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MMA COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING
April 11 - 2011

Raymond A. Merriman©

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The Market Week in Review :

"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction" - Pascal.

Financial Astrology, like all studies involving astrology, works on the basis of well-defined principles associated with planets, signs, houses, and aspects. When certain planets travel through certain signs, it highlights the integration of psychological dynamics associated with each. When two or more planets make a certain mathematical relationship to one another, known as an aspect or planetary pattern, it again highlights the combination of dynamics represented by the planets involved in the aspect. Sometimes these dynamics work well together, as often in the case of "harmonious aspects". At those times it seems as if the period is a successful culmination of efforts put forth, or simply "good fortune". At other times these set of dynamics, represented by planets in signs or aspect to one another, may not work so easily together. They coincide with times of conflict and struggle, as is frequently the case during "discordant aspects". In either case, the confluence of several planets in aspect to one another in a short amount of time typically represents a "climax" reflecting those multiple dynamics. The intensity peaks, and then it recedes and begins a new momentum towards the next set of planetary aspects and the psychological dynamics they represent.

By observation and deduction, Financial Astrologers have noted that such highly charged time bands consisting of multiple aspects often coincide with reversals of trends in most financial markets. But the correlation is not 100% or even 90%. It is more like 77-82%, as indicated in studies I have published over the last 30 years. What happens in the other 18-23% of cases was not a negation of astrology or Financial Astrology. The themes were still at work in the world. Events, decisions, announcements, and/or important policies still occurred and they were always in line with the nature of those planetary dynamics. They just didn't - by extension - result in a market reversal. In other words, astrology (like markets) never lies. It always works within the parameters of psychological dynamics indicated on some level, whether in politics, economics, or nature. It just doesn't always work in all of the possible fields of human activity at once that one could imagine. It doesn't always result in a reversal in all financial markets.

With these thoughts in mind, it might be easier to comprehend why the world witnessed so many startling events in the past month, under such powerful astrological aspects, but the equity markets of the world just shrugged them off and continued higher and higher. As Jupiter moved into Aries last January, political upheaval started in Tunisia and Egypt. As Uranus moved into Aries in the first half of March, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster struck, and a revolt erupted in Libya. But then last week, following the April 1 three-star critical reversal zone, the collective attention on Libya and Japan shifted to the debt limit showdown in the United States.

Normally, one would expect this shift to coincide with a downward reversal in equity markets, since prices were rising into it. And it did for a couple of days in most world stock markets, like India's NIFTY, Japan's Nikkei, and Brazil's Bovespa. But as the showdown to shutdown progressed into the end of the week in the United States government, equity prices shrugged off the threat of default and shutdown, and continued to rise, or at least hold steady.

And yet, if you listen carefully to what separated Republicans and Democrats from coming to a compromise on the debt (Pluto) ceiling limit, it largely came down to one issue that has nothing to do with the amount of money seriously at stake here. It came down to abortion rights, the federal funding of Planned Parenthood centers. And for this, we quote last week's column, stating, "The 18.7-year cycle of the Moon's North Node crossing the Galactic Center at approximately 27 degrees of Sagittarius is occurring now. The symbolism here relates to themes that have a universal, primal, interest. maybe it has to do with an understanding of life itself. Issues of pro-life and pro-choice tend to be resurrected during periods when major planets cross the Galactic Center, for instance". Bingo!.

Short-Term Geocosmics :  

We are presently in an astrological murky period. Mercury (the Trickster) is retrograde, and no one knows what is really going on and how it will all come out. Pluto turned retrograde on Friday, April 8, which with Mercury retrograde, implies many conspiracy theories. Of course Pluto also relates to debt issues, and that has been the 800-pound gorilla in the room (and on television) all week as the USA government struggles to come to a compromise about raising its debt ceiling limit and preventing a government shutdown. Interestingly enough, Pluto also rules abortion, and that has become an unbelievable ideological sticking point separating the otherwise less than $30 billion difference necessary to prevent such a shutdown.

But of course, with the conspiracy characteristics of Pluto being highlighted, rumors run rampant that each party actually wants a government shutdown in order to claim a political advantage. Supposedly Republicans benefit because a shutdown demonstrates that Obama lacks leadership skills. Supposedly Democrats benefit from a shutdown because it proves that Republicans are unreasonable, heartless, and willing to hold up the country's credit standing and cause great angst amongst government workers and military personnel who won't receive paychecks or social security benefits. Of course, that won't apply to members of Congress who will get paid. So in the end, it is all about Mercury retrograde and Pluto stationary and starting to turn retrograde. There is no love lost on these opposing sides with Mars in Aries coming to square Pluto on Monday, April 11. That can be a confrontational dynamic where each side refuses to bend to the point of a functional compromise. One side will have to break, for hard aspects between Mars and Pluto almost never concludes in a win-win result. And for that there is likely to be bitterness. Of course as astrologers, a decision before Mercury went retrograde would have been preferred, but this government has embarked upon a pattern of making major decisions during Mercury retrograde ever since the financial meltdown of September 2008. And in all cases, those decisions have been followed by confusion and the need for changes.

As far as financial markets are concerned, this is the middle of the Mercury retrograde time band (March 30-April 22). Therefore any markets that did not reverse around March 30 are prone to experience a sudden and sharp reversal now. It may not be long lasting, however. The stock market may be one of those markets as it continued near its cycle highs as late as Friday, April 8.

Yet the bigger picture continues to follow the path of Jupiter and Uranus in Aries, the dynamics of the "Asset Inflation Express" forecasted in these columns and the last two Forecast Books (2010 and 2011). This condition continues into June 4, and possibly even into very late 2011, early 2012 when Jupiter retrogrades back to 0 degrees of Taurus (the boundary of Aries). As illustrated in last year's Forecast Book, the transit of Jupiter into early Aries is usually a high, followed by a decline in to middle Aries, followed by another rally into late Aries, early Taurus. We got that decline in mid-March while Jupiter was in mid-Aries. And now we are getting the next rally in the "Assert Inflation Express" as Jupiter moves into the second half of Aries. But the inflation is not just in stock prices. Gold has soared to a new all-time high, and Silver crossed $40.00/ounce for the first time since 1980. As long as there is uncertainty about the potential debt bomb explosion, precious metals will continue to soar.

Long-Term Thoughts :

The only thing I want to say in this section is that we now have a bona fide Uranus-in-Aries candidate entering the political scene. You may remember previous columns describing this 7-year transit (2011-2018) as indicative of an overly aggressive, ruthlessly competitive period. It is probably not a very nice time as people compete with one another for fewer and fewer resources as well as for greater and greater profits. This can be a bullying signature, a sign of little compassion and mercy. But it will have attraction to those who desire strong and aggressive leadership, or who see their current leadership as weak or inept.

Welcome to the first prototype of Uranus in Aries entering the political arena in the USA. His name is Donald Trump, and he reflects the essence of Uranus in Aries. Many are claiming he is just orchestrating a side show trying to drum up an audience for his TV show. But I wouldn't be so sure. Uranus in Aries is not around for just a brief moment. It is a 7-year transit, and during the election season of 2012 it will form its very challenging 126-year waxing square to Pluto. Talk about "no mercy, no compassion!" And just go for the jugular. Something tells me "The Donald" may be serious about his run for presidency. And the debates involving "Trump the Uranus-in-Aries candidate" may be not just entertaining, but entertaining in the likeness of a Roman Gladiator event where the winner is the last one standing.

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. And remember : if you sign up for this report now, you will receive a free copy of the English version of the Forecast 2011 Book while supplies last !

             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.
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             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

             The final Volume 5 of "The Ultimate Book on Stock Market Timing" series is nearly finished. This will complete a project started in 1996. The previous 4 volumes have been on "when" to buy and sell, or how to forecast a future cycle low or high. This last volume addresses the subject of "where" to buy and sell, or "forecasting price targets". It is the missing link. It details the mathematical formulas and technical studies used to enhance timing of entry and exit in any market, but especially stock indices. The book is expected to be out sometime between August-November 2011. If you have any of the first four volumes, you will soon be receiving a special pre-publication offer for advanced orders (or call us to place your order if you want to make sure you are on the list). We should point out that Volumes 2 and 3 will probably be sold out before this new volume comes out. There are less than 25 copies of each available. We will allow them to remain out of print for awhile before reprinting.

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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