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Horoscopes starting 8.25.2016

    Therefore the moon (the governess of floods),
    Pale in her anger, washes all the air,
    That rheumatic diseases do abound.
    Titania in Shakespeare's Midsummer's Night's Dream 2.1.103-5

Mercury Starts a Retrograde pattern in Virgo. Mercury is Retrograde from August 30 to September 21, 2016.

Saturn square Neptune.

Portable Mercury Retrograde

Horoscopes starting 8.25.2016

Virgo:

Virgo

The Virgin

Listen to the cicadas. It’s sound, a summer sound, an August, summer sound I’ve grown up with, and living in Texas, one I’m used to. That summer sound? I was taking off to walk up to the store, buy some grocery items, not much. As usual, I had on stereo earbuds, with a microphone, as I was answering and returning some calls.

Hot, August afternoon. I hadn’t heard the cicadas that loud since South Austin days. While that’s not entirely true, it was refreshing to hear, and as soon as the music cycled up, think I was listening to a Shakespeare play, I stopped. Pulled the earplugs out. I stopped, pulled the ear plugs out, and turned the music off. For a few step, then for the rest of my walk, I was immersed in the sounds of summer. Mostly, it was the cicadas, just a dull buzz, and like me, listening to summer, all over again? As Mercury stops and suggests a stationary pattern? In this next week? Pull the ear plugs out. Turn off the ambient, background, white noise. Fewer distractions are better as this will be a rather amusing Mercury in Retrograde. Easiest way to survive and thrive? Pull out the earplugs. Listen to the cicadas. Or listen to whatever.

Libra:

Libra

The Scales

My father, a Libra if there ever was one, was also a “Warm Springs” polio survivor. Because he had polio at a young age, one leg was smaller than the other. So I saw a shoe sale, the other day, “Buy One, get One Free.” Clever ad. Wouldn’t have worked, though, as my father would only need one shoe of one size.
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Horoscopes starting 8.18.2016

    Puck:
    How now, spirit, whither wander you?

    A Fairy:
    Over hill, over dale,
    Thorough bush, thorough brier,
    Over park, over pale,
    Thorough flood, thorough fire,
    I do wander every where,
    Swifter than the moon’s sphere;
    And I serve the Fairy Queen,
    To dew her orbs upon the green.

    Shakespeare's Midsummer's Night's Dream 2.1.1-9

Horoscopes starting 8.18.2016

The Leo:

The Leo

The Lion

Little late in the season to be quoting Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, but “Swifter than the moon’s sphere,” caught my attention. The eve of this horoscopes? The moon still appears quite full, but swiftly now, it starts to thin out. The waning aspects of this lunar phase? More than a year ago, I suggested that this transit of Jupiter, through Virgo, this would be a good time to winnow some of the Leo materials. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Between the Sun and the Moon, then relation to the Virgo planets? Time to think about letting go of one more item. Thing. Person. Place. Long-held belief, is the most likely. Still, birthdays usually imply gifts, and sometimes, the greatest gift? Having a situation where you can let go. We can make this easy, as I tend to favor my Leo friends, so as that situation pops up and the item, the place, the thing, maybe the situation? As gravity gently tugs it from the Leo paws? Your tenacious grip? Let it slide right on out of your grasp.

Virgo

Technically, Virgo starts August 22, 2016 around 10:30 AM, in Texas. Time zone variation might read otherwise, but that’s good enough, right? So until then?
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Horoscopes starting 8.11.2016

And then the moon, like to a silver bow
New bent in heaven, shall behold the night
Of our solemnities.

    Hippolyta in Shakespeare’s Midsummer's Night's Dream 1.i.9-11

Catch me in far west Texas this weekend!

Horoscopes starting 8.11.2016

The Leo:

The Leo

The Lion

Do love me my Leo friends, better than the rest, the very best Fixed Fire Sign there is. As a compatible Fire Sign, I should know my fire signs. I do. I’m an expert; trust me.

So this week is marked with the approach of a Full Moon, which means, in part, things are setting up for a wild time. The preponderance of planets in Virgo, the next sign over from The Leo? That indicates that the “vortex of home” is going to suck you in, and make it so you might not want to escape. Might not be able to escape. Might want to stay home, or entertain as the receiving guest of honor at your own domicile. The Moon was “New” last week, hence the reference in the introduction, “New bent in heaven.” This week is about seeing the rewards of that New Moon’s promise. The tricky part? All that Virgo? Don’t let the Virgo Voices overtake The Leo magnificence.

Virgo:

I can pre-empt the Virgo question. “Yes, but not yet.” That’s an affirmative response to the Virgo interrogative, with a warning about timing. Full Moon? Makes folks a little bit crazy; where the word “Lunatic” came from, no?
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Horoscopes starting 8.4.2016

    I have been studying how I may compare
    This prison where I live unto the world;
    And for because the world is populous,
    And here is not a creature but myself,
    I cannot do it; yet I’ll hammer it out.

King Richard the Second
in Shakespeare's Richard II, act v scene v 1-4

Venus, soon to be in Virgo will “square” Mars, in Sagittarius — a rolling exchange of energy that isn’t always pleasant. People get cranky about the weirdest things.

Horoscopes starting 8.4.2016

The Leo:

The Leo

The Lion

Happy birthday to one special Leo. Now, let’s have some fun with this. You will note that there are a lot of close friends who are terribly inconvenienced by whatever is going on. Not you! All that flexible and spineless “mutable” energy is trying to interfere with a Leo Good Time. Rise above it. That simple, and for a Leo, keeping it simple during a birthday week is better idea than most. Some Leo buddies orchestrate a huge party. Some Leo buddies prefer quiet and solitude of just a few friends in an intimate gathering.

Whatever it is that you want? Two easy steps. One? Ask. Be thoughtful, kind, but direct in what you are asking for, got that? Ask. The second part, the “Number Two,” so to speak? It’s one thing to ask for something, but expecting you get it? Not always the way this works.

This isn’t about The Leo, as I’m sure, with you, you always deliver exactly as promised. But the other signs, especially with lots of non-Leo parts, particularly the mutable that is affected by that tenacious little square, the 90 degree angle between Venus and Mars? Flighty. Flakes. Can’t count on us. Eventually, yes, but maybe not this week, even if we promise. Just a warning, not to count on us to be there like we said we would. Not a Leo thing, but the “Lesser 11” signs.

Virgo:

I was about to start a reading, and I looked down at the chart, I screwed my face up, and then looked again, sideways at the chart, then at the person. I paused. There was sudden, torrential rush of available information, almost too much, and I couldn’t pick the right place to start. Left me speechless. There were hotspots and tight angles, influences and detractors, all in, or all out, sort of depends. I picked a starting point, saw something else and stopped.
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Horoscopes starting 7.28.2016

But time will not permit. All is uneven,
And every thing is left at six and seven.

Shakespeare’s Richard II act 2 scene 2 lines 122-3

The history behind, the anecdotes, anyway, behind the term, “All six and seven” is worth a look-see. It’s British English idiom for “Charlie Foxtrot,” another favorite. Insert your own expression, as this addresses the substantive lack of planets in Air signs at the moment.

Horoscopes starting 7.28.2016

The Leo:

The Leo

The Lion

Very rarely do I ever hear about a Leo person who is “moody.” However, there’s a weird influence in the wan moonlight, this week? There’s a certain kind of lack of energy. A lack of gumption? “My ‘get-up-and-go’ got up and left.” Heard it more than once. Venus figures into this Leo planetary conundrum and occasion, as well. Everyone knows I love The Leo as The Best, and I would only wish many happy birthdays, all the way around, right? So this little lunar influence means it’s time to be a little more quiet about the actions of the mightiest of the Fixed Fire Signs, The Majestic Leo. There’s a kind of quiet celebration that is most evocative at this time. Me? I always thought that the Leo birthdays should be a national holiday, and like that? Fireworks, large parties, and so forth. However, this years? Let’s think about a quiet candle-lit dinner for two. No big deal. There is great stuff, just over the yonder horizon, great stuff in store for Leo for the next year. Couldn’t be better. Set some goals, maybe, over that candle-lit dinner setting.

Virgo

Virgo

The Virgin

The more I watch and observe, the more intrigued I get. This is one of those, I tend to call this a “gateway,” and the more I’m cognizant as we all hit this kind of influence? The more I see people — and events — go “Boom.” Not “Boom!” Just the simpler, less emphasized version, a somewhat subtler, maybe not capitalized, “boom,” certainly with no exclamation mark.

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Horoscopes starting 7.21.2016

    “But when the planets
    In evil mixture to disorder wander,
    What plagues, and what portents, what mutiny,
    What raging of the sea, shaking of earth,
    Commotion in the winds, frights, changes, horrors,
    Divert and crack, rend and deracinate
    The unity and married calm of states
    Quite from their fixure!"

Ulysses in Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida (I.iii.94-101)

It’s part of one of my all-time favorite orations from Shakespeare’s canon. A little-performed play that has an unsure taxonomy. I tend to read the play as dark comedy, but that might say more about me than the play. Mars in Scorpio, Sun in Leo, fall out from the Full Moon? Feels like the planets have wandered into an evil mixture and disorder.

Leo starts — officially — at July 22, at 3:30 AM.

Horoscopes starting 7.21.2016

The Leo:

The Leo

The Lion

Coyotes in the night, one sounded like an alarm, “Yip-yip-yip.” Coyotes are a part of my every-day reality. Mostly from travels further west, but I’ve heard that the little scavengers survive as far east as the East Coast. I don’t know. I was in Far West Texas when I was listening to the coyotes at night. Some nights, like right after the big, full moon? There’s a loud and raucous cacophony that the little critters put up. To me, it’s sort of night-time music that I’m used to, as I’m pretty sure the little fellers won’t try to come inside. I’m bigger and more scary than they are.

The real coyotes are scavengers of the first order. Sleep most of the day, and forage at night for vermin and whatever looks like it might be food. I’ve seen them eat bugs. The problem is, as “civilization” encroaches on the coyotes native lands, there’s a small clash. Then, too, the coyotes are adaptable. Human food, and discarded human food is sometimes easier than catching mice.

Making the best of a situation. Not bad, either. Take a lesson from my noisy friends, Leo, dear, adapt. Sometimes, the new ways are easier. Work hard and hunt down a single field mouse for supper? Or? Knock over a trash can. Look! Free food!

Virgo:

Virgo

The Virgin

I use a Shakespeare quote just about every week. On rare occasions, I’ll deviate from that, but as a rule, a quote from the Bard, each week. In order to validate that, I’ve, over the years, had a laconic and relaxed way of studying each of the 36, no, 38, no, now 40 plays that comprise the Bard’s known body of work, and as such, I’ve enforced listening to some of the early bits and pieces that are more gore and less poetry. Early stuff, kind of interesting to me. As a Virgo, even now? My background work on Shakespeare’s plays? There’s a strong bit of symbolism here. In my Virgo mind?
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