MMA Weekly Column for 2019-02-25©

Posted by in Raymond Merriman's Weekly Preview on February 23, 2019 . .


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"President Trump said the U.S. would impose auto tariffs on the European Union if a trade deal can’t be reached between the two sides, as tensions between the traditional allies continue to build.” -Vivian Salama. “President Threatens Tariffs on EU Autos,” Wall Street Journal, February 21, 2019.


On the news that tariff threats on European cars were back in the news, equity markets dropped – for one day. By Friday, many stock indices were back up to new highs for the year 2019. The Dow Jones Industrial Average crossed 26,000 on Friday, for the first time since early November. The German DAX crossed 11,500 for the first time since early December, and the Chinese Shanghai Composite crossed 2800 for the first time since September, to list a couple of examples. This just adds credence to the idea that the mini-panic into late December 2018 resulted in a 4-year cycle trough in U.S. equities as discussed in last week’s monthly MMA Cycles Report. This is also in line with the historical correlation of Jupiter in Sagittarius (November 8, 2018 through December 2, 2019), where stock indices often top out during this period, or make a secondary top to a high that has already been established, as is the case so far in 2018 for many world equity markets.


World stock indices have now been up for 8 straight weeks. If they are up again this week, it will put into effect our “Bullish 8-Week Rule.” This states that any market that continues making new highs for their primary cycle after the 8th week is bullish, unless the next decline takes out the low from which they started. Thus, this week is critical


Gold also had a good week as it tested 1350 on Wednesday, February 20, just two trading days after our February 18 two-star geocosmic critical reversal date – and right into the midpoint of the Venus conjunction with Saturn and Pluto (February 18-22). That was its highest level since April 2018. However, Silver just missed making its new cycle high, as it was also a critical reversal zone, it set up a case of intermarket bearish divergence and both metals fell rather hard the next two days, with Gold testing 1320, and Silver 15.75 ((Silver got to 16.19 during the week, and its previous high in late January was 16.20).


Bitcoin and crude oil also enjoyed multi-week highs during the Venus/Saturn/Pluto stellium in Capricorn. Bitcoin topped 4000 last week for the first time since January 10, and crude oil soared to 57.81, a level not seen since mid-November. Crude oil is enjoying the three-passage series of the Jupiter/Neptune waning square that will remain in effect into September 2019. Both planets and both signs co-rule crude oil




“Trust yourself. If you work hard and never give up no matter what anyone tells you, you can achieve your wildest dreams.” – Lady Gaga, “The Queen of Fashion,” by Sharon Kanter, People Style, February 2019. A true Jupiter in Sagittarius, square Neptune in Pisces type of quote.


Nothing goes up forever. And a general rule is that the higher they go, the harder they fall. That may be especially true with the setup in force for much of 2019, which involves Jupiter in its ruling sign of Sagittarius, square to Neptune in its ruling sign of Pisces. This is a classical over-confidence signature, one inclined towards wishful thinking, irrational exuberance, and fantastic fantasies and visions. Yet, you need confidence, visions, and even fantasies, to begin the process of succeeding beyond the ordinary.


When present as a transit to an individual’s chart, such as transiting Neptune in a hard aspect to one’s natal Jupiter, it often leads to overspending, which in turn leads to credit and debt challenges, sometimes ending to bankruptcy. When it happens as a transit in the skies to one another, it often coincides with governments, businesses, and intuitions overspending, losing their credit rating, and possibly going bankrupt. Nobody seems to believe it when it is happening, because it also coincides with inattention or complacency and overlooking of details (like bills and invoices). The combination is a challenge to stay focused on basic organization matters, and hence these matters get pushed aside until the creditors come calling and demanding payment. This is the danger of what can happen as the year 2019 progresses.


It is a danger because once Jupiter leaves Sagittarius and its square aspect to Neptune, it goes into Capricorn, where it will join Saturn and Pluto. Some think Jupiter will make the Saturn/Pluto in Capricorn easier. I don’t think so. Jupiter exaggerates the qualities of the sign it is in. It does not void them. However, it can also lead to hard work which then enables one to achieve their goals. So, when Jupiter leaves the happy land of Sagittarius and enters the scrutinizing sign of Capricorn, it can exaggerate the challenges caused by the complacency, disorganization, and carelessness of Sagittarius. It will exaggerate seriousness, not lightness. And that is scheduled to begin very late this year through 2020, culminating in 2021-2022. One must be prepared for this sudden and possibly dramatic change of the collective mood.


Shorter-term, we are scheduled to get a preview of the dramatic shifts that could take place from 2019-2020 during the first two weeks of March. On next Friday, March 1, Venus (money and love) will make a waning square to Uranus (the unexpected, volatility, disruptions, and sudden changes). On March 5, Mercury will begin its three-week retrograde motion, a time when the “Trickster” renders technical levels of support and resistance unreliable. The same is true with many other technical signals. False buy and sell signals are the order of the day when the Trickster is retrograde. This is compounded further because on March 6, there is a new Moon in Pisces conjunct Neptune, the planet of illusion and misdirection, whilst Mercury is retrograde. This is a combination indicating a slew of false signals and conflicting economic and political news/reports.  It is not a favorable period to make agreements without all the details understood. It is a good time to go to the movies, theatre or dancing. Or if that doesn’t work, try a religious revival or séance experience. They all come under the heading of Neptune, with Mercury, in Pisces. So does a vacation to the tropics and a sandy beach – which reminds me to give a call-out to all of our Florida readers. I will be giving an afternoon presentation in Ft. Lauderdale in two weeks and look forward to seeing many of you there (see “Announcements” below).


Longer-term, March 6 is also important because Uranus will re-enter Taurus (that’s a big deal in astrology), where it will stay posited for the next six years. Taurus is the sign of the bull, and ever since Uranus first went into Taurus last May, Live Cattle (which includes the cow) have gone up in price. Uranus is the planet of boom and bust, and it correlates with the sectors of the economy ruled by the sign it is in, Hence, Taurus and Live Cattle are subject to a very dramatic next six years.


Taurus also rules money and currencies, and even cryptocurrencies. I think they too will be subject to dramatic changes over the next six years. The whole banking system could look completely different than it does today. And so might the U.S. Dollar.


For now, it is probably better to learn how to dance with Mercury and Neptune crisscrossing in Pisces the next month. At the very least, one is advised to work on effective communications and being organized, with an effort towards honesty and accuracy, and avoidance of … avoiding things that require attention, such as finances and relationships. But always remember that even under Jupiter square Neptune, followed by a Capricorn stellium, if you work hard and never give up, you can achieve your wildest dreams. Enjoy the month of Pisces. It can be fun, romantic, and it is just beginning!

MMA Current Announcements




NOTE 1: The monthly MMA and ICR Cycles Reports are both coming out this week!


THE MONTHLY MMA CYCLES REPORT contains 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. This May issue will also have an analysis of Live Cattle by Massimo Moras, MMTA graduate and analyst and an updated report on Cannabis stocks. This will be the last MMA Cycles Report issue that will offer Live Cattle and Cannabis analysis. They will, now switch to be regular features in the new ICR International Commodities Cycles Report, starting on July 2. That report will also include analysis on Corn, Wheat, Coffee, and Sugar markets as well as the XAU Gold and Silver Mining Index. The monthly MMA Japan Cycles report will also be released this week, covering the Nikkei, JGB Bonds, and the Dollar-Yen. If you are not a subscriber to the 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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Markets Covered: ASX (Australian Stock Index), RUT (Russell 2000), SSE (Chinese Shanghai Stock Composite), HSI (Hang Seng Index), AUD (Australian Dollar), DXY (US Dollar), and GBP (British Pound)

Release Date: Tuesday July 2, 2019


ICR Commodities:

Cost: $325/ Year or $66/ 2 Months

Markets Covered: LC (Live Cattle), MJ (Cannabis), XAU (Gold and Silver), KT (Coffee), KA (Sugar), C (Corn), and W (Wheat)

Release Date: Wednesday July 3, 2019


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June 8-16, 2019: IT’S ON! 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. Or, for a complete description of each course, go to:



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.