MMA Comments for the Week Beginning April 23, 2012
Written by Raymond Merriman
Due to travel obligations and this weekend's workshop on Financial Markets in Boulder, Colorado, this week's column will be brief. Normal column will resume next week.
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Financial markets continued to trade within rather narrow ranges last week, perhaps reflective of the uncertainty about future economic trends coincident with Mars changing directions. Still, we had some excitement early last week in stock indices. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, for example, had a sudden burst up of nearly 200 points on Tuesday, and it looked like it was ready to soar to new yearly highs. The Treasury markets in the USA reached new cycle highs on Monday, April 16, too. But then, typical of Uranus-Pluto principles, news of more debt problems in Spain and the uncertainty of the French elections led investors to become immediately cautious. There was no follow through in either stocks or Treasuries for the rest of the week. The Sun is also moving into the slow moving sign of Taurus, so it may be "wait and see" for now.
The Euro currency fell to 1.3000 last Monday, below the neckline support of a head and shoulders chart formation, and it looked like it was ready to tumble. But then just as suddenly – and consistent with Mars changing directions – the Euro reversed and proved to be one of the stronger market performers last week. You would think that would help Gold and Silver, but it didn't. Gold fell back to 1631 on Thursday, not far from its recent low of 1613 on April 4, which was an important critical reversal date. But it still struggled afterwards and failed to close back above 1650.
In all, it is possible that several markets may have made a significant trough or crest last week from which prices have started to reverse. But the reaction so far to those lows and highs has not been impressive enough to state with certainty that a reversal has indeed begun. Maybe the new moon in Taurus on Saturday, April 21, will set the new trends in a more obvious light. After all, Taurus rules money and assets, and a new moon represents a new lunar cycle. The idea is that new activities commence under the new moon and continue into the full moon two weeks later. This is known as the "waxing phase" of the moon. Sometimes this works as a short-term trend in financial markets too, especially in the absence of other geocosmic factors.
And speaking of an absence of other geocosmic factors… that is the case now. There are no outstanding geocosmic signatures in effect for the next 4 weeks. Well, there is a trine between the Sun and Mars on April 23, and another trine between the Sun and Pluto on April 29, but our studies reported in Volume 3 of the Stock Market Timing series do not classify these as Level 1 (strongest) types. They are Level 2 types, which may correlate to short-term swings in various markets. But for the next four weeks, we will rely more upon solar-lunar combinations, as traders, for market entry and exit opportunities. You can see these solar-lunar values listed every day on the top of our web site at www.mmacycles.com for stock indices and Silver. Anything with a weighted value over 120 has a higher than expected probability of correlating with an isolated high or low from which these markets reverse at least 2.5%.
Now this doesn't mean that markets will just go sideways in the bigger picture. If a new trend did indeed commence within a few days of Mars turning direct on April 14 (and its possible, according to Mars just turning direct), then those trends may proceed without too much interruption into the next big geocosmic event, which will be Venus tuning retrograde on May 15. Think of it like this: The most powerful geocosmic signatures are like magnets. Financial markets either rally or fall into these magnet zones. Then they exhaust their energy and reverse in the opposite direction. May 15 is the next high energy geocosmic period, or magnet zone. Financial markets may be pulled in one direction or the other from now until then.
Longer-Term Thoughts and Transit Tales
I had a reader last week request that I share the efforts that I undertook to cure my double vision problem, which started in late November 2011. I did a lot of things, but basically the optical specialist I went to called it right. She said the double vision would clear up in about 90 days all on its own. There was nothing I needed to do, and especially not surgery. It started clearing up in 95 days.
Nevertheless, there were several things I did that I think helped strengthen my vision along the way. I think Ruta Graveolens, a homeopathic cell salt recommended by an MMA subscriber, helped ease the eye strain from computer work. I think eye exercises and using pinhole glasses recommended by another subscriber helped strengthen the eye muscles. Another eye doctor advised me to look up from the computer screen every three minutes, to avoid eye strain, and then not to work more than an hour at a time without a break. Lutein and Zeaxanthin were probably helpful nutrients that I took. It is interesting that as my double vision malady started to leave and my eyes returned more to normal, the eye doctor also determined that my eye sight had actually improved for the first time in many years. I am getting close to 20-20 vision again, even though I still see double late at night when driving.
Perhaps more interesting for those who are students of astrology is that my progressed Mercury (my ruling planet) had just turned retrograde in Pisces in the 6th house of health, the week that the eye distortion began. Mercury turns retrograde about every 4 months (usually slightly shorter). It stays retrograde about 19-24 days. The time between turning direct and the next retrograde period is about 88-101 days. In the astrological technique known as secondary progressions, every day after birth is equivalent to one year of life. Therefore, most people will go through a 19-24 year period once in their lifetime when progressed Mercury is retrograde. This is my time. It will last 22 years.
What does it mean when progressed Mercury goes retrograde in your chart? One of the things it could mean is that you go back over the issues of the last 19-24 years that you need to work out or revisit that involve Mercury, planet of communication and learning. In my case, it means I will probably be rewriting and updating all the books I have written in the past 22 years (good lord, do I really have to do that?). But beyond that, I think it means I am about to enter a new phase of life where I teach – mentor - others in the methods of market timing and market analysis that I originated over the past 22 years. In fact, I have recently decided to do this – since progressed Mercury has turned retrograde - and nothing has excited me this much in many years as this new life work I will soon take on. The idea is that in early 2013, I will start a 2-year apprenticeship program for perhaps 10 students. It is my hope that I can train them in this unique methodology of market timing and market analysis that I devoted my life to researching and developing.
After all, what is the purpose of life for a Capricorn if he can't create something like a body of work that will continue on after he evolves to the next level of consciousness?
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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.
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.
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