Gone to be married? Gone to swear a peace?
    False blood to false blood join’d! Gone to be friends?
    Constance in Shakespeare’s King John 3.1.1-2

Horoscopes starting 5.18.2017

Taurus:

Taurus

The Bull

Ever wonder how much time is spent worrying about the weather? I looked, I was hoping to fish, other day, and the long–range weather–forecaster thing said “Rain.” I worried. Needlessly, as the long–range weather–forecaster thing was wrong, that far in advance. Nice day, sure there are pictures on a website — someplace — fun on the water. I have two reasonably accurate weather predictors. Three, if one counts the local news weather guy who is Pisces. My two that are far more accurate? There’s an app on my phone, a single window pane that gives me the current temp., accurate to a few degrees, right outside my door, doesn’t matter where I am on the planet. The other? I walk outside that door, look at the sky, feel the air, determine, hot/cold, moist/damp, dry/dryer, calm/windy. While I can’t take the barometric pressure myself, I can guess at it. I’ve found this to be a more accurate weather predictor than any of the apps, local news, anything else. Empirical —Taurus— observation yields the best results. Most accurate. No way to judge that situation, the weather, for example until you step outside. Just better that way. This week’s buzzword? “Empirical.”

Gemini:

Gemini

The Twins

Not all of my ideas are original. I’ve lifted, adapted, stolen, everything but outright plagiarized material from whatever sources. I’ve used tawdry romance to high-brow literature as sources for inspiration and ideas. While the idea itself might not be original, the way I use it?
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    O ye gods!
    Render me worthy of this noble wife!

Brutus in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar 2.1.303

Horoscopes starting 5.11.2017

Taurus:

Taurus

The Bull

Always wondered a little about that, how the wives in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar were so important. One would hope that this would be a reflection on the timbre of the times, but I’m unsure if there’s much truth to that. The Elizabethan setting was notoriously sexist and bigoted. No judgement, mere observation. However, it takes strong players — like wives — to get the job done. It’s unfortunate, but in that play? Strong wives get subsumed by the plot. Just how the story goes.

So the noble wives? Doesn’t go well for them. As I was plotting the Taurus stars? I saw strong characters, unlike that play, I saw strong characters and people listening to those strong characters. Strong, Taurus players.

Gemini:

Gemini

The Twins

There’s a practice, derived from a certain spiritual pursuit, that serves me well. In this next week, especially now? This kind of practice would serve Gemini well, too. I was driving, in notorious rush-hour-like traffic. Too far for me to walk, which is in keeping with my tendencies, so hop in car. Traffic backed-up. For, apparently, no reason. If there was a spectacular wreck, or malfunctioning traffic signal, sure, I could get it. Nothing. Just stop-and-go crap.
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    Truly, sir, all that I live by is with the awl: I meddle with no tradesman’s matters; but withal I am indeed, sir, a surgeon to old shoes; when they are great danger I recover them.
    Cobbler in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar 1.1.18

San Antonio and Austin, on the radar, see astrofish.net/travel for details.

Horoscopes starting 5.4.2017

Taurus:

Taurus

The Bull

It’s truck month in Texas. I just couldn’t pass this one up. The ad? I’ve seen it run all year–long, “It’s truck month in Texas!” It wasn’t until I started adding it up that I realized, “Truck Month” was an advertising dream come true, as the same ad can run, with very little seasonal adjustments, over and over. And over. And I’m over it, but that’s not what this is about. As a Taurus, as a birthday person, you’re going to see the same ad, the same slogan, the same buzz-word, and that will tickle you, jiggle your fancy.

Something.

If you stop before you reach for a pen, and before signing on the dotted line to drive that new car off the lot? Before the big purchase? Remember? Last month was “Truck month in Texas.” I’ll bet next month will be “Truck month in Texas,” and the month after that, as well. While this is a purely local example from several dealerships, I’m confident that the phrasing, while it might vary from location to location, I’m sure that the idea is sound. The lunar cycle tends to excite you. I’d be careful with how that exuberance and concomitant excitement is spent. Just because it’s “Truck month in Texas,” that doesn’t mean better deal won’t be along next week. Or next month, even.

Wait for it

Gemini:

Gemini

The Twins

I’m a big fan of favorable shortcuts. You’re Gemini, you’re a big fan of favorable shortcuts, too. This week’s energy is merely Mars, cooking along in Gemini, heading towards a square with Neptune. That means?

Surely you can see this coming with no help from me?
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    A day in April never came so sweet,
    To show how costly summer was at hand,
    As this fore-spurrer comes before his lord.
    Stephano in Shakespeare's A Merchant of Venice 2.9.93-5

Mercury, eventually, starts to unwind from being too tightly wound up. Un-retrograde — eventually. Venus shifts into Aries.

Horoscopes starting 4.27.2017

Taurus:

Taurus

The Bull

Opening quote is from Shakespeare’s the Merchant of Venice. Weird play. It’s also one of those plays where the milieu in which it was written, makes it easier to understand, because, by modern sentiments? It’s clearly Anti-Semitic. The understanding has to come from looking at the worldview, how the play-goers would understand the logic of the play, and how there are some jokes that are duds, 400 years later.

Last time I listened to the play it was very clearly being read as burlesque comedy. Bawdy, with bad jokes a-plenty. I’m not prepared to debate the relative merits and drawbacks of the play’s worth. It’s part of the accepted canon, and the play is slightly problematic. If it were done in current times, it would be a slapstick comedy with the lead characters played by the usual comic buffoons. Our problem, even now, is that there are no recordings from 400 years ago, and there are no intra-linear notes to understand just exactly what the author meant. We have to suppose there’s some topical references and allusions that don’t carry forward, not over the span of centuries. Between the planets’ influences, there’s that idea that we’re not getting the whole image. The big picture escapes Taurus, at the moment. Like that play, last time I heard read aloud, it was done as broad comedy, and some of the “jokes” didn’t work for me. Skip the parts that don’t make sense or seem to offend. Birthday time. No reason to get worked up because some long-dead playwright’s material might seem to be offensive. It was all intended as broad humor.

I think.

Gemini:

Gemini

The Twins

Buddy ran in an Austin “Beer Run 10K” race, fundraiser event. He was telling me about his little adventure, suggesting I join next time. 10K is 6.2 miles, I can walk that in about two hours. He was talking about running it. But he was also having fun explaining the vagaries of this race. Fundraiser.
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    Romans, countrymen, and lovers, hear me for my cause, and be silent, that you may hear.
    Marcus Brutus in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar 3.2.13

“Look, it’s Four-Twenty! Ha-ha!” Some people, maybe this is an Austin hangover, but some people? They just never grow up. I mean, seriously?

The Sun enters the Tropical Zodiac sign of Taurus April 19, 2017 at 4:27 PM — in San Antonio. Moon in Aquarius at the time.

Mercury, currently retrograde, backs down into Aries.

“And that means what?”

Horoscopes starting 4.20.2017

Taurus:

Taurus

The Bull

Bass are game fish. Black Bass, common around me, great fun as game fish, but finicky as can be, subject to every little weather change. I’m sure there’s a picture on the website, someplace, me with a tiny little bass. It was that weather; a cold front pushed through, rained heavily, then, cooler, high, clear air came afterwards, with no clouds. Brilliant day. The challenge, from a bass fishing point of view? The high barometric pressure yields bass with lock-jaw. Fish hard, fish well, fish a long time, all of that? Very little results.

Two ways to see this? One, don’t bother fishing when the weather’s like that. Or, two? Enjoy the day on the lake, but don’t count on a big catch. It is called fishing, not called catching. This weird weather, happens in the spring in Texas, this weird weather is like the astrological weather, even now. Can enjoy some aspects of this astrology weather, but other aspects? Not so much. Either it’s a good day on the lake, but without a catching a lot of fish, or it’s a good day to be some place else.

Gemini:

Gemini

The Twins

I always detect gentle, subtle, but pronounced and verifiable change when a the Sun shifts signs. Likewise, as Mars changes gears and bounces into Gemini, there’s a pronounced shift. Change you can feel. Change in the air. Mars is about activity, and the Sun is yet in Taurus. This takes that — trademarked — Gemini Energy and ratchets it up a notch. Or two.
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    Peace be to England, if that war return
    From France to England, there to live in peace.
    England we love, and for that England’s sake
    With burden of our armor here we sweat.
    King of France in Shakespeare’s King John 2.1.91-4

Venus starts to go stationary. Sort of. Not out of the Venus woods with Mercury, not yet.

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Horoscopes starting 4.13.2017

Aries:

Aries

The Ram

I do love me some Aries energies, and I do love me some Aries. But we got all kinds of organic, and inorganic, material coming unglued at this time. Part of this is the way the Sun, in Aries, lines up with Uranus, for a brief, shining moment. Part of this is Venus, going stationary, but not resolving out her pattern just yet, yonder back in Pisces. Part of this pesky Mercury Retrograde, not upon us, I mean, not in Aries, but this is a dynamic wherein there’s Aries, stuck in the middle. Rash actions are not well-served. Birthday celebrations are in order. Jumping — real or figurative — is not encouraged. Originally, I was going to make a Base-Jumping joke. However, I don’t know many places, around here, where that’s even possible, so no way that analogy would really apply. It’s too early for the lake rats to be out and cliff jumping, so that one doesn’t apply, either. So chill out, enjoy the celebrations, but maybe, but maybe? No activity that involves being airborne.

Taurus:

Taurus

The Bull

Stop. Pause. Review, revise, and re-edit. Look it over one last time. Mars, the problem with Mars and his energies? He pushes, he makes us all a little antsy and impatient. “Now” is not soon enough, under this kind of Mars influence. With Mercury at the gateway, and a certain amount of reluctant energy floating freely? I can attribute that to Jupiter in its position, but that might be me. As a Taurus?
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