Clarification on the Stock Market 'Correction'
Dear Friend and Reader:
In Saturday's monthly edition
, I said incorrectly that the S&P 500 had dropped 5,000 points — more points than the entire index contains. Actually, it was closer to 500 points, so I added a factor of 10. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, however, was down by about 4,000 points, from a high of 29,551 on Feb. 12 to a low of 25,409 on Feb. 29.
For S&P and Nasdaq, this represented a drop in market value of about 15% through late February. A drop of just 10% is considered "correction" territory so this is quite a shock to the system.
By Monday, traders seemed to get a grip on themselves
, as the Federal Reserve and Bank of Japan were promising stimulus measures. With the Fed, you wonder how low interest rates can go before they start paying banks to borrow money from them.
What amazes me is how little it takes to get how big an effect, in terms of economic conditions. This is an indication of how precarious the system is.
During Mercury Retrograde
Remember that this is all happening right in the midst of a messy retrograde of Mercury. The notion of a worldwide epidemic — supported by scientific data — is new to the ears of just about everyone. Recent scares of a worldwide problem have proven to be unfounded.
We will know more Wednesday when Mercury re-enters Aquarius, and more on the 9th when Mercury stations direct.
Apologies for the error.
Additionally, I have written a new set of birthday readings for the March 2-11 stretch of time. The set we published last night was not up to my specifications for simplicity, clarity and affirmative values.
Those are included below.
Thank you for your business and your trust.
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Daily Birthday Readings from Planet Waves
If it's your birthday this week, many happy returns to you. The following readings span from March 2-11. Please note you can also read these entries as daily posts at their tab on our new website
By Eric Francis
Monday, March 2, 2020
(The Day of Undying Loyalty)
Make feeling at home and at ease in your own space a priority. Your personal sanctuary, where you can release the outside world, rest and revive your energies, is essential to your emotional equilibrium. If domestic relationships are a source of tension, discuss that openly. If you're looking to finance home improvements, start small, on projects that you can do yourself. Acknowledge what needs to be done and set your intentions.
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
(The Day of Design)
Being truthful presents challenges for many people, and you must rise to them. Be honest with yourself, which includes presenting your truth to the people around you. If this makes you nervous, ask yourself why. Gradually, take down the various veils that conceal who you are, from yourself and from others. It is not actually possible to live in a bubble. If you think you do, burst it and set yourself free.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
(The Day of Creative Isolation)
It is one thing to avoid conflict as a means of escapism. It's another thing to recognize drama for what it is, and step back from it. Be mindful of the ways that people try to drag you in, and the ways you tend to fall for it. You have the opportunity to work with the miracle of what some call "art" and transform your personal challenges into experiences that offer you growth, and create beauty. Your most productive world is within you, rather than around you.
Thursday, March 5, 2020
(The Day of Heaven and Hell)
Be not afraid to look someone in the eye and tell them what you know to be true. Be not afraid to walk away and do your own thing. Do you really need to explain yourself? Ask this with special emphasis if you've tried to do so many times and not succeeded. Set a high standard on the use of language. If what you're saying is not beautiful, then you probably don't need to be saying it.
Friday, March 6, 2020
(The Day of the Beauty Lovers)
Be cautious of saying too much, or speaking spontaneously. Invest time and energy in listening. Write your thoughts, and then rewrite them, and gain some inner clarity. Yet the way to do that is not anywhere near the public eye, or with any form of an audience. This is a big change from what we're used to these days, always having a coffee table to stand on. I have a better idea: use it for coffee, and your notebook.
Astrology Studio for Pisces | A New Reading by Eric Francis
This is a momentous time in collective history, and a turning point in your life. As the year develops, most of the movement — including Pisces' ruling planet Jupiter, and the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction — will be pointing into Aquarius, the most sensitive and innermost angle of your chart. I will also cover the retrogrades of Venus and Mars, and the forthcoming Jupiter-Pluto conjunction in your friendship sign Capricorn. Mostly, I will help you orient on your profound journey, and offer guidance how to harmonize with the world at this unusual time. Pre-order this reading here
Saturday, March 7, 2020
(The Day of the Abstract Structure)
You may be wondering what you've been through the past couple of years, and why your life was so challenging. That wave has passed, and you will find it much easier to get some traction and have a clear thought. That implies keeping all four wheels on the ground, and staying out of the mud. Stick to traveling on solid earth. You don't need to take unnecessary risks to have an adventure, and you don't need to change in order to please anyone. Be your own best friend and you will notice who is truly interested in you.
Sunday, March 8, 2020
(The Day of Nonconformity)
Today's Sun-Neptune meeting on your birthday is a personal blessing, and will grant you the ability to shape your own character. You get to be who you want to be, as long as you're true to your deeper nature — which is versatile and flexible. Think of your life as an experiment in discovery. Grant yourself the freedom to experiment. It's a gift that few people ever give themselves. This will set you apart, and you may need to make new, equally courageous friends.
Monday, March 9, 2020
(The Day of the Voyager)
The extraordinary astrology on your birthday describes a year of setting your spirit free. Projects and personal growth endeavors that seemed delayed or stalled out will now tend to yield to your willpower. The approaching Full Moon is about deadlocks coming loose, and Mercury direct will help you gain a deeper understanding of your own motives, and those of the people you care about. Yet you must be fully attentive, and use what you know.
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
(The Day of the Soul Searchers)
You will now have a better sense of who you trust and can rely upon. This must be your first qualification before making, or receiving, a commitment from anyone. Many elements of your life are in transition. The thing they are in transition toward is more grounded, mutual forms of understanding and reliance. You need no rosy, romantic notions of relationship. If it's easy to set a time and place for dinner, that's a good indication of commitment. If everyone shows up, that's even better.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
(The Day of Progressive Intuition)
We are told over and over through life that we must adjust ourselves for others. There is a limit to which this is possible, though when it is, there is usually a mutual meeting involved, where two people create some changes together and are both the better for it. Yet this is a rare condition, requiring sincerity and strength of character. Therefore, be wary of any relationship where you have to make any adjustment that another person is not willing to make in kind.
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