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Clearing Up Mercury Retrograde Confusion

There’s nothing quite like Mercury Retrograde to help create mix-ups and confusion.

Mercury has been retrograde since Wednesday, and I’ve already had my share of both.

Emails have gotten lost, computer links have broken, and some of the latest news has been misunderstood, with things apparently getting worse instead of better.

And while it would be nice just to pull the bed-covers back over my head and take a nice nap until July 20, when Mercury returns to direct motion, I’ve decided to do my best to un-complicate some matters that shouldn’t have become all that complicated in the first place.

As a part of that effort, I’ve just produced this video.

If you take just a few minutes to watch it, I’m sure you’ll find that the time is well spent.

And I hope it will get you up to speed quickly about some great opportunities that are here right now!

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Yes, There’s Truth To The Rumor….

I’m not sure how the word has leaked out, but it has.

I guess it’s just another Mercury Retrograde side effect.

Anyway, however it’s happened, there’s been talk about the new training project that I’ve been working on. And in the last couple of days I’ve been getting some pretty direct questions about it.

So I’ll confess– it’s true.

For some time now I’ve been putting together a selection of some of the most advanced and profitable astro-trading techniques that make up the cutting edge of what’s happening today.

There’s been a lot of research and back-testing going on, and a good bit of production work to create a truly unique training experience.

So now we’re ready for the pre-registration phase, and I’ll be sharing all the details on it within the next 24 hours.

I’ll even put together a quick video that will, I hope, explain why this is unique training is so special.

When it’s all official, you’ll be the first to know.

What I Told Michael Yorba About Jupiter

When I got together with Michael Yorba yesterday for my weekly interview on his Traders Network radio show, he began by complimenting me for my forecast on last week’s program, which precisely nailed the start of a big sell-off n the equities markets.

After that we discussed the big planetary factor that’s happening today– Jupier’s passage into the zodiac sign of Cancer. I detailed a little bit of the track record that has been produced by this planetary transit during the past half-century, and talked about what it means for the markets this time around.

You can hear the complete interview here:

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The last time Jupiter passed through the sign of Cancer, between mid-June 2001 and early August 2002, the major market indices in U.S. equities dropped by about 18.8%. The time before that, from the end of July 1989 through mid-August 1990, the loss was only 1.2% overall, but in the late 1970s the Dow lost 8.7% during the corresponding time frame as Jupiter moved through Cancer.

During this current time around, we obviously don’t know for sure exactly what kind of reaction there will be to this transit from Jupiter. Even so, I think we have a pretty good likelihood of seeing lower equities prices a year from now.

A Surprise Spot on a Top Ten List

It’s been ten days now since I released my new book, Taurus Money Horoscope as a Kindle e-book available exclusively from

While I’ve written a published a lot of books before, including a number of e-book titles, this was a new experience for me, since it’s the first time that I’ve used the Kindle publishing platform.

So I wasn’t really sure what to expect.

I knew, of course, that Amazon has enormous marketing clout, and I was looking forward to seeing how they would tack the progress of new book when it was first offered to the public.

But I have to admit that I was surprised when I went to the Amazon website over the weekend and noticed that Taurus Money Horoscope was listed as a “hot new release”:

Hot New Releases

Needless to say, I was glad to see the book getting the attention. But I was even more surprised when I took a look at Amazon’s list of best-sellers in the astrology category for Kindle books:


Although Amazon said it was a list of the top 100 titles, I never got past the first page of the list, since Taurus Money Horoscope had popped onto the list in the Number Nine spot!

I was quite happy to see that attention and ranking, and quite grateful, too, for everyone who has taken time to download a copy of Taurus Money Horoscope from Amazon– especially those who have also posted five-star reviews of the new book!


But there’s just one other thing. Although I’m really proud of this Number 9 ranking on Amazon, the whole experience has gotten me thinking– what will it take to hit the Number 1 spot?

I hadn’t really aspired to having a Number 1 Best Seller before, but I have to admit that since I’ve started thinking about it, the whole idea is pretty appealing.

That’s especially true, of course, because it now seems like an attainable goal, even though rankings on Amazon are extremely unstable– they’re updated nearly constantly depending on the sales and reviews that come in, so it’s possible to be in the Top 10 now and then not even hit the Top 25 a few hours later.

Even so, I’d like your help.

If you haven’t already gotten a copy of Taurus Money Horoscope from the Amazon Kindle store, take a minute to do so. And if you like what you read, be sure to post a review on Amazon, too! Every 5-star rating helps attract new readers, and more readers are what it will take to hit the Number 1 spot.

I’ll keep checking the ranking during the next few days, and will keep you posted on how it all turns out!

Giving Mercury Some Credit

In all of the discussions about the astrological triggers for the big sell-off in stocks last week, I’ve neglected to mention the contribution that Mercury made to the market plunge!

As the Sun/Jupiter conjunction was capturing most of the attention, Mercury was busy lining up in a precise angular relationship with the Sun that typically signals a trading top for the S&P 500 Index.

What follows a trading top, of course, is a declining market– and that’s exactly what we saw last week!

The principles behind this Sun/Mercury market activation was discussed in the book Mercury, Money and the Markets, which is available from or at a discounted price direct from the publisher at

But the timing of Mercury activations like this is the tricky part. They don’t follow the guidelines of traditional astrology, so many astro-traders miss out on them completely.

Mercury Metrics Quarterly

That’s why we started publishing Mercury Metrics earlier this year. The latest issue of this easy-to-read quarterly publication was released earlier today; it covers all the specific Mercury activations for July, August, and September.

If you’re interested in adding the precision of Mercury energy to your market timing, I highly recommend that you take a look at Mercury Metrics.

You can order the current issue as an instant download at – or you can get a money-saving subscription at

Either way, I think you’ll find Mercury Metrics to be a simple, easy-to-use tool for adding this essential astrological dynamic to your trading.

SuperMoon Fact and Fiction

During the past few days I’ve been getting all kinds of questions about this weekend’s SuperMoon. Some of them have been pretty amazing:

“Isn’t this an extremely rare event, one that only happens about every 80 to 100 years?”

“Since the Moon is coming so dangerously close to Earth, couldn’t the SuperMoon disturb Earth’s orbit enough to send it closer to the Sun, speeding up global warming and creating a real climate crisis?”

“Isn’t this weird appearance of a SuperMoon really a Divine warning that the End Times are near?”

In each case, the answers are no, no, and no.

Here are the facts.

We get a SuperMoon any time there’s a syzygy (a New Moon or a Full Moon) near a lunar perigee, which is the point in the Moon’s regular cycle when it is closest to the Earth.

There’s a lunar perigee once each month, as well as a New Moon and a Full Moon, but not every month has a SuperMoon. Even so, SuperMoons aren’t all that rare– we typically get four or five of them during the course of a year.

In 2013 there are three SuperMoons: on May 25, on June 23, and on July 22.

With a Full Moon SuperMoon, like the one this weekend, watching the Full Moon can be pretty spectacular, especially when it’s rising in the East as the Sun is setting. It’s a great time for mood music and romance, and the SuperMoon can bring extremes in the high tides at the beach.

There are times, too, when SuperMoons have coincided with seismic events like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, as well as with big market moves. But by itself a SuperMoon isn’t an adequate predictor of major events– it must be seen in the context of the other astrological dynamics taking place when it occurs.

And that’s exactly why we’re watching this weekend’s SuperMoon with paricular interest. It comes hot on the heels of last week’s Sun/Jupiter conjunction and the Summer Solstice, and its effect carries us into the Jupiter cafdinal ingress, the Mercury retrograde station, and the Zeus direct station during the week ahead.

With or without a SuperMoon, this is a very challenging time for the markets, but at the very least the intensifying effect of the SuperMoon is sure to make our work as astro-traders a lot more interesting!

A Cosmic Turnaround and a Pause in the Plunge

Today is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year in terms of daylight hours and the first day of summer in the northern hemisphere.

The literal meaning of the word “solstice” is “the Sun (Sol) standing still”. That’s what seems to be happening from our point of view on Earth, anyway – for the past six months the Sun’s apparent path through the sky has gradually moved a little bit higher, a little more northward, each day.

Today, however, the Sun’s path through the sky is the same as it was yesterday; the Sun is “standing still.” Tomorrow’s path will be just a tiny bit lower, a little more toward the south, than today’s trajectory. It will continue to move a little lower each day until the Winter Solstice in December, when the cycle begins again.

The solstices are major turning points in the year, and they are often accompanied by shifts in mass psychology and sometimes changes in market trends as well. That’s why W. D. Gann paid such close attention to them, identifying them as key points in the annual cycle that all traders should remember.

This time around, of course, the market top came two days prior to the solstice, with Wednesday’s Sun/Jupiter conjunction calling the shots. And it was against that background of a major market sell-off that we saw the trading action respond to the Summer Solstice today.

As the Sun was standing still, the markets did the same.

The dizzying plunge in stock prices of the past two days paused briefly. Intraday attempts at a rally never really got off the ground, but the push to the downside didn’t pick up much momentum, either. The major indices closed up for the day, but their gains were miniscule compared to the losses of the last two trading sessions.

In other words, stocks basically spent the day treading water. While the big decline has paused, there are few clear indicators that price support will actually hold at the current levels. We’ll have to wait until next week to see if the bulls or the bears resume control. For right now it’s time to step back from the market action, catch our breath, and just stand still for a moment.

Not a bad thing to do on the Summer Solstice!

Don’t Blame Ben Bernanke

The mainstream financial media are giving Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Shalom Bernanke all the credit for the current stomach-wrenching plunge in the stock market.

When Dr. Ben talked about the Fed possibly “taking its foot off the accelerator” in its massive debt-buying program if the economy continues to improve (not to be confused, he said, with hitting the brakes), the mere thought of it was enough to send stock prices into free-fall.

At least that’s what the media have been saying. But the media always like simple stories and clearly-defined heroes and villains. So it’s not surprising to see the bearded professor getting the blame.

But as astro-traders we know better. As I’ve been pointing out repeatedly for some time now, we have in hand all the necessary ingredients for a major market sell-off, with the pressure intensifying in late June and early July.

My private clients and our members at have gotten ample warnings of this bearish potential. We been adding short positions to the Financial Cycles Model Portfolio for the past several weeks, and we’ve ideas about specific trading strategies for the protection of trading assets.

At the beginning of this week, during my radio interview on Michael Yorba’s show, I helped Michael and our listeners pin-point the date to expect a market reversal– Wednesday, June 19th.

In fact, when Michael Yorba asked me if I thought we’d start to see some selling pressure on Tuesday, I emphatically told him that we should look for a downside move on Wednesday instead. (You can hear the complete interview by CLICKING HERE).

The triggering factor, as I explained to Michael, was not Ben Bernanke, but Jupiter’s unusual alignment with the Sun. (CLICK HERE for the full explanation of this remarkable event.)

I just figure that Jupiter and the Sun are both a whole lot bigger and a whole lot more powerful than the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, so why not give them the credit for the crash?

While a lot of investors were pretty upset when the sell-off started this week, the readers who were following our latest astro-trading strategy for asset protection had smiles on their faces. And those who got our report on “Protecting Yourself in an Irrational Market” had an opportunity to pull in extra profits from the market while everyone else was losing money!

By the way, the report on Protecting Yourself in an Irrational Market is still available, and the information it contains is still relevant, since there are additional challenges to the stock market coming up in July. You can get a copy of this report as an instant download by going to


This Big Move Up Could Bring a Bigger Move Down

When I spoke with Michael Yorba on his radio show yesterday, we went into some detail about this week’s Sun/Jupiter conjunction and what makes it such an unusual event.

The conjunction will be in exact alignment right in the middle of the trading day tomorrow, June 19th.

It brings an enormously powerful push toward bullishness in the equities markets, which is pretty much what we’ve been seeing during the trading sessions so far this week, leading into this planetary alignment.

But as I said to Michael yesterday, this incredibly strong surge of positive energy creates a potential trap for traders and investors, since it also sets the stage for a major move to the downside, which could get underway with a vengeance before this week is out.

It’s that potential for a market plunge that inspired our recent report on Protecting Yourself in an Irrational Market – if you don’t have a copy yet, you’ll want to download it right away, since it covers unique strategies for dealing with several big market inflection points – not only the one coming up at the end of this week, but the ones coming up in July as well.

You can get the report on Protecting Yourself in an Irrational Market by going to

And you can listen to the complete interview that Michael Yorba did with me on yesterday’s radio show right here:

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Are The Planets Lining Up For A Big Market Plunge?

I’ve been getting a lot of questions during the past couple of days, with readers, traders, and subscribers wanting to know when we will be seeing a big pull-back in the stock market.

Some have asked if a sell-off will be triggered by the Sun/Jupiter conjunction coming up on Wednesday. They want to know if that unusually close alignment could have a stronger-than-usual destructive effect on stock prices.

The fact is, the Sun/Jupiter conjunction has a mildly bullish connotation, which means that it has the potential for marking a trading top in equities, without itself being the actual driving force behind a big nose-dive in stock prices.

But there are three big astrological dates coming up in the days and weeks just AFTER the Sun/Jupiter conjunction that are potentially even more critical, since they can each move the markets in even bigger ways.

One of them is a date that W. D. Gann paid particular attention to in his groundbreaking work during the first half of the last century.

The others are dates that look like they’re going to be important for market trends based on our empirical research and back-testing. While the behavior of the market in the past doesn’t guarantee that we’ll see the same behavior turning up again under similar astrological influences, at the very least it’s something we should pay attention to.

I think it’s safe to say that these astrological dynamics have a better-than-average likelihood of triggering a market decline.

But here’s the strange thing.

Although a lot of people seem to be very concerned about how precisely our astro-trading forecasts match actual outcomes in the markets, wanting to know exactly where and when we’ll hit a trading top followed by an extended sell-off, the total accuracy of the forecast isn’t really the critical factor in this case.

What’s important isn’t knowing exactly when a crash will start, or even how severe it will be.

What’s important is how prepared you are, and what kind of strategies you will use to protect yours capital when panic starts to set in.

If you’re adequately prepared ahead of time, you can not only survive a meltdown in the markets– you can actually find ways to profit from the sell-off in stocks.

That’s the aim of the new report on Protecting Yourself in an Irrational Market.

You can get it as an instant download at