He words me, girls, he words me, that I should not
    Be noble to myself.

Cleopatra in Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra V.ii.192-3

Horoscopes starting 2.22.2018

Pisces

Pisces

The Fishes


Shakespeare Scholarship and my astrology have much in common. There’s a seemingly scientific way to analyze any Shakespeare text and arrive at the desired conclusion. In part, the material is over 400 years distant and there’s no author blog, so we can’t know what he was thinking. Then, too, in most — academic — scholarship, there’s scant extant material. A couple of copies of the plays, and some early performance schedules. About all there is.

Happy Pisces birthday!

This week, the following weeks? This is about what you’re looking for and finding it. Like my example of much of the current crop of Shakespeare scholarship, Pisces will find what Pisces is looking for.

Hint: Look for the good in people. (I know it’s there; I’ve seen it before.)

Aries

Aries

Aries The Ram


Old school buddy posted a picture of me, hunched over a keyboard, a maniacal look to my eyes. That was some years ago, but I was just beginning to explore the vast world of personal computers as a method for data storage and retrieval. While I was certainly no hacker, I did enjoy messing around with the internal programming and possible customizations. I wanted to make it “mine.”
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    Good Lord, what madness rules in brain-sick men,
    When for so slight and frivolous a cause
    Such factious emulations shall arise!

King Henry VI in Shakespeare’s Henry VI, part 1. IV.i.112-4

Sun moves into the Tropical Zodiac Sign of Pisces, Feb. 18, 2018 around 11:18 AM. Your mileage my vary.

Horoscopes starting 2.15.2018

Aquarius

Aquarius

The Water Bearer


The Sun and Mercury join Venus in Pisces this next few days, and then Venus aligns with Neptune. Remember all that Valentine’s pink hearts, little cherubs with deadly bows, their arrows tipped with heart-shaped points? Poisoned with love? The romantic feeling behind that imagery is where we’re at, this next few days. A little late for the party, but that’s how this one falls out, and where it lands? Right in the Aquarius heart of hearts.

All that romance crap that preceded this coming week for Aquarius? All that stuff the didn’t make a lot of sense? It all starts to click. You’re suddenly romantic.

Aquarius: This weekend? “Oh, now I get it!”

Pisces

Pisces

The Fishes


There are times when I read a situation so specially wrong, I go down in a shooting ball of flames. Not just wrong, but really wrong. Incorrect from my first assessment, right on through my analysis of the situation, to the point of choosing the best words and examples to fit the given data. It happens. I can be really, really wrong at times. I get carried away, and excited by what I think I see, then I’m off and running — probably down the wrong trail.

Pisces: Let me save you some pain.
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    The game’s afoot!
    Follow your spirit; and upon this charge
    Cry, “God for Harry, England, and Saint George!”
    Exeunt. Alarum, and chambers go off.

Shakespeare’s Henry 5, V.i.31-3

Getting ready for another big VD, just thought of the patriotic sense of “charge!”

Cry, “God for Harry, England, and Saint George!”

Horoscopes starting 2.8.2018

Aquarius

Aquarius

The Water Bearer


The ubiquity of e-books thrills me. It’s a highly fluid medium, and some books, in my mind, read better when the page just scrolls passed. Makes it much easier. Then, too, I can annotate, blog, parse, pause, and stop long enough, with a single tap of my finger, access web content about particular topic or name that seems eerily familiar, but I couldn’t place it. Yeah, Like that stuff. The readers are common enough, now.

Since “love” is the frequent topic now, I love books. I love old, musty bookstores where the process of exploration and discovery can take place. That’s less common with digital books, but the idea is similar, if not the same. Less to sneeze at with digital, too.

It’s the process of discovery that is so important, and no more so than now. Process of Aquarius discovery is important, and it cannot be emphasized enough, not with the turbulent times afoot. Process of discovery. Realistically, thought here are only two or three authors where I’ll buy both a digital copy of a book and have the hardback copy, too. However, it does occur from time time. Part of that, though, speaks to the Aquarius notion of the process of discovery, however it works for your Aquarius self.

The game’s afoot!

Pisces

Pisces

The Fishes


Old habits die hard. Or don’t go way at all. One old habit of mine that is getting more common, these days? I carry, when I travel, doesn’t much matter when or where, I tend to carry a flannel shirt, sort of a spare. It’s like a sweater, to me, with the added advantage that most of my shirts have a breast pocket for stashing cash, phones, business cards, and other detritus — the flotsam and jetsam of post-modern life. Old habits that don’t die. Putatively, it’s a winter month.

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Horoscopes starting 2.1.2018

    Madam, though Venus govern your desires,
    Saturn is dominator over mine:

Aaron in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus II.iii

Eclipse action: see listing for details?

Horoscopes starting 2.1.2018

Aquarius

Aquarius

The Water Bearer


Buddy of mine been’s writing a sporadic newsletter-like thing for years. I thoroughly enjoy his work. He’s a musician and instrument technician. Pretty simple, straightforward stuff, really. Recently, he’s been on “Voyage of self-discovery,” and he’s explored this by sharing his online journal writings, his newsletter, in bits and pieces, and through his music.

While I would buy his recordings, most them are available online, for free. His other services don’t deal with hardware and software that I’m likely to use, nor will I ever play a musical instrument. Well, it’s pretty high probability I won’t. I’m not mincing words, one should respect one’s strengths.

What I like is my buddy’s ability to wrestle thoughts and feelings onto the page. He writes about the creative process, and while I’m not a musician, the skill sets are easily transferable, from his writing about creating music to my writing about Aquarius, or the other 11 signs, whatever I’m working on at the moment.

As an Aquarius, what skills are transferable? That’s the question and have happy birthday. No, seriously, you’ve been looking at this wrong, there’s a way to do “this” over “there,” same Aquarius skills. Packaging is different, but the skills are the same.

Pisces

Pisces

The Fishes


Ever watch, closely, the downtown bicycle messengers? Maybe not so much messengers, but there’s a cadre — a whole fleet — of sandwich delivery guys. Tend to work lunch-time in downtown, threading through occasionally crowded street, navigating sidewalks and buildings, dodging cars and pedestrians with equal finesse.
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    Great lords, wise men ne’er sit and wail their loss,
    But cheerly seek how to redress their harms.
    What though the mast be now blown overboard,
    The cable broke, the holding-anchor lost,
    And half our sailors swallow’d in the flood?
    Yet lives our pilot still.

Queen Margaret in Shakespeare’s Henry VI, pt. 3, V.ii.1-6

Horoscopes starting 1.25.2018

Aquarius

Aquarius

The Water Bearer

Left over luxury, cigars I no longer smoke. “Curly heads,” if I recall. I should do some fact checking on that. Probably not going to happen, either, the fact-checking on the name of the cigars themselves. Much as I love the idea, yeah, I’m kind of off that sort of substance, now. However, there was a time when a good, cheap cigar was the way to go. I could puff on one of those things all morning, and they cost — maybe $2. Same type of tobacco as an expensive cigar, just had flaws or errors in the hand rolling. Or the wrapper. “Seconds” might be a better term.

Tasted just as good, lasted just as long, smoked just as smooth, all good so far? Sure. Didn’t have the fancy label, and didn’t have the nice box. Still, for a good smoke that was — relatively — inexpensive? It was the way to go.

Tasted just as good, served the exact same purpose, and cost a fraction of what the name brand cost.

And that’s the proper Aquarius answer to the week ahead. A good, cheap cigar. Just as good as an expensive one, but costs about a quarter. Labels don’t matter, all about the flavor. Besides a good cigar can help clear one’s head by clearing the room.

Pisces

Some habits are to break. I got into the practice of listening to dramatic readings of Shakespeare’s works. It’s helped my understanding of the plays, and it’s helped my ongoing education. In one play, recently, I heard a passage I’d read — quoted frequently — and it was delivered very differently from the way I read it. When I read it the first time, then again, more recently, as a source for a quote, I “hear” it in my head, one way. The delivery was very, very different. Emphasis was placed in different places, the pacing wasn’t the way I would do it, and, I’m pretty sure, I’ve seen at least one staged version that was done the way I thought it should be done. Or the way I interpret it. But hearing that passage done so differently?
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    At my nativity
    The front of heaven was full of fiery shapes
    Of burning cressets, and at my birth
    The frame and huge foundation of the earth
    Shak’d like a coward

Owen Glendower in Shakespeare’s Henry IV part 1, 3.1.13-7

Horoscopes starting 1.18.2018

Venus enters Aquarius. Sun enters Aquarius, 1.19.2018 at 9:09 PM.

Aquarius

Aquarius

The Water Bearer


I tend to have a feed that delivers Shakespeare material, current articles, research, academic, and recent performance reviews. It’s an Internet Interest of mine. Less along the lines of real scholarship, and more like a serious hobby, would be the way I look at it. The problem being , the software pulls in online articles based on keywords. The other afternoon, in the middle of my Shakespeare materials was an article about a hamlet someplace on the globe, and careful perusal will reveal there are two Shakespeare words in the story, “Hamlet” and “Globe,” but the story had nothing to do with what I was looking for, or how I tend to use that feed.

The machine can only read and parse the material as a machine. It can’t differentiate the subtleties of language with its nuanced meanings. There are days and weeks when human discernment is required. This is one of those weeks, especially, for Aquarius. Be amused at what the machine feeder reader pulls in, material that is not really what we’re looking for.

Pisces

Pisces

The Fishes


“Neural Pathways” are the little electronic pathways, the biological—slash—electronic routes that signals travel through the human body. In some disease instances, the routes are disrupted. Like a broken telecommunication cable — the wires that hold the inter-webs together? Like having a break. Air-gap, to some.
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