Madonna – August 16, 1958
Published Thursday, 12-Aug-2010 in issue 1181
Just shrug it off, Aries!
The Sun’s opposing Neptune and Chiron, Venus and Mars are square the nodes, and Mercury is turning retrograde. Freaking out won’t help. Resist the temptation to childish indulgences. This won’t be easy, but hard work, maturity and responsibility offer the most effective way through this mess.
March 20 – April 19
Relationship karma is hitting hard. Just shrug it off. Sublimate any urges to act out. Creativity will pay off, but only through careful consideration and cooperation. Acceptance and learning from frustration leads to enlightenment and success.
April 20 – May 20
You may hate arguments, but listen at least. You don’t have to join in, but hear out new ideas and decide for yourself, however quietly, which ones to profit from. Don’t get caught up in details. Keep an eye to the larger picture.
May 21 – June 20
Your home life is going topsy-turvy. That’s a distraction that will work itself out. Focus on your investments, both financial and romantic; take the sensible, mature approach to both. Don’t follow any ideas you don’t understand.
June 21 – July 22
Worries about money are usually a combination of realistic concerns and patterns absorbed in childhood from parents. Sorting those out aren’t easy, but your partner or a very good friend can help you clarify what you really need to deal with.
July 23 – August 22
Your birthday may bring up the stress and worries of being truly fabulous with advancing age. The truly fabulous are ageless and don’t worry about such things. What exercise and diet don’t preserve, inner peace, acceptance and an open heart will overcome.
August 23 – September 22
When you catch yourself getting sick with worry, meditation is the key back to health. Get creative and busy with something you love, but make sure to take time for calm centering.
September 23 – October 22
Who turned up the thermostat? That’s Venus and Mars making you hot – maybe too hot to handle. Soaking up attention can over-inflate your ego. Channel your charisma into recruiting friends to do good for your community.
October 23 – November 21
You do your best work in the dark, so unwanted attention can be especially annoying. Try to think of that audience as a sibling who could be very helpful if you can express simple matters very clearly.
November 22 – December 20
You were born to reach out in new directions, but if you’re not standing on solid ground when you do that you can easily fall on your face. Be very certain that your ideas and efforts are based on reliable facts and values.
December 21 – January 19
The “King of the Hill” is more target than monarch. Do your best work in a forthright manner and try not to be too competitive or flamboyant about it. Keep your ego right sized and let your work speak for itself.
January 20 – February 18
Uncertainty about yourself and your sexuality can open you up to learning more about both. Let your partner take the lead, and if you don’t know what to do for yourself, focus on making your honey look good.
February 19 – March 19
Worries, especially about work, health, relationships and sex, are kicking up a storm in your head. The real challenge is to take a mature, sensible view. An older friend can help you keep things in perspective.
Jack Fertig, a professional astrologer since 1977, is available for personal and business consultations in person in San Francisco, or online everywhere. He can be reached at 415-864-8302, through his website at, and by e-mail at

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