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The Sun Gives Us A Preview of Coming Events

When I talked with Michael Yorba on his Traders Network radio show last week, we discussed the sneak preview that the Sun is providing for us as astro-traders during the first three days of April.

On Tuesday, April 1, the Sun will be in a waxing square to Jupiter. It will conjoin Uranus on Wednesday, and then on Thursday, April 3, it will be in a waxing square to Pluto.

Solar Translation of Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto and S&P

As the Sun (the green diagonal lines) translates the alignment of Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto (the blue, orange, and navy lines respectively) on April 1-3, it will help define the trading range that we’ll be range that we’ll be referring to on April 21-23, when the T-Square and Grand Cross release their full force. This chart for the S&P 500 shows daily price bars through the close on Friday, March 28.

That translation of the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-Square pattern effectively gives us a glimpse into some of the dynamics we can look forward to on April 20-21, with the precise alignment of that T-Square, and on April 22-23, when transiting Mars will convert the T-Square into a powerful Grand Cross pattern in the cardinal signs of the zodiac.

Here’s the complete recording of my conversation with Michael on Thursday:


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Getting Up To Speed on Geopolitics & The Markets

For the past couple of months mundane astrologer Jim Cummins has been a regular contributor to the FinancialCyclesWeekly website, providing our members there with fabulous in-depth insights into the big events unfolding around the globe.

The information that he has shared is not only interesting and informative; it’s essential reading for anyone who wants to stay fully informed on the kinds of events that can upset the international balance of power and create the kind of turmoil that move the markets in significant ways.

If you’re one of our members, you’ve already gotten access to Jim’s outstanding work. But if you’re not a member, there’s now a limited-time opportunity for you to get free access to the first three articles Jim has contributed to FinancialCyclesWeekly.com.

You can get all three articles as an instant pdf download, so you can read all the articles on your computer screen or print them out for future reference.

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“Gann was very private about using astrology….”

When I joined Michael Yorba for my weekly interview on his Traders Network radio program on Thursday, he asked me to help make sense of the market action.

“A lot of folks are getting whipsawed,” he said, because of the contradictory signals and the confusing market action.

I told him that one of the clearest indicators we’ve got going right now is the change of seasons at the Spring Equinox, which was a key market timing indicator used by W. D. Gann.

“W. D. Gann was very private about his use of astrological cycles in market forecasting,” I said, “but he had a pretty good track record.”

As an extra bonus for Michael’s listeners, I had also used the social network page on his website to post a link to my recent video about the back-testing we’ve done with the Spring Equinox, resulting in a specific trading strategy for precious metals, individual equities, and market indices from around the world.

Michael also commented about the savings his listeners could get when they used his special YORBA coupon code to order the new report on The Stock Market Collision Course.

You can here the entire interview, which also includes Michael’s questions about Elliott Wave counts and price targets, by clicking the player here:


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By the way, even if you missed the original broadcast you can still use the Coupon Code I mentioned in the interview to get a 10% discount on the new Stock Market Collision Course report.

Just go to http://bit.ly/ATsmcc and click through to order, then use Coupon Code YORBA during the check-out process.

The S&P Makes a “Correct High” on the Equinox

We were watching the intra-day price action in the S&P 500 closely yesterday, since it was the Spring Equinox, and we had done extensive back-testing of this event’s potential effects on the markets.

In making a price projection (published on March 16 in Issue 1411 of the FinancialCyclesWeekly newsletter) we used the Universal Clock version of W. D. Gann’s Wheel of 24:

Gann Wheel for 2014 Spring Equinox

The planetary positions at the Spring Equinox are shown here on the Universal Clock, based on W. D. Gann’s Wheel of 24, with the Sun (the yellow dot) on the right side of the wheel hitting the 0-degree Aries point on March 20. The outer ring shows price levels corresponding to the current trading range of the S&P 500 Index; note that the Sun’s position triggers prices of 1801, 1825, 1849 and 1873. We’ll watch for support and resistance at those prices on March 20.

As noted in the caption for this diagram, the critical price levels for the day were from 1801 to 1873– an intra-day high or low, or a close for the day, at one of these prices would be powerful confirmation of the Spring Equinox energy at work in the market.

As it turned out, the trading yesterday in the S&P hit the price target of 1873 as predicted in the newsletter our members received– the exact high was 1873.49– and the Index closed just one point below that, at 1872.01.

We refer to this kind of precise alignment with a planetary price point as a Correct High, a perfect picture of price and time coming together.

Will We Hit Gann Resistance Today?

Today is the Spring Equinox, which is one of the most important dates in the year as far as the determination of market trends is concerned.

At least that’s what W. D. Gann thought, and he mentioned the date of the Spring Equinox in a number of places in his writings on trading methods and market forecasting.

That’s why we decided to put Gann’s theory to the test by back-testing more than a dozen market indices from around the world, as well as precious metals, currencies, and a group of individual equities.

We came up with some surprising results, which I shared in an online video a couple of days ago.

We also featured this research, along with a Universal Clock illustration based on Gann’s Wheel of 24, in the most recent issue of the FinancialCyclesWeekly newsletter.

In that article, I noted that for the S&P 500 Index at the Spring Equinox today, “the Sun’s position triggers prices of 1801, 1825, 1849 and 1873. We’ll watch for support and resistance at those prices.”

So far today, the S&P has been trading well above the 1849 mark, but has had an intra-day high of just 1866 and change.

We’ll have to wait and see if it hits the 1873 level or not. If it does, it will be a big confirmation of a potential sell-off tomorrow, especially if that’s the closing price or an intra-day high.

We also developed a high-probability trading strategy that can be applied to the markets right away.

You can review the results of that research, and discover the trading strategy for yourself, by watching a free 14-minutes video on W. D. Gann and Trading Profits at the Spring Equinox.

To see the video now, go to:

http://realbusinessresults.com/marketastrologer/how-w-d-gann-picked-a-date-for-market-profits/

How W. D. Gann Picked A Date For Market Profits

The Spring Equinox will be here on March 20, bringing the possibility of a big inflection point in the markets.

Equities usually react pretty bearishly to the Equinox, at least for the short term. There’s a big price dip for a day or two, as the high-energy impact of the Sun’s passage into Aries makes itself felt in interpersonal emotions and on the trading floor.

Then things begin to settle down.

They settle down and then often start to look so rosy that we actually see a bit of bullishness invading the market environment!

When I observed this phenomenon, it inspired me to take another look at some of W. D. Gann’s ideas, which soon confirmed that I was on the right track in following the planetary influence on the markets.

But I didn’t stop there.

I came up with a hypothetical trading plan based on the Spring Equinox, and then did extensive back-testing to see if that approach — a “14-Day Spring Equinox Trading Strategy” — would actually hold up under pressure.

The results were pretty amazing, which is why I recorded this video about the project:

In spite of the fact that it can sometimes be a little challenging to understand and apply, W. D. Gann’s work is always worth paying attention to. For example, I was just reviewing the brief report I did a couple of years ago, W. D. Gann on Natural Trend Change Dates in Daily Market Movements, and seeing how accurate his simple method proves to be. Interesting stuff!

 

Like A Dump Truck Full of Gravel…

We were still in the final hour of trading when I was on the air with Michael Yorba earlier today on his Traders Network radio show.

At the time, the sell-off in U.S. equities had already gotten underway, but we still didn’t have an indication of just how big the losses for the day would be at the closing bell, with the Dow Industrials off by 1.41% and the S&P 500 down 1.17% on the session.

That selling action wasn’t on the radar for most traders when the opening bell rang this morning, but as I noted in my blog post this morning, the Uranus/Poseidon waxing quincunx had the power to pull the rug out from anything that looked too much like a rally. By the end of the trading day a Sun/Saturn waxing trine was also looming large, adding to the bearish pressure.

As I told Michael Yorba during our interview, it was a lot like what we would be experiencing if we had gotten in our car and had begun driving behind a dump truck full of gravel, with the flying debris of cosmic alignments smacking the market’s windshield as we hurtle down the highway.

There’s a lot more debris headed our way as we move along the Stock Market Collision Course during the coming weeks. It’s a time for cool heads and solid astro-trading strategies.

That’s what Michael and I talked about today– you can hear the entire 10-minute interview here:


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So Why Is a 150-Degree Angle Important?

Earlier today, about five hours before the opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange, we got the planet Uranus lining up with the Transneptunian factor Poseidon to form a waxing quincunx.

A quincunx is a 150-degree angular alignment between two planets.

It’s not one of the classic Ptolemaic aspects from traditional astrology, so there are a lot of astrologers who ignore it completely.

They prefer to focus on the squares and trines and oppositions that appear in their horoscopes.

But in my work as an astro-trader in analyzing the potential for turning points in the markets, I’ve often found that it’s a good idea to pay attention to a quincunx whenever it appears.

Especially in a case like today, when the quincunx has special significance.

The Uranus/Poseidon combination hints of sudden or surprising shifts in sentiment, or even of a lightning-bolt inspiration that provides a fresh perspective. It can easily be associated with a pivot point in the markets as traders change their minds about the potential direction of future trading activity.

But this Uranus/Poseidon waxing quincunx carries implications that go beyond those symbolic connections.

As the Uranus/Poseidon alignment occurred earlier today, it provided a dynamic reinforcement of the current Jupiter/Uranus/Pluto T-Square pattern that’s currently moving into place.

That pattern will reach its strongest point on April 20-21, and it could signal a big shift in market direction. But between now and then, every planetary alignment to either Jupiter, Uranus, or Pluto carries some extra weight, since it can amplify the developing T-Square pattern and potentially trigger corrective action in the markets.

Will we see a pull-back in the stock market today with the Uranus/Poseidon waxing quincunx?

I don’t know for sure. The S&P has been hitting resistance repeatedly in recent trading sessions, but has been trading up somewhat today.

Even so, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Uranus/Poseidon waxing quincunx trigger an intra-day reversal, sending stock prices lower before the closing bell.

“You’re Darn, Darn Good at What You Do!”

Market timing.

Cycle analysis.

A trading edge that really works.

That’s what makes the astro-trading advantage so remarkable, and it’s the reason that Michael Yorba keeps inviting me back as a special guest on his Traders Network radio program.

When we got together on the air on Friday we talked about the accuracy of the astro-trading forecasts we’ve shared in previous weeks, and discussed the upcoming prospects for the markets.

Good At Market Timing

“You’re here,” Michael told me, “because you’re darn, darn good at what you do!”

For example, this chart compares what I forecast for the VIX to the way the action actually turned out as the trading week got underway:

An Accurate VIX Forecast

Based on our research into the effects of the Jupiter/Uranus waxing square that’s discussed in the report on The Stock Market Collision Course, we forecast (in the chart on the left) a spike in the VIX just after the trading week got underway. The chart on the right shows how the action in the VIX actually turned out.

You can listen to the entire 10-minute interview here:


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By the way, the new report on The Stock Market Collision Course features many of the planetary dynamics relevant to market timing that we discussed in the interview. You can get a copy now at http://bit.ly/ATsmcc

How About THAT for a Sneaky Chess Move?

With the back-to-back retrograde stations by Mars and Saturn on March 1 and 2 coinciding with Russia’s incursion in the Crimea and the intensification of the crisis in the Ukraine (and setting the stage for the crisis-reaction pull-back in global stock markets yesterday), it’s been fascinating to watch the roles that key personalities play as events unfold.

Mundane astrologer Jim Cummins, who contributes regular “Big Picture Perspectives” articles for our members at the FinancialCyclesWeekly.com website, has been doing a great job of bringing some of those personalities into focus. You can see his latest article on the situaion in the Ukraine at http://www.financialcyclesweekly.com/snip/134.htm — it’s well worth reading, since a good background understanding of the geopolitical turmoil we’re in is essential to being properly positioned in the markets now.

It is, after all, a very challenging set of circumstances, and the markets can eat you alive if you’re not fully informed and prepared. That’s why we provide specific trading plans and timing strategies through our Gold-Plus Elite membership program at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com — to help our members trade safely and profitably in uncertain times.

At any rate, though, Jim Cummins has described Vladimir Putin as a master chess player on the geopolitical stage, and that’s an appropriate characterization, especially considering the Russian President’s recent moves in securing the Crimea while letting the interim breakaway government in the Ukraine stand (at least for now).

To get the real picture here, just adhere to the old adage and “follow the money.” While control in Crimea is a key to maintaining hegemony in oil and natural gas, that’s only part of the story.

Russia has committed to providing the Ukraine with $15 billion in economic aid, but so far it has only delivered on about $3 billion of that commitment. And with its economy in chaos, the Ukraine definitely needs the money.

But that Russian commitment, of course, was to the OLD Ukrainian government, the one that just got ousted last week without any real resistance. We shouldn’t overlook the fact that Putin could have sent in troops to crush the rebellion or topple the interim government before it even got started, but he chose not to.

It was an interesting gambit, not unworthy of an accomplished chess player.

After all, with a new Ukrainian government in place Russian is now off the hook to the tune of about $12 billion.

And with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arriving in Kiev today, guess who’s been left behind to pick up the tab as Putin heads for the exits?