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.
Russian planes have been in the news a lot lately.
They’ve been flying over Syria, and have apparently been doing lots of damage, not only to insurgents on the ground, but also to Russia’s relations with the U.S. Those relations have gotten very icy indeed.
Putin Flexes His Muscles
At one level, it’s easy to see the presence of Russian planes in Syrian skies as just an example of Russian President Vladimir Putin showing off.
As I’ve noted previously here, Vladimir Putin definitely likes to flex his muscles. That’s true even when he’s got his shirt on. But there are other worries brewing here. Vladimir Putin has been telling the world that those Russian planes are hitting ISIS targets – and that may be true. According to some sources, there is some evidence of massive desertions in the ISIS ranks since the Russian bombing began.
Turkey isn’t very happy with the situation – it says the Russian planes are violating its air space, so they’re in danger of being shot down. And according to the U.S. news media, those Russian planes are flying now solely in an effort to prop up the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria. Whether or not they are hitting ISIS targets, Russian bombs are also falling on Syrian insurgents who want to get rid of Bashar al-Assad. These are the so-called “moderate extremist” forces that the U.S. supports. It’s a group that includes, oddly enough, some members of al-Quaida in Syria.
As is all too often the case, the dogged American determination to get rid of governments who don’t agree with us makes for strange bedfellows.
But What About The Timing?
As international tensions continue to escalate, it’s important to step back and get a broader perspective whenever possible.
That’s where the tools of astrology come in.
We can of course learn a lot from the timing of the events in Syria themselves, and from the natal horoscopes of the world leaders making news. But even without the presence of Russian planes in the skies of Syria, a quick glance at one of the current planetary phenomena is informative. It can tell us a lot about what may soon be playing out on the global stage.
Mercury has been retrograde since September 17.
Mercury retrograde periods always mark times when communications can get confused, plans may not work out as intended, and intentions can be grossly misunderstood. So at the very least it’s a time when the leaders of countries would be wise not to jump to conclusions.
An End To Mercury Retrograde
But the Mercury retrograde period will be coming to an end on Friday, October 9. And that’s when things are likely to get even more interesting.
The Mercury Direct Station, the time when Mercury finishes up its retrograde motion and starts moving forward again, is always a critical point the retrograde cycle. More often than not, it seems to intensify the confusion, incompletion, and miscommunication that have been in play during the previous three weeks, while the planet has been in apparent backward motion. So this coming weekend will be a time for extra caution.
But that’s not the end of the story.
World Point Activation
When Mercury goes direct on October 9, it will be at 0° Libra.
That initial degree of a cardinal sign is one of the extraordinarily powerful “World Points” in the zodiac – whenever they are activated by significant planetary events or alignments, it’s a signal that we can expect to see major events with global implications.
But what kinds of events?
On previous occasions we’ve discovered that if we want to gain insights into current situations, it can be useful to study those previous times when planetary stations took place at the zodiac degrees currently being activated.
According to the tables listed on page 270 of Mercury, Money and the Markets, there has only been one previous time since 1900 when Mercury made a station at 0° Libra.
That was on September 2, 1983.
Russian Planes and American Casualties
On that date, Mercury made a Retrograde Station instead of a Direct Station, but its alignment with the World Point definitely had a global impact – and Russian planes were involved.
On September 2, 1983, U.S. Representative Lawrence P. McDonald, a Democrat from Georgia with a reputation as the most conservative member of Congress at the time, was in a group of Americans who were among the 269 passengers and crew members aboard Korean Air Lines Flight 007, traveling from New York to Seoul, South Korea. That civilian airliner was shot down by a fighter plane from the U.S.S.R. near Sakhalin Island in the Sea of Japan.
There were no survivors.
Needless to say, this was a major international incident, instantly ratcheting up Cold War tensions to new heights.
U.S. President Ronald Reagan, calling the downing of the airliner “a horrifying act of violence,” cut short his California vacation and called an emergency meeting of the National Security Council in Washington.
Secretary of State George P. Schultz was visibly enraged when he responded to questions about the event at a news conference, declaring that “We can see no excuse for this appalling act.”
Accusations and counter-accusations started flying. It didn’t take long for all sorts of conspiracy theories to start surfacing – about former U.S. President Richard Nixon, about the CIA, and, of course, about Russian planes.
And it all happened when Mercury was stationary at 0° Libra.
So, with another Mercury station coming up at the same zodiac degree in just a few days, it makes sense to pay particular attention to global tensions now.
Especially since Russian planes are already in the news.
We’ve got an important solar eclipse coming up on September 13. So we’re definitely going to be looking for an impact in the markets.
A Powerful Solar Eclipse
This is a partial solar eclipse.
But it’s still going to be pretty powerful.
It’s a part of Saros Series 125. The first solar eclipse in that long sequence took place back in the year 1060.
And in fact there are some pretty amazing connections from 1060 to the circumstances we’re confronting today around the time of this latest eclipse.
The eclipse on September 13 also has a big impact on Donald Trump’s natal horoscope.
While the Trump connection may be entertaining (and maybe even politically important, too), it’s really the potential impact that the eclipse brings to the markets that’s most important to us as astro-traders.
A Detailed Study
That’s why I’ve put a couple of months into researching the eclipse effects on major markets around the globe. I’ve also looked at precious metals, currencies, vital commodities, and key organizations that can impact the world economy.
I’ve also reviewed the lunar returns to the solar eclipse horoscope, studied upcoming eclipse activation points, and identified special trading situations based on the anticipated effects of the solar eclipse.
I also turned to mundane astrologer Jim Cummins, to get his unique insights into the potential eclipse effects in the geopolitical realm. While I may not always agree with his politics, Jim’s observations are always work reading.
The result is a 128-page e-book which has just been released by Harmonic Research Associates.
You’ll definitely want to grab a copy – it’s not only relevant as we get ready for the eclipse this weekend; it also has plenty of specific eclipse trading information you’ll be profiting from for months to come!
There was lots of hoopla in the media today, just as we thought there would be.
Watching the BBC was especially fun, with its video footage of amazed eclipse-watchers in northern Europe.
The total solar eclipse earlier today certainly was an amazing event.
It was also noteworthy because it came just hours before the Spring Equinox, adding to its force and significance.
If you were in the U.S., though, you didn’t get to see it live. This total eclipse was visible throughout Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Asia, with especially good viewing in Greenland and Iceland.
But no matter where you happened to be today while the total eclipse was taking place, this was still a very important occasion.
Not just in terms of the total eclipse being an eye-catching celestial event, but from an astrological perspective as well.
In fact, the astrology associated with today’s total eclipse is so significant that Jim Cummins and I have made it the subject of a new 159-page e-book.
In it Jim and I take a look not only at the dynamics of the total eclipse itself, but also its potential impact across the world.
I focus mainly on the historical precedents for this total eclipse, and on the effects we can expect to see in the stock and futures markets, in currency trading, and in core economic structures.
Jim Cummins is an expert mundane astrologer, so his focus is on the geopolitics involved – and wow, does he have some incredible insights! The in-depth research he put into this new book is staggering to say the least – but the bottom line is that you’ll find insights here you simply won’t get anywhere else.
What Really Matters About The Total Eclipse
There’s one thing you don’t want to overlook – the effects of this total eclipse are not over yet!
In fact, we’re just getting started – and this new e-book is packed with dates that you can watch for eclipse effects for many months to come!
You can find out more about the book, and how you can get it as an instant download, by going to:
The Kremlin is insisting that Vladimir Putin is just fine, thank you very much.
According to a Reuters story from Maria Tsvetkova, “Russian President Vladimir Putin is in good health, the Kremlin said on Thursday, dismissing rumors that the leader was suffering from an illness after a foreign trip was canceled.”
The story notes that concerns about Putin’s health began with the cancellation of that trip. “A Kazakh governmental source said Putin’s trip to Astana scheduled for this week was canceled because Putin had fallen ill, stirring speculation on social media that something had happened to the 62-year-old leader.”
But a top source in the Kremlin has made it clear that President Putin’s health is nothing to worry about: “Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, asked by Reuters if the president was in good health, replied ‘yes’.”
But what’s really going on?
According to my colleague Jim Cummins, an accomplished mundane astrologer and a dedicated observer of world affairs, there are plenty of reasons to be concerned– not just about Vladimir Putin’s health, but also about his ability to retain his position of power in Russia.
“For Vladimir Putin, March 2015 is an especially precarious month,” Jim says.
More specifically, he warns that there may be coup attempt against the Russian leader, with the event potentially being triggered by the Equinox Eclipse later this month and/or the Lunar Eclipse that follows it in early April.
“It is as though Mr. Putin is in the center of a huge, long-lasting lightning storm,” Jim adds.
Jim has a great track record for astute observations and accurate forecasts, so I’m inclined to pay attention to what he’s saying here, regardless of what the Kremlin has to say about the state of Putin’s health.
This is one publishing event you won’t want to miss, since it goes into a lot more detail – not only about the uncertain future for the Russian president (no matter what happens with Putin’s health), but also about major geopolitical issues, what we can expect in the markets, and much, much more.
Last night Patty and I got together with Jim Cummins and his wife Joyce to share an evening of food and fun. The Florida weather here had actually gotten cool enough (down to the high 70’s I think) to make it comfortable enough to sit outside on the terrace for dinner, where we could check out the river and watch the traffic going by on the bridge as we enjoyed our conversation.
The reason for the celebration was two-fold – yesterday morning our first shipment of the new paper-bound edition of our book on “The Solar Eclipse of October 2014: Its Impact on the Markets” had arrived, and it was the first opportunity that Jim and I as co-authors had to get our hands on the physical evidence of the months of work we had put into the project.
Although he’s written for magazines and newspapers for many years and is a regular contributor of in-depth articles on geopolitical astrology at our FinancialCyclesWeekly.com website, this new book marks Jim’s debut as a published book author. That made last night extra special, and I was truly pleased that all four of us were able to share the time together.
I always enjoy the opportunity to chat with Michael Yorba when he invites me to be a guest on his Traders Network radio show– we discuss the upcoming prospects for stock market trading, and he does a really great job of asking questions that bring the planetary connections with market movements into an understandable perspective.
But during our time on the air together just before the closing bell on Wall Street yesterday, the conversation was not only lively– it took us into a lot of interrelated topics that ultimately provided a great overview of the big-picture situation in the markets today.
As Michael put it during the interview, “A lot of people are yawning at the markets now, but I’m not so sure that this is one of those yawning moments. It could be the start of something big.”
We touched on the impact of Mercury and Neptune on current conditions in stock market trading, on crude oil and precious metals, on the geopolitical troubles that have been brewing (and which have been described so incisively by our friend and colleague Jim Cummins in his articles for FinancialCyclesWeekly.com), on the prospects for increasing market volatility as we look at the VIX during the coming weeks, and a whole lot more.
In fact, we actually ran out of time during the interview, and Michael had to sign off with an unanswered question still dangling– about today’s potent combination of Friday the 13th and the Full Moon.
I’ll be putting up a new blog post on that subject within the next couple of hours, so be sure to check back then (or Subscribe To This Blog to get email notifications whenever a new post is added).
In the meantime, here’s the recording of yesterday’s interview on the Traders Network show:
Jim’s analysis of world events is always fascinating, especially since he brings his experience as a seasoned world traveler and the weight of his many years of economic and geopolitical research to bear in his writing, combining these unique perspectives with focused astrological studies of the key personalities shaping global events.
Once you read Jim’s explanation of the currency battles and international power plays currently underway, you’ll have little doubt that his statement about World War III is accurate and to-the-point.
And with the insights he shares about Mars cycles and open conflict, you’ll find the prospects for the coming weeks nothing short of disturbing.
But even though this is material that can make you a little uncomfortable when you read it, it’s nevertheless absolutely essential if you want to be prepared for the big market moves to come.
In short, it’s information that is at least critical for your financial survival, and it can also open up some potentially profitable opportunities along the way as well.
Jim’s articles are available to our members at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com as a part of our efforts to share the astro-trading advantage with those who are interested in stock market trading, astrological wealth creation, FOREX or commodities speculation, or just protecting personal financial security.
My colleague Jim Cummins has just contributed a new article for our “Big Picture Perspectives” section in the members area of our website at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com.
It’s titled “Bookends of Time“, referring to the pivotal role that solar eclipses play in world events and economic trends. That’s a fitting subject, since the next big solar eclipse is just a few days away.
As usual, Jim is full of insights on global actions and personalities, using his vast knowledge of mundane astrology to bring out perspectives that you won’t find anywhere else.
In this piece, he tells us that “It is now a certainty that Vladimir Putin will send his forces into Ukraine before this month is out – most likely before the Solar Eclipse of April 29, fulfilling my forecast from March 19, which is cited later in this article.”
Jim has a lot to say about what’s coming up in the coming weeks, in the light of (or should we say the shadow of?) the Apirl 29 solar eclipse. And he goes beyond that as well, extending his forecast well into the next six months and beyond.
“The big issue going from the summer to the fall of this year,” he says, “will be the contests over who has what control in the Arctic regions, as the Fall eclipses highlight those regions…meanwhile, the next several weeks will be back-peddling for some, while Mars is still retrograde, through May 19, and continued brazen violence by others, such as the horrifically vicious Boko Haram in Nigeria, and the social eruptions through much of South America, and the continuing saga of Europe’s collapsing economies, paving the way for a forthcoming soaring American stock market.”
For the past couple of months mundane astrologer Jim Cummins has been a regular contributor to the FinancialCyclesWeekly website, providing our members there with fabulous in-depth insights into the big events unfolding around the globe.
The information that he has shared is not only interesting and informative; it’s essential reading for anyone who wants to stay fully informed on the kinds of events that can upset the international balance of power and create the kind of turmoil that move the markets in significant ways.
If you’re one of our members, you’ve already gotten access to Jim’s outstanding work. But if you’re not a member, there’s now a limited-time opportunity for you to get free access to the first three articles Jim has contributed to FinancialCyclesWeekly.com.
You can get all three articles as an instant pdf download, so you can read all the articles on your computer screen or print them out for future reference.