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Drifting southerly, I looked up and there was a billboard for a brand of vodka, “Austin’s original craft vodka.” Might’ve been tequila, I can’t recall. Before world-famous BBQ and Tacos were in made South Austin trailer parks?
Back in a time when Shiner and Lone Star were the closest thing to local, artinsinal beer?
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In medias res
It starts in the middle, somewhere in old Austin, a spot that’s since been paved over. Land of myth, mystery, and the magic where cowboys and hippies peacefully co-existed.
The first horoscopes appeared in print when I was a student, e.g. astrofish.net/bio, those early efforts strictly as an exercise. Drifting around the southwest, I landed in Austin, and the horoscopes, writing as the Fishing Guide to the Stars took hold. Vilified, cursed, lauded, and praised?
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These horoscopes combine years of observation and practical application of astronomy, under the guise of “Western” Astrology. Consider that I’ve studied several types of astrology, and I have a working knowledge of a handful esoteric schools of thought. Connect that with a genuine love for Shakespeare’s work and old-fashioned fishing, and there’s the hook.
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The story so far
The longer version?
It was a TexMex place, with a butcher-paper tablecloth, as a nod towards more refined sentiment, and crayons. Me, and some friends, they were half-baked, with a half-basket of chips still uneaten, and hot sauce spilled, we drafted up an idea, me, in a bass boat, with a fishing pole, and the 12 signs of the zodiac dangling from the pole, hence, “Fishing Guide to the Stars.”
That concept launched the first web presences, on a back server with a grad student at UT (University of Texas, Austin). He graduated and moved on, but that effort begat a long line of web servers, with remnants of the code I hammered together back then, bits and pieces of that code still exist in and on the site — to this day. That first real “server” was a shady South Austin location when websites were complicated to erect.
In medias res (The story so far)
Getting to where it is now, landing in the middle of events? Along the way, the monthly became weekly, the weekly got syndicated online and in a few newspapers, and the rest is a long history.
Some of the material in the middle is rather muddled. While a nod towards my betters? These are “horoscopes” based on “Western” framework of the 12 signs of the Western Tropical Zodiac, that’s been around for thousands of years. My interpretation is what’s different. Born out of years of observing, and reading charts as I’ve traversed the countryside, to this day, I still do readings.
In the last twenty years or more, I got to where I would always snag a quote from Shakespeare’s canon, as an introduction, or part of one.
The original format was a few hundred words — the weekly was right at a thousand words, and in the last years, it’s found a comfortable spot north of 2K words in a week, but that varies. Some weeks, there’s not a lot, and some weeks, I wax eloquent, loquacious, or verbose.
The trick is, I’ve been plying my way through cyberspace, with words, as tied to planets and the signs, for a while, and I rather enjoy it. Therein is my answer.
People show up looking for the meaning of life, the why, the wherefore. I can point in the direction, but I can’t walk your path, and this is about metaphorical metaphysical guidance.
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