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MMA COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING
March 21 - 2011

Raymond A. Merriman©

The Forecast 2014 Book is available for the IPhone 4 and IPad through Itunes. Look up Forecast 2011 on the IBookstore and look forward to a link coming soon on our web site.

It's out !!! The Forecast 2014 Book is out. The hardcover printed version of Forecast 2011 is out in Chinese, Swiss, Dutch, Japanese, Spanish, and Russian versions. We are pleased to announce that that this year's book may be purchased at these websites and in these languages :

Chinese - Chinese        Dutch        Deutsch         Japanese       Russian       Spanish

For an updated review on the highlights of the Forecast 2010 Book, visit :
http://www.mmacycles.com/the-news/about-mma/scorecard-for-forecasts-2010. It's even more impressive than first thought.

Note : Our heart felt sympathies go out to all the people of Japan. We have a large readership there, and we hope that the recovery from the tragic losses of the last week will be followed by a period of successful reconstruction and growth. Still, the loss of so many lives is tragic, and will be felt for many years.

The Market Week in Review :

Then tragic events in Japan resulted in sharp price movements in many financial markets around the world. The Japanese Nikkei, for instance, dropped to 8227 on March 15, its lowest level since April 2009. It was a 25% decline (and 2600 points) from the yearly high of February 17, just two trading days before the last three-star geocosmic critical reversal date of Monday, February 21. But the vast majority of stock indices of the world fell last week, though not as much as Japan. In Europe, most indices declined around 10% from their yearly highs of February 18-21. In the United States, it was slightly less than 7%.

Commodities also experienced a volatile week, with Crude Oil falling from a yearly high of 106.95 on March 7 to a low of 96.72 on March 16, but then reversing back up to 103.66 intraday on Friday, March 18. But currencies were the most explosive of all markets. The U.S. Dollar collapsed to a new all-time low against both the Japanese Yen and Swiss Franc, before central banks then intervened to bring the Yen down late in the week. The fall of the U.S. Dollar, especially in the midst of a crisis like last week, is a large concern (or should be). Not long ago, the Dollar would have risen sharply as the preferred "safe haven" in situations like this. But with transiting Pluto and Uranus in hard aspect to the USA natal Venus and Jupiter, the Dollar's status as the world reserve currency continues to be endangered, as evidenced in last week's trading.

Short-Term Geocosmics :  

The ingress (sign change) of Uranus commencing its 7-year sojourn into Aries on March 11-12 might be looked upon by many astrologers as the astrological correlate to what occurred in Japan last weekend. But ingresses by themselves do not produce such events. They have more to do with shifts in collective psychology. Yet in this case, it would also correspond with an event because the 0 Aries point just happens to coincide with the degrees of the "Planetary Pair Cycles" of the Cardinal Climax, which Uranus touched off by entering Aries. As explained in the opening thoughts, this forecasting tool often corresponds to major world events, as also outlined in the book "Evolutionary Astrology : The Journey of the Soul Through States of Consciousness".

As stated in our last column of two weeks ago, "So what affect will this (Uranus moving over the 0 degree Aries point) have upon world equity markets ? With Uranus, you never know. You only know to expect the unexpected. It would seem that a blow up and lack of agreement would send stocks into a tail spin as hysteria becomes more evident. After all, Uranus rules high winds, tornadoes and earthquakes, and not a pleasant day on the beach (that's more Neptune)". So we have yet another dramatic Uranus-corresponding event disrupting the world's financial markets. You may remember that the financial panic of late 2008, and the Gulf Oil spill crisis of late April 2010, were also periods in which hard Uranus signatures were very much in evidence. And in each case, the worst part of the crisis (and the sharpest decline in equity prices) occurred in the first 2-4 weeks. But the final lows in the equity markets were not realized until even later.

But now we have some geocosmic considerations to review in order to put this into perspective. First of all, as reported in the Forecast 2011 Book and several of these columns, the U.S. stock market tends to top out within a couple of weeks of Jupiter entering Aries. That happened on January 22. We also stated in these columns that stock markets often end and begin 10+% swings within 4 weeks of Sun-Mars conjunctions. The Sun-Mars conjunction unfolded February 4. On February 18-21 several world stock indices (including the DJIA) ended a 10+% rally (Jupiter was at 5 degrees Aries then). Since that time, several indices have now fallen at least 10%, although the declines in the DJIA and S&P so far have been closer to 7%.

The stock market appears to be following the Jupiter cycle very well, as presented in the Forecast 2011 Book, and derived from the financial astrology system of AIR software (www.alphee.com). In this filtering of Jupiter's transit through the signs going back to the 1870's, the DJIA tops out around the time it enters Aries (January 22), bottoms around the middle degrees of Aries (within a couple weeks of April 1, which is also very close to the 20-year Jupiter-Saturn opposition of March 28), and rallies again to another top around its ingress into Taurus (June 4). Is the bottom in yet or will it reach a 10% decline ? Will it then rally to a new yearly high in early June, or fall short ? That will be the subject of this week's MMA Cycles Report.

Long-Term Thoughts :

Back in 1977, I wrote the first book on the subject of "Evolutionary Astrology : The Journey of the Soul Through the Horoscope". The book was handwritten by calligraphers and then printed in lithographic form. It sold out quickly (1440 copies) and the school of thought known as Evolutionary Astrology was born. It became popularized later on by many other astrologers, most notably Jeff Green, Steven Forrest, Maurice Fernandez and others, who continue to add their own original insights to this body of knowledge some 10-30 years later.

In that original work and its second version still in print, titled "Evolutionary Astrology : The Journey of the Soul Through States of Consciousness," I introduced the concept of "planetary pair cycles" as a valuable forecasting tool of world events and important stages in the evolution of the collective ( www.mmacycles.com/catalogue/astrology-books/evolutionary-astrology). It works like this : when a powerful planetary configuration takes place in the heavens, those degrees of the zodiac that are involved become "highly charged" with the nature of those planets far into the future. Every time a major transit (Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto) returns to those degrees, it is as if it is aspecting all the planets that were involved in that original configuration.

Last summer witnessed one of the most powerful planetary configurations in a lifetime : the Cardinal Climax. Mars and Saturn had just entered 0 degrees Libra, in opposition to Jupiter and Uranus in 0-3 degrees of Aries, all in T-square to Pluto at 3 degrees of Capricorn. Thus 0-3 degrees of cardinal signs would be "highly charged" well into the future with the nature of those planets in the Cardinal Climax of last summer. It would be as if a planet is transiting in hard aspect to all of those planets when it enters 0-3 cardinal signs. In fact, one could extend that zodiac range from 27 degrees of mutable through 3 degrees of cardinal, because the 45-year Saturn-Uranus opposition (part of the Cardinal Climax) took place there as well.

You may remember at that time - late July through mid-August 2010 - four major things happened : 1) the Financial Regulatory Reform Act was passed, 2) the Federal Reserve decided to launch QE2, thus surprising market participants who did not anticipate this, 3) Russia announced that it would load nuclear fuel rods into Iran's nuclear reactor at Bushehr, enhancing Iran's nuclear ambitions against the wishes of much of the rest of the world, and 4) Russia (and much of Europe) suffered a great drought that caused wheat prices (and all grains) to soar. There were also deadly floods in Pakistan and China. Many astrologers were disappointed (from an astrological point, not from any lack of concern for humanity) that more serious calamities or a financial meltdown did not manifest. But last weekend, March 11-12, Uranus ingressed back into Aries, thus touching off these highly charged degrees of the Cardinal Climax from the summer of 2010. As the ingress took place, the most powerful earthquake in the history of Japan and a devastating tsunami wreaked huge damage. As the week progressed, nuclear reactors began spewing out radiation over the area, creating an even greater potential crisis than the tsunami.

This weekend (March 19-20) now finds the full moon within a day or two of the spring equinox and conjunct Uranus (with the Sun, that is), again in this powerfully charged 0 degree point of cardinal signs. The full moon actually occurs around 29 degrees of Virgo-Pisces, and on Monday, March 21, the Sun conjuncts Uranus at 0 Aries, but it is all part of this "highly charged" zodiac zone from last summer's powerful planetary configuration. Whether a further crisis erupts is unknown, but with Uranus returning to 0-3 degrees of Aries, critical situations could last into early June and new ones could arise. Watch especially the first week of April when Mars ingresses into Aries, nearby to the next Mercury retrograde zone (March 30-April 22).

Another important point to consider is this : the Federal Reserve Board's natal Sun-Pluto opposition is at 0-1 of Capricorn-Cancer, which are cardinal signs. Thus the Fed is due to be back in the news shortly. Will there be yet another effort to eliminate the Fed by June ? It is possible.

In the meantime, my experience is that in tragic crises like these, financial markets react with panic for about 2-4 weeks. It doesn't mean the final bottom is in during that time. But most of the loss takes place then. In the case of Japan, the final bottom in their stock market might not be realized until late this year or early 2012, unless the Nikkei can close back above 10,200. .

To be continued... (next week)  

Announcements :

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             It's out!!! ! The "Forecasts for 2011 Webcast " with Raymond Merriman that took place on Sunday, January 9, 2011 is available by DVD or CD. It is available now via "Streaming Review " for 27 days, or through MP3 purchase. It was a good presentation, filled with many investment ideas with timing insights. The cost for the MP3 or Streaming Review is $45.00 (no postage). The cost of the CD is $45.00, + postage. The cost of the DVD is $59.99 + postage. The market charts used in the presentation will be emailed to you separately in a PDF format. To purchase your copy of this Forecast 2011 webcast, just register at the MMA Website, or drop us an email ( ordersmma@msn.com ) or fax (248-538-5296), or call us at 1-248-626-3034.

             The monthly MMA Cycles Report and its companions - the MMA Japan Cycles Report and MMA European Cycles Report - will come out this week, Monday and Tuesday, via posting on our web site, or attachment via direct emails, for subscribers. The U.S. version covers the stock market (DJIA and S&P futures), Gold, Silver, T-Notes, Euro and Swiss Franc currencies, grains and crude oil. It also provides the list of geocosmic and solar-lunar reversal zones for the 1-2 months. This report comes out Monday night to subscribers. On Tuesday night, we issue the MMA Japanese Markets Cycles report and the MMA Europe Cycles report. The Japanese report covers the Nikkei stock index, Dollar-Yen currency, and JGB government bonds. The MMA Europe Cycles report covers the German DAX, Swiss SMI, and Netherlands AEX stock indices.
This report covers our longer-term analysis of the U.S. stock market, precious metals, crude oil, currencies, Treasury Notes, and grain markets. The MMA Japan Cycles report covers the Nikkei, JGB Bonds, and the Dollar-Yen. The new MMA European Cycles Report covers the German DAX, Swiss SMI, and Netherlands AEX, each in English only. These reports are included in the Japanese, German, and Dutch translated MMA Cycles Report respectively.
For subscription information, please go to our web site , or call us at 1-248-626-3034.

             We are considering a one-day Saturday workshop in Munich, Germany in late May or early June, on Financial Astrology and Market Timing, featuring Raymond Merriman and possibly Claude Weiss (renowned Mundane Astrologer) from Zurich. It will be in English. After the workshop, we would like to plan a special dinner party for MMA subscribers, where we will answer questions of all who are present. If anyone reading this is from the Munich area, and would like to assist us in setting up this event, please email MMA. We would also welcome help for a meeting with subscribers in or near Helsinki, Finland in mid-June

Upcoming Events :

             April 14 and 16, 2011 : Kansas City, Mo ".Forecasts for 2011 " and "Financial Astrology Workshop " with Raymond Merriman. For more information, please go to http://www.astrologykansascity-aoa.com, or contact allenblasco@yahoo.com, or call 816-774-4514. The workshop will cover projections for the U.S. stock market, precious metals, and other markets of interest to attendees. This will probably be the only Financial Astrology workshop in the United States this year. There will also be a special dinner party arranged for Friday evening, with Merriman, for those who attend the workshop (there will be a $55.00 fee for the dinner, but it will still be a special occasion to meet one another). You can also see the flyer for this weekend by going to www.mmacycles.com, under EVENTS Details soon.

Our next private meeting with subscribers will take place after the all-day workshop in Kansas City, on Saturday, April 16. This is a very exciting gathering, for both myself (Merriman) and subscribers, as all kinds of interesting topics and ideas usually come up. Various market topics will be discussed and you may ask questions in this lively exchange. But you need to reserve a spot in this meeting with us ahead of time. There is no cost to subscribers, or $195.00 if not a subscriber to any daily or weekly report, or a one-year subscription to any MMA Cycles Report). To make your reservation for this special meeting, call us at 1-248-626-3034 or email Amber at ordersmma@msn.com.

             May 6 - 8 and May 14, 2011 : Ljubljana, Slovenia and Belgrade, Serbia. Contact bern@astrology.si for details on Slovenia conference and aleksandar@keplerunited.org for Belgrade conference. The subject matter at both conferences will be Financial Astrology. .

             May-June 2011 : I will be hosting at least one dinner meeting with MMA subscribers in Europe during this period, as I complete the final chapters of "The Ultimate Book on Stock Market Timing, Volume 5 : Forecasting Prices ". This meeting will take place in either Munich, Hamburg, or Berlin, and may follow a one-day Financial Astrology and Market Timing Workshop on current market forecasts in stocks, precious metals, and currencies. Reservations will be required for the dinner as you will be my guests (no charge to you, but there will be a charge for non-subscribers). At this dinner meeting, I will share one chart that I think deserves special consideration as a position trade for this season. Stay tuned for details in these announcements

             The MMA Catalogue of products and services for 2013 is now out!!! You can download it in PDF. The ordering page is the last page of the catalogue. This is especially useful for those outside of the USA, since we do not mail these out by mail unless requested.

             We are pleased to announce that the Spanish publication of "Basic Principles of Geocosmic Studies for Financial Market Timing " has just been completed. For more information and ordering, please contact www.lecochonsideral.info/PubliMERRI/Espagnol/Annee2012/semana.html.

             We also have our new CD available : "The Cardinal Climax 2008-2015 : Investment Opportunities and Dangers ". This 75-minute CD outlines the most powerful geocosmic configuration of our lifetime : The Cardinal Climax of 2008-2015. This presentation examines the historical, long-term geocosmic signatures that are present 2008-2015, how they correlated to economic crises in the past, and how they will likely impact various financial markets and investment opportunities this time. In fact, many of the themes are already underway. Approximately 75 minutes, with PDF file of charts used: $25.00 plus postage.

             I am oftentimes asked for recommendations of a money manager who uses my methods, since I won't manage other people's money. The thing is, almost all money managers I know use their own systems. But many subscribe to my services and share my thoughts about the future of the economy, various financial markets, and how to position one's portfolio along these lines. One money manager who subscribes to our services that I would suggest for those looking to structure a longer-term portfolio, such as a retirement account, is Duke O'Neill of Boulder, Colorado. He can be reached at dukeoneil1@gmail.com, or 1-(303) 545-5837. For those looking for a professional trader of commodity and futures contract might consider Ted Lee Fisher at ted.fisher@comcast.net. Ted is a legend in financial futures and has a seat on the CME. Both are very knowledgeable of the tools I use, of the way I am looking at markets, and yet each makes their own decisions as to exactly when to enter and exit any market. They will be more than happy to assist you.

             To the above list, I would also like to recommend long-term MMA subscriber Erwin Brunner of Zurich, Switzerland. Mr. Brunner is the founder of BrunnerInvest AG. One of his five funds was awarded the "Best in-house fund of funds " in the world recently. Mr. Brunner is a former director of the Swiss Banking Corporation (today it is known as UBS), and a general director of Rothschild Bank in Zurich. As an independent wealth manager for high net worth individuals and institutional clients only, he places his clients into the funds of the best performing fund managers in the world, via his own research and experience. For high net worth readers interested in Mr. Brunner's funds, please contact him through www.brunnerinvest.ch.

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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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