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O Best Beloved, the weekend horoscoop* will return on March 20 as these last few weeks have been a little crazy busy with work. I don’t want you to go away empty-handed, so please take a look at my new column on the Huffington Post about reality TV called Rubbernecking. Because it’s gross, it’s horrible, but you just can’t turn away ~ n’est-ce pas?

The Bachelor: After the Final Rose, Part 2

Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Season 3 Premiere

Dancing with the Stars, Season 8 Premiere

Make Me A Supermodel, Season 2 Premiere

Reality Bytes

Rock of Love Bus with Bret Michaels, Week Five

The Millionaire Matchmaker, Season 2 Premiere

True Beauty Finale

Top Chef Finale

Feb 25

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Ken Rudin writes on his Political Junkie blog at NPR and all I can say is - we’re finally looking like the country we are:

Last night, as the first African-American president was addressing a joint session of Congress, sitting behind him was the nation’s first Catholic vice president and the first female speaker of the House.

The Republican response was given by the nation’s first Indian-American governor.

Today, the first African-American president nominated as his commerce secretary the nation’s first Chinese-American governor.


I wanted to create a picture in music of what could be up there in outer space.
~ Joe Meek ~

March 21 - April 19 Aries
The Aries of the Week is Joe Meek, who was a record producer and songwriter posthumously acknowledged as a genius in the area of recorded sound production. Meek was born April 5, 1929 and died in 1967 under strange circumstances (he shot his landlady, then killed himself). But I digress. This guy was way off the hook. His best known work is Telstar by the Tornadoes, which was the first #1 record on American charts by a British group – in 1962. His story is strange and mesmerizing and it’s well worth watching this fascinating BBC Arena documentary about him (split up into 6 parts on youtube): part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, and part 6. Perhaps the most insightful comment comes from his brothers: he was an indoor boy and we were outdoor boys. This page has a number of Meek audio clips for your listening pleasure.

April 20 - May 20 Taurus
A Taurus of no small stature is Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, Queen of England. She’s one of the longest-reigning British monarchs to date, having been crowned in 1952. Read all about this interesting woman, including her early life, her interests, her wardrobe, a typical working day, and how to contact her on the newly redesigned Official Website of the British Monarchy. The site also has a bunch of great photographs and clips such as the Queen’s 21st birthday speech and her radio broadcast from 1940 on The Children’s Hour. “In wishing you all good evening, I feel that I am speaking to friends and companions who have shared with my sister and myself many a happy Children’s Hour,” then-Princess Elizabeth clearly and sweetly elucidates. “My sister is by my side and we are both going to say good night to you,” she closes. For more fun stuff, go to the Royal Channel on YouTube.

May 21 - June 20 Gemini
Geminis love music and therefore I thought you might enjoy knowing about a very special new website by Pete Harris of Harris Radio. The site is Violin Femmes, dedicated to ladies who play the violin in non-classical genres. The site features photos and information about a bunch of really cool string-pickin’ women from all over the globe. I’m thinking Mr. Harris never sleeps since he also operates GigApple, a calendar of indie music gigs in NYC as well as IndieSounds NY, a monthly publication and blog covering the New York indie music scene. All worthy of your time, so check them out!

June 21 - July 22 Cancer
Cancer is the Zodiac’s homebody. You love to feather the nest and just sit back and eat bonbons. Thanks to the internet, you need never leave your house again…yes, it’s true. You can now visit the famed Prado Museum in Madrid – in your jammies, at your computer. The Prado is the first museum to allow its collection to be shown via Google’s mapping technology. Take a cyber-tour to Spain and see amazing, up close, high res views of 14 masterpieces. The paintings include Garden of Earthly Delights by Bosch, The Annunciation by Fra Angelico, and Ruben’s Three Graces. Thanks to Google, you can get up close and personal right next to the canvas. Dios mio!

July 23 - August 22 Leo
If you’re a Leo, you’ve got a strong tendency toward liking independent films, documentaries, et cetera, n’est-ce pas? I’ve got an outing for you, oh lion-hearted ones. The 13th Annual Kansas Silent Film Festival is being held on February 27 and 28 in Topeka at the White Concert Hall on the campus of Washburn University. This year, the Festival hosts a restored formerly lost feature film as well as the Kansas premiere of a new documentary about Mary Pickford. Festivities begin Friday night 2/27 at 7pm with a Western double feature. Saturday the 28th Nicholas Eliopoulus will show his Mary Pickford documentary and talk about the film,  as well as take questions from the audience. Full schedule here. Though the festival is free, it’s well worth attending the fundraising dinner Saturday with special guest film preservationist David Shepard.

August 23 - September 22 Virgo
You know, whatever else they may say about you Virgo folks, they can’t ever say you don’t have the courage of your convictions. You probably experienced a frisson of sorts when President Obama, in his inaugural speech, acknowledged not only Christians, Jews, Hindus, and Muslims, but also non-believers. Not because you’re an atheist or an agnostic – it’s just the principle of the thing. (By the way, this is the first time in history a U.S. President has ever acknowledged that there are in fact non-believers). For the same reason, you’ll find it interesting that England just finished hosting an Atheist Bus Campaign. For several weeks, earlier this year, there were 800 buses trundling around the British Isles with a great big banner reading “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.” The campaign was the brainchild of 28 year old TV comedy writer and journalist Ariane Sherine. More about her here.

September 23 - October 22 Libra
Libra
, you urbane thing you. It’s unlikely that you’re aware of the Deke Slayton Memorial Space and Bicycle Museum so I am going to tell you all about it, thanks to the great folks at RoadsideAmerica.com. This museum came to be because its location, Sparta, Wisconsin, is the Bicycling Capital of America - and Donald Kent “Deke” Slayton, an astronaut on the Apollo-Soyuz mission in 1975, lived nearby on a farm. Sometimes it just happens like that. The Museum displays Deke’s spacesuit in a glass case, very 2001 (klaatu barada nikto, baby). It also holds a collection of hundreds of bicycles, because it is, after all, the Bicycling Capital of America. These things are, apparently, unrelated.

October 23 - November 21 Scorpio
If you’re anything like most Scorpios I know, you’ve occasionally had your share of toxic thoughts. And who hasn’t? Family therapist and shaman practioner Sandra Ingerman believes that our thoughts and emotions transmit an invisible energy that can affect mental and physical wellbeing. This interesting article on Beliefnet gives you ten simple ways to protect yourself from negative thoughts, and ways to radiate positive energy. Learn that you don’t have to receive negative energy; this article gives you some real alternatives.

November 22 - December 21 Sagittarius
Sagittarians tend to want things their own way, or the highway. Am I right, archers? Well, here’s something you can have your way: granola. Yes, mix your own, and they’ll ship it right to your door. You can even have it gluten-free! MeandGoji.com will hand mix your cereal from 30 plus all natural and organic ingredients, and ship it to you within a week in their special cereal capsule. The ingredients are healthy foods with vitamins, minerals, fiber, phytonutrients, antioxidants, and like that! Head to the office, classroom, field, court, pool, track, ocean depths or outer space knowing you have prepared your mind and body to perform at its highest level with more energy, sharper focus, and a clean conscience (at least in terms of your breakfast affecting the earth). Also, their cereal bases are lower in calories than regular off-the-shelf cereals and you can monitor the calories and other nutrients as you add each ingredient.

December 22 - January 19 Capricorn
Ambitious, practical, patient Capricorn. You love yourself some history and antiques, and your spirit soars over new books. So therefore when you’re in Topeka for the Silent Film Festival next week, here’s an idea: stop by Topeka’s oldest used bookstore, Dean’s Books. The store has been open since 1973 and has over 80,000 titles shelved by genre and author. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. No megastore this with people working there that don’t know Shakespeare from Snoop Dog. The store is located at 1426 S. Kansas Ave., conveniently close to Washburn University, where you’ll be for the film festival.

January 20 - February 18 Aquarius
If a movie could have an astrological sign, I think Harold and Maude would be an Aquarius. This film has all the attributes of the water-bearer, I mean by that its way ahead of its time – its original and inventive – and its eccentric. The film was released in 1971 and directed by Hal Ashby. It’s the odd love story of self-destructive, rich, miserable Harold (Bud Cort), and 79 year old free spirited, anarchist Maude (Ruth Gordon). Watch the trailer here. And rent this movie immediately. You’ll be ever so glad you did.

February 19 - March 20 Pisces
Laissez les bon temps rouler! Cherie, it’s just about time for Mardi Gras, which is next Tuesday February 24Pisces take note. It’s your holiday this year, true dat. Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday and is the last day of Carnival, the long day of fun prior to Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. Celebrated in many Latin countries as well as European ones, even in India, in Slovenia, and of course in New Orleans, Mardi Gras is…well…Ça c’est bon! Read this fascinating historical timeline about how the holiday was established. And if you’re stuck in Le Grand Pomme instead of NOLA this year, here’s a great article full of ideas for where you can get your Cajun groove on.


Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.
~Zora Neale Hurston

March 21 - April 19 Aries
Aries folk tend towards jealousy and possessiveness and they are extremely faithful to their chosen ones. Best match: Aquarius, Leo, Gemini, Sagittarius. Here’s a film we can all learn from; the 1949 instructional film for teenagers, Dating Do’s and Don’ts. This film is part of the vast and fabulous Prelinger Archives, which, if you’ve never heard of them, can afford endless hours of fun. Go back to the innocent and repressed times of the late 40’s as our hero tries to decide who to invite to the Hi-Teen Carnival. “How do you choose a date? Who’s company would you enjoy? Well, one thing you can consider is looks. Woody thought of Janice and how good looking she was. He’d really have to rate to date somebody like her. Yes, he’d enjoy that. Except – well, it’s too bad Janice always acts so superior and bored. She’d make a fellow feel awkward and inferior.” Classic! Go back to high school for 12 minutes and 25 seconds. Some things never change.

April 20 - May 20 Taurus
Taureans love to feel that they have all bases covered and the situation perfectly assessed. Best match: Virgo and Capricorn. Because of your insatiable need to know, how about this; An Evening with Anne Bradshaw on Wednesday February 25 at 7pm. Renowned Intuitive Consultant Anne Bradshaw is hosting a Salon at the 3rd floor lounge of the Norwood townhouse on 241 W. 14th St. (between 7th and 8th Avenues) in NYC. Anne’s the real deal. There are seven intuitive gifts that a true psychic can possess and most psychics only have one or two of these in their arsenal (Clairvoyance, Clairsentience, Clairaudience, Mediumship, Psychometry, Remote Viewing, and Past Life Regression). Anne has all seven. Dial up the cosmos for $100 and feel free to bring photos or personal items with you for her to talk about. Payments must be received in advance at Anne’s website via paypal (click on “individual readings”). Questions or more information: email Norena Barbella.

May 21 - June 20 Gemini
Those born under the sign of Gemini are sensitive to their partner’s needs, witty, and fun to be around. Best match: Aquarius and Libra. Our Gemini of the Week is American Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, born in 1926 on June 3rd. Ginsberg grew up in Paterson, New Jersey and as a child accompanied his mother to Communist Party meetings. At Columbia University in the early 40’s, he met Lucien Carr and subsequently met William Burroughs, John Clellon Holmes, and Jack Kerouac. The rest is, to be extremely trite, history. Suffice it to say that we miss him and his acerbic wit and his poetry, which was a pure valentine to the world. Check out 50 of his works for free here. Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the poet does.A. Ginsberg.

June 21 - July 22 Cancer
Cancer’s symbol is The Crab for good reason; you keep your emotions closely guarded and an unkind remark can quickly send you back into your protective shell. Best match: Pisces and Scorpio. Submitted for your approval: the Bizarro World Valentine. Bond Street Chocolate (63 E. 4th St. in NYC’s East Village) has adorable little boxes of chocolate skulls – the perfect gift for your main squeeze, reminding you both of the impermanence of life and love. Some of the skulls are even dusted with metallic powder which makes them look like they’re wearable baubles. Jewelry you can eat. A box of six sets you back $14. A small price to pay for what’s got to be the awesomest and creepiest valentine gift ever.

July 23 - August 22 Leo
Leo, you love to be in the center of things. You dig parties and mingling and suchlike. Your closest friends and confidantes may not know that you’re also very vulnerable and easily hurt. Best match: Aries and Sagittarius. You’ve got three more days to enjoy Art and Love in Renaissance Italy at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, closing Monday February 16th. This exhibition explores the various exceptional objects created to celebrate love and marriage in the Italian Renaissance. Approximately 150 objects, dating from about 1400 to the mid-16th century, range from exquisite examples of jewelry given as gifts to the loving couple, to marriage portraits and paintings extolling sensual love, such as Venus and Cupid by Venetian artist Lorenzo Lotto. The exhibition also includes some of the rarest and most significant pieces of Renaissance glassware, cassone panels, birth trays, and drawings and prints of amorous subjects. I can’t think of a better place to celebrate the feast of St. Valentine.

August 23 - September 22 Virgo
Virgo people have a hard time with mistakes and faults – theirs and everyone else’s. The weight of the world is on their shoulders. They’ve got enough anxiety going on beneath their usually placid exterior for the rest of us. Best match: Taurus and Capricorn. Stoke at least some of your anxiety with the knowledge that the City of New York announced this week that they are unveiling a Facebook page and app to promote the use of condoms. Virgos are all about safe sex. Dr. Monica Sweeney, the assistant health commissioner for HIV prevention and control, told The New York Times, “By using Facebook, we can help millions of people spread the word about condoms.” The Facebook page includes a bunch of facts like the sobering thought that NYC has more AIDS cases than LA, San Francisco, Miami, and DC combined. And did you know there is an official city condom, designed by industrial designer Yves Behar?

September 23 - October 22 Libra
Librans have no problem making their feelings known. They will wait to find their true love, but once found, they’re extremely loyal and truly romantic. Best match: Gemini and Aquarius. Here’s something romantic for you; the Waffle House chain of restaurants is offering candle-lit dinners on Valentines Day. This was a runaway hit last year when they first tried it and 32 locations will be part of the special promotion this weekend. WH invites you to get “scattered, smothered and covered” in romance. Speaking of Waffle House, did you know that they’ve served no less than 957,041,599 cups of coffee since their first location opened in Avondale, Georgia in 1955? Read all about their history here and call now to make your Valentine dinner reservation!

October 23 - November 21 Scorpio
Scorpios love to win. In fact, they live to win. They’re very passionate and rarely let others know that they have an extremely sensitive side. Best match: Cancer and Pisces. It’s possible that a number of Scorpios were involved in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre on February 14, 1929. Al Capone’s gang gunned down seven members of the Bugs Moran gang in Chicago, execution-style, against the wall of the SMG Cartage Company. Crazy fact: the wall (still with bloodstains and bullet marks) was later purchased at auction by Canadian businessman George Patey, who put the entire thing up in the men’s room of his nightclub, the Banjo Palace, in Vancouver. The wall was covered with a plexiglass coating and painted with targets. Patrons who could hit the targets would trigger a stream of water, flushing the urinal. How romantic! The nightclub closed in 1976 and Patey sold the wall, brick by brick, to collectors.

November 22 - December 21 Sagittarius
Sagittarians have a penchant of saying the wrong thing as they try to get on your good side. They’ll take extreme risks for love and need to preserve their own freedom in a relationship. Best match: Aries and Leo. I’ve got a film for you people. Released in 1966 and starring the splendid Alan Bates (I used to have such a crush on him), King of Hearts tells the story of a World War I soldier stationed in France. He is chosen by his brigade to go into a French town and deactivate a German bomb. He ends up being pursued by the enemy and, in order to escape, he hides in an insane asylum, whose inmates crown him the King of Hearts. I won’t spoil it any further by giving away more of the plot but if you’ve never seen it, you really need to watch this film. It’s a beautiful story.

December 22 - January 19 Capricorn
Capricorn! You’re traditional, loyal, and possessive. You can be depended on by your friends and loved ones. Commitment? Bring it on. Best match: Virgo and Taurus. For you, o goat, the album of the week: True Jit by the Bhundu Boys. It’s not new. It’s not even recent. But it’s worth tracking down. The Bhundu Boys were from Zimbabwe and they fashioned a joyous mix of chimurenga music married to influences from rock and roll, disco, country, and pop. In Africa, their style became known as jit. “Bhundu” meant “bush” or “jungle” and referred to the young boys who aided the guerrilla fighters in the war against the white minority government of Rhodesia in the 1970’s. Biggie Tembo, the lead singer, had been one of these boys. They rose pretty high in the 80’s, even opening for Madonna at Wembley. The band fell apart after Tembo left, and three members died of AIDS. It’s a sad ending to the story of this band, who made wonderful, uplifting music. Tembo’s vocals were at times spine chilling and lovely, as in “My Foolish Heart” on True Jit.

January 20 - February 18 Aquarius
Aquarians are naturally gregarious, moody, and emotional. Best match: Gemini and Libra. If I know Aquarians, and I believe that I do, I am certain sure that if they were buying nail polish, and they knew there was a color available called Orgasm, they would buy it. I found about it thanks to my friend, the wonderfully talented Holly Gleason, who wrote about this on her magnificent Yummy List, and I quote: Not quite peach. Not exactly pink. Somehow more succulent than flesh. Won’t call it pearl or iridescent, yet there is some shimmer to it. Matching NARS’ legendary blush - so named for cheek enhancing flush that comes naturally, this nail lacquer has a certain low impact beckon that sends the mind trotting off after far more intriguing daydreams.

February 19 - March 20 Pisces
Those of the Pisces persuasion tend to be a strange mix of contradictions. On the one hand, they’re sensitive and emotional. On the other hand, they’re hot headed and sometimes cruel. Best match: Cancer and Scorpio. For you I’ve saved the blog post of the week from Zone (Improvisations on Literature, Music, Film, The Spiritual, The Political, The Ridiculous by cowboyangel). This post minutely examines the Johnny Cash song Oh, What A Dream and what a read it is. Recorded in 1958 and 1959, you wouldn’t ordinarily think that this seemingly simple song had much going on besides a guy falling in love with a girl. Au contraire! Read all about the Tantric implications in the lyrics, Soviet spys, sex with angels, etc. And you can also hear Cash’s recording of the song in question.

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
~ Oscar Wilde~

March 21 - April 19 Aries
I don’t know any Aries folks who would not be aware that Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band rocked the Super Bowl last weekend. Which apparently reflected quite well in this week’s Billboard charts for Springsteen’s newest album, Working On A Dream. That’s all fine, and it’s a great record. But the way the economy looks, it’s drawn me back to Bruce’s first solo album (from 1982), Nebraska. Said to be recorded at home on a four-track cassette recorder and then the cassette carried around for months in a flannel shirt pocket, the spare, arid feel of these songs fits where we’re at right now to a T. From the title song about Charles Starkweather’s murder spree to the brother-betrayal of Highway Patrolman to the childhood memories in Used Cars to the lost, sad, washed up town depicted in Atlantic City, and all the others, each song shines darkly like onyx. And the final message is: at the end of every hard earned day, people find some reason to believe. Amen.

April 20 - May 20 Taurus
Trouble in River City is a way cool blog by Mr. Kopper of St. Louis, Missouri, highly recommended to Taureans and their brethren. In which Mr. K rants and raves about personal stuff, as well as stuff he finds interesting, exciting, fun, stupid, or lame. Kopper is the genius behind GaragePunk.com. A former terrestrial DJ, he now hosts a great podcast called Savage Kick. The man himself puts it best: I’m just a guy that loves wild and primitive rock’n'roll, podcasting, weird stuff, outside culture, my ‘65 Plymouth Barracuda, B-movies, pizza, barbecue, beer, booze, Cardinals baseball, Blues hockey, my family and my home town.

May 21 - June 20 Gemini
My Gemini friends, were you aware that February is National Hot Breakfast Month? I thought not. Didja know that breakfast cereal was invented by colonial housewives, who created the first cereal made from popcorn with sugar and cream? That the word cereal is from the pre-Roman goddess of the harvest, Ceres? Didja know that people who eat breakfast usually perform better in tasks at work and at school? Didja know that those who eat breakfast are less likely to overeat throughout the day? And hey, are you one of those who need to curtail gluten? Here are some ideas for gluten-free hot breakfasts. Speaking of gluten free, though not breakfast, check out Whole Bakers, makers of delicious gluten free/kosher certified baked goods. Word on the street has it that their cookies are TDF. Order them here.

June 21 - July 22 Cancer
I don’t think I know any female moonchildren that wouldn’t secretly like to strap on a guitar or pick up some drumsticks and rock out in their fantasy worlds, at least. Well, welcome to the Land of Dreams Come True; Bust Magazine clued me in to Ladies Rock Camp, a glorious offshoot of Rock ‘N’ Roll Camp for Girls. Yes, you can now unleash your inner rockin’ banshee from April 24 to 26, May 29 to 31, or October 23-25, for the unbelievably great tuition rate of a mere $375. All levels of skill are welcome; all instruments are available. Read about a former camper’s experience here. Sign up soon; only 55 applicants can attend each session, which takes place in Northeast Portland, Oregon.

July 23 - August 22 Leo
Our Leo of the Week is Andy Samberg, stand up comedian, musician, SNL cast member, lead honcho of the comedy group The Lonely Island, and, according to Time Out New York, child of destiny. Samberg and his longtime partners in crime Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone will release their debut album, Incredibad, this coming Tuesday February 10th. Yes, you can now own both Dick in a Box and Jizz in my Pants, as well as Lazy Sunday (The Chronicles of Narnia Rap), plus a bunch of never before released material. High school dick jokes aside, these three guys are credited with having reinvented SNL and making it cool again with their digital comedy short films. There’s much to explore here. Plus, Samberg looks like a guy I would have had a crush on in Hebrew school.

August 23 - September 22 Virgo
These trying times seem just made for Virgos, the worriers of the Zodiac. It’s for this reason that I want you to immediately read Karen Salmonsohn’s timely HuffPo piece, The Map Out Of Doomsville. Salmonsohn sagely advises that, if you’re one of the millions losing their jobs these days, try using this experience as a jumping off place to new opportunity. Be honest with yourself! Did your ex-job pay your bills, yet empty your soul? Instead of earning a living - were you merely earning an earning? If so, this treacherous economy might have served you up a wonderful chance to head towards doing what you love and making even more money. OK? Breathing always helps, too, to quote my fabulous yoga teacher.

September 23 - October 22 Libra
O Libra, holder of the scales of justice and injustice, be thou aware that we’re losing one of the great independent bookstores of all time. On March 29, due to the cruel winds that blow during this economic crisis, The Oscar Wilde Bookshop, the world’s oldest Lesbian and Gay Bookshop, will close its doors after 41 years of serving the community. Shop online here or go visit them in their final days; bargains abound – rare books are 25% off, gift items up to 50% off. If you live in the nabe and are a lady of the lesbian persuasion, consider joining their Lesbian Bookclub. Next meeting is February 25th at 7pm to discuss Erica Fischer’s novel Aimee & Jaguar: A Love Story, Berlin 1943.

October 23 - November 21 Scorpio
Indulge the passionate, intuitive, independent-film loving side that Scorpio is known for with the Stranger than Fiction series, an eclectic mix of documentaries on Tuesday nights at the IFC Center in Manhattan. Now in its fourth year, STF has featured esteemed guests like Barbara Kopple, Michael Moore, Laurie Anderson, D.A. Pennebaker, Jonathan Demme, Ira Glass, and others. I know how my Scorpio friends love to discover sneak previews and lost classics and this is just the place. Screenings are followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and post-show gatherings nearby at 99 Below (99 MacDougal Street), hosted by Thom Powers. Buy a season pass for $95 (the season ends March 17) and be assured you’ll always have a seat, even when a screening is sold out. This coming Tuesday, February 10th: Lucia Small and Ed Pincus present The Axe in the Attic about their road trip from New England to Louisiana. The film opens six months after Katrina hit New Orleans. We first see the eerie beauty and horror of the shattered landscape, draped in heavy fog and emptied of its residents. The story of an American Diaspora unfolds – the displaced struggling with loss of home, family, and culture. Emotions range from deep pain to surprising humor, as filmmakers and subjects tackle questions of race, class, and our government’s failure to protect its own. Tickets here.

November 22 - December 21 Sagittarius
Pull back that arrow, Sagittarian archers, and let it fly. I’m talking about making yourself a magic list and marveling as it manifests. What in the sam hill is a magic list? It’s a list you write down of what you want – kind of like a menu of your favorite foods you’re ordering from, but this is a person, or a job, or a dream. I know, I know. You’re not a new agey freak and all that. OK, Fine. But read Martha Beck’s piece Go Tell Alice on Oprah.com, and give it a try. You might just be pleasantly surprised. Says BeckMaybe list-making simply focuses our attention on what was always available. Did I mention I have no idea how this works? But if you let go of everything mutable or temporary and express your yearning from the pure core that remains, I suspect you’ll find that same magic. Beck’s article is a response to Alice Gorman’s The Love List - a real life magic story.

December 22 - January 19 Capricorn
Hey Capricorn – you shrewd, practical, hardworking goat you. I’ve got a brilliant idea for you; how about adopting a rescue pet for Valentine’s Day? No matter what, you’ll have a valentine who will love you unconditionally and completely. Cat, dog, lizard, whatever tickles your fancy. The recent economic tsumami has resulted in, among other things, a surplus of animals without homes. Open your wallet and your heart and see how much you get in return from a rescue pet. A plethora of adoption possibilities listed here. Not able to adopt for some reason? Consider giving some of your time and love to animals as a volunteer. This article lists dozens of ideas on how to do that.

January 20 - February 18 Aquarius
Water carrier, you have to deal every day with the dichotomy of life; be honest or be detached – be inventive or be contrary. While you struggle with these choices, Aquarians, how about checking out the Top Five Reasons to Take Your Own Shopping Bags to the Store, courtesy of PETA. News flash: the environment needs help. Bring a canvas bag with you and stop the spread of plastic bags, which are not biodegradable. Some stores now even offer a discount when you bring your own bag. Need to recycle the plastic bag collection you still have under the sink? You can find a list of stores that accept them for recycling here. The word for 2009 is GREEN.

February 19 - March 20 Pisces
I started this week’s scoop with Bruce Springsteen and I’ll end it with him too. Break out that Piscean compassion and check out Bruce’s recent PSA for The Danny Fund about the dangers of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Original E Street Band Member Danny Federici died last year of this disease. After seeing the outpouring of support following Danny’s death, Bruce, the E Street Band, Danny’s family, and his doctor Dr. Paul Chapman decided Danny’s vision could make an even greater impact. Together with Debra and Leon Black, founders of the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), they created The Danny Fund to bring melanoma to the forefront of public awareness and to fund research with top melanoma doctors from around the world. One person in the U.S.A. dies every hour from this disease. Learn more here.