Archive for September 2013

Seeing a Market Decline Ahead of Time

It’s always gratifying to see our market forecasts play out accurately in the markets.

When a forecast turns out to be accurate, it opens up bigger opportunities for profitable trading.

Even more importantly, though, it increases our confidence in the astro-trading tools and techniques we use to decipher the hidden factors that work relentlessly behind the scenes to drive the market action. As our confidence grows, we are more likely to trust our ability to take advantage of the next trading opportunities that arise, and the net long-term results can be worth it.

But even so, I’m particularly impressed whenever a market forecast is made weeks or even months ahead of time, and then still turn out to be accurate as the market trends unfold.

That proved to be the case with the forecast presented in late August during our monthly webinar for our Gold-Plus Elite members at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com. We specifically discussed the high probability of a market pull-back getting underway after the September 19 Full Moon, and correctly predicted a negative short-term trend for equities during the September 23-17 trading week.

Of course it wasn’t just the Full Moon that pulled the markets down. It had help from other factors as well, including the Pluto Direct Station and the Fall Equinox. Here’s a 5-minute video that digs into the details:

By the way, what I neglected to mention in the video was the fact that our next webinar will be on Monday evening, September 30. There’s a tuition charge for this event, but if you’re one of our Gold-Plus Elite members you can attend for free– it’s a pretty good reason to sign up for a trial membership in our Gold-Plus Elite program, especially since you’ll also get a free astro-trading DVD when you do.

You’ll find the details at bit.ly/ATmonthly

A New Issue of “Mercury Metrics” Is Out

“Mercury Metrics” is the compact quarterly publication that lists all of the important Mercury dynamics for a three-month period, with a special emphasis on the unique Mercury alignments that were revealed in the Mercury, Money and the Markets book to have a big impact on potential trend reversals in the markets.

A new issue, which covers all the Mercury action from October through December, has just been published.

You can get it as an instant download through Harmonic Research Associates at http://harmonicresearchassociates.com/shop/shopexd.asp?id=148

This is really a unique publication– it can save you hours and hours of computational time and as a result, it puts you in a commanding position as an astro-trader.

And the best thing about it is that it just takes about 10 minutes to read from cover to cover.

But that 10 minutes easily has $10,000 potential!

 

What impact will Poseidon Have on Short-Term Market Trends?

The transneptunian factors– the so-called “hypothetical planets” first postulated by Alfred Witte and Friederich Seigruen in the early years of the twentieth century and more recently discovered to be objects in the Kuiper Belt outside the orbit of Pluto– are all slow-moving dynamics in astrological charts. For that reason we rarely give them much attention as transiting factors, since their influence is mainly on long-term social and economic cycles rather than on day-to-day events that make a memorable impression in our lives.

Occasionally, however, the transneptunians help to create particular alignments that are worth paying attention to, since the planetary pictures they produce can impart specific warnings of potentially treacherous circumstances or give us signals about exceptional opportunities.

One of those rare occasions is coming up this week.

On Thursday, September 19, the transneptunian Poseidon will form a precise alignment with the midpoint of Jupiter and Neptune. This is not a planetary aspect in the traditional astrological sense, but this combination of transneptunian and planetary influences is nevertheless noteworthy due to the energetic nature of the factors that are coming together.

It’s a combination that indicates a time which can be extraordinarily fortunate, especially for individuals and businesses that engage in mental activities or the development of new ideas. Large-scale thinking is highly favored, and entrepreneurial efforts begun at this time are likely to succeed, as long as they spring from well-articulated and thoroughly documented plans.

And although we don’t have enough previous experience with this specific alignment to say for certain what impact it will have on the price action for stocks or commodities, this is clearly an occasion which can provide reinforcement for short-term bullishness in the markets.

As astro-traders, then, we’ll be watching the trading action closely during the next few days. With the Full Moon adding its force to the Pluto direct station and the Fall Equinox, expanding prices now could simply help set the stage now for a much more emphatic plunge to come.

Mercury Takes Its Turn with the Uranus/Pluto Square

Mercury is currently in the midst of its translation of the waxing Uranus/Pluto square.

The process begins tomorrow with a Mercury/Pluto square and finishes up on September 16, when Mercury will form an opposition to Uranus.

During this process, Mercury is briefly activating the stressful energy of this powerful Uranus/Pluto connection, which has been an astrological focal point for the last year and a half, and which will continue to be the astrological influence dominating world affairs from now through most of 2015.

The Uranus/Pluto waxing square promotes a general atmosphere of contentiousness, discord, and absolutism. We’re seeing it play out in domestic politics, in international affairs, and in interpersonal relationships, as well as in the dynamics of the markets.

When Jupiter translated the Uranus/Pluto waxing square last month, the markets responded with a decisive decline in equities prices. But the Jupiter translation was an extended process, while speedy Mercury is currently doing the same thing in less than three days.

Perhaps because the intractable confrontation of the Uranus/Pluto waxing square promotes a sense of having problems without solutions and obstacles that will never be overcome, the rapid motion of Mercury in connecting the two outer planets can actually help create a brief feeling of relief.

At least that’s what seems to have been the case earlier this year, during the last three times Mercury made fourth-harmonic connections to translate the Uranus/Pluto square– on January 3-6, 2013; on April 20-21, 2013; and on June 7-8, 2013.

On the first occurrence the S&P 500 had just surged upward dramatically to begin the new trading year. As the Mercury translation went into action, the market hesitated a bit, but soon recovered the little bit of ground it had lost, essentially trading flat while the Mercury passage took place. On January 7, the first trading day following the Mercury translation, the S&P 500 closed at 1461.88, down just 0.04% from its close on January 2, the day before the translation began.

The second instance of a Mercury translation of the Uranus/Pluto alignment came on April 20-21. Prior to the action by Mercury the S&P 500 stood at 1555.25; on April 22, the day following the translation, it closed at 1562.50, with a net gain of 0.47% in the interim.

The market’s response to the third instance of a Mercury translation was even more emphatic. The S&P 500 climbed by 1.25% as Mercury formed an opposition to Pluto and then a square to Uranus  on June 7 and 8.

While these three examples hardly give us conclusive evidence about the action we’re likely to see in the markets as we close out this trading week and begin a new one, they’re nevertheless useful in formulate our opinions about what we might expect. And based on the performance of the S&P 500 during these three occurences, we shouldn’t be surprised to see some bullishness as the week ahead of us gets underway.

 

Apple Suffers the Consequence of Its Big Mistake

It looks like Apple Computer (AAPL) is already suffering the consequences of a bad timing decision the company made earlier this week.

On Tuesday, September 10, Apple hosted a new product introduction event, revealing its new iPhones and mobile operating system.

The event had all the fanfare and anticipation that has characterized previous product introductions by the innovative company, but there was an important difference.

This week’s product introduction took place while the Moon was void-of-course, a time when things don’t produce the results that are hoped for.

As it turned out, the response to the new iPhones was lukewarm. Even more significantly, AAPL stock sold off sharply in Wednesday’s trading, dropping 26.93 points to lose 5.44% of its market value in a single trading session.

The story’s not over yet. We’ll have to wait to see the long-term results of Apple’s void-of-course product introduction.

But as astro-traders, we can view the event as a sobering reminder that bad timing realy does make a difference!

Is Apple Making A Big Mistake This Week?

Apple Computer has a new product launch coming up this week.

Unfortunately, that may not be a good thing, as much as the company and its shareholders might wish it to be otherwise. And it’s not just the conspicuous absence of Steve Jobs from the event that could make a difference.

It’s really a timing issue, which naturally concerns me as an astrologer.

You can get the details in an article about the upcoming event that’s been posted here:

http://www.financialcyclesweekly.com/members/Not-The-Best-Time-for-a-Product-Launch-by-Apple.cfm

Take a look– and be sure to watch the AAPL stock closely!

 

How About Some Good Old Hyperinflation?

More money for everybody!

That was the “selling point” that author Mark Dice used recently when he tried to get people to sign a tongue-in-cheek petition urging the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department to increase inflation to 100 percent a year.

The surprising– and disturbing-  result was that most people were more than willing to add their names to the list, displaying either a complete ignorance of what inflation really is, or a complete obliviousness to the devastating effects of hyperinflation.

Dice does have an axe to grind. As a conspiracy theorist, he writes about the evil influences of the Illuminati and international banking forces, and he’s out to demonstrate just how much their propaganda has turned the general populace into uninformed zombies who are willing to go along with any kind of ludicrous scheme, as long as it promises economic improvement.

Thanks are due to financial astrologer Bill Meridian, who shared a link to this YouTube video showing Dice in action, collecting signatures for a bogus pro-hyperinflation nonprofit group: