January 2019 Red Letter Trading Days

Enlightening Holiday Eclipse

By Susan Abbott Gidel

January 1, 2019

(All times Eastern)

The first week of the new year is filled with some serious get-it-done energy in Cardinal signs that builds to a peak at the full moon/lunar eclipse on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Here’s what happens:

  1. On New Year’s Eve, go-getter Mars moved into its ruling sign of Aries.
  2. On the first trading day of the year, the Sun and Saturn are aligned in serious Capricorn, Saturn’s ruling sign.
  3. Communications planet, Mercury, promotes serious talk on January 4 when it moves into Capricorn.
  4. Revolutionary Uranus turns direct in motion in Aries, spurring on out-of-the-box movers and shakers.

January 18 Top Red Letter Trading Day

Because the full moon/lunar eclipse is on a trading holiday, this month’s Top Red Letter Trading Day is the previous Friday, January 18. That day’s astrological energy is no slouch, either, as secrets could be revealed and sudden changes in leadership could occur. 

10-year T-note Volatility

The 10-year T-note could be in for some volatility in January, with four potential trend changes indicated by comparing current planetary positions to those when the market made previous significant highs and lows. Look for a high on January 2, then a low on January 11, followed by a rally to a January 24 high and drop into a January 28 low.

This month’s dates of astrological note include:

  • Friday, January 4         Mercury enters Capricorn
  • Saturday, January 5     New Moon/Solar Eclipse in Capricorn
  • Sunday, January 6       Uranus turns direct in motion, in Aries
  • Monday, January 7     Venus enters Sagittarius
  • Sunday, January 20     Sun enters Aquarius
  • Monday, January 21   Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse in Leo
  • Thursday, January 24  Mercury enters Aquarius

This month’s dates for potential market trend changes include:

Crude Oil

  •             Monday, January 14—High


  •             Friday, January 11—Low

10-year T-note

  •             Wednesday, January 2—High
  •             Friday, January 11—Low
  •             Thursday, January 24—High
  •             Monday, January 28—Low


-Wednesday, January 2—Sober Start

The new year begins on a sober astrological note, with the Sun (leaders) and Saturn (responsibilities) aligned in the cold, unemotional sign of Capricorn at 12:50 am. This signature says it is time to put away the noisemakers and the champagne and put nose to the grindstone. 

The 10-year T-note could make a high right out of the gate based on previous astrological patterns linked to when the futures contract first began trading. BTW, in 2018, TYN made its high for the year on January 2…

Wednesday’s reports include:

  • Tuesday, 8:45 pm  China PMI Manufacturing Index
  • 12:00 am  India PMI Manufacturing Index
  • 4:30 am  Great Britain CIPS/PMI Manufacturing Index
+Friday, January 4—New Spin on Ideals

Old ideas are new again on January 4 as Mercury plays well with Uranus, making an exact 120-degree aspect at 12:13 am. The communications planet is in tell-it-like-it-is Sagittarius and is working in concert with Uranus in Aries, which is all about stirring up the revolutionary dust. That Uranus is retrograde indicates that we’ve seen this brand of revolutionary dust before. These two planets together are pros when it comes dissemination via social media.

Meanwhile leaders have the opportunity to express their ideals with the Sun in Capricorn sextile Neptune in Pisces at 2:57 pm.

Friday’s reports include:

  • Thursday 7:30 pm  Japan PMI Manufacturing Index
  • Thursday 8:45 pm  China General Services PMI
  • 2:45 am  France CPI
  • 4:30 am  Great Britain CIPS/PMI Services Index
  • 5:00 am  Eurozone HICP Flash
  • 8:30 am  US Employment Situation
  • 8:30 am  Canada IPPI
  • 8:30 am  Canada Labour Force Survey
  • 11:00 am  US EIA Petroleum Status
+Monday, January 7—A New Day

By the time the NYSE opens on Monday morning, January 7, the astrological energy has shifted significantly since Friday’s close, in ways that say a new day is dawning.

First, the communications and trading planet, Mercury, entered the sign of Capricorn on Friday night. This signifies that it is best to say what you mean and mean what you say.

Second, and most significant, was the New Moon/Solar Eclipse in Capricorn on Saturday afternoon. The Sun and Moon were sandwiched between Saturn and Pluto in the sky, providing serious support for going down new paths with serious and responsible intent.

To boot, the eclipse was opposite the position of the Sun when the United States declared independence and at a 90-degree angle to the country’s natal Saturn. That puts particular emphasis on U.S. leadership to adhere to established rules and time-worn practices.

Third, the planet of revolutionary change, Uranus, began moving direct in motion in the sign of Aries on Sunday at 3:27 pm. It moved into Aries from Taurus on Election Day 2018, so the revolutionary ideas that have been bubbling up since then will be able to move forward now. Uranus moves into the sign of Taurus on March 7 and will stay there through April 2026, putting its revolutionary (and surprising) focus on banking, finance, the Earth, and agriculture for the next seven years.

Finally, money planet Venus enters Sagittarius at 6:18 am on Monday. In this sign, Venus prefers to support exploration, justice and international affairs.

Monday’s reports include:

  • Sunday, 7:30 pm  Japan PMI Composite
  • TBD  China Merchandise Trade Balance
  • 5:00 am  Eurozone Retail Sales
-Tuesday, January 8—Volatility Prevails

Buckle up for volatile news and trading on Tuesday, January 8. Mercury, the planet that rules trading, stock indexes and communication is at 90-degree square angle to Mars, the planet that rules aggression, at 5:05 am.

Mercury is in Capricorn, so the words are serious and spoken with authority. Mars is in Aries, so is willing to go to war over the words.

Tuesday’s reports include:

  • Monday 7:30 pm  Australia Merchandise Trade
  • 8:30 am  US International Trade
  • 8:30 am  Canada Merchandise Trade
+Friday, January 11—Power Play

Intensity among leaders is paramount on Friday, January 11 as the Sun and Pluto are exactly together in the sign of Capricorn at 6:38 am. In Capricorn, the focus is on business and government. The Sun represents leaders and Pluto represents transformation. Leaders of any stripe are intent on getting things to go their way. On the flipside, there is potential for leaders to be transformed and change their mind.

Based on previous planetary positions at significant market lows, be on the lookout for a low in gold and 10-year T-notes.

Friday’s reports include:

  • Thursday 6:30 pm  Japan Household Spending
  • 4:30 am  Great Britain Monthly GDP
  • 7:00 am  India Industrial Production
  • 8:30 am  US CPI
  • *12:00 pm  USDA Annual Crop Production
  • *12:00 pm  USDA Grain Stocks
  • *12:00 pm  USDA Winter Wheat/Canola Seedings
  • *Postponed due to partial government shutdown
-Monday, January 14—Economic Signals

The big astrological news this weekend portends rising inflation, rising interest rates and rising energy prices. These are the trademarks of Jupiter square Neptune, which was exact at 1:58 pm Sunday, and is the first of three such connections this year. The two planets also will be in this exact 90-degree aspect on June 16 and September 21. With Jupiter in Sagittarius, the effects are worldwide. Also be aware that Jupiter in hard aspect to one of the outer planets, of which Neptune belongs, was a signature in months that saw the end of some U.S. economic expansions (1969, 1990, 2001 and 2007).

Compromise might be in the air on Monday as the planet of communications, Mercury, is traveling alongside leadership-prone Saturn in responsible Capricorn. On Monday at 8:13 am, this choose-your-words-wisely Mercury has good opportunity to articulate a vision to strive for due to its connection with Neptune.

In contrast to the Jupiter/Neptune connection that can push crude oil prices higher, there is the potential for a high in crude oil prices on Monday that is based on planetary positions vs. crude oil’s first-trade horoscope chart at previous highs.

Monday’s reports include:

  • 5:00 am  Eurozone Industrial Production
-Friday, January 18—Big Changes

The upcoming holiday weekend could be the poster child for why to even up and enjoy the view from the sidelines for three days. Friday, January 18 is this month’s Top Red Letter Trading Day mainly because the full moon/lunar eclipse occurs in the wee hours of Monday, a trading holiday.

But, Friday’s astrological energy is no slouch, either, as secrets could be revealed and sudden changes in leadership could occur. And, with Chinese economic strength and tariffs back in the headlines, be prepared for four economic reports out of that country on Sunday night.

Friday Upsets

At midday Friday, things could look rosy as money planet Venus is able to get what it wants due to a helpful aspect with go-getter Mars at 11:49 am. But, by mid-afternoon, the clouds could roll in as communicator Mercury is conjunct transformer Pluto at 3:03 pm, potentially spilling the beans on secrets of the powerful. Justice could be swift as the Sun makes a 90-degree square to Uranus at 8:31 pm, suggesting a sudden change in leaders.

Sunday Shifts

The Sun enters the sign of Aquarius at 4:00 am Sunday. This is not one of the Sun’s favorite signs, and as a result, leaders could come under scrutiny for the next 30 days. At 11:15 pm, Venus is at a 90-degree angle to Neptune, so beware of money disappearing! At 9:00 pm Sunday, be alert to news from four economic reports out of China:

  • Fixed Asset Investment
  • GDP
  • Industrial Production
  • Retail Sales

Monday Eclipse

Just minutes after the Venus/Neptune square, the Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse occurs at 12:16 am Monday. Once again, leaders are in the spotlight (of the full moon) as the eclipse is at 0 degrees of Leo, considered a “world point” among astrologers and in the sign of kings and rulers. At 6:48 am, feisty Mars in Aries is at a 90-degree angle to responsible Saturn in Capricorn, so big plans from leaders could be challenged.

Whew! Enjoy the long weekend!

Friday’s reports include:

  • Thursday 6:30 pm  Japan CPI
  • 4:30 am  Great Britain Retail Sales
  • 8:30 am  Canada CPI
  • 9:15 am  US Industrial Production
+Tuesday, January 22—Big Money

After a long holiday weekend, it’s time to celebrate! Big money could be in store on Tuesday, January 22 as Venus and Jupiter connect in Sagittarius at 7:26 am.

Venus is the planet that rules money, and Jupiter expands whatever it touches. In Sagittarius, there is an international flavor to this prosperity, which seems fitting for the start of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland that runs through Friday.

Tuesday’s reports include:

  • Monday 5:45 pm  New Zealand CPI
  • TBD Bank of Japan announcement
  • 4:30 am  Great Britain Labour Market Report
  • 10:00 am  US Existing Home Sales
-Wednesday, January 23—Surprising News

Keep your overnight ears open for surprising news out of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. That’s because communicator Mercury is square to surprising Uranus, exact at 6:13 am, just one hour before Germany’s Angela Merkel addresses the gathering.

In Capricorn, Mercury is without-a-doubt serious about the message. In Aries, Uranus would love nothing more than to stir the pot—and the revolutionaries.

Wednesday’s reports include:

  • Tuesday 4:45 pm  New Zealand CPI
  • Tuesday 6:50 pm  Japan Merchandise Trade
  • 8:30 am  Canada Retail Sales
+Thursday, January 24—Brilliant Ideas

No idea is too outrageous on Thursday, January 24. That’s because the planet of communication, Mercury, enters the sign of Aquarius at 12:49 am. Aquarius can deliver lightning-bolts of ideas that seem to come out of nowhere, and is Mercury’s most favorite sign because it spurs on the planet’s natural ability to be a swift messenger.

Based on previous planetary positions at market highs, look for a high in the 10-year T-note market.

Thursday’s reports include:

  • Wednesday 7:30 pm  Australia Labour Force Survey
  • 3:30 am  Germany PMI Composite Flash
  • 4:00 am  Eurozone PMI Composite Flash
  • 7:45 am  European Central Bank announcement
  • 8:30 am  US Jobless Claims
  • 11:00 am  US EIA Petroleum Status
+Friday, January 25—Good Moves

It’s time to make good moves that lead to good results on Friday, January 25. That’s because action-taker Mars in Aries is 120 degrees apart from optimistic Jupiter in Sagittarius, exact at 12:53 pm.

Each planet is in its ruling sign, so is quite strong. You could also think of this pair in this relationship as “the warrior fights for truth and justice.”

Our next newsletter is for Tuesday, January 29, but do be aware that the 10-year T-note could make a low on Monday based on planetary positions at previous market lows.

Friday’s reports include:

  • 4:00 am  Germany Ifo Survey
  • 8:30 am  US Durable Goods Orders*
  • 10:00 am  US New Home Sales*
  • 3:00 pm  Cattle on Feed*
  • *Postponed due to partial government shutdown
+Tuesday, January 29—Clear Thinking

Great minds will be thinking clearly on Tuesday, January 29 as Mercury, the planet of ideas and communication, will be in the heart of the Sun for nearly 20 hours, thus getting supercharged.

The astrological aspect behind all this is that the Sun will exactly conjoin Mercury in Aquarius at 9:52 pm Tuesday. Mercury will be in the heart of the sun from 10:44 am Tuesday until 6:32 am Wednesday.

When Mercury is “cazimi,” it becomes supercharged, and brilliant ideas can come out of nowhere. Note that the two-day Federal Reserve meeting begins while Mercury is cazimi. Also, US/Chinese trade negotiators will be preparing to begin their two days of meetings on Wednesday, just after the cazimi period ends. 

Tuesday’s reports include:

  • Monday 4:45 pm  New Zealand Merchandise Trade
  • 8:30 am  US International Trade in Goods
+Thursday, January 31—Structural Support

The first of three connections this year between Saturn and Neptune that indicate reining in debt and/or providing structure to a vision/dream occurs on Thursday, January 31. Saturn is the reality-check planet that wants to make sure everything is going according to plan. Neptune is a planet that encourages envisioning the future, and can make it hard to stick with reality.

Saturn and Neptune are each strong in their ruling signs of Capricorn and Pisces, respectively. Their connection is one of opportunity. So, with this first pass of three, look for ways that providing structure and rules can help make a dream become reality. Those efforts get a report-card review on June 18, the second pass. The final result of these efforts should appear near the third and final pass, on November 8.

Thursday’s reports include:

  • Wednesday 6:50 pm  Japan Industrial Production
  • Wednesday 8:00 pm  China CFLP Manufacturing PMI
  • 5:00 am  Eurozone GDP Flash
  • 8:30 am  US Jobless Claims
  • 8:30 am  US Personal Income and Outlays
  • 8:30 am  Canada Monthly GDP


Source: Barchart.com

Friday, December 21 was the month’s Top Red Letter Trading Day because it was the winter solstice, the day before a full moon, and had other pleasant planetary aspects in place. The winter solstice, when the Sun enters the sign of Capricorn, is a day when legendary trader W.D. Gann kept his eye open for a change of trend.

However, Congress failed to tap into the supportive energy from a Venus/Neptune and Mercury/Jupiter connections and did not reach a budget agreement, forcing a partial shutdown of the federal government at midnight Friday. On Monday’s shortened Christmas Eve trading session, the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged to 52-week lows as the President tweeted that the Fed was the economy’s only problem. The market found a bottom on December 26.

For the record:

  • The S&P 500 closed out 2018 at 2506.85, down 6.2 percent for the year and down 14.7 percent from the record high of 2940.91 set on September 21.
  • The DJIA closed out 2018 at 23,327.46, down 5.6 percent for the year and down 13.4 percent from the record high of 26,951.83 set on October 3.

All information in this newsletter is merely the personal opinion of the author and not that of any other person, company or entity. This information is not to be construed as financial advice, nor relied upon as such. Please contact your broker or financial advisor for trading and investment advice. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future market behavior.

© Copyright 2019 SusanGSays LLC

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