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

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

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Pisces

Pisces

The Fishes


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

Happy Pisces birthday!

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

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

Aries

Aries

Aries The Ram


Old school buddy posted a picture of me, hunched over a keyboard, a maniacal look to my eyes. That was some years ago, but I was just beginning to explore the vast world of personal computers as a method for data storage and retrieval. While I was certainly no hacker, I did enjoy messing around with the internal programming and possible customizations. I wanted to make it “mine.”

I was working with my most current gadget, a tablet that had tens of thousands — or more — power than that old computer in the picture. Not much customization is required, not for me. I like “out of the box, ready to go” hardware and software, now. Still, with on the fly word/grammar checks, and built-in everything, accessible across the cloud, and so forth? Less about doing any kind of custom “hacking” on the system, and more about just settling in to work.

Aries: With the current crop of phones, tablets, and even some watches? Or a laptop? Just start working. That image of me, as much younger person, that was then. As an Aries, the time is now, let’s spend a little less time “Adjusting the controls,” and a little more time just working.

Taurus

Taurus

The Bull


Paraphrasing a line from the movie, “Duck Soup?” The character played by Groucho Marx says, “This is so simple a kid could figure it out,” and then, sotto voce, “quick, go find a kid, I can’t understand this!” The 1933 film was satire and warning about the rise of fascist politics in Europe, with messages applicable for the current day. But that wasn’t the point, no, the idea that “This is so simple a kid could figure it out,” and then, “quick, find me a kid to explain this,” that echoes through to our era, as well.

Watch some people hand a phone to a teenager, “Can you figure this out?”

As the planets unfold and chart paths along their proscribed routes, as they wheel in their orbits, Taurus runs into obstacles. Not big obstacles, just little issues. The trick to utilize this week’s energy? Two-fold message here, one, be willing to ask for help, and two, be willing to ask someone who obviously knows more, like some kid.

“This is so simple a kid could figure it out,” and then, sotto voce, “quick, go find a kid, I can’t understand this!”

Thank the Marx Brothers.

Gemini

Gemini

The Twins


Unsolicited business advice isn’t always welcome. I’ll see these offers, from time to time, with an solicitation to place an article on one of my sites, for a nominal fee, and goal is to get some links from my site’s content, or something looks like my site’s content, to some target.

Targeted Traffic?

I can’t do it. All of my site is original, administered by me. Written by me. Shot, tagged, uploaded, massaged, and mangled. Faults? All my own. Problems? All my own doing. So it’s amusing, at times, and just plain rude at other times. On a good day, I am amused by such missives. Essentially targeted junk mail for website operators, but something I’m clearly not interested in.

Clearly.

The Gemini message, is how we react to such crap when it makes it through the layers and filters. With Mars in Sagittarius at the moment? Opposite from your good, Gemini self?

“Oh this really pisses me off!”

Bit strong for a reaction. However, I do understand. It’s mostly Mars, and understanding that energy? Write tasty, toasty response that suggest the marketing firm research your site a little, to see where it would fit.

Engage, but do so politely.

Cancer

The Crab - the Moonchild

The Crab


“Feelings are real.” Yes, yes they are. “But feelings aren’t real.” No, you’re right, they aren’t real. And the debate rages onward. Real, not real, what will it be? There’s a sense that there is a — looks like a big dump truck — big rig backing up to unload a huge amount of emotional material.

Feelings.

Real? Not real?

In either case, the sense of the feelings is valid, as the debate about ‘real’ and ‘not real’ continues.

All the material in Pisces pushes the Cancer (Moon Child) emotional buttons. The approach of the full moon hammers this home. The sensation of the feelings is real, that’s for sure.

The caution is about making an emotional decision when cooler, more rational heads would see better and therefore? Let the rational side assess the situation. Material — especially Moon Child material — that is covered with emotional attachments? Yeah, not always the best decisions.

The Leo

The Leo

The Leo


With a tip of the hat to the great Texan novelist, Kinky Friedman (Scorpio), The Leo is probably feeling much the same way I am.

“Too young for medicare and too old for women to care.”

It’s a humorous statement, and one that plays on almost metered out, but not quite. Not that it matters, this isn’t about poetry, and for that matter, it’s not really about what people want. It’s a funny place to be, although the planets are going to leave more than one Leo feeling a bit old. Or too old for this crap, but then, not old enough to qualify for whatever.

Stuck, in the middle, it’s what you make of what is there. I like some of the action from Mars, and Saturn, as they pave the way as well as infuse The Leo with a certain amount of determination.

Get ready then get it done. A little less talk, and a little more (Leo) action goes a long way to solve the current existential crisis.

Virgo

Virgo

The Virgin


Very occasionally, I’ll pause in the middle of a client conversation to make a note. A dear Virgo came up with this one —

Virgo: Everyone likes office supplies!

I am less sure about that statement, the more I look at it in print. I tend to like one type of office supply these days, and that’s me. All right, two items: Post-It notes and Sharpies.

I have horrible handwriting. It started to deteriorate at the university when I started to use computers, and my miserable lettering never got better. So the Sharpies see limited use for labeling, or marking something, or an attempt at art of various forms. Or scratching a note on the Post-Its.

Between two, no, three elements, have to check my notes, there’s all that stuff piled up in Pisces, then Mars in Sagittarius, and finally, the approaching full moon in Virgo? I don’t want your Virgo self to forget something important. The planets, no, wait, the energies represented by the planets, no, wait, let me check my notes, stuck to the screen here…

See how that works?

Virgo: Everyone likes office supplies!

Libra

Libra

The Scales


Careful with the sentimental attachments. I do have a few items I’m marginally attached to, myself, so I can say I understand. A coffee mug from a long-lost lover. A few photographs of a much younger me, on and around motorcycles, stuff like that. A souvenir bandana from a Willie Nelson concert.

Odd attachments.

There are odd attachments that come up in the Life of Libra at times like this. Or a unique time like this, because we may never be at this point in time, ever again.

There are two energies, one saying to shuck the old, odd attachments. The other force is tugging at the Libra Heart of Hearts, suggesting that you hold onto all of this old, sentimental material.

The temptation is to use a clear-cut, scorched-earth Libra policy to deal with the sentimental attachments, while, my very Sagittarius suggestion is to hold off on dumping everything, just yet.

Just a suggestion but that might also explain why so many of my Libra friends have off-site storage lockers.

“Don’t want to throw it away, and don’t want to keep it at home.”

Might be a good time not to get rid of it.

Libra reply: “But we could use the space.”

Scorpio

Scorpio

Scorpion


A beautiful aspect of modern life is the amount of “golden age” material now available. I found scans and whole editions of old “pulp” magazine available. I had an affection, even to this day for some of that material, dated that it might be. Ray-guns and Rocket-ships.

Some of the material written then was quite good and stands the test of time. Not all of it, as it was a popular medium, and the nature of its transmittal, pulp paper, was notorious for disintegrating over time. A highly fluid medium, and not unlike the current state of the “web,” which can see brilliant stars blink on and then blink out, here and gone in a matter of moments.

The “golden age” material in this example was pulp fiction, and my exposure is largely limited to what was then Science Fiction. Some good, some bad, some with overt sexism — but it wasn’t sexist at its time.

That went sideways in hurry.

The golden age material is beautiful in its proper, historical frame. Without that framework, the material is less glorious.

As a good Scorpio, this week’s Scorpio adventures need the proper framework to explain why what is happening, and how that affected us then so you can understand why we are doing this now.

Scorpio: Frame the correct answer. Without context? It doesn’t work.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius

Sagittarius


Many terms have been used to describe my style. I prefer terms like “Casual, irreverent, and personable.”

“Asinine, rude, and impetuous, that’s Kramer.”

That last one cycled through and kind of hurt.

Ouch, that hurt. Wasn’t the exact wording, but cleaned up a little, it was close enough. The sentiment carried, even if there were few more words that might’ve been less kind.

With Mars, in Sagittarius, our little Sagittarius feelings are borne too close to the surface. We can get all “butt-hurt” over seeming innocuous comments. Or we can solider onward.

With Mars, we are, in fact, abrupt and direct, perhaps impetuous, and to a non-Sagittarius person that might appear rude and asinine. Given where the planets are? As a good Sagittarius? Remember that Mars does this, and we can adjust our output accordingly — not everyone likes, or understands, our blunt, rapid-fire delivery.

Capricorn

Capricorn

The Sea Goat


Saturn — currently in residence in Capricorn — has this unique ability, while in the Tropical Zodiac Sign of Capricorn, to harness and direct vision. Saturn gives you a laser-like focus, all those wide, broad bands of light-energy, concentrated into a single point, energy that is stuffed together. Gives a brilliant ability to drive your Capricorn attention to a single point.

The image of a laser with its red-dot, pinpoint precision is what I was thinking about. At least one hunting buddy, not named Bubba, will talk about laser sites on some firearm. Yeah, that’s not what I was thinking about, but if that’s a useful analogy, then, sure. Whatever works.

With Saturn’s laser-like focus, bring that attention, concentrate all the copious Capricorn interests and mental horsepower, get that shooting in one direction. Firing at a single point. Single target, like that concentrated light energy, all in one place. Can work wonders, this next few days. Focus.

Capricorn: Bring all your attention to bear on a single point.

Aquarius

Aquarius

The Water Bearer


Some time back I enquired of a favorite author, what was the best place to acquire his novels, like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Costco, or Apple’s iBooks? As a best-selling author, I was wondering what was the best place, for him, as an author, for me to make a purchase. Aware of my position as Z-List blogger, and backlisted writer, he was not sure what was the best choice. “Any of them work fine,” was his reply. Doesn’t much matter, is what I thought at first. The longer I thought, though, there’s a weird connection, as I’ve priced hardback, first editions all over the place, the list is obvious, and, at any given moment, with fluid pricing, the best place to buy could be any one of those places.

As an author, though, he sells in all those places, and a popular author, he can’t (read: shouldn’t) play favorites. Which one is best?

For me, the cheapest outlet is best. For different authors, it varies, could be any one of those listed, as there is a merry price war between all of the outlets, as to which one is cheapest — on a given day — perhaps, moment by moment.

We all have favorites, but in the modern form of commerce, there’s a “cheapest versus most convenient” pick to make. Then, too, as the NYT Best Seller pointed out, doesn’t much matter, as long as we buy.

So, let’s extend this conversation and metaphor, Aquarius, doesn’t much matter where you take action as long as you take some action.

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    Good Lord, what madness rules in brain-sick men,
    When for so slight and frivolous a cause
    Such factious emulations shall arise!

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

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

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Aquarius

Aquarius

The Water Bearer


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

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

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

Pisces

Pisces

The Fishes


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

Pisces: Let me save you some pain.

The Sun enters Pisces this weekend. Mercury, the Moon, Venus, Neptune, all of that. You’re loquacious, gracious, and all-around nice. However, Mars sort sets up a tiny amount of tension and that causes fallout, or problems, or, like the example of me? Getting off on the wrong assumption — observation, really — and then just not letting up.

Pisces: You’re charming, witty, intelligent, eager, and? And possibly coming across as too eager, trying to too hard to please, and maybe, this exuberance bothers some people. Some folks don’t get it.

Pisces: reel it in, baby.

Aries

Aries

Aries The Ram


This starts out with such hope and quickly disintegrates. How bad does it get? Only as bad as you let it, my fine Aries friend — only as bad as your Aries self lets this get.

There’s a natural order to the current chaos. Let me anticipate your next question, then, “So how bad is this going to get?”

Depends on your own, Aries-inspired intuition. The fatal flaw here? While I’m a big fan always trusting one’s intuition? The fatal flaw is listening to the voice in your own Aries head, or worse, listening to what you think the voices are saying.

The voice might, indeed, be saying exactly what you think, but there’s also a good chance that the voices in your head, the interpretation of the cards, the way you want to see this? You might be seeing the situation for what you want other than for what is really there.

The short form? Is this bad? No. Can you fix it? No. Should you fix? Yeah, that’s where the problem is, if there is nothing to fix, then this is good. Stop.

With the Pisces influence, your (usually good) Aries intuition is heightened, but you’re also more susceptible to seeing matters as you want — rather than the way they are.

Aries: Good? Bad? It’s what you make of it, this next few days.

Taurus

Taurus

The Bull


Left over from the Xmas holidays?

    “Don’t drink and Prime.”

I had to ask, distant relative, “I got confirmation that I bought socks for my dog.” There was a round of cold weather, but I don’t know that any dogs in South Texas really need socks. However, some combination of sitting at home with a tablet, that ubiquitous shopping app open, and maybe one too many glasses of holiday cheer? I think the culprit was a certain red wine, but I wasn’t there, so I don’t know.

This cautionary tale applies to Taurus because there’s a temptation to acquire, perhaps unnecessary, hardware. Software, tools, something. So the idea, without having to touch a drop of wine, the idea to remember, this week?

    “Don’t drink and Prime.”

The adjunct to the? Carefully consider purchases that seem so vital — at the moment. Perhaps my distant relative’s experience will prove helpful.

    “Don’t drink and Prime.”

Unless, of course, you want socks for your dog.

Dog Socks Traction Control Anti-Slip for Hardwood Floor Indoor Wear, Paw Protection Grey

Gemini

Gemini

The Twins


There was an adverting banner, web graphic, and I’m sure the parent company spent much money on that graphic. It was a blurry image. The lettering was indistinct. Couldn’t quite make out what was being said, other than an enticement to “Click Here!”

There’s probably some kind of pseudo-scientific term that describes the human reaction where we are goaded to click on an indistinct image. For some reason, we think we can see the message more clearly if we just “Click Here!”

I write horoscopes to help make sense of unclear, indistinct images, too. Seeing one that was featured as part of an expensive online advertising campaign brought up an image of Gemini, wrestling with this week’s material. Mostly Mars, can be other items, but mostly Mars — in Sagittarius, thank you very much — plus the Moon and stuff? The clarity comes from an indistinct image. Or two, it’s a Gemini thing, you know. The images might not be clear, but they do indicate a direction, a new tack, or better route. Or two. Might be more than one.

Cancer

The Crab - the Moonchild

The Crab


Saturn is a bit of bear of a planet. Good, bad, indifferent? Either, or, and all of those. Saturn’s getting comfortable in Capricorn, opposite from Cancer. Gentle Moon Child, time to get real about that thing. You know, the thing? The thing you’ve been putting off, the task you don’t want to do, but in the back of your mind, you know you need to do?

That thing.

We can make this easy or we can make this hard. Up to you but putting off starting “that thing,” delaying the beginning just delays the conclusion. With the planets in their somewhat chaotic locations, though, what this signifies? You’re going to start on “that thing,” only to have to adjust your route, adjust your tack, adjust your way of working with this, “that thing,” you’re going to have to change direction, techniques, some aspect of the approach. Doesn’t matter, that’s weeks and week away. For now? Good time to think about starting on “that thing.”

The Leo

The Leo

The Leo


It’s the avenue of broken dreams, but not all bad. However, well, let’s start with a joke.

“Know how to make $100K a year in Austin, playing music?”

Got an image?

“Start with $200K.”

Old joke, sad thought, and it’s that avenue of broken dreams, but there is that. I’ve known far too many artists who show up, heart strong with desire, but lacking motivational follow-through which is the secret to make it work.

Typically, when The Leo sets his or her heart on a matter, it will get accomplished. Still, with this week’s totally weird energy? What the majestic Leo heart is set upon? That destination might change. Might veer off to one side or another. Might skid into the ditch, at the side of the highway of life. There are distraction, meandering footpaths, and other dodgy routes. As a suggestion? No Leo is ever wrong, but this might be a time for distractions and sideways trips to get to that destination.

The Leo: Detours are encouraged.

Virgo

Virgo

The Virgin


What’s the difference between an epithet and epitaph? In some examples there’s a very fine line, and in more than one of the older cemeteries in Texas, there are a few of those funny lines, not sure if it is an epitaph or epithet.

I once dreamed up a short story, along the lines of headstone, carved with a the author’s name and then, each year, a different line engraved until, at the end, the headstone is too thin to use as a grave marker.

Brings us back the Virgo question about differences in pronunciations and meanings of the two words. Similar, in sound, and when one drawls them out, it gets even closer, at least, audibly it’s closer. But the two words carry very different definitions. One, epithet, is a curse, or a swear word, or a series of swear words while the epitaph is cute, ribald, or even plain notation, as a memorial.

“Here lies Lester More
One shot from a 44
No Les, no more.”

That’s an epitaph.

With all the Pisces planets and similar energies? There are two definitions, this week, in Virgo — words that may even sound the same — don’t confuse them.

Libra

Libra

The Scales


Because of the places I’ve worked, I finally caved into some kind of pressure and bought an amulet that was supposed to ward off evil.

    Does it work?

No problems with ex-wives these days. Maybe it works. Still, in my mind, I seriously doubt that the amulet is filled — and charged — with voodoo/metaphysical/psychic powers that really emanate rays that provide protection against negative “energies.” That’s what I think. I might be wrong, there is always that. The thing, the deal, with the amulet, though, is what powers I ascribe to it. If I think it has magical powers, it might very well behave in a way that seems magical.

    It’s called sympathetic magic.

There’s much going on, a certain amount of instability around Libra, and the quickest way through this is Libra mental horsepower — or, by focusing on that amulet. Good luck charm. St. Christopher for some, a St. Michael medallion for others, or a charm like I’ve got.

Rocks and crystals for some, herbs for others, one buddy does the Feng shui thing. Whatever works. There’s a pathway for Libra and it involves that mental horsepower, however you choose to use it.

Me? I got my good luck charm — that amulet.

Scorpio

Scorpio

Scorpion


There’s a cosmic bruise on the Scorpio psyche. A lingering spot that might be black and blue, but the bruises I’ve had, lately, they tend to yellow a little as the bruises themselves fade. I’m not a Scorpio, so I can easily claim to be clumsy enough to earn my bruising. I ran into the coffee table the other afternoon. Late one night, my shin found the corner of the bed when the bed mysteriously moved into the middle of the room for a few moments. It was dark, no other explanation.

Girlfriend's fault, right?

These are examples of my bruising, and the Scorpio bruise — that is healing nicely now — the Scorpio bruise is more along the lines of a psychic bump and bruise, nothing broken except for a few layers under the skin. Not a bad event, overall, although, if it was like my shin and the bed? Yeah, that hurt, but only for a moment or two. Nasty bruise, though.

As the Scorpio bruise starts to heal up, two items of notice: one? It will get ugly, but that’s merely an appearance, not really painful. And, two? Don’t poke at it. The more you touch it, push on it, massage it, and you know? Poke it? The more you do that, the longer it takes to heal. Leave well enough alone and the bruise will be gone by the end of this cycle, next few days.

As a Scorpio, though, the cause of the bruise? Yeah, forgiven. Not forgotten. Let it heal up, first.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius

Sagittarius


There’s a patter that we develop, as Sagittarius, there’s loquacious delivery of (verbal) data that we do. Sing. It’s our “song,” such as it is. Chant, song, soliloquy — something. As a sales person will explain, there’s always “The Pitch,” and that’s what this can sound like. It’s not a pitch, per se, but that’s how it can sound. Therein is the problem, when we get on our — metaphorical — soap box? We can get started in our rant, rave, delivery, solo, soliloquy, sales pitch, and we could sound like we’re delivering canned material. It sounds rehearsed.

Honestly, one of the challenges to any Sagittarius Energy is learning not get carried away and start preaching when we should be either talking or listening.

As a reminder, as much for my Sagittarius self as for any other Sagittarius? We have to reel in that exuberance and enthusiasm that can get us in trouble, from time to time. Like, right now?

Blame the infusion and influx of planets into the Pisces sphere of influence as a cause but the harsh reality? We might not be as cool as we think we are, not this week.

Sagittarius: tone it down. Take it down a notch, just the for the time being.

Sagittarius: Seriously.

Capricorn

Capricorn

The Sea Goat


It’s a given fact that I drink a lot of coffee. Lately, it’s been tea, as well, just to break up the patterns, but, yes, lots of coffee. By virtue of the sheer quantity, alone, I’ve become an inadvertent expert. I am not so good as to be able to tell what farm and who the guy was picking the crop on that day, but I do know a thing or two about brewing that first cup.

There two schools of thought on this topic: water used in the coffee. Some purists suggest that the water must be filtered, purified, and otherwise treated in order to extract the best of the coffee flavors. The other group, the one I tend to align with, suggests that tap water, with all its impurities imparts a delicate essence equally important to the coffee extraction process.

The theory I read, and what I liked, all the extra molecules of non-water stuff in regular tap water provides extra places for the coffee, caffeine, and coffee-flavonoids to cling onto. The tap water produces a more nuanced, balanced, fuller flavor.

One is a purist ideal, the other is pragmatic ideal — for Capricorn and Capricorn’s coffee.

I tend to favor the practical approach, as it has worked for me for many long years — but that’s my understanding. As a refined epicurean Capricorn, it’s up to you to decide which way works best for your tastes, but with the motion of the planets, especially the recent influx into Pisces — try the fancy way, but be willing to admit the practical, pragmatic route is good, or, to me? Even better.

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    The game’s afoot!
    Follow your spirit; and upon this charge
    Cry, “God for Harry, England, and Saint George!”
    Exeunt. Alarum, and chambers go off.

Shakespeare’s Henry 5, V.i.31-3

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

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

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Aquarius

Aquarius

The Water Bearer


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

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

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

The game’s afoot!

Pisces

Pisces

The Fishes


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

Less of a winter, these days, but some of the mornings have been bitterly cold. My old habit is to make sure I’ve got a flannel shirt of some kind, often just tied around my waist or in the travel bag. Laptop tote bag, gear bag, wherever. Even in the middle of the summer, I’ve been stuck in some hotel conference rooms that are bitterly cold. The extra flannel shirt is a little odd, maybe out of place, but — ask your Pisces self, “At what price does comfort come?”

Simplest solutions are sometimes the best. I’m not saying you have to wrap a flannel around your waist and go everywhere with this, but certain office dwellers, those in cube farms, would do well to pack a sweater. Out of doors? Flannel, like me, or a trucker jacket. The secret Pisces ingredient to make this all work so well? You can easily peel out of the warm clothing, as need be.

Aries

Aries

Aries The Ram


Not dependent on the weather at all, the foundation of all my attire is a simple black T-shirt. Mostly professional attire, and even in the middle of the dead heat of a Texas summer, I’ll wear a black (short sleeve or sleeveless) T-shirt underneath my regular shirt.

Here’s the Aries secret: the black repels negative energy. It keeps bad stuff away from me. This isn’t a new revelation, either. Most performers, especially live performers use the exact same secret, a black T-shirt as the basis of the outfit. In cold winter months like January or February, I’ll pull a sport coat on over the black T and I’m good. In summer months, I’ll wear the T under a typical Hawaiian print shirt.

What this does? In a grander scheme of life, this little clothing secret? Makes choices much simpler. The less time I spend worrying about what I’m going to wear, the more time I can devote to reading charts and letting you know what to watch for.

The black T-shirt secret is super easy and yet, what it does it immeasurable. There’s “Psychic Protection,” and real comfort, plus, on many days, I spend very little time thinking about what it is that I’m going to wear.

With a minimum of fuss, get dressed, get ready, and go. Bonus points for being protected, emotionally, energetically, and psychically. Never hurts to make this easier for Aries.

Taurus

Taurus

The Bull


Variations on a theme, maybe? I tend to subscribe to the notion that the simplest answer, the easiest solution, the most direct path between two items, I favor that whenever possible. The challenge to this week’s ticklish Taurus temperaments? Simplest is still best, but that’s not always obvious.

Think about how we try to make this as simple as possible, to get from where Taurus is at to where Taurus wants to be, or with whom Taurus wants to one, or however this plays out? Next to see someone before the end of the week? Something like that?

To make this happen, there’s a certain amount of refining that is required. Think of this like looking at a map, and we’re looking at three different routes get from Point A, where we currently are to Point B, where our Taurus selves want to be. There’s a route that follows the river road, not direct but scenic and ample opportunity for fishing. That’s my first choice. However, look at the map, there’s a single, more direct route. That simplest, easiest way to get from here to there.

“But we could stop and fish!”

Refine the idea. The expedient Taurus route is the most direct route.

Gemini

Gemini

The Twins


Statistics. It’s simply a numbers game, am I right? Or what?

“I’ll go with ‘Or what’ on this one, if you don’t mind.”

Buddy of mine, Gemini buddy, he maintains that life is only lived offline, outside of the world of inter-nets, despite his voluminous online presence. He was joking about a niche site he’s got, and he looked around at me and another buddy. “No way, see? Both the guys who read my site are here. All need, both my buds.”

I had ice tea, the other guy was drinking beer, we were all eating BBQ ribs, and the rest is mythology. All you need to know.

The deal is, I ran his site for a spell, and he was averaging a little over thousand hits a day. Granted, about half of that was robot traffic, and at least some of it was an angry ex-girlfriend who realized, too late, what she gave up on.

Her loss; his current wife’s gain.

But the numbers don’t lie. While he maintains that no one pays any attention to his murmurings, diatribes, rants, and raves, in fact, he’s got a small, cult-like following. I’ve seen the stats; numbers don’t lie.

Following the reasoning here, it’s possible to present an artful bit of rhetoric that suggests one Gemini “fact.”

Our problem, and I’m not offering a solution, just a reminder? The numbers don’t lie.

Cancer

The Crab - the Moonchild

The Crab


If I could just get you to think about this in a new way? That might help. I’m not even sure what the individual challenges are, but the trick is to use this week’s totally weird lunar cycle to learn think in a different way.

Same problems, same issues, but a different set of eyes, or, what I tend to prefer? A different perspective.

One trick, this might work, ask. Ask friends, enemies, cohorts, lovers, spouses, or even the pet. Ask. Ask if there’s something that your Cancer self isn’t seeing correctly. Or not seeing in the right light, which might really be the case. It’s not that you’re stuck, far from that, and as soon as you can shift that perspective, the answers will be far more clear. It’s just matter of leaning, like a little to the left, or a little to right, or staying dead center, when everyone else is leaning a little to the left, or the right, doesn’t much matter. Just different.

A different perspective yields answers and solutions to perceived problems that had no answers and no solutions. The trick is a different way of looking at the same stuff.

This isn’t about romance, not this week, although it could be, if you want to read it that way. Same issue from a different point of view.

The Leo

The Leo

The Leo


I joke about this holiday, a Hallmark Holiday, really, too much. One Leo buddy, she swore, up and down, she never bought into the fanciful, artful, manufactured crap with hearts and flowers. Still, I know her boyfriend (husband) showed up at the appropriate time with store-bought flower, the usual material?

Underneath The Leo bluster and romance disclaimers, she was secretly thrilled he remembered.

This really is less about romance and true love, and more about an expression of energy. How that traditional energy is expressed? You can, as The Leo claim that you don’t need any of the traditional trappings of whatever.

Secretly? Traditional works really well. Think about that before going on The Leo tirade against traditions.

Virgo

Virgo

The Virgin


There was an era when a number of authors and playwrights undertook rewriting Shakespeare’s plays. Personally, I prefer the original, in as much as the exact source of the data is mired in mythology more so than reality. Me? I prefer the original manuscripts, or facsimiles thereof, as much as any kind of new “Re-interpretation.” I like the original material, at least, as a much as we know, good and bad folios, quartos, and etc? Much better than a modern version where too much is updated.

Think: original source.

To be clear, I’ve seen updated performances, but the texts used were substantially the original Elizabethan words, just costume and staging, updated. Then, too, I’ve read several successful novels that were “based upon” the plays, but the novels were clearly derivative works, not a rewriting of the play.

Think about the play that is used for the opening quote. Suppose it had a happy ending, and they lived happily ever after? The face of history would be very different. Maybe two irreconcilable forces would be united as friends, now. A more powerful union? Anyway, that’s not what happened, and I don’t know of anyone who’s tried to rewrite Henry V.

This week, stick to the written instruction. There’s always temptation to try and rewrite history.

Virgo: stick the written instructions, as they originally appeared.

Libra

Libra

The Scales


One of my younger clients hugged me and there was the fragrant aroma of tobacco about her. I didn’t realize she was a cigarette smoker, and it amused me. “Oh, I don’t smoke all the time, but on some days, I just need a break.” There’s a certain tobacco aroma that is stale cigarette smoke, from a chain smoker who’s unable to breathe — either with or without cigarettes — then there’s the one like my little client.

One is in moderation while the other is merely habit. In that first example, the aroma wasn’t the stale ash tray blend that is profoundly unattractive, but rather the mix of all-natural tobacco, not the cloying smoker scent. It’s a subtle fragrance, one that is used when describing coffee or wine, and that was what she had about her.

The trick is moderation. The hint was moderation, I never got that yellow-stained fingers, empty — or full — ashtray suggestion from her. Just the light, but pronounced, delicate scent of a tobacco-like essence, not bad at all. Like someone opened a can of pipe tobacco in the other room.

Libra: The hint is moderation. Too much of anything is probably bad.

Scorpio

Scorpio

Scorpion


One of the great loves of my life is working with various local peppers. I use them in a variety of cooking situations, and a favorite piece of this connection? The very uneven quality of the local peppers, especially, in the winter months, the jalapeño peppers.

“Winter Jalapeños” tend to be more fruity, substantially milder, and more flavorful, with a pepper-like essence, but without the harsh burn.

However, there is a very, quite pronounced, fluctuation in the amount of “heat” in the winter peppers. Perhaps because they are shade grown, or imported, or maybe hothouse peppers, I’m not sure, or, simply, in my mind, “winter jalapeños,” but the less heat isn’t always a sure thing.

When Im working with this, what I’ve found necessary - taste test. I have no problem slicing the end off a pepper and popping it in my mouth. Some burn ferociously. Some are tart. Some are amusing. All kind of depends.

However, for Scorpio? Test. In my example, it’s a taste test, to determine actual heat quotient. Can’t assume, one way or another, that something is working. Or what it takes like, unless you really sample it.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius

Sagittarius


As a Sagittarius, I tend to engage in a small amount of hyperbole. Not unusual. I beg forgiveness, cf., Virgo. One of my friends, she’s totally vegetarian. Not exactly pure began, but she does lean that way. One place we both enjoy is a local restaurant with “Home Style” cooking. She’ll get a platter veggies, and I’ll have the roast, or something.

“These are the best green beans, ever!”

The beans taste so good because there’s about half a dead pig floating in the pot in the back. Been simmering with animal fats for flavor, best guess, for 24 hours or more. Great flavor. Not exactly vegan — or even vegetarian.

I’ve had the same beans, alongside a decent chicken-fried steak. Pretty sure there were flecks of bacon, floating in the mix. Not complaining, just observing.

This next few days requires our Sagittarius selves to overlook some of the details. Details like the reason those beans taste so good. No need to point that out to the delicate (pseudo) vegetarians.

Capricorn

Capricorn

The Sea Goat


We we’re sitting around, discussing “work uniforms.” For me, this time of year, it is pretty simple. I’m either in shorts or jeans, and if it’s jeans, then they are usually black jeans with black, long sleeve T-shirt. Toss a sport coat over it, and it’s formal — or wear a flannel shirt, and I’m casual. My friend was explaining how she used to hate housework, and what she would do?

“Dress in maid’s uniform.”

Not a sexy “French Maid” outfit, that’s part of Halloween, which is not what this holiday is about.

While I tend to do more phone readings than consultations in person, the internal markers I’ve got? I could get up and just do them, but I have to get up, clean up, shower up, tidy up, then show up.

It’s about dressing for the part.

My Capricorn friend — her tale — she would pull on old, baggy jeans, roll them up to her knees, ragged T-shirt, wrap a bandana around her head, very — very — Mid-Century American Housewife, 20 minutes to get dressed and an hour to get her house clean. If she didn’t “Dress for the part”? She could spend all day, and the house still would be only half attended to.

Two options, one is humorous I hope, and one is a serious.

Dress for the role.

Dress in a maid’s uniform.

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

Aaron in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus II.iii

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Aquarius

Aquarius

The Water Bearer


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

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

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

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

Pisces

Pisces

The Fishes


Ever watch, closely, the downtown bicycle messengers? Maybe not so much messengers, but there’s a cadre — a whole fleet — of sandwich delivery guys. Tend to work lunch-time in downtown, threading through occasionally crowded street, navigating sidewalks and buildings, dodging cars and pedestrians with equal finesse.

With a single deft motion, I watched as one swung his backpack around on one strap, fished a delivery out of the bag, handed it over, collected money and tip, I assume, and threaded the strap back on. One, smooth motion. Practiced and secure.

His transaction was complete, and he was saddled up, riding side-saddle for a moment, to push off from the curb, off to his next destination. Or back to the sandwich shop. I’m not sure. Swung his leg over and was away in a blur of legs.

There was no wasted motion, it was a fluid, simple move. Or a choreographed set of moves, but the result was a simple transaction, from practice, I would suppose, with an almost dancer-like grace.

Repetitive actions result in honed skills. Might seem like we’re repeating this set of instructions over and over, but after watching how smooth that guy made it look?

Pisces: Practice — practice — practice.

Aries

Aries

Aries The Ram


The “Horoscopes of extraordinary gentlemen?”

Not sure that one will work.

The line I liked though, was the notion that Aries is in a league of extraordinary, whether — not gender specific, ok?

To make this Extraordinary Aries happen? Or rather, to make others see it, too? We have to communicate. Gentle, delicately, and little less brash than before. While I get along with the brusque, Aries manner myself, not everyone gets it.

Be aware of that.

Yeah, not everyone appreciates you the way I do.

Taurus

Taurus

The Bull


Texas Caviar is a local delicacy. It mostly consists of black-eyed peas, mixed, marinated, combined with, or soaked, in vinegar, peppers, dressing, with other veggies, or veggie-like substances.

My primary introduction was the old Threadgill’s, at a time when it was a fiercely independent enterprise that didn’t bow to current trends.

Threadgill’s Texas Caviar is the stuff of legends, as it was always fresh, piquant, and just enough kick to qualify as legitimately “hot,” due, I’m pretty sure, to some diced Serrano peppers, toying with that fine line between, “It’s too hot,” and “can I get some more of this?”

The recipes vary, and no two places are identical, while the essential ingredients remain similar, if not the same.

Taurus would really like something to help take the edge off the current lunar cycles. A recipe for Texas Caviar with room for additions, subtractions, and some kind of balancing agent, to help make it suit your individual tastes. The Taurus tastes need to be indulged, but this is a personal thing. I’d prefer it hotter, but that’s me. (I’m not an epicurean Taurus.)

Gemini

Gemini

The Twins


Buddy of mine, we couldn’t afford therapy for the guy, so I donated a blog. I’d already set up a URL, and I abandoned the idea, after a few days, so it was logical fit for my Gemini buddy. That was more than a decade ago. He thrived, the blog itself spawned books, grew, metastasized, and mutated to its current form.

In that one form, though, the line between fact and fiction is highly amorphous. Putatively, it’s merely a weekly log of what’s happening. In reality? I suspect most of it is probable — and improbable — fiction.

“No, dude, it’s a true story!”

Soon as I read that, or hear it, I suspect there are enhancements, enlargements, judicious, maybe auspicious editing, and tall tales.

This week blurs the line between fiction and reality. The problem being, if we embrace reality as fiction, it might make more sense, but that doesn’t change the facts.

Gemini: not too twisted, OK?

Cancer

The Crab - the Moonchild

The Crab


For years and years, I bounced all over the States, mostly Texas but other places as well, and as an independent contractor, I had to be savvy about travel expenses. Cheap seats, cheap fares, cheap hotels, all of that. The Ride Share services (Lyft, Uber, etc.) changed how I get to the airport, that’s for sure. Used to cost $40 in a cab, and the ride share app shows the it was less than 10 bucks, last time.

That’s a top-line savings.

None of my ride share experiences have been as frightening as the one cab ride in Austin, some years ago. I have to assume the cab driver was in an alternate reality, but I’m here, so I made it.

This is about how we manage our Cancer/Moon-child “resources.”

That term, “resources,” can have different meanings to different people. In my simplest example, the disruptive power of various ride-share plans, that’s a substantial savings.

This next few days is about shopping, Perhaps trying. Maybe not. Maybe just looking at price sheets and getting cost/value comparisons, all lined up, side by side, so you can shop. Looking at my example, though? Yeah, that one was worth it.

The Leo

The Leo

The Leo


Online, I found an image of graph paper, and the color scheme was reversed. The lines were white against a dark, almost black background. Kind of gray, but pretty dark. Looked like every fifth line was thicker, too. I’ll suppose it was originally inch-squares, but I’m unsure, as this was digitally reproduced, all lined up nice, looked even. It was — supposedly — “wallpaper” for a tablet. Or laptop, but a tablet seemed best. I toyed with this, and eventually, I merely grabbed a digital copy of an old notebook, graph paper-style, and used that.

Only, with mine? The lines bent because it was an older Moleskin-brand source. The curve made an interesting background, and more than one person has studied the face of the tablet, trying to figure out what doesn’t line up quite correctly.

I never got around to reversing the color scheme, so it looks like yellowed graph paper, at this time. Maybe one day, I can try with it in a graphics editor, but then, that’s too much work for something that really isn’t that important.

As The majestic Leo, what is a good way to spend your time? Messing around with an image that is nothing more digital wallpaper? If you were going to sell it, sure. But in my case? I’m just idly toying with it, and it’s not a big deal.

As The majestic Leo, what is a good way to spend your time?

“Wait! Look, they have some that looks like lined notebook paper.”

Virgo

Virgo

The Virgin


Woman sat down in front of me and asked me to teach her to read charts the way I do. (See Bare Foot Astrology for more.) Problem being, there isn’t a single approach that I use. The term, “Cook Book” astrology refers to the endless texts that do a step-by-step analysis of an individual chart. While valuable as a form of astrological analysis, it isn’t the always the correct route, not for me. I tend towards a free-wheeling, wide-open style that incorporates various techniques. Depends on the chart and the situation. In some charts, it’s the house placements. In other charts, it’s the planets in signs, and in some charts, it’s the patterns. All depends. It’s situational and client-driven.

All about process.
Not individual steps.

As this energy unfolds? Next few days, next week, this month, and moving forward? For Virgo? It’s about “process,” not individual steps.

One, lone Virgo Voice, crying in the (astrological) wilderness, “But I need to know how!”

Think: process — not individual instructions. You can figure those out as you go.

Libra

Libra

The Scales


Verbs for Libra? Mold, meld, bend, flow. Four action words, verbs, really, and action for Libra to consider. The recent state of the stars unleashes a rather “fixed” energy, and one that is resistant to change. Libra tends to be adaptable. This week calls for more adaptable moves than usual. Mold, meld, bend, and flow.

Libra: as you encounter terribly “fixed” problems, a stubborn person, a situation that refuses to change although change is obviously an easier answer? The way to work the energy, to your Libra advantage? Be willing to mold to a new scene, sort of meld — melt — into the situation rather than being another obstruction. Listen, bend, and — if need be — flow around the problem. That problem can be a person, a place, or a thing. It’s not a particular issue, not in the grand overview, and getting caught up in the details turns a temporary obstacle into a bigger problem.

Nothing’s worse than watching a small problem turn into a huge issue with diligent and applied concern.

“Wasn’t a big deal but now it kind of is.”

Scorpio

Scorpio

Scorpion


February is fraught with strange energies. The marketing push is Valentine’s Day, the Sun is in the Tropical Zodiac Sign of Aquarius, and the planets are in a subtle disarray for Scorpio.

Ever get the feeling there’s “something” that doesn’t line up quite right? That’s the essence of the week, and what a good Scorpio can do with that energy?

Ask questions.

Always question authority.

The challenge for my good Scorpio is the way this energy is directed. Questions, and questioning, are good. But leading questions, or questions wherein you already know the answer and are pushing towards a specific goal? Not such a good way to go. That typical, probing question where you know you have specific answer in mind, where, as the person asking the question you want a certain outcome, an answer you expect to hear?

Open-ended questions are good. Ones that have a definite Scorpio sub-text might not work.

Know what I mean?

Sagittarius

Sagittarius

Sagittarius


There are some days, just try as we might, can’t seem to please anyone. Despite the best of Sagittarius intentions? Despite my heart being in the correct space, despite all our Archers’ hearts in the right places? Our good will and best effort will piss off some people.

I would like to think I’m above that, and that I can rise up, and we can overlook a petty insult, diatribes, outright ad hominem attacks, and similar misdirected outbursts.

Some days, even a few days, some days we could use a cuddle. Or a hug. Some kind of gentleness, and such doesn’t seem to be very forthcoming.

If the necessary — desired — if the much-need affection is not forthcoming from other people? As a decent Sagittarius with a heart of gold, we are best served if we give ourselves a metaphorical pat on the shoulder, and some kind of internal “Way to go, I’m proud of us.”

Capricorn

Capricorn

The Sea Goat


One — actually, she’s a vendor — local young lady? Is that even political correct. Never mind, this one girl? When I met her, her hair was flaming red, and not a natural color. More recently, it was shaved on one side, sort of San Antonio blonde, which is to imply, an obvious dye job. Suicide blonde, to some, “Dyed by her own hand.” That was part of the intended look. Last time, it was blue, or green, or blue then green.

We were talking about a new place in town. Her comment, consider how I was judging her, based on her appearances?

“Oh man, that place, it’s like it tries too hard to be hip. Just full of hipsters!”

Amused me to think she didn’t think of herself as a hipster, although, demographically, and — stylistically — that’s what she made me think of.

This is a case of classic visual irony to me, in its finest form.

Capricorn: watch out for the ironic statements, unless, of course, that’s what you’re striving for. I could never tell, not with her.

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    Great lords, wise men ne’er sit and wail their loss,
    But cheerly seek how to redress their harms.
    What though the mast be now blown overboard,
    The cable broke, the holding-anchor lost,
    And half our sailors swallow’d in the flood?
    Yet lives our pilot still.

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

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Aquarius

Aquarius

The Water Bearer

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

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

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

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

Pisces

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

This is about interpretations. The example is one I’ve been taught, several times now, and it bears repeating for Pisces — the nuances of interpretation.

The first time I heard it, I kept thinking, “Wrong, not like that at all,” but the second time? Easy enough to see how it does fit, and the passage conveys the correct meaning.

Pisces: this week is subjective. Probably no really wrong intrpretations, but you might find some of this jarring as it goes against preconceived notions.

Aries

“Meh.” No, seriously, there was a business, and its name is/was “Meh.” It’s a daily sales list, and I would get a single email in the morning, telling me that there was something for sale, and then, some entertaining, but some useless material about this and that, with topical references to current events.

The sales page itself? A few words about the product, its price on Amazon, its suggested retail price, and then, the super-low discount price. I clicked a few days late, and the object was gone Some good. Some bad. Some tech toys. Some housewares.

In one corner was a daily video, sometimes good, sometimes bad, sometime related to the daily sale, and sometimes, just amusing.

As a gimmick, the whole thing works, and works well. They acquire a finite amount of some product, write up an amusing anecdote, price the item super cheap, then sell until it’s all gone. Some items sell out in as little as an hour or three, and I don’t know how long the other end is, maybe never. Some crap might never sell.

The way the method works, though, the plan? Sell one thing, every day. Have a funny, amusing, informative sales page. Simple and effective. But sell one product, only.

Aries: Concentrate. Concentrate on one item only. One sales page per Aries object.

Aries success depends on one thing at time. Like the example? Doesn’t even have to be done well, but it has to be one thing at a time.

Taurus

The hairdresser rule, part — I don’t know. I lost track. Lost count. Anyway, one client is big time hair stylist. Owns her own shop, brands and stuff. Originally, though, when I first met her, she was working in the mall.

The rule, as she explained to me, has to do with client retention and attrition.

“Every time I switch salons, and one time, we just moved to a new location, didn’t change companies, but every move loses up to 40% of the clientele.”

Every move loses up to 40% of the clientele — harsh, hard numbers.

There is loss and natural attrition associated with this week’s motions. I’d rather not lose 40% of clientele — but I’m not Taurus and I’m not moving.

Taurus: have you looked at the numbers?

Gemini

“Man, I’ve been tossed under the bus by (insert euphemism for that boss) so many times? He opens his mouth, I just lie down on the pavement, now.”

As a good Gemini, and you’re reading this, so we’re good, but as the good Gemini, we’re looking at a situation that feels like you’re about to be tossed under that bus again. How are you going to take this?

Laying down?

Lying down, not laying down.

There comes a time when a tactical retreat, voluntary sacrificing the few, for the benefit of the many? A single step backwards, to some, and no Gemini ever likes to step backwards, but a single step backwards, fall back to a stronger position?

Feels like you’ve been tossed under the bus again.

“I ought to just go an lie on the pavement, huh.”

Not really, but a single step back, a tactical retreat, a two-step backwards so there can three forward? That’s this week’s dance. For Gemini.

For the good Gemini.

“I don’t know; still looks like I need stretch out on the pavement in front of that bus...”

Cancer

At the tail-end of this scope, Mr. Mercury moves from Capricorn to Aquarius. Looking at the wheel, that’s a shift opposite from Cancer.

If there’s been a lack of clarity? Then that will change. If there’s been a lack of laser-like focus? That will change, too. If you’ve been hyper-focused on one thing, one project, one person?

Then that’ll broaden. If you’ve been trying to focus on just one item, then the intensity returns, three-fold, and is better. If you’ve been too focused, then your scope broadens.

It’s really s simple way of seeing this, but it works remarkably well, considering.

Cancer: “Considering,” considering is the goal. Either broaden the reach or narrow the scope. Whatever is the opposite of what you’ve been doing.

The Leo

Perfect warm morning drink? Coffee — double espresso — and a small squeeze of honey. I was watching when a local coffee maker person was squeezing honey packets into a little cup, then just pulling espresso on top.

“Double with honey, that’s all. Actually,” smiling, “it’s pretty good.”

Something sweet, but not sugary sweet, with the dulcet tones of fresh espresso on top? No diary to confuse the flavors?

There is, indeed, one Leo — here’s to you — and this drink idea is the perfect concept to get you motivated, and keep you motivated, the rest of the week.

The Leo: Anything helps, right? Certainly worth a shot. Loathe as I am to repeat it, the Starbucks’ version? “Dopio with honey, hot.”

Virgo

“That’s probably best if you don’t mention that,” is the comment, I’ll hear it often. Variations on a theme? “Maybe better if you left that part out?” Here’s my Virgo challenge, at the moment, the part I should leave out? The bit that should be played over, silently, in our mind? Not out loud, not out of our mouth, not from our fingertips, but just silent?

It might be better to
beg forgiveness instead
of asking permission...

But this is one of those weeks when silence is golden,and anything else?

Like I suggested?

“It’s probably best if you don’t mention that?”

Now you know. Interior monologues are best served as ‘interior monologues,‘ not as staged soliloquies.

“It’s probably best if you don’t mention that.”

Libra

“It tastes just like a churro!” Buddy was explaining about a new dessert option, that was less a new dessert and more along the lines of just a slightly different combination of existing elements. Sweet potato and cinnamon, and some fresh cream, probably maple sugars, too. I don’t recall. My taste buds aren’t capable of scientific, spectrographic results.

What tickled me, “it tastes just like a churro,” comment. Churros are, as near as I can tell, extruded flour, or flour-like dough, deep-fried, and then? Sugar and cinnamon.

The secret ingredient isn’t secret. Sugar, or sugars of various ilk, like maple sugars, or brown sugars, but sugar — in on stripe or another — and cinnamon. All it takes.

This week, for Libra, all it requires a simple, secret ingredient, or, in my example, two. Simple secret ingredients, can be as easy as sugar and cinnamon, not a complex answer, but a simple answer — simple ingredients — for a complex problem.

“Wow, this tastes different, what is it?”

Scorpio

In the course of my lifetime, I’ve lived in a number of places. Essentially, three state, mostly, just the southwestern US, Texas (home), New Mexico, and Arizona. I was in Arizona when the University’s football team outsold the pro (NFL franchise) team. Dallas and Houston have an intense rivalry, as does Austin and College Station. I can recite the teams’ names, but that’s about it. After so much time in Austin? I just mumble, “Go longhorns,” as I am a fan, less by formal association, and more by accretion.

The one team that I learned to like, even though it’s not even a sport I know much about? San Antonio Spurs. Basketball. I know nothing about the sport, not a big fan, but the team itself engenders a fervent kind of loyalty I’ve not seen with other professional sports. In part, I suppose, it is because San Antonio didn’t have a pro football team. But in part, this “religious-like” fan-base is the result of years of hard work. For many years, the one “star player” was not a star at all, just an ordinary guy, well, an ordinary 7-foot guy who was atheletically gifted, but more important, he was a team player. Not about a single star, but about the team as a whole.

One would suppose that it was the culture as dictated by the franchise owners and the coaching staff, and that might be the source, but what shows on the outside is an insane loyalty to the team, as well as a religious-like adoration.

Coaches and owners dictate the way the “corporate culture” turns out, but then, after the pieces are in play, the background work goes largely unnoticed. That’s special message for Scorpio, moving forward, even now. Put the pieces in play, then see how that develops. Don’t mess around with the internal parts, and remember, you’re a team player. It’s like the San Antonio Spurs.

Sagittarius

Various aspects of the current vogue of “Social Media” are necessary evils. All a part of modern life. Bottom of my various contact pages, there are numerous outlets that are listed. FaceBook and Twitter are the most common citations for this type of media, but there are a half-dozen, or more, now linked and alluded to. In its day, I’ve been a part of the various formats that have grown, metastasized, shrunk, and then disappeared. Nothing left but digital dust. Some win; some lose.

Sagittarius: some of us are still here.

Two tricks work, and I’m passing these along as otherwise, as Sagittarius, you’ll forget.

One: limit engagement. Best example is I tap two or three of the Social Media data flows in the morning, but I limit my engagement. Less than five minutes. More like a glance through the front page to see what’s news, see who did what to whom, and see if there is anything that has an immediate impact on my world.

Two: be available. More like, at the bottom of the page, in most of my bio material online, in various forms of contact, there’s a listing of ways to contact me. Phone, e-mail, and various social media handles.

As a Sagittarius, and moving forward, a coherent strategy is necessary, times being what they are, and the planets, where they are. The simplest is my two-prong approach, limit engagement, but be available on as many fronts as possible.

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Capricorn

Largely due to my inquisitive nature, I like watching the credits roll, for both TV and movies. The term I ran across? “Show runner.” It’s been more than a decade since I was backstage at a TV show. I have no idea how that currently works.

As a Capricorn, though, you need a “show runner” to help coordinate Capricorn things.

This kind of assistance insures that your minions get fed, the catering crew is in the right location, the street is blocked off for that one desolate shot, and that the Capricorn crews are all in their right places at the correct time.

Me, I’m not Capricorn, but I prefer a digital assistant. With a digital assistant, there’s a lot less back talk, less trouble, and the only annoying feature is that I get a reminder on my phone, tablet, desktop computer, reminding me of the obligations.

That digital assistant is my Sagittarius show runner.

Capricorn: who — what — works as the Capricorn Show Runner? You know you want one. You know you need one. You know you like one.

Let’s get organized!

I would date a Virgo for this one. But that’s me.

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