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 • 11.04.11

By Jack FertigHMatarazzo

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Heather Matarazzo turns 29 on Thursday. The actress made her name early as Dawn Weiner in the 1995 indie Welcome to the Dollhouse. She went on to star in The Princess Diaries, Scream 3 and, most recently, Mangus! which was shot in Dallas by Texas filmmaker Ash Christian. She recently contributed to The Huffington Post a piece on growing up gay and religious.

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THIS WEEK

Mars opposes Neptune just before going into Virgo. Showing off an excessive aggression or internalized anger will exact a price that you’ll have to pay very soon. Meditation and swimming help, but contact sports are dangerous. You may go overboard with creative hobbies, but those excesses can draw out inner truths.

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SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
Self-consciousness provokes you to overdo things, hurting yourself or complicating your work. Think less about yourself, more about your partner: committed, for the moment or hypothetically.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
Mixed messages and rumors hurt your reputation. Defensiveness makes it worse. Look at the problem as one to heal with good humor, even at your expense. Clear it up.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
You’re over-competitive at work. Pay attention to nagging inner voices. They can help correct your perspective even if you don’t like what they say. Charity work will also do you much good.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
Don’t take personal criticisms too seriously. You don’t need to prove your intellectual prowess, but you may need to admit to your limitations so you can expand your wisdom.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
Give yourself room to be a drama queen to let frustrations out. Friends will be a lot more supportive than you expect. Being too nice can work against you; focus on being just nice enough.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
An ego trip has a hard landing. Your ruler Mars opposing Neptune makes it hard to know whether you’re offering too much or too little. Someone who knows your heart best can tell you how big it really is.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
Your erotic charms are irresistible. How you use them tells a lot about your values. You’re better off keeping your reputation clean. Honesty and strategy are crucial to winning at work.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
You can charm your partner into almost anything, but use this openness to work on issues in your relationship. The high-minded approach is harder but yields better results.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
This week’s full moon brings out your wild. Shocking friends, making new ones and starting some titillating gossip. Enemies at work try to use that against you. Turn it to your advantage.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Arguments with your partner are based on misunderstanding and overreactions. More empathy would help. Worries about money are exaggerated. The outlook will improve very soon.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Channel your worries into exercise. Swimming and martial arts are best. A wave of domestic bliss offers serious improvements. Sexual competition is fun; taking it seriously can get dangerous.

LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
Sometimes your charm comes too easily. Overdoing it can alienate some people. What does your partner think about your flirtations? Accept criticism graciously and think seriously about it.

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

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 4, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas