Tick ...Tock ... The Cosmic Clock 
The Approaching July 2017 Alignment of the Major Planets
May 20, 2017

This article is based on the books by Bradley F. Cowan
and some of his unpublished manuscripts on market symmetry.

It is provided as an academic study and is not intended to be used as a market advisory service.

Correction: Some graphs below show the Saturn-Uranus cycle date as 7/11/2017. It is 7/18/2017.

In his first book, Four-Dimensional Stock Market Structures and Cycles, Cowan wrote that the 3 major planets: Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus define the major stock market trends. These trends can continue for years until they are disrupted when the major planets align along 300 axes. The biggest alignments, and biggest market trend reversals, are along 450, 900, 1200, 1800 axes.

Mars influences the "orb of influence" of the major planets, which provides a trigger for timing the turn on a daily chart.  Notable trend reversals have historically occurred when all 3 major planets align on a major axis at the same time with Mars.

The two simple cycles shown below are (1) Jupiter-Uranus 450 axes with Mars-Jupiter conjunctions included. And (2) Saturn-Uranus along 150 axes. You can see the biggest turns happened when they all aligned, such as the 2000, 2009, 2015, etc.



Tick Tock ...

Chapter 7, Wheels Within Wheels, of Pentagonal Time Cycle Theory showed how the 45-year Saturn-Uranus cycle rotates around the cosmos like the hands of a great grandfather clock. Centuries of these conjunctions flipped back and forth from one side of the sky to the other.

As if they were an art masterpiece, these cosmic cycles are drawn onto the mass emotions on Earth, and played out in stock market trends.

The 150 axes shown on the above charts are subdivisions of this 45-year cycle. As these harmonics increase in size, 30 to 90 to 120, their correlation with patterns of market symmetry becomes more clear.

One of the biggest subdivisions of the Saturn-Uranus cycle is when they are 1200 apart. This alignment arrives again in July 2017.

There are many more alignments happening in July that we will get to later. For now, it's instructive to use CycleTimer to look back in time at how the Saturn-Uranus 1200 and its 600 subdivision correlate with past market conditions. 

The price scale of the below chart is log and the "orb" is set to "0", so the angles are exactly 60, 120, 180, etc.

The major 1973 top and 2003 bottom occurred within days of the exact 1200 angle. In fact, this chart shows that every cycle has coincided with a major market turn, except 1996 when there was a major bull advance underway.

CycleTimer users can scroll back to the 1800's to see many additional correlations.


Tick Tock ... 45 Years Back - Top of 1973

Looking back one complete 45-year Saturn-Uranus cycle from the approaching 1200 alignment takes us to the 1/12/1973 top. The planetary alignment at that time shows a fascinating symmetry with 7/2017. Not only are Saturn and Uranus at the same 1200 aspect, but both Saturn and Uranus have flipped over 1800 from their 1973 positions. And Jupiter has moved to the Uranus 1973 location.


The daily SP500 chart shows how closely these two major cycles were to the actual top, with the Jupiter-Uranus cycle missing by just a few days . Note that the "orb" is set to zero so the calculated angles are exact multiples of 900.


Tick Tock ... 30 Years Back - Crash of '87 

The crash of October 1987 occured near the Saturn-Uranus conjunction. Thirty years later Saturn will have returned to the 10/5/1987 location of Saturn and Uranus, which is also 1800 from  the 2002 low, 1800 from the 1973 top, 1800 from the 1914 market closing, and 3600 from the tops in 1929 and 1899.

CycleTimer users can put 180 in "Delta" and start in July 2017 to look back at this cycle on a daily chart.

Uranus will have moved 1200 to Jupiter's 10/5/1987 location on this same date in July 2017.  

On July 2, 2017 Jupiter will be EXACTLY 1800 from its location during the "Black Monday" crash of 10/19/1987.

Mars will square Uranus on 7/7/2017, as it did on Black Monday, 10/19/1987, having squared Saturn the week before on 10/10/1987.  This time Mars squares Jupiter and Uranus on the same day, 7/7/2017, and is 1500 from Saturn.


Tick Tock ... 15 Years Back - 2003 Bottom

The triple bottom of 2002-2003 was complete when the Gann 450 angle was broken. Comparing the cosmos during this time to July 2017 shows that Saturn has flipped over 1800 and Uranus has moved 600,  returning to the 1200 aspect.

Mars squared Jupiter and Uranus within days of the 2003 bottom, as it does in July.


Jupiter-Uranus 1800 Cycle

Every 14 years Jupiter and Uranus are in opposition, 1800. This cycle returns on 7/11/2017, the same day as Saturn-Uranus 1800, and only 5 days after Mars Squares them both. That is a lot of cycles aligning within a small time window.

This cycle arrived at the top in 1976 and during the bear market of 1962, with Mars-Jupiter squaring at the 1962 top, a few weeks earlier.


The 1962 bear market was 55 years, or 4 complete Jupiter-Uranus cycles from 2017. Looking back another 55 years is the "Rich Man's Panic of 1907". Jupiter-Uranus reached 1800 right at the start of the panic, with Saturn-Uranus 600 defining the actual top a year earlier.

CycleTimer users should continue this review by charting the daily DJIA data from 1896 and scrolling in time to see the cycles.



Many large planetary cycles align during the month of July, 2017. Historically, when this has happened it has caused market trend disruption. When only two planets have aligned it has caused volatility. Three aligning at the same time is less common, and produces a higher probability of forecasting success.

Of course, this must be viewed within the context of the 17-year cycle bottom. And always keep in mind that the market will do as it wishes, not as we wish. But at least you are now aware that the red flags have been set.

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