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Equinox Forecast with Larry Pesavento

I had an opportunity to share my equinox forecast during a great interview yesterday with Larry Pesavento on his “Trade What You See” radio show on TFNN.

As with any major pivot point in the markets, a calendar-based equinox forecast is not just about a specific date (although that’s certainly important).

As we look ahead with this equinox forecast, we’re much more concerned about the specific astrological alignments that can trigger significant market movements.

S&P Equinox Forecast
Fall Equinox Forecast Chart for the S&P 500

In this case, that’s the upcoming Cardinal Ingress just a few days from now – the movement of the Sun into the zodiacal sign of Libra.

What W. D. Gann Saw In An Equinox Forecast

This key passage into Libra is the Fall Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s the Spring Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere, marking the first day of Spring.

It’s an event that W. D. Gann paid a lot of attention to. He knew just how significant it can be in triggering key turning points in the overall market environment. It also impacts specific trade set-ups as well.

In fact, Gann gave special attention to all four Cardinal Ingresses each year – not only in his published forecasts and work for his private clients, but also in his own chart work and personal assessments of emerging market trends.

His remarkable insights can be applied to any equinox effectively. They are also useful whenever there’s a solstice, at the start of Winter or Summer.

A Particularly Powerful Example

In this particular case, the upcoming equinox looks like it will be a particularly powerful turning point in the market action.

That likelihood is due to the fact that the equinox isn’t acting alone. It’s combined with other planetary influences. It needs to be taken into context.

When we focus on the broader picture, we can gain valuable insights.

We can also develop more effective trading strategies, and get more rewarding results in the markets, too!

Here’s the replay of the complete interview with Larry Pesavento:

 

How W. D. Gann Picked A Date For Market Profits

The Spring Equinox will be here on March 20, bringing the possibility of a big inflection point in the markets.

Equities usually react pretty bearishly to the Equinox, at least for the short term. There’s a big price dip for a day or two, as the high-energy impact of the Sun’s passage into Aries makes itself felt in interpersonal emotions and on the trading floor.

Then things begin to settle down.

They settle down and then often start to look so rosy that we actually see a bit of bullishness invading the market environment!

When I observed this phenomenon, it inspired me to take another look at some of W. D. Gann’s ideas, which soon confirmed that I was on the right track in following the planetary influence on the markets.

But I didn’t stop there.

I came up with a hypothetical trading plan based on the Spring Equinox, and then did extensive back-testing to see if that approach — a “14-Day Spring Equinox Trading Strategy” — would actually hold up under pressure.

The results were pretty amazing, which is why I recorded this video about the project:

In spite of the fact that it can sometimes be a little challenging to understand and apply, W. D. Gann’s work is always worth paying attention to. For example, I was just reviewing the brief report I did a couple of years ago, W. D. Gann on Natural Trend Change Dates in Daily Market Movements, and seeing how accurate his simple method proves to be. Interesting stuff!

 

SuperMoon Fact and Fiction

During the past few days I’ve been getting all kinds of questions about this weekend’s SuperMoon. Some of them have been pretty amazing:

“Isn’t this an extremely rare event, one that only happens about every 80 to 100 years?”

“Since the Moon is coming so dangerously close to Earth, couldn’t the SuperMoon disturb Earth’s orbit enough to send it closer to the Sun, speeding up global warming and creating a real climate crisis?”

“Isn’t this weird appearance of a SuperMoon really a Divine warning that the End Times are near?”

In each case, the answers are no, no, and no.

Here are the facts.

We get a SuperMoon any time there’s a syzygy (a New Moon or a Full Moon) near a lunar perigee, which is the point in the Moon’s regular cycle when it is closest to the Earth.

There’s a lunar perigee once each month, as well as a New Moon and a Full Moon, but not every month has a SuperMoon. Even so, SuperMoons aren’t all that rare– we typically get four or five of them during the course of a year.

In 2013 there are three SuperMoons: on May 25, on June 23, and on July 22.

With a Full Moon SuperMoon, like the one this weekend, watching the Full Moon can be pretty spectacular, especially when it’s rising in the East as the Sun is setting. It’s a great time for mood music and romance, and the SuperMoon can bring extremes in the high tides at the beach.

There are times, too, when SuperMoons have coincided with seismic events like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, as well as with big market moves. But by itself a SuperMoon isn’t an adequate predictor of major events– it must be seen in the context of the other astrological dynamics taking place when it occurs.

And that’s exactly why we’re watching this weekend’s SuperMoon with paricular interest. It comes hot on the heels of last week’s Sun/Jupiter conjunction and the Summer Solstice, and its effect carries us into the Jupiter cafdinal ingress, the Mercury retrograde station, and the Zeus direct station during the week ahead.

With or without a SuperMoon, this is a very challenging time for the markets, but at the very least the intensifying effect of the SuperMoon is sure to make our work as astro-traders a lot more interesting!