Mercury begins another Retrograde cycle on Feb 16 that will last until March 9. However, the rest of the Skywatch in February contains more kisses than quacks. The headliner is a lovely sextile between lucky Jupiter and creative Neptune—a dream can come true if you have prepared and done the work under this aspect. It’s especially helpful for Pisces natives as Jupiter and Neptune are this water sign’s rulers. And all of us have Pisces in our birth chart ruling one house or area of activity in our life—an area that can show some real improvement in February. Where is the sign Pisces in your chart?
January 16, 2020
We got up last Wednesday morning and found three more inches of snow on top of the two inches we got the day before. The temperature was 13 degrees. The wind chill was minus five due to north winds blowing 30 knots straight out of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia. This is the coldest day I’ve ever seen and reminded me that I did forecast a Winter blast. I just didn’t think it would hit us, and therefore hadn’t stocked up properly—my beer supply was low. And we weren’t going anywhere. Leslie, god bless her, sprang into action. First, she loaded up the bird feeders in the front and back yards for the scores of “little birds” that come flying in very hungry. Then she retrieved the hummingbird feeders she had out front and back—both were frozen solid. So she thawed them out and put them back out. Hummers appeared within five seconds and loaded up on fuel. Of course, the glass bowls of nectar froze up again in about two hours. Leslie then got creative. She cut the toes off old socks and covered the bowls with two socks each for insulation. Then she had some small hand warmers that she taped onto the bottom plastic perches to keep the juice from freezing. I watched her hang the feeder in the front yard bush and watched a hummer almost immediately appear and get to filling up his belly. It’s amazing that some hummers do winter over here. And some don’t make it—the neighborhood website reported folks finding dead birds in their front yards. Not here. One guy in the front yard and two in the back yard are alive and vocal: Leslie said one “fussed” at her when she took down the feeder. When you can’t get out and get to the store, you start to take stock of your provisions as well as beer—got enough to eat? Again, I was so thankful I found Leslie, the Cancer, who stashes food like the apocalypse is tomorrow. We have a pantry filled with stuff and the coat closet in the living room also holds enough pasta to feed the Italian army. In the garage, we have another small fridge and freezer that is stocked and it sits next to an industrial set of shelves loaded with beans, tomato sauce, sardines, and various groceries. We weren’t going to starve, I realized. And that’s not counting our fridge which is already packed. Moreover, she bought 20 pounds of birdseed just the week before. Cancers are water signs, and like their brothers and sisters, Scorpio and Pisces, are “vibey”— they are somehow in touch with what’s ahead. So it is the coldest of worlds but the best of worlds, too. We have plenty to eat and enjoyed watching the birds and hummers come by. I made three pots of coffee—it tasted so good.
Two days later, still four inches of snow on the ground , and it’s 23 degrees. But we did make it out yesterday to mail some readings and pick up milk and beer at the local market. Likely we’ll get out today but stay local. I’d like to get to Freddies in Bellingham, the big local market, where they have Dungeness crabs on sale. The crab season just opened, and I am ready to crack some claws. Leslie again was up filling the hummer feeders at sunrise even before she had coffee! And troops were waiting for their first drink of the day. The weatherman is certain we’ll have warm rain this weekend—we’ll be happy to see it.
We’ve all just
passed through a stressful Saturn Pluto event. And worked through five planets
in Capricorn, which froze us, killed some, and dealt some really bad cards to
others. Times change. The next two major events in the Skywatch create healing
energy or a time of miracles for those who are ready. My suggestion is: Let’s
get prepared. Make a list, write down some good things you’d like to have
happen over the next 60 days. It doesn’t have to be formal or in complete
sentences—notes on a bar napkin will do—write it down. Now is the time to place
your order: How could you use a good blast of energy that’s ahead? What
possibilities are out there? Lucky Jupiter is in both events creating a stellar
time in your life to adventure, look for opportunities, gamble on your talents,
and to find new ways to grow and prosper. Place your order. As times change.
We had a quiet and lovely Thanksgiving. Just Leslie, her son Pete and I enjoyed shrimp cocktails and t-bone steaks with a good bottle of wine. It was a simple to cook and clean up meal that satisfied us. And then I turned on the football games. The weather has been mellow with highs in the low 50’s and lows in the high 40’s. We get some rain two or three days a week but no wind or really difficult days. It is dark at 4:30 pm and dawn doesn’t arrive until about 7:15 am. This is the “Big Dark” of Winter. Lots of clouds on most days but we don’t care. It’s still lovely here and there is a lot to see on the back roads. The raspberry vines are all wound up into a semicircle and sleeping until Spring wakes them up. The blueberry bushes are cranberry red. – It’s a strange sight to see fields of red leaves, stems, and plants against the green background of cedars and pines. Lots of pastures are bright green as farmers plant alfalfa as soon as the corn is harvested and get a jump on growing a crop as the hay grows in these low light months and later becomes the number one crop around here. It’s easy to see why with so many dairy farms and ranches in this county. The Kodak moment was last week. We’ve seen small flocks of great white swans out in the stubble fields, but we were stunned when we turned down a two-lane backroad and saw well over a thousand white swans out in a field in one huge gathering. They fly down from Canada during our Winters and are fabulous to see. We found a small Lutheran church on of the backroads and the sign out front interested me. The top message noted the times of the service; underneath that, it said: Quilting, Wednesday, 9 am. There’s an old craft and social experience. I would love to see what they are making. Most of the flowers along the driveway are gone except for some white faces from a flower I don’t know. And there are pink blossoms on Leslie’s Thanksgiving cactus in the living room. She says it only blooms once a year.
I had to look up the chart of Fred Rodgers. (March 20, 1928, 8:20 am, Latrobe, PA) and was not surprised to see such a lovely chart. A Pisces Sun and Moon gives him deep compassion and a desire to help others. Add to that pair Mercury in Pisces, the ability to express it. And sitting in between the Moon and Mercury is Venus, the planet of love, in her most powerful sign, Pisces. That adds up to a loving heart and a kind manner. His rising sign or personality is Taurus, another sign ruled by loving Venus. That chart set me off to look up Tom Hanks chart. Tom’s Sun is in another sensitive water sign, Cancer, and it linked up in a trine to his Mars in Pisces, echoing the energy in Fred’s chart. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I bet it’s very good.
Know anyone with Lyme disease? I do and passed on to her the website of a Swedish researcher who has found a plant that is the right medicine to heal this nasty infection. I found this info in one of my astrology magazines- odd I’ve never seen this in the news. For her information, go to: https://www.flaatthjelp.net/to-sma-flattbitt/teasel/. I’ll try to remember to put this up on my site, too. This is a major deal for those with Lyme.
And then, right in the middle of the Big Dark, the clouds part, the Sun comes out and we have a fabulous day. The air is so clean and sweet, and our drive out into the backroads is our Disneyland, especially when we are in the valleys and look up and see Mt Baker covered in snow with cotton candy clouds covering the base - everything here is always outlined in green cedars and pine trees – add the blue waters of Birch Bay and to this scene and we have the primary colors of happiness around us all the time. Leslie and I send you best wishes and our hope you have a peaceful, loving, and enjoyable holiday celebration.
A rare, once-in-a-generation conjunction between Saturn and Pluto puts a stressful and challenging element into the Skywatch in January. This is not a good month to gamble with love or money. And pay extra attention to the kids and critters as minor mishaps can get out of hand with Pluto on deck. Save major changes and gambles for another month—let times change. The Kiss and Quack days for each month of 2020 can be found in the Skywatch Datebook.
There’s lots of positive energy in the Skywatch in December and many excellent days for holiday festivities and shopping. The main event is generous and lucky Jupiter lining up in a trine to friendly Uranus on December 15. Uranus rules cars, computers, telephones, and everything high tech —all likely to be in high demand and favorite gifts this year. This trine also encourages and welcomes our involvement with good friends and organizations with humanitarian and charitable concerns — all ruled by Uranus.
A Solar Eclipse and New Moon on December 26 conjuncts optimistic Jupiter setting up a stellar day and following a two-week period to start a new era in your life and to plant seeds that can bloom in 2020. And it marks a lovely start to Kwanzaa celebrations as well.
Changes: Jupiter enters earth sign Capricorn on December 2 and will travel through the sign ruled by conservative Saturn until December 2020. Jupiter rules the process of expansion and is somewhat restricted in Capricorn. The message here is to be realistic and careful in expanding your business or other concerns during this year-long period. Of course, this sign change is most helpful to Capricorn natives and the other two earth signs: Taurus and Virgo.
The Skywatch on Christmas Day is mellow. The Moon is in easygoing Sagittarius early Christmas morning and turns Void of Course at 6:18 am PST. Clear skies prevail thereafter until the Moon ends the V/C cycle by entering old-school Capricorn at 4:45 pm PST. She travels on to trine friendly Uranus at 9:45 pm PST suggesting a warm and loving atmosphere around the Christmas tree that evening.
Friends, October 29, 2019
The “Big Dark” has begun. That’s what the locals call the long stretch of dark and rainy days we get in Fall and Winter here in western Washington. We just finished a ten-day stretch when the skies were dark gray and cloudy from sunrise to sunset. This weather is what drove my father away from the west coast. He grew up in Portland, Oregon, and filled me in on the names and lore of this country when I was a youngster. I had no idea he was giving me valuable information on names and life here in the great Northwest. I never expected to live in this state, but it was helpful to know about the Palouse and how to pronounce some of the tricky names of cities here, like Chehalis. My dad was a double Leo, ruled by the Sun, and he took it as a personal offense when bad weather prevented him from getting out and playing golf. So, he ended up in Oklahoma, “where the wind comes sweeping down the plains” – and it does – not much better weather to me as it’s hot, hot and cold, cold there (with an occasional twister). And while we have lots of rain and clouds here, when it breaks, and the sun comes out, the days are glorious. And that is what’s happening now. Highs in the 50’s and bright sunshine have been on the weather map all week and even looking ahead for few more days. And it’s so beautiful now. The air is pure and invigorating; everything is washed clean. Golden leaves from our maples cover the backyard. The scenes on the backroads are like a Norman Rockwell painting with giant splashes of colorful maples dressed in red outlined against dark green firs and evergreens. Every road we wander down is so lovely, and we take our time driving to the store in Ferndale or to the Post Office in Blaine. And to us, this is all still so beautiful under cloudy skies – we enjoy the ride rain or shine.
Leslie and I love cloudy, rainy days. We turn on the little gas fireplace in the living room and put something tasty in the oven for dinner. Our house is cozy, and we are homebodies deluxe with an open bottle of wine on the kitchen counter. The good news for local farmers and ranchers is that the U.S. Department of Agriculture set the new benchmark for milk at a good price. I’ve never understood why this is so, but the price of milk, butter, and cheese is set, and this year, dairymen will get $1.51 per gallon of milk, up from $1.38 a year ago. They need the increase to stay in business as costs keep rising. Bad reports came in from the berry harvest. Farmers reported an 11% decline in production in the raspberry fields from last year, which was a record harvest. Bad weather, a cold snap early in the year, was blamed for the loss of production. This doesn’t worry me because when you drive down the backroads with raspberry fields on both sides, you also see these huge, fabulous houses on the same property. There’s money to be made in raspberries – who knew?
The next big money maker from Washington will show up in your grocery stores next year. A new variety of apple, named “Cosmic Crisp”, has been developed at Washington State University in Pullman. This bright red apple has a higher acid content, and that means it travels well. They say the sweet crisp texture will taste the same if you picked it yesterday or flew it 2,000 miles to Hawaii. It’s going to be expensive due to farmers having to pay the school a fee (to offset their costs of development) for getting their orchards planted with the new variety. But Washington growers get a measure of protection from the school as they will be the only ones to have this new variety to sell for the next ten years. After that time it will be sold to other farmers and likely become more plentiful.
If you want your own personal reading for 2020, I suggest you get in touch with me as soon as possible; I’ll be booked heavily in December. Send me an email if you have questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.