July 2 2015
Dear Fellow Star-Gazers,
Happy Full Moon.
This Full Moon is precisely at the degree held by the Sun at the launch of the Euro in 1999. This, together with the fact that the recent Uranus Pluto square was exactly with the angles of that chart as set for Athens, makes clear the link between planet cycles and human behaviour!
As we now know, the Greeks are set to hold a referendum on Sunday, July 5th – with the Moon at perigee (closest to Earth). Just as with the Full Moon, emotions are likely to run high. By the time the polls close, the Sun will be almost exactly opposite Pluto and in hard aspect to Saturn (for the astrologers, the Sun is on the Saturn/Pluto) midpoint. The planetary signals for crunch time are clear.
The Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras was born under the Sun-sign of Leo but with Mercury (planet of commerce and dealing) in Cancer at 15 degrees of that sign – exactly tuning into the revolutionary, rebellious cosmic notes indicated by the recent Uranus-Pluto square. We could view Mr Tsipras as a ‘cosmic spokesman’ for the need to revamp the Euro. Yet the chart for the Euro itself has been under pressure for some years and is likely to stay that way until the next Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in 2020.
There are various charts in use for Greece and fascinating to note that the most recent chart follows the collapse of the military dictatorship just four days before the present Prime Minister was born. The two charts have many similarities though crucially, Mr Tsipras has the Moon in Scorpio whereas the country has a Libra Moon – albeit conjunct Scorpio’s ruler, Pluto. The Moon’s node is presently passing across this conjunction just as the country is experiencing its first Uranus opposition – suggesting that this indeed a defining moment for the Greek people and that they will need to do things their way. That this will be hard is indicated by Saturn’s station to natal Mars this summer.
Comparison of the chart for the Euro with Greece shows a conjunction between Mars (Euro) and Vesta (Greece). This configuration, at 18 Libra, is affected by the continuing presence of Uranus and Pluto in similar degrees of the Cardinal signs. Pluto does not finish with 18 degrees of Capricorn for some months yet – so this fight could go on.
It is hard (for me anyway) to imagine Mr Tsipras losing power – at least not this summer though by the end of the year he might wish he had done so! It is, of course, a statement of the obvious to say that difficult times are ahead. The quagmire that a new currency or that renegotiated debt would bring will surely be considerable.
So, can there be a return to the drachma? On 28 February 2002, the drachma ceased to be legal currency and Greece moved to Euro notes and coinage. With Neptune now moving over the Sun’s position in this chart, it may be that the drachma awakes as if from a dream to enter a new ‘fantasy land’ with its value questionable.
The Greeks go to the polls with the Moon in Fixed sign Aquarius where it forms a square to Saturn. The language of this aspect suggests a ‘No’ vote though with the Moon moving on into Pisces before the polls close, the final outcome could be very close. Mrs Merkel, the German Chancellor has made clear that there can be no more discussion until the outcome of the referendum is known. The Last Quarter Moon (8th) is at 16 degrees Aries – echoing the earlier Uranus-Pluto square. This affirms the idea of a line being drawn – and yet. It may be that further efforts to keep Greece within the Eurozone will continue at least through next week. The next red letter dates are 13th to 16th which will surely offer Forex traders a roller-coaster ride.
These dates mid-July are likely to prove dramatic in other ways also. If history repeats, then there may yet be more terrorist outrages.
At this Full Moon both Mars and the asteroid, Ceres, are at maximum declination. Though Ceres stays in out-of-bound position, Mars comes back within bounds before the next Full Moon on July 31st. As might be expected, Mars at this extreme declination promises a wild ride for the next few weeks. Stability seems unlikely until July 20th.
Before the next Full Moon both Venus and Uranus arrive at stations (25th and 26th respectively). Venus will be retrograde through to early September. Research suggests that retrograde Venus periods are neither good for starting businesses or for markets. As these planetary stations coincide with Mars at right angles to Uranus, it may be a surprise event that results in a major market turning point on Friday July 24th.
As always, it will be interesting to see what takes place.
Just two more things: firstly a recording of the summer solstice webinar covering the next three months is available via the website. Secondly, if you are interested in any of the monthly webinars, please email me through the contact form at www.financialuniverse.co.uk.
I don’t want this letter to be an advertisement but if you are interested in these on-line events, then please let me know and I will put you on to a separate list that receives occasional announcements.
For now, wishing you safety in all you do
Yours from the stars
Dear Fellow Star-Gazers,
Happy New Year and Happy Cancer Full Moon!
Hope you’re all safe, warm and dry. The Moon’s proximity to Earth at the January 1st New Moon and the alignments of Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto each roughly 90 degrees from one another as they orbit the Sun, may have been contributing factors in the extraordinary weather we’ve experienced.
Given that the planetary formation doesn’t dissipate for some months, more unseasonable events are likely – especially, perhaps, around the April (15th) lunar eclipse. This doesn’t bode well for food prices which are likely to rise this year – and next.
Elements of this formation have been apparent in the past and have coincided with periods of war. Sadly it seems those old behavioural patterns are repeating. Whilst I’d like to think otherwise, unless the pattern is broken, already tense and appalling situations could escalate further between the March Equinox and the aforementioned lunar eclipse.
As I write though it seems that one of the classic nodal-business cycles is proving to be accurate once more: stocks rose into the end of year and business, if not booming, is rolling along. The next key date is at the end of January when the Full Moon (30th) is followed by Venus’ station and Jupiter’s opposition to Pluto. With the Sun and Saturn aligning the following week and Mercury stationing, it may be that stocks decline starting the week beginning February 3rd.
Yet even this could prove just another bump in the road with recovery likely by mid-February.
No, if there’s to be real drama, it’s not likely to be between this Full Moon and the next (February 14th) and more likely between those of March and April.
Venus is still retrograde and my client work has reflected this. It’s interesting just how many people are divesting of collections and realising assets – and not always for purely financial reasons. Obviously (though not always consciously) they’re making way for the new: a very early spring clean.
This Venus retrograde is of Capricorn hue and one of the other big themes has been the high proportion of friends and colleagues experiencing a shake-up in their careers. Two are returning to jobs they thought they’d long since left behind – revisiting their profession in a way. What’s interesting is that though they’re doing this to boost joint income, there also seems to be a sense in which they’re experiencing rejuvenation through this action. Obviously my sample is small – but you may hear of similar stories (which I’d love to know about if you have time to write).
Capricorn though is one of the signs linked to both government and the ‘banks of nations’. I wonder what deals are going on behind closed doors? Whilst these might work temporarily, those involved may find these decisions come back to haunt them around the Full Moon in July.
The 1st January 1999 chart for the launch of the Euro currency is being ‘kissed by Venus’ presently. This ‘kiss’ won’t last forever though and once it’s over (early March), it’s Mars’ that affects the chart. It might not be too long after then that the Eurozone is once again ‘at war’. Pluto arrives at its retrograde station at the April lunar eclipse which may indicate the reneging on an earlier deal. I fully expect us to experience escalating currency wars between now and 2020.
Which brings me back to gold: the more work I do on this, the more convinced I become that its decline since Saturn entered Scorpio will cease when that planet changes signs. There is one other major factor at work here – but that too dissipates toward the end of 2014. Of course, like a flooded room that takes ages to dry out, it could take all of 2015 for gold to recover. Yet I imagine it will surpass earlier highs before the end of the decade.
I wonder too is silver will experience a minor lift in early February – perhaps around 5th? We shall see.
For now I am focused on the astro-finance course and, after that, my trip to Florida (don’t want to wish my time away but can’t wait to see friends there – and the parrots!). On my first trip there, the formation of a flock of birds weaving out across the bay and then changing direction seems symbolic of the need for the world to change financial direction. (There were various Yod-planetary formations that year.) Whereas then, I thought a part answer was a ‘return to basics’ approach, now I’m realising that we may have been flying over and discounting areas of potential abundance. Discussions with clients are making me ever-more aware of increased creativity.
The very plasticity of our brains and inherent ability to adjust to new conditions may be magnified during this long period when Neptune and Chiron transit Pisces together. There may be Einstein material within each and every one of us.
At least whilst Venus is retrograde (until end of January) it’s worth taking time to review ideas and assessing which, if any, could form the corner stones of new business and financial strategy. You may be surprised by what you come up with.
Until next time,
Do please keep in touch,
Yours from the stars
PS. I have created a ‘waiting list’ for the next 6 week astro-finance trading course. This will run on Sundays at 18.00 GMT – 10.00 PST to accommodate the US West Coast students. Please email if you are interested.
Dear Fellow Stargazers,
Happy Hunters Moon
But please fasten seatbelts: we could all be in for a very bumpy ride over the next month.
The US crisis may be resolved (temporarily) but echoes of the near-collapse of the global financial system could be heard for some years yet.
You may recall that Uranus and Pluto are now in their ‘First Quarter’ phase of a cycle that began in the mid-1960s. That too was a time of great economic, social and political upheaval. Present planetary vibrations are frenetic and some could find these next few weeks simply ‘too much’.
We know of course that the building on anything requires strong foundations. To achieve these means digging deep and putting in structures that can withstand both man-made and natural pressures. So, painful as this period (2010-2015) may be for some, effort seems necessary and yes, that could include placing commercial trading limits and getting rid of items and services that have outlived their usefulness.
For each of us, the next four weeks should mark a period of intense archiving and/or finally breaking free of baggage (of all kinds).
There is an area of Scorpio (think deep, charming, intense, mysterious, dark, compelling, compulsive and hoarding) in everyone’s chart. Post the eclipse we will all be required to look and see what’s been hidden (even if for very good reason). Observing the underworld at work – and yes, that may well necessitate dealing with all sorts of ‘nasties’ – will surely be imperative.
Today’s Full Moon is also a lunar eclipse. On November 3rd there will be a solar eclipse. What happens at any eclipse is that there is disturbance in the geo-magnetic field. Think of a radio station that’s been working perfectly but suddenly goes off message and requires a retune. Imagine this happening to a driver who, whilst reaching for the controls to readjust the signal, then ‘happens to an accident – through which they then meet the person of their dreams.
In short, eclipses are neither all bad or all good – but mark a change in our force field. The coming solar eclipse is in Scorpio, and, as it is one of the more ‘financial’ signs of the zodiac, and is accompanied by an alignment of the Sun with Saturn, could coincide with the collapse of a large organisation (another insurance company or bank).
It might also be that the recent decision by the Chase Bank to curtail the movement of funds out of the US after November 17th (a HIGHLY significant Full Moon) will be the first of many steps that shake global markets.
In recent times we have become used to increased volatility in the market place. Yet moves in the next few weeks will surely be even greater than have been seen to date. November 6th-7th stands out as does 11th through 15th and, of course, 17th itself.
On 17th, Mars arrives at a critical degree for Wall Street markets. Expect this date to see very sharp moves indeed.
Thursday 14th and Friday 15th should also be important as Venus moves into the Uranus-Pluto formation with the Moon part of the picture also in the early hours (GMT) of 14th.
Bearing in mind the Moon’s relative position to Earth, it may be that a storm (or other force of nature), which builds in intensity around 12th acts as catalyst.
Should any or all of this happen, then it is reasonable to expect there to be knock-on effect in the precious metals markets (especially post November 11th). True, until Saturn leaves Scorpio next year, even if prices rise they are unlikely to move as much as some hope. Holding some gold and silver though, to me, makes perfect sense as part of a portfolio.
I would like to have spent more time continuing my research in this area but the cosmos had other plans: articles in the Daily Mail and then in today’s Financial Times have led to an unusual number of enquiries and some very interesting new clients.
On top of this, and through a client, I was privileged to speak to a group of designers focusing on likely trends for the period Autumn/Winter 2015-6. It made a refreshing change to look at that period post the present Uranus-Pluto square and the great Cardinal Cross forming in 2014.
These designers were SO in tune with the coming energy – so much that I think we can all be assured that the designs and colours surrounding us in late 2015 and early 2016 will prove perfect salve to the raucous and loud nature of 2010-2015. At a simple level: the reds can go and the pastels come in.
I will get back to research next week I hope, and, in my next letter will give you an update on the new version of Market Analyst.
The Equinox webinar went ahead as planned. The December solstice one is already mentioned on the website. This will be followed by a six week financial astrology course. Please email to register interest for either. There will be required reading prior to the course and you may wish to get started early.
I have accepted an invitation to speak in Phoenix, AZ at the ISAR conference next September. This is rapidly becoming another N.American tour as it seems I will be going there via Toronto and Boston.
Next stop though is Florida (late February/early March) and then Dublin late April/early May.
For now, hoping that you can ride these next few weeks safely, healthily and happily,
Yours from the stars
Dear Fellow Star Gazers
Happy Harvest Moon.
It’s living up to its reputation: the Dow Jones Index closed on a high last night (could be something to do with this Full Moon being at right angles to the Galactic Centre).
The big question, of course, is what happens next? This weekend Pluto stations (as it did back in April when the gold feel 2% on the trading days either side of the station), and then there’s the Equinox on Sunday. These next few days promise considerable excitement. And what does that mean:
Well, along with other planetary pictures it does seem that globally we’re on a new financial track. I am still of the opinion that sovereign debt has yet to be fully addressed and that markets at some point have to fall – but that could still be some weeks away. I anticipate that there will be strong moves in gold but, if there is a fall next week, would view this as a buying opportunity. Equities however, could continue to hold strong until September 26th.
Jupiter and the Sun will be exactly a fifth of a circle apart at the Equinox. Imagine a five-pointed star with just two lights shining. The other points are still there but hidden from view. Those with birthdays within a day of September 22nd, December 4th, February 13th, April 26th and July 10th could act as radio receivers for this special energy. This could bring luck, good-fortune, gifted teachers and opportunities your way.
Far less constructive is the period around the next New Moon (October 5th) which once again sees the right-angle between Uranus and Pluto highlighted. This angle, which has been within orb for a couple of years has coincided with expected shift in social, economic and political values. Tempting as it is to think that human-kind is ‘in charge’, it may be that the gravitational forces of these two planets on the Sun itself, causes significant solar flares and, should these affect Earth satellite systems, then widespread disruption – which could easily result in indices falling sharply and dramatically.
True, there may be very human factors that create the circumstances for a correction. The bottom line though is that the period between October 1st and 7th looks treacherous.
Cyprus and the problems of the Euro may have been out of the news for some months now, but difficulties in the Eurozone still exist and could erupt in the early days of October. I am expecting strong moves in the currency markets in the first two weeks of October with sterling strongly featured. Mars then moves into Virgo on October 15th – which should be significant for USDGBP trades. If there is a change of trend that day I would expect it to last for at least five days.
Mercury stations at 18 Scorpio on 21st October – just after the Full Moon (18th) and ahead of the Sun’s move into Scorpio on 23rd. From that date – and through to the end of November, could find the UK going from one financial banana skin to another. The insurance and pensions industries will surely be involved. A further possibility is that bad weather will give rise to an increase in claims.
Ten years ago I was putting the finishing touches to the Financial Universe book. In that, I gave the opinion that there would need to be huge shake-ups in taxes and pensions and, of course, the banking industry. This next three months should see an acceleration of developments in this area.
When writing these letters I often check back to see what clients have asked in recent weeks. A recurring theme this time is what to do about long-term pension arrangements. In each case I have looked closely both at the person’s chart for now – and the charts for the period when their pension is due to pay-out. That’s meant looking far ahead – to 2035 and more. I’m fairly certain that there another recession will affect the world between now and then (mid 2020s) which is prompting me to think carefully as to the best 10 year investments – beginning now.
My conclusions are always the same: health, family and friendships and, in the world of shares, water and all related products and services.
Back here, several chapters of the astro-trading manual (yes, it does exist!) are being read by students and friends I met on my recent travels. Hopefully I can bring this to the finishing line before long.
To that end, it seems right to get started on those financial classes. The first will be on Sunday 29th September at 15.00 GMT using Webinex. If you haven’t used this before, then we’ll set up a quick trial before hand. The class will last for 75 minutes and cost £24. If you would like to enrol, please email me.
Finally, my trips to Philadelphia and Toronto were just magical. In keeping with my transits, ideas flew past at a near rate of one an hour. Amazing. Plans for return visits and special classes are well underway.
Last but not least, I am still happily working with the new Market Analyst programme and plan to send out a special mailing about just how excellent it is for astro-traders. If you can’t wait for that, then again, please email me.
For now, wishing you a very Hppy Full Moon and Equinox
Yours from the stars
August 21st 2013
Dear Fellow Star Gazers,
I am celebrating this Full Moon in Toronto after a week in Philadelphia at the NCGR conference. Wherever you are, I do hope that clear skies make this a special time for you too.
This Full Moon is extra-special in that it’s on one of the ‘astrologer’s degrees’. Astrology is highlighted – and how!
The conference seemed to be benefit from the energy of this Full Moon: I’m confident that most attendees left the conference keen to review charts and to make use of some of the excellent material presented.
If you haven’t guessed already, Jupiter (he of the thunderbolts) has hit my chart full on: add in the Full Moon and I really have enjoyed an amazing few days. Obviously I’m travelling and making new connections and my ‘window on the world’ is opening wider. Those of you born in the early days of April, July, October and January may also be experiencing variations on this theme.
Yet Jupiter is opposite Pluto – one of the planetary signatures of gambling and of stretching finances too far. As far as I’m concerned I’m not yet sure how I’m going to live up to the various promises I’ve made as regards trips and speaking engagements! It will be Saturn’s job to arrange contracts and agree timelines.
At a serious level- and on the global stage -it may be that national debt is of great concern to many – the Eurozone especially. I anticipate that the crisis will grow and that those working Forex will be under pressure in the week beginning September 16th.
The opposition between Jupiter and Pluto will hang in the sky for some months. As it does, it aligns with the charts of many nations – including the USA: all of which suggests that at least one nation could be facing a fiscal cliff before long. The next Full Moon (September 19th), should see the net stage of this crisis. For those looking ahead, just how ‘leaky’ the situation is may be apparent this coming weekend. Perhaps no-one really knows the sums involved. This weekend expect to hear figures that are beyond the understanding of most of us.
It is well known that as the Sun, or any planet, moves from one sign to another, market sentiment changes. Not only does the Sun move into Virgo this week but, as it does, both the Sun and Mercury oppose Neptune. This could have effect on food commodity prices this Friday.
It’s Mars’ turn to change signs next week as it moves into Leo on 28th. Leo is one of the Fire signs. After a few ‘drippy’ days, perhaps markets will feel the need to roar once more. Obviously this could affect those born under this sign too (includes President Obama). Soon after the next Full Moon, Venus and Mars will be at right angles to one another (Mars still in Leo). This doesn’t look good for World Peace – even if, as of end of August, it seems that some difficulties are en route to resolution.
Hold the thought that the NEXT Full Moon (September 19th) is at right angles to the Galactic Centre, that Pluto stations the day after and that within hours of all that, the Sun arrives at the Equinox. When Pluto stationed back in April, gold fell by 2% on the trading days either side of the station. Significant moves might once again be anticipated in the days leading into the Equinox.
I am expecting a few short term gains for gold in the first week of September. Thereafter we could see a pull back before it moves upwards once more.
My attention is once again with silver which, given lunar patterns should see upward moves before the end of the year. I’m going to cover this and more at the Toronto event this weekend.
Interest for this was such that the event was moved so that we could accommodate more people. It will now be at the University of Toronto where I’ve spoken before. (more details from firstname.lastname@example.org)
This Thursday evening (22nd) I’ll be talking about general investment trends. From Friday evening (23rd) and through Sunday (25th), the format is different. The event gathered its own momentum (in keeping with the planets) and has become a mini astro-financial course that closes with emphasis on the personal chart and financial life patterns. I will be showing some of the amazing features of the new Market Analyst programme. There’s a new version of this due out in September which I intend to review on the site as soon as I can. So far, what I have seen is beyond excellent.
For those of you looking for investment opportunities in the next four weeks, I’m going to stick with what I believe is a safe theme – waste management. It might not appear so quite yet, but conservation and all that supports thrift management should make gain.
If you are an index watcher, dates of some significance are September 11th and the week beginning 16th.
Wishing you well wherever you are and that the planets are contributing to a fascinating life journey.
Yours from the stars
ChristeenMarch 27th Full Moon
So, with imperfect (?) timing we came to Cyprus for a short break: to celebrate the Equinox and to give me space to make more corrections to my astro-trading book.
In reality I’ve spent time looking at charts for Cyprus and for the Euro, visited the Sanctuary of Apollon and Aphrodite’s Rock and experienced my first ‘Coptic Storm’ and learnt how the latter have been forecast over the last few thousands years. (It’s all to do with declination, lunar distance and phases and is quite fascinating).
Greatest impact though has been walking through ancient ruins and wondering how other civilisations coped with collapsing economies. Presently there is, of course, anger, confusion and a real sense of loss and bitterness.
The proffered ‘bail out’ is entirely in keeping with the chart for Cyprus. Jupiter passing over the Moon and Mars in Cyprus’ chart has brought understandable relief that banks will soon reopen though there are real worries as to the legal terms of the actions required by the IMF and ECB.
Even after Jupiter’s transit though, Cyprus is not out of the cosmic woods and neither is