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- November 2008
Dear Markay, What do you think about
investing in gold coins. Do you know whether gold is going to
make a come back? There is so much talk in the financial arena
about the dollar losing all taking a dive due to the high debt
in the US and that gold will go very high. I am wondering what
you think. Thanks so much, Hillary
Kaye's response -
Here is the problem with gold. If you look at
the past technical charts for gold, you will see that it is
a seasonal commodity. It's seasons are weddings. Look carefully
at its price history, however, use an astrologers calendar marking
the Solstice points and Equinox points instead of the actual
business calendar dates.
Winter Solstice usually marks the time for a high
demand for gold. Wedding months in India and China are January
and February. Gifts of gold jewelry are traditional and craftsmen
begin to fulfill their orders starting about the beginning of
December. Another factor is lack of supply during the winter
months when miners take weather vacations. During 2008 a large
supply of gold made it to the pawn shops and you could anticipate
that the price will not return to the highs of late 2007 and
2008. However, gold has a series of good aspects until Summer
If you draw the location of Jupiter into the chart for Gold
in The Textbook for Financial Astrology Part 4 you will notice
that Jupiter seems to be in control of the chart until June
15, 2009. Jupiter likes to expand and produce as much as possible.
At the moment governments that produce gold coins can not keep
up with demand. My expectation is that gold coins will continue
the trend until June 15.
Trading gold stocks on the exchanges will remain
volatile until the end of January because of the aspect Jupiter
square Uranus. This aspect along with Pluto conjunct the Sun
could mean difficulties in the mines caused by government regulations,
earthquakes, and management shakeups.
The actual metal will increase in value and the
numismatic value of coins will also increase. Speculators on
gold as a commodity should keep in mind the seasonality of gold
and for sure avoid any contracts that expire in 2010.
Marley's Response - I have not
researched Gold like Kaye has. I have traded the Gold ETF, GLD.
I make my buys and sells based on technical analysis and using
Kaye's advise regarding it's cycle.
get a lot of email not specifically addressed to Dear Markay,
however some of the answers to those questions are those our
other readers can benefit from. Here is one...
Question from one of our subscribers...
I am having trouble grasping why certain planetary aspects are
used over others that occur close together as to which of those
should influence a market or change its direction of trend. Using
previous highs and lows or natal charts have yet to enlighten
me on which planetary combinations matter to which stocks or indices.
Kaye's response -
Here is a brief summary. This works for intermediate
and long term trades. In the incorporation and IPO we look for
three or more aspects in a row that are favorable, meaning conjunction
sextile or trine. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune making
a favorable aspect to the planets on an incorporation chart
during a time period of about a month often signals an increase
in price. Saturn, Uranus and Neptune making a square or opposition
to planets in the chart usually bring down the price. Many squares
over a period of a few months really will signal the price going
down. There are plenty of strategies for using this information.
This is what I do. I print out the historic prices
for about 10 years. Then I draw the aspects onto the list. I
just use the Dow 30. What happens is when conjunctions of Jupiter,
Saturn Uranus and Neptune as well as sextiles and trines congregate
the price goes up. No particular planet is stronger than the
other. It is the aspect.
Marley's response - You might be
interested in reading my article, Using
Planetary Aspects in the Financial Market. In that article
I list aspects that have more often than not proved reliably as
favorable (or unfavorable) and generally have moved the market
and stock prices.
"Hi, I love to read your
lines every month. Thank you very much. It's useful for my
job. I'd like to know what are you seeing about the construction
sector? Is the worst over?
Thank you very much. God bless you. Jose Manuel."
Kaye's response -
No one talks about this. All the media talks about is the credit
crunch which is real and will fade slowly as Jupiter moves into
Aquarius. But, besides banking problems and a credit crunch,
there is another huge problem that is insurmountable and it
is called the "baby bust". Few children were born
between 1970 and 1988 and that is the group currently at the
proper age to buy houses, and the stuff to put into the houses.
In 1990 there was a blip up in population growth called the
baby boomlet and they will be eligible to buy houses in about
5 to 6 years - especially if their grandparents help.
I'm sorry but the astrology of the construction industry is
even more pessimistic since Pluto is in Capricorn and redesigning
the entire construction of commercial buildings. Pluto will
move to Aquarius in 2024. You might consider learning how to
install solar panels or repairing them.
Kaye makes a good point in regard to supply and demand. I think,
if anything construction may have not found its bottom yet,
and when it does will not make a vigorous comeback.
In this article,
U.S. Existing Home Sales Fall in July to Two-Year Low, Bloomberg
summarized : “Sales of previously owned homes in the
U.S. fell more than expected in July, resulting in the biggest
supply of unsold homes in more than a decade, as higher mortgage
rates discouraged would-be home buyers... Purchases declined
4.1 percent last month to an annual rate of 6.33 million, the
lowest since January 2004, from 6.6 million in June, the National
Association of Realtors said today in Washington. Sales fell
11.2 percent compared with a year earlier.... The National Association
of Home Builders/Wells Fargo's index of builder confidence plunged
this month to the lowest level in 15 years, a report showed
last week.” .
However, even though there is less demand from brand new first
time buyers, population is growing and people need places to
live. More people may be renting and construction of housing
projects will also provide substantial homeownership opportunities.
I agree also with Kaye's suggestion regarding Green Construction.
Green renovations and smaller, greener housing will come to
be in demand.
"...My wife and I are
looking for tech stocks for 09 as Jupiter will move into
Aquarius. Must be something Green solar? electric cars?
Arnold just gave an electric car company tax breaks to
open up in Ca. Thanks and good luck"
Kaye's response -
I think that we have about 6 months to solve the
energy problem and electric cars are a good start. Unfortunately,
I haven't started the research for the Jupiter in Aquarius stocks
for my stock club and am reluctant to suggest stocks. There are
some stocks such as Owens Illinois and Praxair that fit in the
category because they supply materials for Green Energy companies.
However, we are not there yet and what I suggest is that people
look at the Investors Business Daily's lists and research each
individual company on the lists. (which is what I will do for
my stock club).
Green energy stocks should do well. If we don't come up with
an energy program soon we will begin to think that $4.00 gas
was cheap. I'm of the opinion that stocks of companies that
provide the technology to help solve this problem should do
Ray Merriman believes that energy is ruled by Uranus, and he
makes a good enough argument for the idea that I agree. Since
Aquarius is also ruled by Uranus we'll should see the bubble
burst in the energy/oil sector with Jupiter's entrance into
Aquarius, if not sooner. Oil companies have already begun working
toward moving into green energy.
However, I also haven't begun my research for Jupiter in Aquarius.
In September I'll begin my research beginning with looking at
the ETF's in tech and looking at the IPO charts of the stocks
Dear Markay, The oil prices
are on a high, but the gold prices have receded quite
Will the gold prices start trending upward from now after
touching support or will they be going much further down.
Is the dollar strengthening a temporary phenomenon or
are we in for continuing strength going forward? s krishnan
1974 the USA went off the gold standard and onto the
oil standard, yellow gold for black gold. Theory based
on that concept would suggest that there should be a
relationship, but there isn't.
Here is the
basic demand premise for gold:
As a useful
commodity, gold is limited. It is ruled by the Sun and,
therefore, seasonal. The middle class consumes most
of the gold jewelry. Gold is a wedding present
and the demand increases two months prior to popular
wedding months, May/June in the West and January/February
in the Far East.
The price for
gold follows its seasonal chart. Price moves up when
the Sun is in Sagittarius and Capricorn and the high
is usually around March 1st. Then it will not move very
much until it hits a little bounce with the Sun in Leo
and levels until the Sun moves to Scorpio.
Oil is current
phenomena. First Gusher at Spindle Top January 10, 1901
is the chart I use.
is making exact conjunctions to Jupiter and Chiron (both
planets have horse overtones) until December 2008. Jupiter
is conjunct the Sun of this chart until October.
If you think
about it, perhaps the end of 2008 is when the USA will
begin to come to terms with the reality of weaning themselves
off oil as a fuel for vehicles.
I like to hint
at a prediction early, but it could be in 2009, however,
I'm fairly certain that the pain comes between October
and December when the Wall Street Journal reports the
event. However 2009 will probably be accurate in the
eyes of the public when the NY Times reports the event.
Since I've already
mentioned that Sagittarius and Chiron have horse overtones,
I'd like to use a horse analogy here. Weaning a foal
is a very heart wrenching event! They cry, whinny, and
whine for a week. They are not consoled by the other
foals who are also being weaned. Horses are a
herd animal and in the wild the mare will kick the foal
sending them to the edge of the herd, and sometimes
a mare will actually kill the baby. Tame horses are
separated by miles and the breeders just turn up the
sound on the TV and clench their teeth.
Weaning is painful and Neptune is running into the conjunction
with the USA Moon.
If Mike Munkasey's
AM 4th of July chart is accurate, then Neptune is applying
to the conjunction now. If the Sibley PM
chart is accurate, then 2009-10 Neptune is conjunct
with his trident and it hurts.
their way out of problems and then sell it to everyone,
however. When the USA invents itself out of a problem
the dollar strengthens.
coined is October 15, 1794. At the moment Saturn has
just moved off of its natal Uranus. a set of excellent
aspects begin July 24, 2008 and continue through 2009.
Dear Markay, Question on
Mercury Rx. Kaye says and I have noticed that during this
period the markets are volatile I have also noticed a
Bradley turn seems to pop up during these periods as well.
Monday is a holiday. If price on the DOW is to come within
1 percent of when Mercury goes Rx what price is more accurate?
Fridays close? or Tuesday open? I am thinking Tuesdays
open. Or might you check the ES price ? Thanks for any
info you can provide on this for me. Rick
All my research
on this phenomena is with the DOW, and it is about 80%
accurate. Friday's close and Tues. open should be about
the same. Not always I grant you but within the 1%.
I did a quick check of volatility during Mercury Rx.
It is volatile and you need the quick wits of a commodities
floor trader to keep up with it.
When the Bradley curve works it works great. You have
to watch the trend daily when you use it.
I hope you have
read Randall's World at Large report sent Saturday,
May 24, and paid attention to his remark about price
lines sticking close to the Mercury planetary lines
in the Galactic Trader Software. I find that to be very
true for many individual stocks that I watch as well
I bought your course from the internet recently. I have
skimmed the material and I was very surprised to see that
you were using jupiter to natal transits to both the IPO
and incorporation dates.
Alphee Lavoee states that Incorporation dates don't work.
Bill Meridian uses IPO dates and has published a whole
book on IPO dates. I also use the IPO dates via a proprietary
model. The point I'm trying to make is, you can't have
2 birthdates for a stock, just like you can't have 2 birthdates
for a person. Doing this breaks on of the basic rules
of astrology. So why are you using both dates? Jbadura
OK, I use both - as do
Grace Morris and Michael Munkasey. Consider that I started the
study when they did about 1984. We are long term investors looking
for dividends as well as a price gain. We have listened to
Alphee and to Bill offer their views, and they are looking for
short term gains. We have different goals. Also, experience has
suggested not to throw out the concept of using both INC/IPO charts.
First, I look at the Incorporation chart to make sure that the
company is having a successful year and that it will continue.
I will give you an example from an article I have been writing
for the web site:
Mercury Neptune square is a RED FLAG whether natally or by
transit: Countrywide Financial has this transit of Neptune square
Mercury from July 1,2007- Feb.10 2008.
This mortgage company, as are many others, are momentarily
"Accounting Challenged" (a quote from CNBC Mark Haines).
Mid August while transiting Neptune opposed transiting Mercury
the accounting challenged company was brought to the attention
How can you tell whether an individual company has difficult
financial problems using astrology? Set up the chart and determine
whether transiting Neptune is square Mercury in the Incorporation
or IPO (First Trade Chart). Example: CFC, Inc date Dec 3, 1986
Neptune square Mercury exact Aug. 27 2007. Novastar NFI
is another example: the IPO, Oct 31 1997 has a long transiting
Neptune square Mercury Aug - Dec.
The Inc chart tells you about the workings of the company.
The IPO chart tells you how the market will perceive the value
of the company. It is all we have to work with unless you
know the date and time that the person who started the company
first received payment for their product. That is the natal
chart of the company.
Everything has a chart. A company has a chart
and the stock symbol of a company has a chart. To not consider
both when investing would be foolish. And I found this out the
hard way! Because I trade for shorter time periods I rarely considered
looking at an Incorporation date of a stock I was trading; and
when NFI appeared to have a VERY favorable chart, I bought in
and lost a great deal of money as the stock plummeted south before
I had a chance to blink. So, it doesn't hurt to look at both.
If the Inc chart has no unfavorable transits, and the IPO chart
has some very appealing ones, then you can rest assured that you
won't get caught in a situation like I did with NFI.
Dear Markay, This is more
a philosophical question, I guess - for long-term investing,
like an IRA, what would you look for? I haven't studied
the ETFs you had picked - the Australian & Emerging
Growth - but that seemed like a possibility.
Dear Mayra, For an IRA I'm looking for dividends.
Stocks that pay dividends are usually stogy old companies with
excellent customers and a predictable demand. However, you won't
look at your portfolio, if it is boring. Therefore, you need some
stocks that you find amusing. One that I've had for a long time
is DIA which is a basket of stocks pegged to the Dow. I keep it
in my IRA portfolio and it is fun to watch daily. The Dow stocks
pay dividends frequently at irregular intervals, and I find the
amounts of the various dividends amusing because sometimes they
will be 2.4316 cents and sometimes 30 cents. Yes, I know other
folks find Google or Apple fun.
Dividend paying ETF's, Mutual Funds, and individual
stocks are great for IRA's. Even with the dividend tax payment
relief congress passed in 2003 - 15% for most people - dividends
are taxed. However, in IRA accounts they are not subject to income
tax until later, and then possibly at a lower rate. But Kaye is
right, many dividend paying stocks and Mutual Funds are slower
growing and not as much "fun" to watch as you watch
your portfolio grow. But the idea of long term investing is such
that you WANT to invest in fundamentally sound instruments that
don't take "watching". You should invest in a certain
amount of these - and forget about them for a good many years.
Many ETF's, on the other hand, pay dividends, and are easily traded
- and even shorted. If you are interested in trading your portfolio,
ETF's are a type of investment that can be traded as easily as
stocks. Emerging Markets should still do well in 2008. And the
Australian market is much more stable than many - and it's ETF,
EWA, has plenty of growth to come. I'm still interested in acquiring
both of them, but am holding off during this Holiday/Mars Rx period
and I will probably re-evaluate them both during Mercury Rx. I
sold off my Mutual Funds before Saturn went Rx (and am I glad
I did!) and am holding off buying anything until I get a good
look at the technical charts that Randall provides us in his weekly
reports. There will be buying opportunities when Mars turns direct
and Mercury goes Rx. Unlike Kaye, I do trade during the Mercury
Rx period, but very cautiously. There are often great buying opportunities
during Mercury stationing periods - but I warn you, it's risky,
and it's very important to be very careful if doing so! If you
are not familiar with the technical charts I would warn you to
wait until after Mercury goes direct again.
Markay, My husband just started his own small
company….Are there any indicators in the natal business
chart that show if the business will go well….The
date is: 04 October 2007 at 09.15 am in Arta Greece (20E59,
Waiting for your reply... Marianna ( chart attached)
PS. I don't know if that helps but the business is about
selling espresso coffee and providing service of espresso
coffee machines. Thank you again.
Response: Dear Marianna, Thank you
for your question. Espresso coffee is great especially
if it is brewed to perfection. Thank you for sending
a chart of the business, but it wasn't necessary. We
just need the Date, Time and Place. In The Textbook
for Financial Astrology Book 1, I explain the rules
for setting up a small business. I also explain how
to predict its first year.
The Moon is Void of Course. This will force you to
pay close attention to details even though the Moon
is in it's own sign Cancer. People will feel comfortable
working with your husband, but maybe too comfortable
and forget to pay him for the service. He may find
that his real opportunity is keeping the espresso
machines in good repair.
Water is a problem for the business. Neptune in the
4th. If you know it will be a problem you can anticipate
the need to be aware of flooding in the shop and maintaining
your supply of good water to make the espresso.
Mars sextile Saturn. He is able to communicate this
idea and if you teach him how to hand the customer
the bill when the service is complete, you will be
able to keep the business financially viable.
Jupiter and Pluto in the second indicates that he
will earn a lot of money with his business and his
customers will think he is very smart, but collecting
the fees for service is a problem. You will have to
help him and I think you will have to be creative.
I think it will be about a year before you begin
to show a profit as you will probably have to purchase
more equipment than you anticipated. It will take
about 22 months for you to feel comfortable in the
business and then at 27 months you will find that
you need to change your location. In the USA we believe
that it is OK to make mistakes when you start your
own business as long as you learn from each mistake.
My husband and I made quite a few, but eventually
we were successful.
Dear Markay, In Kaye's Dow
Predictions, she suggested Bill Meridian got it wrong
in his July 3, 1884, chart for the DJI and she believes
May 26, 1896, is the correct one. Which chart are we to
I recently wrote to Bill Meridian
asking him what exactly was the basis of his choice
in using this date. He wrote back saying, "That
is the date for which Dow first calculated the index."
While it is true that Charles Dow introduced
an index in July of 1884, it was NOT the Dow INDUSTRIAL
Average that he introduced, rather, it was an average
that consisted of railroad stocks which eventually evolved
into the Dow Jones Transport Average. May 26, 1896 is
the date when Charles Dow introduced a new average,
an average that included industrial stocks. Since it
is the DJIA that we are concerned with, and not the
Original Dow Average which became the Dow Jones Transportation
Average, I believe May 26, 1896 is the date to use for
the DJIA. This date works best for me in the research
I've done on the DOW. I am currently writing an article
about my research which will be available to read on
our web site, www.astrologicalinvesting.com.
has done the research comparing the charts and finds
success using the May 26, 1896 chart. Well, that's certainly
good enough for me! If a chart proves itself with successful
results, then that's the one I'll use!
There is no doubt that that data is correct.
For those who are interested in reading the history
of the DOW, here is a very good source: "The
Official DJIA Celebrates 110 Years Web Site".
site, "Brain Bank" is one the following
quote is from:
"(Charles Dow) ...began in 1884 with 11 stocks,
most of them railroads. Railroads were among the biggest
sturdiest companies in America at that time, which is
why they dominated Dow's first average. Few stocks of
industrial companies were publicly traded, and those
were considered highly speculative. On May 26, 1896,
introduced the industrial average. In October of that
year, Dow's original average shed the last of its non-
railroad stocks and became the 20-stock railroad average.
To complete this line of history, the utilities
average came along in 1929 -- more than a quarter-century
after Dow's death at age 51 in 1902 -- and the
railroad average was renamed the transportation average
Dear Markay,"You have
stated that Jupiter will increase demand for products
in the sectors ruled by Aries and Libra. Do you think
the upcoming square to Aries from Jupiter in Capricorn
could point to not just a recovery of the resources sector
(iron ore etc), but perhaps a renewed vigor?" Randall
Yes, but it will be a slow recovery until Jupiter
and Uranus move into Aries in 2010. Then you need to
watch the conjunctions of these planets and hop into
The low price for these stocks will be when Jupiter
is at 15 Sag. Research now with the idea of moving
into base metal mining and manufacturing around the
second week in October. Look at companies that have
survived the summer with very little change in their
stock price. The Libra Newsletter will have some suggestions
for the virtual stock club.
would tend to believe it would, but defer to Kaye to
answer this. She has done the research and is really
the expert on that.
Dear Markay,"Do other planetary
transits to other signs energize a particular industry for transit
to natal chart with reference to page 18 of The
Textbook For Financial Astrology
, on the "what do the
planets represent?" Flor
The easy answer is Yes. Each planet has an effect on the sign
it is transiting. Jupiter has to do with sales, so you will see
his effect easily. Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto move slowly
and their effect is over a longer period of time. They effect
markets, but it is over months for Saturn and years for the rest.
When I write predictions for the newsletter, I take these transits
into account. For example: The transit of Uranus through Pisces
is turning the world of music inside out, upside down and backwards.
This is a slow transition and probably a company like Disney will
benefit over the long term. Uranus through Pisces will do the
same to oil and perfume. I usually write articles on these transits
and they appear on the web site.
I have been hoping to teach a Level IV class on line where you
all can join in the discussions and maybe write articles for the
web site that add to the information for our members/subscribers.
Flor continues...I understand that
some planet transit to certain zodiac sign could be detriment, fall
When we made the lists of industries in
the Textbook for Financial
Astrology we took that into consideration. However a new industry
emerges from time to time (for example: computers) and then we
debate which planet and sign will rule the industry. Up for debate
right now is Alternative energy
Thank you for the questions,
July 2007 (Marley
was traveling through Switzerland and left Kaye to answer the
column this month.)
Dear Markay, What do you think of JSDA, HANS
and Vitaminwater? KO just bought Vitaminwater for 4.1 bil.
There is a new crop of flavored vitamin waters in the market.
Some from Brazil also trade in the US and are doing really good.
Kaye's response: It's
summertime and everyone is thirsty. Yes, it is a good time
to check the labels on the plastic bottles that litter the
trash containers along the bike path. HANS Hans Natural Corporation
4/25/1990 Denmark IPO 12/06 1986 NYNY. JSDA Jones Soda 2/14/2000
WA 11/28/2008 9:30 am NYNY. Check the The
Textbook for Financial Astrology for lessons
on reading these charts.
HANS has been trading in a narrow range most of the Spring
from $38-45. Jones recently lost their spot at Starbucks and
the share price has been plummeting from $32- 16. I would
just put them on a watch list and since I suspect Jones could
recover. Keep your eye on the trash.
Dear Markay, My charity group
is planning a trip to Israel in Nov. Do you think they will be
Israel is one of the few
countries with an exact time of organization as a state. It is
possible therefore to do a solar return for the country I use
Easy Predictions and sort of interpolate what Deanna Rose says
to apply to a whole country. Yes, other countries plan to aggravate
Israel, but they will be very determined to defend their territory.
Others will see that determination and avoid direct conflict for
a while so your group should have a lot of fun and learn a great
deal from the experience.
Dear Markay, I believe that when Pluto exits
Sagittarius, this whole terrorism thing
will begin to fade...what is your opinion? GERZAN ARGUETA
Kaye's response: Stay
tuned to our web site - I will write a bunch of articles
on Jupiter and/or Pluto in Capricorn. I have done
a lot of research on the topic. Jupiter expands
events as well as problems. Pluto in Sagittarius
was more about mass migrations and those who couldn't
adapt became thieves or terrorists. Jupiter expanded our
knowledge of the problem. Pluto in Capricorn is
about the redistribution of property and the reorganization
of business. Jupiter will expand our awareness of
the events associated with people moving their businesses
out of the office and onto the web, folks buying land/homes
in small convenient towns, and changing business management
systems. These changes will again cause people who
are unable to adapt to react with violence.
Terrorism is not a Pluto in Sagittarius phenomenon.
It's been around a long time and I think Pluto's transit
through Sagittarius only has given terrorism an opportunity
to become more globalized as well as giving it world media
attention through television and the internet. We
all were able to watch in horror of the events of 911
in our living rooms! (And then only to see it again in
movies, television specials and on the internet.) I don't
believe terrorism will "fade" with Pluto's ingress
into Capricorn, but will evolve into something more indicative
of Pluto in Capricorn. (and that's another topic!)
Dear Markay, Some people say the bubble
in China will burst this year (I'm one of them), others
say their economy will continue expanding until next year
due to the Olympics. Is there an astrological explanation?
Diana, I have been stung
by foreign stocks and I think it is because I use the IPO
dates for the listing on the New York exchange. I'm giving
them up - I make enough mistakes without compounding them
with bad IPO data.
I'm not an authority
on foreign markets and don't want to get into predictions
regarding China, but astrologically, with Jupiter joining
Pluto in Sagittarius this year SHOULD be a global year
for investing! And foreign and international companies
have, so far, done very well. Next year both Jupiter
and Pluto leave Sag, ingressing into Capricorn, and the
emphasis will change as well. (As it should, astrologically)
It is the emphasis in the market that changes when Jupiter
changes signs. Strong stocks in foreign companies in the
right sector (Capricorn ruled - earth ruled - water ruled)
will continue to perform.
Hmm...Kaye, I'm not so
sure about the "bad IPO" data argument! IPO
data that one uses when a stock is first traded on a particular
exchange should be the same as any other (as long as it
is correct data!) When a stock gets a new symbol, it gets
a new IPO "birth date" so to speak, and we use
that new data - because that is the date of when it first
was able to trade under that symbol. Foreign stocks should
not be an exception.
One more question: is it
better to buy/make an investment/start a business or something
when Jupiter is Rx or Venus is Rx? I know that ideally both
should be direct, but when having to choose one or the other
direct, which one is better to be direct?
My best answer is both
need to be direct. Starting a business is a big investment
of time and money. It is in your money's best interest
to have Jupiter and Venus direct. Jupiter Rx is difficult
for generating sales and Venus Rx tends to turn businesses
into a money pit. Check The
Textbook for Financial Astrology Book 1 for
a detailed explanation.
I couldn't agree with Kaye more. Financial
astrology is a tool that allows us to use timing to our
advantage! Why would one position oneself to choose
between something akin to "the lesser of two evils"?
My choice would be to wait until they are
both direct and would scrutinize any reason to proceed
with something that I know, through my understanding of
financial astrology, would not be beneficial to the outcome.
Q. Dear Markay,
Most IPO's have the Sun in the 11th house
of their chart because the exchanges open at 9:30 am Eastern
Time. When starting a small business is it wise to have the
Sun in the 11th?
Kaye: The purpose of an IPO
is to return income to the investors. The 11th house represents
income received from an investment or professional employment.
However a small business such as a night security guard business
might prefer their Sun in the 6th house so that the energy of
the business is directed toward routine work. Signs and Houses
in a business chart are detailed in Textbook One.
Q. Dear Markay, Do you program stops into your
personal online trading account?
Marley: Truth? Well...I have,
but not as often as I should. It's essential to use a stop order
if you are unable to watch your stocks for an extended period
of time, and when I'm traveling or in a situation where I can't
watch the market, I do set stop losses. But I don't make it
a habit when I'm home watching the market. (And many times I
honestly could kick myself for that because I've paid dearly!)
Almost all traders will tell you that setting
a stop loss is an important part of trading discipline. And
it is. By setting a stop loss when you enter a trade, you are
making a conscious decision to prevent a small loss from becoming
a painfully great loss which ends up eating up your trading
The biggest problem for me is if the astrological
reason (or fundamental reason) that motivated me to purchase
the stock remains intact, and the stock goes down, it might
actually signal a buying opportunity instead! Which is why setting
a stop loss when you are most objective is key. The reality
is, if the stock is going down and you cut your losses, you
will have the capital to buy back the stock at a lower price.
And if you want, you can even buy more shares at that low price.
One of the most difficult things to do is selling at a loss
when you BELIEVE in the reason you bought the stock in the
first place. So set your stop losses when you are most objective!
Q. Dear Markay, "Please
give me some advise on saving money..."
Kaye: Waiting in the Airport
reading Caroline Casey's book and giggling under my breath,
I caught the attention of a young lady. She saw the book jacket
and said she was interested in astrology. I told her I was a
financial astrologer and she asked "Please give
me some advise on saving money".
You don't have to ask young people if they have internet
access. I gave her my card and told her to surf on over. But
just to tweak her imagination, I gave her a tidbit. Start
a change jar, then find out on the web when the moon is in
Taurus, then go to the bank and open a savings account. Better
yet, I added, April 21st the Sun will be in Taurus and you
will have 30 days to get the job done. In the Textbook For
Financial Astrology I talk about saving 10% and a few other
At the NCGR Conference in Baltimore, I lectured on "How
to Start a Stock Club". My audience listened
very politely and then I said the magic lecturer words. "Any
questions?" "Where is the market going?" Three
I gave the usual smart eleck remark, "UP
I expect that we are stuck in a sideways trading range until
June and then again October when I expect a shake up in leaders
and laggards. Follow the newsletter for specific details.
Right now everything revolves around the business of real
Q. Dear Markay
Do you know when the next big increase in the price of oil will
occur? That's when the next major terrorist attack will be.
If the barrel of oil dips below $50, expect an attack on civilians.
Do you know when the next spike will be?
Kaye's response -
Diana relates dips in the price of oil to an increase in
terrorist attacks and makes an excellent case for the relationship.
My analysis will go with OPEC chart. The Nicholas Campion's
chart for OPEC (September 14, 1960 Baghdad 9:00 GMT) has 9
degrees Sagittarius rising with Jupiter moving back and forth
over the ascendant. January 5th Jupiter moved over to
the 1st house and the price moved down. With Saturn
moving to a conjunction with Uranus on January 20 the price
reached $49. A new Chairman for OPEC was appointed.
The follow-up aspect Jupiter sextile Venus on February 2 is
in effect through June. I would suspect that the price
hovers throughout the spring in the $55 range since this price
does not encourage Americans to invest in alternative sources.
After June 28, Pluto moves to an opposition with Mars which
is a totally unique aspect that could destroy OPEC, but will
push up volatility of supplies and therefore the price of
oil. This summer will force the US to do something and
I believe you should start researching oil supply companies
(HAL, DO, GW) It would be also be wise to check water stocks.
Jupiter stations at 9 degrees Sagittarius on OPEC's
ascendant from June 28- September 6.
I really can't give a better response than what Kaye has
said. However I do have something to add to that.
I personally do not believe the price of oil has any thing
to do with the possibility or cause of another terrorist attack.
The price of oil has everything to do with supply and
demand - or a perceived idea of supply and demand - terrorist
attacks cause the market to react because of the threat of
supply, and not vice-versa. I do think if we had another
major terrorist attack the price of oil would go up because
of the perception or anticipation of the possibility of lack
The following question comes from
Q. Dear Markay
I consider Mercury RX a reason to quit trading. You beg to differ.
Marley's response -
I think one can't just quit doing what one does
during Mercury RX! The businesses affected by Mercury
RX don't just stop operating, and so, if you are a day trader
or a short term to intermediate trader you don't need to just
pack up and go fishing. Not that I'm saying one shouldn't
pay attention to Mercury RX, but if it's business as usual,
then one should just proceed with caution and the understanding
of the risks one takes during Mercury RX. (see
Marley's article - Mercury RX)
Also there are some stocks that actually do well during that
time! EPEX is one that I've tracked. It seems each time
Mercury goes RX the stock price rises. I'm sure there are others...I
just know about EPEX because I have been watching it for a long
time now. (It will be interesting to see how that stock price
actually does for the next few weeks.) It's very true that certain
stocks resonate to the vibrations of certain planets, and Mercury
RX can be a good thing for those stocks who vibrate to that
However, I do try to avoid trading during the stationing*
periods of Mercury RX because the market is so volatile and
there is much more risk involved. This stationing period right
now in February has been devastating to a couple of the stocks
that I'm holding and even so, I continue to hold them instead
of going by my "sell if the stock drops 8%" rule because
I don't want to trade anything during this "stationing
period". Often the stock will change it's momentum
during a stationing period but then it reverses and goes back
up even higher after. (I sure hope so with the stocks I'm holding
right now! We'll see. I will let you all know!)
*By stationing period I mean when the planet begins to slow
it momentum forward or backward, usually within three days
before and after the planet changes direction and not the
actual time and day when it changes direction.
This question comes from Marley!
Q. Dear Markay
What's with the price of oil?
Kaye's response -
Supply and demand is the economist's answer. The astrological
explanation is that Uranus (upside down and backwards) is
in Pisces the sign ruling oil. Uranus is in mutual reception
(constantly switching sign emphasis) with Neptune (lord of
all liquids) in Aquarius (the sign of electronics). Thus,
every time the price of oil goes up another electronic gadget
comes along and knocks down the price. Example, cell phones
save unnecessary trips. Global positioning saves driving around
in circles. A gallon of gas here, a gallon of gas there and
pretty soon you are talking about real money. This will continue
until 2012 when Neptune moves into Pisces and takes control
of oil, water, milk, honey etc.
This question comes from Kaye!
Q. Dear Markay
Do you think alternative energy stocks will ever take off?
Marley's response -
As long as the price of oil is cheaper than what it costs
to explore and develop alternative energy, no. However, I
have an idea that when Pluto moves into Aquarius in March
of 2023, world governments will stop exploiting the earth
for energy resources and begin to rely upon other "non-earthly"
sources for energy. Sources from air and light (Aquarius)
such as wind, solar, hydrogen fuel cells and atomic energy.
Q. Dear Markay
(Cynthia asked about Mutual Funds.) Do they have a birthday?
Kaye's response -
Yes, it is called an inception date. Usually the date is
mentioned in their prospectus. Morning Star gives each fund
one full page in their book.You can find the inception date
somewhere along the last few lines of type at the bottom of
Cynthia, I think using the inception date as a natal chart
for Mutual Funds is pretty risky because (in my opinion) the
success of the mutual fund is very much a reflection of the
natal chart of the person in charge of the actual trading
for the mutual fund. My advise is to carefully study whatever
mutual fund you are interested in to see if the "birthday"
(the inception date) follows the transits of Jupiter and Saturn.
If you see a correlation then it's possible to use the chart.
Q. Would the New Moon chart be a good time to BEGIN my plans
How about joining an investment club?
The New Moon is the best time to begin any project.
In fact some researchers at the University of Michigan proved
statistically that S & P 500's percentage gained was higher
between the New and Full Moon than between the Full Moon and the
Joining an investment club is an excellent way
to get an education in the stock market. Whether it is the questions
or the answers or the research by each member, the club will provide
you with a group of your own private tutors.
response - Marley agrees wholeheartedly!
D’Aine also asks:
Q. What do you see as the major downside for this New Moon from
a global perspective?
Kaye's response -
The Sagittarius stellium will probably upset folks
who are used to American generosity. Suddenly Americans are stuffing
their dollars in their pockets. I know it is hard to believe. It
could be that the dollar has been devalued or maybe we have determined
it is time to let go of the bicycle seat.
The Sagittarius stellium adds fuel to the extreme
energy of Pluto’s transit through the first house of the
U.S. (Silbey chart) First house energy is very much in tune with
Aries (Mars) energy and Pluto in the first generates extreme forcefulness.
In doing so it attracts challenges from others (7th house) and
it makes relationships with others exceedingly difficult. It’s
no wonder the U.S. is becoming more and more unpopular globally!
Q. Do you think there will be a terrorist act in the United States
around the Winter Solstice?
The chart for the Solstice has a weird answer for the question
on terrorism. The stellium in 5 could be children terrorists.
Uranus in the 8th could suggest unusual cause of death. Honestly,
I'm thinking Centaur shoots an arrow so that maybe misses are
the culprits in the next attack. Of course the concentration of
energy works both ways. The guys in white hats are as focused
on catching the guys in black hats as the black hats are bent
on death and destruction. Pluto is caught in the middle of the
stellium, my guess the black hats make a few mistakes and the
white hats arrest them before they activate their destructive
Marley's response -
I use the Silbey Chart with Sagittarius rising for the U.S.
Right now Jupiter is transiting the 12th house of the Silbey chart,
and I have come to believe that Jupiter in the 12th house acts
as "a guardian angel". So, if there were a terrorist
attempt I think our "guardian angel" would protect us
from it being a successful one. However, with transiting
Mars on our Ascendant, the U.S. would retaliate forcefully in
Here's a financial question for you:
I finally sold my old house on the
lake after exactly one year, and 12 days on the market, and four
prior lost sales. Alleluia! It has been a rough year
in the real estate market. I want to refi my current
adjustable rate mortgage on the new place (actually been here
a year plus now)..do I sign before or after Mercury RX????
signed, Laura Jean
Kaye's response -
Re fi is a tough question because of the RE part
of the question. Generally speaking, it's probably OK. However,
you are signing papers that need to be read with a magnifying
glass on a topic where surprises can be expensive. Therefore,
I would suggest that you take your time and read everything twice
times twice. Since you are the customer I suggest that you stall
until Mercury turns direct. However, reading the whole contract
is still required.
If you proceed during Mercury retrograde be prepared
to deal with frustrations, delays, surprises and whatever else
can go wrong at the closing as well as the possibility of REgret.
I'm not saying these things will happen, but Mercury retrograde
periods insure a greater chance of Murphy's Law kicking in. ("If
anything can go wrong, it will"). However, business can and
does go on during Mercury Retrograde periods all the time. So,
if you can't avoid waiting, and you are certain that this is exactly
what you want to do, then by all means do it - but proceed cautiously,
and be prepared by double checking and reconfirming all details.
My husband and I once signed a contract to purchase a piece of
property during Mercury Retrograde and this is what happened:
1. There was a mistake on the credit report that caused a delay;
2. We went to the wrong building and had to be redirected to the
correct place for the signing; 3. Our agent was late for the closing;
4. We were not told to bring certain documents that were needed
for the signing which caused a delay as these things had to be
brought to the closing; 5. We were surprised with some hidden
costs that were totally unexpected; and, 6. (wouldn't you know
it, but the funniest thing happened) my pen ran out of ink during
the signing of the documents! Of course, none of these things
were serious problems but they are an example of things that might
be extremely frustrating. We are still happy that we purchased
the property, but have had nothing but delays and a lot of disappointments
with what we've done so far in preparations to build on it.
Diana asked, "did you see the
hurricane on Saturn?"
Kaye: Yes, the hurricane occurred
at the South Pole and appeared to be the same structure as an
If you follow the Earthquake sites you will notice
that 5 and 6 Richter scale earthquakes occur a few days before
and a few days after a New or Full Moon. If you have
seen any photo's of Jupiter lately you will see that this planet
has developed another eye. The Sunspot activity is at a minimum.
My opinion, "the universe is up to no good.
" If we humans want to take credit for the mess and call
it Global Warming go right ahead. I think, however, there is a
universal force stirring the soup and making a mess and no planet
1 - Am I wrong to think that punishing North Korea is a bad move
because the direct consequence will be to increase Muslim terrorism
all over the world and in fringe places (Thailand, Philippines,
Europe, the Americas, Australia, Russia, etc.), and in places
where there hasn't been a terror attack yet?
2 - Will there be a man-made or natural disaster when the moon
moves into Capricorn this month (Oct. 26-28)?
3 -What will happen once we enter Scorpio
and the New Moon in Scorpio?
4- How low do you think gold and
silver will go before it rebounds slightly? I read an article
that some analysts say it will go to $850.00 or more. -
punishing North Korea - I think that the actual punishment
will probably never happen. I think that the people will take
control of their country via military type coupe.
North Korea's birthday is Sept 10, 1948. It will have a Saturn
return next August and I have to suggest that no other tough
aspects exist. Usually the 59 year old Saturn return causes
you to look at your path ahead and if you are on the one that
is best for you, it will be a non event. What is so hopeful
is that Jupiter is moving to a conjunction with North Korea's
Sagittarius Moon. The people will be fed. The people will obtain
prosperity. I'm fairly sure that the population will take control
of their lives and dismiss their current government and this
will probably happen before Winter Solstice. I think the positive
Jupiter aspects to this chart will force regime change and the
population will benefit.
or man-made disasters -You picked up that message on
your own Diana. I think you were correct to anticipate the huge
earthquake in Hawaii. In fact there have been earthquakes over
6 for the past two weeks. These will continue and some will hit
in populated areas. There is tremendous movement around the ring
of fire and until a few of the volcanoes in the area erupt, the
earthquake activity will continue. The Libra New Moon chart has
Mars on the 4th house cusp and that is an excellent indicator
or natural disasters. I noticed that the Madrid fault is also
under pressure and near Saint Louis there is a Nuclear Power Plant
located right on that fault line.
will happen with the New Moon in Scorpio - I guess you
will have to wait till next month on that Diana but I will explain
that the planets are bunching up together and their energy will
pull on the Sun causing solar storms.
Regarding the price of Gold and Silver - $850
is a little high. $550 is a little low. No honestly I believe
the price will continue to hover around $600. The first week in
December is when the price will change. It will crawl upwards
through Dec. I doubt if it goes beyond $650.
Thank you Diana once
again for all of the questions. Kaye
What might I expect to see as a result of the upcoming August
31 2006 Saturn - Neptune opposition along with Pluto turning
direct September 4? - Diana
response - (Diana is one of Kaye's students)-
Thanks for asking
the question! August 31, Saturn opposes Neptune early in the morning,
however actually this is in effect all of August. That means that
any action concerning this aspect will take place at least a few
Usually this means deceit concerning accounting or management
in financial astrology. Therefore you could expect an Enron style
scandal. You might also expect a severe weather problem,
but it is hurricane season. I think the current
breaking scandal concerning bribes to government officials concerning
oil and oil shipments might very well take the headlines. Therefore
if you have any investments in this area you might put in a stop
Sept 4 is Pluto direct - Pluto direct usually means things hidden
are found. This can also be a whistle blower aspect. That does
not mean lost and found! On a personal level it means that
if you hid something from yourself you will find it. Example I
hide chocolate chips in the refrigerator. On a macro level the
Israelis might find stashes of weapons they didn't know they had.
I'm thinking their intelligence might jam computers.
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