Why Would Financial Astrology Work? 7

How Could Financial Astrology Work?

You might be wondering why the movement of the planets in our solar system would have any impact on the stock market.  After all, aren’t the planets far away from us and generally not visible without an experienced eye and/or a telescope?

Several possible explanations have been postulated to explain the cause and effect relationship between planetary interactions and life here on Earth (i.e., “as above, so below”), but ultimately additional research is needed to scientifically prove how these interactions work.  See below for some possible explanations.

Impact of Planetary Movement on the Level of Solar Output

One explanation is that the movement of the planets can cause changes in the level of solar output.  The resulting fluctuations in electromagnetic waves being sent to the Earth from the Sun can affect human psychology and therefore investors’ actions in the financial markets.  For example, the Federal Reserve bank of Atlanta released a white paper called “Playing the Field: Geomagnetic Storms and International Stock Markets,” which “documents the impact of geomagnetic storms (GMS) on world and country-specific stock market returns.”  In this paper the Fed concluded, “The world and country-specific stock returns appear to be negatively affected by geomagnetic storms during their recovery phase. This effect is statistically and economically significant, and seems to generate some trading gains.

Endocrine System and Acid-Alkaline Balance

In Stock Market Prediction, Donald Bradley stated, “It is believed by some that astrological influences play directly on the endocrine system of the body…This is a rational theory, for science is certain that human behavior is closely allied to the endocrine glands.”  Bradley also mentioned that “others advance the proposition that the acid-alkaline balance in the blood varies, so that the temperament is correlated with this continuous variation.  Known medically as the “pH curve,” a graph of the relative degrees of acidity and alkalinity in the bloodstream of a patient appears to show also the patient’s changing moods.”

Harvard Business Review Cites Lunar Trading
“It is worth noting an article by Lisa Burrell in the Harvard Business Review of November 2006 that cites research by Ilia D. Dichev and Troy D. Janes into stock prices during the 28.5 lunar cycle.  The article says the cycle may have an application in predicting stock prices.  This is not at all surprising, given the fact that the markets are fueled by the energy of market participants.  Changes in people’s moods and behavior around moon cycles have been well documented throughout the years, and these can also be found in the changes of price behavior in the markets.”
The Ancients’ Use of Astrology
Astrology has played a prominent role in human history for thousands of years.  Author Frank C. Higgins wrote that “during the multitude of centuries in the course of which astrology was thought to play the strongest part in human affairs, every circumstance affecting the welfare of humanity was deemed to have its rise in one or another of the planets, or perhaps in a lucky or evil combination of several.”

Prominent Proponents of Financial Astrology

Many people know about Nancy Reagan consulting an astrologer before allowing her husband (Ronald Reagan) to schedule important presidential meetings, but there are other prominent individuals who have come out in support of astrology and financial astrology.  For example, in the forward to Kathleen Johnson’s latest book, former U.S. Treasury Secretary William Simon wrote, “The use of astrology as an investment aid might seem to the cynical contemporary Westerner a mild form of lunacy and I must admit that this was my reaction…but, as I have come to know Kathleen Johnson better and to understand a bit more about the broader applications of astrological influences, I have come to view this as a fascinating perspective from which to survey one’s personal strengths and weaknesses in the area of finance and to anticipate trends in the world marketplace.”  J.P. Morgan himself is widely quoted as having said “Millionaires don’t use Astrology, billionaires do.”

Knowledge of the Underlying Cause

In the introduction to his book “Astrological Warnings & the Stock Market,” Thomas Reider made an analogy to a 14th century fisherman.  This fisherman could only navigate a narrow in the open water at high tide, which occurs when the moon is at its highest elevation in the sky.  The sailor’s lack of knowledge that high tide took place because of gravitational attraction did not prevent him from taking advantage of this knowledge of planetary interaction as he navigated the waters.

In his book “Solar and Lunar Returns,” Donald Bradley wrote, “We have to admit…that astrology…is still in its infancy…We do know that planetary influences are a reality.  The exact how and wherefore does not greatly bother us at the moment, and rightly so.  This old world of ours would have been rather dark for countless eons if the gods had awaited man’s discovery of photons before allowing us sunshine and starlight or even flint…some day we will find out just how planetary…influences are possible, but these are riddles the solutions to which we bequest to future generations of inquirers.”


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7 thoughts on “Why Would Financial Astrology Work?

  • Shenell

    Hi Matt
    I am newbie to all of this so bare with me. I watched the videos can you tell me how the power is calculated? Eg 31/100 declination 100/ 100 long terms 61/100 etc. Also is it possible for one to assume that the higher the power to one hundred the more likely the trade will go in the direction that is predicted and in addition the market will move more than often on or closer to the predicted dates?

    • Bradley Siderograph

      Hi Shenell,

      The Turn Date power is calculated based on the extent to which the indicator value is the highest or lowest value for a certain number of days.

      For example, the Bradley Siderograph indicator increases and decreases over time. At some points the indicator value is at a relatively low point, and at some point the indicator is at a relatively high point. For example, at a relatively low point the indicator value is below that of the days leading up to and after the low point.

      The Turn Date Power formula looks back and forth and counts the number of days for which the low point is the lowest point. If a low point in the indicator is the lowest value for the year, it will receive a higher Power than if it is only the lowest value for the month and there happens to be another point that is lower either in the month prior or the month subsequent to the low point.

      Then there is a scaling mechanism to bring the Power down to a 0-100 scale to make it “cleaner” and easier to understand.

      The dates with a higher Turn Date Power are dates where the Turn Date value is the highest value for a longer period of time (e.g., a Turn Date with a Power of 100/100 might be the highest value in the indicator for the entire year). In contrast, a Turn Date with a lower Power (e.g., a power of 50/100) might only be the highest value for a six month period of time.

      Historically all Turn Dates were considered to be equal in their strength. However, I noticed that it appeared to be somewhat judgmental regarding when Turn Dates took place. I wanted to make the determination of Turn Dates more precise, so I developed the Bradley Bars Turn Date Power calculation.

      Although there are plenty of people who still view all Turn Dates as being the same in strength, personally I place a greater weight on Turn Dates with a higher Power as they represent a more “significant” high or low (i.e., these dates are the highest or lowest points in the indicator over a relatively long period of time).

      I hope that helped.


  • Frank Leitner

    Matt…..thanks so much for your incredible answer on “clusters of square aspects between major Bradley planets”. You read and answered my question perfectly.

  • Frank Leitner

    There were 7 waxing Uranus-Pluto square aspects 2012-2015. There have been 3 Jupiter-Saturn square aspects from 8/15 to 5/16. There will be 2 Saturn-Neptune square aspects completed from 11/26/15 to 6/17/16……with 1 remaining on 9//10/16.
    Thus in 2 weeks, the world will have witnessed 12 negative square aspects (with 1 more to come in September) in a period of 4 years involving the 5 MAJOR Bradley planets.
    Is it possible that these 12 or 13 negative aspects of such powerful planetary pairs should be viewed CUMULATIVELY and thus portending a major crackup?
    Has there ever been this many squares involving the 5 MAJOR Bradley planets in a span of 4 years?

  • pimaCanyon

    You have a typo: You write: “…the 28.5 cycle between a new moon and a full moon”. The 28.5 day cycle is between new moon and next new moon (or between full and next full), not between new and full.