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Mother Of All Bombs Brings Vulcanus To Afghanistan

It’s the Mother Of All Bombs.

That’s the military slang for the enormous MOAB.

Aside from nuclear weapons, i’s the biggest, most destructive attack device in the possession of the U.S. armed forces.

Mother Of All Bombs
MOAB – The Mother of All Bombs

The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, commonly known as the Mother of All Bombs, is a large-yield conventional (non-nuclear) bomb, developed for the United States military by Albert L. Weimorts, Jr. of the Air Force Research Laboratory.

At the time of development, the government touted it as the most powerful non-nuclear weapon ever designed.

And yesterday, on April 13, with President Donald Trump’s escalation of the conflict in Afghanistan, the need for a big public relations move resulted in the first-ever use of this enormous weapon in a combat situation.

Politics aside, the gigantic explosion was a huge media success. They love being able to talk about this dramatic use of the Mother of All Bombs.

Nowhere To Go But Nuclear

In terms of military strategy, it may have been effective in removing some key cave hideouts used by ISIS in its ongoing guerrilla operations. Initial reports from Afghanistan indicate that between 35 and 82 Islamic State fighters were killed by the bomb blast. There have been no definitive reports of the damage to facilities and equipment.

But one key question remains. So what happens next?

Isis is unlikely to get scared and run away, no matter how much damage was done by the Mother of All Bombs.

And if the U.S. military wants to use something even more powerful in a future escalation, there’s another problem. They have nowhere to go but nuclear.

How Much Is The Mother of All Bombs?

This massive explosive device doesn’t come cheap. According to The Fiscal Times, the “Mother of All Bombs, is a 20,000-pound monster. It took $314 million to develop and has a unit cost of $16 million.” So it only takes a few of them to justify big increases in the U.S. military budget.

The big explosion didn’t help Wall Street, though. Prices continued to move lower after the event. Stocks closed at their lowest levels since mid-February.

It’s now clear that geopolitical events – and the astrological dynamics behind them – are once again a big factor in the markets.

What was most interesting astrologically, though, was the timing of the event.

As I mentioned in a recent blog post, yesterday was a direct station by the transneptunian Vulcanus.

Vulcanus On Display

I described it as expressing “an offer you can’t refuse” in that post.

I pointed out that Vulcanus represents “dynamic energy at the extreme” and “coercion by the highest authority, in the most emphatic way.”

If the Mother of All Bombs doesn’t show those traits, what does?

Mother Of All Bombs Horoscope
The horoscope for the dropping of the Mother Of All Bombs in Afghanistan.

And to underscore the Vulcanus connection, the timing was important, too.

The Mother of All Bombs was dropped at 7:32 p.m. Afghanistan Time.

That was exactly 4 hours and 15 minutes after the Vulcanus station.

Transneptunians, anybody?

Apple Stock Plunge: Right On Time

Apple (APPL) reported its quarterly earnings yesterday, and we saw shares in Apple stock plunge as a result.

It was the first earnings announcement since the introduction of the much-touted Apple Watch, so it attracted lots of attention.

And much of that attention was negative.

The price of the stock was off by about 1 percent by the end of the trading day, and after-hours trading took an even bigger toll, with the losses hitting 7 percent as the Apple stock plunge continued.

For any normal company, of course, the earnings news that Apple reported would have been considered fairly spectacular.

Quarterly profits were up by 38 percent.

The company’s gross margin stands at 39.7 percent.

Sales of the firm’s iPhone unit were up by 35 percent.

But in Apple’s case, Wall Street didn’t like it.

So Why Did Apple Stock Plunge?

According to the news, it was all about expectations.

Market analysts had been looking for numbers that were even better than the ones Apple reported, so they were disappointed big time.

Had those expectations been realistic?

Probably not.

After all, some pundits had been predicting earnings growth from Apple to the tune of 50 percent, so a walloping gain of 35 percent wound up looking pretty puny.

Some analyst’s forecasts projected iPhone sales of 50 million unit, but Apple only managed to see 47.5 million iPhones during the quarter.

Some of it seems to have been based on pure fantasy, but with Apple’s reputation as a miracle company, the analysts managed to get away with those loony predictions.

How We Saw The Apple Stock Plunge Coming

But not everybody expected to see such pie-in–the-sky results when Apple reported earnings.

In fact, our astrological work was showing just the opposite.

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In our Financial Cycles Weekly newsletter published on July 12, we examined the astrology behind share prices for Apple stock, pointing out the heliocentric Mercury/Uranus dynamics that have been remarkably consistent in bring prices lower.

We also warned our readers, “don’t be surprised to see some sobering news on July 21, when AAPL reports its quarterly earnings. It will be the first quarter to include sales of the Apple Watch, but transiting Saturn will be near the Midheaven of the AAPL First-Trade chart at the time of the announcement. Saturn will also be activating the First-Trade Uranus/Hades midpoint, so there could be a very nasty surprise.”

So we expected to see the current Apple stock plunge.

In fact, it’s showing up right on time!

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For more details on the astrology behind the Apple stock plunge, be sure to see the front-page article in the July 12 issue of Financial Cycles Weekly newsletter. CLICK HERE to download a free copy of that issue.

 

 

Watching Alibaba

There’s been a lot of media ruckus lately about the upcoming IPO for Alibaba, the gigantic Chinese internet firm.

Jack Ma, the company’s founder and CEO, has just begun an all-out effort to promote the company to would-be investors, trying to drum up enthusiasm prior to the projected IPO date on September 19.

While Ma is certainly not oblivious to the traditions of feng shui and astrology in impacting business success (“Alibaba” is itself a multi-lingual pun – “ba” in Chinese means “eight”, and 8 is considered an extremely lucky number for generating wealth), it’s not clear what astrologer got involved in picking the IPO date.

Take a look at the horoscope for the event:

Alibaba IPO

With the Leo Moon (flashy public presentations) on the Midheaven and the transneptunian Apollon (success through business expansion) conjoining the Ascendant in this chart, it’s obviously a hand-picked time for an auspicious beginning.

We’ll have to wait and see, of course, exactly what happens when the Alifbaba stock starts trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

In the meantime, you might want to check out the article titled “Wall Street Eyes Alibaba Billions” in the September 7 issue of FinancialCyclesWeekly newsletter. It shares our astro-trading perspective on this stock, and discusses an ancillary equities play that could bring some significant trading profits.

You’ll find it at: http://www.financialcyclesweekly.com/members/Newsletter-for-September-713-2014-2.cfm

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

Wow!

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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NYSE Solar Return: Fraud, Deception & Emotion in Stock Market Trading During the Next 12 Months

It’s really a powerful chart, but it’s not necessarily a pretty picture.

As part of my preparation for the celebration of the birthday of the New York Stock Exchange next weekend, I’ve just taken time to do a detailed study of the solar return horoscope for that venerable institution.

It’s calculated for the exact time this year that the Sun comes back to the zodiacal position it was in on Thursday morning, May 17, 1792, when a group of traders got together under a buttonwood tree at the foot of Wall Street in New York City to tell lies and swap securities.

Along the way, they laid the foundation for stock market trading for centuries to come.

Here’s what the solar return horoscope looks like:

Stock Market Trading - NYSE Solar Return 2014
This solar return horoscope is calculated from the exact time that the Sun comes back to the position it was in at 8:52 a.m. LMT on May 17, 1792, when trading first began for the group that eventually became the New York Stock Exchange. The chart can tell us about stock market trading during the coming twelve months.

Pay attention here to the conjunction of Neptune with the Ascendant on the left side of the wheel, as well as the Sun/Admetos conjunction, the Moon/Pluto conjunction, and the conjunction of Apollon with the True Lunar Node.

Those factors suggest fresh limitations on the NYSE (probably from ICE deliberately cutting back on the number of issues available for trading), a highly-charged emotional atmosphere driving plenty of wild price speculation, and a high potential for outright fraud and deception.

And, with Venus finishing up its translation of the Grand Cross in Cardinal zodiac signs, there’s also a big potential a widespread global impact from shifts in the NYSE during the next twelve months. (That Venus translation is also likely to have a short-term impact in setting up a shift in market trend; check out the recent blog post here at: http://marketastrologer.realbusinessresults.com/specific-times-exact-prices-profitable-stock-market-trading/

This solar return chart just underscores the importance of understanding the implications of New York Stock Exchange astrology in getting an accurate overview of the markets as a whole. That’s the subject of an article in the current issue of FinancialCyclesWeekly.com newsletter, which is distributed weekly to our members to provide tools and tips to enhance their stock market trading performance as astro-traders– you’ll find it at: http://www.financialcyclesweekly.com/members/Newsletter-for-May-1117-2014.cfm

It’s also what I’ll be talking about with the NCGR chapter in Ft. Lauderdale next weekend during my presentation on “The NYSE at 222” – I hope you can join us then!

You’ll find more details on next weekend’s activities on the blog post from May 8, including contact information for the event. Take a look at: http://marketastrologer.realbusinessresults.com/lots-candles-birthday-cake/

High-Frequency Trading and What We Can Gain with the Astro-Trading Advantage

The Michael Lewis Flash Boys book has been creating quite a stir on Wall Street this week, so it was only natural that it came up as a topic of conversation when I got together with Michael Yorba for an interview on his Traders Network radio show on Thursday afternoon.

The book is about the corrupting consequences of High-Frequency Trading, and apparently Lewis is so passionate about this issue that he’s been pulling out all the stops to publicize his new publication.

But, as I told Michael Yorba during our interview this week, what we’re doing with our members at FinancialCyclesWeekly.com is about as different from High-Frequency Trading as you can possibly get.

In fact, you could accurately call it Low-Frequency Trading instead. But no matter what you call it, this approach to the markets contently creates solid trading profits with minimal risk.

You can hear the first part of Thursday’s interview with Michael Yorba, when we discussed high-frequency trading, here:

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After the commercial break on the program, Michael and I picked up the conversation and discussed the astrological factors moving the markets now. You can listen to that segment here:

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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!