Week of: 2/1-7/99

A mote it is to trouble the mind's eye.
In the most high and palmy state of Rome,
A little are the mightiest Julius fell,
The graves stood tenantless and the sheeted dead
Did squeak and gibber in the Roman streets;
As stars with trains of fire and dews of blood,
Disasters in the sun; and the moist star
Upon whose influence Neptune's empire stands
Was sick almost to doomsday with eclipse;
And even the like precurse of fierce events,
As harbingers preceding still the fates
And prologue to the omen coming on,
Have heaven and earth together demonstrated
Unto our climatures and countrymen.
But, soft! behold! lo! where it comes again.

[Re-enter Ghost.]

Horatio in Shakespeare's Hamlet [I.i]

That old ghost always remeinds me of ground hog day, same sort of apparition. For good of for ill? Ay, that's the question.

Tuesday is ground hog day -- but in Texas, we prefer to look for Armadillos.
Aries [3/23-4/20]: Venus seems to be moving pretty quick, and she's in your 12th House, at least, by Solar definition, and what does that mean? It means you need to rush headlong, like you always do, and get about your important Aries business. But as far as the Romance thing goes, just put it off this week. To be sure, there will be some romance, but it might not be the variety that you are looking for. You might feel like your Third Cousin, the one from the trailer park, shows up at your door step, and suggests that you play doctor like you used to when you were kids. It's not a good idea.

Taurus [4/21-5/22]: You've got this one last little deal that you've been working on, okay, so it's a big deal, not a little deal, and that one little deal needs you to look over its paperwork. I hate to break it to you, but you've got a long week of work-related stuff going on, and it's like working on an outboard motor: it's something you have to do yourself. You can't get anyone to help you this week. Now, what's the reward for all of this solitary work? You will win some wide acclaim for your efforts, but right now, you feel like the Lone Ranger, out there, all by yourself, with nothing but a horse called "Trigger." I always did wonder what was under that mask.

Gemini [5/23-6/21]: This is a better than average week. Of course, any week with a few Gemini highlights is going to be a better than average week. In fact, just about anything a Gemini touches is going to be better than average. But I'm digressing, and I wouldn't want the Gemini's to think that I was trying to curry favor with them. The deal is simple, see, the Sun is in Aquarius, along with Mr. Mercury, and that makes a nice, strong, beneficial angle to Gemini land. So the the real trick, this week, is to make use of all this wonderful Gemini energy, the old intellectual side is going to feel refurbished, like someone just gave you new seat covers for that old truck.

Cancer [6/22-7/22]: This what is commonly called a "disaster" time for Cancer. It's not you personally, although, I wouldn't hesitate to suggest that you feel like it you personally. It's just an odd combination of morning planets. The easiest thing for you to do is to pick on old stuff which needs to be attended to, and stick to that. In other words, those taxes you didn't do last month really need your attention this week. Like I said, you're just doing a little clean up because that's what comes easiest this week. While everyone is rushing around, you should be attending to minute details, details like: which fishing lure earrings go best with this outfit?

Leo [7/23-8/23]: What wild lunar ride you have this week. It starts out, well, it starts out a lot like the way Bubba usually starts the BBQ grill: way too much lighter fluid. And then, there he is, with flames licking the underside of the clouds, calmly smoking a cigar as the neighbors call the fire department. Now, my fine Fire Sign [did I ever tell you Leo was my favorite fire sign?], it's time to get out there and tell the emergency workers who show up at your doorstep that yes, you do actually have everything under control. Just relax a bit. It's not anything to worry about.

Virgo [8/24-9/23]: Hello my fine Virgo friend. I'll try to be as nice as possible. But with the media hype surrounding us these days, it;'s hard for me to cover this topic for this week with anything but ham-fisted approach. It's like fishing with dynamite; it's not an exact science. And neither is the headache you're getting from the romance department, either. In fact, romance, for you--for this week only--is going to feel like a major painful operation. Now, I'll give you a hint: your head won't hurt as much once you stop banging it against that fixed, immovable object called a brick wall. That sums up the romance this week. Next week? Things look much brighter as the big day approaches. Have faith. And no pot shots at your astrologer buddy.

Libra [9/24-10/23]: Libra land is good place to be this week. In fact, it's a great place to be at this time of this year. Nothing could be finer. All your Neurons are aligning with all the little synapses and everything is clicking along just fine in the "neck up department" if you know what I mean. Therein is the good news. The only problem you might encounter this week is that some folks seem to lack a degree of patience when you're explaining things, trying to make a point clear. Ease up on it a little. Cut the verbosity to a minimum. Choose them words with care. Act like a poet and trim away the excess, know what I mean?

Scorpio [10/24-11/23]: Two degrees of Mars is what you get this week. That's the exact number of degrees that the little red one moves in your sign. This comes under the heading of "good thing" as far as I'm concerned. And it's a good thing for you, too, as far as you're concerned. Mars ruled to "rule" Scorpio, back before 1930. And, Mars still has a big impact on your life, especially this week. In fact, "big impact" might be a little bit of an understatement, but being the good Scorpio that you are, you can work with this brilliant juxtaposition of words. Mars might make you a little accident prone, but it still means you are going to have an energetic week.

Sagittarius [11/24-12/21]: Romance mean anything to you, my fine Sagittarius friend? It should. Now, does the term "compulsive behavior" mean anything to you? Let's skip the quiz part of this week's news and get to the point. There is romance blooming all around you, like Texas Wildflowers which are coming up too early in the season. And like those same wildflowers, you are going to experience a few chilly nights this week when you wind up alone, freezing your backside off, and wondering where all that sudden good romance went. So careful with the romantic entanglements this week. Don't act in hasty manner. Or a rash manner. In fact, a hasty manner could produce a rash. See you Medical doctor for details.

Capricorn [12/22-1/20]: Other signs are having a bit of tough luck as we approach the big V. Day. You, how so ever, are not having near the trouble that some folks are. And this little streak of good luck looks as if it will continue right on through the weekend. You just have to remember that your good fortune doesn't always make us happy. I'm not naming signs, but you need to be extra careful about a certain Fixed Water sign who delights in other peoples' misfortune. Don't let this get you done. Just be extra cautious about touting you good point this week. It's like being in a boat, and you're the one who keeps catching all the fish -- your partner doesn't like it when you change positions, and yet you still continue to reel them in.

Aquarius [1/21-2/18]: I was watching a classic movie about Texas, and I noticed that, on the screen, the Texans all hollered a lot. Two night later, I was watching another movie, this time on TeeVee, and I noticed that the Texans, in the room with me, hollered a lot. So, if you are from the LARGEST UNFROZEN STATE, then I expect you to holler a lot this week. And even if you're not Texan, I still expect this behavior to be quite pronounced in you this week. It's because Mercury just make you more vocal than usual. So pretend you're a Texan, if you're not from the Great State, and go ahead, give in to that urge. Pretend you're herding cattle, or watching a rodeo.

Pisces [2/19-3/22]: Venus is supposed to be a calm and pacifying planet. It indicates things like love, perhaps that would be love on the most spiritual of all levels. Then again, you ARE a Pisces, so perhaps that's something a little different, perhaps it's a more mundane influence that you are feeling. Doesn't matter what the feeling is, though, Venus is going to have a very positive effect on your love life this week. There's one thing I will promise, you will not be bored. Nope, anything BUT that. No boredom here. And, to make this a better picture, some of the "less than wonderful" influence from the planets this week, well, they actually help you out. Enjoy the good times!

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