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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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Horoscopes starting 7.14.2016

If I may trust the flattering truth of sleep,
My dreams presage some joyful news at hand.

    Romeo in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet V.i.1-

Spoiler alert: Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet?

Doesn’t end well for the named characters.

Horoscopes starting 7.14.2016

Cancer:

Cancer

Moon Child

In the mountain, just north of Santa Fe (New Mexico), the strains of Doug Sahm’s “Groover’s Paradise” came through the speakers in the little rent car. To the north, summer thunderclouds, dark, ominous, loaded with rain, and across the desert?

Miles away, clearly visible, dark clouds dropping rain that never makes it to the desert’s floor. The planets play with the emotions, and the best way to work within the planets’ guidelines?

Listen.

Listen for the obvious, listen for the not so obvious, listen for the music that is between the lines. Listen to old crooners making mythologies, like the song, “Groover's Paradise.” Listen to the music. In part, the setting, just a little north of Santa Fe, drifting south towards the pueblos and adobe houses, the architecture that resembles the landscape, it’s part surreal, and part quite grounded. I was looking for a different song, but there’s a connection between the late, great Doug Sahm (Leo) and that parched landscape. Listen for connections. They are there. Happy birthday, too.

Groover's Paradise - Doug Sahm & The Tex Mex Trip

The Leo:

Between Mars and the Sun, Mars in Scorpio, the Sun in Cancer, there is strength for Leo. With Venus and Mercury making your Leo self somewhat more glib, though, there can be problems. Talk less, enjoy more. As I typed that out? “Talk less, enjoy more?” I think I hit a new mantra for the majestic Leo, for the time being. This next week?
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Horoscopes starting 7.7.2016

“Where hope is coldest; and despair most sits”

    (Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well, 2.1.144)

Horoscopes starting 7.7.2016

Cancer:

Cancer

Moon Child

Some time ago, a buddy of mine forwarded a cartoon that included a handgun joke. Funny, to me, as I know a number of friends who are licensed to carry a concealed handgun. Even funnier, to me, most of them don’t bother to carry, even though they are legal. It’s fact of modern life in Texas, where I live.

    This isn’t an argument about the amendments, or rights of gun owners, or anything like that.

This is an example. Me? I don’t even own any firearms. Bunch of fishing gear, but that’s not the same, not really. It is to me, but that’s not what this is about. One of my online buddies got all “butt hurt” over a gun joke. This isn’t about rights, or respect, or anything like that. It’s about where I live.

Fact of life. Firearms are part of my culture. Or part of the culture that surrounds me, on a daily basis. So the gun joke was not out of line. One online buddy quickly unfriended me, because of the joke. I was, at first, disappointed, but then I realized, if my humor does not convey, then that person probably shouldn’t read any of my material. Me? I got friends on both sides, from rabid vegan peace freaks to equally red-blooded souls with extensive collections of arms. As a Cancer? As sensitive Moon Child, someone unfriends you? Is it really that big of deal? Or is it just another qualifier, showing who your audience is. Or isn’t.

The Leo:

While I don’t tend to stockpile food stuffs, I had, over the last few months accumulated some “Chili fixins” for a future meal. A rainy day. I was saving this for a rainy day, so to speak. I took one look at the frost in the freezer accumulating on a package of stew meat. It’s a rainy day, now.
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Horoscopes starting 6.30.2016

“If you don’t live it, it ain’t
going to come out of your horn.”

    —Louis Armstrong

Horoscopes starting 6.30.2016

Cancer:

Cancer

Moon Child

Louis Armstrong (Leo), and his words of wisdom, there’s something in that short quote. One of the first of the new wave of astrology teachings purported to use “Experiential Astrology” as a way to convey meaning and essence of the energies. The problem with that? As a native Texan, Chicken-Fried-Steak with Red-Eye-Gravy makes perfect sense but for more than three-quarters of my Moon Child readers? Not so much. The “Chicken-Fried” is an allusion to classical comfort food. It’s also a classical Cancer reference point, both as comfort food and as preferences. So how does this play with Louis Armstrong’s comment? This week is “experiential.”

You have to see it, feel it, then live it, before you’re able to tell us about whatever it is. Was. Whatever the antecedent to “it” is, before we get to birthday celebrations and parties, there’s a Cancer “experience” that’s required. Like Louis Armstrong suggests.

The Leo:

There’s a frantic need for a giant “Pause” button, only, for the majestic Leo? The Leo? Perhaps a “Pause for Paws,” or some similar justification? Can’t blame me for trying to make light of a situation that seems dire, indeed.
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Horoscopes starting 6.23.2016

    Blessed are clouds, to do as such clouds do!
    Vouchsafe, bright moon, and these thy stars, to shine
    (Those clouds removed) upon our watery eyne.

Ferdinand in Shakespeare's Loves Labors Lost 5.2.245-7

Horoscopes starting 6.23.2016

Cancer:

Cancer

Moon Child

A girlfriend was putting on make-up, and I wandered over towards the sink. She dabbed at me with a brush that had paint or powder, pinkish, blue, orange, green, I have no idea. I ducked. “Here,” she grabbed a stick, “let me put some eyeliner on you.” I crab-walked away from the sink as fast as I could.

It can be fun to tease. It can be fun to wear make-up. It can also scare the heck out of me, and watch me run. It’s all relative. I would consider that action, a stabbing stroke at me with a make–up brush, I’d consider such an action as a way to ward me off. As we put the summer solstice behind us and head into July 4th prep., along with Cancer birthdays, a simple gesture to ward off an unwanted intrusion, that works best. Adjust as need be for the given situation. Make–up, though, very scary weapon.

The Leo:

Never underestimate the power of the spoken word. Mark Twain, a Sagittarius, had an aphorism about that, the power of malicious rumor, how the Truth never stood a chance, not in the face of the rumor. Rumors, lies, and government statistics, all about the same, am I right? Or what? This is about the spoken word.

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Horoscopes starting 6.16.2016

—O, pardon me, my stars! doth the inconsiderate take salve for l’envoy, and the word “l’envoy” for a salve?

    Don Adriano de Armando in Shakespeare's Love's Labor's Lost 3.1.45

Summer Equinox is June 20, 5:34 PM (Austin/San Antonio, TX)

Horoscopes starting 6.16.2016

Gemini

The Twins


Gemini:

One of my favorite signs, and I’ll admit, I stole it from a fishing camp at the coast, “The lower the latitude, the better my attitude.” When I started to analyze this week’s starry array, I kept thinking about midsummer mania. The higher latitudes get these days that add a layer crazy on top of the usual summertime madness. Nothing is wrong with Solstice induced insanity, however localized this might be. Embrace the mania; indulge your Gemini selves. Not long after this weekend, the time to get back to work will be upon our Gemini selves, and the fun will be over. Not totally over, just sort of a quieter time. So between now and the day the Sun hits his high point? Enjoy the goodness of the planets’ largess.

Cancer:

Night fishing. Two words, simple instructions for the Cancer Moon children with our birthdays occurring even now. “Night fishing.” The effect of the moon, the lunar cycles, all of that pushes and pulls on the Cancer psyche. Best use of time? Night fishing.
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