Weekly Forecast: December 29, 2008 – January 4, 2009

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Summary of This Week’s Influences/All Times Listed Are Eastern Standard Time (EST)
  • General Influences: As I wrote in last week’s Weekly Forecast, severe weather conditions are creating havoc throughout many sections of the country, and unfortunately the Mars/Pluto alignment is manifesting “violent attacks and explosions by organized groups and/or the military” in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Israel’s attacks (Mars) on Hamas facilities in Gaza in retaliation (Pluto) for Hamas’s continued and further reaching rocket incursions into Israel.
    Saturn is the planetary energy of time, moving retrograde* on New Year’s Eve as people eagerly anticipate the clock striking midnight to welcome in 2009. When planets appear stationary, their energies are enhanced, and strong Saturn energies are likely to tone down the reveling. Law enforcement is likely to be out in full force. Saturn retrograde until May 16, 2009 puts the focus on self-improvement, providing the discipline to achieve what is truly important to you.

    Communications and planning are highlighted this week, as Mercury conjoins Jupiter in Capricorn Tuesday/Wednesday, and enters futuristic Aquarius on Thursday. These energies urge you to get new plans and projects started now, as Mercury will be retrograde January 11 until February 1. (More on that in an upcoming post; in the meantime here’s a link to the last retrograde period.)

    Venus enters Pisces on Saturday until February 2, emphasizing the importance of showing love and compassion to ourselves is equally as important as expressing it to others.
  • Stockmarket: As anticipated, trading volume was extremely light last week, with few economic events to cause major market moves. Weak holiday sales dominated market news. The web of entanglement emanating from individuals and firms investing with Bernard Madoff has turned deadly.

    Keeping up their usual habit of announcing major decisions at offbeat times, the Federal Reserve announced after markets closed Christmas Eve that it approved GMAC’s application to be a bank holding company. GMAC is owned by private equity fund Cerberus and General Motors (GM), and most of their auto and real estate (Ditech) are subprime. Along with getting access to the Fed’s discount window, GMAC can qualify for holiday presents from the TARP and issue debt that is guaranteed by the FDIC. What I don’t quite understand is a Wall Street Journal article about the deal that says “GM will transfer part of its stake in GMAC to a trust whose trustee also will be approved by the Treasury.” Yet Cerberus gets to distribute “its positions in GMAC directly to Cerberus investors.” I guess the government finds that three headed dog to be really intimidating! I just think this is grossly unfair if I am interpreting this correctly.

    Holiday trading patterns are likely to continue this week; light volume makes it easy to push stocks higher or lower. While the influence of Mercury conjoining Jupiter Tuesday/Wednesday is traditionally thought of as positive news or news that is interpreted optimistically, its alignment in extra strength Saturn-ruled Capricorn could bring a pessimistic reaction instead. Either way, any time Jupiter is involved the effect can be larger (or more exaggerated) than anticipated. Currencies (Mercury) could make larger (Jupiter) moves than expected now. Since the alignment is in Capricorn, this would describe “blue chip” currencies (US$) and “established” currencies such as the British pound.

I’d like to wish all Wall Street Weather readers a peaceful and prosperous 2009!

Monday, December 29, 2008

  • General Influences: Capricorn Moon becomes VOC** at 4:20 AM. The Moon enters Aquarius at 7:42 AM for the next 2.5 days. Connecting with friends or groups who share your interests is especially enjoyable now.
  • Stockmarket: Choppy/mixed; negative trend bias.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

  • General Influences: Aquarius energy is focused on the future. Combined with Mercury conjoining Jupiter in Capricorn, today and tomorrow morning is a good time to pull out the 2009 appointment books and calendars and start compiling your schedule, along with putting goals and objectives for the year in writing. The Mercury/Jupiter alignment can create some lofty ambitions, but Capricorn energies can help you stay grounded and take things one step at a time.
  • Stockmarket: Choppy/mixed. As the Mercury/Jupiter influence strengthens, indices could make larger moves in either direction, but probably skew to a more negative bias.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

  • General Influences: Does life appear to be slowing down a bit today? Saturn turns retrograde at 1:09 PM. The Moon conjoins Venus shortly thereafter, an energy that can enhance last minute and unexpected party plans. Aquarius Moon becomes VOC until 7:27 PM. Now the Moon is in Pisces, a sign that rules alcohol and drugs. Hopefully with Saturn’s energies prominent, people will have the common sense to indulge responsibly and refrain from driving. The Moon in Pisces is a good time to engage in quiet reflection in order to let your body and mind unwind. Dreams could be more active tonight.
  • Stockmarket: News from yesterday or this morning could keep market weaker. Market gains ground into afternoon.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

  • General Influences: Are you awake yet? With the Moon in Pisces it can sometimes be difficult to leave the dream world behind and get up and get going. Mercury enters Aquarius early this morning. To quote a commercial, it’s time to “think outside the bun!”
  • Stockmarket: Closed for New Year’s Day

Friday, January 2, 2009

  • General Influences: Between the Pisces Moon conjoining Uranus early this morning and opposing Saturn just after midday, relating to others could be challenging. Travel cancellations, delays, and disruptions are possible now.
  • Stockmarket: Positive trend bias; market likely to be strongest in early afternoon.

Weekend: January 3-4, 2009

  • Saturday: Pisces Moon becomes VOC at 3:51 AM; Aries Moon takes charge at 4:50 AM. Venus enters Pisces. Communications and travel conditions improve this morning. Stay calm and drive cautiously this afternoon as the fast moving and impatient Aries Moon challenges Mars in Capricorn.
  • Sunday: The First Quarter Moon occurs at 6:56 AM. Venus favorably aspecting Pluto today offers the opportunity to work on healing tensions in intimate relationships. It’s also a good time to donate any items you no longer need to charity or someone you know who could use it. An action adventure movie might be just the ticket tonight. Aries Moon becomes VOC at 9:44 PM.

Happy Birthday, Mom! :-)

*Planets do not really move backwards, but appear to from Earth’s vantage point.

**VOC (Void-of-Course) = When the Moon (our emotional barometer) ceases to have any major interactions with the other planets before entering a new zodiacal sign. This time period is best suited for anything where NO ACTION OR SPECIFIC OUTCOME is desired, as actions taken during the VOC period might not turn out as planned.

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