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Saying Goodbye To My Brother

I’ve been saying goodbye to a loved one, and I’m feeling really tired.

Part of my fatigue is no doubt due to an intense travel schedule during the past week – I flew to Pennsylvania to help conduct a memorial service for my youngest brother Otto. That meant I had to deal with the usual stresses of airline security, crowded airports, and inconvenient timing.

I had a late connection coming back home to Florida. My Uber driver dropped me off at 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

I’m still trying to get back onto a regular sleep schedule. That has added to my weariness as well.

But on top of that, I’ve been getting a first-hand understanding of just how physically exhausting grief can be. It’s really taken me by surprise.

A Sudden Departure

The biggest surprise of all, though, was the fact that Otto died in the first place. He passed away suddenly on July 26, while he was vacationing in the North Carolina mountains. With him were his three adult children, his daughter-in-law, and his granddaughter, who will be 2 years old in October.

The day before he died, the whole crew took a day trip to visit with our parents, who are both in their early 90’s. Our other two siblings joined them there. It was a great family gathering.

It was also a wonderful opportunity for saying goodbye, although nobody knew that’s what they were doing at the time.

I missed that occasion, however. So I was glad that I had a chance to go deliver the eulogy at Otto’s memorial service last Sunday in Pennsylvania. He and I had been really close, even though I was 12 older than him and even though we spent most of our years widely separated by geography.

Otto Bost - Saying Goodbye
J. Otto Bost –  August 27, 1960 – July 26, 2016

It was truly rewarding for me to be so closely united with him, and to be a part of the final celebration of his life as we were saying goodbye to Otto.

It was also good to get better acquainted with my niece and nephews. With their Dad gone now, I’m sure we’ll find a need for stronger connections in future years.

An Excuse To Slow Down

And in a way I’m also grateful for the grief and the fatigue. They’ve slowed me down a bit. In the process I’ve found a much-needed opportunity for quiet reflection. I’ve been thinking about Otto, of course, but also about family and love and the remarkable comfort of the cycles in our lives.

As we were saying goodbye during the memorial service, Otto’s son Steven read aloud some verses from the great astrological book of Ecclesiastes. They keep running through my mind:

“To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted. . . .”

 

Talking Transneptunian Stock Market Trading with Michael Yorba

It’s been quite a challenge keeping up with all my regular market analysis while I’ve been on the road during the past few weeks.

Fortunately, though, I’ve been able to connect with Michael Yorba each Thursday via my cell phone, so that we can spend a few minutes together on the air, talking about the astro-trading dynamics that represent the biggest immediate opportunities for profitable stock market trading.

I always enjoy our conversations, and it’s always helpful to spend a little time preparing for those radio interviews, since I have an opportunity to review what’s happening in the heavens and determine which planetary factors are the most likely to move the markets.

Earlier this week, for example, we talked about the potential impact that the Mercury/Hades conjunction next Wednesday may have on price resistance for the S&P 500. Our session really helped sharpen my thinking, and it set the stage for more detailed analysis and research after the interview was over.

You can hear the entire segment from Thursday’s program on the Traders Network right here:


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Flesh Juice Delayed Due To Some Reasons

With or without Mercury Retrograde, travel can be a challenge.

But it can also be entertaining and educational, which is often why we travel in the first place– and the entertainment value is enormously enhanced when instructions for foreign travelers manage to get mangled in translation!

A new article in The Daily Mail from the U.K. has some great photos of examples, including:

Flesh Juice
A glass of fresh juice may be delightfully refreshing, but “flesh juice”?

 

Some Reason for Flight Delay
Keeping on schedule can be pretty tough when you’re rushing to make airline connections, so as an international traveler it’s especially comforting to know that there’s really a very good explanation when things get slowed down.
Enjoy Sanitary Sweets
A true romance can make travel much easier, especially if you keep things sanitary.

You’ll find more photos and a video with the article on The Daily Mail website.

Keep these examples in mind the next time you travel, especially if Mercury happens to be retrograde!

 

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.