Financial Astrology, which is also known as Stock Market Astrology, is the study of how the Sun, Moon, and planets affect human emotion, which is reflected in the world financial markets (i.e., leveraging the concept of “as above, so below”). Humans often like to think of themselves as logical creatures, but they frequently find themselves being driven by “animal spirits,” as described by John Maynard Keynes.
Astrology’s roots date back several thousand years to the Babalonian civilization. The field of Financial Astrology has been around since 1543 when Christopher Kurz of Antwerp applied astrological dynamics to perform business forecasting. In recent times, one of the pioneers in this field was H.L Moore, who theorized that the 8 year cycle in crop years that he discovered could be explained by the 8 year cycle between the Sun, Venus, and the Earth. In 1932, James Mars Langham in the U.S. released his book “Planetary Effects on Stock Market Prices,” and shortly thereafter Gustave Lambert-Brahy in France released a book called “Market Flucuations and Cosmic Influences. Subsequently Luther Jensen wrote “Astro-Economics,” and these works were followed by books from David Williams, Sepharial (Walter Gorn Old), and others.
Although the field of Financial Astrology is not as mainstream and Fundamental Analysis or Technical Analysis, there are a number of reasons why it makes sense that it could work.
Popular Financial Astrology Techniques
Some elements that financial astrologers often consider in their analysis include the following:
- Planetary Aspects — One of the most popular methods is to use planetary aspects, which take into account the difference in the longitudes between planets. The most popular planetary aspects are the conjunction (0 degrees), sextile (60 degrees), Square (90 degrees), trine (120 degrees), and opposition (i.e., 180 degrees). Other aspects are thought to have less of an impact, such as the semi-sextile (30 degrees), semi-square (45 degrees), sesquiquadrate (135 degrees), and quincunx (150 degrees).
- Geocentric vs. Heliocentric Perspective – “Geocentric” planetary aspects are aspects as viewed from the Earth, and “Heliocentric” aspects are those viewed from the perspective of the Sun.
- Declinations — Another popular methodology involves leveraging the declinations of planets and the moon. It is especially popular to look at minimum, maximum, and zero declination points.
- Parallel and Contra-Parallel Declinations — A Parallel of declination takes place when two planets have the same declination (e.g., positive 3 degrees). A Contra-Parallel declination takes place when two planets’ declinations are the same in degree terms but one is positive and the other is negative (e.g., one planet has a declination of positive three while the other has a declination of negative three). A Parallel can have an effect that is similar to a conjunction, whereas a Contra-Parallel can have an effect that is similar to an opposition.
- Signs — One element to consider is the arrangement of planets among the 12 zodiac signs. Some planets are deemed to be “stronger” if they are the “Ruler” of a sign or if they are in “Exaltation” in a sign. Alternatively, planets are deemed to have less strength if they are in their “Fall” or “Detriment” in a particular sign. For example, Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius, it is in exaltation at 5 degrees of Cancer, it is in its fall at 5 degrees of Capricorn, and it is in its detriment in the sign of Taurus.
- Planetary Rulers of Commodities — This takes into account the planet that is thought to have the most influence over a particular commodity (e.g., Saturn is thought to be the ruler of lead).
- Eclipses — This includes both lunar eclipses and solar eclipses. Some see eclipses as foreshadowing events that will take place in the future.
- Apogee and Perigee — Apogee takes place when a planet is at its farthest point away from the earth, and perigee is when the planet is at its closest point in relation to the earth.
- Planetary Speed — This is the speed at which planets are moving. Some planets, such as Mercury, move very fast, whereas other planets, such as Neptune, move at a slower pace.
- Retrograde and Direct — A planet is “Retrograde” when, from the perspective of the Earth, it is moving backwards. A “Direct” station occurs when the planet appears to stop moving backward and starts moving forward again.
- Ingresses, Regresses, and Egresses — This involves noting when planetary bodies move in and out of an astrological sign by entering into the sign in a Direct manner, moving out of in a Retrograde manner, or moving out of the sign in a Direct manner. For example, if the planet Mercury moves from the sign of Aries into the sign of Taurus, it is considered an egress out of the sign of Aries and an ingress into the sign of Taurus. If Mercury moves out of the sign of Taurus in a retrograde manner (i.e., backwards from the perspective of the Earth) and returns to the sign of Aries, then it would be a regress.
- Bullishness or Bearishness of Astrological Signs – This involves taking into consideration the signs in which planets are located to determine bullish and bearish trends (e.g., Taurus is thought to be Bullish, Gemini bearish, and Virgo neither bullish nor bearish).
- Combust – Planets are considered to be “combust” when they are very close to the sun (i.e., within a few degrees). Being combust is thought to result in the planet having less impact than normal.
- Rise of Planets Relative to the Sun — This involves taking into consideration whether a planet rises just before or just after the sun (e.g., Mercury rising before the Sun is considered “Mercury Prometheus” whereas Mercury rising after the Sun is considered “Mercury Epimetheus”).
- Synodic Cycles — This involves assessing the cyclical impact associated with the time period between planetary alignments (e.g., Jupiter and Saturn take approximately 19.9 years between conjunctions). This planetary pair in particular are one of the more popular synodic periods to consider.
- Latitude — A planet is considered to be increasing in strength if its latitude is increasing (i.e., moving north) and weakening of the planet’s latitude is decreasing (i.e., moving south).
- Lunar Phases — The lunar phases, and especially the full moon and new moon
- Mid-Heaven and Ascendant – This Ascendant technique takes into account when planets, the moon, etc., are at the horizon ready to rise (i.e., where the Sun rises at sunrise). The Mid-Heaven technique takes into account when the planet, moon, etc. is directly above (i.e., where the sun is located around noon).
- North Node — Some take into account the north node of the moon, which is a theoretical point in space.
- Natal Dates — Some financial astrologers cast horoscopes for the “birthday” of a corporation (e.g., when the company was incorporated) to obtain a sense for what significant events could take place in the company’s future.
Leading Experts in the Field
Donald Bradley’s work is among of the best in the field, but there are many others that are worth mentioning. Some of the field’s leading thinkers include W.D. Gann, Arch Crawford, Larry Pesavento, and Ray Merriman. Some books on the topic, such as those from Khit Wong and Dr. Alexander Goulden‘s book “Secrets of the Chronocrators,” cost several thousand dollars each! Thankfully not all of the books are this expensive. See below for some of the leading thinkers in the field.
Donald Bradley (Garth Allen)
Hans Hannula (Al Larson)
Luther James Jensen
William Delbert Gann (W.D. Gann)
Sepharial (Walter Gorn Old)
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