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Horoscopes by the Fishing Guide to the Stars starting 1.22.2015

    "He has been yonder I' the sun practising behaviour to his own shadow."

Shakespeare's 12th Night [II.v.16-7]

Horoscopes by the Fishing Guide to the Stars starting 1.22.2015

aquariusAquarius: Happy Aquarius, Happy Mercury in Retrograde, happy — insert something that makes sense to you. There’s some interesting material floating around, not always “bad,” as some would have you believe, but needs some kind of attention. This week is a renewal process. It’s about looking over something you thought you covered, but it needs more help. A fresh way of looking at what was once perceived as an old problem.

The last few days of this January are all about figuring out what “new year’s resolution” wasn’t such a good idea, after all, and then, the next great idea? Figure out how to adjust this over the next month so it serves our happy little (Mercury Retrograde) Aquarius selves fine. Adjust and then, maybe, adjust again.

PiscesPisces: The playoffs were fresh in my mind when I was working on this horoscope for my dear Pisces friends. Exciting race, good competition, “Did you see the one,” and so forth. Got the right idea, now? Mars, and by the end of this week? Along with Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius? Venus will be in Pisces. What that’s going to do?
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Horoscopes by the Fishing Guide to the Stars starting 1.15.2015

"Thou damned and luxurious mountain goat"

    Pistol to a French Soldier in Shakespeare's Henry V [IV.iv.19]

Horoscopes by the Fishing Guide to the Stars starting 1.15.2015

CapricornCapricorn: While I tend to be a minimalist, as much as possible? Genetically, I have "hoarder" tendencies. It's a familial trait. I've traced it back at least three generations, and I've not been able to totally extinguish the behavior, further proof this is genetic, not learned. Fortunately, in this digital age, most of my collection and collector tendencies are bits and bytes stored on various hard drives, and similar media. This Mercury Retrograde for Capricorn?

It's about cleaning out the old stuff. Maybe not throwing anything out just yet, but still, gathering it up to toss. Duplicate and triplicate of files, leftover material from abandoned graduate studies, material along those lines? Possibly, now is the time to let that material go. At the very least, pile it all on one hard drive then unplug that device. See if the material is missed. Didn't throw it out, didn't erase any data, just unplugged the storage (Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius).

aquariusAquarius: Poor little Mercury was so vilified in astrological news, again and again, I finally curated my best “Mercury Retrograde” material, and I popped it all into a slim chapbook, “The Portable Mercury Retrograde.” There are cautions, especially now, and especially in Aquarius. There are warnings, dire and otherwise, now, for Aquarius. End of the world? Hardly. What to pay attention to, though? What’s mostly important under this influence?
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Horoscopes by the Fishing Guide to the Stars

    "Unless hours were cups of sack... I see no reason why thou shouldst be so superfluous to demand the time of day."

Shakespeare's King Henry IV, part 1 [I.ii.7-12]

Horoscopes by the Fishing Guide to the Stars starting 1.8.2015

CapricornCapricorn: Bacon Candy. That's my solution for the Capricorn week, Bacon Candy. I've seen Bacon Candy in a number of manners, and I've seen "bacon flavored" just about everything. Some more digestible than others. This one place had "Bacon Candy" as an inexpensive horsdouevre. Ordered up some after a brief questioning. It was brown sugar, sea salt, and ancho chili powder rubbed on thick-cut bacon, then the treated, uncured bacon was baked until crisp, upended, and served in flute (stemware glass), with baby arugula, and baby spinach. Pretty good for something that simple, yet evoked calculated complex combinations of flavors. That was a successful use of bacon, near amazing. The secret was in the chili powder "rub." I detected more than ancho in that flavor, but I was mute.

Spin this around as Mars moves. This isn't really about bacon, you know, it's about interesting combinations and looking at a staple item in a new light. "Bacon Candy," yes it works well.

aquariusAquarius: The briny smell of the sea, the tang of salt in the air, and the backwater marshes? Redolent in effluvia, the sulfurous stench that speaks to me of fecundity unbeknownst to people not familiar with the coastline and its effervescent, rich bio-diversity. Rich in mineral resources, rich in almost every aspect of life. Smells like aggregate pelican poop, too.
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Horoscopes by the Fishing Guide to the Stars starting 1.1.2015

    “Saint Denis to Saint Cupid! What are they
    That charge their breath against us? Say, scout, say.”

Princess of France in Shakespeare's Loves Labors Lost (V.i.90-1)

Saint Denis was the first bishop of Paris and patron saint of France.

The year in overview: I have a pair of books that are filled with numbers. American Ephemeris for the 20th Century and The American Ephemeris for the 21st Century 2000 to 2050 at noon. I pulled that last one down then placed it back on the shelf. I can do this with software or I can look it up in the book. In keeping with our modern times, I’ll try the software version, first. Quicker and easier.

Mercury turns Retrograde Jan. 21, 2015 going direct Feb. 11, all in Aquarius. Mercury goes Retrograde again May 18, 2015 to June 11, all in Gemini. Then Sep. 17 to Oct. 9, all in Libra.

Venus turns Retrograde at Zero Virgo on Jul. 25, 2015, until Sep. 6, all through Leo.

Those are the dates and the signs, now, the meanings?

The Air signs, Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius are most impacted by the year’s Mercurial actions. That’s going to sow a level of confusion during those synodic periods. The Venus “thing?” That is a rerun. “Been there, done that.” Right after the Summer Solstice, it’s like, all manner of stuff will seem to fall apart. Thank Venus messing with our summer romance ideas. Picking opening quotes that deal St. Valentine and other icons of love bring this year’s focus to the forefront.

The Air Elementals indicate this is an intellectual year, and maybe, just maybe, it’s time to overhaul our thinking. Be willing to examine long-held beliefs.

Finally, this is the conclusion to the three-year haul with Uranus Square Pluto. I’ve explicated that in detail in other forums, but the short notices?

Uranus (Aries) “squares” Pluto (Capricorn) exactly Mar. 16, 2015, for the final time in this round. Say “Hello” and “goodbye.” Wait, that could be a song.

Horoscopes by the Fishing Guide to the Stars starting 1.1.2015

CapricornCapricorn: This week, this year, starts with Pluto/Sun and Mercury/Venus in Capricorn. That planetary array brings laser-like focus to the Capricorn mind. There’s a highly excitable energy associated with this. Over-active imagination? Sure. Once the big night is over, and the year commences — in earnest? Mercury and Venus leave Capricorn. That doesn’t mean you have to lose your focus.

In the past, I’ve enumerated a number of “secret ingredients” in my cooking, to include, bacon, lemon/lime, and brown sugar. The secret to any and all of these cooking elements? Like this week in Capricorn? Experiment with just a little at first.

“But if a little bacon would add flavor, why not a whole ham hock?”

That’s this year’s problem, my Capricorn friend, that’s the problem. Experiment with a little, at first.

aquariusAquarius: There are some changes, underfoot even now, that we can gracefully undertake. There are some changes, though, as the wondrous and amazing Aquarius? Maybe you’re not ready to acquiesce to those changes. What to do? Mars, Venus, Mercury?
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Horoscopes by the Fishing Guide to the Stars starting 12.25

    "In the world of advertising, there's no such thing as a lie. There's only expedient exaggeration."

North by Northwest (1959)

    “In a false quarrel there is no true valor.”

Benedick in Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing [Act 5, Scene 1]

Horoscopes by the Fishing Guide to the Stars starting 12.25

CapricornCapricorn: I've been assured, over and over, that the most difficult story to tell is my own story. As a writer? "The hardest story to tell is your own." Not so much for me, as I can jump sideways, and besides, I've been doing this for many long years, so this isn't the most difficult story to tell. Not for me. I'm practiced, degreeed, tenured, and quite used to it. I've offered a variety options, the fishing version, the fishy version, the East Texas connection, the Austin Family, my new home town further south -- all depends. West Texas, don't forget my ties to the people of that oil patch. All works. Variations on themes. As a birthday-driven Capricorn, though, there's a portion of your tale that needs to be told. Some tiny piece, maybe not the whole thing, do we have time for that? Think of this as time to do a short Xmas newsletter version. Easy.

aquariusAquarius: “Swedes Never Fight In Denmark.” It’s a memory device, a short phrase one of my family members uses to recall the order of letters in a specific phrase. SNFID. I have not one clue why that was an important acronym at the time, and I have no idea what the connection is, to me, other than, well, family and all. Still, there’s a Christmas treat associated with this memory trick.
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