AstroCrypto Training Highlights Bitcoin

It’s bitcoin tme!

It’s official. Our new AstroCrypto Connection training program is now underway!

It’s not just about achieving success in the cryptocurrency space. It’s also focused on how to stay safe along the way.

AstroCrypto Connection Bitcoin Training

The students enrolled in this pilot program are participating in live webinars. We get together every Saturday.

And they’re not just guinea pigs!

Lots of questions are getting asked and answered. And we’re having lots of fun, too!

We’re recording the webinar sessions. Those recordings – along with the accompanying presentation slides and course hand-outs – will become the final version of this special training program.

Astrological Bitcoin Connections

I’m finding it fascinating to explore the ins and outs of bitcoin with this group. Our discussions have taken us in a lot of directions.

Some of the students and complete crypto newbies.

Others have had a lot more experience.

The combination is creating plenty of positibe synergy.

We’re breaking new ground, and the insights just keep coming.

But what makes it really rewarding is discovering all the astrological connections!

They’ll pay off over and over again in the future, both in understanding cryptocurrency dynamics and in identifying big trading opportunities for bitcoin.

I really think it’s the Next Big Thing!

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Warren Buffett’s Sensible Long-Term Strategy

While my personal approach to the markets is primarily focused on cycles analysis and transaction timing, i.e. “trading”, I also recognize the importance of longer-term market perspectives (“investing”) in reaching specific financial objectives. And when it comes to investing, no one can match the experience and acumen of Warren Buffett, the Chairman of the Board at Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

For the past half-century, Buffett has issued an annual letter to the company’s shareholders, reviewing the year’s financial results and sharing his homespun wisdom. Releases of Buffett’s letters are much-anticipated events.

Here are a few excerpts from Warren Buffett’s latest letter to Berkshire shareholders, which was released yesterday, on February 24, 2018:

Brains and Capital

“This is a business in which there are no trade secrets, patents, or locational advantages. What counts are brains and capital.”

“Charlie and I view the marketable common stocks that Berkshire owns as interests in businesses, not as ticker symbols to be bought or sold based on their ‘chart’ patterns, the ‘target’ prices of analysts or the opinions of media pundits. Instead, we simply believe that if the businesses of the investees are successful (as we believe most will be) our investments will be successful as well. Sometimes the payoffs to us will be modest; occasionally the cash register will ring loudly. And sometimes I will make expensive mistakes. Overall – and over time – we should get decent results. In America, equity investors have the wind at their back.”

Mob Fears and Enthusiasms

“Though markets are generally rational, they occasionally do crazy things. Seizing the opportunities then offered does not require great intelligence, a degree in economics or a familiarity with Wall Street jargon such as alpha and beta. What investors then need instead is an ability to both disregard mob fears or enthusiasms and to focus on a few simple fundamentals. A willingness to look unimaginative for a sustained period – or even to look foolish – is also essential.”

Understanding Risk

“Investing is an activity in which consumption today is foregone in an attempt to allow greater consumption at a later date. ‘Risk’ is the possibility that this objective won’t be attained.”

“It is a terrible mistake for investors with long-term horizons – among them, pension funds, college endowments and savings-minded individuals – to measure their investment ‘risk’ by their portfolio’s ratio of bonds to stocks. Often, high-grade bonds in an investment portfolio increase its risk.”

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Getting Ready For The Solar Eclipse

It’s almost time for the next big solar eclipse.

As usual, I’ve been working on an in-depth analysis of its potential – both for the markets and for the broader arena of geopolitical concerns.

The results are now in print!

Our new book, Surprising Alliances: Eclipse Effects In Markets & Geopolitics, is now in print.

You can order copies directly at Amazon.com.

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Timer of the Year for 2017

It’s always nice to know when you’re doing something right.

At FinancialCyclesWeekly.com we get a lot of confirmation about that – mainly through the astro-trading results we get on a regular basis.

We’re consistently profitable, and we regularly out-perform the major market averages.

But it’s also cool when our forecasts are right.

I just got confirmation of that when I learned that Timer Digest has just named the 2017 Market Timer of Year.

That publication did a cover story on our service a couple of years ago.

Since then we’ve regularly been ranked in the Top 10 long-term market timers.

So I was eager to find out the results for 2017.

A Tie For Timer of the Year

This year’s award is a little unusual.

Several of the market timers the publication tracks were in an exact tie for first place.

Including us!

Naturally, I’m proud of this accomplishment.

And even though it was a tie, based on the results last year, it looks like we’re as good as it gets!

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Our 2017 Astro-Trading Track Record

Our 2017 astro-trading track record is in.

It was definitely a good year, especially compared to the major market indices!

Of course, it was also certainly a positive year for the equities markets as a whole.

The blue chip Dow Jones Industrial Average was up by 25.08% for the year, and the Standard and Poors 500 Index rose 19.42%. It was the best year for both indices since the start of President Obama’s second term in 2013.

The tech-heavy NASDAQ Composite gained a huge 28.24% in 2017, and even the broad-based Russell 2000 Index posted a significant gain of 13.14%.

The Trading Track Record at Financial Cycles Weekly

All of that positive action paled in comparison, however, to the performance of our astrologically-based Model Portfolio at FinancialCyclesWeekly.

The astro-trading advantage brought us a solid return of 33.40% for the year.

While this wasn’t our best year ever, it offered us a reminder that if you really want to be successful in trading, you’ll add astrology to your market timing!

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Add Your Bitcoin Astrology Comments

Bitcoin Astrology Is Heating Up!

It’s no surprise to see bitcoin in the news, especially considering the absolutely amazing price run-up the cryptocurrency has seen during the past couple of months.

But what does it mean for us as astro-traders?

Share Your Bitcoin Astrology Views & Experiences

If you’ve got some background in astrology, and if you’re interested in bitcoin, please take a couple of minutes to share your views on bitcoin astrology.

CLICK HERE to take a quick bitcoin astrology survey.

Thanks!

 

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SuperMoon Mercury Retrograde

As you may have heard, it’s a SuperMoon Mercury retrograde.

We go through three Mercury retrograde periods each year, with each one lasting about three weeks.

So dealing with Mercury retrograde is not a rare event.

Based on years of practical experience, if we’ve astrologically savvy at all, we’ve learned how to accommodate those times when Mercury is retrograde.

We expect a little more confusion and misunderstanding in our personal communications. So we try to be more forgiving of others and of ourselves as well.

We allow a little extra time to get to appointments.

We double-check the math in important transactions and proofread written documents more carefully.

As astro-traders, we learn to take the Mercury retrograde experience in stride. We stay alert by adding some extra caution to our trade execution and money management, and double-checking our market analysis along the way.

S&P SuperMoon Mercury Retrograde

The SuperMoon Mercury retrograde station produced a dramatic trading day in the S&P 500 index. We’ll be watching the planetary price lines for Mercury and the Sun during the coming weeks.

But the current Mercury retrograde is strikingly different. In fact, it represents a fairly rare occurrence from an astrological perspective, thanks in large part to a specific lunar factor.

The First SuperMoon Mercury Retrograde In Nine Years

For the first time since January 2009, Mercury has made a retrograde station on exactly the same day as a SuperMoon Full Moon, with the lunar perigee pumping up the power of the syzygy and adding to the overall tension of the Mercury station.

SuperMoon Mercury Retrograde Kronos-Admetos

The SuperMoon Mercury Retrograde station midpoint is made even more powerful because it triggers the powerful Kronos/Admetos midpoint.

As the 90-degree dial shown here reveals, the midpoint between the SuperMoon and the Mercury station is also a hot spot.

It activates the Kronos/Admetos midpoint, so this is a time when leadership will be challenged. We could see the collapse of governments, the removal of national leaders, and a shuffling of leadership in market sectors as well.

In other words, while any Mercury retrograde period can skew the markets, this particular one may prove to be particularly important!

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Is There A Future To Bitcoin Futures?

Are bitcoin futures the start of a new era in cryptocurrencies? What lies ahead for bitcoin now?

One week ago, when Mercury began its retrograde motion on December 3, it made its station in precise alignment with the Moon/Pluto conjunction in the 2008 horoscope for Satoshi Nakamoto’s original bitcoin proposal.

bitcoin horoscope at Mercury retrograde

The Mercury Retrograde station activates the bitcoin horoscope.

This remarkable activation of the “power to the people” point in the bitcoin inception chart, with the added energy of the SuperMoon Full Moon (along with potent Mars/Mercury and Pluto/Jupiter activations at the same time), was apparently enough to trigger a historic run-up in the value of the cryptocurrency, which was already in the midst of a speculative frenzy.

Bitcoin had been trading at about $800 a year ago, but by early October it had hit $5,000. After a surge above $10,000 near the end of November it was trading at about $9,650 as Mercury began its retrograde motion. And its big run-up wasn’t over yet.

Was It Really A Bitcoin Crash?

By Friday, December 8, the price of bitcoin had climbed to an astonishing level of more than $18,600, but before the end of the day a sudden sell-off sent the price downward by more than $3,000.

(The mainstream media immediately called it a “bitcoin crash” in spite of the fact that the cryptocurrency was still up more than 60% since the start of the week.)

In spite of the conflicting opinions about bitcoin and its true value and ultimate viability, and in spite of many questions that remain unanswered at this point, it’s already clear that the cryptocurrency is destined to have a global impact that can change the nature of trading and speculation in some fundamental ways.

Bitcoin Futures Have Arrived

The big news for bitcoin, however, is the fact that futures trading in the cryptocurrency is now getting underway. Bitcoin futures contracts actually began trading as scheduled on the Cboe Global Markets exchange starting at 5:00 p.m. CST earlier today, on Sunday, December 10. Bitcoin futures will also begin trading on CME on December 17. The CME Bitcoin Futures Contract will use the ticker BTC and will equal five bitcoins.

The Cboe Bitcoin Futures Contract is using the ticker symbol XBT and is equal to one bitcoin. The January contract opened at $15,460 and immediately surged higher, hitting $17,170 during Asian trading hours. Both Cboe’s and CME’s bitcoin futures contracts will be settled in U.S. dollars.

Bitcoin Futures Horoscope

The horoscope for the start of bitcoin futures trading, showing the structure of midpoint activations.

The First-Trade horoscope for the XBT contract is truly remarkable. Set for Chicago, the home of Cboe Global Markets, Inc., the Ascendant conjoins the cardinal axis at 0 degrees Cancer. As shown on the 90-degree dial, this powerful alignment activates midpoints that hint at the profound impact of the cryptocurrency:

Sun/Kronos – The power of the state; The president, the king, the boss, or the prosecuting attourney. Independence and superiority. Venus/Pluto – Harmonious development; new hope for the entire world.

Uranus/Midheaven – General tension and excitement; to give something that vibrates throughout the world. Jupiter/Node – Fortunate unions and positive relationships. Poseidon/Node – Global mental connections and spiritual unions.

In short, the future of bitcoin has a lot to offer, and bitcoin futures trading will expand its potential!

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GE Insiders Are Worth Watching Now

Exactly what do the GE insiders know?

When corporate insiders sell some of their shares in a company’s stock, we’re never too sure about the real reason.

They could be taking out cash to pay off a mortgage, to pay for a child’s college tuition, to support a mistress, or for any other personal need.

But when insiders start buying shares instead of selling them, we can be pretty sure they’re optimistic about the company’s prospects.

GE Stock Opportunity For Buying By Insdiers

With GE insiders buying the stock, we could be seeing an early signal that the long bearish run in share prices is coming to an end. The planetary price lines shown on this chart are for geocentric Venus and Chiron in the eighth harmonic.

That’s what came to mind this past Tuesday, when General Electric (GE) board member James Tisch, who is also CEO of Loews Corp. (L), bought $54 million worth of GE stock.

That was just a week after GE CEO John Flannery acquired GE shares worth $1 million, and one day after GE board member Francisco D’Souza (who is also CEO of Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation (CTSH) purchased just under $1 million worth of GE shares.

Uranus station trading by GE insiders.

The Uranus station may prove to be a bigger bullish trigger than the share buying by GE insiders.

As usual, however, we need to pay attention to the astrology behind the scenes if we wnt to get the complete picture. And in the case of the trading by GE insiders, the astrological factors present a compelling picture.

With transiting Pluto sesquiquadrate the GE First-Trade Apollon and transiting Uranus conjoining the GE secondary progressed Moon as 2017 comes to a close, these insiders may soon be rewarded with rising share prices.

The biggest bullish trigger, however, is likely to be the Uranus direct station on January 2, conjoining Venus at the GE First-Trade Midheaven.

Are the GE insiders right? We’ll have wait and see!

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Losing Weatherman Larry Acker

I just got word that Larry Acker died on October 4.

Larry was a lifelong student of the weather and climate cycles, and for many years he published the 3F Forecasts newsletter.

It was a remarkable publication. It featured detailed long-range weather forecasts for specific geographic areas, primarily ones with key agricultural activities, in a variety of locations around the globe.

Larry Acker with rain gauge

Larry Acker checking a rain gauge on his farm in Polo, Illinois.

Larry loved discussing weather and climate patterns, especially when cyclic activity was evident. He was an expert on the big-picture effects of El Nino and other meteorological phenomena.

Larry Acker and the Weather

After collegiate studies at the University of Illinois in geology and chemistry and earning a Masters Degree in 1967, Larry spent about a decade working for the USDA. He left the federal government for farming in 1979 and became a professional weather consultant. He was a member of the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and of the American Weather Observers.

Larry Acker was also a working farmer in Polo, Illinois. Farming kept him connected to the real-world importance of weather in forecasting crop yields and economic conditions. He frequently shared his expertise at speaking engagements and on a variety of syndicated radio shows.

An Interest In Astrology

I first met Larry back in 1991 at a financial astrology conference, where he was speaking about long-range weather cycles.

Although he was not an astrologer himself in the conventional sense, he was clearly keenly interested in the connections between planetary phenomena and agricultural conditions. He was always ready to learn something new.

When we met I was just a few years into publishing the print-only version of the Financial Cycles newsletter, the precursor to FinancialCyclesWeekly.com.

We decided to swap subscriptions, and I was always delighted when a new copy of 3F Forecasts appeared in my mailbox.

Every once in a while Larry would call me to discuss an article or a comment I had published in my newsletter. We thoroughly enjoyed our conversations, and sometimes found opportunities to cite each other’s work in our respective publications.

In 1998 Larry compiled a number of his best articles from 3F Forecasts and published them as a book, Cycles, Weather and History. It’s packed with useful insights, and I still dip into my autographed copy of it from time to time. It’s a thoroughly fascinating volume, and I use it to get inspiration for my own writing and research.

 

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