Jupiter-Neptune Sextile Stories

I read a post recently from financial astrologer Gabriella Mittelman, who was commenting about the upcoming Jupiter-Neptune sextile series and its potential impact on the markets.

Gaby Mittelman Jupiter-Neptune Sextile

Financial astrologer Gaby Mittelman is looking into the effects of Jupiter-Neptune sextile alignments.

“I am looking further up into the sky, and I see that we will have a Jupiter in Capricorn 60° Neptune in Pisces,” she noted.

“I am running TS to see when did this happen before? It will take a long time, since I am searching from year 1000- 2030.”

Jupiter-Neptune Sextile Series

That’s an interesting astrological search. Based on Gaby’s question, I decided to scan for some historical perspectives.

Here are some notes on what I’ve come up with.

While Jupiter-Neptune 60-degree alignments aren’t terribly rare in and of themselves, the times when they occur with Jupiter in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces are much more infrequent.

Those alignments only have every 166 years.

Because Jupiter moves more rapidly than Neptune, Jupiter-Neptune sextile events are all waning sextiles, with Jupiter closing in on an upcoming conjunction with Neptune.

Waxing sextiles, on the other hand, have Jupiter separating from a conjunction with Neptune, and thus ahead of it in the zodiac.

Jupiter-Neptune Sextile Events in 2020

We’ll be getting three of these alignments this year.

The first is just ahead of us, on February 20. Jupiter and Neptune will both be in direct motion.

Jupiter and Neptune will both be retrograde on July 27. That’s when the second alignment will occur this year.

Finally on October 12, 2020, we’ll get the final Jupiter-Neptune sextile for the year. When that happens, Jupiter will have returned to direct motion. But Neptune will still be retrograde.

Historical Details

The last time we saw this pattern was in January 1854.

In digging into the background with alignment, I found 20 examples of sextiles with Jupiter in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces between the years 500 CE and 2500 CE.

I compiled all the data into a detailed report, with the dates, times, and zodiacal positions for all the events in this extended series.

CLICK HERE to download a free copy.

When you get your copy of the report, you’ll see at a glance the cycles and rhythms evident in the relationship between these two planets.

But as you look at it, pay particular attention to the event that took place in the year 1202.

On February 2, 1202, Jupiter and Neptune were not only exactly 60 degrees apart. They zodiacal degrees of their alignment in 2020.

That’s an important correspondence for a number of reasons. One of them is an event that happened in 1202.

That was the year that Leonardo da Pisa published his breakthrough book, Liber Abaci. It transformed modern mathematics by introducing the use of Arabic numerals as substitutes for Roman numerals in calculations. It also introduced the zero to the western world.

By the way, you may know of Leonardo da Pisa by his more popular nickname – Leonardo Fibonacci. He was also the one who discovered the Fibonacci ratios that are so important in our market calculations today.

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Market Correction Conversation

It’s time for a market correction.

That’s what we began to understand a few days ago.

We were looking at the potential impact of the Zeus retrograde station.

It clearly suggested that we were about to see a definitive trading top.

And as a top became more clearly expressed in the trading action this week, we began to see the bigger picture.

A market correction is on the way.

Defining A Market Correction

So what’s a market correction?

In a general sense, it’s a major price pull-back from a market that’s been in an extended rally.

Prices head lower.

But the question is, how much lower?

Loosely speaking a market correction is a move to the downside that’s big enough to get your attention.

It’s big enough to make you feel pretty uncomfortable, especially if you’re holding long positions in the market, and are hoping that higher prices are ahead instead.

But according to some respected market technicians, a market correction should be much more precisely defined.

To qualify, a sell-off in the market has to bring a move to the downside of at least 10 percent, measuring from its most recent peak.

10 PERCENT MARKET CORRECTION

Under the current circumstances, that “most recent peak” was the all-time record high for the S&P 500, at 3337.77, which was set intraday on Wednesday, January 22.

That means that a real market correction now would be a drop of 333.78, for an ultimate price target of 3003.99.

Is A Correction On The Way?

A drop of 333.78 points is a pretty big move, whether or not a Zeus retrograde station is involved.

But even so, it’s entirely possible.

In fact, during the trading action on Friday the S&P 500 gave up 44 points during the course of the trading day, and then closed at 3295.47, off more than 30 points for the session.

That big plunge took place just after I had joined Larry Pesavento for conversation about the potential for a correction in equities.

We got together on his Trade What You See program on TFNN.

Astro-Cycles 2020 January-March

Transneptunian factors mark key turning points in the projections for astro-cycles in the first quarter of 2020.

During our chat we discussed this astro-cycle chart that I had featured on page 1 of a recent Financial Cycles Weekly newsletter.

It highlights the potential power of transneptunian stations in setting up a potential correction between now and the middle of February, with a likely rebound after that.

And as is usually the case, Larry seemed particularly intrigued by the influence of the transneptunians. He shared a great story about encountering them with Bill Meridian and Alphee Lavoie in Singapore.

Our conversation was brief; you can hear it all in this video from Larry’s show:

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Top 10 Again for FinancialCyclesWeekly.com

We’re in the Top 10 again.

Our market timing has consistently been quite accurate.

That’s been going on for a number of years.

Our regular subscribers at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com can attest to that.

So can Timer Digest.

Tim Bost Cover Timer Digest Top 10

The market service at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com and editor Tim Bost have been the subjects of special features in Timer Digest several times in recent years, and consistently rank in that publication’s Top 10 lists of market timers.

Timer Digest ranks forecasters and market timers from across the spectrum.

It tracks over 100 separate services.

That includes fundamental analysts.

It includes technical analysts.

It even includes folks like me – astrologers who use planetary cycles to time the markets.

That’s a broad mix.

But most of all, the Timer Digest listings feature many well-known experts.

They’re the cream of the crop.

So it’s a particular honor to get recognition in this prestigious publication.

Multiple Top 10 Lists

But Timer Digest doesn’t just pick winning forecasters and timing services.

They break their listings down into four categories.

First there are the Stock Market Timers. Those rankings are based on performance in forecasting the stock market during the last year, the last six months, and the last three months.

There’s a Top 10 list for each of those time frames.

Next there are the Gold Timers. That listing includes the Top 5 forecasters for the yellow metal.

The Bond Timers also get their own Top 5 list.

And finally there’s the listing of Long-Term Stock Market Timers. It features a ranking of the Top 10 market forecasters looking at mega-trends, the long-wave cycles that move the markets over many years.

Where We Show Up

We focus primarily on the stock market here at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com. And because we pay a lot of attention to outer-planet cycles and transneptunians, we provide a long-term perspective as we as comments on more immediate market moves.

That’s what has earned us recognition in the Long-Term Stock Market Timing category at Timer Digest. We’ve had a place on that Top 10 for over five years now.

Needless to say, we don’t show up in the rankings for Gold or Bond timing at all.

But our work has also merited a place in the Top 10 list for current Stock Market Timers on occasion as well.

In fact, in 2017 we ended up in a tie for first place in the rankings, so we shared in the recognition as Timer of the Year.

Current Rankings

My outlook for 2020 as a whole was included in the December 16, 2019 issue of Timer Digest (the annual forecast issue). As usual, we were ranked in the Top 10 Long-Term Timers. But we got an extra honor – the Number 10 ranking on the overall Top 10 list, based on forecasting performance from December 13, 2018 through December 13, 2019.

By the time the next issue of Timer Digest arrived on January 2, we had moved up to the Number 8 spot on that list. Running from December 31, 2018 through December 31, 2019, it recorded the best performers for the entire calendar year.

And then earlier this week, we got the most recent issue of the magazine, published on January 20, 2020. We’re now at Number 6 on the list of Top 10 Timers for the year, from January 17, 2019 through January 17, 2020.

And that’s not all.

Also in the January 20 issue, we popped in at Number 10 in the list of the top market timers for the past six months, from July 17, 2019 through January 17, 2020.

Does it feel good to get this kind of recognition for our work?

Of course it does!

But here’s the strange part.

As much as I enjoy the honors, I’m personally really not terribly competitive.

I’m not striving to beat anybody else. I’m not pushing to be Number 1.

What really pleases me is the fact that financial astrologers and astro-traders consistently find their way into the top rankings at Timer Digest. That not only includes me, but also friends and colleagues like Bill Meridian, Arch Crawford, Barry Rosen, and Manfred Zimmel.

Together, we’re advancing an important aggregate notion: if you want to succeed in the markets, it really pays to have the astro-trading advantage.

I think that’s something to be proud of!

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Zeus Retrograde Triggers Potential Trading Top

The Zeus retrograde station on January 20 was an extremely powerful event.

Its effect on the market was muted slightly because it happened when the markets were closed. U.S. markets were shuttered on Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

But holiday or not, this transneptunian shift is likely to usher in lower prices ahead.

It reinforces the bearish energy of the Uranus station at the January 20 Lunar Eclipse.

Trading Action Since The Zeus Retrograde Station

On January 21, the S&P 500 lost 0.27% as trading resumed after the Zeus retrograde station.

So far it’s a net loss of 0.13% since last Friday’s S&P close at 3329.62.

That’s hardly a major crash, of course.

But it’s starting to look more and more like a definitive trading top.

Keep An Eye On The Trading Action

The prospects will be clarified by the trading action just ahead.

If the sell-off is amplified or becomes more sustained, we will consider this top confirmed.

That means we can look for even lower stock prices ahead.

As we see it now, there could be a significant decline running through the end of February.

And we can thank the Zeus retrograde station for getting it going.

Broader Implications Feeding Market Expectations

And that’s not all.

Zeus Retrograde 2020

The January 20, 2020 Zeus Retrograde Station on the 90-degree dial.

As you can see from the 90-degree dial presentation of the Zeus retrograde station, other factors come into play.

The station activated the midpoint of Mercury and the True Lunar Node. That signals a time of creative thinking and inventiveness.

Maybe even a new way for dyed-in-the-wool bulls to start thinking about market direction in a new light.

The Kronos/Vulcanus midpoint also got triggered by the Zeus retrograde station.

The implication here is the excessive expression of the powers of the state. It’s all about politics, with the notion that ruthless politicians manage to have their way, no matter how much effort it takes.

That kind of struggle is clearly being reflected in the current impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald J. Trump.

As we’ve noted earlier, the public political wrangling has very broad implications, in and out of the markets.

No matter what the ultimate outcome is, the ongoing turmoil is likely to a real impact on the markets.

 

 

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Gann Date Expectations

We’re on the eve of a vital W. D. Gann date.

That means it’s time to assess the market outlook.

December 21 marks the Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere and the Summer Solstice in the southern hemisphere.

As a “quartering day” in the year it’s a key Gann date.

Gann Date: The Winter Solstice

Venus provides some powerful triggering effects on the December 21 Solstice Gann Date.

This year’s event has special significance, however.

That’s thanks to Venus aligning in a square to Uranus and an opposition to Vulcanus at the
same time.

The Venus Gann Date Effects

Venus brings money, cultural affairs, alliances and women’s  issues into focus, with big implications for the markets and geopolitics:

Confused or deceptive communications [Mercury/Neptune]

Severe limits to growth and expansion [Jupiter/Admetos]

More conservative policies and ideals [Saturn/Poseidon]

Forceful actions & crack-downs by State authorities [Mars/Kronos]

Explosive disruptions and upheavals [Uranus/Vulcanus]

The solstice sets the stage for the coming months, so we can look for these themes to be emphasized as we move into 2020.

Larry Pesavento’s Perspective

The Gann Date also came up when I joined Larry Pesavento on his TFNN shows yesterday.

We discussed it as a potential market reversal point.

Stocks Approach Gann Date

Shown here as of Wednesday’s close the S&P 500 index has been tracking a Mars line as it moves toward the solstice Gann Date and a possible encounter with resistance. We expect the Pluto line to provide a moderating influence at about 3223.50.

We also looked at the current trading pattern for the S&P 500, with an eye toward Mars and Pluto.

Both planets are helping to structure the market action right now.

Farewell To A Friend

During our conversation yesterday Larry and I also shared stories about Jeanne Long.

Jeanne died Monday after some years of declining health.

She made major contributions to Gann studies.

And to financial astrology

And to astro-trading.

She was truly a beautiful soul.

I’ll miss her deeply.

The Complete Interview

Here’s the full interview recording.

It’s about 18 minutes long.

CLICK HERE to register for the free webinar.

Enjoy!

 

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Impeachment Horoscope

We don’t get many chances to check out an impeachment horoscope.

The U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Donald J. Trump on two articles last night after days of wrangling and debate.

There’s been a lot said about the divisiveness and acrimony surrounding the the whole process.

It was, in fact, quite a show. There were plenty of wild scenes and memorable characters along the way.

I suppose we could spend time running down some of those rabbit trails.

But I actually don’t want to go there. Not for now at least.

The Impeachment Horoscope

You see, what’s really interesting to me as an astrologer is the impeachment horoscope.

As I was saying, it’s sort of a rare critter.

Trump is only the third sitting U.S. President get impeached in the entire history of the country. And that’s exactly why this kind of chart is so rare.

Even so, I didn’t expect this horoscope to be quite so striking.

A mundane chart like this, a horoscope of a geopolitical event, can give us remarkable insights into the ultimate hidden significance of the action taking place.

This chart is no exception.

I timed it based on the moment that the electrically-recorded vote in the House passed the threshold needed to carry the motion on the first article of impeachment.

Here’s what it looks like:

Impeachment Horoscope

I’ve labeled some of the key points for easy reference.

Point A is quite striking. Transiting Uranus, the planet of explosions and surprises, was right on the Midheaven at the time the vote passed. That’s a prominent position.

When Uranus was first discovered in the late 1700’s  it was a time of revolution, most notably in France and America.

So Uranus is associated with revolutions, upheavals, and the overthrow of kings or other governmental leaders.

Transneptunian Factors

In this case that planet’s energy is amplified in a T-Square pattern with two transneptunians.

Uranus is square Vulcanus (B) and in opposition to Apollon (C).

Vulcanus is connected with coercive action or an extortionate “offer you can’t refuse.”

Apollon says that this event has a widespread impact, affecting the lives of many people.

The revolutionary theme is picked up by the Moon (D – representing the people as a whole) applying to a tension-provoking square to the Sun (E – representing the ruler).

But what’s really most intriguing is the action at point F. The Part of Fortune, an indicator of true happiness and fulfillment whose position changes minute by minute, conjoined the transneptunian Poseidon at the time of the impeachment vote.

Poseidon is about higher ideals and inspiration.

So it’s an unexpected signal.

The vote in the House was historic.

The conflict was evident.

But it was also a time of ultimate fulfillment.  And perhaps even more.

Maybe the birth of new spiritual ideals.

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George Bayer According To Larry Pesavento

George Bayer was one of the most successful – and enigmatic – financial astrologers of the 20th century.

Like W. D. Gann, he was an astro-trading pioneer.

His books on astro-trading and market analysis with planetary factors are hard to come by.

He privately published much of his work in the 1940’s.

But the insights of George Bayer are still valuable today.

That’s one of the things that came up in my interview yesterday with Larry Pesavento.

We had a great conversation on his show on TFNN.

A Personal George Bayer Connection

Larry talked about meeting George Bayer’s daughter, Georgia.

It was an encounter I had never heard about before.

We chatted about George Bayer in the midst of other topics.

Like current market trends.

And the impact of Mercury retrograde.

We focused on the significance of the Mercury direct station.

We checked out the influence of Neptune as well.

Not to mention the Mercury retrograde return on Pearl Harbor Day.

George Bayer paid attention to the speed of Mercury as well as cycles like this one

These are all key events likely to impact the markets in the coming weeks.

Here’s the full video recording of our conversation:

As I noted above, Bayer’s work is well worth studying if you want to master astro-trading.

He understood that forecasts can be made quite successfully by using repeating cycles of what happened previously.

That’s one of the keys to astro-trading.

Here are a couple of Bayer’s comments about astrology and the markets:

  • “An egg is our number 0, the beginning of all things. Just check an astronomical ephemeris and see how often important movements begin in all sorts of stocks or commodities when a planet reaches the ‘egg’ in declination or latitude, or even in longitude!”
  • “At the time a planet is within [the halo of the Sun] I have found that such a planet is useless and has little or no effect; but on either side of the halo, it again has its effect upon human beings as well as on stocks or commodities that it is present.  The halo of the Sun is measured in degrees on each side of the sun (about 10 degrees).”

By the way, Larry Pesavento also mentions Bayer’s contributions in some of his books on trading techniques. Larry, like George Bayer, is an inspiration himself!

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When Will Mercury Retrograde End?

It’s a question I’ve been hearing a lot : “When will Mercury retrograde end?”

Yes, lots of people are aware of Mercury retrograde periods.

Not just astrologers.

Even folks who don’t seem to know much more than their horoscope Sun signs want to know when will Mercury retrograde end.

And I don’t blame them.

After all, this has been one of the most intense – and most challenging – Mercury retrograde periods I’ve ever experienced.

And I’ve been through a few of them – 214 at last count.

In this case, Mercury went retrograde on Halloween, October 31.

Since then I’ve been through the usual madness.

Miscommunications and cancelled appointments.

Inconvenient travel schedules, strange Uber mix-ups, and insane airport delays.

The Big Mercury Retrograde Event

But the biggest bit of Mercury retrograde craziness came just a couple of days before the transit of Mercury at the inferior conjunction.

It’s what has made this particular Mercury retrograde cycle stand out for me.

I discovered it when I checked my email.

There wasn’t any in my inbox.

In fact, there hadn’t been any for six or seven hours.

That’s unusual for me.

But since I was staying in a hotel at the time, I figured maybe it was a temporary glitch.

I left my hotel room to go to an appointment, and then came back several hours later.

Still no email.

In fact, I soon discovered that the site that hosts my email was down.

I decided to submit a trouble ticket to the hosting company.

That’s when I discovered the full extent of the problem.

Much Bigger Than I Realized

I couldn’t access the hosting company.

As it turned out, nine of my web sites were down completely.

A little more digging soon revealed that the hosting company, SmarterASP.net, had been hacked earlier that day.

It was a ransomware attack. It has encrypted all the sites and databases for roughly 440,000 hosting customers around the world.

So I wan’t alone. Not that that was any consolation.

The industry professionals who reported the ransomware attack estimated that the sheer size of the mess meant it would take awhile to get cleaned up.

Like three weeks to a month.

Needless to say, that didn’t make me very happy.

As it turned out, however, the hosting company was able to get everything back up and running in about 72 hours.

A big relief.

But still, an over-sized  (and very memorable) Mercury retrograde mishap.

That’s why I’m particularly glad to see this Mercury retrograde period getting ready to come to an end.

When Will Mercury Retrograde End? On November 20!

Yep, we’re just about done with this one.

On Wednesday, November 20, Mercury will be making its direct station.

When Will Mercury Retrograde End

The Mercury Retrograde period will come to an end with the direct station on November 20, 2019.

Remember, though, that sometimes the direct station is a particularly challenging time.

And Mercury will still be in its shadow phase until the retrograde return.

That won’t happen until December 7.

So even though this particularly horrendous Mercury retrograde adventure is almost over, we still have a few more weeks to deal with its after-effects.

I think I can handle that.

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Transit of Mercury Ahead

There’s a powerful transit of Mercury just ahead.

This is a very rare event. The last time we had a transit of Mercury was in 2016.

A Transit of Mercury Is Pretty Rare

There have only been a dozen since 1940.

Check out this video for a quick update:

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It Sounds Cool, That’s For Sure!

“It certainly sounds cool. That’s for sure!’

That’s what Larry Pesavento said yesterday after our interview.

We had gotten together for a conversation on his TFNN program, Trade What You See.

Our main focus was bitcoin.

We examined the crytocurrency from three astro-trading perspectives.

First I reviewed the planetary price line structures currently defining the bitcoin trading action.

After that I shared by updated astro-cycle projections for bitcoin. Our latest work focused more closely on the impact of shorter-term cycles. That’s because we have a short trading history to work with.

This is the kind of cycles research that went into our book on Bitcoin Astrology.

Finally, after the commercial break, Larry and I discussed the impact of Mercury retrograde stations on the price of bitcoin.

This is a particularly powerful astro-trading trigger. It not only sounds cool to connect bitcoin rallies with Mercury stations. It’s also verified by our back-testing!

Along the way, there were some great questions from listeners to the show. It’s really wonderful to have such an interactive audience!

In response to those questions, we also chatted about current stock market conditions.

But the biggest item of curiosity was the role of transneptunian factors in astro-trading.

It Certainly Sounds Cool

We had a chance to discuss some of the background of the transneptunians and their amazing role in astrology. The move from the pre-World War II Hamburger Schule to the post-war presentation of the knowledge as Uranian Astrology is interesting.

And Larry commented that Bill Meridian had rectified his time of birth. Bill used the transneptunian planets to fine-tune his calculations in coming up with a precise birth time for Larry.

All that discussion added up to Larry’s observation that while the transneptunian factors may be challenging to understand, “it certainly sounds cool.”

This video replay features the complete interview from October 25.

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