MMA Weekly Column for 2019-01-21©

Posted by in Raymond Merriman's Weekly Preview on January 18, 2019 . .

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World equity markets blew right through the first Jupiter/Neptune square last week and continued their rallies started in late December. However, several other markets have started have commenced declines since then, including precious metals, currencies, and treasuries.


In European equity markets, the best performer was the Zurich SMI, which soared to 9024 intraday on Friday. This represents an appreciation of 10.9% from its low of 8138 on December 27, only three weeks ago. The German DAX and Netherlands AEX were also up smartly at the close of last week, with gains of 9.1 and 8.1% respectively from their lows of December 27. The London FTSE was another story, following the humbling defeat of Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposal to exit from the EU (Brexit). This was not unexpected, as the Jupiter square Neptune aspect suggests that the UK could muddle along for several more months with no clear end game in sight.


In Asia and the Pacific Rim, most stock markets also enjoyed positive gains last week. The Japanese Nikkei is now up 9.15% from its lows of late December. The Hang Seng Index is up almost as much from the more recent low of January 4. The China Shanghai Composite is up 6.5% from its low of January 4, while the ASX of Australia is up 8.45%. India’s Nifty Index is also up, but by a much smaller percentage.


By far, the most impressive gains so far have shown up in Argentina’s Merval Index, which has appreciated over 28% since the lows of late December. Brazil’s Bovespa has also been impressive, up 14.9% since December 26, and making a new all-time high. In the USA, both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and NASDAQ Composite continue making new cycle highs for the New Year. The DJIA has advanced nearly 14% and the NASDAQ 16% from their intraday lows of December 26.  But now comes the Sun/Uranus square, Mars/Saturn square, and the lunar eclipse of January 18-21.


In other markets, Gold tried, but failed, to close above 1300, and is now falling. The same with Silver, which flirted with $16.00 two weeks ago, but has fallen to a low of 15.35 as of Friday, January 18. Much of this is due to the weakness in foreign currencies against the Dollar, which pulls metal prices down. Crude Oil topped out the prior week at 53.31 on January 11, just in time for the Jupiter/Neptune square, which fits because Jupiter and Neptune rule crude oil. After falling close to the 50.00 mark early last week, crude oil surged again on Friday closing near the 54.00 mark.




We are now entering another very important geocosmic week. In fact, it is still a part of the prolonged time band of several geocosmic signatures that began January 2 and ends January 25. This period of January 18-25, has six important geocosmic signatures, three of which have a high rate of frequency to a 4% of greater reversal in the DJIA.


Monday, January 21, is also a powerful lunar eclipse. A similar one occurred one year ago, on January 31. You may remember that eclipse. It was followed by the only two 1000+ point declines in the history of the DJIA on February 5 and 8. If there is a sharp decline starting next week, our challenge will be to determine if it is just a strong corrective decline or the start of a new leg down in a bear market that began near the time that Venus turned retrograde in the first week of October 2018. The all-time high in the DJIA was exactly on MMA’s three-star Critical Reversal Date (CRD) of October 3 at 26,951.


Last week, January 11-14, was another three-star CRD, but so far there has been no reversal in equity markets. Either it misses a correlation to a reversal in world stocks this time (the historical correlation is not 100%, but more like 80%), or it is delayed. With aspects involving slow moving outer planets, like Jupiter to planets beyond its orbit, the orb of time sometimes can be as much as 10 trading days. Monday, January 21, is a holiday and markets will be closed, so the 10th trading days will be the following Monday, January 28.


There are other geocosmic factors approaching that will be of interest to Financial Astrologers. For instance, on Sunday, January 20, Venus will form a square to Neptune. Two days later, on January 22, it will conjoin Jupiter. This is known as a “translation” to the Jupiter/Neptune square. Sometimes it takes a “translation” to the longer-term planetary aspect to coincide with its reversal. More important to Mundane Astrologers is the fact that a few weeks later, Venus will then conjoin both Saturn and Pluto. This “transition” of Venus from the Jupiter/Neptune square to the Saturn/Pluto conjunction is a preview of the “setup” we described in Forecast 2019. The “setup” of 2019 pertains to Jupiter square Neptune (January-September 2019), followed by the “Edge of the Cliff” symbolized by Saturn square Pluto and the entire “Capricorn Stellium of December 2019 through 2020, and even into 2022. In other words, we may get a preview of that “setup” and “cliff” might look like.


As stated in the Forecast 2019 Book, Jupiter square Neptune can correlate to the collective’s “irrational exuberance” and wishful thinking, the type of mindset that leads to overconfidence and complacency in financial markets. The “Capricorn Stellium” that starts in earnest in December 2019 is when the illusion wears off and reality may hit hard. It is like going from a relaxing day at the beach to a blinding snow blizzard. The geocosmic symbolism is that of overconfidence and over-optimism giving way to skepticism, doubt, and critical, serious thinking. Out of that comes serious reforms that lead to building the foundation for the next period of great prosperity, which is due to start sometime in the middle of the next decade, if I am reading these symbols correctly.


In the meantime, enjoy the benefits of Jupiter in Sagittarius, whose history has a high correlation to rising equity prices. This transit is in effect November 8, 2018 through December 2, 2019. In the past, long-term cycles have often topped out, or made secondary highs, during this transit. But try not to become too complacent, for during this same period warning signs are apt to arise signaling another severe market sell off that is due sometime in 2020-2022. A huge challenge for us will be to identify the Jupiter/Neptune top before the rest of the herd. In this case, it will be better to leave the party early than risk staying too long.


Note to Weekly MMA Subscribers: the weekly market reports will not be issued until Sunday this weekend, due to the Amsterdam Market Timing Symposium taking place on Saturday.

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NOTE 1: The Monthly MMTA International Cycles Report (ICR) will come out this week. This issue will include second round of three introductory analyses on two commodity markets: Coffee and Sugar. In late June, we will launch a new ICR Commodities Report, which will include not only Coffee and Sugar, but also Wheat and Corn, along with Live Cattle and a major Cannabis stocks (MJ), which are currently being offered as pilot reports in the MMA Cycles Report through May. After that, we will begin a new Monthly ICR Commodities Report that will include Coffee, Sugar, Live Cattle, Corn, and Wheat, plus Live Cattle and Cannabis. The monthly ICR report is probably the best kept secret for the timing and cyclical analysis of several international financial markets available today. It is an excellent report, written by several graduates and students of MMA’s classic market timing methodology, including Mark Shtayerman (San Diego), Izabella Suleymanova (San Diego), Ulric Aspegren (Sweden), and Gianni Di Poce (USA). Each issue of ICR contains an in-depth analysis of the XAU index (Gold and Silver Mining stocks), the U.S. Dollar (DXY), British Pound (GBP), Australian Dollar (AUD), the Australian stock index (ASX), the London FTSE stock index, the Russell 2000 U.S. stock index (RUT), plus Corn (C), Wheat (W), Sugar, and Coffee until late June. For more information, call us at 248-626-3034, or 1-800-662-3349. Or, please visit http:// > Subscription Services.


NOTE 2: LIVE CATTLE AND CANNABIS ETF! THE MONTHLY MMA CYCLES REPORT was issued this week to all subscribers of that report. This report contained our future outlook for U.S. stock indices (DJIA and S&P futures), Gold, Silver, Treasuries, Euro Currency, Crude Oil and Soybeans, plus MMA’s original geocosmic critical reversal dates (CRDs) and Solar/Lunar reversal dates over the next several weeks for DJIA, Gold, and Silver. The April issue released last week also included analysis of Live Cattle by Massimo Moras, MMTA graduate and analyst, and our pilot report on Cannabis stocks, by MMA analyst Gianni De Poce, who has identified the early signs of a primary cycle in this new industry. Both Live Cattle and Cannabis analysis will soon become regular features in a new ICR (International Cycles Report) report coming out in late June-July, to be called the ICR Commodities Report. It will also include analysis on Corn, Wheat, Coffee, and Sugar markets. For now, through May, however, Live Cattle and Cannabis will be introduced via our monthly MMA Cycles Report for no extra cost to those subscribers. The monthly MMA Japan Cycles report was also released last week, covering the Nikkei, JGB Bonds, and the Dollar-Yen. If you are not a subscriber to these monthly MMA Cycles Reports and wish a copy of this month’s outlook for financial markets, consider taking out a subscription NOW. Please visit > Services > Subscription Services for more information.


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April 26, 2019, 7 PM: An evening presentation with Ray Merriman in Boulder, Colorado! Ray Merriman will be speaking on “Forecasts on the U.S. Stock Market, Economy, and Political Climate.” This presentation will illustrate the historical correlation between astrological and cyclical indicators that are present in 2019-2022, and what they portend for America over the next three years. 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 $55. Sponsored by ROMA, the Rocky Mountain Astrological Association. Ray will also be available to sign books. For registration, contact Patti Simmers at 720-989-8822, or via email at Attendance will be limited, so SIGN UP NOW! THIS WEEK!


June 8-16, 2019: “Geocosmic Correlations to Trading Cycles,” with Raymond Merriman in Beijing, China. This special 2-weekend workshop will take place at the Beijing Broadcasting Tower Hotel, No. 14 Jianguomenwai Da Jie, Chaoyang, 100022 Beijing, China. This will be two intensive weekend Market Trading workshops focusing on the identifying the primary cycle and its phases used in trading several financial markets, with the emphasis on the U.S. and Chinese Shanghai stock indices and Gold (other markets will be included as well). The course will then take participants through the steps of narrowing the time band down for trading cycle highs and lows by applying geocosmic and solar/lunar studies. Once in the time band for a reversal, students will then learn how to apply various chart patterns and technical studies to identify the setup for optimal risk/reward opportunities. The workshop will take place on the weekends of June 8-9 and June 15-16 in Beijing. During the week, participants will have the option of taking tours with other MMA students to exciting areas of China. The cost for this unique and valuable 2-weekend trading course is $4000 (discounts will be available to subscribers of MMA Reports). For further information, please contact MMA at or call 1-248-626-3034 or 1-800-MMA-3349.



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.

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 of this column assume any responsibility whatsoever for anyone’s trading or investment decisions. Readers of this report should understand that commodity futures and options trading are considered high risk.