Fishing Guide to the Stars starting 9.8.2011

"How far the little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in naughty world."
Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice [V.i.100/102]

Full Moon in Pisces, on Monday. Moon Day. Virgo-tinged wild weekend ahead.

Virgo: Happy Birthday! One of the reasons I like living where I do, one of the little perks to bein' in Texas? Girl walks into a restaurant. She's wearing Daisy Dukes, purple cowboy boots, purple sequin vest and matching purple sequin purse. Ensemble worked. She wasn't really young, so I'll surmise that she was reasonably fit as the short-shorts weren't totally out of place. I can't tell anything else because I was a little flabbergasted. However, to be honest, I live in a place where such attire isn't all that odd. More like almost commonplace. Quotidian, even. So it's not a big deal. What the big deal was, it wasn't a big deal. Any other part of the country? I'm sure there would be statements and eyebrows waggled. There's a certain lack of shame in area of Texas. Can't say it's all like this, but in my corridor? Quite common. Virgo Birthdays! Party! Dare to be a little outlandish, in one form or another. At least one fishing buddy (Virgo) will read this and wonder if he's supposed to wear Daisy Dukes. I sure hope not.

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Libra: It's a matter of trying to get the most out of a situation. To that end, and I'm sure at least one person will assume this is about by own mother, but it's not, this isn't about her at all. Anyway, one buddy was complaining about how cheap his mother was. Had become. She'd still, allegedly, this is third-hand, completely unsupported, but his mother was taking the little ketchup packets from the hamburger and fast food places, and squeezing those ketchup packets into the ketchup bottle at home.
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Fishing Guide to the Stars starting 9.1.2011

"A lunatic and lean-witted fool."
Shakespeare's Richard II [IV.i.115]

King Richard is addressing his uncle, John of Gaunt, for critical appraisal of the king's apparent lack of care for England. Virgo: You would think, what with Venus and stuff, birthdays and all, you would think people could just be a little nicer. I think people should all be much nicer to Virgo people. All week long. Not going to happen, either. You're going to get at least one card and/or gift that looks suspiciously recycled. The real phrase that goes with that, something along the lines of, "I'd a-done better, but times are tight, and I got no money, and anyway, it's the thought that counts?" Right. Here's me, wishing Virgo, a happy birthday. You know, you don't have to let any of this drag you down. Venus makes nice with the Sun (both in Virgo) and that means you can be cheery about whatever is happening. One of the fun things about re-gifting? Give the original back to the person who gave it to you. It's that whole "instant karma" thing. Completes the circle. Besides, as the birthday person this week, I can see the next year has plenty of Virgo poise and charm that you will be able to use. Let down for a week, but bolstered by charm for a whole year? I'll take the year and not get too worked up about little exigencies.

Libra: We were eating in a famous TexMex joint, a palace built on grease and corn meal. Good stuff. Greasy, hot, spicy, smells delicious. It is delicious, if not always the most healthy for an Anglo's diet. Anyway, halfway across the room, there was a table with a dozen or more, I'm guessing from the logo, coaches present, and t-shirts, a girl's high school volleyball team. Almost all blond, tan, leggy, some buxom, all probably in high school. Just a guess. Too, there were two very tired coaches, supervising and chaperoning. Not at all happy about the meal choices. Or, the funniest part to me, the waiters.
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Fishing Guide to the Stars starting 8.25.2011

"O! What men dare do! What men may do! What men daily do, not knowing what they do!"
Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing [IV.i.14] Virgo: Happy Birthday! At least one little Virgo friend is going to look askance at my "happy birthday" wish and she'll make a snippy, snarky, snide comment about my familial lineage, possibly illegitimate birth rights, and imply that prevarication is the common element. All that from a simple "happy birthday" wish? Bit of a stretch, even for me. With a sneer, I'll be reminded that it was hyperbole. The folks with birthdays this very week, honey, have already had Venus slip pass. Not bad, not good, not anything, just means that the sarcasm seems to have an extra amount of bite. Might want to tone back the cutting comments. The rest of the Virgo slice of the heavens is still looking forward to the "make nice" transit of Venus. That's good, for them. Current birthday? Venus is now gone. You have to try to be nice. I'll promise there's a good weekend filled with much promise, rapidly approaching. Cut back on the sarcasm.

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Libra: Saturn is at a halfway point in his trip through Libra. Reminds me of a Jimmy Buffett song, Capricorn, and the song's lyric are something about another trip around the sun, indicative, in a poetical and cosmological way, of another year. Another year and little bit older. Saturn's symbolism is apparent by now. Can't be argued with. Can be argued with it, but it's fruitless argument as Saturn tends to win, eventually, every time.
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Fishing Guide to the Stars starting 8.18.2011

"Happy in that we are not overhappy.
On Fortune's cap we are not the very button."
Shakespeare's Hamlet [II.ii.231]

Leo: In a coffee taste test, this is my opinion, I've found that the Cafe Richard, in Paris, produced the best espresso and therefore, the best coffee I ever had. For home brew purposes, Pete's Italian Roast is best, with an interchangeable second place, and third place is Starbucks Italian Roast (best logo, too). So the red, grocery store bag of Eight O'Clock Coffee is more genetic memory and childhood recollection instead of true, blue-blood coffee tasting. It's not all about the bean. Part of the secret of really good coffee is the steps employed in preparation. Even Eight O'Clock brand coffee can make a superior cup of coffee. Depends on the method of preparation. All about how you use what you got. I use a metal "French Press," or press-pot, and the beans are stored in an airtight container and those beans are ground fresh. Water's been sitting in the kettle overnight, just tap water, but set out, allowed to breath. Then the brought to a rapid boil and poured over the fresh grounds. The metal strainer allows all the oils of the coffee beans, the full flavor gets infused in the hot water. Superior coffee from cheap, grocery store beans. Leo: think. Leo: there's an easy way to coax royal treatment out of a simple process. Doesn't have to be expensive, just has to be good.

Excellence isn't always pricey.

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Virgo: Jimmy Buffett (Capricorn) wrote a song about it. I've waxed lyrical about it. Sometimes, the best is cheapest, too. Hamburger, the humble American dish. While I prefer a fast-food, local variation because when I order jalapeno peppers, they load them on, that doesn't mean that my version is the best. Sandy's. Malt House. Fran's. All good places. One of my easy to reach preferred locations? What-a-burger. Turns out that's not a national chain. Little did I know. Chain stretches across my horizons, all that matters. Used to be a place in Dallas, oddly enough, with excellent burgers. Or a place in the Hill Country, Llano, to be precise, with BBQ burgers. All good. Pick one. Pick a local favorite. From the marketing alone, In-and-Out Burger would suit my Left Coast friends. Or a good vegan burger.
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Fishing Guide to the Stars starting 8.11.2011

"Thous dost talk nothing to me."
The King to Gonzalo in Shakespeare's The Tempest [II.i.166]

Folk remedies. As the heinous nature of Mercury Retrograde starts in earnest, here are some folk remedies from the the annals of Texas Folks Remedies.

Leo: Mark Twain's Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer introduced me to "spunk water" as a natural, curative element. Along with cats, both dead and alive. (Mark Twain was Sagittarius, a Leo-compatible sign.) The water is useful in a number of other recipes from the Texas folk remedy page. The water is rainwater that's been sitting in a hollowed out stump. I have to wonder if the moonshine is what lends to the efficacy of the water, or if it's merely just stagnant, mosquito-infested, all-natural, rain-water. Can never tell. The recipes with "spunk-water" always struck me as a bit odd. Didn't trust them. Dipping animal parts and washing human parts in the water never really worked in my mind. I could see others doing it, just not something I would undertake -- or recommend -- myself. The term itself, while I'm not enamored of the appellation itself, the phrase does paint a picture. The rest of the elements, combined in the folk remedies, the various incantations and emollients, I'm guessing the real active ingredients were something besides water that was sitting in an old, hollowed out tree trunk -- since it last rained. Spunk-water, like that, is just the catalyst, the carrier. What really happens is due to other, active ingredients, the most potent being the imagination. Imagine Mercury problems slipping away. Imagine Mercury problems being drowned in that water. This Mercury retrograde is about catalysts. Catalysts and carrier, vehicle and touchstones.

Virgo: "Rosemary is for remembrance," from memory, accuracy not verified or fact-checked. See fine print for details. Anyway, the quote is from Ophelia in Shakespeare's Hamlet, as Ophelia descends into madness. As the lore goes, this one stretches way back to the Greek pantheon, with Minerva associated with rosemary. Let's update this material a little, as some recent research has shown that rosemary contains carnosic acid which makes it neuro-protective. That means rosemary protects our brains from free radicals. With this Mercury Retrograde, you need all the help you can muster.
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