Our 2017 Astro-Trading Track Record

Our 2017 astro-trading track record is in.

It was definitely a good year, especially compared to the major market indices!

Of course, it was also certainly a positive year for the equities markets as a whole.

The blue chip Dow Jones Industrial Average was up by 25.08% for the year, and the Standard and Poors 500 Index rose 19.42%. It was the best year for both indices since the start of President Obama’s second term in 2013.

The tech-heavy NASDAQ Composite gained a huge 28.24% in 2017, and even the broad-based Russell 2000 Index posted a significant gain of 13.14%.

The Trading Track Record at Financial Cycles Weekly

All of that positive action paled in comparison, however, to the performance of our astrologically-based Model Portfolio at FinancialCyclesWeekly.

The astro-trading advantage brought us a solid return of 33.40% for the year.

While this wasn’t our best year ever, it offered us a reminder that if you really want to be successful in trading, you’ll add astrology to your market timing!

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Bitcoin Astrology Is Heating Up!

It’s no surprise to see bitcoin in the news, especially considering the absolutely amazing price run-up the cryptocurrency has seen during the past couple of months.

But what does it mean for us as astro-traders?

Share Your Bitcoin Astrology Views & Experiences

If you’ve got some background in astrology, and if you’re interested in bitcoin, please take a couple of minutes to share your views on bitcoin astrology.

CLICK HERE to take a quick bitcoin astrology survey.



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SuperMoon Mercury Retrograde

As you may have heard, it’s a SuperMoon Mercury retrograde.

We go through three Mercury retrograde periods each year, with each one lasting about three weeks.

So dealing with Mercury retrograde is not a rare event.

Based on years of practical experience, if we’ve astrologically savvy at all, we’ve learned how to accommodate those times when Mercury is retrograde.

We expect a little more confusion and misunderstanding in our personal communications. So we try to be more forgiving of others and of ourselves as well.

We allow a little extra time to get to appointments.

We double-check the math in important transactions and proofread written documents more carefully.

As astro-traders, we learn to take the Mercury retrograde experience in stride. We stay alert by adding some extra caution to our trade execution and money management, and double-checking our market analysis along the way.

S&P SuperMoon Mercury Retrograde

The SuperMoon Mercury retrograde station produced a dramatic trading day in the S&P 500 index. We’ll be watching the planetary price lines for Mercury and the Sun during the coming weeks.

But the current Mercury retrograde is strikingly different. In fact, it represents a fairly rare occurrence from an astrological perspective, thanks in large part to a specific lunar factor.

The First SuperMoon Mercury Retrograde In Nine Years

For the first time since January 2009, Mercury has made a retrograde station on exactly the same day as a SuperMoon Full Moon, with the lunar perigee pumping up the power of the syzygy and adding to the overall tension of the Mercury station.

SuperMoon Mercury Retrograde Kronos-Admetos

The SuperMoon Mercury Retrograde station midpoint is made even more powerful because it triggers the powerful Kronos/Admetos midpoint.

As the 90-degree dial shown here reveals, the midpoint between the SuperMoon and the Mercury station is also a hot spot.

It activates the Kronos/Admetos midpoint, so this is a time when leadership will be challenged. We could see the collapse of governments, the removal of national leaders, and a shuffling of leadership in market sectors as well.

In other words, while any Mercury retrograde period can skew the markets, this particular one may prove to be particularly important!

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Is There A Future To Bitcoin Futures?

Are bitcoin futures the start of a new era in cryptocurrencies? What lies ahead for bitcoin now?

One week ago, when Mercury began its retrograde motion on December 3, it made its station in precise alignment with the Moon/Pluto conjunction in the 2008 horoscope for Satoshi Nakamoto’s original bitcoin proposal.

bitcoin horoscope at Mercury retrograde

The Mercury Retrograde station activates the bitcoin horoscope.

This remarkable activation of the “power to the people” point in the bitcoin inception chart, with the added energy of the SuperMoon Full Moon (along with potent Mars/Mercury and Pluto/Jupiter activations at the same time), was apparently enough to trigger a historic run-up in the value of the cryptocurrency, which was already in the midst of a speculative frenzy.

Bitcoin had been trading at about $800 a year ago, but by early October it had hit $5,000. After a surge above $10,000 near the end of November it was trading at about $9,650 as Mercury began its retrograde motion. And its big run-up wasn’t over yet.

Was It Really A Bitcoin Crash?

By Friday, December 8, the price of bitcoin had climbed to an astonishing level of more than $18,600, but before the end of the day a sudden sell-off sent the price downward by more than $3,000.

(The mainstream media immediately called it a “bitcoin crash” in spite of the fact that the cryptocurrency was still up more than 60% since the start of the week.)

In spite of the conflicting opinions about bitcoin and its true value and ultimate viability, and in spite of many questions that remain unanswered at this point, it’s already clear that the cryptocurrency is destined to have a global impact that can change the nature of trading and speculation in some fundamental ways.

Bitcoin Futures Have Arrived

The big news for bitcoin, however, is the fact that futures trading in the cryptocurrency is now getting underway. Bitcoin futures contracts actually began trading as scheduled on the Cboe Global Markets exchange starting at 5:00 p.m. CST earlier today, on Sunday, December 10. Bitcoin futures will also begin trading on CME on December 17. The CME Bitcoin Futures Contract will use the ticker BTC and will equal five bitcoins.

The Cboe Bitcoin Futures Contract is using the ticker symbol XBT and is equal to one bitcoin. The January contract opened at $15,460 and immediately surged higher, hitting $17,170 during Asian trading hours. Both Cboe’s and CME’s bitcoin futures contracts will be settled in U.S. dollars.

Bitcoin Futures Horoscope

The horoscope for the start of bitcoin futures trading, showing the structure of midpoint activations.

The First-Trade horoscope for the XBT contract is truly remarkable. Set for Chicago, the home of Cboe Global Markets, Inc., the Ascendant conjoins the cardinal axis at 0 degrees Cancer. As shown on the 90-degree dial, this powerful alignment activates midpoints that hint at the profound impact of the cryptocurrency:

Sun/Kronos – The power of the state; The president, the king, the boss, or the prosecuting attourney. Independence and superiority. Venus/Pluto – Harmonious development; new hope for the entire world.

Uranus/Midheaven – General tension and excitement; to give something that vibrates throughout the world. Jupiter/Node – Fortunate unions and positive relationships. Poseidon/Node – Global mental connections and spiritual unions.

In short, the future of bitcoin has a lot to offer, and bitcoin futures trading will expand its potential!

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GE Insiders Are Worth Watching Now

Exactly what do the GE insiders know?

When corporate insiders sell some of their shares in a company’s stock, we’re never too sure about the real reason.

They could be taking out cash to pay off a mortgage, to pay for a child’s college tuition, to support a mistress, or for any other personal need.

But when insiders start buying shares instead of selling them, we can be pretty sure they’re optimistic about the company’s prospects.

GE Stock Opportunity For Buying By Insdiers

With GE insiders buying the stock, we could be seeing an early signal that the long bearish run in share prices is coming to an end. The planetary price lines shown on this chart are for geocentric Venus and Chiron in the eighth harmonic.

That’s what came to mind this past Tuesday, when General Electric (GE) board member James Tisch, who is also CEO of Loews Corp. (L), bought $54 million worth of GE stock.

That was just a week after GE CEO John Flannery acquired GE shares worth $1 million, and one day after GE board member Francisco D’Souza (who is also CEO of Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation (CTSH) purchased just under $1 million worth of GE shares.

Uranus station trading by GE insiders.

The Uranus station may prove to be a bigger bullish trigger than the share buying by GE insiders.

As usual, however, we need to pay attention to the astrology behind the scenes if we wnt to get the complete picture. And in the case of the trading by GE insiders, the astrological factors present a compelling picture.

With transiting Pluto sesquiquadrate the GE First-Trade Apollon and transiting Uranus conjoining the GE secondary progressed Moon as 2017 comes to a close, these insiders may soon be rewarded with rising share prices.

The biggest bullish trigger, however, is likely to be the Uranus direct station on January 2, conjoining Venus at the GE First-Trade Midheaven.

Are the GE insiders right? We’ll have wait and see!

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Losing Weatherman Larry Acker

I just got word that Larry Acker died on October 4.

Larry was a lifelong student of the weather and climate cycles, and for many years he published the 3F Forecasts newsletter.

It was a remarkable publication. It featured detailed long-range weather forecasts for specific geographic areas, primarily ones with key agricultural activities, in a variety of locations around the globe.

Larry Acker with rain gauge

Larry Acker checking a rain gauge on his farm in Polo, Illinois.

Larry loved discussing weather and climate patterns, especially when cyclic activity was evident. He was an expert on the big-picture effects of El Nino and other meteorological phenomena.

Larry Acker and the Weather

After collegiate studies at the University of Illinois in geology and chemistry and earning a Masters Degree in 1967, Larry spent about a decade working for the USDA. He left the federal government for farming in 1979 and became a professional weather consultant. He was a member of the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and of the American Weather Observers.

Larry Acker was also a working farmer in Polo, Illinois. Farming kept him connected to the real-world importance of weather in forecasting crop yields and economic conditions. He frequently shared his expertise at speaking engagements and on a variety of syndicated radio shows.

An Interest In Astrology

I first met Larry back in 1991 at a financial astrology conference, where he was speaking about long-range weather cycles.

Although he was not an astrologer himself in the conventional sense, he was clearly keenly interested in the connections between planetary phenomena and agricultural conditions. He was always ready to learn something new.

When we met I was just a few years into publishing the print-only version of the Financial Cycles newsletter, the precursor to FinancialCyclesWeekly.com.

We decided to swap subscriptions, and I was always delighted when a new copy of 3F Forecasts appeared in my mailbox.

Every once in a while Larry would call me to discuss an article or a comment I had published in my newsletter. We thoroughly enjoyed our conversations, and sometimes found opportunities to cite each other’s work in our respective publications.

In 1998 Larry compiled a number of his best articles from 3F Forecasts and published them as a book, Cycles, Weather and History. It’s packed with useful insights, and I still dip into my autographed copy of it from time to time. It’s a thoroughly fascinating volume, and I use it to get inspiration for my own writing and research.


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All Eyes On Amazon Earnings

Amazon plans to release its third-quarter earnings after the close on Thursday, October 26. We reviewed its prospects in the October 22 issue of the FinancialCyclesWeekly.com newsletter.

The overall trading action in this stock has been quite weak since its huge earnings miss last quarter as the stock hit significant Chiron resistance, so a lot is riding on this new report.

Amazon Price Chart

The trading action for Amazon (AMZN) adheres closely to the planetary price lines provided by geocentric Mercury and Chiron in the ninth harmonic. Note the high hitting resistance on a first-harmonic Chiron line at the last earnings announcement.


Analysts expect a loss of 2 cents per share with revenues of $41.97 billion, which would mean sales growth of 28%, but an EPS plunge of nearly 104%.

What Does The Astrology Say About Amazon?

Transiting Saturn is in opposition to First-Trade Kronos on Thursday, pushing AMZN to secure its status at the top of the e-commerce heap. Its position as the number one player online is clearly facing some major challenges. And with Mars crossing the First-Trade IC and a Sun/Jupiter conjunction semi-square First-Trade Mars, there are clear signs of successful action and positive performance.

Amazon 90-Degree Dial

This 90-degree dial for the Amazon (AMZN) First-Trade horoscope has the red pointer aligned with the transiting conjunction of the Sun and Jupiter at the time that AMZN earnings will be released on October 26.

But when we look at the AMZN First-Trade horoscope on the 90-degree dial with the pointer on the transiting Sun/Jupiter conjunction, the indications seem mixed.

Powerful Developments & Significant Evolution

The activation of the Pluto/Midheaven axis signals powerful developments and significant evolution. But Admetos/Vulcanus suggests major obstacles ahead, with lots of potential resistance to the company’s plans for expansion.

Those challenges may focus on Amazon’s efforts to open up new locations for its operations (Jupiter/Saturn). And with Apollon/Admetos also in play, there may be some interesting compromises for the company in the works.

So here’s the bottom line.

I’m definitely looking for Amazon to beat estimates on October 26, and there’s a distinct possibility of a nice price pop in the stock immediately after that.

But even so, the long-term outlook may not be so rosy. I’m not sure that we should expect the good news coming from an earnings report to prevent further trading obstacles ahead.

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Norm Winski Talks About Irma

Norm WinskiFinancial astrologer Norm Winski reported on his experiences with Hurricane Irma this week.

Norm has lived in Naples, Florida for the past couple of decades. Here is what he had to say about his encounter with the storm:

Norm Winski Reports on Hurricane Irma

I had considered staying in my Naples, Florida home and riding out Hurricane Irma.

As the forecasts for the hurricane became more ominous, my trader instincts kicked in to cut my losses and I decided to accept an invitation by an old CBOE friend who lives in Boca Raton, on the Florida east coast. All day Saturday I was packing, putting any valuables and computer equipment, in garbage bags, on high shelves in a closet to hopefully avoid damage from the forecasted devastating storm surge.   I pulled out of my driveway at 8:18 PM.  The highways were empty. Except for the occasional car wash weather, the trip went well.

I arrived at my friend’s house at 11:30 PM. Shortly after arriving the cable TV went out. Later, the electric went out. The electric came back on for a while on Sunday and then went out for several days. Sunday afternoon, we were able to watch the live hurricane reports on the internet. 

I watched on the internet as a reporter stood in downtown Naples as Hurricane Irma’s calm eye passed over.  During this time, Boca Raton was getting battered by near hurricane conditions with 90 mph bursts of wind and horizontal rain. 

Monday, we had no electricity. However, a few stores were opened including Costco’s gas station, where I was able to fill my gas tank.  Tuesday morning, it was time to go home.  This time, I decided to take the faster southern route, I-75 aka Alligator Alley.  Despite the reports of debris on the roads, I-75 never looked cleaner.  If there was any debris, the road crews managed to do a great clean up job in one day.  I arrived back in Naples in under two hours.

Norm Winski Was Prepared For The Worst

I was prepared to find the worst.   Exiting off of  I-75 there was minimal building damage. Most of it was tree damage.  Almost all of the stores were closed.  There was one gas station opened and with surprisingly short lines.  To my surprise, the streets were relatively debris free, perhaps better than the street conditions in Boca Raton.

 I continued to my house.  I drove through the opened gate to my gated community, where conditions were a little more chaotic with substantial tree damage and tree debris in the streets.  However, I didn’t see any substantial damage to anyone’s house and only minor damage to pool cages, the most vulnerable part of any Florida home. 

During my drive toward my home, I had my wife, who was in Chicago, on my cell phone, giving her an audio tour. I pulled into our driveway and noticed the tree near the curb, near our mailbox, had a major limb blown into the next door neighbor’s driveway.  I got out of the car. My wife was concerned about her pet Mango tree in our backyard.

 As I walked around the side of the house toward our backyard, I exclaimed to my wife, “oh my gosh” our air conditioner is running” She asked, “does that mean we have electricity?” I replied, “ either we have electricity or the hamsters are running really hard.” LOL  It was a miracle. I later learned that 80% of my county, at that time, did not have electricity and my neighborhood was one of the few that did.

Even more remarkable, later a neighbor, who had rode out the storm, told me the electric came back about three hours after Irma had passed over.  The bad news was that my wife’s pet mango tree was blown over.  The good news is that the mango tree fell away from the house.   Surveying the house, we had some minor damage to our garage and to our pool cage.  I went inside and found the interior was totally unaffected.

Norm Winski Hits The Hurricane Irma Lucky Lottery

We were very fortunate.  We sustained only minor damage and I had electricity, including air conditioning. However, the cable TV and telephone landline were not working. The TV cable came on, Wednesday, the next day.  The telephone landline came on for a while too.  I needed this line to access the internet. Thursday, the telephone was on longer. I was able to reach my computer guy, who said he could send someone to reassemble my system on Friday.  So, Friday afternoon, I got my computer put back together and I was able to access the internet. 

Now, things are improving slowly. I am among the most fortunate.  I have a friend in another part of town who does not yet have public electricity. They are getting by with their own generator. The have spent about $300 during the past week on gasoline for the generator.  The entire county is under a boil water advisory.  You can’t drink the water directly from the tap.  All things considered, relatively speaking, I hit the Hurricane Irma lucky lottery.

Thank you very much for your support and good wishes during this stressful time.  Words can never fully convey how much I appreciate you and your support.    

My  thanks to Norm Winski for sharing his comments on the storm and its aftermath. Events like this are a reminder of just how important it is to stay in touch, and how vital our individual perspectives are, especially in the light of mass media hysteria.

Contact Norm Winski

You can can connect with Norm Winski at: nwinski@embarqmail.com – call him at 239-594-3939 or via Skype: norm.winski




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Hurricane Irma Concerns

Thanks to everyone who took the time to express your concerns during the onslaught of Hurricane Irma last weekend.

Hurricane Irma

Your positive thoughts, prayers, and words of support and encouragement all mean a lot. In fact, they provide a direct connection to one of the most powerful forces in the universe (much more powerful than hurricanes!)

So I’m especially grateful to you!

Here’s What Happened

We survived Hurricane Irma  just fine.

Patty and I chose to “shelter in place ” rather than evacuate, in spite of the “mandatory” evacuation order for our area on the banks of the Manatee River.

We are now very glad we made that choice.

We’ve learned a lot from previous storms, including ones like Hurricane Sandy.

We spent most of the past week in storm preparation. We brought in all of the outdoor furniture. We stocked up on supplies & emergency equipment. We sealed up the doors to the outside, got everything off floor level in the garage, etc.

Hurricane Irma Hits

The front edge of the storm hit here at about 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 10. By that point things in the weather system had weakened considerably, so we only had winds of 80-100 mph to deal with for the most part.

There was lots of rain & general commotion. I could look across the river and see electrical transformers exploding in Bradenton – quite a fireworks show!

At our place, however, the power flicked on and off repeatedly, but was never fully interrupted.

Hot Coffee

We were quite delighted to be able get up on Monday morning and make hot coffee!

We took in a little water under the front door, but nothing at all significant – just a little mopping up was required.

We had bands of high wind and some rain from the back edge of the storm coming through here all Monday morning. We continued to get some of that action into the afternoon.

The river was higher than we can ever remember seeing it. We were worried that we might see another couple of feet added to that until the threat of storm surge was over.

But we didn’t get more rain for the next couple of days.

We feel especially fortunate to have had electricity throughout the Hurricane Irma storm, with just a few short-term breaks in the power transmission (we can use the elevators!), particularly since many nearby areas are without power and there’s no clear word yet on how long it will take to restore. There are many power lines down on area roadways, so we’re not planning on going anywhere for a day or so.

There’s obviously a lot of clean-up for the grounds and roads here in Laguna, with some trees down and lots of palm fronds and other debris over much of the area. I haven’t had a chance to get over the marina yet to see how much damage took place there, but I suspect that will also require a lot of attention in the coming months.

We’ve heard from our neighbors that many are still without electricity. I don’t know how long it will take to get that restored.

We’re glad that we came through the storm with negligible physical damage, but at this point we’re both physically exhausted and emotionally drained from the non-stop preparation and anxiety over the past week or so.

It’s a little bit of a challenge to wind down from a hyper-vigilant state, but I trust we’ll be able to relax a bit over the next couple of days, and then get back to a normal routine!

In the meantime, the messages of support and holiday just keep coming in. In fact, my publisher, Harmonic Research Associates, has responded to Hurricane Irma with a special Hurricane Cleanup sale on astro-trading  DVDs. You can check it out at: http://bit.ly/HurricaneDVDs – enjoy!


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Arch Crawford on The Big Eclipse

Arch Crawford is taking this eclipse seriously.

And why not?

After all, the solar eclipse coming up on Monday has gotten everyone’s attention.

The mainstream news media is going wild, of course.

Huge swarms of people are heading for the places where the total eclipse can be seen.

And the cities and towns along the eclipse path are preparing for traffic jams.

Hotels are booked solid.

People are clear that this a rare opportunity.

So they’re pulling out all the stops.

They’re traveling great distances and going to lots of expense to make sure they’re ready for The Big One.

And most of their preparations have been pretty upbeat.

Stores are holding eclipse sales.

Restaurants and bakeries are making eclipse-themed food.

Eclipse parties are being planned.

Arch Crawford Isn’t Ready To Party

But my good friend Arch Crawford doesn’t necessarily buy into the festive attitude.

He seems pretty clear that the solar eclipse is not just a time for revelry and celebration.

Arch is a pioneering leader in financial astrology and astro-trading.

He’s been tracking planetary phenomena like this for many years.

And just like me, he’s looking for a big geopolitical impact from this event.

Arch Crawford was featured in a recent column by Mark Hulbert on “What the Solar Eclipse on August 21 Will Mean For Stocks”.

Hulbert also cites academic research on the effects of planetary cycles on market events. The references he provides are worth exploring.

He also describes his efforts at “correlating solar eclipses with major market turning points. I focused only on total solar eclipses as opposed to partial ones, and furthermore on just those that were visible within the United States. There were 13 that met the criteria. For stock-market turning points, I relied on the bull and bear market calendar maintained by Ned Davis Research.

“I found little correlation. On no occasion did a total solar eclipse visible in the U.S. occur on the day of a major market turning point.”

Eclipses and Trend Reversals

Mark Hulbert makes a valid observation, of course. The market doesn’t always turn on the exact date of an eclipse.

But he overlooks an important factor.

Solar eclipses create resonant fields that stay active for months – sometimes years – after the date of the eclipse.

We can look for significant market action when transiting planets activate key planets and positions in the solar eclipse horoscope.

That’s one of the major themes in my new book, The Big One: The Great American Eclipse and Its Impact on the Market.

But of course Mark Hulbert is not an astrologer. So even though he’s bold enough to investigate eclipses and the markets, we shouldn’t expect him to get this nuanced bit of astrological lore.

And of course, he does feature the observations of Arch Crawford, who is an expert astrologer.

What Arch Crawford Has To Say

Hulbert quotes Arch Crawford as saying that, right after the solar eclipse, “hostile reactions will be immediate. Like it or not, historic events will ensue around this time, and most certainly involve the United States!”

That’s exactly the point I was making during my radio interview with Michael Yorba and Mervyn Price on Friday.

As a part of that session on iHeart Radio, we discussed global stress in general, and North Korea in particular.

As Arch Crawford says, we can expect historic events.

But as Mark Hulbert notes, he believes that  this hostility won’t spell the end of the bull market.”

Arch Crawford instead expects “a higher high after some further corrective action during this summer, perhaps around the December-January time frame.”

Based on an analysis of the lunar return to the solar eclipse, I’d look for that high in December. You’ll find that lunar return analysis on page 102 of The Big One.



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