An April Letter from Lance……….

Friends,                                                                                                           April 9, 2018


I dumped three inches of Winter from the rain gauge last week and looking out this morning I see that there is now another inch of rain in the cylinder.  Hard winters across the country this year means cloudy days and rain in western Washington.  Temperatures are very mild, in the 40-50’s.  Today we get lucky and hit 66 which feels fabulous, and we’ll take PBJ sandwiches and grapes to the Peace Portal Park and enjoy the flowers and ocean view.  And when it rains, we are still in Disneyland - but now the “Big Bud” is on.  Naked raspberry vines have a light green scattering of new leaves.  Daffodils are all over, even volunteers on the verges of I-5!  Our maple trees have green buds the size of your little finger. And we saw on tv news the tulips are out and fabulous.  Suspect we’ll be there soon. I missed seeing a strange event last month.   Mt. Baker belched a big blast of gas and steam visible down here in the lowlands, as they call our area. This is a frequent occurrence they say and reminds us that this huge, cupcake snow cone mountain that’s only 30 miles away is an active volcano.  “Added value” is how Leslie describes this local mountain when driving down Bakerview Road (they aren’t kidding) and this inspiring snow covered upside down cupcake fills half of your windshield.  Being an active volcano, the state agency is going to drill five deep wells nearby looking for a source of geothermal energy to make electricity.  The local university is involved, too.  The topper here is flowering cherry trees all over town.  It’s weird to me that folks in a sturdy evergreen world would plant flimsy but beautiful flowering cherry trees.  They love flowers here, and the nurseries are back open with new faces and colors.  Leslie has the front flower bed in good order waiting for warmer days.  In other places we lived, temperatures rising brought Spring.  Here, it’s the increasing daylight that generates new leaves on the berry vines because the temps have remained constant over the last three months, but now we get 13 hours of daylight, and it will grow to 16 hours mid Summer – a big reason things grow so well here.  So, Spring here is a little sneaky. And we were surprised. All of a sudden abundant dandelions sparkled on green lawns while apple trees are beginning to bloom as we cruise down the back roads.  We check them all out and so enjoy the drive through the open fields, farms, ranches, orchards, dairies, dark forested stretches and magnificent estates perched high on the hill.  Lots to see on every road and then more when you go back the other way and see the other side of the street. Two farms we spotted on the back roads make artisan cheeses with the milk from their cows, and it’s about as pure as you can get.  Local healthy stuff is always available here – the public demands it.  I was unaware of the Orca pods that return to the Puget Sound each year – amazing animals and in recent decline.  So the Gov passed a law to do things to protect them and to help increase their numbers.  I want to give you the words of the Suquamish tribe Chairman who testified to the commission writing the law:  “The orca whales are vital to our culture and spirituality as we are the first people on Puget Sound.  They act as sentinels, observing our behavior and its impact on the health of these waters.  They bless us with their presence and depend on us to keep our sacred pact with the Creator to care for this beautiful land.”  Reading this makes me cry.  The passage of the Orca bill does highlight the fact that environmental concerns are top shelf here.  And I also like that we get to hear from all the tribes and get their point of view.  We should all be listening.

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There’s a little magic in the air this month. You’ll have to reach for it and be tuned in to really benefit. Dreams may show you something important to consider or understand, and your hunches are more likely to be on target in May. All due to expansive Jupiter making a trine to psychic and spiritual Neptune on May 25. Neptune fuels the creative and imaginative elements in our psyche and can inspire artists in all fields to produce a masterpiece. This trine also sets up a stellar month for spiritual studies and retreats.

This is a good month to set your intention and to work for something positive in your life to develop over the next three months as this trine reforms and powers up in mid-August when again “dreams can come true.” Small victories at this time can give lifetime benefit.

Add dancing, swimming and all water sports including fishing to the positive list—Pisces ruled, too.

A major change in the Skywatch this month is rebellious and unpredictable Uranus entering Taurus, the money sign. This last happened around 84 years ago and suggests changes in our financial systems and changes in what we value. This new era will last seven years and suggests that a lot of money will be made by investors in the tech field as everything electrical is ruled by Uranus, Stocks of high tech outfits will be good stocks to own over the next seven years is my bet.

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March Letter

Friends,                                                                                                       March 9, 2018

“If Winter comes can Spring be far behind?”

That’s the thought around western Washington right now and Shelley doesn’t even live here.  We got the worst Winter slap in mid-February when the temp went down to 26 and we got four inches of snow which kept us housebound for a day.  But that was it.  The snow melted the next afternoon.  We got to enjoy the beauty of white fields and evergreen branches heavy with white powder, but we did not suffer at all.

This is the first real Winter I’ve been through in many, many years.  The last time was in 1978 when I was a tv news reporter in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  We had a terrible Winter that year and I had to wear long underwear while shooting film stories outside for the evening news.  The worst of it was when I got in my old VW bus one frosty morning, started it, and quickly realized the gas pedal was frozen to the floor of the bus. So, I went inside and got a teapot full of hot water and finally worked the pedal free.

Nothing that difficult happened to us this Winter.  We really enjoyed the crisp days.  And after all the rain and grey skies, our sun breaks are glorious and push the temperature into the high 40’s in the afternoons.  But now…everyone is ready for Spring.  The grocery stores here have wide, covered porches where they stash the shopping carts and huge racks of blooming flowers: hyacinths, primroses, crocuses and daffodils in every color of the rainbow.  Our neighbor has Crocus sativus blooming in his front yard now, the plants that give us saffron – something I never knew.

The tv weathermen now are all counting the days to the Vernal Equinox on March 20.  And it won’t be long before the daffodils and then tulips will fill the fields in LaConner.  We went last year and will go again.  Put a note on your calendar to check out:  www.loveLaConner around the first week of April and you’ll get some good pics of the beautiful flowers.  Right now they have huge, snow white trumpeter swans and snow geese wintering over in their fields.  They are both a common sight on our back roads, too.  And we’ve seen three bald eagles in the last two weeks. They are so awesome. The way to see them is to look UP as they are usually sitting in the top of huge trees scouting out the landscape for meals, which can easily include small dogs if you don’t keep them near you and safe.  Woof!


Newsflash – the poet was right.  The high on next Tuesday is forecast to be 66, just under the record high for the date.  Lots of sunshine, too.  Thank you, Lord.


I want to alert you to some special days ahead in the Skywatch.  Take some time to read this issue all the way to the last paragraph and you ’ll have the dates for two major kisses or positive planetary connections to lucky Jupiter that show up in the heavens over the next two months.  This is unusual, very helpful, and is energy you want to take advantage of.  Looking for a companion, a new job, house or car?  Make some plans to adventure/explore and to check out new associations, groups, job listings and opportunities of all kinds in April and May.  There are no big blocking squares in the Skywatch in this time period, just the end of Mercury Retrograde to deal with in the first half of April.  Yes, yes, yes.  Take action and start something positive in your life over the next two months – Jupiter is on your side and things can work out better than you suspect.  As times change.

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Healing energy. There’s a big-time planetary alignment in the Skywatch this month. Expansive and lucky Jupiter lines up in a sextile to healing Pluto on the 14th. But nothing good happens unless you take action; that’s the message from a sextile. This welcome aspect will be in power all month long and brings a fabulous time to get married or to start any new health or dietary program. This is also a good month for elective surgery, also ruled by Pluto. This sextile is powerful as Jupiter is in Scorpio now, the sign ruled by Pluto, which doubles the power of this most useful marker. Pluto is also the ruler of investments, insurance, taxes and goods of the dead. Jupiter rules the law, travel and education—all favorable avenues in the light of this sextile.

But you’ve got to double-check the details as Mercury is still Retrograde from last month until he resumes direct motion on April 15th. And surprises are likely on this date as there is also a New Moon in Aries which sits next to Uranus, the planet of changes and the truth. Looks like Tax day will be favorable news to some folks and a bad surprise to others.

The Full Moon this month is also a positive event. It will be in earthy Capricorn and makes a complementary sextile to ruler Saturn on the 29th. Again, this combination is extra powerful and brings us a very good time to make a final decision (popping the question) and/or to ending a chapter in your life that is unhealthy or negative.

More Retrogrades: Saturn begins to back up on the bases on the 17th. Pluto turns Retrograde on the 22nd. Neither planet has a personal connection and you might not feel these events. However, they will slow down the signs ruled by these two planets and urge the natives to be more deliberate and reasoned in their actions during this Rx period.


3 thoughts on “LOOKING AHEAD TO APRIL:

  1. Joanne

    Sounds like a good month, but I’m a little confused about the full moon in Capricorn. Wouldn’t the sun have to be in Cancer if the full moon is in Cap? Don’t expect that in April but who knows the way things have been happening lately. Have a wonderful spring!

    1. Julie

      Joanne, you’re right. My astrological calendar (Jim Maynard’s Celestial Guide) says the Sun will be in earthy Taurus and the Moon will be in watery Scorpio. The Scorpio Moon will sextile Saturn in Capricorn a little more than an hour before the Full Moon is exact.
      – Another place to double-check lunation signs and aspects is this page at Cafe Astrology (charts set for New York):
      – There’s also a Cafe Astrology page,, which has many years (1900 to 2050) of lunations in a list to scroll through. These are set for GMT. To easily jump to the year of interest, input Ctrl-F or Cmd-F to get a “Find” search box where you can input the year, like 2018. With the arrows you can jump to that part of the list.


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Lance’s February Letter

Friends,                                                                                            February 11, 2018

We’ve had some excitement lately as a huge earthquake in Alaska kicked on tsunami fears all along our coast that fortunately proved to be false.  But now I see why we have signs on the roads that lead to high ground and warn of tsunamis. We’ve had rain and snow.  Mt. Baker picked up a quick ten feet of snow and opened early.  Strangely, a warm front came through weeks later, melted a lot of snow, and rained steadily for two days – and the rivers rose.  We drive across the Nooksack River most days, and it was way up and moving, swift, but still within its banks in Ferndale where the river goes right through town with one bridge over it for cars and an old steel erector bridge for trains nearby. And while it rains a lot, we are still tooling along on the sweet two-lane farm roads which take you up to the ridge tops and then drop you into a valley in less than three miles. Along the way are farms, red barns and more horse ranches than you might imagine. Llamas, too.  The raspberry canes are wound up and naked.  The blueberry vines are scarlet and strange looking.  But the pastures are green as a new alfalfa crop is standing up bright and perky and replacing the corn stubble.  Down the road, strawberry plants filled a small spot.  We rarely have a freeze, and Leslie reports that she already sees buds on some trees.  Wishful thinking?  She has already bought veggie seeds now sitting in the kitchen window, a reminder.  She’s infected with the urge to grow things and to improve the beauty of the front yard which is the attitude of many people here in western Washington.  And folks are friendly.  In general, we have had only good reactions and positive vibes from the people we meet.  And this is a hardy bunch.  You might have on a jacket and be chilly while in sandals and shirt sleeves. Leslie’s son, Pete, outfitted our car with super grabber tires and the best windshield wipers, so we have no worries as we cruise the back roads in the rain which we actually enjoy.  I’ve learned to fill up a roadie cup with my good coffee before we head out.  It kills me  (Taurus folks are known to be tight with money) to pay Starbuck prices when I make an excellent brew, and a warm cup of joe is good medicine for traveling about under cloudy skies.  Although the clouds are a beautiful painting of their own as warm and cold fronts, bring different layers of soft white pillows and dark, angry lines of clouds on the horizon as a storm front approaches.  Hard to believe but they pushed the crab harvest season back another month so they would get fatter.  And the day came last week, so I picked up a fat Dungeness at the grocery yesterday.  Price was $3.49 lb which meant my pound and a halfer came in at about $7.50.  And it was excellent.  I took over the kitchen sink, poured a glass of cold white wine, got my garlic butter pot out and ate the whole thing in a half hour standing up watching the news.  So good.  (Oink.)

I want to thank all of you that have been so patient waiting for your reading as I got behind but have finally caught up.  Be sure to cluck at me if you haven’t gotten yours yet.  The post office makes a lot of mistakes at this time of year.  And be sure to contact me if you don’t get your copy of Skywatch by the end of the preceding month. We had three subscribers not get their copy last month.  If you need a new copy, call us and leave a message and we’ll get a replacement into the post pronto, and we are happy to do it.  Homebase is 360-392-8338.  Mercury Retrograde is ahead…perfect time to do your taxes.  Read ahead and pick out the good days for what you need to do, as times change.

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  1. J. Smith

    Thank you Lance and Leslie for allowing us to see through your eyes the wonders all around you.
    ~Keep on keeping it cozy~
    Jags & Marly


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All planets remain in direct motion as we start March—good days to put new plans and ideas into motion. More energy appears on the 6th when both Venus and Mercury enter fired-up and impatient Aries. This is a stellar day to start something positive in your life and/or to let someone know you really love them.

The Skywatch clouds up a bit as Jupiter turns Retrograde on March 8. He does this every year and retreats on the bases for 3-4 months and will end this cycle in mid-August. As the ruler of expansion, his Rx period requires close scrutiny of the measures you take to grow and progress—sloppy thinking and work will hinder your ability to succeed in this window of time.

The most influential event in the heavens in March is Mercury turning Retrograde on the 22nd. Traveling backwards in aggressive Aries for three weeks is bound to launch ideas and plans that will never come true. And people will say things they wish they hadn’t. Mercury rules the winds—Aries is ruled by sometimes violent Mars—powerful storms are likely along with talk of war. Use this period of time to stop, look and listen—to review and reorganize matters so that you will be better prepared in the future to succeed after Mercury resumes direct motion on April 15.

Matters started during Mercury Rx often fail to deliver as promised. It’s a poor time to make long-term commitments and for elective medical procedures. And you’ll want to double-check everything you write down while doing your taxes in this time period as errors are more likely. And whether it’s tax advice or a medical evaluation, don’t hesitate to get a second opinion during Mercury Rx. This is a good time to shop and compare, especially with large purchases. Pay extra attention to pets and critters during the Rx cycle as small problems can get out of hand—all ruled by Mercury.

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