The next set of indicators and tools demonstrate the true power of the Galactic Trader program. In this article we will describe the tools, how to apply them to charts, and edit them to your own parameters. This is not necessarily a tutorial for the trading applications of these indicators.
The first time you open the Galactic Trader program, you will see it building the Ephemeris database. This is the database from which all of the planetary tools are calculated.
After the Ephemeris database has been created, there are a few things which you must do to "personalize" the settings of the planetary tools. The most important is the setup for the Live Planetary Time Clock.
Click on Planets in the Main Menu and choose Live Planetary Time Clock. You will see the following window appear:
Click on Options in the Window's Main Menu and choose Setup. You will see the window below.
Within this window, you need to input the correct settings for your longitude, latitude, and time zone. Some traders like to use the settings for the exchange they are trading, but if you choose to use your own town, you can look up the correct settings for your location. In the example, we have used the settings for St. Augustine, Florida. Note that locations west of GMT are positive numbers, and locations east of GMT are negative. Make sure to check the Daylight Savings box if Daylight Savings is in effect (i.e. from the 1st Sunday in April until the last Sunday in October, unless you live in Arizona or another place where Daylight Savings is not observed). This function is not automatic, so it must be manually enabled and disabled when Daylight Savings time begins and ends.
Now we can begin to learn about the Planetary Tools.
Planetary Lines is an inclusive term which covers many tools. At this point you will need to open a chart to explore these tools. Once you have a chart on the screen, click on Planets and choose Planetary Lines. You will see this window:
Within this window we have access to all of the Planetary tools which plot in line format on your chart. To add any of these tools to your chart, just click on the tool you wish to add and then click on ADD. The tool will then appear on the list in the top half of the window. Click EXIT to go back to your Chart, and the tool will be added to the chart. You can also double click your left mouse button on any tool to add it to the top list.
You can edit the default parameters of any tool in this window and create new tools with the settings of your choice. To create a new tool, click once on the tool you wish to edit in the lower half of the window, then click on the EDIT button in the bottom of the window. This will bring up the EDIT window for that tool. You can change any of the default parameters and assign a new name to the tool in the box provided, then click SAVE AS NEW to save this new tool on the list. If you wish to just change the default parameters for a tool, just click on SAVE AS DEFAULT, and this will save the changes to that tool on the permanent list.
You can delete any new tool you have created by highlighting the tool in the list and then clicking on Delete in the bottom of the window. You can only delete tools that you have created. You cannot delete the Default tools.
The same functions described in this section apply to the list of Planetary Aspects tools. You can Add, Edit and Delete them using the same commands. To access the Planetary Aspects Tools, click on Planets and choose Aspects. You will see this window:
All Planetary Line and Aspect Tools can be temporarily edited for a particular chart.. You can do this in one of two ways. The first is from the Tool List. To edit a tool from the Tool List, click to highlight the tool you wish to edit in the top list of the window, and then click the EDIT button in the middle of the window. You can change the parameters for that tool in the Edit Window and then click Exit to return to the list. These changes will only affect the tool for the Chart which you are currently viewing.
Within this window you can also Delete a tool from the current chart by highlighting the tool in the top list and clicking on the DELETE button in the middle of the window. If you click DELETE ALL in the middle of the window, all tools will be deleted from the current chart.
Once you have added a planetary tool to your chart, you can Edit that tool directly from the chart if you wish. You will notice that as soon as you add tools to a chart, the name of that tool will appear on the top left corner of the Chart. You can right-click on the name of the tool to access a drop-down window which allows you the following options: EDIT, DO NOT SHOW, and DELETE. If you choose EDIT, you will access the Edit window for that tool, where you can change the parameters of the tool and then click EXIT to return to the Chart. The changes to the tool will now be reflected in that Chart. If you choose DO NOT SHOW, that tool will be visually removed from the Chart. You can reapply it to the Chart by right-clicking on the name of the tool, and choosing SHOW. If you choose DELETE, this tool will be completely removed from this chart.
Now we can look at the individual Planetary Tools to better understand their applications. Here we have a list of all of the Planetary Line Tools and all of the Planetary Aspect Tools. Following will be a description of each tool and it's intended applications. You may find new applications for our tools which we never considered. The beauty of this program is that it allows you the potential to follow your own research paths with relative ease.
Planetary Line Tools
Planetary Aspect Tools
24 Price Lines: The 24 Price Lines are a simple line format tool which project price levels on your chart which are representative of a particular geometry. At the default setting, they will project horizontal lines at multiples of 24. That could be 24¢, 24 points, 240 points, etc. Our research has shown that price reacts at these levels, and also that planets moving across these levels (multiples of 24°) create energetic points as well.
Planetary Price Lines
Planetary Price Lines (Sun/Earth Price Line, Moon Price Line, Mercury Price Line, Venus Price Line, etc.) are Harmonic representations of the position of a planet or planetary element in PRICE. The important thing to remember is looking at planetary positions in this manner is that the Universal Clock setting determines which aspects you are viewing. For example, if you set a Sun Price Line to G (Geocentric), 30° (Universal Clock setting), N (No Mirror), and use a Pluto Price Line with the same settings, you will be viewing the price points created by the crossings of the two lines which are visual representations of geocentric aspects between the Sun and Pluto at multiples of 30°. In this way, you can find the most powerful points in price which related to any planetary pairing. For example, on October 8, 1998 we saw a MAJOR reversal of trend in the stock market. On that day there was a conjunction between Mars and the Moon's North Node. To see this conjunction in price, all we need to do is set the Mars Price Line and North T. Node Price Lines on any chart, with a degree value (Universal Clock setting) of 360 (360 is the same as 0 on the wheel). Note: DO NOT EVER USE A VALUE ON 0 (ZERO) OF THE UNIVERSAL CLOCK SETTING. Using a 360 setting, you would be looking at the conjunction points between Mars and the North T. Node in PRICE. You would also want to view the same two Price Lines with the setting of Y for the Mirror, especially if you are analyzing a market in downtrend. The Mirror concept is a proprietary tool of the Galactic Trader and is simply the position of the planet inverted across 0 degrees. It may sound strange, but it works, especially for markets in downtrend. Let's look at a chart for the S&P future market on October 8, 1998, with the Mars and North T. Node Price Lines set to G, 360, Y, -1 (we use a -1 factor to keep the calculation at 1 degree = 1 point).
PRICE POSITION OF MARS-NORTH NODE CONJUNCTION
Within a range of 360 points, the Mars - North T. Node conjunction occurred at only one price, 929.4. The low of the S&P futures on that day was 929. This is not a form-fitted point. Suffice it to say that this can be a very powerful tool.
If you wanted to see the price levels representative of an opposition (180° aspect) between two planets, you need only set the degree value (Universal Clock setting) to 180 for those two planets. Likewise, a setting of 120 will pinpoint the powerful price levels when two planets are in trine. A square can be found with 90 degree settings, and a quintile with 72 degree settings. It is that easy, and it works extremely well for finding reversal points.
You will note when looking at the Planetary Price Lines on your charts, that sometimes one line is thicker than the others. This represents the 1st harmonic, or actual position of the planet in price. These 1st harmonic lines are very powerful.
Regarding the factor setting, this setting is used to manually adjust the calculation for degree to price point values. Sometimes the program will automatically adjust to the proper setting, but sometimes you will notice that the lines appear to be moving "too fast". In this case, adjust the factor from 0 to -1. You will probably never need to use any other settings besides 0 or -1. Here is an example. If you viewed a December 1998 S&P futures chart, with a Sun Price Line set to G, 90, N, and a factor of 0, you will note that the line is moving "too fast". A sun Line should always define the trend of a market. Change the factor to -1 and note the difference.
INCORRECT FACTOR SETTING
CORRECT FACTOR SETTING
The proper factor setting is usually very easy to determine with just a few moments of visual scanning. Remember, W.D. Gann always said that Time = Price, so it is logical to assume that the market, in a trend, is likely to move an average of one price unit per day, just as the Sun moves roughly one degree per day, so with the correct factor setting, price trends should follow the trajectory of the Sun Line.
To familiarize yourself with the concept of viewing aspects in this way, practice by looking at all of the planetary aspects which are occurring in the next week, and then set the Price Lines on one of your Charts to find the critical price levels which those aspects are creating.
This Planetary Tool will plot the declination of the planet as a sub-chart below your chart. Sometimes you may find that the rhythm of a market responds to the cycle of declination of a particular planet, in which case this can be used as an oscillator of sorts.
Declination is the angular distance of a heavenly body either north or south of the celestial equator, and is measured in degrees - equivalent to the degrees of latitude on Earth. i.e. up to 90° north or 90° south.
This tool will take the average longitude of two or more planets and plot that average in price. Like the Planetary Lines, the thicker line represents the actual position of the average, and the Universal Clock setting controls the harmonic distance between the lines on the Chart. If you use a setting of 360 for an average of two planets, you will effectively be viewing the plot of the midpoint between them. Using a value of 180, you will see a plot of the midpoint and the point opposite to the midpoint.
Planetary Longitude Lines
This tool will plot the actual longitude of a planet as a sub-chart on your chart, on a scale from 0° to 360°. These can be useful as long-term oscillators. If you overlay two planets in one sub-chart, the crossover points show you where the planets are in conjunction.
Planetary Right Ascention Lines
This tool will plot the degree of Right Ascention of a planetary element. Right Ascention is the angular distance measured along the celestial equator from the VERNAL POINT in degrees from 0 to 360. This tool is plotted in a sub-chart on your chart. Right ascention and declination are the principle celestial coordinates used in astronomy for locating objects in the sky.
Planetary Latitude Lines
This tool plots as a sub-chart on your chart the angular distance in degrees of a planetary element above or below the plane of the ecliptic. This tool can function well as an oscillator.
Planet Positions Date/Time Lines (Version 4 R17 or later)
This tool plots on the chart the actual planet position for an specific date and time.
Planetary Aspect Tools
This next list of tools are accessible through the heading Aspects under the Main Menu heading of Planets. All of the tools in this section are graphically represented on a Chart as colored price bars. For example, if you choose to show an Angle Between Planets tool, with the Angle setting of 30 degrees, the planets chosen as Sun and Jupiter, on a Geocentric setting, and a Y (yes) for multiples. You will see (on a Daily Chart) the price bars appear in the color of your choice on the days that these particular aspects occur. In other words, the days on which any Sun-Jupiter aspect which is a multiple of 30 degrees will be highlighted. (This will include 30°, 60°, 90°, 120°, 150°, 180°, and 360° aspects.)
Likewise, if you choose to display Lunar Eclipse dates, those price bars will be colored which correspond to the day the eclipse occurs. If a chosen aspect occurs over the weekend, the program will highlight either Friday's price bar or Monday's price bar, depending upon whether the aspect occurred on Saturday (moves to Friday), or Sunday (moves to Monday).
The program will also show you the location of the next aspect in the series projected to the right side of the last available price bar. This future aspect date will be shown as the same price range of the last occurrence. You can use your "crosshair" tool to locate the date of the next aspect in time.
If you are viewing aspects on an Intraday chart, the program will color the corresponding price bar closest to the minute that the aspect occurs.
You can right click on the aspect name that appears on the chart to access a quick menu, there you are able to edit, hide, delete or have a quick statistics (version 4 R21 or later) about the aspect.
Following is a list of all of the Aspect Tools available in this section. We have designed the list to allow you to research just about any planetary event on your price charts.
Angle Between Planets
The angular relationship between two planets is known as an aspect. Aspects are the separation or distance between two planets calculated in degrees. Aspects are based on divisions of a circle (360°). For example, dividing a circle in half results in an aspect of 180° (360 ÷ 2). Two planets at 180° apart are known to be in an opposition aspect or relationship. The division of a circle by 3 results in 120° known as the trine aspect. The traditional aspects that have been used since ancient times are as follows:
Separation Name Circle ÷ by
0° Conjunction 0
However, where the markets are concerned, several other aspects are also important:
45° Semi-square 8
There are 12 signs of the zodiac containing 30° each in the 360° circle. As the planets travel (transit) through the 360°, they pass from one sign to the next. Planets changing signs is also known as planetary ingresses. The date a planet changes signs can be the timing of a high, low or reversal of price in many markets.
Planets All Signs
This option enables research of a planet in any degree (1° through 30°) of a sign. For example the default is set for 15°, because this degree is particularly sensitive for reversals in many markets.
Varying points of the 360° circle are sensitive as support and resistance areas when correlated to price. These points are displayed on the chart as a horizontal line. A default of 24 is illustrated as these lines offer great support or resistance for many markets. Also try 15, 30, 45, or be creative and research others.
A New Moon occurs on average every 29 days 12 hours 44 minutes, then the Moon makes a conjunction with the Sun. A New Moon is also called a lunation and represents the beginning of a new monthly cycle.
The Full Moon occurs at the mid-cycle of two New Moons, when the Moon makes an opposition to the Sun. Many markets respond to the New and Full Moon cycles.
A Lunar Eclipse occurs only at a Full Moon, but not at every Full Moon, only when the Earth passes directly between the Moon and the Sun and casts its shadow on the surface of the Moon. An eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon are in opposition (Full Moon) and close to the Moon's Nodes. If the Moon is particularly close to the Earth it will be a TOTAL ECLIPSE. If the distance of the Moon and Earth is greater, the eclipse may only be PENUMBRAL, meaning that the Moon is passing through the penumbra, or half shadow of the Earth. If the Moon has sufficient latitude, the eclipse will be PARTIAL, meaning only a portion of its surface is blocked or occulted by the Earth. Throughout history, eclipses have been regarded as triggers of major world events.
A Solar Eclipse occurs at a New Moon (Sun/Moon conjunction), but only when the Sun, Moon and Earth are involved, and when the Moon stands between the Sun and Earth blocking the light of the Sun and casting a shadow on the Earth. Solar Eclipses occur when the Sun/Moon conjunction is near one of the Nodes at which point the orbit of the Earth and Moon intersect. If at the time of an eclipse the Moon is particularly close to the Earth (near its perigee) then it is called a TOTAL eclipse. If the distance between the Moon and the Earth is greater, the eclipse may be ANNULAR, when the Moon only blocks the central portion of the Sun. If the Moon has sufficient latitude a PARTIAL eclipse may occur, meaning only part of the Sun is blocked by the Moon.
Two long term eclipse cycles that have influence on some stocks and commodities are the Saros cycles and the Metonic cycle.
The Saros cycle, discovered by ancient Chaldean astrologer-priests, is a period of 6,585 days or 18 years, plus 10 to 12 days, depending upon leap years. This cycle is when the Sun, Moon and Node return to almost the same relative positions that the eclipse of the following cycle occurs in approximately the same order, for the same length of time and so forth. It was this cycle that enabled the astrologer-priests to predict the next eclipse with great precision.
The Metonic cycle has no relationship to the Saros cycle. It has 19 year intervals where an eclipse repeats in approximately the same degree of the zodiac and on the same date 19 years later.
Going Retrograde / Going Direct
Retrograde (from the Latin term, to step backwards) is the apparent backward motion of a planet along the zodiac belt when viewed from Earth. Mercury appears to be moving backwards or retrograding for approximately 3 weeks, 3 to 4 times per year. Venus stays retrograde for about 6 weeks, every 18 months. Mars appears to be in retrograde motion for approximately 12 weeks every 2 years. Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are in retrograde motion 4 to 5 months out of every year.
The date a planet goes retrograde and also the date a planet resumes forward motion again (or goes DIRECT) are displayed on the screen as a highlighted bar with a backwards arrow for one retrograde start date and a highlighted bar with a forward arrow for direct date.
Planets In Aries (To Pisces)
This option enables viewing of market action (price bars) while a planet is traveling through the entire sign. The screen display shows highlighted bars for the whole period of time a chosen planet (or planets) is in a chosen sign.
Planets In Conjunction
This option enables a quick look at conjunctions of planets. The same results can be achieved by using the 1st option under the aspect menu (000 Angle Between Planets), but if the research only related to conjunctions then this quick method saves time.
Planets Together On Wheel
See information under Universal Clock. This will show when the planets chosen are at a multiple of 24° distance from one another
Aspects To A Fixed Angle
Through this facility you can take the natal positions (positions of the planets at the time of the Incorporation or 1st Trade of a stock or commodity), positions of FIXED STARS, ECLIPSES, Sensitive points or any other point, and insert them into the program to be used to aspect the Transit Planets to this point. For example: if the natal Sun in a stock chart is at 20° of Capricorn, this position can be used to aspect to the transiting planets in order to establish the very personal cycles related to this stock alone. In order to insert the Sun at 20° Capricorn, it must be changed into its equivalent number on the 360° circle.
0° to 30° Aries = 0° to 30°
0° to 30° Libra = 180° to 210°
20° of Capricorn: Capricorn = 270° + 20° = 290°. 290° would be the number inserted into the program, called the Fixed Angle degree, to use to aspect the transit planets to. Dates the actual aspects occur will be shown as a highlighted bar on the screen.
Planets In Parallel
This facility gives the dates as highlighted bars of when your choice of two planets are at the same degree of declination. Parallels are powerful aspects for reversals of price in many markets.
Planets In Contraparallel
This facility also gives highlighted bars on the dates the two planets of your choice are at the same degree of declination, but one is North declination and the other is South declination. Again these are powerful reversal dates for many markets.
NOTE: You can visually see the declinations of the planets under the PLANETARY LINE Section where you would choose #12 through #22.
This facility gives the dates as highlighted bars when the two planets of your choice are at the same degree of latitude. These dates are often important market reversals.
Latitude Angle Between Two Planets
This facility gives you the ability to put in an aspect value for the planet at Latitude.
#28, 29 & 30
Gives the dates of the planet of your choice at 0° Latitude, Maximum North Latitude or Maximum South Latitude. These dates are also strong reversal dates in many markets.
Maximum distance of each planet from the Sun. Shows important reversal points (Highs/Lows) in many markets.
Minimum distance of each planet from the Sun. Shows important reversal points (Highs/Lows) in many markets.
Click on Planets and choose ASPECTS RESEARCH and you will see this window:
You will see listed here the Aspects which are occurring today. The default setting will list geocentric aspects. To view heliocentric aspects, click on the Helio option on the lower right -hand corner of the window. Click on the Geo option to return to viewing geocentric aspects.
If you click on the MONTH button, you will view a list of aspects for the entire month. If you click on the OPTIONS button, you can set the options for which aspects you would like to see in this list.
You can change the exact date, month or year by using the date, month, or year by using the calendar in the upper right of the window. Simply click on a calendar date to view aspects for that day. Click on the down arrows next to the month or year to choose a different one from the drop-down lists.
Click on File in the upper left corner to access Print options or to Exit the window. You can print an entire month or year of aspects.
This window can be accessed directly from your Chart, if you Left Click on any price bar, or shift + left click for Fibonacci/Galactic Trader combined program, the Aspects Research window will appear with the calendar set to the date of the price bar you chose. This makes research easier, as you are able to view quickly the aspects which were occurring around any major reversal by simply clicking on the reversal bar.
The next option under Planets on the Main Menu is View Ephemeris. This option will access a graphic ephemeris.
On any visual representation of the graphic ephemeris you can click on the option Show Planets to choose to show or not show them on the ephemeris itself.
On the Ephemeris window, you will see several icons. The icon to the far right, under the calendar, appears as a circle with dots inside. This icon changes the graphic ephemeris from line format to wheel format. If you point your mouse to any planetary element within the wheel, the position of that element will be displayed in the lower right corner of the window.
Continuing on with the icons, the next icon appears as a cross between SUN and EARTH. This icon will change the graphic ephemeris to view a plot of elongation. Elongation is the distance (east or west) that a planet appears from the Sun. In other words, from our view on Earth, the planets can be seen in a relationship to the position of the Sun, and this angular relationship is expressed from -180 degrees to +180 degrees, with the Sun at 0°.
The two icons on the left, which appear as a EARTH and SUN, respectively, control the graphic ephemeris view. Click on the EARTH icon to view the Geocentric positions of the planets. Click on the SUN to view the Heliocentric positions.
Live Planetary Time Clock
The next option under Planets on the Main Menu is Live Planetary Time Clock. This option will give you the ability to view the positions of the Planets in "real time". The Live Planetary Time Clock is updated every second, if you have the "Real Time" option checked, under Options on the Menu.
The Setup option was covered at the beginning of the Planetary Tools section. Below this option, you can click on the word Geocentric/Heliocentric to toggle from one view to the other. You also have the option to set the printout to Color print if you click on Set Date under Options, you will access the calendar. You can change the Year, Month, Date, and Time to view using the calendar.
Under Aspects on the Menu of the Live Planetary Time Clock, you have the following options:
If you choose Options under this Menu, you will open the Aspects Options window, where you can specify which aspects you wish to show in the Aspects List. Special Aspect angles of your choice can be entered into one of six options for Special Angles.
The Show Lines option under Aspects simply determines whether the aspect angle lines are shown on the graphic ephemeris. Which lines are shown is determined by the options to show 24 hour aspects, 1 hour aspects, or 5 minute aspects. Special Angle lines will not be displayed, but the Aspects will be shown in the Aspect List.
If you choose the option to Show Aspects List, you will open this window:
All aspects for the current day or the date of your choice (using the Set Date option) will be listed here, including any special angles you set in the Options function.
If you "maximize" the Live Planetary Time Clock to a full screen view, all planetary positions will be listed in the upper left corner of the window. If the window is not "maximized", you can point your mouse at any planet to view its position in the upper left corner.
In this manual, we will not attempt to explain the purpose of the Universal Clock. Rather, we suggest that you read Jeanne Long's book "The Universal Clock". Here we will only describe the functions within this window. If you choose Universal Clock from the Planets Menu, you will see the Universal Clock wheel. Planetary positions are displayed in the upper left corner. Planet's positions on the clock itself are displayed within the segments of the wheel. Around the outer wheel planetary positions are displayed as per their position on the wheel of 360°. You can point at any planet to see it's exact position displayed in the center of the wheel.
The options for the Universal Clock are all accessible from the top right corner of the window. Click on Geocentric/Heliocentric to toggle between both views. Click on External Wheel to set the parameters for the external price wheel. Click on Real Time On/Off to toggle between up-to-the-second updates or daily updates. Click on Angles On/Off to show degrees (0-360) on the outside of the wheel. Click on Time On/Off to choose to show time of day on the outside of the wheel. Click on N-S On/Off to show compass directions on the outside of the wheel. Click Print to print the current screen. Click Contract to choose price data to show within the wheel. The price range for the day for the symbol you choose will be highlighted in red on the Universal Clock.
If you choose Planetary Prices under the Planets Menu, you will see the planetary prices window. This option gives you the ability to see planetary price lines at the degree setting of your choice for an entire year. You can also set the price range if you wish to see a specific range of price. For example, if you wish to see the price structure created by the squares between Jupiter and Neptune and Saturn, Uranus and the North Node for the entire year of 1999 within the price range of 300-500, you would use the settings in this example:
Astronomical Time Bands
This is the next option under the Planets menu. This tool is used to project time counts into the future. To use this tool, click Planets, then choose Astronomical Time Bands, and click Parameters in the fly-out window. Here you can set the amount of days you want to count forward on your chart. You can choose calendar days or trading days (to ignore weekends). Close this window by clicking on the X .
Next, click Planets, choose Astronomical Time Bands, and click use. Place your mouse arrow on the price bar where you wish to begin the count, and click. The program will project vertical bands at the interval you selected from that point forward.
Show Natal Chart List
The last option under the Planets menu is the Show Natal Chart List. If you click on this option you will get the database window of the Natal dates for all of the Stocks in our database, or the Company List.
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