The love of wicked men converts to fear
That fear to hate, and hate turns one or both
To worthy danger and deserved death.
King Richard in Shakespeare's Richard II (V.i.66-8)
It's a little bit of bleak sounding quote, but it has a purpose as this week unfolds, and it's more about hanging around with a bad crowd which ain't none too good as opposed to hang out with the good guys....
Aries : You're running at a furious pace right now, and this furious pace can turn into a blind pursuit. That's all I'm trying to warn you about this week, just make sure that you know exactly where it is that you're going, my fine Aries friend, because that's important right now. Destinations need to be firmly etched in your mind at a time like this, or you tend to wander all over the place, looking a little lost. And lost Aries ain't a pretty sight. It's like having a confused fishing partner, a feller who claims to know the very best spot only, he can't seem to find it. You're kind of like that under this undue influence from Mars and the Sun. You know where you want to be, but you have a tendency to forget your destination before you ever get started. This can lead to either amazing hilarity, or, more likely, some serious confusion as you scratch your head, cock it sideways and try to figure out just where it was that you were going. As long as you've got this little Fire/Mars and whatever thing going on upstairs, down here, pick a single direction and stick to it. You'll find you get a lot more accomplished this week if you do.
Taurus : Consider the fishing hook. It's a simple device, with a very elegant design, years, perhaps even thousands of years have gone into it's continual refinement. It's a basic shape, but in recent years, much thought has gone into making it work a little better. And although the point of this week's message is like the fishing hook in elegance and scope, there's a more recent addition (say, within the last thousand years or so) that is important. It's what this week is like. It's a good week, and gets better. Follow the hook from its eye where you tie the line down its gleaming shank. Then across the bend, and finally, when the weekend gets here, there's a little barb on the very end. That's what you have to be careful about. The week starts well, gets better and better as the Sun moves in Virgo, then there's a little catch, right at the very end. Because this can vary from individual to individual, the actually timing might be different by minutes, or even half a day, but it does happen. There's always a catch. But the overall picture, provided you look out for the bard, is very good.
Gemini : In my never ending search to further the astrological lore at my disposal, and to fill up some of the blank pages which beckon to me, I've made some interesting notes over the years. One of them comes to mind right now, and it has to do with the relative position of the Sun, as a matter of fact, and since this is Sun Sign Astrology, I was going to address the fact that the Sun moves in Virgo this week. Normally, this isn't too good for you. And at close to the exact movement that the Sun makes this transition in Virgo, there's going to be a little bump in your road. Slow down, negotiate the bump with care and Gemini - like dexterity, then get back up to speed as soon as you can. You're going to find that you get propelled along with a certain degree of momentum this week, and one of the important things to do with the idea that the "Sun is in Virgo" is to keep pushing forward with some of your many faceted plans. It may feel like you're starting to encounter some obstacles, but do the Gemini thing, and don't let them get in your way too long. You can easily get ramped back up by the end of the week.
Cancer : There's am important image which comes to mind to properly characterize what the general feeling for this week is like, it's a picture of a fisherman, gently nodding off in the front of the boat, with a hook and line idly gracing the water in front of him. That's what this week starts out like for Cancer, a moment of reverie that looks suspiciously like a nap. But in that wonderful Cancer brain, there's a lot at work. Ticking away, almost as if it's in the strata of memory below the conscious level, there's a hint, an echo, a suggestion that there's something at work. Just what is it? That's up to the Cancer fisherman to catch. By the end of the week, something is going to nibble at the Cancer's bait, then it's going to strike. Its will suddenly jerk the Cancer fisherman awake -- it's not like you're not expecting this, but as it pulls you wake, don't forget the problem that eluded you, it looks like you've got an answer about the same time you set that hook.
Leo : After the last few weeks, you've got to be expecting something big this week. I would like to take the time to suggest that there are no big deals this week. Officially, sure there are some big deals, but between you and me, my fine Leo friend, there really isn't THAT much going on. Sure, there's a bump or two in the night, but the summer sun in Texas still has that lingering effect in the twilight hours, alternately a rosy glow and the deep hues of purple, and sometimes even a golden flavor to it all, and the sunset hour is the magic hour. Although Venus is the evening star, and Mars is only visible right before sun up, the two planets are really pretty close, astrologically speaking. And for a change, these two guys are having a nice affect on you. There is one day this week which is really good for fishing, according to the solar and lunar tables I swiped from the back of a fishing magazine. I figure that this really applies in your case, too. There's one period of time this week which is good for you. Make use of it. Then relax and enjoy that evening glow. Like I stated, I figure here really are no big deals this week and it's time to concentrate some efforts around the homestead, except for that one foray on the optimal day for fishing.
Virgo : There's a tiny accelerator card in one of my computers. It bypasses the existing chip and runs the machine at something like four times as fast as it ran before. When I first dropped the card into the computer, there was an amazing acceleration. It felt like I was sitting a real drag racer, rushing down the race track at close to the speed of sound. This is a week like sitting in the same seat as I was sitting in. There's sudden, almost overpowering rush of power which seems to come out of no where, and this feeling of speed nails you back in your seat. "Wow," you exclaim, the Gee forces pulling your face back, taking all the loose skin and making it tight, "wow." Perchance you don't feel the acceleration quite like this, but you do feel a certain degree of get up and go this week. There's a sudden blast that sends you rocketing forward. It's a subtle thing, at first, this quickening, but then it really does nail you back. It's like sitting in a drag racer, and it's like watching yourself in slow motion. The light goes green (Virgo time), you hit the switch, and you slowly build up a head of steam, and then, all of a sudden, you're hurtling along at a scary pace. This week: watch for it.
Libra : I'm sure I've made allusions to the quantity of coffee which is required to keep me going, the 13 cups of thick sludge which I need in order to crank my eyelids open on the sultry summer mornings in Texas. There's also a fine line between that 12th cup and the 14th cup. After number 14, there's a good chance that I can vibrate into an alternate dimension because I'm moving just a little faster than anyone else. You need to watch the coffee intake because you've got a week just like the magical transition between number 13 and number 14. Too much coffee man, and that's what this week is like, and you're out, so far ahead of everyone else, that no one can keep up with you. It's as if you've vibrated into the next dimension, or stepped across some threshold that no one else is aware of. The line between those two amounts of caffeine is tricky point to negotiate. It's taken me years of practice, and a few failed attempts in order to get there myself. So this week, try to figure out what's too much and then don't go there. If you do, you'll find that no one seems to hear you, see you, or even listen to you.
Scorpio : Constraints are a good topic this week. And when I discuss "constraints" I'm talking about a narrowing of the flow. A restraint, now that would be different. That would suggest something that gets cut off completely. So let's take our little words games and apply them to this week. There's a certain constraint, probably in your cash flow, this week. It's not a complete blockage, that would be a restraint in your cash flow, but you do want to consider cutting back on certain nonessential items. There are a few luxuries that I would consider cutting out of your budget this week. "Like what is luxury and what is a necessity, oh wondrous fishing guide to the stars?" I always like the way you smirk when you address me thusly. Anyway, luxury? That would be new tires for the truck. Necessity? Bait so you can fish this weekend. See the difference? There are some thing which you just have to have, and other things you can always live without. Figure out which is which this week.
Sagittarius : One of the hardest lessons I've ever had to learn was how to listen to a seasoned professional fishing guide. Perhaps it was this one fellow down on the Gulf Coast who knew every square inch of that Texas beach, every centimeter of marsh, wetland, inlet and every minute millimeter of the intercostal waterway. Perhaps it was this one guide who taught me I really don't know everything about all the local terrain. Sure, I studied maps and tide tables, and sure, I knew the exact placement of the planets, but when it came to actually fishing on his turf, I had to realize that he knew more than I did. So when you're face to face with a situation like this, go ahead and admit that you can learn something from an old salt. You will be surprised at what kind of reward there is for learning when to keep your Sagittarius mouth shut. It's a good time for us Sagittarius types, but we're all tending to running off the mouth at a time when our mouths should be firmly closed around the bit, and we need to let someone else show us the correct path. I'd suggest bridal path, but the term leaves a bad taste in most Sagittarius mouths.
Capricorn : I just like the way this week lines up for Capricorn. One way or another, it just looks good. Maybe not great, but not bad at all. The various planet placements bode well for you. And I no sooner suggest that it's a good week when one Capricorn saddles up to the word processor and then emails me a lengthy response about how everything is so terrible right now. Must be the Moon. In relative terms, though, there are a number of good starts this week. And what could be better than getting a good start on something? I can't promise that this is like fishing, where a good start always insures a bountiful catch, but if you can adopt a slightly longer term way of looking at it, yes, it does bode well for you. Put your best foot forward. Get off to a good start. Get up early and work late. Put in a little extra time to get a few of the spurious details out of the way. Realize you might not actually reap any rewards, but you're getting some good sowing done. Then, with a little luck and patience, you'll be pleasantly surprised to see a return on your invested time, as quickly as two weeks hence. Save the hate mail for me, for that time.
Aquarius : For a long time, part of the general public (John Q. Public was its name, I believe) had a good laugh at a character who espoused "Deep Thoughts." These were rather random potshots at the then-current "New Age Speak" and similar groupings of words. Aquarius never goes for the median average, and that's one characteristic that is common to all of you guys. But this is one of the weeks when some of the median average stuff, the deep thoughts of the public, seem to make a degree of sense. You're going to spend part of this week pondering unponderables, and perhaps, if you put that good sense of humor to work, you'll be making merry of some of the deep thoughts. In other cases, though, there is a degree of self-examination which is required, and you're going to want to find somebody to bounce a few ideas off. Be careful, though, because some of your deep thoughts might just get translated to some other sign as a metaphysical mind game.
Pisces : One of the minor problems with being human is that "people need people." And that's one of the hassles you've got this week. You want to be alone, but you also want to be around other people. This sort of conundrum lead to a point where a Zen Master couldn't unravel the riddle. And rather than trying to be a Zen Master (just about every Pisces I know is far beyond a pedestrian "Zen Master" anyway), perhaps try being in two places at once. This leads to a bass boat, but you kind of figured I would work that in. Ever watch two fishermen in a boat, not speaking to each other, both self-absorbed in their own world? The fish, the lake, the bait, the boat. They can sit for hours like that with nary a word betwixt them. That's what I suggest for this week. You want to to be around people, but you also want to be alone to clear your head of a few matters. So perhaps this is the best solution, the front of your fishing boat. If football were further along, another analogy would be good, too. Like watching a football game with your buddies, but not saying much. You're in the company of friends, but the level of discourse is such that you might as well be alone. Time for some Pisces Male Bonding this week, one way or another.