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Zeus Retrograde Triggers Potential Trading Top

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.

Zeus Retrograde 2020
The January 20, 2020 Zeus Retrograde Station on the 90-degree dial.

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.

That kind of struggle is clearly being reflected in the current impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald J. Trump.

As we’ve noted earlier, the public political wrangling has very broad implications, in and out of the markets.

No matter what the ultimate outcome is, the ongoing turmoil is likely to a real impact on the markets.

 

 

Impeachment Horoscope

We don’t get many chances to check out an impeachment horoscope.

The U.S. House of Representatives impeached President Donald J. Trump on two articles last night after days of wrangling and debate.

There’s been a lot said about the divisiveness and acrimony surrounding the the whole process.

It was, in fact, quite a show. There were plenty of wild scenes and memorable characters along the way.

I suppose we could spend time running down some of those rabbit trails.

But I actually don’t want to go there. Not for now at least.

The Impeachment Horoscope

You see, what’s really interesting to me as an astrologer is the impeachment horoscope.

As I was saying, it’s sort of a rare critter.

Trump is only the third sitting U.S. President get impeached in the entire history of the country. And that’s exactly why this kind of chart is so rare.

Even so, I didn’t expect this horoscope to be quite so striking.

A mundane chart like this, a horoscope of a geopolitical event, can give us remarkable insights into the ultimate hidden significance of the action taking place.

This chart is no exception.

I timed it based on the moment that the electrically-recorded vote in the House passed the threshold needed to carry the motion on the first article of impeachment.

Here’s what it looks like:

Impeachment Horoscope

I’ve labeled some of the key points for easy reference.

Point A is quite striking. Transiting Uranus, the planet of explosions and surprises, was right on the Midheaven at the time the vote passed. That’s a prominent position.

When Uranus was first discovered in the late 1700’s  it was a time of revolution, most notably in France and America.

So Uranus is associated with revolutions, upheavals, and the overthrow of kings or other governmental leaders.

Transneptunian Factors

In this case that planet’s energy is amplified in a T-Square pattern with two transneptunians.

Uranus is square Vulcanus (B) and in opposition to Apollon (C).

Vulcanus is connected with coercive action or an extortionate “offer you can’t refuse.”

Apollon says that this event has a widespread impact, affecting the lives of many people.

The revolutionary theme is picked up by the Moon (D – representing the people as a whole) applying to a tension-provoking square to the Sun (E – representing the ruler).

But what’s really most intriguing is the action at point F. The Part of Fortune, an indicator of true happiness and fulfillment whose position changes minute by minute, conjoined the transneptunian Poseidon at the time of the impeachment vote.

Poseidon is about higher ideals and inspiration.

So it’s an unexpected signal.

The vote in the House was historic.

The conflict was evident.

But it was also a time of ultimate fulfillment.  And perhaps even more.

Maybe the birth of new spiritual ideals.

Hidden Market Stress Point

There’s a hidden market stress point coming up that we need to pay attention to.

As astro-traders, we are continuously looking ahead toward upcoming planetary phenomena that have the potential to impact market behavior, providing us with trading opportunities.

Most of the time those phenomena are ones that we see repeated with some regularity: solar and lunar eclipses, planetary stations and ingresses, and aspect alignments of planetary pairs, especially those involving the outer planets or transneptunian factors.

But there are also times when we see hidden market stress points triggered by planetary configurations outside the realm of our “standard” expectations.

Mars, Neptune & Vulcanus Create A Hidden Market Stress Point

That’s what’s going on with the hidden market stress point this week.

During a recent scan of the 45º graphic ephemeris for the first few months of 2019, we spotted a planetary cluster on February 14. It included Mars, Neptune, and Vulcanus all coming together in an eighth-harmonic alignment.

Mars-Neputne-Vulcanus Hidden Market Stress Point

With a closer examination of the transiting planetary dynamics we found that the closest alignment of these three planetary bodies will be at 19:56 Eastern Standard Time on that date.

As shown on the 90º dial, this configuration appears with Mars and Vulcanus combined at the large red pointer, and Neptune in an eighth-harmonic position at the opposite side of the wheel.

This alignment triggers the midpoints for Moon/Mercury (emotionally charged communications) and Cupido/Admetos (destruction of alliances and associations).

The Mars/Vulcanus combination activated by Neptune is an indication of enormous amounts of effort being expended to create little or no results in a colossal waste of energy, with work coming to a standstill in an atmosphere of lies, paranoid thinking and delusional behavior.

We’re certainly likely to see circumstances like this play out in international affairs and domestic politics. We can also expect some reverberation in the markets as well, thanks to this hidden market stress point.

Mars Vulcanus Eighth Harmonic

Our back-testing chart shows just how disruptive waxing Mars/Neptune semi-squares can be on price trends in the S&P. This kind of action can create a very challenging trading environment, to say the least.

It’s also important that even though the planetary action will be in focus on February 14 and 15, the U.S. markets will be closed on Monday, February 18.

So it may be Tuesday, February 19 before we comprehend the full impact of this unusual alignment.

A Vulcanus Offer You Can’t Refuse

Too many astro-traders forget about Vulcanus.

In fact, they don’t even think about it at all.

That’s true of all the transneptunian factors, of course.

And most of the time the snubs aren’t really meant to be insulting.

They’re just an act of ignorance.

Who Cares About Vulcanus?

After all, who’s paying attention to Vulcanus in the first place?

And what the heck does it have to do with the markets?

So who really cares?

For most astro-traders (and for most astrologers, too) transneptunian factors feel like they are entirely optional.

Take ’em or leave ’em.

Do as you choose.

But with Vulcanus it’s especially treacherous to look the other way.

It doesn’t like to be ignored.

It’s an authoritative planet. It’s associated with dynamic energy at the extreme.

It represents coercion by the highest authority, in the most emphatic way.

In short, Vulcanus is truly a power planet.

Moving Very Slowly

Except for Poseidon, it is the outermost of the transneptunians.

It has an orbital period of 663 years.

That means Vulcanus moves forward through the zodiac at the excruciating rate of just 32.5 minutes a year.

It’s currently in the final degree of the sign of Cancer. It’s been hanging around that zone for the past three years.

But prior to now, the last time Vulcanus visited that part of the zodiac was in 1353-1355.

That was more than 500 years before the American Civil War.

For that matter, it was before America itself. It was before Columbus or the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock.

It was before Shakespeare. Geoffrey Chaucer was only ten years old.

In 1354 Giovanni Boccaccio had just published The Decameron.  The English were resuming the Hundred Years’ War after taking a brief break because of the decimation caused by the Black Death.

So it was a very long time ago.

Vulcanus Today

So why is Vulcanus important to us today?

To start with, it’s emblematic of over-the-top extremes of power and forcefulness.

That’s a theme currently on full display in domestic affairs, cultural discourse, and geopolitics. Power struggles are the order of the day,

In that sense, Vulcanus is Marlon Brando.

Not The Wild One Brando, or the Brando in On The Waterfront or A Streetcar Named Desire.

Brando Vulcanus Godfather
Marlon Brando expresses the epitome of Vulcanus energy in The Godfather.

It’s Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 film The Godfather.

The genteel one who talked about making “an offer you can’t refuse.”

Since Vito Corleone was a mafia don, we’ve got a pretty good idea of what that generous offer was really all about.

And so it is with Vulcanus.

Times of Special Emphasis

Let’s face it.

We all have to deal with Vulcanus every day.

It’s there in our natal horoscopes and our First-Trade charts. It’s in the horoscopes of countries, market indices, and NGOs.

But there are a couple of times each year when Vulcanus takes on extra strength.

Those are its planetary stations. The times when it goes retrograde, and the times when it returns to direct motion.

And while it typically exerts a lot of power in moving the markets, at stations it really throws its weight around.

With a Vulcanus direct station on April 13, that’s worth looking at.

Vulcanus Direct Dial
Vulcanus Direct Station – April 13, 2017

Its direct stations tend to be slightly bearish for the S&P 500. They bring lower prices about 46% of the time, and fall within 3 daily bars of an isolated high 59% of the time.

That’s also characteristic of the direct stations and the Hang Seng Index in Hong Kong. They bring lower prices about 47% of the time, and fall within 3 daily bars of an isolated high 60% of the time.

For the Dow Jones Industrial Average, however, the direct stations tend to be fairly bullish. They signal price reversals to the upside about 41% of the time, and fall within 3 daily bars of an isolated low 70% of the time.

But no matter what market we’re trading, we need to watch this Vulcanus direct station.

After all, i’s making us an offer we can’t refuse.

Arch Crawford on Planetary Intensity

, I had a great chat with Arch Crawford yesterday after the New York markets closed.

As usual, our conversation was mainly about astrology, and the potential impact of current planetary alignments on geopolitics and market action.

Arch Crawford had called me because he was concerned about the sheer volume of planetary aspects that will be forming during the hours that the markets are open today. “I don’t know when I’ve seen so much stuff coming together so intensely,” he said.

I agreed. The stage is set by an Apollon direct station in the early morning hours, prior to the opening bell. But after the market opens this morning at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time, we’ve got an amazing string of planetary alignments in rapid-fire succession throughout the trading day.

Here’s What Got Arch Crawford’s Attention

Venus will be in a waxing semi-square to Mars at 9:49 a.m.

Mars will be in opposition to Pluto at 10:12 a.m.

Venus will form a waning sesquiquadrate to Pluto at 10:31 a.m.

Mercury will be contraparallel Uranus at 1:04 p.m.

Mercury will form a waning sesquiquadrate to Saturn at 1:48 p.m.

Mars will parallel Jupiter at 2:33 p.m.

And then just a few minutes prior to the closing bell, at 3:36 p.m., Mercury will align with the transneptunian factor Vulcanus in the 24th harmonic.

Later this evening, after the markets have closed for the day, we’ll also get a Mercury/Pluto oppositon, Mercury in a waning semi-square to Venus, and Mars in a waxing semi-square to Admetos. And on top of that, we have a New Moon tonight.

That’s quite a line-up, to say the least!

But What About The Apollon Station?

In talking with Arch, I pointed out that most of the activating forces at work are fast-moving planets, so even though there may be a disruptive impact, the overall effect may not be long-lasting. But the direct station by Apollon is another matter.

“I’m not sure that we should overlook the Apollon station,” I said. “That could be enough by itself to signal an important change. In my experience, whenever there’s a station of anything, it’s worth paying attention to”

“Absolutely,” Arch Crawford said. “I agree with you there. It’s one of the biggest things that happens. The most important are the eclipses, and then the planetary stations. Next would be sign changes by planets. Next would be the alignments – but the more planets involved, the bigger the effect. That’s what I’ve found. And this is a bunch of planets!”

Arch Crawford July 15 Planets
his 90-degree dial presentation of the planetary alignments at noon on Wednesday, July 15 reveals the intense energy that made Arch Crawford pay attention.

A bunch of planets indeed!

As this 90-degree dial shows, the alignments today are quite intense. The red pointer arrow on the dial is aimed at the tight configurations between Mars, Pluto and Mercury. Just opposite that, the small red arrow points to the eighth-harmonic activations by Venus and Saturn.

Midpoints Galore

But what’s really interesting here are the planetary midpoints triggers today.

There are key activations of Sun/Node, Sun/Hades, Sun/Kronos, Mercury/Hades, Jupiter/Chiron, and Saturn/Poseidon.

Jupiter triggers both the Mars/Hades and Pluto/Hades midpoints – not a very pretty picture.

Remember the Apollon station? It triggers the Jupiter/Hades midpoint, signaling a widespread lack of money and disturbed happiness.

And that’s not all.

The Moon/Kronos midpoint, for example, is triggered by Mercury (independent, autocratic thinking and communications), Venus (women in positions of national leadership), Mars (officials acting despotically), and Saturn (hindrances or losses through officials and/or prominent women).

Maybe that means we should be paying close attention to what Angela Merkel and Janet Yellen have to say today.

In fact, Arch Crawford mentioned both Janet Yellen’s congressional testimony and the vote in the Greek parliament today as possible arenas where we might see the current planetary tensions find expression.

Just how dire will the outcome be? We’ll have to wait and see, of course.

But no matter what happens, from an astrological perspective this is definitely a day worth watching!

 

First-Trade Vulcanus Brings Big Trading Profits

Like the other transneptunian factors, First-Trade Vulcanus can be worrisome.

But there are times when these so-called “hypothetical” planets give us valuable information as astrologers and astro-traders.

This is true even though they may not have been sighted with telescopes yet.

It’s true even though they may be widely ignored in conventional astrological textbooks.

They clearly define power points and hot zones when we add them to our astrological calculations.

They provide important perspectives when we include them in our horoscope charts.

A Practical Example

For example, consider the transneptunian factor Vulcanus more closely. It takes 663 years to make a complete passage through the zodiac.

It covers about the same amount of celestial territory in a year that Mars covers in a day.

In short, Vulcanus is slow from our earth-bound perspective. But it’s very important for us as astro-traders.

First-Trade Vulcanus As A Sensitive Point

If we look at Vulcanus as a sensitive point in a First-Trade horoscope, and then watch the impact of transiting planets aspecting that sensitive point, we can get critical insights.

We are often likely to see First-Trade Vulcanus lending its enormous power to a profitable move in the markets.

MTSN Uranus & First-Trade Vulcanus
Because we were able to identify the upcoming square between transiting Uranus and First-Trade Vulcanus in advance, we were able to enter the trade early enough to get a more profitable return.

In a recent trade of Mattson Technology, for example, an aspect from transiting Uranus to the MTSN First-Trade Vulcanus opened up a big rally. Prior to that, the stock that had been struggling to come off a trading bottom.

The result was a profit of nearly 10 percent in just 25 trading days.

A return like that makes a big difference. It’s quite clear that it’s worth the extra effort to include all eight transneptunian factors in our charts.

They can turbo-charge the results of our astro-trading.

You can see a 7-minute video describing this Vulcanus effect during this trade, along with a description of the overall trading strategy involved, at: http://www.financialcyclesweekly.com/public/Dont-Forget-Vulcanus.cfm

My Grand Cross Conversation with Arch Crawford

I got a phone call yesterday afternoon from Arch Crawford.

He’s probably the world’s most widely-known financial astrologer, and through his many years of newsletter writing as well as his frequent appearances on TV and radio and at investment conferences, he’s done a wonderful job of introducing the benefits of astro-trading to a global audience.

His monthly newsletter, Crawford Perspectives, offers “quintessential market timing by planetary timing and technical analysis” — it’s well worth checking out. You’ll find it at: http://www.crawfordperspectives.com/

Arch and I have been colleagues and great friends for years, but it had been about 8 months since the last time we’d had a chance to chat at length, so we had a little catching up to do when he called.

After getting connected on personal matters like health and family circumstances, we of course turned to our common interests of astrology and the markets.

Arch had a birthday last week, and I had taken a few minutes away from my W. D. Gann studies then to send him a message wishing him a “pleasant solar return.”

That got his attention.

“How is it possible to have a ‘pleasant solar return’ with THESE kind of planetary aspects?” he wanted to know, referring, of course, to the super-stressful Cardinal Grand Cross that’s now underway.

“I’m not sure how,” I confessed. “Unless it’s just surviving what’s going on right now, and then living to tell the tale. That may be enough of a celebration.”

He chuckled.

“Actually,” he said, “this is pretty serious stuff. The way the Grand Cross hits my personal chart isn’t good at all, and I’m really worried about the impact on the U.S. horoscope.”

The opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 23, comes just 9 minutes before the square between transiting Mars and Pluto, which brings the Grand Cross pattern into its tightest alignment. The chart for the Opening Bell is shown here in the outer wheel; the inner wheel is one of the popular USA horoscopes. Note the connections between the Grand Cross and the square between Saturn and the Sun/Poseidon conjunction in the USA chart, as well as the conjunctions between transiting Venus and the USA Vulcanus and between transiting Hades and the USA Venus.
The opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 23, comes just 9 minutes before the square between transiting Mars and Pluto, which brings the Grand Cross pattern into its tightest alignment. The chart for the Opening Bell is shown here in the outer wheel; the inner wheel is one of the popular USA horoscopes. Note the connections between the Grand Cross and the square between Saturn and the Sun/Poseidon conjunction in the USA chart, as well as the conjunctions between transiting Venus and the USA Vulcanus and between transiting Hades and the USA Venus.

As experienced astrologers know, there’s a lot of disagreement in the astrological community about the correct birth chart for the U.S.A. Most of the arguments, however, are about the best time of day to use for that horoscope– there seems to be general agreement that July 4, 1776 was an important date in U.S. history, even among those who argue that a different date entirely should be used as the true inception date for the country.

Arch and I didn’t get into any of that controversy. We both agreed that the trigger of the Grand Cross, with transiting Jupiter conjoining the natal Sun and transiting Mars conjoining natal Saturn in any chart for July 4, 1776, could prove to be more than enough to trigger some big challenges for the country as a whole.

While the precision of this alignment seems to be unprecedented in modern history, have been some Jupiter/Uranus waxing squares over the past couple of centuries who effects are worth studying as a clue to what we might have facing us in the coming months. You’ll find a detailed analysis in the e-book on The Stock Market Collision Course at http://bit.ly/ATsmcc.

And what about the markets? Arch Crawford said that he’s currently looking at three time frames that have a high potential for a major pull-back in the equities markets: from now until the early Summer; during the month of October, 2014; and then in January, 2015.

While I agreed with that general outlook, I told him that I’m looking for the Grand Cross pattern this week to light the fuse for some intensified selling action in the equities markets, with prices declining into the solar eclipse on April 29.

Whether or not that will be a major crash remains to be seen, however. I think a more likely scenario is a correction instead of a crash, with the potential for a rebound as we move into May.

And, as I reminded Arch, he and I have both been at this market forecasting game long enough to recognize one thing: if we ever feel absolutely certain about what’s coming up in the markets, then it’s a pretty good signal that we’re wrong.

He laughed and agreed with me. Essentially, we are our own strongest contrary indicators.

He also reminded me of the famous quote from Walt Kelly’s Pogo comic strip (Arch and I are both old enough to remember reading Pogo in the Sunday funnies): “We have met the enemy, and he is us!”