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March 21 - April 19 Aries
Aries, the Ram. Your impulsive, pioneering spirit will no doubt be energized and cheered by seeing Judith Owen Saturday night September 27 at the Metropolitan Room, a cabaret located on West 22nd St. between 5th and 6th Avenue. For the uninitiated, Judith’s is a unique, beautiful voice and her performances combine music with a running commentary about everyday life and the state of the world. For one night, put aside your worry about the implosion of our economy and join Judith, who was called “whip smart, soulfully cool and deeply introspective” by the L.A. Times. Her newest album is Mopping Up Karma (Courgette Records, a label Owen formed with her husband/collaborator Harry Shearer). Stephen Holden in The New York Times: She has the kind of wailing folk-jazz voice that slices away surfaces to touch vulnerable emotional nerve endings and leave you quivering. Come on down and quiver; I’ll see you there.

April 20 - May 20 Taurus
Our Taurus of the Week is my soul sister Tina Fey, to whom I offer heartfelt congratulations on the Emmy win(s) for 30 Rock. Seven awards this year went to 30 Rock, which starts its third season October 30th (special online premiere October 23). Ms. Fey, originally head writer (and performer) on Saturday Night Live, created this show about a television show producer and the challenges of putting together a variety show, and she also produces and stars in it. Alec Baldwin makes me cry with laughter every week. It’s almost better than an orgasm. In case you haven’t yet basked in its brilliance, there’s still time for you to catch up via DVD and iTunes downloads before Season 3. A couple of quotes just to reel you in further: Liz Lemon (Fey): I want to do that thing rich people do when they turn money into more money. Jack Donaghy (Baldwin): Now, there are 140 people on this show, so go out there and make 126 people very happy. One last caveat; Tina’s from Upper Darby, Pa. – my hometown.

May 21 - June 20 Gemini
During the sign of Gemini in 1967, June 12 to be exact, the album Dusty in Memphis by Dusty Springfield was released. A great year for great records, this one was produced by Arif Mardin and Jerry Wexler and engineered by Tom Dowd. Those three names on any album virtually guarantees a classic. Rolling Stone placed it as Number 89 in the Top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: …blazing soul and sexual honesty…that transcended both race and geography. The back-up singers were the Sweet Inspirations and the band was Reggie Young’s Memphis Cats. Read more about the fascinating story behind this record in renowned music historian Warren Zanes’ fascinating book Dusty in Memphis, part of the 33 1/3 book series. Zanes discusses the record and the book here.

June 21 - July 22 Cancer
Moonchild ~ you’ve got a tendency to stress out on occasion. Of course we all do, but your proclivity towards overemotionality sometimes works against you in destructive ways. May I suggest Ujjayi Pranayama, a yoga breathing technique which simultaneously relaxes and rejuvenates the entire body. It’s a great way to combat stress, or to get yourself into sleep mode, or to refresh yourself and get more energy. It is sometimes known as ocean breath. Ujjayi strengthens your digestive system as well as your nervous system. It is said that 20 minutes of Ujjayi equals a full night of sleep. Ujjayi is also believed to help lengthen the span of life by lengthening the breath.

July 23 - August 22 Leo
The indie bookstore of the week is Page 1 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Leos are courageous, positive, and creative, and love to read. This is the go-to store for you lion people when you’re under the sign of the Zia (New Mexico’s state symbol – based on an ancient symbol for the Sun by Native Americans of the region). Seriously, is there anything better than a great bookstore? I can literally spend hours going up and down the corridors perusing book titles. Page 1 also has a café and wine bar, so there’s no need to even leave the store, which was established in 1981 and sells new, used and rare books. Spend a day in there but make sure to get outside to see the stunning New Mexico sunset. Or shop online.

August 23 - September 22 Virgo
Virgo is a mutable earth sign ruled by Mercury. There are four mutable signs (Gemini, Pisces, and Sagittarius in addition to Virgo). Basically mutable signs indicate an astrological sign that falls within the change of a season – in this case, Virgo falls between summer and autumn. I say to you meticulous Virgo people, its time to place yourself squarely in the 21st century and make sure you’re listed on LinkedIn. Whether you’re in the job market or not, put yourself on the map with this online network of more than 25 million experienced professionals around the globe, representing 150 industries. And that’s just today – it continues to grow exponentially. Recruiters troll it to find employees. Use it to rekindle old friendships and professional relationships. I can honestly say it changed my life. Thank you Rhonda Markowitz, who first told me about it.

September 23 - October 22 Libra
The sun moved into Libra this week, so happy birthday Librans. With that said, Mercury also went retrograde on September 24 and won’t go direct again until October 15. Which means basically all communications are affected and can be delayed and disrupted. Computers break down. Trains are late. The up side is this is a great time for reorganizing things and reflection. If you’re anywhere near San Francisco, may I suggest the Saint John Coltrane Church as a stop on your metaphysical highway. This church was created in the name of Libran John Coltrane after Founders Archbishop Franzo King and Reverend Mother Marina King saw him perform in 1965. Being raised in the Pentecostal Church, Franzo King knew the presence of the Lord when it came through the power of the Holy Ghost. Seeing John Coltrane and hearing his sound that night kindled that familiar feeling he had known in childhood. It was the presence of God. Archbishop King refers to this as a “sound baptism” which touched their hearts and minds. Further investigation into this John Coltrane proved him to be not just a ‘jazz musician’ but one who was chosen to guide souls back to God. I can safely say you’ve never been to a church like this. Go in and reflect.

October 23 - November 21 Scorpio
Compulsive! Passionate! Magnetic! Mysterious! Can you say Scorpio! Well guess what; its time for the season premiere of Shoot the Messenger, Monday September 29 at the Green Room Theater. Shoot The Messenger is a comedy troupe performing a satirical wrap-up of the week’s news from the brain of Daily Show Co-creator Lizz Winstead. A live sketch comedy show incorporating multi-media elements, it presents the world as seen through the filters of fictional producers and on-air talent at Wake Up World, the worst morning news show in America. Each week Lizz interviews a media figure who digs deep and gets it right. They’ll give us the lowdown on the big stories that were buried (or ignored) by the corporate media mill. This week’s guest is Naomi Wolf, author of The End of America, and former consultant to both the Clinton and Gore campaigns. Naomi and Lizz will have a timely conversation about tyranny, the election, and what we can do to save democracy before it’s too late. Tickets here. Tick tock!

November 22 - December 21 Sagittarius
Oh Sagittarius, you optimistic, intellectual, sensual folks. Stop the presses! Have you heard that chocolate is good for you? Yes – it truly is very good for your health in moderation. Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate makes lovely little dark chocolate squares in exactly the right size for an energy/health pick me up that you can pop when approaching the mid-afternoon slump. Their exceptional chocolate begins life as organic cocoa in Belize and the Dominican Republic. G&B makes chocolate bars, ice cream, and incredible hot chocolate mix powder. LiveScience.com tells us that a small square of dark chocolate daily protects the heart from inflammation and subsequent heart disease. Read more here.

December 22 - January 19 Capricorn
Capricorns dig uncomplicated, simple food; comfort food. You would really enjoy the classic Manhattan coffee shop / Greek diner I stumbled upon last week – having passed it on the street for decades but never going in before. The Astro Restaurant is something out of Old New York and therefore sticks out like a sore thumb in the New New York, especially in west midtown on 6th Avenue and 55th Street. It is very rare to find a place like this that can still afford New York City rent prices. Check out the 2nd Astroburger Revolution with a plethora of crazy burgers (somehow I missed the first); including The Greek and The Real Greek.

January 20 - February 18 Aquarius
Water-bearing Aquarians love to know what is going on all the time so they can make a judicious decision about what deserves their time. Hence I want you to know about The Weekly Gigometer, presented by Home Office Records, an independent record label in Brooklyn with big plans for fine music and a penchant for exceptionally fine beer. This is what’s called a community service and a really great one. They are amazing. I love them. Subscribe. Throw money at them. Tell your friends about them.

February 19 - March 20 Pisces
Fish people traits include escapism and dreaminess. Well, let this be your wake up call! We’re creeping inexorably towards November 4, a day that will change all our lives, Americans or not. The beauteous Grace Helbig (AKA Daily Grace) channels Bristol Palin in My Damn Channel’s Voting is Sexy video which also imparts practical advice on where and how to register. The deadline to register in most states is early October. That means next week. Get on the good foot, people!

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