S3 E28 — Why I Stole Your Daily Horoscope for a Year

According to Harry Bosch in Michael Connelly’s detective series, it’s a cardinal sin to turn away from momentum.  Momentum drives me to writing the 1-year experiment report by picking up where I left off.

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Of course, you want to focus on what’s important, but today brings some confusion as to what fits the category. Hint: It’s small, emotional in nature and couldn’t happen on any other day.” Scorpio

Hi and welcome to Thursday’s Episode 28 in Season 3 of  My Paradoxically Normal Year” on this 15th day of April in the spring of 2021 — which is a three-year examination of how bits of wisdom changed during the “normal” pre-pandemic year and then in the pandemic year, and now months after.

Previously from Season Three, the Paradoxically Normal Year

S3 E27 What the World Needs Now Before It’s Too Late; S3 E26Following Alice Down the Rabbit Hole; S3 E25Art Lives Upon Discussion, Upon Experiment, Upon Curiosity …

Related from Season Two, The Pandemic Year

S2 E28Hosting Norwegian Zooms While Trump Eliminated the Virus in April; S2 E27Why I Have to Keep Leo da V on a Leash and So Should You; S2 E26Rethinking the N-Word; S2 E25Are You an Innie or Outie Thinker?

Related from Season One, The Normal Year

S1 E28Day 28 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E27Day 27 of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E26Day 26  of My 1-Year Experiment; S1 E25Day 25 of My 1-Year Experiment


Last time I shared the pitch for bringing more Steves into the world! Heck, we’re an endangered species if you follow the numbers. 

Stymied at first to name any famous Steves, Google results provided 120 and with a little sleight of hand I listed them according to their horoscopes.

Today I’m outlining sections of the report:


Defining terms — What does Tau mean; Life as an art form in a natural experiment;

The chain of events leading to the 1-year natural experiment including creating and maintaining 6 WordPress websites, a blog taking a peak behind the scenes of self-publishing, crowdfunding, and working for yourself;  

Which points to Patreon, a crowdfunding platform; and 

The inspiration behind turning to Holiday Mathis Scorpio sayings starting on 2/24/19;


Conducted 1-Year Experiment — 2/24/19 to 3/29/20;

On Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays

Tau of 19 Famous Steves 

          • Steve Harvey, 62 (December 22 – January 20) Capricorn
          • Steve Nash, 45 (January 21 — February 19) Aquarius
          • Steve Jobs, (1955 – 2011) (February 20 — March 20) Pisces
          • Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980) (March 21 – April 20) Aries
          • Steve Winwood, 71; Stevie Wonder, 69; Stephen Colbert, 56 (April 21 – May 21) Taurus (Addition part way through)
          • Steve Smith, 30; Stevie Nicks, 72  (May 22 – June 21) Gemini (Added part way through)
          • Steve Howey, 42 (June 22 – July 22) Cancers 
          • Steve Carrell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69  (July 23 – August 22) Leo
          • Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72 (August 23 – September 23) Virgo (Added part way through)
          • Steve Kerr, 54 (September 24 – October 23) Libra
          • Steve Zahn, 51 (October 24 – November 22) Scorpio
          • Steve Aoki, 41 (November 23 – December 21) Sagittarius

Initial plan for coding the Holiday Tau into categories to compare and analyze TauBits of Wisdom.

          1. W —Wisdom for “If you could go back in time and warn your younger self, what warning would you issue?” 
          2. N —The name (why a mother would choose Steve for a baby to grow into; choose Steve for horoscope intuition) — prime-the-pump kind of Steve-only and Friends of Steves putting in their two cents; 
          3. Y —1-year experiment — Anything, especially for intuitors and actual magical thinking (Norway vacation should extend the 1-year time frame)
          4. S — Something silly inspired by Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s “Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life” but she chose the alphabet for categorizing small moments — This could be 52 weekly sayings for a year.

In the first 30 day I didn’t really know what the patterns would be until the Holiday Tau showed me. 

Changes As the Year Unfolded

          • Time frame lengthened to make up for two vacations in July and September of 2019. 
          • I needed to sort quickly through 12 sets of Steves first by eliminating about 50% in the daily selection process and second through scoring on a scale of low (1) to high (5)
          • For more in depth tracking and comparisons I switched to a representative sample of four horoscopes.  
          • Settled on changing the categories to practical projects, work, wisdom and legacy and relationships and intimacy. 
          • My monthly reviews eliminate all scored Holiday Taus except for those ranked “5”
          • Those, were segregated from horoscope and from a Steve, to be used as a standalone TauBit of Wisdom.


Four Representative Samples: (Grand Total 421)

“For Steve Zahn, Emma the Baroness and Me”

TauBits of Wisdom by Category (Totals 139)

          • Practical Projects: 36
          • Work: 24
          • Legacy: 38
          • Inner Dreams and Intimacies: 41

“For Steve Carell, Steve Martin, and Steve Wozniak”

TauBits of Wisdom by Category (Totals 103)

          • Practical Projects: 28
          • Work: 24
          • Legacy: 20
          • Inner Dreams and Intimacies: 29

“For Steve McQueen”

TauBits of Wisdom by Category (Totals 117)

          • Practical Projects: 36
          • Work: 24
          • Legacy: 38
          • Inner Dreams and Intimacies: 41

“For Steve Jobs”

 TauBits of Wisdom by Category (Totals 62)

          • Practical Projects: 20
          • Work: 9
          • Legacy: 20
          • Inner Dreams and Intimacies: 13


But, what about today?

So, the beat goes on with today’s crop of Holiday Tau. Zahnny does your TauBit of Wisdom fit so well today because of selection or confirmation bias?  Either way, I like it a lot.

“5”  Steve Zahn, 51: “Of course, you want to focus on what’s important, but today brings some confusion as to what fits the category. Hint: It’s small, emotional in nature and couldn’t happen on any other day.” Scorpio

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Is today your birthday?  Y’all know it’s not mine, right? But 10 weeks is 10 weeks, so let’s check back as well as in May and August!

Today’s Holiday Birthday: 

Here come the exciting influences! There are definite emotional benefits from the changes over the next 10 weeks, and you’ll find your mood on a steady rise. Because of this, you’ll attract different situations in May than you do in August. You will leverage one resource for another more brilliantly suited to your needs.

Steve, I’m feeling the rhythm in your Holiday Tau, especially “passages of life” which is the theme for my “Volume Three Manuscript” and illuminates my “back door” approach to composing it from this 1-year experiment (and maybe the next?!)

“5” Steve Aoki, 41: “It is normal to, at times, feel uncomfortable, displaced or lost in the unfamiliar. These feelings accompany the passages of life you will one day be most proud of.” Sagittarius

Oh, I have no problem ignoring the opinion of others, like I’m sure you don’t either Steve.  But, I’m not feeling yours today, so I’m going to ignore it.

“3”  Steve Harvey, 62: “It is so hard for you to take a compliment, and yet it is so easy for you to believe someone’s unwanted critique. In general, this is a good day to ignore the opinions of others.”  Capricorn

What are you now, a mind reader, as well as an NBA Coach?  I’m grabbing your TauBit of Wisdom with two hands and an strapping in for the ride!

“5”  Steve Nash, 45:An intriguing future is taking form in your imagination. This is just one of many possibilities, so why are you already putting limits on it? Practice unbound visualization and watch your reality free up.” Aquarius

What’s Going On

Literally Bottled and Set Adrift from KnowWhere Atoll 

    • @KnowLabs suite of digital magazines jumps from 7930 to 7981 organically grown followers




    • “Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge” by E.O. Wilson, an entomologist who studied colonies of ants for their insights.  But didn’t stop there, according to The Wall Street Journal, “A dazzling journey across the sciences and humanities in search of deep laws to unite them.” 
    • “True Believers,” the novel by Kurt Andersen (which seems to precede Fantasyland)? I like how he goes back and forth from now to the ‘60s in which the main character is writing a memoir, but needs “Okays” from her friends who had been hiding a secret for 40+ years that could ruin their careers?  Like, what’s my equivalent
    • “Disappearing Through the Skylight” by O.B. Hardison, Jr. which proceeded “Consilience” by a decade.  Hardison’s been described as a polymathic renaissance man who wrote, “… Nature has slipped, perhaps finally beyond our field of vision.”  What does it mean for “… science, history, art and architecture, music, language, ultimately, for humanity”? This one provides missing chunks of understanding where we came from and where we’re going.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Inspired by: Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate


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