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May 16 - 2011
Raymond A. Merriman©
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First, an update on the personal matters of last week. Why? Well, when I write about personal matters it seems I always get supportive letters from readers. You seem to like it when I write about the human experience from a personal point of view. When I write about political and financial matters, I get more combative replies. It is just the fate of a columnist.
But back to my most interesting personal life as a Financial Astrologer. You may remember my saga that started last week when I arrived in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and immediately my computer crashed. It didn't just crash in an ordinary sense of a computer crash because I have had those common problems before. A day or two later, everything is back to normal. No, this computer crash was more like an explosion and the victim (my computer) was more like someone on life support in a critical care unit of a hospital. In fact, it was transiting Uranus square my natal Sun, so I had the sense of a cardiac arrest.
And here I was in the middle of nowhere, in a city whose name I was challenged to even pronounce ANS spell correctly, for the first time in life. It was a bad start in a country that I didn't even know existed. Yet, I always believed that the life of an astrologer was a good one, and early on in this incarnation I trained myself to always look for opportunities in the midst of apparent disasters. So I waited. That's part of the instructions that come with being born a Capricorn anyway. You wait, because if you rush, it takes longer. More problems arise proportionate to the amount of effort spent on reducing problems. And one thing a Capricorn does not like is... more problems. We learn the art and importance of de-escalation early on, or else we just get use to an existence of suffering, or creating suffering for others with our constant complaint that nothing works right. Like governments, but I won't get into that just yet. I have the rest of my life to write about that.
So here I am, my first day in Ljubljana, Slovenia, with a computer that has a cardiac arrest, and I am waiting patiently for something good to happen. He - yes, I know you are thinking if it is something good, it must be a she, but it was a he - arrived about 9:00 AM the next morning. Which was awful because I was on the phone to technicians from my computer company in America, but speaking to someone in India I think, who then transferred me to the "escalation department" in the UK, trying to get this fixed until 3:30 AM. And you know how I might feel about being transferred to the escalation department when I am a trained de-escalation specialist anyway. But all they would tell me is: "I am sorry Mr. Merriman. But there is a hardware problem. You must send your computer in to the United States, and we will repair it, and send it back to your address in the United States". "But I have a lecture to give tomorrow in Ljubliana! And I leave here in a week. How is that going to solve my problem?" I ask. "I am sorry Mr. Merriman. But you must send in your computer to the United States and we will... ". He repeats. And I think : "Yes, this is indeed the escalation department". It is not for me. I am trained to de-escalate.
My host - the conference coordinator of the Slovenian conference I am talking at in Ljubljana - calls me at 8:30 AM and tells me he actually found a technician who will arrive at my hotel in 30 minutes. And promptly at 9:00 AM, Gregor arrives. He turns the computer on and sure enough, he sees the patient is unconscious. He takes the computer and for the next 72 hours he relentlessly performs cyber surgery. At 10:00 PM Sunday night, Gregor returns to tell me the bad news. After performing a partitioning-rectomy on my computer and convinced all the parts had been recovered properly, he did a test run, and once again, it crashed.
He was devastated. Yeah, I know, I am the one with the hard aspect from Uranus, but he is devastated. I convince him to talk to the computer people in America, who are really in India, but have an escalation department in the UK, and just tell them what he has done and how it still doesn't work. He does that, and lo and behold, they tell him, "Have Mr. Merriman ship us the computer to America and ..." But before they repeated their useless mantra, they did have him run some checks on the system, and in doing so, Gregor saw something. The next day, Monday, we drive together to a local branch of this company and Gregor talks to a real technician and is given the secret of computer resurrection. I am to leave at 4:00 PM for a vacation to the famous Lake Bled... well, it is famous if you live in Slovenia, which I don't. But here is the miracle that was worth waiting for: Gregor brought my computer back to life by replacing a Vista heart for Windows 7 brain, plus a few other organs, and presto! My computer came back to life. Of course it had only a few organs (files), but it was breathing again! I asked Gregor for his birth data (I am sorry, but it is a habit of everyone who practices astrology). And guess what ? Gregor is born January 11. His Sun in Capricorn is right on my Moon in Capricorn! No wonder he stayed with it for me all these days until it came back to life. When someone's Sun is on your Moon, they are there to help you through anything, even a computer cardiac arrest.
And so I was able to enjoy my holiday at the famous Lake Bled, Slovenia, where the next miracle occurred. You know I travel a lot. My ruling planet (Mercury) is in Sagittarius in my third house. Mercury and Sagittarius are born to travel - and tell tales. Plus Venus rules my 9 th house of long-distance travel and it conjuncts Jupiter, planet of long distance travel (do you see the picture... I travel a lot and love it). But there is a point here. In this little country of Slovenia lies this magical, mystical, fairy-tale of a land known as Lake Bled. It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in the world I have ever been. And I learnt that this is one of the most prospering economies of the European Union. No debt crisis, an income tax of about 20% (why is it that all of these thriving countries with no debt I visit have such low income tax rates ?) and again, excellent social programs for their citizens. I also found out that 50% of this little country at the foothills of the Alps is wooded. And that is up from just 5 years ago. Slovenia is the only country in the world that grows more trees per annum that it cuts down. What a gem !.
So I loved this place so much I am thinking of moving the first annual MMA International Summit on World Economics, Politics, and Financial Markets to Lake Bled, Slovenia instead of Florence, Italy sometime in September 2012.
The Market Week in Review :
The only thing better than last week in Slovenia was the fact that the past 2-3 weeks have been amongst the best trading weeks ever for our subscribers, based on both geocosmic and lunar reversal signals. Silver and Gold came down sharply as discussed last week, then went up into the middle of this week as expected, before the lunar cycle suggested we should short Silver again. Silver complied by dropping to another new cycle low the next day, down to the low 32's. That's almost 18 points below the high of our April 25 three-star critical reversal date of at 4984.
Equity markets behaved very much according to geocosmics too. That is, most stocks indices of the world rose into the favorable Venus-Jupiter conjunction of May 11, and then sold off immediately afterwards. Foreign currencies did the same relative to the U.S. Dollar. But Venus-Jupiter is not that strong a correlation to major reversals in financial markets. It is important, but the ones coming up this week are much more powerful.
Short-Term Geocosmics :
The "Asset Inflation Express" is nearing the end of the line - at least for a while. The engine of this financial windfall has been Jupiter and Uranus in Aries. In late March through early May, they were joined in the fire sign of Aries by Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Mars. By Monday, May 16, all except Jupiter and Uranus will have moved into the more cautious sign of Taurus. So, in typical Taurus fashion, the express will probably start to slow down. When Jupiter also moves into Taurus in early June, it may actually go into reverse, also something common for the stubborn bull. Push it too hard, and it retaliates. And no one likes the feeling of being gorged by the bull.
The period of May 20-23 stands out to students of financial astrology, for there are four important geocosmic signatures that unfold then. The first is Mars in waxing trine to Pluto on May 20, a Level 1 signature with a 75% correlation to primary or greater cycles within 11 trading days. That's high. The next day, May 21, Venus makes a waxing trine to Pluto, which is not quite as strong. It is a Level 2 signature. The next day, May 22, finds the Sun forming a waxing square to Neptune, which is another powerful Level 1 signature. This one has an 83% correlation to primary or greater cycles within11 trading days. That's extremely high. And the next day, May 23, the very important conjunction of Venus and Mars takes place in Taurus. Besides the fact that this is great period for lovers, it is also another powerful Level 1 correlation to reversals in equities. It has a 71% correlation to primary or greater cycles within 13 trading days. Something big may be about to happen. Maybe this is the end of the line for the Asset Inflation Express. Or maybe it continues into Neptune turning retrograde on June 2. This signature has an astounding 86% correlation to primary or greater cycles within just 10 trading days, and has the extra advantage of occurring just one day before Jupiter ingresses from Aries into Taurus. That transit - Jupiter in Aries - is the prime engine of the Asset Inflation Express. When it moves into Taurus, it changes from an engine to a caboose, from the accelerator on the floor pad to the brake. Of course, it can take a couple of weeks before the speed is finally de-escalated. And you know what Capricorns think of de-escalation. We are trained for that type of approach.
Due to the fact that I now have to catch a plane for my next destination in Germany on this two-month trip through Europe, there will be no "Longer-Term Thoughts" section this week. I should be returning to the more normal column next week.... Well, as normal as a transiting Uranus square to a natal Sun can be, barring any unforeseen developments. With Uranus square the Sun, you must know one's life is prone to nothing but unforeseen developments. I can't wait for the next one. Chances are I won't have to wait very long... not with Uranus now in Aries. Nothing takes long anymore. And more perplexing than that, there is nothing you can do to prevent that which you have no idea is about to happen. So you accept that you simply and only have the free will to choose the inevitable... or wait for it to reveal itself to you. Yes, it is good to be an astrologer and know that there are things about to happen that you cannot possibly know.
Long-Term Thoughts :
To be continued... (next week)
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