"What masques, what dances shall we have,
    To wear away this long age of three hours
    Between our after-supper and bed-time?"

Shakespeare's A Midsummer-Night's Dream [V.i.36-8]

astrofish.net Gemini: "It was hilarious, I thought so, anyway," a long-winded Gemini explanation, "my husband's truck kept getting broken into, last time, they shattered the driver's window, so he had an alarm installed. Next day, we were out, and he sat on the new remote. He left the truck in gear, and didn't set the parking brake, so it just drove across the parking lot. It was very funny, but he didn't see the humor." Sure it was, as a Gemini you're not immediately involved. However, it was her mate, and he was not amused at her mirth. I thought it was an amusing story, and the truck, trucking across a vacant parking lot? No damage, although a single tree that provided the stopping point, and I'm sure that the tree was inconvenienced. It's about perspective and mistakes. It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt, then it's hilarious. As long as we're not the ones feeling the immediate pain. Dodge the pain, that's part of the message, but be aware that, even though our Gemini selves are much amused? Sometimes it's a good idea to keep our morth to our collective selves. For the time being.

astrofish.net Cancer: I paused here in the parking lot. A neighbor's car was missing and in its place was a fancy, high-dollar brand of SUV, a Stupid Utility Vehicle. Not his style, my neighbor, but then, apparently, dealer tags on the truck, it was a loaner. The back gate was opening and closing, like a giant monster's jaw, snapping at some unseen enemy. The lights were flashing on. The horn would honk, intermittently. Strangest sight. Car -- truck -- SUV -- really, looked like a large toy that had gone haywire. I walked off and when I returned, hours later, I ran into that neighbor. We chatted then he explained, his car was in the shop, which explained why there was that SUV. He asked if I saw the show. I nodded. "That's what happens when you wash the remote of the dealer's loaner."
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"Present fears
Are less than horrible imaginings."
Shakespeare's Scottish Play [I.iii.149-50]

    "I ain't often right but I've never been wrong
    It seldom turns out the way it does in the song"
    ("Scarlet Begonias" composed and written by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter.)

astrofish.net Taurus: One of my biggest lesson that I endeavor to impart is about the difference between love and lust. As a younger person, it was easy to confuse the two. As a much younger guy, I'm sure I did. The two are intertwined, hopelessly and inextricably wrapped up in each other's mess. Love and lust. Both begin with a similar sound, the "L" words. Both move mountains. While faith, good works, heroic deeds and good intentions are still waiting on the coffee to kick in, Love/Lust have moved mountains, even pushed continents aside. Crossed the mighty and fearsome seas -- and back. Good deeds? Still in the waiting room of life. Love and/or Lust are far more powerful than any number of other motivating factors. The problem, with Mars-Venus-Mercury intertwined like this? Makes it hard to separate the two emotions. To a younger mind, or even to old guys like me, the difference can pose a challenge. As a Taurus, right now, right here, right now, you're thusly challenged: love. Or lust? Does it really matter? Depends on what your next action is. Depends on what you intend.

astrofish.net Gemini: Sometimes, I only catch portions of conversation. Sometimes, I only hear the last little bit, or partial fragment of whatever was the entire statement. Heard and overheard. Bits and pieces. "I know, it's like watching a dog chase a car, right, he gets it, what's he going to do?" I have know idea what this was in reference to. I was in a bar at the time. I don't know who -- or what -- was chasing whom. My imagination, your Gemini imagination, you can fill in the details as you like. However, I'd like to add my own material to the catch phrase, "Like a dog chasing a car, he get it, what's he going to do?" I can just imagine a Gemini buddy of mine with a bumper of a truck in his mouth, and he's slinging that car around like it was a rag doll. Fairly violent imagery for the birthday crowd, but bear with me.
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"It is the purpose that makes strong the vow."
Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida [V.iii.28]

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The chocolate chip cookie was invented in 1933. (Taurus. It's a Taurus thing.)

astrofish.net Taurus: When I lecture, especially in workshops, I use the examples of a couple of my Taurus lovers. Svelte, sensual, cautious, perhaps pedantic, still, there's always that sensual touch. Just works. Usually. Usually a cautious one, aren't you? Mars, Venus, Mercury, and, of course, the Sun are all in your sign here, before too long. This week. I'd step back and look at that comment from my lecture, that suggestion that a Taurus can fail to render a decision in a hasty manner. Between birthdays and inner planets, and Mars, there's a hastening, a quickening, a "hurry up and do this thing!" It's more of a sense rather than a statement. However, that urgency that your Taurus psyche feels and expresses? I'm not sure every other sign is as worried about the urgency. Part of the problem. You're in a hurry and it would seem like we're not. Therein is the main difficulty. The best things to do? Slow it down. Slow it way down. Crawl to an almost complete stop. Folks expect you react one way, since you're not giving in to the usual Taurus characteristics? Don't expect us to understand. Slow down. Please?

astrofish.net Gemini: Big, puffy, gray clouds blew in from the coast. Along with that came moisture. Clouds laden with water, and air, warm, damp, hot, humid, like a summer's day -- in Houston. Houston is the only place on the planet possibly more humid than Austin. Not that it matters much, this isn't about "A" town and superlatives, it's about that first real, sincere blast of summer heat, portends a long and hot summer, and it looks like, here in Gemini, it's starting now. Hot. Humid. Sticky damp, while, in theory, the moisture is good for the skin and hair? Yeah, practically, it's not. What's left of my hair just furls but then stray strands hang down and irritate me. That's not what this is about. It's more about that sticky humidity. Not comfortable, and the only relief is in the AC.
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"Thy horse will sooner con an oration than thou learn a prayer without a book."
Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida [II.i.16-7]

Nota Bene: "con" in this context means "learnt by heart," that silly Elizabethan English. Cinco de Mayo. Holiday about a jar of mayonnaise?

astrofish.net Taurus: One of my neighbors has a new toy. Birthday toy, as the guy is a Taurus. Here, in the dusty parking lot of this place, yesterday at sunset, last week, really, he was making a tremendous amount of racket with a tiny, gas-powered toy dune-buggy. I think it has a single cylinder, two-stroke motor. Remote control, but only a joystick and throttle, really, not a lot to do. Makes a huge amount of racket as the little single-cylinder motor buzzes around and the speed, if scaled up, would be, like, a hundred miles an hour. Or more. The vehicle itself isn't much bigger than a shoebox, all big tires and roll cage, and plastic body. If it were truly a model, the body should be fiberglass and that would've shattered on the first impact with a speed bump or parking bolster. I played with it -- once. I ran it in figure eight circles until I got a feel for it and then I drove it, pitched it, into a corner so tight it rolled over and over. Spectacular wipe-out. I'm not allowed to play with his toys anymore. But there was no harm. Which one are you? Me? Pushing it too far? Or the other guy, watching his toy crash and burn?

(It didn't crash, and it ran just fine, hardly a scratch. You'd think he'd let it go at that.)

astrofish.net Gemini: The lakes haven't turned yet. Taking longer than usual this year, so it seems. What happens is the summer temps heat up the water and the water column gets reversed. As soon lakes turn, cool water on bottom, warm water on top, food near the shallows, fish right off the points, the May fishing gets good. At the end of this horoscope, next week, Tuesday or so, the fishing gets really good.
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"A little harm done to a good end."
Shakespeare's "Rape of Lucrece" [528]

Uranus, Aries; Venus, Aries; Mercury (not Retrograde), Aries; Jupiter, Aries; Mars, Aries; Sun, Taurus; and last, Saturn, Libra. New Moon on Monday, musical allusion.

astrofish.net Taurus: Happy Birthday. Excellent year on your horizon, I can see that from here. When I was last in London, I saw an ad for the Royal Opera, and the ad itself featured a very familiar image: Ship Rock. Shiprock, NM. It's in the north-western corner of New Mexico. Used to be several different things, but most commonly, it's a volcanic plug or core that looks like, from the right angle, looks like an old man-o-war, schooner, with tall sails and all. Was destination point in the early days of the West and a landmark. Then, too, it's also native holy ground, and I think access is now limited and restricted. Still, as enigmatic an image as anything. What that had to do with the Royal Opera? I'm at loss. Probably a stock image, as part of the American Wild West as perceived by people not from around here. The black basalt, red sandstone spires rising out of the ochre, faded yellow sands of the desert's floor. I don't recall anything else, other than the advertising, while quite striking, the connection was ill-formed, and me, as a soul of the Southwest, just wrong. However, I doubt old desert rats were the Royal Opera's target demographic.

astrofish.net Gemini: What's for lunch? There are number of Gemini issues that, I'm sure, you feel like these issues deserve some attention. So what's for lunch? Yes, we should adequately, and in great haste, address those Gemini issues. Paramount. Burning issues that require effective action now. So what's for lunch, anyway? Your problems aren't going to get fixed nearly as fast as you'd like them fixed. I can promise that. You might hate the answer, but there you have it.
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