H.P. Lovecraft – August 20, 1890
Published Thursday, 26-Aug-2010 in issue 1183
Just be yourself, Virgo!
Venus and Mars dancing through Libra while opposing Eris boost competition and conflict. Mercury retrograding past the Sun in Virgo brings egotistical miscalculations into the picture. Go slow, easy and careful. Be the tortoise, not the hare!
March 20 – April 19
Strive for your best without comparing yourself to colleagues. Can you be the best at teamwork? Even efforts to cooperate will highlight your ego, but as long as you’re your own sharpest critic, that can be good for you.
April 20 – May 20
Too often you feel your best isn’t good enough. Your efforts are appreciated. Why do you shortchange yourself? Playfully exaggerating those feelings – and whatever comes up with them – can help you get clarity.
May 21 – June 20
“The family that plays together slays each other?” That’s not how it goes, but maybe you should find your fun outside for now. Either way, remember that standing in your community is based more on cooperation than being “the best” at anything.
June 21 – July 22
Slips of the tongue reveal what you really think about your roots and your current job and trajectory. Pick your company carefully, being sure to have a confidante you can trust. Also, use these accidental insights to revise your plans.
July 23 – August 22
Be very careful of your facts and figures. You’re likely to exaggerate the humiliation of being caught in a mistake, but the financial costs of errors can be much more real than the cost to your ego.
August 23 – September 22
Let others plan your birthday party. You’re having too much trouble managing details and they’ll fall all over each other trying to make your bash everything you deserve. Trying to look sexy is sure to backfire. Just be yourself and they’ll come running.
September 23 – October 22
Worries about your relationship are at least exaggerated and likely unfounded. Go over them carefully, preferably with your partner, strip away the needless fears, and get a clearer vision of real problems you can work on.
October 23 – November 21
Friends are too eager to help, but listen politely, if briefly. There might be some good suggestions in all that _meshugas_. Competing with colleagues can drive you crazy. Focus on doing your best. You’ll accomplish more.
November 22 – December 20
Your long-range plans are not looking good. Normally you would roll with that and adapt. Now it looks more serious. That’s just worry, but yes, some revisions need to be made. Analyze problems now; solve them next month.
December 21 – January 19
Work is looking good if you can only keep your mouth out of the way. Absorb information and others’ perspectives now. Take time to figure that out before responding. Even if by negative examples, your family offers excellent lessons for building your future.
January 20 – February 18
You may be able to convince everyone you’re right, but something at the heart of your argument is wrong. Invite criticism. Open discussion and testing your premises can help you figure out where the flaw is.
February 19 – March 19
Money and sex are the two biggest issues for couples to deal with, but first get ego and miscommunications out of the way. Humility and admitting mistakes is necessary on both sides, but you can only do for yourself.
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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