The decline in the stocks market is in keeping with our expectations of the bearish effect of the Venus retrograde cycle. As I noted in last week's post, the once-every-18-month Venus retrograde cycle is more often correlated with declines, especially if the market has been rallying beforehand. Venus turned retrograde on Friday, October 5 and will continue its apparent backward journey through the sky until November 16.
As I suggested last week, the entire cycle isn't always negative from start to finish. Instead, it should be seen as a 40-day period when some kind of meaningful decline is more likely to occur, even if stocks may sometimes recover before the end of the retrograde cycle. In that sense, the Venus Rx cycle has already fulfilled its bearish potential already, regardless if it rebounds or not by mid-November.
While US markets are generally lower at the time of writing (Monday midday), this week stocks could see a brief rebound. Monday's Mercury-Venus conjunction looks somewhat positive although the conjunction with the Mars node reduces the probability of gains from high to moderate. The late week Mercury-Mars square aspect looks clearly more negative, however, so that increases the likelihood that the rebound may fail as early as Wednesday or perhaps Thursday. Friday's Sun-Moon-Jupiter looks more positive, however, especially if there has been some more selling in the days prior.
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