Starvoice • 05.13.11

By Jack Fertig

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Grace Jones turns 63 on Thursday. The avant-garde singer, model and actress keeps a low profile lately, but gained attention for blasting Lady Gaga’s lack of originality and accused the singer of copying her style. She’s always been coy about her sexuality, but has had high profile affairs with Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Paul Goude who she had a son.

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THIS WEEK

Mercury, Venus and Mars are all lined up in Taurus and trine to Pluto. Folks are digging in their heels, planting roots, not budging. Are you being any less intransigent? Try to meet people where they are and build cooperation by respectfully complementing differences.

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TAURUS Apr 20-May 20
Don’t defend your ideas, but you may need to clarify them. Mundane tasks and working out can put you in a meditative state where those thoughts come together and find easier expression.

GEMINI May 21-Jun 20
Acting shy and quiet will enhance your sexual charisma. Sublimate that energy into something creatively brilliant — or invite someone to join you in sweet seclusion.

CANCER Jun 21-Jul 22
Bring friends and your partner together for some fun. Start discussions that will open up creative insights for you. Secrets may slip out too easily, but even that can lead to helpful perspectives.

LEO Jul 23-Aug 22
Your success depends on your commitment to work, which is clear to see. Blowing your own horn requires harmony. Don’t push or hold back, but work your charm.

VIRGO Aug 23-Sep 22
Treat new ideas as a game or a creative challenge. Having fun with new ideas will expand your sense of self and stimulate a clearer view of your goals.

LIBRA Sep 23-Oct 22
Cash in your unnecessary erotic charisma that is going to do you in. You’ll be sexier without it. Use that power for good and you’ll instantly pay off that imagined debt.

SCORPIO Oct 23-Nov 21
Your intensity comes off as strong leadership qualities or control issues. Keep your ego out of the way and focus. Insisting that others help pushes them away. Learn from little Bo Peep.

SAGITTARIUS Nov 22-Dec 20
You have to value your work if you expect others to. Your friends can help boost your confidence. Taking a long view can also help. Getting discouraged and screwing off is a spiral to defeat.

CAPRICORN Dec 21-Jan 19
You were born with a strong sense of propriety but still enjoy a wild and nasty streak that could channel creative brilliance. Sublimate at work, but let it loose in the right time and place.

AQUARIUS Jan 20-Feb 18
There’s no place like home, but you may wonder where the hell “home” really is. Meditate on what you want to accomplish in your life and then reach down to find the roots to nurture that.

PISCES Feb 19-Mar 19
Articulating the mad buzzing in your brain is helpful if you find the right situation. Keep it among close trusted friends. Focus on the future. What are your hopes for 10 years from now?

ARIES Mar 20-Apr 19
You’re filled with energy and charm to conquer most worlds. Even if world domination isn’t feasible, you’re clever enough to plot reasonable victories. New perspectives will help.

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

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 13, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Starvoice • 05.06.11

By Jack Fertig

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Rick Santorum turns 53 on Tuesday. The former Republican senator from Pennsylvania was a vocal opponent to LGBT issues. However, sex columnist and gay advocate Dan Savage turned the tables on him by coining his last name as a sexual term — and not a good one. It ended up Google bombing the politician and tops the list when searching his name.

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THIS WEEK

Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and Eris are aligned in Aries. Take care of yourself while remembering it’s not all about you. While the North Node is in Sagittarius trining this pile-up, philosophical discussions can help you get clear focus on needed lessons.

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TAURUS Apr 20-May 20
Too much time alone is bad for your health. Some dark erotic adventure channels that energy toward your betterment and helps unlock self-destructive secrets so you are free of them.

GEMINI May 21-Jun 20
Host one hell of a party, but don’t set the house on fire. Map out the future with your partner. Your plans are extravagant, but your sweetheart will help you get a clear focus.

CANCER Jun 21-Jul 22
Focus more on work than your career. Quality and effectiveness speak better for you than aggressive self-promotion. Being noticed is inevitable. The question is: What will they see?

LEO Jul 23-Aug 22
The best arguments don’t depend on winning, but rather help you to understand broader perspectives. You can also learn a lot from the art, film and music of other cultures.

VIRGO Aug 23-Sep 22
Challenges at work aren’t severe as they seem. The lessons of childhood make a good starting point. Your partner, family and tribe can be more helpful than you expect.

LIBRA Sep 23-Oct 22
If there’s any doubt that your partner is on your side it is probably a problem in communications. Discuss your approaches to the tasks at hand. If it’s about love, solutions are in the bedroom.

SCORPIO Oct 23-Nov 21
Work problems build to a crisis that will make everything clearer, but there’s too much going on. It boils down to priorities. Tough choices could anger some friends; keep communications open.

SAGITTARIUS Nov 22-Dec 20
Too many strategies are buzzing in your head. Rule No. 1: Be true to yourself. No. 2: Remember where you come from. Start there and you will succeed.

CAPRICORN Dec 21-Jan 19
Are you a storm tearing through or the eye of the hurricane? It’s easy to get sucked into the maelstrom thinking you can fix the problems. Find your inner peace and operate from there.

AQUARIUS Jan 20-Feb 18
Your tongue gets ahead of your brain. Reel it in, listen and think ahead before speaking. In all the babble that surrounds you, there are some brilliant ideas. Listen, discern and be inspired.

PISCES Feb 19-Mar 19
Know what you’re worth and what you can do. Both are probably a lot more than you realize. Focus and work; you will succeed! Having a plan helps, even if things never go as planned.

ARIES Mar 20-Apr 19
You’re filled with energy and charm to conquer most worlds. Even if world domination isn’t feasible, you’re clever enough to plot reasonable victories. New perspectives will help.

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

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 6, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas