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 • 09.30.11

By Jack Fertig

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Clive Barker turns 59 on Wednesday. The gay author has either frightened or mystified readers with The Damnation Game, Imajica, Sacrament and more. He’s also ventured into filmmaking with Lord of Illusions and perhaps his most famous, Hellraiser. The film is getting a reboot as Barker produces the remake which is slated for release in 2013.

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THIS WEEK

Mercury conjoins Saturn in Libra raising knowledge and articulation of what our relationships are about and where they’re going. Feeling limited can create arguments or healthy productive discussions. Stay focused on what you want and who you love.

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LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
A sense of domestic security can open deeper intimacy. Little competitions with your partner can be fun. Single? Dating isn’t a competitive sport. Being serious is good, but not too serious.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
Remember the reason you work so hard is to keep a nice home. It may not be the castle of your dreams, but it’s the best you have. Keep that in mind.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
Where people are taking their own ideas too seriously and not listening to each other your practicality and humor can help break those barriers. Just don’t fall into the same stubbornness.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
If you can’t have meetings with important people, at least keep communications open. It can take hard work to clear up confusion, but your work will be a lot harder if you don’t.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
You might be more brilliant than the world’s geniuses, but let their ideas challenge your thinking. If you can really do better, write it down and find a publisher pronto.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
Guard against cranky outbursts. It’s too easy to get into needless, stupid arguments. Cleaning house can be a meditation. Exercise and conversations with trusted friends helps.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
A drop in energy leaves you feeling high and dry. You’ve been cranked up, and it couldn’t last. A serious talk about romance can make or break a relationship. Be clear on what you want.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
Dreams of great accomplishment are inspiring or distracting. Make sure your goals are realistic. Discussions with co-workers get unpleasant, but face the facts and you’ll be better for it.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
Take time out from idle pleasantries to apply your wit to more creative endeavors. A little competitive spirit is a great boost to your efforts. Don’t go overboard and get nasty about it.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
Power struggles at home are sugarcoated with good intentions. Sensing underlying motives stress you out. Confronting them creates some trouble now, saving lots of trouble in the long run.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
It can be hard to keep secrets. Getting high, even a little buzz, can impair your judgment. Trying to one-up your partner in conversation can get nasty. Be nice to the one you love.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
A serious conversation about money leaves you feeling deflated. Striving to improve your finances does not mean keeping up with the Joneses, nor does economizing require you to suffer.

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

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

—  Michael Stephens

Starvoice • 04.01.11

By Jack Fertig

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Graham Norton turns 48 on Monday. The comedian and talk show host kills with The Graham Norton Show. Without the restraints of American TV, Norton is stomach-achingly hilarious as he puts celebrities on edge with his over-the-top humor. Especially when he chats them up about porn and bathroom humor.

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THIS WEEK

After three weeks retrograde, Mercury is turning direct while conjunct Mars. New ideas to fix recent problems are coming too fast and furious. Think carefully to pick the truly effective ones. Both planets are opposing Saturn, so be careful not to blame but to work on better cooperation.

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ARIES Mar 20-Apr 19
Faith in yourself comes a little too easy. Find someone you trust for constructive criticism. You need that from them. Solving the challenges in a relationship is the test of true commitment.

TAURUS Apr 20-May 20
Knowing that you worry too much about your health doesn’t mean there aren’t problems. Focus on real pains and get them checked. Find the middle ground between worry and neglect.

GEMINI May 21-Jun 20
Ideals should be beyond reach; goals should be within. Build castles on strong, solid foundations. Keep searching to discover what the future holds. Just don’t let it take up all your time now.

CANCER Jun 21-Jul 22
Your brilliant ideas at work feel unappreciated at home. The lack of enthusiasm is because your talents are no surprise. Home support matters, but you have to explain specifics to get it.

LEO Jul 23-Aug 22
Your brain’s afire with grand ideas, but they need grounding in practicality. Find an Aquarius who knows the field. If he or she says, “That won’t work,” ask how to make it work.

VIRGO Aug 23-Sep 22
Sex without guilt is fine, but sex without responsibility is dangerous. Be clear on safety and life’s priorities. Cultivate a Puritan work ethic without getting hung up on prudery.

LIBRA Sep 23-Oct 22
Holding down your partnership is a big mistake. It needs room to grow. That means allowing room to let your love do things you don’t like. Mutually agreeable limits may require compromise.

SCORPIO Oct 23-Nov 21
An obsessive rush to push ahead can make you miss important details, cause foolish mistakes and make simple things more long and complicated. Breathe, focus and relax.

SAGITTARIUS Nov 22-Dec 20
Those powerful creative impulses hit a wall. Take the challenge to improve upon an original idea and make it more practical and effective. If it was that good an idea, it’s worth the effort.

CAPRICORN Dec 21-Jan 19
Domestic drama is a distraction from work you need to be doing. Harness that energy and get the folks at home to support you. That won’t be easy, but the effort can pay off big time.

AQUARIUS Jan 20-Feb 18
Examine new subjects from the ground up and review the basics on familiar topics. If you want higher purpose and inspiration find a Leo to help you develop your basic ideas into a grand vision.

PISCES Feb 19-Mar 19
A sexual dry spell is a gift encouraging you to focus on practical matters. Keeping priorities clear is challenging, not impossible. Money comes and goes very easily. Work to keep it coming.

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

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

—  Kevin Thomas

Starvoice • 03.11.11

By Jack Fertigstarvoice

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAY

Kevin Williamson turns 46 on Monday. The screenwriter scared us with his Scream trilogy and upgraded the teenage drama with Dawson’s Creek. The out writer keeps churning out the hits with his latest TV creation The Vampire Diaries and has just penned the script for Scream 4.

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THIS WEEK

A Mercury-Saturn opposition normally sharpens minds as well as tongues, but with Neptune in hard aspect to both planets, misguided bitchiness and ill-considered control games are a lot more likely. Examine your own anxieties. They are too easily projected onto others.

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PISCES Feb 19-Mar 19
How does sex fit in your relationships, reflect your values and connect you to your deeper self? Take time to meditate, to understand better whatever gaps you may be trying to fill.

ARIES Mar 20-Apr 19
Ideas from the top of your head are probably wrong. Take time to figure out why. Well-meaning friends stumble in their efforts to assure you; give them credit for trying.

TAURUS Apr 20-May 20
Being a raging control queen will not relieve the stress; getting some professional help could. Relax. Meditate. Doing nothing is the best answer. Consider process and priorities.

GEMINI May 21-Jun 20
Your friends lead you astray if you give them a chance. It could be an adventure if you’re ready to pay the price. Think ahead, but remember the biggest regrets are the things you didn’t do.

CANCER Jun 21-Jul 22
Don’t keep secrets. Keep your attention elsewhere. You’re probably exaggerating threats from someone close to you. Staying focused on goals will help you keep perspective.

LEO Jul 23-Aug 22
Resisting the urge to correct ideas can be the biggest challenge. A touch of surrealism can be fun. If practicality is necessary, ask how those wild ideas would work rather than insisting they can’t.

VIRGO Aug 23-Sep 22
Whatever you say is likely to come out sounding dirtier than you intend. That can be great for fantasy role-play, but awkward in real life. Listen between the lines for what’s really important.

LIBRA Sep 23-Oct 22
Enjoy some twisted fun now, but trying to make it last will get less fun. Criticism to or from your partner is more projection than either of you admit. Do not start or end a relationship now.

SCORPIO Oct 23-Nov 21
Worries about home and family are exaggerated, but not out of place. Meditation helps keep perspective. Clean up what you can, admit you were wrong and the rest takes care of itself.

SAGITTARIUS Nov 22-Dec 20
Your mouth is determined to get you into trouble. Stick to the facts and accept lots of correction. Creative writing is safer than speaking. Just don’t let anyone read it.

CAPRICORN Dec 21-Jan 19
Criticism at home challenges you to re-evaluate your career goals.  Some adjustments may be necessary, but do not doubt yourself! You need to stay especially sharp now.

AQUARIUS Jan 20-Feb 18
Whatever you say is easily misunderstood. Hone your arguments on screen or paper where you can review your own sympathies and see how they affect your logic, or vice versa.

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

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 11, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas