Too many astro-traders forget about Vulcanus.
In fact, they don’t even think about it at all.
That’s true of all the transneptunian factors, of course.
And most of the time the snubs aren’t really meant to be insulting.
They’re just an act of ignorance.
Who Cares About Vulcanus?
After all, who’s paying attention to Vulcanus in the first place?
And what the heck does it have to do with the markets?
So who really cares?
For most astro-traders (and for most astrologers, too) transneptunian factors feel like they are entirely optional.
Take ’em or leave ’em.
Do as you choose.
But with Vulcanus it’s especially treacherous to look the other way.
It doesn’t like to be ignored.
It’s an authoritative planet. It’s associated with dynamic energy at the extreme.
It represents coercion by the highest authority, in the most emphatic way.
In short, Vulcanus is truly a power planet.
Moving Very Slowly
Except for Poseidon, it is the outermost of the transneptunians.
It has an orbital period of 663 years.
That means Vulcanus moves forward through the zodiac at the excruciating rate of just 32.5 minutes a year.
It’s currently in the final degree of the sign of Cancer. It’s been hanging around that zone for the past three years.
But prior to now, the last time Vulcanus visited that part of the zodiac was in 1353-1355.
That was more than 500 years before the American Civil War.
For that matter, it was before America itself. It was before Columbus or the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock.
It was before Shakespeare. Geoffrey Chaucer was only ten years old.
In 1354 Giovanni Boccaccio had just published The Decameron. The English were resuming the Hundred Years’ War after taking a brief break because of the decimation caused by the Black Death.
So it was a very long time ago.
So why is Vulcanus important to us today?
To start with, it’s emblematic of over-the-top extremes of power and forcefulness.
That’s a theme currently on full display in domestic affairs, cultural discourse, and geopolitics. Power struggles are the order of the day,
In that sense, Vulcanus is Marlon Brando.
Not The Wild One Brando, or the Brando in On The Waterfront or A Streetcar Named Desire.
It’s Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 film The Godfather.
The genteel one who talked about making “an offer you can’t refuse.”
Since Vito Corleone was a mafia don, we’ve got a pretty good idea of what that generous offer was really all about.
And so it is with Vulcanus.
Times of Special Emphasis
Let’s face it.
We all have to deal with Vulcanus every day.
It’s there in our natal horoscopes and our First-Trade charts. It’s in the horoscopes of countries, market indices, and NGOs.
But there are a couple of times each year when Vulcanus takes on extra strength.
Those are its planetary stations. The times when it goes retrograde, and the times when it returns to direct motion.
And while it typically exerts a lot of power in moving the markets, at stations it really throws its weight around.
With a Vulcanus direct station on April 13, that’s worth looking at.
Its direct stations tend to be slightly bearish for the S&P 500. They bring lower prices about 46% of the time, and fall within 3 daily bars of an isolated high 59% of the time.
That’s also characteristic of the direct stations and the Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong. They bring lower prices about 47% of the time, and fall within 3 daily bars of an isolated high 60% of the time.
For the Dow Jones Industrial Average, however, the direct stations tend to be fairly bullish. They signal price reversals to the upside about 41% of the time, and fall within 3 daily bars of an isolated low 70% of the time.
But no matter what market we’re trading, we need to watch this Vulcanus direct station.
After all, i’s making us an offer we can’t refuse.