As you may have heard, it’s a SuperMoon Mercury retrograde.
We go through three Mercury retrograde periods each year, with each one lasting about three weeks.
So dealing with Mercury retrograde is not a rare event.
Based on years of practical experience, if we’ve astrologically savvy at all, we’ve learned how to accommodate those times when Mercury is retrograde.
We expect a little more confusion and misunderstanding in our personal communications. So we try to be more forgiving of others and of ourselves as well.
We allow a little extra time to get to appointments.
We double-check the math in important transactions and proofread written documents more carefully.
As astro-traders, we learn to take the Mercury retrograde experience in stride. We stay alert by adding some extra caution to our trade execution and money management, and double-checking our market analysis along the way.
But the current Mercury retrograde is strikingly different. In fact, it represents a fairly rare occurrence from an astrological perspective, thanks in large part to a specific lunar factor.
The First SuperMoon Mercury Retrograde In Nine Years
For the first time since January 2009, Mercury has made a retrograde station on exactly the same day as a SuperMoon Full Moon, with the lunar perigee pumping up the power of the syzygy and adding to the overall tension of the Mercury station.
As the 90-degree dial shown here reveals, the midpoint between the SuperMoon and the Mercury station is also a hot spot.
It activates the Kronos/Admetos midpoint, so this is a time when leadership will be challenged. We could see the collapse of governments, the removal of national leaders, and a shuffling of leadership in market sectors as well.
In other words, while any Mercury retrograde period can skew the markets, this particular one may prove to be particularly important!
Are bitcoin futures the start of a new era in cryptocurrencies? What lies ahead for bitcoin now?
One week ago, when Mercury began its retrograde motion on December 3, it made its station in precise alignment with the Moon/Pluto conjunction in the 2008 horoscope for Satoshi Nakamoto’s original bitcoin proposal.
This remarkable activation of the “power to the people” point in the bitcoin inception chart, with the added energy of the SuperMoon Full Moon (along with potent Mars/Mercury and Pluto/Jupiter activations at the same time), was apparently enough to trigger a historic run-up in the value of the cryptocurrency, which was already in the midst of a speculative frenzy.
Bitcoin had been trading at about $800 a year ago, but by early October it had hit $5,000. After a surge above $10,000 near the end of November it was trading at about $9,650 as Mercury began its retrograde motion. And its big run-up wasn’t over yet.
Was It Really A Bitcoin Crash?
By Friday, December 8, the price of bitcoin had climbed to an astonishing level of more than $18,600, but before the end of the day a sudden sell-off sent the price downward by more than $3,000.
(The mainstream media immediately called it a “bitcoin crash” in spite of the fact that the cryptocurrency was still up more than 60% since the start of the week.)
In spite of the conflicting opinions about bitcoin and its true value and ultimate viability, and in spite of many questions that remain unanswered at this point, it’s already clear that the cryptocurrency is destined to have a global impact that can change the nature of trading and speculation in some fundamental ways.
Bitcoin Futures Have Arrived
The big news for bitcoin, however, is the fact that futures trading in the cryptocurrency is now getting underway. Bitcoin futures contracts actually began trading as scheduled on the Cboe Global Markets exchange starting at 5:00 p.m. CST earlier today, on Sunday, December 10. Bitcoin futures will also begin trading on CME on December 17. The CME Bitcoin Futures Contract will use the ticker BTC and will equal five bitcoins.
The Cboe Bitcoin Futures Contract is using the ticker symbol XBT and is equal to one bitcoin. The January contract opened at $15,460 and immediately surged higher, hitting $17,170 during Asian trading hours. Both Cboe’s and CME’s bitcoin futures contracts will be settled in U.S. dollars.
The First-Trade horoscope for the XBT contract is truly remarkable. Set for Chicago, the home of Cboe Global Markets, Inc., the Ascendant conjoins the cardinal axis at 0 degrees Cancer. As shown on the 90-degree dial, this powerful alignment activates midpoints that hint at the profound impact of the cryptocurrency:
Sun/Kronos – The power of the state; The president, the king, the boss, or the prosecuting attourney. Independence and superiority. Venus/Pluto – Harmonious development; new hope for the entire world.
Uranus/Midheaven – General tension and excitement; to give something that vibrates throughout the world. Jupiter/Node – Fortunate unions and positive relationships. Poseidon/Node – Global mental connections and spiritual unions.
In short, the future of bitcoin has a lot to offer, and bitcoin futures trading will expand its potential!
The SuperMoon Lunar Eclipse coming up on September 27 is creating quite a stir.
The mass media outlets love eclipses.
They give them opportunities to talk about once-in-a-lifetime events and never-before-seen cosmic phenomena.
Even if those phenomena are not really all that rare.
Take the SuperMoon Lunar Eclipse, for example.
It’s just a few days away, and the media is getting excited, describing it as the Eclipse of the Century.
They’re calling it a Blood Moon Eclipse.
They’re calling it a Harvest Moon Eclipse.
And, of course, they’re calling it a SuperMoon Lunar Eclipse.
So What’s A SuperMoon Lunar Eclipse?
It’s pretty simple, really. A SuperMoon Lunar Eclipse is just a lunar eclipse that happens at a SuperMoon.
Make that a Super Full Moon. Lunar eclipses can only happen at full moons.
And what’s a SuperMoon?
According to NASA, “A supermoon is a full or new moon that falls closest to the fall equinox, and is at its closest approach to the Earth. This results in the moon appearing up to 14% larger in diameter.”
That sounds pretty good. But it’s a more limited definition than was originally intended when the term was first used.
An Astrologer Got Here First
As I pointed out in a previous post on this blog, the term “SuperMoon” was first coined by astrologer Richard Nolle more than 30 hers ago.
He came up with the term, and since that time other astrologers and even some astronomers (most notably some of the ones at NASA) have been using it as well. It has gotten so much circulation, in fact, that it’s become a fairly common description of certain lunar phenomena.
And that’s where the confusion starts to come in.
As Richard Nolle himself puts it, “Clearly there’s a lot of confusion about what’s really a SuperMoon.
“When I see people misrepresenting the idea, not really understanding it at all, I feel impelled – not compelled – to try and set the record straight. Words mean things, after all…”
How NASA Changed The SuperMoon
Part of the confusion comes from the hysteria associated with the idea that a SuperMoon is some sort of evil omen, or a sign of certain disaster.
But even NASA has added to the mixed-up ideas about the SuperMoon.
Note that NASA’s definition says that only “a full or new moon that falls closest to the fall equinox, and is at its closest approach to the Earth” can be considered a SuperMoon.
But that doesn’t agree with Richard Nolle’s definition.
“SuperMoon is a word I coined in a 1979 article for Dell Publishing Company’s HOROSCOPE magazine, describing a new or full moon which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit. In short, Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with Moon in its nearest approach to Earth,” he explains.
Note that Nolle doesn’t limit SuperMoons to the new or full moon “closest to the fall equinox,” per the much later modification of the term by NASA.
Easier Than Perigee-Syzygy
“At any new or full moon,” Nolle goes on to say, “Earth and Moon and Sun are all in a line: Earth is in the middle in the full moon alignment, while the new moon happens with Moon in the middle. This coming together in an alignment is technically termed a syzygy.
“Sometimes – from a few times to a half-dozen times in a given year – these alignments also happen when the Moon is in its perigee, or closest approach to Earth. Astronomers call this very special alignment a perigee-syzygy. I call it a SuperMoon – which is a whole lot easier on the tongue.”
The restricted notion that NASA promotes severely limits, of course, the number of events that can be considered SuperMoons, which in turn makes SuperMoon Lunar Eclipses extremely rare indeed.
But Richard Nolle says that thinking of SuperMoons as extremely rare or unusual “is completely wrong. There are 4-6 SuperMoons a year on average.”
The SuperMoon Lunar Eclipse Roll Call
Even so, SuperMoon Lunar Eclipses, with a total lunar eclipse at the time of a SuperMoon, do occur infrequently enough that they deserve some special attention. According to Nolle’s calculations, there have just been 16 of them since the year 1900:
November 16, 1910, with the Moon at 23° Taurus
March 22, 1913, with the Moon at 01° Libra
April 2, 1930, with the Moon at 12° Libra
December 8, 1946, with the Moon at 16° Gemini
April 13, 1949, with the Moon at 22° Libra
April 2, 1950, with the Moon at 12° Libra
December 18, 1964, with the Moon at 27° Gemini
April 13, 1968, with the Moon at 23° Libra
September 8, 1979, with the Moon at 13° Pisces
December 30, 1982, with the Moon at 08° Cancer
May 8, 1985, with the Moon at 14° Scorpio
April 24, 1986, with the Moon at 04° Scorpio
September 16, 1997, with the Moon at 23° Pisces
January 21, 2000, with the Moon at 00° Leo
January 9, 2001, with the Moon at 20° Cancer
May 15, 2003, with the Moon at 24° Scorpio
When the next SuperMoon Lunar Eclipse arrives a few days from now, it will occur with the Moon in the fire sign Aries. It’s noteworthy that only of the 16 previous SuperMoon Lunar Eclipses – the one on January 21, 2000 – took place with the Moon in a fire sign.
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!
Right now I’m sitting on the upstairs balcony of my penthouse condo, listening to the traffic on the bridge nearby and the growl of the jet-skis below me as they make their final frantic passes through the water before heading for shore as darkness sets in.
And, of course, there’s a stunningly gorgeous orange Moon rising above the Manatee River, full and at perigee– a Super Moon for sure!
This extra-intense lunar alignment definitely added to the size of the pull-back we saw in the stock market yesterday, and I honestly wouldn’t be surprised to see it influencing the market action on Monday as well.
But this powerful Full Moon is just one of the cosmic factors that astro-traders need to keep an eye on during the coming weeks. In fact, I reviewed a whole series of the phenomena we’ll be watching during my conversation with Michael Yorba yesterday on his Traders Network radio show.
I also posted this trading chart on Michael’s social network page: You can listen to the whole interview from yesterday’s show here:
By the way, during the interview I told Michael that “Super Moon” was not a term used by astronomers or astrologers, but was just something the media made up.
I was wrong.
As Roberto Garcia, one of our active Gold-Plus Elite members at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com, so kindly reminded me after the interview, the term “Super Moon” was coined a few years back by astrologer Richard Nolle. I had forgotten that!