Friday, April 27, 2012

Solar-lunar cycle drift into mid-May but watch gold & silver: Raymond Merriman's 4/30/12 week comments

What a week, that began "as expected" then grew more bullish than most projections! For insight, we start our weekend analysis as usual with Raymond Merriman's weekly preview comments (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 30, 2012

Written by Raymond Merriman

Review and Preview

This is a crazy world and a crazy time we live in.

On Thursday, after USA markets closed, the S&P ratings agency downgraded Spain's credit rating for the second time this year. It is, of course, completely consistent with the forthcoming Uranus-Pluto waxing square aspect that makes its first of seven passages on June 24, 2012. They are close enough to this aspect now to have an influence, and have been since late July 2011 when the USA's own Triple AAA credit rating was downgraded a notch for the first time ever. So how did stock markets around the world react? Well, at first they sold off modestly. But then many – including the USA – continued to rally to new multi-week highs. Likewise the USA Treasuries continued to rally near their all-time highs. Go figure.

Well, wait a minute. Maybe you don't have to go figure. Maybe it won't do any good to go figure, because when Uranus is dominant, no amount of logic or rational thought will work. If anything, Uranus tends to be illogical and irrational, albeit very innovative and unconventional. It pertains to the unexpected, and it probably has more to do with "contrary thought and behavior" than any other planetary dynamic. We are going to see a lot of that in the next three years. Come to think of it, we have already seen a lot of that since 2008 when Uranus first came into opposition to Saturn, setting off the 2008-2015 Cardinal Climax. This is just the next layer of this ongoing Twilight Zone saga.

I think it is quite safe to say there will be more downgrades of various nations' credit ratings in the next three years. Maybe equity and Treasury markets will continue to rally on such great news. But I wouldn't bet on it. More likely than not, in my opinion, is that eventually these downgrades will have a chilling effect on many financial markets. After all, the same thing happened in 1873-1878, which was the longest economic depression in the USA history, and the last time Uranus was in a waxing square with Pluto. That is, the USA stock market was making all-time highs, and staying quite closer to those highs until 1876, when the Uranus-Pluto square commenced its first exact passage. The country was in an economic depression but the stock market was strong. In the next two years, however, as the Uranus-Pluto square was fully in force, the stock market finally collapsed. Irrationality and illogic finally caved in to another Uranus dynamic: panic and loss of control. It doesn't have to be negative, but when it is, that is how it often materializes. Things are just very different, and we have to learn to adjust quickly.

Speaking of illogic and irrationality, many of the stock markets of the world were under pressure for the first half of last week. On Wednesday, April 25, The NASDAQ Composite was at its lowest level since March 8, in anticipation of a poor earnings report about to be released by Apple. But in typical Uranus fashion, Apple's earnings were anything but poor. They were spectacular and stock indices all around the world shot up sharply. By Friday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average had reached 13,266, only 31 points off its three-year high of 13,297 achieved on April 2. In Europe, the German DAX and Netherlands AEX indices were at their lowest levels since December-January on Monday, April 23. But that was not the case in the Zurich SMI or London FTSE. All of these markets rallied nicely into Friday, setting up an excellent case of intermarket bullish divergence signals, a condition which also exists in the USA as well as Asia and the Pacific Rim. The biggest losers of last week were in Argentina and Moscow, whose stock indices continued to plunge all week. In Argentina, the Merval index is about to break below its lows of October 4.

Gold and Silver had an interesting week too. Both were depressed into mid-week. Silver fell to 2992, its lowest level since January. Gold fell to 1623.60, which was above its recent low on our April 4 critical reversal date at 1613. Thus this was another case of intermarket bullish divergence, and both metals rose smartly into the end of the week, suggesting that their primary cycle lows may be in. There are a couple of resistance areas that have to be surpassed to confirm this bias, but we will cover those in our weekly subscription reports due out tomorrow.

Short-Term Geocosmics

As discussed last week, there are no outstanding geocosmic signatures on the horizon until Venus turns retrograde on May 15. We expect all financial markets to either go sideways in a congestion range, or trend gradually in one direction from now until then. In the meantime, we will trade off the highest weighted value solar-lunar reversal zones, as posted every day for Stock indices and Silver on our web site at

Longer-Term Thoughts and Another Announcement

Last week I announced that I will be starting a new direction in life in the next year, involving a mentor-apprenticeship program on Financial Market Timing and Analysis, according to the unique methodology I have developed over the past 30+ years. I didn't expect any response yet, as I am still developing the concept. But… I got a huge response! I didn't know there was such an interest out there. I mean, I knew there was interest, but the response I received in the last week was overwhelming and humbling.

The project is called OLMTA – the "On-Line Market Timing Academy" – which is the name of the domain I purchased in 1993 and have kept all along, knowing that someday I would transition into this phase of my life. The point has come now where I realize that a lot of people know a little bit about many of the research studies I have published and the trading models I have formulated, but the integration of all of these studies and models needs to be taught to those who are as passionate about this study as I am - and want to see it continued well into the future after my days as an active market analyst are completed (say, about 10 years from now). Don't worry: I will still research and write books until I am done with this body. But, I have to care for this temple that I call my body, which means I will have to gradually slow down, or it won't serve these purposes that much longer. Mortality is a hard issue for me to fathom right now, and I know the key is to keep myself healthy, but when Pluto aspects so many of one's natal planets as it has mine over the past 4 years… well, you begin to realize what you have to do if you wish to look back and say "This lifetime was a truly remarkable one." For me, it has been already. But there is much more that I would still like to do.

In any event, OLMTA is being planned for launch in early 2013. Prior to that, I would like to have an introductory weekend workshop for traders and investors (and anyone else) who know very little about astrology, to introduce would-be apprentices to the ephemerides (tables of planetary positions) in order to know where planets are at any given moment; what they mean and how they used to determine a geocosmic critical reversal date, which is one of the cornerstones of financial market timing. In a sense, this would be a beginning course on Astrology, as it applies to financial markets. And then next year I would like to commence the actual OLMTA curriculum, which will involve 48 classes of 90 minutes each, spaced out in 8 separate three-day weekends over a two-year period, in the months of March, May, July and September 2013 and then again in 2014. The ten apprentices (minimum) will be those who are able to attend the classes and after-class discussions in person, although the classes themselves will be given via a webcast to others who wish to learn in a non-apprentice role.

This is the projected plan for now. Future announcements on the OLMTA project will be uploaded onto our web site at, and via email to those who have expressed an interest. However, like all plans made under the dominance of Uranus and Pluto in one's chart, changes or modifications could happen as a result of events that I cannot yet foresee. Speaking of which… this Uranus-Pluto waxing square will take place at 6 - 15° of cardinal signs. In prior columns, I have discussed how this will possibly transform the lives of anyone who has natal planets there. Of course, all people born in the first half of cardinal signs qualify, which is about 15% of the world. You have recently gone through Uranus and Pluto themes in the past 4 years, or you are about to.

But there are also generations of people who will be affected, such as the baby boomers who have natal Neptune and/or Uranus at 6-15° of Libra or Cancer respectively. That whole generation, from the mid-1940's through the mid-1950's, is powerfully affected by this dramatic transit. But there are other large groups of people who were born with Uranus or Pluto in 6-15° of Capricorn (January 1987-November 1992), Pluto in 6-15° Libra (November 1973-September 1978) or Uranus in 6-15° Libra (October 1969-August 1972). In other words, this Uranus-Pluto square is going to have generational as well as personal and individual manifestations. This debt explosion (Uranus-Pluto) is having huge consequences to huge numbers of people worldwide who are now being forced to readjust their future plans in ways they never prepared for.

In a very real sense, this is an evolutionary challenge for all of Humankind. It will likely not only transform the way we handle money and in the future expect our leaders to manage the monies of our nations, but it will also alter the expectations and demands we make upon those leaders in other ways. Power is undergoing a transformation, from the leaders of government, banking, and business into the hands of the individual - the "people" – who are undergoing an evolutionary drive to connect with one another. And since money and power are virtually the same thing in today's world, well… you can understand this movement to redistribute wealth by many of today's political leaders. It taps into a popular but raw collective nerve. And in typical Uranus-Pluto symbolism, it is like setting a match to a stick of dynamite. We will discuss the dangers and opportunities this presents in future columns as we head into the 2012 Presidential Elections, both in the USA and France. Astrologically, 2012-2020 is like 1776-1786 all over again.


The DVD of the Denver Workshop on Financial Market Timing will be available May 7!!! This financial markets workshop offers a completely unique and original perspective, integrating 1) Market Timing studies, 2) Price Objective calculations, 3) Technical Analysis, 4) Pattern Recognition studies, and 5) Trend Analysis. The primary focus of this workshop is on Market Timing Studies, particularly Cycles Analysis and Geocosmic Studies, as leading indicators that identify when to anticipate a reversal in all financial markets. Gold and the U.S. stock market are studied in great detail, especially regarding their current status. There is a wealth of timely and valuable information in this DVD, especially pertaining the forthcoming Venus retrograde period (May 15-June 27), the forthcoming Uranus-Pluto square of June 24, 2012, lasting through March 2015, and the important Jupiter correlation to stock market cycles coming up August-November 2012 and March-May 2013. The cost for this 4-hour DVD workshop is $180.00 plus postage. To order, please go to!!!/. Or call Amber at 1-248-626-3034. If you are a trader or investor who appreciates the value of market timing – especially in the next few months – this is a presentation you will not want to miss!

June 23: A special 5-hour workshop on "The Gold Market: Forecasting the Future Price of Gold and Silver." 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Hotel Park Plaza Victoria. Amsterdam, Damrak 1-5, Amsterdam 1012 LG, Netherlands. Sponsored by Schogt Market Timing. This is a special workshop on precious metals you will not want to miss!!! Cost is €345 ex VAT. Subscribers of any MMA reports (trials excluded) receive a 15% discount. For further information, please go to, or call 31 (02) 294 415 917, or by fax at31 (02) 294-415-918 to register 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, right near the summer solstice! This will be special, and a great opportunity to meet some very impressive market timers who will be present. Register now as seating is limited!

If you are an active short-term trader, or even if you are an investor who likes to keep up with our current thoughts on financial markets, you may be interested in our Weekly or even Daily Market reports with position trading and aggressive trading recommendations. It is the only way I keep in touch with traders on a daily or even weekly basis, as I no longer offer personal consultations. These reports give in-depth analysis of the DJIA, S&P and NASDAQ futures, Euro currency (cash and futures), Dollar/Yen cash and Yen futures, Euro-Yen cash, T-Notes, Crude Oil, Gold and Silver. The daily reports cover all stock indices listed above, as well as futures in Euro, T-Notes, Gold and Silver. Both reports provide trading strategies and recommendations for position traders as well as for shorter-term aggressive traders. Subscription to the daily report also includes the weekly report. For more information, go to, or call our offices at 1-248-626-3034. These reports are extremely valuable to those who trade ETF's (Exchange Traded Funds). In the words of one of our subscribers: "I am really pleased with your recommendations through the Daily and Weekly Trade Recommendations. I have used them to trade gold and silver stocks in my IRA. In the last eight years I increased my account from $60,000 to $850,000. Thanks for your excellent publications." - Bryden C., Small Business Owner, Illinois.

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.

Our new 2012 MMA Catalogue is now out!! You can download this catalogue directly at


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." 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Hotel Park Plaza Victoria. Amsterdam, Damrak 1-5, Amsterdam 1012 LG, Netherlands. Sponsored by Schogt Market Timing. This is a special workshop on precious metals you will not want to miss!!! Cost is € 345 ex VAT. Subscribers of any MMA reports (trials excluded) receive a 15% discount. 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, right near the summer solstice! This will be special. You may also register by calling 31 (02) 294 415 917, or by fax at 31 (02) 294-415-918. Register now as seating is limited!

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.

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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