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Giving Mercury Some Credit

In all of the discussions about the astrological triggers for the big sell-off in stocks last week, I’ve neglected to mention the contribution that Mercury made to the market plunge!

As the Sun/Jupiter conjunction was capturing most of the attention, Mercury was busy lining up in a precise angular relationship with the Sun that typically signals a trading top for the S&P 500 Index.

What follows a trading top, of course, is a declining market– and that’s exactly what we saw last week!

The principles behind this Sun/Mercury market activation was discussed in the book Mercury, Money and the Markets, which is available from Amazon.com or at a discounted price direct from the publisher at http://bit.ly/MercuryBook.

But the timing of Mercury activations like this is the tricky part. They don’t follow the guidelines of traditional astrology, so many astro-traders miss out on them completely.

Mercury Metrics Quarterly

That’s why we started publishing Mercury Metrics earlier this year. The latest issue of this easy-to-read quarterly publication was released earlier today; it covers all the specific Mercury activations for July, August, and September.

If you’re interested in adding the precision of Mercury energy to your market timing, I highly recommend that you take a look at Mercury Metrics.

You can order the current issue as an instant download at HarmonicResearchAssociates.com – or you can get a money-saving subscription at http://bit.ly/mmSubscription

Either way, I think you’ll find Mercury Metrics to be a simple, easy-to-use tool for adding this essential astrological dynamic to your trading.

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!

A Cosmic Turnaround and a Pause in the Plunge

Today is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year in terms of daylight hours and the first day of summer in the northern hemisphere.

The literal meaning of the word “solstice” is “the Sun (Sol) standing still”. That’s what seems to be happening from our point of view on Earth, anyway – for the past six months the Sun’s apparent path through the sky has gradually moved a little bit higher, a little more northward, each day.

Today, however, the Sun’s path through the sky is the same as it was yesterday; the Sun is “standing still.” Tomorrow’s path will be just a tiny bit lower, a little more toward the south, than today’s trajectory. It will continue to move a little lower each day until the Winter Solstice in December, when the cycle begins again.

The solstices are major turning points in the year, and they are often accompanied by shifts in mass psychology and sometimes changes in market trends as well. That’s why W. D. Gann paid such close attention to them, identifying them as key points in the annual cycle that all traders should remember.

This time around, of course, the market top came two days prior to the solstice, with Wednesday’s Sun/Jupiter conjunction calling the shots. And it was against that background of a major market sell-off that we saw the trading action respond to the Summer Solstice today.

As the Sun was standing still, the markets did the same.

The dizzying plunge in stock prices of the past two days paused briefly. Intraday attempts at a rally never really got off the ground, but the push to the downside didn’t pick up much momentum, either. The major indices closed up for the day, but their gains were miniscule compared to the losses of the last two trading sessions.

In other words, stocks basically spent the day treading water. While the big decline has paused, there are few clear indicators that price support will actually hold at the current levels. We’ll have to wait until next week to see if the bulls or the bears resume control. For right now it’s time to step back from the market action, catch our breath, and just stand still for a moment.

Not a bad thing to do on the Summer Solstice!

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.