The cat will mew, and dog will have his day.
    Hamlet in Shakespeare’s Hamlet V.i.166
    Saturn enters Capricorn, Dec. 19, 2017 at 10:48 PM — Central (+/-).

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Portable Mercury Retrograde

Horoscopes starting 12.14.2017

Sagittarius

Sagittarius

Sagittarius


Flying back to Texas from New Mexico, I had to wonder. It was after a summer excursion to the land of hot peppers, and I’d picked up a couple of baggies of ground chili pepper, more as a seasoning than anything else. Some red, some green, hot, flavorful New Mexico peppers ground fine, like dust. I had them in baggies, maybe an ounce of red and an ounce of green, From that one batch, the red was hotter — but it doesn’t always work out that way. I was pulling some of the spices out for winter-time, “road kill” chili, the other day. Perfect Mercury in Retrograde action, right? What I was wondering, nothing to do with my famous chili recipes, what I was wondering, why didn’t I get searched at the border, or the airport, when I had clearly suspicious baggies of powder. I know going into Cali or AZ, there’s thing about live produce, live plants, and illegal drugs. While the powder is far from illegal, maybe this says more about my mind, I would think it looks suspicious — very suspicious.

My recollection from last summer was that the green held more heat than the red, but before I mixed it into the chili, I taste tested the two batches. It was the green that was hotter. No, the red. Taste test, then taste test a second time. While I love a flaming hot chili, with Mercury in Retrograde and that one, delicate girlfriend with sensitive taste buds, if I want her around, I’ve got to be extra careful not to overpower the burn sensation. Taste test, two, maybe three times — can’t be too careful now.

Capricorn

An article was linked by one of my online buddies, probably from a blog post, about “How cats got domesticated.” That’s funny, to me. Anyone who has ever been in possession of a feline knows that cats aren’t so much as domesticated, rather, they — cats — pretty much just have handlers or keepers. Or large, hairless apes who feed the cats, pet the cats, and empty the litter box as needed. I might be biased, though.
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    That were a kind of bastard hope indeed; so the sins of my mother should be visited upon me.
    Jessica in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice 3.5.4 (III.v.4)

Mercury in Retrograde? Mercury Save Us!

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Horoscopes starting 12.7.2017

Sagittarius

Sagittarius

Sagittarius


Like my own concoction and collection of legal terms — the fine print — I am continually amused that people have to be reminded of certain aspects of modern life. “If the safety seal is broken, do not use this product.” Sounds obvious, right? Sounds blindingly obvious, right? Here it is, middling degree of Sagittarius, most of the way through the second decade of the new millennium, and still, we have to be reminded about obvious items. Makes me wonder what happened and did all our technological advances really make us smarter? The world is at our fingertips via the web, and yet, we’re just as stupid as ever, seems to be the case.

Earlier, today, I was joking with a buddy, “Yeah, you’re raised in Texas, when someone says, ‘Watch me do this,’ first thing you do is duck.” My buddy had an addendum, “I watch out when I hear, ‘Here, hold my beer,’ because…”

These are warning signs, but this week’s Sagittarius success depends more on fleeting common sense rather than a warning label. Now?

“Watch me do this!”

Capricorn

Capricorn

The Sea Goat


A Leo buddy, his daughter, another Leo, that kid, when she was ten, maybe 12 years old? She had sign in her room, “Always pretend that there is an invisible tiara on your head.” That sign, that message? For what’s happening, even now?

Capricorn: Always pretend there’s an invisible tiara on your head.

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    It’s fit it should be so, for princes are
    A model which heaven makes like to itself.
    As jewels lose their glory if neglected,
    So princes their renowns if not respected.
    ’Tis now your honor, daughter, to entertain
    The labor of each knight in his device.
    Simonides in Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre (2.2.10-5)

Mercury commences a retrograde pattern, almost on top of Saturn, both still in Sagittarius, which is going to add a certain flair for the dramatic to the holiday events. While not bad, it might not be an auspicious time to start anew. See the horoscopes for further details.

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Horoscopes starting 11.30.2017

Sagittarius

Sagittarius

Sagittarius

The catalog was sealed, expensive mailer, and it was addressed to a previous occupant — or current resident — which made the catalog mine. I opened it up. It was that material that borders between professional and DIY home-based operators. Heavy-duty construction gear. I don’t need a drill that will puncture hardened concrete, repeatedly. Only time I ever needed that? I called up a neighbor. Used it for less than minute of run time. Hardly suggest a warranted purchase of an expensive piece of equipment, like that catalog advertised. As I lazily flipped through the pages, the heavy-duty outerwear caught my attention.

Sagittarius: This is what the guys working at the side of the road wear, the guys building the high rises and pouring concrete, hanging sheetrock, serious labor. People who are out-of-doors, in sub-freezing temperatures, for 8 or more hours at a time.

Happy birthday, Sagittarius: That catalog, and the images, then thinking about the material, as Mercury and Saturn spin us one, last time? It’s like that catalog, I live in a place where the days I see freezing weather? I know better than to go outside. Heavy-duty equipment? Not much of a chance I’ll ever really require that. OK to look, just don’t spend too much time dreaming about unrealistic needs.

Capricorn

Capricorn

The Sea Goat

The question, way I heard it, “Is 32 enough for a brown bear?” Hunting buddies. No, I don’t hunt, but I’m not morally opposed to it — this is Texas. However, overhearing just the snippet of conversation, a third buddy joined in, wondering if this was about the age of girlfriend, and if that was OK for a brown bear. He was a younger man, so 32 would’ve been “age appropriate” for him.
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(Aside.)

    “Now by the gods, I do applaud his courage.”

Simonides in Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre (2.5.58)

Horoscopes starting 11/23/2017

Sagittarius

Sagittarius

Sagittarius


Backing up my astrological statements with both observations and empirical evidence is part of my trade. When I make broad, sweeping statements about signs and conditions, I tend to use material I have observed before. Seen it, felt it, been there myself. I have first hand experience, and that makes my observations more real — to me — anyway. All that matters is me pleasing me.

So the November Sagittarius tend to be a little wilder than the rest of the crew. The December ones are much more mellow, easier, more tame. Calmer. Relatively speaking.

With that in mind, as even my own birthday approaches, there’s a quiet calm we should all embrace. For those of with birthdays this week? Pretend our birthday is in December. Pretend we’re a little more calm, a perhaps more reserved, and somewhat less hasty to jump to conclusions.

Capricorn

Capricorn

The Sea Goat


A particular drive-thru place screwed up a very simple order I placed. Complicated the order beyond reason, then, overcharged me. Because this was a drive-thru service, I had no recourse. No way to go back and say, “You screwed this up AND overcharged me! Really?” I mean, sure, I could’ve wheeled the tiny hybrid back around, but be realistic, not a good idea.
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    How courtesy would seem to cover sin,
    When what is done is like an hypocrite,
    The which is good in nothing but in sight!

Pericles in Shakespeare’s Pericles, Prince of Tyre (1.1.121-3)

Sun moves into Sagittarius Nov. 21, 2017 — 9:03 PM (Plus or minus for time zones).

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Horoscopes starting 11/16/2017

Scorpio

Scorpio

Scorpion


Dark Moon, Nov. 18. Happy Birthday, Scorpio, dear. There’s a most curious echo in the Scorpio chart. It’s a recurrent event, a series of events, or maybe, it’s just a reminder. A message, and those tend to be electric messages. Phone, computer, tablet, regular mail, I’m not sure how that works for you, but there’s a missive that wends its way to your Scorpio in-box, incoming data feed, something. It’s reminder to look up that last piece of the puzzle. It’s reminder that there is still one bit of — something — that has been left for later, and now? It is later. Plan on getting it done on, or before, that Dark Moon, Nov. 18.

Doing so promises a wonderful set of conditions ahead. Paves the way for a bright Scorpio year, and after what we’ve all been through? Wouldn’t that be better?

Sagittarius

The late, great singer/songwriter, Townes Van Zandt once noted from the stage that, “Folk singing is about 20 percent writing and signing, and about 80 percent driving.” He was alluding to the years on the road. For many long years, looking at vast expanses of Texas highway, I preferred inexpensive commuter air rather than driving. However, I’d agree that I spent more time traveling and less time doing real work. Part and parcel of the gig, whether I’m an astrologer, he was a folk singer. It’s a variation on the 90/10 Rule, or the 99/1, where the job is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration. Personally?

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Kings are earth’s gods; in vice their law’s their will;
And if Jove stray, who dares say Jove doth ill?

Pericles in Shakespeare’s
Pericles, Prince of Tyre (1.1.103-4)

Horoscopes starting 11.9.2017

Scorpio

Scorpio

Scorpion


One author I liked, one of his first novels was so tightly plotted, he described what it was like. He had a giant flow chart, pieces of paper taped together, stretching around his office, where he would write, and those lines had intricate details where “this” tied to “that,” which then echoed back to a sub-plot in the first chapter, “there.” Extremely complex and tightly woven. In subsequent novels, although there is evidence of such work, it’s not nearly as difficult. The author himself has suggested he doesn’t outline like that, not anymore. Too much work for too little reward.

As a Scorpio, this week unfolds with a myriad of allusions to previous events, then, there’s some foreshadowing for next week, and then, too, there’s that resolution to a small problem in the Scorpio sub-plot, leftover from the second chapter. Got all that?

You can endlessly complicate this, or you can just plow ahead. Personally looking at motion and relative motion? I’d suggest you just plow ahead. For the parts that you did outline? Yes, stick to the outlined plans. But for most of this? Ah, heck, just wing it like I do.

Follow plans that are in place, but you can make up stuff to fill in the parts you didn’t plan.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius

Sagittarius


Madness. As a Sagittarius, I don’t flirt with madness. I take out, buy it dinner, take it home with me. See where this is going? Madness is our friend. What it says to me, light whispers in the night. As long as the Sun is in Scorpio, there’s a weirdness quotient in Sagittarius. Don’t avoid that weirdness. Take it out. Buy it dinner. See if that weirdness wants to come over to our place for a little nightcap — with all the implications thereof.

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    “I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.”
    — King Richard, King Richard II Act 5, Scene 5

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Horoscopes starting 11.2.2017

Scorpio

Scorpion

Scorpio

Many happy Solar Returns to my extra-fine Scorpio friends, fans and flames. To the regular Scorpio buddies, then? Meh. But to the ones who notice that the sun is brighter, the sky seems a little more crisp and the weather makes the atmosphere feel sharper, more alive? Yes, you’re the ones, “Extra-Fine.” It’s a gradation and applies, even now. Between the machinations of a few planets, most notably, the Sun and Jupiter, with a slight boost as Mercury is at the tail-end of Scorpio, but all of that adds up to motion.

The Secret to Scorpio Success in the next few days is action. Motion, action, keep putting one foot in front of the other, figuratively, or literally, one foot in front of another. Action. Motion. Direction.

Sagittarius

As the weekend arrives, so does Mercury. Mercury tends to infuse a sense of needing to communicate, and while that’s all well and good, not everyone wants to listen to what we’ve got say. Bless our Sagittarius souls. Kind of problem, we’re full of good information, and no one wants to listen. See how this works?

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