I’ve had the pleasure of working with Michael Yorba for a number of years now, initially when he first got started with his “Commodity Classics” TV show (he was a pioneer in online broadcasting, back in the pre-Neflix days when there was still net neutrality and there was barely enough bandwidth to get a signal through), and more recently as a regular commentator on his Traders Network radio show, which is broadcast live KFXR-1190 AM radio in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas and streamed to listeners around the world via the internet.
One of the great things about Michael is that he’s a trader himself, so he really knows what he’s talking about when he discusses the markets on the radio.
He’s also worked hard to become knowledgeable about astro-trading.
When Michael Yorba and I first started working together, he didn’t know anything at all about planetary influences in the markets. But he got a copy of one of the early editions of The Basic Stock Market Astrology Home Study Course from me, and diligently worked through all the lessons. He’s considerably expanded his astro-trading expertise since then.
That’s why it was no surprise to me during our interview time on his Traders Network show yesterday, when he asked me some probing, to-the-point questions about the impact of the big solar eclipse we’ve got coming up next Tuesday.
Along the way, we even got in some conversation about Apple Computer (AAPL) and the S&P 500, referring to charts that I had posted on his social network page as well as on this blog. To take a look at them now, just CLICK HERE.
The recording of this interview is in two segments:
By the way, if you haven’t signed up yet for the webinar that’s mentioned in the interview, you need to do that right away. It’s a free event, but you need to register ahead of time. You can do that at:
Apple Computer (AAPL) defied gravity after the closing bell yesterday and posted some surprisingly solid earnings for its fiscal second quarter, with 15% EPS growth. In trading today, on April 24, 2014, the stock gapped upward on the opening bell and then soared up aggressively to finish the trading day with an 8.20% gain in a single session.
The mainstream “experts” gave the credit to Apple’s solid earnings, of course. And Wall Street is gaga about the company’s plans for a 7-to-1 stock split.
From the astro-trading perspective, a glance at the AAPL First-Trade horoscope reveals that the earnings announcement yesterday afternoon came on a Lunar Return for the stock, with the incredibly powerful Cardinal Grand Cross activating the First-Trade Mars/Apollon square (“successful actions and expansion; a rising of the market”).
But will AAPL do so well as the next big Solar Eclipse hits?
That significant event is coming up next Tuesday, setting the stage for major action in geopolitics, in personal relationships, and in the markets.
Just to provide some perspective, here’s what’s happened with the S&P 500 when Solar Eclipses have occurred during the past few years:
As you can see from the chart, Solar Eclipses don’t coincide with every major market top or bottom, but they do connect with key inflection points in the trading dynamic to make it worth our time to pay attention to them when they occur.
And since AAPL is in the news today, here’s another example of the kind of effect Solar Eclipses can have:
This weekly chart for Apple Computer (AAPL) shows how sensitive this stock is to the effect of Solar Eclipses. This is true for many individual equities, which is why they are a core part of our trading strategy at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com.
The great thing about Solar Eclipses is that by using the tools of astro-trading we can learn about them in advance, and forecast their potential impact on the markets.
That impact varies from eclipse to eclipse, so it’s important to have up-to-date information based on the most recent eclipse research. To meet that need, we’re currently providing these resources:
It’s called “The Solar Eclipse of April 2014: Its Impact on the Markets”:. This new publication contains state-of-the art analysis and research, along with detailed forecasts, suggested trading strategies, specific eclipse activation dates, and a whole lot more. You can get more information and get your copy as an instant download at:
We’ll be getting together online for this special event at 1:00 p.m. Central Time on Saturday, April 26. It’s totally free to attend, but you need to register in advance to reserve your seat. It’s sure to be a fun time, and we’ll also make sure that you get plenty of solid insights and information you can put to work in your own trading right away. Get registered for this free webinar right now at:
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.”
I got a phone call yesterday afternoon from Arch Crawford.
He’s probably the world’s most widely-known financial astrologer, and through his many years of newsletter writing as well as his frequent appearances on TV and radio and at investment conferences, he’s done a wonderful job of introducing the benefits of astro-trading to a global audience.
His monthly newsletter, Crawford Perspectives, offers “quintessential market timing by planetary timing and technical analysis” — it’s well worth checking out. You’ll find it at: http://www.crawfordperspectives.com/
Arch and I have been colleagues and great friends for years, but it had been about 8 months since the last time we’d had a chance to chat at length, so we had a little catching up to do when he called.
After getting connected on personal matters like health and family circumstances, we of course turned to our common interests of astrology and the markets.
Arch had a birthday last week, and I had taken a few minutes away from my W. D. Gann studies then to send him a message wishing him a “pleasant solar return.”
That got his attention.
“How is it possible to have a ‘pleasant solar return’ with THESE kind of planetary aspects?” he wanted to know, referring, of course, to the super-stressful Cardinal Grand Cross that’s now underway.
“I’m not sure how,” I confessed. “Unless it’s just surviving what’s going on right now, and then living to tell the tale. That may be enough of a celebration.”
“Actually,” he said, “this is pretty serious stuff. The way the Grand Cross hits my personal chart isn’t good at all, and I’m really worried about the impact on the U.S. horoscope.”
As experienced astrologers know, there’s a lot of disagreement in the astrological community about the correct birth chart for the U.S.A. Most of the arguments, however, are about the best time of day to use for that horoscope– there seems to be general agreement that July 4, 1776 was an important date in U.S. history, even among those who argue that a different date entirely should be used as the true inception date for the country.
Arch and I didn’t get into any of that controversy. We both agreed that the trigger of the Grand Cross, with transiting Jupiter conjoining the natal Sun and transiting Mars conjoining natal Saturn in any chart for July 4, 1776, could prove to be more than enough to trigger some big challenges for the country as a whole.
While the precision of this alignment seems to be unprecedented in modern history, have been some Jupiter/Uranus waxing squares over the past couple of centuries who effects are worth studying as a clue to what we might have facing us in the coming months. You’ll find a detailed analysis in the e-book on The Stock Market Collision Course at http://bit.ly/ATsmcc.
And what about the markets? Arch Crawford said that he’s currently looking at three time frames that have a high potential for a major pull-back in the equities markets: from now until the early Summer; during the month of October, 2014; and then in January, 2015.
While I agreed with that general outlook, I told him that I’m looking for the Grand Cross pattern this week to light the fuse for some intensified selling action in the equities markets, with prices declining into the solar eclipse on April 29.
Whether or not that will be a major crash remains to be seen, however. I think a more likely scenario is a correction instead of a crash, with the potential for a rebound as we move into May.
And, as I reminded Arch, he and I have both been at this market forecasting game long enough to recognize one thing: if we ever feel absolutely certain about what’s coming up in the markets, then it’s a pretty good signal that we’re wrong.
He laughed and agreed with me. Essentially, we are our own strongest contrary indicators.
He also reminded me of the famous quote from Walt Kelly’s Pogo comic strip (Arch and I are both old enough to remember reading Pogo in the Sunday funnies): “We have met the enemy, and he is us!”
I always enjoy my radio interviews with Michael Yorba.
The guests on his Traders Network program bring a variety of perspectives on the markets to the show, and our chats about the astro-trading advantage fit in nicely with the other experts on technical analysis, market timing, and trading techniques. So I always feel like I’m in great company.
On top of that, Michael really asks great questions. His skill as an interviewer always helps pull more relevant facts and details to the surface, and our conversations often go in directions that help us explore key dynamics in astro-trading that many of Michael’s listeners have never heard about before.
Gold sure hasn’t liked the Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse very much!
The yellow metal started a nose-dive at exactly the time that the Sun and Moon lined up for the spectacular lunar eclipse about 24 hours ago, sending a lot of bullish traders looking for the exits.
The price has briefly dipped well below the 1300 mark a couple of times since then, adding to the jitters on the trading floor. Right now the latest tick for the June contract on the COMEX is at 1299.80, but the 1300 price zone still seems magnetic enough to hold up as support.
We’ll see what happens as the trading unfolds later today and for the remainder of this trading week– a big move below that 1300 level could signal much more bearishness ahead.
Most importantly, though, Gold’s reaction here is a reminder of just how powerful the impact of eclipses can be.
And if you think this lunar eclipse effect is worth watching, just wait until you see the big solar eclipse in a couple of weeks!
I got a call a couple of hours ago from one of clients. He’s consulted with me for a number of years to get astrological perspectives on business and personal matters, and we’ve become good friends along the way.
“I was thinking about you last night,” he said.
“Yeah. The dog wanted to go out, and woke me up at about four o’clock in the morning. So I walked outside with the dog, and saw the Moon. It was really an incredible sight! And I had heard that it was some kind of eclipse, so naturally I thought of you.”
I told him I was glad that he was remembering to make astrological connections, and that he was able to experience the beauty of the eclipse, even if it did mean getting up in the middle of the night.
His experience was fairly typical– just about everyone who was able to see the lunar eclipse last night was awestruck by how magnificent it looked, even though not everyone got to witness the blood-red color that had given it the Blood Moon designation.
What some people saw was dark orange instead. Depending on the local weather conditions, others saw the eclipse as dirty brown, or even a greyish tint.
But everybody was impressed.
The next lunar eclipse will come in October. But in the meantime, of course, we’ve got the big solar eclipse coming up in just two weeks. We can expect it to have a major influence on global affairs and on the financial markets as well.
We’re still getting some of the immediate residual effects of the solar eclipse last week, and it’s hard to believe that it’s already time to start bracing ourselves for the next big astrological event.
It’s the next iteration of the waxing Uranus/Pluto square, which comes into the picture next Monday, May 20.
This is alignment Number Three in a series of seven that started last year and will continue through the spring of 2015.
And based on the market action and geopolitical dynamics we saw during the first two alignments, it looks like we’d better brace ourselves this time, too!
After all, each one of these Uranus/Pluto squares has the potential to be enormously stressful, and the one next week is no exception.
During the next few days I’ll be going over my notes and reviewing the market track records from the previous alignments, and plan to share my observations with our members at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com in the next issue of my newsletter, scheduled for publication on Sunday evening, May 19.
Solar eclipses are typically pretty powerful events, and this most recent one a couple of days ago is certainly no exception.
We’ve already seen its influence reflected in new events and in currency trading, and I know we’ll be seeing even bigger market impacts, especially as we trade the Solar Eclipse Stocks mentioned in the new monograph on “The Solar Eclipse of May 2013: Its Impact on the Markets”. (By the way, there’s still time to take advantage of those high-potential trading opportunities; if you don’t already have a copy of the new eclipse report, I suggest you go to http://bit.ly/Eclipse1305 and grab an instant download right away.)
But eclipses are also useful for bringing things into focus, and since this eclipse was in Taurus I shouldn’t have been surprised when I got news of a special offer on the day immediately after the eclipse that was relevant to business and money-making (both great Taurus topics!).
At first I was a little hesitant, but as it turned out I found some stuff of real value when I looked into the offer in more detail.
I’ve put up a link to the details, along with some information about the experience that I had, at:
That’s when I noticed just how important the eclipse was going to be for trading in the Japanese Yen.
With the solar eclipse conjoining the Sun in the Yen chart and hitting the Pluto/Midheaven, Chiron/Kronos, and Saturn/Kronos midpoints, it seemed clear that we would be seeing some dynamic action in this currency.
That certainly proved to be the case when the eclipse occurred, with a plunge in the Yen beginning just 12 hours before the exact time of the solar eclipse. The Yen ended up falling to its lowest level in four years as the dollar surged versus the Japanese currency.
This big shift in the dollar/yen ratio certainly illustrated the power of the current solar eclipse, but it’s important to remember that the eclipse effects are far from over. We can expect residual effects on the markets for months to come, and during the coming week we’ll be looking at the unique equities trading opportunities connected with the eclipse.