LOOKING AHEAD TO SEPTEMBER:

Get after the critical stuff in your life as early in the month as possible. We have seven planets in earth signs as we kick off September—this is rare and welcome. Earth signs are practical, have common sense, and help us take a realistic approach in all matters. Notable is the Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Mars are all in analytical Virgo over the first thirteen days of the month. This is a stellar time to handle important details in your life and to attend to health issues not only for you and family, but also your pets, also ruled by Virgo.

        Changes in the Skywatch show up on the 14th when Mercury and Venus both enter air sign Libra, which is ruled by Venus. This change kicks on the green lights for beauty treatments, cosmetic surgery, for buying art and planning social events. Consultants of all kinds are also Libra ruled, making the next 24 days a very good time for important appointments with the people who can help you. Love is in the air with Venus in Libra and singles who want a partner should get out on the dance floor during this once a year event.

        Trouble lurks this month as overindulgent Jupiter makes a square to impractical and unrealistic Neptune on the 21st. Illusions, deceit, errors, misunderstandings, and problems with drugs and alcohol all are more likely with this pair, along with strange sleep and dreams. Stay under the speed limit; don’t push your luck or gamble with the rent while this marker hangs out in the heavens all month long. Pisces birth signs especially, as these two planets are your rulers.

        Helpful is that ambitious and practical Saturn leaves his Retrograde cycle and returns to direct motion on the 18th. This is a good signal for all of us to turn our attention to working on priority plans and goals in the weeks ahead.

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A July Letter from Lance

Friends,                                                                                                                                                        July 18, 2019

The halcyon days are here.  I had no idea how sweet the weather is around here in Summer.  The highs are in the mid-’70s, and the lows hover around 60.  Winds are light and variable.  And we are in the growing season with sunrise at 5 am and sunset at 9 pm which gives us 16 hours of daylight, and you can add a half-hour of twilight at dawn and dusk.  The result is extraordinary growth out in the fields.  Three weeks ago the corn shoots were tiny three-inch plants.  Driving out into the country now we see corn stalks as high as our waist and lush rows so green they almost look blue.  The potato fields are also covered in soft purple flowers – I had no idea potato plants created such lovely flowers.  Signs are up all over for “U pick-em” blueberry and raspberry farms.  The harvest has begun, and fresh berries are cheap at the local grocery stores.  Small farm stands are also common with signs that advertise local cherries at two dollars a basket.  A small sign caught my eye on one country lane: “free rhubarb” with an empty basket sitting underneath it.  The raspberry festival kicks off this weekend in Lynden.  They close off the main street and set up basketball courts for three on three teams, and it’s real competition at all age levels.  Seems strange for this Dutch themed/settled town with giant windmills on main street and the Dutch bakery producing fabulous treats to be so into basketball, but they love it and have the same games and celebration every year.  Driving out into the back roads is colorful as wildflowers are all over.  Some fields are covered in small yellow blossoms that look like tiny buttercups.  We don’t know the names of those beauties or the name of the purple spikes that grow in abundance on the verges.  My favorites are the white morning glories that are common and despised by the locals who call them “bindweed” because they choke out anything growing with them.  The almost magical sight are the fields of lavender that a few local farms have growing behind their house.  Lavender is common here in all the neighborhoods, and this year it seems even more beautiful than last year, Leslie noted.   We’re excited that Leslie’s cousin, Jane, will be here this Saturday and stay for a few days.  She lives in Dallas and is looking forward to being out of the Texas heat, and to come play with us.  So, we’ll hit the store today, and stock up on goodies and I’ll make some veggie soup with all local stuff that’s fresh.  Everybody in Texas should get two weeks here every Summer just to chill out.  Someone needs to explain it to me how the government sets milk prices.  Did you know that?  The latest figures just came out, and they are up a bit from last year.  Dairymen get $1.40 per gallon for their milk; last year it was $1.31.  Fixed prices are also set for butter ($2.40/lb) and cheddar cheese( $1.80/lb).  These current figures barely cover the cost of production and are one reason the number of dairy farms is declining in this area.  And that’s sad.  The event I missed and would like to have seen took place in a little town, Burlington, last week.  “The Colt Starting Challenge brings together five horses, 5 round pens and five horse trainers who “gentle, start and ride five unbroke horses.”  Most folks think of Seattle and the big companies that live here and don’t realize this is still cowboy country and part of the wild west. We see lots of horses grazing in pastures on the back roads.  I just got the data I need to write my 2020 Datebook and will be working out the details and dates over the next few weeks.  I say little about the people we meet and live around, but one detail caught my attention last week that highlights the energy and awareness of so many of the folks who live here.  Back in Texas, the graffiti in the men’s restroom is lewd and something you wouldn’t want your mother to see.  Here in Birch Bay, I found a different kind of message in the men’s room.  Sprawled out in big letters, the message said:  Save the Planet!  With an exclamation mark!  Hope Mercury Retrograde isn’t causing you too much trouble.  Big changes ahead in August and all point to an enjoyable month. The next Mercury Rx begins on Halloween and ends on November 21. Mark your calendar. Leslie and I send you peace and love from Birch Bay, Washington.

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LOOKING AHEAD TO AUGUST:

The heat is on.  We begin the month with a New Moon in fiery Leo joined by Venus, Mars, and Mercury, all in the sign of the Lion.  Add Jupiter, now in fire sign Sagittarius, to this group, and we have a preponderance of fire signs in the Skywatch encouraging all of us to spend time in the Sun and to adventure and play in August.  Las Vegas and amusement parks are Leo’s favorite playgrounds - I suspect crowds will fill both arenas.  The sign that rules our children and the child inside us all sparks a creative and playful attitude in most folks.  Romance and sexual attention to others are also sparked by planets in the sign that rules France and heroes/lovers, Pepe le Pew and Inspector Clouseau.

Adding more energy to romances and marriage proposals in August, Venus and Mars will travel through Leo hand in hand for most of the month, then enter Virgo and conjunct on the 23/24th.  Mars eagerly reaches for Venus with love and with passion, but he can also be selfish and impatient by starting an argument and a fight with his loved ones.  Challenges in relationships are most likely when the Full Moon in Aquarius on the 15th opposes both planets in the heavens.  A sweeter connection and fabulous day to propose marriage or any other important request appears on the 30th when a New Moon in Virgo conjuncts both Venus and Mars in the Skywatch while the Moon trines Saturn and Uranus.  It’s a day of Grace and an especially good day for initiating new plans and putting your wishes and needs out on the table. Notable: Jupiter ends his four-month Retrograde cycle that began last April on August 11th. And again, green lights come on for travel, expanding your field of interests and handling all legal matters—all Jupiter ruled.

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Lance’s Letter for June………

It was providential.  That’s how Leslie describes good things that happen to us.  And it was providential that granddaughter Ellen flew in to see us on a business trip at the end of May.  Ellen, related to Leslie by blood and to me by love, is a high tech wiz and a fiery Aries, good with machines and fixing things. She got on Leslie’s computer and discovered that the hard drive was about to poop out.  Quack, quack, quack.  But she saved the day by saving all Leslie’s info, including this mailing list, and transferred it to a new hard drive which she installed on our kitchen table. Then she helped me set up my new software and computer – help you know I really needed if you read last week’s letter.  On Sunday, she joined me in the poker game I play at a local bar. And she did really well.  At the end of the game, there were four players left: Bob the nice guy, John the whiner, Ellen and me.  Of course, she was born in Texas and still lives in Austin, so our game of Texas hold’em poker is something she has a natural instinct for. We hated to see her leave but know she really loved our spot in Washington and will be back.  Right now we are in a heat wave with temperatures setting new records up and down the coast.  It’s much worse in California and even Oregon while we don’t suffer badly with a gentle sea breeze keeping the air cool and fresh even while the Sun is really hot.  It’s amazing to me how hot the sun is here.  On days when the temperature is just 65, the warmth of the sun when it’s out, makes it extremely comfortable.  We’ve had good and bad news from the natural world.  The bad news is that more than 70 gray whales have died and washed up on our beaches of late. No word from the scientists on why it’s happening.  The good news is the birth of a new baby orca we see swimming next to mom in the Salish Sea. And the new baby appears to be in good health and will survive they say.  Our place is surrounded by color and lovely flowers Leslie has cultivated over the last month.  Huge purple and white delphiniams rise up high into the sky from the garden floor and delight us from the front yard and through the living room windows.  Mike and Dave, our neighbors, have a tomato growing contest every year and the heat is on.  But the strange thing is Leslie has more tomatoes on her vines than they do.  However her best plant was given to her by Mike who sneaks over and waters it surreptitiously– the whole thing is too funny to me, but I will eat their success and hope all have a good crop to harvest.  Leslie has the love that makes flowers, veggies,  and me, strong and grow.  This same energy makes her fairly lucky at slots, too.  Some people have it, but most don’t.  I tried to help several gamblers way back when I first realized the magnitude of information available from astrology.  We tried buying stocks, too, using their incorporation dates as birth charts.  Results were not great – we lost a lot of money.  What is available to see in a birth chart is the ability to do something: paint a picture, build a house, write a book.  But you can’t tell the design of the house or subject of the book from the chart.  There are definitely hints in the rest of the chart and the houses that hold planets give another kind of clue.  The example is Leslie, who has a very strong Venus in Leo, suggesting a love of games, beauty, and being as artistic as she can in day to day living – Venus also attracts love and money.  A key to her story is that her Venus is in her 8th house = money held by others.  And it works out in her life, in one way, to be lucky at gambling.  She won’t come and play poker; her game is the penny slot machines.  And the second thing we can see in astrology is timing.  We always wait for the good aspects in her chart and the Skywatch to hit a local casino.  That’s why the Skywatch is so important – the energy in the sky acts like a trigger to the current energy in your chart.  Watch what happens when there are Mars squares in the heavens, even to the Moon.  People that are already angry will act out and release their Martian fire.  When there are good Venus aspects in the Skywatch, Leslie has better luck than usual if her chart is already happy.  Does she always win?  No.  Some times are much better than others and some are providential.  We enjoy the ride.

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  1. Pamela

    Always good to have a computer guru in the family! Glad things worked out and Happy summer to you and Leslie! Always enjoy your newsletters

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LOOKING AHEAD TO JUNE 2019:

Practical, 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 in May.

      The New Moon on May 4 is also in Taurus setting up a very good day and following a two-week period of time to plant these seeds and to convince your teenager to open a savings account for the new car she wants to buy.

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A Late May letter from Lance

Friends,                                                                                                                                May 15, 2019

I’ve found the end of the world – get a new computer.  Way, way more buttons and clicks than I can understand. Quack, quack, quack.  However, I am blessed with a wife who can set me up and show me the way to computer heaven – my actual arrival date is still uncertain but I do know Leslie will get me there in this decade. Times change.  I remember starting to analyze data and writing the first Skywatch report on Jan 1, 1979 on a portable electric typewriter sitting on the kitchen table in San Ramon, California.  I still have some very fragile and yellowed pages from those days sitting in my files.  We’ve had a wild streak of weather and it seems like the whole country has, too.  We had a HEAT WAVE last week.  All caps due to daytime high temperature of 85 degrees in Seattle (breaking old records) that sent all the tv weather folks into a frenzy,  apologizing to listeners for the discomfort of such a difficult day. As Texans we had to laugh at that response to what would be a lovely Spring day in Austin.  But since we live at the coast, our highs didn’t get to 80 here and we had a sweet onshore breeze – making for a chamber of commerce day.  However we have learned that many locals are uncomfortable and hate temperatures  above 80, some even cooler.  Times change – it’s cooled off and now we have the rain again which the farmers need.  News is not good in the raspberry fields as farmer’s report that they have lost 30% of the berry crop due to damage to the canes from the last and late Winter storm that blew in out of Frazier Valley, Canada.  Luckily the Blueberry crop was not hurt but you can expect to pay more for raspberries this year. The sunshine and rain has encouraged a marvelous and colorful display from all of the pots of flowers Leslie has planted over the last two weeks.  Pick a color and you’ll see that face in the dozen or so pots on the back porch or the half dozen pots lining the walkway. How rare is it to have a computer wizard who also grows flowers and keeps us surrounded with color and joy?  I do feel very lucky to have Leslie in my life. And there is more color about. The entire area is blessed with huge blooming hydrangas in red, white, pink and orange walls of color.   Fabulous wisteria and lilac trees in full bloom also add color to our meanderings on the back roads.   Most of all we love driving through patches of the forest which separate farms and houses – it is a wall of green everything and dark cool moments of incredible beauty and peace  before we break out into the sunshine, pastures and open fields.  I find it really odd that we have big hills on some roads, the forests in stretches and mountains in the background of our vision but that we  will then suddenly drive out into huge patches of flat, treeless land where the farmers grow alfalfa and corn and where red barns and moo cows reign.  At a cost, the rich, funky smell of these dairies preceeds your arrival and makes you thankful that the folks who bring you milk and ice cream can live in this atmosphere.  You might not want to.  A change of seasons also means that the Bellingham Farmer’s market is back in full operation.  This is a Saturday event we love to  shop.  The same farms are there every year; our fav is Rabbit farms ( “a hop above the rest”) where we buy lettuce, leeks and anything that looks good.  All yummy and organic.  It’s like a carnival scene with performers playing all kinds of instruments entertaining the crowd and hoping for donations to their open instrument cases. Leslie and  I usually start the shopping with a cheese pretzel and an iced coffee. 

We then check out all the booths and load up our Trader Joes bag with local produce and other goodies we find.  Food choices go from wood fired pizza to BarBQ to empanadas which Leslie loves and usually gets.  The Summer fun season has begun.  We are so blessed and happy to be here. 

I need some help.  When you send me a check, please tell me what it is for.  Renewal?  Datebook?  A friend’s subscription? My retirement? And I’ll be certain to fulfill your requests promptly.  Thanks for your support and love.

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  1. Karena Mahoney

    YAY, L&L!

    I so love reading your posts. They are charming, visual, and get the other senses stirring, scents and sounds, feelings, the gamut.

    My middle son in Egypt is building an obelisk! And it’s unusually hot as hell there for May. Meanwhile, Kevin and I are also experiencing wildly variant coastal weather here in the San Francisco Bay Area, and we are filling our formerly drought resistant yard that became a choke of weeds this year, putting down landscaping fabric and adding lovely rocks. We’re not dumb, this wonderful rain we’ve been experiencing in California will not last forever. So, family loving of rocks, the crystallized blood of Mother Earth: both here and in Africa. So awesome.

    Love and best to you both, and will be sure to add a note to my check for Kevin’s birthday reading coming up in July.

    Karena (aka K&K) 😉

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