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Arch Crawford on The Big Eclipse

Arch Crawford is taking this eclipse seriously.

And why not?

After all, the solar eclipse coming up on Monday has gotten everyone’s attention.

The mainstream news media is going wild, of course.

Huge swarms of people are heading for the places where the total eclipse can be seen.

And the cities and towns along the eclipse path are preparing for traffic jams.

Hotels are booked solid.

People are clear that this a rare opportunity.

So they’re pulling out all the stops.

They’re traveling great distances and going to lots of expense to make sure they’re ready for The Big One.

And most of their preparations have been pretty upbeat.

Stores are holding eclipse sales.

Restaurants and bakeries are making eclipse-themed food.

Eclipse parties are being planned.

Arch Crawford Isn’t Ready To Party

But my good friend Arch Crawford doesn’t necessarily buy into the festive attitude.

He seems pretty clear that the solar eclipse is not just a time for revelry and celebration.

Arch is a pioneering leader in financial astrology and astro-trading.

He’s been tracking planetary phenomena like this for many years.

And just like me, he’s looking for a big geopolitical impact from this event.

Arch Crawford was featured in a recent column by Mark Hulbert on “What the Solar Eclipse on August 21 Will Mean For Stocks”.

Hulbert also cites academic research on the effects of planetary cycles on market events. The references he provides are worth exploring.

He also describes his efforts at “correlating solar eclipses with major market turning points. I focused only on total solar eclipses as opposed to partial ones, and furthermore on just those that were visible within the United States. There were 13 that met the criteria. For stock-market turning points, I relied on the bull and bear market calendar maintained by Ned Davis Research.

“I found little correlation. On no occasion did a total solar eclipse visible in the U.S. occur on the day of a major market turning point.”

Eclipses and Trend Reversals

Mark Hulbert makes a valid observation, of course. The market doesn’t always turn on the exact date of an eclipse.

But he overlooks an important factor.

Solar eclipses create resonant fields that stay active for months – sometimes years – after the date of the eclipse.

We can look for significant market action when transiting planets activate key planets and positions in the solar eclipse horoscope.

That’s one of the major themes in my new book, The Big One: The Great American Eclipse and Its Impact on the Market.

But of course Mark Hulbert is not an astrologer. So even though he’s bold enough to investigate eclipses and the markets, we shouldn’t expect him to get this nuanced bit of astrological lore.

And of course, he does feature the observations of Arch Crawford, who is an expert astrologer.

What Arch Crawford Has To Say

Hulbert quotes Arch Crawford as saying that, right after the solar eclipse, “hostile reactions will be immediate. Like it or not, historic events will ensue around this time, and most certainly involve the United States!”

That’s exactly the point I was making during my radio interview with Michael Yorba and Mervyn Price on Friday.

As a part of that session on iHeart Radio, we discussed global stress in general, and North Korea in particular.

As Arch Crawford says, we can expect historic events.

But as Mark Hulbert notes, he believes that  this hostility won’t spell the end of the bull market.”

Arch Crawford instead expects “a higher high after some further corrective action during this summer, perhaps around the December-January time frame.”

Based on an analysis of the lunar return to the solar eclipse, I’d look for that high in December. You’ll find that lunar return analysis on page 102 of The Big One.

 

 

Saturn Station Slams World Affairs

A Saturn station sets limits.

This outer planet is the greater malefic in traditional astrology.

Because of that tradition, it often gets a bad rap.

Saturn is all about negative things and stressful circumstances.

So it rarely feels good when we experience its effects.

It gives us an endless stream of trials and tribulations.

That’s why it’s the great teacher in our lives. It’s here so we can learn our big life lessons, whether we like or not.

Saturn Rings - Saturn Station
Like a Saturn station, the planet’s rings define a sense of specific limits. This Hubble infrared photo from space shows their mysterious beauty.

Saturn is famous for its rings.

They symbolize cosmic limitations imposed by a harsh environment. Because of those limits, we need personal discipline and extra dedication.

Saturn is about contraction, concentration, and crystallization. It represents conventional or conservative attitudes.

Those attitudes can trigger exaggerated pessimism or a sustained sense of lack.

But Saturn is also about time, definition, and structure. It can thus help us anchor plans and activities.

When we pay attention to Saturn we can set specific goals. We can create schedules and make commitments.

These opportunities peak whenever we have a Saturn station.

A Retrograde Saturn Station

The latest Saturn station came yesterday. Saturn began its retrograde motion at 27°48′ Sagittarius.

It was a significant turning point in politics, commercial discourse, and international affairs.

North Korea used the Saturn station as an occasion to launch a test missile toward Japan. It was part of the country’s efforts to redefine itself as a prominent nuclear power.

The “nuclear option” was also in play in the United States Senate.

That’s because the Republican majority rewrote the legislative body’s rules for confirmation of Supreme Court justices.

The move increases the likelihood that future members of the Court will be political extremists. So they are less likely to be moderates with well-reasoned commitments to nonpartisan judicial deliberations.

There was also action in the US House of Representatives. The Saturn station saw Congressman Devin Nunez recuse himself from the Intelligence Committee investigation of Russian interference in US elections.

He retained his seat as committee chairman. But mounting ethical pressure obliged him to bow out of the investigation.

So he reversed course as Saturn went retrograde.

The Saturn station also brought big shifts in geopolitics.

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Florida to meet with US President Donald Trump at his private Mar-a-Lago resort.

And as his dinner with Xi was about to start, Trump ordered a missile strike against Syria. The military action marked a major reversal in US posture in the Syrian conflict.

Impact on the Markets

Like any planetary turning point, this Saturn station could trigger short-term market reversals. But it’s also likely to bring changing conceptions of market conditions and economic trends.

Saturn Station 90-Degree
The 90-Degree Dial for the Current Saturn Station

As the 90° dial shows, the Saturn station is in an eighth-harmonic alignment with the transneptunian factor Poseidon. This signals a major break with previous ideological loyalties.

So we may feel the fallout in the markets.

Saturn also triggers the Aries/Chiron midpoint. This suggests big geopolitical challenges during coming months.

One More Thing

And there’s one more factor here.

As the Saturn station began, there were White House rumblings about possibly reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act or its equivalent.

If this happens, it would represent a major shakeup of global banking interests.

It could signal a big shift in key market forces as well.

Stay tuned.

Great Insights From A Seasoned Mundane Astrologer

I’ve just been reviewing a new article by my old friend Jim Cummins, a veteran mundane astrologer who was on the scene when I first began publishing Financial Cycles newsletter back in 1988.

In those primitive pre-internet days, Jim helped get the fledgling publication off the ground by contributing insightful articles to the very first issues of the newsletter. He shared his perspectives on central banking and on the pioneering financial astrologers and researchers who began compiling the knowledge and insights that we rely on today for effective astro-trading.

In the intervening years, Jim has traveled the world and continued to refine his skills as an astrologer and geopolitical observer, so I’m particularly grateful that he’s agreed to contribute some new articles that we’re publishing for our members on the FinancialCyclesWeekly.com website.

In his first article, “Conflict with China: A Mundane Astrologer’s View”, he takes a look at the key role played by the Peoples Republic of China in global affairs, and shares his comments on that nation’s standoff with Japan, its connections to North Korea and Saudi Arabia, and the position of its currency in global trade. 

Along the way, Jim also takes note of James Clapper’s “Worldwide Threat Assessment” for 2014, the Pacific military exercises code-named “Cobra Gold”, “Foal Eagle” and “Key Resolve”, and the current powder-key situation in the Ukraine, as well as the personal involvements of Vladimir Putin, John Kerry, and Kim Jong Un.

It’s all fascinating reading, but even more importantly, it provides essential perspectives both for active astro-traders and for long-term investors.

I suggest you check it out at: http://www.financialcyclesweekly.com/members/Conflict-with-China-A-Mundane-Astrologers-View.cfm

This Is Starting To Get Tense

With the next exact 90-degree alignment between Uranus and Pluto less than 48 hours away, it’s not surprising to see things heating up a bit in all sorts of arenas.

In Washington there’s a frenzy of congressional hearings, with most of the action focused on proving that absolutely everything the Obama administration does is wrong.The current issues range from Internal Revenue improprieties to muddled talking points for Sunday TV news shows, with the arguments and counter-arguments producing little except a lot of hard feelings and partisan animosity.

The U.S. Justice Department has admitted secretly accessing the telephone records of reporters from the Associated Press, raising serious questions about First Amendment violations. But the general public doesn’t seem to mind, since they don’t much like the news media anyway.

The market in Gold futures has shaken off its brief bout of optimism and renewed its sell-off, sending prices for the precious metal spiraling downward, to the consternation of the gold bugs.

And earlier today North Korea launched a trio of short-range missiles, causing its Pacific neighbors to snap to attention and most of the rest of the world to groan in dismay. It’s certainly not the first time that North Korea has lobbed around a few missiles just for the heck of it, but in the context of that nation’s insistence during recent weeks that a nuclear war with South Korea and the United States is imminent, today’s display does a lot to escalate international tensions.

With so many people truly weary of nonstop alarms, abuses, and provocations, the whole scene is enough to make you want to turn off the TV and curl up with a good book and an adult beverage instead.

And that’s why astrology can be so important.

With the advantage of astrological foresight, we’re able to identify times of major stress like this ahead of time.

We can put them in the proper perspective. In this case, for example, we know (thanks to the analysis in the monograph on The Uranus/Pluto Waxing Square 2012-2015) that we’re not yet halfway through a cycle of greatly intensified tensions, and we can look at the big Uranus/Pluto alignment coming up on May 20 as just one more flare-up in an extended period that demands exceptional intelligence, patience, and creativity on our part.

And, of course, as astro-traders we can also be alert for ways to reposition ourselves in the markets. Times of tension are particularly likely to produce major divergences in the trading environment, and if we can get past our dismay at the mean-spirited forces that surround us now, it’s quite possible that we’ll discover some very big opportunities!