April 16, 2019
“I’m just shocked!”
That was Leslie’s comment as we drove through the neighborhoods and back
roads this week. The reason: Spring snuck in and pulled the blossoms on
the cherry trees out into full display three weeks ago. Daffodils are smiling now, and so lovely in
the front yards of houses on nearly every street. New leaves are covering the raspberry vines,
and our maple trees behind the house are filled with light green new
leaves. It is amazing how fast Spring
showed up on the Washington
coast. The forest is coming alive again
and filled with new growth. And the tulips are in full glory in all colors now
– we’re off to see the big tulip fields tomorrow. It’s just an hour away and an incredible
sight. You can check it out at www.lovelaconner.org. And friends, we are so far north, just 20
miles from Canada says the freeway sign, it is shocking how fast Winter left,
and the green revival has begun. We’ve
had a week of rain, too, which never really adds up to much – just two inches
in the rain gauge after all the drippy days. Our neighbor hates this weather and takes his
trailer and dog to the California
desert for the Winter months – he just got back yesterday. We don’t mind at all since the rain doesn’t
really interfere with our daily activities, and we are homebodies who enjoy
cooking, hanging out and feeding the birds and squirrels in our back yard. Look out in our front yard, and you’ll see
Leslie’s flowers: pansies, primroses, English daisies and more in full
bloom. I never knew how much these beautiful
flowers could brighten my life. And they
do. Thank you, Leslie. We get the Seattle tv stations and watch the saga of the
big city every morning. The traffic is beyond
horrible, and the homeless situation is worse.
Friends ask if we check out the sights there and the answer is no
thanks. We love being on the farm roads
that rise and fall through the gentle hills and pass farms and pastures with
spring calves staying close to momma.
Often there is nobody on the road in sight so we can dawdle and enjoy
the view and count the chickens in the barnyards at our leisure. And now the dandelions cover the vacant
fields and verges. And actually, they
are beautiful. Bright golden faces, millions and billions, rise up from the
dark green grass and give us another kind of Spring display. The best thing we’ve done of late was to get
a freezer full of beef from a local rancher.
We cooked a roast last week, and it was fabulous, and we don’t have to
worry about baddies in the meat that can make you sick. This man also grows asparagus, and we’ll get
a fresh batch from him for our Easter meal.
Ah, life in this country is wonderful.
We both think this move was the best thing we have ever done. It’s no wonder so many people live a long
life in these parts. I’ve been seeing a
brilliant man who specializes in acupuncture and Chinese herbs for more than a
This situation came about from Leslie’s prompting, and she
was right. Scott has done much more for
me than the dermatologist who couldn’t fix a skin problem and has helped heal
up a serious infection on my leg that the doctors who saw it couldn’t remedy –
they told me to put ace bandages on it, and all that did was cover it up. I realize it’s different strokes for
different folks, but I do want to report that this kind of treatment has helped
both Leslie and me tremendously with no side effects. We’ve all got a good period of time coming up
for financial decisions, buying and selling and putting more bucks into our
pockets in May. Read ahead and put Venus
in Taurus days ( May 15 to June 8) to good use in your life. As times change.
realistic, grounded. These are the attributes of earth signs in astrology which
dominate the Skywatch in May. Hope you can get your hands into rich dirt and
plant a garden this month as we see the Sun, Venus, Mercury, Saturn, Uranus and
Pluto all traveling through earth signs Taurus and Capricorn. It’s rare that we
see six planets in earth signs at one time. This situation kicks on green
lights for making important purchases and decisions around your home or office
Most helpful is that Venus, ruler of love and money, is in Taurus from May 15 to June 8. Venus in one of her home signs sets up a splendid period of time for social introductions, to get married, and to find new sources of income and profitable connections in your work. This is also a good time to buy art, new clothes and to fix up your home and property. And to plant something in your life that will grow as the days go by—Virgo, Taurus and Capricorn birth signs especially.
New ideas and possibilities are likely to show up in your life and times once the Sun and Mercury both enter clever Gemini on May 21. Wait until these changes in the Skywatch if you need to communicate important matters or to start new procedures or situations, and it’s more likely you will be heard loud and clear.
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.