Horoscopes by the Fishing Guide to the Stars starting 5.28.2015

"The great enemy of truth is often not the lie -- deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth -- persistent, persuasive and unrealistic." (JFK)

Horoscopes by the Fishing Guide to the Stars starting 5.28.2015

Gemini:

GeminiThis happens when I’m asked about building websites, something I’ve done as an adjunct to my business, for many years. I tend to teach “process” rather than specific, individual steps because the process doesn’t change whereas software can get updated about half-dozen times in a single cycle. Process, not steps. There’s a second part of the process that I teach, as well, it involves following all of the instructions, not just some. My favorite Gemini response? “Well (long pause) I didn’t get that part so I skipped it.”

And now it’s broken.

Can’t skip anything, not this week. Read the instructions. Follow the steps, all of them. No skipping around, no typical Gemini non-linear activity. Doesn’t work. Everything in the proper order.

Cancer:

Buddy of mine, me, we were fishing, and he took his wife along. I get along with her fine, she likes to be by the water, we like to fish, everyone wins. But that night after fishing all day, me and my buddy, we're watching TV and talking about fishing while she was reading a book on her iPad.
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Horoscopes by the Fishing Guide to the Stars starting 5.21.2015

"There is an evil among all things that are done under the sun -- "
Ecclesiastes 9:3 (KJV)

I know, all biblical on Gemini, but there was just something about the duality of the Gemini nature that begged a King James quote. You know how I feel about that version of the bible, right?

Horoscopes by the Fishing Guide to the Stars starting 5.21.2015

Gemini:

Gemini Buddy of mine, here in town, he’s got a cool-looking microphone on his arm, tattoo. “When my voice fails/Music prevails,” is how his inscription reads. Kind of an old school, in appearance, the microphone. The image and the message it evokes? Very important. Mercury, retrograde in Gemini, along with magnificent Gemini birthdays, and whatever else might be coming along? Oh, yeah, Mars. Remember him? He compounds the Mercury Retrograde feelings and lack of action. Or lack of voice.

Still, my buddy has it tattooed on his arm, “When my voice fails/My music prevails.” It’s like, there’s a message there you don’t want to forget. I suggest, especially with the ongoing Mercury Mayhem, that the Gemini voice will fail. Vocal chords don’t vibrate, the tone, the timbre, the tremolo doesn’t tremolo? Something breaks down, with your communication. I ran into some friends on the street, while I was walking. They stopped and started talking, I just held up my phone, indicating the earbuds in place. Shrugged. Music wasn’t that loud, but I could pretend that I couldn’t understand a word my friends said over the nasal drone of a country crooner in my ears.

Cancer:

Regional influences in cuisine matter. In my professional wanderings, I’ve noted that there are several distinct versions of “Tex-Mex” in various parts of the state. Subtle differences, but differences, nonetheless. Comfort food is important when Mercury is Retrograde, no? This regional riff on foods was brought about another regional chain, What-A-Burger. Anyone from Texas or the surrounding environs will recognize the name and importance.
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Horoscopes by the Fishing Guide to the Stars starting 5.14.2015

Hung be the heavens with black, yield day to night!
Comets, importing change of times and states,
Brandish your crystal tresses in the sky,
And with them scourge the bad revolting stars

    Bedford in Shakespeare's Henry VI, part 1, Act 1, scene 1

Mercury is stationary, turning retrograde in Gemini. Twice the fun! “And with them scourge the bad revolting stars” — fits, no?

Horoscopes by the Fishing Guide to the Stars starting 5.14.2015

Taurus:

TaurusAs I’ve continued to study Shakespeare’s canon, I’ve had a renewed interest in the stories of the earliest plays, the Henry VI trilogy. There’s a bizarre kind of history, and the academics are still fighting about order of composition and order of performance, thinking that Part 2 came before Part 1, and Part 3 was just left dangling. The academic material, see, the listing of the performances is a matter of record, and the publication dates for the plays, again, matter of record, but everything else is supposition. Less fact, more like inference. Realize that this is the earliest word attributed to Shakespeare, and there’s some suggestive evidence that the plays might’ve been collaboration rather than just Shakespeare himself. That opening quote is from the beginning of the trilogy, when there were dark stars over England’s future king and empire. Birthday Taurus, yes, we’re slowing down for Mercury, but are we really going to let this stop us? Like the ongoing debates about Shakespeare’s plays? Maybe this is good time to dig back through the existing evidence and see what we really know.

Gemini:

This really is less about Mercury Retrograde and lot more about Mr. Mars frying his way through your sign. Mars is all, “Up and in your face,” while the mercurial message is less about anything up and in your face, and lot more about what’s behind your face, the Gemini mind. The Gemini mind, I must admit, I admire. Mars versus Retrograde Mercury it’s a “Cage match,” to the death, who wins?
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Horoscopes by the Fishing Guide to the Stars starting 5.7.2015

    “Farewell till then: I will go lose myself
    And wander up and down to view the city.”

Antipholus of Syracuse in Shakespeare’s A Comedy of Errors Act I, scene ii

Horoscopes by the Fishing Guide to the Stars starting 5.7.2015

Taurus:

TaurusHow can you tell if a Hippie is from Austin? He’s licensed to carry a gun, and he’s packing. Can’t make that one up, but I don’t fit the category, either way. I’m not old enough to have been a hippie, although, I do enjoy the ideals, and while I’m capable of getting a Concealed Handgun Carry permit, I don’t own either firearm nor, do I have a desire to do so. In both cases, this is a “fail” for me, but as a joke, for folks who kept moving to Austin, it’s as good guideline as any.

There’s an inherent duality as Mars shifts from the final stages of Taurus, heading into Gemini. Not a bad duality, not like, “an evil twin,” but more like there are two, definite sides to this, the way we see, our perceptions. Two sides, at least. To some, like the Austin hippie joke, to some, it will appear that these two sides are different, possibly un-reconcilable. It’s not, but Taurus patience is required to arrive at that reconciliation, next week.

Gemini:

The “random” function on most media players typifies this week’s weird energy. I’ve got a little, not too many songs, but I’ve got a few truly classical “country” pieces. Roots of real Americana music, to be honest. It’s not bad, but the slow shuffle and simple beat, it’s relaxing, in its own way. Cycles up at random intervals and I get lulled into a peaceful, slightly slower and maybe more bucolic rate. Pace slows down.
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Horoscopes by the Fishing Guide to the Stars starting 4.30.2015

    “You see "Bob" and I still clung to the old Texas style which is, never kill one of your own beeves when you can get somebody else's.”

From: Chas. A. Siringo. “A Texas Cowboy: or, Fifteen Years on the Hurricane Deck of a Spanish Pony”P. 161.

While I tend to favor Shakespeare quotes for introductions, this one spoke to this week on several levels. It’s from a sadly ignored text, one of the first “cowboy epics” ever penned.

Cinco de Mayo note.

Horoscopes by the Fishing Guide to the Stars starting 4.30.2015

Taurus:

TaurusThe opening quote is about managing resources, with an oblique sense of humor, my humor, that is, layered on top. Not sure if it works, but it seems to. Happy birthday, by the way. Thought I forgot?

Mercury leaves your sign this week, but Mars is still cooking, and the focal point is about how you manage resources. Following the advice of the quote, sometimes, it’s better to use other peoples’ stuff instead of your own. Simple idea. Simply put.

Use what’s at hand, for Taurus, use the materials that are provided, and whenever possible? Use the other guy’s stuff, first.

Gemini:

I’ve found that it never hurts to break from tradition. I’ve found that bending the rules can help take a bad situation and make it feel better. I’ve found that rules, more like guidelines, are useful, and there’s generally a way to amend said rules.
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