After buying and selling north of $a hundred a barrel for a lot of the previous five years, crude oil prices have collapsed since mid-2014 as OPEC elevated provide while demand has fallen off a cliff. Brent crude and West Texas Intermediate now each trade for less than $forty, a degree final seen within the depths of the economic meltdown in 2008. The decade-long bull market in commodities like oil was closely tied with the emergence of China as an economic superpower but now that China is slowing, crude oil is abruptly much less useful.
The restoration of the US Dollar since 2014 is another a part of the story since oil is priced in Dollars. And if that wasn’t sufficient, the historic climate change settlement not too long ago signed in Paris suggests there may be a long run transfer away from fossil fuels. While carbon taxes and pledges to cut oil consumption might not have an instantaneous impact on prices, it is an added supply of concern for the oil industry. Is the solar really setting on crude oil and will prices keep falling as power use shifts away from fossil fuels? And will a prolonged financial droop also depress prices as current OPEC reports have urged? Let’s see what the stars say.
Previously, I’ve made some worth forecasts primarily based on the US-based mostly WTI chart. This week I assumed I might revisit the oil query using the Brent horoscope. Brent crude (from the North Sea) was first traded on the NYMEX alternate in New York on September 5th 2001. The time of the primary commerce is a matter of some debate, although we could use 9.30 a.m. for the moment.
What is putting about this chart is how the dasha sequence does seem to supply some insights on previous value movements. Since it is first commerce in 2001, Brent crude has been within the Mercury major dasha period. This interval will continue until April 2016 when the Ketu main dasha interval will start. Mercury is a benefic planet by nature and it is effectively placed within the chart in the 1st home in its own signal of Virgo reverse the Moon. This long term Mercury affect is one motive why costs have usually been elevated for many of this interval. In 2001, Brent was trading at $26. Regardless of the latest bear market decline, it continues to be effectively above that stage and therefore primarily validates that benefic Mercury influence.
Much more telling, however, are the effects of the minor dasha periods. What would we count on from these shorter minor durations? One of the core rules of the Vedic strategy to financial astrology is that we might expect value will increase during the minor intervals of benefic planets like Venus and Jupiter and declines in the course of the intervals of malefics like Mars and Saturn. We may additionally adjust those expectations relying on the precise situation of every minor dasha lord within the chart.
Right here we are able to see how clearly the planets appear to correlate with worth movements. The Venus minor period (Mercury-Venus) ran from September 2002 to July 2005 and may have been fairly positive since both Mercury and Venus are benefic planets and Venus is nicely-placed in this chart in the 11th home symbolizing beneficial properties. Venus loses some of its doable upside impression maybe from the 3rd home/sextile facet from malefic Saturn but it still seems to be good total. Not surprisingly, the value of Brent doubled in this three-yr period from $28 to $57.
Costs continued to usually rise via the Solar and Moon minor intervals from 2005 to 2007 because the Mercury-Moon ended when costs had risen above $80. Whereas the Sun is usually treated as a pure malefic in Vedic astrology, I have discovered it to be a extra neutral affect. Within the Brent horoscope, the Solar is within the twelfth home of loss (not good) however it’s strengthened as a result of it is in its own sign of Leo. The Moon is a benefic and is additional strengthened as a result of it’s aspected by Mercury and it rules the 11th house of positive aspects (Cancer). It does receive an facet from Mars so that can create some problems (e.g. the sharp decline in late 2006) but general it appears fairly nicely-placed.
The Mercury-Mars period is maybe essentially the most complex. Lots happened during this interval from October 2007 to October 2008. Prices went parabolic in early 2008 and created a what is named a “blow-off top” which was then followed by a shocking decline in costs in the direction of the end of 2008 because the monetary markets crashed. Mars is a malefic, of course, so we cannot be too shocked that the web consequence of its period was in fact a decline. Furthermore, it is carefully conjunct Ketu in the 4th home which is another malefic planet on this context. So the awkward query is: how could prices have briefly exploded greater to $147 by July throughout this supposedly malefic Mars minor period?
First, I feel it is important to remember that dashas do not clarify the whole lot. No single astrological issue can try this. Dashas are nonetheless subject to the various influences of transits, progressions, returns, and any variety of different factors we would deliver into consideration. Secondly, Mars does have some strength and ability to do good in this chart due the aspect it receives from Jupiter. Additionally Mars is placed in Sagittarius, which is an indication ruled by Jupiter. In order that double Jupiter affect must be seen as a mitigating issue on Mars and hence, on its minor dasha interval from Oct 2007 to Oct 2008. However the underside line was that Mars was malefic as costs fell during its period: the Mars period started in Oct 2007 with Brent at $85 and it ended in Oct 2008 with Brent at $sixty five and falling quick.
Mercury-Rahu then followed and lasted into Might 2011. Prices bottomed in December 2008 just after the Mars minor period ended, and then started a major bull market. Also a natural malefic, Rahu is commonly positive for materials issues like costs, cash, standing and the like. This is all of the more doubtless when it’s associated with a benefic planet as it is right here by means of its conjunction with benefic Jupiter. The Rahu minor interval was therefore very probably going to correlate with a acquire and indeed prices almost doubled during this period from $sixty five in October 2008 to $115 in Could 2011.
Mercury-Jupiter got here next and ran from 2011 till Aug 2013. Jupiter is benefic and therefore its affect is often bullish. On this case, however, costs solely went sideways, staying around $a hundred and ten. Jupiter’s conjunction with Rahu is one attainable cause why its interval might have underperformed. So while Rahu benefited from its association with Jupiter, Jupiter could have been burdened considerably by its affiliation with Rahu. This is one motive why prices didn’t climb further throughout the Jupiter minor period. We can at the least say that prices didn’t fall.
And the ultimate dasha interval here is Mercury-Saturn. Saturn is maybe the most malefic planet and its intervals usually tend to create problems, though here too they can be ameliorated if associated with good planets. But that is not the case right here as Saturn is by itself within the ninth home and opposite Pluto, one other unhelpful influence. Costs crashed throughout this Saturn minor period from $110 in August 2013 right down to their current $37. We nonetheless have four extra months of this Saturn interval before Ketu begins in April. It is vital to note that prices could nonetheless get well considerably in early 2016 without invalidating this damaging Saturn impact. The logic of Saturn’s bearish dasha interval would still obtain so long as Brent remained properly beneath $one hundred ten by April 2016, and that appears quite seemingly.
But the outlook doesn’t seem excellent for Brent through the upcoming Ketu interval. Ketu is usually destructive affect on costs as it is seen as a extra non-material or spiritual kind of energy. The added drawback right here is that Ketu is with Mars. This could make Ketu’s 7-12 months lengthy period fairly troublesome. To be sure, there is the facet from Jupiter which may provide for some upside along the best way, however the outlook appears to confirm the extra bearish forecasts which can be out there on crude prices.
That stated, I might still expect a major rally in crude through the Ketu-Venus interval between September 2016 and November 2017. Venus was very bullish throughout the previous Mercury period and I would expect extra power throughout its minor period right here. The Ketu affect may limit the positive factors, in fact, but the development is extra more likely to be positive.
But what about the long run? Will concern over climate change promote the shift away from oil and different fossil fuels? Primarily based solely on the dashas, I might say that any movement away from fossil fuels will happen step by step and in a means that doesn’t depress prices. The Venus major dasha period is due to begin from 2023 and last for 20 years until 2043. Venus needs to be bullish for Brent prices so I would expect a big acquire to take place throughout that 20-12 months interval. It is still potential that the world will progressively transfer away from oil but for different causes, prices will likely be pretty high. This suggests some mixture of falling provide (e.g. interruption of Center East oil) and rising demand (e.g. world economic restoration). Another situation could be that provide could also be restricted through climate change agreements, in order that may be a manner that costs move increased in the long term.
One vital caveat here is that I’m only thought of dasha periods in this evaluation. A whole investment analysis would require correct consideration of other components corresponding to transits and dashas. For extra specific oil price forecasts which have a brief and intermediate term focus, readers are welcome to subscribe to my weekly funding publication.
Weekly Market Forecast
Stocks moved higher ahead of the Christmas vacation final week. US stocks climbed more than 2% with the Dow finishing at 17,552 whereas India’s Sensex added more than 1% closing at 25,838. This final result was somewhat more bullish than I expected in last week’s market forecast, although the Venus-Jupiter alignment in direction of the end of the week seemed to coincide with gains.
Stocks may have an uphill battle this week. US and European stocks are already decrease in Monday’s trading at the time of writing. Indian stocks have been higher although Asia was more typically combined. The problem this week is that Mars is sq. Mercury. This is often bearish. The facet is closest on Monday and Tuesday so those days are maybe extra problematic. The late week could see some rebound though as I mentioned last week, that is an unusually lengthy-lasting facet because Mercury is slowing down forward of its retrograde station on January 5th. The detrimental energy that Mars casts upon Mercury is due to this fact extra likely to manifest for more than only one down day.
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