Friends, January 9, 2018
We kicked off the new year at a potluck dinner party with some very friendly neighbors who live across the street, and we had a very good time. Dave and Shirley hosted the event. They have one house in Canada about 30 minutes north in Langley, B.C. and also own a house in our area. He gave me some real poop on Canada. They pay much more for gas and milk than the prices here due to taxes and economic policies, and that’s why we see so many Canadian license plates at the ice cream stores. He also said their health care system was expensive and very slow. Surprised me as I thought Canada had it better than us, but it’s not so. That’s why they have two houses, I suspect. We had a light snow storm two weeks ago leaving about two inches of white beauty on the dark green evergreen branches – a forest of Christmas trees. But the roads stayed clear, and we got to enjoy the storm without any problems. Winter here is high 40’s in the daytime…high 30’s at night. But we have high humidity and no wind. Rain can stay for a few days but is so light that we enjoy it and use our hoodies to get around. Lots of wildlife in our backyard now. And we feed them. There are two big bags of nuts, corn, birdseed and sunflower seeds next to the sliding back door. All for feeding the birds and three black squirrels who wait up in the trees every morning for Leslie to throw out a handful of food and whistle “lunch is served.” The three stooges get the message and clear off the goodies on the patio in an hour. It’s strange how we are living again in an area noted for the survival of huge white birds that were once endangered. In Corpus Christi, we saw whopping cranes return to the marshes there rebuilding their numbers. Here we read in the paper that thousands of trumpeter swans are returning to the fields in this county and south of us. Hunters nearly wiped them out in the early 1900s. Now they number in the thousands in Skagit County, just south of us, where they are wintering. These swans have a seven-foot wingspan and are nearly 4 feet tall when standing. We saw two them fly across the road directly in front of our car on our last outing. Pure white, huge and with long necks and powerful bodies, they looked like two B -52s flying in formation with their strong wings keeping a steady pace. Way out in the field, we could see 15-20 more swans in a big group feeding. This was on one of those fabulous days when the sea fog was thick, hanging over the fields and forests like a gray blanket. It was so quiet and peaceful; we felt like we were the only ones on the road that day as we drove past dairy farms, pastures, blueberry fields which are all red now. The blueberry vines turn almost scarlet in color after they drop their leaves – it’s a strange sight. Also strange to me is that out in the middle of nowhere we run across a big fire station nestled into the trees. They do fire stations right here as most are new and designed to fit into the environment with the right colors and design. And we have the radio on to the Canadian stations. For news, I tune in the CBC station out of Vancouver. And for fun, we listen to the French language station also in Vancouver. We don’t know any French but love hearing them cluck on. And I love the music they play. I can’t categorize the songs as they vary from sweet middle of the road love songs, we think, to rap. Most of the music is delightful and like nothing you’ve heard before. The French rap will make you lose your mind. So then we switch off to one of their country stations, and they rock – no sad ballads or crying and dying tunes – cowboys here boogie to the beat. A Solar Eclipse and New Moon highlight the Skywatch in February. Read ahead and make some plans. As times change.
Powerful Pluto is on stage as the year begins. As the Sun, Venus and Mercury will all meet Pluto in the heavens in January. Plus Mars and Jupiter are both in Pluto-ruled Scorpio for most of the month. Great healing is possible in the weeks ahead and a great rupture, too—divorces, bankruptcies, mass calamities and major milestones will be in the news and, in some places, a passing of the torch as Pluto rules death and rebirth. Pluto’s energy helps us focus and to passionately attack our problems. So this is a very good month for all of us to take action on improving our health, relationships and/or finances. Pluto asks us to let go of negative people and situations—this is a fabulous month for a “fresh start” in some area of your life and to create a new positive situation or habit that you can carry into the future. Most helpful is that Jupiter lines up in a supportive sextile to Pluto on Jan 15, encouraging all of us to look for new opportunities this month—the Future is calling with this pair. And especially for all Scorpio birth signs, planets and the house Scorpio rules in your birth chart. Pluto is Scorpio’s ruler or ambassador.
Just when you thought the worst was over, it’s not as Mercury begins to Retrograde on December 3 in Sagittarius, the sign most noted for being full of B.S. and overinflated thinking. Of course this will make travel more difficult until Mercury resumes direct motion on Dec 22.
Cold. We always cast a chart of the Sun’s entrance into Capricorn each year to use as a guidepost as to events that occur during Winter’s three months. This year, the Sun and Saturn meet in the heavens on the Winter Solstice Day. Translation: Cold. Big time Winter weather is the forecast from this rare combination.
Venus meets Saturn in the heavens on Christmas Day. Something old and treasured from the past will be deeply valued as a gift this year. The Skywatch is clear and friendly on New Year’s Eve.
DECEMBER KISS DAYS: 8+, 14, 23, 28+, add 2 and 20 to this list although there are some V/C hours on both days—get the details in the daily reports. Two days of Grace + this month are stellar for important appointments and handling priority matters.
DECEMBER QUACK DAYS: 1, 3+, 21. Double-check the details while Mercury is Rx from Dec 2-22.
I am ahead of my usual schedule and have the 2018 Datebook together. If you want to order a new reading for your personal astrology for 2018, I urge you to order it now while I have time. There is always a big rush for readings in December, and I can’t always fulfill every order on time. If you have never had a timing reading from me consider this offer. Send me your date, time (check your birth certificate) and city of birth in a note in the post. I will create your birth chart, analyze the transits or timing events in your chart for 2018: when to hold ‘em and when to fold’em. I’ll record a one-hour cd with this info. And include the 2018 Long-Range Datebook with your reading. The fee is $150. Send a check along with your info to PO Box 214, Blaine, WA 98231 or use Paypal or your credit card – You do this by calling Leslie with your number at 360-392-8338.
Green lights. The pace of events picks up in October. Only two planets are Retrograde now, Neptune and Pluto—the pair least likely to interfere with your plans or to slow you down. All the other planets are blazing into new territory opening the door to new opportunities and connections—some exceptional days are ahead.
As the month begins, loving Venus and aggressive Mars find the same spot in the Zodiac and conjunct/meet in the heavens on Oct 5. This pair likes to buy things, make love, be creative and their energy and desire will be very strong the first week of the month. Amplifying the energy in this somewhat rare, once-a-year conjunction, is a Full Moon, also exact on Oct 5. It’s a superb date and time to propose marriage or a business partnership. A child born on this date will have an incredible sex appeal and charisma.
The main event in October’s astrological weather is Jupiter entering water sign Scorpio on Oct 10. Jupiter spends a year in each sign and thus he visits the sign of healing and transformation once every twelve years. It’s valuable to note the events of these years when Jupiter traveled through Scorpio: Nov/05 to Nov/06, Nov/93 to Nov/94, Nov/81 to Dec/82. I moved on every one of these periods as Jupiter transited my 4th house of home/family during those years. Remember, Jupiter is the planet of expansion and he is most helpful when we take action and keep the faith that matters can improve. Obviously, this is a good period of time for Scorpio birth signs and planets in Scorpio to shine. Water signs Cancer and Pisces will also get a blast of this positive energy in the months ahead. Yes, yes, yes. The energy to heal an important component in our life remains high for all of us over the next twelve months while Jupiter is in Scorpio. How has he helped you before?
Sweet Venus enters her home sign, Libra, on Oct 14 opening hearts and minds of most folks to love and compromise. She travels through Libra once a year and will leave the sign of partnerships on Nov 7. This is a very good window of time for finding new partners, getting a cosmetic treatment, buying art and beautifying your home or office in some way. It’s also a good time to find consultants who can really help you, including a lawyer. Venus loves weddings and all social events—this is a better than average time to schedule such.
After spending lots of years in the Texas Inferno they call Summer, we are so grateful to be here now. Cool winds, warm sunshine with highs in the 70’s brings everyone out to the beach and parks. And we join in. We are enjoying picnics at the Peace Arch park right on the border with Canada. The Peace Arch is a beautiful monument celebrating the peaceful border we share with our neighbors to the north. (Google it and see for yourselves). A fabulous park sits on a ridge top over looking the Salish Sea and the San Juan Islands in the distance. Leslie packs a lovely lunch, and we head for the park grounds and spread it all out on a picnic table with the best view. A rose garden sits next to a big building on the property which houses the American Kitchen and restrooms – all very clean and civil. There are signs next to each rose vine with their name – “Ketchup and Mustard” is our fave – it’s a bright red rose with a yellow center. Manicured flower beds with hundreds of bright faces are surrounded by lush green grass and pieces of art stashed in the corners. This park sits on the north edge of Blaine. If you walk across the street, you are in Canada. And lots of people have been doing that, according to the Border Patrol. It’s weird to see their green and white squad cars hiding on the back roads watching for traffic and the bad guys. The berry season has begun, and signs are out on the roadside: Cherries, $2 a box. Farmers have “the Ticklers” out now, and they are combing the raspberry fields bringing in what will be a record harvest, they say. The blackberry bushes are all in flower now and will soon be producing. And there’s lots of fabulous produce at the Farmer’s Market every Saturday in downtown Bellingham. This is our favorite event. The city has a wonderful building set aside for all the farmers to bring their crops to market. Fresh bread, wood fired pizza and samosas are all snack and lunch treats. Entertainers sing, dance and juggle and keep the kids entertained. I put my buck in their hat, too. It’s fun, and the crowd is happy and curious about all the other booths and products for sale. Lavender is a hot item now, and it grows all over. The best deal I saw was “a shelf of berries” at the Rabbit Fields Farm booth (motto: A hop to the better); which included a pint of golden raspberries, a pint of red raspberries, a pint of mahogany red cherries, and a pint of blueberries – 13 bucks and it was so beautiful you hated to disturb it, but you will. I had never seen the golden variety before. Strawberries are also coming in now, and the corn is almost knee high. We’ve had no rain for 27 days, and the big sprinklers are on in many fields. Leslie’s little farm has produced a zucchini and lots of flowers and buds on the beans, tomatoes, and cukes. And she has lovely flowers in pots front and back…Periwinkles, petunias…one or both and I can’t remember which is which.
I’m working on the 2018 Datebook now. Please check the expiration date on your mailing label as Leslie tells me it’s time to clean up the list and many of you are way overdue…Add $25 when you renew if you want a Datebook and I’ll put your copy into the mail or an email as soon as it’s done. I’ve laid out the first three months of 2018, and the Skywatch is easy going. The only problem so far is Mercury turning Retrograde March 22 – April 15. Of course, that’s when everyone is doing their taxes. Venus and Mars will also Retrograde in 2018. There’s another stress marker bearing down right now – read the Skywatch report on August 1 immediately, and you’ll be better prepared to deal with any problems that come up over the next few weeks.