LOOKING AHEAD TO AUGUST:

Heads up! The most difficult marker in the Skywatch this month turns exact on Aug 4 as Jupiter in Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn. The energy in this square promotes overindulgence in every way possible: promises, expenses, expectations, on and on. This square has been “creeping” into power over the last three weeks, and we’ve seen it before. This is the last pass. But caution lights are up in the face of this square. Jupiter rules the law, travel, foreigners, and bullshit. Pluto rules death/rebirth and the positive side of this square is to end something detrimental to your mission in life FOR GOOD!

This message to teenagers is: clean up your room and take out the trash. (I can hear my father’s instructions from long ago.)

Most helpful is that we have two more powerful Eclipses in the heavens and both are connected to other planets in positive trines. Yes, yes, yes. The Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse on Aug 7 makes a lovely trine to lucky Jupiter. We only get four Eclipses a year usually and they are the most powerful New and Full Moons.  Their connection to the other planets varies and is a determining factor in whether the Eclipse is helpful or is “A bad Moon rising.” Jupiter helps you make a graceful exit wherever needed and encourages you to think of your future—how long will you put up with a person or situation that does not fit into your future plans?

The Solar Eclipse and New Moon this month on Aug 21 makes a very tight trine to Uranus, the planet that rules changes. Note events around these lunations. Endings and conclusions—“I love you”—the words shine in the face of a Full Moon. Seeds planted in the dark of the New Moon are power packed with the Sun and Moon together in the same spot in the Zodiac. This pair will encourage and help to expand/grow your new plans and initiatives as the Moon gains light in the heavens in the days ahead. Bottom line: this is an excellent month to end the unnecessary crap in your life, and to begin something unique, experimental and outside the box from your own creative gifts. This is the time to speak up and to place your order. Just double-check the details.

Complication. Mercury turns Retrograde on Aug 12 in home sign Virgo. This Rx cycle is not difficult as the Twins make no squares or challenging aspects as they back up on the bases. However, Mercury backs into Leo on Aug 31 and will end the Rx roaring like a Lion on Sept 5 after meeting Mars in the heavens and making a trine to Uranus. This is a power packed ending to the Rx cycle after a fairly quiet beginning.

A sextile in astrology is a 60-degree angle between two planets and signals a time of opportunity here on Earth. Lucky Jupiter and realistic Saturn form a sextile in the heavens on Aug 27. This marker fills the space left by the Jupiter square at the month’s beginning and will be in full power even with Mercury Rx. Good timing is a hallmark of this marker—tune in to opportunities that come up during this sextile as this is when you meet the person who can help you—Jupiter is in Libra, the sign of partnerships. It also signals a very good time for starting new classes this Fall and all matters ruled by Jupiter.

Saturn leaves his Retrograde cycle and resumes direct motion on Aug 25. He turned Rx on April 6 and now kicks on the green lights to put new energy into priority ambitions over the next eight months. You may have to wait until Mercury turns direct in motion to get any satisfaction from Saturn’s revival. Capricorn and Aquarius birth signs ruled by Saturn, especially.

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The June letter from Lance…………………

Friends….                                                                                                June 10, 2017

We’ve been here one year today.  It’s been an amazing experience moving about as far away from the Texas Gulf as possible and still remain in the USA.  I was worried about the weather and whether I would like it.  I’m part lizard and love the heat.  But I had to admit the combination of heat and humidity in Texas was really hard to live with.  Add a million mosquitoes to the heat and Summer was really no fun in Texas – we lived in air conditioning all the time, and kept the windows closed.  Here it’s all different.  We’ve had the hardest Winter on record, and it was fun.  A few really cold days, some snow, and a new coat – not a big deal and not painful.  The climate here is amazing.  The Ocean modulates the temperatures – our high is around 70, and the low is 50.  No wind at all, which is one reason this temp range is extremely comfortable.   We’ll hit the 80’s this Summer, but the nights cool off and the evening breeze is welcome.  So, the windows are open most of the time, and the house smells fresh – it’s great sleeping weather.  The Sun is up at 5 am, and we get 16 hours of sunshine during Summer days.  That’s one reason everything grows like crazy here.  It is cloudy a lot, but the rain here is gentle and doesn’t interfere with shopping and getting around.  We have four different cities close by including the big city, Bellingham, pop. 190K, just 15 miles away, where we can get everything we need.  There’s not much in Blaine, but Lynden and Ferndale have stores and restaurants and lots of color.  Both cities have huge baskets of flowers hanging from the light poles on all the main streets.  Leslie has been doing her share of planting flowers around here.  Two pots of yellow Margarite daisies, blue lobelia, orange marigolds, and miniature white daisies sit on each side of the garage.  The front bed has nasturtiums lemon thyme, delphiniums, snapdragons, chives, and radishes flourishing.  In the back yard, Leslie created a new flower bed against the fence and planted ivy which is growing up and covering the fence.  Petunias and impatiens also planted there are in full color with bright faces.  So, you can see that Washington agrees with Leslie and she is in heaven tending her garden and flowers.  And driving the backroads with me.  We are in two lane heaven and always drive into Ferndale using just quiet country roads that cut across the ridge tops and dip into valleys with miles of green fields and cattle grazing.

The strawberry crop is coming in now; it’s late as we had a cool Spring.  The raspberry vines now look like huge bushes with twice as many leaves as last month.  Hundreds of white bales of hay dot some fields.  Farmers wrap a bale of hay in white plastic sheets so it will not get moldy and can bet stored outside in the rain.  In the distance, these white bales look like huge marshmallows covering the hillside.  And at least one, and usually two or three dairies will also be snuggled in between the raspberry fields and the long arms of the dense forest that never gives up the right of way.  It’s an unusual mix of land use, topography, and natural scenic beauty – we always leave the map at home, but Leslie is a superb navigator and rarely makes a wrong turn as we explore the back roads.  Lots of new roads left, and that makes me happy.  I actually like the weather here.  When the Sun is out, it is glorious.  The rain is gentle, and it’s never cold.  The people are friendly and generally happy to be here; the two safest cities in Washington are Ferndale and Lynden – our area.  We are really lucky to be in this part of the state, thanks to Pete, Leslie’s Son, for leading us here.  Seattle is not too far away but of no interest as we get Seattle tv stations and see the traffic and hear about the gang activity.  We like living in the sticks and driving the back roads into town.

 

Love,

Lance

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  1. Georgia

    Just a heads up … ivy on the fence is beautiful, but in some parts of western washington it is considered an invasive plant … mostly because the climate suits it perfectly and it migrates very easily into the forests with the right amount of sunshine … crowding out the native plants …

    Glad you are both are enjoying your new place in the universe.

    Thanks for all your insights, too.
    G.

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  2. Janet Dutra

    Lance your letters are so colorful I can almost feel the sun and smell the light rain! So happy you and Leslie are enjoying that part of our beautiful country. Hope you are extremely well and keep your letters coming.

    Love/Light & Blessings,
    J

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Lance’s May Letter……………..

Friends,                                                                                            May 12, 2017

 

Paradise is regained!  The explosion of green everything and so many flowers you couldn’t count are all a colorful splash of joy in our neck of the Great Northwest.  Even the dandelions were magnificent…pure yellow sunshine faces almost covered the hillsides and pastures:  millions and billions of gold flowers made a rainy day much more fun.  Flowers are everywhere.  Go to any grocery store, and you walk around fifty trays of flowering plants, tomato starters – all waiting for a home.

And you can be sure Leslie got her share and is now Farmer LuLu.  The tomatoes (four varieties) are planted in the big tubs with basil and placed on the side yard where we get the most sun.  Nearby she planted runner beans, carrots, and Italian broad beans.  Plus chives, thyme, oregano, dill, and parsley.  Her idea of a garden is what she calls The English  Garden Cottage look: colorful and messy. To that end, she planted daisies, white and blue lobelia, marigolds, impatiens and more that I can name.

Folks here plant flowers right and left, and it’s a joy just driving down the streets in Blaine as so many yards have fabulous tulip displays and gardens/yards.  However, a juvenile black bear was also spotted in this little town last week.  We live about ten miles away from the spot so we are not worried and the authorities said just leave him alone and he’ll drift back up into the forest.

Driving the back roads now is paradise.  Every tree and shrub in the forest now have new leaves, and the dense wall of foliage is in every shade of green there is.  Just three weeks ago the raspberry vines were naked sticks.  Now they have an eight-inch collar of new green leaves covering every stalk.  The Kodak moment on our last drive was spotting a pair of Canadian geese with five fluffy chicks following them – both mom and dad were herding the group and feeding.  Leslie’s favorite spot was a small pasture where we could pull off the road and see a flock of sheep and the new lambs munching the new grass.  Covered in soft light brown down, you just wanted to get in there and kiss them on the nose.  A black lamb was there, too, and it made me realize what the black sheep of the family really means.  Duh.

The drive takes you into the heart of the forest and up on ridges where you have a fabulous view of the valleys below – some lucky folks have their house perched on the top and have a view that is breathtaking.  We also see driveways leading into the forest, but you can’t see where they go and it makes for a very private setting for the houses there.  Once we get off the ridge tops the two-lane farm road cuts across a huge swatch of farmland with acres and acres of raspberry vines and then further down the road is a dairy-farm with weathered red barns and big farm houses surrounded by green, green fields of alfalfa hay that’s almost knee high now.

Along the way, we see little huts or lean-tos by the road in front of some houses – shelter for their kids waiting for the school bus in the rain.  And it’s easy to spot the old timers as their houses have two chimneys and moss on the roofs.  There’s usually a huge woodpile near the house, too.  Lots of pastures hold horses here along with cattle, goats, sheep and llamas who have a dumb look on their faces.We also pass blueberry farms, some with hives of bees sitting on the edge of the field to make sure every plant gets pollinated.  In the background we see the snow covered mountains and it amazes me that the diversity of topography in this area is so great.  The ridge lines are steep, and the views are stunning, but when you get down to the valleys, the land is flat, and the soil is fertile.  The forest is always nearby, and we both love every part of the drive and the land here.  Then add that everyone plants flowers and hangs flower baskets from their front porch roofs and we are in heaven.

However, puff goes the dandelions, and now there are millions, billions, trillions of seeds blowing in the wind – next year’s crop of gold is guaranteed.

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LOOKING AHEAD TO JUNE:

This is an excellent month to catch up on anything that has been delayed of late. It’s a very good time to get your message out and to handle important financial matters. There are no major squares or challenges in the Skywatch in June; the most difficult maker appears on June 24th when Mars squares Jupiter. Just stay under the speed/drink limit that Saturday night, and you can ride past this event without getting into trouble. The only other difficulty in the Skywatch this month is that again we have frequent Moon Void of Course cycles. However, they are not terribly long and therefore dealing with them will not really be that difficult.

Clever Mercury enjoys returning to full speed and traveling through home sign Gemini from the 6th to 21st. This once-a-year part of his cycle gives us all a stellar time to come up with new ideas, plans and possibilities—and to communicate our needs and wishes to others. Note that Mercury trines/agrees with lucky Jupiter in the morning of the 13th, but squares dreamy Neptune that evening suggesting a touch of confusion.

Green lights are also up this month for making financial decisions and for buying and selling. Venus enters home sign Taurus on June 6th and will travel through this earth sign until July 4. Venus attracts love and money and she brings us all a very good time to find both in our lives. Venus loves nice things: chocolate, massages, making good deals and finding bargains at the flea market. She helps us in the social arena to meet the right people—this is a stellar time for introductions and throwing your hat into the ring of love. And this setup is helpful to Taurus and earth signs Virgo and Capricorn.

Retrogrades. The good news is that Jupiter ends his Rx cycle on the 9th. The planet of expansion is back in business at this moment until the next Rx cycle begins in early March, 2018. The day itself won’t matter, but this is a good sign that kicks on the green lights for travel, education and handling legal matters in the weeks and months ahead. And for reaching out for more and better in whatever you attempt.

Neptune turns Retrograde on the 16th. This Rx cycle is quiet but suggests we pay attention to the spiritual side of our lives; this is when we should not be afraid to let emotions and feelings from the past surface so that we can attempt to heal the part that hurts. Neptune rules charitable organizations who may need more help/support than usual during this Rx cycle that ends in late November.

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Lance’s April Letter…………

Dear Friends,                                                                                      April 15, 2017

Rain is the middle name of Washington.  We are breaking records in rainfall this month; the old timers say they have never seen it so wet.  And snow?  Mount Baker is stunning with a white mantle in the distance as we turn a corner on the backroads and suddenly get to see the whole monty.  The view is always stunning. They have measured 718 inches of snow on Kulshan (the Lummi Indian name for the mountain) this season, the most snow on any mountain in the U.S.

Sunshine has been scarce but it is really appreciated when we get a “sun break” as they call it.  What astounds me is that Spring is here whether we feel it or not.  There are new leaves on the raspberry vines, and buds on the maples in our back yard.  Trees all over town are crowned with pink flowers; most of the apple trees are covered in white petals.

Even better, the daffodils are everywhere and we had a lovely trip to La Connor to see the daffodil festival a week ago.  La Connor is in Skagit county which is a super fertile valley between the mountains and the ocean.  This is where they have huge daffodil farms and even bigger tulip farms. The drive is short and within an hour we were in this fabulous little town of 9,000.  The whole city is on the national registry for preservation.  It was busy, hardly a place to park.  You would think you were in Carmel California as the sophistication and style in the little downtown shops is high, with lots of good choices on places to eat and drink.

La Conner is on the Swinomish channel sitting on the mainland with Fidalgo island on the far bank.  So, it’s protected, was settled in the 1870’s, and that’s probably why all the old buildings are still there.  In the fields surrounding the town are the daffodil farms.  Blazing yellow faces are a sunshine of their own as we stood next to a football sized field packed with daffodils in full bloom – one of the most beautiful sights I have ever experienced.  Check the label if you buy tulips as the odds are good they came from Washington and the farms in the Skagit Valley.  One farm alone planted 250,000 bulbs this year.

We will make the easy drive next week to see the tulip farms and get a fabulous blast of color, have a lovely lunch in La Conner and not be too concerned if it rains.  You can see a picture of the tulips at www.LoveLa Conner.com and get more info there along with pics of the town.  I was totally surprised at how cool this town was – the Museum of Northwest Art is there along with a quilt museum in the oldest Victorian house in town.

We are getting to be vets here in Birch Bay…and so enjoy the back roads, the green forest, the blue bay and the snow-covered mountains, rain does not diminish the fun and beauty.  The flowers in front yards all over town tell us it’s Spring and we are delighted to be here.

Leslie has planted new flowers in our front bed and brought home three huge tubs now sitting in the side yard in which she will plant tomatoes.  Diggity.  We really love our little house and are cozy.  Leslie’s favorite benefit: a heating vent under the cabinet that is under the sink, so while you are doing dishes, warm air flows over your feet – a small but very welcome design feature.

You don’t have to go far to find a cup of coffee in this area.  We have our share of Starbucks, many are in grocery stores here.  Then we have a local chain called Woods Coffee.  They are as numerous at Starbucks but much more fun as they have stone fireplaces with a fire going that makes a seat inside welcome and warm.  Plus, their grilled cheese sandwiches are unbeatable.  And then we also have the independents…at least as many tiny little coffee shacks are scattered all over – “cool beans” is one of them.  So, you are never far from a good cup of coffee and can buy from locals and enjoy a fireplace seat if you wish.  Life is good in Washington and Spring is just beginning to bring color and life to the farmlands and orchards. As times change.

Love,

Lance

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  1. nancy

    Always a pleasure to read your letters !!

    Is there a reason why you no longer post them in the “Lance’s Letters” category ? It’s a real treasure hunt to find them sometimes : }

    Thanks again for reminding me how much I miss the Pacific Northwest.

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  2. Wendy

    Agreed. Always a pleasure Lance. I appreciate all the visuals you put into them. Such a soft flow.
    Keep enjoying,

    Best,
    Wendy

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  3. Kathleen

    What a pleasure to come across this letter–I’ll save it to read a few more times when I need a lift. So glad you are feeling well–you and Leslie continue to take good care of each other. We love you.

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Interesting information

I just found out we can get a free astrocartography chart AND reading/explanation on the web. To get your report go to www.astro.com.  Click on “free horoscopes” at the top and get your astrological birth chart calculated.  Date, time and city of birth is what you need.  And print out a copy.

The only trick is the slots for entering your birthday.  Enter the day first, then pick the month and type in the year.  Put in your birth city and find it on the list and click on it.

And your chart is done, and now you can go to the “Astro click Travel” section and get a map of the country with lines through it…that tell you about the energy you would have if you lived in Chicago or New York…it’s complicated but if you click on any line it tells you what the symbols mean. It’s amazing! It’s free reading that might tip you off as to why you don’t like a city or had a lousy vacation someplace.  You can also get bits of info in the other sections, too.    If you can do biz in different cities, astrocartography might tip you off to the market that really loves your story and taste. Plus, you’ll have a copy of your birth chart which means you can begin to read the good astrology books.

And once you have your birth chart, you’ll know what signs and houses hold your Venus and Mars, the planets that rule love and sex.  Then you are ready to read “Love and Sexuality” by Kirby and Stubbs, two women who do a stellar job of explaining the tastes and needs of each position.  The entire book is just about your Venus and Mars.  It’s a good read, and it lets you see how different we are from each other. What turns us on and how we feel and give love – there are at least twelve different flavors in the twelve signs.

There are a huge number of books on astrology out there now, and most of them are flimsy.  If you want to read further on your chart I suggest you order one of the good handbooks out now that give you an interpretation of all of your planets in signs and houses and quite a bit more.  The best are: “The Astrologer’s Handbook” by Sakoian and Acker and “A Spiritual Approach to Astrology” by Lofthus.  And for a deeper interpretation on your planets, buy a copy of “Planets in Signs” by Skye Alexander.  Most of these books can be found used and cheap on Amazon.  No one book tells you everything; nobody knows it all in Astrology.  Each author has a point of view and that’s why I read them all.

If you read about your Venus sign in all three books you would identify a big piece of your personality and see how you give love and also what you must have in return.

It’s your nature.  This is so valuable in really understanding your kids and all your loved ones. We all have Different strokes and signs= different natures.

Read about your Mars in these books also - the sign and house he is in, and you’ll learn about your energy source and inspiration – how you fight and what really turns you on. It’s “ How you like to do things”.

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  1. Gorgegoddess

    Wow, I have used Astro.com for years, but never clicked on the travel section. Amazing info. Thank you Leslie! I have been using the color oracle and it is a fun quick rad on your mood.

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  2. Baraka

    Like Goddess above, I’ve been using Astro for some time. This year I had a minor windfull and could afford to upgrade to a full membership (under $50 a year) which gives me access to all the transits and the full daily love horoscope and lots of cool stuff. Well worth it for a completely personalized view of your starscope!

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  3. Julie

    At astro.com, under the Free Horoscope sections there are the Short Horoscopes which are previews of longer reports available for purchase. Many of these are worth looking at. For adult natal reports I’ll start with Personal Portrait and the Children & Young People reports. Often I find that Children & Young People report is more fitting, even for adults. I like the Short Report Forecast which looks ahead maybe 6 months at the more major transits. It will often display different transits affecting the natal chart than the Personal Daily Horoscope so they’re good used together. Astro.com is still offering on Thursdays free access to the expanded portion of the Personal Daily Horoscope, but I’ve found the access stops sometime in the afternoon in my time zone (MST) , apparently because astro.com is on GMT and then it’s become Friday. Keep in mind, however, that these are only snippets of reports and they don’t balance and blend the meanings of natal positions or of transits the way a reading from a live astrologer would. 🙂

    Astro.com’s Stories from the Stars report is a fun introduction to fixed stars, showing only a few in the report preview. You can look up the position of other fixed stars in their Extended Chart Selection under Additional Objects (shows the main fixed stars). A well-known fixed stars author is Bernadette Brady. On her articles page, http://www.bernadettebrady.com/articles.html, in the 2nd section find this article to download: ‘Fixed Stars, Other voices in our astrology’ for more information. Also, a good website about fixed stars is http://www.constellationsofwords.com/. Keep in mind that fixed stars keep moving slowly across the sky so the positions show in a “lookup” type of work may be off a few minutes or so. Older tables will show Regulus at 29 Leo, for example, when it’s moved into Virgo only recently. Dr. Ben Dykes believes Regulus will keep its kingly, Leo significations, even though its position has changed to Virgo.

    To use astro.com you do have to create a free account and login, but hey, they allow 100 charts in your account!

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  4. Stephen

    Another useful service is their Extended Chart Selection, although I am not sure whether that’s free or not. I just found out that the “Natal Chart with Transits” choice can also be used for past dates. This came apropos of a friend who is currently going through Uranus opposing his natal Saturn. I then realised that Uranus opposed my Saturn to 0.14 degrees on the day my father passed away from a sudden heart attack when I was a child, by far and away the most impactful tragedy of my life. Hopefully the opposition will spark no tragedies for my friend! I think I will look up more past turning points of which I remember the dates in the future. But the travel horoscope is definitely also a boon!

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  5. lance Ferguson

    interesting remarks, Stephen…Saturn uranus contacts are called “heart attack” aspects…
    as Uranus usually brings something unexpected…and Saturn always has serious tones…yes,
    it is helpful to go back and see what was happening when major events happened in your life.

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