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The World At Large
Week beginning September 7, 2008
by Randall Ashbourne

Astrological conditions affecting stock markets combined with technical analysis

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The weakness of the corrective “rally” out of the panic lows which hit major world stock indices in mid-July resolved itself last week as Americans began returning to their trading desks from summer holidays.

Wall Street turnover and the number of stocks recording new Lows hit records at the July nadir. As I’ve stressed over the past few weeks, such a condition has always led to a retest.

And that retest began in earnest last week as the Sun conjuncted Saturn, reigniting the negative energy pattern of the still-to-unfold Saturn/Uranus opposition series – just as did the earlier aspects of Mercury, Venus and Mars conjuncting Saturn.

Last Thursday’s panic plunge – a 93% down day – did not break any records. Neither the volume turnover, nor the number of stocks hitting new Lows, was even close to the July wipeout.

Nor was the level of fear, as measured by the VIX, anywhere near its July spike.

All of which is, potentially, “good” news – at least as good as it gets with yet another American bank forced to close its doors this weekend.

I mentioned last week the old Wall Street mantra of “Sell in May and go away – and don’t come back ‘til Labor Day”. Historically, September is the worst-performing month on American stock indices – and the downside often lasts into October, before turning
around to produce the annual “Santa Claus” rally.

Thus the second part of the mantra – come back from summer fishing in time to go bottom fishing for stock bargains.

This may not be the year to play the same old game, since it is likely the Bear still has one more sharp and sudden downleg to go – and that’s even if it’s your normal, run-ofthe- mill Bear.

With the worldwide economic gloom and the next phase of the financial crisis likely to see more highly-leveraged hedge funds go bust, this is unlikely to be a standard Bear and we could well be seeing the early stages of what I’ve referred to as the Doomsday scenario.

But it is also not yet certain that stock indices will not surprise and shock everyone by putting in a massive rally before the real Bear begins its multi-year mauling.

This week begins with some very strong astrological conditions bound to affect the immediate direction of stock indices.

Mercury and Mars are squaring Jupiter as it goes Direct. Jupiter is trining Saturn as Pluto goes Direct. And Mercury and Venus will both conjunct Mars – before the Sun rounds out the week’s aspect by opposing Uranus.

There are two Bradley Model turn dates scheduled for the month – one on Tuesday, which coincides with all that heavy astrological stuff and another on the 20th, which occurs as Mars is inconjuncting Uranus and is within a day of a major Fibonacci turning point.

We’ve discussed the implications of this over the past two or three weeks and I reported last week that one of our regular readers, Serg, was tipping a decline into the Jupiter/Saturn trine as a Low (just as it was in January), followed by a rally into the
second Bradley turn … and then another drop.

Last week, I went through the historical patterns for the timing and duration of “normal” final downlegs in Bear markets.

CNBC has decided to run a “fun” piece on stock market astrology and last week interviewed our doyen, Kaye Shinker, one of the founding members of the group which launched the serious study of financial astrology back in the 1980s.

Kaye said:

“The market after a New Moon is usually a buying opportunity and it will be early tomorrow. However keep your hat on because the Moon goes void of course at 10 and mistakes are everywhere. Wait till Monday when Jupiter and Pluto have had a chance to turn around. Whole new ball game.

Expect the second and third week of September to move gradually to the upside and possibly hitting 12,000 before Sept. 24. Mercury Retrograde should cool enthusiasm until Oct 15. I always suggest that day traders take a vacation during Mercury Rx. It is cheaper than being in the market.”

Kaye also had some longer-term predictions and comments that are worth noting:

“The New York Stock exchange was born a Taurus, the Bull. It should have stayed that way. However, on March 6, 2006 it became a publicly-traded Pisces company, or a Fish. And things have been pretty fishy ever since.

As we move into 2009 Uranus comes ever closer to its Mercury; therefore, expect the market to turn inside out, upside down, and backwards. Nothing will ever be the same.”

So, let’s turn our attention to the technical charts to see what they make of the weak corrective rally from July – and last week’s panic plunges in many of the major indices.

VIX – Volatility Index
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When the markets hit bottom in July on massive volume and with a record number of new Lows, the spike in what is commonly referred to as the “fear index” did not reach nearly as high as August, 2007, or the January and March bottoms of 2008.

Many commentators dismissed the VIX as being no longer relevant. However, given the other strange contradictions between markets which started emerging simultaneously, I disagreed and it seemed to me to be just another part of the odd pattern which was developing.

Those contradictions have not gone away and, at this stage, I still believe they’re occurring because of the chance a massive rally could get underway after the next severe plunge.

As you can see, the CCI and Stochastics are suggesting fear should subside over the next week or so – and last week’s VIX level was consistent with the plunge happening on much lower volume and with far fewer stocks making new Lows.

Philadelphia Banking Index
While the various industrial indices tanked, the finance sector did not follow thedownward plunge. Yes, yet another contradiction to add to the growing list.....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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