November 2018 Red Letter Trading Days

Shake, Rattle and Roll

By Susan Abbott Gidel

November 1, 2018

(All times Eastern)

After a tumultuous October in the stock market, you might be wary of my description of November as “shake, rattle and roll.” But, there is still more to come in the first half of November—on November 6, November 8 and November 16—if the planets have anything to say about it. The month’s Top Red Letter Trading Day, though, is near month’s end as the Sun and Jupiter align in optimistic Sagittarius.

Uranus in Aries on Election Day, November 6

Buckle up for a tense, tumultuous Election Day on Tuesday, November 6, when the Moon in Scorpio (the public and deep-held emotions) is opposite retrograde Uranus in Taurus (sudden, explosive change in what appears solid), and both planets are at a 90-degree angle to the Moon’s nodes, which represent our karmic past and future.

As if that weren’t enough drama, Uranus backs up into the sign of Aries at 2:05 pm, in the middle of the voting day. From then on, Uranus becomes more rebellious and outwardly revolutionary; violent would not be out of character, so please be careful at the polls or in politically contentious areas.

Remember, Uranus was in Aries from March 2011-May 2018, a time when it teamed up in a square with Pluto in Capricorn to instigate grassroots revolutions around the world—such as Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street—to revolutionize and transform the status quo of business and government that had delivered the 2008 Financial Crisis to a riled-up “99 percent.” Uranus moving back into Aries on Election Day in the United States offers a reprise on bringing those issues to the fore and demanding change.

Jupiter enters Sagittarius on November 8

Two days after the U.S. election of all 435 Representatives, 33 out of 100 Senators, as well as governors in 36 states and three U.S. territories, optimistic Jupiter enters its ruling sign of Sagittarius for a year-long stay through December 2, 2019. In its own sign, Jupiter is particularly capable of promoting truth, freedom and justice. Thus, those themes will be in effect when the newly elected 116th Congress convenes on January 3, 2019.

For the stock market, Jupiter in Sagittarius favors the following sectors—sports, sporting goods, horses, travel, advertising, international commerce, law, higher learning and religious institutions. Interestingly, five well-known international food companies have their incorporation Sun (birthday) in Sagittarius, so may do well while Jupiter is there. They include Campbell Soup, Kellogg, McDonald’s, PepsiCo, and Wendy’s. In commodities, Jupiter/Sagittarius rules oats, which could mean an overabundance of the crop next year.

Venus, Mercury Swap Directions on November 16

We’re not out of the retrograde woods yet, as Venus hands off to Mercury on November 16 for another three weeks of planetary vacation. Venus, the money planet, gets back to work at 5:51 am after having been retrograde since October 5. Mercury, the planet that rules communications, turns retrograde at 8:33 pm through December 6. Back up your computers and get your vehicles checked before the retrograde begins!

Top Red Letter Trading Day on November 27

Finally, we get to this month’s Top Red Letter Trading Day at month’s end. Tuesday, November 27 edged out Election Day as this month’s choice mainly due to its connection to the S&P 500 natal horoscope. On that day, the Sun, Jupiter and Mercury are at 04-05 Sagittarius, aligned with one of four major “angles” in the S&P horoscope from its launch in 1957. They also are at a 120-degree angle to the Moon, at 03 Sagittarius as well as in a 90-degree square to Mars at 07 Pisces.

The 04 Sagittarius degree area is curiously aligned with eight other financial horoscope charts, including the natal Moon of the Dow Jones Industrial Average from 1896 as well as other important planets/points in the horoscope charts of both S&P 500 futures contracts, the options on futures contract, the Vanguard 500 mutual fund, the SEC, the NYSE constitution and the United States.

This month’s dates of astrological note include:

Tuesday, November 6             Uranus retrograde enters Aries

Wednesday, November 7       New Moon in Scorpio

Thursday, November 8           Jupiter enters Sagittarius

Thursday, November 15         Mars enters Pisces

Friday, November 16              Venus turns direct in Libra

                                                Mercury turns retrograde in Sagittarius

Thursday, November 22         Sun enters Sagittarius

Friday, November 23              Full Moon in Gemini

Saturday, November 24          Neptune turns direct in Pisces

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

Crude Oil

  •             Wednesday, November 7—Low
  •             Tuesday, November 20—Low

Euro FX

  •             Monday, November 5—Low

S&P 500

  •             Thursday, November 8—High
  •             Tuesday, November 27—Low


-Tuesday, November 6—Revolution Continues

On the U.S. Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, it will be clear by midday that a revolution is underway. Uranus, the planet of disruption, moves back into the sign of Aries, ruler of taking action, at 2:05 pm for a four-month reprise of revolutionary change that it spearheaded from 2011-2018. During those seven years, Uranus worked with Pluto in Capricorn to bring about transformation in business and government.

On Tuesday, Uranus is opposite the Moon (newly into passionate Scorpio at 8:02 am) and Venus (in fair-minded Libra), so late-day trading could be volatile and emotional. Also note that there is a potential for a market downdraft because it is the 28th day of the 7th lunar month of the year, a time to watch according to author Christopher Carolan.

In overnight trading hours (before the polls open), the Sun in Scorpio is trine Neptune in Pisces at 1:40 am. This connection indicates that leaders have an easy time expressing their vision. In Scorpio, the Sun represents leaders who could be hidden and just emerging, or leaders who are devious and manipulative.

Tuesday’s reports include:

  • Monday 7:30 pm  Japan PMI Composite
  • Monday 7:30 pm  Australia RBA Announcement

+Wednesday, November 7—New Beginnings

Befitting the day after an important election, a new beginning is in store on Wednesday, November 7. The New Moon occurs in Scorpio at 11:02 am, and indicates that intentions springing from deep-felt passions will find fertile ground. Note that the FOMC meeting begins under the influence of this New Moon.

Astrologically, Jupiter is in a 120-degree aspect to the Moon’s North Node, which is supportive for home prices. Also, based on previous transits at significant market turning points, a low in crude oil could occur.

Wednesday’s reports include:

  • 5:00 am  Eurozone Retail Sales
  • 10:30 am  US EIA Petroleum Status
  • 3:00 pm  New Zealand RBNZ Announcement

+Thursday, November 8—Optimism Abounds

The stock market’s gap-higher reaction to the mid-term elections looks to have gotten a jump on Jupiter’s move into Sagittarius at 7:38 am on Thursday, November 8. Jupiter rules the sign, so is quite strong regarding optimism, freedom, justice and truth. Jupiter stays in Sagittarius through December 2, 2019.

Jupiter is the planet that expands what it touches, and in equities, the following sectors could benefit from Jupiter’s positive vibe– sports, sporting goods, horses, travel, advertising, international commerce, law, higher learning and religious institutions. In commodities, Jupiter rules oats. But, for oats, Jupiter expands the supply of oats, so prices feel pressure.

Jupiter in Sagittarius

Jupiter stays in a single sign about one year, so is in Sagittarius above every 12 years. Here’s how the stock market behaved during those previous stays:

  1. November 25, 2006-December 19, 2007—Generally bullish, starting from about 1400 in the S&P 500 and ending at about 1470. Included the pre-2008 financial crisis high of 1526 in October 2007.
  2. December 10, 1994-January 3, 1996—Generally bullish, starting from about 450 and ending at about 615 in the S&P 500.
  3. December 27, 1982-January 9, 1984—Supported the new bull market that had begun in August 1982.

Based on astrological transits at previous highs, the S&P 500 could make at least a short-term high on November 8.

Thursday’s reports include:

  • 8:15 am  Canada Housing Starts
  • 8:30 am  US Jobless Claims
  • 12 noon  USDA Crop Production
  • 12 noon  USDA Supply/Demand
  • 2:00 pm  FOMC Meeting Announcement

+Friday, November 9—Money Walks the Talk

Financial matters can go exactly the way you want on Friday, November 9. The money planet Venus is in its own sign of Libra, so it makes fair deals, perhaps with previous connections given it is in retrograde motion. Venus is exactly 120 degrees away from action-taker Mars in brilliant Aquarius at 10:12 am. Pay attention to those “aha” money ideas on Friday morning, and take action to make them happen!

Friday’s reports include:

  • Thursday 8:30 pm  China CPI
  • 4:30 am  Great Britain Monthly GDP
  • 8:30 am  US PPI-FD

+Monday, November 12—Go For It

Powerful opportunities are available on Monday, November 12 as the Sun is 60 degrees away from Pluto, exact at 10:22 am Sunday.

Monday is the observed holiday for Veterans Day, so banks and the bond market are closed, as are all government offices. Stock and futures exchanges are open.

Monday’s reports include:

  • 8:00 am  India Industrial Production

+Thursday, November 15—Energy Sparks

Early sparks of energy get bogged down after the close on Thursday, November 15. In overnight trading hours, Mars in Aquarius (ruled by Uranus) takes the opportunity to lights some sparks as it makes a 60-degree aspect to Uranus at 4:31 am. These two planets are the primary ones to watch for accidents or shocks, but moreso when in “hard” aspect of 0, 90 or 180 degrees.

At 5:21 pm, Mars leaves sparky Aquarius and enters watery Pisces. All of a sudden, go-getter Mars is swimming underwater rather than flying through the air, resulting in a big slowdown in momentum.

Thursday’s reports include:

Wednesday 7:30 pm  Australia Labour Force Survey

  • 4:30 am  Great Britain Retail Sales
  • 8:30 am  US Jobless Claims
  • 8:30 am  US Retail Sales
  • 11:00 am  US EIA Petroleum Status

+Friday, November 16—Coming and Going

A big shift in energy occurs on Friday, November 16 as two planets associated with the markets change direction. The planet that rules money, Venus, turns direct in motion in its ruling sign of Libra at 5:51 am.

During this retrograde period, which began on October 5, the S&P 500 lost 179 points from the October 5 high at 2909 to the November 15 close of 2730. At the extreme, the S&P fell 306 points, to 2603, on October 29. Venus turning direct should lift that pressure.

That potential uplifting effect is dampened by Mercury retrograde, which begins at 8:33 pm Friday. Mercury is the planet that rules stock indexes and trading, and while retrograde in motion, it is not working up to snuff in its duties to support smooth, normal trading and communications. Double-check your online orders! Mercury is retrograde through December 6.

Friday’s reports include:

  • 6:00 am  Italy CPI
  • 9:15 am  US Industrial Production

-Tuesday, November 20—Squeeze It In

Pre-holiday tension builds on Tuesday, November 20, starting with action-taker Mars in a 90-degree squared to expansive Jupiter at 8:30 pm Monday. Mars wants to move forward (but in watery Pisces, it’s more like quicksand) while Jupiter in its own sign of Sagittarius wants to hear no excuses about getting things done in a big way. Meanwhile, the Moon could trigger surprises about money as it is aligned with Uranus and opposite Venus.

Based on astrological transits at previous significant lows, the crude oil market could find a bottom on Tuesday.

  • 8:30 am  US Housing Starts

-Friday, November 23–Overwhelmed

Markets could be as overwhelmed as a stuffed Thanksgiving dinner guest on Friday, November 23. The Sun changed signs early Thanksgiving morning, entering the sign of Sagittarius that wants to explore. At 12:39 am Friday, the Moon is exactly opposite the Sun, marking an emotional Full Moon in Gemini, the sign that rules trading and stock index markets.

What makes the day even more overwhelming is that Jupiter and Mercury are traveling with the Sun, so also opposite the Moon. And, all of those planets are at a 90-degree angle to action-taker Mars. All in, it could be wild day-after-Thanksgiving trade in a shortened session, with the NYSE closing at 1 pm.

For a cherry on top, two-thirds of the astrological year is on Thanksgiving Day, thus is a day that legendary trader W.D. Gann considered significant for a potential change in trend.

Friday’s reports include:

  • 3:00 am  France PMI Composite Flash
  • 3:30 am  Germany PMI Composite Flash
  • 4:00 am  Eurozone PMI Composite Flash
  • 8:30 am  Canada CPI
  • 8:30 am  Canada Retail Sales

+Monday, November 26—Enormous Growth

Big growth could occur on Monday, November 26 as the Sun exactly aligns with expansion-oriented Jupiter in Sagittarius at 1:33 pm. This shows leaders optimistic about international deals and ideals, such as Brexit.

Watery Neptune in Pisces turned direct in motion on Saturday night, which should be helpful to the crude oil market, which it rules. Interestingly, the EU agreed to the UK’s Brexit exit plan (i.e., vision, which is ruled by Neptune) on Sunday, after the planet began moving forward.

Neptune turning direct might not so helpful to holiday travelers facing increased moisture (rain or snow) and accompanying travels snafus as retrograde Mercury is at a 90-degree angle to Mars in Pisces, exact at 3:06 am.

Monday’s reports include:

  • 4:00 am  Germany Ifo Survey

+Tuesday, November 27—Support Expansion

Tuesday, November 27 is this month’s Top Red Letter Trading Day because of a once-in-a-century planetary alignment that connects to a significant area of the S&P 500 natal horoscope chart from 1957 and could mark a low.

On Tuesday, the Sun, Jupiter and Mercury will all be traveling together in the sky in the early degrees of Sagittarius for the first time since late November 1935. The Sun and Mercury are in Sagittarius every year, but Jupiter travels through that sign just once every 12 years. And, the three planets can connect in the early degrees of that sign only when Jupiter enters Sagittarius in early November, as it did this year—and in 1935, 1852, 1769 and 1686. 

  • Sun conjunct Jupiter—1:33 am, Monday, November 26
  • Sun conjunct Mercury—4:15 am, Tuesday, November 27
  • Mercury conjunct Jupiter—5:27 pm, Tuesday, November 27

For the stock market, the significance for Tuesday is that these three planets are simultaneously aligned with the one of the four major “angles” on the S&P 500 natal horoscope chart, any of which can be sensitive to planets crossing them. They also are at a 120-degree angle to the transiting (in the current sky) Moon, at 03 Sagittarius, as well as in a 90-degree square to transiting Mars at 07 Pisces.

But, what tips the scales in marking the day as a potential significant low in the S&P 500 is that the Moon in the sky is also exactly aligned with the position of Uranus when the S&P 500 index was first launched. This same Moon/Uranus connection occurred at market lows in July 1996 and March 2008.

The 04 Sagittarius degree area is curiously aligned with eight other financial horoscope charts, including the natal Moon of the Dow Jones Industrial Average from 1896 as well as other important planets/points in the horoscope charts of both S&P 500 futures contracts, the options on futures contract, the Vanguard 500 mutual fund, the SEC, the NYSE constitution and the United States. So, the Sun/Mercury/Jupiter transit of 04 Sagittarius this week also affects all those other markets and entities as well.

1935 Behavior

In 1935, the last time the Sun, Mercury and Jupiter were near 04 Sagittarius, the S&P 500 had not yet been devised. However, that same degree area marks the position of the Moon and is opposite the position of the Sun for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which has roots to 1896.

According to data from the St. Louis Federal Reserve, the DJIA was at 144.75 in November 1935, falling to 141.70 to close out the year. The Dow ultimately peaked at 188.40 in February 1937, not quite five years after the Great Depression low of 41.22 on July 8, 1932. 

Other Astrological Tidbits for Tuesday

With the Sun conjunct Mercury at 4:15 am, it means that you might have some “aha” moments from 1:21 am-7:15 am, when Mercury is in the heart of the Sun. Listen to your dreams!

Two other aspects gain strength during the trading day. First, Mars and Saturn are in position to support good strategizing. Second, Mercury retrograde is cozying up to Jupiter, so it’s a great time to reach out to old contacts in anticipation of an exuberant response.

There are no significant reports on Tuesday.

-Friday, November 30—Surprise Money

Money issues could take a surprising turn on Friday, November 30. Throughout the trading day, the money planet Venus is approaching its exact opposition to the planet of unexpected surprises, Uranus, which is exact at 9:13 pm Friday.

This is their third such connection this fall. The first was on September 12, when news that tariffs might be easing supporting the stock market, which made small gains that day. The second visit was on October 31, when the S&P 500 gapped higher on the open and closed up 29 points.

Friday’s reports include:

  • Thursday, 6:30 pm  Japan Unemployment Rate
  • Thursday, 7:50 pm  Japan Industrial Production
  • Thursday, 8:00 pm  China CFLP Manufacturing PMI
  • 2:45 am  France CPI
  • 4:00 am  Italy GDP
  • 5:00 am  Eurozone HICP Flash
  • 5:00 am  Italy CPI
  • 8:00 am  India GDP
  • 8:30 am  Canada GDP
  • 8:30 am  Canada Monthly GDP

October Review: Full Moon Madness


Wednesday, October 24, was this month’s Top Red Letter Trading Day, and even though it was a pretty impressive as the S&P 500 closed 84.59 points lower in a 91-point range day, it still stood in second place for the month on both those market measures. October’s biggest range was 103 points on October 29, when the S&P 500 set the month’s low at 2603. The month’s biggest down day was October 10, when the S&P 500 fell 94.66 points. (Both October 10 and October 29 were Red Letter Trading Days, too.)

Our top day of October 24 focused on the Full Moon in Taurus, which was talking with both the money planet Venus and trickster planet Uranus. Taken together, it was a day for watch for financial surprises. Tech stocks (Uranus) were the news leader as were the discovery of several pipe bombs (also Uranus) sent to prominent politicians. On a more positive note, the Full Moon, Venus and Uranus also were tied into Saturn, which had long-lasting financial surprise written all over it. So, no surprise that there was a single winner of the $1.6 billion Mega Millions lotto. J

A Note About Venus Retrograde

So much for looking back in time to see how the market behaved while Venus was retrograde in the sign of Scorpio, which was bullish in both 2002 and 2010. No siree. It would have been better to stick with the conventional wisdom that when money planet Venus is on vacation it puts a damper on the market.

Venus turned retrograde in motion on Friday, October 5, when the S&P 500 opened at 2902. Over the next three weeks and change, the S&P fell to a low of 2603 on October 29 for a loss of more than 10 percent at 299 points. And, we’re only half done! Venus turns direct in the early morning hours of November 16.

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 2018 SusanGSays LLC

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