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The best market timing for Silver

December 26 - 2011
Raymond A. Merriman©

(Thank you Stars - Katie Melua)

The printed version of Forecast 2014 will be translated into several different languages again this year as follows :

Chinese - Chinese        Dutch        Deutsch         Japanese       Russian                               Spanish       Italiano

Each of these will also offer the English version of Forecast 2014, as will our Chinese distributor : "Your work is essential to anyone who is serious in this field. I can't thank you enough for it".

We will start printing comments here from readers of last year's book. The Third is : R. F., Vice President at one of America's largest investment banks. "I never go to the office without it - wish there was a bound edition to buy". Chuck S, Money Manager, Casper, WY.

Go to the sheet for Downloading the video for the Ultimate book on stock market timing.

This will be a brief weekly column, as will next week's too, due to the holiday season and the fact that I will take time off to work on my eyes.

The Market Week in Review :

The stock markets of the world mostly bottomed on Monday of last week, following the Venus-Saturn square, and then rallied into the end of the week under a slew of buoyant Jupiter transits. The final one occurs on Christmas Day, December 25. It is an important one, known as "Jupiter turning stationary direct". It is important because it marks Jupiter's closest return to the Aries-Taurus cusp, the midpoint of the zodiacal correlate to a crest in U.S. stock indices. That is, long-term cycles in U.S. stocks top out when Jupiter is between 23° Aries and 7° Taurus. The midpoint is 0° Taurus. Jupiter is turning stationary direct at 0° Taurus on December 25. It will remain between 0-7° of Taurus until March 7. Sometime in this period we anticipate the 15.5-month phase of the 4-year year stock market will top out. The ideal astrological time would be close to December 25, but it can happen anywhere up to 7° of Taurus and still satisfy this study, as described in detail in this year's Forecast 2012 Book.

We may also be getting one of the bearish patterns for a reversal in the stock market as described in our final and latest volume of "The Ultimate Book on Stock Market Timing, Volume 5 : Price Objectives and Technical Analysis". This pattern is known as "intermarket bearish divergence," between the DJIA and S&P nearby futures. We could soon see the same set up in Treasuries, and the opposite set up ("bullish intermarket divergence") in precious metals.

In short, the next two weeks could present extremely attractive trading opportunities, as seen from a geocosmic, cyclic, and technical point of view. They are all in the process of setting up for exceptional risk-reward trades.

Short-Term Geocosmics :  

We are now in the midst of a translation from the Sun to the approaching Uranus-Pluto waxing square, the "big one" that will dominate the heavens (and hence our outlook based on Financial Astrology) from June 2012-March 2015. This solar translation takes place December 22, as the Sun formed its waning square to Uranus, and December 28, when the Sun conjuncts Pluto. We note that the market is rising into this translation period. Normally this would coincide with a top followed by a sharp reversal down. I say "normally," because holiday markets are not "normal". Holiday markets may or may not follow this "normal" correlation. After all, the market isn't even open 3 of these 6 days, and volume is apt to be light on the other days. We may not see the effect of this translation until the first few days of next year.

Longer Term Thoughts :

On behalf of all of us at MMA, I would like to wish each of you a very happy holiday season. I would also like to once again express my gratitude to all of you who have sent in kind words of support for our services and studies shared, as well as the personal best wishes for the healing of my current vision issues.

I know that many of you who read this column have some understanding of astrology. So let me share with you the personal astrology transits and progressions that I believe coincide with this eye situation.

It is my left eye, which is ruled by the Moon in a man's chart. But I also believe Neptune has much to do with vision, for when afflicted, it represents "cloudiness" in one's view, as if in fog. Neptune has rulership over Pisces, so developments involving Pisces can also coincide with not seeing things properly.

In my progressed chart, Mercury has just turned retrograde in the sixth house of health - at 23° Pisces, no less (trine my natal Venus, so I look good with an eye patch). When I began the writing of Forecast 2012, which I believe caused the stress that led to the distortion of vision (doctors do not confirm this), transiting Saturn was square my natal Moon at 21° Capricorn.

After extensive tests, and more to come, the doctors assure me that this will clear up in 90 days, or around the end of February. Maybe. But with Mercury remaining retrograde by progression for 19 years. I am not so sure. My solar return takes place tomorrow late afternoon (December 24) in Scottsdale, Arizona. It occurs under a new moon that is just one degree away from being the 19-year solar eclipse at 2° Capricorn (on my Sun). The next 19-year instance of this cycle will coincide with Mercury turning direct by progression. So whatever it is I am going through, it's part of a new 19-year cycle. This cycle will end with my Uranus return in 19 years.

The 19-year solar eclipse cycle (nodal conjunction to natal sun) is an important passage of life for everyone when it hits. For instance, for me, 19 years ago was when I left the Wall Street brokerage community as an Accounts Vice President of Retail Commodity Futures Accounts with Paine Webber. It was when I started writing the series of financial market timing books that have defined my contribution to this field, my legacy, if you will. The prior 19-year eclipse cycle landed on my birthdate in 1974. That is when I left the field of psychology and social work to write Evolutionary Astrology, which at that time also defined my contribution to this field of thought. The instance before that occurred when I was skipped from the second to fourth grade because I was proficient at math (I could multiply and divide when we just learning addition and subtraction). My whole life was rocked then and I began writing. The point is this : if a solar eclipse occurs on your birthday, or if the North or South Node of the Moon is within 18 degrees of your Sun on your birthday, your world is apt to change in a quite substantial and remarkable way. Pay attention when this happens. There are at least two solar eclipses each year. One may be coming to a neighborhood near you in the next year, especially if you are Taurus-Gemini or Scorpio-Sagittarius.

To those of you who do not study astrology, let me also say that the Uranus-Pluto transits have affected my natal planets since 2008 in much the same unpredictable way as they have everyone who is born the first week of every season (March 21-28, June 21-28, September 21-28, and December 21-28). It affects my life in much the same exciting and unexpected ways as anyone who has planets in these degrees, which is probably most of you reading this. Although this cycle of sudden change and dramatic shifts affects most of the world, I must say that overall I know I am truly blessed. I am excited to be living in these times, and I hope with all my heart that I am able to see this planet - the inhabitants of this planet - come out of this period and resume the renaissance in communications that we have all co-created over the past 20 years. We are all connected, and I sincerely believe that is the destination (path) of our collective evolution.

I am looking forward to seeing many of you in Zurich and Amsterdam next month. Be well, and enjoy this holiday season !.

To be continued... (next week)  

Announcements :

             MMA's "Forecast 2012 Book" The printed version of Forecast 2014 went out Wednesday and Thursday, December 14-15. Domestic purchasers should receive it now. Overseas people need to allow 5-8 business days. It's 200 pages - out largest ever - and packed full of information about the economy, USA Presidential election, social and economic trends, and of course, financial markets with their all-important three-star critical reversal dates (the one and two-star reversal dates are covered in the MMA Cycles Report, as well as weekly reports). The annual Forecasts Book , written by Raymond A. Merriman since 1976, is one of the most unique, affordable, and accurate glimpses into the coming year. Utilizing the study of cycles and geocosmic factors, this annual Forecasts book outlines forthcoming trends pertaining to political, economic, and financial markets throughout the world. For further information, please go to the front page of our web site. There you can also place your order for the Forecast 2012. Or call us at 1-248-626-3034.

If you wish to hear more about this year's Forecast 2012 Book, please visit our YouTube channel. There is a new video there highlighting three great market calls from last year's book, plus a preview of this year's book. It should be quite a year coming up!

             Our E-Book version of the Forecast 2012 Book is now out as well in two different formats. The first is our own version, which contains both the text and the calendar-ephemeris for 2012. The cost for this is $55.00, or $35.00, depending on whether you also ordered the printed version too. The second is through Apple ITunes, which covers I Phone 4 and 5, and the I Pad. This format only costs $39.99, and is available in nine countries. It does not contain the advertisements or the planetary calendar and ephemeris in the back.

If you have ordered the E-Book version of Forecast 2014 from us, and have not yet received it, let us know at once, at If you have already ordered the hard copy, you may then add the EBook version for $35.00. If you wish to order the "bundle" of both at $90.00 plus postage, please go to bottom of page and then click "bundle" on the order form for an additional $35.00.

The E-Book version of Forecast 2014 on the I Pad, or I Phone, is now up and ready to download as of Thursday, December 15. You can now order it if you have an email address registered via one of these 9 countries (USA, UK, Australia, France, Canada, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, and Spain). Just go to ITunes, and then "Library," then "Store," then in the field titled "Search," type in "Forecast 2012" or "Raymond Merriman" (without quotation marks). We are still waiting approval from Kindle.

If you wish to hear more about this year's Forecast 2012 Book, please visit our YouTube channel at There is a new video there highlighting three great market calls from last year's book, plus a preview of this year's book. It should be quite a year coming up!

             Our new 2012 MMA Catalogue of products and services 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.

             If you are an active short-term trader, or even if you are an investor who likes to keep up with our current thoughts on financial markets, you may be interested in our Weekly or even Daily Market reports with short-term trading recommendations, (see a sample there, of the weekly). It is the only way I keep in touch with traders on a daily or even weekly basis, as I no longer offer personal consultations. These reports give in-depth analysis of the DJIA, S&P and NASDAQ futures, Euro currency (cash and futures), Swiss Franc, Dollar/Yen cash and Yen futures, Euro-Yen cash, T-Notes, Soybeans, Crude Oil, Gold and Silver. The daily reports cover all stock indices listed above, as well as futures in Euro, T-Notes, Soybeans, Gold and Silver. Both reports provide trading strategies and recommendations for position traders as well as for shorter-term aggressive traders. Subscription to the daily report also includes the weekly report.
If you want more informatio call our offices at 1-248-626-3034.
These reports are extremely valuable to those who trade ETF's (Exchange Traded Funds). In the words of one of our subscribers : "I am really pleased with your recommendations through the Daily and Weekly Trade Recommendations.  I have used them to trade gold and silver stocks in my IRA.  In the last eight years I increased my account from $60,000 to $712,000.  Thanks for your excellent publications". - Bryden C., Small Business Owner, Illinois.  

             The Ultimate Book on Stock Market Timing, Volume 5 : Price Objectives and Technical Analysis is out !. The comments and reviews are starting to come in, and we will post them here over the next few weeks. "I am a long time Merriman Market Analysis Newsletter reader. It has never ceased to amaze me how accurate those levels are given in the newsletter. I often wonder how Ray calculates those levels. By setting up my trades using those levels together with his timing methodology, I have profited greatly. I sincerely feel that Volume 5 of the series finally gives the whole investment community the full story about Ray's lifetime work and the complete description of his financial astrology methodology. It will be a great treasure to all serious market participants". Kenneth Laio, Trader and Chief Technology Officer, Sequoia Media Inc., Beijing, China.
It took two years to write this one, which is par for each of the five books of this series that started in 1997. That was around the time I decided I wanted to "tap into the soul of the stock market", like there is such a thing. Turns out there is, in my opinion. But it depends on how you interpret "soul". If you accept that it is a connection between the observable and the intuitive, that patterns do exist and like oracles, they oftentimes do reveal the future, then it exists. This is a book describing the tools that serious traders that I know use. I use them. Many of my subscribers use them, although not that many know how I calculate price targets to go along with market timing. This book identifies the formulas I personally use to calculate price targets, and the trading plans I find that work using these market timing and technical indicators. This book is packed with powerful tools (signals), and if you take the time to learn these tools properly, your chances of being a successful trader will increase tremendously, IMHO. The book is 300 pages, printed in perfect bind format, gloss cover, 8-1/2" x 11" size. The retail price of this new book is $144.00. The publication of Volume 5 will complete the project that started in 1996, and covered approximately 1600 pages of studies and strategies for all types of traders and investors, using our market timing methods. In all, this is a complete and unified approach to analyzing (and trading) financial markets, and especially stock markets. If you are interested in this unique and integrated methodology for analyzing and forecasting stock indices, you can save big bucks by ordering all five volumes, or choice of any four now, or just go to and scroll down to the announcement. If ordering all five volumes, you will save $99.00 !.
For more information on this book, go to YouTube at, describing this new book. It is "the missing link". You may want to check this video out, as it contains some interesting long-term tips. You can also download that video there and read more comments.

             The monthly MMA Cycles Report and its companions - the MMA Japan Cycles Report and MMA European Cycles Report went out last week. If you are subscriber to any these monthly reports and did not receive it, let us know at once via our email.

- This report covers our long term analysis of 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.
- The MMA Japanese Markets Cycles report covers the Nikkei, JGB Bonds, and the Dollar-Yen.
- The new MMA Europe Cycles report covers the German DAX, Swiss SMI, and Netherlands AEX stock indices, each in english only and will be available on Wednesday.
For subscription information, please go to our web site , or call us at 1-248-626-3034. If you are not a subscriber, you can check this service out on a 2-month trial basis for only $50.00.

Upcoming Events :

             January 6-7, 2012 : Zurich Switzerland. Forecast 2012 Symposia sponsored by AstroData.

 January 6 lecture on "Uranus Square Pluto : Consequences of the Debt Crisis for Financial Markets". A look at the historical correlation of Uranus-Pluto in hard aspect to world economics, debt, and financial markets. Is this the turning point, or bottom of the debt crisis ? Or is it the point where the consequence of not resolving the debt results in a collapse of the financial system, and the need
to completely rebuild it ? And what might that look like if that is the case ?

 January 7 workshop on " Financial Astrology and Perspectives for 2012 " : This workshop will be in three parts. The first will give an overview of the correlation of cycle studies to geocosmic signatures (Financial Astrology). The second will discuss the projection of these studies onto today's financial, markets, including precious metals, equity markets, and currency prices - where are we in the cycle and where are we headed. The third part will be question, answer and discussion. Each participant will be allowed to ask one question. Mr. Merriman will give his answer to it, and then facilitate a limited group discussion on the question, as time allows. The intent will be to make sure everyone has a clear outlook on the prospects for each market in 2012.

Workshop on Financial Astrology: Looking at Gold, Silver, Currencies, and Equity Markets for 2012. Details to be announced shortly at, or contact ASTRODATA AG, Chilenholzstr. 8, 8907 Wettswil, Switzerland, Tel. 41 (0) 43 343 33 66, or email

             January 21, 2012 : Amsterdam, Netherlands "Forecast 2012". The date is not yet finalized, but will be shortly, and it will be around this date.

             March 1 and 3, 2012 : Hong Kong, China".Forecast 2012" on Thursday, March 1 and a full day intensive on "Financial Market Timing" on Saturday, March 3, with emphasis on Gold, Silver, Currencies, and Equity Markets for 2012. Organized by Earlthorn.Com at the Excelsior Hotel, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Contact Teresa Wong at 852-2529 1211 (phone), or by e-mail at A special 90-minute private meeting with MMA Subscribers will follow the workshop on March 3 .

             March 9-11, 2012 : The 8th Annual Balkan International Conference, Belgrade, Serbia. Featuring a workshop on Financial Astrology with Raymond Merriman.

             April 19 and 21, Boulder, Colorado".Forecast 2012" with Raymond Merriman, plus a workshop on "Financial Market Timing", focusing on equities and precious metals. Sponsored by ROMA. For more information and registration, contact

               May 24-29, 2012 : UAC !!! The world's largest astrological conference. Taking place at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel. Go to There will be an awesome Financial Track, featuring some of the top Financial Astrologers and researchers in the world.

             Summer 2012 : San Diego, CA. Topics and date To Be Determined.

             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

             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, or 1-(303) 545-5837. For those looking for a professional trader of commodity and futures contract might consider Ted Lee Fisher at 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

             The newly revised The Sun, The Moon, and Silver Book : Secrets of a Silver Trader, is now out. This is a book that you will use as a reference guide for...many, many years. It identifies all the key Sun-Moon combinations that have a higher (and lower) than expected probability of correlating with 4% or greater reversals in COMEX Silver. It also identifies "Big Range Days " - those days in which the range of Silver is most likely to be 3.5% or more of the price of Silver, which is a great tool for day traders. This book fulfills the dream of all traders: high probability winning trade possibilities, with minimal market exposure. It is that "extra edge ". And Silver is a great market to trade now. The cost is $125.00. For ordering on line.

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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