MMA Weekly Column for 2018-11-12 ©

Posted by in Raymond Merriman's Weekly Preview on November 10, 2018 . .

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NOTE: It will be a short column this week, and the next two weeks, due to the approaching deadline to finish the Forecast 2019 Book.




The Hulbert Financial Digest found that since 1900, the two quarters before the midterms only gained 1.4%.  But the six months following the election, the markets grew at an annualized rate of 21.8%... If the Republicans keep control of the House and Senate plus the Presidency, historic returns are 9.8%.  But if the Democrats get the House and the Republicans keep the Senate, a divided congress only returns 0.2%. – Nicholas Bertell, “What Midterms Mean to the Market,” https:/, October 14, 2018. We got the latter last week.


U.S. crude prices fell Friday for a 10th consecutive session, sinking deeper into bear market territory and wiping out the benchmark's gains for the year. The 10-day decline is the longest losing streak for U.S. crude since mid-1984, according to Refinitiv data. – Tom DiChristopher, “Crude Oil Posts Longest Losing Streak in Over 34 Years, Falling For 10th Day,”, November 9, 2018.


Due to the retrograde motion of Venus, the month of November is bookended with Venus and Uranus in opposition, first on October 30 and then again on November 30. Although this month has just begun, financial markets are behaving very erratically, typical of a strong Uranus presence. Of course, it might just be due to the fact that Venus is about to change direction on November 16, too, or that Uranus, Jupiter, and the Moon’s Nodes also changed signs last week, November 6-8, right during the U.S.A. mid-term elections. It is very rare to see three celestial cycles, each with an orbit of 12 years or greater around the Sun, changing signs within two days of one another.


Stock markets around the world continued their sharp advance into Thursday of last week, November 8, following their primary cycle lows October 26-29, which coincided with the midpoint of Venus retrograde. Equity indices started pulling back Thursday and by Friday, several had declined rather hard. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, for instance, closed down over 200 points on Friday, after being up 545 points on Wednesday, November 7, the day after the election. The NASDAQ took an even greater hit, percentage-wise. What changed?


The mid-term election results appeared to be a welcomed surprise to investors, who perhaps wanted to see a split Congress. But two days later, maybe they didn’t. The same fears of a slowing global economy were present on Wednesday, just as they were on Friday. But then again, two outer planets and the 18.6-year Moon’s Node cycle had all changed signs between Tuesday and Thursday, November 6 and 8. When planets change signs, people change their sentiments. When planets change direction, make retrograde and direct stations, people change their sentiments too. We are going to get another taste of that this Friday, November 16, when Venus ends its six-week retrograde motion, and Mercury begins its three-week retrograde motion.


We also saw an example of “changing sentiments” at the Executive branch in the USA government, where the day after the election, President Trump forced Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign. This is probably just the first of several resignations or forced exits that will take place in the next year. Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn will form a 150° quincunx to President Trump’s natal Sun. A quincunx is an aspect of adjustments. At first, one is usually not happy with the way things are going and feels a need to make a change – any kind of change is better than no change. But initially, the idea of a change creates some stress. Eventually, once the change is made and one adjusts to the new conditions or circumstances, it often works out better than it was before the change. Still, the necessity for change can be unnerving as it happens.


I think it was also interesting last week that President Trump actually voiced his regrets for his harsh tone during his first two years in office. In an interview with the Sinclair Broadcast Group on Monday, November 5, he stated “I would love to have a much softer tone. I would love to get along.” This is interesting from a geocosmic perspective, because he is about to enter a 4-year period where transiting Neptune will make a T-square to his natal Sun/Uranus, which is in opposition to his natal Moon (he was born under a lunar eclipse). Transiting Neptune indicates the urge for peace and the need to avoid stress as much as possible. To not create a gentler, less stressful, atmosphere can have negative health (physical or mental) consequences, which are described in this year’s Forecast 2019 Book, to be released next month. There can be many benefits if he is able to actually have a much softer tone and be able to get along. At the same time, there are many more problems that are likely to be experienced if he doesn’t, or if he is not able to reduce stress. In my opinion, based on my experiences with these types of cosmic cycles occurring in one’s life, it’s not so much a case of “I would love to have a much softer tone. I would love to get along,” as much as it becomes a case of “I need these things in order to protect my own well-being.”


In other markets last week, crude oil declined to its lowest level since February 14. It is in the process of falling to both its 17-month and three-year cycle lows, which will probably be realized by September 2019 as Jupiter will form a waning square three times to Neptune. Jupiter and Neptune co-rule crude oil. Interestingly enough Jupiter will be in its ruling sign of Sagittarius, and Neptune in its ruling sign of Pisces for the next year, something we haven’t seen since 1852. Sagittarius and Pisces are the signs ruling crude oil. Thus, we anticipate a long-term cycle low will happen during this period, which will also be covered in next year’s Forecast Book.


For now, our attention is on November 16, when Venus and Mercury change directions, and November 30, when Venus will be in opposition to Uranus. Don’t expect markets to go sideways during these periods. Don’t expect people – especially heads of states or banks – to be calm either. However, your love life may be rather exciting, although not necessarily under control. It might be better in the long run if it was under control, but short-term that may not be as much fun. With Jupiter also moving into Sagittarius last week, and Mars entering Pisces this week, on November 15, being in control may be a foreign concept to many people. Everything seems to be exaggerated into mid-December. Boundaries may be an issue, so think twice before venturing over any red lines that others place on your path. For traders, carelessness may be costly, so be attentive and focused. Opportunities are there.

MMA Current Announcements


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March 9, 2019: 10:30 AM – 4 PM. Nova Southwestern University, 3301 College Ave, Carl DeSantis Bldg, Rm 1124 Knight Auditorium, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. This a 3-4 hour workshop on “Forecast 2019: An afternoon with Ray Merriman.” With Jupiter and Neptune in their ruling signs and square to one another, the principle of exaggeration in hopes and fears is present in all walks of life, including the economy, stock market and other financial markets, and politics. This combination only happens every 166-167 years, and this time is quite important because it is followed by the Capricorn Stellium in 2020. In this presentation, Ray will discuss the cosmic set up in 2019 and the "edge of the cliff" ahead in 2020, and what you can do to protect yourself and help others through what could be a turbulent period, but one with excellent investment possibilities as well. To sign up, contact 954-296-1211. $50.


April 26, 2019, 7 PM: “An overview of Financial Markets, the Economy and the Political Climate: Approaching the Edge of a Cosmic Cliff.” An evening with Ray Merriman. With Jupiter and Neptune in their ruling signs and square to one another, the principle of exaggeration in hopes and fears is present in all walks of life, including the economy, stock market and other financial markets, and politics. This combination only happens every 166-167 years, and this time is quite important because it is followed by the Capricorn Stellium in 2020. In this presentation, Ray will discuss the cosmic set up in 2019 and the "edge of the cliff" ahead in 2020, and what you can do to protect yourself and help others through what could be a turbulent period, but one with excellent investment possibilities as well. The location of this talk will be Room 9235 at the Naropa Nalanda Campus in Boulder, Colorado, 6287 Arapahoe Road, at the intersection of 63rd and Arapahoe. The cost is $45 if registered before April 1, and $55 afterwards. Sponsored by ROMA, the Rocky Mountain Astrological Association. For registration, contact Patti Simmers at 720-989-8822, or via email at Attendance will be limited to 80 persons. Sign up early.


June 8-16, 2019: “Geocosmic Correlations to Trading Cycles,” Beijing, China. A two-weekend intensive Market Trading workshop/retreat with Raymond Merriman. This 32-hour intensive workshop will focus on the primary cycle and its phases – the half-primary, major, and trading cycles - and how to determine when they are due. Then, we will identify geocosmic signatures – Levels 1, 2, and 3 – as the basis for calculating CRDs (Critical Reversal Dates), to narrow the time band down for an important cycle reversal. A complete detailed schedule of events and topics will be available after Chinese New Year’s. Stay tuned for the update.


Disclaimer and statement of purpose: The purpose of this column is not to forecast 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 often cite 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 may affect human activity in the times to come. The author (Merriman) will do this from a perspective of a cycles’ 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 the psychological dynamics that underlie (or coincide with) the news events and hence potentially affect financial markets.

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