We are what we think; all that we are, arises with our thoughts; with our thoughts, we make the world.

 One of the most popular activities to hit the investment world during the past decade has been the trading of foreign currencies, or “forex” trading as it is more commonly called. This investment medium is not for the faint of heart. It requires discipline and decisive decision making skills, best obtained through rigorous training and practice trading routines. Charting and business cycle analysis are key factors for success in this high risk, highly stressful environment. Every trader seeks consistency and knowledge that will give him a competitive edge, and quite a few have looked to astrology for whatever insights are available from this predictive genre. 

As much as we would like to believe that our financial markets behave according to natural laws in the universe, the fact is that market movements are dictated by the global consensus of trader and investor psychology. Human nature drives the market, and therefore, anything that influences the human psyche must be taken into account. Financial Astrology is all about repeating cycles, the very basis of market technical analysis. Another salient fact is that W. D. Gann, one of the founders of today’s sophisticated technical analysis processes, was a known user of astrology principles to refine his various trading methods. And, it was none other than J. P. Morgan that is attributed with coining the phrase, “Anyone can become a millionaire, but to become a billionaire you need an astrologer.”

 Like any other form of analysis, one can go as deeply as one likes with astrology to assist in the development of personalized forex education to develop wise investment strategies. Some enthusiasts have gone so far as to produce “birth charts” based on a nation’s formative date, presumed to also be the birthing date of its national currency. Interpreting these charts is an art form, but one need not go to this level of complexity to gain valued insights. As a starting point, astrology measures the positions of the planets, Moon, and the Sun in our solar system to gauge their respective levels of influence on our behavior. The most basic insights would be gained from reviewing these impacts as they apply to online forex cycles or to our individual trading characteristics.

 Many books and academic papers have been devoted to studying the impact of the Sun and the Moon on various business market cycles. Phases of the Moon do affect human behavior. The evidence is substantial, and the ongoing research no longer must prove the hypothesis, but must determine the extent to which it can be measured. As powerful as the Moon is in producing global tidal effects, its related effect on human nature may suggest timing considerations that can be discerned when correlating phase data with market activity.

 Our individual signs may also provide worthy information for improving our personal effectiveness as traders in the forex world. Discipline and emotional control are necessary factors for success, and quite a few astrological signs should be more wary than others of their specific needs in these two vital areas. Studies in trading psychology have confirmed that a successful trader must block his emotional input to be effective. This result is commonly achieved by using a detailed trading plan, practiced to the point of becoming habitual. Ares, Taurus, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius should heed this advice. Leo, Cancer, and Gemini may need to trade in a group environment to be successful, but Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces seem to be more naturally inclined to the trading regimen.  

The role of astrology may depend on the user, but its insights are available if desired.

Guest contribution provided by Forex Traders.

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