Great lords, wise men ne’er sit and wail their loss,
    But cheerly seek how to redress their harms.
    What though the mast be now blown overboard,
    The cable broke, the holding-anchor lost,
    And half our sailors swallow’d in the flood?
    Yet lives our pilot still.

Queen Margaret in Shakespeare’s Henry VI, pt. 3, V.ii.1-6

Horoscopes starting 1.25.2018

Aquarius

Aquarius

The Water Bearer

Left over luxury, cigars I no longer smoke. “Curly heads,” if I recall. I should do some fact checking on that. Probably not going to happen, either, the fact-checking on the name of the cigars themselves. Much as I love the idea, yeah, I’m kind of off that sort of substance, now. However, there was a time when a good, cheap cigar was the way to go. I could puff on one of those things all morning, and they cost — maybe $2. Same type of tobacco as an expensive cigar, just had flaws or errors in the hand rolling. Or the wrapper. “Seconds” might be a better term.

Tasted just as good, lasted just as long, smoked just as smooth, all good so far? Sure. Didn’t have the fancy label, and didn’t have the nice box. Still, for a good smoke that was — relatively — inexpensive? It was the way to go.

Tasted just as good, served the exact same purpose, and cost a fraction of what the name brand cost.

And that’s the proper Aquarius answer to the week ahead. A good, cheap cigar. Just as good as an expensive one, but costs about a quarter. Labels don’t matter, all about the flavor. Besides a good cigar can help clear one’s head by clearing the room.

Pisces

Some habits are to break. I got into the practice of listening to dramatic readings of Shakespeare’s works. It’s helped my understanding of the plays, and it’s helped my ongoing education. In one play, recently, I heard a passage I’d read — quoted frequently — and it was delivered very differently from the way I read it. When I read it the first time, then again, more recently, as a source for a quote, I “hear” it in my head, one way. The delivery was very, very different. Emphasis was placed in different places, the pacing wasn’t the way I would do it, and, I’m pretty sure, I’ve seen at least one staged version that was done the way I thought it should be done. Or the way I interpret it. But hearing that passage done so differently?
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    At my nativity
    The front of heaven was full of fiery shapes
    Of burning cressets, and at my birth
    The frame and huge foundation of the earth
    Shak’d like a coward

Owen Glendower in Shakespeare’s Henry IV part 1, 3.1.13-7

Horoscopes starting 1.18.2018

Venus enters Aquarius. Sun enters Aquarius, 1.19.2018 at 9:09 PM.

Aquarius

Aquarius

The Water Bearer


I tend to have a feed that delivers Shakespeare material, current articles, research, academic, and recent performance reviews. It’s an Internet Interest of mine. Less along the lines of real scholarship, and more like a serious hobby, would be the way I look at it. The problem being , the software pulls in online articles based on keywords. The other afternoon, in the middle of my Shakespeare materials was an article about a hamlet someplace on the globe, and careful perusal will reveal there are two Shakespeare words in the story, “Hamlet” and “Globe,” but the story had nothing to do with what I was looking for, or how I tend to use that feed.

The machine can only read and parse the material as a machine. It can’t differentiate the subtleties of language with its nuanced meanings. There are days and weeks when human discernment is required. This is one of those weeks, especially, for Aquarius. Be amused at what the machine feeder reader pulls in, material that is not really what we’re looking for.

Pisces

Pisces

The Fishes


“Neural Pathways” are the little electronic pathways, the biological—slash—electronic routes that signals travel through the human body. In some disease instances, the routes are disrupted. Like a broken telecommunication cable — the wires that hold the inter-webs together? Like having a break. Air-gap, to some.
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O, learn’d indeed were that astronomer
That knew the stars as I his characters;
He’ld lay the future open. You good gods,
Let what is here contain’d relish of love,
Of my lord’s health, of his content—yet not
That we two are asunder;

    Imogen in Shakespeare’s Cymbeline III.ii.29—

Horoscopes starting 1.11.2018

Capricorn

Capricorn

The Sea Goat


I hold a special reverie for the new moon in Capricorn. For the last decade or so, that new moon is in the same sign as Pluto, if not, on some occasions, aligned near perfectly. Sort of depends. Still, I always a feel a staid, conservative, energy attached to a sign that is ruled by Saturn, which, just as a happy coincidence, is in Capricorn, too.

This energy injects a kind of frantic, frantic dose of hyper—

Some kind of hyper-energy. After a rough close to the end of the last year, we all need something to look forward to, and this lunar phase is a great starting point. Then, too, with that Pluto energy, compounded by Jupiter’s current location? Just adds to the equation. Powerful, and in a good way, if one is willing to engage.

Capricorn: got to give it a try, no matter how long the odds appear to be, it’s worth it to venture that, you know, as they say, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

Aquarius

Aquarius

The Water Bearer


Through the rheumy eyes of age, some materials always seem to appear way more appealing. “The good, old days,” were they really that good? In some cases, yes, they were, but in other situations, what we are remembering is just a few, cherry-picked highlights, not the realistic version of “then.” This isn’t a new observation from me, but I was listening while a fishing buddy was recounting his glory days, that was college, and his college was right after high school, and the tales are dated. Think: “80’s music.”
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    But this our purpose now is twelve month old,
    And bootless ’tis to tell you we will go;
    Therefore we meet not now.

King in Shakespeare’s Henry IV, part 1 (I.i.28-30)

The new year promises to hold some surprises.

Horoscopes starting 1.4.2018

Capricorn

Capricorn

The Sea Goat


One of the lessons I learned in the last few years? When to toss it. “Let it go,” or whatever the most current expression of that energy is, the time to let Saturn reap its rewards and remove from our Capricorn grasp that which no longer serves us. In short? “When to toss it?”

At one station in my life — I’m not Capricorn — I had an affinity for expensive pens and inks. Gradually, those have all been replaced with more disposable sharpies. The original reason I carried sharpies was to mark on CD blanks that I used as a disposable recording medium. Anymore, I’m just digital. However, I had a brightly colored set of fine-point sharpies that I was using for various projects, and the hot pink color? It ran out first. For a brief moment, I was thinking of holding onto that sharpie, now devoid of ink and hence, useless, I was thinking about holding onto it for sentimental purposes.

The question I started with? “When to toss it?”

Now. Now is a good time. No longer serves a useful function, and it’s not an expensive item to replace.

Now. Now is a good time.

Aquarius

Aquarius

The Water Bearer


What I wanted, now that Xmas is over, big birthday is passed by? What I really wanted was a stone, perhaps a piece of granite, simple enough, with the term, “Not Engraved In Stone” carefully etched in the stone.
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“This making of Christians will raise the price of hogs.”

Launcelot Gobbo in Shakespeare’s
The Merchant of Venice III.v.7

The Year ahead: 2018

Astrological Highlights for 2018

Mercury Retrograde: March 22 to April 15, 2018 (Aries) | July 25 to August 18, 2018 (Leo) | November 16 to December 6, 2018 (Sag./Scorpio).

Mars Retrogrades June 26 to August 27, 2018 (Aquarius/Capricorn).

Venus Retrogrades from October 5 to November 16, 2018 (Scorpio/Libra).

Jupiter enters the Tropical Zodiac sign of Sagittarius (Yes! Fist Pump!) November 8, 2018.

Uranus enters Taurus May 18, retrograding August 7, sliding back into Aries November 6, 2018.

Details here.

Thematic elements for 2018

2017 ended with Cap/Sag Mercury in Retrograde flavor, thankfully over, and none too soon, so the rest of this coming year is about directions and choices, and sticking with goals. Or modifying directions that no longer serve.

The fixed signs, Taurus, The Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius carry the full weight of this year’s patterns as a couple of events, most notably the Mercury Retrograde opposite the Mars Retrograde in August.

Uranus, just entering Taurus, then tapping out after no more than two degrees? Again, suggestions that the bedrock foundation might have some cracks in it. Or might not, won’t know until we’ve examined it all.

Which is what this year’s dramatic Mercury Retrogrades and then other planets’ jostling are about.

Horoscopes starting 12.28.2017

Capricorn

Capricorn

The Sea Goat

In poetic terms, it’s called “Synesthesia.” It means there are senses attached to an art’s form that might not really be present in the original format. Most recently, this was an orchestra doing Dvorak’s 8th symphony, with some subtitle — I don’t know — classical isn’t always my thing — but part way through, I could smell the springtime aroma of fresh-turned earth, the warm and moist dirt being broken for the first time, after a winter’s rest and recent rains. The fecund flavor of rich, nascent spring promise of growth. While the orchestra playing one passage, it was clear that there was the very tangible sense of smell attached to the piece of music.

In part, it was the composition of the music, the arrangement, the symphony itself. In part, it was the orchestra performing the music, adding passion and possibly subtle interpretations flourish and fluff out the music itself. In part, it was the conductor who evoked such a response from his orchestra.

In this next year, Capricorn is an earth sign, and in this next year, as Saturn gets cozy in Cappy? Think about that synesthesia that Saturn brings. As Saturn is the nominal ruler of Cap? Look for the synesthesia that no other sign gets.

Aquarius

Aquarius

The Water Bearer

Part of my misspent youth included stints slinging whiskey as a bartender. When I worked my way through the various locations, I have a vaguely troubling memory of a few shifts at a hole-in-the-wall, dive-like place where Irish Cofee was the late night drink of choice. The recipe was simple.
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    Opinion’s but a fool, that makes us scan
    The outward habit by the inward man.

Simonides in Shakespeare’s
Pericles, Prince of Tyre (2.2.56-7)

The Sun enters the Tropical Zodiac Sign of Capricorn Dec. 21, 2017 at 10:27 AM.

Mercury goes un-retrograde
Dec. 22, 2017 at 7:50 PM.

Merry Xmas or whatever.

Horoscopes starting 12.21.2017

Capricorn

Capricorn

The Sea Goat


Being a writer is, at best, a rather lonely existence. There’s the concept of gathering data to build whatever the writer chooses to build, novel, story, narrative of some sort, but the craft itself is a word processor and imagination. What creeps into the work is the writer’s own psychological demons, fears, trauma, hurt, pain, joys, and some success. The line between what’s real and what’s sheer imagination is hard to decipher. Fate or fiction? Mostly pain, tears, fears, and troubles — real or imagined. As the Sun illuminates the soul of Saturn, and by extension, the soul of Capricorn, we’re faced with some questions. What part is real, and what part is sheer imagination? What part is fiction, and what part of this experience is based on previous experiences, perhaps thinly veiled, perhaps layered in myth and metaphor, and maybe, out there for all to see? Saturn — in the coming years — will lend a degree of discernment to some of the Capricorn sky, but also, tinged with this last Mercury Retrograde period? We might not be able to tell what is fate and what is fiction.

And for that one mighty Capricorn buddy? What is fate and what is friction?

Aquarius

Aquarius

The Water Bearer


Funny, to me, meme image surfaced. It was from an ad that ran before my time, but someplace, in advertising’s history, it is immortalized as an example of some aspect of communication. The picture itself is a goldfish, a harmless little goldfish, with a shark fin strapped to its back, so it looks like a shark fin above the water, and from the side, clearly visible, it is just a tiny goldfish. I don’t even recall what it was advertising.
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