Lance’s December letter

We had a quiet and lovely Thanksgiving.  Just Leslie, her son Pete and I enjoyed shrimp cocktails and t-bone steaks with a good bottle of wine. It was a simple to cook and clean up meal that satisfied us.  And then I turned on the football games.  The weather has been mellow with highs in the low 50’s and lows in the high 40’s.  We get some rain two or three days a week but no wind or really difficult days.  It is dark at 4:30 pm and dawn doesn’t arrive until about 7:15 am.  This is the “Big Dark” of Winter.  Lots of clouds on most days but we don’t care.  It’s still lovely here and there is a lot to see on the back roads. The raspberry vines are all wound up into a semicircle and sleeping until Spring wakes them up.  The blueberry bushes are cranberry red. – It’s a strange sight to see fields of red leaves, stems, and plants against the green background of cedars and pines.  Lots of pastures are bright green as farmers plant alfalfa as soon as the corn is harvested and get a jump on growing a crop as the hay grows in these low light months and later becomes the number one crop around here.  It’s easy to see why with so many dairy farms and ranches in this county.  The Kodak moment was last week.  We’ve seen small flocks of great white swans out in the stubble fields, but we were stunned when we turned down a two-lane backroad and saw well over a thousand white swans out in a field in one huge gathering.  They fly down from Canada during our Winters and are fabulous to see. We found a small Lutheran church on of the backroads and the sign out front interested me.  The top message noted the times of the service; underneath that, it said: Quilting, Wednesday, 9 am.  There’s an old craft and social experience.  I would love to see what they are making.  Most of the flowers along the driveway are gone except for some white faces from a flower I don’t know.  And there are pink blossoms on Leslie’s Thanksgiving cactus in the living room.  She says it only blooms once a year.

I had to look up the chart of Fred Rodgers.  (March 20, 1928, 8:20 am, Latrobe, PA) and was not surprised to see such a lovely chart.  A Pisces Sun and Moon gives him deep compassion and a desire to help others.  Add to that pair Mercury in Pisces, the ability to express it.  And sitting in between the Moon and Mercury is Venus, the planet of love, in her most powerful sign, Pisces.  That adds up to a loving heart and a kind manner.  His rising sign or personality is Taurus, another sign ruled by loving Venus.  That chart set me off to look up Tom Hanks chart.  Tom’s Sun is in another sensitive water sign, Cancer, and it linked up in a trine to his Mars in Pisces, echoing the energy in Fred’s chart.  I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I bet it’s very good.

Know anyone with Lyme disease?  I do and passed on to her the website of a Swedish researcher who has found a plant that is the right medicine to heal this nasty infection.  I found this info in one of my astrology magazines- odd I’ve never seen this in the news.  For her information, go to:  I’ll try to remember to put this up on my site, too. This is a major deal for those with Lyme.

And then, right in the middle of the Big Dark, the clouds part, the Sun comes out and we have a fabulous day.  The air is so clean and sweet, and our drive out into the backroads is our Disneyland, especially when we are in the valleys and look up and see Mt Baker covered in snow with cotton candy clouds covering the base -  everything here is always outlined in green cedars and pine trees – add the blue waters of Birch Bay and to this scene and we have the primary colors of happiness around us all the time.  Leslie and I send you best wishes and our hope you have a peaceful, loving, and enjoyable holiday celebration.

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  1. Julie

    ‘Love your monthly newsletters! So many picturesque images come to mind when reading them. Thanks for the Lyme Disease article link. Years ago I was diagnosed with a Lyme co-factor, Mycoplasma Fermentans, and since its treatment is similar to that of Lyme, I try to keep up with news about both.
    Happy New Year to you, both, too!


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Looking ahead to January, 2020

A rare, once-in-a-generation conjunction between Saturn and Pluto puts a stressful and challenging element into the Skywatch in January. This is not a good month to gamble with love or money. And pay extra attention to the kids and critters as minor mishaps can get out of hand with Pluto on deck. Save major changes and gambles for another month—let times change. The Kiss and Quack days for each month of 2020 can be found in the Skywatch Datebook.

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Looking ahead to December 2019

There’s lots of positive energy in the Skywatch in December and many excellent days for holiday festivities and shopping. The main event is generous and lucky Jupiter lining up in a trine to friendly Uranus on December 15. Uranus rules cars, computers, telephones, and everything high tech —all likely to be in high demand and favorite gifts this year. This trine also encourages and welcomes our involvement with good friends and organizations with humanitarian and charitable concerns — all ruled by Uranus.

A Solar Eclipse and New Moon on December 26 conjuncts optimistic Jupiter setting up a stellar day and following a two-week period to start a new era in your life and to plant seeds that can bloom in 2020. And it marks a lovely start to Kwanzaa celebrations as well.

Changes: Jupiter enters earth sign Capricorn on December 2 and will travel through the sign ruled by conservative Saturn until December 2020. Jupiter rules the process of expansion and is somewhat restricted in Capricorn. The message here is to be realistic and careful in expanding your business or other concerns during this year-long period. Of course, this sign change is most helpful to Capricorn natives and the other two earth signs: Taurus and Virgo.

The Skywatch on Christmas Day is mellow. The Moon is in easygoing Sagittarius early Christmas morning and turns Void of Course at 6:18 am PST. Clear skies prevail thereafter until the Moon ends the V/C cycle by entering old-school Capricorn at 4:45 pm PST. She travels on to trine friendly Uranus at 9:45 pm PST suggesting a warm and loving atmosphere around the Christmas tree that evening.

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The November Letter from Lance…

Friends,                                                                                                                                                October 29, 2019

The “Big Dark” has begun.  That’s what the locals call the long stretch of dark and rainy days we get in Fall and Winter here in western Washington.   We just finished a ten-day stretch when the skies were dark gray and cloudy from sunrise to sunset.  This weather is what drove my father away from the west coast.  He grew up in Portland, Oregon, and filled me in on the names and lore of this country when I was a youngster.  I had no idea he was giving me valuable information on names and life here in the great Northwest.  I never expected to live in this state, but it was helpful to know about the Palouse and how to pronounce some of the tricky names of cities here, like Chehalis.  My dad was a double Leo, ruled by the Sun, and he took it as a personal offense when bad weather prevented him from getting out and playing golf.  So, he ended up in Oklahoma, “where the wind comes sweeping down the plains” – and it does – not much better weather to me as it’s hot, hot and cold, cold there (with an occasional twister).  And while we have lots of rain and clouds here, when it breaks, and the sun comes out, the days are glorious.  And that is what’s happening now.  Highs in the 50’s and bright sunshine have been on the weather map all week and even looking ahead for few more days.  And it’s so beautiful now. The air is pure and invigorating; everything is washed clean.  Golden leaves from our maples cover the backyard.  The scenes on the backroads are like a Norman Rockwell painting with giant splashes of colorful maples dressed in red outlined against dark green firs and evergreens.  Every road we wander down is so lovely, and we take our time driving to the store in Ferndale or to the Post Office in Blaine.  And to us, this is all still so beautiful under cloudy skies – we enjoy the ride rain or shine.

 Leslie and I love cloudy, rainy days.  We turn on the little gas fireplace in the living room and put something tasty in the oven for dinner.  Our house is cozy, and we are homebodies deluxe with an open bottle of wine on the kitchen counter.  The good news for local farmers and ranchers is that the U.S. Department of Agriculture set the new benchmark for milk at a good price.  I’ve never understood why this is so, but the price of milk, butter, and cheese is set, and this year, dairymen will get $1.51 per gallon of milk, up from $1.38 a year ago.  They need the increase to stay in business as costs keep rising.  Bad reports came in from the berry harvest.  Farmers reported an 11% decline in production in the raspberry fields from last year, which was a record harvest.  Bad weather, a cold snap early in the year, was blamed for the loss of production.  This doesn’t worry me because when you drive down the backroads with raspberry fields on both sides, you also see these huge, fabulous houses on the same property.  There’s money to be made in raspberries – who knew?

The next big money maker from Washington will show up in your grocery stores next year.  A new variety of apple, named “Cosmic Crisp”, has been developed at Washington State University in Pullman. This bright red apple has a higher acid content, and that means it travels well.  They say the sweet crisp texture will taste the same if you picked it yesterday or flew it 2,000 miles to Hawaii.  It’s going to be expensive due to farmers having to pay the school a fee (to offset their costs of development) for getting their orchards planted with the new variety.  But Washington growers get a measure of protection from the school as they will be the only ones to have this new variety to sell for the next ten years.  After that time it will be sold to other farmers and likely become more plentiful.

If you want your own personal reading for 2020, I suggest you get in touch with me as soon as possible; I’ll be booked heavily in December.  Send me an email if you have questions to:

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  1. Sharis Woodard

    Thanks Lance and Leslie, Good to hear of your travels in WA. Have you tasted a Cosmic Crisp yet? I love Braeburns, but they get bruised when traveling. I buy Jazz apples when I can. Love small apples, snack size. Enjoy! Happy December!

    1. Leslie McLaurin Post author

      Hi Sharis, Yes! We have tried the new Cosmic Crisp apples, and they are fabulous. They are a great apple to have with cheese and crackers, or just on their own as an eating apple. I plan to make a pie with some this weekend. I will let you know how it turns out.


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Mercury continues to Retrograde in passionate Scorpio until November 20th. But there are many more good days in the Skywatch this month than difficult. The big event in the heavens this month is a lovely sextile between Saturn and Neptune, exact on the 8th. Both planets are in their home signs which makes this aspect powerful and most helpful.

     The Full Moon on November 12 is an especially good time to finalize agreements and to make major decisions as this lunation makes a trine to Saturn and Pluto while Mars sextiles lucky Jupiter on the same day.

     The Skywatch on Thanksgiving Day is the best I’ve ever seen on this holiday. The Moon meets loving Venus and lucky Jupiter in the heavens while Venus also lines up in a trine to friendly Uranus that afternoon—suspect I’ll be having my second slice of pumpkin pie around this moment. This is a day that can create wonderful memories and bring family members closer together.

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The September Letter…….

Friends,                                                                                                                                                             We were totally surprised on Labor Day when Summer left her lipstick and perfume on the kitchen table and walked out the back door without even a sweet “goodbye.”  The weather turned the next day, and where we had been having sunny skies and highs in the low 80’s, the temperatures cooled off into the high 60’s, and we began to get daily showers of light rain.  The weather forecast today calls for rain for the next seven days.  Fall is lurking about; fallen leaves are getting thicker on the verges.  And there are bright orange pumpkins getting fatter and fatter in the neighbor’s gardens and backyards.  Raspberries and blueberry fields are now picked clean, but the blackberry vines still hold vast quantities of fruit, although the berries weren’t that sweet in this harvest - blamed on the unusual weather we had earlier in the year. Leslie’s tomato plants are still bearing, and we got a handful of ripe beauties this week.  Her cosmos are five feet high and command the edge of the driveway with color and beauty.  We actually like the change in weather and the rain.  I am amazed at how we have totally reconditioned ourselves to the weather here.  I’ve always been part lizard and loved the heat and getting baked by the sun. it is surprising to me how much I enjoy the cool days now and the crisp clean air.  Probably something to do with getting on in years, I suspect.  Leslie feels the same way.                                                                                                                                                        

A powerful storm is brewing in the astrological skies now.  Saturn and Pluto are beginning to share their energy as they reach for a conjunction that will be exact in early 2020.  Saturn rules the foundations and structures of governments, business, and constructions.  Pluto is the destroyer and is the ruler of mass calamities. Together they are the most dangerous and potentially destructive pair of planets in the Zodiac.  Just a whiff of their power puts the idea of a recession into the air, and that may happen.  Meanwhile, we see the fury of this pair in the destruction of the Bahamas,  in the debacle of the Brexit, and the threat of war in the Mideast from the destruction of the oil fields.  On and on.  This pair puts extreme pressure on all of us and will push some souls over the edge of sanity and into violence and cruelty in the days ahead.

This conjunction will be in the Skywatch news for some time and is something I explain more fully in the new 2020 Long-Range Datebook.  While this pair creates a lot of stress as the new year begins, there are several stellar, planetary alignments in the months that follow.  And if you have been waiting for a good time for any kind of medical treatments, surgery or launching a new endeavor, you’ll discover the dates and details in this new Datebook.  The price is $25, and we can send you either a pdf copy to your computer or a hard copy to your mailbox.  We are in the final production stage, but you can order a copy now and be the first on your block to read about the Venus and Mars Retrogrades that are ahead and all the changes in the Skywatch in 2020.

Meanwhile, stay on the conservative side of the street and don’t gamble with your money or safety with Saturn and Pluto hanging out.  And stay tuned to the Skywatch.  As times change.

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  1. lance ferguson

    Saturn Pluto…end of companies and max stress on the rest…ala Thomas Cook travel and all the poor folks left in the lurch.

  2. Pamela

    Thanks for taking the time to write these letters as they are so enjoyable! Good to hear you’ve acclimated so well to your new digs


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