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Jupiter & Admetos Inspire the Bulls

In seemingly arbitrary fashion, the equities markets decided to ignore some of the grim geopolitical events and their potential consequences today and get back to the business of celebrating some of the bright spots on the economic horizon.

At least it seemed to be arbitrary to the mainstream financial media, who really seemed to be at a loss to explain the modest price increases in the major market indices.

But of course they aren’t using astrology.

We had forecast a 57% likelihood of higher stock prices today, based in part on our observations of the historic responses to two key planetary factors: a retrograde station by the transneptunian factor Admetos and a waxing 45-degree alignment between Jupiter and Admetos.

Our research has shown that Admetos retrograde stations have about a 68% probability of triggering bullish responses in the markets, and that waxing Jupiter/Admetos semi-squares prompt higher stock prices about 60% of the time. So even though this wasn’t a slam-dunk kind of forecast, we did have some reasonable expectations that the markets would respond with a positive price move.

We got the Admetos retrograde station at this morning at 1:14 a.m. EDT, about eight hours before the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange. When the market closed at 4:00 p.m., Jupiter was applying to its semi-square with Admetos, an angular relationship that was exact about three-and-a-half hours later.

As it turned out, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 48.38 points today, up 0.33%.

The S&P 500 gained 4.48 points, to add 0.27%.

The NASDAQ picked up 0.41% by gaining 14.83 points.

While there certainly isn’t anything earth-shattering about these results, it’s encouraging to see the markets responding to the planetary influences, especially when a transneptunian factor like Admetos is involved.

Many astrologers ignore the transneptunians altogether, but I find them worth watching, time and time again.

 

 

Getting My Head Straight About Price & Value

I can’t say that I’m particularly thrilled with the fact that the retail price on The Basic Stock Market Astrology Home Study Course is going up by 15 percent on September 1.

I don’t remember exactly, but I think it’s been a least 5 or 6 years since the last price change on this item.

At any rate it’s been awhile.

And I can understand why the change is necessary now, especially since the only other alternative at this point seems to be letting the Course go out of print, so it would no longer be available at all.  (CLICK HERE to get the full explanation from Harmonic Research Associates, in a letter they sent out last week to preferred customers.)

But even though coming to terms with a price increase has made me a little bit uncomfortable, it’s also given me a great opportunity for me to clarify my thinking about price and value.

The two aren’t always the same thing.

If you’re like me, I’m sure you’ve found those rare and wonderful items that are amazingly low priced, but that consistently deliver extraordinary quality and value. And it goes without saying that we’ve all paid way too much from time to time for products and services that just didn’t meet our expectations.

But I’ve been pleased that students and traders who have purchased The Basic Stock Market Astrology Home Study Course in the past have been so lavish in their praise for the material in the Course, and so straightforward about the the financial benefits they’ve gained by applying what they’ve learned by studying it.

In fact, some of them have said that there’s so much great information in the Course that it will take them years to master all of it– fortunately, though, that hasn’t stopped many of them from applying just a few of the insights the Course contains and turning them into profitable trades.

It’s not unusual for a single stock market trade to return profits that are more than enough to pay for the entire cost of the Course!

I’m not saying all this to brag, although I am actually pretty proud of the comprehensive material that’s in The Basic Stock Market Astrology Home Study Course, and of how much it’s helped countless students and beginning traders.

I mention to keep my own head clear about what this remarkable Course is really worth.

No, it’s not cheap– not by anybody’s standards.

But in terms of the practical information and insights it contains, and in the potential return on investment that it offers, it’s truly an exceptional value.

And the fact is, 15% is actually a pretty puny price increase.

As a point of comparison, it’s worth noting that since the end of 2008 the S&P 500 has gone up in price by roughly 80% — so the slightly higher price for the Course is tiny indeed, compared to the expanding opportunities that the markets provide.

So all in all, I guess I can learn to live with a higher price, knowing that anyone who gets The Basic Stock Market Astrology Home Study Course is receiving genuine value– even if they wait until after the September 1 price increase to get it!

 

 

 

Will Space Rocks Overwhelm Unwary Astrologers?

“Anything worth doing is worth overdoing,” Mick Jagger once famously said, and his words came to mind earlier today when I was reviewing some information from NASA about Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs).

NASA defines PHAs as “space rocks larger than approximately 100m that can come closer to Earth than 0.05 AU. None of the known PHAs is on a collision course with our planet, although astronomers are finding new ones all the time.”

These aren’t tiny pebbles. 100 meters is roughly the height of a 27-storey building, and longer than an American football field. So if one of these space rocks were to come hurtling out of the sky and smash into the local neighborhood, it would be a memorable event!

But it wasn’t the size of these objects as much as the sheer number of them that got my attention, bringing Mick Jagger to mind.

According to the folks at NASA, as of today they are tracking 1,421 PHAs. You can get a complete list of them by CLICKING HERE.

What concerns me here is not so much the likelihood of a space rock suddenly crashing through my roof– that seems like a remote possibility at best.

What I’m actually worried about is the passion that some astrologers have about including every newly-discovered object in our solar system as a symbolic object in their horoscopes.

Since the invention of the telescope, astrology has moved far beyond the Seven Sacred Planets of the ancient world– the wandering bodies that can be sighted with the naked eye. By the time Pluto was discovered in 1930, astrology had begun reinventing itself to include more planets that the astronomers had observed, as well as the transneptunian factors postulated by Alfred Witte and his students.

In later decades the major asteroids– Ceres, Vesta, Pallas, and Juno– started showing up in horoscopes, and they were soon followed by more asteroids, planetoids, comets, and hypothetical objects. The result has been an incredible capacity for clutter in the horoscope wheel, as this chart for the New York Stock Exchange illustrates:

NYSE ktichensink

This NYSE horoscope includes positions for transneptunians, asteroids, comets, and stray dogs– 46 separate objects in all.

The obvious potential problem here is in not being able to see the forest for the trees. Being effective as astro-traders depends on maintaining our skill at pattern recognition, so that we can see the emerging trends in the market.

In short, whether we’re working with the natal horoscope for an individual or a First-Trade chart for a stock, too much information is not always a good thing, in spite of what Mick Jagger says.

By the way, if you think this chart looks cluttered with 46 factors included, can you imagine what it wil look like when we add 1,421 Potentially Hazardous Asteroids?

 

 

Perspectives from Top Financial Astrologers

When I was in Philadelphia last weekend to speak at the NCGR conference, I had a great time sharing some of the results we’ve been getting here at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com with astrologers and traders who wanted to know more about how planetary cycles really work in their impact on the markets.

It was also an excellent opportunity for connecting with some of my colleagues and good friends who are part of the financial astrology community, including Grace Morris, Arch Crawford, Georgia Stathis and Christeen Skinner.

As always, they had much to share about events in their lives and businesses, and it was fun sharing perspectives on the markets.

Georgia Stathis, for example, said she was expecting a big impact on the equities markets when lunar eclipses hit the natal horoscope for the New York Stock Exchange in October of this year and April in 2014. I’ll be keeping them in mind as  I prepare the next couple of monographs in our ongoing series on Solar Eclipse and their Impact on the Markets.

Arch Crawford said he’s watching the remaining iterations of the Uranus/Pluto waxing square as possible turning points in the markets. He’s also keeping an eye on sunspot activity.

“Based on my analysis of electron flux numbers,” he said,  “it looks like natural forces are trying to take the market down, but the governments of the world are doing everything in their power to keep the markets up.”

Always inclined to take a bearish stance, he added that “I don’t know how much longer they can keep on doing that.”

Sharing Astro-Trading Techniques at a Top Astrology Conference in the City of Brotherly Love

I’ve been in Philadelphia for the past couple of days, where I’ll be speaking tomorrow at the conference being held here by the National Council on Geocosmic Research (NCGR).

We’re meeting at the Doubletree Hotel on South Broad Street, just a couple of blocks from City Hall. It’s a great group of participants, and I’ve enjoyed seeing friends and colleagues from the community of financial astrologers, including Arch Crawford, Georgia Stathis, Grace Morris, Alphee Lavoie, and Christine Skinner.

I’ll be talking about “Astro-Trading Step by Step” on Saturday, August 17, starting at 3:45 p.m.

If you’re in the Philadelphia area stop by and say hello!

For more information on the NCGR conference, go to http://ncgr2013.com.

A Week of Big Profits for Our Gold-Plus Elite Members

Financial astrology never fails to demonstrate the extraordinary and extremely beautiful ways that actions in the markets connect with the rhythms of planetary harmonics.

But the practical application of financial astrology in astro-trading is not just about the esthetics of cosmic harmonies and the music of the spheres– it’s also a pragmatic system for increasing profitability in our trading activities so that we can make money more successfully.

I was reminded of that fact yesterday when I was reviewing the trading results that our Gold-Plus Elite members at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com got last week with our Model Portfolio of equities trades.

It was a record-breaking week that brought some extremely positie results. Our Gold-Plus Elite members closed five trades, with three winners and two losers. While that may not seem particularly impressive, a closer look reveals the true power of the astro-trading advantage.

Here’s what happened:

On Tuesday, August 2, they sold 200 shares of United Therapeutics Corporation (UTHR) at 74.60, taking a profit of $570.00 on the trade. They had bought UTHR on July 29 for 71.75 a share, so this was a 3.97% gain in just 6 trading days.

Their remaining four trades last week all took place on Wednesday, August 7.

They sold 600 shares of Genworth Financial Inc. (GNW) at 12.60, taking a loss of $360.00 (a 4.55% loss in 7 trading days).

They sold 200 shares of Honeywell International Inc. (HON) at 83.50, taking a profit of $112.00 (a 0.68% gain in 12 trading days).

They sold 200 shares of Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. (NUS) at 84.50, taking a profit of $4,460.00. They had paid 62.20 a share for NUS on July 5, so this was an impressive 35.85% gain in 23 trading days.

Finally on Wednesday they also sold 100 shares of  Toyota Motor Corporation ADR (TM) at 127.55. They had bought this stock the day before, but the direction of the trade wasn’t favorable so they took a quick loss of $165.00 (a 1.28% loss in 1 trading day).

With a total of $5,142.00 in profits versus just $525.00 in losses, that was a net profit of $4,617.00 for the week as a whole. That’s pretty exciting, especially when you consider the fact that our Gold-Plus Elite members just spend 28 minutes each week in a planning session on our regular conference calls. That’s when they get their members-only information on exactly what to trade, when to trade it, and how to maximize the profits of the trades they take.

If you’re personally one of our Gold-Plus Elite members, you deserve a big round of applause for an outstanding performance!

If you’re NOT a Gold-Plus Elite member yet, why not?

You can join this money-making program on a trial basis for just $97. Go to http://bit.ly/FCWgpe for details.

Jupiter Lining Up with Pluto

Jupiter will be lining up in an exact opposition to Pluto a few hours from now, in a huge expression of planetary energy.

These are two of the heavy hitters of the planetary system, and they’re both associated with money and the markets.

Jupiter is all about growth and expansion, so it’s connected with rising markets, higher prices, and prosperous times.

Pluto is connected with power and transformation, and that’s what big money is all about. Pluto is associated with the mega-rich, with big blocks of stock changing hands, and with major shifts in market energies.

So when the two of them line up in opposition to each other, 180 degrees apart, we are confronted with some key questions:

“Will we see a rising market ahead?”

“If the markets do go up, how much farther will they rise?”

“Is this the time for the mom-and-pop investor to jump back into the markets, or will it just be an opportunity for the super-rich to get even richer?”

“If the markets rise, when will the bubble burst?”

These are the kinds of questions that we grapple with daily as financial astrologers and astro-traders. But there’s something special about this particular Jupiter/Pluto opposition– Jupiter will move past that alignment and then form a square with Uranus, “translating” the Uranus/Pluto waxing square just as Mars did a little over a week ago.

So with the Jupiter/Pluto opposition tonight, we may see more than just a bounce in stock prices at the end of this week. We can also see a big expansion of tension, stress, and confrontation on both a local and a global scale.

In other words, Jupiter helps make things bigger, and there are some things that we don’t necessary want to grow.

So even with lots of opportunities ahead for us in the stock market now, this is still a time to be very, very careful.

Up To My Neck in Techie Stuff

I’ve been working pretty intensely with the technical people today, trying to get everything up to speed for tomorrow’s launch of the new training program on Astro-Trading Innovations 2013.

We’re trying to add live streaming video capabilities and some other enhancements to our webinar format, which involves lots of moving parts to be coordinated between our production computers here in Florida, the online video streaming service, the webinar hosting service, several websites, the auto-responder service, and a bunch of other stuff.

While I’m actually quite fascinated by the intricate way of it fits together (or at least by the way it’s SUPPOSED to fit together), I have to admit that I’m on the brink of overwhelm right now.

I’d like everything running smoothly by the time we have our first training session tomorrow evening, because this is going to be a very high-powered program, and I don’t really want any technical problems getting in the way. But even if we do encounter some glitches, the information in this new training is important enough that I’m sure we’ll be able to get past any snags we encounter.

We’ll see how it all works out….

By the way, if you haven’t signed up to join us for Astro-Trading Innovations 2013, there’s still time to get registered if you act fast. When I last checked, we still had 2 spaces left for participants (we’re strictly limiting the class size to allow for better interaction).

You can get the details at http://bit.ly/2013ATI

If You’re Early To Rise You Can See The Show

As an astrologer, I spend a lot of time looking at horoscope charts and staring at a computer screen. But it really helps keep things in perspective when I have a chance to sit out on my balcony, watching the weather, checking out the action in the river below me, and above all getting a glimpse of the planets I’m studying as they appear in the sky at night!

Mercury, Mars, and Jupiter have been making a nice alignment in the pre-dawn eastern sky for the past couple of days, and you can get a glimpse of this spectacular trio if you’re up early enough on Monday morning and if your local weather cooperates.

Here’s what the scene looked like early Sunday morning in Germany:

Mercury, Mars & Jupiter at Dawn

This photo, taken at dawn on August 4 by Heiko Ulbricht in Freital, Saxony, Germany, shows the relative positions of the three planets as the Sun was just reddening the eastern sky.

On Monday morning, August 5, the Moon will pass Mercury in deep-red twilight. You’ll probably want to have some binoculars handy, which might be required for for you to spot the Mercury passage. But be sure not to point the binoculars directly at the rising Sun!

If you’re looking for extra motivation to get out of bed early on a Monday, this is it! Set your alarm for dawn and enjoy the show!

Expanding Our Knowledge of Astrology and the Markets

The countdown has begun for the launch of our new training program in Astro-Trading Innovations 2013, and I’m really excited about all the great information we’ll be exploring.

This training experience is the result of the many years of research and market back-testing that have gone into the development of our specific approach to astro-trading. That methodology has created some very strong results in the markets, but I never like to leave well enough alone– I’m constantly looking for better ideas and for more creative solutions to the challenge of profitable astro-trading.

The new training program is all about expanding our knowledge of astrology and the markets, and putting that knowledge to work in practical ways that can generate profitable results. Here’s a video that will give you a preview:

What isn’t mentioned in the video is that you can get big discounts on the tuition for this new training program:

You’ll save $800 on tuition if you’re a Gold Member at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com.

You’ll save $999 on tuition if you own the Basic Stock Market Astrology Home Study Course.

You’ll save $1001 on tuition if you’re a Gold-Plus Elite Member at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com.

Since the full tuition fee is just $1697, these represent some pretty substantial discounts! There are still a few spaces left for additional participants, but if you want to be a part of this experience you’ll need to act fast– we get started on August 7th.

To get all the details on the training, and to get signed up, go to http://bit.ly/2013ATI