The Sun, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter will all spend time in earthy Virgo this month. Virgo is ruled by clever Mercury, ruler of the fine print. Be sure to double-check the details and be sure to hang on to receipts, messages, letters and business cards as you are likely to meet people this month whose value is not apparent at the moment, but they may prove to be extremely helpful to your cause in the days ahead. Heads up Taurus and Capricorn birth signs as these Virgo planets kiss your Sun—get your order out on the table and make an appearance—the Force is with you.

Virgo rules our pets and all small animals, so this is a good month to get a new kitty or to take yours to the veterinarian. And with beautiful Venus and lucky Jupiter making a contact in the Skywatch this month, the odds are very good a Grand Champion puppy will be born somewhere. Virgo also rules our health and the holistic way and means of treating it. So this is a very good month to start any kind of new diet or exercise plan—the energy in the Skywatch now can carry you long enough to make new healthy habits permanent.

The stinker of the month appears in the heavens on August 13 when Jupiter makes an inconjunct to Uranus. This is a minor aspect that can cause problems with electricity, computers, and the rebellious tribes. Lots of folks won’t be disturbed by this one, but you may have trouble getting service or people to pay attention for a few days preceding this aspect. Be flexible in your planning and open to a detour around this date. And pay extra attention to the kids and critters as minor accidents are certain for some. This marker is not likely to give you any real problems, just a new complication to work through.

Mercury begins another Retrograde cycle on Aug 29 which will continue until Sept 22. You’ve noticed all the Mercury Rx cycles are in earth signs this year—they are always in just one element and were all in air signs last year. Sweet Venus and lucky Jupiter join Mercury in the heavens during the last weekend of the month, just before the Rx cycle begins. This trifecta of planets is rather rare in the Skywatch and sets up a stellar weekend for social plans, introductions, family reunions, on and on.

Mars finally leaves intense Scorpio on Aug 2 and enters adventuresome Sagittarius for a seven week run. Sag energy is optimistic, fiery and full of promise—you’ll notice the change in the people’s attitude around you once Mars enters the sign of the Centaur. Mars entered Scorpio last Jan 4, and except for a short run in Sag, has been in Scorpio since then. That means Mars has been sitting in one little section of your birth chart for the last seven months—hopefully you’ve settled an issue that he has raised during this time. Mars will pass his shadow, the point he turned Rx, on Aug 22. The year begins again, in a way, in the weeks that follow

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Mars is now direct in his motion and still in powerful Scorpio, a sign he co-rules. He now brings us fabulous energy to clean out the closets and to bring old furniture back to new life. Or to dive into a therapy that looks at our emotional conditioning. Scorpio wants to get down and get at the truth. Mars is pushy and impatient, but also willing to try something new. This is a very good month to put your energy into something that helps you grow and progress. The right choice is the one you feel the strongest about. Scorpio is a water sign = feelings count.
New ideas will be flying through the ether in July. Mercury begins the month in early Cancer and then flies through that water sign and into fire sign Leo on the 13th. Mercury stays about two weeks in Leo and enters earth sign Virgo on the 30th. Mercury is moving at his fastest clip this month which encourages communications of all kinds in the biz world. If you want to appeal to folk’s emotions, send your message out while Mercury is in water sign Cancer. But if you want to advertise your theme park wait until Mercury is in fire sign Leo, the sign that rules playgrounds and having fun. Something practical that you want to share is best sent out when Mercury is in realistic earth sign Virgo. Different strokes of Mercury for different messages—something advertising agencies haven’t figured out yet.
There’s a New Moon on July 4, the nation’s birthday. That’s a very good sign in astrology—and makes for an extremely powerful Solar Return for the USA. New ideas and new initiatives will be floating through the headlines in the months ahead; new energy will fuel breakthroughs and positive situations encouraging all of us to support our country’s values and laws. This will be an important year for America. As to whether the new values/solutions that appear bring benefits for all, or don’t last more than the first few innings and only bring benefits to the wealthy, only time will tell.

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Lance’s May Letter…………

Dear Friends,                                                                             May 13, 2016

A list of things to do sits in plain sight on my desk.  I’ve moved more than 20 times in my life and it used to be possible to do it in my ’68 VW Bus.  This move takes the cake, and because we have a house to sell, there is a list of people to bring in and fix this and that before we put it on the market.

Leslie is in Washington right now checking out houses to rent.  Peter has found 6 possibilities that fit our needs just minutes away from where he lives.  So we are getting really excited and plan to fly out in early June leaving an empty house and a good agent to sell it.  Leslie found a really good home for Muffin and she’s already a part of a new household.  Nigella and BW, the two feral cats we had fixed and who are getting much sweeter, we will probably take to The Cattery, an outfit that takes all kinds and helps them find homes.

I do like the process of clearing out shelves of stuff we haven’t touched in years and giving it away.  No garage sales.  Books to the library.  Anything of value to the needy.  Letting go of the past – those were the days.

And suddenly I am 68 years old.  This is how crazy this number is as when I see a picture of a sexy woman in her 40’s, I think: it’s too bad I am too young for her.  Inside, I am still 23.  But, I have recently realized how wonderful it is to have the power of a grandfather which I now possess.  This power is wonderful and makes me clean up my act around kids and really enjoy buying them a soda and giving them some kind of a compliment, something positive.

I am still learning the trade of grandfather, however.  But I see that is a gift that helps me love on people and often brings me a great smile from the mother with a new baby whom I compliment and coo over at the grocery store.  I still have to ride those electric carts there, but the men who work there see me coming and have one ready for me to use in my shopping.  In general, I get lots of respect from folks here and appreciate the kindness greatly as I’m still gimpy.

But I can drive and I spent some hours out on the back roads the last few days.  Every field is green.  Some with corn up as high as your waist.  Some with long rows of cotton plants just getting the first ten leaves out and very healthy.  Every field is planted with either cotton, corn or sorghum.  We are five inches over normal rainfall right now which is why the fields are so beautiful. But the lakes are only at 44% full, and here we are heading into a long, hot Summer in Texas.

Leslie is ready to get out west where she can pick strawberries, raspberries and blueberries this Summer in the “u pick ‘em farms”.  She is an Earth Muffin at heart. Her favorite spot on Earth is the Farmer’s Market.  We have a small one here in Corpus Christi.  Bellingham has a big one with all the local fruit and produce, food trucks and it’s a party every Saturday afternoon – we will be there.

It’s not easy to leave some good friends we’ve made here.  And it is a really strange feeling, with anxiety attached, to be preparing to move 2,300 miles away to a place I have never been before.  However, I have lived on the west coast for more than 20 years and loved it.  The forests and mountains are fabulous and I’ve seen enough of them to know I will totally enjoy the vistas and scenery in Washington.  It will rain, but the weather is not a concern.    Because the weather inside our house will be so nice as the smell of spices and Texas chili fill the air from a pot cooking on the stove – my specialty.  And we hear Peter’s car parking in our drive way and see him coming in the door to sit down, dig into his first bowl of red, and give us the news of his day.  Yes, yes, yes.  We know where we are going.  And we can’t wait to get there.  As times change.

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A giant Mutable Grand Cross sets up in the heavens as the month begins. This formation is made up of four squares and two oppositions, challenging aspects that are bound to complicate matters around your home or office. Schedule the first four days lightly. Sweet Venus is in the middle of all this but is squared by Jupiter = don’t go overboard in your expectations and promises around the New Moon on Jun 1–4. Travel and communications problems are certain. More trouble follows.
Realistic Saturn squares idealistic Neptune on June 17. Saturn squares test us. Neptune is our dream/path. This square will hang around and reappear in Sept. The last time this square came through, many years back, a nearby small town built (Saturn) a fabulous new library spending millions of dollars, complete with coffee shop and a children’s center. The square to Neptune: after they finished the building they didn’t have any money left for books. True story. Mars Rx adds an unpredictable element to this confusing square and prompts us to stay conservative and to keep things simple in June, at least until this square goes by.
The good news in the Skywatch appears on June 26 when expansive Jupiter trines healing Pluto. This trine is really in power all month long but will be more helpful once we get past the big square. Jupiter is in Virgo, the sign associated with medicine and natural forms of healing. So this is a good month to start a diet or any kind of healthful program. Add Mars Rx to this trine and you need to give any new situation a few extra days to start showing you some progress. Pluto is one of the best at fixing things, and Jupiter is a good source of inspiration, hope and support. They can help you in any category you choose. The good vibes in the trine will linger into the days that follow—schedule something positive, healing, and good for your soul at months end. As times change.

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LOOKING AHEAD TO MAY: We all will be walking uphill in May. Park your expectations at the door. Delays, schedule changes, problems with travel, commitments, foreign connections and major screw ups are all more likely to occur with Mars and Mercury both Retrograde for the first three weeks of the month. Virgo and Gemini birth signs ruled by Mercury need to be especially careful with their dollars and choices during the Rx cycle. Mars Rx is particularly intense for Aries and Scorpio birth signs, both with Mars as ruler or co-ruler in Scorpio’s case.
The last chapter of a difficult planetary alignment also appears in the heavens on May 26 as optimistic Jupiter squares conservative Saturn. Jupiter always wants to expand and is idealistic. Saturn wants to conserve energy and is practical. This square has been hanging out in the heavens since March and tests (Saturn) our commitment and values in one area of our life. Pegged by many astrologers at a marker that brings “bad timing” in business, this challenging aspect is likely to put negative financial news in the headlines.

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A March letter from Lance……….

Well, we’ve been robbed again. Just like last year and the years before. The trees were barren, skies were cloudy and Winter held on to the last days of February. Three days later the trees were full of new leaves, purple buttercups appeared on the roadsides, and the temperature climbed to 88 degrees. Spring came in the back door and with no warning swept across the south Texas coast. It happens so fast here with no awakening and no days to welcome the transition. Nope. Spring is a hustler here who takes your money and robs you of anticipation. However, there are some benefits to this sudden change of seasons: rain and flowers. Leslie has wonderful taste and a green thumb as she has loaded little pots of joy with bright faces and new leaves in all colors on the patio. The list includes: Gerbra daisies, geraniums, Dahlberg daisies (one of her favs), assorted herbs, onions and potatoes, marigolds, avocados, a lime tree, red salvia, esperanza and spider plants everywhere in between. Thank you, Leslie. The rain started this morning. We’ve been back in a drought condition so far this year and really need the rain that’s coming down right now. Of course, in Texas, you’d better be ready for the creeks to rise and you’ll be smart to keep a full tank of gas just in case you get stranded or have to make a big detour. I know the farmers are breathing a big sigh of relief; they have the ground all prepared for seed but need the rain to plant their crops. This storm should do it. And temperatures will be back in the 80’s this weekend when the Spring Break crowd shows up. I made a run to the beach last weekend knowing the crowds will take over for the next two weeks and traffic will be brutal. That’s ok. The kids can have it for two weeks. I did have a chance to talk to the pelicans while I was there who are completely disgusted with the elections and politics. Boom! Another explosion of thunder and flash of lightning prompted me to turn on the tv for weather news - and we are under a “Flash Flood Advisory”. This is what I mean about when the rain comes in Texas, you had better be ready. Sixteen pounds of kitty kibbles is going faster and faster each month. A beautiful blonde kitty who’s hungry has been around occasionally. And the two rebels, the two feral cats, now come into the kitchen every morning and demand groceries. Meow, meow. It’s hysterical. Boston Blackie also comes around every now and then and that makes a table for five on the patio with Muffin Marie inside sneering at the infidels outside. She doesn’t remember she was one herself. Leslie found her in the alley and she was about gone, a little teeny kitten we nursed back to health. And is now the queen of the house.
I hope you find some flowers blooming in your life and times this Spring. We send you peace and love from the south Texas coast.

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  1. Brandon

    Thank you Lance for the beautiful spring details… bluebonnets are taking over the roadsides here in the Hill Country. Blessings to you and Leslie!

  2. Pamela Noesner

    So happy to see Lance’s letters again…have truly missed them!
    Appreciate your taking the time to write them!

  3. Marlene Smith

    I also have missed your letters!!! I’m so happy to see you writing again! I bet those little cats just make you chuckle every day!! I know mine does, they are such little characters!! But then aren’t all animals just wonderful!!!
    You and Leslie have a wonderful spring and summer!!!

  4. Helga

    Hello Leslie and Lance, hailing from SF- thank you for your lovely letter, we did experience some
    of that texas rain here this year, hopefully a little more yet to come. Was in the Wine Country
    yesterday, due to the rain, the grass is long and very green, you know that sharp green that sings
    of spring, fat cows and wonderful milk. Today we have a heat wave, 80 now, I live on the coast,
    normally we freeze, it’s so nice I am on my deck at 8:30 pm enjoying a bit of ocean breeze, still
    it’s 80. Tomorrow this will be over, back to the 50’s and fog. For Leslie- my pansy’s from last year
    decided to give me one more festival of blooms, just so pretty-so happy! Is spring not wonderful!
    Greetings from your old home!

  5. sandra alvord

    Thank you for your messages! I so enjoy reading them. They make me smile and chuckle, so they are precious!


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