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The World At Large - May 3 & 4, 2008
Astrological conditions affecting stock markets combined with technical analysis
by Randall Ashbourne

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The fireball of astrological energy building up over the past two weeks finally exploded to the upside late last week, propelling the breakout in major world stock markets above key resistance levels.

The odds now favour the launch of a new Bull market. I know, dear reader, your patience has been tested beyond frustration as we waited for the fables to unfold according to the interpretations of your correspondent.

Which is why I hesitate to here insert the word “but”.

But, “but” I must! And the reason is simple … at some stage within the coming days, or weeks, the breakout will be tested for its strength and resilience.

Markets are constantly “testing” key levels.

Earlier this year, I warned that stock indices would retest, and probably marginally break below, the level of January’s plunge spike. That was “testing” for a real Low.

Four times since that plunge, most Western indices have retested horizontal resistance to the upside – usually at precisely the level of last August’s closing Low.

Now that markets have broken free of the narrow range which has constrained all price movements since January, it will want to retest that level again – this time from above – just to be sure we have not been caught in a Bull trap of diabolical degree.

However, I repeat … the odds now favour the launch of a new Bull market; the astrological energy patterns ahead suggest more support for improving conditions in equity markets.

I will discuss the planetary activity ahead shortly, but first I’d like to go back to this paragraph from last week’s report:

Mercury square Saturn we would normally characterise as “bad news” – but in this case, Mercury will make the aspect from its home sign of Gemini to Saturn in Virgo, which Mercury also rules. Therefore, Mercury is King in this circumstance, with the home
ground advantage of Gemini and effective rulership over Saturn.

As that aspect unfolded late last week, there were two key pieces of economic news – America’s GDP numbers and the jobless rate.

The first showed very low growth and the second a slowdown in the number of job losses.

While neither set of numbers could be construed as “good” news, they were both much, much better than had been predicted.
Mercury in its home sign of Gemini, with rulership over Saturn in Virgo, turned out to be the “King” … not Saturn.

The GDP numbers showed slow growth of 0.6% for the second quarter running. That’s a low number, but it’s not a negative number. It’s now official. It’s time for the doomsday cult to get over their recession obsession.

The fact is America’s export industries are holding up quite nicely. Exports are where it’s at for the future. Any nation which continues navel-gazing at its domestic consumer consumption is dead meat in the 21st Century. Japan did not become the surprise powerhouse of the 20th Century by selling Toyotas to geisha girls. Germany did not become the world’s biggest export economy by worrying about how many Mercedes, BMWs, Audis, Porsches and Volkswagens it was selling along the Rhine valley. China is not the new big cheese on the block because of how many noodle packs it sells in Ningbao.

Globalisation is not just a buzz word – it’s here as economic reality. In truth, it always has been – from the time the Romans got the gold to pay their troops from Spanish mines, or made the bread for the circuses in the Colosseum with Egyptian wheat.

The United States is at a pivotal turning point in its economy – the point Japan reached a couple of decades ago when the grounds of the Emperor’s palace in Tokyo were reportedly worth more than the entire state of California.

It was, of course, an insufferable nonsense – as the implosion of the Japanese economy soon showed. America now faces not dissimilar problems – and over-priced real estate was just the beginning. As with Japan, the population is ageing – and has to be rejuvenated. If it is not, the domestic US economy will continue to shrink. Europe has the benefit of a huge population from the old Soviet bloc countries not yet anywhere near the consuming level of “old Europe”.

We’ve discussed the huge shift taking place in China and India – and Asia’s “little tiger” economies. South America still has capacity to grow richer … and most of Africa remains untouched in economic terms.

In the coming decades – sooner, rather than later – the United States will have to come to terms with the fact the Baby Boomers are approaching their “use by” dates and there are only three realistic options for replacing their consumer power … a redistribution of income to the under-consuming classes who do not buy new houses, new cars, new furniture; sustained levels of immigration; or a refocus of many industries towards export growth which dramatically increases the base level of potential consumers.

However, that is a long-term economic problem for the Americans to sort out and we are more concerned with how the current situation is likely to impact upon stock markets in the next few weeks.

Astrologically

Saturn has now turned from Retrograde motion to Direct. It is the last significant Saturn energy until July 11, after Mars enters Virgo and forms a conjunction.

The next few weeks belong to Jupiter, the planet we use to symbolise growth and optimism.

On May 9, Jupiter goes Retrograde while in close sextile with Uranus, an aspect which becomes exact again on May 22.

On May 12 and 13, the Sun will ignite that energy by forming its own sextile to Uranus and a trine to Jupiter.

On May 18 and 19, Venus, from her home ground of Taurus, will repeat the signature – sextiling Uranus and trining Jupiter.

The only other significant, market-moving astrological event within this time frame is Mars changing signs from Cancer to Leo – on May 10, just after Jupiter goes Retrograde.

Overall, these energy patterns suggest the rally which began in mid-March and which was struggling to breakout until last week, should continue.

Kaye Shinker has pointed out in her latest New Moon article that Mercury will go Retrograde late in May – and that the Dow Jones Industrials often end the Mercury Retrograde period with prices within about one per cent of where they were when the
cycle started.

In the days before Mercury turns Retrograde, the Sun will square Saturn, and Venus will change signs to Gemini. All of this suggests at least a short-term change in market direction.

There is a very significant cluster of astrological energy happening on June 5, 7 & 8 in the chart of the DJI … Saturn square Pluto, Jupiter square Venus, and Saturn square Sun.

Perhaps coincidentally, it is this precise time period where the Bradley Model points to a major turning point in market direction for the year.

In cycle studies, June 2 is also the approximate bottom for the 10, 20 and 40 week
cycles.

Let’s not get hung up on the details of all this. Simply … technical and astrological studies agree there should be a market turn of some significance occurring around May 23, give or take a few days, and there should be a major market turn in early June.

Let’s go to the technical charts to see where we’re at following last week’s price action...click to view the charts and download the entire Adobe PDF file

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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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