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Gatlinburg Fire at High-Stress New Moon

The news of the Gatlinburg fire and its huge devastation has been hard to ignore today.

The Gatlinburg fire stories have been grim, to say the least.

And the numbers have been mind-boggling.

At least four people dead. Many more injured.

More than 14,000 people evacuated. (The actual population of Gatlinburg is only about 4,000. That gives you a pretty good idea of just how big the tourist influx is during the autumn leaf season there.)

At least 15,000 acres of woodlands ablaze. The exact extent of the fire difficult to determine.

Hundreds of homes and businesses completely destroyed. Many others severely damaged.

And plenty of unsubstantiated rumors about tourist attractions and historic sites reportedly consumed by the inferno.

The news about the Gatlinburg fire began filtering in Monday evening. I was preparing for the special webinar I hosted yesterday.

webinar during gatlinburg fire

That live online session wasn’t specifically about the Gatlinburg fire situation. Instead it focused strongly on the New Moon dynamics impacting global events right now.

It was all about The Markets at the New Moon. This particular lunation looks like it may have an especially strong impact on astro-trading. So that’s what we gave the most attention to.

You can watch a replay of the entire 108-minute event HERE.

After the webinar, more news was coming in about the impact of the blaze in Tennessee. I took time to examine the 90-degree dial for the New Moon.

The New Moon and the Gatlinburg Fire

I calculated the horoscope specifically for Gatlinburg – and a look at the midheaven was quite revealing.

This quick video summarizes my observations with the 90-degree dial. It shows why the Gatlinburg fire is having such a big global impact.

A look at the astrology surrounding a specific event at a particular place can produce amazing insights. I think the 90-degree dial is a great tool for that analysis!

October Surprises in the Stock Market

October surprises in the stock market usually mean bad news for the bulls.

At least that’s the popular notion about the month.

After all, October has a solid reputation for being associated with stock market disasters.

History In The Making

There was the October surprise of the historic stock market crash in 1929, of course.

And the back-to-back October massacres of 1978 and 1979, as well as the major crash in 1987.

They all took place in different Octobers, just like the market plunge on Friday the 13th in 1989, the staggering 554-point drop on October 24, 1997, and the acceleration of the last big market crash in 2008.

October Surprises That Aren’t Bad News

But not all Octobers wind up bringing bad news for the stock market.

In fact, some Octobers during the past 60 years have been extremely positive, at least as far as triggering positive trend reversals have been concerned. There have been a dozen times when stock prices were in a bearish sell-off, and the downtrend came to an end during the month of October.

A Trading High and a Solar Eclipse

The first example comes from 1946.

In that year, the Dow Industrial Average hit a trading high on May 29, which was the eve of a powerful solar eclipse. The decline that followed that eclipse pulled stock prices lower by more than 24% over the coming months, until the market found a bottom on October 10.

Three Months with the Bears in Charge

In 1957, Mercury was just entering the sign of Leo at the Full Moon in July when the market top took place. A decline of more than 19% followed, with the sell-off lasting until October 22.

A 14% Market Loss Ends in October

Three years later, a market top at the Full Moon on June 9, 1960 led into a decline of almost 14% before a trend reversal on October 25 defined a trading bottom, with Mercury stationary and about to go retrograde.

Ending the Plunge of 1962

Trading had just gotten underway for the year on January 3, 1962 when Saturn entered Aquarius and the market began a fierce decline. It plunged by more than 26% before a reversal at the Venus retrograde station on October 23 defined a double bottom in the market trend.

Trying in Vain to Break 1000

In January, 1966 the Dow Jones Industrial Average managed to trade above the magic 1000 mark on an intra-day basis for two consecutive days, but failed to close at that level both times. Then on February 9 and 10, the Dow again traded above 1000, but also failed to maintain that price level at the close. Instead, the stock market went into an extended decline after its failed excursion – the index lost nearly 26% by the time it found a trading bottom on October 7.

October Ends a 21-Month Bear Market

Venus was just entering Capricorn on January 11, 1973 when the Dow topped off a 13-month rally and closed at 1051.70. That high was followed by a fierce bear market, with the index dropping by more than 44% over the next 21 months.

The bloodbath finally came to an end on October 4, 1974, when the Dow hit an intra-day low of 573.22 and prices began to move back upward. That October low was tested successfully in early December, and by January 1975 a clear rebound was underway.

The Harmonic Convergence Market Top

At the stock market’s opening bell on August 24, 1987, the much-publicized “Harmonic Convergence” was underway, with a cluster of the Sun, Mars, Venus, the Moon and Mercury all within an incredibly tight orb of less than four-and-a-half degrees. This alignment was forming a loose Grand Trine pattern with Jupiter and Neptune, creating an extraordinary planetary signature of peak speculation.

Harmonic Convergence Horoscope
The tight planetary configuration in alignment with Jupiter and Neptune brought the Harmonic Convergence trading top in August, 1987. That year the October Surprise was a record-breaking crash followed by a dramatic rebound.

Sure enough, on the following day the Dow surged up to close at the then-incredible level of 2722.42. But the celebration didn’t last long. The stock market began to lose ground, and in spite of trying to define a trading bottom in September, soon broke through support in early October. The culmination came on Monday, October 19, when the Dow gapped down at the open, went into free-fall, and lost 508 points by the closing bell.

This two-month bear market brought the Dow down by more than 36%, but once again October helped define the bottom and end the sell-off (even though it had also brought the historic crash). On October 20 the Dow closed up by more than 100 points, and a slow but steady recovery got underway.

Market Resistance at 3000

There was a Jupiter/Saturn opposition in play on Monday and Tuesday, July 16 and 17, 1990 as the Dow Jones Industrial Average tried  valiantly to close above the 3000-point psychological barrier.

It closed both days at 2999.75.

That failed attempt at the peak of a tug-of-war between the planetary forces of expansion and contraction triggered a sell-off which lasted for just three months, but which brought the index down by almost 22%. A Mars/Jupiter sextile on October 11 added some positive energy to help trigger a trend reversal to the upside.

A Trading Top at a Jupiter Station

The market rallied strongly during the first half of 1998, but when Jupiter went retrograde on July 17 the action topped out with the Dow closing at 9337.97. That prompted a slid of more than 17% before the the market hit a bottom on October 8 and began its recovery.

Uranus, Terrorists and a Moving Average

After a pull-back into the Spring Equinox in 2001, the Dow had rebounded robustly into mid-May. On May 30, however, with a Uranus retrograde station in play, the index dropped below its 25-day moving average, triggering an extended price decline that brought the Dow down more than 16% by early September.

Then, with the September 11 destruction of the World Trade Center, the markets plunged even further, bringing the net loss to almost 29% since the high in May. It took some time for confidence to resume, but by October 10 the Dow was trading above its 25-day moving average once again, paving the way for an advance that was to last through the end of the year.

Another Top at the Spring Equinox

In 2002 the Dow Jones Industrial Average once again hit a high at the Spring Equinox, but trended lower after that. As I noted at the time in the FinancialCyclesWeekly newsletter, “The market rally that had been in play for the past month came to a screeching halt last week, with the Dow Industrials and the S&P 500 virtually unchanged for the week as they barely managed to stay in positive territory and with the NASDAQ dropping by more than 3% for the week.”

The Doiw had dropped by nearly 33% when that year’s October Surprise kicked in to bring an end to the bear market on October 10, as Venus and Saturn made back-to-back retrograde stations.

A Mars/Jupiter Square in October

In 2011 an intense rally during the opening months of the year took the Dow to a new high of 12876.00 on May 2, on the eve of the New Moon. Five months later, the Dow was down more than 19% to hit a low of 10404.49 at the Hades station and Mars/Jupiter square on October 4. By early February, 2012, the Dow was trading well above the high it had set the previous May.

October Surprises – Good and Bad

The bottom line here is that October has often been a pivotal month. The October surprises come from the big market shifts that can occur, but those shifts can be either bullish or bearish.

As astro-traders, we can look for big opportunities in October. As we’ve often seen in studying the markets, big trend changes can sometimes accompany major planetary alignments. When those alignments take place in October, we need to pay very close attention!

 

 

Arch Crawford on Planetary Intensity

, I had a great chat with Arch Crawford yesterday after the New York markets closed.

As usual, our conversation was mainly about astrology, and the potential impact of current planetary alignments on geopolitics and market action.

Arch Crawford had called me because he was concerned about the sheer volume of planetary aspects that will be forming during the hours that the markets are open today. “I don’t know when I’ve seen so much stuff coming together so intensely,” he said.

I agreed. The stage is set by an Apollon direct station in the early morning hours, prior to the opening bell. But after the market opens this morning at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time, we’ve got an amazing string of planetary alignments in rapid-fire succession throughout the trading day.

Here’s What Got Arch Crawford’s Attention

Venus will be in a waxing semi-square to Mars at 9:49 a.m.

Mars will be in opposition to Pluto at 10:12 a.m.

Venus will form a waning sesquiquadrate to Pluto at 10:31 a.m.

Mercury will be contraparallel Uranus at 1:04 p.m.

Mercury will form a waning sesquiquadrate to Saturn at 1:48 p.m.

Mars will parallel Jupiter at 2:33 p.m.

And then just a few minutes prior to the closing bell, at 3:36 p.m., Mercury will align with the transneptunian factor Vulcanus in the 24th harmonic.

Later this evening, after the markets have closed for the day, we’ll also get a Mercury/Pluto oppositon, Mercury in a waning semi-square to Venus, and Mars in a waxing semi-square to Admetos. And on top of that, we have a New Moon tonight.

That’s quite a line-up, to say the least!

But What About The Apollon Station?

In talking with Arch, I pointed out that most of the activating forces at work are fast-moving planets, so even though there may be a disruptive impact, the overall effect may not be long-lasting. But the direct station by Apollon is another matter.

“I’m not sure that we should overlook the Apollon station,” I said. “That could be enough by itself to signal an important change. In my experience, whenever there’s a station of anything, it’s worth paying attention to”

“Absolutely,” Arch Crawford said. “I agree with you there. It’s one of the biggest things that happens. The most important are the eclipses, and then the planetary stations. Next would be sign changes by planets. Next would be the alignments – but the more planets involved, the bigger the effect. That’s what I’ve found. And this is a bunch of planets!”

Arch Crawford July 15 Planets
his 90-degree dial presentation of the planetary alignments at noon on Wednesday, July 15 reveals the intense energy that made Arch Crawford pay attention.

A bunch of planets indeed!

As this 90-degree dial shows, the alignments today are quite intense. The red pointer arrow on the dial is aimed at the tight configurations between Mars, Pluto and Mercury. Just opposite that, the small red arrow points to the eighth-harmonic activations by Venus and Saturn.

Midpoints Galore

But what’s really interesting here are the planetary midpoints triggers today.

There are key activations of Sun/Node, Sun/Hades, Sun/Kronos, Mercury/Hades, Jupiter/Chiron, and Saturn/Poseidon.

Jupiter triggers both the Mars/Hades and Pluto/Hades midpoints – not a very pretty picture.

Remember the Apollon station? It triggers the Jupiter/Hades midpoint, signaling a widespread lack of money and disturbed happiness.

And that’s not all.

The Moon/Kronos midpoint, for example, is triggered by Mercury (independent, autocratic thinking and communications), Venus (women in positions of national leadership), Mars (officials acting despotically), and Saturn (hindrances or losses through officials and/or prominent women).

Maybe that means we should be paying close attention to what Angela Merkel and Janet Yellen have to say today.

In fact, Arch Crawford mentioned both Janet Yellen’s congressional testimony and the vote in the Greek parliament today as possible arenas where we might see the current planetary tensions find expression.

Just how dire will the outcome be? We’ll have to wait and see, of course.

But no matter what happens, from an astrological perspective this is definitely a day worth watching!

 

North Pole Stress & Uranus/Pluto

North Pole New Moon Sunset
A “Midnight Sun” New Moon Sunset at the North Pole

My friend Janie just emailed me this beautiful North Pole picture of the sunset at the New Moon.

I’m not sure what the original source of the photo was. But whether or not it was actually taken at the North Pole, it’s definitely a gorgeous image.

It’s also a little ironic that this North Pole photo arrived this morning.

That’s because I’ve been reflecting on all the big world events that have been taking place. A lot has been going on the last couple of days.

That’s when we’ve been feeling the effects of the current Uranus/Pluto waxing square.

Disruptive Developments

And as we expected, most of those events have been disruptive in one way or another:

The hostage crisis in Sydney, Australia.

The shootings, in Philadelphia.

The Russian ruble going into virtual free-fall.

The massacre of 132 schoolchildren by the Taliban in Pakistan.

The abrupt shift in the decades-old conflict between Cuba and the United States, reestablishing diplomatic relations.

And the North Pole.

The North Pole?

Right.

Although the event hasn’t gotten much play in the news media, the North Pole is suddenly becoming very important.

And that’s not because it’s the reputed residence of Santa Claus. He will be focusing lots of attention on the North Pole next week.

In this case, it’s Denmark that’s in the spotlight.

As reported by the Associated Press and Quartz.com, Denmark has just completed a 12-year, $50-million research project. It to surveyed the 2,000-kilometer-long underwater mountain range that runs north of Siberia.

It’s conclusion? The underwater mountains are actually a part of Greenland. That’s an autonomous territory controlled by Denmark.

Bigger Than Denmark Itself

As a result, Denmark is now claiming sovereignty over 556,463 square miles of the North Pole. That’s an area about 20 times the size of Denmark itself.

This puts Denmark in direct competition and possible confrontation with both the U.S. and Russia. They both also claim the same territory as theirs.

What does it mean? We can learn a lot from Denmark’s official publication  on the “Kingdom of Denmark Strategy for the Arctic 2011-2020” – you can download the pdf version here.

Demark North Pole UranusPluto
Denmark’s claim of North Pole sovereignty comes into focus when we see the effect of the Uranus/Pluto waxing square.

And don’t forget the astrology involved.

The transits hitting the Denmark national horoscope at the time of the Uranus/Pluto waxing square are very powerful.

It’s a Neptune Return for the nation. It’s time for big ideas and new fantasies.

Jupiter conjoins the national Poseidon. That’s even more evidence of expanded thinking.

Chiron conjoins Demark’s national Kronos. So there may be issues about superiority and domination.

And most important of all, the transiting Uranus/Pluto square aligns with the Mars/Hades square in Denmark’s chart.

This could get serious!

 

Full Moon Power in New York

Today is the last Full Moon of 2014, and it packs plenty of power!

The fact is, every Full Moon is an extraordinarily powerful time. It’s the part of the monthly lunar cycle that brings things into sharp focus. It’s the time when we get to see things that we might not notice otherwise.

At the time of the Full Moon we can deal with the results and outcomes of everything that we got started with two weeks ago. That was the time of the last New Moon.

The New Moon is a time of fresh starts and new beginnings. The Full Moon is the time of monthly harvest. It can happen emotionally, mentally, and often socially as well.

The Full Moon in New York City

That social power of the current Full Moon is evident in the horoscope for today’s event, set for New York City.

 

Full Moon December 2014
The final Full Moon of 2014 as seen in New York City.

We typically set our financial astrology charts for New York because that location is the center of so much global money power. But examining the chart for the current Full Moon in that location reveals some startling dynamics.

What’s most obvious here, of course, is the fact that the December 6 Full Moon is closely aligned with the Ascendant/Descendant axis in the New York chart.

That means there’s a particularly strong resonance with that location. It also means that we can expect social and interpersonal relationships to be in the spotlight. That’s true during the days just before, during, and after this particular Full Moon.

The Sun/Mercury conjunction in the Full Moon chart emphasizes the importance of clear communications now. The fact that Chiron creates a T-Square pattern with the Sun/Moon opposition suggests that stressful situations are likely to be highlighted. It contributes to an uncomfortable need for healing, painfully evident in the midst of confrontations.

With Uranus near the nadir of the Full Moon horoscope, there are definitely disturbing factors at work.The Uranus/Admetos semi-square is another indication of stressful confrontations, with potentially explosive forces smashing up against severe obstacles.

The midpoint structures in this Full Moon chart are also especially noteworthy.

The Full Moon itself triggers the Neptune/Cupido midpoint in the eighth harmonic.This is indicative of a lack of social harmony, with considerable dissatisfaction among the general populace.

Even more importantly, the Full Moon degree is also in an eighth-harmonic alignment with the Zeus/Poseidon midpoint. This suggests that this particular Full Moon is a time in which the public is compelled to make clear mental commitments. It’s a time for taking a stand, for expressing leadership through decisive declarations.

This is the kind of energy that can make a big impact in the markets, of course. As we approach the trading week just ahead of us we’ll be watching for some extra volatility. In general, it’s extremely important to pay attention to lunar cycles as a key tool in astro-trading.

That makes this an especially appropriate time to listen to my classic UAC presentation on “How To Become A Stock Market Lunatic”. Harmonic Research Associates has it available as an MP3 download.

But the Full Moon this weekend is not just an astro-trading indicator. It’s also a key time to pay attention to decisive social issues. That’s true no matter where we happen to be, but particularly in New York City right now, where the Full Moon energy is especially powerful.

 

Talking About Next Week’s Planetary Cluster

When I joined Michael Yorba on his radio program yesterday, we talked about the significant planetary dynamics next week that will  be combining to create a potential inflection point for the markets on January 30-31, 2014.

Venus has been in retrograde motion since December 21; it will resume direct motion on January 31. As Venus changes direction it activates the midpoint of Uranus and Pluto– that’s important because the Uranus/Pluto waxing square has been in play since 2012, and it will continue to be a dominant influence on social behavior and market action through the middle of 2015. With this activation by Venus at its Direct Station, we can expect the tension-provoking energy of the Uranus/Pluto square to come to the forefront.

Jupiter and Pluto are also noteworthy; they are lining up for a Jupiter/Pluto opposition, also on January 31. This activates a Jupiter/Uranus/Pluto T-Square configuration that signals a sudden shift in circumstances, creating the possibility of a major opportunity for savvy astro-traders.

While these factors by themselves would be enough to get our attention, they get a lot of extra help from other planetary action, including an activation of the November Solar Eclipse on January 29, the New Moon syzygy on January 30, and the ingress of Mercury into Pisces on January 31.

In short, the January 30-31 period will be a key time for us to watch for significant trend reversals in all markets. With this much action going on, the potential for outstanding trading profits from appropriate short-term positions is definitely worth paying attention to!

You can CLICK HERE to take a look at the trading chart for the S&P 500 that I shared with Yorba’s audience yesterday. It illustrates the planetary alignments in action.

Use this player to listen to a complete recording of the interview with Michael Yorba on yesterday’s edition of The Traders Network show:

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Planetary Line-Up for a Market Inflection Point at the End of January

S&P 500 with Planetary Price Lines

This is a trading chart that I’ll be sharing with Michael Yorba’s listeners later today when I’m interviewed on his Traders Network show.

The interview is scheduled to get started at 2:15 p.m. Central Standard Time (3:15 p.m. Eastern) – you can connect with it online at http://www.yorba.tv/radio.

The planetary price lines for Uranus, Venus, Pluto, and Jupiter shown on this chart of daily price bars for the S&P 500 can help us visualize the way that the power of cosmic forces will be combining to create a potential inflection point for the markets on January 30-31, 2014.

The important thing to note about Venus is that it has been in retrograde motion (with the green line representing this planet moving downward through the chart) since December 21; it will resume direct motion on January 31. Note that as Venus changes direction it activates the midpoint of the Uranus and Pluto price lines– the Uranus/Pluto waxing square has been in play since 2012, and it will continue to be a dominant influence on social behavior and market action through the middle of 2015. With this activation by Venus at its Direct Station, we can expect the tension-provoking energy of the Uranus/Pluto square to come to the forefront.

The crossing point of the lines for Jupiter and Pluto is also noteworthy; it signifies a Jupiter/Pluto opposition, also on January 31. This activates a Jupiter/Uranus/Pluto T-Square configuration that signals a sudden shift in circumstances, creating a major opportunity for savvy astro-traders.

While these factors by themselves would be enough to get our attention, they get a lot of extra help from other planetary action, including an activation of the November Solar Eclipse on January 29, the New Moon syzygy on January 30, and the ingress of Mercury into Pisces on January 31.

In short, the January 30-31 period will be a key time for us to watch for significant trend reversals in all markets. With this much action going on, the potential for outstanding trading profits from appropriate short-term positions is definitely worth paying attention to!

If you’d like more information on astro-trading market insights, be sure to check our latest free online videos at http://bit.ly/ATIdvd

SuperMoon Fact and Fiction

During the past few days I’ve been getting all kinds of questions about this weekend’s SuperMoon. Some of them have been pretty amazing:

“Isn’t this an extremely rare event, one that only happens about every 80 to 100 years?”

“Since the Moon is coming so dangerously close to Earth, couldn’t the SuperMoon disturb Earth’s orbit enough to send it closer to the Sun, speeding up global warming and creating a real climate crisis?”

“Isn’t this weird appearance of a SuperMoon really a Divine warning that the End Times are near?”

In each case, the answers are no, no, and no.

Here are the facts.

We get a SuperMoon any time there’s a syzygy (a New Moon or a Full Moon) near a lunar perigee, which is the point in the Moon’s regular cycle when it is closest to the Earth.

There’s a lunar perigee once each month, as well as a New Moon and a Full Moon, but not every month has a SuperMoon. Even so, SuperMoons aren’t all that rare– we typically get four or five of them during the course of a year.

In 2013 there are three SuperMoons: on May 25, on June 23, and on July 22.

With a Full Moon SuperMoon, like the one this weekend, watching the Full Moon can be pretty spectacular, especially when it’s rising in the East as the Sun is setting. It’s a great time for mood music and romance, and the SuperMoon can bring extremes in the high tides at the beach.

There are times, too, when SuperMoons have coincided with seismic events like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, as well as with big market moves. But by itself a SuperMoon isn’t an adequate predictor of major events– it must be seen in the context of the other astrological dynamics taking place when it occurs.

And that’s exactly why we’re watching this weekend’s SuperMoon with paricular interest. It comes hot on the heels of last week’s Sun/Jupiter conjunction and the Summer Solstice, and its effect carries us into the Jupiter cafdinal ingress, the Mercury retrograde station, and the Zeus direct station during the week ahead.

With or without a SuperMoon, this is a very challenging time for the markets, but at the very least the intensifying effect of the SuperMoon is sure to make our work as astro-traders a lot more interesting!