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.
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.
As I’ve been reminding my students and our members here at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com, W. D. Gann identified the equinox as a particularly sensitive time for the markets.
We talked about it at length during our March 1 webinar for our Gold-Plus Elite members – they’re the group of astro-traders who get regular guidance about current trading strategies.
We meet for regular forecast webinars, and share a weekly conference call to discuss the specific stock picks and market timing for optimum trading results.
Staying Tuned In To Gann
I’ve been making sure that this group has been tuned in to the important Gann date.
We also ran a cover story in the FinancialCyclesWeekly newsletter on March 12. It focuses specifically on W. D. Gann and the importance of the upcoming equinox.
“Keep your powder dry!” we advised our readers.
“Our back-testing of the past 34 years of market history shows this equinox typically triggering a short-term pull-back or consolidation in the S&P, followed by an aggressive rally,” we noted. “This year, however, we may see a sharper decline in stock prices just after the equinox.”
The Equinox Results
The equinox was yesterday, on March 20.
And, just as we expected, the selling pressure in the market started then – right on schedule.
The sell-off accelerated today, just in case there was any question about the validity of Gann’s approach.
How much did it sell off?
The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 237.85 points, off 1.14% for the day.
The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index lost 29.45, for a decline today of 1.24%.
It was clearly a big enough drop to command attention. It also called the Trump Rally into question.
And with a Kronos station coming up later this week, there may be even more selling ahead.
Once again, we’re all reminded of just how important Gann and his innovative insights are for us in our astro-trading today!
On the dial, we can adjust the pointer to identify the axis of the True Lunar Node and the transneptunian factor Zeus.
This Node/Zeus combination is the astrological signature of cooperative actions in general, and of elections in particular.
And, as the 2016 equinox dial reveals, that Node/Zeus axis is potent.
It resonates strongly with the Pluto/Chiron midpoint (problems and embarrassment created by big money and excessive power) and the Neptune/Vulcanus midpoint (large-scale deceptions and disappointments, plus significant loss of power).
It’s fair to say, then, that we can expect gut-wrenching experiences as we move through the presidential election cycle throughout 2016.
There’s obviously much at stake here.
This presidential election has the potential for shaking up conventional political and governmental structures in some very big ways.
Steps Along The Way
We’ll wait to speculate about the winner of the 2016 presidential election. The right time is after the major political parties have selected their nominees.
And we’ll review the election results when they come in.
But in the meantime, we can use the Node/Zeus midpoint in the Aries equinox chart as a key tool.
It’s an indicator of the important times we should be watching for key developments in the presidential election process.
The planetary transits to that Node/Zeus midpoint are especially critical.
We can look at them not only as direct passages, but also as eighth-harmonic alignments.
For example, there was an activation by Mars on February 10.
That’s when both Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie suspended their campaigns.
The next Mars event is October 4.
Of particular interest are the activation of the Node/Zeus axis by Mercury on February 27 (South Carolina Democratic primary) and April 19 (New York primary).
We’ll also be watching the alignments by Venus on April 9 (Wyoming Republican caucus) and July 28 (the closing day of the Democratic national convention).
And we shouldn’t overlook the exact fourth-harmonic alignment by Hades on June 6. That’s the eve of presidential election primaries in California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
Hades may be the most descriptive of the entire presidential election process!
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!
Astro-Trading & Financial Astrology Insights from Tim Bost