MMA Comments for the Week Beginning April 2, 2012
Written by Raymond Merriman
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Did we say Mercury retrograde was a time of conflicting market signals? This Mercury retrograde period (March 12-April 4) has to rank as one of the most extreme examples of mixed market signals around the world that we have ever witnessed – which of course, is typical for this signature, especially during a week in which there was also a hard aspect involving Uranus. In fact, the Sun was conjunct Uranus last weekend (March 24) and in square aspect to Pluto March 29. That whole period of March 23-29 represented the "Sun's translation" to the forthcoming Uranus-Pluto square (June 2012-March 2015). In prior reports, we suggested that this period would be a preview of what to expect June 2012-March 2015.
Let's look at each signature separately. Mercury retrograde is usually a time when support and resistance levels either give way temporarily for a false breakout, or else they fail to follow through on classical buy and sell signals issued via technical studies. We saw that in spades last week, which was exaggerated given the Sun's translation to Uranus and Pluto as well. For instance, in Europe, the highs of March 14-16 held during last week's rally. But in Japan, Australia, and the NASDAQ Composite in the USA, the indices soared to new multi-month highs. In the case of the NASDAQ, the rally took the index to its highest level in 12 years! This is a powerful case of world-wide intermarket bearish divergence.
But wait a minute. After the highs of March 14 and secondary bearish divergent highs of March 27, stock markets sold off. Some of them fell to new multi-week and even multi-month lows – well below their lows of March 6-7 – but others did not. In Europe, the AEX of Netherlands, DAX of Germany, and SMI of Zurich all held above those lows of March 7 as prices sold off into March 29. But not so in London, where the FTSE fell to 5726, well below the 5755 low of March 7. In Russia, like England, last week's high was lower than March 15, and the low was lower than March 7.
The USA and South America were strange too. The NASDAQ Composite made higher lows and higher highs last week from the lows of March 7 and highs of March 16. The Dow Jones Industrial Average made a lower high and higher low related to the same dates. Brazil's Bovespa and Argentina's Merval made lower highs and lower lows respectively. Huh? Why such differences? Blame it on the stars.
But if you think that is strange, take a look at Asia and the Pacific Rim. The Japanese Nikkei soared to 10,255 on March 27 (right in that "Sun translation to Uranus-Pluto" zone), like most other markets of the world did. But in this case, that was a new 8-month high. The All Ords of Australia did the same on Friday, and neither pulled back much at all after those highs were achieved. But not so in India's NIFTY Index, China's Shanghai Index, or Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index. All three fell well below their lows of March 7, in a pattern of lower highs and lower lows. Thus last week witnessed several indices exhibiting bearish characteristics (lower lows and lower highs), several witnessing mixed signals (lower highs but higher lows), and several bullish characteristics (higher highs and higher lows). It sure looks like Mercury retrograde, but more than that: a Mercury retrograde in Pisces (sign of "being without definite direction"), also accompanied by a strong Uranus (unpredictable and bizarre) signature.
Now, as to the Sun's translation of the Uranus-Pluto square last week (March 24-29): what can we deduce regarding market behavior if this is suppose to be a preview of the three years extending from June 2012-March 2015? Well, many markets rallied sharply from a low of Friday, March 23, as this signature started. It topped out just two trading days later on March 27, and everyone thought: this is it, we are going to make new highs. But just as suddenly as the rally erupted, it also ended quite abruptly, falling rather sharply (in some indices) the next two days. And, as stated before, this sudden shift from "up" to "down" resulted in a slew of intermarket bearish and bullish signatures around the world. If that is a preview of what can look forward to, its going to a three-year period of insanity and perhaps immense volatility, where some parts of the world do quite fine, other do quite terrible, and yet others don't know what the hell to do. Traders and investors better study Financial Astrology if for no other reason than to know that there is an explanation for that which otherwise seems unexplainable.
Gold and Silver also followed a pattern somewhat like U.S. stocks, except they made an important low on the new moon of March 22. Both metals held that low last week on another pullback into Thursday, March 29. We may be seeing another set up like that of late December, late September and late June of the past year. It could get exciting here once again
Welcome to Uranus square Pluto: the preview. You have 3 months to get fully prepared for the likes of something totally wild and bizarre - as if you haven't seen enough already since the Cardinal Climax began in 2008. This is the last three years of this cosmic drama and it ends with this most potent of all aspects. It is like the collective version of the "Twilight Zone" on steroids, or a remake of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, shape-shifting into a Fish called Wanda. Oh yes… Neptune is in Pisces now as well (sign of the fish). But that might save us all.
And you know what? It's not just the markets going crazy, for after all the markets are little more than a reflection of the trends and whims of society and politics. We are not only in the trickster Mercury's retrograde cycle. And we are not only just ending that 5-day period of the "Sun's translation to Uranus-Pluto square," where nothing goes as expected, let alone makes any sensible relationship to anything else in the world. But it was - and still is - also Mars retrograde (January 23-April 14).
Mars retrograde is a signature that says, "That which has recently been started is suddenly prone to be aborted." Coming into last week, everyone (it seemed) thought that the Supreme Court would uphold "Obamacare," the USA's version of a universal health insurance program that was passed in March 2010. But after a couple days of argument, it became clear that this "Affordable Health Care" Act may not comply with USA commerce law. It may be sent back to Congress for a re-write, as parts - or all of it - may have been to be done all over again. This would be very consistent with all three of these signatures, but especially Mars retrograde in Virgo, the sign of health care.
We won't know the decision of the Supremes until late June, which is just perfect since that is when the Uranus-Pluto waxing square makes its first of seven exact hits (June 24, within hours of Jupiter square Neptune, Saturn and Venus both turning stationary direct). It promises to be a tumultuous period with immense reaction (and over-reaction), just like the emotional rawness experienced last week in so many other aspects of American (and European) life (i.e. racial tensions related to the killing of a Black teenage boy in Florida, riots and strikes and property damage in Spain due the new austerity measures related to the ongoing debt crisis which is also associated with Uranus and Pluto).
Mars goes direct on April 14 and the Sun will be in opposition to Saturn April 15. These are both Level 1 geocosmic signatures which have a historically high correspondence to reversals in stock indices with seven trading days. We are focused on that period now.
"Whenever I make a decision, it is a choice between a grievance and a miracle." – Deepak Chopra, Mediation and Sleep recording.
We are living in two widely divergent cosmic realities right now. On the one hand is the very difficult and challenging Uranus-Pluto waxing square, which will be within one degree of exactness from the summer of 2011 through much of 2015. This is the last major astrological component (aspect between the Saturn-Uranus-Pluto set up) of the 2008-2015Cardinal Climax. This column has attempted to define the dynamics of this powerful waxing square for the better part of the last year, and will continue to do so in the months and even years ahead, for there is probably no other planetary-pair combination that portends economic, social, and political transformation throughout the world more than this one.
On the other hand, Neptune has recently begun its 14-year sojourn through the sign of Pisces, which it rules. Both Neptune and Pisces represent the urge for peace – both inner peace and world peace - and compassion for others who are less fortunate than oneself. At its worst, it can pertain to a collective sense of victimization, where others more fortunate than oneself are seen as taking advantage of others less fortunate. In the first case, Uranus (in Aries) is war-like. In the second case, Neptune in Pisces wants "No more war." Both have their grievances with leadership and government, and Pluto in Capricorn virtually assures there will be major reforms addressing these grievances.
But Neptune in Pisces has another component. It is a spiritual awareness, and understanding of another reality to that which we read of in the newspapers or on the internet, or view on television, every day. It is a reality (or rather, a belief system), that allows for the possibility of miracles. This is quite in contrast to Pluto in Capricorn, which can be obsessed that the system (i.e. governments and bankers of the world) are in collusion with one another and intent on bringing down the world and establishing a new world order with the very wealthy and powerful in control of… everything. It's actually bigger than Big Brother. It's Big Banker and Big Brother.
In an election year, it seems that everyone has a lot of grievances. It is easy to tie these in with the dynamics of current astrological signatures like Uranus square Pluto. But there are also miracles to witness that are more aligned with the positive principles of Neptune in Pisces. One of these occurred this past week. It was the beautiful sight of the night sky last Monday and Tuesday evenings (March 26-27), when the crescent moon was positioned between Venus and Jupiter – all in the tropical zodiac sign of Taurus. That evening display was not only visually stunning, but as Venus rules Taurus, and the Moon is exalted in Taurus, and Jupiter is the great benefic wherever it is, this cosmic artistry also contained the ingredients of a miracle for humanity, as well as for individuals who experienced (and communed) with it. For a more detailed explanation on my take on this rare configuration (it happens approximately every 24 years), feel free to read about it on my MMA Facebook group site at http://www.facebook.com/groups/170764806273344/.
But here is the miracle that happened last week for me personally. On Monday night, my eldest daughter just got hit with a huge tax assessment. She didn't expect it. She was devastated. I suggested that she go outside that evening with her husband and two daughters and look up at the sky over Lake Michigan (she lives across the street from Lake Michigan, near Chicago). I described the crescent moon, Venus, and Jupiter arrangement, and suggested she say a prayer and ask for help from the Infinite, since Taurus is a financial sign, after all. I went out and did the same on her behalf.
The next morning she walked into work and her boss called her into his office for a private meeting. He informed her that the company has just decided to give her a $20,000 raise. Totally unexpected. I know this sounds like one of those corny emails you get every so often to "do this and riches will come into your life," but in this case… it seems like a miracle happened and a prayer was answered because she made a decision - not based upon a grievance, but rather upon a miracle. It seemed like Neptune in Pisces was at work, which has a lot in common with that Venus-Jupiter-crescent moon in Taurus. It didn't seem like Uranus square Pluto, which is the crux of grievances often cited in this column this year (and next and next…).
There are of course a lot of grievances these days related to Uranus in waxing square to Pluto. And decisions will be made by all of us that will truly be a choice between grievances or miracles. We are about to enter a reality of parallel universes, one ruled by grievances and the other by miracles. It will be interesting to see which the leaders of our governments will choose. It will be just as interesting to see which we will choose in our own individual lives.
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