Set honor in one eye and death i’ th’ other,
    And I will look on both indifferently;
    For let the gods so speed me as I love
    The name of honor more than I fear death.
    Brutus in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar I.ii.86

Mars enters the Tropical Zodiac sign of Cancer, June 4, 2017 at 11:15 AM. (+/-)

Horoscopes starting 6.1.2017

Gemini:

Gemini

The Twins

It’s all about a different way of looking at a particular item, Or items. Things, situations, people, places, just looking at it differently. Happy birthday, by the way, and think about looking at this from a different angle. From a lifelong interest in Earth Sciences, and a long-term residency at the rock shop in Austin, I developed a renewed interest in geology and minerals, not limiting myself to either scientific or metaphysical properties. One type of fairly common “metaphysical” rock is Labradorite. Cut and polished, it has beautiful colors. Uncut? It’s the luck of the draw. Or, as one person pointed out, it depends on how the light hits the crystalline structure, and what angle one looks at it. I have a chunk of the raw Labradorite in my shower stall. When that rock is wet? One, or more, of the facets shine, and this is just raw rock, nothing too special, not cut, no polish. The refraction and quotient of light in that chunk of rock? Varies with the angle and the available light. In the example of that stuff in the shower? Depends on angle, and for Gemini, happy birthday, remember? Change your angle. Look at it under different light, or, like that rock? Just spray a little water on it, and watch Gemini sparkle (again).

Cancer:

The Crab - the Moonchild

The Crab

A number of, typically smaller screen, TV &c., shows break the “Fourth Wall” with impunity. A character will pause, look directly at the camera and make comments, addressed to the audience, and out of context with what’s on screen. Occasionally the, this serves as a valuable insider information, as to what’s really going on with the plot and the story’s line. When I spun up the Cancer (Moon Child) charts, this week, I kept thinking about the 5th Wall. There comes a time — this week? There comes a time when refuge is based on the Fifth Wall. Know what that is?
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    When beggars die there are no comets seen;
    The ravens themselves blaze forth the
    death of princes.
    Calphurnia in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar 2.2.31

New Moon in Gemini 5.25.2017 at 2:44 PM —

Horoscopes starting 5.25.2017

Gemini:

Gemini

The Twins

Some years ago, I vowed to move to a more plant-based diet. Not totally vegetarian, no, that’s not happening, just trying to cut back on meat, in general, and add in leafy, green foods. It works fine until I start to mix up some turnip greens, or collard greens, or spinach. Each one of those leafy, green items is best with a piece of old ham bone floating in the mix. Or a slab of bacon. Or some bacon fat. Something like that. Adds much-needed flavor, makes the green crap way more interesting in taste. Just needs something magical to make the mix taste better. As a Gemini, and with this New Moon, as this next couple of days unfolds, we all need a little bacon grease, or ham bone, something to spice it up. The idea of healthier, vegan-type diet is great. But where I’m from, with a history steeped in Southern Cooking? Yes, just needs a piece of pork to make it all taste better. Find that magical bacon grease for Gemini.

Cancer:

The Crab - the Moonchild

The Crab

How long? How long before “it” gets better? I need a little time. Not much, but a little time. Have to give me that. I don’t ask for much, but I’m begging my Cancer friends for a few moments before you start hitting the wall and clamoring for “better.” Sounds worse than that, I just need a little time. I’ll do my best to make it “better,” but in order to get that accomplished? I need a little more time. Not much, just a little. So, “How long?”
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    Gone to be married? Gone to swear a peace?
    False blood to false blood join’d! Gone to be friends?
    Constance in Shakespeare’s King John 3.1.1-2

Horoscopes starting 5.18.2017

Taurus:

Taurus

The Bull

Ever wonder how much time is spent worrying about the weather? I looked, I was hoping to fish, other day, and the long–range weather–forecaster thing said “Rain.” I worried. Needlessly, as the long–range weather–forecaster thing was wrong, that far in advance. Nice day, sure there are pictures on a website — someplace — fun on the water. I have two reasonably accurate weather predictors. Three, if one counts the local news weather guy who is Pisces. My two that are far more accurate? There’s an app on my phone, a single window pane that gives me the current temp., accurate to a few degrees, right outside my door, doesn’t matter where I am on the planet. The other? I walk outside that door, look at the sky, feel the air, determine, hot/cold, moist/damp, dry/dryer, calm/windy. While I can’t take the barometric pressure myself, I can guess at it. I’ve found this to be a more accurate weather predictor than any of the apps, local news, anything else. Empirical —Taurus— observation yields the best results. Most accurate. No way to judge that situation, the weather, for example until you step outside. Just better that way. This week’s buzzword? “Empirical.”

Gemini:

Gemini

The Twins

Not all of my ideas are original. I’ve lifted, adapted, stolen, everything but outright plagiarized material from whatever sources. I’ve used tawdry romance to high-brow literature as sources for inspiration and ideas. While the idea itself might not be original, the way I use it?
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    O ye gods!
    Render me worthy of this noble wife!

Brutus in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar 2.1.303

Horoscopes starting 5.11.2017

Taurus:

Taurus

The Bull

Always wondered a little about that, how the wives in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar were so important. One would hope that this would be a reflection on the timbre of the times, but I’m unsure if there’s much truth to that. The Elizabethan setting was notoriously sexist and bigoted. No judgement, mere observation. However, it takes strong players — like wives — to get the job done. It’s unfortunate, but in that play? Strong wives get subsumed by the plot. Just how the story goes.

So the noble wives? Doesn’t go well for them. As I was plotting the Taurus stars? I saw strong characters, unlike that play, I saw strong characters and people listening to those strong characters. Strong, Taurus players.

Gemini:

Gemini

The Twins

There’s a practice, derived from a certain spiritual pursuit, that serves me well. In this next week, especially now? This kind of practice would serve Gemini well, too. I was driving, in notorious rush-hour-like traffic. Too far for me to walk, which is in keeping with my tendencies, so hop in car. Traffic backed-up. For, apparently, no reason. If there was a spectacular wreck, or malfunctioning traffic signal, sure, I could get it. Nothing. Just stop-and-go crap.
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    Truly, sir, all that I live by is with the awl: I meddle with no tradesman’s matters; but withal I am indeed, sir, a surgeon to old shoes; when they are great danger I recover them.
    Cobbler in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar 1.1.18

San Antonio and Austin, on the radar, see astrofish.net/travel for details.

Horoscopes starting 5.4.2017

Taurus:

Taurus

The Bull

It’s truck month in Texas. I just couldn’t pass this one up. The ad? I’ve seen it run all year–long, “It’s truck month in Texas!” It wasn’t until I started adding it up that I realized, “Truck Month” was an advertising dream come true, as the same ad can run, with very little seasonal adjustments, over and over. And over. And I’m over it, but that’s not what this is about. As a Taurus, as a birthday person, you’re going to see the same ad, the same slogan, the same buzz-word, and that will tickle you, jiggle your fancy.

Something.

If you stop before you reach for a pen, and before signing on the dotted line to drive that new car off the lot? Before the big purchase? Remember? Last month was “Truck month in Texas.” I’ll bet next month will be “Truck month in Texas,” and the month after that, as well. While this is a purely local example from several dealerships, I’m confident that the phrasing, while it might vary from location to location, I’m sure that the idea is sound. The lunar cycle tends to excite you. I’d be careful with how that exuberance and concomitant excitement is spent. Just because it’s “Truck month in Texas,” that doesn’t mean better deal won’t be along next week. Or next month, even.

Wait for it

Gemini:

Gemini

The Twins

I’m a big fan of favorable shortcuts. You’re Gemini, you’re a big fan of favorable shortcuts, too. This week’s energy is merely Mars, cooking along in Gemini, heading towards a square with Neptune. That means?

Surely you can see this coming with no help from me?
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    A day in April never came so sweet,
    To show how costly summer was at hand,
    As this fore-spurrer comes before his lord.
    Stephano in Shakespeare's A Merchant of Venice 2.9.93-5

Mercury, eventually, starts to unwind from being too tightly wound up. Un-retrograde — eventually. Venus shifts into Aries.

Horoscopes starting 4.27.2017

Taurus:

Taurus

The Bull

Opening quote is from Shakespeare’s the Merchant of Venice. Weird play. It’s also one of those plays where the milieu in which it was written, makes it easier to understand, because, by modern sentiments? It’s clearly Anti-Semitic. The understanding has to come from looking at the worldview, how the play-goers would understand the logic of the play, and how there are some jokes that are duds, 400 years later.

Last time I listened to the play it was very clearly being read as burlesque comedy. Bawdy, with bad jokes a-plenty. I’m not prepared to debate the relative merits and drawbacks of the play’s worth. It’s part of the accepted canon, and the play is slightly problematic. If it were done in current times, it would be a slapstick comedy with the lead characters played by the usual comic buffoons. Our problem, even now, is that there are no recordings from 400 years ago, and there are no intra-linear notes to understand just exactly what the author meant. We have to suppose there’s some topical references and allusions that don’t carry forward, not over the span of centuries. Between the planets’ influences, there’s that idea that we’re not getting the whole image. The big picture escapes Taurus, at the moment. Like that play, last time I heard read aloud, it was done as broad comedy, and some of the “jokes” didn’t work for me. Skip the parts that don’t make sense or seem to offend. Birthday time. No reason to get worked up because some long-dead playwright’s material might seem to be offensive. It was all intended as broad humor.

I think.

Gemini:

Gemini

The Twins

Buddy ran in an Austin “Beer Run 10K” race, fundraiser event. He was telling me about his little adventure, suggesting I join next time. 10K is 6.2 miles, I can walk that in about two hours. He was talking about running it. But he was also having fun explaining the vagaries of this race. Fundraiser.
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