George-MichaelBy Jack Fertig


George Michael turns 49 on Monday. The singer most recently made headlines when he canceled performances for his European Symphonica Tour last year due to pneumonia. He tweeted in earluy 2012 that his vocals may not be strong enough until this summer before continuing with shows in the fall. He is reportedly also working on a new album of dance music.



The planets are all conspiring to promote misguided charm offensives, codependency running amok and disastrous efforts at wit. Restraint, humility and foresight are important, rare commodities. If you can stay grounded, considerate and focused you’ll be ahead of the game.


CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
Urges to protect those close to you are a projection of your own insecurities. In uncertain times your instinct is to protect hearth and home. Open alliances serve you better than defensiveness.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Feeling moody and disconnected? Make time to hide out and take care of yourself. Perhaps the best way is to take care of others. Some local charity would be glad for your help.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Your work inspires brilliant, provocative insights, but may not be the best place to share them. Think ahead and consider inspiration carefully before presenting them to your boss or clients.

LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
Crankiness triggers upsets in your relationship. Mars entering your sign can feed your irritation. Moderate exercise will help you keep balance. Overdoing it will throw you off.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
You can’t avoid demands at work, but you can stick to your principles and hold your head high. Scheduling time alone, preferably with the one you love, will keep you from burning out.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
A new found sense of clarity and ambition makes you a bit too critical and outspoken. Think carefully about repercussions. You’d do better to welcome advice than to offer it.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
Be nice to colleagues. Your efforts to push ahead makes trouble for them. You’re all on the same team. Listen to their needs. The road to real success is slow, sure and cautious.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
Precocious brilliance wins a date but upsets a more serious relationship. It’s no secret your mouth is a powerful weapon; so be careful where you aim it or open it.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
A surge of libido opens up erotic sensitivities but could bring more trouble than fun. Pushing limits is one thing, tossing them away is another. Hold tight to your integrity and safety.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
What looks like true love could be co-dependency. The only relationship you should be starting now is with a shrink, a 12-step group or a nonprofit organization where you can be of service.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
New ideas challenge your value system. Make some adjustments. Don’t resist new thinking, but beware the zeal of the convert. An independent mind can meld new ideas with the old.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
Growing and expressing yourself in new ways throws a challenge to your friends. That’s fine. Just be gentle with them. You might need to make some apologies along the way.

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

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 22, 2012.