Sunday, January 25, 2015

RETROGRADE MOTION, MUSINGS AND TRIVIA


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?


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RETROGRADE, JANUARY 21ST - February 11
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. 

WHAT IS MERCURY'S SHADOW PERIOD?
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.

MERCURY AND THE MARKET
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.



Read Randall Ashbourne's FREE report January 2015 Overview of the Markets, by Randall Ashbourne, author of The Idiot and the Moon

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.

Trines!
Marley




Monday, January 12, 2015

The Idiot & The Moon - 2015, Overview, January 11, 2015

Randall Ashbourne, an associate of Astrological Investing, posts reports and articles on his web site at  theidiotandthemoon.com  The following is a  link to download his January 11, 2015 Overview of the markets.
"Uranus lay down with Gaea..."
The Great War of the Gods is winding down. Midway through March, Uranus will make the last of its squares to Pluto.

The two Old Gods have been squaring-off with each other since 2008, symbolising a battle
between freedom and control...

In January, 2009, I wrote an essay published on www.astrologicalinvesting.com titled: "The War of the Gods".   (click to read article)

Well, here we are now at the start of 2015, 6 years later, and the world has changed... quite dramatically.

Click to download the January 2015 Overview in PDF format, which includes:
  • Timing of major transits for 2015
  • Bradley Model forecast for 2015
  • Where the market is headed according to Elliot Wave optimists 
  • Charts using Galactic Trader 4 software showing price targets
  • Long-range technical charts for the SP500
Good luck. I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015.

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.


Important Reading:  The Idiot & the Moon, by Randall Ashbourne 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Randall Ashbourne, an associate of Astrological Investing, posts a weekly market report on his web site, theidiotandthemoon.com  The following is this weekend's Eye of RA report: Week beginning December 15, 2014 

It's time for me to take a break, so I'll take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy holiday season and, especially, a happy New Year.

Markets tumbled last week as we head into another direct hit of the long-running Uranus/Pluto square due to "finish" ... at last ... in 2015!

The key price levels for the SP500 and DAX were published last weekend, along with still-relevant Weekly Planet levels for the ASX.

Charts for the FTSE, Nifty and some other indices have also been published recently and you can find them in the Archives.

There will be no annual Forecast this year and some major changes for the Eye of Ra next year. It's unlikely the Eye will appear each weekend.

Instead, I'll probably do only one major report each month, incorporating much of the detail I normally include in the annual Forecast.

Hopefully, the changes will allow me more time just to enjoy Life ... as well as writing occasionally, in non-market report weeks, about the broader social changes being influenced by The Spooky Stuff.

Until sometime in early January ... Best wishes and thanks for your company during 2014!

 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 - 2011-2014


Astrological Investing's associate, Randall Ashbourne, author of the eBook, The Idiot and The Moon, writes a free weekly column titled, The Eye of Ra on his web site in  which he explains the potential impact of astrological aspects and the current state of technical conditions. Ashbourne's charts are revealing illustrations of exactly what has occurred in the market and the probability of what to expect.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Germany joins the USA in all-time Highs

Randall Ashbourne, an associate of Astrological Investing, posts a weekly market report on his web site, theidiotandthemoon.com  The following is this weekend's Eye of RA report: Week beginning December 8, 2014 
 Wall Street continues to make marginal new Highs, though the SP 500 is still shy of touching a major planetary price barrier at 2082.

 Trading on Wall Street was relatively subdued last week, despite some strong astrological aspects involving Jupiter and Uranus.

 There are more of them to come, especially over the next week when Jupiter goes Retrograde, Venus moves to Capricorn, the Sun trines Jupiter ... and we get another exact hit of Uranus square Pluto.

Europe, especially Germany, is now bouncing back from weakness earlier in the year. You might recall that some months ago we talked about the DAX running into long-range overhead planetary price resistance.

It was strong enough to send the DAX into a multi-month downfall. However, the pick-up in performance since the low in mid-October has lifted the German market back into the same territory.

European traders are hopeful that the ECB will now follow Japan, taking over monetary expansion from the US Federal Reserve.

We'll look at the key levels now.

Below is the long-range planetary price chart for the DAX. Midway through 2014, the index ran into the Pluto barrier priced in the early 10,000s, prompting a strong correction.

The index is now making another attempt to breakout northwards. At this stage, the Bird Bird oscillator seems very dubious.

The SP500 continues to fall just short of touching its overhead Pluto barrier in the early 2080s. It's entirely possible the resistance could be breached by a gap Open, opening potential targets in the 2100s.

A couple of weeks ago, we discussed the under-performance of the ASX200 and I suggested a Uranus price line, then priced at 5270 could provide a stronger level of support.

The index had a one-day dive below the level last Monday, but recovered the following morning. The weekly resistance from Saturn lines around 5382 and 5417 need to be overcome before the index has a chance of challenging the August highs. 

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 - 2011-2014


Astrological Investing's associate, Randall Ashbourne, author of the eBook, The Idiot and The Moon, and The Idiot and the Moon, Forecast 2014, writes a free weekly column titled, The Eye of Ra on his web site in  which he explains the potential impact of astrological aspects and the current state of technical conditions. Ashbourne's charts are revealing illustrations of exactly what has occurred in the market and the probability of what to expect.