Fishing Guide to the Stars for 12.16.2010

"Freedom, high-day! High-day, freedom! Freedom!"
Shakespeare's The Tempest [II.ii.88] Sagittarius: I've had a receding hairline since High School. Not news. Add to that the myth I've always subscribed to, about hair being a recessive gene and to look at the mother's father for guidelines. That means I'll have a crown of gray, violently curly hair. I'm prepared for that. Mentally, you know.

I was thinking because, holiday and all, it's family time, and what with the approaching new year, I was trying to find a good way to describe what's cooking in Sagittarius. In our milieu. Standing in line at the grocery store, I noticed a magazine, and the alluring cover included the headline, "Change your hair style, change your life." I haven't changed my hair style in several years. Maybe 20 or more, and perhaps this is the year to change that.

Now. The only change I can make, though, is to shave it all off. While that's appealing from a maintenance standpoint, I'm unsure I could really hang with that style. I'd rather hold onto the few shards and thin strands that I still have. However, to be honest, I thought about the shaving thing.

Bald. Would that change my life? I'm not sure. Time to think about a sweeping change in your life, now. Time to act on it? Wait. Happy birthday!

    Xmas special, book a half-hour reading this week, online only, and get a full hour for the reduced price. Some restrictions may apply. Capricorn: Panic. I hit the panic button, in as much as I have one. If I were a different gender, or if I subscribed to certain ideologies, I would've been eating chocolate. By the bucketful. We all have different methods for dealing with tension, pressure and panic situations.

I had, what to me, was a panic a situation. The internet died on me. I could see my neighbor's wireless net, but it was password protected, no one was home, and I couldn't borrow a cup of bandwidth. Next action? Dig out the cable bill. I checked the dates. No, I was paid up. More or less. The next payment hadn't gone out, but it was scheduled. I had enough in the bank to cover it, well, barely, but still.
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Fishing Guide to the Stars for the week 12.9.2010

Lear: dost thou call me a fool, boy?
Fool: all thy other titles thou hast given away; that thou wast born with.
Shakespeare's King Lear [I.iv.9607] Sagittarius: It was an early roll out in the cold winter morning. I don't recall. Should've been a fishing trip, but it wasn't. I know I was up way before the sun. I stopped at a familiar coffee shop. The little Sagittarius working, she was half-asleep. Cute lass, heart-shaped face, pale skin, almond eyes, a mass of dark curls to frame her face.

Sagittarius -- but some other rising sign -- she was half-asleep. Did I mention that? She looked at me, started pulling a couple of shots of espresso, made some comment out the side of her mouth about me being up early.

I asked why she was up. "I'm at work, silly boy." I then asked why she was so sleepy. "I stay up most nights, I don't want to miss anything. I'm afraid if I go to sleep, I'll miss something."

I am a Sagittarius, and I didn't miss too much. Sleep is good. Trying to get in everything at the expense of good, much needed, rest? Doesn't work.

Solution? Go to bed earlier or sleep later.

There is enough time, we just have to be better with our "allotted time" or how we budget ourselves. This is less about money and more about another, similar resource. Staying awake at night? Just to not miss anything in the daytime? I'm back to my original solution, either go to bed earlier or wake up later, whatever works.

    Xmas/Mercury special, book a half-hour reading this week, online only, and get a full hour for the reduced price. Some restrictions may apply. Capricorn: Excited yet? You should be. The Sun crawls closer and closer to that point where it's at the darkest point in the cycle. More dark than light. The further north one goes, the worse it gets. I understand that the sun never rises in parts of Canada and Alaska.

I do recall a winter in England, seemed like the Sun rose around 10 in the morning, and set around 3 in the afternoon. Not much daylight. This pervasive darkness is what Capricorn and the time before, that's what this is all about. Will it recover?

Ancient rites and rituals marked the turning point, fast approaching. I'm not a big fan of animal sacrifice, or human sacrifice, although I know a few people -- never mind. I'm unsure if what your tradition calls for, Sacrifice, Saturnalia, Solstice. Perhaps it involves candles and wreaths, or Xmas trees. Doesn't matter to me.
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Fishing Guide to the Stars for the week 12.2.2010

"And this our life exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything."
Shakespeare's As You Like It [II.i.17-9] Sagittarius: Ground Zero. It was a signature. First though, my little Birthday Sagittarius friend, what does that term mean? What kind of image does it invoke? It usually refers to the place where it all started, the point of impact, and in one example, there was a bar I knew with that name. More a music venue, but -- as the name might imply -- it was heavy metal/thrash/neo-punk. Not exactly my kind of material, not always. But no, that's not what I was thinking of.

"Ground Zero." It was label on a Low Rider. Very low lowrider. The license plate -- vanity tag -- said, "I DRAG." At first, me liking go-fast stuff, I thought it was dragster, street rod. No, it was a mobile piece of artwork. Probably did drag when rolling. Stationary? It sat. Eloquently, too.

Brought a whole new level of meaning to the term "Ground Zero." Zero Ground Clearance? Whatever you want. The point, though, is about what you were thinking when I suggested the term, "Ground Zero," and what the Sagittarius Birthday topic really was about. Mars slips out of Sagittarius by the end of this scope. The term, I'm not saying what the expression is, but as Mars slips away? Watch about jumping on a meaning for the term. Sweet ride, that dragster.

    Xmas special, book a half-hour reading this week, online only, and get a full hour for the reduced price. Some restrictions may apply. Capricorn: A friend of mine was addressing issues arising from a High School Reunion. Turns out that, out of the class of hundreds, only about three of the "stoners" are still stoners. I haven't been to a high school reunion.
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"Adieu, valour! Rust, rapier! Be still, drum! For you manager is in love; yea, he loveth."
Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost [I.ii.96]

In 1602, during a rebellious year, the Earl of Essex requested that (Shakespeare's) Lord Chamberlain's Men perform the older play, Richard II, a play with political overtones. Sagittarius: Happy birthday to all those most excellent November Sagittarius types. Just about the best, huh?

Mars is fast approaching a square with Uranus. Not bad, just a little extra layer of tension. While I like tension on a fishing reel, and I like tension when it involves the plot, what I don't like, and what none of us Sagittarius likes, is tension that's not welcome and appears suddenly.

Weird how that works. This week. Could be from any number of different areas. How you deal with it? That's the secret to success. The way I see it unfolding, we have family plans for T-Day. At the last minute, a whole group of cousins, distant relatives, friends and neighbors all show up.

That kind of tension. I'll do my magic act with the loaves and fishes, but after that? How do we fit all these people around the single dining room table that was already too full?

Here's the Sagittarius trick and answer to the Mars induced tension: card tables and folding chairs. There's a definite "retro" feeling to this action, yet it's also an effective way to deal with the tension caused by Mars (and maybe Uranus). Be prepared to add room for extra guests. Family, friends, enemies. All of them. It's a simple gesture, go to the closet and start unloading, and unfolding, a few extra place settings. Capricorn: Maybe a year ago? Maybe not quite that long? I don't recall the exact details. Road trip, I know it was a business trip. Of that I'm sure. I bought shirt, a floral print, brightly colored shirt. To some, it would a be a Hawaiian shirt. To me? It was inexpensive outerwear from nationally recognized discount chain store. Cheap. Off the deeply discounted price. Might've been two or three dollars, I don't recall. I used it all last summer, repeatedly.
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Fishing Guide to the Stars starting 11.18.2010

"Upon your sword
Sit laurel victory! And smooth success
Be strew'd before your feet!"
Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra [I.iii.121-3] Scorpio: Every theater in NY plays every movie ever made. I'm not kidding. I saw this on TV. Seen it in movies. Seen it in literary references. Pick an obscure movie title. Then check the books, films -- and TV shows. That strange title is playing in a small theater, off Broadway, one of those movies.

Classic films enjoy revivals. Movies too arcane to be on late night TV? Showing in a theater in NY. Maybe this is some kind of agreed-upon literary device. Maybe this is a conspiracy (you are a Scorpio), maybe this is a convenient way to make a point.

My experience with big cities and move theaters is that a movie like "Casablanca" will make an appearance in an art house, bar, independent movie house, outdoor theater, or some similar venue, maybe once every two years. It's just, how do three all wind up in movies, TV shows and books? Just when that obscure title is needed, there it is, at a movie house, with a few seats, maybe a main character and supporting role, in the movie's audience. Never get to see the one scene, but we can hear it, and watch while the crowd, if there is one, cowers, acts squeamish or laughs.

Pick an obscure movie title for your week. Birthday week, last of the Scorpio birthdays. It might be showing at local place. If you live in NY? I'm sure you can find one of those local places that is showing it. Whatever the title? It's got to make sense out of the Scorpio plot. Which is what this is about. Pick a movie title that will help make sense out this last few days before the (American) holiday.

    Venus is no longer Retrograde special: Order a half-hour reading and get a full hour (year overview) reading for the half-hour price. Valid only if your birthday is this week - some restrictions may apply. Sagittarius: You'd think that -- as Texans -- we'd be able to outdo any tailgate experience. However, one of my friends was comparing two tailgate experiences, an East Coast Experience and a West Coast Experience, and the tales of those two play into stereotypes, plus, to make it better, the experiences were better than any Texas party.

Consider the source of this data, friend of mine. Big-time Oakland Raiders fan. Fan. Has the logo as a tattoo. Left Coast Tailgate party? Loud, proud, and good food. Friendly people. Music, free beer, free BBQ. Or rather, free barbecue, as those left coast natives are unclear on certain concepts, I'm sure.
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