By Jack Fertig
The Sun in Gemini sextile to Eris suggests two brilliant wits trying to top each other. Imagine Dorothy Parker vs. Clare Boothe Luce. If you can’t be nice, you better be devastatingly brilliant!
ARIES (March 20 – April 19): You don’t need to respond to everything people say. A simple retort could drag you into a tedious, time-consuming battle. The right intonation – “Oh, really?” or “That’s very interesting” – can be far more devastatingly dismissive than any argument.
TAURUS (April 20 – May 20): You may be too eager to assert your sense of self-worth. (1) You don’t have to prove anything to anyone but yourself. (2) Your real value is in your heart, not in your wallet! (3) The people who matter already know your worth!
GEMINI (May 21- June 20): Getting into a political argument can be a lot easier than getting out of one. Resist the urge to smash your opponent. You’ll do better to practice your debating skills, especially listening and learning from others!
CANCER (June 21- July 22): Your ability and passion for helping others is part of what helps you get ahead. Your own competitive edge is not so much in pushing yourself forward as it is in bringing others along. The more you offer, the more you get!
LEO (July 23 – August 22): Your own religion, spirituality, or lack thereof may serve you better than any alternative, but remember that testimonials should have their own time and place. Answer questions as they come up. Otherwise, let your acts speak louder than your profession of ideals.
VIRGO (August 23 – September 22): Passion is powering your ambitions. Don’t be afraid to speak up, but do be clear on the stakes. You may have to declare yourself on one side or the other. Trust your heart, but think ahead before you decide!
LIBRA (September 23 – October 22): Resist the urge to look smarter than your partner. Better to play up his or her brilliance. If you really are opponents more than teammates, you need to make some changes. A common enemy – say a shared political goal – could help.
SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21): Being great at sex isn’t enough. You want to be the best; that’s pretty subjective. The bigger challenge is to be more emotionally open and intimate. Try to find some spaces in your heart between your usual “all-or-nothing.”
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 20): Cooperation will get you further ahead than flying solo. Try letting someone else take the lead now and then. You can do a lot better at team efforts if you remember you’re part of the team.
CAPRICORN (December 21 – January 19): Your criticisms of community politics are right on the mark, but saying them nicely enough to be heard can be a challenge. Listen to others, and give credit where it’s due. Remember, you need to work with the folks you’re criticizing!
AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18): You’re already cleverer than you should be, so hold back on the bons mots. Even though you just mean to be playful, you could come off a lot nastier than you intend. If you need to sharpen your wit, do it in writing!
PISCES (February 19 – March 19): What are “traditional values” really? The core principles you grew up with may have surprising relevance in your GLBT community, and what you’ve learned in your queer community has value with your family of origin.