Indian Time Cycles And Market Forecasting: Cosmic Timing For Pinning Down Those Illusive Turns I

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It is a little known fact that W. D. Gann went to India and studied Indian Sidereal Astrology.
In his notebooks we nd sketches of astrological symbols on his charts; and in his memoirs,
he discusses his journey to India. In fact, the famous Gain wheel was rst used by tea
merchants in seventeenth century India.
Gann also discussed the importance of using the starting date of when the rst futures
contract for a commodity began trading for predicting the future of that commodity. To my
knowledge, there are very few individuals who use these starting dates to successfully time
the markets; however, It is my experience, using Indian Sidereal astrology, that these charts
are invaluable. If one can verify the starting time and date of the nst futures contract for a
commodity, and run an Indian Sidereal natal chart from It then that chart can provide absolutely
valid information for predicting, quantifying, and labeling the major and minor cycles that
ultimately govern the major trends In the markets.
Below is:
a brief introduction to Indian Sidereal Astrology. How I became acquainted with it.
An overview of the Vimsottari Dasha system (which I will subsequently refer to as Indian time
cycles). The practical application of using Indian time cycles for predicting the major movements
and changes in those movement in the stock market and, a forecast for the future of the stock
market based on Indian astrological time cycles.
Early Research Beginnings I rst became interested in Indian astrology in 1985, when a
jyotishi (Indian astrologer) told me that I was nishing up a twentyyear Venus cycle, and that my
life would completely change in one year when I would enter a new six year Sun cycle. I was
told that I would become famous, make great advances in my career, change professions and
locations, and emotionally change from a depressing period, into one that was more jubilant and
optimistic. And surprisingly, one year later, that is exactly what happened. I went from being an
instructor in lm studies In Bloomington, Indiana to studying Indian astrology, investments and
commodities, and moving to southeastern Iowa.
My ability to forecast my own life and those of my friends very accurately, led me to apply
Indian astrology to the markets. This connection became especially exciting when a friend of
mine, who was a Gann expert, told me of Gann’s interest in Indian astrology.
The Western Zodiac vs. the Indian Zodiac
Indian astrology is over 5000 years old and has its foundation in ancient science. Parashara,
a great seer or ancient scientist, intuited the laws of space and time responsible for the evolution
of human consciousness and recorded his ndings in a book called the Brihat Hora Sastra.
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As with all knowledge In book form, over time, the knowledge became fragmented and lost,
as it migrated to various other cultures and became distorted. In its purest form, however,
Indian astrology has always been acknowledged for its predictive abilities; whereas, Western
astrology (with the notable exception of Medieval astrology) has excelled in its analytical
and psychological insights.
The rst major difference between Indian and Western astrology lies in the calculation
of the longitude of the planets. Ancient Indian astrologer observed that the equinoxes and
solstices moved backward by one degree every 72 years, an astronomical phenomenon now
known as precession. Over time this has resulted in a difference of slightly over 23 degrees
between the tropical Zodiac, used by western astrologers, and the sidereal Zodiac, used by
Indian astrologers. In essence, the two systems differ in their choice of a zero point for Aries
—the Western system uses the position of the spring equinox, while the Indian system uses a
xed star. Thus when the Sun is moving into Aries according to the Western system, it is still at
6 degrees Pisces in the Indian system. (For a further discussion of the differences, please see
my article in the Winter 1989 NCGR Journal.)
A dasha is a period of time during which one’s life is inuenced or governed by a particular
planet. For example, the shortest period, the Sun period, lasts for six years, while the longest
period, Venus, lasts for twenty years. These cycles unfold in a xed sequence and comprise 120
years before they repeat and begin again. The order of the cycles is:
Ketu (Moon’s South Node): 7 years
Venus: 20 years
Sun: 6 years
Moon: 10 years
Mars: 7 years
Rahu: (North Node) 18 years
Jupiter: 16 years
Saturn: 19 years
Mercury: 17 years
Where the cycle begins is based on what lunar mansion or constellation the moon is in
at the time of birth. For example, when soybeans started trading in 1936, the moon was in
the constellation (nakshatra) of Orion, which is ruled by the planet Mars. Thus a sequential
unfoldment of cycles began starting with a seven years Mars period followed by Rahu (North
Node of Moon), 18 years, Jupiter 16 yeas, into its current Saturn period which lasts 20 years
etc. If beans had begun trading a day later, then the cycle would have begun from the next
constellation which is ruled Rahu or the North Node of the moon. The number of degrees
the moon has transited through a nakshatra will determine how much time is left in the initial
cycle. Thus if the moon were in the nal degree of the constellation, the initial cycle will
begin In the last section of the cycle. (Software is available for rapid computer calculation
of these cycles—see references.)

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