambridge married Prince William and the entire world watched. The Royal Wedding was one of the biggest moments of 2011 and Middleton didn’t disappoint. As princess, she seems to be holding her own against the media and in a short time, has become a fashion icon due to her sophisticated fashion sense.

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THIS WEEK

Mars in Virgo quincunx to Eris can make people bitchy and competitive. As the sun aspects those two you can see better how to turn that energy to constructive self-criticism. Mercury conjoining Pluto in Capricorn focuses that energy and raises the stakes.

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CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
Be very careful with your money. A deal that sounds too good to be true is. Set aside a little for an impulsive indulgence. If you can’t say anything nice, go chat with Virgo.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
Check out an art show with someone very new and different, or rent the most outré movie you can find. It could inspire a new look, but test it with a trusted friend before taking it public.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
The deep personal insights you’re gaining should be kept private. Well, mostly. You may find earning power in skills you haven’t appreciated.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
Getting ahead depends on self-discipline, attention to details and questions of skill. Subtle hints from superiors save a lot of grief. The Golden Rule makes confusion more manageable.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
Worrying about your career doesn’t help, but list concerns and look for answers. “Helpful” friends offer hundreds of ideas. A few are actually good. A relaxing time out helps you restore clarity.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
Sexual frustration is about quality, not quantity. The need for emotional depth and commitment surprises you. If partnered, you’re overdue for a good talk.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
It’s easy to obsess on minutiae. Clear out garbage and clutter. Your partner or good friend will be glad to help you decide what needs to go. Let a sibling get saddled with the family keepsakes.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Being sensitive to others helps you get ahead, but keep boundaries clear. Confusion easily feeds into arguments. Keep a critical eye on yourself can fend off trouble.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
A mad, passionate fling leaves you spinning and wanting more. It’s not love, so keep your expectations in check. Your wicked tongue is a potent weapon. Be careful where you aim that thing.

LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
Would a tawdry affair make you feel cheap and used? That could be half the fun. Keep your eyes open and your mind clear. If you do get swept off your feet, you will have to pick up the mess.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
Pressure at work is largely in your own head. Plan long-term strategies but they have to be flexible. Burning off energy with some friends will help you from being a pain to your colleagues.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
Do your best work and let it speak for itself. You don’t need to prove anything. When those nagging voices fill your brain, identify where they come from and get rid of them.

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

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 6, 2012.

—  Michael Stephens

Starvoice • 12.30.11

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Todd Haynes turns 51 on Monday. The gay filmmaker sparked the New Queer Cinema movement with his 1991 feature debut Poison. Since then, he’s gone in a variety of directions with films like Velvet Goldmine, Far From Heaven and I’m Not There. His most recent work was seen on HBO as he directed Kate Winslet in the title role of Mildred Pierce.

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THIS WEEK

Venus in Aquarius sextile Eris, both quincunx to Mars in Virgo, makes people “helpful” with criticism, but sensitive in receiving it. Those who can take it and use it will benefit most. Put aside any defensiveness; listen and learn.

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CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
Your bleak vision of the future is more accurate than most. Opportunities can still be found. Trust your intuition. It’s not cynical if you bring others up with you.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
Feeling unsure of what you believe is a healthy step toward deeper convictions. This is a learning opportunity: keep an open mind; listen to different opinions. Then take time to sort it out.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
Sexual frustration can reveal spiritual needs more than any lack of quantity or technical skill. If you can’t be with the one you truly love, take time out to focus on those deeper needs.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
You are too eager to get ahead, creating discord among co-workers. It takes some effort to keep an open mind and ears to match. Ttry talking softer and listening harder.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
Focus on how your personal goals can serve the world at large. Keep your critical urges constructive and focused on yourself. Improve techniques at work and play to better your own life.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
Much as you want to fix things at home you may be better off out with your friends. Maybe community work? If you need to deal with hypercriticism, target number one is in the mirror.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
You push and work too hard to appear in control. Be on top of the job, not on top of your co-workers. Listen to them and remember you’re all on the same team.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Being a drama queen is entertaining to others, but not in the way you want. There are better ways to deal with your worries. Focus. A mature, sensible voice is at hand with any help you need.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Worrying never helps. Put your imagination to better use. Examples and lessons from your family will help and can be a springboard toward new inspiration.

LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
Be alert to hidden enemies. Carelessness in conversations can create more. An air of creative mystery can get you into a torrid affair. It probably won’t last, but enjoy it while it does.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
You’re feeling feisty, ambitious and sharp. To avoid counterproductive arguments, keep your mind on what’s important in the long run. Getting bogged down is a great way to lose the war.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
Heed those hunches that suggest new job opportunities. Of course you have to check them out with solid info, but take those steps. A new sport helps you keep fit mentally and physically.

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

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 30, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Starvoice • 12.23.11

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

David Sedaris turns 55 on Monday. The openly gay author first came to attention with his 1992 broadcast of his SantaLand Diaries on NPR. He’s written iconic bestsellers such as 1997’s Naked and 2000’s Me Talk Pretty One Day, but received major criticism for an article in The Guardian this past summer about exotic Chinese food and culture that was deemed insensitive.

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THIS WEEK

The sun conjoining Pluto in Capricorn heightens awareness of authority and bureaucratic structures that hem us in, as well as the revolutionary urge to smash them. Impulsive acts of rebellion are disastrous. Revolutions need careful planning.

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CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
While your intuitions about money are on the mark it helps to double-check the facts. Avoid dithering and second-guessing yourself. Being rigorous is good; beating yourself up isn’t.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
There is such a thing as being too nice when you can’t hide bitchy undertones. There are no secrets. Whatever you say will slip out. Talk about celebrities instead of gossiping.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
Your intuition and advice are worth more than you realize. If you listened to yourself, you’d be better off! Blurting out a secret proves to your advantage if it’s your secret and nobody else’s.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
Sudden outbursts reveal hidden depths and secret strengths. Open up to your insightful friends. Working too hard can upset the apple cart. Pace yourself to be effective with your colleagues.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
Sassy, daring boldness is atypical for Taureans, but work whatever energy you have to get ahead. You reveal more of yourself than you had intended, but that should work in your favor, too.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
Any simmering domestic problems are sure to boil over. To head off resentments, open up to your partner first about personal fears and anxieties and see how that feeds the other issues.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
Holidays put stress on relationships. This decade is especially tough for that, and the next few years will be worse. Talk about your shared commitment and learn from rough spots.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Being nice with people can be a challenge, but honing your teamwork skills makes it worthwhile. The real trick is to balance that with creative impulses that require your individual initiative.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Working at enjoyment misses the point. Working toward an accomplishment can slide into obsession. If something is supposed to be fun isn’t any more, step back and think about it.

LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
When the going gets tough, the tough get creative. A spat shows serious problems unsuspected, but the solution is within reach. It’s not easy, but small sacrifices on both sides fix it.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
Your revolutionary ideas are on the right track, but discuss them with an expert who shares your ideals. If your partner feels neglected swallow your pride, apologize, and deal with it.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
What would your perfect job look like? You will have the opportunity to improve your work situation. For now, nurture the ideal.

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

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 23, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Starvoice • 12.16.11

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Jennifer Beals turns 48 on Monday. The actress came to fame in the iconic ’80s film Flashdance. But it wasn’t until 2004 when she resonated with the lesbian community playing Bette Porter for six seasons of The L Word. Since the show’s cancellation in 2009, she’s been seen in The Book of Eli with Denzel Washington and the canceled 2011 Fox series The Chicago Code.

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THIS WEEK

Just before the solstice when the sun enters Capricorn, Venus will leave Cap for Aquarius. It makes a good combination for looking forward with good imagination and your feet solidly on the ground. Start making sensible plans for next year.

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SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
Being helpful at holiday parties can get you into a better job. Keep a clear head and the rest should fall into place. Missed opportunities could come knocking again. Don’t rule anything out.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
While your intuitions about money are on the mark it helps to double-check the facts. Avoid dithering and second-guessing yourself. Being rigorous is good; beating yourself up isn’t.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
There is such a thing as being too nice when you can’t hide bitchy undertones. There are no secrets. Whatever you say will slip out. Talk about celebrities instead of gossiping.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
Your intuition and advice are worth more than you realize. If you listened to yourself, you’d be better off! Blurting out a secret proves to your advantage if it’s your secret and nobody else’s.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
Get wild and creative. Explore new ideas. Just remember you are experimenting. Keep it light and fun. Being too sure of yourself can make you look pompous and/or get you into trouble.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
Make every effort to be open-minded. Your ability to assimilate and gain insight can prove very helpful at work. Opportunity will come soon and unexpectedly; be ready for anything.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
Difficult issues need addressing. Be considerate when telling your partner how you feel. The middle ground between saying too much or too little can be hard to negotiate.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
High hopes for the holidays are dashed. Reconciling between high ideals and realistic expectations is part of growing up. Taking a longer view will help you keep a positive perspective.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Christmas is whose birthday? Not yours. You just want to make things fun and bright, but it’s too easy to overdo it. A quiet hug or a small, elegant gesture is often more effective than a big to-do.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Holidays are not about getting historical facts right, disturbing your family with revelations or proving something. Think about what matters, and when and how best to tell them — but later.

LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
Shocking your partner can be a good thing, but not with a cattle prod. When creative passions go overboard let your sweetie reel you in. Just let that be a further creative challenge.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
Your critical eye on community affairs is not always appreciated. Getting the diplomacy right can be a challenge. Don’t be wishy-washy or obtuse. Solicit a friend to help get your point across.

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

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 16, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

Starvoice • 12.09.11

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Susan Powter turns 54 on Monday. The fitness trainer gained fame through informercials, The Susan Powter Show and her catch phrase “stop the insanity” in the ’90s. The former Dallas-based entrepeneur came out in 2004 and has three sons. This year, Powter was a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race in February and profiled on Good Morning America in October.

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THIS WEEK

Mars in Virgo sesqui-square Jupiter in Taurus goads people to be more stubborn, assertive and critical. Listening patiently and graciously, and learning how to improve, gives you an edge. Being a cranky know-it-all doesn’t.

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SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
Trying too hard to be a big shot only guarantees you’ll never be one. Focus on modesty and your hard work speaks for itself. Learn from criticism, but consider the source.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
Knowing your inner strength makes you generous and kind. Being mature, thoughtful and aesthetically conservative helps you get ahead. Being smug will only bring you down.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
Difficult family secrets can leave you wondering who you really are. Analyzing sibling rivalry can shed some light on the mystery. Feeling lost is the admission that leads to finding your true self.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
You might be able to avoid arguments that threaten your relationships and career. You don’t have to like, accept or agree with everything you hear, but you should consider it.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
Even when working on organizing minutiae, don’t get caught up in details. Keep an eye on the larger picture. You may need to sacrifice a battle to achieve victory.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
Getting more physical and less cerebral helps you live a more balanced life. Instant gratification is a distraction from meeting your real needs. With thoughtful planning you’ll achieve the latter.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
Start work on recent relationship problems. You feel stuck at first. That will pass. Evaluate your patience and commitment and your partner’s, but save that information for a later decision.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
Looking too far ahead trips you up. Hone your expertise on details that need immediate attention. It takes effort to be diplomatic, especially at work. Criticism is best focused on oneself.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Playing hard hurts friendships and your reputation. Striving for a personal best is better than crushing your opponents. Focusing on technique and personal accomplishment helps you at work.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
If you can’t avoid fights, make an effort to listen. Consider other viewpoints, little as you may like them. It will all make sense later. The best solutions may come slowly. Be patient.

LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
Worries about mortality or the meaning of life make you eager to figure it all out. Talking it out with a good friend raises more questions than answers. That’s good, honest and real.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
Pessimism and striving for control drive away those you love. List your priorities and another of your assets. Some problems you can solve. Others you just need to let go of.

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

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 9, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens