Starvoice • 07.01.11

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Billy Campbell turns 52 on Thursday. Campbell has everyone swooning as Darren Richmond in The Killing. But his heartthrobby good looks set the boys’ hearts aflutter as he played gay character Dr. Jon Fielding in the landmark miniseries Tales of the City as well as  Stephen Carrington’s lover in Dynasty.

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THIS WEEK

Mercury in Leo, cranking up egos and voices, is at the end of a “yod” with Pluto and Chiron. The real challenge is to shut up, listen and adapt to difficult new realities. Venus making a T-square to Uranus and Pluto stresses relationships, forcing major adaptation. Your work is cut out!

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CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
Venus in your sign makes you more attractive, but not necessarily to whom you want to attract. Stick to your standards. A philosophical sense of humor gets you through awkward advances.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Clear the air and explore new ideas. Just be careful when and where. Once you have those ideas honed and polished your boss will probably love them.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Whatever you’re worried about, face it directly. Discussing it with your partner could solve it. If words fail you, try round one in the bedroom.

LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
Worrying about family and relations holds back your career, but understanding them will strengthen you. It’s all in your attitude and knowing how empowering your roots really are.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
There is pleasure in getting to the truth of the matter, but doing so is disruptive to personal and work relationships. Conspire with your potential allies in your search for understanding.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
Be challenged by new ideas. Consider them and see how they might be constructively applied. You love your theories, but practical experience is what proves truth and value.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
Asserting yourself creates disaster at home. Pay attention and be ready to adapt. It may take sacrifice, probably of some aspect of your ego, but willingness to transform will save you.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
Pay close attention to what your partner has to say. You don’t have to agree; you do have to think about it. Affirming roots gives you the strength to make necessary changes.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
Changes at work are a blessing in disguise. Friends’ advice that you don’t like will prove most helpful. It may need more discussion for you to fully understand. Keep an open mind.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
Brash overconfidence gets you into trouble. You have what it takes, but consider what your strongest virtues are.  A little humility will give you perspective and enhance your strengths.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
You get away with anything, but second-guessing yourself ruins this lucky streak. Don’t get trapped in dawdling. Stay clear on your ideals and they will pull you through.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
Your mouth gets you in trouble. Trust in your friends for appropriate guidelines. Meditative reflection is helpful, not just for verbal discipline, but for clarity in professional goals and partnership.

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

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 1, 2011.

 

—  Michael Stephens

Starvoice • 06.17.11

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Meredith Baxter turns 64 on Tuesday. For most of the ’80s, Baxter played Elyse Keaton on Family Ties. She’s mostly been seen in TV films and guest-starring roles. In an interview with Matt Lauer on Today back in 2009, she came out of the closet as lesbian. Her memoir Untied was released this past March.

THIS WEEK

For the next few months we get a taste of the Uranus-Pluto square that will dominate the next five years. Recent political turmoil has just been the set-up for major crises and changes ahead. Astrologically it looks a lot like 1848, 1939 and the ‘60s. Buckle your seatbelts; it’s gonna get bumpy.

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GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
As dystopian as the future looks, you’ll find a way to thrive. Trust your instincts and reconsider the most important lessons you learned from your mother. Talking with siblings can clarify that.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
Frustrations in love and career are too big to solve by yourself. Fortunately you have some very wise and resourceful friends. As odd as their ideas may seem, they will likely help.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
It’s easy to worry yourself sick. Arguments make it worse. Focus on your career. Working through sexual issues is healing. Quiet time alone gives you space to think about what you need to do.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Sharing your innermost thoughts will open up ideas for creative fun. On the way, you open up some difficult childhood memories. Resolving an ugly past can clear the way for a better future.

LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
Your home and partnership are heading for big changes. Be generous and comforting in bed. Family commitments need to change. Be clear on what those are. Be adaptive at work.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
Obsessing on details leads to accidents and misunderstandings. Don’t neglect the important details; just keep it all in perspective. Your partner’s advice and practical support will prove helpful.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
Now’s the time to find a job you enjoy. Channeling your sexual charisma into the job search is helpful, but if you already like your work that charisma can go back to what it does best.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
Trying to manage your family or community will backfire. Focus on having fun. If you’re looking for love, play at being moody, broody and intense; but remember, you’re playing.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
Conversations open up deep psychological insights. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of your family, no matter how odd. Releasing old tensions could have surprising health benefits.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
Reality is challenging your values and your plans, but that’s life. Adaptability and a sense of humor will help you stay true to your core while everything else goes crazy.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
Be very sure that your career is in line with your ambitions. Being unhappy on your job track will get you derailed. Contempt for authority is well-deserved but pick your battles strategically.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
“Bad religion” is a subjective experience. Focus on your own personal beliefs; know where you find clarity, support and reassurance. Respect others’ paths while finding your own.

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

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 17, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

Starvoice • 06.10.11

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY
Boy George turns 50 on Tuesday. The ’80s music icon announced earlier this year that he and the rest of Culture Club will reunite for a 30th anniversary tour as well as a new album for 2012. Although the band’s non-updated official website gives us pause. Here’s hoping he’ll tumble for us soon and without the drama.

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THIS WEEK
Mercury moves into Cancer, squaring Uranus and triggering  outbursts, mostly tempests in teapots, but Jupiter softens the square, offering practical wisdom that might be gleaned from those brainstorms and arguments. Mercury will also aspect Neptune and Pluto, drawing ideas and conversations to bizarre extremes; deep and inspiring, but be pragmatic!

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GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
In financial matters, family is more reliable than friends. Evaluate advice without giving away what you plan to do, unless you’re consulting an expert. Listen to your partner’s opinion.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
Opening up a bit is good for you, but be careful. Friendly and conversational is good; just don’t reveal everything. What you say affects your professional reputation.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Dazzling your friends is easy. Be more creative and don’t worry who notices. You need downtime to balance private desires and public expression. Consider what sacrifices are necessary.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Rising to economic challenges helps you go far. Your partner and friends exaggerate your talents, but they’re not entirely wrong. Modesty includes acknowledging the range of your talents.

LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
Start talking up your ambitions and accomplishments. Count on colleagues to support you. Your partner’s good intentions in that regard could do more harm than good.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
Outspokenness gets you in trouble with colleagues. Watch your tongue at work, but don’t be shy with your partner or friends. At the right time, your ribald wit could be brilliant.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
Exploring new sexual techniques unlocks avenues of creativity. Watch what you discuss and where. Digging up family secrets can help keep you out of trouble and deepen that creative spurt.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
Getting involved help you clarify where you really belong in the world, what you’ve learned from elders to pass on to future generations, and what you could be doing for the kids.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
You are more outspoken and innovative. That includes disruptive outbursts, distractions and accidents. Find a safe outlet to be as outrageous as you like. Elsewhere, think ahead and cool it.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
Feeling lost is the first step toward finding yourself. Expressing questions is more important than finding answers. Find your way through art and mysticism. Let friends provide grounding.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
Bold moves prove profitable, but keep your eyes forward. The difference between bold and reckless is the difference between success and disaster. Double check your instincts.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
Loquacious urges reveal more than you intended. That is advantageous, relieving the pressure of needless secrets. For those you do need to keep quiet, have a chat with someone you trust.

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

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 10, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

Starvoice • 05.20.11

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Pam Grier turns 62 on Thursday. The iconic actress helped defined the blaxploitation film movement of the ’70s with Coffy and Sheba, Baby. She resurfaced in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown which she followed up with her role as the fun-loving Kit Porter in the lesbian drama The L Grier1Word. She came to Dallas last year to promote her bio Foxy: My Life in Three Acts.

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THIS WEEK

Pluto and Eris, both in hard aspect to the sun, bring out everyone’s competitive streak, crank up the stakes and complicate the struggle. Communication is the key, which means you have to listen very carefully.

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GEMINI May 21-Jun 20
You’re sexy as hell. So what? You really need to buckle down to work and think hard about the future. You may not like what your friends are telling you, but they have good advice. Pay attention.

CANCER Jun 21-Jul 22
Your imagination is a trap sucking you away from much needed work, but it’s also a powerhouse to fuel your ambitions. Stay focused. Your partner is there when you need attitude adjusting.

LEO Jul 23-Aug 22
Get ready to lose an argument. Getting rid of something you’re sure of can be the best thing that could happen. Deluxe bonus: Being an open-minded good sport will be mighty sexy.

VIRGO Aug 23-Sep 22
Achieving your goals takes some shrewd maneuvering. Be careful whom you trust. Your mate has helpful insights, even if they are sneaky. Better ideas come while away from work.

LIBRA Sep 23-Oct 22
Explore new ideas to your health regimen. Competitive sports help keep you healthy. Competing with yourself counts. Keep it cheap. A library book can be better than a gym membership.

SCORPIO Oct 23-Nov 21
Verbal aggression helps you get ahead. A little creative writing —journaling, imagined dialogue or a short story — can help you find the words you need.

SAGITTARIUS Nov 22-Dec 20
If you’re looking for true love, get involved in an arts program and let go of expectations. Keeping a love you have will require abandoning expectations and working some of your creativity.

CAPRICORN Dec 21-Jan 19
You come off way too strong in a turf war. The resulting argument exposes old resentments but starts a healing process. Well, it could, but that won’t be easy.

AQUARIUS Jan 20-Feb 18
Struggle between your deepest desires and economic necessity feels brutal. A light, playful conversation with your partner  can help you find a way to afford your dreams, or find reconciliation.

PISCES Feb 19-Mar 19
A siege mentality at home will not solve any problems, and instead make them worse. Same old tactics get same old results. Keep your mind on long-range goals and entertain new ideas.

ARIES Mar 20-Apr 19
Clear the air and get something off your chest, but how you do that can make motivations look nasty and bring similar results. Confide in your partner, or look for guidance from your boss.

TAURUS Apr 20-May 20
Give yourself room to vent. Everyone’s feeling the pinch. Economic problems are everywhere, but holding the pressure in and stewing silently only undermines your ability to cope.

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

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 20, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Starvoice • 01.14.11

By Jack Ferti

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYmichelle_obama

Michelle Obama turns 47 on Monday. Face it, we love the First Lady for adding some major fabulosity to the White House. She knows how to work a gown and a hairdo like no other first lady in a long time. Of course, we get behind what she’s doing for the country, too, taking on childhood obesity and support of military families. She just looks great doing it.

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THIS WEEK

Mercury lining up with Pluto in Capricorn helps us to focus our minds, although it can feed obsession over details and plans. Be mindful of where you place your thoughts and prioritize with productivity.

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CAPRICORN Dec 21-Jan 19
You were made to overcome hard times. Even when you feel old and worn out, those are signs of your work and accomplishments. Don’t forget to rest and charge your batteries.

AQUARIUS Jan 20-Feb 18
Your darkest fears and nightmares are keys to powerful revelations. Face down your demons. Filthy gossip is the best kind, but it’s a terrible distraction from necessary work.

PISCES Feb 19-Mar 19
The future looks bleak, but your imagination will find ways to make it through. Ignore fair-weather friends and party queens. Talk with those you can count on through the toughest times.

ARIES Mar 20-Apr 19
Figure out how to reach your goals in life, no matter how long it takes. You should have a major career peak in about seven years. The better it’s planned, the higher it will be.

TAURUS Apr 20-May 20
Push your mind and imagination to their limits. Don’t be scared of big arguments or grand ideas or even a bit of controversy. Getting a little out of your comfort zone will be good for you.

GEMINI May 21-Jun 20
Some of your darkest feelings come up like a geyser. Erotic passion and secret fears are at the top of the list. Have a close friend handy who can be trusted with your nastiest intimate secrets.

CANCER Jun 21-Jul 22
It may feel like an argument with your partner could kill your relationship, but not airing those issues is worse. If single, being honest will scare away all but those who truly deserve you.

LEO Jul 23-Aug 22
Every relationship takes work. Take up the tough issues now while it’s a little easier. You’ll be surprised at what problems can be resolved in the bedroom. It will at least help.

VIRGO Aug 23-Sep 22
Honing your skills is fine, but don’t get worked up over something that’s supposed to be relaxing and fun. Even if you’re looking to go pro remember, it’s an entertainment, not an obsession.

LIBRA Sep 23-Oct 22
You can unlock family secrets, but are you sure you want to know? Let sleeping dogs lie. If you find out you will learn why it’s a secret and why you must guard it just as carefully.

SCORPIO Oct 23-Nov 21
You can be trusted to keep a secret, and your friends see you as a father-confessor. Keeping their secrets and offering counsel may be an honor or a burden. It’s not obligatory.

SAGITTARIUS Nov 22-Dec 20
As bleak as your financial situation looks, there are answers. Figure them out, even if they seem out of reach. It will probably take a lot of time and effort, but don’t get discouraged. You can do it.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 14, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas