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Apple Stock Plunge: Right On Time

Apple (APPL) reported its quarterly earnings yesterday, and we saw shares in Apple stock plunge as a result.

It was the first earnings announcement since the introduction of the much-touted Apple Watch, so it attracted lots of attention.

And much of that attention was negative.

The price of the stock was off by about 1 percent by the end of the trading day, and after-hours trading took an even bigger toll, with the losses hitting 7 percent as the Apple stock plunge continued.

For any normal company, of course, the earnings news that Apple reported would have been considered fairly spectacular.

Quarterly profits were up by 38 percent.

The company’s gross margin stands at 39.7 percent.

Sales of the firm’s iPhone unit were up by 35 percent.

But in Apple’s case, Wall Street didn’t like it.

So Why Did Apple Stock Plunge?

According to the news, it was all about expectations.

Market analysts had been looking for numbers that were even better than the ones Apple reported, so they were disappointed big time.

Had those expectations been realistic?

Probably not.

After all, some pundits had been predicting earnings growth from Apple to the tune of 50 percent, so a walloping gain of 35 percent wound up looking pretty puny.

Some analyst’s forecasts projected iPhone sales of 50 million unit, but Apple only managed to see 47.5 million iPhones during the quarter.

Some of it seems to have been based on pure fantasy, but with Apple’s reputation as a miracle company, the analysts managed to get away with those loony predictions.

How We Saw The Apple Stock Plunge Coming

But not everybody expected to see such pie-in–the-sky results when Apple reported earnings.

In fact, our astrological work was showing just the opposite.

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In our Financial Cycles Weekly newsletter published on July 12, we examined the astrology behind share prices for Apple stock, pointing out the heliocentric Mercury/Uranus dynamics that have been remarkably consistent in bring prices lower.

We also warned our readers, “don’t be surprised to see some sobering news on July 21, when AAPL reports its quarterly earnings. It will be the first quarter to include sales of the Apple Watch, but transiting Saturn will be near the Midheaven of the AAPL First-Trade chart at the time of the announcement. Saturn will also be activating the First-Trade Uranus/Hades midpoint, so there could be a very nasty surprise.”

So we expected to see the current Apple stock plunge.

In fact, it’s showing up right on time!

Get The Full Story

For more details on the astrology behind the Apple stock plunge, be sure to see the front-page article in the July 12 issue of Financial Cycles Weekly newsletter. CLICK HERE to download a free copy of that issue.



Confusion About Neptune

Neptune is the planet most associated with confusion.

But the fact is, there’s often a lot of confusion about Neptune itself!

That’s especially true in astro-trading.

There are times, of course, when Neptune can signal dissipating market energy or even outright deception by behind-the-scenes manipulators. That can give us plenty to worry about.

An Alternative To Confusion About Neptune

But the confusion about Neptune can sometimes give way to the discovery of some significant trading opportunities.

Provided you know where to look for them, of course.

Here’s an example in which confusion about Neptune was overcome long enough to pave the way for a successful trade of The Men’s Wearhouse (NYSE – MW) that brought in a profit of nearly 13 percent in just 21 trading days:

As you can see from this Astro-Traders’ Tip of the Week video, a big part of getting past the confusion about Neptune is to look for Neptune’s interactions with key factors in the First-Trade horoscope.

This approach is also worth investigating with your personal natal horoscope as well – when you learn to deal with the confusion about Neptune appropriately, you may find yourself quite surprised by the opportunities that present themselves!


Arch Crawford on Planetary Intensity

, I had a great chat with Arch Crawford yesterday after the New York markets closed.

As usual, our conversation was mainly about astrology, and the potential impact of current planetary alignments on geopolitics and market action.

Arch Crawford had called me because he was concerned about the sheer volume of planetary aspects that will be forming during the hours that the markets are open today. “I don’t know when I’ve seen so much stuff coming together so intensely,” he said.

I agreed. The stage is set by an Apollon direct station in the early morning hours, prior to the opening bell. But after the market opens this morning at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time, we’ve got an amazing string of planetary alignments in rapid-fire succession throughout the trading day.

Here’s What Got Arch Crawford’s Attention

Venus will be in a waxing semi-square to Mars at 9:49 a.m.

Mars will be in opposition to Pluto at 10:12 a.m.

Venus will form a waning sesquiquadrate to Pluto at 10:31 a.m.

Mercury will be contraparallel Uranus at 1:04 p.m.

Mercury will form a waning sesquiquadrate to Saturn at 1:48 p.m.

Mars will parallel Jupiter at 2:33 p.m.

And then just a few minutes prior to the closing bell, at 3:36 p.m., Mercury will align with the transneptunian factor Vulcanus in the 24th harmonic.

Later this evening, after the markets have closed for the day, we’ll also get a Mercury/Pluto oppositon, Mercury in a waning semi-square to Venus, and Mars in a waxing semi-square to Admetos. And on top of that, we have a New Moon tonight.

That’s quite a line-up, to say the least!

But What About The Apollon Station?

In talking with Arch, I pointed out that most of the activating forces at work are fast-moving planets, so even though there may be a disruptive impact, the overall effect may not be long-lasting. But the direct station by Apollon is another matter.

“I’m not sure that we should overlook the Apollon station,” I said. “That could be enough by itself to signal an important change. In my experience, whenever there’s a station of anything, it’s worth paying attention to”

“Absolutely,” Arch Crawford said. “I agree with you there. It’s one of the biggest things that happens. The most important are the eclipses, and then the planetary stations. Next would be sign changes by planets. Next would be the alignments – but the more planets involved, the bigger the effect. That’s what I’ve found. And this is a bunch of planets!”

Arch Crawford July 15 Planets

his 90-degree dial presentation of the planetary alignments at noon on Wednesday, July 15 reveals the intense energy that made Arch Crawford pay attention.

A bunch of planets indeed!

As this 90-degree dial shows, the alignments today are quite intense. The red pointer arrow on the dial is aimed at the tight configurations between Mars, Pluto and Mercury. Just opposite that, the small red arrow points to the eighth-harmonic activations by Venus and Saturn.

Midpoints Galore

But what’s really interesting here are the planetary midpoints triggers today.

There are key activations of Sun/Node, Sun/Hades, Sun/Kronos, Mercury/Hades, Jupiter/Chiron, and Saturn/Poseidon.

Jupiter triggers both the Mars/Hades and Pluto/Hades midpoints – not a very pretty picture.

Remember the Apollon station? It triggers the Jupiter/Hades midpoint, signaling a widespread lack of money and disturbed happiness.

And that’s not all.

The Moon/Kronos midpoint, for example, is triggered by Mercury (independent, autocratic thinking and communications), Venus (women in positions of national leadership), Mars (officials acting despotically), and Saturn (hindrances or losses through officials and/or prominent women).

Maybe that means we should be paying close attention to what Angela Merkel and Janet Yellen have to say today.

In fact, Arch Crawford mentioned both Janet Yellen’s congressional testimony and the vote in the Greek parliament today as possible arenas where we might see the current planetary tensions find expression.

Just how dire will the outcome be? We’ll have to wait and see, of course.

But no matter what happens, from an astrological perspective this is definitely a day worth watching!


Sunspot Activity & The Economy

Link Between Economic Activity and Sunspots Confirmed

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A gigantic sunspot – almost 80,000 miles across –can be seen on the lower center of the sun in this image from NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory captured on Oct. 23, 2014. This article by Bill Meridian reviews the connections between sunspot activity and the economy.
Image Credit: NASA/SDO


“Solar activity as measured by the number of sunspots also adds to the explanation of the probability of a recession.”

A Guest Post by Bill Meridian

Cycles Research

Once again, scholastic research has confirmed the link between planetary activity and the economy here on earth.

In the Global Conference on Business and Finance Proceedings, Volume 7, Number 2, from 2012, there is an article linking changes in the economy to sunspots. Cees J. Prins wrote ‘Solar Activity and Economic Recessions: The Case Of The US.’

Direct and Indirect Influences on the Economy

The author concluded, “The probability of a recession taking place depends on many variables. When the interest rate spread between 10 years government bonds and 3 months Treasury Bills is negative a recession is imminent. Also stock prices can give valuable information with predicting power. Solar activity as measured by the number of sunspots also adds to the explanation of the probability of a recession. In the 3 models that are estimated for 6 time periods the number of sunspots is always very significant. The sun has direct and indirect influences on the economy. To the first category belong damages to electronic networks. The indirect effects are the influences on human emotions and in the end also to the economy.”

One of the most dramatic events associated with sunspot activity is a solar flare, which can create electromagnetic phenomena that disrupt communications on Earth.

One of the most dramatic events associated with sunspot activity is a solar flare, which can create electromagnetic phenomena that disrupt communications on Earth.

Forecasting Recessions with Sunspot Activity

In his work, Prins took several variables and determined their value in forecasting recessions. He began with the inverted yield curve (short-term rates higher than long-term rates) because it is well known that this situation has led to a recession each time it has occurred.

He added variables such as stock prices, the leading indicators of the OECD and The Conference Board, the gold price, the oil price, new building permits, new job creation, corporate rate spreads, long-term rate spreads, and sunspots.

The inverted yield curve, stock market returns, and sunspots were the consistent variables in economic forecasting.

In his words, “It is clear that the model has one interesting and significant long term variable: the number of sunspots.” And, “The number of sunspots, as an indication of the activity of the sun, appeared to be a highly significant variable in explanation of a recession during all the periods investigated.”

Sunspot Activity Leads The Pack

It is noteworthy that only one traditional variable, inverted rates, consistently exceeded sunspots as a forecasting tool. Sunspots led all of the other traditional tools.


About The Author

Our guest post is by Bill MeBill_Meridianridian, a leading financial astrologer who is the editor of Cycles Research newsletter and the author of Planetary Stock Trading (4th edition) and The Predictive Power of Eclipse Paths.

You can learn more about Bill Meridian and his services and publications at

The Greek Vote, Goldman Sachs, and a Solar Eclipse

The results from the Greek vote on compliance with the austerity demands of its Eurozone neighbors are in.

The referendum tally may have come as no surprise, but the outcome of the Greek vote was a resounding NO!

It wasn’t even close.

With 60% of those who went to the polls in the Greek vote thumbing their noses at the European Community’s efforts to negotiate a bailout deal and a loan extension, there’s been a lot of confusion and consternation in the halls of the European Central Bank and in markets across the globe.

The Aftermath of the Greek Vote

What happens next?

Nobody knows for sure. But at least we can say that we saw it coming.

Six years ago, in fact.

After all, it was the solar eclipse on July 22, 2009 that triggered much of the financial stress that the referendum this Sunday gave voice to as the Greek vote was heard around the world.

That eclipse conjoined the Sun in the national horoscope for Greece. In that chart the Sun is not only emblematic of the nation itself and its leadership; it also rules the second house of finances, compounding the problem enormously.

I reviewed some of those details – and the role that Goldman Sachs played in creating the whole mess in the Greek economy in the first place – in a special 5-minute video I posted on YouTube early in 2010. It’s worth looking at right now:

As you can see from the video, things weren’t particularly rosy in Greece at the time. There was little inkling then, however, of just how much worse conditions could become in the ensuing years.

What’s interesting now is how little attention is being paid to the origins of the current crisis with the solar eclipse in July, 2009.

For that matter, nobody seems to be saying much right now about the role of Goldman Sachs, either. It deserves a closer look as discussions continue about the future role of Greece and the emerging face of the euro.


W. D. Gann and the Grateful Dead

Perhaps more than anyone else in the history of astro-trading, W. D. Gann understood the importance of the Law of Vibration.

This is the cosmic force that moves the markets, of course, but it also moves everything else in our lives.

When we connect with the Law of Vibration as W. D. Gann did, we can bring together amazing harmonies in our lives.

But W. D. Gann wasn’t the only one who was interested in the Law of Vibration.

It’s being studied now by top scientists and mathematicians – and by musicians, too!

Has Mickey Hart Even Heard of W. D. Gann?

In fact, the Law of Vibration and its implications at many profound levels has become the total obsession of Mickey Hart, one of the founding members of the Grateful Dead.

We don’t know for sure whether of not he’s familiar with W. D. Gann’s work, but his explorations have taken him in some amazing directions, as this video from the PBS Newshour reveals:

W. D. Gann died in 1955, so he never got to hear the Grateful Dead, or Mickey Hart’s explorations of cosmic sounds. But if he had had the opportunity, he almost certainly would have enjoyed it.

After all, it was W. D. Gann who wrote that “Everyone’s body contains a harmonious keynote and when he finds what music soothes him he should listen, chant or sing it as often as possible. This will put the body in harmony and give peace and contentment to the mind.”

W. D. Gann’s observations are worth keeping in mind – especially while we’re listening to the Grateful Dead!