When a man’s verses cannot be understood, nor a man’s good wit seconded with the forward child, understanding, it strikes a man more dead than a great reckoning in a little room. Truly, I would the gods had made thee poetical.
    Touchstone in Shakespeare’s As You Like It, III.i.5

Venus turns retrograde, visible close to the horns of the moon, just after sunset. Venus will be in apparent retrograde motion from March 4 (13 Aries) to April 15 (26 Pisces).

Horoscopes starting 3.2.2017

Pisces:

Pisces

The Fishes

This week starts with confusion, “When a man’s verses cannot be understood,” and finishes, for Pisces, with clarity, focus, and direction. Herein is the challenge, to muddle your Piscean way through this next few days in order to gain the clarity and insight that the day after offers. I’m a big fan of making an attempt at “Living in the present,” so, following that dictum, the best use of the next few days is contemplation and pause. Pause a moment before speaking. In my case, when I do pause before speaking, I tend to look a little like a space cadet. “Did you do a lot of drugs in the 60’s?” That’s not part of this question. I wasn’t old enough to do drugs in the 60’s, but never mind that now, this isn’t about me, it’s about a spacey Pisces. Happy birthday. Realize that a well-timed pause might serve better, particularly in the next few days, much better than jumping right in with both feet. Leave that to me, the “Feet in the mouth” syndrome. Face it, I’m much better at that than you.

Aries:

Aries

The Ram

“Hello? Aries? This is your subconscious speaking, trying to get through to you.” That’s the message, over the next few weeks, and it’s only going to get weirder from here. Either you listen and pay attention, or you don’t. I have, on file, exactly two charts of people who will do quite well, because, in the natal chart, Venus is Retrograde, just like now. Good times for those two. Other than that? How to best make us of this energy?
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    The time is out of joint—O cursed spite,
    That ever I was born to set it right!
    Nay, come, let’s go together.
    Hamlet in Shakespeare's Hamlet 1.v.187-9
    Jupiter (retrograde) oppose Uranus conjunct Mars; New Moon in Pisces. But what does that mean?

Horoscopes starting 2.23.2017

Pisces:

Pisces

The Fishes

Digging way back into my personal history, there was study method I used to employ. For college and university classes, I would start, at the beginning of the semester, a pile, a single pile of hand-written notes, typed notes, research for papers, and books that had to be read for that semester. So at the start of each academic period, I would have a single pile for each class. Three to five piles, sort of depended, and in later years, I’ve used this as an organizational method that is partially effective. For any given project, I’ll pile all the required parts in one place. Liked doing this a semester at a time, as that was easier and it gave a limited time-frame for each project/class. I’d start out with the books and required texts, then I’d get the syllabus, as a bottom sheet, and the material would accumulate, over the next few months. At the end of the semester, I would toss paper notes, notebooks, and printed material, and for many years, I would assiduously keep the books, but even the ones I never, ever referenced again, those have all gradually been discarded — or recycled.

This new moon in Pisces is the start. Gather up the parts and pieces of the up and coming Pisces project, looks like it will take a few months, get that stuff in one place. I prefer the “pile it” method, but whatever works? Gather the resources to plot your Pisces way forward.

Pisces: Pile it to push Pisces?

Aries:

Aries

The Ram

My dear Aries, you do realize I’ve been coaching and coaxing you how to deal with this, right? And, my dear Aries, you do realize that jumping into the fray, at this very moment, will probably not go well? To say the least, “Not go well. At all.” The current displacement of the planets foretells — according to some — trouble. Big trouble. Issues, problems, and worst of all, hasty decisions by Aries that result in making matters worse. Which is why I’m here to help.
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    Therein, ye gods, you make the weak most strong;
    Therein, ye gods, you tyrants do defeat;
    Nor stony tower, nor walls of beaten brass,
    Nor airless dungeon, nor strong links of iron,
    Can be retentive to the strength of spirit;
    But life, being weary of these worldly bars,
    Never lacks power to dismiss itself.
    Cassius in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar I.iii.91-7

Horoscopes starting 2/16/2017

Pisces:

Pisces

The Fishes

There’s a special aroma, a smell, a kitchen smell, and for me, it signals the start of something new.

It’s an aroma fraught with promise, appeal, akin to that sense of Christmas Morning when all wishes will be fulfilled. There’s an excitement, too, that comes with this. It’s the smell of freshly ground coffee beans. I caught heady whiff of this, the other morning, cold morning, near freezing, too cold for me to be out. I grabbed a batch of beans from a local roaster, small batch of coffee beans, still oily and ripe with that smell. French Roast, beans from Mexico, politically correct, small-batch roasted, just delightful arrangement for my morning brew. As the grinder did its thing, then as I tipped the beans into the press-pot to make the first cup, that fragrant scent washed over me, quickening my blood, heart racing in anticipation.

It’s just coffee.

That pungent, almost cloying whiff of the freshly-ground beans, though, that’s what hope this week holds. There’s an opening, and the trick is to not fall for just the promise, like that aromatic blend of fresh ground, ark roast beans.

How does that coffee taste?

Aries:

Aries

The Ram

Having never had children myself, stepping into a “Grandfather” roll is fun for me. All the amusement of children with none of the associated cost or containment issues. I was feeding, or rather, there when the child was eating, and more important, interacting with food. It was “queso,” a local dish that is mostly a melted cheese-like substance with some kind of seasoning tossed in for good measure.
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    By Jupiter, an angel! Or if not,
    An earthly paragon! Behold divineness
    No elder than a boy!
    Belarius in Shakespeare's Cymbeline 3.6.42-4

Horoscopes starting 2.9.2017

Aquarius:

Aquarius

The Water Bearer

Happy birthday or happy Valentine’s Day or happy whatever it is you might be celebrating. There’s a sense that a number of events, in the Life Aquarius, a number of events are starting to line up in a much more hospitable way. The biggest obstacle, and it’s not really much of a problem, but the largest impediment towards moving forward with the Aquarius hopes and plans for the future? Phase of the Moon. Once that moon slides out its “full” position, there’s a number of people who won’t be as ebullient and forward thinking as Aquarius. It’s not a bad time, so much as folks are less willing to share in your Aquarius-tinged excitement.

The trick is to internalize the excitement. The way it looks, there’s a ton of potential Aquarius happiness to share, but maybe, this isn’t the most correct time to share it — publicly. As Mars and Venus course their way through Aries, and as Jupiter sets up opposite from Uranus? Good stuff for Aquarius, but a more subdued approach might be best.

Pisces:

Pisces

The Fishes

Shortly after sunset, Venus and Mars are visible, setting in a few hours, chasing the Sun, so to speak.

“Them’s the ‘love planets,’ you know…”

Yes, and they are cooking Aries. Aries comes after Pisces — this week’s about the affect of those planets on the Pisces psyche.
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    But wherefore did you so much tempt the heavens?
    It is the part of men to fear and tremble
    When the most mighty gods by tokens send
    Such dreadful heralds to astonish us.
    Casca in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar I.iii.53-6
    Casca infers that the heavens, the stars and planets, portend dire circumstances, mixed in with superstition and politics.

Jupiter starts its annual retrograde pattern this week. What it means?

Horoscopes starting 2.2.2017

Aquarius:

Aquarius

The Water Bearer

What we have now is a new look at an old problem. The planets have just dealt a new hand, and in this game, this new hand for Aquarius? There’s a chance to address, or redress, an old problem. Fix that thing, once and for all. For good. Done deal. Over and out. Thirty. Got that, my fine Aquarius friend? Fixed, once and for all.

To get this done, though, I need all seven days. In the next couple of days, there’s a sense of completion, like, “Spike the ball! We did it!” Or, more likely, “Me? Aquarius! I did it!” It looks finished. Slow down. It might not be quite done yet. However, by the end of this Aquarius Horoscope, by the tail end of it? There will be one, last seemingly insignificant detail you’ve overlooked. Then you can say, “It’s done!” Finally.

Pisces:

Pisces

The Fishes

When I enter the Zen Center, I fold my hands and bow. When I enter the local catholic cathedrals, I cross myself, albeit backwards, but that’s me. If I were to meet royalty, I would genuflect. Or, if I’m working with a Leo, first thing I do is get on my knees. These are all common signs of respect.
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    What boded this, but well forewarning wind
    Did seem to say, “Seek not a scorpion’s nest,
    Nor set no footing on this unkind shore”?

Queen Margaret in Shakespeare's Henry 6 pt. 2 (3.2.85-7)

    There’s an opening shot from a marginally famous film, shows a huge, gnarly looking Scorpion crawling along the desert sands. Nasty, ugly looking brute, with a giant tail, implied, loaded with venom. Black shell with blood-red markings. The real insect used? Not deadly. Not even painful. Looks means and nasty, but isn’t. A scorpion is one of those creatures that’s managed to make it into the subconscious everywhere.

Horoscopes starting 1/26/2017

Aquarius:

Aquarius

The Water Bearer

Every real story is truly a never-ending tale. Happy Aquarius birthday, yes, it’s that time again. There will be a certain amount of “falderal” about the Chinese New Year — still — for Aquarius? There’s a new start about to occur. As I mentioned, every story, really good stories, are never-ending tales. What is about to unfold, in Aquarius, for Aquarius, the next chapter. This isn’t an ending. It’s a new verse. New chapter, new section, new material to be added to the Aquarius story of, Aquarius story of, the tale of, well, something. New verse, new chapter, new act. If you read this before it starts, get ready. If you read this after it starts, the wheels are in motion, get ready to ride this one all the way through. Just remember, it’s really more like a continuation rather than a new tale. Just adding a sequel. Yes, new sequel.

Pisces:

Pisces

The Fishes

Cool looking leather cover for a brand of field notes, to carry a pencil, the notes, maybe some other scraps? I’ve longed for those items, I think of them as hand-toys or hand-tools, a slim leather binder with notes and notebook, blank pages begging to be filled with sketches, ideas, notes for the future, perhaps arcane clues to the way the universe works?
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