“The nature of bad news infects the teller.” First Messenger in Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra (1.2.65) “October. This is one month of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February.” Pudd’nhead Wilson (Mark Twain) Libra: Go with the one that [...]

“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: 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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: Fishing gets better about now. Simple as [...]

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: I have never been a big fan of the “Don’t [...]

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 [...]

How absolute the knave is! We must speak by the card, or equivocation will undo us. By the Lord, Horatio, this three years I have took note of it: the age is grown so pick’d that the toe of the peasant comes so near the heel of the courtier, he galls his kibe. How long [...]

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