Horoscopes starting 2.4.2016

    I am glad of your departure. Adieu, good Monsieur Melancholy.

Orlando in Shakespeare's As You Like It (3.2.160)

Horoscopes starting 2.4.2016

Aquarius

Aquarius

Aquarius

Until I landed in San Antonio, Texas, I was sure that healthy meals and delicious meals were separate items. To be sure, Austin and its satellites have BBQ, and San Antonio towers above the rest for TexMex, so for many years, healthy and tasty seemed unlikely.

One place, at first, a bit of a dive, challenged the equilibrium of the balance between healthy (vegan) nutrition and flavor. Turns out the head chef was derived from a long line of cooks with deep familial ties to established restaurant heritage in San Antonio. He patted his stomach, “I became vegan for health reasons, but I didn’t stop eating well.” Gentle smile.

With what is at hand, tasty and healthy is possible. With what is at hand for Aquarius, the idea is that there is a single solution that fits all the parties, all the questions, all the needs. It’s a matter of looking around. In my example, it was first in off-beat, dive-looking place in a neighborhood that wasn’t quite yet “Up and coming.” Dig, dig a little deeper, look around. The good taste and healthy can be found. Happy Birthday, too.

Pisces

Pisces

Pisces

When I see the letters, “RSC,” I think of one organization, the Royal Shakespeare Company. RSC, to me, that translates to a professional, endowed by the monarchy or something, organization with solid, dependable performances. Not always the greatest, but usually dependably good. I’ve seen a number of the shows, and the company has a decent reputation, decent repertoire. So when I see the letters, “RSC,” I have an immediate reaction and thought process.
[click to continue…]

Horoscopes starting 1.28.2016

    “We’ll all assist you; he that flies shall die.”

Duke of Norfolk, in Shakespeare’s
Henry VI, part 3
(act 1 scene i, line 30)

Horoscopes starting 1.28.2016

Aquarius

Aquarius

Aquarius

“You know, I meditate. I drink herbal tea. I practice random acts of kindness and forgiveness. WHY do I feel like I need to smack the crap out of some idiots right now?”

It’s Mars, in Scorpio. It’s the phase of the moon. It’s a lot stuff, really, but the sum total? Smacking someone — no matter how richly deserving — and richly rewarding? It is probably not the correct answer in times like this. Not now. Well, unless you’re into that sort of thing, but that’s a different question and a different reality. In our current “It’s Aquarius birthday time?” This is not the correct time to smack, slap, or otherwise physically discipline a miscreant. The Aquarius offender? I think you’d be surprised to learn that your Aquarius ire wasn’t the goal, and therefore?

Have a happy birthday but maybe, just maybe? Don’t smack the crap out of someone who thinks he needs a good, a good, a good (whatever).

Pisces

Pisces

Pisces

I love clarity of purpose. Know a direction, then know, for sure, in our bones that this is the most correct course to take? Know that it is best for all involved? Know, down in our heart of hearts, at the very core of our being, resonating with every fiber in our body?
[click to continue…]

Horoscopes starting 1.21.2016

    By my troth, I was seeking for a fool when I found you.

Jacques in Shakespeare's As You Like It (3.2.155)

Horoscopes starting 1.21.2016

Aquarius:

Aquarius

Aquarius

Old joke, been around as a tag line and “bumper sticker” for years?

“A clean desk is a sign of a deranged mind.”

My one buddy, works for the State of Texas, yes, his office at work? Two of the walls are covered with notes, printed images, old memorandums, and other accoutrements, evidence, like geological evidence that's piled up over years. His desk top, not usually visible underneath an avalanche of papers, proposals, and projects? It's -- for me -- almost a nightmare. I looked at my relatively clear desk, and I realized, though, I have the encroaching drift of similar material. Stuff creeps in, junk piles up, and items land on the desk. Work space, whatever (wherever) it is? The Aquarius desk top? There needs to be a clearing. With this full moon, there's a temptation to make this a clear-cut, scorched-earth, sweep all the projects into the dumpster and start over again, kind of energy. Tempting, no?

That might not be the best use of the lunar cycle, the “Throw it all away and start from scratch” notion. Consider pruning and shifting, instead of wholesale slaughter.

Pisces

Pisces

Pisces

With the shifting currents of the inter webs, it’s always hard to pinpoint the next, latest, greatest trend. What’s hot, what’s not, what was hot and is now considered droll or even too passé? Whims shift quicker than Texas weather.
[click to continue…]

Horoscopes starting 1.14.2016

(Aside to Gloucester)
He knows the game; how true he keeps the wind!

    Duke of Clarence in Shakespeare's Henry VI, part 3, act 3, scene ii, line 14

Horoscopes starting 1.14.2016

CapricornCapricorn: Retrograde Mercury pretty much goes un-retrograde on top of Mr.Pluto. Pluto himself is under increased scientific interest and increased scrutiny. With this serving as an astrological focal point, the “increased scientific scrutiny” laps over to Capricorn. Still some Cappy birthdays left, hello to my friends, and then?

There’s a kind of attention that is sometimes warranted and sometimes, it feels like it is unwarranted. Not that it matters, most of of my Capricorn energies are way more prepared for this than any other sign. The sense of birthday foreboding and close, scientific scrutiny wears off once the Full Moon passes, but until then?

Be ready.

AquariusAquarius: One of my buddies, in a fit of pique, had been terribly unkind to a certain girlfriend of his. Later, and it wasn’t much later, that exact same behavior was reflected back to him. I felt his pain, just a little, or, at least, I could pretend to commiserate, as I’ve felt a similar kind of punishment from time to time, myself. Unjustified, if you ask me, but no one did.

“This is that ‘karma’ thing you always talk about, huh?”
[click to continue…]

Horoscopes starting 1.7.2016

"Know, thou sad man, I am not Tamora;
She is thy enemy, and I thy friend.
I am Revenge, sent from th’ infernal kingdom
To ease the gnawing vulture of thy mind,
By working wreakful vengeance on thy foes."

    Tamora in Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus (5.2.28-32)

Now at the Harry Ransom Center at UT, Shakespeare in Print and Performance. Hopefully, some questions answered.

Mercury in Retrograde?

Horoscopes starting 1.7.2016

CapricornCapricorn: Lessons from a two year old -- priorities. Respect priorities. For that guy? Two F's. Food and Family, in that order. At two years old? Mostly non-verbal but learning language -- point and speak. “Food!” Kid belongs to a fishing buddy. Kid knows how to say, “More,” in sign language. Non-verbal, and yet, able to communicate. As a Capricorn, what are the priorities as this new year, and the birthday energy — this week’s coverage include a new moon — in Capricorn?

Time to start afresh. In order to start new? Think about my buddy’s buddy, the little guy. Priorities. Pick those priorities and make sure we understand them. Food and Family, in that order, so it seems. I always respected that kid because he did seem to have it simplified to two categories. Two, easy to understand sets of priorities. Simple. Think about my buddy’s little buddy, the little man of the house, the small child in charge. Lessons I’ve learned from observation, passed from one Capricorn onto another. Food and family, and probably, in that order.

Aquarius:

One buddy of mine worked on an herbal remedy to a common ailment. He managed to work out an “all-natural, drug-free” cure-all. However, his remedy can’t be sold with “cure-all,” or similar terminology because the stuff is all-natural, and really, it’s nothing more than herbs and spices. Works well, but there’s essentially nothing really magic about the mix. What the herbs do?
[click to continue…]