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Hong Kong Mercury Retrograde

The Hong Kong Mercury retrograde that’s getting underway is likely to be worth watching.

Mercury goes retrograde Sunday evening, April 9.

Tune in if you’re an active astro-trader.

That’s true for markets around the globe, of course.

But it’s especially significant for Hong Kong.

The Hang Seng Index responds to Mercury retrograde periods that begin in Earth signs in a very distinctive way.

So you’ll want to know exactly how it works.

This brief video provides the details.

It’s only about four minutes long, so there’s no reason not to watch it now.

As the video points out, Hong Kong Mercury retrograde periods are powerful.

Very powerful, in fact.

They’re highlighted in the book Mercury, Money and the Markets.

Hong Kong Mercury Retrograde and More In This Book

You can get it at Amazon.

You’ll find a lot of key information packed into this book.

It’s gotten rave reviews from many of the world’s top traders.

And it’s easy to see why.

Hong Kong Mercury Retrograde and More

It’s a remarkable book. Not quite like any other.

That’s because it provides some real answers about Mercury retrogrades.

This book gives you trading ideas. You’ll find plenty of key information to inform your trading. So its useful not only in Hong Kong but in individual equities and in other major markets around the world. From jakarta to Tokyo, and from Tel Aviv to Sao Paolo.

It provides important back-testing.

And it’s a reference tool you’ll turn to again and again. It even includes a 201-year Mercury retrograde ephemeris.

So it has a long shelf life, too!

Mercury Metrics

You’ll also want to check out Mercury Metrics.

That’s the quarterly supplement to the Mercury Money and the Markets book.

It’s a quick read, delivered via online download every 90 days.

It’s typically only about eight or ten pages long.

But the fact is, that’s as long as it needs to be.

It covers the key Mercury alignments that really move markets.

Including the not-so-common ones.

They can be a big boost to your trading.

And Mercury Metrics will definitely save you a lot of time in finding them.

So it’s well worth investing in a subscription.

But the bottom line is this:

With or without the Mercury book and the Mercury Metrics supplement, keep an eye on Mercury.

You’ll be glad you did.

Especially if you’re tracking Hong Kong Mercury retrograde periods.

Hong Kong In October

Speaking of Hong Kong, I’ve recently agreed to travel there later this year.

A group of advanced traders there has invited me to share some of our research on astro-trading, W. D. Gann, and market harmonics.

I’ll be doing that in a full-day workshop in Hong Kong on October 21.

I hope you can join me there – I’ll be sharing more details as they become available!




Mercury Retrograde Replay Ahead?

I ran across some interesting historical information over the weekend.

I was researching the potential impact of the upcoming Mercury retrograde period on stock market activity.

Along the way, as is so often the case, I uncovered some other stuff as well.

Finding Stuff I Didn’t Expect

That’s one of the great pleasures of doing research. The cool stuff I find when I’m looking for something else.

At any rate, here’s the fact that I uncovered yesterday:

Mercury Retrograde Social Security
A Mercury Retrograde period had just ended when the first Social Security checks went into the mail in 1936.

On February 13, 1936, the U.S. Government starting mailing out the first-ever Social Security checks to benefit recipients in the new federal program. (At least it was part of a “New Deal” back in 1936!)

An Important Date in Mercury Retrograde History

February 13, 1936.

What’s so special about that date?

According to the Mercury retrograde research published in the Mercury, Money & The Markets book, it was an important date astrologically.

On February 13, 1936, Mercury made a direct station at 1º Aquarius.

We get three Mercury retrograde periods each year. But a direct station by that fast-moving planet at exactly 1º Aquarius is a surprisingly rare event.

It happened in 1936, on the day that Social Security checks first hit the mail.

It’s never happened since then.

At least not yet.

Next month, on February 11, 2015, Mercury will once again make a direct station at 1º Aquarius.

It’s the first time since 1936.

And before that, on January 21, 2015, we will be starting a Mercury retrograde period with a planetary station at 17º Aquarius.

That’s also a rare event.

The last time there was a Mercury retrograde station at 17º Aquarius was on January 24, 1936.

When I learned that, I did some back-testing.

I wanted to learn what happened to the stock market during the Mercury retrograde period in January and February in 1936.

The results were surprising.

Mercury Retrograde Gets A Bad Rap

I learned that Mercury retrograde doesn’t always deserve the bad rap it gets in pop astrology.

Things don’t always turn out horribly when we have a Mercury retrograde period.

Yes, our perception of the Mercury retrograde phenomenon is an illusion. It’s rooted in the ancient Ptolemaic model of a geocentric universe.

But that doesn’t mean we should ignore Mercury retrograde.

As Kristin Dombek noted last week in her thought-provoking article on “Retrograde Beliefs” in the New York Times Magazine, Mercury retrograde adds value to our human experience.

And, as the data in Mercury, Money & The Markets reveals, Mercury retrograde can also add value to the stock market.

Mercury Retrograde in 1936

So what about January and February? What about the Mercury retrograde period starting at 17º Aquarius?

In 1936, the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained almost 7% during that Mercury retrograde cycle!

And that’s not all.

The market activity in January 1936 before the Mercury retrograde period began is also a match. It closely parallels the market activity we’ve seen so far this month, in January 2015.

There are even more 1936 and 2015 correspondences.  You’ll find them in the current issue of the FinancialCyclesWeekly newsletter.

It’s worth reading if you’re currently trading in any market.

But even if you’re not in the markets now, pay attention to the Mercury retrograde period that’s starting on January 21.

You might be surprised to hear some good news during the following weeks.

And don’t forget February 11, when the Mercury retrograde period ends.

That date may or may not have anything to do with Social Security.

But good things could happen.

You may even learn then that a check for you is in the mail….



A Chat with Yorba on Astro-Trading Gold

When I got together with Michael Yorba during his interview with me on the Traders Network TV show earlier this week, we spent some time reviewing the Emerald Tablet trading strategy that’s discussed in the book on Mercury, Money and the Markets: Profitable Planetary Cycles for Short-Term Astro-Trading.

I posted the trading charts for Gold on a recent blog post, and used them as illustrations for my discussion with Michael about the potential for refined astro-trading timing by using both the inferior Sun/Mercury conjunction and the superior conjunction as well.

You can see those Gold charts at http://marketastrologer.realbusinessresults.com/another-emerald-tablet-trade-gold/

But Michael also used the interview time to review the ways that planetary indicators can highlight many market trends, offering us a clear advantage when we use astro-trading techniques.

You can watch the video recording of the entire interview from Thursday’s Traders Network show right here:

By the way, the webinar that I mentioned to Michael at the end of the interview was a live event later that evening; We got a video recording of that event as well; and it’s worth watching as an introduction to our Gold-Plus Elite membership program at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com and a review of the great material that’s in the works with our new class on How To Find The Money In Your Horoscope.

You can see the webinar recording here:


Another Emerald Tablet Trade for Gold

In the book Mercury, Money and the Markets: Profitable Planetary Cycles for Short-Term Astro-Trading, there’s a description of the Emerald Tablet trading technique for Gold, as well as a complete list of dates between 2012 and 2050 when this trade set-up can occur for the yellow metal.

It’s a simple technique, and one that every astro-trader in precious metals needs to know about.

As the book explains, this unique approach to Gold involves an observation of the trading range on the date of a Sun/Mercury inferior conjunction, and then watching for price excursions beyond that range to set up potential profits on the date of the next Sun/Mercury superior conjunction, when Gold is likely to return to (or at least overlap) the previous trading range.

For example, this phenomenon last occurred between February and April this year, with Gold closing at 1303.60 on April 25 in a return to the 1299.90 – 1321.50 trading range established in mid-February: We are now nearing the completion of another such cycle, with the Sun/Mercury superior conjunction on August 8 likely to see Gold touching the trading range that was established on June 19:

We’ll discuss these charts and review coming price trends during the webinar tonight:


Mercury & Volatility in Stock Market Trading – Watching the VIX

The CBOE VIX index is a popular gauge of market volatility.

The higher the number is, the greater amount of perceived uncertainty there is in the market action, and the greater the likelihood of big price swings for active players to take advantage of in stock market trading.

When the VIX is high, there’s plenty of fast money to be made by agile traders who are savvy to the psychology of rapid market swings.

But right now the VIX is catatonic.

It’s not at its worst level ever, but it’s still so low that it shows a high level of complacency (dare we say “boredom”?) in the equities markets.

But all that may change starting next week, when retrograde Mercury crosses the cardinal zodiac point at 0 Cancer on Tuesday, June 17.

This is only the 14th time in the last 30 years that we’ve had such a Cardinal-point passage by retrograde Mercury. The last three times it’s happened, in 2009, 2010, and 2012, the VIX went up by an average of 12.5% in the two weeks following the event.

But there are times when this kind of alignment is bearish instead of bullish.

The difference seems to be in the degree to which retrograde Mercury triggers other planetary midpoints as it crosses a cardinal point in the zodiac– if there are a lot of midpoint triggers, the VIX declines for the next couple of weeks, but if there are just one or two active midpoints (or none at all), then the VIX tends to rise.

For example, the Mercury retrograde passage over the 0 degree Cancer point in 1994 triggered a lot of planetary midpoints:

Mercury retrograde 1994 dial
The Mercury retrograde cardinal passage at 0 degrees Cancer in 1994 was extremely active in triggering planetary midpoint structures.

The result in the VIX during the two weeks following this event was quite dramatic:

Mercury retrograde with VIX in 1994
The VIX dropped after the retrograde passage of Mercury over the 0-degree Cancer cardinal point in 1994.

In 2012, however, the Mercury passage in retrograde motion over the cardinal axis didn’t have the same kind of effect on the midpoints of other planets:

Mercury retrograde 2012 dial
The Mercury retrograde passage over the cardinal point in 2012 failed to activate other planetary midpoint structures.

The corresponding impact on the VIX was just the opposite of what we saw in 1994, with the index rising in the weeks after the Mercury passage:

Mercury retrograde VIX 2012
The Mercury retrograde passage over the cardinal point at 0 degrees Aries in 2012 sent the VIX higher.

As we consider the Mercury retrograde activation of the cardinal axis coming up next week, we once again see a chart with minimal impact on planetary midpoints:

Mercury retrograde 2014 dial
The Mercury retrograde cardinal passage on June 17, 2014 has a minimal midpoint influence.

Based on the correspondences we’ve seen in our study of this phenomenon during the past 30 years, we’re thus looking for an increase in market volatility– and a corresponding increase in the VIX– as we finish up June and move into July:

Mercury retrograde VIX 2014
Based on our analysis of previous Mercury actions and the VIX, we’re looking for a modest increase in market volatility following the June 17, 2014 passage of retrograde Mercury over the 0 Cancer cardinal point.

For more details on the impact of Mercury on stock market trading, be sure to see the book Mercury, Money and the Markets. It’s available from Amazon.com or direct from the publisher at http://bit.ly/MercuryBook

Planetary Shifts and Stock Market Trading

Mercury goes into retrograde motion today, and on Monday Neptune will do the same.

This combination of planets changing direction creates a strong possibility for a change in trend direction for stock market trading, currencies, and precious metals as well.

That’s what I discussed with Michael Yorba when I was a guest on his Traders Network radio program earlier this week. We also had a chance to talk about some of the emotional and psychological implications of the planetary stations we’re confronting now– an important consideration for informed astro-traders who want to make money in the markets!

You can hear the full radio interview here:

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If you’d like to get more details on Mercury cycles in the markets, be sure to read Mercury, Money and the Markets. You can get a copy at Amazon.com or direct from the publisher at http://bit.ly/MercuryBook

It’s W. D. Gann’s Birthday….


I forgot to get a birthday cake.

As it turns out, today is W. D. Gann’s birthday, and by all rights I should be celebrating.

After all, Gann was one of the true pioneers in developing the art and science of profitable stock market trading with astrology, even though he lived in a time and place where it wasn’t always comfortable or socially acceptable for him to mention astrology at all.

He was born on June 6, 1878 in Lufkin, Texas, which would have made him 136 years old today.

He died in 1955, but his work is still a constant source of inspiration today.

So I shouldn’t have forgotten his birthday!

But at least crass commercialism came to the rescue.

First I got an email from Lambert-Gann Publishing, letting me know that in honor of Gann’s birthday they’re publishing a facsimile edition of the missing pages from his 1941 commodities book, with the 190-page paperback available for jut $241.

Then I was reminded of the fact by my publishing company, Harmonic Research Associates. Here’s an excerptfrom an email I got from them earlier today, announcing their W. D. Gann Birthday Sale:

“From now until midnight tonight, you can get a huge 40% discount off any and all orders you place at http://harmonicresearchassociates.com — all you have to do is enter the special coupon code GANN136 when you check out, and you’ll automatically save 40%.

“Here are some examples of what you can save if you act today:

Gann Secrets Revealed: Beyond Symbolism in Financial Astrology – regular price $47.95. Get it today for just $28.77 with Coupon Code GANN136.

Mercury, Money & the Markets – regular price $88.85. Get it today for just $53.31 with Coupon Code GANN136.

Astro-Trading Innovations DVD set – regular price $567.00. Get it today for just $340.20 with Coupon Code GANN136.

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“And the savings don’t stop there. Use Coupon Code GANN136 to get 40% off any item you choose on our website.

“Happy Birthday, Mr. Gann!

“Your Friends at Harmonic Research Associates

“P.S. – You can use the Coupon Code GANN136 to get a 40% discount off the regular price of any item at our website at http://harmonicresearchassociates.com – but be sure to act fast if you want to grab this money-saving offer, since it’s good only through the end of the day!”

Hmmm… I’m not sure if W. D. Gann would feel honored or offended by a sale in honor of his birthday.

But since a number of the astro-trading items that I’ve written are included in the event, I thought you might like to know about it.

A Reversal for Stock Market Trading, or Just Resistance?

The S&P 500 has been in a solid rally for the past two weeks, since the May 15 Venus/Uranus conjunction.

But for the past couple of days, with the index hitting new record highs again, some additional planetary factors have come into play for stock market trading which could signal a trend reversal, or at least some significant resistance that could result in the rally running out of steam.

This chart shows the planetary price lines for Mercury and Hades in the sixteenth harmonic, with the S&P currently trying to push throuhg that planetary combination in the 1914-1916 range.

We’ll be watching the action there during the coming trading days, and will be paying particular attention to the Mercury retrograde station coming up in early June, which can amplify the strength of this resistance zone.

Don’t underestimate the power of Mercury in key trading dynamics. Be sure to check out the information on Mercury and Hades in the book Mercury, Money, and the Markets (available from Amazon.com or direct from the publisher at http://bit.ly/MercuryBook).


Not Quite Indiana Jones

Earlier this week, when Michael Yorba interviewed me on his Traders Network radio show, he wanted to know about the mysterious ancient manuscript that I’ve been using to set up Gold trades.

“When you mentioned Indiana Jones stuff it really got my attention,” he said.

I explained to Michael that although I don’t personally claim to be an Indiana Jones type (I really don’t look that much like Harrison Ford), I have found it useful to explore the connections between ancient wisdom and modern markets.

In the case of ancient descriptions of Mercury cycles and their relationships to current Gold trading, the connections are pretty dramatic!

You’ll find more about the manuscript and about how to set up the timing for the Gold trades in my book on Mercury, Money and the Markets.

You can listen to the complete interview with Michael from his radio show earlier this week right here:

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Giving Mercury Some Credit

In all of the discussions about the astrological triggers for the big sell-off in stocks last week, I’ve neglected to mention the contribution that Mercury made to the market plunge!

As the Sun/Jupiter conjunction was capturing most of the attention, Mercury was busy lining up in a precise angular relationship with the Sun that typically signals a trading top for the S&P 500 Index.

What follows a trading top, of course, is a declining market– and that’s exactly what we saw last week!

The principles behind this Sun/Mercury market activation was discussed in the book Mercury, Money and the Markets, which is available from Amazon.com or at a discounted price direct from the publisher at http://bit.ly/MercuryBook.

But the timing of Mercury activations like this is the tricky part. They don’t follow the guidelines of traditional astrology, so many astro-traders miss out on them completely.

Mercury Metrics Quarterly

That’s why we started publishing Mercury Metrics earlier this year. The latest issue of this easy-to-read quarterly publication was released earlier today; it covers all the specific Mercury activations for July, August, and September.

If you’re interested in adding the precision of Mercury energy to your market timing, I highly recommend that you take a look at Mercury Metrics.

You can order the current issue as an instant download at HarmonicResearchAssociates.com – or you can get a money-saving subscription at http://bit.ly/mmSubscription

Either way, I think you’ll find Mercury Metrics to be a simple, easy-to-use tool for adding this essential astrological dynamic to your trading.