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Astrology: go.

Explanation of energies.

  1. Aries
  2. Taurus
  3. Gemini
  4. Cancer
  5. The Leo
  6. Virgo
  7. Libra
  8. Scorpio
  9. Sagittarius
  10. Capricorn
  11. Aquarius
  12. Pisces

What does my future hold?



This is material woven into my work on transits, and part of the transit reports I sell, on occasion. See also — Dramatic Irony — yes, “coming soon.”


“The problem with bumpersticker aphorism is that they lack nuance.” Page 143.

Unwasted by Sacha Z. Scoblic

Citadel Press Books. NY: 2011.

Unwasted: My Lush Sobriety


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Eclipse Action Wed, 19 Jul 2017 09:20:00 +0000

Eclipse Action

The mortal moon hath her eclipse endured,
And the sad augurs mock their own presage;
Sonnet 107, lines 5-6

The current eclipse action, the set up for August 2017, starts in July. The beginning of Leo starts with a new moon in Leo, then there is a (partial) lunar eclipse on August 7, culminating in the great American solar eclipse August 21.

The symbolic meaning of the eclipse and that one line from Shakespeare’s Sonnet 107?

The meaning begins on July 23. Start of Leo. That New Moon heralds changes, and this is brought up by Mars, just entering the tropical zodiac sign of Leo, like, almost at the same time. Mars adds activity, drive, kick. This is also “fixed,” as in a fixed sign, so there’s a durable, longer-lasting sense to the action, as well.

This cycle gets more and more confusing, though, and this is where the notion that eclipses are “bad” gets traction — Mars in Leo and Mercury Retrograde, starts in the middle of the mess.

So Mars is cooking in Leo, a fixed sign, and the lunar cycles are on a Leo/Aquarius axis, fixed signs, and the final point where Mercury stops is in Leo, a fixed sign, there’s — obviously — a lot of very stubborn energy that needs release.

With my many years of patient observation, time after time, again and again, eclipses aren’t bad. Unstable? Sure. A sort of temporary mania? Yes, that too. Bad? No. Another Shakespeare allusion, this time in Hamlet, “Nothing’s good or bad but thinking makes it so.”

The exact points highlighted by this cycle, planetary and lunar, start at zero degrees of Leo, up to an including the first couple of degrees of anything “fixed,” i.e., Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius. Then, those same signs are affected in the middle, say 13-17 degrees, and finally, 27, 28, 29 degrees. All get a thump.

Eclipse Action

The mortal moon hath her eclipse endured,
And the sad augurs mock their own presage;

A great number of sad augurs should be mocking their own predictions. Look back see what was said, then see what happens. I know that I deal largely in allegory, myth, and metaphor. There are no presumptions, otherwise. So the exact nature of this planetary action isn’t nearly as “bad” as predicted.

Unstable? Sure. Bad? No. No way.

What the lunation will certainly bring forward, thrust into the limelight, and otherwise make obvious? Cracks in the system, and cracks that need to be repaired. Perhaps the source of the damage will be more obvious by the end of the cycle, not really coming to a collusion with a more (Virgo-specific, Virgo-perfect) answer as of 9/6/2017 (New Moon, Virgo — Mercury direct 9/5, see how that times?)

Eclipse Action

Framed with lunar cycles, fraught with eclipse perils, this cycle is about what is steadfast, and what isn’t.

Eclipse Action

Find me in person?

Eclipse Action

Book a phone consultation?

Eclipse Action

Oh what fresh hell is this, the “contextual ads,” running alongside that link for Sonnet 107?

Not mine own fears, nor the prophetic soul
Of the wide world, dreaming on things to come,
Can yet the lease of my true love control,
Suppos’d as forfeit to a confin’d doom.
The mortal moon hath her eclipse endur’d,
And the sad augurs mock their own presage,
Incertainties now crown themselves assur’d,
And peace proclaims olives of endless age.
Now with the drops of this most balmy time
My love looks fresh, and Death to me subscribes,
Since spite of him I’ll live in this poor rhyme,
While he insults o’er dull and speechless tribes;
And thou in this shalt find thy monument,
When tyrants’ crests and tombs of brass are spent.

Shakespeare’s Sonnet 107

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The Year of Lear Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:20:00 +0000

The Year of Lear

The Year of Lear – James Shapiro

Shakespeare is basically Quentin Tarantino with a thesaurus.
Trevor Noah 06/13/2017

Bought as an afterthought, then I checked some Amazon reviews, wow, slaughtered. That LA Review of Books piece was quote laudatory, way I read it. The sages on amazon, at one point, were quite without a dram of mercy. In part, this begs the question of scholarly interest as I lack the correct amount to judiciously weigh in.

But when I picked the book up and started reading it, I think I got it about the time the paperback came out, I was pleasantly thrilled with academic without being too dry or preachy.

Nothing can be made out of nothing. (4.126)

Shakespeare’s King Lear is a tough play. Doesn’t end well, simply put.

The Year of Lear

But Lear is a tough play.

“The result was the darkest tragedy Shakespeare ever wrote—” Page 63.

As seen here, The Year of Lear.

The Year of Lear

The Year of Lear – James Shapiro

The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606

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iPad 10.5 Mon, 17 Jul 2017 09:20:00 +0000

iPad 10.5

Interesting review. Points to the problem with “Fake News” and journalism in general. I tend to trust that site, pretty implicitly, as, over the years, the narrator has proven to be correct, time and again.

But the site isn’t an outlet like that. Just one person’s voice, who, over the years, has proven good, time and again.

My singular complaint about my iPad Pro (12.9) is the size. It is not comfortable for me, to read a book, in bed. Granted, it is lighter than some epic tomes, but yeah, not nearly as comfortable as the older, slightly smaller form factor, iPad (earlier version, now called a 9.7)

See how it works. I still have, after the years, the keyboard and keyboard holder that flips out, or farther, folds out to make a device-agnostic stand with an Apple Wireless Keyboard part of the picture.

Yes, we’ll just see how this works.

iPad 10.5

Other review here.

One friend — I know her retirement portfolio has Apple Stock, and she wears an Apple iWatch — she suggested the incremental upgrade wasn’t worth the price. She was all about not getting the new one. She also has several old ones with no serious means of recycling.

What was fun, almost comic, is that the shift from one machine back to another, albeit slightly smaller form factor, the shit was less difficult than I thought it would be. Overthinking the cellular data package, al that was required was slipping out a SIM card and popping it into the new machine. Almost too easy.

Don’t overthink an upgrade.

iPad 10.5 & Workflow

Ten Percent, maybe a touch more. Most weeks, I produce a short video/podcast clip.

That was my first full battery test execution, about a five minute video, shot, edited, and then uploaded — burned a little more than ten percent of the battery. I was trying to use LTE only, but that didn’t work out: WiFi was faster.


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Halcyon Days in Austin Sun, 16 Jul 2017 09:20:00 +0000 Greetings from Austin

Halcyon Days in Austin

Thanks for the memories? Matchbook cover fell out when I was digging around. That puts it at 10, maybe 12 years old. Or older, yet. Speaks to the veracity of the advertising claim that material like this lives on with an undeteremined lifespan for carrying a marketing message.

Greetings from Austin

Greetings from Austin

While it is a San Antonio image, it also points to me being in Austin, this weekend.

In Austin — this weekend.

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Est Est Sat, 15 Jul 2017 09:20:00 +0000 Greetings from Austin

Est Est

Tried for a Latin joke, and that didn’t work, but that was the original kick-off.

As the kids say, “It is what it is.”


Short for “Established.”

So my writing as an astrologer, the first horoscopes were drafted in 1987. Brief, tabloid run. The monthly was regular — and in regular electronic distribution — on a nascent web in 1993, going weekly in July 1995, with a web-exclusive publication time of Sunday nights/Monday mornings.

We did it “by hand” back in the old days.

Timing wasn’t a sure thing.

So looking at the image for Frank’s sign, Est. 1929 gave me pause.

What would be the correct “Est.” date? 1987? 1993? Its own URL, in 1998? The moniker itself, “Fishing Guide to the Stars” has been in professional use since 1991, or thereabouts.

Est Est

So what would be the established date? If I’m completely honest, I didn’t exactly have a destination when I set out; I have stumbled forward, guided by fate, faith, blind luck, and sheer lack of will power.

Greetings from Austin

Greetings from Austin

So what would be the best “Est.” date? 1987? 1995? 1998?

Currently, I like Est. 1993, Austin. Texas.

In Austin — this weekend.

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Three Choices Fri, 14 Jul 2017 19:40:00 +0000 Bio pic

Three Choices

This weekend, there are three choices. One is an event in San Antonio. I’m not there this weekend. Another is the annual Body Mind Spirit Expo at Austin’s Palmer Event Center. It’s been a half-dozen years since I’ve worked with that promoter, always a pricey option for me — and the clients.

I’m not there, either.

Finally, there’s the longest-standing event, now called the Spiritual Life Productions event. That’s where I will be.

Bio pic

Bio pic

Three Choices

Of the Three Choices for the weekend, the Ides of July, can’t say I wasn’t clear about my location: Norris Center (next to the old Northcross Mall) — in Austin.

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Trust Me Fri, 14 Jul 2017 09:20:00 +0000

Trust Me

How I know this one, trust me, I’m a doctor.

This weekend: Austin —

See listing for details —


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Pink Flamingo Thu, 13 Jul 2017 19:40:00 +0000 Greetings from Austin

Pink Flamingo

The difference 70 miles can make?

I had an interaction with a client, one of those situations where the “seer” (me) wasn’t seeing what the client wanted seen.

Not reading what the customer wanted red.

I used terminology that would be 100% normal in Austin. In San Antonio? Not so much.

However as a better way to illustrate the difference, in Austin? I can wear a Pink Flamingo bandana, and the only upturned eyebrow will be, “Know where I can get one of those? I like it.” Common comment — again, Austin — not gender-specific.

Walking into the rock shop one morning, a couple of the counter clerks squealed, “I saw those for sale! Almost got one for you! We should all wear one!”

Pink Flamingo

There was a time, when one nursery used to have a flock of pink flamingoes that would gradual migrate out to their corner’s verge, but, apparently, the recent influx of out-of-town residents didn’t appreciate the subtle humor. No idea, I lost track.

But the idea remains, and alongside a buddha, I have a small collection of pink flamingos in my own backyard, de rigueur, non?

Pink Flamingo

So obscure, outlandish, bright, garish, flippant, rude, gnarly dude, all of that is OK in Austin. In San Antonio, now, I have to be slightly more circumspect.

Odd, there just seems to be a slightly more upscale kind of client in San Antonio. Maybe that’s it?

The Pink Flamingo, whether it’s on a shirt, on a bandana on my head, or in the yard? That seems to be a telling difference.

Pink Flamingo

Picture of the bandana’s pattern is here

Greetings from Austin

Greetings from Austin

In Austin, this week, see listing for details:

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Eleanor Oliphant Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:20:00 +0000

Eleanor Oliphant

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

Firstly thought was living lives of quiet desperation.

Waxing: morituri te salutant

All the studies show that people tend to take a partner who is roughly as attractive as they are; like attracts like, that is the norm. Page 26.

Waxing eloquent as a Comedy of manners?

Weird little book, apparently short-listed for a prize, which is how I found it.


Life. Birth. Family. Death. Dry humor, that one.

Too British by half, I think, the U.K. equivalent of an MFA first novel, but, what with British eccentricities? Yeah, that works.

My own definition, an MFA novel is one that is produced by cultured, educated products of the US’s MFA plans, a little too highbrow for some. The story and plot are so tightly interwoven with almost poetic prose, with layers upon layer of symbolism from ancient classics to over-the-top pop-culture allusion. While I appreciate the level of sophistication — sometimes? It is a little much, more like, “Watch how clever I am,” rather than material of substance. Usually, the term is, “Critical success,” and “literary critics loved it.”

So halfway through, I’m thinking this is a British equivalent an MFA novel, but, since it is British? I’m amused rather than disturbed. Could very well be satire, too.

I cannot recall, off the top of my head, the title of another book that was based, in part, on traditional therapy. Pretty sure I read one or two like that, though. The therapy thing, part of the last third.

The pacing is smooth, the writing is crisp and clean, with a little extra doily of lace, to set it apart as a veddy British book. While not immediately apparent, reading with the vague descriptions of place, it is easily identifiable as London.

In its own right, a thought-provoking novel with certain rather Freudian images left over. Without giving too much away?

Eleanor Oliphant

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: A Novel

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Job Title Wed, 12 Jul 2017 19:40:00 +0000

Job Title

Just a few from the list, each and every day?


Tarot Reader
Research Assitant
Web Programmer
Of Council
Web Designer
Graphic Artist
Content Producer
Public Relations
Travel Agent
Booking Agent
Accounts Receivable
Accounts Payable
Copy Editor
Promotions Manager
Research and Development Team Lead

Astrology Boffin

I’ll think of some more. The two I like best are writer and astrology boffin. Sparkle Faerie isn’t bad, either, but that’s pretty much localized to Austin.

And, of course, Fishing Guide to the Stars.

Some handles never die.

Job Title

In Austin, this weekend —

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Family Proud Wed, 12 Jul 2017 09:20:00 +0000

Family Proud

It wasn’t bad enough that I pursued an English degree, no, not like the family wouldn’t be disappointed enough, I took up as an astrologer…

Yeah, no worries about respect from my family.

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At the Rock Shop Again Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:20:00 +0000 Sparkle Faerie

At the Rock Shop Again

Looks like Austin, At the Rock Shop Again, at Nature’s Treasures, for a Tuesday.

Often in Austin

Tuesday at Nature’s Treasures.

4103 North IH-35 Austin, Texas 78722
Store phone: 512-472-5015
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

It’s really him,” at the rock shop in Austin.

Sparkle Faerie

Sparkle Faerie

Use the code, “sparkle faerie” at the check out — for applicable discounts.

Vincit Qui Primum Gerit

“First to arrive gets the best deal.”


Two-Meat Tuesday – Kramer Wetzel

Two-Meat Tuesday: Astrofish.Net/Xenon


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Prime Day Specials Mon, 10 Jul 2017 19:40:00 +0000

Prime Day Specials

Bare Foot Astrology (Volume 1)

Bare Foot Astrology


Portable Mercury Retrograde:’s Mercury in Retrograde

Portable Mercury Retrograde

Fishing Guide to the Stars – fishing for love

Fishing Guide to the Stars – fishing for love

Pink Cake

Two-Meat Tuesday: Astrofish.Net/Xenon

Two-Meat Tuesday

Bexar County Line

San Pedro Creek

Drawer For Wishes

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Comic Sans Mon, 10 Jul 2017 09:20:00 +0000 BareFoot Astrology

Comic Sans

At the old, original location for my blog,, I wanted a casual feel to the material. Like an old pair of faded jeans, worn through at the knees and maybe ripped along a seam, one hem torn, rent asunder.

The original book covers, I used Comic Sans as a type, preferring a casual, sort of like handwriting, but not really, kind of feel. Now it is mocked, as a design element, clunky, over-wrought. At the time? It reflected that casual, right out of the trailer park, look and feel I wanted.

Because it is casual. This whole conversation, non-stop for a quarter of a century now, off the cuff, off the rails, at times, I am wrong, not that it would stop me from pondering out loud, and in public.

Comic Sans

It was, in retrospect, a bad choice then, but this is a bad choice I live with, even now. I have a few older copies of my books, and there it is, in all its purported casual glory and bad typography: Comic Sans.

We all makes mistakes.

I wanted a handwritten look, without actually using my own near-illegible hieroglyphic-type of symbols lettering.

These days, I opt for simplest, easiest to read. I watched as one site cycled back to a simpler format, one that I would love to emulate, but the design looks almost too-retro. Like using Comic Sans.

Comic Sans

Goes back to formative piece of software that did prompt creative potential, making it easy to layout comic book looking designs, and it included a special bit-mapped font that was comic book lettering.

Think that’s where this started, for me, that aged software, didn’t even use it for that long, but the casual essence it imparted was what was so important.

Comic Sans

I did have, still do to a certain extent, have that aggressively casual sense about me. By limiting choices, like, what to wear, I free my mind for what I tend to like the most, crafting my horoscopes.

Comic Sans is still on the covers of the first books, and I think, maybe as headers in Two-Meat Tuesday.


Two-Meat Tuesday – Kramer Wetzel

Two-Meat Tuesday: Astrofish.Net/Xenon

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Vision Sun, 09 Jul 2017 19:40:43 +0000 Vision


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Star Biscuit Sun, 09 Jul 2017 09:20:00 +0000 Star Biscuit

Star Biscuit

Star Biscuit

Star Biscuit

Maybe not the last one, but perhaps the last of this cycle?

Image is from side street in town that is a side street, like stepping back in time, Smithville, TX. Probably won’t last much longer.

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Well Behaved Children Sat, 08 Jul 2017 09:20:00 +0000 Well Behaved Children

Well Behaved Children

Well behaved children are welcome
All others will be made into pie

Well Behaved Children

Well Behaved Children

Well Behaved Children

Just, from Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus?


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Radio Equipped Fri, 07 Jul 2017 19:40:00 +0000 Radio Equipped

Radio Equipped

Radio Equipped

Radio Equipped

In Smithville, TX.

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Rise and Fall of Dodo Fri, 07 Jul 2017 09:20:00 +0000

Rise and Fall of Dodo

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. – Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland

“But there was never any doubt as to the gist: some manner of cause-and-effect relationship existed between the rise of scientific knowledge and the decline of magic.” Page 42.

According to one interview or authorial note, Neal Stephenson would write his novels all the way through, and after Snowcrash, all of his work tended towards the epic tome, the 900-page door-stop hardback.

Buying a copy, at the bookstore, hefting the brick-like book, clerk asked if it was Science Fiction, and no, his last novel Seveneves was squarely science fiction, but The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O probably isn’t, and that is merely from a cursory reading of a few pages.

I think this is the second or third novel of his that I’ve bought, both as a book and then, again, as a digital copy. In the last two decades, his publisher uses that good, book-making material so the hardbacks are durable, and stand up to re-reading. More important, the material tends to be engaging. The digital copy is just easier to lay awake at night, in bed, and read. I imagine that it’s like reading under the covers with a flashlight.

While it is easy to see, or easy to read, in the first hundred pages or less, the Neal Stephenson characteristic pacing, plot, story, all the elements that are his defining parts are quite present. Deft, dense weaving. The subject matter shows the work of the co-author, as it veers from straight tech and extrapolated technology into — presto/change-o — magic!

While there has always been an element of the fantastic in Stephenson’s canon, this one has a lighter note, and in some respects echoes back to the same yarn spinning in SnowCrash.

Rise and Fall of Dodo

Dr. Strangelove, the movie, dated almost before the author himself, and yet, there’s an echo of that, too.

“We’ve seen it before in creative arts settings, especially storytelling. If you think about what is going on in a storyteller’s mind when he or she spins a fictional yarn, what they are trying to do is to come up with a story that did not actually happen, but that seems as if it might have happened. In other words, it has to make sense and to be plausible. Typically such a story makes use of real places, historical events, characters, etc. but the events of the story itself seem to take place in an alternate version of reality.” Page 684.

Authors, do sneak themselves in, non?

Rise and Fall of Dodo

Sprawling, epic novel. Time travel, magic, mayhem. Great stuff, if one likes that sort of thing. I do. Brilliant, and a sidestep from his previous work.

Rise and Fall of Dodo

Cover shot.

Rise and Fall of Dodo

As an addendum to a previous thought, I think the digital copy of this book has been “updated,” two, three times since it first came out?

Rise and Fall of Dodo

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. – Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.: A Novel

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