The big Heart of the Lion Astro-Trading Symposium is just days away.
I’m excited, of course, and maybe just a little bit frantic – there are plenty of last-minute details to take care of.
We’ve got people coming from several continents coming.
They’ll be sharing their ideas, insights and experience in astro-trading – I’m really expecting this to be a breakthrough event in a lot of ways!
We’ve got lots of wonderful speakers lined up, too. Jim Cummins will be joining us, along with Doug Capehart, David Beazley, and Orest Taraban. And Michael Lee is flying in from Sydney, Australia just to be a part of this exciting event.
If you won’t be coming to Florida on September 26 and 27 to join us, you’ll certainly be missed.
And the fact is, this astro-trading symposium has some historical significance, too. It’ designed to be the first, but it certainl
We are, however, planning to videotape the entire event – I’ll be keeping you posted later about the availability of the recordings.
As I’ve mentioned a number of times in recent weeks, I have long been expecting the partial solar eclipse a few days ago to have a very big impact on global politics, the financial markets, and key economic and social dynamics.
Even so, I have to confess that I wasn’t paying particularly close attention to domestic politics in Australia, and the Australian Prime Minister really wasn’t on my mind at all.
That’s why I was particularly grateful to get an email on Monday from Michael Correll in Sydney, with the subject line “Solar eclipse over Antarctica brings palace coup in Australia?”
“Dear Tim,” Michael wrote, “The recent Solar Eclipse over Antarctica and Jewish New Year appears to have brought a late-night palace coup to Australia with PM Tony Abbott being overthrown by lawyer and merchant-banker Turnbull MP.
“Turnbull is my MP for the federal seat of Wentworth In Sydney’s upscale Eastern Suburbs.”
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Woes
During his tenure as Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott has certainly had his share of problems. Last February, after he had been in office for just 17 months, his own Liberal Party tried to unseat him from his post. Abbott described the event as “a near-death experience.”
But Abbott begged his party to give him more time to get his act together as the Australian Prime Minister, and his colleagues obliged by granting him six months to turn things around with his administration.
Even so, the Liberal Party continued to lose credibility under Abbott’s leadership, not only losing favor to the political opposition, but also many Australians who didn’t agree with Tony Abbott’s personal positions on key issues, including his stance opposing gay marriage.
Time Finally Runs Out For Abbott
With Abbott’s popularity among Australians plunging to just 15%, it had become increasingly clear that his days were numbered. Time ran out for the Australian Prime Minister with the solar eclipse on September 13.
As this 90-degree dial for Tony Abbott’s horoscope shows, the eclipse triggered Hades, the transneptunian factor associated with decay, severe disappointments, and negative circumstances in general.
It also aligned with Midheaven/Kronos midpoint (to become the cause of your own obstacles and suffering); the Ascendant/Zeus midpoint (to come under pressure from spiteful individuals around you); the Venus/Saturn midpoint (broken alliances and impoverishment); and the Saturn/Vulcanus midpoint (to confront mighty opposition and to be placed in danger from enemies).
In short, the solar eclipse didn’t treat Tony Abbott very nicely!
A New Australian Prime Minister Takes Charge
On September 14, the day after the solar eclipse, Malcolm Turnbull resigned as Communications Minister in Tony Abbott’s cabinet, and then immediately announced that he was challenging Abbott’s leadership of the Liberal Party. In spite of a frantic last-minute attempt by Abbott to rally support, the Liberal Party members took a vote on the challenge the same day.
The ballot was the final blow for Tony Abbott. He lost by a 54-to-44 vote margin to Malcolm Turnbull, who then became the new Australian Prime Minister.
When he announced his challenge, Turnbull had fiercely attacked Tony Abbott, who, he said, had clearly lost the support of the Australian people and had “not been capable of providing the economic leadership our nation needs.”
The outcome of the party vote was a remarkable contrast to events in 2009, when the more conservative Tony Abbott beat Malcolm Turnbull for leadership of the Liberal Party by a margin of just one vote.
Turnbull was sworn in as the new Australian Prime Minister on September 15.
A Different Kind of Eclipse Effect
Given the outcome of the political wranglings in Australia this week, it’s interesting to compare the eclipse effects on Malcom Turnbull’s horoscope with those on the chart for Tony Abbott. We don’t have a record Turnbull’s birth time, but analysis on the 90-degree dial gives us a practical way of seeing the major impacts.
The contrast with Abbott’s chart is remarkable. The activation of the Sun/Saturn midpoint is an indication of an older man (Turnbull is three years older than Abbott) taking on a position of responsibility.
With Turnbull’s Zeus/Poseidon midpoint being triggered by the eclipse, we get a picture of strong leadership promoting new ideas. And the activation of the Mercury/Jupiter midpoint in Turnbull’s horoscope simply suggests that the solar eclipse was a time for good news and a cheerful mood, promoting lots of smiles and plenty of conversation.
Eclipse Effects Can Be Nuanced
As we see the differences in the solar eclipse effects in the lives of these two Australian Prime Ministers, it’s worth remembering that solar eclipses can have a long-lasting impact as well as more immediate results. We should also remember, of course, that astrological events move individuals, countries, and organizations in a variety of ways, depending on their interactions with the appropriate horoscopes involved.
That’s exactly why I invest so much time and energy studying the anticipated effects of solar eclipses, and why I share the results of that research in publications like Claiming New Territory: Shifting Dynamics at the Solar Eclipse of September 2015. The aim is to make sure that you’re up to speed with the potential for immediate short-term consequences, and that you have the tools you need to examine long-term eclipse effects as well.
An unanticipated encounter with a long-lost friend who shows up uninvited at an exclusive social event.
All of those things are the kind of surprises we like.
But sometimes Uranus gets nasty.
It can bring surprising catastrophes, lightning storms, high winds, rapidly escalating conflicts, and times of social strife.
That’s especially true when Uranus joins forces with Pluto, which is exactly what’s been going on for the past three years.
The current series of seven waxing Uranus/Pluto squares, which began in 2012, is coming to an end on March 16, with the final installment in the series of alignments.
And it’s already bringing more than its share of unpleasant surprises.
Cyclone Pam Smashes Vanuatu
Just ask the good folks in Vanuatu, in the South Pacific.
The final Uranus/Pluto waxing square started shaking things up there less than 48 hours ago, as the most powerful storm system ever recorded in the region hammered the Pacific islands.
Tropical Cyclone Pam, packing sustained winds of over 250 kilometers per hour, with gusts of over 300 kilometers per hour, has left what relief workers are calling “unbelievable destruction” in Port Vila, the capitol of Vanuatu, with more than 90 percent of the structures there damaged in some way.
The South Pacific Meets Cyclone Pam and Friends
And Tropical Cyclone Pam is just the leader of the pack.
In addition to Pam, Tropical Cyclones Bavi, Olwyn, and Nathan are simultaneously clobbering the South Pacific, sending shock waves through northern Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and lands beyond.
While at least 8 deaths have been reported and there’s already a tremendous strain on communications, transportation, and relief efforts, what’s abundantly clear about Cyclone Pam is the true power of the Uranus/Pluto waxing square series.
That’s a force that I analysed in depth in my monograph on The Uranus/Pluto Waxing Square 202-2015, but Vanuatu makes it clear that we need to consider this powerful and stressful alignment from a different perspective.
While the physical devastation and impact on human life is considerable, this event also has significance in the world of international finance. Vanuatu is a popular tax haven and the island nation has no income tax, capital gains tax, withholding tax, inheritance tax, or exchange control.
The country’s horoscope suggests its high vulnerability to the power of the final Uranus/Pluto waxing square
Transiting Uranus not only squares transiting Pluto; it also forms an opposition to the country’s natal Pluto.
The alignment of transiting Uranus and transiting Pluto directly activates the Moon and Hades in the national horoscope for Vanuatu, suggesting sudden impoverishment of the general population.
The activation of the Vanuatu Sun/Saturn midpoint indicates sudden separations and the loss of important connections with the elderly.
Watching Cyclone Pam
We will of course be keeping on top of the news from Cyclone Pam as it unfolds. The mainstream media won’t be paying much attention to the Uranus/Pluto waxing square, of course.
But at least some of us will have an idea about what’s really gonig on.
NASA always does a great job of keeping us up to speed on the action in the solar system.
The charts and graphs the agency shares on its spaceweather.com website are enlightening.
The photos are spectacular.
And the stuff from NASA isn’t just about what’s going on in space.
It’s about the impact of solar system events on life here on Earth as well.
Funny thing about that.
It used to be that only astrologers thought that the action in space makes an impact on human affairs.
Astrologers used to get ridiculed for that crazy idea.
But now the astronomers who work with NASA, the guys and gals peering through the telescopes into the night sky, have figured it out as well!
Good for them!
NASA Shows Us The Solar Action
Of course the astronomers may or may not recognize the fact that they’re getting a little closer to astrology every day.
Either way, it’s important for us as astrologers – and as astro-traders, too – to pay attention to the information coming out of NASA.
Like this photograph the agency released earlier today:
This is an image of sunspot AR2242 erupting at 00:27 UT on Saturday, December 20,
A Heliocentric-Uranian Blend?
If you were clocking things astrologically then, you might have noted that this took place just a few hours after heliocentric Venus entered Aquarius.
It was also just a few hours before an exact 120-degree alignment between heliocentric Mars and heliocentric Poseidon. (That’s for those of you who dare mix Uranian and heliocentric techniques!)
But as NASA knows, the real action was on the Sun – and on the Earth as well.
The eruption of sunspot AR2242 produced a massive X1.8-class solar flare. That’s the big plume of fire shooting out from the Sun at the lower-right corner of the photograph.
Feeling The Solar Impact
We’ve already felt the effects on Earth.
NASA reported that the solar flare produced an extremely high level of ultraviolet radiation which ionized a big chunk of the Earth’s upper atmosphere earlier today.
That atmospheric ionization blacked out high-frequency radio communications over Australia and much of the South Pacific when it hit.
But the effects may not stop with that period of radio silence. NASA says that there’s also the possibility that a coronal mass ejection (CME) from the same sunspot eruption could be on its way to Earth.
If that’s the case, and if the CME arrives in the next couple of days as NASA suggests, we could see more communications interference.
We could also see an impact on the markets. Key research by some of the pioneers in financial astrology revealed important correlations between sunspot cycles and the rhythms of the markets.
As astro-traders, then, we need to keep an eye on solar events like this one reported by NASA.
Even if we have a different perspective than the NASA astronomers!
My friend Janie just emailed me this beautiful North Pole picture of the sunset at the New Moon.
I’m not sure what the original source of the photo was. But whether or not it was actually taken at the North Pole, it’s definitely a gorgeous image.
It’s also a little ironic that this North Pole photo arrived this morning.
That’s because I’ve been reflecting on all the big world events that have been taking place. A lot has been going on the last couple of days.
That’s when we’ve been feeling the effects of the current Uranus/Pluto waxing square.
And as we expected, most of those events have been disruptive in one way or another:
The hostage crisis in Sydney, Australia.
The shootings, in Philadelphia.
The Russian ruble going into virtual free-fall.
The massacre of 132 schoolchildren by the Taliban in Pakistan.
The abrupt shift in the decades-old conflict between Cuba and the United States, reestablishing diplomatic relations.
And the North Pole.
The North Pole?
Although the event hasn’t gotten much play in the news media, the North Pole is suddenly becoming very important.
And that’s not because it’s the reputed residence of Santa Claus. He will be focusing lots of attention on the North Pole next week.
In this case, it’s Denmark that’s in the spotlight.
As reported by the Associated Press and Quartz.com, Denmark has just completed a 12-year, $50-million research project. It to surveyed the 2,000-kilometer-long underwater mountain range that runs north of Siberia.
It’s conclusion? The underwater mountains are actually a part of Greenland. That’s an autonomous territory controlled by Denmark.
Bigger Than Denmark Itself
As a result, Denmark is now claiming sovereignty over 556,463 square miles of the North Pole. That’s an area about 20 times the size of Denmark itself.
This puts Denmark in direct competition and possible confrontation with both the U.S. and Russia. They both also claim the same territory as theirs.
The old-time market pundits have long suggested that a good investment strategy is to “Sell in May and Go Away” for maximum long-term profits in the equities markets.
This notion is rooted in the fact that there’s often a seasonal decline in stock prices during the summer months, with a historical tendency for underperformance in equities starting in May and continuing through October.
But is it a good idea to “Sell in May” this year?
If so, should we sell at the beginning of the month, or wait until later?
That’s what I discussed with Michael Yorba yesterday when he interviewed me on his Traders Network radio show.
We also talked about the impact of the recent solar eclipse on markets in the Pacific, the role of Mars in providing key timing factors during the month ahead as it moves from retrograde motion into its direct station, the importance of the Eclipse Activation Dates mentioned in the report on The Solar Eclipse of April 2014: Its Impact on the Markets, and a whole lot more.
You can hear a recording of the complete 11-minute interview here:
By the way, you’ll find the charts that Michael and I talked about at the beginning of the interview, including the eclipse path and the market charts from Australia and Indonesia, on Wednesday’s blog post. You can see it at:
As we looked at the U.S. stock market in the weeks prior to yesterday’s solar eclipse, my analysis indicated that we were likely to see a sell-off between the peak of the Cardinal Grand Cross on April 23 and the solar eclipse on April 29, followed by a rebound into a modest rally right after the eclipse.
As it turned out, the pre-eclipse selling wasn’t quite as intense or as sustained as I had anticipated, but it did help define a support zone for the S&P 500, providing a springboard for a lively upward move. That bullish impulse is currently at play in the equities market — at least in U.S. stocks, where the Dow Jones Industrials closed at a new record high again today.
It’s important to note, however, that not all markets respond to eclipses in the same way.
In this case the Taurus solar eclipse actually brought some markets down fairly sharply, instead of giving them a boost like U.S. equities got recently.
What’s interesting to note is that the markets that started selling off instead of going into rally mode were in the part of the world that’s under the partial area of the shadow of the solar eclipse– Australia and Indonesia.
Here are the trading charts that show these strong alignments at work in altering the market action just prior to and after the Solar Eclipse.
Astro-Trading & Financial Astrology Insights from Tim Bost