EYE ON FINANCIAL ASTROLOGY: INTEREST RATES
The Mystery of Interest Rate Futures and the Stars
Interest rate futures have evolved into one of the most heavily traded and popular, markets and have become particularly popular for day trading. Yet, often their mysterious gyrations appear to be baffling. Bullish reports are sold-off; bearish reports are aggressively bought. If one understands the hidden movements of the stars as suggested by sidereal and heliocentric astrology, these mysteries are not as baffling. This article will attempt to suggest trading techniques combining heliocentric astrology, sidereal or Indian astrology, and traditional technical analysis to improve your interest rate trading score.
THE PLANETS AND THE T-BOND MARKET
So what are the most important planets according to Sidereal astrology? Mars, which governs debt, would have to be the most important signifier; Pluto, which is its higher octave, would have to be of equal importance. Mercury, which is the ascendant lord of Virgo, of the 1977 natal futures chart is of secondary importance. And the Sun, which governs leadership in government, has to be of great significance also.
Geocentric aspects appear more important than heliocentric aspects in pinpointing swing turns. Aspects to the Sun are always significant, with Mercury conjunctions a great surge of energy and movement; trines from Neptune and Jupiter also appear to create important and bold movements.
Sextiles from Saturn and oppositions and major squares by Saturn also have an important effect which is usually bearish, as it suggests more tightening by the government.
Trines and conjunctions from Uranus are usually friendly but may create some surprise during government report.
Major aspects to Pluto are always significant, and since they do not occur that often they should be watched carefully. Major aspects to Mars should also be watched closely. Conjunctions and squares with Mercury are usually not that friendly for the market, nor are aspects from Saturn. Aspects with Venus, especially conjunctions with Venus, are extremely energetic; aspects with Neptune are also highly energetic and speculative; aspects with Uranus are usually wild and unpredictable. Mars and Pluto aspects are usually negative for the T-Bond market.
We have outlined some of the important aspects, but because there are so many planets involved with T-Bonds and their interactions, we would watch Mars, Mercury, Pluto and the Sun and the major planets and their exact aspects.
The stationary/retrograde and stationary/direct movements of the following planets create a great deal of energy in the T-Bonds market, and may lead to acceleration of a move and provide major swing turn points: Mercury, Pluto, Neptune, Uranus and Mars seem to have the most impact on the market. Mercury and Pluto stations occur more often than Mars stations.
Heliocentric astrology is based planetary positions as viewed from the Sun. Its aspects occur at different times from geocentric ones. In conducting my research, I have found that heliocentric aspects between any of the following planets govern minor daily swings in the T-Bonds chart: Mars, Pluto, Mercury and any of the following planets: Neptune, Uranus, Jupiter and Saturn are secondary tools for determining minor swings. Since there are so many aspects that are of use, it is no wonder that we often see so many daily fluctuations in this market. (Note: A heliocentric ephemeris and list of aspects is conveniently provided in this almanac). Heliocentric aspects between Mars or Pluto and other planets, except the moon, seem to be important for more significant aspects or changes of trend.
There are many ways to use Indian sidereal astrology to gain deeper insights into market behavior. Looking at the 119 subdivision of each sign of the zodiac is one way. From another microscopic perspective, dividing each of the 12 signs into 9 sections of 3 degrees and 20 minutes creates the same result; these are called NAVAMSHAS. Each of these subdivisions corresponds to a sign of the Zodiac. For example, the first 3°20′ of Leo is the Aries subdivision, followed by the Taurus subdivision followed by the Gemini section etc. In watching daily market strengths for over 24 months, I have observed that on days when a planet enters certain critical subdivisions, it will exert more strength or weakness depending on the financial context. So when Mars, the planet with the most impact on bond prices, enters the Aries, Scorpio or Capricorn subdivisions of a sign, one is more likely to see sharper rises in prices if the trend and context are ripe. Whereas, if Mars is debilitated in the Cancer section of a sign, we are more likely to see lower prices or sharp falls depending on the context. This is one way the Indian system can fine tune calls by providing more detailed daily information on planetary strengths.
We think sidereal transits are the least useful piece of information, but we can note a number of significant ones to watch. When the Sun transits into a new sidereal sign (usually between the 13th and 16th of a month; see sidereal almanac), the days that it is between 29-1 degrees may create more volatility and bearishness than usual. The Sun is statistically positive in sidereal Sagittarius and statistically negative in Sidereal Cancer and Leo. Mars is statistically positive in sidereal Leo and Capricorn and statistically negative in its sign of debilitation, Cancer. Mercury is statistically positive on transits into Capricorn and statistically negative on transits into Leo, Aries and Aquarius.
We take the above information and chart it on a sidereal calendar and note pockets of strength and weakness and then combine it with traditional technical tools. We particularly like Elliott Wave and stochastics and Fibonacci retracement numbers as being the most useful. In addition to your technical arsenal of trendlines, Gann Squares, Elliott Wave counts, stochastics, RSI, etc., use the following planetary information for entering and exiting T-Bond trades at key support and resistance levels. In using the information below, keep the market’s context and major trend in mind by examining monthly and weekly charts. The influences below will not be as strong in a bull market as it is in a bear market.
Note the following on your calendar:
- a) Circle the major aspects, (i.e. conjunctions, squares, trines and sextiles as outlined above; looking at geocentric aspects of Mars, Pluto, Mercury and the Sun, and also note the stationary/retrograde movements noted above. Note: Indian astrology does not consider sextile aspects except between Saturn and other planets to be important. Trines and squares between certain planets are less important and are not considered full (See references below for additional information on sidereal aspects).
- b) Do the same for HELIOCENTRIC ASPECTS; however, give them secondary significance. Geocentric aspects between Pluto, Mars and the other planets may be more important turns than minor aspects between Mercury and the outer planets, which occur more often.
- c) Note important transits of Mars, Mercury, Pluto and the Sun as well as important stationary and retrograde movements.
- d) Watch the Moon’s transits into specific lunar mansions for allowing statistically significant up or down days. Transits of the Moon into Mrigashira (in sidereal Taurus and Gemini), Ashelsha (in sidereal Cancer), and Magha and Poorvashadha (in sidereal Sagitarius) are statistically positive, while lunar transits into Dhanishta (in sidereal Capricorn and Aquarius) and Uttarashadha (in sidereal Sagittarius and Capricorn) are statistically bearish.
- e) To find periods of strength on a daily basis in the market examine the following: Use a sidereal Indian emphemeris or Indian software program to chart transits of Mars, Sun, and Mercury–especially on the microscopic level. Note places where Mars is strong on the microscopic level (i.e. Aries, Scorpio, and Capricorn navamsha OR 1/9TH DIVISION) or weak on the microscopic level (i.e. Cancer navamsha). (See references below.)
Ill. Combine astrology with technicals. Consider:
1) What is the major trend on the weekly chart? The daily chart? The 60-minute chart? Examine stochastics. Try to line up all three to trade in the direction of the trend or at least the daily and 60-minute charts should line up.
2) Examine Elliott wave patterns. Is the market oversold and completing a minor or major pattern as we come into a minor or major aspect? When geocentric or heliocentric aspects occur overnight, expect a change of trend in the night session or within the first 15 minutes of trading. If oversold conditions exist and the trend is higher and the aspects and energy turn bullish, then you have a major buying situation setting up.
3) Since the T-bond market’s price structure responds especially well to Fibonacci retracements and projections, use ratios of .382,.500 and .618 and 1.618 to help determine price.
4) Use other technical tools such as Elliott Wave, Andrews Lines or Gann to give you additional information.
Sept. 3rd, 1996: Numerous aspects occur over the weekend, including Mars opposition Neptune on Sept. 2nd and Mars conjunct Venus early in the morning on Sept. 3rd. Elliott wave patterns project 106.04 on the Dec. contract and stochastics are very oversold.
Mercury goes retrograde on the open of Sept. 4th. A day trader would look to exit shorts during the first 45 minutes of trading and do a light countertrend long into the next aspect and important turn into Sept. 4th, while a position trader might take partial profits and look to establish a light short position from the open of the 4th, looking to hold into the next major aspect. Linear cycles are weak into the week of Sept. 23rd and the transit of Mars into Cancer from August 30th to Oct. 20th is also warranting more bearish sentiment. Moreover, the Saturn opposition to the Sun into Sept. 26th is going to warrant more fear and orientation toward FED tightening.
The T-Bonds market is one of the more complex markets to time using sidereal and heliocentric astrology. There are many components that make it work. We suggest that you examine some of the above information and work it into your system and that you chart all of it as a way of charting pockets of time–of strength and weakness. We expect that you will be rewarded. Anyone attempting to uncover the mysterious laws of nature that underlie the commodity markets will be rewarded and intrigued by the depths of Indian and heliocentric astrology. The study of astrology leads not only to knowledge of economic laws, but ultimately to knowledge of the self and man’s relationship to the cosmos. From the Indian point of view, both are One and can be known from our own consciousness.
About the author
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