LOOKING AHEAD TO JUNE:

Six planets will be in Retrograde during much of June.  The most important one is Mercury, who will begin his Retrograde cycle on June 18 while Venus remains in her Retrograde period.  Confusion is likely with this pair, especially from June 18 to 25, when both planets will be Retrograde.  And with Mars treading water in spacey Pisces, you can bet on delays and low energy in June.  A very helpful Jupiter Pluto conjunction on June 29 sets up the last two weeks of the month as best for priority action and events.  But I suggest you schedule the month lightly and put off major purchases and decisions for another month.  Let times change

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The May Letter from Lance…..

April 27. Rain is forecast for today...I stopped Leslie from watering the flowers as she hadn’t seen the weather report. Rain is forecast for a week; we still need it.

May 4.  I needed a haircut badly, so Leslie got out the shears and did a fabulous job.  Most folks with Leo planets or ascendant are vain about their hair…I am with Leo rising, but she did such a good job we decided to hire her to cut my hair from now on.   Of course, I like this new situation as she is much more interesting and prettier to talk to than my barber.  She needs a haircut, too, but won’t let me do it.  More clouds and light today rain, but they promise a high of 78 and sunshine later this week.  And since they just opened our lovely state park, we will probably have a picnic then.

May 11.  Heatwave.  It felt like we were let out of school yesterday and today.  Sunshine and record high temperatures gave all of us a big lift.  I wondered when we first moved here why I saw so many decks and outdoor eating areas behind the houses here in Western Washington.  Now I know why. We live through months of rain and the “Big Dark.”  But when the Sun comes out, everyone wants to be out in it eating on their decks or at the beach or out hiking the trails.  It’s our reward for months of delayed gratification.  Suspect you’ve heard about the nasty invader that has folks really rattled and afraid around here.  Asian giant hornets were discovered in Custer  a few weeks ago, and now they have set out traps trying to catch the first arrival of Murder Hornets before they get established here in Western Washington.  These two-inch dangerous hornets look like a scary movie headliner and have a sting that really hurts and has killed more than fifty people in Japan where they came from.  They murder beehives and kill all the workers, which is why all the farmers who need bees to pollinate their crops want to stop their spread NOW.  Custer ( pop. 366) is the first little town south of Birch Bay.  Named for the first postmaster, Albert Custer, the whole town is an elementary school, Tony’s tavern, an auto repair shop, and a very quiet post office run by Susan, who always asks if we are ok after not showing up there for a couple of weeks. It’s a delightful spot to mail something, and you seldom have anyone in line to slow you down.  Leslie always clucks with Susan when there and gets any local news that is important. – ok, a little gossip, too. So, we are on alert that the murder hornets may be in our neighborhood. Of course, the name Custer brings up some ugly history, but I think the Lummi Indians have the truth captured in a bumper sticker I saw:  “Custer had it coming.”  I wish you could have been in the car with us as we hit the two-lane backroads with windows down and the sunroof open.  The forest is so GREEN you can’t see in more than 20 feet as ferns, cedars, pines, and a wall of leaves create a cool dark space crowding the skinny Birch trees this area is known for.  Leslie says the air is green at times, and it so fabulous to drive down quiet roads cut right through the heart of the forest with green walls on both sides of the car.  And the air thick and clean.  And very odd to me is that a few miles down the road, the forest ends and vast stretches of flat farmland appear.  And there is a mixture of pastures, dairies, and huge fields filled with raspberry vines which are now covered with a thick coat of new green leaves.  Scores of tiny yellow-white flowers have appeared on every branch of the blueberry bushes – kind of hard to see unless you are close up.  And here we are in early May, and many farms are already cutting alfalfa hay.  The smell around these fields is another kind of “country perfume,” and you almost believe you get some vitamins just breathing it in. And if you are in the car with us, you get to sing along.

“We ain’t got barrels of money, maybe we’re ragged and funny, but we’re travelin’ along, singin’ a song, side by side.“

Sending you peace and love from Birch Bay, Washington.  Be well.  Love,  Lance

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An April Letter…..

Friends,

March 26, 2020. Rain is in the forecast here for the next seven days, and we are growing web feet, but it's fine.  Still lovely to drive out into the countryside to see the farms and pastures with huge patches of dense forest primeval in between large stretches of fertile farmland...there is an incredible layout of the land here...hills and high meadows abound with the soft curves of a woman's body. Everywhere there are green fields with snow-capped mountains rising up on two sides in the distance.  I have never been on land so beautiful.  We love to drive and check out the farms and dairies. Cutest of all are the lambs staying close to mother on the shady side of the barn; baby goats are next. 

April 1.  As the world turns, I’m watching the huge buds on the maple trees behind our house. They are large as a small marble with tiny green leaves covering one side of the bud, and I’m amazed.  Even with dark skies and cool temperatures over the past two weeks, the change of seasons continues – Spring is relentless here. Only the bare raspberry vines remind you we are not yet out of Winter’s retreat.  But it won’t be long before a few leaves appear – I’m guessing we’ll see them in less than a week.

April 2.  I was wrong.  There are small light green leaves on at least half of the raspberry vines we saw today -They are waking up.  Another good sign this morning was finding the three eggs in my breakfast skillet were all double yolkers!  I should have immediately gone out and bought a lotto ticket.  Egg prices are up here, too, but we get really fresh eggs at Edaleens, the milk and dairy store.  Rain is still hanging around with occasional “sun breaks” that warm up our bodies and hearts as we drive out into backroads.  One sign on a pasture fence caught my eye:  “Warning, bull on premise.”  Okay, I’m not coming in.

April 9.  Sunshine!  High pressure has settled in over us and today will be the warmest day of the year with the high reaching into the ’60s.  Leslie is already out in the front yard planting flowers.  We hit Loew’s yesterday, and she bought five or six kinds of blooming plants.  Her motto is:  we just need a shot of color.  And she’s right.  It makes a huge difference to look out and see the English Daisies in five colors she already has planted along the driveway.  And now she’s on a mission to add more color.  I’m so lucky to have her by my side.

April 10.  The Full Moon gets the coyotes howling around here.  I’m a log when asleep and never hear them.  Leslie is a very light sleeper and reports their howling just across the street in the old abandoned golf course and that there must be a big pack because they are so noisy. 

I have been very poopy about this virus...figured it would get me....but today I am feeling much stronger and upbeat...in part because Leslie noted that my anniversary of getting out of the rest home from GBS was April 10....four years ago!...and then I realized...I have made it from that trauma...I'm going to make it through this one...I'm banged up...an old '48 Ford with creased fenders and acrid smoke spewing from the tailpipe...but I still run, my headlights work, and I can get around.  April 13.  More sunny days and the rest of the forest is waking up. Small, light green leaves are covering almost every branch.  Dandelions line the road and they are brilliant yellow this year.  Like patches of bright gold, we see thousands in some fields which to me are more beautiful than a rose garden.  Bees love and need these golden weeds to survive.  So, I’ve seen some folks here mow their yards and leave a big area uncut where the Dandelions grow.  Every back road now looks like a yellow brick road with golden bouquets on both sides of the pavement.  We send you our best.  Be well

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  1. Pam Barrett

    Dear Lance,
    I love how you write! So heartfelt and vivid. Thank you for sharing these precious moments in
    time that really is all there is these days.
    Pam

    Reply

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LOOKING AHEAD TO MAY

Venus begins a 40+ day Retrograde on May 13 in Gemini, the sign of the twins.  Even so, there are two sterling Sundays that are perfect for a wedding or a special event in your life.  May 10 and 17 both have lucky Jupiter in the foreground and are days of Grace.  The Skywatch is also good on Memorial Day, May 2 and May 15.  The most stressful day I see in May is the 24th.  Keep it simple that Sunday.

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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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