Friday, January 13, 2012

We're closer to changes in world, markets, and trends now: Raymond Merriman's comments for 1/16/12 week

Did it seem like just a bad dream? Intraday swings didn't prevent the stock market from testing higher - until today. Now the realities of the eurozone debt crisis and worldwide jitters are surfacing again; the S&P downgrades of France and other countries is a piece of that. For perspective and predictions, we start our weekend with Raymond Merriman's insights for stocks, currencies, precious metals and other financial and economic matters (thanks again, Ray!). These preview comments are in addition to his more detailed subscription services. Ray also analyzes other countries' markets, economy, the political climate, bonds, 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 January 16, 2012

Written by Raymond Merriman

Review and Preview

With my schedule here in Europe, I don't have the luxury of waiting for markets to close for the week and then writing my column. The last markets I track are Gold and Silver, with their 5:15 PM, EST close, which equates to 11:15 PM here in Europe.

So instead, you will read more about my personal experiences when overseas, through the eyes and mental processes of an astrologer. I don't really know why I am sharing more of myself, my life, my inner thoughts, than before. Perhaps it has to do with progressed Mercury now going retrograde in Pisces in my chart for the next 19 years. You are going to learn more about how astrology works in these columns than before, and especially during those weeks when I travel, for these reports will come out earlier than when I am stateside.

Short-Term Geocosmics

There are two major geocosmic concerns coming up in the next ten days. The first is the Sun entering a T-square formation with the Jupiter-Saturn opposition (January 19-22). The second is Mars turning retrograde in Virgo (January 24 through April 14).

The Jupiter-Saturn opposition is unusual because it is not quite exact. It is one degree away from exactness, and it happens as Saturn is in the last degree of Libra and Jupiter the first degree of Taurus, so they aren't even in opposite signs. This is known as an "out-of-sign" opposition. And when the planets are in last and first degrees of signs that are not the "norm": for this aspect, it usually means "changing conditions." Something is changing related to Jupiter (growth, optimism, and expansion) and Saturn (contraction and fear). Together these two planes pertain to a "judgment." Could it be that some country gets a credit downgrade and fears of a global meltdown abound again? Or is it more to do with something in the mundane field of law? One side wants to expand, the other wants to contract, and with the Sun right in the middle, the result may be paralysis (i.e., gridlock). This is not new, but yet something is different about this case. It would seem that a law could be passed that might restrict freedom, take away certain liberties and assumed rights, but done quietly, and maybe without even a vote. Yet in a few weeks or months, people begin to realize what happened when they weren't paying attention to what was taking place today. It's like a shadow growing ever larger over the landscape. It's the same landscape, but it looks a little different, a little less clear and brilliant.

Mars turning retrograde is also interesting because it often coincides with war threats. This may be even more the case now that Uranus is in Aries, home to Mars. But Mars is in Virgo, so the threats may be related to work issues and a perceived lack of economic opportunities. This is in effect through April 14, so we may see some powerful worker strikes taking place that could cripple the distribution of needed goods throughout the world. Maybe Iran does close the Straits of Hormuz, for Virgo is opposite Pisces, which rules oil.

The bottom line is that these two signatures indicate a change of collective psychology and also political direction. And this can directly cause a change of trend in many financial markets.

Longer-Term Thoughts

For this week, and most weeks when I travel, I will just have a chat with you about Astrology and the times we live in. You can deduce long-term market consequences from these thoughts.

For me, these days clearly reflect the life of a trader and the life of a market trading analyst/advisor. It's the corresponding experiential reality of transiting Uranus in Aries, hitting in hard aspect to one's (my) Sun and Mars in Capricorn. I am all of that, and quite a few of you are some of that, because many of you have planets in the first 7-8 degrees of cardinal signs, which is where my own natal Sun and Mars are located. If you don't have the Sun there, chances are you have another planet, lunar node, or angle there. A lot of you are undergoing the same cosmic initiation and/or transformation I am experiencing. The only difference between us may the degree of awareness – consciousness - that this happening. But if I can put it in words, you will recognize it. That is one of my roles as writer of this column, especially when I travel.

So most of you reading this column have something important in the first 7-8 degrees of cardinal signs, and that part of us is experiencing the measure of Uranus and Pluto right now. We have been experiencing this since the 2008-2015 Cardinal Climax began. If you took a survey of people who are into astrology right now – like those of you reading this column that this Financial Astrologer loves to write every week – I think you would find the majority of this audience KNOWS that this is true. We are all intrigued with figuring out what this period means for us personally and for the world that we inhabit.

And one thing we are discovering is that we are all connected. That is Uranus too – the internet, the "Digital Age," that we have been living out the past 20-30 years. We are conversing with the world. What is it? What is Uranus? Why is it that we can never quite describe it, except to say that "it's different this time" (not to be confused with the recent economic book of the same title, which is well worth reading)? It's different because we, as individuals, are connected to one another as never before. And we want this idea of freedom. We want economic freedom and we want the social freedom of escaping isolation and loneliness. There is a shift of power in the world taking place back to the individual, and this does not bode well for governments that are trying to grow their power over the individual. The individual is breaking out.

But let's get back to me (I told you Uranus in Aries squares my Sun now), because I can only relate what I am going through and how different it is, yet how consistent this inconsistency is with what we know we don't know about Uranus. We know that Uranus represents extremes. It can break through any boundary, just as it breaks through multiple support and resistance levels in financial markets in an eye blink. Just like that – crash or lightning bolt – we are in a new world, a different reality, because we broke through to the extremes – and even beyond them. And we ask in wonderment: "Where are we now? Where are we going next?"

So for this trader/analyst/advisor, the extremes have been personally experienced in markets these past couple of weeks. And I suspect many of you experienced that too. On the one extreme was this call I made in Gold and Silver via "special alert" notices sent to subscribers on December 28-29. I called the bottom about as close as any analyst has ever called a bottom, time-wise (within the half hour). I mean if I do say so myself – and why not? Uranus is squaring my Sun… I can brag on my blog if I want to. Do you have any idea what an adrenaline rush that is for a trader? I do, and so do many of you now. Welcome to my world these past two weeks, where only the sky is the limit.

And welcome to this other side of my world too, which is a little more Plutonian. At just about the same time my perfectly wonderful and ego-satisfying "Uranus square Sun" experience kicked in, the stock market also soared to a new cycle high, which was exactly the opposite of what I expected to happen past the first day of this year. Pluto kicked into my world. Why is it with Pluto you can never get a break, or you can never bask in the sunshine for more than a minute before storm clouds start to gather? The stock market didn't turn before the calendar did.

For me, life is easier when I am right with modest gains in both those markets at the same time, instead of huge gains in one and not-so-small losses in the other. I don't like extremes. I am a Capricorn, and the instructions for this life are: he likes his boundaries respected. Yet… there is something electric and magical about those times that you do exceed those boundaries, when you allow yourself to be taken to those extremes and beyond.

We are all experiencing things for the first time now. That's the nature of Uranus going into Aries. And as a human community, we are about to experience many more things for the first time in 2012, and lasting into 2015. Uranus in Aries is squaring Pluto. The energy, the force, the new realities, is already unfolding.

And here's the thing that concerns me about … me, and how I see it all coming down. What if it doesn't go as expected, which is to say, what if it doesn't crash and burn? What if there are no earthquakes and tsunamis and no more overthrows of repressive world leaders? What if the world economies don't collapse and the Euro Union doesn't break up or transform in some way? What if the USA election 2012 is peaceful and civil and not negative with accusations of the other side of being the agent of destruction on the eve of destruction in a nation that is entering its decline? What if markets didn't fall hard this year, and instead rallied to new all-time highs amidst an economy that shows greater job growth and falling unemployment? What if? These are things that most of us don't expect will happen. But it's the Uranus-Pluto square, and these are the themes that have happened historically under this configuration (i.e. 1931-1934, 1876-1878). What if this time THAT was different, and instead of insanity and hysteria, it was smooth and successful? That would be unexpected, wouldn't it? That would be Uranus too, wouldn't it?

Well… if that happened, I would say we are all experiencing Neptune in Pisces. If you are an astrologer, you know this is an important 14-year transit that is about to begin as well. You know Neptune rules Pisces, so it will be strong – as strong as Neptune can be in Pisces (an oxymoron…Neptune's strength is in its gentleness, its quest for peace). This should be interesting with Uranus in Aries at the same time, whose quest is for combat and winning in competition – or by any means possible, even ruthless ones. That is at the forefront too until 2018.

But I keep coming back to Uranus square Pluto. That is part of Pluto's charm in Capricorn: it just keeps coming back, over and over again, until it gets corrected or healed. Here, we are talking about the world debt and how it could be literally exploding (Uranus-Pluto = explosive debt; Pluto in Capricorn = consequences of past behavior; Saturn in Scorpio 2012-2015, = the "Day of Reckoning").

What is it about Uranus and Pluto that we are going through together now? I don't know. None of us do, because we've never been through something quite like this. We can feel it, we experience it, we see it happening all around us and all over the world. We know NOW, and we know the future is going to be exciting and probably dramatic, but the form it will take? It's shape-shifting. As I look at this new world with these new eyes, it's all shape-shifting, and I know on some level, that's true for most of you.

Personal update: I still see things in multiple images. My vision seems like it is getting a little better some days. But I still see multiple images. I am adjusting to it, and still have faith that I will see normal again soon. And beyond that, I see many things differently. It's like a new world. I want to thank so many of you for your wonderful letters of encouragement these past six weeks. You are amazing. My life is amazing because of people like you. I will continue to write and hopefully guide wisely (or at least entertainingly), as long as I can. I suspect I will continue on for at least 19 more years. And I expect these to be my most exciting and illuminating 19 years of this lifetime. Yours too, I hope.


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

Our monthly MMA Cycles Report, with a special report on Gold and Silver, went out last week. If you subscribe to this report and did not get it, let us know at once (email and tell them). The MMA Cycles Report covers our longer-term analysis of the U.S. stock market, precious metals, crude oil, currencies, Treasury Notes, and grain markets. It will come out Tuesday evening of this week. The MMA Japan Cycles report covers the Nikkei, JGB Bonds, and the Dollar-Yen. The MMA European Cycles Report covers the German DAX, Swiss SMI, and Netherlands AEX, each in English only, and will be available on Wednesday evening or Thursday. For further information and subscription, go to If you are not a subscriber, you can order a 2-month trial basis for only $50.00.

I am about to begin the update to "The Ultimate Book on Stock Market Timing Volume 2: Geocosmic Correlations to Investment Cycles." I expect it to be ready mid-year. We are going to offer a ;pub-publication special price for those who order it before May 1. The retail price of this expanded and update book will be $125, but the prepublication special will be $75.00 (plus postage). For more information, please go to, and scroll down the front page. You will see it.

Many of you have asked about the Amazon.Com Kindle version of Forecast 2012. It is expected to be out this weekend, so if you w at it in that format, check your listings on Kindle ( this weekend.

Copies of the printed version of Forecast 2012 are still available. There will be no additional printings, so when they are gone, they are gone. This year's book is 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. The cost is $39.99. It does not contain the advertisements or the planetary calendar and ephemeris in the back. 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). Or, go to

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

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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."

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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 long and short-term cycles and where are we headed. For more information, go to or contact ASTRODATA AG, Tel.41 (0) 43 343 33 66, or email

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. 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 at 852-2529 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 to 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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