Exegesis Volume 3 Issue #34

From: mary downing
Subject: Financial, Cycles, Psychology, etc.

Exegesis Digest Tue, 28 Apr 1998

Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 16:41:53 -0400 (EDT)
From: mary downing
To: Exegesis
Subject: Financial, Cycles, Psychology, etc.

I apologize for not responding sooner. Been busy.

Re: Financial astrology--A few good folks doing it profitably. I recommend * Bill Meridian's Planetary Stock Trading *. Revised edition is just about to go to the printers (I'm editing). Has his methodology and about 60 case studies with close to a thousand charts of first trades on the NYSE, NASDAQ and FTSE. Bill's major credentials are a financial MBA, technical analyst, life-long employment in the field (former writer-analyst for ValuLine, technical analyst, VP at Paine Webber.) He is currently managing an investment fund for a middle eastern Emirate. ( about 375 pages, large format 8.5X11 $50.00 Published by Cycles Research)

Bill uses first-trade charts. His book demonstrates how, lists his experience in what works and what doesn't, gives you case studies and charts. It is a working combination of astrology and technical analysis.

The major consideration in this as many other concerns, is that astrology offers an edge. It isn't the entire answer. There simply isn't any replacement for understanding market dynamics per se.

My own thrust is corporate charts and business applications. I've had thirty years in advertising and public relations. No amount of astrological expertise will make up for that business experience, but certainly my knowledge of business lets me investigate company charts vis a vis transits (current trends) and interpret them. Studying employee charts compared to their employers -- and actually seeing how it played out -- gives one a very good idea what works and what doesn't. If that's to be passed on, it will be as "lore", a la Lilly and his aphorisms, not as theory. There is no theory, only observation.

Regarding the Foundation for the Study of Cycles. Well worth the $70 a year they charge for membership. Very nice publication called Cycles, which is available in most good sized local libraries. By all means read their web page. They've been actively co-operative with financial astrologers and people who study weather cycles. Meridian, Nolle and a few others who are actually researching their astro-connections contribute. Actually, the financial contingent studies weather, because a number of the lunar and planetary cycles that seem to affect one also affect the other.

Re: the discussion concerning the marriage of astrology and psychology. I'd suggest an annulment on the grounds of gross incompatibility.

One of the other mailing lists (ACT) currently has a discussion covering developmental (child) psychology, which actually is quite compatible with astrology. So is behaviorism. I'm all in favor of absorbing anything objective. We all should be aware of the literature available from market research channels. Lots of studies on what and why consumers consume. Cultural anthropology (particularly "Urban") offers marvelous material.

Unfortunately, it's the very fuzzy Jungian tradition that attracts the astrologer because its telling him what he already knows. Of course the person doing the telling is now stamped 'cross the forehead with the good-marketing-seal of academia. If we didn't intuitively understand archetypes, why would we be doing astrology which leans heavily on that very thing? Where do they think Jung got that idea anyway?

Jung simply recognized the transcendence of certain images across cultural lines. Now we have a generation of astrologers babbling about "Hero's Journey" as though they could book it on Amtrak. Cotton candy for the mind.

It would be very nice if we simply investigated phenomena (on the premise astrology really worked), rather than wasting all sorts of effort trying to prove it does by using inadequate tools borrowed from other disciplines. Then we might be able to use what we found out. How original.

--Mary Downing



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