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Indian Astrology and Trading Sugar Tools for Market Forecasting
by Barry William Rosen

Many Western financial astrologers use change of signs as an indicator for change of directions. The Indian system allows for a more microscopic examination of planetary transits by subdividing the zodiac into 27 fixed stars, each of which have four sections creating a total of 108 divisions. In the following article, a discussion of this more refined system will follow as well as a practical explanation for trading the sugar market with it.

The first major difference between Indian and Western astrology lies in the calculation of the longitude of the planets. Ancient Indian astrologers observed that the equinoxes and solstices moved backward by one degree every 72 years, an astronomical phenomenon now known as precession. Over time this has resulted in a difference of slightly over 23 degrees between the tropical Zodiac, used by Western astrologers, and the sidereal Zodiac, used by Indian astrologers. In essence, the two systems differ in their choice of a zero point for Aries--the Western system uses the position of the spring equinox, while the Indian system uses a fixed star. Thus when the Sun is moving into Aries according to the Western system, it is still at 6 degrees Pisces in the Indian system. Practitioners of both Indian and Western astrology recognize that each system has its own validity, since both work. My personal preference for the value of the Indian system will become clearer below.

The original Indian astrological system uses 27 constellations or nakshatras in addition to the twelve signs. The Indian constellation Mrigashira, for example, in the sign of Gemini is actually the familiar constellation Orion. According to Indian astrology each of these constellations has its own unique characteristics, much like a sign of the Zodiac. Each of the twenty-seven nakshatras is related to three of the seven major planets (excluding Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto) and the two nodes. For example, Mars owns three stars: Mrigashira (Orion in Taurus 23.20-Gemini 6.40), Chitra (Corvi in Virgo and Libra--Virgo 23.20-Libra 6.40) and Dhanishtha (Delphini in Capricorn 23.20-Aquarius 6.40). Venus also owns three stars: Bharani [41 Arietis] located at Aries 13.20-26.40, Poorvaphalguni [Leonis] located at Leo 13.20-26.40 and P. Shadha [Sagittari] located at Sagittarius 13.20-26.40.

Another example involving the sugar market will offer additional insights into other ways in which the fixed stars can be used. Interactions between Mars and Venus have a major effect on sugar prices. Financial astrologers will remember that the Mars/Venus square in July of 1988 marked the top of that market and the Mars/Venus conjunctions of August 1987 and July 1989 marked very significant lows. While major aspects between Mars and Venus will mark significant tops and bottoms, these aspects are relatively rare and thus for short-term trading, other information will be useful.

A rather unnoticed association recently led to a major rise in prices in February of 1989. It involved Mars transiting through one of Venus's constellations, Bharani (41 Arietis in Aries) and Venus transiting through Mars's constellation Dhanishtha (Delphini in Capricorn) simultaneously. The relationship created an exchange of stars or nakshatras, very similar to the Western concept of exchange of house (mutual association?) and excited a 200-point run up in sugar prices.

The sugar market is most influenced by Mars and Venus and thus in addition to their transits through each others signs Libra, Taurus, Aries, and Scorpio, the market is influenced by transits through each others constellations.

From another perspective microscopic perspective, dividing each of the 12 signs into 9 sections of 3 degrees and 20 minutes creates the same result; these are called navamshas. Each of these subdivisions corresponds to a sign of the Zodiac. For example, the first 3ΓΈ20' of Leo is the Aries subdivision, followed by the Taurus subdivision followed by the Gemini section etc. In watching daily market strengths for over 24 months, I have observed that on days when a planet enters certain critical subdivisions, it will exert more strength or weakness depending on the financial context. So when Venus, the planet with the most impact on sugar and wheat prices, enters the Taurus, Libra, or Pisces subdivisions of a sign, one is more likely to see sharper rises in prices if the trend and context are ripe. Thus the Indian system can fine tune calls by providing more detailed daily information on planetary strengths.


In addition to your technical arsenal of trendlines, Gann Squares, Elliott Wave counts, stochastics, RSI, etc., use the following planetary information for entering and exiting sugar trades and key support and resistance levels. In using the information below, keep the market's context and major trend in mind by examining monthly and weekly charts. The influences below will not be as strong in a bull market as it is in a bear market.

1) Use a sidereal Indian emphemeris or Indian software program. (See references below.)

2) Use major aspects between Mars and Venus such as the conjunction, square (clockwise only), and opposition to pinpoint major turns. Indian astrology does not consider trine or sextile aspects between these two planets as being very significant.

3) Look at trines, oppositions, and conjunctions between Jupiter and Venus and Jupiter and Mars as having secondary significance.

To find periods of strength in the market, examine the following:

4) Examine change of sign by Mars and Venus; look for strength in the sugar market when Mars or Venus are in their own signs (Aries, Scorpio for Mars) and (Libra and Taurus for Venus) or when Mars and Venus are in each other's signs. Having both planets in each other's signs at the same time would be especially strong.

5) Examine transits of each planet through their own constellations (nakshatras) and through each other's constellations. Mars owns three stars: Mrigashira (Orion in Taurus 23.20-Gemini 6.40), Chitra (Corvi in Virgo and Libra--Virgo 23.20-Libra 6.40) and Dhanishtha (Delphini in Capricorn 23.20-Aquarius 6.40) and Venus owns three stars: Bharani (Aries 13.20-26.40), P.Phalguni (Leo 13.20-26.40) and P. Shadha (Sagittarius 13.20-26.40). Having both planets in each other's stars at the same time would be especially strong.

6) On a more microscopic or daily level look for strength when Venus is in the Pisces, Taurus, or Libra sections (navamshas) of stars or Mars is in the Capricorn, Aries, or Scorpio sections of any stars. For weakness, when Venus is in the Virgo section or Mars is in the Cancer section.

7) Since the sugar market's price structure responds especially well to Fibonnaci retracements and projections, use rations of .236, .382, .500 and .618 to help determine price.


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