A January 2021 Letter


We’re well, sitting tight and masked up here in Birch Bay.  We hope you are the same.  I know we are all ready for things to change and get better in America.  Vaccines and a change in leadership are coming our way, which gives me hope.  As you might suspect, I found the birth data of our President-Elect and was amazed at what I found in his natal chart.  I think you will be amazed, too, to see how the planets line up in the signs.

President-elect Joe Biden.  November 20, 1942, 8:30 am, Scranton, Pennsylvania.  Joe’s chart has five planets in water signs – his emotions are powerful.  He is a Scorpio Sun with Mars, Mercury and Venus also in this powerful fixed sign. Scorpio’s gift is bringing order out of chaos, and he has a great deal of energy to do that as his Mars in Scorpio is in rule and extremely strong, especially since Mars resides in his 11th house of the future.  The other three Scorpio energies are in his 12th house of service to humanity, the Pisces house.  Both George W Bush and Carter both had their Suns in the 12th, too.  Notable, charming Venus conjuncts his Sun, Mercury, and his nearby ascendant in early Sagittarius.  Venus wants peace, and she will help him deal with adverse people and situations during his term.  In his 10th house of career/ambition we find Neptune, ruler of Pisces totally complimenting his planets in the 12th.  The sign on the cusp, the dominant desire, is Virgo, the sign of service. 

Making a stellar trine to this Scorpio stellium is Jupiter in water sign Cancer sitting in his 8th house, Scorpio’s domain, repeating his desire to be a force of healing energy.  This is the same Jupiter in Cancer placement as  Jupiter in the chart of the USA.  His Jupiter also trines the Sun and Venus in Cancer in America’s birth chart.  These connections suggest his deeper alignment with America’s values.

Joe was born on a Full Moon, and the always important Moon in his chart is in grounded Taurus.   Stable and dependable Taurus is the best sign for the emotional Moon to work through.  Taurus is also ruled by Venus, and this sign is noted for kindness and patience beyond the norm.

His Sag rising promotes an optimistic vibe, and is mutable, open to new ideas and thinking and is especially strong due to sign ruler Jupiter sitting in Cancer.

Gemini is the sign on his house of partnerships in the President’s chart, and that signals an acceptance and easy connection to younger people and ideas.  Notable, Joe has two planets sitting on and influencing his connections to others.  Conservative and reliable Saturn, also in Gemini, increases his ability to make logical decisions and to communicate effectively with all authority figures and those in power.  The second planet sitting on his line of partnerships is brilliant and imaginative Uranus, the rebel.  This is an exceptionally rare and valuable pair of planets joining forces in a birth chart.  Uranus wants to put a new idea on Saturn’s old ways and improve them.  These two planets rule Aquarius, the sign of the energy surge that is building in the heavens now. 

I’ll outline the planets and signs in Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’s chart next month.

Meanwhile, read ahead in February’s Skywatch.  You’ll find highs and lows – an unusual set of events. 

As times change.

Sending out peace and love,


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  1. Jenny Wiberley

    Hello Lance, a little late reading this letter but man I’m glad I did! Just makes me FEEL GOOD! So thankful for all your insight into astrology. Sending love to you and Leslie..


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A December Letter…..

Friends                                                                                                                                                 December 15, 2020

Jupiter and Saturn meet in the heavens on December 21.  Astrologers call this the Grand Conjunction. While it has been called a Christmas star, this is much more to know about this event that only occurs once every 20 years.  The two giants will meet in the air sign Aquarius.  This is a big deal and the changing of a 200-year cycle of this conjunction that has been in earth signs since 1802. This era has marked the Industrial Revolution and our ability to get power from the earth: uranium, coal, petroleum.  We also note that we have abused the earth badly in this time period and may have damaged our ecosystems so badly we will lose populations of critters worldwide and maybe even our ability to live well on this planet.

In the future, these Grand Conjunctions will occur in air signs, with one timeout in 2159, all the way to 2219.  This is a change we welcome as technology and new inventions discovered in this time period may help us from destroying the earth’s atmosphere and seas.  We can anticipate new energy sources coming from wind (air), solar and new machines not yet invented.

Air signs are noted for democracy, peace, progress, science and technology.  Aquarius rules charitable and humanitarian groups and endeavors and a global perspective.  This broader vision is so needed now as we have to think of saving the earth, not just Kansas.  Air is the mental element in astrological symbols, and we can assume there will be important new inventions and theories developed over the next 200 years.

To put it another way.  We are leaving the era of Gordon Gekko, who said: ”greed is good.”  We have been submerged in the fight for material goods and objects over the last 200 years.  In this next age, the goal is new ideas, inventions and things that help us all – win/win situations/creations.

“Live long and prosper.” Now we should look to and follow Mr. Spock from Star Trek, who was logical, honest, and committed to helping Kirk and the Enterprise complete their mission. (Notable: the line where no man has gone before is an Aries idea; in real life, both Shatner and Nimoy  were born in the sign of Aries, and a reason they fit the parts so well and also butted Ram heads.)

Notable is that this Grand Conjunction takes place on the Winter Solstice, one of the most powerful days of the year.  A day that marks the change of seasons also is a day that marks the change of an era for us all.

As above, so below.  This energy shift marks a stellar time in your life to put new ideas and win/win plans into your future.  The Force will be with you in the months and years ahead.  As times change.

Live long and prosper.  Leslie and I are sending that message out to you in this holiday season.  We are masked up and well, hiding out in Birch Bay watching it rain and rain – so Northwest!    It is amazing and notable that the Solar Eclipse and New Moon on December 14 planted seeds of a better future for all of us with the new vaccines and a change of administrations.  The Grand Conjunction doubles the good energy in the heavens now and ahead.  This is all positive news to put into your Christmas stocking, and now we can all look forward to 2021 with the hope of better days and a more civil union.

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  1. Merle Morrigan

    Harmony and understanding
    Sympathy and trust abounding
    No more falsehoods or derisions
    Golden living dreams of visions
    Mystic crystal revelation
    And the mind’s true liberation


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A November letter from Lance……

November 15, 2020


Our backyard is so lovely now…a thick layer of golden maple leaves carpets a bright green lawn.  Autumn is such a slow dancer here in western Washington.  We have five stout maple trees in the backyard and while they have dropped a large quantity of leaves, there are still green leaves on the trees and at the edge of each branch, the next leaves to fall, already golden and lovely.  It’s like the trees are on a timed release.  The beauty of fall makes our back road drives so pleasurable.  The colors are amazing.  Lawns are now green with the rains, and so are the alfalfa fields where a fresh crop is getting started.  There’s lots of color in the forest, and we can see deeper into the woods now and the houses hiding off the street.  The blueberry bushes have all turned red/crimson and are a standout – very strange to see this transition every autumn.  We take our time coming and going to Lynden and Ferndale, small towns nearby, that we can reach by cruising down the two-lane country roads – there’s a lovely scene on every street.  However, “the Big Dark” has begun.  And we’ve had lots of cloudy, rainy days the local tv news channels call “So Northwest”.  That means you are going to get wet.  The harvests are all completed.  I counted 22 kinds of apples in the produce section of the grocery store last week.  Boxes of local raspberries, blueberries and strawberries sit next to the apples.  And we spotted the first arrival of huge trumpeter swans out in the cornfields a few days ago.  Seems like they are early this year but we have had some powerful storms which have likely encouraged them to come for their winter visit.  Guess you’ve seen on the national news that they found a murder hornet nest here in Blaine, and wiped it out.  So amazing they could tie a tracking device to the hornet with dental floss and follow it to the nest.  That also tells you how big and strong these devils are.  Scientists think there are still more nests nearby, and the hunt continues to find them.  This all sounds like we are locals, and we think we are.  We now have a good feel for the seasons and changes each season brings.  We are much more tolerant of temperatures in the 50’s which is considered and felt as ‘nippy’ back in Corpus Christi.  As a stubborn, don’t change things Taurus, I am amazed at how easily and enjoyably I have acclimated to everything we experience here in Washington.  Even the long wet winters don’t bother me.  We put something in the oven and cozy up in our little house and watch the leaves fall.  We need to get some peanuts as I saw Earl the squirrel out there yesterday.  Earl and Blackie show up in the winter when food is scarce, and we love to throw out goobers and watch them come right up on the porch steps to retrieve several at a time – they are greedy, hungry.  Time to feed the birds and hummers that winter over, too.  We are in the sync of enjoying life here.

Ok…we’ve made it through the Mercury and Mars Retrogrades.  No fun and we had a few minor accidents but nothing serious, just band-aids, not crutches.  At least the computers and electronics all kept working.  There’s good news brewing in the Skywatch in December – read ahead when you can.  Could be more positive changes are ahead.  The presidential race is still up in the air as I write this.  Regardless of the outcome, there’s a positive shift of energy ahead that will carry you through 2021.  I’ll try to give you the upside of all the positive changes in the months ahead in Skywatch.  And give you notice when the two biggest quacks appear in the heavens; the good news here is that there are only two and nothing like what we have been through.  So, keep some new plans and ideas on the burner for the days ahead.  Meanwhile, mask up, be well.  And we’ll get through this pandemic safely.  We send you best wishes and hope your holidaze are merry.  As times change.

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An October Letter from Lance…..

Friends, October 6, 2020

One of the biggest weather adjustments we have to make here is how the seasons come and go.  It’s sure not like Texas, where Summer is always an early guest and has a late departure.  Here, Summer is very lazy and comes late with no real spice.  But Autumn kicks the door down and we had heavy showers, temps falling from the 80’s to the ’60s, the first day of Fall.  There are flashes of color here and there in the forest, and huge dry oak leaves covering the sidewalk in Lynden, the very cool little “Dutch” city that’s about 10 miles away.  Huge 40 ft windmills welcome you to downtown, just one street, no traffic lights, with the old, old buildings still used, and the Dutch Bakery headlining one corner with tasty goodies that are truly sinful.  You’ll see big pots loaded and crowned with flowers on every corner – it seems like you are in Europe and it’s a very enjoyable place to have lunch or even get the car washed at the De Wagen Wasserij.  The fire season has been horrible.  We had several big fires here in Washington, but California fires were the worst and both brought us days of smokey haze when we would get a slight headache just walking to the mailbox.  It was nasty.  Sending out a “God Bless You” to our friends and Skywatchers there.  Out on the backroads now, it’s very quiet.  Some days we drive for miles not seeing anyone else on the road.  Lots of red apples are on the trees now, and you can’t miss the huge orange globes in the pumpkin patches. The corn is high in field after field, and we wonder when they will cut it.  The raspberry bushes are tired and woven into hoops so they will grow in a manner easier to harvest next year.  We seldom see the farmhands working, but know it’s a huge chore – must be a million plants just around here.  We got some good news on the environmental front.  Remember Tahlequah, the Orca who carried her dead calf around for two weeks?   She just had a healthy new boy who is frisky and will hopefully make it.  Another female Orca also had a calf last month, and the scientists are more than delighted to see this southern pod of whales grow as numbers have been declining over the past few years.  A lack of food had been one big problem since the rivers where the salmon spawn have been dammed up to make electricity which we need.  But the cost is high, the salmon population has declined in a big way, and now a big debate is going on here in Washington state:  Is the electricity worth it when we are destroying the salmon runs and thus the Orca population down the road?  I’ll pay more for electricity; I vote for the rivers to run freely if they want my vote.  The bad news is more murder hornets have been found, the total is 15 now.  They caught one alive in a net and tried to glue a little tracker chip on it’s back, but the glue failed to work, so they will try again.  They want the chip so they can track one to the nest as now they are certain there is one and destroy it.

I’ve completed the 2021 Datebook, and I suspect you are ready to look ahead, too, after such a difficult year begins to finally wind down.  You’ll see details on ordering your copy in this issue of Skywatch.  After publishing these lists of kiss and quack days and getting feedback from readers all over the country, I want you to know how helpful they are whenever you are making important appointments with professionals, and especially with doctors and dentists.  From all the reports coming in, the energy in the Skywatch is even more important than the aspects in your personal chart in most cases.  On kiss days everything usually goes as planned with no surprises, and successes are much more common than having these matters scheduled on quack days.  All appointments with lawyers, therapists, financial planners are more likely to give you the help you need on kiss days.  Order a copy and share info with loved ones and friends.  Leslie and I are well, masked up, and sending you our best wishes.


Research & Analysis by
W. Lance Ferguson
Celebrating 32 years of publication

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An August Letter………

Friends,                                                                           August 10, 2020              

We are “masked up” and suffering through this pandemic as you are.  I am in charge of the “cootie patrol” and make sure we have clean masks, sanitizer and antiseptic wipes in the car as we get out and about, mostly to the grocery store and to pick up a cheeseburger or piece of pizza.  We usually grab something and head for a small park, three parking spots, that overlooks the bay.  As we tailgate and enjoy the pizza, a fat crow and gray squirrel show up begging for a bite.  Of course, we share and enjoy the view and day.  We feel so lucky to be here.  Our peace of mind is driving the two-lane country roads and enjoying the scenery.  Right now that means seeing pastures sprinkled with bales of freshly cut hay and huge fields of corn that grow at the rate of a foot a week, it seems.  And always a cool break of green forest in between the farms and country estates.   Did you see the hurricane that hit southern Texas?  We knew exactly where the hurricane hit in Corpus Christi - Bob Hall Pier.  It was strange seeing a spot we visited often get bushwacked by the storm - we ate breakfast several times in the funky joint there at the end of the pier.  Strange also to us is we pass a street on our way to Lynden named Bob Hall.  The guy must get around.  Berry season is in full swing now.  At the grocery store you see big boxes filled with pints of blackberries, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries – great colors and taste and usually about ten bucks.  On the home front, Leslie is called the flower lady of the neighborhood as we have a brilliant display of purple, pink and white cosmos flowers lining our driveway.  But her real pride and joy is on the front porch, an avocado tree that now stands two feet high and has more than a dozen new leaves.  I’ve seen scores of those seeds in glasses in kitchens of friends for years but never have seen anyone get the seed to turn into a lovely plant that is bound to keep growing.  Her first event of the morning, even before she gets a cup of my good coffee, is to go out on the porch and talk to the plant – it’s true love, I think.  Scientists here are really worried about the murder hornet getting a foothold and destroying the bee population.  These insects have huge jaws, get into a beehive and cut the workers apart and murder the hive.  They found one worker here in Birch Bay and have put out 600 traps looking for more.  They want to catch one alive, so they can put a small gizmo on the back of the hornet which they can track and thus let the hornet lead them back to the nest which is usually in the ground. Amazing to me they can do this.  When the nest is found men in hazmat suits will show up at night when they are all back home and destroy the nest.  The stingers on these hornets are so long, regular bee keeper’s clothing cannot stop the sting, so they have to wear hazmat clothing.  The scary part is each nest can produce up to 200 queens, each of which can start a new nest.  So, this is a big deal here as bees are so necessary to pollinate the fruit crops.  A hopeful note in the local wildlife news is the female orca who carried her dead calf for a week two years ago is pregnant again.  Everyone is watching, and praying all goes well this time.  And it might, as the state of Washington has destroyed more dams on the rivers here which prevent salmon from spawning and they are the orca’s main food source.

A critical time approaches with Mars Retrograde beginning to be a big problem.  Suggest you print extra copies of this month's Skywatch and give to friends who are open to learning about the cosmic cycles and astrology.  Especially if they are an Aries or Scorpio birth sign or have those signs prominent in their charts.  You can get your birth chart calculated for free at www.astrograph.com.  Just click on horoscopes and fill in the blanks.  Lots of other info on astrology there. – it’s a great resource.

Meanwhile…mask up.  Be well. And remember, times change.  Leslie and I send you our love and best wishes from Birch Bay, Washington.

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  1. Kathleen

    My Hubbie is Aries I’m Scorpio ….. in a word .. caution notes ??
    Lovely on Leslie being the flower plant lady


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The July Letter……..

Friends,                                                                                                                                                                                July 7, 2020

We celebrated two important anniversaries in our lives in June.  This was the month we moved to Birch Bay, Washington four years ago.  We followed Leslie’s son Peter who moved here and bought a house a few years before.  And are we ever glad we did move.  It was a huge chore leaving Corpus Christi, and packing ten years of stuff in our old house and moving 2,400 miles to the Pacific Northwest.  We had to leave behind our sweet kitty, Muffin Marie, and some good friends.  What I miss the most is driving to the coast and buying a pint of shucked oysters for twelve bucks.  Such a deal.  We sure don’t miss the heat and skeeters.  And now we feel like locals and would never leave and see why most people here say the same thing.  Summertime here is high 70’s and maybe an 80-degree day slips in which causes the locals to buy air conditioning.  We live at the backside of a lovely bay, and sea breezes moderate our temperatures.  But it is the forest primeval, green fields and snow-capped Mt. Baker that really keep us enthralled.  This move was a good lesson for this stubborn Taurus, too.  I was weary of living in a different climate and adapting to a different state and lifestyle.  Surprise!  I like it here and really enjoy the weather, environs, and people, too.  Berry season is here now.  Strawberries ripen first, and our neighbor likes to get his from the u-pick farm.  He’s 76 but still picked 18 pounds on his last visit and brought us a basket full of RED berries, lovely and tasty.  His other gift is making biscuits, and last week he knocked on the door and handed us a plate with four superb hot biscuits – and they were killer good.  We miss our Canadian neighbors who have a house across the street, due to the border still being closed.  But other neighbors mow their yard and keep watch.  We are very lucky to have such wonderful folks living around us.  Leslie knows the names of most folks here, and the names of their dogs, too.  We’ve seen the ticklers out in the raspberry vines this week.  These machines fit over the vines and have 30 metal bars on each side that “tickle” the fruit to fall into shallow baskets under the machine.  It’s a brilliant invention made by a local and makes the harvest quicker and easier.  Huge piles of these shallow baskets three inches deep are piled up in front of the fields and keep the berries from getting squashed.  The blackberry harvest will be next and all the vines look very good with huge flowers, so we know there will be a bumper crop in a few weeks. The second anniversary I celebrated in June was the beginning of my study of Astrology.  Way back in 1975, I was in a depressed state and drifting, with no sense of a future. But the lovely nurse I was dating knew astrology and gave me a reading in June 1975.  She turned my head around, finding out about the gifts and talents I had but not really used.  She remains a very good friend of mine today.  Thank you, Stephane Marlow!  Now, 45 years later, I still have my head in the clouds, er cosmos and am still fascinated with my study.  And along the way, I discovered a gift I have of being able to remember birth charts, both the planets in signs and their degrees!  So, I’m never bored.  I can throw several charts up in my mind and progress them (adding a degree for every year they have lived to their natal planets and calculating the aspects) and do this in my head.  I guess it’s not strange that my background all added to my skills as an astrologer.  I was a math whiz in high school and tried to build my own telescope when young and couldn’t do it.  I was an English Major in college and loved books, so the study of master astrologers and their books was something I immediately took to.  My first jobs were in radio and tv as an announcer and newsman – now translated into bringing you the astrological news every day, and many of you know me from my radio days on KEST in San Francisco.  I record all my readings on CDs, and my background helps me make the recordings.

NEWSFLASH: astrograph.com is the site where you can get your chart calculated for free. And they translate/explain all your aspects in plain English.  I just discovered this site, which also has beginner articles on the planets and astrology in general. Check it out.  Stay safe, be well                                         Lance

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  1. Beth Haggerty

    Absolutely extraordinary July Letter. Just what I needed to lift my spirits and know that there are a few people living a wholesome life in harmony with Nature.

    Have you ever considered having a bed and breakfast arrangement in or near your house (even on a limited basis)? Bet a lot of people would enjoy the experience as you so artfully describe as well as being interested in a reading.

    Thank you for being such a wise interpreter on the influence of the heavens for us.

  2. Julie Anglin

    Hi Lance,
    I always read your postings about the Pacific Northwest, which make me yearn to return. The atmosphere, the green, the baked goodies, the BERRIES! I share your writing sometimes with my husband and now he too is entranced. We fantasize about moving to your neck of the woods when I finally retire. Keep the news coming for it is always deeply appreciated by us, SF Bay Area residents.


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