Planetary Stock Trading by Bill Meridian (third edition)
Planetary Stock Trading is a book written by a financial astrologer and fund manager Bill Meridian. It is a manual on how to spot stock market winners by their first trade horoscopes and their astrological transits. Meridian makes use of several concepts in the book which are not common in traditional astrology, including the use of declinations, the inclusion of asteroids and hypothetical planets, and the study of first trade charts instead of incorporation charts.
Traditionally, when predicting a company’s share price, most astrologers use the incorporation dates of the company. However, Meridian finds that the first-trade dates of the shares give better results when predicting the price movements. He explains that the incorporation charts dictate how the company is doing, while the first-trade charts govern the expectations of the investors. Here is a simple combination of possible results when the two charts agree or disagree:
|Good Transits in First-Trade||Bad Transits in First-Trade|
|Good Transits in Incorporation||The company is doing well. The investors buy accordingly.||The company is doing well, but falls short of investors’ expectations. The share price is likely to fall.|
|Bad Transits in Incorporation||The company is not doing well, but the investors expect it to get better soon. The share price is likely to go up.||The company is not doing well. The investors sell accordingly.|
Regarding the incorporation charts, Meridian notes that different states in the US have different practice. In Delaware, the exact time of the incorporation is stamped on the formal document, so the transit could be exact to the minute. In other states like California, the existence of the corporation starts at midnight of that particular day. In any case, Meridian recommends to use two charts: one with the legal time of incorporation, another with its first business opening (usually 9 am in the morning).
If a trader decides to work with both charts, Meridian suggests that he shall focus on the shared areas. For example, IBM was incorporated when the Sun was in Aquarius, and it also started trading its shares when the Sun was under the same sign. Therefore, transits to IBM’s Sun (and to the sign of Aquarius in general) will be more powerful than usual. For example, as illustrated in Example 4 in the third edition, when Saturn entered Aquarius in 1991 and stayed there until 1994, the share price of IBM resulted in a slump.
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