Mania and depression in the financial markets

Earlier in December I wrote about the stock market roller coaster of the past year, and since then it’s gotten even crazier, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average careening from 23,693 on December 19th to a low of 21,721 on December 26th, and zooming up over 1000 points yesterday, the biggest single increase in history.

I lay the blame for this erratic volatility partly on the last gasp of Uranus, planet of disruption, traveling through the fiery sign of Aries for the last time through the end of February.

Meanwhile Jupiter (the planet most closely associated with the stock market) and Mercury (thoughts and ideas) are both in the highly optimistic sign of Sagittarius, so even when the markets drop investors are seeing this as an opportunity to “buy the dip” rather than a depression.  But with Saturn and Pluto both in the highly realistic sign of Capricorn, this optimism is not likely to be permanent.  With Uranus colliding with fast moving Mars in mid-February we are likely to have continued volatility for the next couple of months.  Then when Uranus moves back into the security-minded sign of Taurus in early March and Venus enters dour Capricorn along with Saturn and Pluto, I believe that we will see a pretty serious pullback of financial markets.

I am not a financial advisor, but I do believe that caution is the name of the game here.  With such a predominance of earthy energy in 2019, and Jupiter’s entry into Capricorn along with Venus’s return in December, solid investments rather than media darlings are going to be the survivors if financial markets begin to collapse.

By | 2018-12-27T09:16:26+00:00 December 27th, 2018|Money and markets|5 Comments


  1. Paula December 27, 2018 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    For how long, please? Approximately. Can it last 12 years like the Great Depression of 1923?

  2. […] Part of the Capricorn Stellium is the approaching conjunction of Saturn to Pluto in that sign.  Although these two don’t officially converge exactly until January 2020, they will come within three degrees of each other between May and July.  Capricorn is not the most optimistic sign of the zodiac, and with Saturn, the planet of pessimism and the reality check, in Capricorn, the tendency is towards creating lasting structures that will withhold the test of time.  This influence is offset somewhat by the fact that Jupiter, the planet of optimism and hope, is in its own sign of Sagittarius.  So we have wild enthusiasm (Jupiter/Sagittarius) combined with dour realism (Saturn/Capricorn) and we are seeing some of this in the wild mood swings of the December financial markets. […]

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  4. Rick January 6, 2019 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    Lynn, thanks so much for your financial outlook. I always worry about my retirement and gold stocks after getting mauled in 2008. Rick

    • January 7, 2019 at 7:30 am - Reply

      Hi Rick – all the so-called “experts” have been saying it’s time for a correction, and it seems to me that this spring/summer is when that will happen. I sold anything that was speculative because it seems to me that these are the first things that will take a hit. We’ll just have to see how it all shakes out but as the markets go down we have to remember that they will come back up.

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