What have you done? Behold, the heavens do ope,
    The gods look down, and this unnatural scene
    They laugh at.
    Coriolanus in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus (5.3.184-6)

Horoscopes for 10.5.2017

Libra:

Libra

The Scales


So, according to Shakespeare’s Coriolanus, the heavens open up, the gods gaze down and those gods laugh at us mere mortals. Know how that one feels, I’m sure?

Yes, birthdays and cosmic jokes, all at the same time?

Wish I could report otherwise, but there’s a sense that some kind slightly twisted sense of humor would help the most. Normally, Libra would be straightforward, but there’s a weird echo, a sense of having seen this before, only, not quite like this, but close.

Weird sense of humor helps.

Reading my material? I have to be a little suspicious that your Libra self already understands what I’m referring to, the “Weird Sense of Humor,” because, after all, you’re reading my material. Maybe that helps.

Either way, happy birthday, and weird? Yeah, that, too. Just as a birthday gift? That’s a Shakespeare quote taken in context.

Scorpio:

It was a really warm fall afternoon in South Texas. September can be brutally warm to some. The lawnmower didn’t work, and the spotty weeds that comprise my front yard were looking mighty scraggly. Not an attractive way to live, no, and I really didn’t feel like trying to start a broken mower. Some, looked to me, Scorpio Suspicions, fly-by-night yard guys offered to do a single, quick hack at the yard.

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    “The nature of bad news infects the teller.”

First Messenger in Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra (1.2.65)

“October. This is one month of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February.”

Pudd’nhead Wilson (Mark Twain)

Libra:

Libra

The Scales


Go with the one that fits, two opening quotes, one from America’s great man of letters, and fellow Sagittarius, Mark Twain, and of, course, a typical Shakespeare bit.

It’s birthday time, and still supposed to be wonderful, so I don’t really have any bad news. However, there is a bit of loose material that’s kicked free, and sort of floating, in the back of the Libra mind, and as such, that can annoy you.

Look: Librabirthday month and all? Get your party on, however you do that, and don’t let that free-wheeling addled-pate material latch on. Bad news will infect the messenger, but you don’t have to listen, not now, it’s party time.

Scorpio:

Scorpio

Scorpion


It’s kind of scary because this feels like, “The end is near!” And what good Scorpio wouldn’t just jump at a chance to take an anomaly of a situation and turn it into a catastrophe? I got one buddy, and he’s a master of “Catastrophizing,” which, as it might imply, is taking a slightly out–of–sync situation and turning it into a monumental problem of — typical Scorpio — proportions. Here’s the hint.

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    O God, that one might read the book of fate,
    And see the revolution of the times
    Make mountains level, and the continent,
    Weary of solid firmness, melt itself
    Into the sea, and other times to see
    The beachy girdle of the ocean
    Too wide for Neptune’s hips; how chance’s mocks
    And changes fill the cup of alteration
    With divers liquors! O, if this were seen,
    The happiest youth, viewing his progress through,
    What perils past, what crosses to ensue,
    Would shut the book, and sit him down and die.
    King Henry IV in Shakespeare’s
    Henry IV, part 2, act III, scene i, lines 45-56

Sun moves into Libra, Fall Equinox, September 22, 2017 at 3:01 PM — your mileage may vary slightly. The passage includes some serious salty reference to the potential for the weather of the oceans, referenced as “Neptune’s hips,” interesting?

Remember, Cash Only.

Horoscopes starting 9.21.2017

Libra:

Libra

The Scales


A “catalyst” is a substance that must be present for a chemical reaction to occur, or, according to one definition, enhances or quickens a chemical reaction. However, with that catalyst? The substance itself doesn’t change. Just a compound or substance that has to be present, rather than being part of the reaction. On some of the farm roads around here, older homesteads frequently have lightening rods, simple, or ornate, metallic rods that are grounded, to prevent the occasional display of Nature’s fury from charring the — usually wooden — older farm houses.

Catalyst and lightening rod, two images for this week’s Libra.

Catalysts is present but doesn’t participate. Lightening rod, conversely, is used to attract — then ground — the energy. With all those little planets in Virgo? I have to ask, are you a lightening rod? Or are you merely a catalyst? Personally, I prefer to be the catalyst, off to one side, helping move matters along, but not being directly involved. The challenge, though, as this is the beginning of the Libra birthdays, the challenge is to not be a lightening rod.

Scorpio:

Scorpio

Scorpion


Last time I was in a bookstore, well, this was a couple of weeks back, so it wasn’t the last time, but I looked at the Sun-Tzu’s “Art of War” section. I had a picture but it didn’t turn out to my liking; however, I counted ten or twelve versions of Sun–Tzu’s “The Art of War.” In translation, in original with translation, in original, with translation and commentary. I didn’t bother to heft any of them, as I’ve played this game before. Translation is, at best, a tricky business.
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    “In nature’s infinite book of secrecy
    A little I can read.”
    The Soothsayer in Shakespeare’s
    Antony & Cleopatra (1.2.5-7)

Horoscopes starting 9.14.2017

Virgo:

Virgo

The Virgin

I read a short Shakespeare passage, part of a monologue, into the camera, trying for that weekly missive. I had just listened to the play on tape, so that play and its passage, was fresh in my mind. Also, in my mind, I could do a better job than the voice actor who did that one part. However, when I started to read it aloud, after three tries, I realized I was still reading it one line by one line, and not the way it was intended, or the way I suppose it was intended. It’s not like this intro quote, which is supposed to read like that. The poetry provides a natural break, like it’s supposed to be. This week is about preparing. Prepping, get ready, get the ducks in a row, or, for me, the fish will be hitting the sloughs and troughs down at the coast soon. So I need to be ready. I’ll drag out my old spin cast gear, and make sure the salt from last spring hasn’t jammed gears.

I shifted from Shakespeare being read aloud to prepping for fall fishing. Both don’t require practice and preparation, but both benefit from practice and preparation.

As a Virgo? This week, getting ready for Monday’s Lunar Equation? Preparation is key. Fishing or reciting poetry. Either way, prepare.

Libra:

There’s a simple, short process I use to determine if a prospective client is worth spending time with. A quick way to determine if, how, when we should proceed. Or, in come cases, when we shouldn’t bother to push forward with any more contact. As hard as it might be to understand, for Libra, there are some people that I grate on — my attitude, attire, something doesn’t work right. I’ll shrug, it happens. My process?
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    Horatio says ’tis but our fantasy,
    And will not let belief take hold of him
    Touching this dreaded sight twice seen of us;
    Therefore I have entreated him along,
    With us to watch the minutes of this night,
    That if again this apparition come,
    He may approve our eyes and speak to it.
    Marcellus in Shakespeare’s Hamlet 1.1.23-9

For help with the devastating hurricane and flooding? Please give to the Houston Food Bank.

Horoscopes for 9.7.2017

Virgo:

Virgo

The Virgin


Happy birthday, honey! Yeah, yeah, know all about that Virgo thing. Mercury — and Mars — are setting up a wild ride, for all. Going to be a fun one. Going to get weird. Going to need all the help you can muster from the likes of me to help you make it through. Why I’m here for you, Virgo baby. The Hamlet quote is from the opening scene, ghost, walls of the castle, all of that. I’ve seen this staged a number of ways, but it’s usually dark, and the ghost is ghostly. Occurs before the sunrise, and that’s when a good Virgo, and you’re a good Virgo, that’s when the good Virgo should be up.

Midnight thoughts, midnight madness, or maybe, just midnight movies. Part, some or all of that. Consider that Mars is agitating and aggravating, and pushing you higher, further, faster — better — and Mercury is just adding a little extra editorial advice. Make it good.

Make it Virgo goodness.

Libra:

Libra

The Scales


Ever listen to any “Ambient?” I’m not even sure I have the right category for that kind of material, and I would call it music, because it is sold — packaged — like typical albums. But I’m not sure what the stuff really is, and while I’ve heard the term, “Industrial,” I’m not sure that’s it, either. For now, I’m sticking with the term, “Ambient.”
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    It must be se offendendo, it cannot be else. For here lies the point: if I drown myself wittingly, it argues an act, and an act hath three branches—it is to act, to do, to perform; argal, she drown’d herself wittingly.
    1st Gravedigger (clown) in
    Shakespeare’s Hamlet V.i.5

Mercury comes un-retrograde in the next few days, but just barely.

For help with the devastating hurricane and flooding? Please give to the Houston Food Bank.

Horoscopes starting 8.31.2017

Virgo:

Virgo

The Virgin

The biggest obstacle, the biggest problem, the largest challenge to practicing restraint? No one seems to know you’re doing it. Unnoticed.

The 1st Gravedigger is arguing a point — usually depicted as a grungy, dirty individual — yet the character argues using logic punctuated with Latin rhetoric terms. Sort of an academic show-off, you ask me.

The biggest challenge, to my fine Virgo friends, at this moment? Show some restraint. The biggest problem with showing some restraint? No one seems to notice.

Happy birthday!

Libra:

All I could see was a tiny bit of script poking out from underneath the woman’s tank–top. Looked like, “Ph.D” in poorly executed tattoo script. Tattoo “Lit” always fascinates me, so I politely asked, and her reply? “You’ve seen the Magritte painting, has the line, ‘This is not,’” which I completed in its original French, badly mispronouncing the second negative. “Ceci n’est pas une pipe,” is the quote from surrealist Magritte.
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