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24
Jan
20

Happy Year of the Metal Rat 2020/4720

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As an amateur astrologer (or astrology enthusiast), I’ve heard a number of tidbits about this new year which seem to suggest big changes, abundance of opportunities and shifts in power…without knowing if all of that is good for all or, as I suspect is naturally the case, survival of the fittest as usual.   There are whispers of staying active, not taking shortcuts/cutting corners and staying positive (not expecting disaster/the worst).  There is also talk of something called a Stellio Contos…er, Capricorn Stellium.  [That’s a little American Dad joke, for those who know the show that well…that is, if I spelled the name right.]

In terms of Chinese astrology, it helps to know how your sign’s element(s) work with the element of the year, metal.  I still have yet to fully understand all of this.  So, if you’re new to astrology, we’re both learning.  And, I’d like to find a friend who can help me make more sense of all of it, this year or in the future (before I’m too old to process this).  I know I thought being of the year’s element would benefit me, somehow.  But, a few years back, my element worked against me.  It doesn’t help to wonder if having a “rising sign” or “hour sign” in the element opposite my birth one is causing some kind of rift in me, causing any blessings to be slighted by my opposite “face.”  Or, am I strangely blessed to have such a combination?  I have yet to understand it.

In any case, I hope…or, rather, anticipate (and desire) some good shift in the powers that be.  Perhaps, this all boils down to replacing the US president with someone more competent and able.  Perhaps, other countries will shift in a positive way, as well, and organizations like NATO will become more beneficial to us all.  Or, we may just see some famous businesses get new bosses, new product lines and/or new staff.  In terms of Chinese astrology, it would seem this is a rather industrious year for new businesses and business overhaul.

So, with that, I present this years little cartoon contributions.

I’ve heard this is a four year, in numerology, so it’s fitting I present four variations.  But, rather than explain them, I’ll let you work that out.  In short, the years differ due to the differences in sun and moon year cycles.  And, the dates similarly differ due to the days of those cycles.

 

 

XIN NIAN HAO (Happy New Year)
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GUO NIAN HAO (Have a happy new year)
GONG XI FA CAI (Wish you happiness and prosperity)
SHEN TI JIAN KANG (‘Good health)

Here are some semi-fascinating tips I picked up from another website…you’ll forgive me if I don’t cite it, properly.  I should note that the New Year FESTIVAL, in its native land, lasts a few weeks and may be observed with time off work/school, depending upon where you live.  These tips are suggested for both native observers and those who travel to the lands that are observing the holiday/festival.

THINGS YOU SHOULD NOT DO DURING THE FESTIVAL TIME AND WHY

BREAKING THINGS = SEPARATES YOU FROM FAMILY FOR MORE TIME, LESS COMMUNICATION/SHARED TIME (IF YOU BREAK SOMETHING, YOU ARE TOLD TO COLLECT ALL THE PIECES AND TOSS ONLY ON THE FIFTH OR LAST DAY OF THE FESTIVAL…AND SAY “SUI SUI PING AN” TO DISMISS BAD LUCK)

CRYING = MISFORTUNE (DON’T UPSET KIDS DURING THIS TIME; NO PUNISHMENT OR HARSH ACTIONS)

TAKING MEDICINE OR GOING TO THE HOSPITAL = INCREASED ODDS OF SICKNESS DURING THE YEAR

LENDING MONEY OR BORROWING THINGS/MONEY = SUFFER A FINANCIAL LOSS (ON THE FIRST FEW DAYS, AT LEAST…AND NO COLLECTING REPAYMENT OF DEBTS, EITHER)

WASHING HAIR = LOSS OF WEALTH  [I don’t know about you, but going without washing my hair for a few days could be dreadful.  I may be wrong, but I am pretty sure this warning is only for 1-3 days at the start of the festival.  I’d recommend not washing hair on the last day, too, just to be safe.]

USING SCISSORS = LEADS TO SQUABBLES (NEEDLEWORK/SEWING IS ALSO FORBIDDEN)
[THIS ALSO INCLUDES NO HAIRCUTS WHICH = A POSSIBLE DEATH IN THE FAMILY, USUALLY AN AUNT/UNCLE]

SWEEPING = LOSS OF GOOD LUCK (IF YOU MUST SWEEP, WAIT TIL THE THIRD DAY AND SWEEP INTO THE HOUSE, NOT OUT…AND DON’T DUMP WATER OUT OF THE HOUSE–AS I’VE DONE FOR AMERICAN NEW YEAR–BECAUSE MONEY AND DUST/DIRT REPRESENT MONEY LEAVING THE HOUSE?)

PORRIDGE (EATING PORRIDGE) = POVERTY? (IT’S THE FOOD OF THE POOR AND SHOULD NOT BE “TAKEN FROM THEM” BY WEALTHIER FOLKS ON THE FIRST FEW DAYS OF THE FESTIVAL)

LEAVING A RICE JAR EVEN PARTIALLY EMPTY = CHANCE OF GOING HUNGRY (KEEP THE RICE JAR/STORAGE TO THE MAXIMUM BEFORE/WHEN THE FESTIVAL STARTS TO ENSURE FINANCIAL GOOD HEALTH)

ALSO, DON’T USE NEGATIVE WORDS AND PHRASES LIKE “RUNNING OUT” “DEATH” “KILLING” “LOSING” ETC.

DON’T WAKE OTHERS UP THE FIRST FEW DAYS…THIS COULD CAUSE UNNEEDED NERVOUSNESS AND EDGINESS DURING THE YEAR.

LIKEWISE, DON’T NAP DURING THE FIRST FEW DAYS…THIS COULD LEAD TO FUTURE LAZINESS DURING THE YEAR.

WASHING CLOTHES (DURING THE FIRST TWO DAYS, ONLY) = OFFENSE TO WATER GOD (AND PLUMBING TROUBLES?)…WHICH IS WHY NEW CLOTHES ARE RECOMMENDED FOR SHOWING OFF (DON’T WEAR YOUR “RAGS”)
[ALSO, DO NOT WEAR BLACK AND/OR WHITE DURING THE WHOLE FESTIVAL; IT’S A SYMBOL OF POVERTY/MISFORTUNE/FUNERALS.]

RECENTLY MARRIED CHILDREN RETURNING HOME (TO VISIT) = MISFORTUNE/PARENTS LOSING MONEY (AT LEAST, HOLD OFF VISITING FOR THE FIRST FEW DAYS)

Fascinating and slightly amusing; no?

Lucky colors are said to be (my least favorite combo, lately) BLUE, GOLD and WHITE, representative of both wealth/metal money and water.  Water keeps the rigid metal rat from being TOO rigid and closer to its nature as a water animal, if that makes sense (maybe because rats are often seen around water and associated with sewers).  I included green in my artworks because American money is still green in some “dated” forms and a symbol of what seems to be tied to industrialism/industrial growth.  I, personally, don’t handle as much gold or silver.  But, I see both the importance and hazards of water and its association with metal and softening what is otherwise rigid.

Rat years, in general, are new beginning years, good years for new projects, career paths, educational pursuits, etc.  It’s the start of a new astro’ cycle.  New is sure to be a word thrown around, often.  But, no matter what you see or hear, you are advised to trust your instincts yet be open to advice and suggestions…if that makes any sense.  Do NOT spend impulsively.  But, be confident in whatever you choose.  Do not shudder as you step forward, if you can manage the courage.  But, don’t leap to conclusions too often/quickly, either.  Don’t be too generous…but don’t be entirely selfish, either.  Like I said…a bit confusing.

You might look into “feng shui,” too.  There is something about the directions certain objects face in your home that can have an impact.   And, this year’s “direction deity” has a semi-amusing name which sounds like a relatively new product for reducing body odors.  You’ll have to look this up, yourselves, as the name slips my p-mind.

 

15
Jan
20

Writer’s Block 1-15-2020, NAME THAT GHOST!

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HELP!

I am in dire need of name suggestions for ghost characters, male and female.

Have at it.  Give me your best shots.  Any ideas?  I am bone dry.

If you were thinking Boo, Spooki, Haunter, Kooki, Specter, Mysteria or Lorelei, they’re taken…er, not an option.

19
Dec
19

The Birthday Tay Parade -movie ticket-

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Just in time for the next special day in the lovely Tay’s life, I bring you the next installment of my digital art parade.  We pick up where we left off last week with the question…

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And, the answer…

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BAM!

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BAM!

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BAM!  BAM!

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BOOM!

Isn’t she something?

So, with that, I say…

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And, we will see YOU at the movie. 😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13
Dec
19

Venting Colbert Report, 12-13-2019

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That’s right. It’s called Venting Colbert Report, like the cable-TV show the suit once hosted “in character.” So, set your VCRs to “not stunned” at what I’m about to say; it’s nothing new but needs to be said.

I just want to take a little time to let off some steam about a certain late-night talk-show host who has been the silver-tongued court jester, grilling the current US president ever since the big businessman and his gorgeous (first) daughter (and the rest of the family) stepped into office.

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Colbert may have the best personality and face to show at those hours. But, he’s wasting his breath and making me ill more often than he can make me laugh.

I’m so tired of so many things in this world; my memory isn’t entirely sure…but I’m pretty sure this isn’t the first time I’ve written about him/this. I don’t even watch the show regularly, anymore. And yet, there comes a point when you hear and see enough, with family input, to make you want to scream. Rather than scream or throw things, I choose to type out my fury and need to vomit in a more “rational coping” way.

Ehem.

Disclaimer. If you have a beef with the current US president and/or are a die-hard Democrat and/or Colbert fan, do not take anything I have to say as Republican or any negative attitude/force against all that is good. If you do, you might be on the path to becoming a bully or troll…like this guy (who I am about to point at with my steely index finger and try not to make an obnoxious sound). And, some band of hobbits or other mythical folks will come along to smite you.

MEANWHILE!!!…Mr. Stephen J. Tolkien Colberenstein Bearson spins lyrics after lyrics about the big cheese and anyone who crosses paths with the guy, calling everyone names–occasionally funny names–and dancing around the stage like…well…a court jester. He’s so busy doing it, he doesn’t have time to wipe all the seemingly intellectual crap he’s spewing from his Charmin behind. Yep. You may say he has a silver tongue. But, his tongue doth only look silverish because-eth he hast spent countless years polishing it, bent over a writing desk, trying to turn ravens into wood. He has been working with other writers on other shows that try to make other people look amusing and worked his way to the front of the stage. And, unlike his late-night cohorts, who are choking on his exhaust fumes, trying to keep up, he has excelled and fed on applause like a vampire sucks your blood (or raids the ice chest of a hospital). Turn the lights down a little, and you’ll find him curled up in a corner, reading about hobbits and dwarves and ready to cast fake spells at you if you disturb him. The other guys in bad suits sweat frozen burritos and cough up last night’s dinner while Mr. Frank Lloyd Copy-n-Write Webber Grill greases the competition, leaving a flaming oil slick on the race track.

[I’d compare him to the stocky Jimmy…well, the dark-haired one…the one with a Hispanic sidekick…the one who likes to leech onto basketball games for extra air time, because they both excel at calling people names and little else. But, I’d hate for the two to team up and start dishing out wedgies at schools.]

Who was once a refreshingly smooth-talking guy, trying to best the freckled Irishman (who worked his way up from one half of a sinister geek duo to solo string-dancing superstar, Conan O’Brien, who was slighted a better broadcast slot), dazzling the crowd and featuring some nifty special-effects segments about a variety of things, insisting he was not going to be the political menace he was on non-broadcast TV, when he was “in character,” has turned the hypocritical heel and become the Burger King of hashing out politico fries. All he needs is a paper hat and a stained apron.

Colbert has beaten the dead darkhorse, broken the record and made the guy holding the starting pistol point the barrel at his own head. If he’s going to flash that Captain America shield wherever he goes, I cannot be a Captain America fan. I am struggling to be an America fan, already. He’s not helping.

Turning another light on this subject, trying a different angle, there’s a point when funny becomes badgering, when a witty remark becomes, “Hey, basketball head, want me to dribble you all the way home and tell your mommy to call you Wilson?” If you get people to laugh about the foolishness someone has done, good for your fifteen minutes in the spotlight. But, Idina Menzel, man. Let it go! You can’t be those other late-night guys trying the same jokes twice, just in case people don’t watch every night. You can’t expect me to turn off my TV for a month, come back and enjoy more of what I heard last time as if you were a newborn smartmouth waiting to be baptized into geekdom.

[Switching to interview mode…]

But, Mr. Colbert Cheese on Bleh, I know; you probably don’t write all of this stuff, yourself. You…probably have a disorganized team of writers at your side, pitching ideas, feeding you lines. You just read the cards. You’re the figurehead of…well…your own government? Hmm. Who does that sound like?…like a certain orange-faced businessman who looks like he’s in charge but also part of a three-branch government who can handle itself just fine without you turning countless American minds into computer-phone scrolling gelatin-heads who’d rather vote for you than an actual candidate or take your word for a reason to vote or not to vote. Does it matter who we vote for? Are we voting in anticipation of Mr. Late Night putting the winner on the hot seat?

[Now, back to talking-to-someone-else mode…]

Yet, I’ll still say Colbert must have a brain; he doth read a lot of imaginative works. He must have some magic in that old top hat he found. And, when he puts it on his head, he is sure to dance around. [Have you heard that song?] Perhaps, this is all a strategic move. Perhaps, getting the competition to try and follow his dance steps is Colbert’s way of staying on top. He plays the pied-piper flute, gets the other guys to chuckle nervously and sweat buckets; and, soon, he’s the only one still standing.

[And then back to interview mode…]

Bravo, Mr. Showmancer. And, yet, your British spy-apprentice doth have another magic in his pocket, where he keeps one hand to grope himself and cope with the thoughts running through his head when a “hunky” “delicious” male guest is on his show, before he mentions his wife and kids. He would seem to be a true wizard at getting people bigger contracts and other business. He turns the new turd on the street into streaming gold, when he’s not processing pot with his Showtime-Pizza-Place band (including one beautiful bass-guitar player) and partying like Dionysus. [Sadly, his smaller ragged band sounds better than yours, too. Ouch. But…you just keep staying…eh, human.] He has even seduced a lovely blonde songstress I admire into playing cat-and-cat with him.

MEANWHILE!!!…you continue wrenching those eyebrows and trying to figure out what to do with your hands every night. How is a raven like a Conan O’Brien or a running Letterman, sir? I’d ask the raven. But, he’s too busy dancing and picking on the same bloated corpse to answer.

So…I’m going to go, now, and try to wash that tripe right out of my hair, again, try to forget what got me all worked up in the first place…because…you’re not worth it. You’ve spent, what, three years now? hounding this guy and all who cross his path; I’d have a hard time looking at you when–this–is all over and not replaying your previous grilling in my mind. You go so far to tease–no, harass and harangue–the man about what’s in his pants, night after night.

Are you going to be as outspoken with the next president? Are you going to keep the political grill-train going for as long as you stand on stage? Don’t you have more to contribute? Or, are you too much of a geek to talk about it? There’s no king to send you to any number of death-dealing service providers, but that doesn’t mean you should dance and pitch the same crap every day.

Even Tolkien would be turning in his grave, mumbling, “Dude. If I had a plus-five Sword of Mercy, I’d use it to end this madness. Screw your vital roll, sir. You’ve said too much and wasted your turn. I take my ring of power and disappear from this world you’ve sullied.” [Or, that’s just what I imagine he would say if he was a DnD geek.]

Don’t be just another twit doing impersonations of a tweeter.

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You’re a wit, sir. Now, use it, properly.

13
Dec
19

The Birthday Tay Parade -bonus round-

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This is only a test of the WordPress scheduling system.  If this is not a real emergency, it will work and post these images on Tay Swift’s official birthday (as far as I know it).  Again, this is only a test…but these images won’t likely appear, again, elsewhere.

[Wishful thinking, perhaps.]

[How about those for riddles wrapped up in a picture? 🙂  Can you figure them out?]

Happy birthday, Tay!

Mwah!

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Huzzah.  The scheduling tool/option worked, this time.  I guess I will do my best to be more prompt with my birthday wishes in the near future.  Or, at least, I’ll post some pieces before and schedule others.  Now, if only people were as quick to notice/appreciate my previous birthday posts.  I guess people search by the newest/day posted and ignore the older stuff until…what? three days later.  I hope you, Tay, get to see all of my hard work.

12
Dec
19

Special Days and Family Animosity

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Who cares about special days, anyway?  Why get worked up about celebrating anything, when family is there to rain crap on your parade?  Hmm?

I mean, it’s just stupid to continually get your hopes up even a small measure when you know someone or something stupid and unkind is going to appear.  If it’s not the lousy weather, it’s family…which, for me, can be like a hurricane or tornado of misery.

But, that’s life.  That’s what this lucky guy has been given.  I live it.  And, then, at some point, hopefully when I’m still sane, I’ll die.  God(s) help me.  Where is this life going?  What is my calling?  ‘Still unclear on that one.

Why DO I clash with my family so much?  Why can’t I tolerate my brother, anymore?  Why does he just have to be in the room for me to turn bitter and raise my scorpion tail?

I’m sick of getting upset, sick to my stomach with disapproval and feeling like my body is going to combust at any moment with my heart racing, my eyelids fluttering and my teeth wearing away.

And, when I seek answers from someone I thought I liked, someone who isn’t part of the current battle, the best I get is a silly offer to take drugs or see a therapist.  Nice.  I could have gotten that answer from a commercial or poster somewhere.  Maybe you have a manual on how to live I can read.

And, breathe.

No mas, ‘kay?

10
Dec
19

Happy Birthday, Tay Swift! Week 5

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So, this is it, the week to celebrate.   The special day is not far away.  [And, another special day is even closer.]  Let’s put together the pieces from the past few weeks.

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In case anyone is wondering, the odd texture to the above and certain other prints is intended to make the pieces look like paper placemats you’d find at a café/diner, to go with the ad images.  The above also features typical “leftovers” from a café visit, the ketchup and mustard residue, toast crumbs and coffee cup stain.

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FIND OUT, NEXT WEEK, AS THE BIRTHDAY TAY PARADE CONTINUES!!

And, now, some special presents for the birthday gal and her fellow adoring fans.

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Happy birthday, Tay!

You’re something special in this world.

And, I hope I can always treasure you.

Sincerely, a very inspired artist who would love to create and travel this universe with you,

Writingbolt

 




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