Starvoice • 08.12.11

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Madonna turns 53 on Tuesday. The Queen of Pop is back in the studio working on her 12th album. She’s kept busy outside the music industry by opening her Hard Candy Fitness gyms and directing the film W.E., about the love story between King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson set for release this December.

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THIS WEEK

Good news: The sun, Mercury and Venus lining up in Leo promote bold, fun, flirtations and creative efforts. Bad news: Mars in Cancer in semi-square to those three undermine confidence and promote ill-considered aggressive efforts. Solution: Be willing to be vulnerable, start amorous overtures with a meal (or share some candy).

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LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Are you fully as bold and confident as you appear or are you covering some hurt, some fear? True courage would welcome a confidant to help resolve that hidden pain.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Friends disappoint you; they’re only human. You disappoint them, too. At some point it’s about forgiveness. Extend that sense of charity. Recruit your pals to help the poor and hungry.

LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
Problems at work complicate your long-term plans. Some backtracking is necessary to correct your course. If your boss is wrong, remember who’s the boss. Be critical, but be tactful.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
Opportunities open up for you. Be careful of distractions and half-baked innovations. Your challenge is to state your opinion with flexibility, without looking wishy-washy or sycophantic.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
Your love of loquacity is cranked up to full blast. You might be even more entertaining than you think. Listening quietly lets you be the one to get the deep insights.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
You’re a tiger in bed. Your partner may prefer a kitten. Negotiating something mutually satisfying could be very difficult. Being humble is a challenge now, but is sure to have benefits later.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
It’s no news that your mouth makes trouble. Just keep your brain ahead of it and do not reveal your partner’s secrets. Thinking ahead is what you do best. Apply that foresight in the present.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
Trying to make work fun backfires badly. Concentrate on the work and take pride in doing the best you can. Communication with colleagues gets easily confused. Keep it clear and simple.
ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
Those voices from your childhood saying “you can’t” are correct. Some, not all. Make a list of your talents and weaknesses. Improve where you can and forge ahead with your strengths.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
Take the lead on events. People flake. Work around that and forgive them. Sharing a goal doesn’t mean they have your level of enthusiasm. Accept their contributions with good grace.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
Idle chatter and gossip can be fun, but what do you really want to discuss? What did you want to learn as a child but never got around to? It’s never too late.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
Whether you take one step back from the counter or 12 steps is up to you. Where is your ego wounded? You already have what you need to heal that. Consider your strengths and resources.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 12, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

Starvoice • 07.15.11

By Jack Fertigstarvoice

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Simon Rex turns 37 on Wednesday. The actor has had quite the varied career as an actor in the TV series Felicity and Scary Movie 3 and then as a rap artist under the moniker Dirt Nasty. He also VJ’d for MTV in 1995. But most gay men might remember him for his role in Young, Hard & Solo II and the sequel.

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THIS WEEK

Relationships aren’t a competitive sport. Venus in Cancer aspecting Mars in Gemini should be good for whispering sweet nothings, but Eris aspects both, and Mars is right on the South Node. Resist temptations to be assertive and clever. Go for chocolates and exotic love poetry.

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CANCER Jun 21-Jul 22
Venus in your sign enhances your charm and beauty. Don’t be shy. Use your charm to promote charitable works. That also helps your career, but it’s no substitute for good hard work.

LEO Jul 23-Aug 22
Hide out in a creative retreat with a few friends who really stimulate your talents and productivity. Put your minds together. You and they will accomplish a lot.

VIRGO Aug 23-Sep 22
Rally your friends toward a goal. This exercise in leadership will be good for you socially and professionally. Remember it’s all about achieving the goal, not about your ability to run the show.

LIBRA Sep 23-Oct 22
You’re rising to the top like cream, but staying sweet is a challenge. Keep your eye on the details and the basics. Remember who’s on your side. Avoid arguments and other distractions.

SCORPIO Oct 23-Nov 21
Speaking up for what you want will work. Word will get around. New ideas for teamwork can transform your workplace. At both work and play, stay focused on your long-range priorities.

SAGITTARIUS Nov 22-Dec 20
Verbal or not, playful teasing of your partner might easily get out of hand. A little is good, but it goes a long way. Always keep the Golden Rule in mind.

CAPRICORN Dec 21-Jan 19
Flirtations at work need to be mild. Co-workers are not family, but a homey spirit can help build teamwork. Bring in some homemade goodies or arrange a potluck lunch for morale.

AQUARIUS Jan 20-Feb 18
Working out is fun and creative at some level. Explore new ideas to stay engaged in your fitness regimen. Friends should have helpful suggestions. Don’t be shy to ask.

PISCES Feb 19-Mar 19
It’s all about the home cooking! Old family recipes save you money and inspire you to economic perspectives that can help your career. Thrifty initiatives get you noticed.

ARIES Mar 20-Apr 19
You are effective in defending your family and community, but responses to insults or attacks are short-sighted. Understand the history and context of any conflicts, to address them better.

TAURUS Apr 20-May 20
Romantic and sensual as you are, you could be sexier. Challenge your values and old hang-ups. Examine inner conflicts with someone you trust. Push yourself out of your comfort zone.

GEMINI May 21-Jun 20
Harness your current surge of constructive energy. Resist the urge to outspend your pals, or fritter resources on mindless indulgences. Work with your partner toward a common goal.

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

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 15, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Starvoice • 06.24.11

By Jack Fertig

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Ted Haggard turns 55 on Monday. Haggard was prominent in anti-gay conservative religious groups such as the National Association of Evangelicals until his gay sex and crystal meth scandal in 2006. He has since tried ex-gay therapy, but earlier this year, he came out to GQ magazine identifying as bisexual.

THIS WEEK

With the sun making a T-square to Uranus and Pluto, big scary changes can lead us to take ourselves too seriously. Venus is in Gemini to remind you that playful flirtations can open up creativity and solutions.

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CANCER Jun 21-Jul 22
Your best inspirations are the most challenging and rebellious ones. Huge changes are necessary. If your bosses can’t see you offering the key to their survival you may need to relocate.

LEO Jul 23-Aug 22
Work more behind-the-scenes and in committee with others. Your personality and accomplishments will shine through stronger. An open mind gets you further than an open mouth.

VIRGO Aug 23-Sep 22
Don’t worry about getting the notice you deserve. Count on your friends to support you. Trying to be clever and creative will ruin everything. Trust your partner’s advice.

LIBRA Sep 23-Oct 22
Your partner’s ideas to help you get ahead create more troubles than solutions. Those notions are a springboard to helpful strategies. A colleague helps put that fertilizer to good use.

SCORPIO Oct 23-Nov 21
Sudden outspokenness gets you into big trouble. Having a safe, playful outlet could open up some useful, constructive ideas. Just remember: There’s a time and a place for everything.

SAGITTARIUS Nov 22-Dec 20
Retail is not therapy. Examining your roots is. You are feeling the crisis of values and can offer a lot of insight. Get creative. Your best resource is your connectedness, not your money.

CAPRICORN Dec 21-Jan 19
If you need to choose between your partner and your family you need to reevaluate some thngs. A sibling or close friend has helpful insight. Work also helps to lend perspective.

AQUARIUS Jan 20-Feb 18
Think and speak carefully to open up secrets. A creative telling may be more effective than a literal exposure. The most important consideration: What’s most important and effective?

PISCES Feb 19-Mar 19
Too many friends? It’s about quality, not quantity.  Some are just a drag on your resources. Spend time with the few who are beneficial to your spirit. Ask who you really enjoy playing with.

ARIES Mar 20-Apr 19
Stress at home makes you explode on all fronts. A neighbor helps alleviate the problem. At least have someone you can talk with. Take time out as you need it.

TAURUS Apr 20-May 20
Friends’ efforts to assuage your financial worries backfire, but provoke you to think constructively. New ideas are helpful but need careful consideration. Don’t do anything impulsively.

GEMINI May 21-Jun 20
Charm and beauty are your strong cards to highlight your assets. A little self-promotion goes a long way. Overplaying it just makes you look slutty. Not the right time for that now.

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

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 24, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas