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Sunspot Activity & The Economy

Link Between Economic Activity and Sunspots Confirmed

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A gigantic sunspot – almost 80,000 miles across –can be seen on the lower center of the sun in this image from NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory captured on Oct. 23, 2014. This article by Bill Meridian reviews the connections between sunspot activity and the economy.
Image Credit: NASA/SDO

 

“Solar activity as measured by the number of sunspots also adds to the explanation of the probability of a recession.”

A Guest Post by Bill Meridian

Cycles Research

Once again, scholastic research has confirmed the link between planetary activity and the economy here on earth.

In the Global Conference on Business and Finance Proceedings, Volume 7, Number 2, from 2012, there is an article linking changes in the economy to sunspots. Cees J. Prins wrote ‘Solar Activity and Economic Recessions: The Case Of The US.’

Direct and Indirect Influences on the Economy

The author concluded, “The probability of a recession taking place depends on many variables. When the interest rate spread between 10 years government bonds and 3 months Treasury Bills is negative a recession is imminent. Also stock prices can give valuable information with predicting power. Solar activity as measured by the number of sunspots also adds to the explanation of the probability of a recession. In the 3 models that are estimated for 6 time periods the number of sunspots is always very significant. The sun has direct and indirect influences on the economy. To the first category belong damages to electronic networks. The indirect effects are the influences on human emotions and in the end also to the economy.”

One of the most dramatic events associated with sunspot activity is a solar flare, which can create electromagnetic phenomena that disrupt communications on Earth.
One of the most dramatic events associated with sunspot activity is a solar flare, which can create electromagnetic phenomena that disrupt communications on Earth.

Forecasting Recessions with Sunspot Activity

In his work, Prins took several variables and determined their value in forecasting recessions. He began with the inverted yield curve (short-term rates higher than long-term rates) because it is well known that this situation has led to a recession each time it has occurred.

He added variables such as stock prices, the leading indicators of the OECD and The Conference Board, the gold price, the oil price, new building permits, new job creation, corporate rate spreads, long-term rate spreads, and sunspots.

The inverted yield curve, stock market returns, and sunspots were the consistent variables in economic forecasting.

In his words, “It is clear that the model has one interesting and significant long term variable: the number of sunspots.” And, “The number of sunspots, as an indication of the activity of the sun, appeared to be a highly significant variable in explanation of a recession during all the periods investigated.”

Sunspot Activity Leads The Pack

It is noteworthy that only one traditional variable, inverted rates, consistently exceeded sunspots as a forecasting tool. Sunspots led all of the other traditional tools.

 

About The Author

Our guest post is by Bill MeBill_Meridianridian, a leading financial astrologer who is the editor of Cycles Research newsletter and the author of Planetary Stock Trading (4th edition) and The Predictive Power of Eclipse Paths.

You can learn more about Bill Meridian and his services and publications at http://billmeridian.com/

Radio Silence – NASA or NASDAQ?

NASA always does a great job of keeping us up to speed on the action in the solar system.

The charts and graphs the agency shares on its spaceweather.com website are enlightening.

The photos are spectacular.

And the stuff from NASA isn’t just about what’s going on in space.

It’s about the impact of solar system events on life here on Earth as well.

Funny thing about that.

It used to be that only astrologers thought that the action in space makes an impact on human affairs.

Astrologers used to get ridiculed for that crazy idea.

But now the astronomers who work with NASA, the guys and gals peering through the telescopes into the night sky, have figured it out as well!

Good for them!

NASA Shows Us The Solar Action

Of course the astronomers may or may not recognize the fact that they’re getting a little closer to astrology every day.

Either way, it’s important for us as astrologers – and as astro-traders, too – to pay attention to the information coming out of NASA.

Like this photograph the agency released earlier today:

 

NASA solar flare photo 20DEC2014
This NASA photograph shows the solar flare from a big sunspot eruption on December 20, 2014.

This is an image of sunspot AR2242 erupting at 00:27 UT on Saturday, December 20,

A Heliocentric-Uranian Blend?

If you were clocking things astrologically then, you might have noted that this took place just a few hours after heliocentric Venus entered Aquarius.

It was also just a few hours before an exact 120-degree alignment between heliocentric Mars and heliocentric Poseidon. (That’s for those of you who dare mix Uranian and heliocentric techniques!)

But as NASA knows, the real action was on the Sun – and on the Earth as well.

The eruption of sunspot AR2242 produced a massive X1.8-class solar flare. That’s the big plume of fire shooting out from the Sun at the lower-right corner of the photograph.

Feeling The Solar Impact

We’ve already felt the effects on Earth.

NASA reported that the solar flare produced an extremely high level of ultraviolet radiation which ionized a big chunk of the Earth’s upper atmosphere earlier today.

That atmospheric ionization blacked out high-frequency radio communications over Australia and much of the South Pacific when it hit.

But the effects may not stop with that period of radio silence. NASA says that there’s also the possibility that a coronal mass ejection (CME) from the same sunspot eruption could be on its way to Earth.

If that’s the case, and if the CME arrives in the next couple of days as NASA suggests, we could see more communications interference.

We could also see an impact on the markets. Key research by some of the pioneers in financial astrology revealed important correlations between sunspot cycles and the rhythms of the markets.

As astro-traders, then, we need to keep an eye on solar events like this one reported by NASA.

Even if we have a different perspective than the NASA astronomers!

Here’s What The Sun Is Saying About Prices in the S&P

The week began with a super-spectacular Solar Flare, sending huge amounts of energy from the Sun hurtling toward the Earth just as we were directing our attention to the Sun for hints about upcoming price action in the markets.

X-Class Solar Flare 2014March31
NASA released this photo of a spectacular X-Class Solar Flare on March 31, 2014. It’s a striking reminder that there’s plenty of turbulent activity going on in our solar system– and a confirmation that we need to be paying attention to the Sun’s dynamic presence as we chart the course of the markets.

Although the big solar explosion was massive enough to impact geomagnetic activity on the Earth, it was really the Sun’s translation of the Jupiter/Uranus/Pluto T-Square that we were most concerned about.

As I suggested a few days ago, the solar aspects to Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto on April 1, 2, and 3 could define resistance that will come into play again around April 21-23, as transiting Mars converts the big T-Square alignment into a Grand Cross in the cardinal signs of the zodiac.

On Tuesday, April 1, with the Sun/Jupiter waxing square, the S&P hit a high of 1885.84.

On Wednesday, April 2, with the Sun/Uranus conjunction, the index topped out at 1893.17.

That price level got immediate reinforcement as resistance during the trading action today, with the intra-day high for the S&P hitting 1893.80.

While we could certainly see prices higher than those during the trading days just ahead of us, we’ll be keeping 1885 and 1893 in mind a little later in the month, when the T-Square lines up on April 20 and 21 and the Grand Cross comes into play during the days immediately after that.