I ran across some interesting historical information over the weekend.
I was researching the potential impact of the upcoming Mercury retrograde period on stock market activity.
Along the way, as is so often the case, I uncovered some other stuff as well.
Finding Stuff I Didn’t Expect
That’s one of the great pleasures of doing research. The cool stuff I find when I’m looking for something else.
At any rate, here’s the fact that I uncovered yesterday:
On February 13, 1936, the U.S. Government starting mailing out the first-ever Social Security checks to benefit recipients in the new federal program. (At least it was part of a “New Deal” back in 1936!)
An Important Date in Mercury Retrograde History
February 13, 1936.
What’s so special about that date?
According to the Mercury retrograde research published in the Mercury, Money & The Markets book, it was an important date astrologically.
On February 13, 1936, Mercury made a direct station at 1º Aquarius.
We get three Mercury retrograde periods each year. But a direct station by that fast-moving planet at exactly 1º Aquarius is a surprisingly rare event.
It happened in 1936, on the day that Social Security checks first hit the mail.
It’s never happened since then.
At least not yet.
Next month, on February 11, 2015, Mercury will once again make a direct station at 1º Aquarius.
It’s the first time since 1936.
And before that, on January 21, 2015, we will be starting a Mercury retrograde period with a planetary station at 17º Aquarius.
That’s also a rare event.
The last time there was a Mercury retrograde station at 17º Aquarius was on January 24, 1936.
When I learned that, I did some back-testing.
I wanted to learn what happened to the stock market during the Mercury retrograde period in January and February in 1936.
The results were surprising.
Mercury Retrograde Gets A Bad Rap
I learned that Mercury retrograde doesn’t always deserve the bad rap it gets in pop astrology.
Things don’t always turn out horribly when we have a Mercury retrograde period.
Yes, our perception of the Mercury retrograde phenomenon is an illusion. It’s rooted in the ancient Ptolemaic model of a geocentric universe.
But that doesn’t mean we should ignore Mercury retrograde.
As Kristin Dombek noted last week in her thought-provoking article on “Retrograde Beliefs” in the New York Times Magazine, Mercury retrograde adds value to our human experience.
And, as the data in Mercury, Money & The Markets reveals, Mercury retrograde can also add value to the stock market.
Mercury Retrograde in 1936
So what about January and February? What about the Mercury retrograde period starting at 17º Aquarius?
In 1936, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained almost 7% during that Mercury retrograde cycle!
And that’s not all.
The market activity in January 1936 before the Mercury retrograde period began is also a match. It closely parallels the market activity we’ve seen so far this month, in January 2015.
There are even more 1936 and 2015 correspondences. You’ll find them in the current issue of the FinancialCyclesWeekly newsletter.
It’s worth reading if you’re currently trading in any market.
But even if you’re not in the markets now, pay attention to the Mercury retrograde period that’s starting on January 21.
You might be surprised to hear some good news during the following weeks.
And don’t forget February 11, when the Mercury retrograde period ends.
That date may or may not have anything to do with Social Security.
But good things could happen.
You may even learn then that a check for you is in the mail….