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Jasper Johns turns 83 on Thursday. One of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century, known for his use of the American flag, he helped define the modern movement. For many years, he and fellow artist, Texan Robert Rauschenberg, were a couple. Rauschenberg died in 2008.

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TAURUS: Apr 21—May 20
If you’ve been approaching anything from the standpoint of needing to remain on top no matter what, you’re probably overwrought with the pressures that go with feeling out of control. Ironic as it seems, you can’t make any further improvements until you accept the need to surrender to the will of fate.

GEMINI: May 21—Jun 20
You’ve got a core of security that comes from the one thing you do better than anyone. Beyond that how much do you really need? You’re too scattered. In the past, you could get away with this. You can’t afford to take on anything new.

CANCER: Jun 21—Jul 20
You’re in a place where you haven’t really got your bearings. Let the mechanics of living show you how to proceed and do your best not to project too much of the past onto the present. If you’re open and continue to swim through these changes from a place of surrender, your life will open up.

LEO: Jul 21—Aug 20
So many people have disappeared. The ones who are left are here for a reason. Those of you who are in the place of being totally alone are very clear that you need connection and companionship more than anything.

VIRGO: Aug 21—Sep 20
For the first time in your life you’re at a place where you’re beginning to see what’s important to you. At some point you’d be wise to forget about everyone else to start looking at what it is that you want for yourself.

LIBRA: Sep  21—Oct 20
Now that you can see how foolish it is to imagine the worst, you are just as aware that you have to learn how to respect people enough to believe that they mean you no harm and
that they could in fact be here to do you some good!

SCORPIO: Oct 21—Nov 20
Rewinding back to the point where you made the decision to jump in no matter what the cost will do a lot to show you who got the ball rolling; what if you had said “No” instead of “Yes”? You can’t change the past but learn to live with it in the present.

SAGITTARIUS: Nov 21—Dec 20
You have a sense of responsibility to either your standards or the past, but something else has come along to show you that you’ve not only outgrown the need to be responsible, your standards and the past are irrelevant to who you are now.

CAPRICORN: Dec 21—Jan 20
These things are only indicators or signs that say “things have changed” and you can no longer go by anything that was in place even a month ago. Don’t waste time worrying about your reputation — you are not what you do.

AQUARIUS: Jan 21—Feb 20
Others have made the assumption that this is easy for you, or just keep taking advantage. If you want to maintain any sort of balance in your relationships, you might want to take a look at why the give and take is so one-sided.

PISCES: Febr 21—Mar 20
This is one of those times when stress is so unusual. Words of comfort won’t match the level of intensity that’s swirling in and out of this, so for now, don’t even try to figure this out and do your best to endure what you can’t avoid.

ARIES: Mar 21—Apr 20
You know what’s going on. If there’s anything to it, your heart will feel it in time. As far as the ones who’ve popped in to rattle your cage are concerned, they have come back to open your eyes to the part of yourself that is dying to come back to life.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 10, 2013.