That wishing well had not a body in’t,
    Which might be felt, that we, the poorer born,
    Whose baser stars do shut us up in wishes,
    Helena in Shakespeare’s Alls Well That Ends Well 1.1.98-100

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Horoscopes starting 7.13.2017

Cancer:

The Crab - the Moonchild

The Crab

Instead of wrestling with the demons? Get all cozy with them. Mars makes nice with the Sun, third quarter moon, makes some Lunar Affected signs disorderly, and there’s always that sense that there’s something just around the corner. Up ahead, not quite here, yet. Back to the sign of the Crab? Happy birthday, as there’s one left. With that's out of the way? There’s a single, easy way to make this week’s weirdness work. Get cozy with your demons. I know you have some, creatures that lurk just below the conscious mind’s cognitive skill sets. Beastly, possibly demonic–looking, but not always nearly as harmful as one would have us believe, am I right? Invite those demons in, or over, and maybe make them a nice cup of calming tea. Chamomile comes to mind, and for some of those demons? Add a hefty shot of bourbon to the tea. “Wow, this is good,” the wee beastie says, “I’ll just take a short nap,” and the critter passes out. See how this worked?

I have to assume that you’re more than passing familiar with your demons. If it’s an alcoholic demon, maybe not putting the bourbon in the tea is the secret. Just shows that we have to adjust this remedy on a case–by–case basis, but you do understand, the basic solution is to get comfy with those demons.

The Leo:

The Leo

The Leo

One of my stranger affectations in that I have no indoor plants. No little houseplants, no ferns, no flowering pots, no, I don’t have any plants indoors. For a reason, you know? I mean, part of this is from living in a trailer for so long, but part of it is merely because I can, at times, be gone for weeks at a time. Other times, I might be home for months, but then, I get called out of town, and all I have to do is set the alarm then lock the door. When I’m not there? No living critters in the house.
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Madness in great ones must not unwatch’d go.
King Claudius in Shakespeare’s Hamlet 3.1.158

Horoscopes starting 7.6.2017

Cancer:

The Crab - the Moonchild

The Crab

Some days, I feel badly for my fishing buddies. In this one example, it was kind of a rough day on the water. The bay was churned up from a recent weather front, and while that made for cool conditions, a stiff but errant and unpredictable breeze added some chop to the waters. Stiff north wind, and we were working in a spot that faced into that north wind. Heavy weights and lots of live bait? Worked well enough for me, as I’m sure there are some pictures on the web someplace. We anchored, facing a small creek, or creek–like feature that was draining into the bay with the outgoing tide. A school of Reds was feeding off whatever was draining into the bay, at that spot. I’d sail a piece of bait up there, watch the current pull the line a bit, and then, “Wham!” Fish on! My buddy in the back of the boat was catching nothing. I swapped positions, after my third keeper, hoping to help his luck. No luck. Exact same bait. Exact same tackle set–up. Exact same position. Nothing. He was even landing his bait in the very place where I was catching fish after fish.

Luck is funny like that. This birthday week in Cancer? I wonder if you are lucky like me, or ill–fated like my buddy. I’m thinking, birthdays and all? Luck is on your side. Like me.

The Leo:

The Leo

The Leo

July 10, 5:37 AM, more or less, as some of these are approximate times, but that’s about the time when the Moon opposes Mercury. Mercury, in Leo, and the Moon, in Aquarius. There are other influences, as well, but that one seemed most significant. “This is an opposition, so it’s bad, right?”

No.
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    “I sat upon the shore
    Fishing, with the arid plain behind me
    Shall I at least set my lands in order?”
    Excerpt From: T. S. Eliot. “The Waste Land.” 424~
    But take the High’st to witness. Then pray you tell me,
    If I should swear by Jove’s great attributes
    I lov’d you dearly, would you believe my oaths
    When I did love you ill? This has no holding,
    To swear by Him whom I protest to love
    That I will work against Him; therefore your oaths
    Are words and poor conditions, but unseal’d—
    At least in my opinion.
    Diana in Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well 4.2.24~

Horoscopes starting 6/29/2017

Cancer:

The Crab - the Moonchild

The Crab

The bumpersticker read, “Lab Mom.” Pause. think about how I would take that — I’m not a dog person. My first instinct? “Cool! A mom built in a laboratory! How perfect can that be?” SUV, highway into Austin, yeah, probably not a mom built in lab, probably not a lab mom like I was thinking.

Bummer, dude. That would be so totally cool. A mom built to order. There’s a certain kind of misunderstanding, and not uncommon at the moment, not in the sign of the Moon Child.

“So Mercury is Retrograde?”

No, that’s not it. I made it abundantly clear that I read a bumpersticker and I inferred one meaning, based upon available evidence. Clear, possible, and upon further reflection, probably wrong. Still, it could be the case. I doubt it. I would suppose, upon further rumination, that it probably means a dog–owner who has a Labrador, or Labrador mix four–legged companion. That’s probably what is really implied with the bumper sticker. Still, I liked my version better, a vat–grown, hybrid machine with more skills than the regular, old-fashioned mom. How cool would that be.

“It’s a new model, a Lab Mom, made her myself.”

Perfect birthday gift?

The Leo:

The Leo

The Leo

It’s life–lesson time. I was holding a bag of lemons, I just picked up at the grocery store. I pulled open the bag, and showed it to a friend. “Life lesson,” I said, “when life gives you lemons, you do what?” He looked at me. “Give them back?”

No. No, no, no, I am so disappointed.

When life gives you lemons, what does The Leo do?
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    Why, this is very midsummer madness.
    Olivia in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night III.iv.41

Moon conjunct Sun in Cancer, 2 degrees: June 23, 2017 at 9:30 PM

Horoscopes starting 6/22/2017

Cancer:

The Crab - the Moonchild

The Crab

There’s always an “added kicker” to current conditions, and certainly that applies at this time. It has to do with a certain planet’s added influence, recombinant energies doubled then trebled, and that’s the experience for the week. While everyone feels it, this is strongest with the birthday folks, and even stronger if there’s a birthday in this next week. My one simple trick to maximize the week’s weirdness quotients and to make this a better time for all? My one suggestion is try three different things. The challenge comes from that suggestion, and how to interpret “Try three different things.” For one Cancer? “Try three different things” will mean three different food groups, perhaps an out-of-the-way BBQ joint previously untried. For another, it will be something far more adventurous, like walking up to total strangers and making introductions, cold–calling, as it were. With at least three different people, in three different settings. All depends. One buddy will try three different dating apps. Any one, or some combination? Any of the works.

But try at least three.

The Leo:

The Leo

The Leo

One “reader,” self-classified as a “psychic,” I worked alongside this person for years. Every town we’d hit? Her first comment, for the sake of the local clients? “I’m thinking about moving here, sort of like retiring here…” Me, being who I am, I always took that at face value, like it was a sincere statement. Maybe it was, but after hearing that along a circuit that swung through the then-oil rich West Texas, I realized it was the same line. It was just a line. Along the Gulf Coast or in portions of the Hill Country, even some place like El Paso, it almost made sense.
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    Blood hath bought blood, and blows have answer’d blows;
    Strength match’d with strength, and power confronted power:
    Both are alike, and both alike we like.
    Hubert in Shakespeare’s King John 2.1.329-31

Sun enters Cancer — June 20, 2017 11:24 PM (Austin, San Antonio), but first? New Moon in Gemini.

Horoscopes for 6.15.2017

Gemini:

Gemini

The Twins

Much as I adore my little Gemini friends, always better looking and quicker-witted than other signs, but as much as I adore them all? We’re all headed towards a great big, “I told you so” situation, and as the Gemini, you can easily see this coming — coming right at you. I’m not one who can talk about denial as a valid escape mechanism. Denial has been a life-long companion and possibly an inherited family trait — a survival mechanism — a mental process. Nope, I’m not one who can complain or agitate about denial. However, the Gemini stuff in your chart, and the birthdays in the next few days? Careful with denying that there is a problem. The trick is, when you hear yourself saying, “No way!” That’s the first clue. Like this, “No way! I don’t have a problem with that!”

My guess is that there’s an element, a situation, an action, a forgotten deed left undone, and it’s back to haunt you unless, of course, you tackle the task.

“No way!”

Yeah, way.

Cancer:

The Crab - the Moonchild

The Crab

Years ago, in various travels, I picked up a couple of books, novels, in the UK. Nice cover art, funny stories, and the problem? Those novels would never sell well in America. Either too esoteric, too dependent on local mythology, or overburdened with Northern European historical references. Greatly amusing, to me, and as I passed those books around to friends? “Yeah, I just didn’t get it.” In part, I first read the books while in the UK, and in part, I have an affinity for the material, plus a little better working knowledge of some local mythology, absent, perforce, from a typical American.
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    Go bid the priests do present sacrifice,
    And bring me their opinions of success.

Caesar in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar 2.2.5-6

    Full Moon, June 9, 2017 8:09 AM

Horoscopes for 6.8.2017

Gemini:

Gemini

The Twins

Jump, run, play. Three rather simple commands. It’s Gemini birthday time, there’s the Full Moon, and then there’s the stuff that rails that Full Moon’s energy. Best way to keep this going?

“Jump, run, play.”

Simple, easy, three commands. We can break those down to separate items, and each command can have a different definition, but I wasn’t really looking at it like that. Mercury tends to make Gemini, the birthday people this week, Mercury tends to lend a cerebral touch to all matters Gemini. While wonderful at times, with the motion the Moon and Mars? Activity — physical activity — is preferred to emotional or mental activity. “But I was thinking!”

So was I. I was thinking, as a Gemini, you need to “Jump, run, play”

Cancer:

Cancer

The Crab

“It’s not about the money.” That’s one of the bland, self-help, guru-generated type of statements I tend to hear. A lot. “It’s not about the money.” I was reading notes from a best-selling author, and she claimed it wasn’t about the money. Not now, it’s not. But what, 20 years back? It was about the money because there wasn’t enough. So, this next few days? Bet you hear someone say, “It’s not about the money.”
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    Set honor in one eye and death i’ th’ other,
    And I will look on both indifferently;
    For let the gods so speed me as I love
    The name of honor more than I fear death.
    Brutus in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar I.ii.86

Mars enters the Tropical Zodiac sign of Cancer, June 4, 2017 at 11:15 AM. (+/-)

Horoscopes starting 6.1.2017

Gemini:

Gemini

The Twins

It’s all about a different way of looking at a particular item, Or items. Things, situations, people, places, just looking at it differently. Happy birthday, by the way, and think about looking at this from a different angle. From a lifelong interest in Earth Sciences, and a long-term residency at the rock shop in Austin, I developed a renewed interest in geology and minerals, not limiting myself to either scientific or metaphysical properties. One type of fairly common “metaphysical” rock is Labradorite. Cut and polished, it has beautiful colors. Uncut? It’s the luck of the draw. Or, as one person pointed out, it depends on how the light hits the crystalline structure, and what angle one looks at it. I have a chunk of the raw Labradorite in my shower stall. When that rock is wet? One, or more, of the facets shine, and this is just raw rock, nothing too special, not cut, no polish. The refraction and quotient of light in that chunk of rock? Varies with the angle and the available light. In the example of that stuff in the shower? Depends on angle, and for Gemini, happy birthday, remember? Change your angle. Look at it under different light, or, like that rock? Just spray a little water on it, and watch Gemini sparkle (again).

Cancer:

The Crab - the Moonchild

The Crab

A number of, typically smaller screen, TV &c., shows break the “Fourth Wall” with impunity. A character will pause, look directly at the camera and make comments, addressed to the audience, and out of context with what’s on screen. Occasionally the, this serves as a valuable insider information, as to what’s really going on with the plot and the story’s line. When I spun up the Cancer (Moon Child) charts, this week, I kept thinking about the 5th Wall. There comes a time — this week? There comes a time when refuge is based on the Fifth Wall. Know what that is?
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