Jupiter retrograde on February 6 kicks off three months of swimming upstream.
By Susan Abbott Gidel
January 31, 2017
(All times Eastern)
Astrological activity in February kicks off the most difficult period of the year, when slow growth and money issues could put pressure on the markets through mid-June.
Jupiter, the planet of growth and optimism, is the main player as it appears to be moving backward in the sky (retrograde) from February 6-June 9. When retrograde, Jupiter’s ability to support growth is stymied as the planet decides to take a vacation from its regular duties.
But, Jupiter retrograde is just the beginning. Money planet Venus jumps on the trend in March as it is retrograde from March 4-April 8. When these two planets were last both retrograde together—December 21, 2013-January 30, 2014—the DJIA lost more than 1000 points in January before finding a low another 200-points lower on February 5, just four trading days after Venus turned direct.
But wait, there’s more. In April, Saturn and Mercury also are retrograde for a four-planet “take a vacation” whammy that is most intense April 9-15. Indeed, the next three months are going to feel like swimming upstream.
February also features two eclipses. The Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse is on Friday, February 10, with the New Moon/Solar Eclipse on Sunday, February 26. As eclipses go, these two look fairly positive. They belong to a cycle that is characterized by providing pleasant surprises and life-changing luck.
February 22 Volatility
However, this month’s top Red Letter Trading Day is Wednesday, February 22 because of its potential for extreme volatility. On that day, six of 10 planets are in what’s called a T-square formation, making 90- or 180-degree aspects to each other. The outlet for the energy is the Moon (emotions) and Pluto (power), which are extremely close to one another just as the FOMC minutes of the February 1 meeting are released at 2 pm.
The Moon/Pluto are square (90 degrees apart) from Mars/Uranus in Aries, the most explosive pair in the most explosive sign. Indeed, Mars will be exactly square Pluto at 4:03 am that day. The Moon/Pluto also is square to Jupiter, which exaggerates anything it touches. The silver lining may be that Jupiter’s ability to blow everything out of proportion is somewhat diminished because it is retrograde.
The month’s first newsletter gives you a heads-up on which trading days are astrologically interesting this month. Look for day-before emails to explain what’s going on in the sky and how it might affect the markets. I’ve highlighted bullish-leaning days in green and bearish-leaning days in red.
Wednesday, February 1–Surprising News
Look for surprising news in the overnight trade as communicator Mercury is at a 90-degree angle to disrupter Uranus at 10:32 pm. With Mercury in Capricorn, the news could be official or authoritarian in nature. With Uranus in Aries, the news could be sudden, surprising and about aggression.
Wednesday’s reports include:
- Tuesday 5:30 pm Japan PMI Manufacturing Index
- Tuesday 8:00 pm Chinca CFLP Manufacturing PMI
- 2:00 am Great Britain Nationwide HPI
- 3:50 am France PMI Manufacturing Index
- 3:55 am Germany PMI Manufacturing Index
- 10:00 am US ISM Manufacturing Index
- 10:30 am US EIA Petroleum Status
- 2:00 pm FOMC meeting announcement
Thursday, February 2–Exaggerations
Friday, February 3–Strong Money
Monday, February 6–Growth Slows Down
Wednesday, February 7–Social Media Reigns Supreme
Friday, February 10–Electric Leaders
Tuesday, February 14–Love of Rules
Thursday, February 16–Statesmanship
Tuesday, February 21–Peace Pipe
Top Red Letter Trading Day for February
Wednesday, February 22–Rage Resumes
Thursday, February 23–Clear the Air
Monday, February 27–Breakthroughs
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