Fishing Guide to the Stars for the week 6.9.2011

"Every time
Serves for the matter that is then born in 't."
Shakespeare's Antony & Cleopatra [II.ii.12-3] Gemini: Gemini Birthdays! Yes! Party! Happy birthday to that one, special Gemini. Old story, there. Don't have time or space for that tale, but I do have some happy birthday material for my little Gemini friends. Hillsboro, TX: the sleepy, little hamlet was thrust into the national spotlight some years ago when Willie Nelson (music icon, legend, Taurus, Space Cadet) was arrested for alleged drug possession. Other than that, the only remarkable comment I had for Hillsboro, it's between Waco and Ft. Worth on the Interstate, and it hosts the annual "Guitar and Gun" show. It's one of those uniquely Texas kind of event. Guitars and guns, where else would those two seemingly distant items mix so well together? Which makes it the perfect June celebration destination for Gemini. There is so much cooking in Gemini, and this week adds Venus to the fray. Mercury, Sun, Full Moon in Sagittarius, and Venus pops into Gemini. Need a new destination a little off the usual Gemini track. Pick one. Pick any. My suggestion is choosing something just like that Guitar and Gun Show. Two items that don't belong together. Perfect for the Gemini celebrations. This week, make it happen. Cancer: For most of its history, San Antonio has been larger -- and the most cosmopolitan -- destination in Texas. Bigger than the other big cities, like Houston, Dallas, Austin. For most of the region's history, San Antonio was the largest city in Texas. It wasn't until the last hundred years or less, the other towns started explosive growth. I'd attribute it to "We got discovered." Folks figured out that the climate was good, the fishing was good, the hunting was good (if you're into that sort of thing), and the business climate was excellent. Maybe not so much anymore, but at one time, this was the place to be. Texas isn't really "southwest," and it's certainly not really "deep south," which leaves it alone unto its self. San Antonio, was, at one time, the center. "Remember the Alamo."
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Fishing Guide to the Stars starting 6.2.2011

"To the noble mind
Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind."
Shakespeare's Hamlet, Prince of Denmark [III.i.112-3]

Jupiter bumps into Taurus.

astrofish.netGemini: Blueberry nachos. Born out of necessity, it was a kitchen experiment that should be rated as an epic fail. Epic-fail. Blueberries are good. Good for you. Nachos, usually melted cheese substance and corn chips, combined, layered, heaped, something, together, perhaps with sliced peppers or other condiments, on top. Not blueberries. I tried. Just really doesn't work. I have some kitchen experiments that have turned out well. Others, not quite as good. Occasionally, there is an epic failure that generates the "What were you thinking" comment. Blueberry nachos was one such experiment. I'm all for a naturally curious Gemini to experiment. I'm all in favor of some tinkering, toying with, modifying and other forms of experimentation. I'm not for you making one of our typical Gemini leaps that results in conjuring a massive failure like Blueberry Nachos. That doesn't work. Doesn't work on many levels. Some of our ideas are good, others are bad. Cancer: Deepest, darkest secret? Deep, dark fears? What really scares you? As a Cancer, or a Cancer-influenced person, the biggest fears are what matters. The biggest fear, the boogeyman you're most afraid of? The thing that goes bump in the night that frightens you the most. Deepest fears are going to get trotted out for your own, internal pleasure at first. Then, as the this weekend melts into next week?
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For the week starting 5.26.2011

    "What masques, what dances shall we have,
    To wear away this long age of three hours
    Between our after-supper and bed-time?"

Shakespeare's A Midsummer-Night's Dream [V.i.36-8] Gemini: "It was hilarious, I thought so, anyway," a long-winded Gemini explanation, "my husband's truck kept getting broken into, last time, they shattered the driver's window, so he had an alarm installed. Next day, we were out, and he sat on the new remote. He left the truck in gear, and didn't set the parking brake, so it just drove across the parking lot. It was very funny, but he didn't see the humor." Sure it was, as a Gemini you're not immediately involved. However, it was her mate, and he was not amused at her mirth. I thought it was an amusing story, and the truck, trucking across a vacant parking lot? No damage, although a single tree that provided the stopping point, and I'm sure that the tree was inconvenienced. It's about perspective and mistakes. It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt, then it's hilarious. As long as we're not the ones feeling the immediate pain. Dodge the pain, that's part of the message, but be aware that, even though our Gemini selves are much amused? Sometimes it's a good idea to keep our morth to our collective selves. For the time being. Cancer: I paused here in the parking lot. A neighbor's car was missing and in its place was a fancy, high-dollar brand of SUV, a Stupid Utility Vehicle. Not his style, my neighbor, but then, apparently, dealer tags on the truck, it was a loaner. The back gate was opening and closing, like a giant monster's jaw, snapping at some unseen enemy. The lights were flashing on. The horn would honk, intermittently. Strangest sight. Car -- truck -- SUV -- really, looked like a large toy that had gone haywire. I walked off and when I returned, hours later, I ran into that neighbor. We chatted then he explained, his car was in the shop, which explained why there was that SUV. He asked if I saw the show. I nodded. "That's what happens when you wash the remote of the dealer's loaner."
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Fishing Guide to the Stars starting 5.19.2011

"Present fears
Are less than horrible imaginings."
Shakespeare's Scottish Play [I.iii.149-50]

    "I ain't often right but I've never been wrong
    It seldom turns out the way it does in the song"
    ("Scarlet Begonias" composed and written by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter.) Taurus: One of my biggest lesson that I endeavor to impart is about the difference between love and lust. As a younger person, it was easy to confuse the two. As a much younger guy, I'm sure I did. The two are intertwined, hopelessly and inextricably wrapped up in each other's mess. Love and lust. Both begin with a similar sound, the "L" words. Both move mountains. While faith, good works, heroic deeds and good intentions are still waiting on the coffee to kick in, Love/Lust have moved mountains, even pushed continents aside. Crossed the mighty and fearsome seas -- and back. Good deeds? Still in the waiting room of life. Love and/or Lust are far more powerful than any number of other motivating factors. The problem, with Mars-Venus-Mercury intertwined like this? Makes it hard to separate the two emotions. To a younger mind, or even to old guys like me, the difference can pose a challenge. As a Taurus, right now, right here, right now, you're thusly challenged: love. Or lust? Does it really matter? Depends on what your next action is. Depends on what you intend. Gemini: Sometimes, I only catch portions of conversation. Sometimes, I only hear the last little bit, or partial fragment of whatever was the entire statement. Heard and overheard. Bits and pieces. "I know, it's like watching a dog chase a car, right, he gets it, what's he going to do?" I have know idea what this was in reference to. I was in a bar at the time. I don't know who -- or what -- was chasing whom. My imagination, your Gemini imagination, you can fill in the details as you like. However, I'd like to add my own material to the catch phrase, "Like a dog chasing a car, he get it, what's he going to do?" I can just imagine a Gemini buddy of mine with a bumper of a truck in his mouth, and he's slinging that car around like it was a rag doll. Fairly violent imagery for the birthday crowd, but bear with me.
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Fishing Guide to the Stars starting 5.12.2011

"It is the purpose that makes strong the vow."
Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida [V.iii.28]

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The chocolate chip cookie was invented in 1933. (Taurus. It's a Taurus thing.) Taurus: When I lecture, especially in workshops, I use the examples of a couple of my Taurus lovers. Svelte, sensual, cautious, perhaps pedantic, still, there's always that sensual touch. Just works. Usually. Usually a cautious one, aren't you? Mars, Venus, Mercury, and, of course, the Sun are all in your sign here, before too long. This week. I'd step back and look at that comment from my lecture, that suggestion that a Taurus can fail to render a decision in a hasty manner. Between birthdays and inner planets, and Mars, there's a hastening, a quickening, a "hurry up and do this thing!" It's more of a sense rather than a statement. However, that urgency that your Taurus psyche feels and expresses? I'm not sure every other sign is as worried about the urgency. Part of the problem. You're in a hurry and it would seem like we're not. Therein is the main difficulty. The best things to do? Slow it down. Slow it way down. Crawl to an almost complete stop. Folks expect you react one way, since you're not giving in to the usual Taurus characteristics? Don't expect us to understand. Slow down. Please? Gemini: Big, puffy, gray clouds blew in from the coast. Along with that came moisture. Clouds laden with water, and air, warm, damp, hot, humid, like a summer's day -- in Houston. Houston is the only place on the planet possibly more humid than Austin. Not that it matters much, this isn't about "A" town and superlatives, it's about that first real, sincere blast of summer heat, portends a long and hot summer, and it looks like, here in Gemini, it's starting now. Hot. Humid. Sticky damp, while, in theory, the moisture is good for the skin and hair? Yeah, practically, it's not. What's left of my hair just furls but then stray strands hang down and irritate me. That's not what this is about. It's more about that sticky humidity. Not comfortable, and the only relief is in the AC.
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