Turning now to the NYSE chart, I wasn’t quite sure that the chart used here was the correct one until early 2018. Financial astrologers use a variety of horoscopes to track the markets, including one for the Dow Jones Industrial Averages, the Nasdaq, and various times for the Buttonwood Agreement on May 17, 1792. However, this gathering of traders just after our nation was getting started provides the foundation for the various market indices, and so becomes the dominant chart for tracking the stock market.
A time of 10:10 am puts 11º Leo on the Ascendant, a point which was hit by a Total Lunar Eclipse on January 31, 2018. The transiting Moon and Ceres were exactly conjunct at 11º Leo with the Sun at 11º Aquarius, with all three perfectly aligned with the NYSE Leo Ascendant. Until this eclipse, the Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P were consistently and steadily marching upward, and setting a record for new record highs along the way.
Two days after the Lunar Eclipse, the Dow fell 666 points, its worst decline in two years. Until that precipitous decline, the market moved only fractionally day after day, and generally up. Traders had been lulled into a sleepy stupor, thinking that the tiny daily moves were the new norm. The apparent trigger was Friday’s disappointing labor report.
But then the next trading day, Monday February 5, the Dow went into a freefall, plunging 1600 points before it recovered to a loss of 1175, but still the worst one-day loss in history. Something had clearly changed, but the news wasn’t particularly unusual or unsettling. The only explanation was the astrological shift in the NYSE, marked by the Lunar Eclipse which activated a confluence of other factors, including Vesta’s conditions.
Vesta in the NYSE chart is located at 4º Leo where it gains relevance and weight by squaring Venus at the Midheaven. Vesta is also in the same degree as the Part of Fortune, which is at 4º Cancer, so that any outer planet transit or progression at 4º influences “fortunes” which in turn relates to investments (Vesta). Vesta is also octile (45º) Mars, a combination that implies how trading action relates to investment strategies.
Among the stressful astro-events taking place on February 5 was transiting Uranus nearing the NYSE’s Midheaven and conjoining Saturn at 26º Aries. The Great Awakener would be in play over the next few months, which kept market timers guessing. The small daily moves had suddenly transitioned into huge daily moves, both up and down, creating the sense of extreme volatility that we associated with Uranus.
Other factors included transiting Pluto opposite the progressed Moon, and transiting Saturn opposite the Part of Fortune and quincunx Vesta. Transiting Mars at 4º Sagittarius was the trigger planet on Friday, activating all these heavy duty astro-events. Vesta by secondary progression was at 22º Scorpio and less than a degree from progressed Jupiter at 23º Scorpio. This extremely favorable combination promised a return to strong market conditions, which were well under way by June with a series of new record highs.
Looking back to this bull market’s beginning in March 2009, the NYSE chart again provides the red and green flags that indicate the key turning points in market trends. In mid-September 2008, the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the potential collapse of other huge banks “too big to fail” led to a series of market mini-crashes over the next few months, and finally a bottom on March 9, 2009. From that point onward, the stock markets began a steady climb into record territory and the second longest bull market in history.
Many astrologers have noted that Pluto’s entry into Capricorn around then corresponded to the global financial collapse. But in September, Pluto was still at 28º Sagittarius. And as it happens, the NYSE’s progressed Sun was also at 28º Sagittarius, and this is the unmistakable signal of the severe downturn. Of course, a single astro-event doesn’t cause such major changes. Another major red flag was transiting Uranus opposite Mars, a classic signature for increased volatility.
And when the market finally hit bottom on March 9, 2009, Vesta played a major role in signaling a return to better days. Transiting Uranus had finished opposing natal Mars and was entering into a sextile to natal Mercury. And now progressed Vesta at 18º Scorpio was applying to a gung-ho sextile to natal Mars at 18º Virgo. This aspect became exact over the following year as the market nearly doubled in value.