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March 21 - April 19 Aries
Aries is all about change. Change for change’s sake sometimes. So my gut feeling is that you voted on Tuesday, and you most likely voted for that lean and lanky change candidate who won the Presidency after all these long months of campaigning. Well, now that the whole thing is over and the majority of us can draw a huge sigh of relief, I would like to draw your attention to Tina Brown’s piece, The Magic President, which lays it all out in mythic terms. And check out Matt Taibi’s My Campaign Memories, which is terrific. And lastly, viddy this from The Onion. And then, just lie back and relax into the joy.

April 20 - May 20 Taurus
Courtesy of Sal Nunziato’s brilliant blog Burning Wood, I learned of the recent release of Mavis Staples’ Live: Hope At The Hideout. Quoth Sal; In June of 2008, Mavis Staples went back home to Chicago and played to an intimate audience at the city’s legendary club, The Hideout. Backed by a simple 3 piece band and a few backing singers, this recording is all one could ask for in a live record - you hear what was performed and no more. The recording captures the room so perfectly, you feel as if Mavis is testifying in your living room. Staples is an emotional powerhouse, and her songs and stories continue to inspire. Taureans love music that speaks truth to power – I know this because I am one myself. What are you waiting for? Go buy or download that sucker.

May 21 - June 20 Gemini
You explore the world with fresh new eyes everyday; one of the true pleasures of being a Gemini. So let me point you to My Damn Channel’s newest series premiere, Lapdance with Kurt Loder, in which Kurt Loder saves the world – one interview at a time. To wit; Author, journalist, MTV anchor, movie writer, and former Rolling Stone senior editor Kurt Loder interviews filmmakers, musicians, and anyone else who’s around, anywhere in the world, via iChat. Harry Shearer is the first victim and topics discussed include a Spinal Tap reunion, Ricky Gervais, Eddie Izzard, Richard Pryor, Christopher Guest, Tom Leopold, Paul Shaffer, reality TV, TV news, Sarah Palin, Al Franken, and you can find out what kind of world it would be - if it was ruled by Harry Shearer.

June 21 - July 22 Cancer
The moonchild loves great art and photography which reflects emotion. Not for you, a cold and uninspiring life. So you can both view the beautiful colors of the trees in Beacon, New York as we move into the latter part of autumn, and also visit 400 Square, a contemporary photography gallery at 149 Main Street, to see Diary of a Pedestrian by award-winning photographer Ronnie Farley. The exhibit opens Saturday November 8 and will run through January 3rd. There is an opening reception tomorrow (Saturday the 8th) at 4pm. Farley’s black and white photo essay reflects images seen while walking around New York City. Odds are she’s captured quite a few things you missed.

July 23 - August 22 Leo
Leos have a tendency to gravitate towards the finer things in life. So, I have one word for you: salt. A few weeks ago, CBS Sunday Morning presented a fascinating segment about salt that tickled my fancy in a big way. In it, Mark and Jennifer Bitterman were interviewed at their shop, The Meadow, in Portland, Oregon – where they sell nothing but salts from all over the world with prices ranging from $4 a pound to $50 a pound. There’s even one that costs $270 a pound, from Korea. The CBS reporter asked Mark why would anyone spend that amount of money on salt, to which he replied, ‘because it makes everything taste better.’ The Meadow also hosts salt tastings, where they present items like ‘radishes with some butter and a fleur de sel from France.’ If this has you eying plane fare to Portland like me, rest assured you can also buy their wares online.

August 23 - September 22 Virgo
Break out of your box, O Virgo, and explore the genius of Henry Rollins, American singer-songwriter, stand up comedian, spoken word artist, author, actor, musician, and publisher. Many of you will know Rollins from the seminal hardcore punk band Black Flag. After leaving Black Flag in 1986, he formed the Rollins Band and created a record label and publishing company 2.13.61 to release his spoken word albums. He’s written a plethora of books, is an outspoken human rights activist, and is the host of Uncut, a series of Documentary Specials airing every Friday in November (except Nov. 28) on the IFC Channel. Watch Uncut from New Orleans tonight (Friday November 7) at 10:30pm. IFC describes it thus and so: Henry’s spoken word stage show is intertwined with compelling documentary footage shot on location. He also has some tour dates coming up in November, check those out here.

September 23 - October 22 Libra
Stoke that Libran love of beauty and health with Young Living Essential Oils. The company was founded by D. Gary Young. After a crippling injury early in life, Young went on a personal health odyssey that transformed him both physically and emotionally. He ended up traveling the world to study essential oils and alternative health care, becoming a foremost authority in natural health. History’s most advanced ancient civilizations – Egypt, Greece, Rome, China - all relied on nature’s essential oils to increase and maintain health of the body, mind, and spirit. Young Living Essential Oils provides pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils and essential-oil-enhanced products. Believe me, these are the purest, undiluted, non-additive oils you can find; they are absolutely transformative. Used aromatically, applied topically, or taken internally, essential oils can calm, energize, balance, purify, and rejuvenate the mind and body.

October 23 - November 21 Scorpio
Scorpio, you groove on all things that seek to explain the known world, be it Our Lady of Guadalupe images or Tibetan sand mandelas. I know you’ll dig my Saint of the Week: Saint Expedite. True to his name, he is the patron saint of those who wish for a quick solution to a problem. He also can step in to end delays and grants financial success. Procrastinators, this is your guy. He’s apparently quite well known in Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Latin America, as well as New Orleans. Thanks to the Lucky Mojo Curio Company Occult Shop, we learn that a good day to burn candles for Saint Expedite is Wednesday, the day of Mercury, the messenger god of the Romans. In fact, Expedite is not only syncretized with that ancient deity, he is symbolized by the metal quicksilver (liquid elemental Mercury), and is also associated with the African and Afro-Caribbean spiritual entities Elegua, Legba, Baron Samedi, Bonsu, and so forth, those being the messengers and tricksters in the Lukumi / Santeria, Voodoo / Vodoun, and Obeah pantheons. When Saint Expedite grants your request, his statue, holy card, or empty candle-glass is given a gift of flowers or flowers and a slice of pound cake…It is often said that you must never seek the aid of Expedite unless you are prepared to give this tribute after the work is done, or he will take back all the good he did for you, and more besides.

November 22 - December 21 Sagittarius
Sagittarians, I invite you to revisit (or discover) A Clockwork Orange – the movie, the book, and the soundtrack. They are all amazing. Archer people are fun loving party animals who also secretly seek the meaning of life. This work of art answers all your needs. Directed by Stanley Kubrick and based on the novel by Anthony Burgess, the movie was released in 1972 and was completely unlike any other movie made at the time. It’s hard to believe that it was created over three decades ago when it so accurately predicts a future that might have been ours and, God forbid, still could be. The word visionary doesn’t come close to describing Burgess or Kubrick. Protagonist Alex, the ringleader of a gang of violent young men who love to beat up drunks and rape women, is also a lover of fine art and, in particular, Beethoven. Says he of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony: Oh bliss! Bliss and heaven! Oh, it was gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh. It was like a bird of rarest-spun heaven metal or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now.

December 22 - January 19 Capricorn
If you’re a Rock & Roll Capricorn like I envision you to be as a reader of the Weekend Horoscoop*, then you already know about Rock & Rap Confidential, the monthly newsletter edited by Grammy-winning writer Dave Marsh. RRC is positioned at a high volume international crossroads of musical and political information. Due to the fact that RRC refuses to accept advertising, they are completely free to tell the truth about what’s going on in music - all genres and styles. Join the new Facebook group and read the most recent newsletter there; subscribe so it comes direct to your emailbox by sending the word ‘subscribe’ in the subject line to rockrap@aol.com. Oh yeah, and guess what else? It’s free.

January 20 - February 18 Aquarius
Aquarians need to honor the rebel soul of Madelyn Dunham, a true rebel and feminist. Barack Obama, her grandson whom she raised, called her his rock and dedicated his campaign to her. She died of cancer on the night before Election Day at the age of 86. Dunham was one of the first female vice presidents of the Bank of Hawaii in the 60s and 70s after having started there as a secretary. Obama spoke of her passing in Charlotte, N.C.; …She was born in Kansas in a small town in 1922. Which means she lived through the Great Depression, she lived through two world wars, she watched her husband go off to war, while she looked after her baby and worked on a bomber assembly line. When her husband came back they benefited from the GI bill, they moved west and eventually ended up in Hawaii. …. She is one of those quiet heroes we have all across America, who are not famous, their names are not in the newspapers, but each and every day they work hard. They look after their families. They sacrifice for their children, and their grandchildren. They aren’t seeking the limelight. All they try to do is do the right thing… That is what America is about. That is what we are fighting for.

February 19 - March 20 Pisces
The best Piscean traits include empathy and compassion. You’re fascinated by those who exhibit those qualities and also exude a strong sense of independence. People like Barack Obama, for example. Thanks to Barnes & Noble, you can read all about our new President in his own words with a 30% off book sale until November 11th. All three of his books are on sale here. You can either print the coupons and take them to a store, or use them online. And speaking of Obama, have you seen his new website? With the same careful deliberation that he used to plan his spectacular Presidential campaign, the President Elect gives us position statements for his Agenda, everything from the Economy to Technology to Defense. Also, you can continue the forward momentum you were living in for the last several months if you were working to get him elected, by telling your story in your own words and sharing your hopes for a real government of the people, by the people, and for the people. Is anyone surprised that he wants to continue the dialogue started by millions of communities around the country, which ended up getting him elected?

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naomi dagen bloom - 07 Nov 08 at 12:42:15

ohhhhh, i love that image. just ordered a bunch of stickers with it from moveon.org who is supposed to announce shortly the sale of limited edition of posters with same.

very good, deep stuff at tomdispatch.org by him and rebecca solnit. thanks for the link on telling one’s own story…you do find the best things like this.

also great pix and videos at two harlem blogs–www.uptownflavor.com and nycblog.com which has great head of street sign at 145th.