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Spagbol

Gemini 2° (May 22)

I am still in a blackout, that is to say that the original entries, here, got lost or I never wrote anything to begin with. And will be if not many moons than a couple before I start writing in real time what actually happened on this day besides what I ate: Linguine Bolognese

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Prepare For Takeoff

Gemini 0° (May 21)

I am still in a blackout, that is to say that the original entries, here, got lost or I never wrote anything to begin with. And will be if not many moons than a couple before I start writing in real time what actually happened on this day besides what I ate.Linguine w/ Clams,

If the previous sign of Leo is all about the lion’s pride then the all-too-human sign of Virgo is powered by humility, which, as we circle round the upward spiral of the zodiac, each sign building on the last, is arguably, potentially stronger than pride.  Let’s revisit the cosmic rulership of Virgo: in astrology the “disabled” planet Chiron is “the wounded healer” fittingly named for a miscreant centaur-like god with human front legs (actually unrelated to those famed savage sages), who was shot by a poison arrow. His condition was incurable but, being divine, he could not die; and yet, or so, we see him emerge as the greatest healer in all mythology. Let’s look to at planet Vulcan, the Roman namesake of the literally lame Greek god of the forge, Hephaestus, a smith and a potter, a nod to Virgo’s mutable-earth status, who despite his own disability, you might say, found healing in making functional tools and weaponry for the gods and men alike. The sign of Virgo begins on August 23, which is the festival Vulcanalia dedicated to him. Now take the namesake god Mercury, whose staff wound by two serpents, called the Caduceus, is the modern symbol of the medical profession. Mercury points to two kinds of magic: Where his assignation as the trickster god suits his namesake planet’s rule over the tricky sleight of hand brand that suits the  mutable-air sign of Gemini’s mercurial, prankish nature, the more substantial form of alchemy fits the Virgo’s mutable-earth sign. All three gods are alchemists. Mercury’s Greek name is Hermes from which we get both the words hermit and the hermetic, which itself as the dual meaning of a) “complete and airtight,” warding off contamination and disease; and b) an ancient occult tradition of combined alchemy, astrology and theosophy. Alchemists are wizards of sorts working solo, often in secret, whether it be Doctor Faustus ( a name arguably derived from Hephaestus), Batman or Gandalf the Grey (the color associated with the sign of Virgo). Another fun fact: Just as we see Gandalf go through his own alchemical change into the victorious Gandalf the White, DeWitt also means “of the white” which points to the fact that he is the ultimate good guy in the end, the only one to bring down the main eponymous protagonist in All About Eve. And, while we are at it, the name Addison translates to “son of the ground”, hello Virgo the earth sign, or “son of man” which befits Virgo man’s status as the Everyman of the zodiac and his focus on improving the real and metaphoric human condition. Let’s not forget that that the damaged Bruce Wayne transmuted into Batman has no superpower other than his own very human ingenuity and still he ends up kicking Superman’s supposedly omnipotent butt.

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Expectation Management

Taurus 29° (May 20)

I am still in a blackout, that is to say that the original entries, here, got lost or I never wrote anything to begin with. And will be if not many moons than a couple before I start writing in real time what actually happened on this day besides what I ate: Yoghurt Berries then Calamari, Linguine Bolognese.

And I can take it one better: If women of the sign draw most on flightless birds, the Virgo man inversely draws on that of flying mammals, namely, bats. Talk about finding a niche, the bat is the only non-bird animal to truly fly. As I’ve divined, and stated in previous books, Batman is a modern day Virgo archetype that fits him to a tee and provides him practicable examples in the development of his character. I will elaborate on this theme as the narrative unfolds:             For starters, I have long mused that Virgo performs infamous disappearance acts, dropping out of touch with friends and family, sometimes for years, or permanently. As personally as one is prone to take this, it is always about him and not about you. (As loath as you are to hear this, Virgo, you know it’s true.) Virgo man doesn’t really, fully want to be known because he doesn’t feel it is truly possible to be. He believes the human condition is hinged on solitude, being born alone and dying alone, and, on some level, that the in between time shouldn’t be any different. One doesn’t think of the proverbial critic, like DeWitt, having many friends. In the Tarot, the Hermit card is associated with Virgo,. The critic, like the hermit, literally works behind the scenes. And in astrology, the sign of Virgo rules the sixth astrological house of habits, work, duty, behavior and the daily experience. If we deepen the routine of quotidian existence it becomes ritual; and life therefore becomes in itself a devotion. Virgo’s mottos are I work and I serve. To the Virgo mind: You are what you do. And a worthwhile life should be a dedicated life; and others, by and large, can be a distraction from whatever form of consecration Virgo’s life takes on. He is designed to be fully functioning human whose prime goal is to contribute to the common good, the paradox being that he often does this best by solitary means. In Sextrology I titled Virgo man’s chapter The Vehicle as he is designed to be a catalyst, that unseen puppet master pulling the strings, and to take it up a notch, even something of a vigilante. Cue that bat signal, Bruce Wayne’s secret identity as the caped crusader is hinged on “alchemically” transmuting his personal trauma and loss, having witnessed his parents being murdered by a random criminal (upon exiting a theater I might add) into fighting crime universally. His fear too is transmuted as the young Bruce Wayne was pathologically afraid of bats, which in adulthood become emblematic of his superheroism. Likewise Virgo man’s signature doubting, his skepticism, and his corresponding feelings of disappointment or deficit, are sources of fuel for creating a better life for himself. 

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Groove Thing

Taurus 28° (May 19)

I am still in a blackout, that is to say that the original entries, here, got lost or I never wrote anything to begin with And will be if not many moons than a couple before I start writing in real time what actually happened on this day besides what I ate: Pork Chop + Polenta from Terra Luna.

He is astrology’s Addison DeWitt (the theater critic character from All About Eve), who can wield double-edged power with his at turns careful and caustic assessments of others and their works. I prescribe ways for him channel his astute opinions into making rather than breaking people and situations in his sights. Like DeWitt, Virgo can be a powerful puppet master. While some say the sign is ruled by disabled Chiron, once a planet that was pummeled by asteroids, or the as-yet undiscovered Vulcan suspected to be orbiting between Mercury and the Sun, the traditional ruler of Virgo is Mercury, named for the winged god, which rules Gemini also. But it is this element of uncertainty about his planetary parentage that is most telling. Virgo lives by the power of the question mark—nothing for him is ever written in stone. He is infamously noncommittal, keeping his options open and others guessing. If we consider Mercury’s rule: In the mutable-air sign of Gemini, all manner of breeze-born birds and insect have emblematic impact; while in the mutable-earth sign of Virgo, we are symbolically grounded in the more terrestrial species, the gangly strutting storks and cranes, and the flightless emus, ostriches and other such big birds. Flightlessness in birds isn’t actually a disability, but a mark of evolution. It signifies filling/finding a niche in an environment where there is no competition or danger from earthbound predators. It is symptomatic of certain safety. These types of birds have lost flight. In my philosophy, however, it is the Virgo woman who primarily draws on these gawky, grounded birds, metaphysically and even in appearance. Metaphorically, it is somewhat telling about the Virgo male, too, as he is all about finding his own solitary niche, for sure, and being, of all the males in the Zodiac, the least fond of competition, which can make him anxious in the extreme. He opts instead to carve out an existence for himself where he isn’t open to comparison or censure. (As a Virgo friend of mine, the folk performance artist Taylor Mac has been quoted as saying:  “comparison is violence”). Virgo isn’t comfortable under others’ authority. He is an isolationist and thrives, most, in that mode, both professionally and privately. And I can take it one better:

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So It Begins

Taurus 27° (May 18, 2022)

I am still in a blackout, that is to say that the original entries, here, got lost or I never wrote anything to begin with. And will be if not many moons than a couple before I start writing in real time what actually happened on this day besides what I ate. Carbonara. And back to the work at hand.

The Virgo man enters doubting. All people, places and things must be proven to him before he can decide whether or not to sanction or engage in them. More than just a defense, this is the default expectation, by cosmic design, of a kind of literal dis-appoint-ment. Meaning that it speaks to the shift from the sign of Leo, astrology’s divine King, to that of Virgo, the universal Everyman. The Virgo is beyond some naive notion of innate nobility, which, to him, smacks of delusions of grandeur. Virgo is coming from a avery different place, metaphysically—that is to say: emotionally, mentally, spiritually, all of which effect his physical nature and body language. He is of the mind that life is what you make of it; that none of us are singled out for any predestined purpose; rather that you create your own existence, and any import thereof, every day, brick by brick, over time. Likewise, said people, places and the things of circumstance will keep having to prove themselves to him over multiple interactions, if not a lifetime. Nothing is ever quite a done deal for Virgo; life is one great work in process, and he must learn to seek progress over perfection. Virgo is especially dubious of others’ enthusiasm, and those who take too optimistic a view of life, or worse yet, believe in miracles. A healthy skepticism is Virgo’s superpower, allowing him to critique and diagnose situations, circumstances, environments, and even other individuals, prescribing necessary measures for improvement. He is the alchemist of the zodiac, seeking to root out the baser elements he encounters and to transmute that which he perceives as flawed or lacking into a more purified state. He cannot abide dysfunction, as he perceives it, the irony of course being that he has his own fair share of character defects, chief among them, an inability to be called out for them. Ultimately, he will need to own that fact. Nothing and nobody are perfect, he will concede; but there must be a concerted effort toward betterment, amelioration and high human functionality. After the roaring pride of Leo, the sign of Virgo operates on humility, at least, as a jumping off point. The Virgo man isn’t born thinking he’s god’s gift to the universe. He is not shot through with bold-faced confidence or bravado; rather, he supplements any lack he perceives in himself by way of a lifelong practice of honing his expertise, in this area or that, which can lend him an erudite air, in the end, and, yes, a certain sophisticated superiority. Fancying himself a connoisseur of this or that, Virgo can be quite the culture vulture, though a selective one. Holding his nose in situations, keeping others at arm’s length, is a symptom of his vulnerability and a fear of being burned for emotional investment.

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Number Magic

Taurus 26° (May 17, 2022)

I am in a blackout. And will be if not many moons than a couple before I start writing in real time what actually happened on this day besides what I ate. Sirloin Steak (makes sense since I’m sstill working at that place). From the future: I’m sorting through where it is I left off in the process of drafting chapters. It is a bit of a puzzle, which makes perfect sense, as all is hinged on the sign of Virgo and where the processes was halted by the crisis of June 2021. It is actually now December 2023 as I type this, playing catch up on around a year and a half of backlogged entries on here. All said I will need to be super relaxed in putting together the next half of the the drafts, which need to be looser and more creative maybe in the process, unlike the first eleven chapters which I wrote in more stringent and perfect a manner. Also it looks like the structure is taken from Leo woman chapter. Inroads have the Starter Kits. 

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Newer Math

Taurus 25° (May 16,2022)

I am in a blackout. And will be if not many moons than a couple before I start writing in real time what actually happened on this day besides what I ate: a turkey and cheese sandwich. May: 15, June 30, July 31, August 31, September 30, October 31, November 30, December 31, January 31, February 28, March 31, April 30, May 31, June 30, July 31, August 31, September 30, October 31, November 30, December 31. By the end of the December 2023 I will have 594 posts to catch up on. It will thus take me about 118 days, writing 5 pages a day, to catch up (however many of the posts between “now” and “then” will already be ample enough to post as is). This means that I should be able to completely catch up to where I am in the present, by the end of March 2024. I have thirteen chapters still left to draft, at about twenty pages a pop. That’s 260 pages in total, which isn’t even quite half of what I would need as filler in the process of playing this catch up game. That’s 333 after I post this today. Which, if you know anything about me, is quite a magical number. So hopefully, there are 333 of posts already drafted that are beefy enough to post at this juncture. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that there are near exactly that many. But let me rework that math to reflect twenty five page chapters: 325 pages in total which means 269 posts which hopefully will be beefy enough. None of this means anything to you and I don’t mind that. I know what’s happening. 

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Next To You

Taurus 24° (May 15, 2022)

I am in a blackout. And will be if not many moons than a couple before I start writing in real time what actually happened on this day besides what I ate. Linguine Bolognese

Pisces Woman

Pisces is a delicate creature who proves tougher than even she imagined. A soft-spoken old soul, oft silent in youth, her eyes seem to gaze inward, introspection being a superpower for the “opposite-facing” Fish. An open channel, she may get psychic flashes that spook her. She is most empathetic, triggering self-protective isolation or, on the flipside, losing herself in social swirls or substances. Pisces is the mutable-water sign, a primordial soupy source of all life or a single embryotic trip. The two-way fish signify the womb-tomb, alpha-omega, and Pisces is rather all or nothing and must learn to calm her anxious seas. Mutable-water is mists, fog, vapors, seafoam, from whence Pisces’ great sea-goddess archetype Aphrodite (Mari) sprang. The Pisces fish depict the love-gods mother and son, Aphrodite and Eros, in totem form, prototypically the same as Mary and the Jesus fish, also love, Mary’s della robbia blue gown fringed in white is the sea and foam. Ruling Neptune is the planet of dissolution. The sea god’s trident portrayed the three-pronged phallus needed to mate with the triple goddess. (Trinity from The Matrix, hello?) Mother of the nine muses, triple goddess in triplicate, Mnemosyne is goddess of memory, like dreams, an immaterial narrative. Pisces is the Everywoman of the zodiac, her empathetic nature also expressed by mirroring others in her life, giving the impression of multiple personalities.

Mutable-water speaks to life on the non-material, purely energetic, and thus perhaps malleable plane. Pisces is rather spiritually inclined and, as we know, all is energy, matter included; the sign’s motto is I believe, and if anybody could alter reality via the power of belief, prayer, or the like it would be the Fish. That said, with the loosest grip on so-called reality, Pisces can suffer from mental issues, visions, delusions. It’s a thin line between communing with the All and getting lost in some form of oblivion. Tennessee William’s delicate, dissolute, Blanche Dubois in della robbia blue, is another Pisces icon, having lost her home Belle Reve (beautiful dream), plagued by tragic memory and hallucinations, bathing and drinking like a fish, hitting on young boys, lost in illusions of rhinestones and faux fur, “making enchantment.” Asked what became of Blanche after going to the looney bin, Williams claimed she was cured and opened a fancy dress shop in New Orleans. Pisces is such a survivor. For all her frailty, she is also the zodiac’s Siren (meaning: to bind) who entrances and drowns errant sailors; those who’ve been in a bond with Pisces will buy into this allusion, happy, even, to have drown in her, often tempestuous, sea of love. She may have multiple relationships, as her own personality goes through many changes over time. She is an autodidact and, from youth, taking pains to better herself. Often an artistic ability exposes her to worldly people and prospects. She may prematurely run with a fast crowd, swept up in promises of glamour, pleasure, luxury. In time she will provide herself such fringe benefits to a meaningful life making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. Many a Pisces have championed causes aimed at helping those who are amarginalized or forgotten by society, the gravely ill and other so-called untouchables. 

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Not At All

Taurus 23° (May 14)

A nice day to have off. Don’t have a super clear idea of what happened on this day but I know I’m gearing up for Monday which we all hope will go smoothly which it does-ish. Haven’t been seeing anyone socially and can’t even get to the beach. Sushi from Mac’s Shack and Steak Tip Taco’s Captain’s Choice

Pisces Man

Pisces floats in and out of your life but is totally present when with you. The most knowing, least knowable, of the signs, Pisces functions best unanchored. That said, if he wants in to a certain milieu, just try keeping him out. He permeates situations, getting through the cracks, like a gas, shamelessly appealing as a selfless creature, obsequious yet taking up a lot of space. Pisces is the sole mutable-water sign, symbolized by the salt sea, foam, mist, fog, vapor, ether and, yes, gas. He should be like a lucid dreamer, giving himself over to experience, letting it take him where it will. Ruled by Neptune, planetary energy of dissolution; Pisces must dissolve into life, which ironically, is best achieved when moored, spiritually and/or romantically, to someone who’ll give him wide berth. The opposite-facing Fish sign is the paragon of paradoxes. Its motto is I believe, and the Pisces can realize any desired outcome with his superpower imagination, a word linked etymologically to magic. If the previous sign of Aquarius is the rainbow veils of Salome, we are now over it, Pisces being the man behind the curtain, a wonder-filled wiz at carving out his own corner of nirvana. Pisces tends to be a visual person; his process is nonlinear, impressionistic, allowing creative ideas to surface from meditation on his given subject, rather than imposing them. He has a way, too, of letting opportunities find him in his field of experience or expertise. He lives life on life’s terms, taking a path of least resistance. He seems to absorb knowledge as if by osmosis, especially omniscient regarding artforms under Neptune rule—painting, design, film, photography, mixed media as well as theater, dance, opera et al.

Pisces is whom he imagines himself to be. He is a revisionist in the purest sense of the word, reframing his life to suit the life story he wants to tell. He is a fabulist who clears his history of unwanted storylines, inserting others he’s dreamed up. He will put on erudite airs, adopting a yah style of speech, just as he is drawn to rarified enclaves that smack of an upper crustiness. At the same time, he may frequent “underground” milieus where most fear to tread, but keep it to himself. Pisces has typically seen it all or intends to. Like that gas, he seeps in everywhere, achieving a certain omnipresence to match his omniscience, which is right up his archetypal alley. The Pisces fish are the mythic animal totems of Aphrodite, also called Mari, and her son Eros (love), at once the oldest (father) god, and yet the eternal babe (son), Sound familiar? The Jesus fish fits Pisces man to a tee; as does his ability to fall into the arms of the world and let the universe decide his cosmic plan, sans struggle but not without sacrifice. Sometimes actually messiah-complexed, Pisces identifies with the marginalized, surrounding himself with disenfranchised souls whom he inspires, if only at cocktail parties. The twelfth astrological house rules outcasts, pariahs, the forgotten or exiled, and other such meek inheritors.

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Against Hope

Taurus 23° (May 13)

Friday the 13th. My dreams are a torture I am living a nightmare for realz. I cannot believe the utter devastation that has been caused. I feel like I’m in some kind of alternate reality. My sleep patterns are crap. I honestly cannot believe the total assassination. I would never do that to anyone. Although I am accused of it, but that’s what perps do—they accuse you of what they themselves are doing. If it wasn’t so damaging this cliché would be laughable. There isn’t much more to say. My hope is that when I revisit this Blague I will be writing a good deal of book material. I don’t know if this is something S. is going to want to work on. I can only hope so. 

Aquarius Woman

Aquarius is a contradiction in terms: at once conventional in the nerdiest ways, and yet the freest, unfettered freak on the astrological block. From childhood, she is folksy, a homebody who revels in group activities with close family—quilting, performing sonatas, playing cribbage. She makes friends and would-be love matches in settings where she and like-minds gather, at work or play. Many an Aquarian partner with people who perform the same job, role or function as she does. Friends can find her choice in mates to be questionable. It can seem she isn’t aspirational enough in love. She is, after all, like The Star card in the Tarot, which portrays the Waterbearer, a naturally exalted, twinkling figure in her loved ones’ lives. She is Tennessee William’s Stella to his brutish Stanley. Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, named for the god of the starry universe, and it’s fixed-air status, translating to a point of light, is symbolized by the star. Aquarius, with her far away eyes, is metaphorically coming from another planet, and yet she is looked upon as a beacon, a north star, who helps others navigate their own human condition. The classic Waterbearer is Hebe, goddess of youth, “daughter”, the maiden form, of Hera (Roman: Juno). Divine Hebe falls for mortal brute Heracles (meaning: beloved of Hera). Hebe is a “descending goddess” deigning (better than slumming) to love a mortal who, by that love, is too made divine. Then there’s the pitcher toting Iris, Hera’s messenger, goddess of the rainbow, the path she takes to bring “good news” down to mortals, thus elevating them. The rainbow’s seven colors are synonymous with the veils of Salome (and her own revealing show) counterpart to John the Baptist, the biblical water bearer. Aquarius is designed to reveal inspiring truths, that good news, to be a revelation, raising up, if just one significant brute. To some, she casts her pearls. Both things can be true. Just one Aquarius paradox: For all her starry notions she thrills to play on the ground—Stella and Stanley got those rainbow-colored lights spinning.  Her sign’s motto is I know, and we tend to look to the Aquarian—Oprah, Ellen—not just for answers but for new insights and inspiration. To their zillion fans what they dole out is nothing short of manna. 

Whether a cupful of immortal nectar for the gods, or a holy grail o’ grace, or a backward dip from Baptist John, Aquarius is serving life everlasting, the ultimate balm, salve, salvation. A Waterbearer superpower: She champions friends and lovers simply by association. If she likes them, so should I. How else to explain Dr. Phil?  Aquarius gives life. The wife-mother of Uranus is Gaia, meaning all life, not strictly Earth. Uranus energy is sudden, shocking, revolutionary, and as I always say: Aquarius keeps a packed real or metaphorical bag under her bed. When she goes, she’s gone; but it can be a long time coming. She is essentially the most free-wheeling of women, if only she can remember the fact. Though she is a revelation to others, she must mind her own awakenings, also a long time coming. While giving others direction, she needs to read her own signposts, follow her own star, be her own shining beacon, and go where true love is.

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