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Gold Charts I’m Sharing With Yorba’s Listeners

When I’m interiewed by Michael Yorba on his Traders Network radio program later today, I plan to talk about a couple of trading charts that illustrate the power of Sun/Kronos conjunctions in moving the price of Gold.

 

Gold with 4th-harmonic Sun/Kronos
This chart shows the planetary price lines for the Sun (the green diagonal lines) and Kronos (the horizontal purple lines), with the first-harmonic lines a little bolder than the rest. Note what happens to the price of Gold when there are first-harmonic crossing points.

 

Gold Sun/Kronos Conjunct
Here’s a closeup of what’s happened with Gold since the latest Sun/Kronos conjunction.

 

This Cosmic Tension Doesn’t Get Lost In Translation

Even when the Uranus/Pluto waxing square isn’t exact, it’s still an extremely powerful alignment, and we can feel its impact in a lot of markets as well as in global politics, behind-the-scenes economic actions, and increased tension in personal relationships.

That’s what’s happening this week, with the transiting Sun “translating” the Uranus/Pluto square. That process started late Monday evening, when the Sun formed an exact opposition to Pluto. It culminates on July 4, with the Sun in a precise square with Uranus. This reactivates and amplifies the power of the Uranus/Pluto square, and also creates and extra-stressful T-square pattern between the three heavenly bodies, adding even more tension to the mix.

That extraordinary Uranus/Pluto energy brings our our conflicts to the surface, and all too often manages to convince us that we are in exceptional, “do or die” situations that absolutely require us to act on the basis of immutable principles.

If the context for that kind of drama is a geopolitical showdown or an individual argument, the consequences of excessive stubbornness or precipitous action can be devastating, and sometimes even fatal. Even in the markets, where only our money is at risk, we can still get some pretty unpleasant results if we aren’t careful.

So what’s the best strategy for dealing with this week’s solar translation of the Uranus/Pluto waxing square?

We’ll certainly need to be on the lookout for major disruptions internationally, with a high potential for big conflicts challenging governments around the globe. On a more personal level, we’ll need to be careful to side-step petty arguments that could escalate into major fights.

And there are particular strategies to keep in mind for effective astro-trading as well.

That’s what I discussed with Michael Yorba when he interviewed me on his Traders Network radio show on Monday.

You can listen to the full 10-minute interview here:

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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!

Don’t Blame Ben Bernanke

The mainstream financial media are giving Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Shalom Bernanke all the credit for the current stomach-wrenching plunge in the stock market.

When Dr. Ben talked about the Fed possibly “taking its foot off the accelerator” in its massive debt-buying program if the economy continues to improve (not to be confused, he said, with hitting the brakes), the mere thought of it was enough to send stock prices into free-fall.

At least that’s what the media have been saying. But the media always like simple stories and clearly-defined heroes and villains. So it’s not surprising to see the bearded professor getting the blame.

But as astro-traders we know better. As I’ve been pointing out repeatedly for some time now, we have in hand all the necessary ingredients for a major market sell-off, with the pressure intensifying in late June and early July.

My private clients and our members at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com have gotten ample warnings of this bearish potential. We been adding short positions to the Financial Cycles Model Portfolio for the past several weeks, and we’ve ideas about specific trading strategies for the protection of trading assets.

At the beginning of this week, during my radio interview on Michael Yorba’s show, I helped Michael and our listeners pin-point the date to expect a market reversal– Wednesday, June 19th.

In fact, when Michael Yorba asked me if I thought we’d start to see some selling pressure on Tuesday, I emphatically told him that we should look for a downside move on Wednesday instead. (You can hear the complete interview by CLICKING HERE).

The triggering factor, as I explained to Michael, was not Ben Bernanke, but Jupiter’s unusual alignment with the Sun. (CLICK HERE for the full explanation of this remarkable event.)

I just figure that Jupiter and the Sun are both a whole lot bigger and a whole lot more powerful than the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, so why not give them the credit for the crash?

While a lot of investors were pretty upset when the sell-off started this week, the readers who were following our latest astro-trading strategy for asset protection had smiles on their faces. And those who got our report on “Protecting Yourself in an Irrational Market” had an opportunity to pull in extra profits from the market while everyone else was losing money!

By the way, the report on Protecting Yourself in an Irrational Market is still available, and the information it contains is still relevant, since there are additional challenges to the stock market coming up in July. You can get a copy of this report as an instant download by going to http://bit.ly/protect13.

 

This Big Move Up Could Bring a Bigger Move Down

When I spoke with Michael Yorba on his radio show yesterday, we went into some detail about this week’s Sun/Jupiter conjunction and what makes it such an unusual event.

The conjunction will be in exact alignment right in the middle of the trading day tomorrow, June 19th.

It brings an enormously powerful push toward bullishness in the equities markets, which is pretty much what we’ve been seeing during the trading sessions so far this week, leading into this planetary alignment.

But as I said to Michael yesterday, this incredibly strong surge of positive energy creates a potential trap for traders and investors, since it also sets the stage for a major move to the downside, which could get underway with a vengeance before this week is out.

It’s that potential for a market plunge that inspired our recent report on Protecting Yourself in an Irrational Market – if you don’t have a copy yet, you’ll want to download it right away, since it covers unique strategies for dealing with several big market inflection points – not only the one coming up at the end of this week, but the ones coming up in July as well.

You can get the report on Protecting Yourself in an Irrational Market by going to http://bit.ly/protect13.

And you can listen to the complete interview that Michael Yorba did with me on yesterday’s radio show right here:

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What’s So Different About Next Week’s Meeting of Jupiter and the Sun

Jupiter is nearing its annual conjunction with the Sun, and it’s attracting a lot of attention in the process.

A Sun/Jupiter conjunction isn’t a terribly rare event by itself– what IS rare this time is the fact that the Sun/Jupiter alignment will take place vertically as well as horizontally.

In other words, what we’ll be getting next week will be the Sun eclipsing Jupiter. As seen from our perspective here on Earth, Jupiter will be passing behind the Sun, coming less than a quarter of a degree away from the exact center of the solar disk.

That’s an extremely precise alignment, so it’s attracted plenty of notice from the astronomers peering through telescopes, although it hasn’t gotten much extra attention from the astrological community. Thanks to NASA and its Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SoHO), we got this coronagraph picture earlier today, showing Jupiter approaching the Sun.

Jupiter Approaches Sun
In this coronagraph, an opaque disk covers the body of the Sun, making it possible to view stars and planets that would otherwise be invisible in the solar glare. The bright spot to the left of the Sun is Jupiter, moving towards its solar conjunction on June 19.

When this photo was taken, Jupiter was about three and a half degrees away from the Sun. The conjunction will be taking place in late Gemini on June 19, just two days before the Summer Solstice. It’s already impossible to see Jupiter’s approach with the naked eye, however, thanks to the power of the solar glare.

That’s why it’s so wonderful having the SoHO photos and other NASA materials available– they not only take us past the realm of our astrological charts; they also take us far beyond what we can observe by just staring up into the sky.

Follow-Up on the Facebook IPO: The Sun & Admetos Tell the Tale

My online and broadcast schedules have gotten short shrift for the past few weeks, mainly due to an intense travel schedule combined with the need to put in some extra hours on the final revisions for my upcoming book on Mercury and the Markets.

My travels took me to New Orleans for a week, where I was presenting some advanced astro-trading techniques at a global gathering of astrologers and traders. While I was there, I had a wonderful chat with one of our active Gold-Plus Elite members at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com. He works for one of the major Wall Street wire houses, where he advises international clients on positioning their portfolios for maximum profits in these turbulent times.

“I really appreciated the warning you put out about avoiding the Facebook IPO,” he told me. “My clients had been calling me up, wanting to know if there was any way that I could get them some shares of Facebook. I told them I thought they should stay away from it.

“But a couple of my clients absolutely insisted on buying Facebook. Fortunately, though, I was able to sell out their positions during the first hour of trading on the IPO day, so they managed to get a little profit before out before the stock crashed.”

When I looked at Facebook (FB) before the IPO it was clear that bad timing– putting the shares up for sale just before the May solar eclipse– would have an adverse effect on the stock’s potential. But I also mentioned a Sun/Admetos conjunction as one of my other concerns, and that’s what turned how to have a longer-lasting impact.

As is so often the case, the astrology proves to be exactly right. In fact, that interaction of the Sun and the transneptunian Admetos is what continues to drive the price action for this stock.

As this trading chart illustrates, Facebook opened its first day of trading almost exactly at a price point corresponding with the Sun/Admetos conjunction, and after a brief upward surge, started heading south from there.

During the next two trading sessions the stock moved lower, in each case starting its trading below a lower eighth-harmonic Admetos price line. More recently, FB has found some support on a fourth-harmonic Sun line, but an eighth-harmonic Admetos line is still defining a resistance zone.

What will happen during the coming weeks remains to be seen, of course, but this Sun/Admetos interaction points to a potentially critical date for this stock: July 3, when the Sun and Admetos will align in a 45-degree semi-square.

July 3 will be a shortened trading day because of the U.S. Independence Day holiday on July 4, when the markets will be closed altogether. Although this suggests that we will see reduced trading volume on July 3, it also points to an important trading period for Facebook.

Although the buyers who are still hanging on after the disastrous IPO would certainly love to see a trend reversal to the upside then, it seems just as likely that FB may be subjected to even stronger selling pressure.