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Which Way Is The Market Going?

So what’s the answer? Which way?

I’ve heard it said that there’s wisdom in crowds.

At times, of course, the madness of crowds seems much more evident.

Leave it to the masses to make the wrong choices.

And when a crowd becomes a herd it can actually get pretty frightening.

But if you connect with a crowd of knowledgeable people, it’s a different story.

Their aggregate analysis and opinions can sometimes express the kind of wisdom that makes the whole greater than the sum of its parts.

Measuring The Markets

Take the stock market for example.

If you ask a stranger on the street how the market is doing, the response can vary.

You might get a strong opinion, whether or not it’s backed up with facts.

You might get a story about an individual experience, especially if the person you’re talking to has recently had a major market loss.

Or you might just get a blank stare in return.

But if you start with someone who already knows you, someone who’s been paying attention to what’s actually going on in the markets, you can expect a very different response.

What’s Your Opinion?

That’s why I thought I’d present this question to you.

Which way is the market going?

We started out the year with a major pull-back, of course.

In more recent weeks we’ve started regaining some of the lost ground.

But what happens from here?

bull and bear

Which way are we headed? Is the market outlook bullish or bearish now?

 

Should we be more bullish or bearish when it comes to stocks?

I’d really like to know what you think.

So, to make it as easy as possible for you to share your insights and opinions, I’ve put together a super-quick survey.

You can provide all the answers in three minutes or less.

Which Way? It’s Just An Opinion!

And of course this is all about your opinions.

That means there are no right or wrong answers – all you have to do is give a few very quick responses to some very simple questions.

It’s all about which way you think things are going to go.

You won’t be graded on your work.

There is, however, a big reward attached – a lot of very sincere gratitude from me!

How To Provide Your Answers

If you’d like to share your opinions through a comment on this blog, please be my guest.

I’m always eager to get comments here, and it’s a fast way for you to respond.

But if you’d like a little more privacy, I’ve got you covered, too.

The survey that I’ve put online is totally confidential.

No tricks, no traps, and no shenanigans.

You can choose to share your name and email when you respond.

Or, if you prefer, you can remain absolutely anonymous.

Either way, it’s up to you.

And either way, I hope you’ll let me know what you think!

To respond to the survey and share your personal opinions about which way the market is headed, go to:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YH79YG8

Presidential Election Deception?

What have you heard lately about the presidential election?

Probably a lot.

The news media have been ignoring lots of significant world events lately.

They’ve been choosing instead to devote boundless attention to the U.S. presidential election circus.

And what a circus it is!

The never-ending stream of Republican debates.

Primaries and caucuses.

The latest attack ads and dirty tricks.

And, of course, the latest antics from Donald Trump.

Who Will Win The Presidential Election?

That’s the most popular question, needless to say.

But asking it now is at least a little bit premature.

After all, the voting for the presidential election isn’t soon. It’s still more than eight months away.

The major parties haven’t finalized their nominees yet.

But forecasting is what astrologers are supposed to do.

So let’s review a couple of astrological approaches to figuring out presidential election outcomes.

Astrological Approaches To A Presidential Election

There is, of course, the date of the presidential election itself.

This year it will be on November 8.

We can study the planetary positions for that day, and get some sense of the alignments that may impact the presidential election results.

But the challenge is, the polls are open for a presidential election in the U.S. for many hours. The voting results span many time zones.

That makes it difficult to pinpoint accurate astrological charts to use in forecasting.

A more direct approach, one that is preferred by many excellent mundane astrologers, is to use the time of the presidential inauguration.

By law that’s set for noon on January 20 following the outcome of the presidential election.

A comparison of that inauguration horoscope with the natal charts of presidential contenders often yields useful information.

The Aries New Year and The Presidential Election

There is, however, one additional consideration worth looking at.

It’s the New Year’s horoscope.

In this case, we’re not looking at January 1.

Instead, it’s the astrological New Year, the time that the Sun goes into Aries.

That’s the Spring Equinox in the northern hemisphere.

It’s the Fall Equinox down under.

When we set that Aries ingress chart for Washington, D.C., we get an annual figure to use in forecasting the entire year ahead for the U.S.

That includes the presidential election.

To do so, it’s helpful to use the 90-degree dial favored by symmetrical astrologers.

presidential election axis at the equinox

The annual horoscope, set for the Aries equinox, highlights the potential for the presidential election when we examine the Node/Zeus axis.

On the dial, we can adjust the pointer to identify the axis of the True Lunar Node and the transneptunian factor Zeus.

This Node/Zeus combination is the astrological signature of cooperative actions in general, and of elections in particular.

And, as the 2016 equinox dial reveals, that Node/Zeus axis is potent.

It resonates strongly with the Pluto/Chiron midpoint (problems and embarrassment created by big money and excessive power) and the Neptune/Vulcanus midpoint (large-scale deceptions and disappointments, plus significant loss of power).

It’s fair to say, then, that we can expect gut-wrenching experiences as we move through the presidential election cycle throughout 2016.

There’s obviously much at stake here.

This presidential election has the potential for shaking up conventional political and governmental structures in some very big ways.

Steps Along The Way

We’ll wait to speculate about the winner of the 2016 presidential election. The right time is after the major political parties have selected their nominees.

And we’ll review the election results when they come in.

But in the meantime, we can use the Node/Zeus midpoint in the Aries equinox chart as a key tool.

It’s an indicator of the important times we should be watching for key developments in the presidential election process.

The planetary transits to that Node/Zeus midpoint are especially critical.

We can look at them not only as direct passages, but also as eighth-harmonic alignments.

For example, there was an activation by Mars on February 10.

That’s when both Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie suspended their campaigns.

The next Mars event is October 4.

Of particular interest are the activation of the Node/Zeus axis by Mercury on February 27 (South Carolina Democratic primary) and April 19 (New York primary).

We’ll also be watching the alignments by Venus on April 9 (Wyoming Republican caucus) and July 28 (the closing day of the Democratic national convention).

And we shouldn’t overlook the exact fourth-harmonic alignment by Hades on June 6. That’s the eve of presidential election primaries in California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Hades may be the most descriptive of the entire presidential election process!

 

LinkedIn Meets The Planets

Maybe LinkedIn should have seen it coming.

Last week, on Groundhog Day, we had the closest approach to a Uranus/Pluto waxing square since the series of seven such events that ran between 2012 and 2015.

This time, the alignment hit LinkedIn hard.

The Wall Street analysts’ expectations for the quarterly earnings report from LinkedIn Corporation (NYSE – LNKD) were solidly optimistic. On average, they were anticipating fourth quarter revenues of $857 million and earnings of 78 cents per share.

When the company announced its results after the market closed on Thursday, February 4, it beat those expectations.

The quarterly report showed revenues of $862 million and earnings of 94 cents per share.

That performance wasn’t good enough for traders, however.

LNKD gapped lower at the opening bell on Friday, and after a wild day of trading, the stock closed at 108.38 for a loss of $83.90 a share (a 43.63% decline) in a single trading session.

Needless to say, it was the biggest one-day loss the company had ever experienced, and it amounted to a $10 billion plunge in market capitalization.

So what happened?

Beating Estimates Wasn’t Enough For LinkedIn

The market pundits said the sell-off was due to LinkedIn’s cautious guidance that reduced expectations for long-term revenues and raised concerns about uncertain currency exchange rates.

But the astro-traders who had been watching planetary influences and tracking the information on the LinkedIn First-Trade Data Sheet looked past those fundamentals and saw another story.

This week’s close-approach to an eighth Uranus/Pluto waxing square made its powerful presence felt by triggering multiple midpoint structures in the LNKD First-Trade horoscope.

LinkedIn 90-Degree Dial

This 90-degree dial for the LinkedIn First-Trade horoscope has the pointer positioned at the latest approach to the Uranus/Pluto waxing square.

 

The red arrow on the 90º dial for the LNKD First-Trade chart marks the fourth-harmonic position of the Uranus/Pluto alignment that took place last week.

Extra Trouble from Uranus and Pluto

That alignment activated the midpoints of Sun/Chiron, Poseidon/Node, Venus/Hades, Pluto/Apollon, and Saturn/Ascendant, adding up to a tremendous amount of stress on this stock. It set the stage for trading pressures to come.

LinkedIn Trading Gap

LinkedIn clearly responded to the alignment of Uranus and Pluto in the fourth harmonic, with a single-day plunge that resulted in a $10 billion loss in market capitalization.

 

Then LNKD made an intraday “correct high” on the Uranus/Pluto combination on Thursday.

It provided a clear confirmation that share prices for LinkedIn were immediately heading south.

After LNKD made that correct intra-day high on the Uranus/Pluto zone on February 4 (point “A” on the trading chart above).

The stock gapped down dramatically in response, taking the biggest dive in its entire trading history.

Note that when the closing bell sounded on Friday, February 5, LNKD had settled at 108.38 (point “B”), right on the next-lowest planetary price line combination tracking the tight alignment of Uranus and Pluto in the fourth harmonic.

Not The End Of The Story

It was a significant astro-trading event, to say the least.

But it’s not the end of the story for LinkedIn.

As the LinkedIn First-Trade Data Sheet reveals, there are other stressful times ahead for this stock during the coming months.

Stay tuned.

Astro-Trading Tools – What’s Best?

What kind of astro-trading tools do you really need to be successful using astrology in the markets?

That’s not an easy question to answer.

It’s an important one, though.

Whenever I post something new about astro-trading on this blog, or whenever I’m interviewed on a radio or television show, it’s one of the concerns that my readers and listeners often share.

What’s The Best Way To Get Started?

Naturally, when they hear about the big successes that many astro-traders experience, they want to figure out how they can get in on profiting from the astro-trading advantage, too.

If you fit that description, I can assure you that some great astro-trading tools and resources are waiting for you!

But to start with, it’s a good idea to be honest with yourself about what you know and don’t know right now.

Don’t Know Much About Astrology?

If you don’t know anything at all about astrology, you’ll need to select the kinds of astro-trading tools that will help you begin at the beginning.

Get a simple horoscope calculation program (or find a website that calculates horoscopes on the fly), and start studying the effects of planetary transits.

Are You Inexperienced In The Markets?

Of course, if you are a complete newcomer to the markets as well, you’ll need to take that fact into consideration as well.

You’ll definitely want to get informed about the financial risks involved, and you’ll want to learn some of the basics about how the markets operate.

You’ll need to decide what kind of trading is the best match for your interests, experience, and the amount of money you can afford to risk in trading.

Consider Getting Some Extra Help

If you’re at all uncertain about how best to approach astro-trading for real success n the markets, you may want to think about getting some expert guidance.

Attend workshops, lectures, or online classes.

Read books and articles, listen to audios, and watch DVDs.

Join an online done-for-you astro-trading program.

You may even want to consider private coaching, or you may want to join a mentoring group or mastermind.

Assemble The Best Astro-Trading Tools

astro-trading tools for math

The best astro-trading tools go beyond the traditional instruments for precise mathematical calculations.

Regardless of the amount of knowledge and experience you already have, however, there are some key astro-trading tools you’ll want to have available.

There’s a certain amount of math involved in any successful approach to trading, so you’ll need a good pocket calculator. But unless you plan to do a lot of hand-drawn work on trading charts, you can consider tools for precision plotting optional.

Expand Your Knowledge

The best astro-trading tools are not only those that can make the tasks of trading easier, but also those that can help you expand your knowledge of astrology and the markets.

You may not want to become an expert, but the more you know the more profitable your trading is likely to be.

That’s one of the key concepts I had in mind when I recently put together my brief Astro-Trader’s Resource Guide.

While there are many fine alternatives to choose from, I wanted to be sure that I selected the very highest quality resources to share with you.

Each one of the top five astro-trading tools serves a slightly different purpose. It’s a good idea to get all of them if you can.

Each one offers you an opportunity to expand your knowledge of astro-trading and refine your understanding as you apply techniques that can really make you money in the markets.

And ultimately, each one of the tools featured in the Astro-Trader’s Resource Guide can speed up your personal journey to success as you explore all the benefits of the astro-trading advantage.

By the way, the Astro-Trader’s Resource Guide is my free gift to you. CLICK HERE to get your copy.

W. D. Gann on Groundhog Day

,W. D. Gann had the right idea when he paid attention to Groundhog Day in an oblique kind of way.

After all, Groundhog Day is a curious bit of American folklore.

The 1993 “Groundhog Day” movie with Bill Murray created a cultural archetype. When you mention Groundhog Day, many people immediately connect the name with the notion of endlessly-repeating events.

I guess you could say that it’s like deja vu all over again….

Not Just Deja Vu

But Groundhog Day is actually a long-observed American holiday.

One that W. D. Gann knew quite well.

It had its U.S. origins with German settlers in southeastern and central Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Groundhog

W. D. Gann was less concerned about this furry critter than he was about the planetary dynamics of a key calendar point.

According to the traditions associated with this annual event on Februrary 2, if it’s cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on that date, spring will come early.

If it’s sunny, on the other hand, the groundhog will see its shadow and return to hibernation as winter weather persists for six more weeks.

February 2 is also the annual date of Candlemas and of the festival of Imbolc in the Celtic calendar. More important for astro-traders, it also marks the midpoint of the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox in the northern hemisphere.

W. D. Gann and the Eighth Harmonic

It thus has particular significance as an eighth-harmonic calendar point in W. D. Gann’s market calculations.

As many students of this pioneering astro-trader’s work understand, W. D. Gann deeply understood the significance of market timing. He knew that paying attention to the calendar was one of the keys to connecting price and time for more profitable trading results.

To that end, W. D. Gann focused on the dates of the solar cardinal ingresses throughout the year:

As the Sun moves into the zodiac sign of Aries, we have the vernal equinox, the start of Spring in the northern hemisphere.

With the Sun’s entry into Cancer, the summer solstice ushers in another change of season.

The Fall Equinox comes with the passage of the Sun into Libra.

And the first day of Winter in the northern hemisphere comes when the Sun moves into the zodiac sign of Capricorn.

W. D. Gann’s Innovation

But W. D. Gann took things even farther.

In working with his calendar calculations and market forecasting, W. D. Gann also paid close attention to the timing midpoints between those cardinal solar ingresses.

UranusPlutoFeb2-W.D.Gann

Uranus and Pluto are approaching a fresh waxing square alignment on Groundhog Day in 2016.

This year, however, Groundhog Day has special significance for astro-traders. Uranus and Pluto will revisit their waxing square on that date; it’s an alignment that had seven exact iterations between 2012 and 2015. Although the two planets don’t make a precise 90-degree alignment this time around, it’s worth paying attention to the market reaction.

S&P UranusPluto

This chart shows the average price movements of the S&P 500 Index for 15 days before and after the seven previous Uranus/Pluto waxing squares.

While various markets reacted to those Uranus/Pluto configurations in different ways, the manifestations outside of the markets were consistent with previous Uranus/Pluto fourth-harmonic influences: a big increase in social, religious, and political tensions, with extremism and belligerence hitting major heights.

With that kind of extra stress coming at a critical calendar point this time around, we could see disruptive or contentious influences in the news that may make their presence felt in the markets, too.

Applying W. D. Gann’s Astro-Trading Principles

As modern astro-traders, we have a clear advantage over W. D. Gann.

We not only have the opportunity to stand on his shoulders, and follow his lead in market analysis and timing our trades – we also have a tool he didn’t even dream of:

Computers.

Today, thanks to astro-trading software like the Fibonacci Trader/Galactic Trader program, we can rapidly visualize astrological dynamics in the markets through planetary price lines and other tools.

It’s advantage that is reviewed in great detail in the live workshop recordings of the program on Profitable Trading with Planetary Timing.

It’s also a key part of our Model Portfolio success with astro-trading at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com.