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World Leaders and Global Markets at Mercury Retrograde

When Mercury goes retrograde on Tuesday, October 13, it starts a stressful interlude leading up to the US elections on November 3, the date that the retrograde period ends.

Mercury Station For World Leaders
Many world leaders are likely to be impacted by the Mercury retrograde station – and experience lingering effects throughout the entire Mercury retrograde period.

But the retrograde station itself also signals specific challenges for markets, geopolitics, and political world leaders.

With that in mind, we’ve reviewed some of the Mercury station’s connections with midpoint structures in key horoscopes. Here’s what we found.

The current Stocks To Watch in our Financial Cycles Weekly Model Portfolio all have strong resonance with the retrograde Mercury. The station triggers the ATVI midpoints for Vulcanus/Chiron, Uranus/Node, Neptune/Node, Sun/Pluto, and Moon/Mercury; the MSFT midpoints for Admetos/Midheaven, Venus/Kronos, Neptune/Kronos, and Aries/Sun; the QCOM midpoints for Moon/Node, Mars/Uranus, and Cupido/Poseidon; and the TSCO midpoints for Sun/Neptune, Jupiter/Ascendant, Mercury/Apollon, Moon/Neptune, and Uranus/Cupido.

The New York Stock Exchange triggers Sun/Saturn [difficulties, hindrances, falling ill] & Venus/Hades [grief & adversity].

NASDAQ triggers Neptune/Poseidon [misrepresentations of facts, false pretenses, erroneous ideas].

COMEX GOLD triggers Mar/Vulcanus [great strength, mighty activity], Cupido/Hades [stored supplies, stockpiling, hoarding], Moon/Poseidon [mediumship, spiritual influence], and Sun/Jupiter [rich people, a successful money day].

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Bitcoin triggers Venus/Kronos [preference, affection, a helping hand] & Poseidon/Node [global conceptions & ideals, beneficial mental & spiritual unions]. Our position on the cryptocurrency continues to be extremely bullish.

World Leaders At The Mercury Retrograde Station

There are also specific people in the spotlight.

Notable affected world leaders include Narendra Modhi with Node/Cupido [creating community] & Mars/Hades [fatigue, serious sickness, unusual deaths, erroneous actions, damages and misfortunes]; Vladimir Putin with Cupido/Vulcanus [expansion of domestic political power] & Jupiter/Ascendant [popularity & happy companionship]; Benjamin Netanyahu with Aries/Vulcanus [global expressions of power, might & force] & Node/Chiron [alliances becoming very problematical]; Xi Jinping with Pluto/Hades [deterioration, evil change, dishonesty, unreliability & worsening conditions] & Kim Jong Un with Saturn/Admetos [hardship, lack, being in a tight spot] & Uranus/Vulcanus [sudden global acts of violence, huge force unleashed unexpectedly].

Good Luck In A Tight Situation

The personalities in the US presidential race are also impacted, especially in light of the COVID-19 trigger of Moon/Mercury [increasingly rapid spread among the population]. Mike Pence has Sun/Cupido [a married man] & Uranus/Hades [sudden damages & accidents, disgusting acts]. Donald Trump has Neptune/Cupido [disharmony, breakups, unfaithful husband, moving away]. Kamala Harris has Jupiter/Admetos [good luck in a tight situation]; Joe Biden has Venus/Jupiter [joyous rapture] & Pluto/Kronos [self-made man ascending in rank, a change in government].

Russian Planes Hit Syria World Point

Russian planes have been in the news a lot lately.

They’ve been flying over Syria, and have apparently been doing lots of damage, not only to insurgents on the ground, but also to Russia’s relations with the U.S. Those relations have gotten very icy indeed.

Putin Flexes His Muscles

At one level, it’s easy to see the presence of Russian planes in Syrian skies as just an example of Russian President Vladimir Putin showing off.

Putin is sending Russian Planes to Syria
Macho man Vladimir Putin’s health may be great – but what else should he be worrying about?

As I’ve noted previously here, Vladimir Putin definitely likes to flex his muscles. That’s true even when he’s got his shirt on. But there are other worries brewing here. Vladimir Putin has been telling the world that those Russian planes are hitting ISIS targets – and that may be true. According to some sources, there is some evidence of massive desertions in the ISIS ranks since the Russian bombing began.

A Master Chess Player

But as Jim Cummins has pointed out in the past, the Russian leaders is a master chess player. He’s always thinking several moves ahead in the game of geopolitics.

Turkey isn’t very happy with the situation – it says the Russian planes are violating its air space, so they’re in danger of being shot down. And according to the U.S. news media, those Russian planes are flying now solely in an effort to prop up the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria. Whether or not they are hitting ISIS targets, Russian bombs are also falling on Syrian insurgents who want to get rid of Bashar al-Assad. These are the so-called “moderate extremist” forces that the U.S. supports. It’s a group that includes, oddly enough, some members of al-Quaida in Syria.

As is all too often the case, the dogged American determination to get rid of governments who don’t agree with us makes for strange bedfellows.

But What About The Timing?

As international tensions continue to escalate, it’s important to step back and get a broader perspective whenever possible.

That’s where the tools of astrology come in.

We can of course learn a lot from the timing of the events in Syria themselves, and from the natal horoscopes of the world leaders making news. But even without the presence of Russian planes in the skies of Syria, a quick glance at one of the current planetary phenomena is informative. It can tell us a lot about what may soon be playing out on the global stage.

Mercury has been retrograde since September 17.

Mercury retrograde periods always mark times when communications can get confused, plans may not work out as intended, and intentions can be grossly misunderstood. So at the very least it’s a time when the leaders of countries would be wise not to jump to conclusions.

An End To Mercury Retrograde

But the Mercury retrograde period will be coming to an end on Friday, October 9. And that’s when things are likely to get even more interesting.

The Mercury Direct Station, the time when Mercury finishes up its retrograde motion and starts moving forward again, is always a critical point the retrograde cycle. More often than not, it seems to intensify the confusion, incompletion, and miscommunication that have been in play during the previous three weeks, while the planet has been in apparent backward motion. So this coming weekend will be a time for extra caution.

But that’s not the end of the story.

World Point Activation

When Mercury goes direct on October 9, it will be at 0° Libra.

That initial degree of a cardinal sign is one of the extraordinarily powerful “World Points” in the zodiac – whenever they are activated by significant planetary events or alignments, it’s a signal that we can expect to see major events with global implications.

But what kinds of events?

On previous occasions we’ve discovered that if we want to gain insights into current situations, it can be useful to study those previous times when planetary stations took place at the zodiac degrees currently being activated.

According to the tables listed on page 270 of Mercury, Money and the Markets, there has only been one previous time since 1900 when Mercury made a station at 0° Libra.

That was on September 2, 1983.

Russian Planes and American Casualties

On that date, Mercury made a Retrograde Station instead of a Direct Station, but its alignment with the World Point definitely had a global impact – and Russian planes were involved.

On September 2, 1983, U.S. Representative Lawrence P. McDonald, a Democrat from Georgia with a reputation as the most conservative member of Congress at the time, was in a group of Americans who were among the 269 passengers and crew members aboard Korean Air Lines Flight 007, traveling from New York to Seoul, South Korea. That civilian airliner was shot down by a fighter plane from the U.S.S.R. near Sakhalin Island in the Sea of Japan.

There were no survivors.

Needless to say, this was a major international incident, instantly ratcheting up Cold War tensions to new heights.

U.S. President Ronald Reagan, calling the downing of the airliner “a horrifying act of violence,” cut short his California vacation and called an emergency meeting of the National Security Council in Washington.

Secretary of State George P. Schultz was visibly enraged when he responded to questions about the event at a news conference, declaring that “We can see no excuse for this appalling act.”

Accusations and counter-accusations started flying. It didn’t take long for all sorts of conspiracy theories to start surfacing – about former U.S. President Richard Nixon, about the CIA, and, of course, about Russian planes.

And it all happened when Mercury was stationary at 0° Libra.

So, with another Mercury station coming up at the same zodiac degree in just a few days, it makes sense to pay particular attention to global tensions now.

Especially since Russian planes are already in the news.

 

 

What About Putin’s Health?

The Kremlin is insisting that Vladimir Putin is just fine, thank you very much.

Putin Beefcake Fishing
Macho man Valamir Putin’s health may be great – but what else should he be worrying about?

According to a Reuters story from Maria Tsvetkova, “Russian President Vladimir Putin is in good health, the Kremlin said on Thursday, dismissing rumors that the leader was suffering from an illness after a foreign trip was canceled.”

The story notes that concerns about Putin’s health began with the cancellation of that trip. “A Kazakh governmental source said Putin’s trip to Astana scheduled for this week was canceled because Putin had fallen ill, stirring speculation on social media that something had happened to the 62-year-old leader.”

But a top source in the Kremlin has made it clear that President Putin’s health is nothing to worry about: “Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, asked by Reuters if the president was in good health, replied ‘yes’.”

But what’s really going on?

According to my colleague Jim Cummins, an accomplished mundane astrologer and a dedicated observer of world affairs, there are plenty of reasons to be concerned– not just about Vladimir Putin’s health, but also about his ability to retain his position of power in Russia.

“For Vladimir Putin, March 2015 is an especially precarious month,” Jim says.

More specifically, he warns that there may be coup attempt against the Russian leader, with the event potentially being triggered by the Equinox Eclipse later this month and/or the Lunar Eclipse that follows it in early April.

“It is as though Mr. Putin is in the center of a huge, long-lasting lightning storm,” Jim adds.

Jim has a great track record for astute observations and accurate forecasts, so I’m inclined to pay attention to what he’s saying here, regardless of what the Kremlin has to say about the state of Putin’s health.

But I have to admit that I’m biased. Jim Cummins is also my co-author for the new book Global Game Change: Power and Profits at the Equinox Eclipse.

This important new report is scheduled for release as an e-book next week.

This is one publishing event you won’t want to miss, since it goes into a lot more detail – not only about the uncertain future for the Russian president (no matter what happens with Putin’s health), but also about major geopolitical issues, what we can expect in the markets, and much, much more.

You can learn more about it (and check out the pre-publication discount) at: http://harmonicresearchassociates.com/shop/shopexd.asp?id=170

 

The Planets Signal More Strife in Ukraine, Arctic Contests, A Possible EuroZone Collapse, and Even Some Big News for the U.S. Stock Market

My colleague Jim Cummins has just contributed a new article for our “Big Picture Perspectives” section in the members area of our website at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com.

It’s titled “Bookends of Time“, referring to the pivotal role that solar eclipses play in world events and economic trends. That’s a fitting subject, since the next big solar eclipse is just a few days away.

As usual, Jim is full of insights on global actions and personalities, using his vast knowledge of mundane astrology to bring out perspectives that you won’t find anywhere else.

In this piece, he tells us that “It is now a certainty that Vladimir Putin will send his forces into Ukraine before this month is out – most likely before the Solar Eclipse of April 29, fulfilling my forecast from March 19, which is cited later in this article.”

Jim has a lot to say about what’s coming up in the coming weeks, in the light of (or should we say the shadow of?) the Apirl 29 solar eclipse. And he goes beyond that as well, extending his forecast well into the next six months and beyond.

“The big issue going from the summer to the fall of this year,” he says, “will be the contests over who has what control in the Arctic regions, as the Fall eclipses highlight those regions…meanwhile, the next several weeks will be back-peddling for some, while Mars is still retrograde, through May 19, and continued brazen violence by others, such as the horrifically vicious Boko Haram in Nigeria, and the social eruptions through much of South America, and the continuing saga of Europe’s collapsing economies, paving the way for a forthcoming soaring American stock market.”

You can read Jim’s complete article on “Bookends of Time” at the FinancialCyclesWeekly.com website. Go to: http://www.financialcyclesweekly.com/members/Bookends-of-Time.cfm

How About THAT for a Sneaky Chess Move?

With the back-to-back retrograde stations by Mars and Saturn on March 1 and 2 coinciding with Russia’s incursion in the Crimea and the intensification of the crisis in the Ukraine (and setting the stage for the crisis-reaction pull-back in global stock markets yesterday), it’s been fascinating to watch the roles that key personalities play as events unfold.

Mundane astrologer Jim Cummins, who contributes regular “Big Picture Perspectives” articles for our members at the FinancialCyclesWeekly.com website, has been doing a great job of bringing some of those personalities into focus. You can see his latest article on the situaion in the Ukraine at http://www.financialcyclesweekly.com/snip/134.htm — it’s well worth reading, since a good background understanding of the geopolitical turmoil we’re in is essential to being properly positioned in the markets now.

It is, after all, a very challenging set of circumstances, and the markets can eat you alive if you’re not fully informed and prepared. That’s why we provide specific trading plans and timing strategies through our Gold-Plus Elite membership program at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com — to help our members trade safely and profitably in uncertain times.

At any rate, though, Jim Cummins has described Vladimir Putin as a master chess player on the geopolitical stage, and that’s an appropriate characterization, especially considering the Russian President’s recent moves in securing the Crimea while letting the interim breakaway government in the Ukraine stand (at least for now).

To get the real picture here, just adhere to the old adage and “follow the money.” While control in Crimea is a key to maintaining hegemony in oil and natural gas, that’s only part of the story.

Russia has committed to providing the Ukraine with $15 billion in economic aid, but so far it has only delivered on about $3 billion of that commitment. And with its economy in chaos, the Ukraine definitely needs the money.

But that Russian commitment, of course, was to the OLD Ukrainian government, the one that just got ousted last week without any real resistance. We shouldn’t overlook the fact that Putin could have sent in troops to crush the rebellion or topple the interim government before it even got started, but he chose not to.

It was an interesting gambit, not unworthy of an accomplished chess player.

After all, with a new Ukrainian government in place Russian is now off the hook to the tune of about $12 billion.

And with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arriving in Kiev today, guess who’s been left behind to pick up the tab as Putin heads for the exits?

Great Insights From A Seasoned Mundane Astrologer

I’ve just been reviewing a new article by my old friend Jim Cummins, a veteran mundane astrologer who was on the scene when I first began publishing Financial Cycles newsletter back in 1988.

In those primitive pre-internet days, Jim helped get the fledgling publication off the ground by contributing insightful articles to the very first issues of the newsletter. He shared his perspectives on central banking and on the pioneering financial astrologers and researchers who began compiling the knowledge and insights that we rely on today for effective astro-trading.

In the intervening years, Jim has traveled the world and continued to refine his skills as an astrologer and geopolitical observer, so I’m particularly grateful that he’s agreed to contribute some new articles that we’re publishing for our members on the FinancialCyclesWeekly.com website.

In his first article, “Conflict with China: A Mundane Astrologer’s View”, he takes a look at the key role played by the Peoples Republic of China in global affairs, and shares his comments on that nation’s standoff with Japan, its connections to North Korea and Saudi Arabia, and the position of its currency in global trade. 

Along the way, Jim also takes note of James Clapper’s “Worldwide Threat Assessment” for 2014, the Pacific military exercises code-named “Cobra Gold”, “Foal Eagle” and “Key Resolve”, and the current powder-key situation in the Ukraine, as well as the personal involvements of Vladimir Putin, John Kerry, and Kim Jong Un.

It’s all fascinating reading, but even more importantly, it provides essential perspectives both for active astro-traders and for long-term investors.

I suggest you check it out at: http://www.financialcyclesweekly.com/members/Conflict-with-China-A-Mundane-Astrologers-View.cfm