Friday, February 17, 2012

Financial astrology guidelines updated: Raymond Merriman's comments to 2/20/12 week

Raymond Merriman was right, it's become more of a trader's market than easy position investing! Through much choppiness, the Dow is up but the Nasdaq less so, and the S&P 500 is still under last year's high. Crude oil is finally pushing higher, but gold is sagging. Below are new insights and comments from Raymond Merriman (thanks again, Ray!). These discussions of stocks, bonds, currencies, precious metals, crude oil, and other financial and economic matters are in addition to his analyses of other countries' markets, economy, and the social and political climate. Ray also provides detailed paid subscription services (daily, weekly and monthly) for the various markets, at his website always at the right side of the page. 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 February 20, 2012

Written by Raymond Merriman

Note: Due to preparation for Sunday's webcast, this will be an abbreviated weekly column. Also note that Monday is a market holiday in the USA (President's Day, since the most honored presidents in USA history have been born in February – Aquarius or Pisces sun sign natives).

Review and Preview

Things change fast when Uranus is prominent, and this is especially true when Uranus is also in Aries. And as events unfold suddenly, so must changes in forecasts be adjusted. The mantra for Uranus in Aries is this: "Nothing will go as expected. Get use to it and adjust quickly – or get lost."

The geocosmic critical reversal date of February 10 coincided with a crest in world stock indices the day before, February 9. For some indices, like the Dow Jones Industrial Average, that coincided with the highest level in stock prices in over three years. It was followed by a decline, including the steepest down day of the year so far in the DJIA, on Wednesday, February 15. The technical picture had begun to deteriorate, suggesting a powerful decline might be starting. But it didn't follow through. That low of February 15 was the end of the reversal. By Friday, February 17, stock prices were making even higher highs. On February 15, Venus ended its translation to the approaching Uranus-Pluto square (which was, coincidentally, in effect February 9-15, the high and low of the reversal). Uranus is in Aries. "Nothing will go as expected. Get used to it and adjust quickly – or get lost."

Short-Term Geocosmics

We are now at the end of the time band containing 6 important geocosmic signatures stretching from February 1 through February 19. But the last one could be the most important. It is the Sun conjunct Neptune and it occurs as the Sun changes signs from the unpredictable and volatile Aquarius to the more mellow Pisces. In other words, this conjunction of the Sun and Neptune is taking place in the first degree of Pisces. According the studies reported in "The Ultimate Book on Stock Market Timing Volume 3: Geocosmic Correlations to Trading Cycles, " the Sun-Neptune conjunction is a powerful Level 1 signature with a 79% correlation to 4% or greater reversals in the DJIA within 4 trading days. On Tuesday, February 21 (or February 22, if in the Far East), there will be a new moon in Pisces. When markets are rallying into a new moon, it can coincide with at least a short-term crest.

And then that is it for awhile. The next series of signatures begins on March 3. In other words, the field of geocosmic studies can still allow for a reversal from a high right now. But if it doesn't start up this week, the next cosmic opportunity for a reversal does not show up until March. And that's getting close to another important geocosmic milepost.

Longer-Term Thoughts

The sudden reversal to the upside of stocks late last week, after starting a decline from a high on February 9, brings into question the probability that the 0-7º sector of Taurus will correlate with a long-term cycle crest this time, as previously forecasted.

Let's briefly review this pattern, which is basically known as the correlation of "Jupiter through the zodiac to the stock market," as presented in each of the past three years' editions of the annual Forecasts Books. First of all, the filtered graph therein of stock prices related to Jupiter's transit has been uncannily accurate for the past 25 years, so it is not to be discounted – yet. Second of all, it did work right on time when it passed through the 23º Aries - 7º Taurus last time (May 2-July 21, 2011), so it is already valid. Several world stock indices fell 20-35% over the following three months. We speculated that it could work again with a double top when Jupiter returned to this sector of the skies between October 7, 2011 and March 7, 2012, and again it served us well for much of this period, as the current really began October 4, 2011. But will it stop this impressive rally by the first part of March 2012? Or, said another way, "Ray, what is your back-up plan? Is there another alternative? Or does this invalidate astrology?"

In response to the last question, no, this does not invalidate astrology. It might invalidate my interpretation of how astrology would coincide with the stock market, based on the pattern of the past 25 years. But it doesn't invalidate the value of Financial Astrology in the least – only the fallibility of human focus (my focus). If that was the case, how would you account for its remarkable correspondence to the movement of stock prices over the past 25 years? Or the call to buy Gold and Silver around 10:00 AM on December 29, just minutes before the 36-month low formed, and the huge rally commenced? Financial Astrology's credibility is not on trial here, but unfortunately, mine may be, for in this work you are only as good as your last call. This will soon be my last call – until the next one.

After doing more research on the DJIA's performance in this sector of the zodiac prior to 25 years ago, prompted by subscriber Sanford Scearce's personal studies recently shared with me, it became apparent that at least two cases of very significant long-term cycle crests occurred after Jupiter had left this sector of the sky. In fact, at the then all-time highs in September 1929 and February-March 1966, Jupiter was in Gemini. Fellow Financial Astrologer and colleague Manfred Zimmel ( has done some excellent research on this too, recently.

The correlation to long-term cycle crests happening after Jupiter leaves Taurus and enters Gemini is even more significant when one also takes into account the Uranus-Pluto aspects that were present then. Even more impressive is the consistency of declines which follow that high into the time when Jupiter enters Leo. This will be a big part of our discussion on this Sunday's webcast, especially as it pertains to the U.S. and world stock markets in 2012-2013 through 2015. I am not ruling out the possibility of a big decline yet with Jupiter soon to leave early Taurus, because this correspondence has worked so well for the past 25 years. But Uranus is in Aries, and this is the time that "Nothing will go as expected. Get used to it and adjust quickly – or get lost."

I still know which way the wind blows. It's just that it is beginning to change directions now. Not surprisingly, this is happening as we approach the new moon conjunction with Neptune next week. With Neptune also now in such prominence, there is likely much happening behind the scenes that no one sees (except those who wish to keep those things hidden behind the scenes). But Pluto is also in Capricorn, 2008-2024, so you can run, but you can't hide. It's all going to come out in the end. For an idea of what to expect during the 14-year journey of Neptune through Pisces, please check out by our reliable and talented Dutch affiliate, Schogt Market Timing.

This is all making for a very fascinating year or three. If you are interested in attending Sunday's webinar, we will open up further reservation slots between noon and 3:00 PM on Saturday. You can sign up on our website at www.mmacyc;, or call us at 1-248-248-626-3034.


The "Forecast 2012" webcast will take place on Sunday, February 19, starting at 1:00 PM EST (that's 6:00 PM GMT or 10:00 AM PST). Via the modern technology of our webinar host, you can log onto this presentation on current markets (both long-term and short-term outlooks) and the political-psychological climate for 2012, in the comfort of your home or office. All you need is a computer with speakers. You can hear the speech and see the live presentation and slide show, complete with the charts as they are being discussed, on your computer screen. The cost for this special event is $45.00. If you are interested in being part of this unique live webcast, just register at the MMA Website ( and scroll down the opening screen for the announcement. Or drop us an email ( or fax (248-538-5296), or call us at 1-248-626-3034. Instructions to log into this event will be sent upon making reservations. Extra reservations slots will be opened up on Saturday, noon-3:00 PM.

NEW! Now available Mini-Congress 'Outlook for 2012' on CD!!! Recordings of the congress "Outlook for 2012," held January 21, 2012 in Amsterdam, are now available on CD, with audio and PDFs of PowerPoint slides. All lectures are spoken in English. The following presentations are included on this CD: "2012 End Time of Dawning" by Irma Schogt (20 minutes);"Happy New Year" by Drs. Karen Hamaker-Zondag (20 minutes , regarding ECB and Federal Reserve Board); "2012=The Center of the Storm" by Antonia Langsdorf (20 minutes, regarding Mayan calendar and astrology); "Forecast for 2012" by Raymond Merriman (1 hour). Total length 2 hours, with PowerPoint slides sent online in a PDF document. Cost is $55.00 plus postage. Please go to,-january-21,-2012/, or for ordering info.

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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). For further information, please go to the front page of our web site at, 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 iPhone 4 and 4S, and the iPad, and also Kindle. 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 "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. Our new 2012 MMA Catalogue is now out!! You can download this catalogue directly at Events: February 19, 2012: "Forecast 2012 Worldwide Webcast!!!" This is our annual speech to viewers the world over. It will be the latest update on Raymond Merriman's annual Forecast Book. Utilizing the study of cycles and geocosmic factors, this speech will focus on the current state of the economy, political situation in Washington, DC, and in particular, the financial markets, including: the U.S. stock market, interest rates, the U.S. Dollar, Gold, and Silver. This will be a telecast of the live presentation taking place at the Michigan Education Conference Center in Troy, Michigan on Square Lake Road. The webcast and speech will start at 1:00 PM, EST and last two hours. Cost to participate in the webcast, or to attend in person in Troy, is $45.00. Go to,-2012!!!/ for more information. 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. You must reserve your space for this meeting with MMA. March 9-11, 2012: The 12th Annual Balkan International Conference, Belgrade, Serbia. Featuring a pre-seminar workshop with Raymond Merriman. For further information on this fantastic gathering, contact +381-11-267-31-92 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. June 23: Amsterdam. A special 5-hour workshop on "The Gold Market: Forecasting the Price of Gold" Details to be announced shortly, but mark your calendars for an exciting event in one of the world's most exciting cities at the most exciting time of the year: the first Uranus-Pluto square! August 2-6, 2012: Midwest Astrology Conference, in Ann Arbor, MI, Holiday Inn. Pre-seminar workshop on Financial Astrology, Thursday, August 2, with Raymond Merriman. More details soon. September 14-15, 2012: San Diego: Lecture on world economy and national election, and then a workshop on Financial Market Timing. More details shortly. details soon.

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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