Financial Astrology Basics for Success

Updated August 13, 2020
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Investors, speculators, and gamblers use financial astrology to determine the good and bad times to invest or speculate. The financial astrology basics below could lead to success, but they're not for the faint of heart, and success is not guaranteed.

The Basics of Financial Astrology

Financial astrology basics are not overly difficult for an individual who has a sound, basic understanding of the astrological planets and transiting aspects. However, it also requires some knowledge of financial markets and how the planets and transiting aspects work within a financial context. You'll also need a 21st Century Ephemeris or astrological software to be successful.

The Moon and Market Trends

Stock prices fluctuate based on many factors which you should be aware of, but to use financial astrology basics for success in the market, the Moon is the most basic timing tool. The Moon represents short-term market fluctuations. Of course, you'll want to purchase when stocks have hit the bottom price and sell when the market is at its peak.

The Solar/Lunar Phases and Eclipses

Even MarketWatch says, "markets rise several annualized percentage points faster during the 14 or 15 calendar days around a New Moon than they do in a similar period around the Full Moon." Yes, markets tend to perform better in the days around the New Moon, while prices weaken in the days around Full Moon. Eclipses are also very potent New and Full Moons, and you should note the dates of eclipses. You can find an ephemeris online at Astro-seek, which will allow you to track the Moon phases for a given month to determine the dates of the New and Full Moons and the dates of eclipses.

The Lunar Apogee-Perigee Cycle

The Moon's orbital path around Earth is slightly elliptic. Lunar perigee is when the Moon is closest to Earth; when it's at its furthest point from Earth, it's at its apogee. The gravitational pull of the Moon varies depending on its distance from Earth. It's not uncommon for market prices to reverse when the Moon is at apogee or perigee. You can anticipate short-term turning points on these days. There's a Lunar Apogee and Perigee table and a New and Full Moon table at Fourmilab.

Lunar apogee-perigee cycle

Lunar Declination Cycle

Visually, the Moon often appears lower and higher in the sky. This is called declination. The Moon's declination also affects its gravitational pull. Although declination is not as significant as apogee and perigee, you can also watch this cycle for potential market reversals. When the Moon's declination reaches an extreme high or low, especially if it coincides with the peak or bottom of one of the other Moon cycles, you can expect shifts. You can find a Declination Ephemeris at CafeAstrology.

The Cycle of the North Node

The North Node cycle can be used for anticipating long-term turning points. The Lunar Nodes are points in space that connect the Sun, Moon, and Earth's orbits. Long-term trends in business volume have been found to correspond with the 18.7-year cycle of the North Node. When the North Node transits through Leo, the high point is reached. When the North Node transit through Aquarius, the low point occurs. As an example:

  • From October 1998 through April 2000, the NN was in Leo. These were the years when the internet and e-commerce enter the stock market, and the e-commerce giant, Amazon, saw its shares rise more than 1,300 percent.
  • From December 2007 through August 2009, the NN was transiting Aquarius. A stock market crash occurred on September 29, 2008.
  • Approximately nine years later, from May 2017 through November 2018, when the NN was in Leo, you almost couldn't lose money in the stock market, but few gains could be made towards the end of 2018.
  • The NN will once again enter Aquarius on April 28, 2026.

Basic Meaning of Transiting Planets in Financial Astrology

On the most basic level, the transiting planets within the context of Financial astrology represent certain types of action.

  • The Moon represents short term fluctuation.
  • Mercury represents speed and movement.
  • Venus, traditionally known as the "lesser benefic," represents small growth.
  • Mars, traditionally known as the "minor malefic," represents competition and triggers long term market movements.
  • Jupiter, traditionally known as the "Greater Benefic," relates to growth, increase, expansion, confidence, and success, but also over-reaching. Jupiter plays a vital role in giving positive vibrations to financial conditions.
  • Saturn, traditionally known as the "Greater Malefic," relates to stability, limits, downturns, low confidence, contraction, and impediments.
  • Uranus relates to volatility.
  • Neptune relates to uncertainty and unrealistic expectations.
  • Pluto relates to long-term but irreversible change.
Orbits of planets in the Solar System

Basic Meaning of Aspects in Financial Astrology

Understanding the astrological aspects is necessary for success. The basic aspect rule related to financial astrology says that favorable aspects through transit contacts with the beneifics yield price increases; for example, Jupiter trine (120 degrees) Venus. Bad aspects from the malefics, such as a square (90 degrees) aspect from Mars to Saturn, will usually push prices down.

Jeckle and Hyde

The stock market is sort of Jeckle and Hyde beast, and the best strategy is to refrain from investing when there are conflicting aspects because you don't know which will show up. For example, perhaps there are offsetting planetary transits from benefic Jupiter and malefic Saturn. This is the time to wait and see.

The Planet Mercury

Mercury, the Greek god of financial gain and commerce, rules trading. The planet Mercury can give you a reasonably good timing forecast. If the Sun and Mercury are conjunct in the sky, you can anticipate a high-volume day. These conjunctions occur about every six weeks.

Mercury's Speed

Mercury's daily motion is a significant market indicator. When Mercury's speed is decreasing, the market trend is downward. When Mercury is near stationary, the market has a low volume. If Mercury is rapidly gaining speed, the market gains rapidly. You can also use the speed of Venus in the same way for longer term gains.

Vintage red share certificate

Mercury and Venus Retrograde

The dates when Mercury and Venus are Retrograde (Rx) are important to watch. Mercury, the planet of commerce, turns Rx three times a year. Venus, the money planet, is retrograde every 18 to 20 months for 40 to 43 days. Due to the speed factor and what these planets represent, these times can have a powerful impact on stocks and commodities. Note: When Mercury or Venus are Rx, it's usually not a good time to invest.

  • Mercury Rx often clogs up all lines of clear thinking and communication, which disrupts your ability to make and act on intelligent decisions.
  • When Venus is Rx, monitor your investments. If you're not invested, this is the time to research and think about investing, but it's not the time to take action.

Playing the Market

Playing the market using these basic tips can be exciting, fun, and perhaps even a little nerve-wracking. However, there are other common-sense tips that can help you be successful. You should be aware of the political and economic happenings in the world, study the market's movement, and correlate what's happening in the sky to that movement. Then, practice with funny money and track your success until a certain "wisdom" develops. When you're ready to put real money into the market, set and stick to a budget and only invest what you can afford to lose.

Financial Astrology Basics for Success