Arch Crawford is taking this eclipse seriously.
And why not?
After all, the solar eclipse coming up on Monday has gotten everyone’s attention.
The mainstream news media is going wild, of course.
Huge swarms of people are heading for the places where the total eclipse can be seen.
And the cities and towns along the eclipse path are preparing for traffic jams.
Hotels are booked solid.
People are clear that this a rare opportunity.
So they’re pulling out all the stops.
They’re traveling great distances and going to lots of expense to make sure they’re ready for The Big One.
And most of their preparations have been pretty upbeat.
Stores are holding eclipse sales.
Restaurants and bakeries are making eclipse-themed food.
Eclipse parties are being planned.
Arch Crawford Isn’t Ready To Party
But my good friend Arch Crawford doesn’t necessarily buy into the festive attitude.
He seems pretty clear that the solar eclipse is not just a time for revelry and celebration.
Arch is a pioneering leader in financial astrology and astro-trading.
He’s been tracking planetary phenomena like this for many years.
And just like me, he’s looking for a big geopolitical impact from this event.
Arch Crawford was featured in a recent column by Mark Hulbert on “What the Solar Eclipse on August 21 Will Mean For Stocks”.
Hulbert also cites academic research on the effects of planetary cycles on market events. The references he provides are worth exploring.
He also describes his efforts at “correlating solar eclipses with major market turning points. I focused only on total solar eclipses as opposed to partial ones, and furthermore on just those that were visible within the United States. There were 13 that met the criteria. For stock-market turning points, I relied on the bull and bear market calendar maintained by Ned Davis Research.
“I found little correlation. On no occasion did a total solar eclipse visible in the U.S. occur on the day of a major market turning point.”
Eclipses and Trend Reversals
Mark Hulbert makes a valid observation, of course. The market doesn’t always turn on the exact date of an eclipse.
But he overlooks an important factor.
Solar eclipses create resonant fields that stay active for months – sometimes years – after the date of the eclipse.
We can look for significant market action when transiting planets activate key planets and positions in the solar eclipse horoscope.
That’s one of the major themes in my new book, The Big One: The Great American Eclipse and Its Impact on the Market.
But of course Mark Hulbert is not an astrologer. So even though he’s bold enough to investigate eclipses and the markets, we shouldn’t expect him to get this nuanced bit of astrological lore.
And of course, he does feature the observations of Arch Crawford, who is an expert astrologer.
What Arch Crawford Has To Say
Hulbert quotes Arch Crawford as saying that, right after the solar eclipse, “hostile reactions will be immediate. Like it or not, historic events will ensue around this time, and most certainly involve the United States!”
That’s exactly the point I was making during my radio interview with Michael Yorba and Mervyn Price on Friday.
As a part of that session on iHeart Radio, we discussed global stress in general, and North Korea in particular.
As Arch Crawford says, we can expect historic events.
But as Mark Hulbert notes, he believes that this hostility won’t spell the end of the bull market.”
Arch Crawford instead expects “a higher high after some further corrective action during this summer, perhaps around the December-January time frame.”
Based on an analysis of the lunar return to the solar eclipse, I’d look for that high in December. You’ll find that lunar return analysis on page 102 of The Big One.