Friday, September 10, 2010

Mercurial markets facing even more big moves ahead: Raymond Merriman's weekly preview comments

Wednesday proved to be a turn date for the week all right, and the ChartsEdge weekly view worked out (that's Mike Korell's work). Trendlines and price levels got broken bullishly - but was it "for real"? Let's see what Ray Merriman thinks may happen from here. He's got a very interesting way of interweaving economic perspective, political analysis, and market cycles with financial astrology, for a walk on the eye-opening side that's insightful and fun to read. So once again we turn to Raymond Merriman's weekly preview. His perspective on the markets, economy, and even political climate is truly unique. He always has remarkable insights to share. We'll see what he's saying in his public comments this weekend, incorporating his cycles analysis with his financial astrology for equities, bonds, currencies and commodities - for commentaries that are always fascinating. Here's Ray Merriman's set of public preview comments for the upcoming week, from his site at Merriman Market Analyst MMACycles Weekly Preview Comments:

MMA Comments for the Week Beginning September 13, 2010
Written by Raymond Merriman

Review and Preview

Sometimes reversals happen when two or more planets change signs nearby to one another. That happened last Wednesday, September 8, as Venus ingressed into Scorpio and Jupiter retrograded back into Pisces. A look at least week’s financial market behavior will reveal that Wednesday was the most important reversal day last week.

Most of the equity markets we track started out positive last week, but then fell to a weekly low that was realized on Wednesday. But the end of the week, these markets were rising again, with many making new weekly highs on Thursday or Friday. The majority of these stock markets closed the week with a technically bullish signal. However that may not be a reliable indicator because Mercury was still retrograde. It turns direct this Sunday, September 12.

Precious metals performed exactly the opposite as Gold and Silver made their weekly highs on Wednesday, but then sold off modestly into Friday. In the case of Silver, prices rose well above 2000 on Wednesday, its highest level of this year. December Gold rallied to 1264.70 the same day, which was slightly below the 1270.60 high of the year attained on June 21. Thus we have a case of intermarket bearish divergence, and a double top formation possibly developing in Gold. But again, it occurred during Mercury retrograde, so instead of a reliable sell signal, it could be a fake out, especially with Mars soon to enter Scorpio.

Last week’s column suggested September 8 might be important. As stated then, “… because on September 8 there is a new moon, and both Venus and Jupiter change signs. Each of these can correlate to a change of values in the investment community as well as for world leaders. What was the focus of attention before, now shifts to something else. Perhaps investors wake up to the idea that investing in Treasuries at such historically low yields is – was – not such a good idea.” Bingo! One of the markets that suffered the largest losses last week was Treasuries. Investors finally woke up and realized that such historically low yields in Treasuries can be bettered in the dividends of many well-known stocks, with considerably more upside potential in principle too. And all the talk about a double dip recession started to fade too. But that particular investor sentiment could change again as Mars enters Scorpio this week, lasting into late October.

Short-Term Geocosmics

The next 1-4 weeks could get very wild. The geocosmic climate becomes very intense once again, which usually means the political and economic arenas are in store for some sudden shocks. Nature may also become very explosive, as in earthquakes and hurricanes.

On Sunday, September 12, Mercury will end its retrograde motion. The next day, Pluto will also end its retrograde motion and both will turn direct. That means the principles of Mercury combined with Pluto are highlighted at this time. Mercury rules the field of communications. It has reign over commerce and business transactions, as well as acknowledging the importance of words, especially in agreements. Pluto rules research, investigation, and exposures. It also pertains to debt, taxes, and the urge to change or reform matters of the economy. Sometimes Pluto can be nasty, as when the intent is to cause harm or ruin to others. Thus we may see announcements of new discoveries in science and medicine on the one hand, but also news stories that reveal secret discussions, decisions, or acts that create problems for the subject. In economic matters, plans to change the financial direction of nations, such as the USA, may be announced. We may also hear harmful accusations hurled at one’s opponents. It is campaign season after all. But the tone may be overly harsh and cutting. The purpose of these stories is either to transform or destroy, and one should consider the source of this information, if it can even be known.

It doesn’t change much the next day, as Mars begins its 6-week journey through Scorpio on September 14. Mars co-rules Scorpio, along with – guess who? – Pluto. It’s all about debt again, and the fear of an economic collapse, coincident with loud calls for reform. Heads may fall soon, for Pluto and Scorpio both can represent termination, as in “You are fired.”

The first three days of this new week are also highlighted because the Moon will be in Sagittarius, a placement we refer to as “The Sagittarius Factor.” During this 2-3 day period every month, financial markets are prone to large price swings, especially in precious metals and Treasuries. For that matter, so does the entire time of Mars in Scorpio. I don’t believe there is a planet-sign correlation to precious metals as strong as Mars in certain degrees of Scorpio. But keep in mind this correlation is not 100%, and it doesn’t last through the entirety of the sign.

Longer-Term Thoughts

Get ready for “The Return of the Climax: The Sequel.”

We spent the first three years of the 2008-2015 Cardinal Climax falling deeper and deeper into an economic abyss that peaked astrologically with the period of July 21-August 21. We previously identified that time band as the fifth of five stages of ever-tightening orbs between the planets involved in the Cardinal Climax. This was when Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Pluto and the Moon’s North Node were all in cardinal signs, as close to exactness in a hard T-square configuration as they will all ever come to one another. Nothing like this has happened since June-July 1931.

The fourth layer – the one just before July 21-August 21 – occurred in late May through early June when Jupiter and Uranus both moved into the cardinal sign of Aries and formed the first of their three conjunctions with one another on June 8. We are back into that fourth layer again as the second passage of the Jupiter-Uranus conjunction unfolds next weekend, September 18. There is a slight difference this time however, as the Jupiter-Uranus conjunction takes place in 28-29 degrees of Pisces, instead of 0 degrees of Aries. Pisces rules compassion, altruism, and the desire to help others who are in crisis, or need help just to survive.

In terms of recent government action, it is noteworthy that when the National Health Care Act finally passed in March 2010, both Jupiter and Uranus were in Pisces. As they return via retrograde motion to the sign of universal health care, there is talk of repealing, or at least going back and reviewing some of the features included in this bill. Will the Republicans be successful in repealing the entire bill? Probably not.

But since we are discussing retrograde planets for the next couple of months, there may be modifications to the bills recently passed. For instance, was it really necessary to include the hiring of 16,000 new IRS agents to look for tax cheaters in the Health Care bill? Even the IRS is complaining about the new burdens this – and the Financial Regulatory Reform bill – will create for their workers. The Financial Regulatory Reform bill creates immense new burdens for businesses, as they will now be forced to file a slew of new quarterly reports involving payments as small as $600 to any company or individual. Neither of these two provisions is popular with IRS or the business community, and neither will endear the White House leadership to Main Street voters in November. To the contrary, it is the exposure of these kinds of derailing economic recovery details that are causing many voters to turn against the White House. It should be so simple and straightforward. But nothing is simple when it comes to bills enacted by this administration. Everything seems overly complex and convoluted. There are always multiple layers of “other policies” discovered after these 2000+ page bills are rushed to passage, and this is causing increasing mistrust of anything the government says. The astrological dynamic behind this type of complex behavior that ends up invalidating or undermining the publicized intent of an act can be seen in the chart of the president himself (natal Moon in Gemini square Pluto in Virgo), but that is a subject for another day.

For now, we are anticipating a return to issues related to the fourth and fifth layers of the Cardinal Climax, and the possibility of major market reversals. In this regard, we note that the Sun and Mercury will both transit over the early degrees of cardinal signs, and in hard aspect to the planets of Cardinal Climax, from September 21 through October 8. These “translations” of the Cardinal Climax will likely propel a return to the issues of July and August, as well as reversals of financial markets similar to what was witnessed in early August. Once again, the major issues will probably be the three D’s: debt, deficits, and default. Failure to make major adjustments in these matters by the mid-term election will probably result in a fourth ‘D’ for incumbents: defeat.

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Disclaimer and statement of purpose:
The purpose of this column is not to predict the future movement of various financial markets. However, that is the purpose of the MMA (Merriman Market Analyst) subscription services. This column is not a subscription service. It is a free service, except in those cases where a fee may be assessed to cover the cost of translating this column from English into a non-English language.

This weekly report is written with the intent to educate the reader on the relationship between astrological factors and collective human activities as they are happening. In this regard, this report will oftentimes report what happened in various stock and financial markets throughout the world in the past week, and discuss that movement in light of the geocosmic signatures that were in effect. It will then identify the geocosmic factors that will be in effect in the next week, or even month, or even years, and the author’s understanding of how these signatures will likely affect human activity in the times to come. The author (Merriman) will do this from a perspective of a cycle’s analyst looking at the military, political, economic, and even financial markets of the world.

It is possible that some forecasts will be made based on these factors. However, the primary goal is to both educate and alert the reader as to the psychological climate we are in, from an astrological perspective. The hope is that it will help the reader understand these psychological dynamics that underlie (or coincide with) the news events and hence financial markets of the day.

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