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Star Trails and Cosmic Cycles

As we study the astrology of the markets, we spend a lot of time reflecting on the cosmic cycles that are demonstrated in the constant movements and alignments of the planets.

The horoscope is a wonderful tool for helping us visualize those cosmic cycles and remarkable relationships, as long as we have the training and experience in understanding the two-dimensional symbols on the chart and their connections with the events going on in the three-dimensional world above us.

But with or without the benefit of an astrological chart, the inevitable patterns of the planets and the powerful effects of the cosmic cycles continue to influence us, sometimes in very up-front and observable ways, and at other times in a manner that’s much more subtle, but nevertheless quite effective in impacting our lives significantly.

Cosmic Cycles and the Phases of the Moon

We can observe those cosmic cycles at work in the phases of the Moon, watching it gradually increase in light on successive nights as we move toward the Full Moon each month, and then watching it fade away as the next New Moon approaches.

And, thanks to the power of technology and a little creativity from photographer Eric Nathan, we can also witness the incredible beauty of cosmic cycles on an even smaller scale, giving us a sense of what’s happening here and now.

Star trails over Cape Town, South Africa in this photograph by Eric Nathan help us see the comic cycles taking place during a single night.

Star trails over Cape Town, South Africa in this photograph by Eric Nathan help us see the comic cycles taking place during a single night.

Stars trail above and urban lights sprawl below in this remarkable moonlit nightscape from Cape Town, South Africa. The looming form of Table Mountain almost seems to hold terrestrial lights at bay while the stars circle the Earth’s South Celestial Pole. 

This modern perspective on the cosmic cycles revealed in the natural night sky was captured in June 2014. The scene pictured here is actually composed of more than 900 stacked 30-second exposures.

It’s a stunning image, to say the least. And I personally find it very relaxing as well.

Whether we’re watching the markets in South Africa, London, China, or New York, it’s nice to step back and contemplate our personal connections with the cosmic cycles that are not only evident in the ups and downs of share prices, but in the sky surrounding us every night as well.

First-Trade Vulcanus Brings Big Trading Profits

Like the other transneptunian factors, First-Trade Vulcanus can be worrisome.

But there are times when these so-called “hypothetical” planets give us valuable information as astrologers and astro-traders.

This is true even though they may not have been sighted with telescopes yet.

It’s true even though they may be widely ignored in conventional astrological textbooks.

They clearly define power points and hot zones when we add them to our astrological calculations.

They provide important perspectives when we include them in our horoscope charts.

A Practical Example

For example, consider the transneptunian factor Vulcanus more closely. It takes 663 years to make a complete passage through the zodiac.

It covers about the same amount of celestial territory in a year that Mars covers in a day.

In short, Vulcanus is slow from our earth-bound perspective. But it’s very important for us as astro-traders.

First-Trade Vulcanus As A Sensitive Point

If we look at Vulcanus as a sensitive point in a First-Trade horoscope, and then watch the impact of transiting planets aspecting that sensitive point, we can get critical insights.

We are often likely to see First-Trade Vulcanus lending its enormous power to a profitable move in the markets.

MTSN Uranus & First-Trade Vulcanus

Because we were able to identify the upcoming square between transiting Uranus and First-Trade Vulcanus in advance, we were able to enter the trade early enough to get a more profitable return.

In a recent trade of Mattson Technology, for example, an aspect from transiting Uranus to the MTSN First-Trade Vulcanus opened up a big rally. Prior to that, the stock that had been struggling to come off a trading bottom.

The result was a profit of nearly 10 percent in just 25 trading days.

A return like that makes a big difference. It’s quite clear that it’s worth the extra effort to include all eight transneptunian factors in our charts.

They can turbo-charge the results of our astro-trading.

You can see a 7-minute video describing this Vulcanus effect during this trade, along with a description of the overall trading strategy involved, at:

Neptune, Pluto & Spiritual Impulses

I got an email from William a few days ago – it was an unexpected pleasure.

He’s an old friend of mine.

That is to say, we’ve been friends for many decades now, although our paths cross much less frequently now than they used to many years ago.

And, thanks to the inexorable passage of time, we’re both a good bit older now, too. So he’s an old friend in both senses of the word.

At any rate, I was pleased to get his email – not just because it was wonderful hearing from him again, but also because of what he wrote to me about.

He had been going through some old journals, he told me, and had been re-reading the notes he had taken following a conversation we had had about the significance of Pluto penetrating Neptune’s orbit.

Esoteric Studies

In the context of our mutual esoteric studies at the time, that was clearly an important event – but, he said, his notes were a little sketchy and it was no longer clear to him what this cosmic alignemtn meant for us today.

So here’s the story.

When we had our original conversation some years ago, Pluto was still officially a planet. It hadn’t yet  been relegated to “dwarf planet” status, and it was commonly accepted as a legitimate part of the solar system.

But, as was clearly understood both then and now, Pluto has an extremely strange orbit compared to the other planets orbiting around the Sun.

It zips through some parts of the zodiac at a frantic pace, but lingers to the point of tedium in other sections of the zodiacal band.

It also operates on a distinctly different orbital plane, slicing through the plane of the other planets at an angle of 17 degrees.

Strange Effects

This angle of inclination creates some strange effects, including the periodic phenomenon of Pluto being closer to the Sun than Neptune, effectively moving within Neptune’s orbit in apparent violation of the natural order of the planets.

The last time this happened was on February 7, 1979. Since Pluto has an orbital period of approximately 248 years, the previous time that has happened was back in the 1700s.

Pluto remained closer to the Sun than Neptune until February 11, 1999. And that 20-year period proved to be extremely important at a social and geopolitical level, as well as in a more personal context in the lives of many individuals.

For occultists, spiritual astrologers, and seekers on the path of the Ancient Wisdom, however, this rare proximity of Pluto signaled a truly remarkable opportunity for personal growth and conscious evolution.

During the closing years of the twentieth century, we could accelerate our spiritual growth and the expansion of our consciousness in dramatic ways – all we had to do was choose to make it happen

The Close of A Century

This notion of the closing years of a century having a special impact is extremely interesting, especially in the light of the occult traditions emanating from Tibetan Buddhism.

Tsongkhapa (1357-1419), the great reformer of the Tibetan Buddhist dispensation, is said to have established a cycle of the centuries in the closing years of his life. Through his connections with the venerable Bodhisattvas who pledged themselves to the enlightenment of all sentient beings on this planet, he designated the closing 25-year period of each century to come as a time of special grace, an exceptional opportunity for all beings to accelerate their individual evolution and move more decisively toward complete self-realization and the bliss of true enlightenment.

Tsongkhapa didn't know about the influence of Pluto being inside the orbit of Neptune. Or did he?

Tsongkhapa didn’t know about the remarkable spiritual influence of Pluto being inside the orbit of Neptune. Or did he?

Thus it has been apparent as each successive century draws to a close that human consciousness has moved toward greater and greater fulfillment. The closing years of the 18th century brought huge social restructuring, highlighted by revolutions in America and France. The final 25 years of the 19th century saw the seeds of New Thought being planted, with the founding of the Theosophical Society and the beginnings of fertile East-West connections spreading across the globe.

And, as the 20th century came to a close, with psychedelic visions of new paradigms for transcendent connections and the beginnings of a new global consciousness through the foundations of the internet, there was yet another opportunity for spiritual breakthroughs on a colossal scale.

The Pluto Difference

But what was different about those final years of the 20th century was, of course, the rare proximity of Pluto, with its visit inside the orbit of Neptune.

In many ways, it was the ultimate fulfillment of the legacy of Tsongkhapa – an extraordinary cosmic acceleration of the once-in -a-century opportunity that was being offered to humanity.

As we look back on those years, we can see how profound those transformations really were.

So Where Are We Now?

Be we need to do more than look back at the transformations of the past.

After all, we are now in the midst of the first quarter of a new century.

We’ve been given the spiritual gifts of Pluto and Tsongkhapa’s cycle of the centuries, and now we have a new responsibility.

It’s our job now to bring those spiritual impulses into material manifestation. ncial a

That mean a relentless push toward more fulfilling relationships, personally, in our communities, and across the globe.

It also means a dedication toward the creation of new economic paradigms, empowering each individual to find the fullest expression of the kind of material abundance that reflects a divinely perfect spiritual state.

That’s why I have such a strong personal commitment to teaching others how to master financial astrology and astro-trading.

It’s all about economic empowerment, of course.

But for me it’s also a profoundly important spiritual mission.