Factors influencing the World Stock Markets
(Later note for clarification: This page was first posted in 2001)
The world stock and financial markets react very noticeably to the configurations of the Sun with the large, outer planets, especially Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. One merely has to correlate these aspects for a few years, using an ephemeris, with a major index such as the Dow, to realise that this statement is true. Although Saturn/Uranus aspects show rough periods of the greatest fluctuations, I have found that, in particular, the diurnal aspects between the Sun and Jupiter are the best short-term indicators.
The markets generally experience growth leading into the trines, sextiles and conjunctions, and depress or even crash on the opposites (and occasionally the squares). I kept meticulous records of newspaper clippings of the world stock market movements during these "Sun/Jupiter" aspect dates between 1996 and 2001, and in almost every instance there was a noticeable general movement that was unmistakably caused by their interaction.
Download charts of the Dow for the past 20 years from the Internet (e.g. Dow 97-99 and Dow 89-99) and focus especially on the dates when there were sudden reversals. Note the expansion that occurs leading into the benevolent Sun/Jupiter aspect. Especially pay attention to the aspects the Sun makes to Saturn, Uranus and Neptune (and sometimes Pluto) immediately FOLLOWING the Sun/Jupiter aspect. If these are generally adverse, note how the Dow immediately depresses after these dates. If generally benefic, note how the expansion is sustained in the weeks following the Sun/Jupiter sextiles, trines and conjunctions.
Please note that this correspondence is normally noticeable if you are simply aware of the date of the opposition, square or of the beneficial aspects. It also seems to show up more clearly if you look at graphs of the 30-day moving averages of the various bourse indexes. I have also found that this technique holds a lot of merit when studying the Foreign Exchange markets. The Dollar price versus other currencies tends to follow the Dow Jones index. However, there is usually a lag or delayed reaction of about a week to a month or so. I think this has been noticed by many analysts before.
Overriding factors tend to follow that of traditional astrology. Several crashes have occurred when Jupiter opposes the Sun. The year in question is usually a 'jittery' year, as determined by Chinese astrology. These are mainly the years of the Cat, Rabbit and Rooster. In addition, the vacillating month of Libra (October) often adds to a bad configuration. The worst reactions occur in negative magnetic-pole (Yang) years, which are the odd years, for example, 1933, 1969, 1987, 1989, 2001, 2009...
For those who think the markets crashed in August, 1998, perhaps this was only the 'cream off the top'. The sharp drop in September 2001, sparked by the World Trade Tower attack would have made anyone following the Jupiter-Sun cycles a small fortune had they shorted the markets. The Sun sextiled Jupiter on the 2nd of September. The next aspects the Sun made were a square to Pluto on the 5th, a square to Saturn on the 7th and an inconjunct to Uranus on the 14th. As previously mentioned, the aspects made by the Sun following a Sun-Jupiter aspect usually determine the direction the markets take thereafter. In this case, they were all bad, and it would have been wise to have sold stocks near the Sun-Jupiter sextile and purchased put options to make money as it dropped during September.
It is interesting to note that the Saturn-Pluto opposition (in 'Air' and 'Fire' signs) around this time fell on the American Ascendant/Descendant line. On the day of the attack, Jupiter joined this configuration by inconjuncting Pluto. Neptune had moved exactly onto the American South Node, a very evil aspect, as it turned out to be. Alan Meece (in 'Horoscope for the New Millennium' - first printed in 1996) accurately described the events of this time. '... Conflicts such as those in Iran or the Balkans will probably come to a head in 2001. Continuing ethnic strife in Europe seems likely. .. but then comes the combative Saturn-Pluto opposition in the summer of 2001. Uncle Sam will be feeling righteous again in a big way, eager to show other nations the truth. Religious issues and trade embargoes will be involved. .. Turning points in the confrontations come near November 2 and December 22, 2001. (In hindsight: this was the day the Taliban surrendered).
Looking ahead, one of the next down periods could possibly be around August, 2009. Here are the reasons, in order of importance. 1. Saturn within orb of opposing Uranus. 2. Lunar node in Aquarius (nadir of the down cycle - Louise McWhirter's theory). 3. Sun opposing Jupiter and Neptune. 4. Mars squaring Uranus.
Please note: Although you can almost certainly expect the markets to deflate around this period, it is likely that the stock markets will generally not be a good place to be later on in this decade, as the Lunar node moves towards its nadir in Aquarius. However, by knowing when your own transits (and progressions) are good, you can still make money in any market, by going short or long. It is well known that you can often make money a lot faster in a falling market if you purchase put options or bonds at the correct time. You can get a very good indication of these times by following the basic rules discussed on this page. Summarised, they are:-
1. Purchase stocks (or the Dollar - note it lags behind the Dow) as the Sun starts moving within a 10-degree orb of a beneficial Sun-Jupiter aspect (trine, sextile or conjunction).
2. Sell around the date of the good aspect if the outer-planet aspects (to the Sun) following the beneficial Sun-Jupiter aspect are predominantly bad. If they are mostly good, hold on to your shares until roughly the date of the next Sun-Jupiter square or opposion.
3. Sell the markets short leading into the dates of the Sun-Jupiter squares and oppositions. They usually depress around these dates, sometimes dropping on the exact or next day.
4. A good rule-of-thumb is to expect a reversal of some degree on most Sun-Jupiter aspects.
5. Follow your progressions and transits to confirm that you are making your move at a beneficial time. If you don't have the time or interest to do this, use the Lucky Days program to time your actions. (download)
Knowing when you are generally well-or-badly aspected alone gives you an excellent advantage, especially when used in conjunction with a good analytical or charting method. My recent work has involved checking Elliot wave graphs and major index movements against the backdrop of general inter-planetary aspects. There are often fairly close and convincing correlations regarding anticipated direction and timing.
In the process I've become a believer and follower of Elliot Wave theory and think that it could prove to be an excellent aid to the following of general planetary influences on the general public sentiment at any given time. As we know, it is not rationality, but general sentiment that moves the markets. When the Sun and Jupiter form a good aspect in the sky, millions more people are receiving the simultaneous, double-good aspects to planets in their birth charts. It has to be, more often than not, that general public sentiment will rise at this time.
If you plot the major market indexes against the Sun-Jupiter aspects for the past decade or more, will see how they generally correlate.
(Later note: The following updates were added 6 years later in 2007)
2007 example of how the Sun-Jupiter aspects affect the Dow.
The 10 degrees (days) before the exact aspect are shown in color.
Global Market Selloff beginning a few days ago. Recently the traffic to this particular page has surged to several thousand visitors a week. Here's hoping that some of you made some good money shorting the indexes this past week! (see the "square dates" below)
Update November 1, 2007:
Well, glad to see that the markets did not crash this October as some thought it might! On the contrary, the markets were good world-wide. If you have a look at the good dates below (Trines etc) you will see how well the concept worked. The aspects made by the Sun to the outer planets after the Sun-Jupiter sextile of 8 October were mostly favorable, indicating a buying opportunity from the end of August, 2007 until possibly around the date of the Sun and Jupiter conjunction on December 23, 2007.
Take note that the Pluto moves into Capricorn at the end of January, 2008, which will bring pressure on corporations and governments and will probably be the start of a recession in the US and other countries. Investors should be very cautious, many astrologers agree that we are in for a hard landing.
Update January 2, 2008:
Right on cue, the markets started dropping in the new year, after the Sun-Jupiter conjunction a week ago. This is actually getting quite boring. I just want to talk about why I don't think that the markets will crash this year, around Monday, October 6, 2008, even though quite a few of the planetary conditions that cause crashes will be in effect at that time. Primarily, Saturn will be forming its opposition with Uranus: hard Uranus-Saturn aspects have definitely caused crashes and slumps in the past. The Sun will be square to Jupiter. Mercury will be turning retrograde on September 24th. But the reason I don't think it will crash that week is because of the benevolent aspects both Venus and Jupiter will be making to each other and the Sun and Saturn at the same time. This indicates that it is likely that there will be a big scare in the global stock markets around the first week of October, 2008, but that governments (Saturn/Jupiter) will inject massive amounts of money into the markets that will buoy them up for a while longer. Also, it is an even year. I think they will drop about 10 percent, then recover again in preparation for the double-crashes of 2009 and 2011.
(In hindsight: The markets dropped around 10 percent in the week leading up to October 6, 2008, the recorded date of the 'crash' - Proof of prediction) A couple of scientists told me this was a 'lucky guess' :)
For those who think they can bottom-fish and pile back into the markets after the crash (like they did in mid-1988), please consider the possibility of a double-crash extending over the next few years, namely 2009 and again in 2011. Pension-fund managers, please be careful. The skies are turning black.
Update October 11, 2008:
I've been getting loads of emails from people who have lost half their money and are looking for some direction as to what they might consider doing.
I think it will rise in November for the next sextile, in fact, it could boom until mid next year, so I don't think you should accept defeat now and lock in your losses..... unless you want to take an early gamble on gold, which I think is very undervalued at the moment in the light of the truly horrible T-square that is coming up in 2010 when I expect gold to be at least $2000-$3000 an ounce. The same planets were involved in a T-square similar to the one coming up at the start of World War 2. The only real difference is that it looks as if it will last slightly shorter than that period, this time possibly lasting about 4-5 years.
Saturn and Uranus will be in fortunate positions from about 2014-2017, especially 2016, which historically has indicated several boom periods, but looking ahead, I think that the first signs of recovery could start in about 2012, with maybe a few relatively small dips to go through before the next big rise in the global markets. (Later note - June 2015: Purchasing stocks in early 2012 was the perfect time to catch the full upswing. Analysts are now predicting an imminent crash in the markets, a '4000 point drop'. I think their warning is way too early because Saturn and Uranus will be forming a trine aspect in 2016, peaking at the end of 2016. In the past fortunate aspects between these two planets have indicated boom periods. So once again, as in early 2008, following these aspects gives an opinion contrarian to general sentiment. In early 2008, 85% of analysts worldwide were giving buy recommendations)
Update October 13, 2008:
I spent some time these past few days thinking about what has happened under the current aspects, and am aware that many people might need some direction right now, other than the usual "if this happens, then do that, otherwise we will just have to wait and see" approach.
Exceptional times need exceptional measures. We have seen some classic examples of Saturn (governments, the status quo, fear, lack of confidence) in conflict with Uranus (sudden, unexpected and acerbic breakdowns, breakups) these past few weeks. The opposition of these two planets also had its expected effects on the world stock markets.
Many of you have lost a lot of money during this short period and are probably looking closely at the markets to try and cash in on the upswing when it occurs. I have decided that even though I am terrified myself in giving you a prediction that will cost you more money, this website deals primarily with gambling and that is what I will try and focus on right now.
These past few weeks, Mercury in its retrograde motion caused its usual havoc on discussions, communications, service delivery and transport. Mercury turns direct again on Wednesday, October 15. This will help tremendously in clearing the air in all the confusion surrounding these areas at this time. It is very likely that the G7 financial bailout agreement will work this time and in the short to medium term, the markets will react very favorably to this news, even though we are still under the unfluence of the two giant planets in opposition.
Therefore, this looks like an excellent time to start purchasing equities and the all-share stock indexes. The extent of a gamble you would like to take is up to you, but a good approach might be to put half of your available funds into the markets at this time, and the other half at the end of the month if things look like they are blasting off solidly.
From November onwards, the skies look fairly clear until mid-January 2009, when once again Saturn and Uranus come into conflict on the retrograde opposition. Note that this opposition has three passes, the 1987 crash only had the one, hence the next year could be so much more volatile. On January 12, 2009, Mercury turns retrograde again, bringing its usual confusion to all kinds of communications. This is another possible time for chaos and breakdowns to occur, but because it is the retrograde pass, the outcome might be quite different. Jupiter conjoins the Sun around January 23rd. Often this has a lifting effect on the markets, but after following these aspects for a long time now I can report that this is the aspect that can cause this Sun-Jupiter theory to fail. It appears that this conjuction can go both ways, so please bear this in mind if you are following these aspects.
This potentially disruptive time lasts at least until the beginning of February when Mercury turns direct again. February 2009 might be another window of opportunity for investors looking for an upturn.
Update February 6, 2009:
As mentioned above, the markets rose approximately 20 percent worldwide from November last year until mid-January. From January 12, the exact day Mercury turned retrograde again, the world markets began to drop. The FTSE, for example, dropped for 13 straight sessions out of 14.
Update March 16, 2009:
This past week global markets have risen and investors are regaining confidence in the "rally in a bear market". Conditions look good for investing until early May 2009, when the Sun and Jupiter will form the next square aspect (see the "Square dates" below).
Update April 28, 2009:
On the page written in December 2006 on the left menu, Predictions for 2007-2008, I mentioned the possibility of a pandemic ocurring towards 2009/2010 that could be caused by Uranus in its current position. I thought it would be avian flu, but it has turned out to be swine flu with some avian mutations. Being viruses, both are ruled by the planet Uranus. People who do not understand planetary rulerships must think I'm crazy, but that is how it works. Believe it or not, every possible thing under the sun is ruled by a planet, including viruses. It is interesting to note that as the Sun and Jupiter begin to square up, news has flooded across the world regarding the possibility of a swine flu pandemic. So, that appears to be the trigger for the global markets to plunge next week. If you are interested reading more about how I came to the conclusion that the planet Uranus is the likely ruler of viruses, please click here.
Final Update July 23, 2009:
Over the past few weeks, stock markets have boomed worldwide. There is a general feeling of optimism and investors are piling back into equities. Daily we are hearing stories of "green shoots", the bottom having been reached and that the recession is over. Exactly thirteen years ago I predicted and published a crash for next month. How do I feel now?
The markets came very close to crashing on the first Saturn-Uranus opposition ten months ago. They dropped again noticeably on the second pass in mid-January. In three weeks time, Saturn will once again move to within five degrees of opposing Uranus and be closing in. I do not think it is possible for the markets to break the pattern and withstand the effects. Elliott wave theorists have already noticed the massive head-and-shoulders pattern that has formed in the indices. I still think all mayhem is going to break loose towards the end of August. There will likely be violent uprisings and attacks flaring up around the world. Weak structures of all forms, physical and institutional, are going to once again be tested and collapse. I still think the global markets will crash severely. My only reservation is that it might happen a week or so after August 14, but very likely begin by the time Mercury turns retrograde on September 7, 2009. Let's just watch with interest.
Update: Note how the Chinese markets dropped 20% in August 2009 when the Sun opposed Jupiter.To sum up, in 1996 I predicted and distributed a document to local traders (Richard Cluver, Magnus Heystek, Bruce Cameron etc) that the markets would not be a good place to be in at the end of the 2000 decade, which proved to be true. In mitigation, although the crash date was out by ten months, the prediction was still over 93% accurate for a period of thirteen years ahead. In all fairness, perhaps pumping over a trillion dollars into the US economy alone changed things a little.
I am consoled that my prediction for the discovery of extra-terrestrial life, made unofficially in 2001 but archived on the net from 2005 onwards was accurate to within a few days. (Proof)
What I've learned from this: The interaction of Saturn and Uranus, in particular, play a major role in affecting global equity conditions. Although I predicted a 10% drop when they first opposed in October 2008 (which was accompanied by the Sun squaring Jupiter in this case), I underestimated it by focusing too much on the second hit when they opposed in 2009 by looking too closely at the other planetary aspects at the time.
This page will no longer be updated. I still, however, have seen enough to believe that the planets do generally affect the markets and hope that the dates below can be of some use to you when making your decisions regarding timing and possible turning points in the future.
Try following the effects of the Sun/Jupiter opposition each year.
There is usually a remarkably visible effect on all of the major world stock markets.
P.S. I wrote a program that correlates the Sun-Jupiter aspects with the Dow Jones Industrial Index from 1920 to 2011. It's just a simple program that shows the bias they seem to have on the market. You can view a summary of the output here or download the program from here.
It appears that there was only a 1% chance of this outcome occurring randomly.
Comment - April 2016
For interest, some people have asked me my view on the 2016 situation or when I think the markets will next crash. Youtube has dozens of 2016 crash warnings made by leading analysts around the world. My opinion hasn't changed since my previous remarks on this (see comment below the red text above). Saturn and Uranus are well aspected this year, and historically this has indicated periods of global market rises and booms. That is all I have to go on, even though it has included me as one of the 5% contrarians who believe that this is a good year. Just watch and see if this rule holds out against what obviously is a major economic bubble worldwide. Look at the Sun-Jupiter dates if you want to see possible dates of a crash. And finally, something that might be interesting to follow is the current concern relating to the threat of a nuclear attack somewhere. Around January 12, 2020, Saturn and Pluto will be conjunct. Watch that date (the 911 attack occurred when they were in opposition). This is generally a war position, and as you can infer, Pluto rules plutonium.