A New Winter Letter from Lance…..

Friends,                                                                                               February 13, 2019

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.

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LOOKING AHEAD TO MARCH:

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.

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A Winter Letter from Lance

Friends,                                                                                               January 15, 2019

We’ve had several stout Winter storms blow through Western Washington this last month.  The most powerful one destroyed a restaurant that sits on the beach near our house.  We had a King (high) tide when this storm blew in with 70 mph winds blowing straight into the back of Birch Bay kicking up 5-8 foot waves.  The owner of the Bay Breeze restaurant had her camera on as the waves pounded against the glass windows at the back of her dining room overlooking the bay.  Finally, the waves won and smashed the windows allowing sea water to flood the place, and the last thing we saw on the video was the furniture drifting out into the bay through the blown out windows.  Sad, very sad, and it will take a while to rebuild as the place was red-tagged, or unsafe to be inside.  The waves also tore up big chunks of the asphalt road that circles the bay.  And what surprised me the most was seeing all the driftwood that was thrown up on the beach from this storm.  All sizes of logs, some 10-20 ft long, covered the beach for several miles.  Hundreds and hundreds of them must have come from the San Juan Islands which sit out in the distance.  Driftwood fans were out there loading their truck from the bonanza on the beach the next day.  Our little house sits up high on a ridge (Leslie found out we sit 41 feet above sea level) and we were safe and sound although the howling wind was a bit scary.  It hasn’t been really cold; we’ve gotten down to 29 at night, but that’s the coldest temp so far.  We’re back to the Winter schedule of feeding the birds – Leslie has feeders up both in the front and back of our house for the little birds, as we call them.  And we toss out peanuts for the crows and squirrels – our Winter pets we enjoy seeing on the back patio.  The tap water now is cold and very tasty.  Our water comes from deep wells and is sweet and without any chemical smell or taste – you can fill up your water bottle from the kitchen tap and avoid having to buy any.  Plus, the Dungeness crab season is now in full swing.  I picked up a fat boy at the supermarket (they only harvest boy crabs; the girls get thrown back into the water) for $8.54 last Monday and had a lovely dinner with an Oregon Pinot Gris, butter pot, and crusty bread.  Both Oregon and Washington vineyards bottle some excellent red and white wines, easily as good as anything coming from Napa Valley, California.  The Winter scene on the back roads is interesting and still lovely as all the pastures are green with a new crop of Alfalfa - there are so many dairy cattle and horses raised here they need a lot of good feed.  So, in between the blueberry and raspberry fields are vast stretches of land planted in alfalfa and corn.  Now that the corn has been harvested, many farmers have planted alfalfa in the stubble fields to get a head start on a Spring harvest.  And now that the leaves are off the trees, we can see further into the woods and discover sweet little houses just off the road that were invisible when the Summer foliage blocked them from discovery. And in the distance, snow-covered mountains are a fabulous sight.  Mt. Baker looks like a giant whipped cream snow cone in the distance.  The snow-covered foothills of the Canadian Rockies dominate another part of the distant vista.  And maybe the best part is that there is no traffic – we cruise leisurely down the two-lane farm roads and thoroughly enjoy checking out the farms and scenery at our own pace.  The first thing to read in this new issue of Skywatch is the information in the “Looking Ahead” paragraphs on the back page.  Difficult changes are just ahead, so this is the month to handle the high priority matters in your life – Don’t wait until March when times change.

2 thoughts on “A Winter Letter from Lance

  1. Beth Haggerty

    Hi Lance and Leslie,

    Just read your Winter letter. It sounds like you both are living a life about as close to heaven as one can get on this planet. Glad the storm didn’t damage you or your property. I so enjoy reading your letters. Of course, your Skywatch guides encourage me to try to stay in touch with what the stars are trying to tell me – to help me.

    Lots of Love,
    Beth

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LOOKING AHEAD TO FEBRUARY:

You can expect some new developments around your home or office this month. All planets are in direct motion increasing the flow of positive energy and reducing the tendency for small delays to get in your way. Plus, innovative Uranus is now rocking along again in eager Aries, having left Taurus last November. Uranus encourages thinking that is outside the box and open to changes and new directions. 

 Additionally, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto are all moving into new territory in February. Which helps spark new situations and opportunities to expand your field of operations and to open doors to new sources of profit and success. It’s unusual that all three advance at the same time. Yes, yes, yes. So this is a very good month to put plans into action that have been gestating or delayed for some reason.

We have Venus, Saturn, and Pluto all in dependable and conservative Capricorn in February. Mars enters another earth sign, Taurus on February 14. Earth signs have common sense and a good ability to appraise the value of a person or item - and we all get to “borrow” some of that talent this month. Ready to buy a new car or another important purchase? This is a good month to do it and especially if you use one of the kiss days to finalize the deal.

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A January Letter……….

Friends,                                                                                               Jan 4, 2019

Old Man Winter has been slapping us around of late.  Storm after storm has blown through our area with winds near 60 mph.  And lots of rain.  But it’s been mild with the highs sitting near 50 degrees and the lows each night in the 40s.  A tornado hit Port Orchard, about 125 miles to our south, a few weeks ago and did some real damage.  Not only were roofs blown off but the big problem was huge trees falling on cars and houses.  I grew up in tornado alley Oklahoma where the trees are not big, maybe 30 feet tall and they didn’t really do much damage when they fell.  Here we have 100 ft pines that almost cut a house in half when they crash down on the roof.  Power lines were down all over town, too, and crews will be working with chainsaws for a couple of days to just clear the roads of fallen trees.  But that is a rare, very rare event for Western Washington.  All we worry about when the storms come in is losing power.  So I have stashed flashlights in our bedrooms to be ready in case it happens – old boy scout training. The Winter storms have chased in flocks of Canadian Snow geese to our area.  We see them out in the cornfields in groups of 10 to 100 – huge, beautiful birds you can spot feeding in the stubble from a mile away.  All this blustery weather keeps the soup pots going in all the local restaurants and clam chowder is always in one of the pots – my favorite.  Big Signs up are up here in Birch Bay announcing “the Polar Bear Plunge” on New Year’s Day.  Not me.  Not Leslie or Pete. But there were hundreds of hardcore souls who jump into the cold waters of the bay and freeze their tooties off that morning.  The event here on New Year’s eve is much more civil as folks all around the bay hold up torches flares,  and other light sources that night and create a “Ring of Fire and Hope” which is quite dramatic and makes us all realize we are neighbors and friends living in this beautiful spot on the Washington coast.

Leslie has added a holiday spirit to our house with big poinsettias in the living room and a cheerful wreath on the front door.  We keep it pretty simple over Christmas and New Years. I ’ve been talking about doing a prime rib for Christmas dinner for a long time, and this year we did one. I know, time is flying.  We are kinda stunned we’ve been here in Birch Bay for almost three years, long enough for me to forget all the names of the streets in Corpus Christi and our old stomping grounds.  We’re still amazed we packed things up and made the move so late in life.  And now we are settled in and feel like locals driving down the two-lane farm roads enjoying the scenery and clam chowder when we stop for lunch. 

We wish you all a Happy New Year.  Thanks for your love and support.  We begin 2019 with high energy and lots of very good days in the Skywatch – make some plans and put something positive and healing on your agenda in January.

But be sure to read ahead and get all the details before you set up anything important.

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Looking ahead to February…….

You can expect some new developments around your home or office this month. All planets are in direct motion increasing the flow of positive energy and reducing the tendency for small delays to get in your way. Plus, innovative Uranus is now rocking along again in eager Aries, having left Taurus last November. Uranus encourages thinking that is outside the box and open to changes and new directions. 

Additionally, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto are all moving into new territory in February. Which helps spark new situations and opportunities to expand your field of operations and to open doors to new sources of profit and success. It’s unusual that all three advance at the same time. Yes, yes, yes. So this is a very good month to put plans into action that have been gestating or delayed for some reason.

We have Venus, Saturn, and Pluto all in dependable and conservative Capricorn in February. Mars enters another earth sign, Taurus on February 14. Earth signs have common sense and a good ability to appraise the value of a person or item—and we all get to “borrow” some of that talent this month. Ready to buy a new car or another purchase? This is a good month to do it and especially if you use one of the kiss days to finalize the deal.

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