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Behind The Bitcoin Plunge

When there was a big bitcoin plunge a couple of days ago, it didn’t surprise the chronic naysayers.

Some worried that bitcoin isn’t really safe.

You can lose your money.


That’s true of any trading vehicle if you don’t know what you’re doing.

Folks like Janet Yellen had been warning that bitcoin is volatile. She even said it’s inefficient.


The price of bitcoin had been zooming to new highs so rapidly that experienced traders knew a bitcoin plunge was inevitable.


The Bitcoin Plunge Actually Happened

That’s what happened this week, all within a span of 41 hours.

The cryptocurrency hit a new high, and then shed almost 23 percent of its value the blink of an eye.

Here are some comments in our latest Astro-Traders’ Video Tip of the Week:

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Go to joinclubhouse.com and get on the waiting list.

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Hope to see you there!

Market Uncertainty Accelerates

Market uncertainty has rarely been higher.

Nobody seems to know what’s really going on.

And it’s no wonder.

Just look at the erratic trading action recently.

Rumors, global tension, trade wars, personal insults.

It all adds up, and the markets react.

True Insanity

It’s been truly insane.

The Dow plunges more than 600 points in a single day. Then it rebounds by 250 points during the following trading session.

Veteran traders are shell shocked.

This kind of no-holds barred market uncertainty is something they haven’t seen before.

And there doesn’t appear to be an end in sight.

zero-stress trading is elusive

But what does market uncertainty mean to you?

Is it simply that you’re not sure about where the markets are headed next?

Or is it a deeper level of concern?

Can  A Crystal Ball Remove Market Uncertainty?

If you had a crystal ball, what would it show?

Is a bigger-than-ever rally just around the corner?

Or is it time to pull all your money out of the markets altogether?

Are there opportunities hidden here?

Or should you just hunker down and hope that things will get back to normal some day soon?

Using A Different Strategy

Let’s face it. If you’re not sure what you should be doing with your trading and investments, it may be time for a change.

After all, if you keep on doing the same old things, you’ll probably keep getting the same results.

That’s true of market analysis. It’s also true for trade timing.

You may be using solid principles of fundamental analysis. By studying balance sheets and earnings forecasts, you can make wise choices.

But what happens when the markets defy the fundamentals?

You can be a great technician. Your trading charts can open up hidden secrets of the markets.

But what happens when market uncertainty and wild volatility take over?

That’s why we add astrology to technical and fundamental considerations.

That triangulation process provides greater accuracy and dispels market uncertainty.

It gives us a different perspective. It can confirm or contradict other indicators.

In every case, it gives us an extra edge.

That’s why we call it the astro-trading advantage.

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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?

Janet Yellen
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.


Mercury & Pluto at the Fed Announcement: Big Action for Stocks, the VIX, and the Dollar, Too!

In spite of the fact that one of our readers has dubbed the comments posted here on the Fed’s announcement today “the worst call out there”, it’s still interesting to see exactly what the markets actually did in the final hours of trading today– and to anticipate what the action in equities will look like tomorrow.

Throughout most of the trading day prior to the 2:00 p.m. announcement, stock prices were churning in a somewhat apprehensive market with a decidedly bearish bias.

But when the Fed announcement was released, it immediately became apparent that Mercury’s conjunction with the Fed Pluto was having exactly the kind of dramatic impact we had anticipated. The major market indices all rallied, breaking into positive territory and pushing to new heights by the end of the trading session.

Fed Indices Response
The S&P 500, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and the NASDAQ Composite all rose after the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee made its announcement on June 18, 2014.

The S&P not only rallied, it also managed to hit yet another all-time record high by the time the closing bell on Wall Street rang. Note as well that both Gold and the Euro showed significant strength for the day.

It was also worth watching the VIX during the trading session. This measure of market volatility took a sharp plunge right after the Fed’s announcement, confirming the old “buy the rumor, sell the fact” adage– once the facts were known about the Fed’s intentions, a lot of the uncertainty that had roiled the market action earlier in the day began to fade away.

Fed Announcement VIX Response
The VIX reaction to the Fed’s announcement was quite dramatic.

In looking at the VIX chart, it’s worth observing that the index had already risen to the higher levels we had forecast last week as a potential response to Mercury’s retrograde passage over the cardinal axis. We’re still looking for more action in this Fear Index during the coming weeks, with a return to higher levels of volatility as we approach the July 4 Independence Day holiday.

This dramatic action in the VIX was further confirmation of the power of the Mercury/Pluto combination that made the timing for this event so noteworthy.

But even though the Mercury/Pluto action bore out the forecast, I had also looked at the Mars transit to the Fed chart and had assumed that the market’s reaction to the announcement would be “less than enthusiastic,” based largely on the activation of the Moon/Saturn midpoint in the Fed horoscope.

Things didn’t turn out that way.

We certainly didn’t see a negative reaction in equities during the remainder of the trading day. But Mars moves more slowly than Mercury, so the impact of its transit is likely to carry on a little longer. That’s one of the reasons why we’re still anticipating a pull-back in stock prices before the end of the week– and why our Gold-Plus Elite members at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com are planning to add to the short positions in our Model Portfolio before the market closes on Friday..

Remember, too, that the influence of the Federal Reserve goes far beyond just the price of stocks. The Fed’s announcements have a big impact on currencies, of course, which is why it was particularly interesting to see what happened to the dollar this afternoon:

Dollar Reacts to Fed
The U.S. Dollar Index had been trending lower before the Fed’s announcement on Wednesday afternoon, but as soon as the official word was released the Greenback started going through wild swings. Volatility remained high for the rest of the day, with the dollar pushing sharply lower.


Unanswered Questions as the Planets Impact Stock Market Trading Movements


I always enjoy the opportunity to chat with Michael Yorba when he invites me to be a guest on his Traders Network radio show– we discuss the upcoming prospects for stock market trading, and he does a really great job of asking questions that bring the planetary connections with market movements into an understandable perspective.

But during our time on the air together just before the closing bell on Wall Street yesterday, the conversation was not only lively– it took us into a lot of interrelated topics that ultimately provided a great overview of the big-picture situation in the markets today.

As Michael put it during the interview, “A lot of people are yawning at the markets now, but I’m not so sure that this is one of those yawning moments. It could be the start of something big.”

We touched on the impact of Mercury and Neptune on current conditions in stock market trading, on crude oil and precious metals, on the geopolitical troubles that have been brewing (and which have been described so incisively by our friend and colleague Jim Cummins in his articles for FinancialCyclesWeekly.com), on the prospects for increasing market volatility as we look at the VIX during the coming weeks, and a whole lot more.

In fact, we actually ran out of time during the interview, and Michael had to sign off with an unanswered question still dangling– about today’s potent combination of Friday the 13th and the Full Moon.

I’ll be putting up a new blog post on that subject within the next couple of hours, so be sure to check back then (or Subscribe To This Blog to get email notifications whenever a new post is added).

In the meantime, here’s the recording of yesterday’s interview on the Traders Network show:

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Mercury & Volatility in Stock Market Trading – Watching the VIX

The CBOE VIX index is a popular gauge of market volatility.

The higher the number is, the greater amount of perceived uncertainty there is in the market action, and the greater the likelihood of big price swings for active players to take advantage of in stock market trading.

When the VIX is high, there’s plenty of fast money to be made by agile traders who are savvy to the psychology of rapid market swings.

But right now the VIX is catatonic.

It’s not at its worst level ever, but it’s still so low that it shows a high level of complacency (dare we say “boredom”?) in the equities markets.

But all that may change starting next week, when retrograde Mercury crosses the cardinal zodiac point at 0 Cancer on Tuesday, June 17.

This is only the 14th time in the last 30 years that we’ve had such a Cardinal-point passage by retrograde Mercury. The last three times it’s happened, in 2009, 2010, and 2012, the VIX went up by an average of 12.5% in the two weeks following the event.

But there are times when this kind of alignment is bearish instead of bullish.

The difference seems to be in the degree to which retrograde Mercury triggers other planetary midpoints as it crosses a cardinal point in the zodiac– if there are a lot of midpoint triggers, the VIX declines for the next couple of weeks, but if there are just one or two active midpoints (or none at all), then the VIX tends to rise.

For example, the Mercury retrograde passage over the 0 degree Cancer point in 1994 triggered a lot of planetary midpoints:

Mercury retrograde 1994 dial
The Mercury retrograde cardinal passage at 0 degrees Cancer in 1994 was extremely active in triggering planetary midpoint structures.

The result in the VIX during the two weeks following this event was quite dramatic:

Mercury retrograde with VIX in 1994
The VIX dropped after the retrograde passage of Mercury over the 0-degree Cancer cardinal point in 1994.

In 2012, however, the Mercury passage in retrograde motion over the cardinal axis didn’t have the same kind of effect on the midpoints of other planets:

Mercury retrograde 2012 dial
The Mercury retrograde passage over the cardinal point in 2012 failed to activate other planetary midpoint structures.

The corresponding impact on the VIX was just the opposite of what we saw in 1994, with the index rising in the weeks after the Mercury passage:

Mercury retrograde VIX 2012
The Mercury retrograde passage over the cardinal point at 0 degrees Aries in 2012 sent the VIX higher.

As we consider the Mercury retrograde activation of the cardinal axis coming up next week, we once again see a chart with minimal impact on planetary midpoints:

Mercury retrograde 2014 dial
The Mercury retrograde cardinal passage on June 17, 2014 has a minimal midpoint influence.

Based on the correspondences we’ve seen in our study of this phenomenon during the past 30 years, we’re thus looking for an increase in market volatility– and a corresponding increase in the VIX– as we finish up June and move into July:

Mercury retrograde VIX 2014
Based on our analysis of previous Mercury actions and the VIX, we’re looking for a modest increase in market volatility following the June 17, 2014 passage of retrograde Mercury over the 0 Cancer cardinal point.

For more details on the impact of Mercury on stock market trading, be sure to see the book Mercury, Money and the Markets. It’s available from Amazon.com or direct from the publisher at http://bit.ly/MercuryBook

“You’re Darn, Darn Good at What You Do!”

Market timing.

Cycle analysis.

A trading edge that really works.

That’s what makes the astro-trading advantage so remarkable, and it’s the reason that Michael Yorba keeps inviting me back as a special guest on his Traders Network radio program.

When we got together on the air on Friday we talked about the accuracy of the astro-trading forecasts we’ve shared in previous weeks, and discussed the upcoming prospects for the markets.

Good At Market Timing

“You’re here,” Michael told me, “because you’re darn, darn good at what you do!”

For example, this chart compares what I forecast for the VIX to the way the action actually turned out as the trading week got underway:

An Accurate VIX Forecast
Based on our research into the effects of the Jupiter/Uranus waxing square that’s discussed in the report on The Stock Market Collision Course, we forecast (in the chart on the left) a spike in the VIX just after the trading week got underway. The chart on the right shows how the action in the VIX actually turned out.

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

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By the way, the new report on The Stock Market Collision Course features many of the planetary dynamics relevant to market timing that we discussed in the interview. You can get a copy now at http://bit.ly/ATsmcc

The Astrology Behind the Twitter Panic

Today's Trading Action in the S&P
Today’s Trading Action in the S&P

It was a wild day on Wall Street, to say the least!

At 1:07 p.m. EDT stock prices began to plunge as traders reacted to a news headline that had just appeared on the Associated Press Twitter feed, reporting that there had been two explosions at the White House and that President Barack Obama had been injured.

In the ensuing market chaos, U.S. Equities lost about $140 billion in total value, at least for a few minutes.

When it became apparent that the AP tweet was a fake, stock prices quickly rebounded. The S&P 500 finished the trading session up a little more than 1% for the day as a whole.

In keeping with my typical behavior whenever unusual events like this occur, I decided to take a look at what was going astrologically at the time of the Twitter Panic. I thought that perhaps the planets could provide some useful insights.

Neptune Triggering Planetary Midpoint Durng The Twiter Panic
Neptune Triggering Planetary Midpoints Durng The Twiter Panic

As it turned out, there was an astonishing array of planetary pictures that were active when the Twitter rumor swept through the trading floor and prices went into free-fall. Here are some of the major ones, along with brief notes about their significance.

Neptune, the planet associated with illusion and deception, was extremely dominant at the time, activating these planetary midpoints:

  • Sun/Moon – lies, deception, and misunderstandings
  • Mars/Kronos – ineffectiveness in the power of the state
  • Ascendant/Cupido – changing circumstances whose real nature is revealed after the fact
  • Pluto/Zeus – wasted efforts and actions taken in vain
  • Uranus/Apollon – rapid increase in tension because of uncertainty
  • Aries/Saturn – quarantines, suspected illness or injury
  • Saturn/Hades – severe losses and a dismal fate
  • Chiron/Admetos – problematical obstacles
  • Pluto/Apollon – big transformations that are hidden from view
  • Sun/Kronos – confusion in authority; deceit from independent sources
  • Node/Cupido – the liquidation of corporations

Mercury, with all its strong connections to communications and market action, triggered

  • Saturn/Cupido – thoughts about major separations
  • Node/Chiron – information spread through inconvenient connections

Uranus, which is associated with the electronic flow of information and with high-frequency trading, was plugged into the midpoint structures of

  • Sun/Jupiter – a sudden forced change in luck
  • Moon/Zeus – the sudden incitement of extreme emotions
  • Cupido/Vulcanus – an entire community faces a test of strength
  • Midheaven/Chiron – an inconvenient state of tension and excitement

And the fast-moving Moon, the primary planetary driver of emotions in the markets, spent just a couple of minutes triggering the midpoints of

  • Midheaven/Neptune – being swept away by extreme fantasy
  • Chiron/Apollon – lots of people having a problematical emotional experience
  • Aries/Pluto – widespread changes in a large group of people
  • Uranus/Hades – loathing and apprehensions about evil deeds and assassinations

In aggregate, then, the planetary configurations associated with the Twitter Panic paint a pretty clear picture of exactly what was going on. We can count on astrology to give us an in-depth look behind the scenes whenever the markets make sudden moves, which is what gives astro-traders such an extraordinary advantage!