I must admit that I was taken by surprise last week when the USDA issued its quarterly grain stocks report and the markets for Wheat, Corn, Beans and Oats slumped. There were no astrological planetary aspects on my calendar that forewarned me of such a big move.
After thinking about it over the week-end, I have come to one conclusion. The Moon played a role in last week’s big price drop. Typically, I do not look at the Moon as a cause of price moves on grains futures.
In 2012, there were 4 crop reports issued. Only one of these reports came close to being issued at a lunar event – the Sept 28/ 2012 report immediately ahead of a Full Moon. The price reaction to data in this report was significant.
In 2013, there are 4 similar reports. The January 11 report came at a New Moon and the data in that report created significant price moves on grains futures. The most recent report on March 28 came one day after a Full Moon.
The next 2 reports for 2013 do not align with New Moons or Full Moons. While these reports will no doubt move the grains markrets, I do not expect the moves to be violent.
Psychologists say that New Moons and Full Moons can lead to erratic behavior. In fact the terms “lunacy” and “lunatic” derive from the word lunar. In the case of these crop reports issued by the USDA, it seems that people tend to react explosively when these reports align with lunar events.