"Come what sorrow can,
It cannot countervail the exchange of joy
That one short minute gives me in her sight."
Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet [II.vi.5-7]

astrofish.net Libra: The perfect (happy birthday) way to face the world. It's an old trick, but with the Fall Equinox, the onset of Libra, and by the end of this scope, Saturn, Venus, Mercury and the Sun all lined up in Libra? Got to do something. Here's the trick. It's still a little warm in part of Texas. Not quite as hot as it's been, but still very warm. The trick is how to mix and match clothing to make it acceptable, and Libra perfect-presentation. It's all about the pitch, right? How you put it out there? The first suggestion, what with Saturn still weighing heavy on your soul? Back. Black jeans, black slacks, some kind of black pants. Then, a black T-shirt. I'd go full-formal, for me that means a black t-shirt with a factory hem and collar. Maybe a black wife-beater, but the idea is clear? Good so far. Finally, top this outfit with a bright shirt or jacket. Best I've seen was a like a bright pink hoodie, but whatever works. The basic black is for cover, the color is splashed on over the foundation. Dark, solid, basic foundation, then add the color.

astrofish.net Scorpio: Always something, isn't it? Always something comes along and yanks that Scorpio chain. Once upon a time, I owned a number of websites. Domain names. Registered in bulk, got deal on the price. astrofish.net, astrofish.net/xenon/astrofishcouk/, astrofish.us, astrofish.co, &c. There was, probably still is, a company that makes money farming people who are listed as domain owners. With an official-looking letter and name, the company's note says, "Your domain is about to expire, renew NOW." The rest of the letter is direction on renewal.
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"Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends."
Shakespeare's A Midsummer-Night's Dream [V.i.6-8]

    Historical note: it is frequently presumed that much of A Midsummer's Night's Dream is based upon Shakespeare's seeing the pageantry associated with the Queen's visit to Kenilworth Castle in 1575 - Shakespeare would've been 11.

Virgo: Happy birthday! Good morning! Hope this "ides of September" is treating my goodly little Virgo friends well. If you will be gentle with me, I'll return the sentiment. When I fished almost every day, there were a couple of fish I got to know quite well. When I'd caught them a time or two, or three, or seven -- one in particular -- six times, I got to be rather unceremonious about tossing them back into the lake. I'd unhook, grab a quick picture, and little guys slither back, usually from a three to five foot perch above the water. Not like the guys on TV who do the gentle release, wait and see that the fish is hearty and breathing again, none of that for me. I'm fast, tough, if it isn't a keeper, let them go. Not always graceful or gentle. As a Virgo target, as a suggestion, as an idea, how about gently releasing the fish this week? If it's not a fish, doesn't matter what the project, but a gentle touch is required. I know, birthdays and all, but think: gentle touch.

Libra: This is going to sound like an ad, but it's not. Guy approached me, not long ago. A Libra fellow. We chatted, he asked questions about what I do, he shot me an email, and looked at what I had to offer. What he said? "I just want a road map for the next year." Here's the deal, I have two sets of "maps" available. One, get an in-person consultation, or, as an adjunct, a phone reading. Personal consultation with me. That's one option.
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"How far the little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in naughty world."
Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice [V.i.100/102]

Full Moon in Pisces, on Monday. Moon Day. Virgo-tinged wild weekend ahead.

Virgo: Happy Birthday! One of the reasons I like living where I do, one of the little perks to bein' in Texas? Girl walks into a restaurant. She's wearing Daisy Dukes, purple cowboy boots, purple sequin vest and matching purple sequin purse. Ensemble worked. She wasn't really young, so I'll surmise that she was reasonably fit as the short-shorts weren't totally out of place. I can't tell anything else because I was a little flabbergasted. However, to be honest, I live in a place where such attire isn't all that odd. More like almost commonplace. Quotidian, even. So it's not a big deal. What the big deal was, it wasn't a big deal. Any other part of the country? I'm sure there would be statements and eyebrows waggled. There's a certain lack of shame in area of Texas. Can't say it's all like this, but in my corridor? Quite common. Virgo Birthdays! Party! Dare to be a little outlandish, in one form or another. At least one fishing buddy (Virgo) will read this and wonder if he's supposed to wear Daisy Dukes. I sure hope not.

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Libra: It's a matter of trying to get the most out of a situation. To that end, and I'm sure at least one person will assume this is about by own mother, but it's not, this isn't about her at all. Anyway, one buddy was complaining about how cheap his mother was. Had become. She'd still, allegedly, this is third-hand, completely unsupported, but his mother was taking the little ketchup packets from the hamburger and fast food places, and squeezing those ketchup packets into the ketchup bottle at home.
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"A lunatic and lean-witted fool."
Shakespeare's Richard II [IV.i.115]

King Richard is addressing his uncle, John of Gaunt, for critical appraisal of the king's apparent lack of care for England.

astrofish.net Virgo: You would think, what with Venus and stuff, birthdays and all, you would think people could just be a little nicer. I think people should all be much nicer to Virgo people. All week long. Not going to happen, either. You're going to get at least one card and/or gift that looks suspiciously recycled. The real phrase that goes with that, something along the lines of, "I'd a-done better, but times are tight, and I got no money, and anyway, it's the thought that counts?" Right. Here's me, wishing Virgo, a happy birthday. You know, you don't have to let any of this drag you down. Venus makes nice with the Sun (both in Virgo) and that means you can be cheery about whatever is happening. One of the fun things about re-gifting? Give the original back to the person who gave it to you. It's that whole "instant karma" thing. Completes the circle. Besides, as the birthday person this week, I can see the next year has plenty of Virgo poise and charm that you will be able to use. Let down for a week, but bolstered by charm for a whole year? I'll take the year and not get too worked up about little exigencies.

Libra: We were eating in a famous TexMex joint, a palace built on grease and corn meal. Good stuff. Greasy, hot, spicy, smells delicious. It is delicious, if not always the most healthy for an Anglo's diet. Anyway, halfway across the room, there was a table with a dozen or more, I'm guessing from the logo, coaches present, and t-shirts, a girl's high school volleyball team. Almost all blond, tan, leggy, some buxom, all probably in high school. Just a guess. Too, there were two very tired coaches, supervising and chaperoning. Not at all happy about the meal choices. Or, the funniest part to me, the waiters.
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"O! What men dare do! What men may do! What men daily do, not knowing what they do!"
Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing [IV.i.14]

astrofish.net Virgo: Happy Birthday! At least one little Virgo friend is going to look askance at my "happy birthday" wish and she'll make a snippy, snarky, snide comment about my familial lineage, possibly illegitimate birth rights, and imply that prevarication is the common element. All that from a simple "happy birthday" wish? Bit of a stretch, even for me. With a sneer, I'll be reminded that it was hyperbole. The folks with birthdays this very week, honey, have already had Venus slip pass. Not bad, not good, not anything, just means that the sarcasm seems to have an extra amount of bite. Might want to tone back the cutting comments. The rest of the Virgo slice of the heavens is still looking forward to the "make nice" transit of Venus. That's good, for them. Current birthday? Venus is now gone. You have to try to be nice. I'll promise there's a good weekend filled with much promise, rapidly approaching. Cut back on the sarcasm.

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Libra: Saturn is at a halfway point in his trip through Libra. Reminds me of a Jimmy Buffett song, Capricorn, and the song's lyric are something about another trip around the sun, indicative, in a poetical and cosmological way, of another year. Another year and little bit older. Saturn's symbolism is apparent by now. Can't be argued with. Can be argued with it, but it's fruitless argument as Saturn tends to win, eventually, every time.
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