By Jack Fertig


Bernie Taupin turns 62 on Tuesday. The songwriter is famous for his long-term collaborations with gay singer Elton John. He’s co-penned such classics as “Rocket Man,” “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” and “Levon.” When he’s not working in music, Taupin is also contemporary visual artist. Last year, he exhibited his works at Wisby-Smith Fine Art gallery in Dallas.



Mercury conjoining Jupiter in Taurus offers new practical ideas. Then he enters Gemini stirring up new ideas to build on those foundations. Sun and Mercury squaring Neptune can create confusion or inspiration. Conversation and logic will keep things clear.


TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
Even with good reason to feel sure of yourself, cockiness stirs up arguments with your partner. Is financial stress driving your competitiveness or the other way around?

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
Instincts to keep quiet are good, but temporary. When you get the urge to talk, first employ your partner as an editor. Being mature and responsible is effective, but could prove to be fun.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
A breakthrough in old memories is the beginning of illumination. Work with that to get real insight. Balance your social activities with time alone. If you wear out so will your welcome.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Friendship is a benefit. You and a pal have confusion about what benefits are included. True friendship endures much worse. Dreams of future goals are nice. Doing it now is better.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Promoting your ideas takes you far. Listening to new ones help you get further. The next few weeks are excellent for work, but don’t neglect issues at home.

LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
Admitting when you’re wrong makes you right more often. Staying one step ahead of your partner is not acting as a team. If you must be competitive, make it the two of you against the world.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
Arguments at work get worse over coming months. Your brilliance shows when you challenge your own ideas. Think about where you want to be in two years and adapting to get there.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
Devotion to your partner comes across as bossiness. Devote attention to yourself. If you’re single, speed dating could prove amusing. You could meet lots of interesting folks.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
Connections with colleagues need repair. A sense that they’re not reliable is about miscommunications. Talking with them is part of the solution, but look at yourself for keys to the problem.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
Anxieties can be a great source of creative expression. The next few years will be difficult but even in your pessimism a clear idea of the dangers ahead can offer a clue to making the most of it.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
Nestling into cozy fantasies will create trouble and confusion. Express your ideals and dreams, clear up misconceptions, and take responsibility for creating that domestic reality.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
New information points to a larger picture. Don’t get hung up on details. Taking the broad view is worth the effort. Keeping cool at work is a challenge too, but could get you a raise.

Jack Fertig can be reached at 415-864-8302 or

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 18, 2012.