“In nature’s infinite book of secrecy
    A little I can read.”
    The Soothsayer in Shakespeare’s
    Antony & Cleopatra (1.2.5-7)

Horoscopes starting 9.14.2017

Virgo:

Virgo

The Virgin

I read a short Shakespeare passage, part of a monologue, into the camera, trying for that weekly missive. I had just listened to the play on tape, so that play and its passage, was fresh in my mind. Also, in my mind, I could do a better job than the voice actor who did that one part. However, when I started to read it aloud, after three tries, I realized I was still reading it one line by one line, and not the way it was intended, or the way I suppose it was intended. It’s not like this intro quote, which is supposed to read like that. The poetry provides a natural break, like it’s supposed to be. This week is about preparing. Prepping, get ready, get the ducks in a row, or, for me, the fish will be hitting the sloughs and troughs down at the coast soon. So I need to be ready. I’ll drag out my old spin cast gear, and make sure the salt from last spring hasn’t jammed gears.

I shifted from Shakespeare being read aloud to prepping for fall fishing. Both don’t require practice and preparation, but both benefit from practice and preparation.

As a Virgo? This week, getting ready for Monday’s Lunar Equation? Preparation is key. Fishing or reciting poetry. Either way, prepare.

Libra:

There’s a simple, short process I use to determine if a prospective client is worth spending time with. A quick way to determine if, how, when we should proceed. Or, in come cases, when we shouldn’t bother to push forward with any more contact. As hard as it might be to understand, for Libra, there are some people that I grate on — my attitude, attire, something doesn’t work right. I’ll shrug, it happens. My process?
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    Horatio says ’tis but our fantasy,
    And will not let belief take hold of him
    Touching this dreaded sight twice seen of us;
    Therefore I have entreated him along,
    With us to watch the minutes of this night,
    That if again this apparition come,
    He may approve our eyes and speak to it.
    Marcellus in Shakespeare’s Hamlet 1.1.23-9

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Horoscopes for 9.7.2017

Virgo:

Virgo

The Virgin


Happy birthday, honey! Yeah, yeah, know all about that Virgo thing. Mercury — and Mars — are setting up a wild ride, for all. Going to be a fun one. Going to get weird. Going to need all the help you can muster from the likes of me to help you make it through. Why I’m here for you, Virgo baby. The Hamlet quote is from the opening scene, ghost, walls of the castle, all of that. I’ve seen this staged a number of ways, but it’s usually dark, and the ghost is ghostly. Occurs before the sunrise, and that’s when a good Virgo, and you’re a good Virgo, that’s when the good Virgo should be up.

Midnight thoughts, midnight madness, or maybe, just midnight movies. Part, some or all of that. Consider that Mars is agitating and aggravating, and pushing you higher, further, faster — better — and Mercury is just adding a little extra editorial advice. Make it good.

Make it Virgo goodness.

Libra:

Libra

The Scales


Ever listen to any “Ambient?” I’m not even sure I have the right category for that kind of material, and I would call it music, because it is sold — packaged — like typical albums. But I’m not sure what the stuff really is, and while I’ve heard the term, “Industrial,” I’m not sure that’s it, either. For now, I’m sticking with the term, “Ambient.”
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    It must be se offendendo, it cannot be else. For here lies the point: if I drown myself wittingly, it argues an act, and an act hath three branches—it is to act, to do, to perform; argal, she drown’d herself wittingly.
    1st Gravedigger (clown) in
    Shakespeare’s Hamlet V.i.5

Mercury comes un-retrograde in the next few days, but just barely.

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Horoscopes starting 8.31.2017

Virgo:

Virgo

The Virgin

The biggest obstacle, the biggest problem, the largest challenge to practicing restraint? No one seems to know you’re doing it. Unnoticed.

The 1st Gravedigger is arguing a point — usually depicted as a grungy, dirty individual — yet the character argues using logic punctuated with Latin rhetoric terms. Sort of an academic show-off, you ask me.

The biggest challenge, to my fine Virgo friends, at this moment? Show some restraint. The biggest problem with showing some restraint? No one seems to notice.

Happy birthday!

Libra:

All I could see was a tiny bit of script poking out from underneath the woman’s tank–top. Looked like, “Ph.D” in poorly executed tattoo script. Tattoo “Lit” always fascinates me, so I politely asked, and her reply? “You’ve seen the Magritte painting, has the line, ‘This is not,’” which I completed in its original French, badly mispronouncing the second negative. “Ceci n’est pas une pipe,” is the quote from surrealist Magritte.
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    O, sir, to such as boasting show their scars
    A mock is due. Will you walk on, my lord?
    She was belov’d, she lov’d; she is, and doth:
    But still sweet love is food for fortune’s tooth.
    Troilus in Shakespeare’s
    Troilus and Cressida IV.v.290-3

Horoscopes starting 8.24.2017

Virgo:

Virgo

The Virgin

Fishing gets better about now. Simple as that. Virgo time means more fishing, or, at least, a few good trips. In another few weeks, it won’t be bitterly summer hot. Hot, sure, but hovering under 100, cool enough. I discovered, accidentally of course, a great aid for fishing: girlie brand SPF 100 spray-on sun-block. Aerosol can, so it’s easy to apply. Spray on, just look at the nozzle, close my eyes, hold my breath and it coats my face. Seriously amazing stuff. Before my discovery I had never used a feminine-brand of sun-screen, or for that matter, I never used anything that was 100 SPF. My fishing shirts and hats are usually only rated 50 SPF. To be honest, until I started writing this, I didn’t know what SPF even stood for, but I would suppose, more is better, better protection, right?

The Virgo secret of survival is that girlie-brand spray-on sun-screen. SPF 100. We were out on the boat for two days. Not even a whisper of a burn. As we get ready for the next few weeks? Mercury? Remember him? SPF 100 is not too much protection. It took me three days to shower off that stuff; had to scrape it off with a trowel, almost.

Libra:

I am totally unsure of the name of the restaurant, but it probably had “Wok” in its title. Golden Wok, or Wok’n’Roll, or some similar appellation, got an image? Thai, Vietnamese, Cambodian, essentially Pac–Rim food. It was the first time I’d ever been in that one place. Austin introduced me to their finer points — of some Asian Cuisine — so I was sort of familiar. However, this is Texas, and South Texas, at that.
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    Hamlet:
    Ay, marry, why was he sent into England?

    First Clown (Gravedigger):
    Why, because ’a was mad. ’A shall recover his wits there, or if ’a do not, ’tis no great matter there.

    Shakespeare’s Hamlet V.i.68-9

Mad dogs and Englishmen?

Horoscopes starting 8.17.2017

The Leo:

The Leo

The Leo

I have never been a big fan of the “Don’t leave the house” advice. Not when Mercury is merely retrograde. However, a simple statistic that backs up my suggestion of not taking the “Don’t leave the house” scenario that some will suggest? Nearly 100% — without fail — nearly 100% of the home–accidents happen at home. So staying at home, with a mattress over your heard, that might not work. Might be unavoidable issues that still manage to find your Leo self, no matter where you try and hide. Mercury is merely bringing back some problem, perhaps just a challenge that isn’t properly answered before. Here’s a chance to answer correctly, and never have to see this one again.

Be aware, Leo dear, that the mercurial issues will follow you around, and there’s no need to get heated about it. Then, too, enjoy the good birthday wishes!

Portable Mercury Retrograde

Virgo:

August 22, 2017, at 5:20 PM CDT — official, when Virgo starts. So? Mercury is still retrograde, and that’s not getting any better. Not really getting any worse, but there’s that extra layer of Virgo anxiety because Mercury is in a problematic state.
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    Thou sayest well, and it holds well too, for the fortune of us that are the moon’s men doth ebb and flow like the sea, being govern’d, as the sea is, by the moon.
    Prince Hal in Shakespeare’s
    Henry IV, part 1 (I.ii.37)

Mercury goes “Retrograde,” moving east, from August 12 to September 5, with the pattern starting at 11 Virgo, and sinking back as far as 28 Leo before it’s all said and done. Again.

Eclipse patterns and eclipse notes.

Horoscopes starting 8.10.2017

The Leo:

The Leo

The Leo

The Leo? Probably the very best Fixed Fire Sign there is. However, with the Moon where she is? Then pesky Mr. Mars causing Leo irritations? I have a notation from a trip to the big city, once upon a time. It was about a special “underground” club, a musical legend, started careers, was the place to see and be seen, back in the day , and still seems to be rocking, even now. However, pause, Leo dear, and think about that. If this place has been in business for 20 years, or more, is it really an “underground” club? Legendary? Sure. Pivotal? Sure. Launched careers? Again, you can guess my answer. However, pause, Leo dear, don’t you see the irony therein? “Underground?” Might not be totally mainstream, but it kind of is. As the Leo birthdays, usually best birthday ever, as those roll on around?

Mars brings up a point that only you — maybe me, too — but probably, only a Leo can see the inconsistent issue here. Instead of doing a Leo thing and calling attention to the inconsistencies? You know? Remember, Mars? Let it ride. Other folks will figure it soon enough. They’re just not as quick as The Leo.

Virgo:

One parapsychologist professional I’ve worked alongside for years, it is the same line every Mercury Retrograde, “Slow down, take a chill pill.” That does work, to certain extent, but I complied a whole book’s worth of advice about Mercury Retrograde, and this one? Takes more than, “Slow down and chill” pill. Besides, what self-respecting Virgo would ever “Chill” when a perfectly punctuated panic layered with a side of drama is a lot more fun? I’m thinking, “Zombie Apocalypse” scenario, am I right?
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