Friday, March 16, 2012

Financial market rules changing, so trust but verify: Raymond Merriman's 3/19/12 week preview comments

Maybe stocks rose higher, and previous metals dropped lower, than Raymond Merriman had expected - but maybe he wasn't wrong on the big picture either. Maybe Mercury retrograde or other factors just gave a "bonus round" before the next set of moves. And I personally find it interesting that sectors the Chinese New Year astrology predicted would suffer this year, like air and transportation, really lagged in recent weeks. Certainly it remains great to benefit from Ray's unique blend of insights from financial astrology plus cycles, for all markets (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 March 19, 2012

Written by Raymond Merriman

This is written Friday afternoon here in Le Provence, southern France, where I am licking my wounds from a grueling 3-week lecture tour in Hong Kong and Belgrade. Actually the wounds I am licking are more from being on the wrong side of recent market moves in stocks and precious metals, which will be covered in this week's Longer-Term Thoughts section. In any event, this week's column will once again not have the benefit of being written after the weekly close in the USA. However, all of our subscription reports during this period were issued on time and will be issued on time again this coming week.

Review and Preview

There were indeed more "Gifts from heaven" last week. As the rare but harmonious grand trine unfolded between Venus/Jupiter to Pluto and Mars in earth signs, equity markets around the world continued to rally. Euphoria abounds about the future of world economies and stock indices. However, we must keep in mind that the grand trine is passing, and all this euphoria is occurring under Mercury retrograde, which is about to retreat to Pisces. Is it real? Maybe. Can it be trusted and depended upon? Absolutely not. Mercury is a trickster all by itself. Retrograde and in Pisces, it is other-worldly in its capacity to imagine.

Precious metals and currencies vis-à-vis the U.S. Dollar fell rather hard again last week, and so did U.S. Treasuries. At least the part regarding a declining U.S. Treasury market fit the cycles' picture very well. The rest? It's Uranus striking again where nothing goes quite as expected.

Short-Term Geocosmics

Mercury continues in retrograde motion from March 12 through April 4. It starts in Aries, which is robust and assertive. But on March 23, the retrograde takes the trickster back to Pisces, where is can flow easily with its tricks. It may be good for dancing, charm, and romance, but it is not a combination that normally reflects the state of affairs accurately. Be careful about believing what you hear, let alone what you see. And most of all make sure that the message delivered is the same as the message received, for this is a signature of misunderstanding, miscommunication, and/or misdirection. What is really happening and what is it that they don't want you to see? And for that matter, who are "they?"

There is a new moon this week too in early Aries, which is near enough to Uranus to be considered a conjunction. Therefore we look to the entire period of March 22-29 as one of potential volatility and reversals in many financial markets, especially those related to interest rates and currency values. It will also be a period known as the translation of the Sun to the forthcoming Uranus-Pluto square. It will offer yet another preview as to what to expect from June 2012 through March 2015 when those two powerhouses are in exact square 7 times, due to their own retrograde motions.

One thing I have noticed on this tour is that many people who have been involved in partnerships (business or romance) are breaking up. They want to redefine (Uranus) or terminate (Pluto) their relationship. I suspect this will also be the case with world leaders, many of whom may be on the verge of losing their power (Sarkozy and France?). Now I think there is a connection here between the debt explosion in the world signified by Uranus and Pluto, and the difficulty in getting along in partnering relationships also symbolized by Uranus and Pluto.

Let's look at it from this perspective. Uranus in Aries wants unconditional freedom to do whatever it wants – even take on more debt that it can afford. It is, really, the wish to be allowed to accrue unconditional debt by spending without consequences. But with Pluto in Capricorn, there are consequences. Likewise in love, one of the parties seems to demand unconditional love, again a quality of Uranus. But it is unconditional love they want with sex or other perks, which like debt, is the domain of Pluto. Yet the other side – the Pluto in Capricorn – wants sex and love, but with conditions. Under the square, it will be hard for both sides to come to an understanding and agreement, whether it involves love, sex, or money. And with Mercury in Pisces coming up, we can also add to the mix the probabilities of lies and deception, so now we will have it all from late this week through much of April: money, love, sex, lies and betrayal. But will it be conditional or unconditional? Will Uranus or Pluto get its way? If both get their way (unconditional debt and unconditional love - with sex), it might work out. But more than likely it will be unconditional love without sex, or conditional love with sex – or conditional debt relief with restricted spending. After all, it is a square, not a trine. And with debt, you can keep talking all you want about how we need to spend more and more money to bring our debt down, but it is unlikely to work or be acceptable to those who demand an accounting (i.e. credit rating agencies).

Longer-Term Thoughts and Transit Tales of Woe

It's been several weeks since I wrote a personal transit tale in this column, despite the promise to do so while on this three-week tour. The fact is I got quite ill and just didn't have the energy to write much. I needed rest to recover. But now that I am in Le Provence (southern France) where the air is clear, the sunlight is magical, and the vistas offer spectacular panoramas of nature's early spring seasonal colors, I am healing just fine. Now, only my ego is wounded.

The ego. What a marvelously constructed psychological explanation for something that has very little bearing whatsoever upon outer reality, except from the point of view of the viewer. The world is what it is, and the only difference to that is within the distortion that we create about the meaning of "is." And the reason for that distortion is to protect or enhance some interpretation of our own self-image within the context of those two realities – the reality of what "is" and the reality of our own role in effecting what "is," and perhaps how other people might perceive our role in effecting what "is," as if we have some power to actually do that. We have some power to affect this illusion simply because we have the choice of how we wish to distort the presentation of our role in the world of others.

Back let's get off the philosophy for moment, for that is only another vehicle for the ego to distort what "is." Let's revisit Uranus, the planet that may be considered the great distorter of reality because under its influence, nothing goes as expected. What you think is going to happen isn't, and what happens is not what you thought would happen. So you have a choice: re-invent yourself and the future that you imagined, or have it torn away from underneath your feet. Your ground is not stable, and you better shift, or you will fall into the void. The fall will continue until you shift your interpretation of reality and your own role within the drama that is happening all around you. It's not just an ordinary shift. It is radical. It's Uranus and Pluto, arguably the most potent and radical shift of all planetary combinations. In the 112-142 year cycle of these two planets, they form quarter cycles (hard aspects) four times. One is coming up soon (June 2012-March 2015), but you can feel it now. You've felt for the past year, actually, since summer 2011 when they came within one degree (and the USA credit rating was downgraded).

Under Uranus, you will likely experience extremes. One day you are on top of the world. You are on the summit. The next day, you are in the valley – perhaps feeling as if it really the valley of the dead. Your world is at first wonderful and bright, and then just as suddenly it seems shattered. This is the nature of Uranus, especially in Aries, and especially approaching its waxing square to Pluto. This is the reality that many of you reading this column are experiencing, especially if you have natal planets or angles within the first 9 degrees of cardinal signs right now (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn). During the next two years, this will shift to 9-15 degrees of cardinal signs. For example, if dealing only with one's sun sign, those born in the last 9 days of March, June, September, and December are under this cosmic spell, which at once may seem like a blessing but then a suddenly shape-shift into a curse. Or vice-versa. The good news is that bad news doesn't last long. The bad news is that good news doesn't last long either. So don't get complacent or arrogant, as if you are the greatest, unless you have a sadistic love for being shocked and embarrassed. You need to be flexible and ready to re-invent the way you imagined your future quickly. This is called "adjustment." It is an essential tool for surviving these times as we approach Uranus square Pluto, 2012-2015.

As far as my own life goes (and many of you with planets in early cardinal signs will identify with this), I have experienced the heights of being on an incredible roll for the better part of the last 2-3 years. I have Sun and Mars in early Capricorn, so Uranus and Pluto are treating my life (and your life too if you have this set up) like a Ping-Pong match. The calls of the high in Silver last spring, and the lows on Gold and Silver in September and December 2011, have resulted in making a ton of money both personally and for clients. So had the forecast of higher prices in stocks from September 2010 through May-July 2011, followed by the decline into October, and followed by the rally that followed into at least December. But the unexpected move of stocks higher and Gold lower – exactly the opposite of what was expected by yours truly - has resulted in losses of a half-ton. Thank God there were other markets that performed as expected (Treasuries, Currencies), to help balance the final ledger, but still…. This is Uranus and Pluto in hard aspect to one's natal planets. Exciting, but wild. And I am a Capricorn, stable earth sign, so I don't always like wild that way. But you deal with it. You go to Le Provence, drink fine wine, watch the sunset, and philosophize.

The good news is that you can reinvent your thoughts, and your own self-image under Uranus, and it becomes a new day. The sudden fall into the valley is usually followed by another ascent up to the summit. You realize that you cannot make a plan that can be relied upon. At some point, the transition you go through and the understanding of the meaning of these changes involves faith. You have to believe ultimately in yourself and your own tools, and basically make the shift in perception. The world just changed. The key now is a rising dollar, not a falling one, and under that reality Gold and Silver fall and stocks rise.

But here's another reality. Mercury is retrograde through April 4, and about to re-enter Pisces. Well, maybe that is not really another reality after all. Maybe what needs to be reinvented is the context of a dream. Or simply prepare to be awakened shortly to yet another reality that is not a dream. After all, this week's new moon is in early Aries. It's spring in our hemisphere. New season, new realities, new trends. Adjust quickly and recognize the newness of it all. If you play by the rules of the past, you fall behind. Jupiter is also now past 7º Taurus. For a detailed explanation as to what this means for stocks, please view the Forecast 2012 webcast. It can still be seen via our archives until March 20. Or via CD or DVD afterwards. The explanations from a cycles and geocosmic point of view are all there.


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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. Please let us know if you plan to attend the subscribers' meeting afterwards.

April 27: Scottsdale, AZ. Evening presentation on "Political, Economic and Financial Markets Outlook for 2012." Details soon.

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 Future Price of Gold." 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Victoria Hotel. Sponsored by Schogt Market Timing. This is a special workshop you will not want to miss! For further information and sign up, please go to 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 will be taking place then!

August 2-6, 2012: Midwest Astrology Conference, inAnn 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.

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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