The Zeus retrograde station on January 20 was an extremely powerful event.
Its effect on the market was muted slightly because it happened when the markets were closed. U.S. markets were shuttered on Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
But holiday or not, this transneptunian shift is likely to usher in lower prices ahead.
It reinforces the bearish energy of the Uranus station at the January 20 Lunar Eclipse.
Trading Action Since The Zeus Retrograde Station
On January 21, the S&P 500 lost 0.27% as trading resumed after the Zeus retrograde station.
So far it’s a net loss of 0.13% since last Friday’s S&P close at 3329.62.
That’s hardly a major crash, of course.
But it’s starting to look more and more like a definitive trading top.
Keep An Eye On The Trading Action
The prospects will be clarified by the trading action just ahead.
If the sell-off is amplified or becomes more sustained, we will consider this top confirmed.
That means we can look for even lower stock prices ahead.
As we see it now, there could be a significant decline running through the end of February.
And we can thank the Zeus retrograde station for getting it going.
Broader Implications Feeding Market Expectations
And that’s not all.
As you can see from the 90-degree dial presentation of the Zeus retrograde station, other factors come into play.
The station activated the midpoint of Mercury and the True Lunar Node. That signals a time of creative thinking and inventiveness.
Maybe even a new way for dyed-in-the-wool bulls to start thinking about market direction in a new light.
The Kronos/Vulcanus midpoint also got triggered by the Zeus retrograde station.
The implication here is the excessive expression of the powers of the state. It’s all about politics, with the notion that ruthless politicians manage to have their way, no matter how much effort it takes.
It looks like a Microsoft trade may offer some real possibilities for astro-traders now.
The current trading chart for Microsoft (NASDAQ – MSFT) shows a mild uptrend in a trading channel. We have every reason to expect that trend to continue.
But other things are happening, too!
Transits Set Up A Positive Microsoft Trade
There are some powerful transiting dynamics that we shouldn’t ignore. They have the potential for a major impact coming up in the next few weeks.
First of all there’s Jupiter.
Action by transiting Jupiter is bringing it into opposition to the transneptunian factor Kronos in the Microsoft First-Trade horoscope. That line-up suggests that higher prices for this stock may be coming up soon.
That gets big reinforcement from transiting Pluto, which is activating both First-Trade Jupiter and the First-Trade Ascendant.
Together, these transiting dynamics form an incredibly powerful combination.
As we look at the potential for a profitable Microsoft trade, then, we can expect a massive price bump for this bellwether tech stock.
The move could be quite memorable.
Note that because of the role that transiting Pluto is playing here, it may take a few weeks to see the full price impact.
After all, Pluto moves very slowly. So the positive action here may follow the Pluto pace, taking its time in benefiting this stock.
Here’s a quick video that puts the current situation into perspective:
As this Astro-Traders’ Tip of the Week suggests, this may be a very good time indeed to look at a Microsoft trade as a potential winning move in your own portfolio!
As you may have heard, it’s a SuperMoon Mercury retrograde.
We go through three Mercury retrograde periods each year, with each one lasting about three weeks.
So dealing with Mercury retrograde is not a rare event.
Based on years of practical experience, if we’ve astrologically savvy at all, we’ve learned how to accommodate those times when Mercury is retrograde.
We expect a little more confusion and misunderstanding in our personal communications. So we try to be more forgiving of others and of ourselves as well.
We allow a little extra time to get to appointments.
We double-check the math in important transactions and proofread written documents more carefully.
As astro-traders, we learn to take the Mercury retrograde experience in stride. We stay alert by adding some extra caution to our trade execution and money management, and double-checking our market analysis along the way.
But the current Mercury retrograde is strikingly different. In fact, it represents a fairly rare occurrence from an astrological perspective, thanks in large part to a specific lunar factor.
The First SuperMoon Mercury Retrograde In Nine Years
For the first time since January 2009, Mercury has made a retrograde station on exactly the same day as a SuperMoon Full Moon, with the lunar perigee pumping up the power of the syzygy and adding to the overall tension of the Mercury station.
As the 90-degree dial shown here reveals, the midpoint between the SuperMoon and the Mercury station is also a hot spot.
It activates the Kronos/Admetos midpoint, so this is a time when leadership will be challenged. We could see the collapse of governments, the removal of national leaders, and a shuffling of leadership in market sectors as well.
In other words, while any Mercury retrograde period can skew the markets, this particular one may prove to be particularly important!
Amazon plans to release its third-quarter earnings after the close on Thursday, October 26. We reviewed its prospects in the October 22 issue of the FinancialCyclesWeekly.com newsletter.
The overall trading action in this stock has been quite weak since its huge earnings miss last quarter as the stock hit significant Chiron resistance, so a lot is riding on this new report.
Analysts expect a loss of 2 cents per share with revenues of $41.97 billion, which would mean sales growth of 28%, but an EPS plunge of nearly 104%.
What Does The Astrology Say About Amazon?
Transiting Saturn is in opposition to First-Trade Kronos on Thursday, pushing AMZN to secure its status at the top of the e-commerce heap. Its position as the number one player online is clearly facing some major challenges. And with Mars crossing the First-Trade IC and a Sun/Jupiter conjunction semi-square First-Trade Mars, there are clear signs of successful action and positive performance.
But when we look at the AMZN First-Trade horoscope on the 90-degree dial with the pointer on the transiting Sun/Jupiter conjunction, the indications seem mixed.
Powerful Developments & Significant Evolution
The activation of the Pluto/Midheaven axis signals powerful developments and significant evolution. But Admetos/Vulcanus suggests major obstacles ahead, with lots of potential resistance to the company’s plans for expansion.
Those challenges may focus on Amazon’s efforts to open up new locations for its operations (Jupiter/Saturn). And with Apollon/Admetos also in play, there may be some interesting compromises for the company in the works.
So here’s the bottom line.
I’m definitely looking for Amazon to beat estimates on October 26, and there’s a distinct possibility of a nice price pop in the stock immediately after that.
But even so, the long-term outlook may not be so rosy. I’m not sure that we should expect the good news coming from an earnings report to prevent further trading obstacles ahead.
We had been looking to this transneptunian planet to amplify the impact of the Spring Equinox.
The equinox, of course, as we’ve often pointed out, is a key event in W. D. Gann’s reckoning. Over the years, it has proven quite reliable in signaling market turns.
As we approached this key date, we alerted our members at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com to be cautious.
An End To The Trump Rally
And, as we pointed out in a recent post, Gann was certainly proven right earlier this week. Stock prices plunged, right on schedule.
It brought an abrupt end to the Trump Rally. But the plunge in prices didn’t stop with the equinox effect.
Kronos made sure of that!
We highlighted the Kronos potential in this week’s newsletter. It was published prior to the equinox, by the way.
Here’s what we shared with our readers then:
As we move into the trading week just ahead, we not only have the key Gann signal of the equinox on March 20, but also a direct station by the transneptunian factor Kronos on March 23. This powerful outer planet phenomenon could reinforce the equinox impact, especially if we see a correction getting underway.
Kronos is associated with great heights, both literally and metaphorically. It’s the best of the best, the top of the skyscraper, and the person in charge. It’s also connected with trading tops. So when Kronos changes direction, we need to be alert for potential changes in market direction. too. While Kronos direct stations can often interrupt a rally with a brief period of declining prices or trading congestion, they don’t necessarily bring extreme bearishness.
In this case, however, the Kronos direct station may be especially disruptive. The station activates both the Aries/Mercury and Aries/Zeus midpoints. There are thus likely to be far-reaching communications that trigger wars or other hostilities, in spite of efforts by some leaders to mend fences and promote harmony and community (Jupiter/Cupido).
The Kronos trigger of the Chiron/Uranus midpoint is also significant. It suggests that while market disruption can be challenging, chaos can also offer potentially profitable opportunities to savvy astro-traders!
Kronos Effects In and Out of the Markets
The triggering of hostilities was evident, of course – not only in the streets of London, but also in the halls of Congress.
But for astro-traders, the Kronos station was even more interesting.
As this chart for the S&P 500 shows, stocks had been trying to push higher on Thursday. Following a mid-day sell-off, the index was still in positive territory for the day. A second price surge was underway, but trading was getting a little congested.
That’s when the Kronos station hit, about an hour and a half before the closing bell. It not only put an end to the renewed bullishness; it drove prices even lower. The index finished the day with a net loss, followed by another down day on Friday.
A Transneptunian Webinar
The timing of this planetary station couldn’t have been better.
Following Thursday’s market close, I had just enough time to grab a screen shot of the day’s trading action. I added it to my slides for a webinar that was starting an hour after the closing bell.
As it turned out, there were a total of 112 slides for this presentation. It was pretty massive!
The webinar provided detailed information about all eight transneptunian factors. It highlighted specific trading and market analysis strategies to enhance trading with transneptunian timing.
We also got great questions and comments from the webinar participants.
We recorded the entire webinar session on “How You Can Win With Transneptunian Market Timing” – including the questions and answers at the end.
The video of the event is a full 110 minutes. It’s packed with detailed information, trading charts, and a whole lot more.
It also includes a give-away of a free 161-page trading publication (you get the download link along with the webinar recording).
If you’re interested in the power of the transneptunians in astro-trading – or even if you’re just looking for an extra edge in your market timing – I highly recommend that you check out this in-depth training.
It was 49 years ago today, on January 24, 1967, when record producer Jerry Wexler brought the 24-year-old singer Aretha Franklin to Muscle Shoals, Alabama for a history-making recording session.
Wexler brought along the legendary recording engineer Tom Dowd, and the session that day resulted in Aretha Franklin’s ground-breaking recording of “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)” – the soul single that was to become the first big hit of her career when it was released the following month.
Aretha Franklin Hits Number One
The song hit number one on the Rhythm and Blues charts and number nine on the pop charts, firmly establishing Aretha Franklin’s recording career. She went on to record a total of 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 “Hot 100” entries, 17 top-ten pop singles, 100 Rhythm and Blues entries and 20 number-one Rhythm and Blues singles, becoming the most-charted female artist in the history of the R&B charts.
Aretha Franklin has won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, with over 75 million records sold worldwide. In 1987 she became the first female performer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2008 she was honored with the number-one spot on Rolling Stone’s list of the Top 100 Singers of All Time.
It’s worth noting, however, that the 1967 session at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals wasn’t the start of Aretha Franklin’s recording career. She was just 18 years old and optimistic about her future in the music business when she signed with Columbia Records in 1960, but her years with that label brought her only mediocre levels of success.
She was still a long way from becoming the widely-acclaimed Queen of Soul.
When her contract with Columbia expired Jerry Wexler wasted no time in getting her signed up with Atlantic Records, and almost immediately they were on their way to Alabama for a recording session.
Authentic Soul Music & Bi-Racial Cooperation
As the music historian Tom Daniel has noted, their goal was “to start recording some authentic soul music with some authentic soul musicians. Aretha was wary of the fake-sounding soul coming out of Detroit, and she specifically wanted to do some authentic work with the same guys who were kicking butt with Wilson Pickett. When she walked into that Alabama recording studio in 1967 and saw a bunch of white guys plugged in and ready to play, she nearly quit.
“She wanted authentic soul music. Jerry Wexler calmly explained to her that this was it. This WAS authentic. No matter what color these guys happened to have for their skin, they were the same guys who grew up in rural Alabama listening to soul and gospel, and they were the same guys who gave Percy Sledge and Wilson Pickett such a stirring soul sound. She briefly flirted with the notion of going to Memphis, instead, but Wexler advised her that the situation there was exactly the same. It appeared that the so-called authentic soul music coming out of Tennessee and Alabama was a product of bi-racial cooperation. It’s one of those things Southerners have always accepted, but Yankees can’t seem to get their heads around.”
The Planets Behind Aretha Franklin’s Success
While it certainly helped Aretha Franklin to get Jerry Weller behind her, along with his wise choice of a recording venue, there’s also a lot to learn from the astrology involved.
Aretha Franklin’s birth chart not only reveals her enormous talent and creativity; with her natal Ascendant triggering the midpoint of Mercury and Jupiter, the dominant money planets in her horoscope, it also highlights her capacity for financial success.
But like so many other successful women, Aretha Franklin only began to activate the money in her horoscope when the transiting planets made the right alignments.
That’s what was happening when she and Jerry Weller showed up for her recording date in Alabama 49 years ago.
Support From The Transneptunians
The slow-moving transneptunian factors had already been at work on her chart for some time at that point.
Transiting Kronos was forming a sextile to her natal Sun, hinting that it was time for her to take on a superior status in her chosen profession.
Even more importantly, transiting Apollon, the factor connected with widespread commercial success, was at the 0º Libra World Point as it formed a semi-square to her natal Ascendant – a clear indication that mega-stardom would soon be on its way!
There were also Neptune dynamics at work as she began to sing that. Transiting Neptune was square her natal Midheaven, opening up her career potential dramatically, and at the same time transiting Jupiter was forming a sextile to her natal Neptune, the co-ruler of her fifth house of creativity and artistic talent.
It was truly a life-changing set of planetary influences – and the world of music has been the beneficiary for nearly half a century!
tance, adinastro-tradingPrices for the yellow metal advanced nicely during the closing days of the trading week, triggering a new buy signal for gold in astro-trading.
At FinancialCyclesWeekly.com, we had been on a sell signal since early February, and the move we captured with that bearish position helped us earn a ranking in the Top 5 Gold Timers in the current issue of Timer Digest.
The new buy signal for gold now aligns us with many other timers in this market – but the proof will ultimately be revealed in the market for the precious metal during the coming months.
What’s The Astrology Behind A Buy Signal For Gold?
We watch many planetary factors in our market timing, but over and over again I’ve found that interactions of the Sun and Kronos help determine significant levels of support and resistance for Gold.
Once again, we’re seeing Kronos come into play to trigger a buy signal for gold.
On Thursday, the yellow metal made a big move up and closed just above an eighth-harmonic Kronos planetary price line that had been providing significant resistance all year.
On Friday Gold traded through that line even more emphatically, pushing to an even higher close.
While this latest price action aligned with Kronos is impressive, it’s also helpful to put it into perspective by looking at previous occasions when Kronos and the Sun figured prominently in defining the trading action for Gold.
For example, an article published in FinancialCyclesWeekly in September 2014 offers some insights that are still relevant today. It reveals why Kronos and the Sun are such powerful factors in trading Gold successfully, whether we are seeing a downturn in the precious metal or whether the planets are giving us a new buy signal for Gold.
While it’s true that General Electric doesn’t often offer traders much excitement, it’s still a stock that’s worth keeping an eye on, especially if we’re trying to get some perspective on the overall prospects for the market as a whole.
Gеnеrаl Elесtrіс Stосk Returns
The General Elесtrіс Cоmраnу is one оf thе lаrgеѕt соmраnіеѕ in thе world. It has often bееn a bеllwеthеr stock used аѕ a gauge оf the оvеrаll hеаlth оf thе ѕtосk mаrkеt in general.
Onе оf thе reasons it has been given this role is the dіvеrѕіtу of Gеnеrаl Elесtrіс’ѕ products аnd ѕеrvісеѕ. Thе соmраnу іѕ іnvоlvеd in nеаrlу еvеrу market ѕеgmеnt frоm lіghtіng, tо fіnаnсіаl рrоduсtѕ, to thе aviation іnduѕtrу, to hеаlthсаrе, to thе tеlеvіѕіоn іnduѕtrу, аnd fіnаllу to the еnеrgу ѕесtоr. As a result, Gеnеrаl Electric’s profits and losses often соіnсіdе with thе оvеrаll health оf the есоnоmу as a whole.
Kronos at the Last General Electric Stock Split
Sіnсе 1975, General Electric hаѕ had five ѕtосk ѕрlіtѕ, with thе mоѕt rесеnt one bеіng a 3-fоr-1 ѕрlіt on May 8, 2000, when transiting Kronos turned the GE First-Trade Uranus/Poseidon opposition into a potent T-square as transiting Neptune conjoined the GE First-Trade Descendant.
Durіng that tіmе, thе General Electric Cоmраnу hаѕ роѕtеd 25 positive-rеturnіng years аnd 14 years of nеgаtіvе returns. Ovеr hаlf оf the positive years rеѕultеd іn rеturnѕ greater thаn 25%, wіth thе highest thrее bеіng 65% іn 1982, 52% іn 1999, and 48% in 1997. Thе wоrѕt thrее реrfоrmіng уеаrѕ wеrе (-56%) in 2008, (-39%) in 2002, and (-16%) іn 2001. Except for an 11% loss in 1991, all thе rеmаіnіng losing уеаrѕ were (-10%) оr lеѕѕ.
A nісе еxаmрlе of thе ѕіmіlаrіtу оf General Electric’s stock performance аnd the оvеrаll ѕtосk market саn be done through a simple соmраrіѕоn оf thе уеаrlу rеturnѕ оf thе Dow Jones Induѕtrіаl Indеx (DJIA) аnd thе yearly rеturnѕ оf GE. Between 1975 and 2006, General Electric аnd the DJIA have mоvеd іn thе ѕаmе direction еvеrу уеаr except for 1994, whеn GE lоѕt 3% and thе DJIA gained 2%. In the eight years since then, the correspondence hasn’t been quite as strong, with GE losing ground in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2014, which we all years in which the DJIA posted gains. Even, so, аѕ аn investor іt іѕ a good іdеа to kеер a сlоѕе wаtсh оn thе performance оf Gеnеrаl Elесtrіс ѕtосk.
Diversity and Long-Term Investment
Through іtѕ dіvеrѕе rаngе оf рrоduсtѕ, GE almost becomes a mini-index by іtѕеlf. From a very pragmatic perspective, General Electric is a great stock for long-term investors, mainly because its dіvеrѕіtу рrоvіdеѕ some built-in рrоtесtіоn аgаіnѕt many of thе vоlаtіlе uрѕ аnd dоwnѕ that рlаguе mаnу individual ѕtосkѕ.
Of соurѕе, if you’re playing the market for the long-term еvеn GE ѕhоuld bе раrt оf a wеll-bаlаnсеd роrtfоlіо rаthеr thаn a sole holding, with all your eggs in the General Electric basket. While іt mау bе “ѕаfеr” and mоrе ѕtаblе than many іndіvіduаl stocks, іt ѕtіll has more rіѕk than a wеll-dіvеrѕіfіеd роrtfоlіо.
Astro-Trading & Financial Astrology Insights from Tim Bost