Sir John stands to his word, the devil shall have his bargain, for he was never yet a breaker of proverbs. He will give the devil his due.
    Prince Hal in Shakespeare’s
    Henry IV, part 1 (1.2.37)

Horoscopes starting 11.10.2016

Scorpio:

Scorpio

The Scorpion

Possibly one of the first occurrences of the term, “Give the devil his due.” There is much hanging about in the Scorpio World, and, even though there are birthdays a-plenty, there is still pesky Mars in even more pesky Aquarius. The trick to this week’s occasionally unruly energies? Like the snippet suggests, “Give the devil his due.”

Consider it begrudging respect. Consider it a lesser sign than Scorpio who, for this example and occasion, has earned Scorpio praise. Yes, there are happy birthdays. Yes, there are glad tidings, yes, yes, yes; all good. But as a tickler, as a gentle reminder from me to you, as we enjoy the most solemn birthdays? Remember to acknowledge the rival, enemy, sparring buddy, or obnoxious astrologer, as need be.

“Give the devil his due,” like it says.

Sagittarius:

Sagittarius

The Archer

One client’s kid, at the time he was a cute, gap-toothed six-year old boy with tousled hair, he used to say that I spoke in rhyme. The old joke about me thinking I was Shakespeare in a past life comes to mind, too. That was from a propensity to quote The Bard, or I would occasionally burst into random recitations. I doubt I speak in rhyme unless I’m quoting it. Even then, I have, at best, a ham-fisted approach to high poetry. Way it is.
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    Indeed you come near me now, Hal, for we that take purses go by the moon and the seven stars, and not by Phoebus, he, “that wand’ring knight so fair.” And I prithee, sweet wag, when thou art a king, as, God save thy Grace—Majesty I should say, for grace thou wilt have none—
    Falstaff in Shakespeare’s Henry IV, part 1 (1.2.3)

Election edition!

    Eclipse action, what does it mean?

Horoscopes starting 11.3.2016

Scorpio:

Scorpio

The Scorpion

One noted Shakespeare scholar suggests that Shakespeare’s Falstaff is perhaps one of the finest literary creations, and in that introductory quote? They are setting up to rob someone, more for sport than gain. Although, to be honest, Sir John (Falstaff) does it for gain, as well. In the series of plays, ostensibly history plays, sort of like Shakespeare’s version of “Based on a true story?” In the plays, there is no actual historical antecedent to Sir John’s character. Shakespeare didn’t keep an author’s blog, so there’s no way to know what was going on. There is anecdotal evidence that suggests Falstaff was loosely based on Sir John Oldcastle, but that’s circumstantial, at best. Could just be a coincidence. As we gratefully acknowledge the Scorpio birthdays, we look towards Venus — in Sagittarius — and Mars — in Capricorn — then Mercury — still in Scorpio — for guidance during this birthday time. Supposition, inference, Scorpio’s “intuition,” all of that is good, but not enough to build a real case. Normally, I trust your Scorpio feelings, trust them more than I would trust my own judgement. However, just for now? Just around this special birthday time? Evidence. Hard, cold facts. Evidence in hand before making any sweeping statements.

“Just the facts, ma’am. Just the facts.”

Just the facts, Scorpio. Just the facts.

Sagittarius:

Sagittarius

The Archer

I have a love/hate relationship with so-called “Social Media.” At times, it’s particularly easy to use for contact and conversations with potential clients. The problem is that the particular outlets can also become great time-wasters. More time spent searching for old friends who seem to have fallen off the planet. As such, I tend to have a coherent and focused strategy for “Social Media.”
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    First Citizen: We have ever your good word.
    Coriolanus: He that give good words to thee will flatter
    Beneeth abhorring.
    Shakespeare’s Coriolanus Act 1, scene 1

Pre-election jitters, and Samhain? Happy Halloween, and upcoming events in San Antonio and Austin.

Horoscopes starting 10.27.2016

Scorpio:

8scorpioPoor Coriolanus, he never gets it. There are times when flattery does help. Happy Scorpio Birthday! So let’s look at the astrological weather. There’s a weather app on my tablet, and it beeped to tell me that there was a hundred percent chance of rain at my location. This, according to the app, the tablet, the phone. It didn’t rain. Wasn’t even a chance. I mean, it was cloudy and dark, forbidding like, but, yeah, no, no rain.

The technology was way off. The weather app was totally wrong. Weather, like Shakespeare’s Coriolanus? Like Scorpio? With Mercury lining up with the Scorpio Sun, even now, there’s a hint that you’re too fast to jump to an — apparently — hasty conclusion. Makes sense at the time. Clue: didn’t end well for Coriolanus and didn’t end well for my weather app. Want to make this three for three, Scorpio? I know you’re right, but might want to reserve letting us know, until all the facts are present. It’s your birthday time, enjoy it, and let others do for you. Happy Halloween, too!

Sagittarius:

Sagittarius

The Archer

“Prep time? 15 minutes. Cook time? Under two minutes.” Some of the cooking/food/taste-maker sites I followed, with recipes and commentary? I didn’t realize it at first, but there’s always a little, two-part time-frame included. “Prep time,” and “cook time,” then, it depends on the author, but sometimes, they include total time, and others allow that the reader to add the to together. Finally, there is a third version.
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    I never did repent for doing good,
    Nor shall not now: for in companions
    That do converse and waste the time together,
    Whose souls do bear an egall yoke of love,
    There must be needs a like proportion
    Of lineaments, of manners, and of spirit;
    Portia in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice 3.4.10-5

Horoscopes starting 10.20.2016

Scorpio:

Scorpio

The Scorpion

Fishing buddy of mine, his wife needed to ferry a car around, and my buddy was busy at work. “You think Kramer can help?” Two cars, one driver, and a time table. Sure, he’s a friend, I’ll help. Lovely wife, too, but that’s not what this is about. Buddy’s got a boat, and I get to fish. I will be nice and polite. As a Scorpio, there’s time when it pays to just be nice, and do the right thing. Do a favor. Grant a wish, in this case? It was small amount of time, and considering he might have to drive an hour or more out of his way to fetch me for fishing, yeah, I can easily spare the time. Here’s the hard part, I was relaxed, late afternoon and I was in my typical sleeping attire by supper time. Call came at four, or a little after, so I was headed to the couch to read. I hastily changed out of sleep-wear, pulled on a a pair of shorts, sandals and a shirt, and I was good to go. Except for the sandals, I was pretty much still attire as I was before, not much of a change, different by degrees.

Scorpio: “Think you can help me?”

Sure, sure you can, just as I did. As a Scorpio? We’re investing in our future.

Sagittarius:

Sagittarius

The Archer

“It’s ok as long as it doesn’t have fur on it,” she said. I was treating a buddy’s kid, I don’t know, between 3, maybe 5 or 6 years old? It was a happy meal at the place that sells happy meals because, as kids that age, that is what, that’s the only thing they would eat. Don’t preach to me about the content of the food, by then, if the kid is happy, we eat there.
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    Besides, the lott’ry of my destiny
    Bars me the right of voluntary choosing
    Portia in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice 2.1.13–4

Horoscopes starting 10.13.2016

Libra:

Libra

The Scales

One of the themes that shows up, over and over in Shakespeare’s work is the question of, “Just who’s in charge?” Fate? Odd gods? Catholic God? Shakespeare’s Portia bemoans her fate based on the lottery of destiny, implying fate is random. I suggest clues about one’s fate are etched in patterns described in the heavens, the stars above. The term “lottery” carries a mega-jackpot implication with it. Jupiter, currently in Libra, brings that same implication. While one Libra will suggest “Nothing is going well,” there are three who will see the upside, the bright side, the sunny side.

“So this is ‘sunny side up?’ Told you: fried.”

Allow some room for Jupiter to work his thing. Good stuff. Birthdays, all good – there is a lottery-type win in your Libra future.

Scorpio:

Scorpio

The Scorpion

I was chatting with a Scorpio buddy, making an important point. She nodded, but there was that vacant look to her eyes. Not haunted, not distracted, but certainly not paying attention. Part of the problem. Behind her eyes, behind those usually piercing Scorpio eyes?
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    “The peace of heaven is theirs that lift their swords
    In such a just and charitable war.”
    Duke of Austria in Shakespeare’s King John (2.1.35-6)

Horoscopes starting 10.6.2016

Libra:

Libra

The Scales

Myself, as a part-time pacifist, the peaceful side of me can find no war that is justified. No such thing as a just and charitable war. The more bellicose side, though, understand that there are certain times when one must “Lift their swords,” etc. So as a Libra, we’re faced with a bit of a riddle, from one of Shakespeare’s earliest plays, about whether this is a just war — or not. In context, the quote is patriotic, more or less, and as a stand-alone quote, it does raise some questions. However, as an assurance? That’s what’s most important. This doesn’t have to be combative, and this doesn’t have to be about “War.” Or “War!” This can represent any number of struggles, and as Libra, first with Jupiter, then Mercury at your feet? Stick to what’s right. The just cause is justified, although, I’m sure you’ll agree, maybe not by any means, but the clue is to be careful about picking the just cause.

Scorpio:

Scorpio

The Scorpion

One of my frequent pedestrian routes cuts through a large parking lot, attached to a shopping center. Mostly the place is anchored by a grocery store. There’s office supply, and a bookstore, plus a chain of of discount sporting goods. Hot afternoons, in the fall? I’ve discovered that folks get forgetful about their driving habits.
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    It is a damned and a bloody work,
    The graceless action of a heavy hand—
    If that it be the work of any hand.
    Philip, the Bastard in Shakespeare's King John (IV.iii.57-9)

Horoscopes starting 9.29.2016

Libra:

Libra

The Scales

One Libra girlfriend, we developed a shorthand code for this energy, “Shoe-shopping on the internet.” You can’t shop for shoes on the inter-webs. Maybe it is possible in a theoretical sense, but it certainly doesn’t work for me. I realize there is at least one mega-online-retailer that has made this into a highly successful business model, but that’s an exception.

For something like shoes? I want to see how they fit. My Libra girlfriend? “Shopping for shoes on the internet” is a code phrase for meandering, in a way that might seem aimless, to some, but meandering where it is that this takes us. All about the journey and less about the destination. Personally, I will buy one kind of shoe online, a certain brand of sandal, but I know what fits, and I know that they only offer two models. Can’t go wrong, not really shopping, more like just getting another, same size, etc. This isn’t about my sandals, either, this is about the Libra energy and its best use.

Shoe shopping on the inter-webs. Not buying, just looking. Save for a future date. Happy birthday!

Scorpio:

Scorpio

The Scorpion

One of my more fatal mistakes was reading the label. The list of ingredients on the back, down in small print? Almost too tiny to see? Like they were hiding something in the fineprint? Turns out, you don’t want to know.
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    Bell, book, and candle shall not drive me back,
    When gold and silver becks me to come on.
    Philip the Bastard in
    Shakespeare’s King John (3.3.12–3)

The term, from that passages in Shakespeare’s King John, “Bell, book, and candle” is what caught my attention, listening to the play. Bit of superstitious material buried in the texts.

Working a wee bit of faery magic, the little one goes unretrograde, ere long.

Horoscopes starting 9.22.2016

Libra:

Libra

The Scales

After you’ve spent any kind of quality time around me, you begin to realize that I’m a little brash, blunt, and almost needlessly direct. Not all the time, and I do have my finer moments when I can gather my thoughts and present material with more artful, perhaps gentler chiding instead of just blurting out the answer. I’ve never claimed otherwise. Just so there’s no misrepresentation of facts, I’m drawing attention to one of my behavior traits, as an example of what type of energy is running through the Libra limbs, even now, and what kind of action your Libra self might want to avoid.

Don’t blurt it out. Don’t act rashly. Don’t act brazenly. Don’t stick your foot in your mouth. Happy birthday. Now, more than ever, a metered, measured response is best. Happy birthday. It bodes well, but don’t answer too quickly. Happy birthday!

Scorpio:

Scorpio

The Scorpion

At least one of my Scorpio friends will recoil in horror at this next suggestion. Several will make claims that I’m out-of-place, or out of line, and that my suggestion isn’t a good one. One Scorpio will reach for a “fainting bottle” of spirits, to assuage that feeling of panic. My simplest suggestion?
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    My lord, they say five moons were seen tonight;
    Four fixed, and the fift did whirl about
    The other four in wondrous motion.
    Hubert de Burgh in Shakespeare's King John (4.2.182-4)

Jupiter in Libra.

Horoscopes starting 9.15.2016

Virgo:

Virgo

The Virgin

There are times, I have no idea where this comes from. A link on a history site sent me off into the Viking World, and to make it even more curious, I was looking at Danish sites about Viking Long Houses. It was a form of Viking dwelling, several families, cattle, kids, winter grain stores, all piled into a single room. Look it up, “Viking Longhouse.”

The historical depiction of life inside the Viking Longhouse? The cattle, the grains, I suppose the mice, the kids, the babies, the adults, whole families, all piled into a single room with fire in the middle of the floor, and no fireplace? No chimney? Warm against the Viking cold winters, but I can’t think that it’s a situation I’d thrive in, nor, for that matter, would a typical Virgo survive in a situation like that.

The rest of this Virgo week feels like that. Everything you need is right here, but it might be a in chaotic, everything-piled-in-the Viking Longhouse style. It’s all there, just might not be ordered. That can drive a Virgo, especially with recent Virgo birthdays, that can drive a Virgo crazy.

Mercury, tail-end, but still mercurial. Like that Viking Longhouse.

Libra

Libra

The Scales

So close. So very, very close, and yet? Not yet. Venus is finishing her lap, but Mercury isn’t undone yet. There’s more to come. Yes, Jupiter is in Libra, and you know what that means, right? Wait, still Virgo time.
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    Peace be to France—if France in peace permit
    Our just and lineal entrance to our own;
    If not, bleed France, and peace ascend to heaven,
    Whiles we, God’s wrathful agent, do correct
    Their proud contempt that beats his peace to heaven.

    King John in Shakespeare's King John (2.1.84-9)

Mercury in Retrograde, in Virgo, and developing? Saturn Square Neptune.

Horoscopes starting 9.8.2016

Virgo:

Virgo

The Virgin

There was an era in Austin’s history, a time filled with magic as “Kickers” and “Hippies” melted together. The result? The “Cosmic Cowboy” times. Layered under more myth than reality, portions of that cultural clash still exist, even to this day, buried under a patina of grimy Austin history. While one name was “Redneck Rock,” the real appellation should’ve been, “Head-neck.”

Part history, part oral tradition, part myth, and part foggy, stoner memories, what’s left a mark? There are a handful of music albums from that era, as evidence that the world described like that did exist. Other than a handful of musicians, though, there’s precious little left.

Burned out, drifted away, or, most common? Sold out.

Cut off jeans and t-shirts got swapped out for business suits, and the rest, as they say, is history. The challenge for Virgo, in the next few days? Separate myth from reality. The stories about the good old days? What really happened? See if there is a disconnect from reality there. “I knew a guy who worked with this guy, and he said...” Which only serves to highlight the problem, myth-making is powerful, but don’t confuse myth and the real Virgo world.

Libra

My schedule shifts around with the seasons. Where I live, I joke about there only being two seasons, “Summer and Oven,” but that's not far from wrong. As I’ve traveled across this wide world, I realize not everyone lives in a temperate zone like I do. The middle of September usually means that it’s not blistering hot.
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    I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
    Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
    Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
    With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine;

Oberon in Shakespeare's Midsummer's Night's Dream 2.1.248-52

Portable Mercury Retrograde

Horoscopes starting 9.1.2016

Virgo:

Virgo

The Virgin

There’s always something mystical and enchanting about Shakespeare’s Midsummer’s Night’s Eve. There are also the elements of a more mercurial nature of the fairies in it, with a classical Mercury Misstep when randy Puck gets the right potion in the wrong person’s eyes. It’s a fun bit of summer stock, too. I’ve seen various versions, and I think there’s an RSC/Netflix version that’s fairly innocuous, kind of light and frilly. No dark side to the Faeries enchantments. Wit this current disposition, the Moon is yet new? Despite, or because of, the current condition of Mercury?

There needs to be a light and frilly approach, dictated by the planets, for Virgo. Not too married to a specific outcome, because, well, with Mercury? Like Puck’s mistakes? Comic relief.

Libra:

How much are you going to buy into this? There’s a problem, and it’s “Libra adjacent,” but it’s not really a Libra problem. “But it is my problem, too, you see?” Frankly, no, I don’t see. This is a “Libra adjacent” issue, but not a Libra problem. “But because it’s SO close, it is a problem!” Are you sure?
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    Therefore the moon (the governess of floods),
    Pale in her anger, washes all the air,
    That rheumatic diseases do abound.
    Titania in Shakespeare's Midsummer's Night's Dream 2.1.103-5
    Mercury Starts a Retrograde pattern in Virgo. Mercury is Retrograde from August 30 to September 21, 2016.

    Saturn square Neptune.

Portable Mercury Retrograde

Horoscopes starting 8.25.2016

Virgo:

Virgo

The Virgin

Listen to the cicadas. It’s sound, a summer sound, an August, summer sound I’ve grown up with, and living in Texas, one I’m used to. That summer sound? I was taking off to walk up to the store, buy some grocery items, not much. As usual, I had on stereo earbuds, with a microphone, as I was answering and returning some calls.

Hot, August afternoon. I hadn’t heard the cicadas that loud since South Austin days. While that’s not entirely true, it was refreshing to hear, and as soon as the music cycled up, think I was listening to a Shakespeare play, I stopped. Pulled the earplugs out. I stopped, pulled the ear plugs out, and turned the music off. For a few step, then for the rest of my walk, I was immersed in the sounds of summer. Mostly, it was the cicadas, just a dull buzz, and like me, listening to summer, all over again? As Mercury stops and suggests a stationary pattern? In this next week? Pull the ear plugs out. Turn off the ambient, background, white noise. Fewer distractions are better as this will be a rather amusing Mercury in Retrograde. Easiest way to survive and thrive? Pull out the earplugs. Listen to the cicadas. Or listen to whatever.

Libra:

Libra

The Scales

My father, a Libra if there ever was one, was also a “Warm Springs” polio survivor. Because he had polio at a young age, one leg was smaller than the other. So I saw a shoe sale, the other day, “Buy One, get One Free.” Clever ad. Wouldn’t have worked, though, as my father would only need one shoe of one size.
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