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Aretha Franklin and Money Planets

It was 49 years ago today, on January 24, 1967, when record producer Jerry Wexler brought the 24-year-old singer Aretha Franklin to Muscle Shoals, Alabama for a history-making recording session.

Wexler brought along the legendary recording engineer Tom Dowd, and the session that day resulted in Aretha Franklin’s ground-breaking recording of “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)” – the soul single that was to become the first big hit of her career when it was released the following month.

Aretha Franklin Hits Number One

The song hit number one on the Rhythm and Blues charts and number nine on the pop charts, firmly establishing Aretha Franklin’s recording career. She went on to record a total of 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 “Hot 100” entries, 17 top-ten pop singles, 100 Rhythm and Blues entries and 20 number-one Rhythm and Blues singles, becoming the most-charted female artist in the history of the R&B charts.

Aretha Franklin has won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, with over 75 million records sold worldwide. In 1987 she became the first female performer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2008 she was honored with the number-one spot on Rolling Stone’s list of the Top 100 Singers of All Time.

It’s worth noting, however, that the 1967 session at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals wasn’t the start of Aretha Franklin’s recording career. She was just 18 years old and optimistic about her future in the music business when she signed with Columbia Records in 1960, but her years with that label brought her only mediocre levels of success.

She was still a long way from becoming the widely-acclaimed Queen of Soul.

When her contract with Columbia expired Jerry Wexler wasted no time in getting her signed up with Atlantic Records, and almost immediately they were on their way to Alabama for a recording session.

Authentic Soul Music & Bi-Racial Cooperation

As the music historian Tom Daniel has noted, their goal was “to start recording some authentic soul music with some authentic soul musicians. Aretha was wary of the fake-sounding soul coming out of Detroit, and she specifically wanted to do some authentic work with the same guys who were kicking butt with Wilson Pickett. When she walked into that Alabama recording studio in 1967 and saw a bunch of white guys plugged in and ready to play, she nearly quit.

“She wanted authentic soul music. Jerry Wexler calmly explained to her that this was it. This WAS authentic. No matter what color these guys happened to have for their skin, they were the same guys who grew up in rural Alabama listening to soul and gospel, and they were the same guys who gave Percy Sledge and Wilson Pickett such a stirring soul sound. She briefly flirted with the notion of going to Memphis, instead, but Wexler advised her that the situation there was exactly the same. It appeared that the so-called authentic soul music coming out of Tennessee and Alabama was a product of bi-racial cooperation. It’s one of those things Southerners have always accepted, but Yankees can’t seem to get their heads around.”

The Planets Behind Aretha Franklin’s Success

While it certainly helped Aretha Franklin to get Jerry Weller behind her, along with his wise choice of a recording venue, there’s also a lot to learn from the astrology involved.

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Aretha Franklin in 1967

Aretha Franklin’s birth chart not only reveals her enormous talent and creativity; with her natal Ascendant triggering the midpoint of Mercury and Jupiter, the dominant money planets in her horoscope, it also highlights her capacity for financial success.

But like so many other successful women, Aretha Franklin only began to activate the money in her horoscope when the transiting planets made the right alignments.

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That’s what was happening when she and Jerry Weller showed up for her recording date in Alabama 49 years ago.

Support From The Transneptunians

The slow-moving transneptunian factors had already been at work on her chart for some time at that point.

Transiting Kronos was forming a sextile to her natal Sun, hinting that it was time for her to take on a superior status in her chosen profession.

Even more importantly, transiting Apollon, the factor connected with widespread commercial success, was at the 0º Libra World Point as it formed a semi-square to her natal Ascendant – a clear indication that mega-stardom would soon be on its way!

There were also Neptune dynamics at work as she began to sing that. Transiting Neptune was square her natal Midheaven, opening up her career potential dramatically, and at the same time transiting Jupiter was forming a sextile to her natal Neptune, the co-ruler of her fifth house of creativity and artistic talent.

It was truly a life-changing set of planetary influences – and the world of music has been the beneficiary for nearly half a century!

Trading Profits With Astrology

As I reported recently in a blog post reviewing the market performance of the FinancialCyclesWeekly.com Model Portfolio during 2015, along with the trading profits generated by this approach, astro-trading really works.

When you know ahead of time what the most planetary cycles are, and if you know what are saying about what to trade and when to trade it, you have a clear advantage as a trader.

That’s what Doug Capehart of Cincinnati, Ohio has discovered. He’s been involved in the markets for more than 20 years, ever since he was 15 or 16 years old.

Erasing Gains With Bigger Losses

During his decades in trading stocks, Doug saw a pattern developing that’s all too familiar to many other traders.

He would have a series of successful trades.

Then he would watch his trading profits evaporate after taking one or two severe losses.

“I’d lose all my money,” he said. “then I’d have to go back to my day job, and work for months to save up enough money to start trading again.”

Opening The Door To Consistent Trading Profits

Then Doug discovered astro-trading.

He started out with the Basic Stock Market Astrology Home Study Course, which gave him a solid foundation in planetary cycle analysis.

That program on audio CDs would become the basis of future trading profits , BasiB ingGold-as his knowledge expanded and he gained more real-world experience.

Making Gradual Progress

Doug says it was slow going at first, but he gradually began to understand the ways that planetary dynamics really drive the markets.

Little by little, his performance at generating trading profits with astrology began to improve.

Then, when Doug Capehart joined FinancialCyclesWeekly.com as a Gold-Plus Elite member, his progress began to accelerate.

Making Trading Profits Faster As Well As Easier

Thanks to the done-for-you approach of the Gold-Plus Elite membership program, Doug says that he saves an enormous amount of time each week.

He doesn’t have to do all the time-intensive analysis work that it takes to identify potentially profitable trading opportunities. That allows him to focus exclusively on the trades he is considering each week, and the resulting trading profits have far exceeded the cost of his Gold-Plus Elite membership.

Here’s how he describes his own success:


 

 

Astro-Trading Track Record Surges

As the closing bell rang on Thursday, December 31, a challenging year in the markets came to an end.

It left many traders more than ready for a long holiday weekend, with a good excuse for applying generous doses of intoxicants to the New Year’s Eve task of putting the turmoil of he past twelve months behind them.

Buy-and-Hold Strategy Fails Again

After all, 2015 was certainly not a good year for buy-and-hold investors.

The Blue Chips in the Dow Jones Industrial Average traded flat for much of the year before beginning a sharp sell-off at the Venus/Uranus trine in mid-August.

Dow Industrial 2015

The Dow Jones Industrial Average in 2015

The Dow followed that up by rebounding nicely in October, and then treading water for the remainder of the year.

The index finished the year with a loss of 2.23%.

A Do-Nothing Year For The S&P

The S&P 500 followed a similar pattern.

S&P 500 in 2015

The Standard and Poors 500 Index in 2015

It finished up the year with a surge of almost 4 percent immediately after the Winter Solstice. Then some uncertainty and profit-taking in the last two trading sessions in December brought it back down to a net loss of 0.73% for the year.

The Biggest Yearly Losses Since 2008

It was by far the worst annual performance for the equities market as a whole since the big bull market got underway in March, 2009.

While the 2015 spikes in market volatility in August and December opened up some good opportunities for short-term trading profits, it was nevertheless an extremely challenging years for most traders.

Applauding The Astro-Trading Track Record

The notable exceptions, of course, were the savvy traders who profited from the astro-trading advantage.

This included our Gold-Plus Elite members at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com.

Although we suffered a couple of plateaus in the growth of our equity line for the Financial Cycles Model Portfolio, the year as a whole was quite rewarding as a demonstration of the power of market astrology.

astro-trading track record 2015

The Astro-Trading Track Record for 2015 reveals a return of more than 34%.

Our Gold-Plus Elite members who traded along with our week-to-week program of stock selection, market analysis, and astrologically-based trading strategies saw a net return for the year of 34.20%.

A Strong Astro-Trading Track Record For 14 Years

The astro-trading track record that we compiled in 2015 may certainly seem remarkable compared to the mediocre performance of the market as a whole.

Astro-Trading Track Record through 201

Annual performance of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 Index, and the Financial Cycles Weekly Model Portfolio, with its astro-trading track record of market out-performance.

But this year’s astro-trading track record was right in line with what we have come to expect after more than a decade of applying the principles of financial astrology to active trading in the stock market.

For the past 14 years our average annual ROI with this program has been 35.13%, compared to average annual gains of 5.32% for the Dow and 7.13% for the S&P 500.

While our past performance certainly can’t guarantee future results, it’s clear that this kind of consistent market out-performance is worth paying attention to.

In fact, if anybody makes negative comments about astrology in the markets, or questions the effectiveness of this approach as a trading methodology, just show them this review of the real astro-trading track record that we’ve put together, year after year after year!