The August 18 Lunar Eclipse is just around the corner. It definitely raises some big concerns for stock market watchers and astro-traders.
Our astronomer friends tell us that the August 18 Lunar Eclipse is an appulse eclipse. That’s one which occurs when the Moon is at or near its closest proximity to Earth.
This means that in terms of visibility the August 18 Lunar Eclipse will be a penumbral eclipse. A partial shadow of the Earth will be visible over the face of the Full Moon, instead of a total eclipse.
Will You See The August 18 Lunar Eclipse?
If you’re in South America (except for the easternmost part) or in the eastern half of North America, you may be able to see the eclipse effects near moonset, shortly before sunrise on Thursday.
The full effect of the August 18 Lunar Eclipse will be visible in the western half of North America, the far-eastern portion of Russia. It can also be seen from the Bering Sea and in the Aleutian Islands.
The moonrise eclipse can be sighted in Australia, the Marshall Islands, Japan, North and South Korea, and the eastern part of Indonesia.
The Message For The Markets
But as astro-traders it’s the potential market impact of the August 18 Lunar Eclipse that concerns us the most.
If we compare the eclipse horoscope to the First-Trade chart for the S&P 500 cash contract from March 1, 1957, it’s easy to see the planetary connections.
All of them could have a big impact on the market. But they’re not uniformly negative influences.
For example, we can see transiting Jupiter conjoining First-Trade Jupiter. The eclipse is a Jupiter Return for the S&P.
We can also spot transiting Mercury conjoining First-Trade Apollon, so the talk in the markets is likely to have a bullish slant.
The conjunction of transiting Neptune with the S&P First-Trade Sun could add to the speculative energy in large-cap stocks.
In short, it’s not too surprising to see the S&P 500 hitting fresh all-time record highs as we approach the August 18 Lunar Eclipse.
Is This A Trading Top?
But the eclipse transit to the S&P First-Trade horoscope also brings its share of bearish concerns.
The eclipsed Moon conjoins First-Trade Mercury. So positive messages may suddenly become muted when expectations for the stock market are being discussed.
The S&P Sun also receives an ominous square from transiting Saturn.
This could constrict the money flow in the markets.
And on top of that, transiting Uranus conjoins the S&P First-Trade Admetos. Admetos functions as a “super Saturn” in the transneptunian realm. That could mean some very unpleasant surprises for the stock market following the August 18 Lunar Eclipse.
Just how unpleasant?
A quick look at the 90-degree dial for the lunar eclipse horoscope offers some suggestions.
The lunar eclipse triggers the Saturn/Poseidon midpoint. So there may be some fresh disciplines to acquire, some sobering new concepts to assimilate, and some stern lessons to learn.
The Hades/Pluto midpoint also comes into sharp focus. It presents a picture of declining markets, grim circumstances, and the start of negative trends in which things get worse for a sustained period of time.
Kronos is also activated. Kronos is about the highest highs. Is this a signal of a market top?
A Precursor To The Solar Eclipse
We highlighted the August 18 Lunar Eclipse in the most recent issue of the FinancialCyclesWeekly.com newsletter. It provides more details and adds some additional perspectives on the significance of this lunar eclipse in terms of market impact. You can get the full issue of the newsletter at: http://www.financialcyclesweekly.com/members/Newsletter-for-August-14-20-02016.cfm
More importantly, though, this lunar eclipse is setting the stage for the next big solar eclipse. It’s coming up on September 1. Right now our new publication on this big event is getting prepared for release:
It’s called Beyond the Shadows: Divergence and Opportunity. It provides detailed analysis of the upcoming market trends associated with this eclipse cycle. You can pre-order your copy now at a special pre-publication discount rate.
You’ll find details on this special limited-time offer at: https://harmonicresearchassociates.leadpages.co/er1609pp/
Oh, and don’t forget that we also have our first-ever Heart of the Lion Astro-Trading Symposium coming up on September 26 and 27. We’ll be meeting in Bradenton, Florida.
Our sessions for that special event will include an in-depth discussion of using eclipse cycles in market forecasting. Our presenter, Jim Cummins, will also cast an eye on the geopolitical implications of this entire eclipse series.
We still have a few seats left at the early-registration discount price. If you move fast you can get one. You can find more details on the Heart of the Lion Astro-Trading Symposium at: http://bit.ly/HOTLATSeb.
Hope you can join us then!