All the drama of the Stock Market Collision Course, the Cardinal Grand Cross, and the April Solar Eclipse is behind us now.
Or is it?
Astrological events and planetary patterns set up resonant fields that can have long-term effects on the markets, and those effects are often most visible when transiting planets trigger those resonant fields.
For example, for the past couple of months we’ve been watching the influence of the Grand Cross in Cardinal zodiac signs, with Jupiter, Uranus, Pluto and Zeus and the key factors. Their interaction has helped define some important areas of support and resistance, as this trading chart for the S&P illustrates:
That exact alignment was at its peak on April 21-23, and since then its effect has been substantially diminished. But during the week just ahead of us, transiting Venus will be setting off each of these planets in turn, effectively “translating” the Grand Cross alignment into the current trading environment.
We’re looking for this Venus action to bring some bullish energy to the market mix, which could help set the stage for a trading top around the time of the Mars Direct Station on May 19, followed by declining prices as we move into the closing days of May.
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.
When I talked with Michael Yorba on his Traders Network radio show last week, we discussed the sneak preview that the Sun is providing for us as astro-traders during the first three days of April.
On Tuesday, April 1, the Sun will be in a waxing square to Jupiter. It will conjoin Uranus on Wednesday, and then on Thursday, April 3, it will be in a waxing square to Pluto.
That translation of the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-Square pattern effectively gives us a glimpse into some of the dynamics we can look forward to on April 20-21, with the precise alignment of that T-Square, and on April 22-23, when transiting Mars will convert the T-Square into a powerful Grand Cross pattern in the cardinal signs of the zodiac.
Here’s the complete recording of my conversation with Michael on Thursday:
When I joined Michael Yorba for my weekly interview on his Traders Network radio program on Thursday, he asked me to help make sense of the market action.
“A lot of folks are getting whipsawed,” he said, because of the contradictory signals and the confusing market action.
I told him that one of the clearest indicators we’ve got going right now is the change of seasons at the Spring Equinox, which was a key market timing indicator used by W. D. Gann.
“W. D. Gann was very private about his use of astrological cycles in market forecasting,” I said, “but he had a pretty good track record.”
As an extra bonus for Michael’s listeners, I had also used the social network page on his website to post a link to my recent video about the back-testing we’ve done with the Spring Equinox, resulting in a specific trading strategy for precious metals, individual equities, and market indices from around the world.
Michael also commented about the savings his listeners could get when they used his special YORBA coupon code to order the new report on The Stock Market Collision Course.
You can here the entire interview, which also includes Michael’s questions about Elliott Wave counts and price targets, by clicking the player here:
We were still in the final hour of trading when I was on the air with Michael Yorba earlier today on his Traders Network radio show.
At the time, the sell-off in U.S. equities had already gotten underway, but we still didn’t have an indication of just how big the losses for the day would be at the closing bell, with the Dow Industrials off by 1.41% and the S&P 500 down 1.17% on the session.
That selling action wasn’t on the radar for most traders when the opening bell rang this morning, but as I noted in my blog post this morning, the Uranus/Poseidon waxing quincunx had the power to pull the rug out from anything that looked too much like a rally. By the end of the trading day a Sun/Saturn waxing trine was also looming large, adding to the bearish pressure.
As I told Michael Yorba during our interview, it was a lot like what we would be experiencing if we had gotten in our car and had begun driving behind a dump truck full of gravel, with the flying debris of cosmic alignments smacking the market’s windshield as we hurtle down the highway.
There’s a lot more debris headed our way as we move along the Stock Market Collision Course during the coming weeks. It’s a time for cool heads and solid astro-trading strategies.
That’s what Michael and I talked about today– you can hear the entire 10-minute interview here:
I had a great time chatting with Michael Yorba on his Traders Network radio show yesterday afternoon just before the closing bell.
During our interview, he wanted to know about the string of astrological dynamics that are set to slam the markets during the coming weeks, with a special push toward a potential trend reversal as we finish up February and move into March, with Mercury retrograde ending and Mars retrograde getting started.
It was an especially appropriate topic, since the S&P 500 closed yesterday at 1854.29, a new all-time record high for that index, dramatically setting the stage for a trading top as the aggressive planetary factors come into play.
I also posted this collection of charts on Yorba’s social media page, illustrating the effects of the Jupiter/Uranus waxing square on the S&P 500, the NASDAQ Composite, the Dow Industrials, and the VIX. On each chart, the center vertical zero point is the exact date of the Jupiter/Uranus aspect, with the graph showing the average percentage of price movement for 30 days before and 30 days after the date of the planetary alignment.
By the way, the webinar I mentioned during the interview is now available as a recorded online video to view at your convenience — I got it posted on this blog last night, so you can see it right away at http://wp.me/p1VnSz-ky
You can listen to the full 10-minute interview with Michael Yorba from yesterday’s show on the Traders Network right here:
You’ll also want to check out the new report on The Stock Market Collision Course — it provides detailed information about the historical impact of the cycle of Jupiter/Uranus waxing squares, and also features 50 horoscopes and trading charts as well as a detailed listing of the key planetary dynamics that we expect to move the markets in the immediate future. You can download a copy at http://bit.ly/ATsmcc or just CLICK HERE.
As most of you know by now, we had some pretty big problems with our live webinar Tuesday night.
The webinar itself went great– but lots and lots of people who had registered ahead of time were locked out of this super-charged event!
It was a real pain in the butt for everyone involved, but mainly for the AWeber company, who provides the email processing service that’s hooked up to our webinar registration process.
On Monday night, their computers were attacked by hackers in a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) assault, which flooded their servers with millions and millions of bogus incoming messages all at once. It completely shut down their ability to provide service for their customers– including us, and everybody who was trying to get into the webinar.
Fortunately, though, we did get the session recorded. You can watch the entire webinar here:
By the way, you should definitely get a copy of the new report that’s mentioned in the webinar.
To connect with the web site where you can order your copy, just CLICK HERE.
Astro-Trading & Financial Astrology Insights from Tim Bost