Tamora as Revenge

Tamora as Revenge

“I am Revenge, sent from th’ infernal kingdom
To ease the gnawing vulture of thy mind,
By working wreakful vengeance on thy foes.”

Tamora in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus (V.ii.31-3)

Tamora as Revenge

Tamora

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Horoscopes for 7-16-2024

Horoscopes for 7-16-2024

“Imagination of some great exploit
Drives him beyond the bounds of patience.”

Northumberland in Shakespeare’s 1 Henry IV (I.iii.199-200)

Horoscopes for 7-16-2024

Mercury at 21° Leo 7/17
Mars enters Gemini 7/20 3:44 PM
Full Moon 29° 8’ Cap/Can 7/21 5:16 AM
Moon conjunct Pluto 0°54’ Aquarius 7/21 8:14 AM
Sun into Leo 7/22 2:45 AM

Horoscopes for 7-16-2024

she is beautiful

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Mercury Patterns

Mercury Retrograde Patterns

There is an obviously emergent pattern to this late summer Mercury Retrograde Pattern, starts in Virgo, slips backwards to Leo, then grinds forward again — eventually, while the sun is in Leo.

But mostly not until Virgo.

Recitals? Mercury hit 20°-21° of Leo around July 16/17. Depends on the accounting system, and the measurements, but mid-July onward is a wash, as Mercury is in its shadow. Not bad, not good, just where things fall.

Mercury enters Virgo around July 25, getting to 4° Virgo August 4, turning retrograde August 5. Mercury slips backwards into Leo on August 15, finally stopping at 21° Leo on August 28 (turning stationary). Mercury doesn’t arrive back at 4° Virgo until September 12.

Mercury Retrograde Patterns

The shared elements are not unusual for a Mercury Retrograde Pattern. However, both signs, The Leo and Virgo are crossed with this particular synodic pattern, and its visual interpretations.

Astrologically, there is a lot to cover.

Practically, there’s even more, as this spins across two important pieces of the night’s horoscopic heavens. Part of this happens in The Leo, a fixed sign. Fire, but fixed, and in person, like I always say, “The best fixed fire sign.” But fixed energy is stubborn, and this is digging at something that might be best left alone.

The other part, though, is that touch of Virgo, a sign intimately associated with Mercury’s energies, a thinking sign, an analytical, thinking presence (and usually prescient.) So digging at something that might be best left alone is part of the questing from analytical Virgo.

Individual pieces of this suggests pointedly searching for more data, and part of this recommends not trying to dig up dirt on that situation.

How can we all use this Mercury Retrograde Pattern to our mutual (and personal) benefit?

What is the correct course of action, or inaction?

Mercury RX

Mercury Retrograde Patterns

Inherited from my patriarchal line, part genetics, as much as anything, I used to employ a “Pile It” form of organization. As an example, I would have three projects underway, a book I was editing, a book I was writing, and a presentation series.

Three projects. That means three piles, for starters. Each project gets its own columnar inception point, the first notes for the project, the completed manuscript, the rough draft, the material I think I will want to use.

The “Pile It” method works well within the framework etched by this Mercury Retrograde Pattern, as described with its combination of Virgo precision and Leo magnificence.

There are two parts, collection and collation. For the duration of this pattern? It’s about collection, as that Mercury in Virgo doesn’t really sort out the sorting out parts until September?

Collection and collation.

For more than 80% of the population, this should be about collection: collecting the data. The pieces, parts, things, points of information. We’ll figure out how to assemble, analyze, and interpret this stuff, afterwards.

Collection and collation. We curate later.

the Portable Mercury Retrograde

Portable Mercury Retrograde
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The Blonde Identity

The Blonde Identity: A Novel

There’s a quick question, does Paris (France) have this culture that just supports a constant running gun battle between Russian oligarchs, police, and various three-letter agencies, like, is it an almost daily event?

Not what I remember of Paris, nor walking along the Seine, but one’s mileage may vary.

“C’est la vie?”

The Blonde Identity: A Novel

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Assassins Anonymous

Assassins Anonymous by Rob Hart

The holy algorithm kept popping this one up, and I finally succumbed to the machine’s coercion. Happily so, I might add. There’s an earlier novel, same author, kept getting airplay, but I kept dodging. (Paradox Hotel by Rob Hart).

I had an appointment that I almost missed because I was so engrossed in the novel.

Assassins Anonymous

Weird, building off the humorous play of alliteration.

“Some people think of recovery as a destination. Really, it’s a path you travel for the rest of your life, and the finish line is perpetually over the horizon.” Page 95.

Much killing, much action, darkly humorous.

“I’m not a man. I’m a tactical drone with a heartbeat and a dairy allergy.” Page 167.

A killer, trying to reform himself. Lactose tolerance issues, too. Always got to have fart jokes, no?

“I stifle a laugh as I pull out my wallet. “Fairytale of New York” by the Pogues starts in on the café’s speakers. I point toward the ceiling. “Best Christmas song there is.” Page 199.

Hat tip, if you know, you know.

Assassins Anonymous

Very enjoyable, almost bending genres, mystery, thriller, murder, and modern mayhem.

Books
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May Day

May Day (Murder by Month Mystery)

First in series? Kind of dated, and sort of breathless, first person narration. Murder-mystery, but it isn’t the second afterward that it makes prefect sense. Part of the free-on-amazon thing, but as an introduction to the aurora, and example of why early works are so vibrant?

Good as a stop-gap answer to getting back to Minnesota, waiting on a new Virgil Flowers novel.

Frankly, that’s the only exposure I’ve got, and the author’s own backstory is equally evocative.

Jess Lourey

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Coyote America

Coyote America

Bookstore find in Santa Fe. Myth, and biology.

“Southwestern Hispanos have a rich folk tradition about coyotes and have long said that the only thing smarter than a coyote is God.” Page 16.

Faded memory of coyotes east of San Diego, be about 1994?

Then again, down in the arroyo, in Santa Fe, a decade or two later.

Coyote Book Cover

Coyote Book Cover

Halfway through the book, there was a recurrent idea, the coyotes of myth, legend, and familiar imagery? The Darwinian, biological imperative was simple: when living in a stable environment, a litter would be two pups, but when faced with possible extermination, the litter would grow in size to a dozen, maybe. Coyotes live in that zone, highly adaptable, but live in between predators and prey, existing as omnivores.

The myth of the coyotes is more what interested me, being aligned with tricksters, but interesting how the myth is borne out of the reality. It’s a sound hypothesis, supported by the book’s reach.

From the epilogue:

‘In Chicago, coyotes take to hanging out around the ticket office at Wrigley Field, “scalping game tickets,” one sportswriter speculates.’ Page 202.

Fitting.

Coyote America

The epilogue also included a loving tribute to the more modern version of Coyote, Wile E. Looking through my own materials, I was searching for a book, a piece of Western American Fiction, had part of the coyote biology mentioned. While I couldn’t find the title in my work, I did stumble across several references to that cartoon coyote, Wile E. Coyote, and his antics. Then, too, I’ve referenced the rules, originally there were a set of guidelines adopted by the cartoon’s originators, but that was lost in my internet.

Coyote cartoon

While I’m late to this material, and still stuck looking for a certain academic novel? The book is near timeless and covers the context, biology, taxonomy, history, and possibly, place in the canon of origin stories.

Good reading, and made more fun curled up in the den in Santa Fe.

Coyote America

Mentions J. Frank Dobie’s The Voice of the Coyote.

Coyote America

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