"And as the sun breaks through the darkest clouds,
So honour peereth in the meanest habit."
Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew [IV.iii.167-8]

Mercury Retrograde in Virgo, sliding back into Leo while opposing Neptune moving from Pisces into Aquarius. What does it all mean?

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Leo: No news that I'm an Apple fanboy. At one time, I was more fanatical than now, but the basic premise is that I like the hardware the "mothership" produces. Good stuff. Usually rock-solid, and when it's not? Rock-solid warranty. It's about the only product that I suggest an extended warranty for. I trust the Apple extended warranty, having, on separate occasions, used that extended warranty. Worked, and worked well. Stand behind what they sell and service. Good stuff. As Mercury backs down into your sign and as Neptune opposes your sign, and as Venus and the Sun move forward in your sign, think about those extended warranties. Some of them are not a good deal. In my examples, it was phone, an iPod, and two laptops. The laptops, each, separately, over two years old, had to have hard drives and batteries. Covered. No questions. That was cool, as, one of the extended warranties had less than a few months left, which, in effect, doubled the usable lifetime of that one machine. However, while not an isolated example, it's the easiest example I've got at hand, for Leo. Most of those extended warranties? Rip-off. Just extra gravy for the dealership, the salesman, someone along the line. Most of those extended service contracts don't really work. That's the problem. I know, from hard-won personal experience, that the Apple one works. And works well, as they tend to honor their obligations. Wouldn't it be nice if everyone did? Here's the hint: most people don't. Further hint: don't buy the extra, add-on stuff. Not now. No extended service warranty. Unless, of course, it's an Apple.

In time for Mercury Retrograde, a new three-minute track.

Binaural -scientific- Beats Engineering, play three times, a day, three times in a row, guaranteed to ameliorate the effects of Mercury Retrograde.

Virgo: Sometimes, the simplest solutions are the best. With Mercury doing a little backwards jaunt, and this backwards jaunt, it's opposite from Neptune, with these two planets, a big one and little one, acting in cahoots? Simple. Simpler. Simplest. There's a new tweak with web server software, the backend, the "motor" of what I use to serve my site. Sites. Multiple sites. "Change this, add this plug-in, adjust the output control, and it works better." I've gotten a little smarter -- I've been doing this for some time now, I've gotten to the point where I'll test on one, low-volume website before I'll make wholesale changes.
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"Study is like the heaven's glorious sun,
That will not be deep-search'd with saucy looks."
Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost [I.i.86-7]

Over 60% of Love's Labour's Lost is rhyming lines, making it the most rhymed play out of the Bard's canon.

astrofish.netLeo: Kittens who are weaned too young, or sometimes, just abandoned by their parents, those kittens have a certain observed behavior pattern. What I've watched, I'm cat guy, I like house cats as companions, what I've seen with kittens, weaned too young, they develop this strange tick. Pet one for too long and she'll turn on you so fast. Pet, pet, love, love, and suddenly, she turns and bites. Or claws. Or, my favorite, she turns and digs her claws in then chomps down. Biting the hand that feeds her. Huh. Think there's a lesson here? In the event I'm not perfectly clear, I've seen this behavior. Many times. My old cat used to be like that, she'd turn around and nip at the petting hand, after a certain amount of time. I picked her up from the pound, pretty sure she was abandoned before that, and guessing from the behavior, let go too soon. I watched as one friend tried to correct an adult cat, tried to change that cat's behavior. Cat won -- some surprise -- every time. If you can't change it, why do you keep trying? Dear Leo, don't argue with the cat, the cat's behavior is hardwired. If you can't change it? Why keep trying?

astrofish.net Virgo: "I hate Scorpio's. They are so irresponsible!" Little friend, having a fit of pique. Kind of a tight fit of pique, too, as she's Virgo. "What's his birthday?" Normal question from me. "November. That's Scorpio, right?" "When in November?" "Like, at the end of it." Subsequent (Virgo) investigation revealed that the problem male was Sagittarius, not Scorpio. Hence the trouble. August Virgo and November Sagittarius, we make great friends, but in any other situation? Not so much. Which was the source of the Virgo girl's ire. I'd stick up for my Sagittarius brothers-in-arms, but you know, after hearing the whole tale? Not so much.
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"The nature of bad news infects the teller."
Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra [I.ii.96]

"Thwack!" (The sound of a cane being bent about the messenger's head, same play, different act.)

Radio Interview is here (careful, autoplay).

Leo starts, later this week. Weekend. Welcome the mightiest of the Fire Signs. Absolutely -- the very finest fixed fire sign: Leo.

astrofish.net Leo: The Chinese Ideogram for "trouble" depicts two women living under one roof. After watching a stand off between girlfriends (my cat and a real, live woman), I can understand why that might be true. Those two achieved a detente, of sorts, but that's not what this is about. This is about avoiding trouble. Two women under one roof, according the ancient Chinese Ideogram, spells trouble. I wonder if that's with a capital T? To avoid trouble? Keep those two girlfriends separated. To avoid trouble with Leo? Keep the two problem areas separated. Two women under one roof? What sort of miserable hell can that be?

astrofish.net Virgo: I have, combined, just a huge collection of musical CDs. The majority of the CDs I bought, for the songs, or a song, and to show I support the artist. Artists. I found that CDs last longer than records or tapes, that's definite. More than a decade ago, I started shifting to all digital. Still, I have the CDs. Most are stored, out of sight, locked in a cabinet. I still prefer the idea that I have tangible, "hard copy" version of disposable media, like music.
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"I perceive that men as plants increase,
Cheered and check'd e'en by the self-same sky,
Vaunt in their youthful sap, at height decrease,
And wear their brave state out of memory."
Shakespeare's Sonnet XV 5-8

astrofish.net Cancer: Johnson City -- in Central Texas -- passing through -- I know good BBQ that way -- in Johnson City, TX, there was roadside sign tickled me. Sign said, "RV Park, Full Bath, Full Hook-ups." My big-city brain was wandering where it ought not wander with "Full Hook-ups." I think what was being marketed was entirely different from what I was envisioning. Point to either my brain being a scary place, or big-city boys like me are scary in the rural countryside, or maybe, I shouldn't be reading, at least not too literally, the signs along the way. What signs are along your way? Misdirection, misguidance, and the typically good Cancer internal organization and sense of propriety? All gone. You're going to follow in my footsteps and completely mis-configure a simple piece of symbolism. You're going to twist it all around. You're going find prurient content where, quite frankly, there is none. There's at least one Cancer who will read this and snicker. She'll read this and think all sorts of twisted and evil little thoughts. Stop. That's not what this is about. This is about not listening to the very first item that pops into your head. Sometimes, oftentimes, your intuition is good. It's your birthday time. Sit back and be pleasantly surprised at how, well, pleasant, other people will be. Don't read too much into it.

astrofish.net The Leo: There's a Rock/Blues musician, locally famous guy in Austin, and one his songs spells this out for Leo. It's all about putting one foot in front of the other because that's how it's done. Simple advice. Put one foot in front of another. The image came to me when I was looking at your chart, and I could see the usual dance, three steps forward, two steps back then three steps forward, again, then a single step backwards, then again, three steps forward and two steps back. Total that up, though and there's a net gain for Leo.
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"He jests at scars, that never felt a wound."
Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet [II.ii.3]

Alas, poor Romeo.

astrofish.net Cancer: A very happy birthday to that one, extra-special Cancer.

It's a good year, up and coming, as long as you keep putting one foot in front of the other.

That's how this is done; keep moving forward. Happy Birthday!

astrofish.net The Leo: "Why don't you do something with your life? Why don't you get me a beer?" To be honest, it was a T-shirt, however, it's no stretch of the imagination to see either one of my friends wearing such a shirt, or, better yet, telling that to one of his children. Her children. Just not much of a stretch at all. I liked it, but to some of my friends, it might have undesirable connotations. Some days, I don't get it, if a person is easily offended or doesn't understand my offbeat humor, why read this material in the first place?
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