April fools for
certain. There’s an exceptionally
confusing planetary pairing in the Skywatch as we begin April. Mercury in
dreamy Pisces again exactly conjuncts spacey and often foolish Neptune in the
heavens during the first two days of the month.
Mercury will continue to swim on in watery Pisces until April 17 when the messenger planet will finally enter Spring sign Aries. This is a very late date for Mercury to get out of Winter sign Pisces and suggests late freezes and Winter weather holding on later than usual this year.
Mercury rules the winds, influences our weather patterns, and normally enters Aries in mid to late March. If you’ve been confused about a matter as the month opens and hoping for some clarity in your thinking, this shift into Aries is likely to give you a fresh blast of mental energy which can help you make the right decision and see the facts without the cloudy idealistic influence of Neptune.
The Moon trines sweet Venus in the morning on Easter Sunday—lots of chocolate bunnies will be devoured then, and you’ll be likely to enjoy family, friends and the day as the rest of the Skywatch, with the Moon in optimistic Sagittarius, is friendly and upbeat.
There’s still a few patches of snow left on the ground
underneath the big pines and cedars and in the shadows of barns and houses out
on the back roads. Extremes in our weather
have been the story here in western Washington. After the hottest and driest Summer on record, we had the coldest February in 70
years. The good news is that we have a deep
snowpack up in the mountains which will feed our rivers through most of the
Summer months and several ski areas say they will be open until July 4th. But we are finally beginning to warm up. The forecast
high for the weekend is in the ’60s with
And that will inspire Leslie to be out in the garden. She’s already cleaned out the front flower
bed and her herb garden yesterday and commented this morning that she is “a bit
creaky” from the work, but feels good
after getting her hands into the soil.
And flowers are again in a beautiful display in the entryway of our local grocery store. Daffodils are blooming in our neighbor’s yard,
and we’ll soon be heading to La Connor
for the daffodil festival and sightseeing.
La Connor is a fabulous little town – check it out at www.lovelaconnor.org.
There ought to be a federal agency that goes to every state
and picks out the best things they do and shares those ideas with all. And we have some good ideas here in Washington. We have roundabouts in the neighborhoods and
on the back roads at intersections. They keep the traffic moving and according to the
state troopers are much safer for drivers; the number of crashes is about the
same as with stop signs and stop lights, but the accidents that do occur are
not deadly or likely to send the occupants to the hospital, as most of the
accidents are just scrapes and minor, instead of head-on collisions or t-bone
wrecks from folks running a light.
The other great idea here is how they put eight bright red led lights
around a stop sign that blink on and off.
They are powered by a solar panel
and battery that keep the lights flashing day and night – no external wiring
needed. And even in the dense fog, we get from time to time, the stop signs
with these blinking red lights are impossible to miss. And in Blaine,
there’s a kindness I’ve never seen before.
The note in the paper there says: “ Loads of love, Monday, Feb 18, at
the Washhouse. Laundry costs covered”. Have no idea who sponsors this event, but this note is in the paper every month. Our governor,
Jay Inslee, is running for president. He
is an Aquarian who is in touch with the current global warming crisis and our
weather extremes. He’s a good man but
not really known to the country, and I don’t know if he has a chance to win, but
we would be in good hands if he does.
Here’s a new month and it’s a good one once we get past the
first two days. Time is flying. Got our taxes done and in the
Patrick’s day ahead always a quiet day for me as this is the day my mother
passed over years ago.
Spring will be a bit late this year, and you might have a late freeze if that’s possible. Details in this issue. As times
We are snowed in today,
and it’s going to last a bit longer. A major Winter storm blew in last Sunday and
dropped a couple of inches of snow on our front yard. Four more inches of snow followed the next
day and night. The storm brought snow
and ice to all of western Washington - Seattle is snowed in and
paralyzed – and we live 125 miles north of the big city. Today, Wednesday, there is 8-10 inches of snow
on the streets and our lawn. Schools are closed all over, and administrators worry about how to make up all the snow days
when schools reopen as the kids have been off all week long. Plus, more snow is expected, and we may not
be able to leave the house and see the schools reopen for another day at least,
and maybe two. This storm has Leslie
into action as she fills the hummingbird feeders (she bought an extra for the
back yard) and then brings in the feeders every morning as they are frozen solid. She thaws them and refills, and we watch the little hummers fill up and
survive when she hangs them back up. She
picked up a trick from the local birding society of tying hand warmers on the
feeders and covering it with an old sock.
And it worked! The sweet liquid
did not freeze overnight with the lows
dropping into the low 20’s. We’ve also
got seed out for the little birds and
goobers for Blackie, the squirrel.
Yesterday our dear neighbor, Dave, came over with a snow shovel and
cleared our walkway of snow. He was back
again this morning clearing off our front porch. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful
neighbors. Including neighbor Al, who came down last week and invited us, along with
most of our other neighbors, to a dinner at his house; so we could all get
acquainted and trade phone numbers and info. We’ve got beef short ribs in the slow cooker
this morning – beef we got from a local source.
Leslie’s son, Pete, works with a man who has a small ranch just down the
street from us. He runs a few head of cattle, and
we bought a piece of the last steer he butchered. We got ribs, steaks, hamburger all packaged
well and adding up to a cost of five bucks a pound. This is
grass-fed beef with no hormones or
chemicals added. This is another benefit of living in Western
Washington, folks here want organic food with no chemicals, and
that’s what the ranchers and farmers
produce. So now we have a steady supply
of good beef and enjoy knowing the source and that the ranch is nearby.
I got swamped with readings to do last month but have
finally worked through the pile of charts on my desk, and I want to thank those who ordered a reading for being so
patient. So, this is a good time to
order a personal reading for 2019 if you want a peak
ahead to know your highs and lows for the months ahead. The 2109 Long-Range Datebook comes with all
readings so you’ll also have the list of kiss and quack days for the year along
with the Retrograde dates. For questions
or details, send me an email at Lance@skywatchastrology.com. Be sure to look over this March issue and
note the problems with Mercury up ahead.
Logic gets cast aside with
idealistic Neptune on stage. However, this is extremely creative energy which
could help you lay out your masterpiece as our imagination is turbo-charged by
this Pair. Strange dreams and visions
are also likely with Neptune and Pisces energy
- this is a good time to start a dream journal.
Meanwhile, best wishes to you all from snowed-in
Birch Bay – if this issue is a little late in
getting to your house, now you know why.
Foot or horseback? You might not know which way you are traveling this month as we have the most confusing and difficult Mercury Retrograde in the Skywatch in March I’ve ever seen. This Rx cycle will be in dreamy Pisces, ruled by Neptune.
Some background here will help you understand spacey Neptune. He takes 164 years to make a complete orbit around the Zodiac in traveling through all the signs. On February 3, 2012, Neptune entered his home sign of Pisces and will stay in Pisces until March 2025. Any planet in a home sign becomes much more powerful—for better and for worse. Neptune is a space captain. His gifts inspire our imagination and creativity—poets, musicians, preachers, and spiritual healers all have powerful Neptune placements in their birth charts.
Dreams and visions are likely to be intense this month with all this psychic Piscean energy in the Skywatch; it might be helpful for you to keep a dream journal. This energy is exceptionally creative and can fuel some of your best work in any artistic field. Gemini and Virgo birth signs, ruled by Mercury, need to be extra careful with all the details of life in March. Our pets and all small critters are also ruled by Mercury and may need extra attention this month as small problems can get out of hand during this Rx cycle.
We’ve had several stout Winter storms blow through Western Washington this last month. The most powerful one destroyed a restaurant
that sits on the beach near our house.
We had a King (high) tide when this storm blew in with 70 mph winds blowing
straight into the back of Birch Bay kicking up 5-8 foot waves. The owner of the Bay Breeze restaurant had
her camera on as the waves pounded against the glass windows at the back of her
dining room overlooking the bay. Finally, the waves won and smashed the windows
allowing sea water to flood the place, and
the last thing we saw on the video was the furniture drifting out into the bay
through the blown out windows. Sad, very
sad, and it will take a while to rebuild as the place was red-tagged, or unsafe to be inside. The waves also tore up big chunks of the
asphalt road that circles the bay. And
what surprised me the most was seeing all the driftwood
that was thrown up on the beach from this storm. All sizes of logs, some 10-20 ft long,
covered the beach for several miles.
Hundreds and hundreds of them must have come from the San
Juan Islands which sit out in the distance. Driftwood fans were out there loading their
truck from the bonanza on the beach the next day. Our little house sits up high on a ridge
(Leslie found out we sit 41 feet above sea level) and we were safe and sound
although the howling wind was a bit scary.
It hasn’t been really cold; we’ve gotten down to 29 at night, but that’s the coldest temp so far. We’re back to the Winter schedule of feeding
the birds – Leslie has feeders up both in the front and back of our house for
the little birds, as we call them. And
we toss out peanuts for the crows and squirrels – our Winter pets we enjoy
seeing on the back patio. The tap water
now is cold and very tasty. Our water
comes from deep wells and is sweet and without any chemical smell or taste –
you can fill up your water bottle from the kitchen tap and avoid having to buy
any. Plus, the Dungeness crab season is now
in full swing. I picked up a fat boy at
the supermarket (they only harvest boy crabs; the girls get thrown back into
the water) for $8.54 last Monday and had a lovely dinner with an Oregon Pinot
Gris, butter pot, and crusty bread. Both
Oregon and Washington
vineyards bottle some excellent red and white wines, easily as good as anything
coming from Napa Valley, California.
The Winter scene on the back roads is interesting and still lovely as
all the pastures are green with a new crop of Alfalfa - there are so many dairy
cattle and horses raised here they need a lot of good feed. So, in between the blueberry and raspberry fields are vast stretches of land planted
in alfalfa and corn. Now that the corn
has been harvested, many farmers have
planted alfalfa in the stubble fields to get a head start on a Spring
harvest. And now that the leaves are off
the trees, we can see further into the woods and discover sweet little houses
just off the road that were invisible when the Summer foliage blocked them from
discovery. And in the distance, snow-covered mountains are a fabulous
sight. Mt. Baker
looks like a giant whipped cream snow cone in the distance. The snow-covered
foothills of the Canadian Rockies dominate
another part of the distant vista. And
maybe the best part is that there is no traffic – we cruise leisurely down the two-lane farm roads and thoroughly enjoy
checking out the farms and scenery at our own pace. The first thing to read in this new issue of
Skywatch is the information in the “Looking Ahead” paragraphs on the back
page. Difficult changes are just ahead, so this is the month to handle the high
priority matters in your life – Don’t wait until March when times change.
You can expect some new developments around your home or office this month. All planets are in direct motion increasing the flow of positive energy and reducing the tendency for small delays to get in your way. Plus, innovative Uranus is now rocking along again in eager Aries, having left Taurus last November. Uranus encourages thinking that is outside the box and open to changes and new directions.
Additionally, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto are all moving into new territory in February. Which helps spark new situations and opportunities to expand your field of operations and to open doors to new sources of profit and success. It’s unusual that all three advance at the same time. Yes, yes, yes. So this is a very good month to put plans into action that have been gestating or delayed for some reason.
We have Venus, Saturn, and Pluto all in dependable and conservative Capricorn in February. Mars enters another earth sign, Taurus on February 14. Earth signs have common sense and a good ability to appraise the value of a person or item - and we all get to “borrow” some of that talent this month. Ready to buy a new car or another important purchase? This is a good month to do it and especially if you use one of the kiss days to finalize the deal.