Horoscopes for 8.16.2018

You fools! I and my fellows
Are ministers of Fate.

Ariel in Shakespeare’s The Tempest 3.3.60-1

    Mercury starts to unwind from its Retrograde Pattern August 18, at 11 degrees of Leo. Happy birthday?

Horoscopes for 8.16.2018

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The Leo

The Leo

The Leo


Let’s just sit back and enjoy the week? Birthdays, the last of The Leo celebrations, and Mercury. Mars, too, but mostly Mercury, and despite the rectification of the visual course of Mercury? (Mercury going un-retrograde), despite that apparent motion, there’s still free floating material that wants to get attached, and maybe not in a healthy way. Like burrs in The Leo mane? Ultimately, not life-altering, just minimally inconvenient — and we know what the culprits are, the source of ire, mostly still Mercury in Retrograde, and as such? You know what to do.

“No, what should I do?”

The Leo: Do nothing. Avoid problems.

Virgo

Pretty much click/link bait, but still? “8 delicious recipes for cauliflower.” That’s how the title read. At this point in my life, there are certain items that I found distasteful. Cauliflower is one. The reaction I have more emotional than serious physical allergy, but the results are similar. I don’t like cauliflower, and I don’t want to eat anything that has that as the main component. Might be personal, but that’s my sentiment, and there’s not much use in trying to change my attitude. There are NO delicious recipes for cauliflower, and any attempt to persuade me otherwise? Waste of time. Waste of time and energy.
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Horoscopes for 8.9.2018

    When sorrows come, they come not single spies,
    But in battalions
    The King in Shakespeare’s Hamlet (4.5.69-70)

Portable Mercury Retrograde

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Horoscopes for 8.9.2018

The Leo

The Leo

The Leo


A familiar axiom in some circles? “Always Be Testing.” Means we (the royal “We” for The Leo) are always working on ways to make it better, and we test each change, and them implement the change. Or, like this week for The Leo? We make a change, test it, find out that it might not work on a broader scale, and discard the change. The problem with normal people is that they would all consider that an epic fail. For The Leo? it was an experiment that proved that the hypothesis was incorrect. Tried one way, didn’t work. Try another way, see if that’s any better? Yes, now you’re catching on. In implied, slightly hyperbolic way of saying it? “Even a negative result is a result.” The planets are stacked against certain success. Doesn’t mean there aren’t some wins among the losses, but it does mean that The Leo should consider the actions that don’t work as planned? Consider those “beta” or “rough draft,” or whatever terminology seems to fit. It’s not failure, just means we need further testing.

I can still see, in my mind’s eye, one of my buddies, “Man, I just fixed that; it went way too easy. That scares me.”

Be willing to be surprised, but also: test, first.

Virgo

Virgo

The Virgin


Her T-Shirt read, “One Man Wolf Pack.” Not sure if it was a just small Men’s shirt, or if it was really one of those that was cut to fit a female, but it was form-fitting. The growling, or grinning, wolf’s head on the front? I think the position was a little different from what it all looked like, to me. She could easily have been a one-person wolf-pack, and lord knows, the females are way scarier than the males. Might just be my take, but it holds up well with empirical evidence, observed through the years.
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Horoscopes for 8.2.2018

Good Lord, what madness rules in brain-sick men,
When for so slight and frivolous a cause
Such factious emulations shall arise!

    King Henry VI, in Shakespeare’s Henry 6 pt. 1 (IV.i.112-4)

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Horoscopes for 8.2.2018

The Leo

The Leo

The Leo


Not long ago, I had a wish sandwich. That’s two pieces of bread, and I wished I had some meat. Honestly, I wasn’t really wishing for the meat, or the meat by-product that is used in most packaged luncheon meat (like) slices. The other afternoon, hungry after working and drinking coffee all morning on an empty stomach, I rummaged around the ice box and came up with BBQ Chili, cheese (like) slices, and some leftover hot dog buns. I fixed a chili cheese dog only there was no hot dog. Just chili and some cheese (like) substance on top. I’m unsure of the cheese-like substance, unsure of its real provenance. These are two examples of making do with a little less. To an average person, it would seem that I was making something and missed out on getting everything. In both examples, though, that was exactly like I intended it to come out. Just sliced bread, spread, and nothing else. Or the hot dog bun, with chili and cheese on top. No hot dog.

Consider the plans for the day, for the week, for The Leo, what’s ahead. Consider, too, some combination — I used my lunch at home as an example — consider a plate like that. Some, but not all, of the ingredients. To an outside observer, it looks like you forgot something. To me, with a knowing nod to The Leo, we both acknowledge that you intended it this way.

It’s a Mercury is Retrograde thing.

Virgo

Virgo

The Virgin


I rarely wear cowboy boots except on the coldest of days and “State Occasions,” which — to me — are defined as “marrying and burying.” South Texas is warm most of the time, makes it easier. So when I slip into cowboy boots, it’s always a bit of transition. Think I’m down to only one or two pair of boots, too. Like it like that, less is more. One for dress up and one for work. My cowboy boots tend to have all-leather soles. Slippery when wet. Or slippery on certain floor surfaces like the polished marble in that one lawyer’s office.
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Horoscopes for 7.26.2018

    “Drums, strike alarum, raise them from their sport,”
    Young Mortimer in Marlowe’s Edward II, 2.3.26

Breaking, briefly, with tradition, as this is a “Close enough to count” scenario, but using Young Marlow as a source, an early contemporary of Shakespeare. There was something about the scene that reminded me we needed to be reminded.

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Mercury starts its retrograde pattern in earnest and? Total Lunar Eclipse July 27, 2018. That means?

Horoscopes for 7.26.2018

The Leo

The Leo

The Leo


The part of the passage I liked the best was the part about, “Drums, strike alarum...” and that fits well for The Majestic Leo.

One of my classic mental images of The Leo was an old family friend (Leo in case it wasn’t obvious), at the head of the family dining table, carrying on about an issue. Might’ve been a big deal, might’ve been a small point of order, but a big deal in The Leo’s eyes.

As the “Lord of the Manor,” that Majestic Leo held court and held forth about whatever it was. He also sat there and lifted not one finger to address the issue itself. Hint: birthday time, Leo time, maybe be your “lordly” self for this next few days.

Virgo

Virgo

The Virgin


When in doubt? The twin influences of the eclipse in its location, in your chart, and the mercurial Mercury pattern suggests that there is doubt. More doubt than usual. More questioning. More questions than answers. More of my patented, trademarked, “I don’t know.” So the answer, and I lifted this from an internet meme, a simple piece of art?
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Horoscopes starting 7.19.2018

Horoscopes starting 7.19.2018

    Proteus: Beshrew me, but you have a quick wit.
    Speed: And yet it cannot overtake your slow purse.

in Shakespeare’s
Two Gentlemen of Verona (1.i.106-7)

Venus (Virgo) opposes Neptune (Pisces) this week.

Horoscopes starting 7.19.2018

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Cancer

The Crab - the Moonchild

The Crab


Happy birthday! Some years ago, a storekeeper in San Antonio had an interesting bit of her own graffiti — and this came up recently. Ten ways to make iced coffee more interesting, and her solution? Tequila. I don’t even know what the rest of the link-bait article suggested. I liked an iced espresso. Done properly, it lasts all afternoon, and is only a single/double shot of espresso, a proper receptacle, and ice. Gradually, the ice melts. Reminds me of a summer trip in England. It’s your birthday time. I’m unsure if the reference about ways to make iced coffee interesting or the manufacture of iced coffee in certain climates, unsure if that applies. But the tequila in the coffee? If it really is a birthday time, and it is the time for Cancer/Moon children, and the very edge of Leo-time, and as such, think about that first version of interesting coffee. Then think about getting someone else to do the driving. Get a non-Cancer to drive, and have some interesting coffee. Works for me.

The Leo

The Leo

The Leo


What was the best summer job you had? I worked for close to two years as a bartender at a sleazy bar in the marginally bad side of town, from day bartender to bar manager, to featured star to unemployed, all for what should’ve just been a summer job. But as summer jobs go, think that was one of my best. So the question is, what was your best summer job?
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