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The World At Large
Week beginning July 13, 2008
by Randall Ashbourne

Astrological conditions affecting stock markets combined with technical analysis


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Astrological energy patterns are shifting to a more positive flow over the next three to four weeks, suggesting a strong rally is now only days away from getting underway.

There is, however, a caveat … and it is based on both astrological and technical conditions.

And the caveat is that the exhaustion washout might not yet have hit absolute bottom. Astrologically, the worst of the negative energy symbolised by last week’s conjunction of Mars with Saturn should now recede rapidly.

I warned last week we could not be certain we had reached the bottom of the downtrend which began in late May until we saw what happened as the conjunction became exact in late Thursday trading in New York – Friday trading in Australia and Asia.
There was a chance the energy might exhaust itself early in the week with Mars parallel Saturn.

What happened was that we hit a new, intraday low early in the week with the parallel, before the more positive energy of the Sun opposing Jupiter tried to spark a rally … and then the collapse into the end of the week.

The bad news is that, having made the conjunction to Saturn, Mars is now moving to oppose Uranus.

This sets off, yet again, a “translation” effect of the big Saturn opposed Uranus cycle which makes its first exact hit in November.
Over the past few months, we’ve seen what happens when the Sun, Mercury and Venus have triggered that long-term cycle through their own “translations” of the energy.

And Mars packs a hell of a lot more punch, at least in astrological symbolism, than any of those three.

However, the Mars opposition to Uranus does not become exact until August 6 … and, in the meantime, it makes a trine to Jupiter, while Mercury repeats the recent Sun/Venus aspects of opposing Jupiter and trining Uranus.

Effectively then, we now have a three to four week window opening up where the astrological emphasis shifts away from Saturn to Jupiter and Uranus, which are still sextile to each other.

This change in the cosmic mood coincides with technical readings indicating conditions are just about right for a turnaround.
Trying to time the turn is a little complicated because there’s a danger last Friday’s big drops could provoke a panic plunge which cuts another five per cent off the value of some of the major stock indices.

Technically, including Fibonacci time periods, a significant turn could be as far away as this coming Friday – or Wednesday/Thursday of next week.

Astrologically, we could be set for a turn virtually immediately – with Venus having changed signs to Leo this weekend and the Sun due to trine Uranus on Monday, or Tuesday, depending on which market one is trading.

I will dispense with some of the world indices reports this week in an attempt to add more colour and detail to our Big Picture painting of what is happening – and that Big Picture continues to contain some major divergences between markets.

The decline since last year’s Highs has been dramatic … in some ways, too dramatic.

Both the ASX 200 and the S&P 500 are a mere few day’s trading away from hitting a 50% retracement of the entire Bull run from 2002/2003.

In the big Bear which followed the 2000 peaks, it took 17 months of downtrend to hit that retracement level.

Something very unusual is happening … and not least because the depth of this plunge is happening much earlier than historical studies suggest it should.

Saturn will oppose Uranus an unusual five times; Pluto has backtracked into Sagittarius.

Normally, the worst of the stock market declines do not occur until the middle of the Saturn-Uranus opposition cycle … and it hasn’t even really started yet. And markets normally hit all-time Highs with Pluto in the early degrees of a Cardinal sign (Capricorn, in this case) before plunging to new Bear market Lows – and then recovering – as Pluto slowly transits the sign.

The normal pattern for markets in years ending with an “8” is to make a Low in the first quarter, before mounting a strong rally to new Highs. When markets began rallying out of the March Lows, it looked as if that pattern were going to repeat, especially since the May decline began under a Mercury Retrograde period which normally reverses course halfway through.

The Dow Jones Transports continue to give a non-confirmation of the DJI’s new Lows. I am not a fan of the “it’s different this time” camp because things very rarely are different.

It is true we are seeing a fundamental geoeconomic shift which could be complicating the omens, as well as a shift within the American economy from domestic demand to world export demand.

UNITED STATES
Dow Jones Transports [click to view the charts and download the entire Adobe PDF file]

The DJT, which normally makes its Highs and Lows a little ahead of the DJI, continues to show huge divergence from the state of the Industrials.

Closer analysis of the DJT components suggests it is the railroads, rather than road and air transport, which are holding the index up in spite of record oil prices.

And that’s because there has been a big shift … as domestic demand has softened, the low value of the US dollar has helped drive export growth....CLICK HERE to download the FULL version of this report with all technical charts and further comments. (PDF format)

The World At Large is delivered in advance to Astrological Investing Premium Member subscribers.  Randall Ashbourne is a former journalist and political strategist residing in Australia. *QHT Technical Charts created using Quick Harmonic Trader Software, by P.A.S. Astro-Soft, Inc. makers of Galactic Investor Astrology software.

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