Week of: September 9-15

"If the automobile had followed the same development cycle as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone inside."

I cribbed this quote from a the liner notes for a piece of software in the mid-80s, but it is attributed to an InfoWorld columnist, named Robert C. Cringly. With Mercury in full retrograde action, I'd wager you've had computer modem problems this week. I have.

    Aries [3/23-4/20]: It ain't none too often that I can start a Monday mourning session like this, but it just gets better and better as the week unfolds. Really. Trust me. If it doesn't feel like things are really taking off in a good way by, say Wednesday, then email me at FGSKramer@aol.com, and we'll talk. But there is great big and beautiful planetary configuration which means you can make things happen this week. While everyone else is cursing about Mercury being retrograde, push forward with new momentum. You've got it, use it.

    Taurus [4/21-5/22]:
    Okay, so we got a problem this week with self-discipline. If you can get over the fact that you feel good this week, and if you can get past the idea that you need to redecorate, you might get something done. The hassles this week come from that pesky planet doing it's backward dance, and especially now, because Mercury has moved into another earth sign: Virgo. Don't count on Virgo's being of much assistance this week, either. Nope, just try and get as much done as possible, but remember: don't redecorate this week.

    Gemini [5/23-6/21]: Talk about you tough times! You will probably feel like everyone is testing what you do right now. And if no one else is testing you, then you will probably be testing yourself. That's the tough news. The other pesky problem is that Mercury thing that I've warned you about in the past, and since communication is so important to you, it's real hassle right now. Make an effort to be careful about what you say or write. Even talking on the telephone can get you in a world of hurt right now.

    Cancer [6/22-7/22]: Now that Mars, that old god of war, has left your sign, I'm going to try the subliminal advertising again (you want to buy me a bass boat). In the meantime, other than the usual stern warnings I have for Mercury RX, there isn't too much in a bad way that is happening. And since you never listen to me talk about buying a boat for me, maybe this is the week to start shopping for a new car for yourself. The planets say "shop away!" They also say, "Don't buy this week, but shop till you drop!"

    Leo [7/23-8/23]: Romance is in the air, and that's not all that is up. The problem with the planetary influences on us mere mortals is that our communications get screwed up with this stuff. But you ought to be feeling great about some one special. You know, that special snookums in your life? Just remember, for all your amorous feelings right now, it isn't a good time to communicate. So what you do is try to find expression through some other means. My big hint is to send flowers.

    Virgo [8/24-9/23]: The good news is that we are still celebrating Virgo Birthdays! The bad news that the littlest planet that most of Astrologers ever fool around with is doing a bit of headache routine and it's now in Virgo. The central theme this week will the usual Virgo tendency toward perfectionism, and the problem that arises from that is the Universe is trying pretty hard to make it impossible to get every thing right. Double check your work this week, as if you don't do that anyway, and try to catch all the errors. A message like that ought to thrill the Virgo's.

    Libra [9/24-10/23]: Look on the bright side: the pesky persistent problem of potentially fatal mistakes is passed. And while most Astrologers will tell you not to sign legal documents at this time, I will tell you no such thing. But do be prepared otherwise: try to proof read everything before it leaves the office. And put off looking for new fishing gear right now.

    Scorpio [10/24-11/23]: Imagine this: a Scorpio who is withdrawn and not too willing to Sahara his or her feelings. Imagine a Scorpio with a tremendous appetite. Imagine that both these things are going on this week, first the withdrawn and sullen side, and then the more rapacious (hungry, too) outgoing side. Still, there is an undercurrent that you need to hide something from the world this week. I wouldn't worry about it. Astrologers don't know everything, and I'm sure not going to tell a soul about you. Not this week.

    Sagittarius [11/24-12/21]: There's this great scene in Shakespeare's ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA wherein a messenger approaches Cleo with the news that her lover has shacked up with someone else: "To punish me for what you make me do/Seems unequal." (II.v.99-101) What does this mean to you? Don't shoot me, I'm only the guy with the message. This is important this week because Sagittarius has a lot of important messages from the heavens showing up this week. Now pay attention to what I said...

    Capricorn [12/22-1/20]: Big doings this week as old flames come crawling out of the woodwork to make you life a living form of punishment. You will find that those "old flames" which should be cold embers by now, have found a sudden breath of fresh air and been fanned to make them really, really bright. Tough call for you guys. I would get prepared to duck. Who sings that song, with the lyrics
    which go something like this: "Ain't no luck/I learned to duck"?

    Aquarius [1/21-2/18]: Curiosity killed the cat, is the way the old saying goes, but what they never tell you is that the darn cat has nine lives. If that isn't enough of a mixed metaphorical image for you, how about just a fair warning about getting too curious about some one's business that really shouldn't be poking you own nose into? Keep to yourself, read a self help book, but don't do any detective work, as much as you want to -- it will avail you naught.

    Pisces [2/19-3/22]: The week starts out with the last vestiges of romance lingering in the air, and since darn near all Pisces are completely unfazed by a Retrograde Mercury, you don't have any problems this week. I hate to sound like the girl in Cosmo, but, there are no problems for you this week. Love goes humming right along (what a tasty image that is) and work is there, if you should be so motivated.

Week of: September 2-8

    With two astrological events going this week, I have a real historical question
    for the legions of of the FGS Faithful, a history question and great quote
    to start off this week:

    Who said "Kill them all and let God sort them out"? This question was sent in by an alert reader from Waco, which I'm sure is just another happy coincidence. Name the speaker and get a free "El-cheapo el charto el reporto" from
    FGS World Headquarters.

    Speaking of happy coincidences, and in line with this week's quote, Mercury goes
    backwards, starting the every fateful and overly dreaded Mercury Retrograde time.
    My faithful editor, BenBubba@aol.com, has numerous problems
    editing my text at times like this because mercury RX means rgsr wcwergubg fiwa
    rf agur.

    On a much happier note, the lucky star, Jupiter (which is actually a planet,
    but that's another story) goes direct, ending a summer long hiatus to the real
    estate market and signaling all sorts of goodness. Right. Ask Mercury about that.

    Aries [3/23-4/20]: Mercury (the planet, not the outboard motor) is now retrograde
    opposite you. That's the problem. In fact, there are several "unusual" aspects
    going on this week so I would advise a little caution, especially when dealing
    with that extra work load this week. What's this planetary movement mean to
    you? Watch out for parts that come flying off outboard motors, and especially,
    be
    careful with electricity. One Aries fishing friend, as an example, had his
    trolling motor just quit for no apparent reason. It's them pesky planets again.

    Taurus [4/21-5/22]: Whilst I'm warning all the other signs about bad stuff in
    the planets, I'm telling you that there aren't going to be too many problems,
    at least, not at the first of the week. Then, by mid-week, the whole thing goes
    in the dumpster. The only truly uplifting note is that you will survive in a
    fine fashion.

    Gemini [5/23-6/21]: You're face to face with another one of them weeks when
    it feels like everything is all wrong. One teacher says, "If you handle this constructively, a lot of good can come out of it...." and
    not that I want to thumb my nose at any teacher, but getting a Gemini to do
    any hard work IS hard work. Therefore, I must sadly predict that not much is
    going
    to come out of this week. You'll finds yourself frustrated with work. You're
    going to be forceful when you should be apologetic. And so on. I warned you,
    but did you listen?

    Cancer [6/22-7/22]: I sure hope you've got a firm grip on your hat because with
    the sudden changes in the winds of fate, you might find yourself chasing your
    poor hat across the lake. From low to high, in such a sudden shift, it's amazing
    comeback you've staged. And that new romance should be coasting along right nice
    by now because there is an added degree of stability. That's what all the feuding
    was about last week. Now, if we can just get you to hold onto your hat.

    Leo [7/23-8/23]: Venus comes dragging her sorry little butt in to your sign
    this week. For most, this is a good thing, but for the majestic Leo, a puny
    little "feminist" planet like Venus can only serve as an irritant. Like the proverbial "burr under your saddle," Venus
    is here to remind you that in the Mayan Calendar, a stout Venus conjunction
    was a good time for war. So much for peace and harmony out of this planet.
    Love or
    war, on of the two, but you've got a good week ahead for you, provided you
    don't let yourself be seduced by the planet's charm.

    Virgo [8/24-9/23]: I've got an ex who is Virgo, and if that person is reading
    this, I hope she has a very happy birthday. The only reason I can publicly acknowledge
    her birthday now is because I could never remember it when we were dating --
    an attribute of being male, I guess. Virgo birthdays are in full swing and this
    actually a pretty good time for you guys and gals. I would be careful with driving
    the boats on the lake, I wouldn't want any of you Virgo's to drink too much and
    motor around at the lake because remember (this is important on a birthday week):
    alcohol and water don't mix.

    Libra [9/24-10/23]: Well, the worst of it has just hit. I realize I should have
    prepared you better for the week, but it snuck up on me too: Mercury begins and
    ends it's backwards spiral in Libra. And that little clown figure in the sky
    is doing his dead-level best to upset just about everything you touch, be that
    at home, at work, or at play. Don't let the little gremlins get you down, my
    dear Libra friend because this is a fleeting influence and won't be around very
    long. A little introspection, and perhaps a second look at what you were doing
    will help.

    Scorpio [10/24-11/23]: Once again, there is a generally lighter attitude this
    week as many pejorative influence move away from you. The usual Mercury Retrograde
    stuff applies, but with all the nice things happening to Scorpio right now, this
    little Mercury thing will slide right off your back. Perhaps that's not a good
    image to use because precious few Scorpio's can leave a nice exposed back alone
    -- they're always putting the figurative knife in.

    Sagittarius [11/24-12/21]: Talk about a quick mental tune up. Just as the planets
    are about to fall into evil disarray, there is a short burst of tremendously
    clear insight. That one moment when you can see where all the fish in the lake
    are, that one time when you know absolutely what the right bait. That one time
    when your brain works just like automatic fish finder and EVERYTHING is in focus.
    The problem being is that shortly after this clarity, you go back to being a
    clumsy Sagittarius.

    Capricorn [12/22-1/20]: The only thing I would fret about this week, if I were
    a Cappy, is money. You've got some great ideas, but nothing seems to be going
    your way just yet. Therein lies the problem, "Where in?" you ask. Right there.
    Mercury is going backwards so nothing is going to go your way for another couple
    of weeks. Of course, all of this will change next week, so stay tuned. The
    'making money' problem is going away faster than that. In fact, by the end
    of the week,
    you should be back in fine shape, more or less.

    Aquarius [1/21-2/18]: Remember last January? It was long time ago, and it wasn't
    a happy time. Best of the wishes for the new year, and nothing seemed to work
    out. Why bother you with a quick history lesson? Looks like there is something
    that you didn't do last January which is back to haunt you like a bad penny.
    Some business deal, something at work, more than likely, although, if you had
    an affair, that would bounce up in your face right now, too. Just thought I'd
    warn you.

    Pisces [2/19-3/22]: This is setting up to be a thoroughly unpleasant Mercury
    Retrograde for you. That's the bad news. The good news is even better because,
    the bad stuff doesn't start until NEXT week, and the even better news is that
    this usual three week period will only effect you for two weeks. So there's plenty
    of good news in there, just for my special Pisces friends, and you know who you
    are!

Week of: August 26-September 1

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"Go, wind, to wind, there turn and change together.
My love with words and errors still she feeds,
But edifies another with her deeds."

(Troilus in Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida [V.iii.110-2])

It's that Virgo time of the year again, as the Sun is slowly creeping past a really sensitive point in every Virgo's chart. To make matters worse, we're all just coming off of a nasty Pluto square the Sun thing. Looks like the Republicans might win. Then again, there's always hope in this mud slinging contest. For less rhetoric and more straight astrological news, keep your computer tuned to the channel with all the news that's fit to print. Updates at once, too!

Aries: I'll bet you are starting to get tired of the song and dance skit that I do about work, "You've got lots of work heading your way; be glad that you're an Aries...." See? Two steps to the right, dip, then two steps to the left, sway, it's all so nice and choreographed. And that's what your life feel like right now, as if it were choreographed. Work still seems to be eating up too much of your time, but you'll survive in a fine fashion.

Taurus: This is a good week for you Taurus types because you've been waiting for a period of time in which many of aspects of your life start to run smoothly. For some strange reason, the idea of children keeps popping up this week. Since the word "children" can encompass a rather broad range, I would tend to look at this as if you are making, getting, having, or looking after children. And this is most pronounced this week. In any case, it's a good week, and you feel better than you have in a long time.

Gemini: We move from a good period of time into a less than wonderful period of time as work frustrations start to plague you. You will find that one of the Gemini's 43 voices is being told to shut up. While this wouldn't normally be a problem, there is an inherent frustration which can rise this week from that poor single voice being told to be quiet. The trick at a time like this is to maintain one's sense of integrity and realize that the poor Gemini will be allowed to shine in the future. This week's frustration will pass.

Cancer: Love is in the air, in truly big way. The problem you got this week is that you are likely as not to be caught in a fantasy dream land, and when you do get caught, just to make the whole situation worse, you will have your short down around your ankles. Now this doesn't have to happen. If you can keep a tight rein on reality, and not spend too much time day-dreaming, you might avoid this unfortunate experience. Please tell me I was not right about this one.

Leo: Leo is a fire sign, in traditional Western Astrology, and this fire indicates a high degree of passion. Lots of Leo's are passionate. There is also another problem with it, though, and poor Leo is a fixed sign, too. This week, besides making money, it is a time to be careful about rash and sudden decisions. Impulses are not the same thing as an intuitive insight. This is not a good week to stand up in the fishing boat. In fact, as much as you want to rock the boat, this ain't a good week for any sudden and impetuous ideas.

Virgo: I'll give you a hint because you've been nice to me: there is an upcoming event in Virgo that is going to make you unhappy. It's the Mercury Retrograde thing, and the problem is that it hits you real hard because in some books, Mercury is your "ruler" which means it has a lot a more effect when it does its tailspin in your sign. My prediction is that you are already feeling this way right now. Get ready for the real stuff to hit the fan, and remember that whatever hits the fan is never evenly distributed.

Libra: There looks like there is a sudden upswing in your popularity right about now. Actually, this effect may have been slowly building over a period of time, but you will no doubt notice this week. There is one minor and irritating problem, and that's pesky mercury doing his retrograde thing coming up. The problem is that he starts his backward spin in YOUR sign, so you feel like you are a bit of a victim of the whims of the stars, the odd gods of the galaxy, and whatever else you might ascribe luck and chance to. The best thing to do is to carry on as if you didn't notice this small interruption, and continue on as if there were no problems at all.

Scorpio: Talk about some one with luck! This is not, by any stretch of the imagination, considered a lucky time in traditional astrology. However, from my own observations, you Scorpio's and myself might be on the verge of a big breakthrough because you seem to be having the best luck possible. Maybe it's because every one else is doing so poorly, or maybe there are some other difficulties out there. You should ride this good wave as far as it will take you. In fact, the waves are so nice, you might want to consider surf fishing.

Sagittarius: There are some needs that you have for greater emotional security which aren't being met this week. In fact, you might become a little strident in giving voice to your needs for this security. Shopping is not really an answer to the question, either. Sure, a little retail therapy can sublimate you problems for a short time, but it doesn't answer the long term need. By the end of the week, you should be back in rare form, but I would try and be cognizant that there are some big doin's up in the sky, and you are going to be face to face with BIG changes pretty soon.

Capricorn: We're still doing the tough money thing this week. Tough Money sounds like a self-help encounter group thing, sort of like Tough Love, only, this is financial and real, not a group lead by rent-a-friend. Here's the scoop: the stars say that you are about to be double-crossed in a business deal. Since that might be a little too specific, just be careful about little details, like your paycheck, and make sure that all the deductions your employer takes are legitimate. If this isn't the case, I'm sure you will be kind enough to let me know.

Aquarius: Remember that one big earthquake? Well, there is going to be a similar experience in your own, personal life, and it will have the same effect, that is, one of great upheaval and confusion followed by a period of rebuilding your life. and it happens right about now. Like this week. As in now. You will probably start off the week a little blue, and then this quake-like experience hits, and you will be radically transformed by the event. Let me know about it.

Pisces: One great idea for this week would be: home furnishings. You need some new things around the house. Grab last week's Sunday paper and start looking through the ads. I sure wish I could get a commission on the money you are about to spend. You will find, though, that you need to be quick about this because you want to get the purchases out of the way before the planets fall in evil disarray next week.

Week of: August 19-25

In my
stars I am above thee, but be not afraid of greatness.
Some are [born] great, some [achieve] greatness and
some have greatness thrust upon 'em.

Malvolio in Shakespeare's 12th Night (II.v.143-6).

Talk about greatness this week, we've got some planets which are stirring stuff up. Mars and Venus are still playing fast and loose in Cancer, and Pluto has just turned around to start making for a hot ending to this summer.

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"What studied torments, tyrant, hast for me?
What wheels? Racks? Fires? What flaying? Boiling
In leads or oils?"

Paulina in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale (III.ii.177-9)

Aries: Cardinal signs, that means you, are all under an undue amount of social pressure this week.,. In fact, my dear Aries friend, this week feels like there are too many social obligations and not enough time to get them all done. Work or play? Which is more important? Of course, since I am NOT a cardinal sign, I don't have this problem and I will continue to play. But you might forgo the fish fry in order to work late.

Taurus: It looks like you've got some unexpected and surprisingly good new romantic involvement this week, and I sure hope that this is good news for you. The problem with the word "unexpected" is that now that I've warned you about it, maybe it won't be so unexpected. One dear friend has cautioned me about tempting fate, but then, I like to live on the edge. Besides, if you're not living on the edge, then you're taking up too much space.

Gemini: Home improvement is a big issue this week. Thinking about sprucing the place up? Stop pining for the old ways, and get with a new project. Housecleaning is a good place to start. But lest we let the wood metaphor get to ingrained, because it will grow on you, don't try to cut across the grain this week because it won't work. You will find that the old stuff just doesn't float anymore and you need to get rid of the deadwood.

Cancer: Cardinal signs start out the week with an inordinate amount of pressure to perform. You feel like you get the worst of it in your relationship with Bubba or Bubbette, whatever the case may be. While this is a new romance for you, or it FEELS like a new romance, continue onward through the parent emotional fog. There's a light just up head, a signpost, and you can see that the hard work is starting to pay off. It should be paying off. (If it isn't paying off, you aren't sending me enough money.)

Leo: There's a central theme this week as the Sun rolls out of the Party Animal sign and into the Accountant sign. That theme would be money. Making money. Lots of it. While this is a little more along the lines of traditional astrology, you just wrapped up a month long party, and now is the time to get down to work. In fact, the stars (really just one star) are shining brightly on you. You will find that even your boss/employer is forgiving and jovial during this next week.

Virgo: Okay, so it's party time for Virgo as the sun comes merrily traipsing into your sign. Early Virgo's get a fine "Happy Birthday" from all of us (that would be me) at FGS World Headquarters. The real question, though, for the Virgo's this week is "Who put the hyphen in Anal-Retentive?" I hope you have a nice week--you deserve it!

Libra: you seem to start out the week with an inordinately large appetite. Find some happy hour buffet where you can graze. Better yet, land yourself someplace where you can assist some one in getting rid of all them leftovers. you'd be much happier, and none of that food would have gone to waste. Well, maybe your waist, but that's another story.

Scorpio: You'll like this: everyone else is having a rough time this week. Not that I would ever characterize a Scorpio as being mean or petty, but I have one out there who still seems to hate me. In the spirit of love and cooperation, here's a fine Sag "hello" back to my old rival. And here's to hoping that this is a good week for you because the stars suggest that it will be a fine week to be a Scorpio.

Sagittarius: It's another week to have one of those little "chats" with us Archer types about the effects of Pluto on our sign. Transformation is a key word here, and fortunately, we like change. Watch out for the other signs this week which means you probably have fishing partner who THINKS he knows more than you do. Especially about bait. Look: this is an ever present discussion, but you need to rely on what your own instincts tell you. Me? I would suggest live bait this week.

Capricorn: What a strange week this is going to be because you are face to face with innumerable obstacles. It's like some old dead German guy says, though, "That which does not kill me makes me stronger." Great words of wisdom, huh? E-mail me your birth data (DOB, TOB, POB) if you can correctly identify that philosopher and I'll send you a detailed report about yourself. Something like an FGS report will help add a degree of levity to your week. You're going to need it.

Aquarius: Feels a like a Douglas Adams' title* these days, now doesn't it? The good news is that the Sun is now NOT opposite you, and things at work are starting to get better. By the middle of the week, there is something brewing at work which will bring you some degree of joy and happiness. And after what you've been through lately, this should be a welcome relief.
*The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul

Pisces: Looks like the work is a struggle again this week, and I'll wager the the problem is one of your so-called associates who thinks he has a better idea as to how to run YOUR business. The trick during a time like this is to act like you are listening, that makes them happy, and then do what you want to do because that makes you happy. Remember, though, you need to act like you care.

Week of: August 12-17

Don't you just detest astrologer who speak in cryptic riddles which become so convoluted that no one can understand a single word about what is being said, and then drag the sentences on too long because the author himself seems to think that he can write a single declarative statement which would summon up the likes of Faulkner himself?

Not that the planets are in evil dissarry or anything, but this a great week for literary quotations. Which one of Faulkner's characters, and in which book, said, "Once a bitch, always a bitch, what I say." Act now, identify that character, and receive an El-cheapo report, FGS style, for Free!

Jason Compson in The Sound and the Fury, page 223, more or less.

Aries: I like Macbeth, one of Shakespeare's tragedies. As one character slowly sinks into madness, she observes this: "'Tis safer to be that which we destroy/Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy" (Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare's MacbethIII.ii.6-7). That's not a too hopeful message this week, but wait, it gets better. Aries, my friend, this is the week to make or break it. Other astrologers talk about new romance, and I'll tell you about hot burning lava pool of love. But exercise caution, don't let either fear or too much "past life" stuff get in your way.

Taurus: It's Laertes in Hamlet who says, "The apparel oft proclaims the man" (I.iii.72). I hope you note that I got the proper MLA citations, just to keep the academics happy. Maybe you should consider buying some new apparel this week. New window dressings for the new you that is slowly emerging. Because it's just like that character in Hamlet says....

Gemini: "Or bid the soul of Orpheus sing/Such notes as, warbled to the string,/Drew iron tears down Pluto's cheek" (Milton, Il Penseroso [1631], line 105. If you don't get it, then don't worry about it. Pluto is direct again, and he's having a hey day with Gemini's. Enjoy the challenges as the summer really gets hot in several areas of your life. Remember that change is a good thing, and you don't have to shed "iron tears" just because some one else is playing havoc with YOUR LIFE.

Cancer: For you, the motivation comes from that great Roman general, Coriolanus, "Now, Mars, I prithee make us quick in work,/That smoking sword may march from hence/To help our fielded friends" (Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Coriolanus, I.iv.10-3). Mars AND Venus are playing tag with your emotional well being this week. Retail Therapy is not the answer. In fact, follow the lead of the good general and face up to the daunting work at hand. I'm just glad that fishing is my vocation, otherwise I would have to work. Which is what you need to do. Go forth and do battle, and you shall win.

Leo: It's like Leontes in Shakespeare's Winter's Tale says, "Too hot, too hot!/To mingle friendship far is mingling bloods" (I.ii.108-9). It's really too hot right now. Your summer should be a scorcher, and the trick right now is to keep from scorching some of your friends. The new moon in the middle of the week gives you an extra shot of energy, just be wary of getting things "too hot" with your friends. Exercise caution with small, low-yeild thermonuclear devices this week, too.

Virgo: How about a lesson from Jonathan Swift, one of the masters of Satire? "Yet malice never was his aim;/He lashed the vice but spared the name." (Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift [1731] line 459.) The key this week is to use your given ability to communicate effectively to motivate others towards some good. You don't want to be a mean person, and you should be very wary of using any sarcasm in hurtful way. You can win the argument this week, just do it nicely. Please?

Libra: Let's talk about love this week. "Love goes towards love as schoolboys from their books,/But love from love, toward school with heavy looks." That's what Romeo says in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (II.ii.157-8). The reason why a love relationship is important this week is because you will find that you are balancing yourself against other peoples' responses to you. And, in your romantic relationship, this sort of response can weigh especially heavy on your mind. I would examine what your lover says to you, turn it over your mind, but not put too much emphasis on it.

Scorpio: I would look to Prospero and his books, for little bit of information this week for Scorpio: "We are such stuff/As dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep" (The Tempest, IV.i.156). There is a lot of long range planning going on right about now, and there is some short range stuff, too. don't forsake the long-term goals, at least, not yet. And trust what your dreams tell you; there is a lot of truth in your subconscious that is bubbling up to the surface.

Sagittarius: It's sweet little Miranda, in The Tempest, who reminds us of how we mighty Sagittarius might appear this week, "Your tale, sir, would cure deafness" (I.ii.106). There will be a marked tendency towards curing a lot of other peoples' deafness. We don't need to bore these poor souls with our trails and tribulations, either. We are undergoing a time of great transformation, and we ought to keep our mouths shut until the effect is over. You'll thank me later. Ah heck, I'll thank me later.

Capricorn: Well, my dear Cappy friend, it's like Griffith says in Shakespeare's King Henry the Eighth, "Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues/We write in water" (IV.ii.46-6). You are under considerable pressure right now to perform in a relationship, and all the good things that you have done to help foster this happy union are forgotten. But you partner or mate or spouse or whatever is sure willing to bring up the bad stuff. And it's not like the dirty laundry doesn't need a little airing, it's just not a good time for you to try to respond. Do the right thing: be quiet because you probably can't win right now. Take solace in Griffith's words.

Aquarius: How about a little quote from Friedrich Nietzsche, to start the week? "Insanity in individuals is something rare, but in groups, parties, nations and epochs it is the rule." You will note that this epigram has a serious yet comical tone to it. I would consider that insanity which the author is address as being very common in your day to day observations. The problem here, my fine Aquarius friend, is that no else seems to recognize the pattern. You see it; you feel it; you can take some action. It's not a good time, though, to tilt at windmills. Just make the notes for right now.

Pisces: I like Mark Twain. I think he was a Sagittarius so of course I'm predisposed towards him. He has a nice comment from one of Pud'nhead Wilson's Calendar entries: "Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education." Now, how does this apply to Pisces? If you can just get a grip on some of what you know, it will pay off in a big way. Review your notes before making that big splash this week. "Training is everything."

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