Friday, April 6, 2012

Mercury retrograde giving way to special time in financial markets: Raymond Merriman's 4/9/12 week comments

Mercury retrograde was "special" if you like roller coasters (traders do!), but Raymond Merriman tells us there's more special times ahead now too! So we appreciate his predictions (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 April 9, 2012

Written by Raymond Merriman

Review and Preview

That was one bizarre Mercury retrograde period that just ended (March 12-April 4)!

Perhaps it was complicated by the simultaneous presence of Mars retrograde (January 23-April 14), or the Sun's translation to the approaching Uranus-Pluto waxing square (March 24-29).

Whatever it was, Gold and Silver didn't like it, as both metals fell sharply to their lowest level in three months. On March 27, a critical reversal date that was the midpoint of the Sun's translation to Uranus and Pluto, June Gold was testing 1700. One week later, as Mercury turned direct on April 4, it was down to 1613. On April 3, May Silver was trading as high as 3329.50. The very next day (April 4 again), it was down to 3098! A special update on Gold and Silver will be featured in the MMA Cycles Report, to be issued early this week. A special alert was emailed on April 4 to subscribers of all MMA reports. Why? Because yet another special situation is arising, according to principles of cycles analysis, geocosmic studies, and chart patterns, which are all coming together, similar to what was present in late September and late December when we issued our last two special reports.

Although this recent Mercury retrograde was a very difficult period for precious metals, it was not the same for all other commodities and stocks. Soybean prices, for instance, have been straight up from January 12 through April 3, which covers most of the Mars retrograde period. USA stock indices, on the other hand, traded in a rather narrow price range. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, for example traded between 13,000 and 13,300 for the past few weeks, which was precisely what was anticipated based on the Mercury retrograde period, and led to five consecutive and profitable short-term trades for our daily subscribers since being stopped out of long-term short positions on March 13. The profits from those five trades between March 16 and April 4 were triple the amount of loss incurred from being short February 7-March 13. But the important learning point here was that stock indices traded back and forth every 1-4 days, amidst conflicting political and economic signals given out during the entire Mercury retrograde period. This is just another reason why the market timing opportunities afforded by Financial Astrology really do provide an edge for traders when interpreted and used correctly.

Now that Mercury retrograde is over, we face the prospect of equity prices falling below the 13,000 support level in the DJIA. The U.S. stock market was closed on Friday, April 6, in observance of "Good Friday." However, the futures markets were open for a short time following the release of the Labor Department's Payroll and Unemployment numbers for March. Although unemployment dipped from 8.3 to 8.2%, the rise in new payrolls only increased by about 120,000, which was far below expectations of 200,000 new openings (it was a full moon, so why did they "expect" anything?). Equity futures dropped hard, with the DJIA futures down 131 points from the prior day's close. Stocks may open up the week with a "gap down," which means prices may open below the entire trading range of this past week. If that gap unfolds and is not filled, it becomes a very bearish indicator. If it is filled by the closing bell, it becomes more of a bullish indicator.

Short-Term Geocosmics

Mercury retrograde is over (thank goodness), but Mars remains retrograde for one more week. It goes direct on April 14. That is not the only planet changing direction this week. Pluto begins its 5-month retrograde motion on Tuesday, April 10. Therefore we are now entering a two-week period that will highlight the principles of Mars and Pluto, which is not exactly a walk in the park – unless you account for the stalkers hiding behind the trees and bushes. Mars is the principle of assertiveness when positive, aggression and attack when negative. But the strategy of attack is not always apparent to those who are targeted. Pluto has a dubious distinction of hiding the motives of Mars until the victim is entirely circled and entrapped. This is a contest, or combat, and the goal is not to affect a win-win result. The winner is the last person standing. However, with Mars still retrograde, such a blatant sabotage will usually boomerang, and with Neptune now in Pisces, the collective is sympathetic to the victim and likely rejects the aggressor. Which makes you wonder: what was President Obama thinking of last week when he "warned" the Supreme Court ahead of its decision on the constitutionality of Obamacare? In typical Mercury retrograde fashion, he backpedalled from that threat. But did it hurt him, which would be typical of aggressive behavior committed under Mars retrograde?

In classical astrology, Mars rules both Aries and Scorpio, and in modern astrology, Pluto is given rulership over Scorpio. Some astrologers think Pluto's rulership should be over Aries based on the idea that every sign after the Sun is ruled by planets in order of their closeness to the Sun (Mercury rules Virgo, Venus rules Libra, Mars rules Scorpio, Jupiter rules Sagittarius, and Saturn rules Capricorn). The other half of the sign rulerships start with the Moon ruling Cancer, and then every planet rules the previous sign according to its closeness to the Sun. Hence Mercury rules Gemini, Venus rules Taurus, and then we start with the unseen planets from furthest out to inward, so that Pluto (instead of Mars) rules Aries, Neptune (instead of Jupiter) rules Pisces, and Uranus (instead of Saturn) rules Aquarius.

Either way, Mars and Pluto will be highlighted this week and next, and even more so because the Sun is in Aries. This may not tell us as much about the market climate next week as it does about the political and economic climate. Politically, we already see the front runners for the USA Presidential election starting to attack one another, and economically we see the further explosion of debt rocking the Euro zone, which is of course a Plutonian principle. The escalation of debt and the lack of control over spending will be front and center on the minds of investors next week. It doesn't help that Venus is making a T-square to the Mars-Neptune opposition, with Mercury stationary in Pisces. This means you can't believe what you hear or read. Truth becomes a rare commodity during these times. Fear-mongering is probably more in vogue. As traders, we have to be vigilant of false rumors.

Longer-Term Thoughts

Last week's Longer-Term Thoughts" ended with this statement: "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."

It is election season (the "primaries") in the United States, and it is very apparent to everyone in the U.S.A. that this 2012 election will not be about miracles. The candidates are all about grievances – Uranus in Aries, square Pluto in Capricorn, the granddaddy of all grievances. Especially Pluto in Capricorn, for Pluto wants to reform things – anything – and Capricorn is both skeptical and critical of the way government, business, and banking are all conducted. Capricorn is not a sign for cheerleaders, nor is Pluto a planet that values cheerleading and "pep talks." It will be a hard time to rally the base, regardless of what party you belong to. People demand the truth under Pluto in Capricorn, and if you cover it up, it becomes revealed and you have to account for what you tried to hide - and why.

So the question on the minds of a lot of Americans (and others in the world too) is: who is going to win the USA Presidential Election of 2012? I stated early on that I believe Barack Obama would be re-elected. I also stated that this is my preliminary forecast, and I reserve the right to change this forecast anytime prior to mid-September. But it is time to begin analyzing the mundane astrological factors that go into making a forecast on any election.

My preliminary forecast for an Obama re-election is based on one simple observation: the heavy assault on the USA chart by the transiting Uranus-Pluto square (2012-2015) is matched by the heavy assault of transiting aspects (Chiron conjunct Neptune) forming a T-square to the Moon-Pluto square in the natal chart of Barack Obama (born August 4, 1961, 7:24 PM, Honolulu, HI, according to his web site). My view therefore was that he would be re-elected, along with a Republican-controlled Congress, and an initiative to impeach him by 2014 would be undertaken by Congress, similar to what happened to President Bill Clinton. Only this time it might succeed.

But with astrology, there are always a myriad of possibilities in which planetary dynamics may actually unfold. The outcome is never certain in terms of specifics. It is like a puzzle, and the astrologer has to fit the pieces of the puzzle properly together in order to get the correct outcome. Let's take for instance the Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn that will be in force during the November 4, 2012 election. Right away, a Mundane Astrologer could make a case that this signature alone indicates an upset, a changing of the guard, which means Obama is not re-elected, and possibly by a very wide margin. Whenever Uranus is involved to Saturn or beyond in a hard aspect at the time of an election or sporting event, there is the likelihood of an upset and a change of leadership. That is what happened in November 2008 when Obama won. It was a changing of the guard, and something happened that had never happened before in an American presidential election. That's Uranus. It changes the status quo, it upsets the tradition and the history against all expectations, and it oftentimes represents the "first" of some thing – in this case, the election of the first African-American to the highest office in the country. But it was more than that too. It represented a potentially fundamental change to the entire history of United States governance.

Uranus is present again. Does it mean another radical change in the direction of the United States government? Or does it represent a changing of the guard, of the party in power? And is the party that really holds the power represented more by the office of President, or the composition of Congress?

I used to think that the election was for the Republicans to take. Only their unwinnable and historic strategies of focusing upon unpopular social issues instead of economic ones would lose it for them. Sure enough, they embarked upon that predictable losing path, so now it is Obama's race to lose. And sure enough, I believe he made giant steps in that direction last week with his Mars-Pluto threats to the Supreme Court. To me, it appears to be a race in which the majority of voters will be voting against a candidate (or a party) – and not for a candidate – and the winner will be the one least despised. And this too would be so typical of Uranus square Pluto, which has the attitude of "I don't know who or what I want, but I sure as hell know who or what I don't want!" The end result may not be so much an election victory, as a precursor to an impeachment. Unless, of course, the decision to act upon grievance is instead transformed to work towards creating a miracle. In this writer's mind, that would be a movement towards finding common ground for unity instead of division, for realistic solutions rather than blame. It would be a movement towards the realization of the peaceful principles of Neptune in Pisces, instead of the polarization of the war-like and destructive reactionary qualities of Uranus in Aries square Pluto.

We have a choice. We always have a choice. And those choices will determine the outcome. It just that sometimes it seems our free will is exercised only to choose the inevitable.


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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." For details, contact, attention Arlene Houghland.

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 evening on the top floor of the Marriott. If you are interested in attending, please contact us and reserve your space! No cost to subscribers! Otherwise $95.00 to participate.

June 23: Amsterdam. A special 5-hour workshop on "The Gold Market: Forecasting the Future Price of Gold and Silver." 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Victoria Hotel. Sponsored by Schogt Market Timing. This is a special workshop – only on precious metals!!! - you will not want to miss! For further information, 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! This will be special.

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.

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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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