Friday, December 16, 2011

Final weeks of 2011 likely not peaceful for markets, politics and more: Raymond Merriman's 12/19/11 week preview

Either a select few - or just Ray Merriman - foresaw decades ago, the difficulties besetting the world for this particular time frame. For his unique combination of cycles, financial astrology, and keen insight, as this year draws to a close, we're glad to share his message on what's ahead (thanks again, Ray!). These preview comments are in addition to his more detailed subscription services mentioned in his announcements section and at his website. He also analyzes other countries' markets, economy, the political climate, bonds, currencies and commodities. He also offers detailed paid subscription services (daily, weekly and monthly available, at his website always at the right side of the page here). Here are Ray's comments for the upcoming week, from his site at Merriman Market Analyst - MMA Cycles Weekly Preview Comments:

MMA Comments for the Week Beginning December 19, 2011

Written by Raymond Merriman

Review and Preview

World leaders couldn't pull it off. But then, what did you expect with Mercury retrograde, a lunar eclipse in Gemini-Sagittarius, and Uranus changing directions, all during the highly anticipated European leaders summit meeting last weekend?

As stated last week, "Put it all together and you get what you have today as the summit begins: a lot of noise, catchy sound bites and exaggerated warnings¸ and a mess of contradictions…. That which had so much hope may suddenly collapse in a grandiose display of refusal to go along with the plan. There is no agreement, and hence there is no plan that will be acted upon for the moment."

Our decision to get our subscribers out on the critical reversal date of December 7 above 12,250 was a good one. It hit 12,257 that day and still stands as the most recent high. That's why we use the timing tools of Financial Astrology. Nothing times market turns more consistently and precisely than Financial Astrology. Nothing. And yet you still need other tools to invest and trade properly because timing isn't everything, especially these days when price ranges are so large. That's why I wrote Volume 5 of the Stock Market Timing series specifically on price forecasting to go along with the other 4 volumes on market timing. You need both to have figured out 12,250 as a price and December 7 as a date to make that move. Daily subscribers went short and covered the first third of those new positions as the DJIA tested 11,800, our first support zone.

Nearly all the stock indices we track made their last important high within a day or two of our December 7 three-star critical reversal date, based on the principles established from researching over 70 years of daily data on the Dow Jones Industrial Averages, reported in Volume 3 of "The Ultimate Book on Stock Market Timing." Following that high – and the disappointing European summit – all the indices fell hard into the middle of last week. They didn't make new monthly lows, except in India and China, where stock prices fell to their lowest levels in over 2 years. But even worse was the damage inflicted onto precious metals by the "Drag of Draghi" on Gold as discussed last week. He is a smart man. But as he works to get Europe back on track with anti-inflationary policies, both the Euro and Gold fall at first. So did Crude Oil. But eventually, the continuing decline in the Euro currency will cause Europeans to seek safety in Gold too. Gold thrives in a climate of currency uncertainty, and the Euro and Europe is certainly headed for more uncertainty. It's just a matter of time, and the primary cycle will enter its time band for that low before March.

Short-Term Geocosmics

This was the week that Mercury ended its three week retrograde motion. What did we observe from this? What possibilities does it suggest to you (or me)? Let me share with you what I observed.

Mercury went retrograde November 24, Thanksgiving. The market was just ending its worst Thanksgiving week since it became celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November some 70 years ago. Herman Cain was riding high in the Republican primary polls, and Obama was losing popularity fast as a result of the Super Committee's super failure to reduce the budget by even $1.2 trillion after several weeks of false starts and hopes.

Mercury was in Sagittarius this whole time. Since Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo, it is weakest in the opposite signs of Sagittarius and Pisces. Now look at the candidates. When Mercury was direct in Sagittarius, it was good for the Sun sign Sagittarians, which was Herman Cain (November 2-25, when Mercury was in Sagittarius and direct). When it went retrograde November 25-December 13, who do you think lost all his support? The Sagittarian, Herman Cain. Who then went from nothing to the head of the pack? What sign does Mercury rule? Gemini. Newt Gingrich, the Gemini (and the trickster's ruling home) – surged forward to the front of the pack as Mercury, the ruler of his Gemini sun sign, was retrograde. Now it returns to direct motion, and most likely (as I view it) Gingrich has peaked and his star starts to fall. In fact, the headlines in the Wall Street Journal on December 13 – the day Mercury went direct – proclaimed his widening lead over Romney. This itself is often a "kiss of death," as we say in America.

In the meantime, what about Mitt Romney? Why, he is a Pisces, the sign opposite Virgo, the other sign that Mercury rules. He has lost traction. But if he can hold on until Mercury gets to Capricorn (January 8), his ship may yet come in. He is not doing that good in Iowa, but right after their caucus on January 3, he can start to climb.

Another observation: You have to outright chuckle at these conservative, evangelical pundits who think Mitt Romney's Mormon religion is an issue. To who? Against whom? Barack Obama's religion? The church of Jeremiah Wright is not going to attract more so called "Christians" than Mormon Mitt Romney. Romney's religion will be a non-issue in the main election.

In terms of markets, we are entering a heavily populated time band as we approach the holiday season. From December 18 through December 28 there will be six major geocosmic signatures that have a strong correlation to market reversals. The two strongest take place December 18 and 20 (Venus in waxing square to Saturn and waning square to Jupiter, forming a strong T-square configuration). On Christmas, December 25, Jupiter will turn stationary direct at 0 degrees Taurus, which is the center of the 0-7 degrees of Taurus segment where studies reported in our past three Forecast books have shown the stock market tends to make a long-term cycle high – and then commence a 2-4 year bear market.

December 22 through December 28 also finds transiting Sun hitting the approaching Uranus-Pluto waxing square, the big one that will change our lives from June 2012-March 2015. This will be another preview of the coming attractions for the next three years. It's all about the debt crisis and whether we start to solve it or fall into the abyss. It's all about whether we have a violent or non-violent revolution here, in Europe, and perhaps China as well. But there is going to be a revolution the likes of which we have not seen since, well, 1776-1784, 1860's, and 1960's. Of that, I am fairly certain. It is already in process (2008-2015, Cardinal Climax). So the last two weeks of this year is a preview of the form it will take in mid-2012 through early 2015.

Longer-Term Thoughts and Transit Tales

I won't be writing a lot in the next two weeks. I will be working to save my eyes by putting less work on them. When I spoke of my eye problems last week, I had no idea how many people whose eyes have also been harmed by extensive computer work. We are becoming a world of cross-eyed, cross-visional people in a new world that is dependent upon the computer as a means of communicating and doing business with one another.

But my experience is consistent with the transits I am going through – the same transits that all people born in the first week of new seasons are going through (those who have planets in 0-7 degrees of cardinal signs, Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn). If you know astrology, and if you know you have natal planets there, then you know what this experience of shape-shifting is all about. Your life is changing, it is exciting, but you never know what is next. Separations or attractions? A big windfall in trading, or an unexpected loss of monies (for me the later happened because I had a trading account at MF Global, which as you know, has been frozen for quite some time due to bankruptcy, and now we have to go through some cumbersome and time consuming efforts just to get our funds back). So as Uranus squares our Sun (my Sun) and Pluto conjuncts my Capricorn planets, everything changes in ways I never expected and life is in a constant process of reform. But you know what? I like it. I like the new choices, the new opportunities it presents. Even if my outer world appears distorted to my vision, my inner world is clearer than ever. And my trading and advice has been sharp, especially in the stock market, treasuries, and currencies since this has happened.

I want to thank everyone for your kind thoughts and prayers and all the helpful suggestions following last week's column. I will get that new Dragon Voice Recognition software that many of you advised. I am getting help with creating a software program from a subscriber in China who will automate the download of daily numbers, and the number crunching calculations I perform each day. I have another subscriber – a former archeologist of the Incan ruins – who has offered to edit all my daily, weekly, and monthly reports, for using only one eye now means my eye-hand coordination on the computer creates more than the usual amount of errors. I have others who I will now hire to help perform other functions that will save my eyes from computer stress as well. In short, I am perhaps the most fortunate man alive today because so many people are going to help me through this period. Maybe this is a product of transiting Jupiter trine my Sun-Mars right now or maybe it is because I was born with Venus and Jupiter conjunct in my second house, but I feel lucky, blessed, and grateful even in this period of distorted sight.

But the really good news is that I completed extensive testing on my eyes this week and I will not require surgery for this, despite the presence of Pluto. The symptoms I have are common in people with high blood pressure and diabetes. I have neither, so they were stymied at first. In fact, right after the imaging tests, I went to the doctor to make sure my blood pressure hadn't changed. It was excellent. So, I am going to be fine. I will be able to travel to Europe (Zurich and Amsterdam) and give my talks this January. I will be able to see many of you reading this column, and many of you who subscribe to our reports, and renew our friendship. Of course, I will see two and three of you, but I will see you nonetheless. We will laugh and argue about American, Asian, and European politics and lament about the global crisis in financial and political leadership. And will we create and discuss our trading plans for the New Year based upon the integration of technical, cyclical, and geocosmic studies. Everything is as planned, just in a different way. Its Uranus and Pluto, for all of us.


Our new 2012 MMA Catalogue is now out!! You can download this catalogue directly at

The printed version of Forecast 2012 went out Wednesday and Thursday, December 14-15. Domestic purchasers should receive it in 3-5 business days. Overseas people need to allow 5-8 business days. It's 200 pages – our largest ever – and packed full of information about the economy, USA Presidential election, social and economic trends, and of course, financial markets with their all-important three-star critical reversal dates (the one and two-star reversal dates are covered in the MMA Cycles Report, as well as weekly reports). The annual Forecasts Book, written by Raymond A. Merriman since 1976, is one of the most unique, affordable, and accurate glimpses into the coming year. Utilizing the study of cycles and geocosmic factors, this annual Forecasts book outlines forthcoming trends pertaining to political, economic, and financial markets throughout the world. For further information, please go to the front page of our web site at There you can also place your order for the Forecast 2012. Or call us at 1-248-626-3034.

The E-Book version of the Forecast 2012 Book is now out as well in two different formats. The first is our own version, which contains both the text and the calendar-ephemeris for 2012. The cost for this is $55.00, or $35.00, depending on whether you also ordered the printed version too. The second is through Apple ITunes, which covers I Phone 4 and 5, and the I Pad. This format only costs $39.99, and is available in nine countries. It does not contain the advertisements or the planetary calendar and ephemeris in the back.

If you have ordered the E-Book version of Forecast 2012 from us, and have not yet received it, let us know at once, at If you have already ordered the hard copy, you may then add the EBook version for $35.00. If you wish to order the "bundle" of both at $90.00 plus postage, please go to bottom of page at And then click "bundle" on the order form for an additional $35.00. The E-Book version of Forecast 2012 on the I Pad, or I Phone, is now up and ready to download as of Thursday, December 15. You can now order it if you have an email address registered via one of these 9 countries (USA, UK, Australia, France, Canada, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, and Spain). Just go to ITunes, and then "Library," then "Store," then in the field titled "Search," type in "Forecast 2012" or "Raymond Merriman" (without quotation marks). We are still waiting approval from Kindle. If you wish to hear more about this year's Forecast 2012 Book, please visit our YouTube channel at There is a new video there highlighting three great market calls from last year's book, plus a preview of this year's book. It should be quite a year coming up! The printed version of Forecast 2012 has also been translated into several different languages (including English) this year, and many of these publications are now out or will be this coming week.

Dutch: at Italian: at, and German: at Japanese: at Russian: at Spanish: at Each of these will also offer the English version of Forecast 2012, as will our Chinese distributor at

"After reading the annual Forecasts and subscribing to MMA Cycles for the past ten years, I can say that Ray Merriman's forecasts are uncannily accurate and indispensable for the preservation of wealth. Nothing else I've seen compares. It is without a doubt the best perspective on the big picture, not just bits and pieces of the picture." W.W., Investor and Teacher, Indiana The "Forecasts 2012" webcast speech for December 18 has been cancelled due to eye problems. It is expected to be rescheduled sometime between January 25 and February 20, or as soon as full eyesight is restored, expected within 90 days. An announcement will be made following the completion of the healing effort.

If you are an active short-term trader, or even if you are an investor who likes to keep up with our current thoughts on financial markets, you may be interested in our Weekly or even Daily Market reports with position trading and aggressive trading recommendations. It is the only way I keep in touch with traders on a daily or even weekly basis, as I no longer offer personal consultations. These reports give in-depth analysis of the DJIA, S&P and NASDAQ futures, Euro currency (cash and futures), Dollar/Yen cash and Yen futures, Euro-Yen cash, T-Notes, Crude Oil, Gold and Silver. The daily reports cover all stock indices listed above, as well as futures in Euro, T-Notes, Soybeans, Gold and Silver. Both reports provide trading strategies and recommendations for position traders as well as for shorter-term aggressive traders. Subscription to the daily report also includes the weekly report. For more information, go to, or call our offices at1-248-626-3034. These reports are extremely valuable to those who trade ETF's (Exchange Traded Funds). In the words of one of our subscribers: "I am really pleased with your recommendations through the Daily and Weekly Trade Recommendations. I have used them to trade gold and silver stocks in my IRA. In the last eight years I increased my account from $60,000 to $712,000. Thanks for your excellent publications." -Bryden C., Small Business Owner, Illinois. (He is up another $120,000 in the past month.)

The monthly MMA Cycles Report and its companions – the MMA Japan Cycles Report and MMA European Cycles Report – went out last week, Monday and Tuesday, via posting on our web site, and attachment via direct emails, for subscribers. If you are a subscriber and did not receive it, let us know at once. This report covers our longer-term analysis of the U.S. stock market, precious metals, crude oil, currencies, Treasury Notes, and grain markets. The MMA Japan Cycles report covers the Nikkei, JGB Bonds, and the Dollar-Yen. The new MMA European Cycles Report covers the German DAX, Swiss SMI, and Netherlands AEX, each in English only, and will be available on Wednesday. For further information and subscription, go to

"The Ultimate Book on Stock Market Timing, Volume 5: Price Objectives and Technical Analysis" is now out! The comments and reviews are starting to come in, and we will post them here over the next few weeks. "The Ultimate Book on Stock Market Timing series is truly a life's work of grand proportion. Raymond Merriman has built the foundation upon which Financial Astrology can securely rest. Volumes 1-4 were more than a foundation, they were an edifice, and Volume 5: Technical Analysis and Price Objectives, is the pinnacle. Coupled with the timing strategies of the first 4 volumes, these volumes provide a complete trading methodology, brilliantly and logically presented, that any person who makes the time and the effort to understand, may trade profitably." - Duke O'Neil, President, Capstone Capital Wealth Management, Boulder, Colorado. The retail price of this new book is $144.00.

If you are interested in this unique and integrated methodology for analyzing and forecasting stock indices, you can save big bucks by ordering all five volumes, or choice of any four now at, or just go to and scroll down to the announcement. If ordering all five volumes, you will save $99.00! For more information on this book, go to YouTube at, describing this new book. It is "the missing link." You may want to check this video out, as it contains some interesting long-term tips.

We also report that just recently we sold out of the last copy of Volume 2. It will be rewritten and all the studies therein will be updated next year. In the meantime, we still offer the other 4 volumes. And if you pre-order the updated Volume 2, the cost to do so at this time will be $75.00. Once we get closer to completion, the new price will become $125.00. You may be able to secure a copy of this now out-of-print book on, but I do not know what the price will be there. Usually it is 2-5 times higher than the retail price. There is always a premium on our out-of-print books. They are in great demand – and for a reason!


January 6-7, 2012: Zurich Switzerland. "Forecast 2012 Symposia" sponsored by AstroData. January 6 lecture on "Uranus Square Pluto: Consequences of the Debt Crisis for Financial Markets." January 7 workshop on "Financial Astrology and Perspectives for 2012: This workshop will discuss the projection of these studies onto today's financial, markets, including precious metals, equity markets, and currency prices – where are we in the cycle and where are we headed. For more information, go to or contact ASTRODATA AG, Tel. 41 (0) 43 343 33 66, or

January 21, 2012: Amsterdam, Netherlands. "Forecasts for 2012," 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM, followed by a 60-minute private meeting with MMA Subscribers. Sponsored by Schogt Market Timing and to take place at. Call 31-(0) 294-415-917 for further more information,, or, or

March 1 and 3, 2012: Hong Kong. "Forecast 2012" on Thursday, March 1, and a full day intensive on "Financial Market Timing" on Saturday, March 3, with emphasis on Gold, Silver, Currencies, and Equity Markets for 2012. Organized by Earlthorn.Com at the Excelsior Hotel, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Contact Teresa Wong at852-2529 1211 (phone), or by e-mail at A special 90-minute private meeting with MMA Subscribers will follow the workshop on March 3.

March 9-11, 2012: The 12th Annual Balkan International Conference, Belgrade, Serbia. Featuring a pre-seminar workshop on Financial Astrology with Raymond Merriman. For further information on this fantastic gathering, contact or email

April 19 and 21, Boulder, Colorado. "Forecast 2012" with Raymond Merriman, plus a workshop on "Financial Market Timing," focusing on equities and precious metals. Sponsored by ROMA. For more information and registration, contact Once again, a private meeting for MMA subscribers will follow the workshop.

May 24-29, 2012: UAC!!! The world's largest astrological conference. Taking place at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel. Go There will be an awesome Financial Track, featuring some of the top Financial Astrologers and researchers in the world. There will be private meeting for MMA on Friday or Sunday evening on the top floor of the Marriott.

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.

No guarantee as to the accuracy of this report is being made here. Any decisions in financial markets are solely the responsibility of the reader, and neither the author nor the publishers assume any responsibility at all for those individual decisions. Reader should understand that futures and options trading are considered high risk.

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