Here are some astro-financial predictions for Jan 2013; a few observations related to USA natal chart are included as well. These are based on simple reading of ephemeris, no other methods were considered. The direction is my best guess based on previous market direction changes under similar conditions; I included some approximate percentages to indicate how likely I think that the market will move in a particular direction. The work is done by hand, rather than with statistical software, and for fun only, so I would caution all readers to do their own research to detect any potential astro-financial trends with higher precision. [All calculations are for NYC, times are in EST; by “market” I mean mainly DJI and entities with similar trading pattern.]
JANUARY: Things don’t look too bad overall. The most tense day will likely be Jan 6 (Sun), when Mars squares Saturn—if there are any talks taking place that day, they will likely result in a stale-mate.
Since events in the US seem to significantly affect the market direction, I also noted several transits to the US chart during the last week of the month—it will probably be a somewhat tense/busy/eventful time.
In addition to the shorter-lived transits formed by faster-moving planets like Venus and Mars, note a slowly-unfolding ongoing aspect to the US chart made by transiting Uranus. It is squaring USA’s Jupiter (in the 7th house, ruler of the 1st); this will be exact around Feb 7, but the effect will likely be felt several weeks prior and a few days/weeks after. The symbolic meaning of the aspect is boundless optimism/expansion beyond limits/overexpansion/overspending/inflation/discarding any limits because of unstoppable optimism/etc. In the past year, this aspect has occurred in April and October.
Interestingly, the previous passage of Uranus (it takes 84.3 years to orbit the Sun), saw this aspect during March 1929. While it is not advisable to use a single predictor to predict anything, I find these quotes about the US economy in March 1929 relevant:
“March 1929 — The Dow dropped, but bankers reassured investors.” (http://useconomy.about.com/od/glossary/g/Stock-Market-Crash-of-1929.htm)
“As early as March 1929 a few financial experts warned that banks were making too many loans for stock speculation (the buying and selling of stock without regard for its actual value or the strength of the individual company). The Federal Reserve, the U.S. central bank, tried to rein in the country’s banks but with no success. Several leaders of industry also noticed that unemployment was quietly on the rise. Nevertheless, despite a few warnings, the stock market headed up and up.” (http://preview.tinyurl.com/bj78xnv)
Jan 2 (Wed): Weak influence; market may possibly go down (55%), but an up-and-down day is also quite possible—mainly due to increased likelihood for sudden/unexpected and/or potentially upsetting news coming out throughout the day—the mood/market direction may change a few times, with each piece of news.
USA: There may be some [false/unrealistic] optimism about the laws affecting domestic situation; laws about debt and/or international finances are in focus today (Venus squares Neptune in the 9th house, ruler of the 4th; Sun opposes Sun in the 8th, ruler of the 9th).
Jan 3 (Th): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (55-60%). There may be some disruptive/unexpected news early am; increased trading volume is possible, regardless of the direction (easy come/easy go).
Jan 4 (Fr): Medium-strong influence; market may possibly go down (60%). Market possibly reaches a low/MIN, esp. early am.
Jan 7 (Mon): Medium-strong influence; market may possibly go down (65-70%)—more so early am, potentially due to some depressing event/outcome from Sun. Market may recover pm.
Jan 8 (Tue): Weak influence; market may possibly go up (55-60%).
Jan 9 (Wed): Weak influence; market may possibly go up (55-60%).
Jan 10 (Th): Weak influence; market may possibly go up (55-60%).
Jan 11 (Fr): Medium influence; market may possibly go up (60-65%). Market possibly reaches a high/MAX. There may be a feeling of excitement or upset in the air, possibly related to metals and/or anything dug up from the earth (sudden/unexpected change in metal prices?). Also, this could manifest through a greater than usual jump in currency value(s) (e.g., EUR-USD).
Jan 13 (Sun):
USA: Good day for taking responsible action to bring about order/structure to country’s finances. Debt issues may be illuminated/in focus/brought into public awareness. (Mars trines Saturn in the 10th house, ruler of the 2nd; Sun squares Mercury in the 8th, ruler of the 7th and 10th.)
Jan 14 (Mon): Weak influence; market may possibly go down (55%).
Jan 15 (Tue): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (60-65%). Likely some increased communication/news/talks. Jan 15-16 may see increased interest in the value of metals and/or anything dug up from the earth (increase in metal prices? sell off to pocket profits from metals?).
Jan 16 (Wed): Medium-strong influence; market may possibly go down (65%). Increased communications/news/talks likely; debt-related issues in focus; some emotional tension/anxiety may be in the air, esp. pm—as if feeling anxious, awaiting something.
Jan 17 (Th): Weak-medium influence; market may possibly go down (60%). Increased communications/news, mostly early am.
Jan 18 (Fr): Weak influence; slight chance that market will go down (55%), but not too bad overall.
Jan 21 (Mon): Weak-medium influence; market may possibly go up (55-60%). There is a chance it will go down early am, but up pm. Mood will likely be optimistic; there may be some good news coming out Jan 21-22 (possibly about business expansion and/or some opportunities/profits/etc., esp. in the area of communications/travel/commerce).
Jan 22 (Tue): Weak-medium influence; market may possibly go up (55-60%).
Jan 23 (Wed): Weak influence; market may possibly go up (55%).
Jan 24 (Th): Weak influence; market may possibly go down (55-60%).
Jan 25 (Fr): Weak-medium influence; market may possibly go down (60-65%). While there may be some optimism about expansion/increase in [financial] opportunities, there will also be a sense of realism about the restrictions that are necessary/being put in place, so overall, a down move seems more likely.
Jan 28 (Mon): Weak influence; market may possibly go down (55%).
USA: Increased talks about money, esp. those of transportation/communication/commerce-type businesses, government, and/or financial ties with other countries. Emotional upset/anger/pressure for action over finances/loans/debt/taxes (in general and esp. related to financing of businesses dealing with telecommunications/transportation/sales/etc.). There could also be some upsetting event related to transportation and/or one or more of such businesses experiences some upset/pressure. [Hmm… after I wrote this, I remembered hearing some news about the port strike—I googled it and, sure enough, the port strike has been postponed till Jan 28 (http://transportationnation.org/2012/12/28/east-and-gulf-coast-port-strike-averted-by-30-days/). Note that I had already mentioned this prediction in my Dec 2 post, while the agreement to postpone hasn’t been reached till Dec 27.] (Venus opposes Mercury in the 8th house, ruler of the 7th and 10th; Mars conjuncts Moon in the 3rd, ruler of the 8th.)
Jan 29 (Tue): Weak influence; slight chance that market will go down (55%), but not too bad overall.
Jan 30 (Wed): Medium influence; market may possibly go down (65%), more so early am. Mood may be more practical/serious.
USA: Financial issues will be in focus, likely related to healthcare, elderly care, and/or financial losses (e.g., where to get the money to pay for the care and/or avoid losses). Discussions/decisions about where the resources will come from will likely intensify late pm; positive resolution is quite possible (i.e., the resources will be located). (Venus conjuncts Pluto in the 2nd house, ruler of the 12th.)
Jan 31 (Th): Weak influence; market may possibly go down (55%). The mood may be a bit anxious early am, but may get more optimistic later in the day.
Am also planning to write a few posts in the upcoming weeks listing [somewhat more] significant dates for 2013 (in general; for US; and possibly, a few other countries).
Interesting, it seems “mining stocks” mostly went down today, Jan 11, 2013:
~”CANADA STOCKS-TSX lower as mining stocks weigh” (http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/11/markets-canada-stocks-idUST5N08Z02O20130111),
~”Mining Stocks Halt Europe Rally” (http://www.cnbc.com/id/100371830), and
~”Energy and mining firms were lower in Hong Kong, with Aluminum Corp. of China Ltd. dropping 3%, Cnooc Ltd lower by 1.9% and Citic Pacific Ltd. down 3.6%. In Australian trading, mining companies extended early losses after the Chinese data, with BHP Billiton Ltd. dropping 2% and Rio Tinto Ltd. falling 1.9%.” (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/asia-mostly-higher-japanese-stocks-surge-2013-01-10).
Astrologically, today Venus (valuable things/money/pleasures/love/etc.) in Capricorn (earth/metals/ rocks/etc.) squared (tension, possibly resulting in an abrupt action to relieve it) Uranus (sudden change/unexpected event/ spark/excitement/revolution/etc.) in Aries (new beginnings/leadership/action/sports/etc.)
p.s. Four other planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, and Pluto) were in Capricorn today as well, with Sun & Moon in conjunction (new Moon)–this likely contributed to a stronger emphasis on earth-related “stuff.”
So indeed, we have some metals/mining-related news on Jan 15, 2013:
~”Precious metals and in particular platinum prices are trading sharply higher this morning after it was reported that Anglo American Platinum said it will indefinitely close four of its shafts in platinum belt” (http://www.redliontrader.com/streamingnews/precious-metals-and-in-particular-platinum-prices-are-trading-sharply-higher-this-morning-after-it-was-reported-that-anglo-american-platinum-said-it-will-indefinitely-close-four-of-its-shafts-in-plati/)
~”Platinum Rallies to Three-Month High After Amplats Overhaul” (http://www.cnbc.com/id/100378895)
~”Platinum Advances to Three-Month High on Production Cuts” (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-15/gold-extends-gain-on-u-s-debt-concern-platinum-at-3-month-high.html) From the article: “There is a rush to buy platinum as today’s news means that the market will be pushed further into deficit,” Adam Klopfenstein, a senior market strategist at Archer Financial Services Inc. in Chicago, said in a telephone interview. “We are seeing strength in other precious metals as well.”
Astrologically, we have Sun and 3 planets (Merc, Ven, and Pluto) in Capricorn (earth/rocks [and yes, Earth rocks! lol 😉 ]). Venus is conjunct Pluto on Jan 15-16 = energies of value/money & transformation/digging unite in the sign rulling things dug up from the earth = strong emphasis on value of metals/mining-related issues.
Jan 16, 2013: “Half of Boeing’s 787’s now grounded” (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/half-of-boeings-new-787s-now-grounded-2013-01-16?link=MW_story_investinginsight). From the article: “Air India and United Airlines so far have announced no plans to ground their 787s, and LOT Polish Airlines airline is reportedly pushing ahead with plans to inaugurate 787 service Wednesday” Hmm… the tense transits to US chart indicating potential issues around transportation/travel will be precise arnd Jan 28. Considering Boeing’s recent problems, I wonder if there will be an event related to the company and/or its stock that day (or 1-2 days before).
Jan 22, 2013: U.S. Stocks Advance on Better-Than-Estimated Earnings (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-22/u-s-stock-futures-fluctuate-before-j-j-dupont-earnings.html) From the article: “The Dow Jones Transportation Average, which includes 20 members, rallied 1.1 percent to 5,757.44, a record high.”