Sunday, March 29, 2015

Heading into a major Bradley turn date

Randall Ashbourne, an associate of Astrological Investing, posts reports and articles on his web site at   The following is this weekend's Eye of RA report: Week beginning March 30, 2015  
The coming week, heading into various religious festivals, also brings the first significant Bradley Model turn date for 2015.

The Full Moon next weekend will be a lunar eclipse ... sister of the recent solar eclipse ... and the configuration will again trigger the broad implications of the long-running Uranus-Pluto square we've talked about many times in the past few years.

Uranus and Pluto have now completed exactitude of the square for the last time, but the "orb" of the aspect will continue to linger.

Jupiter, head honcho of the Old Gods, will also be strongly influential in the next few weeks, as it goes Direct and receives a trine from the Sun. Strong Jupiter periods tend to exaggerate either optimism or fear, so we can expect some explosive moves ... one way or the other.

The period finds Wall Street's SP500 index beginning to bump its highs against some major planetary resistance and it's that we'll spend a little time looking at in this edition.

There are also updates on the ASX 200, Germany's DAX and London's FTSE

About once a year, depending on the speed of rallies or downturns, the SP500 comes into contact with primary price lines from the inner planets ... the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars.

In our first chart, we'll look at how these tend to impact rally phases in the index. It's a weekly price chart showing only the Sun and Venus primary lines. Price tends to rise at an angle closely aligned to the annual movement of the planets.

Sometimes price stalls and goes sideways, until it picks up a boost from contact with the next set of rising price lines.

But, what goes up must come down, at least to some degree, and our next chart shows the Sun-Venus impact on the timing and speed of major downturns and significant Bear plunges.

Contact with these downtrend planetary price lines does not always produce a major downturn. But, when one is becoming due ...

Well, the impact can be dramatic.

In our third chart, I have included Mercury and Mars into the mix and we will take a close-up view to show the sort of danger the 500 now faces if it cannot burst above the resistance of the planetary downtrend lines. What it suggests is that Wall Street is now very close to hitting a major hurdle ... a set of planetary influences which almost always produce a multi-week correction.

Our next chart shows the more horizontal price lines of the outer planets and provides the major probable targets for rallies and declines. Regular readers will have become quite familiar with these and know they provide excellent Entry and Exit levels for trades ... if the oscillators on shorter-term charts are showing distinct potential for a trend turn.

Of the other major Western stock indices, Germany is the strongest. And just maybe too strong. Its northbound breakout in the past few months catapulted it above what should have been, based on historical behaviour, a strong resistance barrier.

And our Big Bird oscillator isn't really overjoyed by the move.

While the DAX has left its two previous Bull peaks way behind, the British market continues to struggle against the long-range planetary price lines which acted as a slaughter house for the earlier Bulls.

Allow a little leeway for the posted prices because they're "wavy" and exactitude depends entirely on timing for the monthly bars.

Australia is also faltering at a hurdle ... in the ASX 200's case, a double Fibonacci Retracement barrier. The index managed to break free of the doldrums in the past few months and put on a spurt.

There is some disagreement about exactly where the current blue Fibo Rx level lies because of data differences at the 2009 low ... but all levels of the blue lines displayed below have been important during the past few years and the data difference is not really major.

You'll note that on the chart above, the Big Bird oscillator is starting to sing off-key and that it is a double Fibonacci barrier.

Turning our attention to the ASX 200's Weekly Planets chart, we can note a primary Saturn barrier not far ahead at around 6050, with a Neptune level at 6082.

Weekly Big Bird is even more distinctly off-key than his monthly version as price battles to overcome the minor Saturn resistance around 5942.

And, yes, I've been terribly slack this year ... first time in years I've been able to enjoy the southern Summer and, literally, take some time out to smell the roses.

And they smell so much better than Pollyanna!

I will try to include the Indian/Asian indices in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, just keep a weather eye on the near-term charts, especially with the Bradley date approaching (all of which was covered in the Forecast in January) and as Pollyanna bumps her silly noggin against the inner planet downtrend lines.

Safe trading - RA
Randall Ashbourne (Disclaimer: This article is not advice or a recommendation to trade stocks; it is merely educational material.)
Copyright: Randall Ashbourne - 2011-2015

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

New Moon in Pisces and the Year of the Goat

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The New Moon in Pisces marks the beginning of the Chinese Calendar. The exact new moon time is at 07:48 a.m. on 19-February, 2015 in China's time zone.

The Chinese calendar is based on a lunisolar year (relating to both the Moon and the Sun) - Because the first new moon after the Winter Solstice is the 12th month of the Chinese calendar year, usually the second new moon of the year in the Georgian calendar is actually the first lunar month in the Chinese calendar.  Chinese New Year usually falls in mid February.  (Even though China now uses the Georgian calendar, their new year is based on the ancient Chinese calendar.)

New Year’s Day is the most important date in the Chinese calendar, and is normally a three day work holiday, although some may stretch the holiday even longer.  Celebrations actually continue for the entire month!

Is 2015 The Year of the Goat or Sheep?   It is the Year of the Goat, but  sometimes is referred to as the “Year of the Sheep” because of confusion which stems from the translation of the "yang" Chinese character  -  which can be translated as either a goat or a sheep.

The Goat is the eighth animal of the Chinese Zodiac. Goats are resilient and create their success through perseverance; they are thought of as gentle and sympathetic, but have a strong sense of justice. According to Chinese astrologers, luck within careers will fluctuate for those born in the year of the goat and their financial fortune will be average. However, they are said to possess a power to turn their fortune around – so that when things seem bleak, their luck may change. This year looks good for health.

What is your Chinese Sign? Many Chinese Sign calculators do not account for the non-alignment of the two calendars, using Gregorian-calendar years rather than official Chinese New Year dates!

It is important to check your sign based on a Chinese calendar - you may have miscalculated your Chinese sign using a Georgian calendar! Here is a link to some interesting Chinese Zodiac trivia and a calculator to find your sign.

The Chinese 60 Year CycleAn uncomplicated explanation of the 60 year cycle - and fairly decent history of Chinese Astrology - can be found on Wikipedia:  "The 60-year cycle consists of two separate cycles interacting with each other. The first is the cycle of ten heavenly stems, namely the Five Elements (in order Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water) in their Yin and Yang forms.

The second is the cycle of the twelve Zodiac animal signs (shengxiĆ o) or Earthly Branches . They are in order as follows: the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. In Vietnam the rabbit is replaced by the cat.

This combination creates the 60-year cycle due to the least amount of years (least common multiple) it would take to get from Yang Wood Rat to its next iteration, which always starts with Yang Wood Rat and ends with Yin Water Pig." "

Hope you are planning something special - 2015 New Year celebrations continue until the the moon is full, March 5!


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Moon phases
New Moon February 18, 2015 - 1st quarter, February 25, 2015- Full moon, March 5, 2015 - Last quarter, March 13, 2015 - Next New Moon, March 20, 2015, the Spring Equinox 
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Important transits this lunar month: (dates are for Eastern Time Zone)
Mar 11 Mars Conjunction Uranus
Mar 11 Mars Square Pluto
Mar 14 Saturn at 04°Sagittarius55' Stations Rx
Mar 16 Uranus Square Pluto
Mar 20 New Moon, the Sun 29°Pisces27' is a Solar Eclipse

All the best to you in this New Year of the Goat, 2015.

Wishing you Trines for the year!


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Monday, February 2, 2015

Mercury Rx and the ASX 200 2015 Overview

Randall Ashbourne, an associate of Astrological Investing, posts reports and articles on his web site at  The following is a copy of his recent report and a link to download his ASX 200 Targets and Technicals 2015
We are currently in the middle of the first Mercury Retrograde cycle of the year.

It happens a few times, for a few weeks, each year and they tend to be periods where stock markets are choppy ... with changes in direction every few days.

Communications can easily become miscommunications during Mercury Rx ... and not because the planet is "doing" things.

Rocks and giant gas balls Out There are just ... there.

The astrological symbolism is that WE tend to become inattentive and prone to making silly mistakes during these periods.

For the moment, I have nothing to add to the 2015 Forecast published in January. However, I am slowly working on reports for individual indices and can now include the 2015 outlook for the Australian stock market.

The report includes long-range, intermediate and short-term targets and is a PDF download.
ASX 200 Targets and Technicals 2015 

NB: It contains one black chart. So don't print, without excluding that page!  

Safe trading - RA

Randall Ashbourne (Disclaimer: This article is not advice or a recommendation to trade stocks; it is merely educational material.)
Copyright: Randall Ashbourne - 2011-2015

Astrological Investing's associate, Randall Ashbourne, is the author of the eBook, The Idiot and The Moon,  Ashbourne's Galactic Trader planetary charts are revealing illustrations of exactly what has occurred in the market and the probability of what to expect.

The Idiot and the Moon, Compleat & Utter Lunatic Idiot's Guide to Trading Stocks,

Sunday, January 25, 2015


It Moves Backward, you say?!?!
Of course, Mercury doesn't actually reverse it's path around the sun! Everyone knows this!

Retrograde motion is the apparent motion of a planet to move in a direction opposite to earth. It's all an illusion!

The Earth completes its orbit in 365 days (+ a few hours), which is a slower trip around the Sun than the planet Mercury has; thus, Earth will periodically overtake its orbit, resulting in the illusion of Mercury's backward motion. This happens 3 to 4 times a given year.

The outer planets don't move as fast in their orbits as Earth, but even still, when planet Earth passes their orbits it results in the same phenomenon.

The outer planets retrograde period begin and end when the planet is approximately past 120 degrees (or Trine) from the Sun. The center of their retrograde motion occurs when the planet is exactly opposite the Sun.

The inner planets, Venus and Mercury, can never be trine or in opposition to the Sun. Their retrograde cycles are tied to their conjunctions with the Sun.
When Venus and Mercury are conjunct the Sun they transition from morning star to evening star.

Retrograde Sun? You're kidding, right?
The Sun and Moon never appear retrograde from planet Earth. However, the Sun does appear to move backward from the surface of Mercury!

Interestingly, Mercury has a most eccentric orbit. (view image above)

If we were able to view the Sun from Mercury's surface, we would observe the Sun rising part way, then reverse and set before rising again, all within the same Mercurian day. Thus, to the hypothetical observer on Mercury, the Sun appears to move in a retrograde direction!

This apparent retrograde motion of the Sun from Mercury's surface occurs four Earth days before the conjunction of Mercury and the Sun; the Sun's "normal" motion resumes four days after the conjunction.

Intense Mischievousness of Mercury during Stations
The apparent motion of Mercury stopping to change direction – the station - is felt by us Earthlings more intensely than during retrograde motion. I can't help but wonder, is the retrograde Sun viewed from Mercury's surface the reason stations of Mercury are felt by us Earthlings more intensely?  Who knows?

On the 21st of January, Mercury STOPPED its forward moving direction and began to move in the opposite direction - it will do this until it will reach 01.18 degrees of Aquarius (where it was on January 5th).

The Mischievous Maker Mercury will stop again on February 11th, change direction, and begin to move forward once again. 

The time it takes for Mercury to move between 01.18 degrees of Aquarius to 17.05 degrees of Aquarius - where it was on January 5 and return back to where it was on January 21 - moving first forward, then backward, and then forward again - is approximately 59 days. This is what astrologer's call Mercury's Shadow Period.

Astrologer's say this entire shadow period is subject to difficulties related to anything the planet rules astrologically, and we all need to proceed cautiously during this time. However, what gets everyone's attention is when it is considered actually retrograde for approximately 21 days!

It is NOT a good time to sign contracts, or purchase big ticket items if it is not something you normally do during daily activities during Mercury retrograde.  One should go about their normal course of business and daily activities of course!  But it is a time to be cautious. New, out of the ordinary, important decisions made during Mercury retrograde often come back and regrettably haunt you - and often they are reversed.

Basically, it is a good time to do things that start with “re”. Example: read, research, recycle, repair, restore, review. Now is the best time to clean up and finish up with those old projects we have been procrastinating doing, and wait to begin new projects.

Oh, and if you haven't, CAREFULLY back up your computer! Computers tend to be buggy, and crash during Mercury Rx.

During Mercury Rx the markets are unpredictable and volatile. Especially a few days before and after the stationing periods (when Mercury stops to change direction).

Mishaps and misinterpreted communications can happen.  And during Mercury's retrograde chances are greater that they can happen.  So be very, very careful when pressing the buy/sell button if you decide to be in the market!

Kaye Shinker used to remind us that usually about half way through the retrograde cycle you will see a change in the direction of the market only to return to where they started 90% of the time.

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Moon phases
New moon January 19, 2015 - 1st quarter, January 26, 2015- Full moon, February 2, 2015 -
Last quarter, February 11, 2015 - next New moon, February 18, 2015 (Read Randall Ashbourne's' article, The Moods of the Moon - Trading the Mood Swings of the Monthly Lunar Cycle)

Read Randall Ashbourne's'The Idiot and The Moon, eBook regarding trading New Moon and Full Moons. (calendars are no longer available on the Astrological Investing Blog)

Astrological Calendars for 2015 are available in our Amazon Book Shop.

On your 2015 calendar, mark the New Moon and Full Moon days, and when there is long a period of time when the Moon is Void of Course.  Students at Astrological Investing have researched days when the Moon was Void of Course during trading hours, and found that 90% of the time Long Void of Course Moons indicate a volatile market with dramatic ups in the indices.