Comment: April 1, 2020

The genesis of this health crisis can be traced back to the Saturn Pluto conjunction that appeared in the Skywatch on Jan 12. Pluto rules death and transformation. Saturn rules the structures of business and government - all broken now. Looking back into history this pair of planets has always called out a time of great stress and financial difficulty. The fifty-cent question is how long this pair will hold power in the heavens and our lives. It's not likely to be soon but there may be help from Jupiter and later on from Neptune. Astrologers can't give you a timeline or hope for a quick fix. All we can tell you is that there must be something good to come of all this suffering. But we may have to wait a while to know what that is. Meanwhile, be well, and let's share all the love we can.

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LOOKING AHEAD TO APRIL:

Schedule something important or fun on Saturday, April 4. That’s when lucky Jupiter meets powerful Pluto, the Force, in the heavens. This cosmic boost is also blessed with loving Venus making a trine to reliable Saturn that morning. This is one of the best days of the year to get married, make an important investment or purchase, and to find new sources of profit and benefits in whatever you attempt. The pair meet in ambitious Capricorn, which urges you to take the long-range practical view in your thinking and actions. This pair will reassemble two more times in the months ahead. Also interesting in April, both the New and Full Moons will be in signs ruled by agreeable Venus, who can be helpful in many ways. Spring comes late this year as Mercury enters Aries, a sign of Spring, on April 10.

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A March Letter from Lance…..

March 20, 2020

Friends                                                                                                                                                   

Pink blossoms are out on all the cherry trees...Spring is a wild woman here and hiding out.  She kisses me every morning...and I am so grateful to start a new day here in Birch Bay.  I’m amazed at how quickly we see Spring showing her colors.  Lots of folks plant heather in their yards, and now it’s a rosy, purplish splash of new growth.  Daffodils are up all over in their yellow glory.  White blossoms are also out of some of the apple trees.  And when you enter the grocery store here, you get delighted seeing at least ten different colors of tulips in tubs waiting for you to take home.  I love the dark purple the best.

March 13.  One last cold spell.  Down to 29 degrees and a north wind at 60 knots coming straight out of Canada…burrrrrrrr.  Big snow in the mountains which we need.  One short power outage, but the crews here got the juice back on quickly, even in the cold and wind, and late at night.  God bless them.

March 17.  Irish whiskey and corned beef today.  Always a somber day for me as my mother, Patty Jane, passed over on this day in 2004.  The event hit me much harder emotionally than I anticipated.  Probably true for everyone.  The good news is that sunshine has returned this week, and we can get out and get some fresh air and enjoy our drives on the backroads.  Spring calves are in the pastures now and so cute.  We are making plans to head south to La Conner to see the daffodil fields there.  We went last year, and it is so beautiful - you get blasted by acres of yellow faces.  Of course, this year we’ll have to take a picnic lunch as all the good spots for lunch will be closed.  If you’d like a yellow fix, go to www. La Conner Tulip Festival and check out the pics.

March 19.  I do think there is hope out there for this virus.  You’ll read about it in Skywatch in early April as Jupiter meets Pluto in the heavens, a rare event that occurs once every 13+ years.  Pluto is the healing agent in the Zodiac.  Jupiter always wants to expand whatever it touches (which will be your butt when he gets into your first house or conjunct your Sun), so we have high hopes this pair will lead to some kind of positive development, maybe a vaccine.  And this is not a one-shot deal.  This pair will hang out together for months, hit an exact conjunction again in July.  And do it again in November.  For those of you with a long memory, this Jupiter Pluto conjunction last appeared in the heavens in December 2007.

We had a great “little town” experience yesterday.  One of the great joys of living out in the sticks with dairy farms and raspberry fields is that we have fabulous dairy stores named Edaleen (named after the couple who own them, Ed and Eileen), which sell fresh milk, eggs, and superior ice cream in 30 flavors.

We stopped into the store in Ferndale, pop. 14,000) to get our ice cream fix and to get the best cottage cheese (five pounds for eight bucks) we’ve ever tasted.  And we parked in the back lot which is fenced because the train tracks are right there.  All of a sudden, a  big locomotive with two cars stopped on the tracks right behind us.  We saw the engineer climb down out of the cab and sneak through a hole in the fence (this ain’t his first visit), walk across the parking lot, and into Edaleen’s for his ice cream cone. He left the engine running and rumbling.  I might be 71, but the little boy inside me was delighted to be so close to a huge locomotive.  Somehow I don’t think this happens in Chicago or Houston.

Be well; help each other.  We will get through this.  As times change. 

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  1. Margie Teraoka

    Thank you, Lance! I enjoyed your March letter. I was wondering how the astrology was going to be affecting the virus. It’s comforting to hear about Jupiter vs Pluto. I am proud to live in CA and happy for Gov Newsom’s leadership and proactivness. He stepped in where our federal government was slow to lead. We have a wealth of great minds and businesses here who have stepped in to create in whatever way they can to improve the situation. Keep your letters coming to show us what astrological aspects are influencing the virus situation that we are all in at this time!
    All the best to you and Leslie!
    Margie

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  2. jane dann

    Thanks Lance.
    Blessings to you and Leslie. Times have changed here in NJ (!)
    Any good news is, as always, appreciated.

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Good News ahead:

I' ve got some good news for these dark days.  I just finished writing the April Skywatch and there is a big, very positive kiss out there that could easily be a major breakthrough or piece of progress in this fight against the virus.on April 4;  'wise elder Jupiter' meets healing Pluto in the heavens.  This pair can move mountains and hangs out in the Skywatch through next November.  The pair reconnects in July, too.  I used the word "miracle" to describe the energy in this conjunction in Skywatch.  We need one and this is a very good sign in the stars that it can happen.  Stay light and help each other. As times change.

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  1. Regina

    I don’t think I’ve ever needed to hear something like this more. Pluto has been cruising through my 6th house; just moved into my 7th on March 10th. But he’ll be back in my 6th in July and will conjunct Jupiter there. I was worried, but now I feel better. Thank you!

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  2. Marianne

    Thank you for light during these times of stress in so many ways. The Pluto-Saturn conjunction has really packed a punch–just like the opposition in 9/11! I never would have thought a world-wide pandemic. Sending love and healthy engender to both you and Leslie. Namaste

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Late February Letter from Lance

Friends,                                                                                                                            February 11, 2020

You’ve got to have webbed feet and be waterproof to live in western Washington this year. And I guess we do as we enjoyed the rainy days. We had over nine inches of rain in January (average is 5+ inches), and it rained every day. Rivers have risen, and some folks flooded out as the days rolled on. The snow in the mountains was awesome. Mt. Baker got 198 inches of new snow in just 18 days and now has the deepest snowpack of any mountain in the country. We got an enjoyable snowstorm here in early February. It was the day after the groundhog made a forecast that won’t hold up. Spring will be late this year as the ruler of the winds, Mercury, does not enter Aries, the sign of Spring, until April 10 and that’s almost three weeks late. So, don’t plant early this year. Our snowstorm was so lovely; huge flakes filling the air—it was a fabulous sight and the best part was it didn’t stick on the roads. We drove up to the post office in Blaine that day with the snowflakes getting heavier and heavier as we neared the city which sits on the Canadian Border. (the high school is known as the Blaine Borderites.) And this is the Evergreen State. I thought it just meant the evergreen forests, but we also have green grass in our front yards all Winter long. Out on the backroads, the white snow covering green alfalfa fields was lovely. So we got to enjoy a full-on snow event and not suffer at all—the temperature stayed right at freezing and the winds were calm. One of the true pleasures of Winter in Birch Bay is getting a glass of water from the kitchen sink. Our water is from deep wells in Ferndale, a nearby city, and has no chemical taste at all. It’s rich, clean and damn cold now and refreshing (makes great coffee and tea). The other sensual treat I enjoy now is the smell of woodsmoke. I think it’s the perfume of the country as folks here and in the cities all get their heat from gas and electricity. But on the backroads, most houses have huge stacks of firewood undercover and use fireplaces and woodstoves to heat their houses. Another benefit of the winter days is getting closer to the huge trumpeter swans that are now in the flooded fields. It’s like their own private swimming pools and they feel comfortable enough to be swimming in one of these fields right next to the road, maybe 25 feet away. So you can really see how beautiful and stately they are at close range. We see hundreds in the corn stubble fields on the way to Lynden—you can’t miss the white plumage and long necks even at quite a distance. There’s a bit of sad news to report, too. It seems another huge Orca has died. Named L41 by the biologists, this huge male was father to most of the calves born in the last few years. He was looking bad last year and skinny from lack of food. Now he is nowhere to be found and the biologists here keep a really close watch on this dwindling pod of extraordinary whales. Orcas are so powerful and the real killers in the ocean—sharks leave the area Orcas swim in and won’t come back for a year. Part of the reason is their size. Remember the shark in “Jaws” who tipped the scales at around 5,000 pounds? The male Orca missing from our waters is estimated to weigh 10,500 pounds. A big boy. Happiness is in Leslie’s voice as she sees fresh bags of mulch and topsoil out in front of the hardware and garden stores now. She is in the planting mode but will take her time getting plants into the ground. Maybe. Leslie is a Cancer, and this is a cardinal sign which means: Go to Action. You know the energy if you know Aries, Libra and Capricorn folks—all with the same temperament. “Do it right and do it right now.” is one of their mantras. I’m staying busy with readings and reading a new author for more information on timing. Check out Steven Forrest. His first book, “The Inner Sky” is a great introduction to astrology and what the planets and signs mean in your chart. I’m reading “The Changing Sky” right now which is about timing, transits, and progressions. He is a straightforward author with a clear understanding of all the elements of Astrology and is very good at explaining them in plain English.

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  1. Julie

    Lance, you bring back the memories I have from my early life in a small town outside of Seattle! Thank you so much for your thoughtful posts. Having shared some of them with my husband, we often dream about moving back to Washington.

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A February Letter from Lance

Friends,                                                                                                                            February 11, 2020

You’ve got to have webbed feet and be waterproof to live in western Washington this year. And I guess we do as we enjoyed the rainy days. We had over nine inches of rain in January (average is 5+ inches), and it rained every day. Rivers have risen, and some folks flooded out as the days rolled on. The snow in the mountains was awesome. Mt. Baker got 198 inches of new snow in just 18 days and now has the deepest snowpack of any mountain in the country.

We got an enjoyable snowstorm here in early February. It was the day after the groundhog made a forecast that won’t hold up. Spring will be late this year as the ruler of the winds, Mercury, does not enter Aries, the sign of Spring, until April 10 and that’s almost three weeks late. So, don’t plant early this year. Our snowstorm was so lovely; huge flakes filling the air—it was a fabulous sight and the best part was it didn’t stick on the roads. We drove up to the post office in Blaine that day with the snowflakes getting heavier and heavier as we neared the city which sits on the Canadian Border. (the high school is known as the Blaine Borderites.) And this is the Evergreen State. I thought it just meant the evergreen forests, but we also have green grass in our front yards all Winter long. Out on the backroads, the white snow covering green alfalfa fields was lovely. So we got to enjoy a full-on snow event and not suffer at all—the temperature stayed right at freezing and the winds were calm. One of the true pleasures of Winter in Birch Bay is getting a glass of water from the kitchen sink. Our water is from deep wells in Ferndale, a nearby city, and has no chemical taste at all. It’s rich, clean and damn cold now and refreshing (makes great coffee and tea). The other sensual treat I enjoy now is the smell of woodsmoke. I think it’s the perfume of the country as folks here and in the cities all get their heat from gas and electricity. But on the backroads, most houses have huge stacks of firewood undercover and use fireplaces and woodstoves to heat their houses. Another benefit of the winter days is getting closer to the huge trumpeter swans that are now in the flooded fields. It’s like their own private swimming pools and they feel comfortable enough to be swimming in one of these fields right next to the road, maybe 25 feet away. So you can really see how beautiful and stately they are at close range. We see hundreds in the corn stubble fields on the way to Lynden—you can’t miss the white plumage and long necks even at quite a distance. There’s a bit of sad news to report, too. It seems another huge Orca has died. Named L41 by the biologists, this huge male was father to most of the calves born in the last few years. He was looking bad last year and skinny from lack of food. Now he is nowhere to be found and the biologists here keep a really close watch on this dwindling pod of extraordinary whales. Orcas are so powerful and the real killers in the ocean—sharks leave the area Orcas swim in and won’t come back for a year. Part of the reason is their size. Remember the shark in “Jaws” who tipped the scales at around 5,000 pounds? The male Orca missing from our waters is estimated to weigh 10,500 pounds. A big boy. Happiness is in Leslie’s voice as she sees fresh bags of mulch and topsoil out in front of the hardware and garden stores now. She is in the planting mode but will take her time getting plants into the ground. Maybe. Leslie is a Cancer, and this is a cardinal sign which means: Go to Action. You know the energy if you know Aries, Libra and Capricorn folks—all with the same temperament. “Do it right and do it right now.” is one of their mantras. I’m staying busy with readings and reading a new author for more information on timing. Check out Steven Forrest. His first book, “The Inner Sky” is a great introduction to astrology and what the planets and signs mean in your chart. I’m reading “The Changing Sky” right now which is about timing, transits, and progressions. He is a straightforward author with a clear understanding of all the elements of Astrology and is very good at explaining them in plain English. Lance

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