How Now, Dow Jones?

As my About section states, any financial advice given in this blog is for entertainment purposes only. Having said that, I will say that based on my technical stock charts and horoscopes, if the Dow Jones industrial average closes below 7,530, the next support level is around 6,500. If the Dow penetrates that, the next area of support is near 5,500.

I’m not a short-term trader, but at 5,500, I will start buying stocks again. Right now, my portfolio is down .2% for the year, vs. a 40% decline for the Dow Jones through Nov. 20. I’ve been entirely in cash since Aug. 14. I’ve succeeded in preserving my capital, but I cannot maintain this defensive posture forever or I’ll die broke. Strike that: With Neptune in my second house of finances, I’ll die broke, no matter what I do.

As readers of this blog know, I’m a fan of making connections between the stars and popular culture. When I Googled How Now, Dow Jones? I found an article in Playbill about the show, which was produced on Broadway in 1967 and starred Tony Roberts, known by many for his appearances in Woody Allen films over the years.

Of course, there’s no talk of reviving the play, so it doesn’t really make sense to compare today’s transits with those in the sky when the show debuted, but I’ll do it anyway. Back then, we were past the Saturn/Uranus opposition of the mid-1960s, which we are currently experiencing again. But Uranus was tightly aligned with Pluto in Virgo when How Now, Dow Jones was on stage.

It was the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, some of us are old enough to remember. The sun’s just taking a little longer to come up than most of us anticipated.

Triple Libra Conjunction in September

I’ve never seen The Fantasticks, the world’s longest-running musical that is back on Broadway, but the play’s signature tune Try to Remember lingers in my memory. I think it was on an Andy Williams album that my mother used to play while dusting the Danish Modern furniture in the living room. (The Shadow of Your Smile was on the same LP.)

Try to remember the kind of September
When life was slow and oh, so mellow.
Try to remember the kind of September
When grass was green and grain was yellow.
Try to remember the kind of September
When you were a tender and callow fellow.
Try to remember, and if you remember,
Then follow.

The lyrics by Tom Jones may be a bit corny, but the melody by Harvey Schmidt is a classic in my American songbook.

As crazy and chaotic as this month has started out to be, there’s a beautiful triple conjunction of Venus, Mars, and Mercury in the partnership-oriented sign of Libra. It squares Jupiter in Capricorn as the Great Expander is turning direct.

The aspects are most powerful from Sept. 7 to 10. So look deep within your heart, remember your dream, and follow.

Stew, Meet Tony

You’d think I would be licking my wounds. Tiger Woods came in second at the Masters after I predicted that he would win. No, it’s time to get back on the horse, says my Jupiter in Sag. Yeah, I’m feeling lucky.

Also, the thing about making astrological predictions is that people only remember when you get it right. I’ve gotten no feedback for striking out on my Tiger forecast, but dozens of e-mails from college kids in the Midwest who were amazed that my Kansas NCAA prediction came to pass. No one (except astrologers)  expects astrology to EVER get it right.

Here’s to aiming for the fences when you step up to the plate.  To wit: There’s this quirky musical at the Belasco Theatre in New York called Passing Strange starring a guy from L.A. named Stew. Charles Isherwood of The New York Times loves it, but the show hasn’t caught fire yet. For those tourists who come to town primed to see Wicked, Jersey Boys, or the revival of A Chorus Line, Passing Strange isn’t on the radar.

Stew (he goes by one name alone) and his musical collaborator Heidi Rodewald have cooked up a story that Isherwood has dubbed “a portrait of the artist as a confused young black man,” which the critic hails as “fresh, exuberant, and bitingly funny.” So why aren’t the crowds beating down the doors at the Belasco?

Maybe because they can’t find it. Located at 111 W. 44th Street, the Belasco is farther east than many popular Broadway theaters. But I can guarantee that theater goers will make the trek after Passing Strange, Stew, or both win a Tony.  A bold prediction, you say? It’s a month until the Tony nominations are announced and two months till the awards ceremony. No matter. The ephemeris (a listing of the planetary positions) says that Tony night, June 15, is a red-hot one for Stew.

Nothing’s 100% sure, especially not in astrology, but I’d say at the very least Stew is getting some prime-time TV time. Even in the unlikely situation where he walks away empty-handed, Stew will still have made the aquaintance of all those folks out in TV land.

Stew was born Aug. 16, 1961 in Los Angeles. We don’t have a time of birth. Actually, Stew looks like he should have been playing in a Greenwich Village coffee house that hot August night instead of emerging from his mother’s womb. He has that retro jazz thing going on, à la The Subterraneans. Daddy-o, this cat is cool!

Let’s look at the chart, which, thanks to Astrodienst, you can see here:

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Right off the bat, we see Stew is a Leo. He likes to be the center of attention. He’ll steal the show everytime. He commands our attention. More than a mere artist, Stew is a revolutionary who can connect with the public is new and, yes, strange ways (Sun conjunct Mercury, Uranus, and North Node in Leo). Stew is an original.

But he’s kicked around a bit and fame and fortune are taking their time to find him. Why? That Jupiter/Saturn conjunction in the last degree of Capricorn. Talking about waiting around! That’s O.K. because if Stew takes care of himself — doesn’t eat and drink too much and watches his weight — he could end up like B.B. King and be the granddaddy of a musical movement (I’m not sure of the exact term to describe Stew’s “brew,” as Playbill dubs his oeuvre). The Jupiter/Saturn conjunction trines Mars in Virgo, giving him staying power. He could also end up pretty well-off, if he hangs in there.

Stew’s transits are fantastic on Tony night. The transiting Sun/Venus conjunction in Gemini sextiles his natal Leo stellium. Plus, transiting Pluto will have moved back into Sagittarius the night before the awards show, forming a nice trine with Stew’s natal Leo lineup. In addition, transiting Mars in Leo will be lighting up Stew’s Mercury and all those other Leo planets.

Now, Mars can be anger, as well as action, so I hope Stew won’t have to quote Spike Lee and say “We wuz robbed” come Tony night. I’m going to be an optimist and predict that Stew will be howling for joy.

Transiting Neptune in Aquarius is with the South Node and Chiron on Tony night, opposing Stew’s Leo stellium. Neptune, to be sure, can bring disappointment and disillusionment, particularly with the South Node in the picture.  But since Neptune rules music it could be beneficial for Stew. 

I’m going to view this Aquarius lineup as the possibility of too much partying after the show or some issues about credit. Maybe there will be some hard feelings if star of the show Stew doesn’t give Heidi Rodewald her due. You know how touchy folks get about not getting props in awards speeches. Nevertheless, pass the word —Passing Strange is destined for glory!