WallStreetWeather.net Forecast: April 9-20, 2012

The Moon represents market sentiment and is now in the waning phase of its monthly cycle following the April 6 Full Moon in Libra.

The Full Moon can be an emotionally intense time as the Moon’s light shines like a spotlight to bring our awareness to issues requiring our full attention. Libra is symbolized by the scales of equilibrium. As mentioned in my last post, the Libra Full Moon is the time to balance the bull and bear on Libra’s scales to decide whether the stock market is appropriately valued.

Libra is ruled by Venus, the planetary energy of love and money. Venus entered Gemini April 3, squaring Neptune in Pisces and Mars retrograde in Virgo at the Full Moon, creating confusion about the appropriate course of action to take. These energies shatter financial myths and illusions. (Venus is in Gemini until August 7 due to being retrograde May 15 – June 27; I’ll be writing more about this very important cycle.)

Libra is all about relationships. Most religious holidays are modeled around ancient observances honoring the relationship between planetary and earthly cycles. (“As above, so below/As below, so above.”) As the first day of Spring in the northern hemisphere, the Vernal Equinox (March 20) celebrates nature’s rebirth. Easter is the first Sunday after the first Full Moon after the Vernal Equinox. Easter eggs symbolize the potential for new life and rabbits represent fertility and abundance.

So it is most appropriate that Easter is celebrated this year with the Moon in Pluto-ruled Scorpio as Pluto the planetary energy of death, transformation, and rebirth is stationary in the sky April 8 – 14. After removing all the surface religious stuff, Easter tells the story of what nature and humans go through cycle after cycle…

Pluto rules all the “deep” stuff that is either kept private or incites the most intense discussions (sex, death, taxes), along with what is purposefully kept from being transparent for power and profit (bond and derivatives trading). Pluto represents financial extremes, from the wealthiest to those bankrupted by debt. Pluto represents the wealth mined under the ground to the toxins buried in it.

Pluto rules all things nuclear. Problems at the Fukushima nuclear facility are resurfacing. The Full Moon conjoins Iran’s natal Pluto in Libra, putting Iran in the spotlight as tensions heat up now.

As Pluto stations retrograde Tuesday, Iran could be reacting to the West’s economic sanctions more aggressively as Mercury conjoining Iran’s natal Mars in Pisces as the Sun conjoins Iran’s progressed Mars in Aries. Mercury in Pisces returns to its natal position in Iran’s chart Friday as Mars in Virgo stations direct opposite Iran’s natal Venus in Pisces. Mars stationed retrograde January 23 opposing Iran’s natal Mars in Pisces. In my Mars retrograde post I explained how these influences would likely result in Iran being cut off from SWIFT which occurred on March 17. Mars is rising and opposing Neptune in the chart of the Last Quarter Moon in Capricorn in Iran on Friday. This indicates the Iranian nation is angry at the government over hyperinflation and lack of fuel and essential supplies resulting from the West’s financial war to pressure Iran to abandon its nuclear development.

Pluto will be retrograde until September 18. Pluto in Capricorn brings about the realization that current power structures have been in place for so long they have become outmoded and corrupted. Uranus in Aries is approaching its first exact square to Pluto for the first time since the 1930s. Their June 24 encounter is a wakeup call to the power of individual action on a massive scale to transform economic and societal structures as Capricorn’s planetary ruler Saturn is stationary direct. Just as Pluto is stationary now as the Moon is in Scorpio, the Moon will be in Scorpio when Pluto stations direct September 18, the day before the second Uranus/Pluto square.

Prior to Pluto’s discovery in 1930, Scorpio was ruled by Mars. So while Pluto stations retrograde on Tuesday, Mars stations direct on Friday after being retrograde since January 23. Mars in Virgo is in close opposition to Neptune in Pisces now; these energies will be reinforced June 4 when Neptune stations retrograde opposing the degree Mars turns direct. A Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius that day indicates that global events happening now are in the spotlight then. These energies can signal fraudulent activities and hyping vaporware.

The two energies are also connected by the Last Quarter Moon in Capricorn (6:50 AM) which squares Capricorn’s planetary ruler Saturn. Regulations are in focus.

Largest Potential Market Moving Days: April 9, 10, 13, 17. All times listed are EDT.

Monday, April 9, 2012
The intensity of the Scorpio Moon begins to shift when the Moon enters Sagittarius at 11:12 AM. The Moon in Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius tends to exaggerate sentiment, creating the potential for large market moves between now and Wednesday afternoon. Venus in Gemini interacting with Uranus in Aries can change projected valuations.

Negative, improves as the day progresses; potential to reverse and close mixed.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
There is a greater tendency for the market to be focused on foreign matters when the Moon is in Sagittarius. And Pluto turning retrograde today emphasizes concerns related to the Pluto-ruled issues described above. The two top international issues being the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis and Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Conditions weaken as the day progresses; negative.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The Moon enters Saturn-ruled Capricorn at 1:02 PM until Friday at 5:48 PM. Reflecting Saturn’s status as the lord of the rings, market moves have a tendency to become more range bound. The influence of Mercury in Pisces quincunx Saturn in Libra today and tomorrow could bring a flight to quality. Venus in Gemini is now where it will station direct on June 27. Events occurring now are likely to further develop at that time.

Choppy/mixed to positive.

Thursday, April 12, 2012
Choppy/mixed to positive.

Friday, April 13, 2012
If the market is negative today, I can just imagine the media having a field day that it was because it is “Friday the 13th.” Mars turning direct in almost exact opposition to Neptune while Pluto is stationary retrograde indicates it’s high time to release superstitions and false beliefs perpetuated by others as they are not empowering. Be careful of reacting to rumors instead of facts.

Negative; stronger at close. Geopolitical concerns could push oil prices higher.

Monday, April 16, 2012
Saturn’s opposition to the Sun accentuates Saturn’s energies as the planet is at its closest distance to Earth this year. With the Moon in Pisces until midday Wednesday, sentiment tends to vacillate between hope and contagion concerns.

Seesaw trading could dominate as the market tries to decide whether to remain cautious or buy the dips. Mixed close.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Mercury re-entered Aries yesterday at 6:42 PM, retracing the road it traveled March 2-23. There could be important communications from the Fed during the next couple days with Mercury in the early degrees of Aries.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
The Moon enters Mars-ruled Aries at 11:59 AM until Saturday.

Thursday, April 19, 2012
The Sun moving into Taurus at 12:12 PM until May 23 puts finances in focus and could bring bulls into the market.
Choppy/mixed to positive.

Friday, April 20, 2012 (Options expiration)
Improves as day progresses; positive.

To be continued at the April 21 Taurus New Moon.

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