By Barry Rosen

February is a complicated month with so many planets transiting through Capricorn and with Mercury conjunct Pluto on Feb. 5 initiating power struggles, and Mars conjunct Pluto on Feb. 14 which can be an earthquake signature and can create selfish and violent behavior. Pluto gets a bit too power-hungry and the Mars/Pluto conjunction on Feb. 14 will have an impact from Feb. 8-20th and can push selfish ruthless and violent behavior. Given the “competent” Neo-cons in power and their desire for aggression, we have to hope that the Divine will hold up our planet.

Capricorn, ruled by Saturn is never fun and requires hard work, discipline, and accepting karmic destiny to get through. Venus will lighten it up a bit after Feb. 11 but it still has a way of creating heaviness, depression, and intensity, and the Sun’s conjunction with Saturn in Aquarius into Feb. 28 tends to increase blood pressure and add to the boil. Stay on top of meditation and exercise and have fun by being with people and going to musical events to lighten the energy.

Capricorn is the business planet and many of the planets going through there will support new business ventures and good strategic planning if you can stay on top of the intensity and anxiety.

At publication, the FOMC is not raising rates but they are not giving aggressive signs that they will cut rates aggressively this year either and the Goldman prophets think that 3 cuts this year would be about right. The stock market has signaled a temporary top on the news, but a secondary recovery could happen to 4997 on the S & P cash.

This is not a normal year as we have another messy election mess looming, we are not over the banking crisis that we last saw last March and oil inflation is not over as Middle East and Red Sea tension will push oil up to 102.50 if the 80.00 area comes out–and it will not take much in the Middle East for that to happen. Still at publication, they still my try to push oil lower to save inflation and the election.

We can look at the transits of the larger planets to get a handle on the year. Jupiter goes into Taurus on May 1, 2024, and will trine the Pluto return to the US natal chart at 7 degrees in June. This will be a protective factor for June with Jupiter trining natal Pluto as Pluto goes over the natal Pluto of  the US chart of June 4, 1776, at 6:18 pm, Philadelphia. Jupiter’s supportive trine will be there in 2024-25 but its waning aspect later in the year will not have as strong an influence as it hits Taurus 27 by October when itgoes retrograde on Oct. 9. Still, I think it protects the year with some grace.

We still have the US crisis into May 2024 with the Pluto return and the second solar eclipse over the US is likely to trigger something more dire and it may mean a temporary economic collapse so that the government can take more control. At the moment it may focus on Texas with the second total eclipse hitting there on April 8, and if Biden nationalizes their National Guard, there may be a revolt.

With trillions of dollars of debt, how do we get out of this mess? How else do you solve a crisis with trillions of dollars of debt and not become Zimbabwe? War? Pandemics? It seems that government is all about power and control and not helping the people. Will new leaders arise to save us from another bout of Marxism which never works?

Taurus is about finance and food and Jupiter in Taurus starting in late May will find creative solutions to banking and food problems, but it is in an enemy’s sign. This is not like 1932 and the Depression because we can create phony electronic money out of thin air but who will continue to finance US debt and our wars? Can the US bond market survive? We cannot help but think that the 35 trillion dollars in US debt will start causing problems by the spring with Jupiter in Taurus. We have a first peak for gold in July 2024 but gold and silver prices seem strong in 2025 and will take over dominance in our financial system.Trillions of dollars of debt creation around the world can only be managed by an economic reset and the CBDC Central Banker advocates know how to take control of you amid a crisis.

This is something being planned around the world and Europe is   much farther along in being ready to implement it. The good news is that the Central Banks can create money out of thin air and give you access to it electronically. The bad news is that they can control and watch how you spend that money. Have you been a good boy or girl this month and reduced carbon emissions or are you supporting the “correct” political party? Cash will be phased out and this is the end of freedom ifwe let it happen. I suspect we should keep buying those bags of silver quarters pre-1964. We do not think Bitcoin will save the world as it can easily be regulated out of      existence, and it should top in January 2024 with a secondary high. It is not easy to use or spend and the banks make a ton on fees if you get a credit.

Some of the Dasha cycles are strong into 2026 but when we look at the history of gold during the Depression, you have to wonder at one point when will the government step in.Saturn in Aquarius will be in direct motion until June 29 this year and will get to 25 degrees in the new constellation of Purva Bhadrapada (Aquarius 20-Pisces 3.20).

Saturn is fiercer during its retrograde motion on June 30-Nov.15 but still it beckons usto deal with humanitarian issues and support natural disasters with compassion and action.Still, the symbolic god of Purvabhadrapada (Aquarius 20-Cancer 3.20) is Aja Ekapada which is connected to austerity and  is symbolized by the deity standing on 1 foot and is a form of Lord Rudra /and Shiva. It suggests that if there are economic challenges,we will have to persevere with a stoic nature. It is good to become more self-sufficient and plant your gardens and get your energy sources from solar and wind power. So, if you have been putting it off, something to do this year. We do not want to get into survival fear mode, but the next year promises major changes, and being prepared is always a good thing.

Rahu is in Pisces until March 2025 and can create problems with floods and Tsunamis while Ketu in Virgo will increase earthquakes. Activity in Japan so far has been ominous and they seem vulnerable this year volcanic rumblings in Iceland are a reminder that nature and earth changes can happen and it is not necessarily from Global Warming. Any year this can happen, but one has a sense it will be amplified during the Year of  Krohdin. April 2024-March 2025.

We always have to look closely at the outer planets when we make Mundane astrological predictions.   Uranus moves into Taurus on June 1, 2024, and goes into Krittika Nakshatra (Aries 27-Taurus 10) on April 1, 2024.  It will be conjunct Jupiter on April 20th.  Usually, this is a good aspect for technology stocks and may mark the last high for Nasdaq for the year in late April.  Still, the stock market will correct until late Feb. once it peaks in early Feb.  Still, Uranus in Taurus is likely to disrupt the economic and banking system which is centered in Taurus and we can see that building up with trillions of dollars in world debt.   The trine from Pluto in Capricorn to Uranus in Taurus is not exact until August 2025 but its influence over 2024-25 will suggest strong economic and world restructuring. Jupiter in Taurus until June 14, 2025, will give the world’s economic structure some creative power and  Divine support.

Patterns on the stock market could take it to S & P 5215 or max 5400 and we have been watching the Mars conjunct Neptune point into April 29th which can create wild speculation and acceleration.

When we look at long-term stock market patterns, if the S & P gets to 5200-5400, it would complete a very large pattern off of the 1932 low and also pattern completions off of the 2009 low and the 2020 lows. That would usher in a multiple-year bear market which would first take the stock market to 2500 and eventually to 1000 on the S&P with a potential cycle low into 2028-2030 when Saturn is in Aries.

We do think oil will go back to 120/barrel and spike inflation into May 2024 so enjoy these cheap gas prices while you can.  Seasonally gas prices bottom by March and peak in May and June. Crude oil above 80.00 will signal a push to 100.00 and let the cat out of the bag and it will not want to come back the Houthis in the Red Sea seem to have all kinds of messy plans with Iran behind their back and China pouring 400 billion into Iran.


 In Vedic Astrology there are 60-year cycles known as Samvartas and so the Spring New Year chart from April 8, 2024, will usher in the Year of Khrodin.   We can compare 2024-5 with 1964-5 and 1904-5.  In 1964 we had the Gulf of Tonkin false flag to push the US into Viet Nam.  Given this background noise, the chance of a war involving Taiwan seems to be increasing into 2025. The US and the Military industrial complex care little about anything else and unfortunately with the history of Pluto returns (every 248 years and connected to the 1776 US Chart), nations go through a major peak in power and eventual decay due to overspending,  irresponsible wars, and corruption.  We have seen this with the longer civilizations like Rome and the UK which declined after their Pluto returns.  Juliana Swanson gave an excellent talk on this at Joni Patry’s conference in Dallas in 2023. No, the world will not end in 2024 and the US will not be destroyed but the levels of change and transformation for our country may be as significant as 1776 when the US revolution and Pluto at 7 degrees Capricorn began our great country.  Can we rise and transform and keep our values or devolve?   The US Rahu period which goes until 2033 suggests continued problems with immigration and economic transformations as was the case between 1895-1913.    I have written about all of this in past articles and my almanacs 2018-20.

When we put together our gold and silver forecasts our energy forecast our interest rate forecasts and a bear market for stocks, it’s not hard to predict the end of the golden years. If we manage a final push-up in the first quarter of 2024, it looks downhill until 2028-30 with Saturn going into Aries in June 2027. The Pluto return to the US natal Pluto in 2024 should provide a signature for the peak of the US in the world and its demise, like that of other empires like Rome and the British Empire will be due to endless wars, overspending, and corruption.  The US Rahu period which continues into 2033 is marked by immigration problems, corruption, and wild swings in the markets and for those of you who are thinking the golden years are coming, you had better check with your investment banker.


Tech stocks are showing signs of exhaustion at publication with both good and bad earnings. Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, and Google have also issued early sell signals on the daily chart. While they may not be done until late April with the Mars/Neptune conjunction and Jupiter/Uranus aspects, they are due for a correction and a rest after a huge run-up.  NQ 100 futures could get to 17990 or  18176 short-term.   Still, at some point, they will run them up beyond control into late April to 18800 on NQ 100 cash.

TESLA put in a top until late in 2023 and has been falling since and may hit 160.00 before it bounces.  In our minds, it is toast as the reality of EVs shoved down our throats has shown up in winter stalls, limited battery charges, and shorter driving ranges and hours of recharges.  If you are lucky to have one and charge in your garage, not sure your electric bill is happy.  The reality of EVs being shoved down our throats and the congame involved is clearer. Yes, they are wonderful and help the environment but gas or coal may still need to be burned to allow your plug-in.  Waiting for the Solar panel adaptor version?



Gold is ready to take off at publication into Feb. 8th and Feb. 14th and maybe a week later.  Maybe we will only see 2120 into the Feb high. We had hopes for seeing 2250-2300 in January but that could be the May high. Gold has to hold above 2025 on the April futures contract to stay in a friendly mode.

Larger cycle highs for gold are due into the May 2024 inflationary high cycles.  Given the state of the world’s debt, gold will continue to do well so buy those gold necklaces for when your cash will be worth less.

You can play gold with ETFs like GLD and GDX (Gold Miners) and we cover them in our newsletter and watch entries into December. GDX has been disappointing and maybe a buy again if we see 26.00.

We have a gold cycle higher into 2024 and 2025 for now. Gold could accelerate in a crisis to 2500  into the year 2025 and projects 2700. Stay on top of our daily forecasts with Fortucast.com newsletters.


Cryptos collapsed after the  ETF approval by the CFTC.  Still, we like the long-term but they are not done with their pullback. We have not completed an entry low yet.

EVENTUALLY:   Daily charts project 56610 but not sure when that will manifest.

Fund managers are projecting 200,000k Bitcoin on the news into next year but we have seen these wild assertions before.  Still, our larger cycles are friendly into 2026.  We have to think long-term and it seems like 37000 will hold on dips.

WEEKLY CHART: Some patterns suggest an upward explosion to 92200 could happen later in the year.  A retest of the Nov. low near 35000 is the worst-case scenario after congestion in early winter.  Larger cycles into 2026 support.

Earlier last week we reported that the primary reason why bitcoin has been sliding ever since the arrival of bitcoin ETFs on Jan 10 – an event that had been lauded as very bullish for the crypto space but instead promptly sparked a bear market…

… has been the relentless liquidation of residual bitcoins by the bankrupt FTX estate which has been aggressively building up cash – and selling bitcoin into every market melt-up – to maximize recoveries for stakeholders.

We think long term they will be vulnerable still as the SEC tries to regulate cryptos out of existence as indicated by the SEC filings against COIN and other players. Still, Bitcoin is in a Jupiter/Rahu period from August 2023 into 2026 using the correct dasha of (AdhanaVimshottari Dasha) and it is likely to weather the storm for a bit.

Remember to work with your broker. Trading and investing have to be done both technically and astrology can help but should not be the only factor in making a decision. You have to buy low and sell high.



As always, this is my snapshot thought for Jan. 31,  2024. New information comes in daily. If you are a trader or investor, consider my Fortucast newsletters which are published daily at www.commoditytimers.com. A trial subscription is 97.00/month. If you want to learn financial astrology visit my website at www.appliedvedicastrology.com and click on the Financial Astrology link.

ABOUT BARRY ROSEN: Barry Rosen has been teaching classes in Investment Astrology since 1990 and began teaching the other aspects of Vedic astrology specialized courses online in 2017, including Dashas, Transits, Personal Finance, Health, Longevity, and Death, Nakshatras, The Spiritual Dimensions of Vedic Astrology, Secrets of the Houses, Relationships and many more. In his consultations, he focuses more on the emotional and mental patterns in the chart and their impact on consciousness which can create waves of illusion blocking you. A good consultation should help you witness the play of karma so that you are not gripped by it; you can transcend it and realize your Divinity, becoming the commander of the planets and not the victim. Barry Rosen also operates a blog on Facebook under Barry Rosen and Astro-Yoga and his professional astrological website is www.appliedvedicastrology.com. He can be reached at support@appliedvedicastrology.com.






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