The Astro-Harmonic Nature of Retrograde Motion
By Larry Pesavento
A few short years ago, most stock and commodity traders would have laughed at the
thought of a relationship between planetary movements and price action. The advent of
mini-computers and sophisticated astrological software has changed all that! Now a trader
has access to huge data banks of price and time parameters to analyze various astro-harmonic
cycles. The following is one such example.
The planet mercury makes its revolution around the sun in approximately 88 days.
This fast moving planet - only our moon moves faster than Mercury is usually visible in
the sky each night.
Figure I shows the relationship of the earth to the rest of the planets. This indicates that
some of the planets take longer to revolve around the sun (they have larger orbits). When
a faster moving planet approaches a slower moving planet, the slower planet appears to be
moving backward or as astronomers refer to as retrograde motion.’ It would be similar to looking
through your rear-view mirror as you pass a car on the freeway. The faster you are going, the
slower the car you passed appears to be moving.
All planets except the sun and moon have retrograde motion when using geocentric
(earth centered) astrology.
There is no retrograde motion when using heliocentric (sun centered) astrology. Johann
Kepler, the father of modern astronomy, used the geocentric approach because he felt that
the earth was “a” center of inluuence and not “the” center of influence. Sir Isaac Newton was
also a geocentric astrologer. If it was good enough for these giants of intellectual thought,
it is certainly good enough for most financial astrologers. Both geocentric and heliocentric
astrology can be used to predict market behavior. It would be like going to a baseball game
and sitting on either the home team side or the visitor side. The game is the same, only
the perspective is different.
After ten years of concentrated study in astrology. I have found that certain planetary
harmonics such as the retrograde motion of certain planets, appear to have a profound influence
on economic thought (i.e., price action).
A close examination of figure Il for November, 1988 soybeans is a case in point. As
Mercury moves from direct to retrograde motion, prices begin to vibrate in harmonic time
with this planetary phenomenon. Elliott wave theorists may have more than a perfunctory
interest in these time frames. Most often they are a Fibonacci relationship of one Mercury
retrograde-direct harmonic to another. Mercury is retrograde approximately 24 days and is
stationary about a day before and a day after. The trend changes are usually quite abrupt and
offer substantial trading opportunities.
As a financial astrologer, I do not advocate using Mercury in retrograde or direct motion
as a timing tool or an entry method by itself. It is considerably more complex! The planetary
aspects of conjunction (OD, sextile (60~), square (90~), trine (120~), and opposition I 80~)
most assuredly affect price action. A cycles (harmonic) trader has a huge edge when he uses
planetary mathematics to help time his trades.
Space does not permit me to discuss the Jupiter-Uranus cycle which is associated with the
40-month economic cycle. Dewey and Daiken in Cycles - the Science of Prediction relates this
study of using the Jupiter-Uranus planetary aspects (angles). Think about these facts:
1) Uranus went into direct motion on August 9, 1982 - the start of the biggest bull market
in stock market history.
2) Jupiter went retrograde on August 19 - one week from the all-time stock market high.
Larry Pesavento is the president of Astro Cycles, 111 Cuyama,Shell Beach, Calif. 92449,