The August 2023 calendar is shaded for the following influences:
Green = bullish
Red = bearish
Lavender = volatile
Yellow = energy shift
As these colors suggest, the month ahead looks choppier for markets than what we’ve seen lately.
On Friday, July 28, there was another bank failure as the FDIC closed Kansas Heartland Tri-State Bank. I think markets will become more volatile as we get closer to retrograde Venus in Leo square Uranus in Taurus, which is exact on August 9 at 7:08 am. Venus rules money, currencies and banks while Uranus rules tech, AI and innovation like cryptos or robotics.
Somewhat surprised, I've noticed no real bearish trend yet due to the Nodes now in a challenging square angle to Pluto or Uranus at the 22° Taurus degree of collapse. However, on August 9 retrograde Venus square Uranus will exactly align and trigger that position. These sectors are most likely involved: banking, currencies, tech and/or cryptos.
I did a review of when the April 4, 2022 bear market began which directly coincides with the North Node stationed at 22° Taurus. It turns out Saturn was also at 22° Aquarius, exactly square to the Nodes, and that was a huge trigger. (See picture below.) As the planet of limitation and restriction, Saturn square to the nodes at any degree is considered a negative secondary factor for markets in general.
Apparently, a planetary trigger to the degree of collapse made things way worse - a real bear market! I’m adjusting my thesis that merely having a planet or point at 22° Taurus is not enough to cause a trend change. A trigger by another planet or point is needed. Just like with technical analysis, astrological forecasting is an art; not a guaranteed science.
On August 15 at 10:35 pm the Leo Sun will square Uranus at 23° Taurus. This is another date to watch carefully for a major test or change of trend to the downside. The NYSE natal Mercury (planet of trade, transactions, communications and commerce) happens to be at 23° Taurus. Potential or surprising market excitement/drama may occur near this date.
It's hard to predict what will develop with Uranus - except to know there will likely be wild swings up or down. Uranus and its affiliated zodiac sign Aquarius are always full of surprises and lean toward a rebel attitude, daring to be different.
In trying to understand what planetary alignment has influenced a bullish 2023 market, I’ve concluded that Neptune sextile Pluto has been driving the momentum. Astrologer Louise McWhirter in her book “McWhirter Theory of Stock Market Forecasting” explains how outer planet alignments have the power to sway major market trends.
Neptune represents our dreams, ideals, visions as well as deceptions and illusions. Pluto signifies power itself, plus control, transformation, death and rebirth. These two planets have been traveling within a 3° orb of a 60° sextile pattern since May 11. Their sextile continues until November 9. The sextile is an energy of beneficial and positive opportunity; hence, markets have overall seen fantastic rallies this year.
Currently enhancing momentum is an added transit of Venus (planet of money) making what’s called a “Yod” pattern to this Neptune-Pluto sextile. Since July 8, Venus has been aligned in a 150° quincunx angle to Neptune. On July 12, Venus aligned in a 150° quincunx angle to Pluto. For now, this “Finger of God” or “Finger of Fate” pattern lasts until August 5-7. (See picture of the July 29, 2023 Yod below.)
Since all three planets are now retrograde, this same Yod pattern repeats during the first week of October when Venus retraces quincunx viewpoints to Neptune and Pluto.
The Yod implies an underlying force beyond our grasp is at work. With Venus, Neptune and Pluto, our fate is intertwined with finances, values, imaginings, beliefs, supremacy and renovation. This is a subtle yet important time in the grand scheme of all things. Ironically, the U.S. finally had a congressional hearing about “UAPs” (aka “UFOs”) during this rare configuration of Venus-Neptune-Pluto conversing together in a Yod formation.
Btw, according to CNN, last Thursday the DJIA ended a 13-day winning streak for gains; the most consecutive days of positive momentum since 1987: https://www.cnn.com/2023/07/27/investing/dow-stock-market-news-today/index.html
Please note this 2023 fall season there are additional astrological similarities to October 1987. Be sure to subscribe to my newsletters as I’ll discuss this further in a future post.
Until next time, I wish you an awesome August!
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© 2023 Trudy Carol
November 2022 Author Highlighted Ephemeris from Astro.com
“BE TENDER IN NOVEMBER”
Extreme Scorpio vibes are intense as November trembles
aligned in between eclipses awaiting an axe to fall
We’re plodding on a solar and lunar season of change
Capricorn plans muddled wondering what comes next
While the Moon also wobbles, so go human emotions
Sunday: Mars retrograde in seeming reversal incites an altered course
Clever Gemini in action is infused to review, redo, retrace steps
A sense of slowness and Halloween join the scary week
Are we our own goblins? Have we found old skeletons?
What debts can we pay to allay fears or improve life?
Monday: rocky satellite of Earth enters rebel Aquarius
This energy tests our current state of affairs; Fed members meet
Looking back to losses past, lovely Venus sits alongside
blending in harmony with the South Node of Karma
eager to resolve former flaws of free money
Midweek: La Luna enters sweet, peace-loving Pisces
mostly a dreamy respite for an otherwise edgy 7 days
Friday: we’ll feel financial tensions from fixed signs
Memories from August 26 to 28 reappear like a flash back
though now the Sun triggers nodal release and remembrance
Currencies, cryptos under these cosmic rays show surprises galore
Hearken your soulful heart to my related blog post before
One might suspect all tech will retreat in hasty Uranian shock
Investors likely seek to avoid pain by taking leave of stock
With Jupiter back in Pisces, oil can instead lead and rally the flock
Stressful stillness under a mutable spell of Mars squaring Neptune
a pairing known to inspire illusion, confusion and nebulous fears
It’s wiser to be watchful during this tepid transition time
when a silent veil between worlds is thin and close at hand
We now almost touch what is needed to reach beyond
© 2022 Trudy Carol
October 2022 Author Highlighted Ephemeris from Astro.com
Many challenging transits suggest a volatile US bear market downturn with oil and energy issues exacerbated. My advice: take care and beware this month.
October 1 – 5: Mercury (blush) stations to turn direct (“D”) at 24° Virgo 5:07 a.m. Eastern Time. Mercury usually travels fast, about 1° per day. This station at 24° Virgo starts September 30. For one whole week Mercury, the ruler of commerce, trade, and communications, crawls to a snail’s pace. Markets may appear derailed and confused. Mercury is also in a 1° orb in opposition to Neptune (periwinkle) in Pisces, ruler of fog, confusion, and delusion. Neptune rules gas and oil. Opposition aspects are challenging and climactic. Expect drama and heavy trading in the oil and energy markets now.
October 2 – 12: Saturn (gray) is in partile (same degree) square to Uranus (sky blue). It’s the last *close to exact* meeting of this waning square transit. Remember, Saturn-Uranus cycles in hard alignment indicate big market nosedives. Saturn is our structure and foundations while Uranus stirs rebellion. Saturn while in revolutionary and innovative Aquarius has also restricted the technology sector. Uranus in money sign Taurus has incited financial upsets, particularly with cryptos. The square is a stressful orientation. Significant challenges to technology and crypto sectors are probable. Taurus is ruled by Venus, the planet of money, currencies, and banks. Pressures in banking, mortgage and real estate sectors are a concern.
October 7: the Sun (bright yellow) is now within 30° of the South Node, as indicated by its opposite True North Node (green). This additional transit implies by now we’ve reached or are about to reach another market top per Anthony of Boston’s theories in “The Mars Hypothesis”, suggesting a double whammy for a continuing rolling bear market.
October 8: Pluto (mulberry) turns direct (“D”) at 5:56 p.m. Eastern Time. Pluto rules power and energy. We can feel a shift at this time relating to those sectors, especially mining. Trading and investing in these areas may see a marked increase. Just before Pluto turns direct, a growing Moon in Aries (light lime green) conjoins Jupiter (fuchsia) highlighting oil and gas.
October 9: the Full Moon (light lime green) is exact at 16° Aries at 4:55 p.m. Full Moons shine a spotlight on situations. Since the Moon *kisses* Jupiter (fuchsia) yesterday, and Jupiter rules expansion along with oil and gas, this is one clue prices may increase or we’ll see some issues cropping up in this sector. Note: Aries, ruled by Mars, can also relate to war.
October 11 – 15: Mars (rosé red) in Gemini squares Neptune (periwinkle) in Pisces. It’s the first of three times these two speak in exact square during the coming months, as Mars will turn retrograde (“R”) on October 30. The second square occurs next month on November 19. Recall that Mars rules personal actions, assertion and aggression. It’s also the planet that rules war, machinery, and military. Neptune oversees our dreams and ideals yet can also be illusive, delusional, foggy and add confusion. This square planetary pairing is known to enhance fears, deceit, and disappointment. It’s a time when Russia’s war against Ukraine and issues about oil, gas and energy futures notably in Europe can see increased tension and further distress the markets. Gemini and Pisces are mutable signs so they’re flexible yet highly changeable. I expect extreme market volatility during this transit and entire month. When we apply a 3° orb of influence, this challenging alignment lasts throughout October. I believe these five days will be some of the most intense for 2022.
October 19 – 24: the Sun (bright yellow) conjoins (aka *kisses*) Venus (pink) within a 0 – 1° orb as they reach exact conjunction on Saturday, October 22 at 5:17 p.m. Eastern Time. Note: options expire on Friday, October 21. The Sun lights up what it touches; in this case Venus, planet of money and relationships. Therefore, money, financials, banking and perhaps politics all surge to the forefront. The test with this transit comes from Pluto (mulberry) which makes a square configuration to both planets on October 19 – 20. Control, power, and conflicts about monetary or other policies are possible. Egos are involved as the Sun represents self, ego, and heads of government. Expect an intense buildup of election campaigning that will be center stage in the news media. Imbalance and stress that can roil US markets are stirred. All this is a more optimistic outlook than what Putin might do now. Btw, he was born with Sun in Libra.
October 23: Saturn (gray) turns direct (“D”) at 12:07 a.m. Eastern Time, followed by Venus (pink) and the Sun (bright yellow) entering Scorpio. Weighty fiscal concerns may intensify as Saturn slowly moves forward after being retrograde. As the Sun and Venus move into in Scorpio, issues of power, control and toxicity about money and figureheads strengthen. Since Scorpio is ruled by Pluto, trades in energy, metals and mining sectors may see a favorable bump.
October 25: Solar Eclipse 2° Scorpio New Moon at 6:49 a.m. Eastern Time. Solar Eclipses are considered huge portal openings to future possibilities. Scorpio ruled by Pluto suggests intense transformations continuing. Energy, power, metals and mining resources are still in focus. This eclipse reinforces the US Federal Reserve raising interest rates to “kill” the economy and markets. Mythic Pluto aka Lord of the Underworld is the celestial controller of riches and death.
October 28: Retrograde Jupiter (fuchsia) transits from zodiac sign Aries into Pisces at 1:10 a.m. Eastern Time. As Jupiter now joins Neptune (periwinkle) in Pisces, odds are good that oil and gas prices will rise. This is similar to April 2022 when they conjoined in Pisces. It’s a last hurrah of these two together in Pisces during our lifetime. Jupiter backtracks to 28° Pisces and then returns to Aries on December 20, 2022. A coinciding rise in oil and gas prices may end by January 2023.
October 29: Mercury (blush) enters Scorpio at 3:22 p.m. Eastern Time. Again, there’s an emphasis on commerce, trading and communications about all things involving Scorpio dynamisms. Take your inspiration and clues from events triggered on the October 25 Solar Eclipse at 2° Scorpio. While deep in Scorpio season, it will likely feel stinging for many.
October 30: Mars (rosé red) turns retrograde (“R”) at 25° Gemini. The planet of action and war remains within a 2-3° orb square to foggy Neptune (periwinkle) through all of November. Feelings of anger, frustration, tension and confusion aren’t good for encouraging sustainable growth or maintaining a joyful society.
© 2022 Trudy Carol