By Jack Fertig
Mercury is in harmony with Mars and Eris with Chiron, but both pairs are lined up against each other to create trouble. Apparently brilliant insights can turn out to be divisive or offensive. Review your “best ideas” before sharing them or, better yet, run them by a friend who you can trust to help keep you out of trouble.
ARIES (March 20 – April 19): It’s too easy to get into a dither about where you fit into your community. A variety of opinions from friends can create more confusion than it will solve, but in the end you are an individual making your own place.
TAURUS (April 20 – May 20): Mars and Mercury are putting an evil stinger at the end of your tongue. You intend your critical insights to be helpful, but let people ask; don’t offer. Better yet, focus on yourself. Discuss possible career moves with a close friend.
GEMINI (May 21- June 20): Where do you feel at home, and what do you value about your tribe? Discuss new and old ideas with people who share your background and those who share your hopes for the future.
CANCER (June 21- July 22): Whether your quick mouth gets you pegged as a smart-assed troublemaker or a sharp-witted go-getter depends on your foresight and discipline. Keep your goals in mind, and stay mindful of the values of those around you.
LEO (July 23 – August 22): How much does your partner really shares your priorities in life? Among any two people, that’s never 100 percent. In a healthy relationship, doubts are shared so they don’t fester and to find common ground to build on, while allowing for some differences.
VIRGO (August 23 – September 22): Being garrulous isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Keeping friends entertained at the expense of others who aren’t there, however, is a very risky business. Focus instead on sex, healing and collaborative goals. Rethink your exercise routines.
LIBRA (September 23 – October 22): Feeling feisty and playful, try to fight “alongside” your partner, not against your baby. Taking charge of something can be better than destroying it. Think strategically and carefully consider your allies and your goals; what is victory and its cost to your soul?
SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21): Your instinct is to be protective of your home and community. You may be overreacting to exaggerated threats. The line between paranoia and laxity may seem pretty thin. Think ahead before responding. Welcome the insight of friends.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 20): You are indeed brilliant and inventive, if only you can focus your smart mouth and brain. Careless quips can endanger your career as surely as thoughtful insight can assure it.
CAPRICORN (December 21 – January 19): Our sense of chosen GLBT family and community can feel more ideological than real. Reconcile your birth family and that chosen community requires new thinking, but connections of the heart are still more important than ideas.
AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18): Working on those love handles can make you look sexier, but how you feel is more important than a few pounds here or there. Terms like “twink,” “bear,” “butch” and “lipstick lesbian” can be taken way too seriously. Lighten up!
PISCES (February 19 – March 19): Your partner is a complement, not a clone. The differences can be annoying at times, but remember that they can also be fun. Find some game or activity where you can complement each other.