The Zeus retrograde station on January 20 was an extremely powerful event.
Its effect on the market was muted slightly because it happened when the markets were closed. U.S. markets were shuttered on Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
But holiday or not, this transneptunian shift is likely to usher in lower prices ahead.
It reinforces the bearish energy of the Uranus station at the January 20 Lunar Eclipse.
Trading Action Since The Zeus Retrograde Station
On January 21, the S&P 500 lost 0.27% as trading resumed after the Zeus retrograde station.
So far it’s a net loss of 0.13% since last Friday’s S&P close at 3329.62.
That’s hardly a major crash, of course.
But it’s starting to look more and more like a definitive trading top.
Keep An Eye On The Trading Action
The prospects will be clarified by the trading action just ahead.
If the sell-off is amplified or becomes more sustained, we will consider this top confirmed.
That means we can look for even lower stock prices ahead.
As we see it now, there could be a significant decline running through the end of February.
And we can thank the Zeus retrograde station for getting it going.
Broader Implications Feeding Market Expectations
And that’s not all.
As you can see from the 90-degree dial presentation of the Zeus retrograde station, other factors come into play.
The station activated the midpoint of Mercury and the True Lunar Node. That signals a time of creative thinking and inventiveness.
Maybe even a new way for dyed-in-the-wool bulls to start thinking about market direction in a new light.
The Kronos/Vulcanus midpoint also got triggered by the Zeus retrograde station.
The implication here is the excessive expression of the powers of the state. It’s all about politics, with the notion that ruthless politicians manage to have their way, no matter how much effort it takes.
On the dial, we can adjust the pointer to identify the axis of the True Lunar Node and the transneptunian factor Zeus.
This Node/Zeus combination is the astrological signature of cooperative actions in general, and of elections in particular.
And, as the 2016 equinox dial reveals, that Node/Zeus axis is potent.
It resonates strongly with the Pluto/Chiron midpoint (problems and embarrassment created by big money and excessive power) and the Neptune/Vulcanus midpoint (large-scale deceptions and disappointments, plus significant loss of power).
It’s fair to say, then, that we can expect gut-wrenching experiences as we move through the presidential election cycle throughout 2016.
There’s obviously much at stake here.
This presidential election has the potential for shaking up conventional political and governmental structures in some very big ways.
Steps Along The Way
We’ll wait to speculate about the winner of the 2016 presidential election. The right time is after the major political parties have selected their nominees.
And we’ll review the election results when they come in.
But in the meantime, we can use the Node/Zeus midpoint in the Aries equinox chart as a key tool.
It’s an indicator of the important times we should be watching for key developments in the presidential election process.
The planetary transits to that Node/Zeus midpoint are especially critical.
We can look at them not only as direct passages, but also as eighth-harmonic alignments.
For example, there was an activation by Mars on February 10.
That’s when both Carly Fiorina and Chris Christie suspended their campaigns.
The next Mars event is October 4.
Of particular interest are the activation of the Node/Zeus axis by Mercury on February 27 (South Carolina Democratic primary) and April 19 (New York primary).
We’ll also be watching the alignments by Venus on April 9 (Wyoming Republican caucus) and July 28 (the closing day of the Democratic national convention).
And we shouldn’t overlook the exact fourth-harmonic alignment by Hades on June 6. That’s the eve of presidential election primaries in California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
Hades may be the most descriptive of the entire presidential election process!
Astro-Trading & Financial Astrology Insights from Tim Bost