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The best market timing for Silver

October 20 - 2014
Raymond A. Merriman©

Financial Market Analyst & Market Timer.

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From the Jupiter trine Uranus period of September 25 (+/- 1 week) to the middle of the current retrograde Mercury cycle (October 15-16, as the retrograde is in force October 4-25), many stock markets around the world suffered their greatest losses in over two years. The cause was attributed to fears of global economic slowdown, renewed fears of the worldwide debt crisis, and the hysteria surrounding the spread of the Ebola virus.

European indices have now fallen 11-17% since all-time or multi-year highs of the year. In the Netherlands and Switzerland, those highs were achieved on September 19 and the plunge ended (at least for the moment) on October 16.

In the Far East, the declines were not as great. The steepest declines were noted in Australia and Japan, where the ASX and Nikkei fell 9.6% and 11.2% respectively from their September highs. Losses in India and Hong Kong (and even Russia) were modest, whereas in China, the Shanghai Index made a double top on October 16, its highest level since February 2013.

In the USA, the S&P losses for the past month approached 10%, but the DJIA declines only 8.6%. The most devastating losses continued to be in Argentina, where the Merval index has now fallen 25% from its all-time of 12,847 on September 30 to a low of 9648 on October 16.

The stock market losses were offset by the gains in Gold. After completing a triple bottom at 1183.30 on October 6 (coincident with our last Special Update on Gold, advising traders to buy), Gold rallied to as high as 1250.30 on October 16. Silver posted its high of the week at 1782 on the same day. Crude Oil followed the path of stocks, as it fell below $80.00/barrel on October 16, the first time it has seen those levels since June 2012.

Western stock markets had a strong rally on Friday to end the week. However, the question on most investors mind is whether the carnage is over, or just beginning. With Mercury retrograde, it is not likely that anyone knows for certain, although the study of Financial Astrology - combined with cycle studies - has strong historical correlations suggesting the bear has returned.

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This section of the weekly column will resume after the Forecast 2015 Book is completed. I need all the time I can muster to finish this year's book, as we enter the "Post-Cardinal Climax Era". So many possibilities... so many opportunities.

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Short-Term Geocosmics and Longer-Term Thoughts :  

Our focus last week was on the center of the current Mercury retrograde period. We identified this as Tuesday, October 14, but actually the midpoint could have been October 14-15 +/- 1 trading day, since the retrograde started October 4 and ends October 25 (not October 24 as written last week). As we now know, the stock market plunge did temporarily halt with lows on October 15-16 in most world markets. So now what ? .

First, Mercury will end its retrograde motion later this week, on October 25. This was an important Mercury retrograde cycle, because it began with the Sun in an air sign (Libra), and Mercury started in a water sign (Scorpio) but ended in air (Libra). He last time that happened was October 11 - November 1, 2007. You may remember October 11, 2007 was the all-time high for the Dow Jones industrial Average, after which it "crashed" for the next 17 months. The time before that was the back-to-back series of Mercury retrogrades in October-November 2000 and February 2001. Before that, it was in February, June and October 1994. And before that, it was in October 1987. You can see that it is a seven-year cycle. You can also see that it coincides with banking and financial crisis.

The retrograde Mercury instances in 2015 (three of them) will all start and end with Mercury in an air sign. The last time that happened was the three instances in 2008. Does this ring any bells? Well, yes, because 2008 was when the Cardinal Climax began, and in 2015, it will end for the most part. Thus, we can look at the entire Cardinal Climax period as having occurred with the air-air-segment of the 7-year Mercury retrograde cycle.

What does it mean when Mercury begins and ends in air signs in such a series? The heavy emphasis on air highlights the principle of intellect, fast thinking. However, the thinking that takes place in air is often conceptual or theoretical, and not based on any experience or "common sense". Hence, decisions are often made that sound "smart", or "intelligent", but in reality, they either work remarkably well or fail miserably. I am more optimistic about the next seven years than the last seven years, however, because the Sun will be in an earth sign at the start of the last two Mercury retrograde transits in 2015. Earth signs represent practicality and experience, a sign of maturity. Although ideas will still be quite intellectual and conceptual, at least they will be integrated with common sense. With all air and no earth, everything is an "experiment" based on theories. That was the political and economic/banking climate for the 7-year Cardinal Climax. In 2015, it switches to giving more importance to new policies that have some historical basis for working, and not just an abstract theory that it "should work" across the board. In any event, this will be one of the themes of the Forecast 2015 Book.

Another subject to be discussed in the Forecast 2015 Book will be the indications of a worldwide epidemic, such as the Ebola virus. This is a current concern, of course, as new cases are rapidly being reported, even in the USA. In the study of astrology, disease and epidemics are governed by Neptune. When Saturn is present, it attacks the immune system. When Pluto is involved, it can be life threatening. It takes some probing, but there are astrological indicators present and forthcoming that warns of potential danger, and the need to be very careful over the next 1-2 years.

First, Neptune is in its ruling sign of Pisces. In the chart that I now prefer for the United States (July 2, 1776, 11:50 AM, Philadelphia, PA), Neptune is actually crossing the sixth house, which is the house of health. This chart was discussed in great detail at the recent ISAR conference in the speech titled "America at the Crossroads: Will It Survive, Perish, or Transform" ? see here. Neptune will be in the sixth house of this USA chart for the next 14 years, so the nation is vulnerable to an epidemic or diseases. The last time Neptune was in this position (1848-1853), there was a Cholera pandemic in the USA, followed by yellow fever (

Beyond that, we have to look at the "charged degree" of the zodiac in which the 492-year Neptune-Pluto planetary-pair cycle (conjunction) took place in 1892-1893 at 6-8° Gemini. Transiting Neptune is now in waning square to this point for the next year. It was in the waxing square to this degree segment in 1931-1933, and in opposition 1973-1975. Big things happened in the USA during those two periods (the Great Depression and the Oil Embargo leading to a serious economic recession). However, Neptune was not on the USA house of health then via this rectified chart, as it is now. Still, it warns of potential economic problems as it did in these previous two passages of hard aspect.

And finally (well, not really finally, as I am sure other astrological researchers will discover and point out additional correlations), Saturn is approaching its waning square to Neptune. They become square by sign to one another after Saturn enters Sagittarius on December 23, 2014. They make their actual square aspect three times between November 26, 2015 and September 10, 2016. This would represent the cosmic "peak" of a collective weakness, whether physical or psychological. However, it need not manifest as an epidemic or health crisis, although it may. Furthermore, it may not manifest exactly at that time. Aspects with orbital cycles this long between instances can have an orb of influence for up to 1-2 years.

The bottom line is this: the possibility of a pandemic or epidemic of a health crisis is possible, given the geocosmic signatures in effect now and over the next two years. It could pertain to the Ebola virus. It would be wise to take extra safety precautions during this period. However, the principles of astrology can manifest in a multitude of life experiences, and this aspect is not relegated to just the health realm. Saturn and Neptune in hard aspect, for instance, can relate to a political scandal accompanied by lies and/or cover-ups. It can also relate to an economic misjudgment by central banks that lead to financial turmoil, an oil spill causing an environmental crisis (or some other oil-related crisis, for Neptune rules oil). It also rules the sea, all bodily fluids, and critical miscalculations based on inaccurate data or intentional deceit. On the higher plane, it can also represent a deep knowledge of spiritual law and the wish to act with complete integrity and virtue. It is the principle of karma - the manifestation and consequences of one's intentions. It is a time when we are apt to witness great examples of honor - and unfortunately, dishonor as well - by leading figures on the world stage.

Longer-Term Thoughts :


To be continued (next week).

Announcements :

             The two talks I presented at the ISAR 2014 conference last week are now available for purchase in the CD or MP3 format. They include slides from the power point show. These are both very timely talks, with information that should be useful for several months. Each topic is $35.00, plus postage, if ordering via the CD format.

The first talk is titled "America at the Crossroads: Will It Survive, Perish, or Transform ?"  This presentation examines the charts of the United States, its transits and progressions, the USA president, his transits and progressions, and Congress. It explains the transformation taking place in the USA under the 2008-2015 Cardinal Climax, and where the nation is headed, pending choices taking place right now. "America is in trouble. It is in danger of losing its identity, perhaps many of its treasured liberties, based on over 200 years of being the most exceptional experiment in democracy and capitalism the world has ever known."..

The second talk now available on CD or MP3 is titled " A Cyclical and Geocosmic Analysis of Gold and the USA Stock Market". Both Gold and the USA stock market make historical tops and lows at rhythmic cyclical points now in force. These major turning points also coincide with long-term planetary aspects. This presentation reviews these studies, their historical correlations to one another, and what they say about the future direction of each market. Contact MMA at 1-248-626-3034 or for details or sign up.

             What's Next ??? Now that the 2008-2015 Cardinal Climax will wind down in early 2015, what is the next great challenge awaiting humanity ?.

It's that time of the year again! As in the past, MMA offers a special pre-publication discount rate for those who pre-order the next year's book before October 31, 2014. The price of the Forecast 2015 Book will remain at $55.00 plus postage. However, if pre-ordered before October 31, the cost is $45.00 plus postage. This year's 2015 Forecast Book will be available in both paper and electronic editions. There is no postage for the electronic book format.

Additionally, all pro-order purchases qualify for a 10% discount on any 1-year MMA financial markets subscription service! This includes the MMA Cycles Report, the MMA Weekly, and/or the MMA Daily reports, which provide specific analysis and recommendations to several financial markets, including the DJIA, S&P, NASDAQ, Gold, Silver, Treasuries, Currencies, Crude Oil, and Soybeans.

MMA's 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. No other book has informed and prepared readers for the Cardinal Climax period of 2008-2015 as precisely as Raymond Merriman's annual Forecast book. No other book has guided readers through this turbulent period since it began in 2008. In 2015, the saga of the Cardinal Climax reaches the conclusion of its central time band. This is a book, with an impressive background for insightful accuracy into world economic and financial market conditions that you will not want to miss! For further information, go to ORDER NOW AND SAVE BIG BUCKS.

             MMA's weekly and daily reports have been extremely accurate and profitable over the past several weeks, especially in equity indices, crude oil, and precious metals. 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 Daily Market reports. It is the only way I keep in touch with traders on a daily or weekly basis. These weekly reports give in-depth analysis of the DJIA, S&P and NASDAQ futures, Euro currency (cash and futures), Dollar/Yen cash and Yen futures, Euro-Yen cash, T-Notes, Crude Oil, Soybeans, Gold and Silver. The daily reports cover all stock indices listed above, as well as futures in Euro, T-Notes, Gold and Silver, plus GLD and SLV (the Gold and Silver ETF's). 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. For more information, or call our offices at 1-248-626-3034. These reports are extremely valuable to those who trade ETF's (Exchange Traded Funds). And since early December, these reports have been extremely profitable. As subscriber and trader R.B. of Albuquerque, NM writes",You have been on an incredible run for a while ; I have never seen anything like it". Well, when everything lines up just right...

             The seventh and final Course in the 2-year the MMTA (Merriman Market Timing Academy) training program took place August 25-28, 2014, at the Michigan State University's Management Educational Center (MEC) in Troy, Michigan. The title of this course was "Putting It All Together: Developing Trading Plans and Optimizing Market Entry and Exit for Position and Aggressive Short-Term Traders". This course developed each part of the various investment and trading plans, using the market timing, technical, price objective, and trend indicator tools of the MMTA methodology. Special attention was given to the various buy and sell strategies for both position and aggressive traders, once the market entered the time band for a cycle, geocosmic critical reversal zone and/or solar-lunar reversal date. The markets used for examples of long-term and short-term trading plans were the DJIA, Gold, and Silver. The cost of this course is $3600, and it will be available online in about 4 weeks.
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             Our monthly MMA Cycles report and its companion MMA Japanese Cycles and MMA European Cycles reports will come out this week, Monday and Tuesday, via posting on our web site, or attachment via direct emails, for subscribers.

- 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.
Two-issue trial subscriptions are available for this service for $50.00, which includes the current issue and the next month's as well.
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.

             Speaking of our weekly subscription reports, we now offer a new one titled : MMA Weekly Treasuries, Soybeans, and Crude Oil Report. This will be a 3-5 page report offering comments, analysis, forecasts, and trading strategy for next week's market activity in the U.S. 10-Year T-Notes (Treasuries), Soybeans, and Crude Oil futures only. List of support/resistance areas, trend indicator points, geocosmic and lunar reversal points for the week, cycles phasing, and recommended buy and sell strategies. The cost is $750/yr or $250/3 months. We will offer a one-month trial subscription for $50.00, available only until August 15, as part of our introduction to this new service. Subscriptions are delivered by downloadable postings on the MMA Website, which is entered via your personal password. It is also delivered via an email attachment to all subscribers over the weekend before the market opens.

             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 information 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.  

Upcoming Events :

             January 16, 2015 : Zurich, Switzerland "Trends for 2015".  This will part of a congress on Forecasts for 2015, including Claude Weiss, Monica Kissling. Alexandra Klingenhammer, Verena Bachmann, and Christoph-Schubert-Weller.

             January 17, 2015 : Zurich, Switzerland. A special 5-hour workshop on "The Current Cyclical State of Financial Markets : Where Do We Go from Here ?"10:30 AM - 4:30 PM. Location will be the Congress House in Zurich. Sponsored by AstroData and MMA-Europe.
For further information, please go to there, or contact ASTRODATA AG, Tel. 41 (0) 43 343 33 66, or email. This will be special, and a great opportunity to meet some very impressive market timers who will be present. Register now as seating is limited !.

             February 21, 2015 : Webinar by Raymond Merriman on "Preparing for the Post-Cardinal Climax - An Outlook of Financial Markets and World Economics". Cost is $45.00. Contact MMA at 1-248-626-3034 or for details or sign up.

             August 27-30, 2015 : "Preserving Wealth and Recognizing New Investment Opportunities". A special event and retreat for MMA subscribers only, at a destination to be revealed later. Attendance limited to 12 subscribers. Cost $4000. Contact MMA at 1-248-626-3034 or for details or to sign up.

             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

             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 theBest 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 identifiesBig 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 thatextra 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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