Horoscopes starting 2.23.2017

    The time is out of joint—O cursed spite,
    That ever I was born to set it right!
    Nay, come, let’s go together.
    Hamlet in Shakespeare's Hamlet 1.v.187-9
    Jupiter (retrograde) oppose Uranus conjunct Mars; New Moon in Pisces. But what does that mean?

Horoscopes starting 2.23.2017

Pisces:

Pisces

The Fishes

Digging way back into my personal history, there was study method I used to employ. For college and university classes, I would start, at the beginning of the semester, a pile, a single pile of hand-written notes, typed notes, research for papers, and books that had to be read for that semester. So at the start of each academic period, I would have a single pile for each class. Three to five piles, sort of depended, and in later years, I’ve used this as an organizational method that is partially effective. For any given project, I’ll pile all the required parts in one place. Liked doing this a semester at a time, as that was easier and it gave a limited time-frame for each project/class. I’d start out with the books and required texts, then I’d get the syllabus, as a bottom sheet, and the material would accumulate, over the next few months. At the end of the semester, I would toss paper notes, notebooks, and printed material, and for many years, I would assiduously keep the books, but even the ones I never, ever referenced again, those have all gradually been discarded — or recycled.

This new moon in Pisces is the start. Gather up the parts and pieces of the up and coming Pisces project, looks like it will take a few months, get that stuff in one place. I prefer the “pile it” method, but whatever works? Gather the resources to plot your Pisces way forward.

Pisces: Pile it to push Pisces?

Aries:

Aries

The Ram

My dear Aries, you do realize I’ve been coaching and coaxing you how to deal with this, right? And, my dear Aries, you do realize that jumping into the fray, at this very moment, will probably not go well? To say the least, “Not go well. At all.” The current displacement of the planets foretells — according to some — trouble. Big trouble. Issues, problems, and worst of all, hasty decisions by Aries that result in making matters worse. Which is why I’m here to help.
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Horoscopes starting 2.16.2017

    Therein, ye gods, you make the weak most strong;
    Therein, ye gods, you tyrants do defeat;
    Nor stony tower, nor walls of beaten brass,
    Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron,
    Can be retentive to the strength of spirit;
    But life, being weary of these worldly bars,
    Never lacks power to dismiss itself.
    Cassius in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar I.iii.91-7

Horoscopes starting 2/16/2017

Pisces:

Pisces

The Fishes

There’s a special aroma, a smell, a kitchen smell, and for me, it signals the start of something new.

It’s an aroma fraught with promise, appeal, akin to that sense of Christmas Morning when all wishes will be fulfilled. There’s an excitement, too, that comes with this. It’s the smell of freshly ground coffee beans. I caught heady whiff of this, the other morning, cold morning, near freezing, too cold for me to be out. I grabbed a batch of beans from a local roaster, small batch of coffee beans, still oily and ripe with that smell. French Roast, beans from Mexico, politically correct, small-batch roasted, just delightful arrangement for my morning brew. As the grinder did its thing, then as I tipped the beans into the press-pot to make the first cup, that fragrant scent washed over me, quickening my blood, heart racing in anticipation.

It’s just coffee.

That pungent, almost cloying whiff of the freshly-ground beans, though, that’s what hope this week holds. There’s an opening, and the trick is to not fall for just the promise, like that aromatic blend of fresh ground, ark roast beans.

How does that coffee taste?

Aries:

Aries

The Ram

Having never had children myself, stepping into a “Grandfather” roll is fun for me. All the amusement of children with none of the associated cost or containment issues. I was feeding, or rather, there when the child was eating, and more important, interacting with food. It was “queso,” a local dish that is mostly a melted cheese-like substance with some kind of seasoning tossed in for good measure.
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Horoscopes starting 2.9.2017

    By Jupiter, an angel! Or if not,
    An earthly paragon! Behold divineness
    No elder than a boy!
    Belarius in Shakespeare's Cymbeline 3.6.42-4

Horoscopes starting 2.9.2017

Aquarius:

Aquarius

The Water Bearer

Happy birthday or happy Valentine’s Day or happy whatever it is you might be celebrating. There’s a sense that a number of events, in the Life Aquarius, a number of events are starting to line up in a much more hospitable way. The biggest obstacle, and it’s not really much of a problem, but the largest impediment towards moving forward with the Aquarius hopes and plans for the future? Phase of the Moon. Once that moon slides out its “full” position, there’s a number of people who won’t be as ebullient and forward thinking as Aquarius. It’s not a bad time, so much as folks are less willing to share in your Aquarius-tinged excitement.

The trick is to internalize the excitement. The way it looks, there’s a ton of potential Aquarius happiness to share, but maybe, this isn’t the most correct time to share it — publicly. As Mars and Venus course their way through Aries, and as Jupiter sets up opposite from Uranus? Good stuff for Aquarius, but a more subdued approach might be best.

Pisces:

Pisces

The Fishes

Shortly after sunset, Venus and Mars are visible, setting in a few hours, chasing the Sun, so to speak.

“Them’s the ‘love planets,’ you know…”

Yes, and they are cooking Aries. Aries comes after Pisces — this week’s about the affect of those planets on the Pisces psyche.
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Horoscopes starting 2.2.2017

    But wherefore did you so much tempt the heavens?
    It is the part of men to fear and tremble
    When the most mighty gods by tokens send
    Such dreadful heralds to astonish us.
    Casca in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar I.iii.53-6
    Casca infers that the heavens, the stars and planets, portend dire circumstances, mixed in with superstition and politics.

Jupiter starts its annual retrograde pattern this week. What it means?

Horoscopes starting 2.2.2017

Aquarius:

Aquarius

The Water Bearer

What we have now is a new look at an old problem. The planets have just dealt a new hand, and in this game, this new hand for Aquarius? There’s a chance to address, or redress, an old problem. Fix that thing, once and for all. For good. Done deal. Over and out. Thirty. Got that, my fine Aquarius friend? Fixed, once and for all.

To get this done, though, I need all seven days. In the next couple of days, there’s a sense of completion, like, “Spike the ball! We did it!” Or, more likely, “Me? Aquarius! I did it!” It looks finished. Slow down. It might not be quite done yet. However, by the end of this Aquarius Horoscope, by the tail end of it? There will be one, last seemingly insignificant detail you’ve overlooked. Then you can say, “It’s done!” Finally.

Pisces:

Pisces

The Fishes

When I enter the Zen Center, I fold my hands and bow. When I enter the local catholic cathedrals, I cross myself, albeit backwards, but that’s me. If I were to meet royalty, I would genuflect. Or, if I’m working with a Leo, first thing I do is get on my knees. These are all common signs of respect.
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Horoscopes starting 1.26.2017

    What boded this, but well forewarning wind
    Did seem to say, “Seek not a scorpion’s nest,
    Nor set no footing on this unkind shore”?

Queen Margaret in Shakespeare's Henry 6 pt. 2 (3.2.85-7)

    There’s an opening shot from a marginally famous film, shows a huge, gnarly looking Scorpion crawling along the desert sands. Nasty, ugly looking brute, with a giant tail, implied, loaded with venom. Black shell with blood-red markings. The real insect used? Not deadly. Not even painful. Looks means and nasty, but isn’t. A scorpion is one of those creatures that’s managed to make it into the subconscious everywhere.

Horoscopes starting 1/26/2017

Aquarius:

Aquarius

The Water Bearer

Every real story is truly a never-ending tale. Happy Aquarius birthday, yes, it’s that time again. There will be a certain amount of “falderal” about the Chinese New Year — still — for Aquarius? There’s a new start about to occur. As I mentioned, every story, really good stories, are never-ending tales. What is about to unfold, in Aquarius, for Aquarius, the next chapter. This isn’t an ending. It’s a new verse. New chapter, new section, new material to be added to the Aquarius story of, Aquarius story of, the tale of, well, something. New verse, new chapter, new act. If you read this before it starts, get ready. If you read this after it starts, the wheels are in motion, get ready to ride this one all the way through. Just remember, it’s really more like a continuation rather than a new tale. Just adding a sequel. Yes, new sequel.

Pisces:

Pisces

The Fishes

Cool looking leather cover for a brand of field notes, to carry a pencil, the notes, maybe some other scraps? I’ve longed for those items, I think of them as hand-toys or hand-tools, a slim leather binder with notes and notebook, blank pages begging to be filled with sketches, ideas, notes for the future, perhaps arcane clues to the way the universe works?
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Horoscopes starting 1.19.2017

    “I see it feelingly.”

Gloucester in Shakespeare’s King Lear (4.vi.128)

The Sun Enters the Tropical Zodiac Sign of Aquarius at 3:23 PM, CST (plus or minus, your mileage may vary, see local dealer for details.)

Horoscopes starting 1.19.2017

Aquarius:

Aquarius

The Water Bearer

All I did was leave my socks on. No big deal, right? Maybe not a big deal to some, but it is kind of a big deal to me. Cold, winter morning, me, in a robe, not much else, shivering, and I was thinking I had to go someplace, so I started to get dressed.

I pulled on socks.

I take great pride in mis-matched tube socks as what I wear underneath my boots. Only, after I pulled on the socks, I got distracted, and I padded around the house with my feet in socks. Only, now, after socks, my toes weren’t cold.

It’s such a simple solution, obvious to some, and yet, I missed it for a long time. I’ve gotten striated in my patterns, I’ll wear boots, cowboy boots, and I have the mismatched socks for that, handmade, cowboy boots, made in Texas, or I’ll wear sandals. There isn’t a lot of ground between the two. One, or the other, one requires socks and the other requires no socks. This addition, wearing socks but no shoes? It goes against every fiber in my being, screaming, “No! Nooooooo….” However, pause, think about it, warm toes, looks silly, but I’m at home, no one sees, right? It’s OK. It’s going to be OK. Super simple solution to a complex problem, sort of a mediated half-way point.

Aquarius: Simple adjustment. Try leaving your socks on. Keeps the toes warm. simple adjustment, although, it did, at first, go against the very fiber of my being, to wear socks with no boots.

Pisces:

Pisces

The Fishes

One website I stumbled across was a very zen-like series of desktops, work surfaces and office-like environments. For those of us who, perhaps we office at home, or free-lance, part of the “hired gun” set-up? For those of us, the workspace is both important, and for a little while, it was neat to see what others were doing.
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Horoscopes starting 1.12.2017

    I’ll not be by the while. My liege, farewell!
    What will ensue hereof, there’s none can tell;
    But by bad courses may be understood
    That their events can never fall out good.

Edmund of Langley, in Shakespeare's King Richard II, (2.1.211-4)

Up next? El Paso then San Antonio, then back to Austin. Details at astrofish.net/travel.

Horoscopes starting 1.12.2017

Capricorn:

Capricorn

The Sea Goat

Acting like a seven-year old. It was me, I was working at at event, one of the last of the last year, and a client’s daughter was circulating around the tables. Kid was just seven years old. Every time she’d make a pass by me, she’d stick her tongue out and make a face. By her second or third lap, I was trying to beat her to the tongue out.

A business associate, sitting next to me, was greatly amused. “I’m trying to figure out, which one of you two is most mature.” My take? Girl-child. She’s probably way more mature than I am. I know this. The child’s mother was getting a little exasperated with the child, and then, when the mom figured out I was partaking, possibly aggravating the situation? We were both told to stop, “Both of you! Right now!” Mom turned her back to look at something bright and shiny, and I grinned then stuck my tongue back out at the kid, who, with a furtive glance over a slender shoulder, repeated the process. Mercury, no longer retrograde, and the Sun, still in Capricorn, happy belated birthday by the way, there’s a chance to act like a child.

“Oh please, you’re just making this worse!”

Capricorn: shrug?

Aquarius:

Aquarius

The Water Bearer

Love me my Aquarius friends, and they are nothing if not inconstant. Usually. Therein, my dear, is the Aquarius problem. There’s a certain requirement for “inconstant behavior” these days. My old “Mercury is Retrograde” trick was to take three passes at at least three different ideas, see which one was still standing when Mercury was no longer retrograde. With the cardinal energy loose upon the land?
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Horoscopes starting 1.5.2017

    I cannot by the progress of the stars
    Give guess how near to day.

Marcus Brutus in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar 2.1.2~

Mercury isn’t “retrograde” much longer, but we’re not completely in the clear from the ensuing confusion, so keep that in mind.

Horoscopes starting 1.5.2017

Capricorn:

Capricorn

The Sea Goat

Handy travel tip — if you have expandable luggage? Never leave home with the luggage expanded. You’ll thank me later, like later this year. It’s the beginning of the year, and there’s a big push to reduce, reuse, and recycle in the Capricorn’s life.

Before this inauspicious start gets done, like, in the next day or three?

There’s a packing tip.

I had this one, old girlfriend, and when we would travel, I’d always throw in a tiny, folded-up duffle. Sooner or later, there would be that “one thing” she would want. Had to pack it in a suitcase and the clothes had to go someplace else; hence, my portable, expandable duffle. However, the trick to use this energy correctly, in the next week? Pretend that the duffle isn’t there. Or, if it’s that expendable luggage, so common these days? Make sure it’s all compressed, to start with, I mean, just for now. Leave room for expansion.

Capricorn: Leave room for expansion.

Aquarius:

Aquarius

The Water Bearer

How about, just as an idea, instead of getting all up and in your own, Aquarius face, how about we pause long enough to check the “Do not do” list. It’s like a — ubiquitous — “to do” list, only this is a list of items, chores, goals, tasks, or similar travails that your Aquarius self fervently does not want to do. Or shouldn’t do. The placement of the verbs there, “shouldn’t do,” or “don’t want to do,” both of those are important qualifiers. Either one, because this is a kind of generalization? Either one works as an excuse.
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Horoscopes running 12.29.2016-1.4.2017

    Men at some time are masters of their fates;
    The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
    But in ourselves, that we are underlings.

Cassius in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar 1.2.139-141

That’s the exact quote, and many times, I look at an astrology chart, or the current disposition of the planets and I wonder.

2017

Astrologically, 2017? In a brief form?

Mercury started his retrograde pattern 12/19/2016, slipping back into Sagittarius around 1/4/2017, going direct 1/8/2017.

Mercury is retrograde 4/8-5/3, 2017, starting in Taurus and backing down into Aries. Continuing this cycle, Mercury retrogrades 8/12-9/5, 2017 in Virgo, going direct in Leo. Finally, for the year, Mercury retrogrades 12/3-12/22, 2017, all in Sagittarius. That final Mercury retrograde has a two punctuation points in it, starting at 29 Sag., echoing the previous year’s pattern, and having Saturn exit Sag., sort of limping out, maybe making one last kick.

Almost up and until Xmas day, 2017, there’s a serious “Cosmic Review” period, and as a Sagittarius, I feel the most, but it’s a prevailing sentiment, solidly anchored in the Mercury Retrogrades.

Venus is Retrograde 3/4-4/15, 2017 with a pattern that starts in Aries and finishes turning around in Pisces. (This pattern overlays a Mercury Retrograde, hence the confusion.)

The source document — ephemerides — is here.

Horoscopes running 12.29.2016-1.4.2017

Capricorn:

Capricorn

The Sea Goat

I was grocery shopping a few weeks back. Middle of the Xmas season, right? There, in the bread section, right above the “gluten-free, tastes like cardboard” stuff, there was a strange little package. It was “crust-free” white bread. Loaf of bread, maybe a smallish loaf, but sliced bread with no crust. Just a block of white bread-like slabs, stacked on each other. I was greatly amused. Sent a picture to my Sister.

“Look! Bread porn!” Short, reply.

Growing up, all we ever wanted was white bread, like all our friends, white bread with the crust cut off. Unlike all our other friends, we got grainy, textured, presumably healthier, whole-wheat bread. Later in life, I’ve developed a taste for crusty, grainy, dark-breads. My favorite piece of a loaf, now? The heel. All crust. Only two in the average loaf of bread, too. Strange how that all comes around full circle. So the discovery of “crust-free, white bread” in the grocery, store was bizarre novelty item. As a message for Capricorn? I’m sure your tastes have changed over the years, but I’ll bet you can find some kind of childhood desire, right there, maybe not on the shelf at the grocery store, but maybe, someplace that’s similar, like, right in front of you. With this new moon, with this Mercury Retrograde, and which this start of a new calendar year? Pick. Pick and choose. Pick, look, and don’t be surprised if there’s some kind of a childhood fantasy in front of you. Like me, on the shelf at the store.

Aquarius:

Aquarius

The Water Bearer

The new year — for Aquarius — starts with clean slate. A startling clean whiteboard, a fresh start. An unpainted canvas. The problems, and there will be a few, as there’s part of the Aquarius past that keeps haunting you. Part of the past wants to desperately insert itself into the current state of Aquarius being. There is a myriad of indicators to chose from, Mars, Venus, Mercury Retrograde, Neptune, your own planet Uranus? Any of those are culprits, but what this spells out?
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Horoscopes starting 12.22.2016

    He hath a heart as sound as a bell, and his tongue is the clapper, for what his heart thinks, his tongue speaks
    Don Pedro about Benedick in Shakespeare’s
    Much Ado About Nothing (3.2.3)

Shopping by the signs — silly Xmas theme. Capricorn starts — Winter Solstice arrives — 12.21.2016 — 4:44 AM CST (plus or minus, milage may vary, see fine print for details, etc.)

Horoscopes starting 12.22.2016

Capricorn:

Capricorn

The Sea-Goat

With Pluto and its concomitant influences the primary players in the yearly outlook, what would work best is a sidekick character. A little buddy, a Watson to Capricorn’s Holmes, a Gilligan to the Capricorn's Skipper, and, I was thinking, for the sake of Shakespeare illustration, fit either Benedick or Beatrice, the two love interests, consider one — or the other — as the sidekick. This year brings a situation, and the best gift for Capricorn?

A sidekick. Tonto to the Lone Ranger, the examples are countless. A pet turtle, or cat, or, even a stuffed bear. One year, a stuffed bear was gift was a from Sister, and I as I traveled back from the Left Coast, I kept that stuffed bear buckled into the plane seat next to me. Served two purposes, maybe three, one, kept that seat empty, two, looked cute and approachable for the right person, and three, it was a confidante. Bear has shuffled off this mortal coil, but the idea is sound and dependable. As a Capricorn, you’re looking for a real, or imagined, sidekick.

Aquarius:

Aquarius

The Water Bearer

One of the coolest tech gadgets I used to have? It was an electronic display picture frame. Basically, a simple display that pulled images from a camera card, one of those, whatever they’re called, it’s a chip or memory chip, or card or something. The little frame shuttered family images and pictures of big fish, for two, maybe three years. I enjoyed it, but after an electrical outage? Didn’t seem to work anymore.
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