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Powell’s Horoscope Spells Uncertainty

Jerome Powell’s horoscope may be an essential part of making sense of Fed policy.

Transiting Neptune is currently in a long, slow conjunction with the True Lunar Node in the 1913 inception horoscope for the Federal Reserve Bank, so it’s not surprising to see lots of confusion about the Fed’s policies and intended actions.

The stock market rallied recently when the expectation spread that the Fed would be cutting interest rates by 50 basis points; then a string of new record highs was abandoned when Fed Chairman Jerome Powell showed some uncertainty.

powell's horoscope

The upcoming Poseidon station will be in opposition to Powell’s natal Jupiter, so he could rethink rates at least one more time.

And Jerome Powell’s horoscope also shows great potential for financial success as well. Check out this video for some comments:

Mercury & Pluto at the Fed Announcement: Big Action for Stocks, the VIX, and the Dollar, Too!

In spite of the fact that one of our readers has dubbed the comments posted here on the Fed’s announcement today “the worst call out there”, it’s still interesting to see exactly what the markets actually did in the final hours of trading today– and to anticipate what the action in equities will look like tomorrow.

Throughout most of the trading day prior to the 2:00 p.m. announcement, stock prices were churning in a somewhat apprehensive market with a decidedly bearish bias.

But when the Fed announcement was released, it immediately became apparent that Mercury’s conjunction with the Fed Pluto was having exactly the kind of dramatic impact we had anticipated. The major market indices all rallied, breaking into positive territory and pushing to new heights by the end of the trading session.

Fed Indices Response
The S&P 500, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and the NASDAQ Composite all rose after the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee made its announcement on June 18, 2014.

The S&P not only rallied, it also managed to hit yet another all-time record high by the time the closing bell on Wall Street rang. Note as well that both Gold and the Euro showed significant strength for the day.

It was also worth watching the VIX during the trading session. This measure of market volatility took a sharp plunge right after the Fed’s announcement, confirming the old “buy the rumor, sell the fact” adage– once the facts were known about the Fed’s intentions, a lot of the uncertainty that had roiled the market action earlier in the day began to fade away.

Fed Announcement VIX Response
The VIX reaction to the Fed’s announcement was quite dramatic.

In looking at the VIX chart, it’s worth observing that the index had already risen to the higher levels we had forecast last week as a potential response to Mercury’s retrograde passage over the cardinal axis. We’re still looking for more action in this Fear Index during the coming weeks, with a return to higher levels of volatility as we approach the July 4 Independence Day holiday.

This dramatic action in the VIX was further confirmation of the power of the Mercury/Pluto combination that made the timing for this event so noteworthy.

But even though the Mercury/Pluto action bore out the forecast, I had also looked at the Mars transit to the Fed chart and had assumed that the market’s reaction to the announcement would be “less than enthusiastic,” based largely on the activation of the Moon/Saturn midpoint in the Fed horoscope.

Things didn’t turn out that way.

We certainly didn’t see a negative reaction in equities during the remainder of the trading day. But Mars moves more slowly than Mercury, so the impact of its transit is likely to carry on a little longer. That’s one of the reasons why we’re still anticipating a pull-back in stock prices before the end of the week– and why our Gold-Plus Elite members at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com are planning to add to the short positions in our Model Portfolio before the market closes on Friday..

Remember, too, that the influence of the Federal Reserve goes far beyond just the price of stocks. The Fed’s announcements have a big impact on currencies, of course, which is why it was particularly interesting to see what happened to the dollar this afternoon:

Dollar Reacts to Fed
The U.S. Dollar Index had been trending lower before the Fed’s announcement on Wednesday afternoon, but as soon as the official word was released the Greenback started going through wild swings. Volatility remained high for the rest of the day, with the dollar pushing sharply lower.

 

How Will The Fed Impact Stock Market Trading?

In many respects the Federal Reserve has lost much of the mystery that made it the subject of seemingly endless attention and speculation by active traders and market pundits. The minutes of the Federal Open Market Committee meetings are made public, and Fed officials are often in the public eye, sharing their comments and perspectives on the economy and other matters.

But when we look at the astrological charts for the Fed, we open up the realm of mystery once again.

The current transits to the horoscope for the Federal Reserve, especially at a time like now when there’s an FOMC meeting going on, can tell us a lot about what’s going on behind the scenes.

Federal Reserve astrology - Mercury at the FOMC announcement on 18 June 2014
When we examine Federal Reserve astrology, we can learn a lot about important dates and events in the life of the central bank. The red pointer here indicates the position of transiting Mercury at the time of the announcement following the Federal Open Market Committee meeting on June 18, 2014.

For example, we can look at the transits for the announcement following the meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee on June 18, 2014 and immediately see the importance of the event, including its hidden significance.

Transiting Mercury conjoins Pluto in the Fed chart, activating the cardinal axis of the zodiac as it triggers the Fed Moon as well as the midpoints of Sun/Admetos, Mars/Chiron, and Kronos/Vulcanus. It’s thus clear that no matter what the Fed says in its announcement, there’s likely to be a powerful reaction.

Sometimes, of course, actions speak louder than words. That’s why it’s instructive to see the way that Mars, the planet of action, activates the chart for the Fed as well.

Federal Reserve Astrology - Mars at FOMC Meeting 18June2014
Federal Reserve astrology reveals even more when we examine other planetary pictures.The red pointer here shows the position of Mars at the time of the conclusion of the FOMC meeting on June 18, 2014. It activates significant midpoints in the Fed horoscope, including Moon/Saturn, Neptune/Midheaven, and Cupido/Poseidon.

The midpoints that get triggered here suggest that the responses to the Fed’s actions will be less than enthusiastic, so we could see some nervousness in the equities markets as a result.

We’ll have to wait and see what the complete reaction will be in stock market trading after the FOMC does its thing this week. But with the aid of the astro-trading advantage, we can get some insights that other traders lack!

How About Some Good Old Hyperinflation?

More money for everybody!

That was the “selling point” that author Mark Dice used recently when he tried to get people to sign a tongue-in-cheek petition urging the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department to increase inflation to 100 percent a year.

The surprising– and disturbing-  result was that most people were more than willing to add their names to the list, displaying either a complete ignorance of what inflation really is, or a complete obliviousness to the devastating effects of hyperinflation.

Dice does have an axe to grind. As a conspiracy theorist, he writes about the evil influences of the Illuminati and international banking forces, and he’s out to demonstrate just how much their propaganda has turned the general populace into uninformed zombies who are willing to go along with any kind of ludicrous scheme, as long as it promises economic improvement.

Thanks are due to financial astrologer Bill Meridian, who shared a link to this YouTube video showing Dice in action, collecting signatures for a bogus pro-hyperinflation nonprofit group:

Don’t Blame Ben Bernanke

The mainstream financial media are giving Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Shalom Bernanke all the credit for the current stomach-wrenching plunge in the stock market.

When Dr. Ben talked about the Fed possibly “taking its foot off the accelerator” in its massive debt-buying program if the economy continues to improve (not to be confused, he said, with hitting the brakes), the mere thought of it was enough to send stock prices into free-fall.

At least that’s what the media have been saying. But the media always like simple stories and clearly-defined heroes and villains. So it’s not surprising to see the bearded professor getting the blame.

But as astro-traders we know better. As I’ve been pointing out repeatedly for some time now, we have in hand all the necessary ingredients for a major market sell-off, with the pressure intensifying in late June and early July.

My private clients and our members at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com have gotten ample warnings of this bearish potential. We been adding short positions to the Financial Cycles Model Portfolio for the past several weeks, and we’ve ideas about specific trading strategies for the protection of trading assets.

At the beginning of this week, during my radio interview on Michael Yorba’s show, I helped Michael and our listeners pin-point the date to expect a market reversal– Wednesday, June 19th.

In fact, when Michael Yorba asked me if I thought we’d start to see some selling pressure on Tuesday, I emphatically told him that we should look for a downside move on Wednesday instead. (You can hear the complete interview by CLICKING HERE).

The triggering factor, as I explained to Michael, was not Ben Bernanke, but Jupiter’s unusual alignment with the Sun. (CLICK HERE for the full explanation of this remarkable event.)

I just figure that Jupiter and the Sun are both a whole lot bigger and a whole lot more powerful than the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, so why not give them the credit for the crash?

While a lot of investors were pretty upset when the sell-off started this week, the readers who were following our latest astro-trading strategy for asset protection had smiles on their faces. And those who got our report on “Protecting Yourself in an Irrational Market” had an opportunity to pull in extra profits from the market while everyone else was losing money!

By the way, the report on Protecting Yourself in an Irrational Market is still available, and the information it contains is still relevant, since there are additional challenges to the stock market coming up in July. You can get a copy of this report as an instant download by going to http://bit.ly/protect13.

 

Behind a Transparent Curtain

It only took a few decades of incredibly dedicated work to accomplish, but Congressman Ron Paul has successfully shepherded his Federal Reserve Transparency Act through to approval by the full U.S. House of Representatives.

Here’s what the press release from Rep. Paul’s congressional office had to say about it late yesterday afternoon:

WASHINGTON, July 24 – Congressman Ron Paul today applauded the passage by the House of Representatives of H.R. 459, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act.  The bill, which calls for a full audit of the Federal Reserve System– including its lending facilities and critical monetary policy operations– passed overwhelmingly by a bipartisan vote of 327-98.

“I am very pleased that the House passed my Audit the Fed legislation today,” Congressman Paul stated.  “It has been a long, hard fight, but Congress finally is getting serious about exercising its oversight responsibility over the Federal Reserve.  Auditing the Fed is a common sense issue supported by the overwhelming majority of the American people.  The Fed’s trillions of dollars worth of asset purchases and its ongoing support of foreign central banks cannot be allowed to continue without Congressional oversight.  Today’s passage of H.R. 459 is a good first step towards full Fed transparency, and I hope that the Senate will consider the bill before the end of the year.”

Getting the bill through the Senate successfully and seeing it signed into law may prove to be wishful thinking, however, especially considering the extent to which many prominent Senators are joined at the hip to big banking interests. But getting the Audit the Fed bill through the House is certainly worth celebrating on its own.

All this brings to mind some of the reflections on banking, super-PACs, and the Wizard of Oz that I shared with subscribers at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com a few months ago. The article is titled “Super PACs, Central Banks, and Irrational Exuberance: the Man Behind the Curtain” – you can read it in its entirety by CLICKING HERE.

The Big Bankers Take Action to Get Summer Underway

Wow, it’s the Summer Solstice already.

I’ve been anticipating this event, and the world’s big bankers have complied with the changing of the seasons today with some mixed news for the markets.

Ben Shalom Bernanke and the gang at the Fed say they’re going to keep twistin’ the night away, and the markets didn’t like that much.

But the news from the European Central Bank was a little cheerier, at least for those who are inclined to believe yet another round of reassurances that Europe isn’t going off a cliff.

On my end, though, I’m looking at the start of summer as an opportunity to share some insights on astro-trading. That’s why I’ve decided to give away free copies of the “Beyond The Basics in Stock Market Astrology” DVD set– and to help newbie astro-traders get a solid start with a special sale on the “Basic Stock Market Astrology Home Study Course”.

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That means you can get started in astro-trading techniques for less than $200 a month.

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