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Horoscopes for 10.22.2020

“Was there ever any man thus beaten out of season,
When in the why and the wherefore is neither rhyme nor reason?
Well, sir, I thank you.”

Horoscopes for 10.22.2020

Scorpio starts Oct. 22, 2020, around 6:05 PM, local time. Don’t forget Mercury. Steals and deals are available in the Halloween “boo-tique,” at astrofish.net/shop.

Scorpio

Scorpio
Happy Scorpio birthdays. Got that out of the way? Ready to move forward? The challenge is “communicate.” A simplistic approach is to suggest, “Well, Mercury is retrograde, and therefore, communications are problematic, at best.” Yes, a super-simple way to see this, and one that I will employ, over the next few weeks, as need be. The real Scorpio challenge, though, doesn’t come from the placement of Mercury, yes, it is retrograde — usual protocols apply — but this is about bigger stuff, namely, Jupiter, Pluto. And Saturn, relative to the Scorpio placements in your own chart. Spells out problems with communication.

“What did you say?”

“I said it ‘spells out problems with communications’ this week.” We used to call this “academic writing,” but there’s a kind of more formal tone required. No contractions, no slang, no stylized lists. Nope, nothing casual, all formal n’stuff. Be formal. Be precise. Eschew excess verbiage. Direct, and straight to the Scorpio point, and might have to do that two, three times, because, you know, Mercury is Retrograde.

Repeat myself?” As need be.

Sagittarius

When I first started out casting astrology charts, I approached this from the computer-user space, I was fascinated with the charts themselves. Over the years, I can trace what I’ve done, moving from big, desk-top software linked to a heavy laser printer, to smaller and way more portable laptops, to, eventually, using a tablet for most of my work. In part, this about the march of technology and where that ends, no one knows. But it’s all about the portable nature of the work itself, what I used to do, anchored in front of a large desk-based computer? I can do that on the fly, I think my watch can do a chart, these days. In part, though this is about an idea, and way to work within the framework of the current Mercury in Retrograde. A scientific study showed that moving from room to room causes our brains to reboot (citation needed).
Portable Mercury Retrograde
So the trick is, while I’m working on a single chart, like the chart for this week’s stars? I’ll carry that tablet with me. I’ll have the document that I’m making notes on, open. That way? I can’t forget what I was doing when I changed locations. Simple solution, in order to stay on point and focused during this next week, keep that work, whatever the open-ended project is, whatever task? Keep it open and keep it right in front of us, so we don’t forget. For me? I’ll be walking around with a tablet in hand, glancing around, trying to remember what I was doing, walking into the next room. At least I won’t forget what I was working on. Keep it with us, and keep it open. Simple solution.

Capricorn

It’s like this has come full circle, no? Easy there Capricorn, you know that doesn’t mean it’s all bad, now, does it? The full circle stuff? I got a chance to travel some, and I found I was living out of a suitcase, literally, for a few weeks. This reminds me of the days of old, when I did live out of suitcase, for, seemed like weeks and months at a time. For that kind of lifestyle? I shuffled through a succession of suitcases only to come back and arrive at the first decision I made, years ago: one suitcase. Then, for the rest of the “grab and go” stuff? I use a man-purse, less than a backpack, and more than a wallet. I require less and less when I travel, now. So it wasn’t too much of a challenge to live out of that suitcase, and the trio worked out well. Old ground, old friends, new territories, new friends. It was coming full circle that made me think of this week’s Capricorn and the cycles that are at work. There’s an urge to buy new stuff, and that just becomes more weight, and more crap to cart around. Think about re-using an existing piece of hardware, see if that doesn’t work better. Merely a practical application to what the stars say this week — for Capricorn.

Aquarius

I have an aversion to most “self-help” texts. Being in my line of work, I’ve been exposed to a great number of them, and over the years, I get to where there are only two or three that matter to me. What the essential self-help text does? “Problem: solution.” Then the text talks through the way the reader can arrive at that solution via hard work. Two books that I still reference to this day, though, are couched as “anti-self-help,” or a satire, when, in fact they both serve as solid guides towards helping one help one’s self. One book is reframed Buddhism, and the other is clearly Taoist. Neither Taoism or Buddhism is actually a religion, they are merely philosophical life underpinnings to help and can be easily worked into most religions.

Your mileage may vary.

On the eve of the eve of Halloween? Why the concern with so-called, “Eastern Mysticism?” There are answers built into the simple precepts of those two philosophies that will help Aquarius in the next few days. Simple answers to complex questions? Yes, and that’s the way to make it through with what we’ve got going on, astrologically. (Book link)

Pisces

In the course of my professional life, I’ve watched as my technology, my tech stuff, it’s gone from carrying a cable to hook a modem to a phone jack in order connect to the inter-webs, it’d gone from that to a wristwatch that answers e-mail and texts. How much of this stuff defines who I am? What I like, is the ability to answer and be in contact with a number of far-flung people in diverse locations, and we can connect electronically. I’ve also worked very hard to limit my digital footprint, so I can do achieve maximum results that I like with a minimum of effort on my part. I prefer to let the technology do the heavy lifting. Easier that way. How much of this, though, is the technology itself and what part of this is my approach to that technology? Am I shaped by my tools or do I use tools to shape what I want? Interesting questions, and with some of the pressure in Pisces, we have to pause long enough, a pregnant Pisces pause, to think about the questions, and its answer. Answers. Might be more than one. Are we letting the technology shape our output, or do we choose the output and let the technology just handle delivering our missives?

Aries

One of the most frequent questions I get, as an astrologer, has to do with future employment. Looking for jobs, changing jobs, looking at leaving jobs, all variations on a theme of employment. For years, the term I’ve used is “day job,” although, to be fair, a disproportionate number of my respondents worked nights and weekends, so the term is relative. The expression implies it’s the form of employment we all participate in to put bread on the table. What we do to pay the rent. Most often, the day job isn’t emotionally or spiritually fulfilling. Looking at future employment, and looking for that dream job, a gig that is both emotionally and spiritually fulfilling? Not every person gets lucky and stumbles into a gig like that. To make this happen and we have overwhelming distractions at this moment, but to make this happen, this Mars thing is about making some longer-term decisions to help move this process along for Aries. At one point, I had resumé, now a CV, that stretched for three or four pages. Aries has a simple list of employers, ideas, goals, directions, and this list gets longer and longer. The secret, and this week’s side-hustle goal? Get that Aries CV or resumé down to one page. Just bullet points and highlights that show the strength, the diversity, and the greatest potential we all know you’ve got. Single page. Have to get it all on a single page. Yeah, I know, all electronic but you get the idea. Single page length bio, if nothing else. This weirdness continues, but there's an opening, just up ahead. Soon. Get it ready. Down to one page.

Taurus

This week? Connection points. For me, that connection point is simple enough: astrofish.net/contact. I keep this simple because I learned, over the years, to make it simple and direct. There are a variety of connection points for Taurus. A book I was reading, about halfway through, I fantasized a happy ending, and I saw that the two main characters would survive, and thrive, in their modern era if they developed a form of communication that worked. Connection points. Not how it turned out, but then, it was a work of fiction, and they all did live happily ever after. Not that it matters. The connection points are important, most important, to Taurus. The deal is, with the pandemic, and our interconnected, hyper-activated, online world?

“Now with BlueTooth!”

This week’s Taurus energy demands that several connection points be open. For example, look at that connection page for me. I prefer e-mail, but there is a list of various other online messaging systems that I respond to. Not as quickly as I’ll respond to e-mail, but I am available. All kind of depends. With the current state of astrological disrepair? Make sure all the connection points are open. Must be able to communicate with your Taurus self in one form, or another.

Gemini

With the first of the smart phones, I got in the habit of not carrying a piece of paper with me, as I no longer needed something to write on. Or with. No more shredded bits of paper in the laundry, or otherwise. Recently, and with this motion of Mars, especially, it’s time to rethink that idea of carrying a paper pad and a couple of pens or pencils. Or both, you know, a Gemini thing. Carry back-up supplies. There will be, in this next week a myriad of ideas cascading down through the Gemini brain, and hopefully, some of those ideas will be caught by the pen and ink, dutifully recorded, for later emendation, elucidation, and Gemini action.

Later.
Not now.

This is the time to come up with the processes, the goals, the destinations, the ideas that will require action, later. We got some stuff that’s been on the back of the Gemini brain for a while, and that stuff is starting bubble up and maybe, if you’re not careful, it will boil over. This is the time, to write down those ideas, or, to go to the stovetop metaphor? Lift the lid and sample the stuff that’s been simmering, maybe turn the heat down. This should give you a few ideas, like, just a little more pepper for the stew.

Cancer

Client was trying to record a reading with me, on her phone. Other than the switches themselves, the current iteration of a phone has very few moving parts. Touchscreen, but that’s not a moving part, and the on/off and volume buttons, about it. The phone was churning away with a couple extra open — and running — apps. Caused the delay. Or it’s an old phone. Or it was hacked. Or it was updating, or it was searching for an open WiFi signal — not my phone, I don’t know. Client smacked the side of the phone. A light slap, sort of heard a thunk, but not really. The recording started to work, and I got to work. Technically, the little slap on the side of the phone did nothing to the hardware or the software. But that little nudge, in this case a physical nudge, got the phone to work. I suspect it was the extra few seconds spent messing around with the phone that let it cycle through whatever process was running. I don’t know, not my phone. Like that light tap on the side of the phone? The Moon Children need to jostle the situation. Could be as simple as giving the phone a shake. Old days, a buddy used to smack the side of his cathode-ray-tube monitor to make it work. Same principle. Worked then. Works now, for the Cancer.

The Leo

Inspiration — solutions to the current crisis for The Leo — inspirations come from the strangest of places. I was looking for an answer to a website technical issue question, and one pointer led to another, led to an astronomy site. Not astrology, but astronomy. While I’m a big fan of astronomy, astronomy doesn’t always admit it likes astrology, although, go back half a millennia, and we were all on the same team. Church, science, and all of that separated us, and I tend to downplay my astrology around the astronomers otherwise I just get an eye-roll or worse. However, the solution to the problem, the question, and its answer? Clear as day, right on the astronomy website. Hate to admit, but they got it right. Which is what I was looking for, and finding inspiration plus answers, for The Leo? That’s what we’re all about. Where to find them? Right within the friend-enemy’s realm. I know there’s a portmanteau for that term, friends and enemies, all in one, but I’m not sure how that really plays out for The Leo. The deal is, the answers are there. The solutions are there. Don’t hesitate to look at what your “friends” are doing to find the answers you want.

Virgo

Walking into a store the other afternoon, I was in my rather usual attire, shorts, sandals, bandana mask, and a bright floral shirt. Walking out, going the other way was a similar attired man, bit older than me, wearing socks, sandals, shorts, bandana mask, and a bright floral shirt. At almost the same time, we both looked up, smiled under the masks, and said, “Nice shirt!” To some, this would look like a cosmic twin situation, but for me? Hardly saw it that way. The other guy was older, portly, graying hair as a halo around a burgeoning bald spot, and sporting a medium length ponytail. He was moving slowly, and his measured pace indicated some kind — I’m guessing — age-related infirmity. What I didn’t want to see that this was me in matter of days or weeks, and me and the older guy, we are probably on equal ground, I just had more coffee, or a better night’s rest, the day before. I didn’t even think of him as dopplegänger until I started using this as an example. I see this as an unfair reminder that time is marching forward, and unless we — in Virgo land — take proper care, that could be us. The older, wizened, cozened version we see coming the other way. It’s a mindful mercurial minderMercury is in Retrograde.

Libra

Libra
We’re always looking for the magic elixir that will fix everything. Might not exist. I have one fishing buddy who will vehemently disagree and point out — for him — really good bourbon can serve as a magic elixir and fix most of his problems. But other than that one buddy? For the rest of us, I’m not sure that such a thing exists. With that in mind, trying to find a way to circumvent the inevitable, or a way around a problem that needs some hard work? Not likely. Besides, this Retrograde Mercury is eventually headed back into Libra, which will only serve to confuse and confound the problems. While I’m a big fan of a magic elixir that cures problems, like my buddy’s solution? Think these planets spell out a different solution. There’s always that uncomfortable reality we all must face. Now, since Mercury is Retrograde? Maybe breaking down the bigger problems into smaller, more manageable-sized pieces would help. Instead of the giant, jumbo problem? Think about making it into a half-dozen “fun size” problems, instead. See if that helps.

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Horoscopes for 10.15.2020

I am very cold, and all the stars are out too,
The little stars and all, that look like aglets.
The sun has seen my folly.

Horoscopes for 10.15.2020

New Moon in Libra on October 16, 2020 — 2:31 PM? Did I read that right?

Libra

Libra
Recently, I touched on a personal political issue, not a major one, but position I hold near and dear in my own heart. I was talking with a client, and I thought that client held a very similar position. I was wrong. It set off a cataclysmic series of text messages, emails, hateful recriminating diatribes, and all because I merely suggested a position that I like. There is a reason I stay far away from politics when I’m working with astrology clients. My views are my own, and since no one wants to come together? I will keep mine to myself. Easier that way. Just easier. Birthday times. Political rhetoric, especially locally, is running higher than ever. Seems like everyone is a little sensitive, and with the current state, especially with that New Libra Moon opposite Retrograde Mars? The conditions are worse. This can take a bad situation and make it much, much worse. What I would like to do, for Libra? Remind you that certain topics are best if we stay well-away from that subject matter, at least, in situations wherein it might cause a rift. Religion, Politics, and BBQ are hotly debated, here. Of the three? I’d stick with BBQ, for now.

Scorpio

Scorpio starts Oct. 22, 2020, around 6:05 PM, local time. And until then? That new moon pushes a few ideas forward, but given where everything else is, in the Scorpio Chart? I have very mixed emotions about Shakespeare’s (and Fletcher’s) The Two Noble Kinsmen. I was out of school and in London when it was official acknowledged as a “Shakespeare” play, although, honestly, it’s only partly by Shakespeare. But that line?
Portable Mercury Retrograde
“The sun has seen my folly”? I liked it and more than Libra, it resonated with Scorpio — under these conditions. Careful with that “folly,” and I’m not sure now is the time let the others see your folly, so to speak. There’s a persistent urge, from within the well of the Scorpio soul that wants to announce some issue, some deal, some up and coming event. Might want to keep that to yourself until the Sun actually bumps on into Scorpio. Might be foolish if we’re too quick.

Sagittarius

I’m pretty good at avoiding problems. Like work? At one point in my career, I was good at avoiding bill collectors. As I’ve come to discover, that might not be a skill set that is really worthwhile, but I could, at one time, artfully dodge those guys. Kind of wonder if that’s why I sometimes have trouble collecting from certain clients, you know, that whole “Payback” thing? Karma? Anyway, this week is marked with a New Moon in Libra opposite that Mars Retrograde in Aries, which, all in turn sets up a pattern in Sagittarius about something past due coming back around. The question, and here’s where I have to handle this on a case by case basis, the question being, is this something that we owe? Like a past due bill, conveniently forgotten? Or is this a situation where we’re owed, and the money finally comes through, like the check really was in the mail. Not sure, but one way, or another, Mars, and that New Moon, they trigger something for Sagittarius. After paying everyone off, I’m looking forward to an income, previously earned, finally recompensed.

Capricorn

I have an expression, and pretty this derives from my patriarchal lineage, but the expression?

“If it ain’t broke? Don’t fix it.”

There are variations on themes, and I prefer the double negative, “Don’t be fixin’ nuthin’ that ain’t broke.” Sounds better drawled a little, and I’m unsure how that translates elsewhere. But this isn’t about translation, this is about trying to improve on a situation, or a process, that already works. Might not be the most elegant solution, might not be the prettiest, might not even be the most efficient, but, and you knew that was coming, it works. Works well enough, after a fashion. Not the best. Not the worst. I’ve seen worse situations work out, so this isn’t that bad, and for right now? If it ain’t broke, then don’t try and fix it.

“If it ain’t broke? Don’t fix it.”

Aquarius

My introduction to astrology, the kind I tend to favor these last few years? My introduction was via literature. Made sense to me. Early canons of Western Literature are just riddled with astrological references, in especially in Shakespeare’s collected works. Made a good reference point, a place to start. Evidence, in my mind, that this stuff has been handed down for years, and I mean, literally, thousands of years. We seek an understanding of our place in the cosmos by looking at the stars.

It’s about patterns, discernible patterns, and there’s a discernible pattern stating to emerge for Aquarius: minor irritations. These are not major problems, these are minor bugs. A late summer escapee, a bug that hadn’t died yet, buzzing around the Aquarius ear, insistent, and incessant. Not a big deal, unless of course, you decide to swat the big out of the way, then it turns into a St. Vitus dance, where we’re waving our arms around, and other people are looking on, like, “What’s the matter?” So the buzz is like an insistent, incessant insect — annoying to Aquarius but virtually invisible to anyone else. The discernible pattern is about that buzz no one else hears — or sees. What you do? It will be gone before too long.

Pisces

The planet associated with Pisces is Neptune. It’s an amorphous, nebulous kind of energy, in an astrology chart. When nothing else makes sense, it means “spiritual,” which just leaves this wide open to any number of interpretations. In this week, Venus rolls around in Virgo, and opposes Neptune's current placement. Sets up a situation wherein an infatuation leads to poor decisions. How I help? I let you know that this is probably an infatuation, with an idea, with a person, which the idealized version of a person when that person is nothing like that in the real world? The concept is easy enough, understand that relationship material is not always best judged under this influence. There are outliers, otherworldly influences, and possibilities, but as a general rule? “Yeah, no.” Simply put, next few days, as this planetary array gets more focused on being unfocused? Good time not to make a serious commitment — to anything (or anyone).

Promise me, you won’t get married this week?

Aries

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a celebrity? Not a local celebrity, but one that gets nationwide coverage? There’s a couple of beat-up sedans parked outside the front gate, all the time, with photographers and telephoto lens prying? Must be like living under a microscope. Seems a little weird, to me. Then, too, there’s the notion that everything, and I mean everything, can be recorded and documented in life. Just, how much of this is important? The New Moon in Libra is almost directly opposite from that pesky retrograde Mars, and it sets ups a dynamic wherein the energy demands to be answered, but are we sure we want to expend our good, Aries energy like this? Some matters are so minute, unless we’re being followed by a horde of photographers with prying telephoto lens, unless our lives are that interesting? What’s important is separating the Aries wheat from the Aries chaff. Just because we can document every minute detail, does that mean we should?

Taurus

I call them “tea roses.” I am totally unsure of the biological name, from the taxonomy of plants and animals. No idea what they are really called. To me, they are “tea roses.” I have a bush, couple of them, and these have been growing for a while. Not long ago, I trimmed the bush back, I mean I trimmed it back quite a bit. Now, a few weeks later, the lower bush is budding fall flowers of some ilk. Might’ve been a recent rain. Might’ve been cooler temps. Could be my garden skills, but I tend to think of that as my lack of gardening skills. No idea of the cause, but the little buds, opening into flowers was nice to see, albeit briefly. The “half-life” of those little roses is maybe a day or two, at best. The trick was trimming the bush back, then letting the little buds grow out, just some water, I’m pretty big on “Darwin-inspired gardening,” that’s where only the strongest survive. Not sure they really got watered that much, unless it rained. Still, the trick is, was, what I did before Mars was retrograde is what sees the fruit, or the bloom of the flowers, now. Can’t say this snuck up and if you didn’t do anything then? Consider it’s a good time to add organic fertilizer to the mulch in the garden, and that can be a real garden, or just a metaphor.

Gemini

Watching a cop show on TV, technically, a “procedural?” Watching it, I realized that every time the fictional crew dons tactical gear, assault weapons, vests, and other gear? There will be a firefight. I’m not passing judgement, just observing that as soon the “the team” gets all geared up, there will be action with bad guys falling over. Good stunts. I got a cop buddy here, and he trains a great deal. He gets geared up several times a month for training purposes. In the last year, he’s gotten into tactical gear exactly once for a possible situation, and even then, it ended with a peaceful solution. That TV show? 20 or more episodes in a year? 20, or more, tactical situations — in a year? In the real world? He trains more than they do on TV, and yet, he faces less actual emergency situations. Even fewer times is he called upon to actually fire a weapon. He loathes that. He complains about the amount of reports required if a weapon is even drawn, much less, the mounds of reports if a weapon is fired. It’s not like on TV. But you knew that, right? This is a reminder that fiction rarely, if ever, resembles life. Some days it’s close, but in this kind of setting? This week? Not even.

Cancer

End of the summer, and this Mars Retrograde looming up and coming, I decided to strip all the fishing line off of all of my old fishing reels. All of it. There is some that’s been there only a single season, some that’s been there for years, and one, I think that has some ten-year old fishing line on it. The really old stuff was almost brittle, a cheap plastic compound that didn’t age gracefully. That’s why I was replacing it all, and more to the point, I’ve got a couple of rods and reels I won’t be using any time too soon, not until next spring, so I just left the line off. I’ll get around to maintenance, oil, and cleaning, soon enough. The question, then, for this week, what line to put back on? At the time, it was bass fishing, and this looks like coastal inshore, so it varies. There are a bewildering myriad of choices to make about fishing line. Some old debates and some more modern, and then, the color, texture, feel, elasticity, braided, or monofilament? All depends. This, for me, necessitated a couple of trips to the various sporting goods stores, and at least one other place that sells gear. Three stops, no, four stops so far, and I don’t have any new line. I’ve got one old spool of recognizable brand-name line sitting here, but again, at its age, not sure I want to trust it anymore. So what will it be? Since I’m fishing inshore next week? I get try something new, just to break the monotony, and instead of buying a big spool of it? Just get a smaller, single roll. See what happens. It’s good to experiment, and it’s better to replace stuff that is old, brittle and needs to be replaced. Even if Mars is, well, like he is. Get a smaller sample to try.

The Leo

I lived in Austin the bad, old days. One place I lived, saw a parade of low-riders most Saturday nights, along with cars that would hop, jump, and boom, all while flashing chrome and ground-effects neon-like lighting. Great showmanship. Wonderful craftsmanship. Several years ago, I survived an earthquake in Northern Cal. Wasn’t much of a shaker, we were on the other side of the mountain and by the time I was awake, there was a dull roar, felt like a person was shaking the bed, and then? All over. Because it was the other side of the mountain? There was a foundation between us and the epicenter. Knocked a coffee mug off the counter, think that was all, and I might’ve done that, not the quake. With Mr. Mars, where he’s at? It’s is about foundations. Bedrock, mighty Leo, solid foundations. Something is trying to shake the Leo foundation, the core beliefs, the center of the Leo being. That earthquake I was exposed to? The earthly foundation, a mountain’s bedrock, protected me. First question, what are the Leo foundation elements? Then, thinking back to the booming of lowrider, passing in the night, shaking the thin skin of trailer parked in old South Austin? To me, that was almost entertainment, not really an earth-shaking event. So is this really going to be a bad event, this test? Or is this more amusing, at least, amusing for The Leo?

Virgo

I was looking at the labels, they read, “Skinny, slim, athletic.” Missed the middle-aged, comfortable spread that some of us have, and I wondered, and then, it slowly dawned on me, that it wasn’t a store I would be shopping in, not anytime too soon. Not my people. Not my styles, anymore. Not a thread of clothing I cold fit, either.

This is about being comfortable with where we’re at. It’s that simple.

As the planets orbit around the sun and make fleeting influences, one of them — where Virgo is best served — is about being comfortable with what you got, where got, and what it is. For a spell, the current vernacular was, “It is what it is,” and I would add, for Virgo, “and we like it.”

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