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.)
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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.

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