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.
Hurricane Dorian has dominated the news for the past few days.
That’s especially been true here in Florida. The state is currently projected as being right in the storm’s cross hairs.
Hurricane Dorian Is Big
Hurricane Dorian is currently a category 4 storm. It’s packing winds of over 150 miles per hour. As it crosses over warm ocean, it’s expected to intensify.
A potential landfall in Florida is still some days away. But panic has already set in.
Florida’s governor has already declared a state of emergency for the entire state. He has advised citizens to stock up with at least a week’s supply of food and water.
That’s sent folks scrambling to the stores. It’s a big boon for retail grocers.
Patty and I stopped in at a local supermarket earlier today. It was a routine visit for us.
We were stunned to encounter wall-to-wall people jamming the aisles.
The store had put a limit on the purchase of bottled drinking water. Customers were allowed just two 24-bottle cases each. And while we were there, the store manager got on the public address system to direct employees:
“All associates need to keep a close eye on customers. When they check out, don’t let them back into the store. We’ve already had people check out with two cases of water. Then they’ve sneaked back into the store so they can get back in line and try to buy more. Remember, there’s a strict limit of just two cases per customer!”
Consider a couple of facts. We live on the west coast of Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico just south of Tampa. Hurricane Dorian is in the Atlantic Ocean approaching the east coast of Florida.
So panic here seems a bit over the top.
Patty is a Florida native. She and I have lived together here for over 23 years. So we tend to take storm preparation more or less in stride.
But Florida has seen a huge boost in population in recent years. Many of our neighbors have never experienced a hurricane first-hand.
So maybe we should expect panic buying.
The Astrological Perspective
Hurricane Dorian is big. But astrology suggests that it may not end up as a big problem for Florida.
Shortly after news of the Hurricane Dorian developed, I cast the storm’s horoscope.
I used the time of the first official notice of the original tropical depression, at the longitude and latitude of the reported sighting.
Here’s what the chart looks like:
With Uranus triggering the Mars/Hades and Aries/Moon midpoints, Dorian clearly means business. Its destructive potential may include loss of life.
What’s interesting is projecting Dorian’s planetary positions and aspects onto an astro-map of the Caribbean.
The lines on the chart are for planets rising, setting, and culminating.
I’ve circled a key point on the map. It’s the meeting point of two Uranus lines. The Uranus setting line crosses the line for Uranus square the Midheaven in eastern Dominican Republic.
Because Uranus is associated with storms and high winds, this geographic zone could prove significant.
As the storm neared that area, it changed direction. It moved more toward the north and northwest.
It may also intensify dramatically.
The exact effects remain to be seen, of course. But there’s one more factor to consider.
What Will Admetos Do?
Less than 24 hours from now, the transneptunian factor Admetos will be making a retrograde station. It’s exact shortly before 9:00 p.m. Eastern tomorrow, on August 31.
When corporate insiders sell some of their shares in a company’s stock, we’re never too sure about the real reason.
They could be taking out cash to pay off a mortgage, to pay for a child’s college tuition, to support a mistress, or for any other personal need.
But when insiders start buying shares instead of selling them, we can be pretty sure they’re optimistic about the company’s prospects.
That’s what came to mind this past Tuesday, when General Electric (GE) board member James Tisch, who is also CEO of Loews Corp. (L), bought $54 million worth of GE stock.
That was just a week after GE CEO John Flannery acquired GE shares worth $1 million, and one day after GE board member Francisco D’Souza (who is also CEO of Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation (CTSH) purchased just under $1 million worth of GE shares.
As usual, however, we need to pay attention to the astrology behind the scenes if we wnt to get the complete picture. And in the case of the trading by GE insiders, the astrological factors present a compelling picture.
With transiting Pluto sesquiquadrate the GE First-Trade Apollon and transiting Uranus conjoining the GE secondary progressed Moon as 2017 comes to a close, these insiders may soon be rewarded with rising share prices.
The biggest bullish trigger, however, is likely to be the Uranus direct station on January 2, conjoining Venus at the GE First-Trade Midheaven.
Are the GE insiders right? We’ll have wait and see!
The dollar surge in the weeks since the U.S. presidential election has certainly been impressive.
The greenback is currently up by more than 6 percent since its initial reactive pull-back as the election results started to come in.
But the dollar surge is not just the result of the surprising outcome of the U.S. election.
The growing anticipation of an interest rate hike by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is also in the mix, adding to the strength of the dollar surge as well.
As we’ve watched the persistence of the dollar surge in recent weeks, it’s certainly been very tempting to see the currency’s rise from a short-term perspective. That’s not necessarily the wisest perspective, however.
The Planetary Action Behind The Dollar Surge
The fact is, a look at the ups and downs in the dollar over the longer term reveals planetary dynamics at work behind the scenes.
The 90-degree dial that’s shown here, for the U.S. Coinage Act which created the dollar in 1792, highlights the Aries point world axis for the dollar, which is reflected in this chart through Uranus, Mercury/Venus, and Saturn/Apollon.
It’s the Saturn/Apollon dynamic, with the two planets 49.25 degrees apart at the time of the dollar’s inception, that has the strongest impact on long-term dollar cycles. Whenever Saturn and Apollon return to that same degree of separation, we need to pay particular attention to action in the dollar.
But even the 49.25 degree angle doesn’t give us the whole story behind the dollar surge. As the monthly trading chart for the Dollar Index illustrates, the Saturn/Apollon eighth-harmonic action is also quite important in key turning points and price fluctuations.
The highlighted monthly price bars show the opposition in June & September 1997 and March 1998; the 135-degree angle on 6/5/2001; the waning square in August 2004, January 2005 & May 2005; the waning semi-square on 8/21/2008; the triple conjunction in 2012; and the waxing semi-squares in March, April & November of this year.
The planetary price lines shown on the chart are for Saturn and Apollon in the fourth harmonic, defining key points of support & resistance.
The planetary aspects at the U.S. elections on November 8 are disturbing, to say the least.
They certainly suggest the possibility of election violence. It could be either at the polls themselves or in the aftermath of the vote count.
The Saturn-Vulcanus waxing sesquiquadrate contributes to a hyper-vigilant attitude. It’s a “do or die” dynamic that’s essentially looking for trouble. It stays on guard against imagined offences.
The Mars-Admetos waning trine adds to the tension. It signals an urge to take aggressive action against immovable obstacles. There’s a strong possibility that “get out the vote” forces could confront “suppress the vote” resistance.
Election Violence From A Pleasant Source?
And then there’s the conjunction of Venus with the transneptunian Cupido.
It’s just after the Election Day opening bell on the New York Stock Exchange.
Now don’t get me wrong.
Venus and Cupido are two of the good guys in astrology.
Venus is all about love, harmony, money, the arts, and beauty. It’s the feminine mystique personified.
Cupido is connected with community, family connections, and the sharing of common cultural heritage.
So when Venus and Cupido get together it’s typically good. We normally expect social harmony, pleasant connections, and marital bliss.
But as this chart for the S&P 500 in 2014 shows, we sometimes get something else.
The Venus-Cupido conjunction coincides with trading tops about 60 percent of the time.
But this time the two planets meet, on Tuesday, November 8, we may get even more negative results.
This 90-degree dial for the Venus-Cupido conjunction shows the meeting of the two planets at 25º 41′ Sagittarius.
But what’s interesting is not just the connection between those two beneficial planets.
It’s the fact that they trigger the Uranus-Admetos midpoint.
That’s pretty ominous.
This midpoint activation signals shocking social convulsions. We could see wanton destruction, murders, earthquakes, and yes, even election violence.
At the very least, we can expect sudden breakups of trusted associations.
Individuals and factions will be excluded.
They’ll need to learn how to go it on their own.
They may have wounds that take a very long time to heal.
It’s not a pretty picture.
Election Violence and the Markets
Don’t forget. The markets can react to social and political news in dramatic ways.
Election violence could amplify the November Meltdown in equities.
The election campaign this year has certainly been vicious.
But it’s not the only time that an election got nasty.
The prize for election violence goes to 1876.
Voters went to the polls on Tuesday, November 7, 1876. It was one of America’s most contentious and controversial contests.
The 1876 results are among the most disputed ever. But it’s certain that Samuel J. Tilden of New York outpolled Ohio’s Rutherford B. Hayes in the popular vote.
Hayes got 4,034,311 votes. Tilden got 4,288,546.
After a first count of votes, Tilden won 184 electoral votes. Hayes got 165.
But 20 votes were left unresolved. These 20 electoral votes were in dispute in four states.
In Florida, Louisiana, and South Carolina, each party reported its candidate had won the state.
In Oregon one elector was replaced. He had been declared illegal for being an “elected or appointed official”.
Ultimately, all three of Oregon’s votes were awarded to Hayes.
Hayes thus had a majority of one in the Electoral College.
The Democrats cried fraud. Tension and hostility swept the country.
Tilden supporters threatened that Hayes would never be inaugurated.
“Tilden or Blood” became the rallying cry. In Columbus, Ohio, a shot was fired at Governor Hayes’s residence as he sat down to dinner. Supporters marched to his home, calling for the “president”.
Hayes tried to calm the crowd. “It is impossible,” he said, “at so early a time, to obtain the result.”
As incidents of election violence surged, President Grant took action. He strengthened the military force in and around Washington.
A look at the horoscope for the disputed election of 1876 is revealing.
Saturn activates the Mercury-Kronos midpoint, so authoritative communications were in short supply.
With the Venus/Chiron mipoint also getting triggered, harmony and cooperation were difficult to establish.
But most important of all, Saturn also activated the Uranus-Admetos midpoint at the 1876 election. That’s the same combination being triggered now, setting the stage for stress and tension, and possibly even some election violence.
Last week, on Groundhog Day, we had the closest approach to a Uranus/Pluto waxing square since the series of seven such events that ran between 2012 and 2015.
This time, the alignment hit LinkedIn hard.
The Wall Street analysts’ expectations for the quarterly earnings report from LinkedIn Corporation (NYSE – LNKD) were solidly optimistic. On average, they were anticipating fourth quarter revenues of $857 million and earnings of 78 cents per share.
When the company announced its results after the market closed on Thursday, February 4, it beat those expectations.
The quarterly report showed revenues of $862 million and earnings of 94 cents per share.
That performance wasn’t good enough for traders, however.
LNKD gapped lower at the opening bell on Friday, and after a wild day of trading, the stock closed at 108.38 for a loss of $83.90 a share (a 43.63% decline) in a single trading session.
Needless to say, it was the biggest one-day loss the company had ever experienced, and it amounted to a $10 billion plunge in market capitalization.
So what happened?
Beating Estimates Wasn’t Enough For LinkedIn
The market pundits said the sell-off was due to LinkedIn’s cautious guidance that reduced expectations for long-term revenues and raised concerns about uncertain currency exchange rates.
But the astro-traders who had been watching planetary influences and tracking the information on the LinkedIn First-Trade Data Sheet looked past those fundamentals and saw another story.
This week’s close-approach to an eighth Uranus/Pluto waxing square made its powerful presence felt by triggering multiple midpoint structures in the LNKD First-Trade horoscope.
The red arrow on the 90º dial for the LNKD First-Trade chart marks the fourth-harmonic position of the Uranus/Pluto alignment that took place last week.
Extra Trouble from Uranus and Pluto
That alignment activated the midpoints of Sun/Chiron, Poseidon/Node, Venus/Hades, Pluto/Apollon, and Saturn/Ascendant, adding up to a tremendous amount of stress on this stock. It set the stage for trading pressures to come.
Then LNKD made an intraday “correct high” on the Uranus/Pluto combination on Thursday.
It provided a clear confirmation that share prices for LinkedIn were immediately heading south.
After LNKD made that correct intra-day high on the Uranus/Pluto zone on February 4 (point “A” on the trading chart above).
The stock gapped down dramatically in response, taking the biggest dive in its entire trading history.
Note that when the closing bell sounded on Friday, February 5, LNKD had settled at 108.38 (point “B”), right on the next-lowest planetary price line combination tracking the tight alignment of Uranus and Pluto in the fourth harmonic.
Not The End Of The Story
It was a significant astro-trading event, to say the least.
An unanticipated encounter with a long-lost friend who shows up uninvited at an exclusive social event.
All of those things are the kind of surprises we like.
But sometimes Uranus gets nasty.
It can bring surprising catastrophes, lightning storms, high winds, rapidly escalating conflicts, and times of social strife.
That’s especially true when Uranus joins forces with Pluto, which is exactly what’s been going on for the past three years.
The current series of seven waxing Uranus/Pluto squares, which began in 2012, is coming to an end on March 16, with the final installment in the series of alignments.
And it’s already bringing more than its share of unpleasant surprises.
Cyclone Pam Smashes Vanuatu
Just ask the good folks in Vanuatu, in the South Pacific.
The final Uranus/Pluto waxing square started shaking things up there less than 48 hours ago, as the most powerful storm system ever recorded in the region hammered the Pacific islands.
Tropical Cyclone Pam, packing sustained winds of over 250 kilometers per hour, with gusts of over 300 kilometers per hour, has left what relief workers are calling “unbelievable destruction” in Port Vila, the capitol of Vanuatu, with more than 90 percent of the structures there damaged in some way.
The South Pacific Meets Cyclone Pam and Friends
And Tropical Cyclone Pam is just the leader of the pack.
In addition to Pam, Tropical Cyclones Bavi, Olwyn, and Nathan are simultaneously clobbering the South Pacific, sending shock waves through northern Australia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and lands beyond.
While at least 8 deaths have been reported and there’s already a tremendous strain on communications, transportation, and relief efforts, what’s abundantly clear about Cyclone Pam is the true power of the Uranus/Pluto waxing square series.
That’s a force that I analysed in depth in my monograph on The Uranus/Pluto Waxing Square 202-2015, but Vanuatu makes it clear that we need to consider this powerful and stressful alignment from a different perspective.
While the physical devastation and impact on human life is considerable, this event also has significance in the world of international finance. Vanuatu is a popular tax haven and the island nation has no income tax, capital gains tax, withholding tax, inheritance tax, or exchange control.
The country’s horoscope suggests its high vulnerability to the power of the final Uranus/Pluto waxing square
Transiting Uranus not only squares transiting Pluto; it also forms an opposition to the country’s natal Pluto.
The alignment of transiting Uranus and transiting Pluto directly activates the Moon and Hades in the national horoscope for Vanuatu, suggesting sudden impoverishment of the general population.
The activation of the Vanuatu Sun/Saturn midpoint indicates sudden separations and the loss of important connections with the elderly.
Watching Cyclone Pam
We will of course be keeping on top of the news from Cyclone Pam as it unfolds. The mainstream media won’t be paying much attention to the Uranus/Pluto waxing square, of course.
But at least some of us will have an idea about what’s really gonig on.
We’ve been dealing with the series of Uranus/Pluto waxing squares for the past three years.
There have been six of these alignments so far, with the first one coming in the summer of 2012 and the most recent one hitting us last December.
And now we’re ready for the seventh and final square.
It’s coming up in just another week, on March 16.
It marks the end of a cycle of these alignments, but not the end of the enormously stressful impact this planetary combination has been having on geopolitics, on community affairs, on market and economic activity, and on our daily lives.
We reach the end of a cycle with Uranus every 84 years, and that time period often marks significant milestones in the lives of individuals, organizations, and countries as well.
The End of a Cycle of Uranus and Pluto Together
When we add Pluto to the mix, however, the already explosive potential of Uranus can get extreme.
There are wars, natural catastrophes, and riots in the streets.
Tempers flare, and lines are drawn in the sand in families, neighborhoods, and political parties.
We experience times of racial unrest, social tension, confrontation, and sometimes violence and bloodshed.
That’s what’s been in play for the past three years, and that’s what comes into strong focus as we approach the end of a cycle on March 16.
This final alignment at the end of a cycle of seven waxing squares sees the Uranus/Pluto waxing square triggering the Apollon/Aries midpoint (widespread commercial activity; events that have a global impact) and the Hades/Vulcanus midpoint (wickedness, vice, great danger, capital crimes, brutality, murder.
In short, it’s not a very pretty picture.
But even as we count down the days until this ominous astrological event at the end of a cycle in a period of profound stress, we need to remind ourselves that every crisis brings opportunities with it.
As I noted recently in the latest installment of the Astro-Traders Tip of the Week, the big event that astro-traders need to keep an eye on right now is the conjunction of the Sun with Neptune at 11:55 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday night, February 25.
Potential EuroZone Confusion
This alignment will take place at 7 degrees Pisces, a position that puts it in conjunction with Saturn in the May 17, 1876 horoscope for the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.
While that connection suggests that we’ll want to watch for continuing developments in EU politics during the coming weeks, the Sun/Neptune combination promotes confusion and illusory thinking in general. This could mean some speculative opportunities that seem to be too good to be true (and probably are), along with duplicity, muddled market signals, and self-deception.
Why An Oil Prices Chart?
But Neptune is also traditionally associated with petroleum, so a horoscope for the conjunction tonight could in one sense be considered an oil prices chart as well.
The Sun/Neptune conjunction aligns with the midpoint of Chiron and Admetos, which suggests problematic circumstances with regard to basic raw materials, including petroleum. I noted the roles of Neptune and Admetos in a recent blog post on oil prices chart considerations.
Stressful situations like this one that include a Chiron factor often turn out to be blessings in disguise, however, especially for the financial players that have hidden interests or unexpected connections.
Note as well that the Sun/Neptune conjunction also activates the Hades/Poseidon midpoint (defective thinking, unclear communications, core deficiencies). There’s also an impact here on the Uranus/Apollon alignment (the tension of uncertainty impacted by sudden shifts in supply and demand).
Stock Trading Possibilities
While all these factors contribute to the usefulness of the Sun/Neptune conjunction horoscope as an oil prices chart, there are also opportunities for profitable stock market trades that accompany the Sun/Neptune conjunction.
As we noted in a recent article at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com, “this planetary aspect typically follows an upward-trending market, which tends to culminate about nine or ten days after the alignment, prior to a strong sell-off.” That could offer some short-term trading opportunities now for savvy astro-traders – you can read about “The Sun/Neptune Conjunction and the S&P” HERE.
Astro-Trading & Financial Astrology Insights from Tim Bost