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W. D. Gann on Groundhog Day

,W. D. Gann had the right idea when he paid attention to Groundhog Day in an oblique kind of way.

After all, Groundhog Day is a curious bit of American folklore.

The 1993 “Groundhog Day” movie with Bill Murray created a cultural archetype. When you mention Groundhog Day, many people immediately connect the name with the notion of endlessly-repeating events.

I guess you could say that it’s like deja vu all over again….

Not Just Deja Vu

But Groundhog Day is actually a long-observed American holiday.

One that W. D. Gann knew quite well.

It had its U.S. origins with German settlers in southeastern and central Pennsylvania in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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W. D. Gann was less concerned about this furry critter than he was about the planetary dynamics of a key calendar point.

According to the traditions associated with this annual event on Februrary 2, if it’s cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on that date, spring will come early.

If it’s sunny, on the other hand, the groundhog will see its shadow and return to hibernation as winter weather persists for six more weeks.

February 2 is also the annual date of Candlemas and of the festival of Imbolc in the Celtic calendar. More important for astro-traders, it also marks the midpoint of the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox in the northern hemisphere.

W. D. Gann and the Eighth Harmonic

It thus has particular significance as an eighth-harmonic calendar point in W. D. Gann’s market calculations.

As many students of this pioneering astro-trader’s work understand, W. D. Gann deeply understood the significance of market timing. He knew that paying attention to the calendar was one of the keys to connecting price and time for more profitable trading results.

To that end, W. D. Gann focused on the dates of the solar cardinal ingresses throughout the year:

As the Sun moves into the zodiac sign of Aries, we have the vernal equinox, the start of Spring in the northern hemisphere.

With the Sun’s entry into Cancer, the summer solstice ushers in another change of season.

The Fall Equinox comes with the passage of the Sun into Libra.

And the first day of Winter in the northern hemisphere comes when the Sun moves into the zodiac sign of Capricorn.

W. D. Gann’s Innovation

But W. D. Gann took things even farther.

In working with his calendar calculations and market forecasting, W. D. Gann also paid close attention to the timing midpoints between those cardinal solar ingresses.

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Uranus and Pluto are approaching a fresh waxing square alignment on Groundhog Day in 2016.

This year, however, Groundhog Day has special significance for astro-traders. Uranus and Pluto will revisit their waxing square on that date; it’s an alignment that had seven exact iterations between 2012 and 2015. Although the two planets don’t make a precise 90-degree alignment this time around, it’s worth paying attention to the market reaction.

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This chart shows the average price movements of the S&P 500 Index for 15 days before and after the seven previous Uranus/Pluto waxing squares.

While various markets reacted to those Uranus/Pluto configurations in different ways, the manifestations outside of the markets were consistent with previous Uranus/Pluto fourth-harmonic influences: a big increase in social, religious, and political tensions, with extremism and belligerence hitting major heights.

With that kind of extra stress coming at a critical calendar point this time around, we could see disruptive or contentious influences in the news that may make their presence felt in the markets, too.

Applying W. D. Gann’s Astro-Trading Principles

As modern astro-traders, we have a clear advantage over W. D. Gann.

We not only have the opportunity to stand on his shoulders, and follow his lead in market analysis and timing our trades – we also have a tool he didn’t even dream of:

Computers.

Today, thanks to astro-trading software like the Fibonacci Trader/Galactic Trader program, we can rapidly visualize astrological dynamics in the markets through planetary price lines and other tools.

It’s advantage that is reviewed in great detail in the live workshop recordings of the program on Profitable Trading with Planetary Timing.

It’s also a key part of our Model Portfolio success with astro-trading at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com.

The Dark Side in American Politics

It was bound to happen.

American politics is definitely headed for the Dark Side, and there doesn’t seem to be much we can do about it.

For evidence of that fact, all we have to do is pay attention to the news.

Is The Dark Side The Norm?

Of course, there are plenty of wild-eyed conspiracy theorists (and even some pretty reputable researchers) who would argue that American politics and the Dark Side are actually one and the same thing. See, for example, The Nine (Sinister Forces: A Grimoire of American Political Witchcraft, Book 1) and its follow-up volumes by Peter Levenda.

But as might be expected, expressions of the Dark Side in politics have typically been advanced in a secretive or veiled way, rather than being admitted in public.

At least that’s how it was handled in the past.

What seems to be different now is how close to the surface those Dark Side tendencies apparently are.

The astrological factors at work behind the scenes may be the root cause. We have just made it through the three-year series of waxing Uranus/Pluto waxing squares, which has added enormous friction to the social and political environment.

And even though the exact alignments between these two planets are behind us, the influence of this potent combination will continue to be felt throughout 2016. That impact supports more moves toward the Dark Side, in and out of politics.

Convictions and Allegiances

The presidential election in the United States is still a year away, but for months now a gaggle of candidates from both major political parties have been preening and posturing in their efforts to gain public approval.

Many are touting their personal religious convictions as evidence that they should get the nod from voters.

But some of the candidates are more candid about their allegiance for the Dark Side. Marco Rubio, for example, recently confessed his admiration for the villain in Star Wars, saying that he “felt sorry” for Darth Vader.

Fans of the Death Star

Rubio also says that his favorite toy was the Death Star.

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Even though Rubio has been criticized for his sketchy knowledge of the series of Star Wars film, his affection for the Death Star offers an interesting resonance with Ben Carson’s obsession with the pyramids.

Carson’s strange notions about the ancient structures may have some disturbing implications for foreign policy if he were to become president, but they also remind me of the idea by physicist Joseph P. Farrell that the pyramid of Giza was in fact constructed as a Death Star, to be used in interplanetary warfare.

So even though Ben Carson had his portrait painted with Jesus, he may be unconsciously flirting with the Dark Side himself.

Of course, the matching spa bathrobes that Ben and Jesus wore for that portrait don’t come close to Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” baseball cap as a Dark Side fashion statement. Trump continues to send signals that tap into grassroots anger, even if he’s doing so in a particularly entertaining way.

Substituting Cheese for Xenophobia

And then there’s this intriguing variation on the Donald Trump theme:

Is this the ultimate expression of Dark Side apparel, or just a blatant appeal to ignorance? Perhaps neither one. After all, the notion that we need to “Make America Grate Again” does more than just describe the tone of today’s political conversation.

It could just be aimed at dedicated cheese lovers (perhaps with shades of the “Blessed are the Cheese Makers” in the Life of Brian Sermon on the Mount). And along the way, it doesn’t rule out militant vegans. After all, you can grate carrots just as easily as cheese.

Either way, it expresses the kind of political pluralism that could be an especially healthy antidote to the Dark Side obsessions sweeping politics today.

 

The End of A Cycle

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.

As we noted in our special monograph on The Uranus/Pluto Waxing Square 2012-2015: Expanded Astro-Trading Opportunities, Uranus by itself can be extremely disruptive. It’s associated with surprises, accidents, explosions, bursts of enthusiasm, sudden hostilities, and the rapid disintegration of established forms and expectations.

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.

The final Uranus/Pluto waxing square marks the end of a cycle with activation of potent midpoint structures.
The final Uranus/Pluto waxing square marks the end of a cycle with activation of potent midpoint structures.

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.

That’s a major focus in our ebook on The Uranus/Pluto Waxing Square, 2012-2015: your can get a copy as an instant download at https://cleostbc.leadpages.net/uranusplutosquare/


 

Janet Yellen or Uranus/Pluto?

Janet Yellen is getting the credit.

Wall Street is celebrating tonight.

It was a great day for the equities markets.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up an astonishing 421.28 points, climbing by 2.53 percent to close at 17.778.15

The NASDAQ Composite zoomed up by 2.24 percent, adding 104.08 points to finish the trading session at 4,748.40.

And even the normally sedate S&P 500 went wild during the day’s market action, chalking up an additional 48.34 points to wind up at 2.061.23, with a net gain for the session of 2.40 percent.

Did Janet Yellen Do It?

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Janet Yellen – Chairwoman of the Federal Reserve Bank

The financial news pundits, sage and smug as always, were quick to explain the extraordinary bullishness on Wall Street.

Janet Yellen did it.

No sooner had the market closed than the media was buzzing with the news.

Janet Yellen did it.

Or more precisely, Janet Yellen didn’t do it.

Janet Yellen held back, After a two-day Fed session she announced that the central bank will eventually raise interest rates, but not just yet.

If we can take Janet Yellen at her word, the rate will stay near zero for at least the first quarter of 2015.

And so, with two consecutive days of gigantic market gains, the bulls are in charge. The only way from here is up, to infinitely higher highs.

Is This A Market Top?

Unless you live in the real world, of course.

I’m not so sure that Janet Yellen and her amazing technicolor patience in refusing to push interest rates higher is really the cause of the market action.

Remember, we’re dealing with the impact of the current Uranus/Pluto waxing square. And as we documented in a recent blog post, that’s an event with a significant correlation to market volatility.

So the rally wasn’t a surprise, with or without Janet Yellen.

And a downturn is highly likely, since there seems to be little real change to support higher highs.

And while you’re at it, take a look at Janet Yellen’s horoscope:

Janet Yellen Uranus/Pluto December 2014
Janet Yellow saw her natal horoscope strongly activated by the December 2014 Uranus/Pluto waxing square, with multiple midpoint structures in play.

In this presentation of the Janet Yellen natal chart on the 90-degree dial, the dial’s red pointer aligns with the Uranus/Pluto waxing square. Look at the midpoints it triggers in her chart:

Mars/Jupiter – a surprise beginning of a fortunate activity.

Chiron/Poseidon – the inconvenience of clarifying ideas.

Mercury/Uranus – an unexpected announcement.

Neptune/Admetos – a sudden deadly poisoning through hidden actions.

Hades/Aries Point – Negligent actions that increase widespread misery and poverty.

It all adds up to an interesting picture, to say the least. While these configurations may not connect with conscious motivations for Janet Yellen, we should pay attention.

There may ultimately be negative consequences when Janet Yellen gets the credit.

Even if Janet Yellen didn’t do it.

 

Stock Market Crash? Just A Dip?

A stock market crash. When I put out the word late Thursday evening that I’d be hosting an emergency webinar after the closing bell yesterday, that wasn’t the only thing on my mind.

But if you listened the bears, a stock market crash was already underway.

The Emergency Wasn’t A Stock Market Crash

The “emergency” I was talking about wasn’t the start of a stock market crash. It was the danger of complacency, especially as we get to the end of the year.

It’s a treacherous time to fall asleep at the wheel, with or without a stock market crash.

That’s why I used the webinar to ask “Can You Avoid The Year-End Trading Trap?”

It wasn’t a terribly lengthy session. We were just together for about 40 minutes. But during that time we really packed in a lot of powerful information!

Most of the session was about the next big astrological event:

The Uranus/Pluto Waxing Square

We’ve already been through five of these bad boys in the past two years. We’ve got two more ahead of us. The last one comes in March.

But the one we’re worried about right now is scheduled for next Monday!

The markets definitely react to this kind of planetary action. Just take a look at the typical behavior of the VIX:

VIX - Uranus-Pluto Stock Market Crash
The VIX measures market volatility, and it typically increases dramatically right after a Uranus/Pluto waxing square. While that doesn’t always mean that a stock market crash is on the way, it does represent a potential opportunity for traders.

I’ve just finished up some updated research on the effect of the Uranus/Pluto waxing square on the markets. It extends the work that went into the original monograph on this phenomenon. That was published two years ago.

I’ve published the latest findings in a new report called the Uranus/Pluto Astro-Trading Update. It’s available now at Harmonic Research Associates.

Watch The Webinar Replay

That research was also one of the things we talked about in last night’s webinar. In case you missed it, you can watch it right here:

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By the way, many of the charts that were featured in the webinar are also reproduced in the Uranus/Pluto Astro-Trading Update report.

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That report is essential reading if you want to take full advantage of this astro-trading opportunity. And if you don’t already have a copy of the original monograph on The Uranus/Pluto Waxing Square 2012 – 2015, you’ll want to pick up a copy of that, too. It gives you the full background perspective you need to understand why this is such an extraordinary time. And it can help you increase your trading profits, too!

By the way, here’s the link mentioned at the end of the webinar:

bit.ly/UPdec14

 

Talking About Next Week’s Planetary Cluster

When I joined Michael Yorba on his radio program yesterday, we talked about the significant planetary dynamics next week that will  be combining to create a potential inflection point for the markets on January 30-31, 2014.

Venus has been in retrograde motion since December 21; it will resume direct motion on January 31. As Venus changes direction it activates the midpoint of Uranus and Pluto– that’s important because the Uranus/Pluto waxing square has been in play since 2012, and it will continue to be a dominant influence on social behavior and market action through the middle of 2015. With this activation by Venus at its Direct Station, we can expect the tension-provoking energy of the Uranus/Pluto square to come to the forefront.

Jupiter and Pluto are also noteworthy; they are lining up for a Jupiter/Pluto opposition, also on January 31. This activates a Jupiter/Uranus/Pluto T-Square configuration that signals a sudden shift in circumstances, creating the possibility of a major opportunity for savvy astro-traders.

While these factors by themselves would be enough to get our attention, they get a lot of extra help from other planetary action, including an activation of the November Solar Eclipse on January 29, the New Moon syzygy on January 30, and the ingress of Mercury into Pisces on January 31.

In short, the January 30-31 period will be a key time for us to watch for significant trend reversals in all markets. With this much action going on, the potential for outstanding trading profits from appropriate short-term positions is definitely worth paying attention to!

You can CLICK HERE to take a look at the trading chart for the S&P 500 that I shared with Yorba’s audience yesterday. It illustrates the planetary alignments in action.

Use this player to listen to a complete recording of the interview with Michael Yorba on yesterday’s edition of The Traders Network show:

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If you’d like more information on astro-trading market insights, be sure to take a look at our latest free online videos at http://bit.ly/ATIdvd

Planetary Line-Up for a Market Inflection Point at the End of January

S&P 500 with Planetary Price Lines

This is a trading chart that I’ll be sharing with Michael Yorba’s listeners later today when I’m interviewed on his Traders Network show.

The interview is scheduled to get started at 2:15 p.m. Central Standard Time (3:15 p.m. Eastern) – you can connect with it online at http://www.yorba.tv/radio.

The planetary price lines for Uranus, Venus, Pluto, and Jupiter shown on this chart of daily price bars for the S&P 500 can help us visualize the way that the power of cosmic forces will be combining to create a potential inflection point for the markets on January 30-31, 2014.

The important thing to note about Venus is that it has been in retrograde motion (with the green line representing this planet moving downward through the chart) since December 21; it will resume direct motion on January 31. Note that as Venus changes direction it activates the midpoint of the Uranus and Pluto price lines– the Uranus/Pluto waxing square has been in play since 2012, and it will continue to be a dominant influence on social behavior and market action through the middle of 2015. With this activation by Venus at its Direct Station, we can expect the tension-provoking energy of the Uranus/Pluto square to come to the forefront.

The crossing point of the lines for Jupiter and Pluto is also noteworthy; it signifies a Jupiter/Pluto opposition, also on January 31. This activates a Jupiter/Uranus/Pluto T-Square configuration that signals a sudden shift in circumstances, creating a major opportunity for savvy astro-traders.

While these factors by themselves would be enough to get our attention, they get a lot of extra help from other planetary action, including an activation of the November Solar Eclipse on January 29, the New Moon syzygy on January 30, and the ingress of Mercury into Pisces on January 31.

In short, the January 30-31 period will be a key time for us to watch for significant trend reversals in all markets. With this much action going on, the potential for outstanding trading profits from appropriate short-term positions is definitely worth paying attention to!

If you’d like more information on astro-trading market insights, be sure to check our latest free online videos at http://bit.ly/ATIdvd

Jupiter Lining Up with Pluto

Jupiter will be lining up in an exact opposition to Pluto a few hours from now, in a huge expression of planetary energy.

These are two of the heavy hitters of the planetary system, and they’re both associated with money and the markets.

Jupiter is all about growth and expansion, so it’s connected with rising markets, higher prices, and prosperous times.

Pluto is connected with power and transformation, and that’s what big money is all about. Pluto is associated with the mega-rich, with big blocks of stock changing hands, and with major shifts in market energies.

So when the two of them line up in opposition to each other, 180 degrees apart, we are confronted with some key questions:

“Will we see a rising market ahead?”

“If the markets do go up, how much farther will they rise?”

“Is this the time for the mom-and-pop investor to jump back into the markets, or will it just be an opportunity for the super-rich to get even richer?”

“If the markets rise, when will the bubble burst?”

These are the kinds of questions that we grapple with daily as financial astrologers and astro-traders. But there’s something special about this particular Jupiter/Pluto opposition– Jupiter will move past that alignment and then form a square with Uranus, “translating” the Uranus/Pluto waxing square just as Mars did a little over a week ago.

So with the Jupiter/Pluto opposition tonight, we may see more than just a bounce in stock prices at the end of this week. We can also see a big expansion of tension, stress, and confrontation on both a local and a global scale.

In other words, Jupiter helps make things bigger, and there are some things that we don’t necessary want to grow.

So even with lots of opportunities ahead for us in the stock market now, this is still a time to be very, very careful.

Is Planetary Impatience Shaking Up The Market?

One of the old adages in mundane astrology is that “Mars acts early”.

Always speedy, aggressive and impatient, Mars doesn’t wait around for events to unfold; it initiates action and makes things happen.

That’s why we sometimes feel the effect of a Mars transit a day or two before the exact time of the actual transit itself!

More often than not, however, this particular Martian feature catches me by surprise. I find myself looking ahead to an upcoming Mars effect, wondering exactly how it will play out in the markets and the geopolitical arena, and the results of the Mars transit come crashing into the news stories of the day.

And this week, true to form, Mars is wasting no time in shaking things up as it translates the Uranus/Pluto waxing square. I was expecting this Mars action to bring equities prices down a  little later in the week, but we got a pull-back yesterday and stocks are lower at this point in the day today as well.

Although this Mars translation may not seem like much of a big deal, it’s actually a major activation of the kind of astrological forces that can dominate our attitudes as investors and our decisions as astro-traders– you can find out more about this Mars translation at:

http://www.financialcyclesweekly.com/public/A-Challenge-for-the-Markets-Mars-Translating-The-UranusPluto-Square.cfm

And be sure you’re up to speed on the series of Uranus/Pluto squares as well! You can get an instant download of the definitive monograph on these alignments at:

https://www.harmonicresearchassociates.com/shop/shopexd.asp?id=112

(check this one out right away if you don’t already have a copy– you can get it for half price through July 31st)

This Cosmic Tension Doesn’t Get Lost In Translation

Even when the Uranus/Pluto waxing square isn’t exact, it’s still an extremely powerful alignment, and we can feel its impact in a lot of markets as well as in global politics, behind-the-scenes economic actions, and increased tension in personal relationships.

That’s what’s happening this week, with the transiting Sun “translating” the Uranus/Pluto square. That process started late Monday evening, when the Sun formed an exact opposition to Pluto. It culminates on July 4, with the Sun in a precise square with Uranus. This reactivates and amplifies the power of the Uranus/Pluto square, and also creates and extra-stressful T-square pattern between the three heavenly bodies, adding even more tension to the mix.

That extraordinary Uranus/Pluto energy brings our our conflicts to the surface, and all too often manages to convince us that we are in exceptional, “do or die” situations that absolutely require us to act on the basis of immutable principles.

If the context for that kind of drama is a geopolitical showdown or an individual argument, the consequences of excessive stubbornness or precipitous action can be devastating, and sometimes even fatal. Even in the markets, where only our money is at risk, we can still get some pretty unpleasant results if we aren’t careful.

So what’s the best strategy for dealing with this week’s solar translation of the Uranus/Pluto waxing square?

We’ll certainly need to be on the lookout for major disruptions internationally, with a high potential for big conflicts challenging governments around the globe. On a more personal level, we’ll need to be careful to side-step petty arguments that could escalate into major fights.

And there are particular strategies to keep in mind for effective astro-trading as well.

That’s what I discussed with Michael Yorba when he interviewed me on his Traders Network radio show on Monday.

You can listen to the full 10-minute interview here:

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