Hold your horses. There’s a lot of static in the heavens during the first week of this month. Mercury continues to Retrograde until Nov 3. Complicating matters is that Mercury squares anxious and cynical Saturn on Nov 1 reducing the chances of receiving positive reactions to your needs and wishes. Mercury then stations, which means Mercury sits on the square all week long and makes the exact square again on Nov 6 after returning to direct motion. The best use of this energy is to get your affairs and business organized and ready for the positive energy that will show up later in the month.
And there will be an extremely positive blast of energy in the Skywatch in November. Optimistic and generous Jupiter again conjuncts persevering Pluto in the heavens on Nov 12. In power all month long, this pair of planets help us make major changes in our life and times that bring us more love, money, and a healing of some kind, IF you will take action this month and reach for something better in your life. The stars impel; they don’t compel.
And if you are ready to end a relationship or bad situation in your life, make plans to do it on a Lunar Eclipse, a Full Moon, that fills the heavens with light on Nov 30. Full Moons bring times of harvest and completion, stellar times to let go of negative habits, people, and matters that no longer support your growth and peace. An Eclipse is a super powerful lunation and is supported by Jupiter and Pluto who add horsepower to events that occur this month.
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
Get the important stuff done as early in the month as you can. Because we’ve got double trouble in the Skywatch in October. Mars continues to Retrograde in impatient and feisty Aries all month long and will not end this Rx cycle until November 13. Making this Rx more difficult and potentially dangerous, Mercury will also Retrograde from October 13 to November 3 in passionate Scorpio, a sign ruled by Pluto and co-ruled by Mars. This combination can lead to accidents, breakdowns and violence worldwide—caution lights are up, especially with anything difficult or dangerous.
We do have a light in the middle of this difficult period: lucky Jupiter again makes a sextile to creative and spiritual Neptune on Oct 12. Again, this marker won’t motivate you to take action, but it does suggest you look for an opportunity to progress this month. Retrograde cycles often bring people and matters from the past to our present situation and these might hold some benefits to you in October with this sextile hanging out in the heavens.
Another bit of good news appears in the heavens on October 27 when Mercury backs out of Scorpio and into gentle Libra reducing the power of Mars Rx to cause problems in our life and times. Moreover, sweet Venus enters home sign Libra that day as well. Two planets entering Libra turn the spotlight on relationships in both home/family and around the office. Justice and fair play are Libra issues and concerns which will become important topics over the next three weeks.
Put a red “X” in your calendar on October 9 when Mars makes a very dangerous square to powerful Pluto (at 3:09 am PDT) especially with Mercury Rx adding a confusing element to the day.
Pay extra attention to the kids and critters Halloween night. A Full Moon sitting exactly opposite rebellious and erratic Uranus will bring out the coyotes and wingnuts that night and the two Rx planets are bound to be the cause of some trouble or mischief as well.
OCTOBER KISS DAYS: 5, 12+, 21, 24. There are lovely trines to sweet Venus on the last two days in this list—good days for social plans and business connections.
A very low-energy period approaches. The most difficult Retrograde cycle of all begins on September 9 when aggressive Mars begins to appear to back up in the heavens in his home sign of Aries. As you might guess this is a difficult sign for Mars to Rx in and it will last until November 13! Best then to get the important stuff handled as early in the month as possible. This Rx cycle appears in the Skywatch every other year and brings a time better suited to working and planning for a project that begins after Mars resumes direct motion. This is not a good period of time to put new plans into motion or to force the issue. The old lore is: aggressors lose during this cycle of Mars.
Master astrologer Bill Tierney writes: “this Mars phase can promote a greater susceptibility towards accidents, breakage, arguments, fights and mishaps of varying degrees due to impetuous but irrational behavior, or rash and careless action on someone’s part.” This is an especially difficult time for teenagers and folks with Mars squares in their natal chart who will hard pressed to respond constructively to Mars backing up from 28 to 15 Aries over the next 80 days.
Adding Mars Rx ups the list of Retrograde planets to six this month as Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto also continue to back up on the bases and reduce our energy and ability to move projects forward. Retrograde periods are best used reflecting and reviewing past actions and your plans to move forward in the future.
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.
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