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    “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.

Because that particular drive-thru is so convenient for me? I went back another time, and I had another transaction that was less than satisfactory. This time, the transaction was tied to a credit card with an email address, so I was sent a customer survey. Recalling that I had two, not one but two transactions that were, in my mind, epic fail from the point of the customer service and customer dissatisfaction, I wrote a scathing review, giving the store a big, fat zero for satisfaction.

Before you follow me and do the same thing? On my way to work the other morning, I had to go through that drive-thru again. It was fastest and most convenient. Not a choice I liked, but convenience counts in this game. I thought about ordering food. Then I thought about my recent experiences, and my reactions to their failures, and I know that the reviews get posted in the back room. Bet someone knew it was me. Yeah, I double-checked the drink, and instead of food, I just went hungry. Next time, I’ll drive through some other place.

It’s about recalling what seeds we’ve sown, and then, not trampling on the little fledgling plants. Or, if we’ve sown seeds of discord? Maybe avoiding the place altogether.

Aquarius

Aquarius

The Water Bearer


Most of my fine Aquarius friends suggest that they are all like, “an open book,” implying, that they are all easy to read and understand. No secrets. No hidden flaws or occult superpowers. Like, “Dude, if I could fly through the air, I’d a-told you. You know?”

There comes a time when we should all play our hands a little closer to our chests. There comes a time when a modicum of privacy and demure redirection is fine. Not exactly subterfuge or outright lies, but less hyperbole, and more circumspect of an Aquarius answer. Qualify, deflect, and less revealing. Just because you know the right answer, immediately, doesn’t mean you should offer that up, not right away.

“Err on the side of caution” would be the buzz words for this next few days. Happy holidays, give my best your family.

Pisces

Pisces

The Fishes


Tomatoes, garlic, and avocado. Plus dark chocolate. Go.

Go, Pisces, go. The foods were listed as “super foods” to help you lose weight, maintain a healthy weight, or bulk up, depends on the way one wants to go. As a super foods, though, these are the ones a person should eat a lot of. The first three, that’s easy, a guacamole salads of sorts. That would work. I’m not sure how to work in the dark chocolate with the guacamole, though. Just not sure it fits. But that dark chocolate is usually part of a good mole sauce, a delicacy in my neck of the woods. One buddy suggested that certain dishes define various TexMex and “Mexican” restaurants. One important way to test a place is the mole, pronounced “mole-AY.”

So, perhaps a diet that is largely TexMex, to use my vernacular, would be beneficial to Pisces? Is that the hint? No. Well, maybe. Yes, for some. For others, this breaks down the way you want it to, but it’s about what’s healthy and good for, while making it enjoyable, too.

This week is about food, and let’s think about food that is good, but let’s think, healthy, too. Like that original grocery list, Tomatoes, garlic, avocado, and dark chocolate.

Aries

Aries

The Ram


Let’s try this in a very non-traditional Aries way. Let’s try non-confrontational. As Mars rakes his way through Libra, opposite from you, Mars is inching closer to being in opposition to Uranus. So, in anticipation of that celestial event, let’s try something different: be non-confrontational. The usual Aries methodology is to charge ahead with the status quo, and that’s not going to work. The first Aries comment?

“Your status isn’t very quo!”

Which is why a direct confrontation, or even an attempt to prove that your Aries self is right and the rest of us are wrong? Again, back to the idea that you might be 100% correct, but the next few days are not the time to start the battle. Can’t win.

“But I can win! I’m right!”

I know that. You know that. It’s just the odds are against you, and the safest course of action is to bid your time and wait.

You’ll be much better served if you’re non-confrontational just now.

Taurus

Taurus

The Bull


Buddy calls me up, “Hey, let me ax you a question…” That’s his lead in, every time, and that is also a hint, he already has an answer to the question, all figured out. He’s not digging for data, he’s trying to validate his own stance or position. The last time?

It was funny situation with his girlfriend, and my buddy was clearly wrong, but the way he framed the interrogatory, he did his best to make it look like he was right, even though, if he had actually pursued his position that girlfriend would be an ex-girlfriend. Not like he’s getting any younger, or better looking, so, when he tried to “Ax me a question,” I suggested the girlfriend was probably right. Didn’t go over well with my buddy, but as a Taurus, what with holiday madness, and general insanity, got to be careful about trying to push an agenda where, in your heart, you know you’re not in the correct way.

Yeah, I know, “But I’m different, let me just ax you a question…”

Compromise, take your licks, and have a happy holiday season.

Gemini

Gemini

The Twins


As an occasionally sensitive Gemini, you feel it when there are these shifts. There’s a palpable change in the air. Locally? I mean, for me? It seems like it is suddenly a lot cooler. As the Sun shifts to Sagittarius, there’s a discernible change in the air. Feels cooler — or warmer — or different.

One Gemini, in Austin, was always funny, “It’s finally sweater weather!” She looks great in such attire. Her cashmere collection tended to accentuate her form best.

As a Gemini, there’s that palpable change. You can feel it in the air tonight. Use that change to accentuate some of the finer Gemini traits. Could be a simple shift in the weather. Or a similar kind of change. Use it, my little Gemini, work it.

Cancer

The Crab - the Moonchild

The Crab


The holidays are upon us, once again. Driven by conscious and subconscious urges, desires, and unseen forces, our poor, beleaguered Cancer psyche, the very soul of the Moon Children is being cajoled, and cudgeled, with holiday crap. Forces seemingly beyond our kin are suggesting that we are less than a whole person unless we buy this one item, or make that one purchase, or drink this one kind of beverage.

The madness will take its toll. The holiday crazy will extract a revenge on your poor, much put out Cancer Moon Child soul.

You get one “cheat,” one “out.” One “give me.”

For me, I’ll have one, exactly one, Starbucks Egg Nog Latte — but just one. It has like, a well over a thousand empty calories and useless milk fats, caffeine, and very little redeeming social value, other than I might sprinkle nutmeg across the top. Nutmeg has some metaphysical properties. I get one of these, and then I’m back to my usual dark, bitter roasts, served will no adulterants.

Give into one holiday splurge, then back to work. Big rewards if you limit your indulgences at the moment. Promise, big pay off.

The Leo

The Leo

The Leo


Sometimes, it is the simplest of expressions. I was in a store, and the impossibly young lady wore a simple shift. Dress. I'm not sure what they are called. It was simple, in that it draped at her shoulders, leaving them bare, and from there, it was essentially shapeless, all the way down. Nothing revealing at all. Not a single tight, hugging curve to hint at her legs, or shape underneath the dress. Think: plain, brown wrapper. However, the way she moved, the captivating smile, the way her eyelids seemed to flutter as she demurely glanced downward, then looked back up? Merry, and hints of fun, alluded to in an easy smile. But, the shift itself revealed nothing at all. Not even a hint. No slit up the side to show off impossibly long legs, toned and rippling, no hint at cleavage, no, none of that. It was the most non-description attire I’ve seen in awhile.

Plain, brown wrapper. That’s basically what the dress was, a plain, brown wrapper. With all the crap in Scorpio, and the Sun moving into noisome Sagittarius? The Leo should think about the appeal of the plain, brown wrapper.

Virgo

Virgo

The Virgin


Should read, “Thanks for donating to our pet food drive.” Typo, as I read it? “Thanks for donating your pet to our food drive.”

That’s a funny one. Not entirely out of the realm of possible scenarios, either, as I know one gentleman rancher, and his wife names all the livestock.

To quote, “You really shouldn’t be giving them a name, not if they are going to be food one day.”

It’s kind of amusing, to me, in a weird way, that guy’s wife is vegetarian. He’s pure Texas rancher. So, according to him, one shouldn’t name animals that are destined to be a part of the food chain. There’s a chance for a mix-up, and in my case, it was simple riff from a typo about donating pet food to donating a pet as food. The idea is to watch out. Or catch them and laugh about it, “thanks for donating your pet to our food drive.”

Libra

Libra

The Scales


I can’t believe I saw this one — again. A number of my buddies all now sport insulated “Thermos” (like) tumblers for heated beverages. Usually for coffee in the morning. I bought one, as a gift, not long ago, and it was well-received. I paid, let’s say, $5. I’m a good shopper. Thermos-like, really, a well-known brand, and it was a sale item. $5. Got a clear image?

Big, famous sale website, known for supposedly steep discount items, ran a special, cycled through here the other day, two tumblers, for $20. So that’s ten bucks apiece, or, roughly, twice what I paid for one. Plus shipping and handling, I’m sure.

Libra shopping is important. Compare. Contrast. Compare and contrast before making a deal.

“Look, 2 for $20, then I would have a spare!”

Or 1 for $5, no spare required and about half the cost.

Libra: Compare. Contrast. At the very least? Shop around before you commit.

Scorpio

Scorpio

Scorpion


Confusion. Simply put: confusion. I passed close to a certain Scorpio, and she sniffed.

“Lavender, delicate essences, and then, something floral, I’m not sure what.”

I maintain I’m strange combination of profound and profane. The essence, the purple stuff, was from an artisanal soap, local, handmade, ergonomically correct, vegan, not tested on animals, and free-range. Free-range soap. It has a delicate aroma because the ingredients are fresh, and very local, less than 50 miles, I think.

That was the lavender.

The floral essence? I have a receding hairline. Been like this for years, no big deal. I use whatever inexpensive products I can find in the discount bin at the warehouse store. The expiration date might be in the previous millennia, at a buck a pop, I don’t look too close. The conditioner, super-cheap, and to be honest, I just let that stuff soak on my ponytail, not much else.

Back to the question from a certain Scorpio as to what the essence was? And my suggestion that this week holds some confusion for Scorpio? The aromatic blend is part health and wellness in one extreme, and the other part of it is cheap chemicals. Profound and profane, all in one sniff. This is the source of the confusion. The Scorpio take-away? A bot of both, combine both elements, like I do some days.

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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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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?

As a lazy Sagittarius myself, I prefer Townes Van Zandt’s version of the rule, as it’s more in my experience but realistically, the numbers tend to skew towards the extreme end, 1% inspiration and 99% work. Hard work. We’re not done yet. Almost, but not quite.

Following on the heels of the singer/songwriter (he was a Pisces), though, following on his commentary about this is less about the job and more about the work of the work? The requirement to put one foot in front of the other to get to the end? There’s a bit of material that’s been left undone, and we really should attend to this now. After all, this task in front of our Sagittarius selves is more about the hard part of the job, the driving, the perspiration, we’re not at inspiration, not quite yet.

Capricorn

I glanced at a sign in local coffee shop and thought I read, “Almond Chicken Mocha.” Wasn’t what I saw, not really, but it was what my brain intreated at the time, and I was going to run with that.

    How about an almond chicken latte?

Not sure any of this is real, but then, the nature of reality is one of the oldest philosophical debates, is this all a dream, or is it real? Or, if you’re of a certain age, “Is it Memorex?”

Where I live, with its close proximity to Louisiana, chicory is a common coffee element. Not unusual, not around here. So the mistake, “Almond Chicken Latte” was really about some other kind of connection, but the problem being, I jumped to hasty conclusion, and made a connection hat was — frankly — not present. I can save Capricorn the embarrassment of making a hasty assumption and arriving at an erroneous conclusion by reminding you about my faulty memory and “Almond Chicken Mocha.”

Aquarius

Life is not a binary equation. It — life Aquarius — doesn’t resolve to a simple “Yes” or “no” equation. I like it when the equations are simple. However, this week’s Aquarius energies require a complex algorithm to answer the questions, and to most effectively set the destinations?

The arrangement for arriving at the Aquarius answers, or the answers the Aquarius wants and needs? There’s a set of conditional statements. “If the answer is yes, then we proceed in this direction, and if the answer is no, then we proceed forward in this direction,” with an understanding that each of those possible directions have further questions that qualify, suggest, organize, and set possible limits on directions.

Each situation this next few days is fraught with possible outcomes. Instead of simple, “Black and White,” none of this binary. Me? I can reduce it to binary question, but just a soon as that’s done, then there’s the the question about the conditional answer, and this is why the answer to this week’s set of questions is not really as a simple as it seems, “If this, then this, which implies this, but might really mean this, so we need to proceed in this direction, conditionally, for now,” but be aware that the Aquarius algorithm can kick in and subtly shape the outcomes.

“If this, then maybe, this, and maybe that, and we will refine our answers as more Aquarius data is available.”

Pisces

Ever meet a person who — it feels like — just swallows your own soul? Someone comes swimming into your life and there’s a connection, a real, palpable connection, you can feel it in your heart of hearts.

    I’m Sagittarius, so the terms “soulmate” and “cellmate” are uncomfortably close in sound.

This is also less of a connection that ends in a soulmate, and more of connection that ends with solid friendship. Perhaps more than just friends, but a little less than the Pisces standard lover.

This is about connections between people, and there’s one — probably a new one — entering the Life of Pisces this next few days. I would tend to see this as a casual connection that holds earmarks, and symbolic meaning, but might not be a lover, not in the conventional sense.

Aries

A single idea, a simple image can give birth to strange new worlds and hitherto unrealized directions. Starts with a single image, Car Crushing Bump was the one for me. An idea, in that case it was a simple image, that spawned a website that still rolls along, although, some of the conditions have changed, still, it’s operative even now. The reason I was thinking about that idea, a single image? A single image that created a whole collection, even spun off a real, printed book? Started with a simple image coming out of TexMex place for lunch.

That singular image, a sign that said, “Car Crushing Bump?” That’s what is probably ahead for Aries. “A ‘car crushing bump’?” Yes, in a word. Now, this can play out two ways, and they seem pretty far apart, when in fact, they are far apart. Either you drive right over the car crushing bump and feel the underpinnings of the drivetrain ripped asunder, or you use that idea to launch something new.

It’s your choice, Aries. You did see the sign, though — no excuses.

Taurus

“I always dreamed of having a little business on the side where I…”

It’s the “dot dot dot” part that I can’t fill in for Taurus.

But you can. I’ve tinkered with a number of collectible items, mostly hardware, and I wanted an Apple Computer museum, at one time, again, this is just my partial list of ideas. I’ve long held a fascination with older, American cars, the original iron from Detroit. Same for British Roadsters or variations on the VW Bug. All held fascination at one time or another. However, I don’t want to get greasy anymore, so cars are out. I’m not interested of trolling eBay for deals and steals and learning about any new collectible material, so that’s out, too. The idea remains, but none of it really holds enough of a grip on my psyche to make it appealing to me. However, as Taurus, there’s a side business you’re interested in. Start taking steps toward that goal. Look up prices, look up sources, look up sellers, look up buyers, estimate what it could earn you, then adjust that estimate with real-world — Taurus — knowledge. You can make this work, but it will take some planning, and I’d suggest you sort with a simple spreadsheet. Hobbies that make money? That’s a tiny business.

“I always dreamed I would have a little business where I…”

Fill in the blank.

Gemini

My business tended to be largely cyclical, depending on the variations and vagaries of the seasons. Over the year, though, my business has tended to even out some, as I learned to fill in the blanks with longer-term goals and tasks. I don’t tend to have a “slow season,” not so much, not anymore. However, there is a dip in earned income incoming. That is seasonal. As an astrologer, I prepare for this. As an astrologer, I’ve tracked this over the years, and I’m aware that this is going on, or that it is coming up. And as a Gemini-compliant astrologer, I’m warning you that this is a dip, either here now, or in the next few weeks. Just a seasonal slow spot, not the end of the world. For those of us who are freelance? Task, or project-specific earned income? Probably a slow spot. Not the end, and the holidays will kick it all back up into high gear, but, yeah, a little slow spot now. Worried? Don’t be. The Gemini mind can easily find all manner of things to keep it occupied for the time being. No, seriously. You can clean this place a little, right?

Cancer

I got an idea. A pop-up Xmas setting. I’m a firm believer that no Xmas decorations or anything Xmas should be put on display, or even thought about until after Thanksgiving (US). Period. No decorations in October, that’s just wrong, on so many levels. Just wrong. However, think about a single way to make it all work, and work well, in hurry.

Last year, right after the big Xmas crap was over, I picked up a sweet deal on sale item: a genuine fake Xmas tree, with lights and boxed up. All I have to do is pull it out of the box, and the branches fold down, and I have an instant Xmas tree display. Super easy. Simple. No mess, no fuss. This took planning, preparation, and little scheming ads I had to hit the store when all that crap was on sale, between Xmas and New Year.

I’m prepared for Xmas. Just whip that sucker out of its box, and I got a tree. Lights, just plug it in. Nothing else is required. Domestic bliss, such as it is.

Cancer: for the Moon Children, I was envisioning something a little more elaborate but still, in the box. Like a suitcase Xmas display for the office, just whip that crap out, and it’s an explosion of Santa Claus, elf, and related foppery. This is the time to get it ready. Not unfold it all, just set the stage. Staging. This week is all about staging for the near future.

However, please, respect the holiday, no Xmas decorations until after Thanksgiving. (At least, none that you can see yet.)

The Leo

There’s usually a cold snap in November, but then it will warm back up to typical, balmy, south Texas weather. I finally got used to the idea of having to wear long pants for a few days and then I’m back in shorts. The short burst of arctic air, obviously a Canadian export, burns off and I’m back to normal.

Like south Texas weather in November, there’s the astrological weather for The Leo: cold, warm, cool, hot again. One buddy called this “psychotic ex” weather, and if we are to be believed, we all have a crazy ex someplace in our distant past. But this is about weather, not failed romance.

    I got to thinking about it, for perspective, there are probably a few ex-girlfriends who rate me as a psychotic ex. Hey, at the time? It probably fit. I didn’t see it that way, but I’m not an unbiased observer.

The Leo: be aware that the emotional timbre of the times shifts, rapidly, easily, and — apparently — with little or no notice. Warm, cold, hot. Freezing rain that paralyzes this town. Shorts, two days later. All the pile up in Scorpio does this to you. Hot and cold, sometimes the same day. Here? I’ve seen this. Had to run the AC and the heater, same day.

The Leo: you have now been formally apprised of the situation. Dress accordingly.

Virgo

Many, many years ago, I sat on the floor of the New Age Bookstore in South Austin, and I paged through several copies of the I-Ching. I would look up specific passages in at least three different versions, translated by various scholars, to see how each interpreted a single symbol. I don’t recall, there are a ton of variations, but each interpretation that I read that sweaty summer afternoon in South Austin? I was originally intent on purchasing a single copy of the I-Ching to use as a reference, but the lack of any kind of cohesive meaning left me disturbed and confused.

After that experience, I’ve never really investigated the I-ching again. I do use Taoist and other Zen writings as a source of spiritual material, and I've noted the problems between translations with some of the more recent Roman authors I cite.

The problems facing Virgo is a tendency to fall into a trap like a single translation of the I-ching, and believe that it is the single source for data. Just comparing through “authoritative” versions should indicate the problems with trusting a single source, Virgo dear.

Libra

My habit has roots deep in old East Austin, back when it was a dicey neighborhood, before the Urban Gentrification crowd moved in and took over. I lived close to a cheap storefront and a big, ethnically oriented grocery chain. I would tend to buy the “Seven Day Candle” with some unknown saint’s name and icon on the front, then a brief prayer on the back of the label, usually printed in Spanish then English. The neighborhood had been student ghettos turned barrio, and was in the process of being “rediscovered.” I fancied myself an urban adventurer when I was just post-gradual school, starting out as a full-time astrologer.

The source of that habit might be deeper, I’m unsure, but I know I was in the habit of leaving a candle lit, at all times. The reason I mentioned the old roots, deep in old Austin, was to show some source material. Those candles cost a dollar — or less — and they were a symbol of keeping the home fires burning. I got to where I would only leave the candle lit on the stove itself, under a metal hood, about as safe as any place.

There’s a way, as a gentle Libra, there’s a way to pay homage to old traditions, older flames, older ideal, and perhaps, older beliefs. The converse side of this idea, as a gesture for this week’s Libra news? Keep that price at a buck, or less.

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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
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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.

Sagittarius: We don’t flirt with madness. We are going to clearly step over that line and make insinuations. There will be no doubt that we’re more than just flirting with the insanity.

Every morning, when I wake, I get to make a choice, even before my feet hit the floor. I get to decide what kind of a day I will have. Good one? Bad one? Flirt with madness? Or embrace the unstable insanity and enjoy it?

Sagittarius: every morning. It’s a choice.

Capricorn

Capricorn

The Sea Goat


I am not graceful. Never claimed to be. I take that back, as a much younger man, I might have suffered under the illusion that I was graceful, but we all now know this to be totally untrue. I’m good with that! Got it? None of this, “Oh but you are graceful in your own way” new age, self-help (male bovine excrement). I’m using me as the perfect example for Capricorn, as this week unfolds, there’s a delicate dance required. I can describe the dance, I can show you pictures and videos of other people who can dance this dance, but I can’t do it myself. We know that. It’s an established fact. I tend to prefer not to even attempt this except when I’m here in my office with the door closed and no one can see. See? No witnesses.

The graceful dance requires, suggests, the planets suggest, and the idea behind the dance steps suggest a way to clear some space around your Capricorn self. Just get folks to step back for a few paces, give us some room, as we’re about to try an elaborate move. Just want a little bit of space.

“If I can get you to step back about three paces….”

Or, in my case? Might want to move out of the splash zone. But I’m not Capricorn.

Aquarius

Aquarius

The Water Bearer


Think about some kind of a Xmas promotion. Think about some kind of special Xmas thing you can do. As an Aquarius, yeah, a lot of you are not into the whole holiday thing, I get that. I understand. I have a firm belief that Xmas should not be addressed until after my birthday, or, at least not until after Thanksgiving (US holiday).

Until we get to that point of demarcation? No Xmas crap. However, as a forward-thinking Aquarius? Let’s put some thought into an Xmas promotion of some sort. Maybe it’s the Xmas email, perhaps a folky chat with friends and family, perhaps it’s that one gift you would like to get for — a favorite astrologer — or other special person? Doesn’t mean that this is a big Xmas push, but one item, one promotion, one step, maybe just sort it out in the Aquarius head — maybe that’s all that’s required. While this energy varies from individual to individual, the outcome can be universally good. The trick? Think about some of Xmas promotion. Target. Think about an Xmas target.

Pisces

Pisces

The Fishes


One of the little realizations I finally got? When a particular situation, a person, an event, when some kind of action — or inaction on my part — makes me uncomfortable? There’s a message buried in my discomfort. Traffic delay causes me to be late. Two possible interpretations, one, I — stupidly — didn’t allow for Austin’s legendary traffic, or two, maybe my lack of hurry is part of the process?

I can blame the traffic for being late, but I can also blame myself for not thinking it all the way through, at first. Which points to the original source of the discomfort. I didn’t allow for (obvious) exigent circumstances. My fault, and I’m the one who is uncomfortable.

So, this doesn’t mean you’re gong to get stuck in traffic, but it does mean that there will a single — or a series — of Pisces discomforts. Look at the underlying cause for consternation before you pound on the steering wheel.

Aries

Aries

The Ram


There are a couple of ways I have of measuring what’s going on in the world. In particular, I have what I consider the “Spam Index.” Depends on how much material I get as unsolicited commercial email, usually filtered and tossed before I ever see it? If a particular company is hitting me with tons of SPAM, I tend to see that as a desperate attempt to sell — i.e., times are tough. Competition, the ever-changing face of the marketplace, the way material wends its lazy way to my doorstep, all of that.

Aries: the almost arbitrary “spam index” is as useful of a measure as anything else. The way it works, the “spam index” as I use it? It reeks of “desperate.” Think about that. You’re not desperate. Don’t act desperate by bombarding us with messages.

Aries: the “spam index” smacks of desperation. You’re far from desperate.

Taurus

Taurus

The Bull


There is more than one way to approach this material. As a firm and gentle Taurus, you tend think that there is but one way to approach this situation. One way, no other options. I would suggest, even where Mr. Mars is at the moment? There is more than one way to approach this issue. See it from a different perspective. Ask someone you don’t really like for some assistance. Ask a “friend-enemy” if your own perception about the obstacle and how to surmount that obstacle, ask that totally outside source for a possible solution.

Looking at this from a different perspective yields clues. Better yet, I know when I ask a “friend-enemy” for assistance, I tend to consider the other person’s input as possibly tainted. Doesn’t mean that this won’t lead to a viable solution to that very Taurus problem, now does it?

Gemini

Gemini

The Twins


Third time might be a charm. That’s what they tell me, and as I was looking at the Gemini charts for the next few days, third time, I know, that’s, like, about six times too many for a good Gemini like yourself. But give it a third try.

I had a Gemini tech buddy helping me sort out problems with some wiring here. Turns out there was a coax cable that hand a kink in it. Previous contraction is the culprit, nothing to do with me, but trying to find out why there was an intermittent, non-recurring anomaly that paused internet delivery every few hours?

“Kink in the hose,” so to address the issue It was a cable with a tight turn, and when too much data was shoved through the cable, the little electrons slowed down for the tight turn. Not exactly a technical answer, but close enough for Gemini terms, right?

Took three tries for my Gemini buddy to state the problem.

“I know, right?” he said, “that’s like two too many, huh?”

Cancer

The Crab - the Moonchild

The Crab


Paper booties. Ever seen those? Buddy of mine is an honored Moon Child, and he’s also a decent plumber. Prefers fresh water plumbing, but he can fix many things. When he first showed up here, heavy work footwear, he deftly slipped paper booties over his big boots. Just like that. No mess, no fuss. No mud. No crap from running out to look at the drain plug, the septic tank cover, or whatever. All good.

This week requires some consumable product that works as a prophylactic to protect some aspect of the week. In my case? My example? There was nothing on the concrete floors that my buddy could hurt, but the gesture was nice. I want a house that I can hose out. Just rinse it all out, maybe once a year. No need for any other floor cleaning. Super-easy. Still, his gesture to pull on the booties was nice. Not needed, but for him, it’s second nature.

Simple actions with good results. Simple, easy gesture.

The Leo

The Leo

The Leo


One of my little Leo buddies works construction. He owns his own business, and as an owner/operator, he’s quite good. Shows a tidy profit by rolling in more work and finishing the job, ahead of schedule and under budget. He also looks like a crew member, not the boss. He looks like that because, for this one Leo buddy, doing the work itself is part of the fun. Swinging a hammer, buzzing wood through saws, hollering, painting, lifting and so forth is part of what he likes. He enjoys the manual labor. He likes making things with his own hands. Helps that he is quite accomplished.

My buddy hates the paperwork. The preparing of bills, the accounting, the bookkeeping, all of that? Hates it. He has enough to hire a person to look after this, but as a self-built success, he’s not sure he trusts anyone but himself. Consequently, his billing process suffers.

There are two options: hire out the crap that The Leo doesn’t enjoy, or do it yourself. My buddy, at the end of each work day, he’s been working six and seven days a week, he’s that in-demand, and he sits down, before he washes off the grit and sweat from the fray, and enters some of the receipts and billable hours, materials, in his ledger. It’s how The Leo gets ahead.

Virgo

Virgo

The Virgin


I have a long — and tortured — relationship with “Internet Access.” Started with dial-up. Modem. Musical modem that made a certain noise, then, I would have a dedicated phone line, then, eventually there was DSL. One client showed me how fast a cable modem was, back many years ago, and when a salesman caught up with me in my trailer, well, yes, I liked faster internet. Jump ahead many years, and for a brief, maybe a year, I had the best of the worst. I had a basic DSL because the cable TV monopoly (Time Warner RR, etc.) had thoroughly irritated me with their billing process. Feel my pain? As a Virgo, I repeat, “Feel my pain?”

Thanks. So I had to deal with my current service provider, and it was one of those tortured phone calls I was dreading. However, due to the nature of my professional work, I am quite used to recording calls.

All I did was repeat back that little automated disclaimer, “This call may be recorded for quality control purposes.” There is a happy ending to this story, but the way I got to that happy ending was being polite, tactful, and merely offering to repeat back what they said. I also pause, and when the operator asks my name, I say it, then spell it out. “K-R-A-M-E-R, Kramer, no relation to the guy on TV.”

Gets a better response. For Virgo? Any tool towards getting a better response works with this week’s weirdness.

“Works with this week’s weirdness?”

Libra

Libra

The Scales


One of the most serious challenges I face, on a continuing basis, is the deal I have with Shakespeare quotes.

Bit of back story? The original idea was to introduce each week with a quote or passage that properly captured a moment. I was not above using pop culture references, but after a while, my stash of Shakespeare quotes seemed to serve best. Then, for a while it was fed by little quote collections. However, for more than two decades now, it’s been essentially a single quote each week. A couple of the quotes have been reused, time and again. Then, too, as my scholarship has sharpened, I’ve found more depth to passages.

This comes back to this week’s issue in Libra, the problem with, “What was I thinking?” I will hear or read a passage, in a moment of furtive scholarship, and pop that up as a weekly quote. Then, as I revise the material, I’ll wonder just what it was that I saw in that quote — as reflected in the planets’ motions — for that week’s missive.

My latent lack of focus is a perfect example of what’s happening in Libra at the moment.

“I know that this made sense at the time, but where was I going with it?”

Sound familiar?

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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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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?

I use little squares of paper that have sticky stuff at one end, the ubiquitous “Post It” notes. I use old business cards, with a blank back side, I use a fine-point Sharpie. I use a pencil, sometimes. Or just a regular Sharpie, and quad-ruled piece of notebook paper. All of this is analog, just spurious notes that I’m sure someone will want to hear about. I keep thinking it’s now, but it’s not.

The Secret to Sagittarius Success in the following days? Until the rest of the planets can catch up with Mercury, realize his influence and jot down that idea. We can broadcast it at a later date. This week, right now, next few days? No matter what the intent, maybe not the best time to do this, not yet.

Capricorn

A while back, a neighborhood list noted the presence of a nesting pair of “Crested Caracara” in the area. A few weeks later, I dropping off some fishing gear with a buddy, I don’t recall how his wade boots and bait bucket wound up at my place, and turning into his tidy little subdivision, I noticed there was a large pair of raptors, on the ground. Turkey Buzzards, Black Vultures, Red-Tail Hawks, all of those are quite common in my little slice of South Texas. See them all the time. Used to even see them downtown, even, back in the day, downtown Austin.

I wasn’t sure of the birds’ designation, I just knew that they weren’t typical. I made notes, dropped off the fishing gear, and when I left, the big birds had moved on. Still, it was a matter of being aware of what was happening, in my little world.

Capricorn: Pause. Pause long enough to note that there was crest to the bird’s coloration, and what I would think of as light-colored feathers, sort of a cream color, without the big, furry raptor leggings. Pause long enough to realize what it is that you’re looking at, so you can accurately portray that data at a later time. Pause long enough, maybe a cell phone image? Yeah, maybe not that long.

Aquarius

“You don’t understand!”

Yes I do.

“No, you really don’t get it!”

Yes I do.

“No, you really have no grasp of the situation and the urgency!”

Yes I do.

Plus, I have a suggestion or two. As an Aquarius-friendly astrologer, I understand the level frustration as planets cruise through Scorpio and how that can set up an irritating energy. Here’s the trick, and it is a cosmic trick, foisted some mean-spirited planets, but the trick is to understand the enemies. Not bad, not good, just pressure. Find a correct outlet for that pressure.

The challenge for Aquarius is to hit that balance point between letting off steam and making a statement.

See? I do get it. Shoot for that middle point, the balance between statement and steam.

Pisces

Ad I saw recently?

“Girls skinny boyfriend jeans! On sale now!”

What it was, near as I could surmise, as I was piecing this together from peripheral sources, looked like jeans that were in “girls” sizes, but designed to look like a boyfriend’s skinny jeans. I never got close enough to see which side the button was on, or the tab, whatever, the zipper and so forth, to see if they were really “male” jeans as compared to “female” jeans. There is a difference, right? This is targeted to a fairly narrow population, and the bigger problem? That segment of the population isn’t really fond of clever marketing — especially when it is an item that is supposed to fool people. Advertising that fools people.

Some people try to hard to be cute, to be appealing, to make “this” — and we’re not sure what “this” is — it all work. Two guidelines, this next few days, if you’re selling, quit trying so hard to be cute. If you’re being sold to? Looking at the ad for “Girls skinny boyfriend jeans?” Maybe skip it.

Aries

When I spun your planets around, I kept thinking about an experience that I had. I was dating this one woman, and I had a chance to either spend a weekend with her, or spend my weekend working at an event. I needed the money. I worked. Didn’t go ever well with her, and there’s a reason we’re no longer dating, but there’s always a time when “work” — however that might appear — tends to over-rule the romantic.

The way I justified this, to myself, at that time? I had to work to be able to afford to take her to nice places. Simple enough, no?

There’s a weird way to see this week’s Aries energies, but it seems to be about whether or not you should work. For me, with the ubiquity of the inter-webs now, I have no problem checking for those mission-critical notices at 1:00 AM. More than one client has commented I don’t seem to sleep. I do. I just have a dedicated practice, and that I work at, a little almost every day.

If, like me, you’re doing what you really enjoy, does that seriously qualify as work? Either way, be willing to sacrifice short-term “fun” for longer-term financial gain for Aries.

Taurus

For those of us who have lived in trailer parks, we understand how this works, all too well. There’s something just terminally alluring about watching the drama unfold, across the way. The antics and shenanigans of the neighbors are far more interesting than anything happening in our own world. Why have daytime TV when there’s the neighbors to watch? This one guy kept trying to make it with this other girl, and then she was busy with that drunken fool of a boyfriend, plus there’s always the cranky old man and his latest car he’s going to fix up and sell for big dollars to some collector. Rusting, right next to his other three project cars. Drama, trauma, and a real, live soap opera, right there, just off the front stoop of the trailer.

Like I asked, rhetorically, have you ever lived in a trailer park?

The Taurus challenge in the next few days is to not get involved. We can watch, all we want, but there’s a guy in Austin still mad at me because I didn’t finish helping him “renovate” his British sports car thing. I’ll bet, even now, it’s still up on blocks. I said I’d help, I didn’t say I would do all the work. See what happens when we get involved? Still mad at me, more than a decade later.

Gemini

My interpretation of Gemini energy — energies — is one where there’s a bunch of lightening bolts that represent ideas, just shooting out, all over the place. “Let me say this about that, and then, that about this, and then, more about both of these as well as that other topic…” I tend to rely on Gemini as a fount for information, real, imagined, or perceived. All good, all the time. And? All over the place, all the time. So far, good enough? Right?

I tend to see that typical Gemini as “omnidirectional” at all times. This is not “all times,” though. This is a weird week to be a Gemini and as such, the quickest way to get this week harnessed?

One direction. Pick one. Harness the energy of Mars — still in Libra — to the best and fullest Gemini strength. Pick one direction. This isn’t for, like, ever, Just for a few days. One direction. Focus. You can do it. I know you can.

Cancer

It’s been some years since I’ve been exposed to this, but back as a much younger man, I saw it more frequently than my mechanical self would like: dieseling. It’s when a car’s motor is shut off, and then the motor turns over a few times, shudders once, then finally expires. The culprits are varied, but it is usually a function of carbon build-up in the heads and bad gas. Turn the motor off and the motor doesn’t die right away, makes a few more turns then shudders, usually shaking the frame of the car itself, then everything stops.

The planets reminded me of that, for Cancer, as the Moon Children get a lingering shudder from the planet motor of life. There’s a dying shudder, not really a death rattle, but — certainly to some of us — very much like that. When a car’s motor does the dieseling thing, I know it’s time for a tune-up, better gas, and maybe pop the heads off the motor to look around. Timing, carburetor, all of that. Major overhaul. Cancer is looking at something that requires some attention. The little shudder, after the device is shut off? That’s the clue.

The Leo

The longer I toyed with The Leo charts for this next few days, the more a single image started to emerge. It’s about “Turning over rocks.” While I don’t think you’ll be out in the backyard really turning over rocks, it’s an idea that carries some weight. As a methodology for The Leo for this next couple of days, excavating, real or imagined, and seeking, figuratively or realistically, and then, seeking a little further, perhaps deeper, than usual. There’s a message that is easy for me to see, but I’m not The Leo and the message is about willingness to dig a little deeper to get the point. A little more evidence, perhaps more data is needed to effectively draw a conclusion. Dig deeper. Or, like I suggested, just turn over a few more rocks.

I get this image of The Leo just poking at a rock with a boot toe, then casually lifting up the rock. Big night crawler (worm). “Oh look, useful bait for fishing!”

See how easy that was? Turn over a few rocks, see what that turns up for The Leo.

Virgo

I have always maintained that Virgo has a secretive side; a private life of Virgo, if you will. I will. There’s a highly circumspect, slightly askew, daintily off-center, provocative, and yet, somewhat reluctant to let certain issues see the light of day facet to Virgo.

The question — this week — for Virgo? How do you reveal your innermost self without revealing too much? There are some who live their whole lives online, full-frontal, where everyone can see. There are no secrets. There are some who live their whole lives in total obscurity, wrapped in fear that someone will discover the deepest secret, and that puts every thing at risk.

There’s a marked tendency in Virgo, with the Sun in Scorpio, to reveal too much. Maybe think about it before you say it. Not like I got any room to talk about this myself, no, I’m prone to the big mistakes, loudly, publicly, and in the most embarrassing way possible. Don’t be like me, no, not this week, Virgo dear, do not follow my example.

Libra

Because I deal with a variety of belief systems, I can use a variety of systems to affect change. Some folks are entrenched in the Judeo-Christian Mythos, others, hardcore Zen. I’ve got a sprinkling of Taoist training, myself, which I adore, and it seems to work fairly effectively. Still it’s a matter of tuning a modality to what works best. I speak “Redneck.” I can also talk thematic elements present in Shakespeare’s later works, as a reflection of the milieu into which he was born. My own beliefs are rather fluid, depends on the time of the day, setting, or current events.

The opening quote is from a Shakespeare play with a weird history. I’ve seen it interpreted a number of ways. There’s a reminder, via Mars, still lingering in Libra, that serves to make one afraid that time spent contemplating alternative beliefs is a waste of time. It’s not. Simple message. Time spent searching is not a waste. Never know what the Mars influence will turn up, too.

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Third Roman Citizen

    Nay, your wit will not so soon out as another man’s will; ’tis strongly wadg’d up in a block-head; but if it were at liberty, ’twould sure southward.

Second Roman Citizen

    Why that way?

Third Roman Citizen

    To lose itself in a fog, where being three parts melted away with rotten dews, the fourth would return for conscience’ sake to help to get thee a wife.
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Scorpio

Scorpio

Scorpion


There’s an oblique reference to a sexual innuendo in the brief passage quoted. My Scorpio friends tend to thrive on that, the implied, and less stated but, you know, in an oblique manor. In an oblique manner. I should think this material through before launching into the Scorpio horoscope but herein is the problem, with birthdays, the beneficial light of Jupiter, and even Mercury making merry in Scorpio? The Mars and Venus situation — still in Libra — makes for a kind of merry prankster and short-sighted approach. Two options?

Scorpio: “Wow, I didn’t think that one through. Oops! My bad!”

There’s always a second one, though, might help.

Scorpio: “Oops, my bad. Wait, I meant to do that.”

The two expressions are not unrelated, as there’s a way they can fit together. However, I’d be a better person if I suggest you think it through, first. But given where the planets are?

Scorpio: (With confidence) “Yeah, I meant to do that.”

Sagittarius

Sagittarius

Sagittarius


Pregnant pause. I’ve never really fully grasped the meaning of the term, “Pregnant pause,” until now. This week, in Sagittarius — that’s what we have, a pregnant pause. My highbrow literature friends would have one term, and then, one buddy from a trailer park in South Austin, him and his girlfriend, they have a totally different version of the term. Sliced either way, though?

The term applies. The pause is caused by either Mars and Venus in Libra, or Mercury, Jupiter, and the Sun in Scorpio, or any number of other influences. There is one Sagittarius reader who will freak out with the term, too, as she thinks it means she’s pregnant. Not the case, but the pause — in that example — could easily prevent a pregnancy. (Hashtag) just sayin.’

Sagittarius: there is a time for pause, a pause fraught with meaning, implication, possibilities, and a moment to let something slip passed us. Some days, like this next week? Maybe it's OK to let something slip past.

Capricorn

Capricorn

The Sea Goat


In the preceding two entries, see Sagittarius above, there is a possible grammatical mistake. There could be a double meaning, too.

Subject to interpretation and debate. Part of the Capricorn process.

The energy, I’m mostly addressing Mars and Venus, but the energies leave a dual pathway, a double-entendre sense to the current display of what is available. Have to consider from both sides, and then, see if that doesn’t light up a third portion that makes more sense.

So did you see the mistake? Am I right, or what?

Aquarius

Aquarius

The Water Bearer


Ever date a Virgo? While I’ve catalogued my experiences elsewhere, the ideas and ideal hold up well and are worth mentioning in the light of current events — as felt by Aquarius — even now.

It’s the details. The nitpicking, finite, infinitesimally small, tiniest shards of grains of sand, the motes of dust, just material that doesn’t normally bother us?

If our Aquarius selves pause too long and let this tiny material, the useless details, let that stuff stack up? It will be bothersome. The details will hamper the bigger picture.

Yes, yes, I know, Halloween and all that. However, the trick is to stick the big picture, the grand overview, the part where you step back and look at all the pieces, not just the tiniest of details — those details do matter — only, those details don’t matter at this moment.

“But there’s this one detail I have to look after right now…”

See how that works? You missed it.

Pisces

Pisces

The Fishes


Simplest solution? “Boat shoes.” At least one Pisces will give me a quizzical look with that idea, not grasping the concept, at least, not at first. To me, “Boat shoes” are specific set of sport sandals with extra webbing, anchoring my heel and thin soles that have a sticky consistency. Something to keep me on the boat’s decking. Most of the boats I ride in are fiberglass shells. Some have sparse carpet, but most of the bay boats don’t bother with such amenities. While the decking is textured, in October, we get these frenzied fishing trips where the deck is covered with mud, blood, and fish. Makes for a slippery slime. Easiest way to navigate such conditions?

“Boat shoes.”

So there’s a way navigate the apparently murky depth of what’s happening in Pisces by slipping into a pair of appropriate attire. Like “Boat shoes.” One of my fishing buddies has a nasty pair of tennis shoes. This shoes are used only on fall fishing trips. Fish scales, fish blood, fish slime from getting a fish in the boat and then having the big feller fly around? It’s messy. Lack of cohesive friction. Good for certain situations, but struggling with a monster “drum” (fish), not good for the fight.

Simple solution? “Boat shoes.”

Pisces: adjust as need be. You get the idea, “Boat shoes.”

Aries

Aries

The Ram


I was at a friend’s house, and I was left alone — babysitting — really — but essentially alone, for an afternoon. Buddy tossed me the TV remote. I looked down at my phone to answer an email and missed what my buddy was telling me about how to operate his home TV and surround sound, cable/digital movie system. Systems, as there was a myriad of wires and cables, blinking devices and I don’t know what. Looked like about six, maybe eight long, black, multi-buttoned remotes on the couch.

Day time TV came up. I poked at one remote, and the satellite shifted? I don’t know what I did, but I was getting Spanish TV with English subtitles. Not the weirdest thing I’ve seen, but interesting. I changed the channel and the volume went up. I poked another button and the volume stayed to loud. I gave up and started trying to figure out how to turn the TV off. Took three remotes to shut off most of the systems.

I have a book on my phone, I carry for just such problems, times like this. I can quietly read a book because — who can figure out those “Entertainment systems?”

Faced with burgeoning technology that makes no sense to your Aries self? Turn it off. Read a book.

Taurus

Taurus

The Bull


“Talk it over, Taurus, talk it over.”

Simple solution to a complex series of events that have no apparent easy resolution — so?

“Talk it over.”

I’m on your side, but there’s a problem with Taurus listening skills. Now that I’ve kindly pointed that out? You know what to do, listen carefully. Find that common ground. Reach a point where you understand the opposition’s point-of-view, even if they — the opposition — are wrong, in your Taurus eyes. The spirt of compromise is what works to make this weird stuff feel a little less weird. Not all bad, just a tad off? Easiest solution to these challenges?

“Talk it over.”

Gemini

Gemini

The Twins


Texas — my Texas — enjoys an embarrassing surfeit of singer/songwriters of superior skills. Even the record companies in Nashville recognized the talent here, and that’s one reason Austin was the “Live Music Capital,” and etc. Kind of boring stuff, and when I lived in Austin, on any given night, there was a credible, talented singer/songwriter plying his or her craft at some local place. For me, back then? Walking distance. Not figuratively, literally. “Them’s my chops; I know of what I speak.”

For mercurial Gemini, I have to establish some bonafides, prove I got credit here. There’s a surfeit of Gemini skills that need to be showcased a little. Got to show off that you are clever. More clever. More talented. Better at various forms of expression. Do something with this, now.

Part of the surfeit of talent in Texas, part of that makes it more accessible. As a Gemini, with the motion of the planets, work to make your material more accessible. Maybe, you know, open-mic, or something.

The idea is to showcase some of the Gemini talent. We can’t do something for you unless you show us that you can do it.

Cancer

The Crab - the Moonchild

The Crab


It is possible to complicate this to no end. It’s possible to make this a highly ornate and intricate structure. It’s possible to take a simple task and layer on conditions, emendations, and conditional terms that make this into a highly complex situation.

The simpler the problem? The more complexity that your Moon Child self is going to try and introduce as possible solutions.

Stop.

Simple situation? Leave it alone. Simple problem, and just needs a tap from hammer? Then tap it with a hammer. There’s no need to make this an intricate and inelegant issue.

Cancer complications have merit, but this is one of those days — weeks — when complications really, and I mean really, aren’t needed.

Cancer: don’t obfuscate and complicate.

The Leo

The Leo

The Leo


Some years ago, I bought a house that — when I bought the place — it had a bad porch addition. It was a hillbilly, cedar-chopper looking addition. Plywood, and more, just chip board, fragmentally painted, while appealing to a certain redneck aesthetic, not really an attractive addition. The term “ugly architecture” comes to mind. It was obviously a homemade addition, and not a good one, at that. I moved in, tore it down and the value of the house went up.

Take away one item. One addition, one “thing,” remove just one part, and watch the value soar.

It’s a simple message for the majestic Leo, it’s about taking something away, not adding something to the mix, removing one thing. Some folks have suggested that I remove some words, and that would make me better.

Probably not going to happen, but it’s a nice gesture. I’m not The Leo so it probably wouldn’t work for me. However, as Jupiter makes his way through Scorpio, less is more. Think about what can be removed to make this a better experience for The Leo.

Virgo

Virgo

The Virgin


The best editors I’ve ever had? All Virgo or some kind of Virgo component in their charts. Every last one of them. Virgo Moon, Virgo Sun, some Virgo component as part of the internal — and external — make-up of the better editors I’ve enjoyed. The Virgo planet is commonly considered to be Mercury, currently with a brief residence in Scorpio. Like my former editors, not that I wouldn’t love to have another good one like that, but much like them, there’s an element that has to do with correcting grammar, punctuation, essentially, copy-editing the next few days.

This is best done with a red grease pencil. The shade of red attracts the eye, but as a grease pencil, it can be wiped off, as need be. Not all the Virgo edits are going to be well-liked. Those un-liked edits? We, the non-Virgo people who are getting edited? We don’t have to accept all the emendations.

I’m Sagittarius. Don’t follow me on this, and use an indelible red marker to make suggestions. I tend to always have a red sharpie these days, and that’s not the correct Virgo tool.

Libra

Libra

The Scales


Sitting in a real diner, early one fall morning, I was casually listening to the background music. This was a traditional diner, and it had — at the time — traditional C&W music quietly playing. David Allen Coe was signing the perfect country and western song. He’s a bit of an outlaw that the outlaws don’t really always tolerate. The song blended into A Coal Miner’s Daughter then something else came on and I couldn’t make out the lyrics exactly, but the sound? To me? Old Grateful Dead.

Could be me.

I doubt, in that diner, before a cool winter sunrise, that it was vintage Dead from “The vaults,” as they refer to it. The song was soft and lyrical with harmonies and minor key, kind of a signature — in my mind. Bacon and eggs, and I was off — think I was on my way to Austin.

Just ahead the wan orange glow on the eastern horizon, Mars and Venus were winking out — in Libra. Halloween is upon us, and the love planets are cozy yet again in Libra.

Like sitting in a diner listening to old-school music piped in, a reflection and remembrance, consider too, that this is a solace and comfort. Part of what this week’s planets indicate, solace and comfort, although, not everyone will find old C&W, and a diner breakfast, as the source of comfort. Works for me.

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    Sir, if you’ld save your life, fly to your house.
    The plebeians have got your fellow tribune,
    And hale him up and down, all swearing, if
    The Roman ladies bring not comfort home,
    They’ll give him death by inches.
    Third Messenger in Shakerspeare’s Coriolanus 5.4.12-6

Sun enters Scorpio October 22, 2017 11:26 PM.

(Death by inches usually implies a painful ending.)

Horoscopes starting 10.19.2017

Libra

Libra

The Scales


This is about roots. Libra roots. The starting point. The beginning, back to where are all became who we are, now. Yes, last of the birthdays, then, following on heels of Jupiter and Mercury, the Sun heads into Scorpio. Love us some Scorpio, nice folks. But as a Libra, with both Mars and Venus still in Libra? This is about roots. Pause long enough to examine where our Libra selves are from before we go blasting forward into this next week. Just about the same time the Sun shifts into Scorpio is the time for Libra to pause long enough to assess where we’ve all been.

Examining the roots, the Libra roots, that helps in a big way to move forward. There’s a simple adjustment to make, and it doesn’t take long, and it’s not a big deal, but a simple adjustment. Happy belated birthday and enjoy the good parts. Roots, all about roots.

Scorpio

Scorpio

Scorpion


Restraint of Scorpio tongue is best observed, just yet. One way I heard it? “Restraint of tongue and pen.” Seriously, who uses a pen? However, in that light, restraint of keyboard or keypad might be a good update to the cliche expression. Birthdays start soon, yes, I know. Going to be good, yes, I know. I’m in favor of this for you, yes, I know. however, with Jupiter?

With Jupiter where he is, just at the entrance to Scorpio, and between Jupiter, Mercury, finally, the Sun in Scorpio? The temptation is to have one those — typical — Scorpio Sarcasm statements loaded up and unleashed. I’m just asking for a little time. A pause, a second-guess yourself, a restraint of hasty comment. Now, the way I see it? With Mars an Venus in Libra, the sign before you? There’s a sense that this is good timing but bad timing. It’s good, but it’s also a better time to bide your time. Keep that snappy retort to yourself. Or mail it to me; I don’t care. I’ll think it’s funny and snarky, like you intended.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius

Sagittarius


There’s a famous quote from a certain Texas politician, “I say that with all humidity.” Between the accent and the antics of local politics, I can never tell if that was a mistake, an intentional gaff, or a deliberate comment. Local weather being what it is, yeah, it could very easily have been intentional. Never underestimate Texas politicians for their ability to twist words to serve different political ends.

As a Sagittarius, and I say this with all humility, we should be extra careful, even now. We have a year-long pattern getting firmly established that will, eventually, lead to greatness, and I say that with all humility. The trouble is, we tend to get a little confused, excited, or anxious, or, better yet? Some combination of excited, anxious, and then confused, all at once.

So the Sagittarius trick is to respond with great humidity. I’d prefer a little humility from us, but I can only — rationally — expect so much. Great humility would be great, though.

Capricorn

Capricorn

The Sea Goat


Perfect example? I had, what to some people, a person who was considered a, think of a single word for “Not nice person.” Yeah, not a nice person at all, universally disliked by everyone on board at that time. I’m a shade different than most, and I refuse to not see the good in person, no matter how hard that person makes it for me to find the gold. I’ll dig until I can get some nugget of nice. Takes work, with this one person as an example, and a number of other folks were amazed.

I was born — and raised — in Texas. I’ve been exposed to a rather broad cross-section of populations, from indigenous to indigent, from comfortable to nouveau riche, to old money and comfortably poor. I’ve been around a variety of sexual orientations, various skin colors, all of that. While I’m basically a middle-class white male, yeah, I’ve been around.

So it took me some digging to work with this one person, but did I did. Was it worth it? Sure, I think so. However, I had to shed some pre-conceived notions, and I was confronted with my own failings as a human.

Capricorn: be willing. Simple as that. You’re going to be confronted by an existing prejudice? An existing belief that might not be grounded in reality? Perhaps it’s like me, a person no one else was willing to work with, but, after scraping off the defensive layer, there was some “nice” under the (psychological) grime.

Capricorn: be willing, this week. That’s all.

Aquarius

Aquarius

The Water Bearer


This week, I got hung up on binary propositions, as in, “Yes or no.” “Black or white.” Or, “On or off.” In computer terms? “1 or 0.” No in between is allowed in any of those binary terms, As an Aquarius, a good Aquarius, at that, you’re reading this, you’re more special to me, then. Anyway, as one of the few enlightened ones? We both know there is no situation that can be so evenly divided into a simple, binary proposition. I’d like to do so for an Aquarius week, but that’s not going to happen. While that does occur with some other signs, I can’t do the same for my favorite water bearer: Aquarius. Here’s how this works out, though, some, several someones, maybe a whole host of people will try and convince you that this is a binary situation. It’s not.

It’s not binary; there is no simple “yes” or “no” answer.

There are contingencies, fallout, lean-in, obstacles, possible meandering, and some other stuff, as well, all needs to be factored into this deal.

It’s not binary. You get that, right? A simple “Yes” or “No” would suffice.

Pisces

Pisces

The Fishes


The way to make life easier for Pisces? Find — or embrace — that Pisces Passion. Perhaps it’s less of Pisces passion, and more like a hobby, a pursuit that fulfills a spiritual yearning. Maybe it’s as simple as that. One Pisces I know, she simply loves cozy mystery books. All that it takes is a comfy spot to read, and shelf full of books, anymore, it’s just a number of texts on a tablet, but the idea is the same.

I have another Pisces example, at the other extreme, training for triathlon — I won’t even pretend to understand, but the endorphin rush, the results speak for themselves.

Hopefully, the real Pisces passion is someplace in between those two extremes. There’s subtle sense that embracing the favored Pisces passion has long-term, beneficial aspects, over the next week. Embrace that desire.

Aries

Aries

The Ram


Weird week, huh? Weirder weekend, huh? Here’s the way I see this: it ain’t pretty. It’s possible, and there are great avenues to make your way forward, but, in the simplest terms? It ain’t pretty.

One Aries girl in the back, I can hear her now, “But I have to look my best for this!” You will. You’ll astonish some of the guys. However, the steps to get there from here?

“It ain’t pretty.”

I can make up a lot of words, and explain the trajectory of the planets as they all seem to careen around in the universe — at will — and all seemed determined to make Aries uncomfortable. I can’t fix that. I can say there’s a solution and I can suggest that pushing forward works, after fashion, it’s just the results?

“It ain’t pretty.”

Pretty effective, but no, not always attractive on some level. Doesn’t mean it isn’t any good.

Taurus

Taurus

The Bull


Binary option, right? Where I’m from, either you’re a Ford guy or a Chevy guy. There is no “in-between.” It’s decisive and divisive. Either one owns a Ford Pick-Up or one owns a Chevy truck. Each brand has adherents and enemies. Each brand has strengths and weaknesses. There is no middle ground in this kind of a discussion. As a Taurus, you’ve got a situation that is equally divided. One or the other. Can’t be both, can’t have both and one side can’t see the other side’s point-of-view.

Tough spot to be in.

I’m a Ford guy and one of my Taurus fishing buddies is a sworn Chevy person. The solution? We don’t discuss trucks when we fish, as that strays from new models to old models to him suggesting my mother dresses me funny, which is why I must be so stupid as to prefer a Ford over an obviously superior Chevy, and that’s when I realize he’s strayed from reality into “You mother dresses you funny.”

No, I dress I myself.

Much to my mother’s chagrin and alarm. Which has nothing to do with the binary debate about which brand is better.

With the motion in the planets, opposing Taurus, mostly, there’s a debate that might rage on. Maybe, like me, in that fishing boat? Even though I’m clearly right? Maybe being right isn’t as important as keeping the peace.

Gemini

Gemini

The Twins


“Ease and Grace,” as last week’s mantra, how did that work out?

For some, it was the first part of the mantra, “Ease.” For other Gemini’s? “Grace” was the answer. However, takes two tries, perfect for Gemini, to get the answer you’re looking for. As you will.

Ease and grace, baby.

Cancer

The Crab - the Moonchild

The Crab


While I’m not ambiguous about coffee, I have clear preferences and tastes, I am a bit weird about coffee beans. The beans are one of the key elements in making coffee, and yet, I’m rather ambivalent about the source, on many occasions. I had a cup of coffee this morning that was buttery smooth, like a fine — I don’t know — not wine, better than that. To some, it might be evocative of the smoky essence of sipping whiskey, I’m not sure. For me, it was smooth, creamy, buttery with a slight tang for a finish, no citrus overtones. It was just an exceptional cup of morning coffee. One cup. The next cup wasn’t so good. I’ve been attempting to duplicate the process for that cup of coffee, several times. Unsuccessfully, I might add. Just a perfect combination of water, beans, filter, and process, I suppose.

I can’t nail it that often. For over a decade I used a single French Press, and while serviceable, it was never the perfect answer. Along with that, I tended to use Peet’s Italian Roast as my default coffee. These days? I’m much more experimental. Still, I’m trying to emulate that single cup of coffee that was so good.

Don’t be afraid to try something a little different. I found some coffee beans at the grocery store that looked good, a different roast, a different source. Not bad, not bad at all. Didn’t quite make it up to that first cup, but it was close.

The Leo

The Leo

The Leo


As the Sun moves into Scorpio, out of opposition to Uranus, and as the week unfolds in Leo land, there’s an abrupt stopping point. A pause, to some, a final ending to others. Sort of depends, and yet, what there is, a kind of finality that looms ahead. Welcome to Scorpio. To move The Leo ahead, what I’d like to see? Some sort of gesture, be it symbolic, real, or imagined? Some sort of gesture that paves the way for an increase in The Leo’s income. While monetary wealth won’t solve all problems, there’s a very real gesture that launches The Leo closer towards some kind of freedom — potentially financial freedom for The Leo. that’s good news, right?

Make that gesture. Take a step. Make a move. Something. Anything. Just trust me, even the smallest token gesture yields Leo-sized results. Soon.

Virgo

Virgo

The Virgin


Wear scrubs.

No, I’m not kidding, try wearing scrubs. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but it really does work. I have several clients who are nurses, medical office technicians, and so forth. Scrubs. Magic clothing. Here’s how it works, far as I can see, wearing scrubs makes one look “official.” Then there’s the ease of maintenance, simplicity in picking out “What to wear today,” and the added bonus, if you’re lucky or smart? Get a name stenciled over the pocket. The aquamarine, navy blue version of scrubs is what I see most often, but could be any color. Cheap, relatively disposable, and best of all? Makes us look important. One of my nurse buddies, he works for the big hospital chain, we discovered that scrubs are also perfect for certain fishing conditions. More the pants, as a way to ward off painful but non-fatal jellyfish tendrils. Sometimes a problem, wade fishing.

What I noticed though, was scrubs tended to make the person wearing them seem official in a doctor-ly way, without the gravitas of a stethoscope.

The trick to appearing official when there is no real official Virgo dictum required?

Wear scrubs.

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