By Jack Fertig


James Randi, known professionally as “The Amazing Randi,” turns 84 on Tuesday. Famed as a magician and illusionist, but also as a debunker of the paranormal (he’s offered a reward if anyone could prove psychic powers, which has never been claimed), he came out as gay only in 2010.



Venus entering Cancer brings out domesticity, familial affections and good cooking. Easy on the sweets! Mercury quincunx Neptune brings a last burst of madness (enlightenment?) as he turns direct. It will all clear up soon.


LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Friends mean well with their promises, so try to be kind and forgiving when they don’t come through. Perhaps, just maybe you were expecting more than they were offering? Be careful not to reveal sexual secrets, unless you want to create some more.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Worries that have been lurking in the back of your mind are moving to your mouth. For your own sake — and everyone else’s — be careful who you share that with. Conversations with your partner can open up problems that need work.

LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
The velvet glove isn’t fooling anyone — everyone sees your iron fist. Go easy on yourself and everyone around you. A heart-to-heart with a trusted friend or therapist, can get you in balance.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
Life feels like trying to win the Indy 500 with your parking brake on. If you let it, the tension will only get worse and worse. Consult with a spiritual (or psychological) authority.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
There will always be a part of you that wants to be somewhere else. Don’t let that stop you from settling in with the one you love. A partner will teach you more than travel.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
You’re pushing ahead harder in your endeavors, but something’s holding you back. Distinguish between necessary structure and dead weight. Advice from your partner could make life easier.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
Don’t get ahead of yourself. You can master the great ideas, but you need to start from the basics. That might mean reviewing what you think you know and finding new approaches.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
Recent problems can feel overwhelming, but answers and order will come. Intuition is better than logic, though you need both. Keep asking yourself: What’s the responsible thing to do?

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
You can hardly help but to push too hard. Hitting a limit in your efforts with your partner will help you clarify your capacities. It can also be a make-or-break time for the partnership.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
The longer you keep smoothing things over at home, the bigger it will backfire. Resentments and anger will come out so face them squarely and deal with them. Honesty can work out.

GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
With your ruler Mercury turning direct, expect everything you’ve been wanting to say to be heard. So will a lot that you wanted to keep under wraps.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
As much as your dreams do come true, resist the impulse to fret over those that don’t. Be mature about what you have. There’s a difference between dedication and stubbornness.

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

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 3, 2012.