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    These be good humors indeed! Shall pack-horses
    And hollow pamper’d jades of Asia,
    Which cannot go but thirty mile a day,
    Compare with Caesars and with Cannibals
    And Troiant Greeks? Nay, rather damn them with
    King Cerberus, and let the welkin roar.
    Shall we fall foul for toys?

Pistol in Shakespeare’s Henry 4.2 II.iv.57-61

Happy Birthday Shakespeare, and happy St. George’s Day, patron saint — it’s a Taurus thing, the rest of you won’t understand.

The Sun moves into Taurus on April 19, at 10:12 PM (local).

Always an amusing trivial note, the assumed birthday of one William Shakespeare is, at best, a historical guess and educated estimate, rather than fact. Thus noted? It is observed on April 23 (Taurus sun sign).

Horoscopes starting 4.19.2018

Taurus

Taurus

The Bull


Tools tend to define most of my work. Artwork I do is limited to what tools are on hand. While I like the idea of using a “LeatherMan (tm)” type of tool to accomplish everything, in the real world, such devices are limited by functional qualities. I can use the awl to punch a single hole in a sandal’s leather, or use the pliers to grab a simple task that just required a little extra leverage, but that’s about it. Not exactly a production piece of equipment. The same applies to the software tools I use for the heavy-lifting, graphics management, and word-processors, as well as page-layout. The tools tend to define the outcome. As a Taurus, happy William Shakespeare Birthday, I let my tools dictate the most expedient route from my idea to what is produced. For graphics, especially, and this a Taurus birthday time, for the images I use, I tend to let some simple, stock manipulations be adequate. Nothing too fancy. That gets into “feature creep,” and I prefer simple, perhaps a little raw, with a minimal amount of adjustments. The software allows for endless ways to fiddle with the material; don’t make this too complicated.

Taurus: It’s birthday time, so let’s use what simple tools are here, and not complicate matters.

Gemini

Gemini

The Twins


It’s a time for the “doppelgänger” — the self as you might not see yourself, but as you might appear. Future Gemini, past Gemini, ghost of yourself? Yes, that type of “doppelgänger.” I ran into a fellow Sagittarius, you like us fine, and his chart was ten years younger than me, but the placement of a number of planets were eerily similar. Moon, Mars, and Venus, all the same. Cool, but spooky. I realized as I watched him offload for a show, that I was looking at someone at a similar point in his career to where I was ten or twelve years ago. I sold different products so my unloading and setting up was different by design, but the sentiment was the exact same.

What amused me further was attire, hair, jovial attitude, merry-making, and solo status all fit with where I was, then. It was a flashback in time, then a glance, for my buddy, at where he might be in a dozen years or so. This isn’t the first time I’ve encountered a version of myself coming or going.

As a Gemini, it is important to pause long enough to reflect, and it helps if there is a physical reflection, like, a Gemini doppelgänger in front of you.

Cancer

The Crab - the Moonchild

The Crab


Mars aligns with Pluto in the late evening sky. Not really visible as a conjunction, not with the naked eye, but as an astrological event, easily enough to feel, particularly in the sign of the sensitive Moon Child. Cancer is like much like my current workspace. My spot is littered with two sets of notes on sticky pads, one is a shopping list the other is technical details that require attention. There is an academic book with a passage underlined, and I need to make note of that material. Sort of a text-book, and one I know I used in a class, at one time, but that doesn’t count. Underneath that text is a book about German opera, and the music that’s playing in the background? Trance/Dance from a 2-hour DJ set. There is an empty coffee cup and a half-full mug with some kind of noxious herbal tea thing in it. Looked like lawn clippings but helps with the current atmospheric conditions.

That stuff is just this morning’s material that has washed downstream. Scattered yet there is focal point in here, and that’s the idea, for Cancer, scattered yet focused. Mars and Pluto are going to make demands on your time. Be ready to shift gears, jump pause, rewind, fast-forward, one, or more, of those actions, as we plot a way forward. Do you need all those distractions? At any given moment, yes, you might need access to those distractions and then? That makes them reference material, not distractions.

“Do you need all of these?”

Yes, yes we might.

The Leo

The Leo

The Leo


“Don’t look at me. I don’t want you to see me like this!” As soon as someone screams, “Don’t look at me!” What is our immediate reaction? I can’t speak for The Leo, but I tend to look right at whatever it was I wasn’t supposed to look at.

Funny, how that works. Remember, that, too, as we make our way along, there’s a funny but horrible moment at the beginning of the scope and an equally — for The Leo — horrifying moment at the end of this scope. During both those times, the first reactions from a mighty Leo?

“Don’t look at me!”

I understand you don’t want us to remember you like the way we see you at this time, you don’t want to be remembered in whatever — you feel like — compromising situation this is. Disrobed, undressed, over-dressed, too much make-up, not enough make-up, I have no idea what the particular situation is.

“Oh, oh, I look horrible, don’t look at me!”

Sorry, image is done. Now, you have two choices. You can scream, “Don’t look at me,” or you can hide. Simple, binary, and easy solutions for The Leo who doesn’t want to be seen like this.

You know, there is a third solution? Just be quiet. Not drawing attention yourself? We, the lesser 11 signs, we might not see whatever it was you didn’t want us to see in the first place.

Screaming, “Don’t look at me?” Yeah, that probably won’t work.

Virgo

Virgo

The Virgin


Buddy I was fishing with was messing with me. We motored out to the middle of the bay, making a run for the backside of the barrier islands and some prime Redfish hunting grounds. Big outboard motor stuttered then stopped. I glanced over, and my buddy had — surreptitiously — hit the kill switch. He pretended he didn’t know what was wrong, so I went along with his ruse. Learn to read the water a little, and I knew we were over an oyster reef, or a hump of some sort, an underwater protuberance of some sort.

“We can call for help, and get a tow in, or we can fish…”

We fished. I’m sure there are pictures on the site someplace, boatload of decent fish, got us a few trout, and that was on the way to the redfish shoals. The whole ruse about the sudden dead engine in the water? I’m not sure what that was about. Maybe he wanted to try a place and didn’t want me to know about it? I’m not sure, I never worked it out. However, just when your Virgo self appears dead in the water? What did you come to do? Fish. Then fish.

Some days, doesn’t matter where you are, it just matters that you do the task. Like fish.

“Shut up and fish.”

Libra

Libra

The Scales


The way the “random” function works on computer-algorithm based suggestions? Entirely not random. However, I made a joke about certain (German) opera appearing as heavy-metal, and that spun my musical selections into a weird orbit. Suddenly, I’m looking at Scandinavian Death Metal albums.

I have no qualms about Scandinavian Metal, black, death, heavy, or other. No, just not exactly my thing these days. However, in the spirit of cooperation and thinking that I am open-minded and broad of tastes? I listened to some of that material. No, not really my thing, easiest way to put it. Not opposed to it, just not that into it. If I were younger, or if I understood the nuance of the difference between Norwegian and Swedish Death Metal, or the difference between Black Metal and Death Metal, I suppose I would appreciate the music more. To some, it is just sound, albeit, certainly metal — as long as you know what that is.

Some time back, there was an assumption that the better metal albums would have covers shot in Norway or Iceland, something like that, with harsh, Viking roots visible. Again, I don’t see the connection — but that might just be me.

Some person will make a suggestion to the gentle Libra in this next couple of days. You must investigate. Listen to some clips. Watch a music video. Something. Can’t dismiss an entire genre or other suggestion, can’t dismiss it because, “Well, I don’t like that stuff.”

Investigate the suggestions. Who knows, you might like it.

Scorpio

Scorpio

Scorpion


Trying to convince one of my buddies I was “goth,” or, at the very least, that I had “goth” street cred?

Rock’n’Roll!

Got it? I had a black Tee, black shorts, black sport sandals, and an all-black linen shirt.

“Yeah, Kramer, I would almost buy it, but, you’re in shorts.”

Hey, this is Texas, and in South Texas, I can get away with shorts most near year-round. Not quite but almost.

“Ball cap, dude, it’s Jimmy Buffett hat. Ruins the look.”

He shrugged a sardonic Scorpio shrug.

I firmly belong to no particular class or type. Of that I am proud. As a Scorpio, you keep trying to fit into a certain group, and with the current Mars machinations? There’s a level of agitation, or level of frustration, or level where you — like me — try to pretend something that we’re really not.

Shrug a sardonic Scorpio shrug.

Blame Mars (and Pluto).

Sagittarius

Sagittarius

Sagittarius


“Burnt Ends” are delicacy from this one BBQ joint. I took one of my neighbors with me, and treated him to the BBQ. Because it was a late afternoon, the place was out of “Burnt Ends,” which suited my buddy well enough. He wasn’t gong to have anything to do with something called “Burnt Ends.”

Too bad, as they are tender beef tips charred at one end, the charcoal coating is good for the liver, and otherwise smoked to perfection. Tender, delightful, tasty, lean, but moist, with the special brand of flavor that the pitmaster brings to the meat.

My buddy recoiled in horror at the name itself, “Burnt Ends.” Since they were already out, place sells out in a hurry, get there early, right? He didn’t get to taste them. I missed them but there’s plenty of other stuff to work with. He was happy, no problem.

I was astonished at the reaction to the title, as they are really, really good, the essence of some of the best BBQ Texas has, distilled into chunks of smoked meaty goodness.

As a typical Sagittarius, a name like “Burnt Ends” wouldn’t normally put us off our feed. However, given where the planets are, especially that Mars/Pluto and Sun/Uranus energy?

Names and naming conventions don’t always match up. Look up Eden, TX, for example. Two examples, Burnt Ends, in New Braunfels, and a place called Eden, TX.

Names and naming conventions can easily lead a Sagittarius astray.

Capricorn

Capricorn

The Sea Goat


I ordered business cards for this one business, and then, folded the business into another one, so the cards were, essentially pointless. I had a box of about 500 cards, business name and address, that sort of stuff on one side, and blank back side. Extras. Those turned into minor canvases upon which I could draft ideas.

2 inches by 3 and half inches, stiff card stock, and now I have a stack of those with various ideas, mostly done with fine-point Sharpies, ideas, images, one has diagram for structure, just notes that I’ve done in pen and ink, to be different.

This week is flavored with Mars — and Pluto — as those two are firmly conjunct at the end of the week. Those two demand action, and they are about change. However, is dramatic change always required?

Sifting through my ideas, I had one mage that was rather large kitchen-aid type of device for helping make coffee. Turns out, I didn’t need it. At all, no need at all — the idea, use Mars — and Pluto — use this energy to sketch out possible Capricorn choices rather than taking too quick of an action. Sketch it out, first.

Draft an idea and use the heat from Mars/Pluto to “bake” the idea — before you execute anything, Capricorn.

Aquarius

Aquarius

The Water Bearer


Sit tight.

It really can be that simple, just sit tight.

The image I get is from a rock, in a stream, and the water — spring-time run-off — is coursing down the mountain, and the rock? The rock is just sitting there. If you don’t go with the flow, then you don’t get washed downstream, and if you just sit there, nothing changes.

Everything is fluid at the moment, but much of the crap that is changing? Watch. Some people are just changing for the sake of changing, not for any particular reason. Not borne out by necessity, just out of a frustrated need to meddle with some item, that might — or might not — want for changing.

Sit tight.

Yes, if you just sit there, the stream around you, it keeps carrying forward, obeying gravity and sliding downhill, picking up momentum and headed, eventually, out to sea.

Sit tight.

Can’t emphasize that enough, just hold on. When everyone else is so intent on change, is it really necessary? Yes, and no, but yeah, not so much. Instead of headlong rush, with those flowing waters? Tumbling, and cascading downstream?

Sit tight.

Doing something different, merely for the sake of doing something, that might not be in your best Aquarian interest.

Sit tight.

Pisces

Pisces

The Fishes


Prolonged exposure to military families, common in Texas, means I pick up certain habits. One those habits came from a high-ranking NCO who was deployed a half-dozen times. His family, the kids and wife, would crush water bottles when they were through with the bottles. “Less space,” all the comment I got, “force of habit. Dad taught us. Said it was the way to do it, in the field.” Just a matter-of-fact kind of statement. I don’t know, I’m not active, or passive, military. I do understand the concept, though, of reducing waste. Towards that end, OK, I’ll tell the story later, but I do recycle water bottles, use them over and over, different set of rules on that one, anyway, I was in part of the house, and I heard a noise I could not identify, and I thought I ought to investigate. Think: things that go bump in the night. I set out to see what it was, thinking it sounded like a critter of one form or another. Half our later, after much sleuthing and distracting motions, I finally found it was a crumpled water bottle with a leaky cap. It was slowly regaining its proper shape, and it made little crinkling noises along the way. It’s the little things like that, little things that can set off the off the internal Pisces alarm system, and to me, kind of amusing, except I was a little fearful, at first.

Pisces: Go. Investigate the noise. It’s probably nothing, but you won’t know until you go and look.

Aries

Aries

Aries The Ram


I know very little about sports, other than fishing. Just not my thing. However, I have this one image stuck in my head, for this week’s Aries because nothing speaks to me more than an American pastime called “Baseball.”

I imagine, this week approaches and it looks like you’re not going to make it. Freak play occurs, and at the last minute, you sprint for home base, and Aries slides right in, then the dust clears. Umpire calls it, “Safe!” It’s a run. It’s a score. It’s a post, it’s a whatever they do in baseball, however they count those things. The image itself, though, that sprint, that fear factor, the “All hope is lost,” as the Sun conjuncts Uranus then Mars conjuncts Pluto. Eventually, next week, dust settles, and the umpire, the cosmic umpire calls it “Safe!”

You made it home. You made it to home plate. You beat the odds; the crowd goes wild. You win. However, dust doesn’t settle until next week, maybe even longer, so in the game metaphor? Have to wait. Sit it out. Wait for it.

Not yet.

Wait for it.

Not yet.

I told you, quit asking, have to wait until the dust settles.

Not yet.

Wait for it.

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    Petruchio in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew 1.2.29

Mercury not so Retrograde

Horoscopes starting 4.12.2018

Aries

Aries

Aries The Ram


“You all say you want strong women, until you get one. Changes your tune — in a hurry!” True, true. However, I was raised in Texas, and I was raised around strong, independent women, think like this, equally at home with fishing and trucks as with lace and flowers. The perfect balance between tough and tender. Yes, this is prevalent in other places on the planet, but I can only speak from my own experience. Tough and tender, strong-willed, opinionated, and a force of nature. A force with which to be reckoned. Yes, all of that. Love me my Texas girls. Love the conundrum, too, poised by that one’s comment, “You want a strong woman until you get one….”

As Aries, especially birthday Aries, this holds true, and now, I’m not being sexist anymore, it’s the “You wanted one until you got one” scenario. The question I have, are you the one who wanted something — or someone — until you got that something — or someone? Or are you the one that other person wanted until they got an Aries and found you are a force of nature? I mean it in a good way, but I’m Aries compliant. I’ve been tested, I have the “I get along with Aries” thing in my chart. You don’t scare me; much respect, but no, I’m not afraid. However, I’m but one person suggesting that. Again, are you the one who wanted something — or someone — until you got that someone or something? Or are you the one that the other person wanted until that other person landed the Aries spirit?

Well, happy birthday, either way.

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Taurus

Taurus

The Bull


Over many years, I collected and collated a series of digital images from the confines of Bexar County, essentially, San Antonio, TX. What started with zero direction turned into a strange assembly of imagery, oftentimes quite quotidian. One recent image comes to mind, titled 801S. Best estimate is that it is a construction or utility crew, preparing to dig up the pavement for improvements to the underlying structure. Might be an indication of an old or new address, as quickly as material changes in the growth of a city. However, the biggest part of the designation, 801S?

I was curbside, obviously, when I snapped the imaged, best guess is that it is a phone camera. To me, it looked like 801S. However, after I published the image, it garnered some questions, as in, was my number backwards?

For Taurus, this is about Point-of-View. My title for that image is 801S — and in my mind, that’s what it is, Eight-Zero-One, Capital S.

“No, man, that side of the street would be even, so it’s got to be 5108, you got it wrong.”

Taurus: Depends on how you look at it, now doesn’t it?

Gemini

Gemini

The Twins


Older fishing buddy of mine tends to get involved in the latest, “Make Money Now” deals. His latest was solar energy, and his best line?

“Not everyone needs Solar Power; only those people who use electricity.”

While the line works on several levels, his product was a little sketchy, to say the least. Love him like a brother, or, more so, better than family, but I don’t buy whatever he’s selling. I’ve watched as he’s gone broke on so many schemes. He keeps getting more in debt trying to make money, how’s that work?

So, loved the line, hope someone else picks it up and uses it, and my buddy? Still quietly amassing debt while trying to find some stratagem that works.

Two suggestions, OK, one don’t loan that guy any money unless you’re not worried about ever getting paid back, and two? Use the Gemini strengths — that was a good line, just not a good product.

Cancer

The Crab - the Moonchild

The Crab


There was a recent business book filled with the heartbreaking stories about running a start-up. What struck me in the review, was the part about the original business plan. Going back and looking at the plan? Just heart-wrenching because the business itself never follows the proscribed and projected patterns. It becomes an exercise in what-if's that never will go correctly.

When I embarked on this business, many years ago? Little secret?

I didn't have a plan.

There were some nebulous ideas, roiling around in my brain, but no, no coherent strategy.

I am not a Moon Child (Cancer).

Not having a firm plan, though, resulted in a mutable and adaptable organism that sought its own level, eventually becoming what is my career. But no, no coherent plan. No maps, no schematics, no business plan as a proposal, none of that.

Because I had no plan, I could change course along the way, adjust and mutate, letting the intersection of art, science, and dumb luck, plus a healthy amount of creative persistence determine a logical outcome.

Plans will be thwarted.

However, being adaptable? That's going to lead someplace good. As I am wont to repeat, I didn't wind up where I thought I was going, but I did wind up where I was supposed to be.

Get it?

The Leo

The Leo

The Leo


One of the memes that cycled through recently suggested that Sagittarius would be a good skater. I'm not. Bluntly? Not going to happen. However, I did try. I rolled around on skateboard for few hours, and I determined it wasn't the most effective form of transportation for me.

I have great admiration for anyone who can skate (meaning skateboard). To that end, this week has one of those abrupt stops in it. Skater comes in with a decent head of steam, quickly dismounts, and then does that sideways kick thing that lands the skateboard in his or hers hands.

Watching someone who knows what he or she is doing? It is a smooth move, almost like a single, coordinated action. There are three steps, really, coming to a sudden yet graceful stop, dismounting, then the spin/flip kick to get the board into hand. It looks like one move, but it is really three.

I tried it. Fell on my ass. Comical. Haha. I don't have a shred of Leo in me.

The Leo, though, with some practice, you can make this look like that smooth, almost a single motion, grinding to a stop, stepping off, and kicking the skateboard into hand. Three steps. Looks like one. Make it smooth, maybe practice some before you skate up next to me. Three steps. Looks like a single motion.

Virgo

Virgo

The Virgin


I’ve had to grow accustom to the idea that the material played — elevator music — has rapidly become: Emetic Muzak.

Muzak was brand and a system that piped background music into quasi-public spaces. For years, they had a stranglehold on the market, having been in the right place, at the right time. I am unsure of what the market is like now, but judging from what I hear? Both content and delivery has changed.

When I hear certain tunes, certain songs, softly playing in the background at national — or international — chains, I have to wonder a bit. What happened? That was a protest song, it was meant to fly in the face of authority and Big Brother, and now? Big Brother has coopted the tune.

How’s that work?

Is this a change for the better?

To be sure, it is better than previous offerings, but the anarchist, revolutionary act, what has become of that?

Heavy questions, stemming from emetic muzak proffered. For Virgo, there’s going to be something that sits disquietly on your digestion. Blame Mercury but maybe, seek some answers to those questions.

Libra

Libra

The Scales


If I know I’m going to see a certain Shakespeare play, what I like to do is prepare. I’ll read or reread a couple of my reference texts, see what the standard interpretation of the play — or plays — is. If I have enough advance notice, I’ll snake a couple of free podcast lectures about the plays — or play — and I’ll make an effort to listen to the play, read aloud, a time or two. Just trying to familiarize myself with the material. Makes for a more enjoyable experience, for me, easier to grasp a director’s — or actor’s — nuanced delivery.

Likewise, if I know I’m fishing in certain lake, I’ll look and see what baits, what water conditions, what seems to be working best, for the time I’ll be there. A little bit of thoughtful preparation goes a long way in making this all a better experience.

With the fishing especially, many a fisherman fudges a bit on what’s working. At least, that’s my guess. As a Libra, this next week is about preparations. Whether this is for fishing, or a summer version of some Shakespeare classic in the park, either way, a little preparation goes a long way in making this better experience. Coming in on the heels of that pesky Mercury in Retrograde, this is the time prepare for what’s next.

Scorpio

Scorpio

Scorpion


You know, my excellent Scorpio friend, I’ve met very few people who “get” me. Not many understand me. Most folks think I’m just nuts. Might be true, but I do know a thing or two about Scorpio as I’ve demonstrated over the years.

This is sentiment I’m sure you’re going to share in the next couple of days. In part, this is merely a phase of the moon, going dark then lighting up again, that first crescent. In part, this is Mr. Mercury going un-retrograde, again, all to a benefit. In part, too, this is your own, inherent and innate Scorpio tenacity (stubbornness) wherein you absolutely refuse to give up.

Someone on the outside, not me, and not another Scorpio-flavored person will get it. I get it. You’re not mad, you’re not insane, or crazy, none of that. But you are grinding relentlessly on particular issue that desperately needs some resolution.

I understand your need with getting resolution, and I understand that this needs to happen, like, “NOW.” I get it. But like I warned, most people don’t get me, and most people think I’m bit touched in the head, mad, nuts, whatever. So I understand that your Scorpio self wants resolution, now. Not everyone gets it. Just warning, or a heads up, or, maybe, a reminder, that not everyone understands your drive, not this next couple of days.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius

Sagittarius


One of the most curious kinds of readings that I get? Someone comes to me for consultation then wants to tell me what that person wants to have happen. Pains me when the person’s personal narrative doesn’t align with the way I see patterns etched in the stars, but I’m used to this, by now. It’s less of a consultation with an astrologer and more along the lines of me being told what the hopes and dreams are, then, if asked, how to make that happen.

I can help make the hopes and dreams come true, but I need some very Sagittarius assistance. Work with me, here, I can listen and offer suggestions on timing and appropriate actions, but my Sagittarius brethren and sisteren?

Steps are required. Action is required. Can’t sit there and wait for something to happen. As a Sagittarius myself, this is a reminder for me, too. Steps are required. Action is required. We have to move it. I know we’ve heard this before and there is a very lazy Sagittarius tendency to do nothing, but the old adage works, and it applies this week.

“Move it or lose it.”

Simply put, my friend, simply put. Action. We might be wrong, but it will help to move it.

Capricorn

Capricorn

The Sea Goat


Buddy e-mailed me about his current situation. Really, just his most recent cause. As a Capricorn, he picks up the fight for the underdog, the downtrodden, and the hopeless. I admire that. He picks up causes that have no way forward. I admire that. He valiantly tries to help. I admire that. He tries to rescue a situation that even the people involved in? Even they know that there is no hope. Doesn’t deter my buddy, no, he keeps moving forward, attempting to be a savior.

I admire his tenacity, his drive, his ability to keep trying in the face of outnumbered odds.

However, as much as I like to help, every time, ever since the first time I pledged assistance, I have discovered, it’s hopeless for me to do anything. I’m a good guy — I drink green tea, I compost, I mediate, and still, some days, I feel like running over pedestrians. I still want to flip people off, which, to me, is indication that I am not as highly evolved as I think I ought to be.

So, my fine Capricorn friend, when you latch onto the next causes, the situation wherein you are the savior, and you want to enlist my assistance? I’m thinking I’ll decline. Not meant as a slight, no disrespect, just, I’m out of charity. Looking at your stars, I wonder, if you’re out of charity, too.

Approximately 20% of my work is charitable, but I get to pick and choose where I spend that charitable donation. I’ve found I prefer people — organizations — that are tax deductible and have hope for real change. But that’s just me, Capricorn.

Perhaps if your Capricorn self was more selective in how aid was rendered, maybe that would make a bigger difference.

Aquarius

Aquarius

The Water Bearer


There’s this luminary, I’ve followed this writer online for years. I have adored his ability to properly craft words into coherent themes and expound about certain subjects. I pay for a membership to his site. A while back, he added video to his daily and weekly rambling posts. While I’ve have adored his work, one time, sitting on an airplane coming out the guy’s home town, I was wondering if I would run into him. If I do, as I imagined it, the guy would be a little bit of jerk in real life. He is so good at what he does, and I willingly part with cash to pay for his angst, his diatribes, rants, raves, and I agree with him on many points.

I’ll bet he’s an ass in person.

I was thinking about that, after I clicked out of a product review video. Yeah, in person? Bet he’s a jerk. However, as far as what he presents and how he presents that material? It is great.

Aquarius: I’m pre-supposing, pre-judging a situation that probably won’t happen. Damn fine writer, though.

Pisces

Pisces

The Fishes


In an article, online, probably from a British Tabloid-type of outlet, there was a stupid click-bait headline, “People who have more frequent sex are happier.” Kind of a no-brainer, wouldn’t you guess? The science behind the article, how does one measure any of that? What is a quite lot of sexual activity when I was a teenager and what a lot is now? What’s the difference? According to myth, not of my own making, I was superstar, at one time. Yeah, I’m not even buying that line.

“I did OK,” only comment from me.

However, as we age, I got to ask, and then, there is the way to measure. What is “More?” What is “Less?” Is there a specific number I should aim for to achieve happiness? Then, too, how do we measure happiness?

I’m a bit of stoic, at heart, so happiness is not exactly a measurable quantity with me. I learned, many long years ago, a day fishing, if the conditions are just OK, is way better than a day in an office. I happen to love my day job, so that might not exactly apply to me, but there is a balance point, and I don’t know, after many days, I’m just as happy writing as I would be doing just about anything else.

So with this Pisces horoscope, you have to ask, “How do you measure happiness?” And what is “Too much of a good thing,” whereas what’s “just enough,” or “just right?”

I managed to write about sex without answering any of the questions, too. What makes you happy, and does “Just sex” work, or do you need the romance, as well?

Me? I like a little romance, now that I’m older. Pretend you like me. Kiss me properly.

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    Gods, what lies I have heard!
    Our courtiers say all’s savage but at court.

Imogen in Shakespeare’s
Cymbeline (IV.ii.32-3)

Yeah, and all savage at court, too?

Horoscopes starting 4.5.2018

Aries

Aries

Aries The Ram


The truck was simple enough: a headache rack with a ladder. License plate was a vanity tag, just read, “PEST.” In smaller print, across the tailgate, “You got ’em, we get ’em.” My inner grammar geek recoils. “If you have them, then we get them;” or, better yet, a simpler, “You got them; we get them.” Really shouldn’t be joining two independent clauses with only a comma. Yes, I know, before you make noises about my own, appalling grammar, at least I make a concerted effort to connect the right parts to the correct pieces. You know, I make an effort. The rest of the ad, though, think about it, here it is, just starting to warm up and who would be more popular than the bug guys? Besides, the “You got them; we get them” statements work well enough to convey the image without too much toxicity. Not “Kill them dead,” or similar statements, just a manner of letting folks know that the business of getting moving critters out of one’s immediate surroundings is best left to experts like the guy. Or company. I never saw any more, and I lost interest. Yes, happy birthday Aries, and yes, there are some still bugs that need to be worked out. It’s not so much “bad,” as we just need to get some of the bugs out. Pest control, is what this birthday is about. Pest control, one form, or another.

Taurus

Taurus

The Bull


I used to call them “Tea Lights,” little candles that about an inch in diameter, only half an inch — or less — deep, and originally? Encased in light, pot-metal holder of some type. The secret way to use these? Get a small cup or dish, can be almost as shallow as the candle itself, but wider, and put a handful of coffee beans in there. For ideas like this? I use super-cheap, grocery-store brand beans. Should be whole bean, but don’t need to use good stuff. Cheap, off-brand, non-artisanal coffee works fine. Whole bean.

I use a tiny, fine-china tea cup with a lacy saucer. Coffee beans about two-thirds of the way up, maybe two tablespoons of coffee beans, and then the little tea candle nestled, resting in the beans, level with the surface of the beans. One, even layer, right?

What happens, the candle burns down and heats the metal. The metal heats the beans, gently, not too warm, but warm enough to unleash that aromatic blend of coffee without having to roast coffee. One former girlfriend was trying this with the plastic version of the candles and it just doesn’t work as well. The metal heats up the beans, not roasting, not a fire hazard, just enough to unlock the smell.

Taurus: It’s super simple, easy to do and covers up a host of sins. Anything to help, that’s me. Anything to help along the Taurus week. Covering up may not fix anything, but maybe, this isn’t the week to fix, just cover up the smell until we can locate the source.

Gemini

Gemini

The Twins


Odd fact, at one time, San Antonio outpaced Austin, friendly rivalry here, but my now native San Antonio had more renewable energy sources than Austin. Funny factoid for the allegedly greenest city in America. I haven’t checked lately, so I can neither deny nor confirm the veracity of the statements, now.

The friendly rivalry is weird, at best, as I have a foot in both places, and yet, I feel like I’m stranger, in both places. Lots of kin folks up Austin way; some family around me in San Antonio, now.

Why solar isn’t more common, I don’t understand. Where I live, there are too many trees, too shaded, but why more of my neighbors don’t have passive solar arrays? I don’t get it.

Left pondering this concept, is what we’re left with in Gemini, and I don’t know if this is about solar power panels on your Gemini roof, or some other item that makes you wonder why it isn’t more common. While I offer no solution or answer, this is a week about pondering the imponderable.

Cancer

The Crab - the Moonchild

The Crab


There are a ton of minor annoyances in the World of the Moon Child, due, no doubt, to Mercury or Mars. Or both, that’s possible, too. With that annoyance, though, there is a suggestion for a cure. A way to avoid some of the problems that the week presents.

Earphones. Ear buds, headphones, “in-ear headphones,” I’ve seen these all called a number of different names, but the result is the same, something that makes it possible to listen to the TV, the movie, the music, by yourself. The better units, and not even expensive ones, but some of the better ones have “Noise Cancelling Technology,” but the last set I had like that? Nothing more than wired/wireless earbuds that I would stick in my ear. Sealed off outside noises.

“Noise Cancelling Technology,” turns out, is nothing more than an updated earplug.

Whatever works, am I right?

Perfect example of how this works? Girlfriend, in bed next to me, she wants to watch a soap opera I have zero interest in watching. Pops in earbuds. We are both very happy, and I’m not annoyed by the show, and she’s not annoyed with me asking questions about why a character is doing something to another character, none of whom I care about. No annoyances, works well for everyone.

Cancer: the Moon Child’s answer to this weeks problem? Earbuds. Earphones. Headphones. One of those, or something like it, right?

The Leo

The Leo

The Leo


The sign runs something along the lines of the Texas Department of Public Safety (highway patrol)? The signs at the entrance to Texas, along the major arteries? “Drive Friendly, it’s the Texas way.”

While not entirely true, it’s is a friendly warning, and as such, I’m accustomed to driving with a certain amount of space between me and the vehicle in front of me. I found, in stop-and-go traffic, that allowing some extra space, maybe one to three car lengths? Along a little extra space allows me to coast along when other cars are starting, stopping, and hammering on the steering wheel, or making decidedly unfriendly gestures.

That extra space is not conducive to proper, inner-city, rush-hour driving. However, it’s safer for me, and I’m not concerned that the other drivers are upset, as I coast along instead of stopping and going and stopping again.

For The Leo? Leave a little extra space in front of you. Yes, more than one person will cut in front, but we don’t care, got that? You don’t have to be “first” to be the best. And as The Leo? You are the best. Leave a little extra room, even if it isn’t fashionable. Might save on emotional wear-and-tear, as well as prevent someone else’s mistake from impacting your fine Leo self.

Little extra room for the other guys, got it? Little extra room for them.

Virgo

Virgo

The Virgin


Tech support is one of my least favorite tasks. Are you with me on this one? Or, as a Virgo, do you like availing yourself of the phone tree, the online “smart” engines, the “DIY videos,” and whatever resources there are? Me? I want it to work right, the first time, and what I can’t get to work correctly, the first time? I want there to be a clear path to get answer without having to avail myself of tech support.

Get an image I am no fan of tech support in any way, shape, or form?

Crap. I’m starting to sound like a cranky old man.

For the Virgo days ahead, though? Tech support, in one of its many guises, “tech support” is what you want.

I was so very fortunate, the last two calls have been good; the person on the other end didn’t treat me like an imbecile who made a “user error,” what I used to refer to as a “One D ten T” call. Don’t make me spell it out.

So that was twice but this week ahead, looks like there will be another “tech support” call I’ll be forced to make, and since I’m good on the last two, this might not go so well. It’s that Virgo thing, where we get upset because we seemed to be asking a stupid question, but, as I’ll point out, if I knew the answer, I wouldn’t be asking the question, and tech support, it is your job to provide me with an answer while not making me feel like a stupid dolt. Especially when the original problem is “user error.”

Libra

Libra

The Scales


There are barriers — erected by your own Libra mind — this week’s planets are about a gentle form of coercion. Not force, and not a hammer, but a gentler form of urging, negotiating, and whispering. Instead of grabbing a hammer with a metal face, and banging on the problem in front of Libra? No, not a hammer, but a gentle nudge. A hint, a whisper, perhaps some gentle pressure with the palm of the Libra hand instead of banging away with the heel of the palm? Maybe a little rap on the side instead of hitting it with a hammer?

I kept getting an image of the jar with a lid screwed on too tight. The hammer? That will shatter the glass. Goal of getting to contents achieved, but not in the timely, efficient Libra way.

That same jar? Like problems facing the Libra week ahead? What I do, and I’ll pass this on as our “Household Hints” series, I guess, but what I do is upend the jar and smack it’s bottom with an open palm. Not too hard, as it glass, and if that went wrong, it would be a bloody mess.

So this week calls for a gentle, Libra nudge, preferably with an open hand, and preferably, delivered in gentle fashion. Hammers are good for many tasks, but this week’s Libra really doesn’t need it hammered home.

Scorpio

Scorpio

Scorpion


I got used to Farmer’s Market veggies and seriously farm-fresh eggs. Kind of got spoiled, really, using the fresh produce and fresh eggs. What I discovered, though, with this new diet plan? The produce and eggs varied, like, a lot. No two tomatoes were ever the same size. No two tomatoes were ever the same size, shape, or color. Close in some cases, but no two ever matched. Unlike, store-bought, factory-farm raised produce, the stuff really from the ground is different. Likewise, with the eggs. I used to get these eggs from some young farmers working the old family land, and the eggs were delicious. Free-range, organic, all-natural, no antibodies, and no hormones. However, each egg was a different size, each egg was a different shape, and each egg varied in coloration. Some were almost sky blue, to deep russet to variations on cream and white colors, all with, or without “egg freckles.” None were ever pure white.

Scorpio: to be healthy, to eat better, to embrace this week’s planets? Remember that no two are ever exactly alike. It’s that simple. Farm-fresh sure, but no two are exactly alike.

“But I wanted it to be just exactly like it was!”

Sagittarius

Sagittarius

Sagittarius


The art of writing a “blurb” is nearly lost, now. As a Sagittarius myself, I know how to do this. Part of what we have to watch for, though, is that usual “judicious” editing that can occur. I’m sure I’ve used this kind of an example before, but the reviewer wrote about how, the thing being reviewed was a book, “It was totally a waste of time, two hours I’ll never get back, not worth the effort!”

Now, the edited version?

“It was totally … worth the effort!”

Yeah, fancy bit of cut and paste that results in what we want, not what was really said. Intent and content are altered.

In my own, immediate family, we would call that facts. My own, immediate family is not always known for probity in discourse.

Let’s flip this around, because Mercury in Retrograde, you know. What’s highly probable is that a convenient blurb shows up in our feeds, digital, hard copy, some way. The alluring words, the way it’s phrased, the obvious use of ellipses? Watch for that. While, technically, true? Seriously, is this an example of intent gone way far from its original destination?

Remember, Sagittarius, it’s all about the “Art of the Blurb,” for now.

Capricorn

Capricorn

The Sea Goat


Despite Mars and his Saturnine collusion, there’s still abundant energy loose upon the Capricorn psyche. There’s a restless energy, too, and that’s one — it is a benefit to give that restless energy a direction. Or, given that Mercury is Retrograde in Aries? Give that restless energy about three possible outlets, all at once.

This is my third cup of coffee, or third tumbler full of a caffeine-laden beverage that makes me a little jittery. What I do? What I’m suggesting for Capricorn? Get a short list of short chores that need a small amount of action. Not big tasks, small goals, individually wrapped, so there isn’t a single, big task.

All I’m going to do is straighten up one bookshelf, not clean up the whole library. Got it? Then, with these disparate tasks all done, eventually, it looks like you were Capricornapproved productive in a single day, although, be fair, the individual tasks themselves weren’t that big of a deal. Break it up and break down. Goes faster that way.

Aquarius

Aquarius

The Water Bearer


Family is family, and the family we are born into has much to do with who we are. Within my own family there is a definite “trust issue,” omnipresent. Not that I don’t trust my own family, but over the years, I’ve learned that what they say they will do, and then, what they actually do? Two different outcomes. So when “family,” and as an Aquarius, you have to arrive at your own definition of what “family” is, but I’m suggesting extra caution around what family claims it will do for you.

Some days, the family, or family member, will perform exactly as stated. However, given the exigent circumstances, planets and all, “family” is likely to say one thing, make an outrageous claim, and then spin on their heels, and do the opposite. Or not do anything, even though action was promised. Can’t complain about being let down, or led astray, or being let down and led astray by family — I warned you.

Remember, the term, “Family” has a highly mutable definition, individually, but family is the culprit.

Best Aquarius expression this week?

“I’ll take that under advisement.”

(No action required.)

Pisces

Pisces

The Fishes


“That pie was made with love.”

It was an apple pie, think it was homemade, but the slogan, I think I lifted that from some local marketing. However, as I was watching Pisces, and listening to the music of the spheres, I liked that little plug.

“That pie was made with love.”

Goes a long way in explaining how I feel, and how Pisces feels, at this time, times being what they are, am I right?

“That pie was made with love.”

It can be interpreted as either a sincere statement, or it can be interpreted as dripping with sarcasm and irony. While, with Pisces, I prefer the sincere version, as this week plods forward at its dependable pace, remember that hand-lettered sign, remember the sentiment and recall the feeling. Pause and think about it, too, are they sincere, or is this irony?

“That pie was made with love.”

I do know that I add a special sauce that includes a sprinkling of “love” on top of every Pisces horoscope.

“That pie was made with love.”

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Whereof what’s past is prologue, what to come
In yours and my discharge.
The Tempest (II.i.217-8)

    Granted, Mercury is retrograde — but you knew about that. Part of this outtake from Shakespeare’s Tempest?

Think, “what’s past is prologue ...”
What’s up ahead? Up to us, my friend, up to us.

Horoscopes starting 3.29.2018

Aries

Aries

Aries The Ram


Homage. That which has come before. Roots. Antecedents. The music, what I was listening to isn’t important, but the musical thread made me realize that there are serious roots, much deeper than we imagine, within this current situation.

Happy Aries birthday!

Listen carefully — pay attention to recurrent thematic elements, the riffs that repeat, and loop back, cleverly, thinly disguised, but still the auditory ensemble copies itself and replicates, not quite the same, but close enough to easily recognize as a central element. A single, central theme.

Pause long enough with this current set of conditions, and listen. Pause long enough to hear the same material repeated back and forth, “call” and then, ”answer,” the same refrain, reframed.

Patterns. It’s really important to recognize the patterns in the current chaos.

Taurus

Taurus

The Bull


There was a monster in the last movie we saw, I’m not really a monster movie guy, but the monster, big teeth, snapping jaws, blood dripping from the fang-like teeth, ripping flesh, and so on, right? Usual horror movie tropes? After the movie, I made a snide aside comment about ex-girlfriends, and the woman with me suggested even her current date — me — could be so categorized. “Yeah, like my ex-husband, or current date,” her comment, then leered at me.

My original comment was supposed to be humorous with a bit of a sarcastic edge. Seemed like, that one date, seemed like she was firing back with more punch — kind of hurt, you know?

Over the course of a week or more, I figured out that the comment was merely a parry and riposte to my comment. I was getting morally offended, well, not really, but a little more emotional than the situation warranted because my off-hand, seemingly innocuous comment wasn’t as innocent as I would have it seem.

Taurus: Careful, especially this week, as people — think significant others — get more easily offended, or worse , take it wrong.

“Joke, it was supposed to be funny.”

“Not so funny when it’s you, huh, smart-ass?”

Gemini

Gemini

The Twins


With my Sister — she never reads these horoscopes so I’m safe — I learned to listen to about every third word. Can’t take what she says as gospel, nor can I even get attached to, “We re going to do this, then that, then over there...” Listening to every third word? I get “... then that” and that’s all I need from the conversation and torrential outpouring of material.

Sister is Gemini, an archetype, if there ever was one, for Gemini, in a good way.

So, while you might think this means I only listen to every third word from a Gemini, remember, that’s family. I don’t treat everyone like family, I tend to be nicer than that to clients and friends.

However, as a technique for dealing with the urgency, emergency, and exigencies of the weirdness in this week? Follow my idea, how I tend to deal with Gemini Family? Listen for every third word, listen for every third idea, concept, or statement.

Gemini: don’t get lost in loquacious verbosity obfuscating the simple message.

Cancer

The Crab - the Moonchild

The Crab


Our parents gift us with an operating system, an OS, if you will, and I will. Religions, beliefs, character traits, and behaviors are all derived from upbringing, ostensibly, our home. Family tends to be the biggest source of this material, and while there is always the debate of “Nature versus nurture,” and I’ve seen genetics be a huge part of this, ultimately? Learned, for good or for ill, at the feet of our parents. Or parental-like units, however that might show up.

There’s a hidden element that tends to surface under these weird conditions. Blame me, blame Mercury in Retrograde, blame your parents, or blame your upbringing — sure blame anything (anybody) you want.

After your wee Moon Child self gets done having a tantrum, though, done with the blame and stuff? Realize that this issue, trait, behavior, or genetics — realize the source. Once we grasp where it comes from? We can change its outcome.

Part of what this week is all about, realize the source. Understanding the source helps, now we can see the root of the problem, laid bare for all to understand.

The Leo

The Leo

The Leo


One reason I adore Shakespeare Scholarship and Shakespeare Studies? There are very few facts available. Contemporary textual analysis suggests that a number of the plays were collaborative works rather than just done by a single author. It’s a widely accepted belief that the plays, the ones that came after The Tempest, those later plays were collaborative. But the actual facts themselves? Quite scarce. Not much to go on, but lots of good, healthy speculation. One of the better biographies? I enjoyed the way the author built a case and offered data as a speculation rather than fact.

What’s possible, but maybe, what might not be supported by facts. Sound familiar? My understanding of Shakespeare Scholarship and Studies has much in common with this week’s Leo Stars. There is a lot of lack of fact. Lack of fact has never stopped that silly Shakespeare stuff, and lack of fact has never bothered me, a silly Sagittarius, but I’m not The Leo, and as such, realize two inconvenient facts. One? Mercury is Retrograde. Two? A preponderance of seeming well-meaning energy presents as facts. Could be Capricorn, could be Aries, but the facts are thin, if there are any at all, and the resounding lack of evidence suggests that The Leo not build a case out of well-meaning, well-sounding information that might — or probably isn’t — true.

Virgo

Virgo

The Virgin


Funny story, a buddy of mine , I was helping him set up some accounting and other business systems on his computer, right? He’s got a two-year old daughter, at the time. She was fascinated with dragging icons to computer’s “trash can,” and hitting “empty trash” from the menu.

I would create a few empty documents, file folders, “untitled,” and let the kid move them to the trash with the trackpad then empty the trash. Satisfying. Virgo kid, they tend to be clean and tidy.

Can you see, with Mercury in apparent regrade motion, in Aries, can you see where this heading?

“Uh, yeah, hey. Kramer, you got any of that rescue software, the disk tools to undelete deleted files?”

Virgo: Pursuant to my typical Mercury Destructions, you do have a back-up, don’t you?

Libra

Libra

The Scales


Two admonishments for my fine Libra friends. One? Read the back. The fine print. The terms of service, whatever the fine print says. There’s special “frequent flyer” card I used, and the deal was, the free stuff, the rewards earned, there were certain conditions that applied. Not on a holiday weekend or for special events, which was what I wanted it for. My bad.

So? So read the back. The fineprint.

The second part is balancing this strict interpretation of the rules, and how that applies. Letter of the law and spirit of the law are sometimes on opposing sides. This time, at the moment, is about the letter of the law.

In my first example, though, the employee nodded at me, and waved me in under the spirit of the frequent flyer pass even though it wasn’t intended for that purpose, not according to the terms. Still, the spirit was observed, if not the letter.

You have to know the rules before you can bend them to suit your Libra desires.

Libra: I can’t promise that other people will observe the spirt versus the letter of the rules, but you have hope, right?

Scorpio

Scorpio

Scorpion


There is always a suggestion that Scorpio, as a sign’s primary influence, revenge tops the list.

“Yeah, well, we’ll just see about that,” says the little Scorpio.

Yes, I guess we will just see about that.

One of the greatest forms of revenge, I learned about from a valued Scorpio teacher.

“Oh, I never plan to get even, I just let them know I could.

“That way, they spend the rest of their lives, looking over their shoulders, worried about me.

“Hee-hee,” malicious giggle.

Sagittarius

Sagittarius

Sagittarius


Seems like I start out the new year, full of hope and promise, with reasonable goals and situations in sight. Seems like I sort out the new season with reasonable hopes and goals, possible destinations, all within easy grasping, as targets. As possible ideas.

“This time, it will be different!”

Yes, this time will be different, sigh.

Not really, huh.

Mae West (Pisces?) gets attributed with a few cute aphorisms. One was, “If I like something I’ll try three or four times…” I couldn’t source the quote, so this might be apocryphal. Likewise, “This time will be different,” is faced with “I got to try this, my way, one more time…”

“This time, it will be different!”

Yes, doing the same thing, results in the same outcome. I’m not passing judgement — I am Sagittarius myself — and one would have to wonder, if this was a message merely for my Sagittarius self?

“This time, it will be different!”

Yes, let’s see, taking the same action, for a second or third time and meeting with the exact same results?

“This time, it will be different!”

Capricorn

Capricorn

The Sea Goat


It always amazes me how music can punctuate and add emotional timbre to a situation. This week has some foreboding tones, not that any good Capricorn is going to let that almost subsonic bass line scare you, but there is that. It’s about the different gradations of tones, and how you choose to react to the music.

I prefer “swelling strings,” as I get a specific, hopeful sense derived from the climbing, and mounting swell of a symphonic strings section, usually the violins and violas, as the tune mounts and starts to lift upwards.

This is a week for a certain Capricorn to hear to dreadful, foreboding subsonic bass, portends no good. All is not well. But some of us will listen more intently, and after that bass line? Swelling strings fill the air.

Capricorn: Listen for it. First the doom and gloom, then the hope, ascending melodies, lifted by the string section, sawing together.

Kind of cool to watch, but more important? Hopeful melody.

Aquarius

Aquarius

The Water Bearer


In the past few weeks, I’ve had metaphors that have gone horribly awry. This isn’t getting any better. Fortunately for Aquarius, a simile that doesn’t make sense doesn’t offend you — too much. Leastwise, not now. The problem being, in Aquarius, it feels like so much has fallen stray of the mark.

Not that it is unusual; it happens. But as I stray? This about this, in Aquarius terms, how, you think you’re making a point, that you are crafting delightful yet poignant image that conveys certain meaning, and to you — and me — the message is clear. The problem being? Not everyone “gets” it — the message. The intended message. Doesn’t get across to other folks.

Understand that our metaphors go astray. Understand that the intended meaning gets rent asunder. Grasp the concept that not everyone can get a grip on the content of the messages.

Once we have an understanding of misunderstanding? Makes it a lot easier for us to move forward. To these other folks, it looks like we’re blindly staggering forward. We know the destination, just realize, everyone else thinks we’re misguided.

Pisces

Pisces

The Fishes


For me, I can always entertain any notion with a slightly askew mental and emotional detachment. Part of being Sagittarius. I can think about something, then roll it over in what I am pleased to call my mind, then let that idea free. I imagine it circles around in my head then flits out one ear, free to haunt other people, but I will be done with the idea. I will have embraced — then summarily dismissed — whatever the haunting concept was.

Then, if that fleeting concept, idea, or thought pattern wasn’t worthy of being committed to hard copy (written down in some capacity), it is gone.

There’s some rather unsettling energies floating free in Pisces, and the trick? If this is a goal, no matter how nebulous it might appear, a thought pattern to be remembered, a certain destination you desire? Write it down, however that appears to you.

If you don’t want to recall the memory or fleeting image? Don’t write it down, and it will be gone — forever free, elsewhere in the cosmos.

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Presumptuous priest, this place commands my patience,
Or thou shouldst find thou hast dishonor’d me.

Gloucester in Shakespeare’s
Henry VI, part 1 (III.i.8-9)

Mercury turns retrograde, Mars 22, 2018. (Stays RX until April 15, funny, huh.)

Horoscopes starting 3.22.2018

Aries

Aries

Aries The Ram


It’s called, “Escaping the whirlwind.” According to one buddy of mine, the biggest problems in the current era is that we get swept up in the moment — staying in the moment is important — but then we all get swept up within the whirlwind. We get pulled in, sucked up, and suddenly, it’s the items on our phone, or social media feed, or e-mail, messages. Something. That becomes the focal point. We get sucked into the whirlwind. Easy enough to see the happening and around your birthday, there’s usually a deluge of incoming material about this, right?

To avoid being sucked into the whirlwind, the maelstrom’s vortex, in order to avoid that? Use the off switch. Most electric devices have one. Unplug, turn it off, leave it alone, let the battery die. That disconnects your fine Aries self from that sucking vortex that can eat away at time otherwise better spent, better spent doing….

There’s a single image that should go with this, with roots that predate current events, that’s for sure. It’s the image of whirling vortex of ferocious energy, and then, off to one side, there’s the the calm. Be the calm by removing yourself from the whirlwind.

“But I go to check my email, first.”

No, no you don’t. It can wait.

“But messages?”

Wait. Step side, Remove yourself from the whirlwind.

Taurus

Taurus

The Bull


How to prepare for the unexpected? If it is unexpected, then there is no way to expect it? Tired of my inane tautology? The Sun, Mercury (retrograde), Venus, and Uranus are all in Aries. To add to that weird flavor, the tautology I was referring to? At the very end of this scope, while Mercury is still in apparent retrograde motion, Uranus and Venus make a disquieting conjunction. Venus is the main planet for Taurus; Uranus, not so much.

Guarantee, this one stirs up more crap for Taurus than you like. Guaranteed.

What you do, how your Taurus self decides to react to the stirred up muck?

Just, as a suggestion realize that there will be something that will emerge, which, in fact, proves to be very, very good for you. The problem being, at the moment, yeah, won’t look so good. Be patient. Be Taurus patient, despite what other planets urge.

Gemini

Gemini

The Twins


Owls are deeply symbolic across many traditions. In one, they are considered the voice of the dead, but I tend to interpret the imagery a little differently. More like being able to see in the limited light of night, and yes, I have a totemic owl nearby. Really mornings and right at twilight, I can hear the great owl — think he’s a regular “Great Horned Owl,” rather commonplace as predators go, doing his “who-who” as a message and call.

We spotted him one evening, sitting astride a telephone pole, his ear tufts sticking up and making the shape obvious it wasn’t just an electrical can transformer. As the owl took wing, his span was close to half the length of the phone pole’s cross member. Six feet, wing span at three? Estimate the owl was near two feet tall.

At least one client gets freaky-scared when I talk about owls, as they are only harbingers of death. Certainly true in one interpretation. However, in this case, it’s wildlife in an urban setting, and wildlife who has adopted to the changes. Increase in human means means increase in rodents means an increase in food supply. That owl is happy. Maybe not so happy I was trying to observe him, but that’s the way it goes, right, Gemini dear?

Like the old as a harbinger of death, like Mercury in apparent retrograde, this is all subject to interpretations. My suggestion, with the current state of Gemini mental gymnastics? Look for more than one — apparent — way to understand the current conditions. Can mean more things than one.

Cancer

The Crab - the Moonchild

The Crab


Time for a new take on an old problem.

Fishing, not so very long ago, we were coast inshore fishing — bay fishing, to me, and? I felt a really light “bite” on the line I had in hand. Didn’t jiggle the pole so much as there was just the faintest quiver in the line itself, which, to me, meant a fish was interested. I waited, no motion for a moment, then the line jiggled again. I gave a sweeping pull to set the hook and started to reel in a fish — what I thought was fish. Turned out to be a little blue crab, a female, she’d already dropped her eggs and she had the hook in one crab claw while she was pulling herself off a meal with the other.

That crab held on until she was sitting on the floor of the boat, eye-to-eye with my toes. Her little crab legs scrambled, and they could find no purchase on the fiberglass, resin-coated decking.

Still gripping the food, my bait, it was part of an oily Skipjack I used for cut bait, the tenacious crab couldn’t let go of the problem.

Eventually, the crab became bait herself, all because she wouldn’t let go of the problem. With the planets — including Mercury in Retrograde — in Aries? Maybe it’s time to let go of that tasty morsel of dead fish, might save you from becoming bait yourself.

The Leo

The Leo

The Leo


So many times, I’m reminded, “Presentation is everything.” Personally, as a Sagittartius, not a majestic Leo, I’ll take the easy way out on the presentation thing. I’m lazy. I’m not The Leo.

“Presentation” can carry slightly different interpretations from person to person, but in this context, what I’m working with, it has to do with what you wear, and how wear it. I first learned about “draping” from one of CHL buddies, an early adopter.

This has nothing to do with a gun debate, either. What he taught mew was about how the clothing “draped” over his tiny holster covering up his tiny handgun, legally concealed and legally carried, for whatever perceived threatened he was armed for. Most important, though, was that he looked like he wasn’t armed. The clothing had to drape correctly.

So this isn’t near any argument about guns or concealed carry, this is about “draping,” and how that makes a certain Leo look. It’s about presentation, how we cover what we cover, or how we don’t cover what we don’t cover. All depends.

Virgo

Virgo

The Virgin


The temptation is to interpret events larger than they need to be. That means, there’s an influence that would have you blow the issue out of proportion, make it bigger than it really is. Old piece of advice? Applies to this week’s Virgo?

“Inside every small problem is largest problem, trying to get out!”

As a lover of all things Virgo, myself, I would suggest this is one of those weeks when the small problems that are trying to claw their ways out? Let well enough alone. If their wee little claws can’t find purchase therein then there is nothing to be afraid of, at all. Being thusly warned?

At least one Virgo will respond with how out-of-touch I am. Can’t I see that there is a bigger issue, about to crumble, the end is near, all-hope-is-lost!

Oh my.

All from a tiny problem that your Virgo mind latched onto, and let it roll on out the door.

Don’t give the tiny problems purchase. Once they secure a toehold in the Virgo world?

The end is near!

Libra

Libra

The Scales


Let’s not complicate this week’s images. Keeping it simple is a challenge, even for the most dedicated Libra, and with Mars getting closer and closer to Saturn, the urge to complicate matters gets stronger and stronger. I was thinking about this in terms of attire. Yes, for Libra, the outfit matters, but then, there’s also the accessories. However, there are some days, the best way to show off the Libra — well — whatever it is you’re trying to show off? Sometimes, simpler is better.

Watching a certain Libra recently, made me think about that. Sure, there can be gold chains and dangly earrings, and big, banging bracelets, but the simplest outfit? Yoga pants, black T, light windbreaker.

Instead of complicating the outfit with scarfs, and excessive jewelry, accessories are important, but this week?

Making an effort to un-complicate a situation, like that outfit, shows off the situation, like that outfit, perfectly well. Even better, really.

Mars. Mars and Saturn, in Capricorn.

Scorpio

Scorpio

Scorpion


I was in the express lane at the big box store, two items. All I had, two items. Guy in front of me was older, slightly stooped, merry grin, and he commented that the guy in front of him shouldn’t be long. I watched, demurred, smiled, as is my wont, making my usual sardonic comment, “The other line moves faster,” and waited. And waited. When the guy in front of us started digging around in his billfold for ID, then various other credit cards, I realized my tactical mistake. I glanced up, noted another line that seemed to be moving quicker, although, to be sure, some woman had just unloaded a cart of various candies. I violated my own — dictum and jumped into the other line. Last time I looked back, the two guys in that first line? Still there.

The observation is that “The other line moves faster.”

Which means, in translation to Scorpio? Jumping to the other line usually avails you naught.

That being noted, in my very specific Scorpio example — jumping the line to another check-out? That did allow for some forward progress. While this is highly situational, as a theme for the week ahead, consider that it is OK to try something new and different, even if it goes against the established guidelines, like, “The other line moves faster.”

Sagittarius

Sagittarius

Sagittarius


Once upon a time, I offered a panacea as a “Cure-all for Mercury Retrograde woes.” I still have copies for sale, someplace on the sites, I’m unsure of where.

There is a problem with call it a “cure” as that implies a guaranteed solution, and as anyone will explain, there are no guarantees when the little one spins out of control. Realistically, Mercury isn’t spinning out of control, but he does unleash a bit of havoc and chaos, that offends some signs. Normally, this wouldn’t be a big deal, but with the various other planets, this makes for a rather discomfited week in Sagittarius.

You’ve been warned.

My suggestion, advice, timely, and sage? Drag out one of the old cure-all devices I’ve used in the past: the paper notebook. I found a deal at a dollar store for — predictably — a dollar. Perfect, little larger than a pocket notebook, unlined, but small enough to be “portable,” which is what this is about. Make notes. Sketch ideas — on paper. With pen or pencil. Crayon, I don’t care. Maybe, there is one Sagittarius, “It will be etched in my blood…”

Little overly dramatic, but yeah, if it works, still analog, like I suggested.

That “cure-all” isn’t going to “cure” anything, but there will be some ideas hatched, especially this week, in the Sagittarius brain-space, and we need a way to remember those for a time when Mercury is not so Retrograde.

Hence analog.

You do get it, right?

Sagittarius: There is no cure, but there is a solution.

MercurySave.Us

Capricorn

Capricorn

The Sea Goat


At least one Capricorn buddy will chime in and suggest it isn’t working, but I’ve spent many years learning to be less of an ass. It’s not a dedicated course, more like a trajectory, with a parabolic-looking route, getting from where I am at to where I think I should be.

As a cool Capricorn, there is an issue some folks have with an aspect to what makes you you.

Weakness? Flaw? Or hidden asset?

I’m hardly the person to be making the judgement call on that, “Weakness or strength,” and especially not for a Capricorn, but switching it up? Your Capricorn self might be a little hard on yourself to make that call, either. Setting a possible course for self-improvement along one course, no judgement, no definition, but setting out in a what seems like a new, good direction? That’s part of what this is about. Like how I resolve to be less of ass.

“We can all see how that’s working.”

Perhaps resolve to be a little less snarky to asinine astrologers?

Aquarius

Aquarius

The Water Bearer


Online, there was one of those memes about, “When life gives you lemons...” and how each sign would react. Some lemons are bitter. Some are tart. Some lemons are almost sweet. A lesser sign, perhaps an air sign with less backbone than Aquarius will freak out at the “Lemons” comment. Some folks will get it. Others? Not so much. The divisive nature of the times means understanding when to express moral outrage, and when that moral indignation is better served as a private disgust.

There is an episode, included in this week’s Aquarius forecast that presages lemons. Individually, these will vary from bitter to sweet to tart. Individually, how you choose to deal with the lemons? That’s what this message is about.

Lemons are supposed to be tart, sour, acidic. I think that’s the main ingredient, acetic acid, clean, strong, powerful —

One buddy will groan, “Not lemons, again.” One buddy will grin, “Lemonade!” Finally, we all know one of these, “Lemons! Tequila shots!”

Yeah, there’s always that one. The trick is to celebrate this week’s lemons for what they are, however that shows up.

Pisces

Pisces

The Fishes


“But if you really love me, you’ll do this one thing.”

Right, used it before? Yes, I know I’ve used that line before, not recently, as I am loathe to pay the consequences, but I have heard it a time or two.

As a darling Pisces person, the reason I thought the of that line, or one kind of like it? I was listening to a certain opera, and the one guy sings that to this one female, and the results are, as one might expect, not good.

But my weird musical affectations aside, the idea is that it is a family line. I would suspect it is one that you will hear, but if you find yourself using it? Can’t say I didn’t warn you about the consequences of using a line like that.

So what I’m asking of Pisces for this week?

“If you really love me, you’ll do this one thing.”

Yeah, if you really love me, you won’t use that line. Or fall prey to it.

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