Sunday, August 28, 2011

Fiscal Cents - Financial Astrology for Your Zodiac Sign

Kaye Shinker's Financial Astrology for Your Zodiac Sign  -  Your Astrological Horoscope and Financial Outlook.
During this Lunar month, August 28 through September 27, the spotlight is on the Zodiac signs of Virgo and Libra.  The Sun is in Virgo, however it will enter the zodiac sign of Libra on September 23. 

Happy Solar Return to Virgo Suns and early Libra Suns!  

Happy Solar Return to our Virgo friends born August 28 through September 22nd - The year ahead promises extra income from your work. Folks see you as an effective leader and assign you extra projects. You will instinctively know how to make routine work fun and be especially adept at teaching. Now is the time to build your rainy day fund account with any extra income.

And Happy Solar Return to our "early" Libra friends born September 23rd through 26th - Keep working hard at your day job, and consider finding a new hobby.  It is prudent to set aside 10% of your income in a savings account especially if your new hobby includes taking a few risks in the markets.

Both signs will be very busy throughout the year ahead. Virgo will find interesting work and profitable ways to spend their spare time. Take a chance once in a while because the odds are good you will win. Virgo’s ability to find the most efficient way to accomplish a task will be recognized and they will be asked to teach others their skills.   Early Libra's will be find the pressure is lifting and by the end of the year life will become interesting and fun. Throwing out the trash in life has been a huge challenge but they are getting it done. 

This Month For Virgo
Enjoy having fun and playing all of your favorite games, Relax and just enjoy everything and everyone around you. It is OK to take time to check the various commodities markets. If you know this market then take a risk from time to time.

Admit it, you like to work. The month ahead promises plenty of extra work. Just remember to toss your extra money in a savings account. Be sure to note those tools that help you get the work done. It is a good idea to visit the dentist.

Advice for everyone! September will find your attention focused on Education for yourself or the children in your life. Now is the time to sign up for a class on any topic of interest and hopefully you will find an additional hobby. This is a great month to have fun. It is an excellent idea to go out and play or shop. Long Void of Course Moons are August 30 and Sept 26.

Household Hint: Thrifty is the new status symbol. Invest your extra time in charity work and set aside the cash required for a new vehicle.

More for all other signs: Each Sun Sign has predictions of the challenges and successes for you during the month ahead in our Fiscal Cents column on the web site.

We suggest that you also read your Ascendant (your Rising sign), as well as your Sun sign on our web site - to read your sun sign's forecast on our web site go to:

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Be sure to read your horoscope to find out what is ahead for YOU and your finances this coming lunar month! Click here to read Astrological Fiscal Cents. 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The New Moon in Virgo, 2011

Read this New Moon report in it's entirety at
New Moon forecasts show the general trends and financial outlook for the month; below is some of what Kaye Shinker predicts for the month ahead.
New Moon in Virgo, August 28, 2011 11:04 pm EDT Washington, D.C.
The New Moon appears in the 5th House (refer to chart) Non USA members can set up a New Moon chart for the capital of their country. Textbook 4, page 30 of the Textbook For Financial Astrology, will help with interpretation the New Moon chart. (Note the house position of the New Moon in the chart in the capital of the country.)

The focus of the Virgo New Moon is on children and giving them extra time. If you are an investor pay attention to the products they choose for back-to-school. Also watch the types of entertainment they appreciate.

Commodities are the focus of speculators and those with good trading skills will profit easily. Gold and silver prices are volatile rising and falling with news concerning interest rates on fiat currency. Shipping grains to the markets where they are needed will be a challenge.

The New Moon starts a very interesting and busy week for all of the leaders of business in the USA. Saturn will return to the same position as Saturn in the USA 4th of July chart. Expect businesses to change leadership and for a number of managers to announce their retirement plans.

Sun Spots could be a problem around the date of the Virgo New Moon. From the Heliocentric point of view Uranus, Jupiter and Mercury will be in Aries opposed Saturn. The weather forecast is windy for areas east of the Mississippi and the west has a good chance of being blessed with precipitation. Be sure to check your emergency supplies.

Long Void of Course Moons
Throughout the past few months, students at Astrological Investing have researched days when the Moon was Void of Course during trading hours. Their conclusion is a Long Void of Course Moon will indicate a volatile market with dramatic ups in the Index averages 90% of the time.  During the next few months Neptune will be at 28° and 29° degrees of Aquarius with the other planets in early degrees of their sign.  Check your calendar (link) if you are trading in Australia or London time zones.  For New York, VOC Moons for the entire trading day:  August 30 and September 26.

Moon Phases New moon August 28, 2011 - First quarter September 4, 2011 - Full moon September 12, 2011 - Last quarter September 20, 2011 - New moon September 27, 2011 

The New Moon Chart and Planets through the houses -  New Moon in the 5th house
Elementary Education is the focus of attention. Back to school is fashionable and students of various ages are returning to acquire new skills. Funding is a concern and charities are encouraged to share their monies to provide tuition. There is an atmosphere of optimism as the public concentrates on their children.

Commodities are the focus of speculators and those with good trading skills will profit easily. Gold and silver prices are volatile rising and falling with news concerning interest rates on fiat currency. Shipping grains to the markets where they are needed will be a challenge.

Mercury appears in the 4th House
Mercury here predicts windy weather especially east of the Mississippi. It also predicts that folks will prefer entertainment close to home.

Venus appears in the 5th House
This placement will increase the birthrate. Consider stocks that specialize in children's toys and clothing. Also consider investments in companies that manufacture educational devises designed for youngsters.

Mars appear in the 3rd House

Automobile companies will find an increase in sales of their practical vehicles. Old media continues to lose customers and anticipated problems with the postal system speeds up their demise.

Jupiter appears in the 12th House
Charitable institutions may find an increase in donations or an increase in responsibilities. Retiring baby boomers find volunteerism.

August 30 Jupiter retrograde at 10 Taurus
Jupiter Rx rarely signals a trend change. Jupiter returns to the early degrees of Taurus bringing a renewed interest in banking and financial services. Difficult weather patterns in the Spring have generated a great deal of speculation in commodity stocks. At this point in time harvests are counted. Jupiter in Taurus usually brings an abundance of corn and beans therefore expect a lower price. Drought conditions in the west has forced cattlemen to cull their herds therefore feed for livestock should be in abundant supply.
Review the article Jupiter transits Taurus

Click the link to find out what Saturn in the 6th, Uranus in the 11th, Neptune in the 10th, and Pluto in the 8th house have in store for us this lunar month!

NOTE:  Pluto Direct September 16
The Dow falls 70% of the time after Pluto turns direct. I explained to a student that on average the market rises 56% of the time over year. In other words it is not a coin flip. Usually markets turn up again about one month following the date of Pluto's direct station. You might wish to check all of the charts for Dow stocks for planets in early degrees of cardinal signs. Appendix, Textbook 3.

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

September 2011 Astrological Calendar - Transits for NY NY, The NYSE

Astrology calendar showing the day and times of planetary aspects for the NYSE, for the month of September, 2011.
September 2011 Astrological Calendar - Transits for NY NY, The NYSE Click image to view full size calendar.

September 2011 Astrological Calendar - Transits for London, England, The FTSE

Astrological Calendar showing the day and times of planetary aspects for the FTSE, for the month of September, 2011.
September 2011 Astrological Calendar - Transits for London, England, The FTSE
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September 2011 Astrological Calendar - Transits for Sydney, Australia, The ASX

Astrology calendar showing the day and times of planetary aspects for the ASX, for the month of September, 2011

September 2011 Astrological Calendar - Transits for Sydney, Australia, The ASX
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by Pat Hardy -guest blogger

I Wanted to share with you the beginning of an important 127 year cycle which will continue to unfold especially in the 2012-2015 time period.
Uranus - Pluto Conjunction 10/9/1965 at 17 Vrigo
It is the Uranus- Pluto conjunction which began 10/9/1965 at 17 Virgo.  It had 3 connections with each other, the others were 4/4/66 and 6/30/66. Making the 16-17 VIRGO sensitive degrees.

Rebellious 60's

I associate the rebellious 60's with this planetary synodic cycle because it has all the signatures of freedom to the people and breaking away from the 1950's mentality. So issues around the Virgo-Pisces energies of this time period brings in the change of music, psychedelics, due to marijuana, LSD, cocaine and other recreational drugs of the era. That opened minds in many ways , a new era of awareness happened. As far as the economy is concerned it was not in good shape then either, mainly due to the Viet Nam war; hence why so many people gathered together to rebel against the war. One of the icons of this era was John Lennon and the Beatles....Give Peace a Chance.

Inflationary late '70's
Neptune Station at 16' Sagittarius

I regressed a bit, moving forward we have the outer planet connection which is Neptune at 16-17 Sagittarius in 1977-78 square to this Uranus-Pluto synod.  Neptune actually was at stationary retrograde right on 16 Sagittarius March 17, 1977!  When the planet, Uranus rings were discovered within days of this station.

Neptune went on to hit these degrees 12/77 through 1/78, 5/78 through 7/78 and final encounter 11/78. August 1977, U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs legislation creating the United States Department of Energy. Oil prices were beginning to climb as the Arab World accelerated their dominance with oil! A perfect Neptune square Uranus-Pluto manifestation.

OH! but wait....

Then Uranus in 2007-2008 was at 16-17 Pisces making an opposition to the 1965 conjunction which accelerated PEAK OIL problems and the acute awareness to the financial (mortgage crisis and Lehman Bros) and economic problems (global debt) we are still dealing with today on a global scale.

There are other signatures of this era too lengthy to bring them all forward, but this 127-yr synodic cycle of Uranus -Pluto is a strong one and in order to make the changes under the waxing square we will need ALL of the 7 connections to the upcoming Uranus square Pluto to do it!! It brings more power to the people, but in large numbers, to make the quantum leap of change which is coming.

Hang on

Uranus - Pluto Square, March, 2012
You think its wobbly now?  Wait and see the BIG changes that are ahead!

It starts around March 2012 through 2015 and the world WILL be a different place when this trend is completed.

Hang on, this will be a wild ride to say the least. Uranus never ceases to surprise and awake us to the potentials of the transformations coming with Pluto energies.

 written by Pat Hardy Friday, August 19, 2011 at 11:50am

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Using Daily Aspect Calendars to Time Intraday Trades

by Randall Ashbourne, author of  The Idiot and the Moon
August 2011  posted by Marley

Readers have asked me if I day trade - and the answer is: Yes, sometimes. I prefer swing trading, which I would define as a larger price move over a longer timeframe than intraday.

Sometimes, that’s short-term (a few days), intermediate (a few weeks), or long-term (months or more).

In truth, all trades are swing trades; it simply depends on whether one is following The Idiot (as explained in my e-book titled, The Idiot and The Moon, Compleat and Utter Lunatic Idiot's Guide to Trading Stocks, on a monthly, weekly, daily, or one-hour chart.

Moon phase trades are swing trades; trying to capitalise on the statistical tendency of markets to change direction at the New Moon, Full Moon and First and Third quarter dates.

But, the Moon’s effect on “mood” is not confined simply to those recurring phases every 28 days. Markets will move according to the Moon’s daily aspects to other planets and, even more importantly, according to the sign it’s currently traversing.

To make full use of these daily aspects, it’s necessary to know at least a little something about astrological symbolism. It doesn’t have to be a lot! Some fairly basic knowledge could be useful in helping to time trades better, so I’ll try to explain some of it here in relatively simple terms.

My friends Kaye Shinker and Marlene Pfeifle, at, provide a very useful service once a month - calendars showing the exact time of aspects between the planets and the daily aspects and sign changes of la Lune, for New York, London and Sydney.

They can be found here on the blog at: (click the link to view this month's calendars)

To use the information effectively, you first have to know the direction of the current trend - and that’s something The Idiot, in my e-book, defines very well.

You could also incorporate the information into your Moon Trading. (Read my article, The Moods of the Moon - Trading the Mood Swings of the Monthly Lunar Cycle )

And as I try to stress in my book, it’s just as important to know when NOT to trade, or to at least adjust one’s Time and Price expectations, as it is to hold one’s nerve and be prepared for the good moves when they come. All of this is detailed in the final chapter - how to judge the length of Time phases and get ready for the fast-moving Price phases.

Of course, these Time and Price phases occur over all timeframes - and they have a great deal to do with The Moods of The Moon, even in its daily travels.

Each month, the Moon will travel through each sign of the zodiac - but, it’s not necessarily the Cardinal signs, the “action” signs, which produce the most price action.

There are two signs which tend to produce large movements - Gemini and Sagittarius. When the Moon is in Gemini, there are often big price moves BOTH ways. When it’s in Sagittarius, the big price moves tend to be in one direction.

Now, usually, Sagittarian moves are unduly optimistic. Just occasionally, they will go entirely in the other direction. Jupiter/Sagittarius “exaggerates” - which is very nice if you’re Long and the mood is optimistic. But, just occasionally, it is fear that gets exaggerated.

The Moods of The Moon I must stress have only a minor effect if there are significant aspects occurring between other planets. It’s all about “level”.

Nevertheless, there are times the effects can be exploited quite profitably.

Moon In The Signs

ARIES - The effect is aggressive and the Moon travelling in Aries can start a move in a direction likely to last for a couple of days. Since Uranus is now in Aries, the Moon and Uranus will be in the same section of the sky, a conjunction, and the action is likely to be both sudden and surprising.

TAURUS - This is the most stable sign of the zodiac. Any move which starts under the Arien influence can be expected to consolidate for a day or two, or at least slow down. Since Jupiter is currently in the early part of Taurus, the Moon and Jupiter will be conjunct and, rather than slow down, the symbolism points towards steady, solid rises.

GEMINI - Price swings, often wildly and often in both directions, as if the market can’t make up its mind. That’s because it can’t.

CANCER - Is one of the action signs, but it is not openly aggressive in most circumstances. One of the keywords for Cancer is “protective”. The wild price swings of the Gemini period give way, once again, to more consolidation as traders on both sides move to “protect” profits already locked in. At the moment, Mars is in Cancer and the “softness” of the Moon and the hard edge of Mars are not normally energies which lock together smoothly.

LEO - Is the sign of speculation and gambling. Once again, the “mood” shifts and some market will move. It won’t necessarily be stocks, because Leo rules gold.

VIRGO - The most practical sign of the zodiac. The Moon here will want to run through the numbers and see some real evidence that the asking price is actually worth it. It’s a more careful and considered energy at play.

LIBRA - Is the sign of “balance”, which is something rarely achieved. The scales shift back and forth, weighing the speculation of Leo against the critical examination of Virgo, to try to find direction for the next move. Currently, Saturn is in Libra and the Moon conjunct Saturn can be a very negative influence.

SCORPIO - Watch for the potential of Big Money Manipulation. The sign of Sagittarius is coming up and the big boys are trying to position themselves to sting the unwary.

SAGITTARIUS - Usually unduly optimistic. If there’s going to be a sudden spurt, or strong countertrend, this is when it’s most likely to occur. This is not a freight train to step in front of, regardless of whether it’s a rocket ride or a plunge.

CAPRICORN - Prices tend to stabilise again.

AQUARIUS - Always difficult to predict with accuracy - since the sign symbolises the weird, the wacky, the sudden shock or surprise. It is the most Fixed and stubborn of all the signs and has a complete disregard for hard evidence which conflicts with what it wants to do.

PISCES - Gets an undeserved bad rap from many astrologers. In terms of financial astrology, it’s when the lies get told, usually a lot of gilding for the lily … the GDP figures which are boundlessly optimistic.

Moon In Aspect

We already know the key phases of the Moon’s monthly aspects - those it makes with the Sun: the New Moon (conjunction), Full Moon (opposition), First Quarter (square) and Third Quarter (square).

So, it shouldn’t be too hard to come to grips with the terms conjunction, opposition and square - especially for Moon Traders.

These three are “hard” aspects; they imply action.

And so, we just have to adjust the “level” of our thinking to include more than just the Moon’s aspects to the Sun.

The benefic planets are:  Sun, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter and, often, Neptune.

The “malefic” planets are:  Mars, Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto.

So, Lunar aspects of any kind to the first group tend to symbolise a “mood” which encourages higher prices.

Hard aspects, the conjunction, opposition, or square, to any of the other planets tend to suggest a bad mood Moon with the potential for prices to fall.

The “soft” aspects are the sextile and the trine. Of the two, the trine is stronger.

Many astrologers will tell you a trine is a positive aspect. It ain’t necessarily so. It is usually so. But, not always.

A trine means the energy flows smoothly. Now, it’s simply a fact that the atmosphere goes haywire when the Sun is in hard aspect with some other planets. It’s when Solar storms reach their peak. Blah blah.

When the planets are in sextile or trine, energy patterns do not conflict with each other. In the case of the trine the impact tends to be the rapid removal of obstacles.

So, if a market has been struggling - up or down - the arrival of a trine symbolises the timing of when the struggle will stop and direction will be resolved. In fact, the move could already be underway, having started as soon as the previous Moon aspect finished.

In effect, it will mark the end of a Time phase, regardless of the timeframe we're looking at, and the probable start of a Price phase.

Now, I realise this might all seem a bit complicated - especially to those without any training in astrological symbolism. So, I’ll try to state the likely impacts very simply.

The Sun or the Moon making a conjunction, sextile or trine - what I call a kissy-smoochy - to any of the “nice” planets will tend to increase stock prices. Similarly, for Mercury and Venus, who are also fast movers.

If any of them makes a hard aspect to a nasty planet, prices will tend to decline down into the time the aspect is exact.

There are some very important exceptions to this!

If you find that Price simply flatlines as the Moon is heading for a nice aspect with Jupiter, the probability is that markets are in a downtrend and will continue falling as soon as the aspect is finished.

Conversely, if Price does NOT decline, but flatlines, as the Moon makes a conjunction to Saturn, then the probability is that, once the pressure is off, Prices will rise.

This is very, very important to watch for! Moon making kissy-smoochy with Jupiter SHOULD bring on a Price increase. If it does not, then “something else” is happening and one needs to be very careful.

Moon making nasties with Saturn should be DEPRESSING. If it’s not, then “something else” is happening and, if you’re Short, be aware you may need to scramble to cover the Shorts as soon as the aspect is finished.

It may be that, during a confirmed Idiot uptrend, the Moon-Saturn aspect provides the ideal trade re-entry.

And it may also be that, during a confirmed Idiot downtrend, Moon kissy-smoochy Jupiter is the ideal point to get out of your Longs.

For anyone trading intraday, it would be very worthwhile downloading the monthly aspect calendars from AstrologicalInvesting and watching the timing of daily turns.

One more thing. Last weekend, I said I believe most of the populist astrological lore about Mercury Retrograde is nonsense. Actually, I said: bullshit.

Well, I have the same view of Void of Course Moons. I emphatically disagree that “nothing happens” when the Moon is Void of Course (makes no further aspects before leaving the sign it’s in).

In fact, I have really, really, really strong views about both and have a great deal of trouble not launching into a tirade about what I regard as superficial, populist poop.

A Void of Course Moon in stock trading does NOT mean nothing will happen. Now, it IS true that is sometimes the case; Price will simply reach a level and flatline for a few hours.

However, it is my experience that MORE often, markets WILL move, and move substantially, while the Moon is finalising its passage through a sign - and it depends almost entirely on what sign and what the FIRST aspect is the Moon will make when it changes signs.

So, be aware that a Void of Course Moon can ACCELERATE or CHANGE the trend currently in play … and that the acceleration or change will continue until the Moon changes signs.

Those of you who have been told not to trade during Mercury Rx, or VOC Moons, need to know that it is one view.

But, there is another view that is VERY emphatically different. Both Merc Rx and VOC Moons often provide excellent trading opportunities. It’s just that they’re very short-term opportunities.
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Monday, August 8, 2011

The Yuan

The nickname for the Chinese Currency is Yuan. It's official name is Renminbi. The year before the Chinese Communists took control of the government of China, they opened the Bank of China and issued their new currency.

This chart assumes that the Bank of China opened at 9:00 am and immediately used their currency. The Reminibi is difficult to check because the bank makes decisions whether or not to allow the value to float at preannounced meetings. During the past few years the Yuan was allowed to float when Pluto made a conjunction to the Mars/Jupiter at 3 degrees Capricorn.

A quick look at this chart and immediately you see transiting Saturn moving to a conjunction with Neptune. I like to attribute the rulership of paper currency as well as interest rates to Neptune. When Saturn passed over Neptune in December 2010 and March 2011 the Bank of China raised interest rates. The bank says it will raise interest rates again during August. Since December the Yuan has gradually lost value against world currencies. The Yuan has moved from USC/CNY 6.67 in December 2010 to USD/CNY 6.44 August 7, 2011.

November 24, 2011 there will be a solar eclipse exactly on the Yuan's Mercury and very close to the Yuan's Sun. News from the Chinese bank will be difficult to translate into Western banking terms and the Western currencies will find Chinese policies difficult to understand.

Until August 31 expect Chinese interest rates to go up and the value of the Yuan to fluctuate rapidly against world currencies. Starting September 1, 2011 expect the Yuan to increase gradually in value as the Chinese bank brings home Yuan in a play to become recognized as a reserve currency. However at the end of October a string of Jupiter transits will force the Chinese bank will return to printing money to overcome pressures from the speculators.

Interesting China invented paper currency and has a checkered history of devaluing the paper with the printing press.