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The World at Large - April 19 & 20, 2008
Astrological conditions affecting stock markets combined with technical analysis
by Randall Ashbourne

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A new Bull run – or just another bull trap? That’s the question … and the answer is it’s probably a little of both.

The astrological energy immediately ahead suggests the rally which began last week has further to run, despite the fact most world stock indices are now bumping their heads against strong resistance.

However, this time a week ago the Bears were roaring, the technical picture looked a bit bleak, and the American psyche was battered by a big drop in General Electric, which had turned in a poor quarterly performance and a lacklustre outlook for the times ahead.

In last week’s report, I suggested that, despite the technical picture, we should be ready for a surprise turn higher – advising to watch the action on the American indices on Monday and Tuesday.

I also said: “The real test will be if we see a surprise move in the ASX on Monday. Certainly, the technical indicators suggest it would be a very unlikely surprise. It will be interesting to watch the ASX on Monday to see if drops to that 5320 Support line and
rebounds higher.”

Well, on Monday the ASX 200 dropped 10 points below the 5320 Support and quickly recovered to close out the day at 5342 – the first indication the suggested “surprise move” could unfold.

In New York, the S&P 500 had a small range day Monday, and on Tuesday tested and rebounded precisely from the Support line we’ve had on our charts for quite a while, as it set up the conditions for the surprise turn higher.

But that was last week and is now history. We’re more interested in what happens next – the future. And we need to be very careful in the coming week that last week’s rally did not create a bull trap.

The astrological energy suggests the rally should continue. Last week closed out with Mercury making a trine to both Saturn and Pluto, while Heliocentric Mercury was trining Jupiter and making a sextile to Uranus.

As the new week gets underway, the Sun repeats the trines to Saturn and Pluto – literally shining a light on the path Mercury, the Olympian “messenger of the Gods”, has opened up.

Even better than that, is that in Tuesday’s trading in New York, Mars will trine Uranus. While this very positive energy pattern is unfolding on Monday and Tuesday, the Moon – the astrological symbol for the public “mood” – will trine Mars, trine Uranus and sextile Jupiter.

Later in the week, Venus gets into the act – making a square to both Mars and Jupiter just as Mars is opposing Jupiter. Astrologically, this is known as a T-square – and it is a very, very high-energy aspect. Explosive.

And that goes double ditto because Mars is connecting to Uranus simultaneously!

The Moon is mood, Venus is money, Mars is action, Jupiter is expansion and Uranus rules the stock market. Within this time frame, the Sun and Mercury have formed what astrologers call a Grand Trine with both Saturn and Pluto.

This last combination suggests a timeframe in which where we are (Sun) and the news (Mercury) meld harmoniously with the need to act practically (Saturn in Virgo) and big money (Pluto).

That’s not the end of it! Mars is in high-energy mode, preparing to leave Cancer and enter the Fire sign of Leo early next month; Venus is in high-energy mode, fired up in Aries and preparing to enter her home zone of Taurus, where she will repeat the trine to Saturn and Pluto; Jupiter is in high-energy mode, getting charged with the sextile to Uranus and the opposition from Mars and is stationary and about to go Retrograde; Saturn is in high-energy mode, charged by the Sun, Mercury and Pluto … and stationary
about to go Direct.

It’s not necessary to understand every individual nuance here. Because what it means is simply this … a massive fireball of astrological energy is about to explode. The next three weeks are the most concentrated cosmic energy pattern until November.

We are going to get some wild price swings. What it all suggests is we either crash through … or crash.

As we go to the charts, we will see exactly how many of the indices are at exactly that point … back once again at the overhead resistance levels which have stopped them in their tracks for months on end as we zig-zagged up and down within a confined range.

The technicians will argue that we have not spent long enough in Bear mode to be ready to break above the downtrend; the Bears will argue that recession looms long and ugly.

I gave my astrological reasons for disbelieving the recession obsession earlier in the year and also indicated my belief that markets will put in new all-time Highs before the real Bear comes out of his cave.

In the meantime … I expect some wild swings this week as a battle rages to break stock markets higher … that the cosmic fireball will unleash a burst of positive energy which could run as long as as April 29 (Mercury trine Jupiter) to May 2 (Venus trine Saturn) … and perhaps as long as May 9 when Jupiter goes Retrograde and Mars changes sign to Leo.

In other words, I believe we will crash through. If we crash … with this extreme level of astrological energy unfolding … it will be the ugliest market most of us have ever seen. And while the technical charts suggest we’re short-term stretched to the upside, they do not suggest a crash scenario in the next three weeks.

VIX Monthly
VIX Monthly April 2008

And that’s because the Fear factor looks to be in decline. Frankly, if this were a stock price chart we would be desperate to sell, sell, sell.

We have a whole series of monthly bars where the price spiked massively skywards, but could not hold the gains. All of the indicators are pointing downwards and the MACD signal shows every indication of following the CCI and Stochastics with a negative crossover.

But, we’re not talking about a stock price chart, we’re looking at the VIX, the fear index … and this chart is telling us the mood is changing....to read more and view the rest of the charts, download the 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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