A Fall Letter from Lance…..


Rain, rain, rain.  Good ole Pacific Northwest weather is here.  We had the coldest early October temperatures since 1989 and rain has followed.  My dad grew up in this area and hated the weather.  He was a double Leo and if he couldn’t get out in the sunshine and play golf, he was miserable.  But he taught me all the fight songs of universities here so I can sing along and know the Beavers from the Huskies – love the mascots of the schools here:  beavers, ducks, huskies, cougars. 

We are having another El Nina year when we get colder and wetter winter storms.  Same as last year when Mt. Baker got 706 inches of snow!  It’s good news as we had a very dry summer and need the moisture for crops and streams to keep the salmon healthy. Autumn colors are still coming into view.  All the maples lead the parade with their huge red leaves falling on the sidewalks.  The rain has greened up all the grass and lawns which makes for a beautiful background to the changes in the forest.  We are delighted to drive the back roads and watch the transition, rain or shine.  It’s in our charts.  Leslie is a Cancer; I have Venus in Cancer (see how that works?).  We love the rain and enjoy cooking and hanging out at home.

Leslie is in complete heaven in her new kitchen.  Pete and I get the benefits and are very grateful.  Although I have to tell you one problem Leslie has generated: addictions I’ve never had before.  Sad, sad, but now I am addicted to: coconut cream pie, frostys (Wendys), lemon curd, and chocolate dipped vanilla ice cream cones.  I probably need therapy to keep from getting any heavier.  But I have no complaints.

Pumpkins and apples are out and about (as they say in Canada).  We shop at The Green Barn often, a friendly store loaded with local fruits and veggies.  I counted 23 different kinds of apples on sale there last week.  The cabbages were huge, ten pound bombers, enough sour kraut fixins for the entire neighborhood.

We are more than ready for Mercury to stop messing with us.  We’ve had powerful winds with the rain and just been lucky the power stayed on, while it didn’t in other parts of the county. Hope you weren’t caught in the airline cancellations, a typical Mercury Retrograde occurrence.  Things calm down with a few exceptions in November, but do read ahead as there are two stressful days with real trouble in the Skywatch, days you don’t want to be involved in anything critical or medical.

You’ll also see that I have finished my 2022 Datebook.  Preview?   There are huge, powerful healing aspects in the heavens next year.  Go ahead and research a trip, elective surgery, adventure or change of scenery in your life in ’22.  You’ll find the dates to schedule all in this Datebook. 

Keep the faith.  These hard times won’t last forever. 

Meanwhile, stay masked up and well.  We do and feel so much safer now that we are both vaxxed and ready for the booster when it’s time. 

Leave us a note on the website when you have a positive note to share.  We all need to lift each other up.

Leslie and I send you best wishes. 


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You won’t get much traction as you start October—all due to six planets backing up on the bases and Retrograde. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto lead the pack, but the biggest problem is Mercury still Rx until Oct 18. New ideas and partnership issues remain in the foreground this month as the Sun, Mercury and Mars all spend some time in air sign Libra.

      The good news is a fairly pleasant lineup of aspects dominate in October; nothing really difficult is in the Skywatch with the exception of one challenging square between Mars and Pluto on October 21.

      Venus enters fiery Sagittarius on October 7 for a 3+ week run which kicks on green lights for handling important Legal matters, long distance travel, taking a new class and dealing with foreigners and folks at a long distance—all likely to be positive with Venus in the sign that rules these matters.

      Save the high priority business and concerns in your life to the last two weeks of the month. As Jupiter returns to direct motion on October 17 and Saturn also ends his Rx cycle on Oct 10. These two changes will help you get delayed plans and misunderstandings cleared up in the days that follow, and especially after Mercury also turns direct in motion.

      OCTOBER KISS DAYS: 3, 9, 15+, 18, 31. Schedule the most important appointment, meeting or travel in your life on the 15th as both the Sun and the Moon enjoy a connection to lucky Jupiter that day—the Force will be with you.

      OCTOBER QUACK DAYS: 1, 17, 21+, 26. Retrograde Mercury squares unforgiving and obsessive Pluto on the 1st and what you say could be used against you. Feisty Mars tangles with Pluto on the 21st increasing the chances of accidents, breakdowns and arguments—a day to stay out of the line of fire.

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A September letter from Lance

Friends,                                                                                                                                September 13, 2021

Cha, cha, changes are in the air.  And we are ready for it.  We’ve had one of the hottest and driest summers on record here in western Washington.  Records were broken, it was uncomfortable, and the only thing that saved us is living at the beach.  But now, a hint of Fall is in the air; temperatures have dipped from the 80s to the 60s.  And as we drive through a tunnel of evergreens a splash of red shows up from time to time as Japanese Maples are already giving up the ghost.  And rain which we badly need is now in the weather forecast for the next few days – a real storm, too, not just sprinkles.  We’ve discovered that we don’t need an alarm clock to wake up every morning.  The Canadian geese give us a loud e-flat honk in stereo at sunrise flying from the ocean to the fresh-water ponds behind our house and you really can’t sleep past the noise.  They are quite a sight, however, as five or six will fly by at a height of about 50 feet.  Our house sits on a ridge 41 feet above sea level so they are right in our line of sight as they fly back to the freshwater, and it’s a beautiful thing to see these huge birds cruising by.  On the smaller end of the wildlife scale, we are “hummer central” every morning.  Dear Leslie put up a hummingbird feeder that is attached to the kitchen window.  So, while I’m standing at the sink waiting for the coffee pot to fill up they are at the window just two feet in front of me – I get to see them up close.  We can spot the rookies because they keep flapping their wings while perched and guzzling the sugar water.  The veterans know better and just sit there on the little perch quietly filling up.  And every morning there will be 40 or 50 visitors zooming in and out, often engaging in aerial battles that are amazing.

I know you’ve seen us in the news.  Two more murder hornet nests have been found here in Blaine.  These things are really nasty with half inch stingers and the tendency to attack people and our pets. The scientists are worried there are more nests to be found and advise us to report any sightings.  Thankfully, we haven’t seen any so far.  Leslie is in heaven these days in her new kitchen.  She has acres of counter space, huge cabinets and drawers to stash pots and pans, and a five burner, two oven gas stove that was made in Italy.  It’s so snazzy even I am impressed.  I have had some lucky breaks in my life through the years, but finding Leslie is the luckiest of them all.  She cooked professionally years back and makes Pete and me wonderful meals.  Pete is on a keto diet and has lost 100 pounds with Leslie cooking up the right stuff every night.  He looks marvelous.  We have six different grocery and vegetable stores in Bellingham and Blaine to shop for supplies, and we hit them all regularly stocking up.  You will never find an open spot in our fridge as her Cancer habit is to make sure we have plenty on hand, including the “snack drawer” which is filled, no, stuffed, with tasty treats.

I got my second Moderna shot a few weeks ago and now am fully vaccinated.  Leslie will get her second shot soon and we will be protected.  Still, we always wear masks and are very careful to keep hand sanitizer in the car.  I am in charge of the “cootie patrol” and make sure we have clean masks and wipe down the grocery carts with disinfectant.

Mercury continues to Retrograde as we stroll into October.  Pumpkin time is just ahead.  We are well and so happy to be here in Birch Bay watching the hummers and the geese fly by.  We are ready for the rain and leaves to turn.  Autumn is glorious here.  I’ll give you a report next month.  Meanwhile, we send you our best wishes and hope you are well and ready for times to change.


Lance and Leslie

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  1. Stephen

    What a lovely letter, Lance, and thank you for updating us! You have been in my thoughts, along with other friend in the NW US and Canada. You must have felt like Texas was sneaking after you. Glad to know all is well again.


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Fire and rain. There is a long list of kisses and quacks this month. And extremes marked “+” in each list.  Moreover, we all get a lesson in Scorpio energy this month. Mars entered the sign of the Scorpion and the Eagle in late October and will continue his run through this water sign in November.  Mars is extremely powerful in this sign that he co-rules with dangerous Pluto.  He will be joined this month by the Sun, Mercury and a New Moon on November 4 bringing Luna into the Scorpio group.

      Use the Scorpio energy this month to improve an area of your life. We can either use the energy or let it use us.  That’s the old lore and a good way to approach the different days of power that show up in the Skywatch in November.  Yes, yes, yes. Clean out the garage, reorganize your pantry, reach out for healing at all levels, and most of all, direct your will toward an important goal; another Scorpio gift is a powerful will that is part of the Force Luke uses.

      Unexpected events and surprises are very likely to show up this month with all this Scorpio energy as each planet will line up opposite unpredictable and rebellious Uranus—the most dangerous opposition appears on November 17 when Mars makes his difficult connection to the planet that rules cars, computers, everything electrical—all more likely to give you trouble at this time.

      The Skywatch on Thanksgiving features a Moon in fun-loving Leo that squares Uranus in the morning and Mars in the evening—neither event will burn the turkey or create a scene.

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There’s lots of fresh air in the Skywatch this month. As six different planets will travel through air signs Libra and Aquarius during parts of September. Jupiter and Saturn continue their flight though liberal and humanitarian Aquarius. The Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars will all spend some time in Venus ruled Libra in September. Air is the mental element in astrology. These signs are the talkers, idea folks who excel in communicating and coming up with new solutions and connections. Gemini is the third air sign and these natives are likely to enjoy this shift of energy. This will also be a very good month for all of us to meet new partners in love and work—throw your hat in the ring this month if you are ready for a new relationship.      Just do it as early in the month as possible. Because Mercury again turns Retrograde on Sept 27 in Libra and will remain Rx until Oct 18. There’s big trouble with this Rx cycle as Mercury stalls out in a square to demanding and manipulative Pluto. This square will begin on September 22, hang out and hang out as Mercury backs up on the bases, and will finally be exact again on October 1. This square magnifies the typical problems of this Rx cycle: misunderstandings, break downs of communication devices and machines we use for transportation, bad weather, criminal activity (ruled by Pluto), and with Libra we are all more likely to have arguments and disagreements in important partnerships. Dammit!

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The Retrograde parade gets another cowboy to join this month as Uranus appears to back up in the heavens on August 19 joining Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto — table for five. The idea here is be very cautious making long-range and one-time decisions and deals as conditions may change in a big way once these big planets return to direct motion.

        Meanwhile, there’s excellent energy in the heavens to tackle the important details and small stuff you’ve neglected this Summer. Most helpful is that Venus and Mars begin August in analytical and efficient Virgo, an earth sign ruled by intelligent Mercury. Virgo also rules our pets and this pair makes the entire month a good time to take the kitty to the vet and/or to get a new puppy or kitten.

        Save any decorating or beauty treatments for the days when Venus travels through artistic Libra. This once a year three + week cycle of charming Venus traveling through her home sign begins on August 15 and will end when Venus enters Scorpio on September 10. Venus in Libra also kicks on the green lights for all social plans, reunions and meeting new friends and romantic possibilities. Air signs Libra, Gemini and Aquarius especially.

        This is an exceptionally good month to purchase a car, computer, phone or any high-tech equipment. Start comparing prices and equipment early in the month. Mars in Virgo amps up your ability to research a purchase and when he trines Uranus, ruler of everything electrical, on Aug 20-21, you are very likely to purchase something that fits your needs and that will last (yes, cars are ruled by Uranus—internal combustion engines need a spark and won’t run without a battery and electricity).  

AUGUST KISS DAYS: 2, 11+, 21, 28. (Get the August pdf to read the rest.)

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