MMA Comments for the Week Beginning November 7, 2011
Written by Raymond Merriman
Review and Preview
Last week's column – written shortly after many of the world's stock markets had risen to their highest level in month - ended with, "Still, this is Halloween and a geocosmic critical reversal zone and prices have had a great Jupiterian lift for the past three weeks, so I don't expect the market to go straight up … We may just be at the top of another peak on this roller coaster ride, readying for the next dizzying dive down before another peak that follows. It is, after all, the season of tricks and treats. The last three weeks have been the treats. But here comes another trick." We had the tricks last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, for example, was down 276 points on Monday, down another 297 points on Tuesday, then up 178 on Wednesday, followed by another 208-point rally on Thursday. And that was before the unemployment and payroll reports on Friday, which itself caused quite a bit of intraday fluctuation.
The low of the week in equities occurred on Tuesday, which was just about a perfect fit for the transit of Mars making a T-square to the Mercury-Pluto opposition in the chart of the New York Stock Exchange (May 17, 1792, known as the "Buttonwood chart"). It was also the 500-1000point drop of at least 3 days from the 12,284 top of last Thursday that daily subscribers were advised to look for, to cover their shorts and reverse to the long side. This was also based on the idea that the Sun-Jupiter opposition occurred on October 28, and was historically one of the strongest geocosmic signatures correlating to big reversals in U.S. stocks. Everything fit just right according to geocosmic signatures, solar-lunar phases (which were also in a reversal bands), and technical studies as described in Volume 5 of our Stock Market Timing series of books.
The extreme flip-flops of the stock market coincided with the flip-flops of European government and banking leaders regarding their debt issues. Last week the markets cheered that they had all come to a very large and welcomed agreement. But then the new week began with something like a hangover from a pre-mature celebration. Where were the details? And then Greek Prime Minister Papendreou suddenly announced Greece voters will have to decide whether or not they want to accept the bailout and the pain of austerity that goes along with it because, after all, Athens was burning in protest over these sacrifices. But then everyone got upset with him for not showing leadership. What is a man to do? So he rescinded his decision to give the voters the choice and its back on again. On again, off again… just like the stock markets.
The only market that likes this kind of uncertainty is Gold and Silver. They plummeted too at first, with Gold falling all the way back to the low 1680's, right into our weekly support price zone. It held that level on Tuesday, November 1, and by Thursday it was testing 1770, its highest level since September 23. The only problem was that Silver did not make a new multi-week high at the same time, and so now we have a case of intermarket bearish divergence between the two metals, with Silver having made its multi-week high on last Friday's critical reversal date. They need some more insanity and dysfunctionality from the banking and political community to break that bearish set up. In the meantime, Crude Oil quietly moved to its highest level in three months, testing the 95.00 mark again.
The low in the stock markets was November 1. The very next day, after the DJIA fell 650 points from the high of October 27 (just three trading days earlier), equity markets around the world reversed back up again. This was right in line with the geocosmic setup described in last week's column, which stated, "Yet there are reasons based on Financial Astrology that suggest prices will go higher before taking out those lows of three weeks ago. Geocentric Mercury and Venus start their multi-week treks through the land of Zeus (Sagittarius) on November 2. And Jupiter is still within the 0-7° sector of Taurus, the region which we have continually identified in this column as coinciding with long-term stock market peaks, as shown by studies going back to the 1870's."
I don't know if it will be straight up from here. Next week's market climate from the study of geocosmics looks a little ragged, Maybe "foggy" and "uncertain" are better terms, given that Neptune will be so prominent. If there is one planet that is not sure where it is headed, that would be Neptune, god of the underwater, mist, and fog. It is also the planet of rumors, distraction, and deception. It will be interesting to see how Herman Cain handles allegations of sexual harassment under this dynamic. It will be interesting to see if Governors Perry or Romney will flip-flop, or fall deeper into conflicts on any more issues this week. It will be interesting to see if President Obama can come up with anything more stupefying than his statement to the global economic summit in Cannes on Friday that he is not concerned in the least about the election in 2012 right now. Sincerity will be at a premium this week, and those who stumble in this area of behavior may look really bad.
On Monday, Mars will square Neptune, and on Wednesday, Neptune will end its retrograde motion, turn direct, and start heading back to the Land of Oz, known as Pisces. Oh yes, it will be a Neptune week all right. Better do a reality check before you believe anything you hear. Better do fact checks before you open your mouth and try to state a fact that is not factual. Climate-wise, this could correlate with floods. Politically-speaking, some candidates may start to drown. In terms of financial markets, there may not be a clear direction before Thursday's full moon. If the markets aren't down too severely by then, I see light coming through the clouds, and the fog begins to dissipate. But before then, can the Crimson Tide beat the Tigers this Saturday? Crimson Tide is a good name for Mars square Neptune. For those who aren't fans, its number 1 versus number 2 in college football this Saturday night.
Longer-Term Thoughts and Personal Transit Tales
"It's strange. So strange. You've got to pick up every stitch, Beatniks are out to make it rich, Oh no, must be the season of the witch," – "Season of the Witch" song by several artists. It's Scorpio-time now – season of the witch. And it is especially strange through the eyes of this Financial and Mundane Astrologer. Everywhere I look I see Uranus-Pluto principles at work. And if you know anything about astrology, you know that when Uranus is present, it's strange. Uranus is also group - or mass - consciousness, tapping into new ideas and ideals on the quest for freedom and independence, a purer state of equality for everyone, regardless of race or religious-spiritual-philosophical beliefs. This mass consciousness finds expression through joining like-minded, like-principled people. It becomes a movement, soon to be a protest movement and if not careful, suddenly form-shifting into a mob (it is "the season of the witch") that unleashes destruction in its path. But of course this is not the intent of those who connect with one another on this ideological plane - this quest for ultimate freedom, independence, and equality.
Let me offer a viewpoint that may be controversial (yes, I have Uranus culminating in my chart and so what is life without a little controversy or scandal???). The quest for freedom and independence is intimately tied to one's financial path. That is perhaps why Uranus is so important in not just the study of Mundane Astrology, but Financial Astrology too. When Uranus is strong, earthquakes and winds may shake the planet, but huge price movements in financial markets become the equivalent of financial earthquakes and tornadoes. Prices either fall or rise higher or lower – much higher or lower – than anyone expects, for Uranus is the unexpected and it has no interest in obeying support or resistance zones. It just wants to explode right through them – especially when in contact with Pluto, the real "witch" of any season.
Now Pluto is also a money planet in the study of Financial Astrology. Specifically it relates to debt – the owing of something of value for something of value already purchased. The only problem is - when Pluto is strong – you don't have the money for that thing of value you just ordered. You can't borrow anymore either, because your credit is maxed out. What to do?
Well, if you are the Federal Reserve Board, you can just print money (at virtually no cost) and use that to buy government bonds (i.e. lend the government the money it needs in exchange for their promise to pay it all back with interest). That's not a bad deal if you can get away with it. In Europe, for instance, you can't – or at least it seemed like you couldn't the prior week when the leaders of the European Union announced that they had convinced their largest banks to take a 50% "haircut" on the Greek debt, which was about 130 Billion €. That's not bad either if you can convince the banks to forgive that much of the loans they gave you. Apparently they did, until Greece then upped the ante and said they would vote on whether or not to accept the bailout monies being forced upon them. The Greeks might rather default and take their chances on what "the void" looks like, rather than go through the certainty of pain that the austerity measures of Europe's banks, nations, and IMF want of Greece's flesh. And then that idea of a referendum vote was aborted just one day later. I tell you, it's Uranus-Pluto going berserk all over the world.
Now imagine the United States government reaching a similar plan with its central bank, the Federal Reserve Board. "Big Ben," says B.O., "I want you to take a 50% haircut on that money we borrowed from you that you created out of thin air."What would happen? Well, first of all, the nation's debt would decrease by 50% of the amount of Treasuries that the Fed has on its books, which might be a few trillion $. Now that would be a shock of the magnitude of Uranus square Pluto too. But as the Occupy Wall Street protest movement continues to grow and eventually mature, it may not be that far off the mark. You may remember this column forecasted a couple of months ago that this movement would likely be infiltrated by sub-groups that start to attract or display violence. We saw that happened last week, and as also forecasted, a conflict would begin to emerge between those purists within the group who want no violence and the sub-groups that have another agenda, other grievances. It was evident last week in Oakland, California. But if the purists can maintain control, the next step is to identify more clearly the objectives of transformation which their movement can inspire. We know it has to do with the disparity of money/income/debt between "the people" and banks, large corporations, and government, But beneath all that are the dynamics of Uranus and Pluto – the urge for independence and freedom, and especially freedom from debt.Scorpio (October 22-November 21) may be the "season of the witch." But with Uranus and Pluto coming into waxing square, we are already entering the "era of the witch." Let's hope she can spin some real magic and help transform this race to the void. Otherwise we will remain stuck in the Twilight Zone. It's either come together and reverse this trend, or continue to divide and fall harder, and then start all over. That's Uranus and Pluto. That's our future.
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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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