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Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank President Patrick Harker on Monday said an interest-rate hike should be on the table at the U.S. central bank's next meeting, in March. "I still am supportive of three rate hikes this year, of course with a major caveat depending on how the economy evolves and policy, fiscal policy evolves," Harker told reporters after a speech on regulatory policy for fintech firms. "I think March should be considered as a potential for another 25-basis point increase." – Reuters News, “Fed’s Harker Says March ‘Should Be Considered’ For Next Rate Hike,” February 7, 2017


The above announcement gives us yet another clue regarding the importance of the upcoming February 22-April 21 time band that we have highlighted as containing the most significant gathering of geocosmic signatures this year. If Harker is right, and the Fed does announce its second rate hike of the year in mid-March, it will likely cause a sharp price movement in nearly every financial market.


Last week’s market climate was very bullish for equities, as expected. All major U.S. stock indices soared to new all-time highs, a trend that actually began on Friday of the prior week, February 3. As stated in last week’s column, “The stock market ended the week (of February 3) strong, and it now heads into Jupiter turning stationary retrograde on February 6, followed by the Sun trine Jupiter on February 11 (a weekend). In normal times, this would suggest rising equity prices, forming a top of some importance during this period.” It was normal enough, as the DJIA exploded to 20,298 by Friday, February 10, a new-time high that was accompanied by new all-time highs in both the NASDAQ and S&P futures.


In Europe, a new multi-year high formed in the Netherlands AEX, and a new yearly high formed in the German DAX. However, neither the Zurich SMI nor London FTSE made a new yearly high, for a possible case of intermarket bearish divergence.


In Asia and the Pacific Rim, the Japanese Nikkei rallied, but not above its early year high on January 5. The Australian All Ords actually fell to a new 6-week low. The Indian Nifty, China’s Shanghai, and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng indices all made multi-week highs, but not yearly highs. Only Russia’s MICEX index matched the USA’s performance of making a new all-time high.


In other markets, Silver was a winner last week, closing at $17.95, its highest mark since early November. Gold tested 1250 during the week, its highest mark since mid-November too, but then pulled back on Thursday-Friday. Still, the metals are performing well, as discussed in detail in our January 29 webinar (MP4 recordings are still available and of great value). Like Gold, T-Notes were strong until Wednesday, and then fell back, perhaps because investors realize the reality of Fed Governor Harker’s statements last Monday – that the Fed could raise its rates in again in March. Higher rates mean lower Treasury prices.




Another thing to note about Gold is that heliocentric Mercury now ends its trek through Sagittarius, February 1-12. As observed in 75% of historical cases, this time band corresponded with a nice rally in Gold that tops out 4-12 days into the transit. Wednesday high of 1246.60 was right on time, as it happened on the 7th day.


Yet all of these transits - the Jupiter signatures of February 6-11, heliocentric Mercury in Sagittarius (February 1-12) this weekend’s lunar eclipse in Leo – are mild compared to what is coming up February 22-March 6. It begins with the translation of Mars in Aries setting off the cardinal T-square of Jupiter-Pluto-Uranus, February 22-27. When Mars, Jupiter, and Uranus aspect one another, stock prices usually explode one way or the other, and sometimes both ways. It also has correspondence to weird conditions in nature. On a collective psychological level, it can coincide with major disputes, war or terrorist threats. One is advised to play it safe, and not risk dangerous circumstances, if at all possible.


This is a weird time because during this same period – February 26 and March 1 – there is a solar eclipse in Pisces with the Sun conjunct Neptune. Whereas Mars represents heat, fire, anger, and possible confrontations initiated by overly aggressive entities, Pisces and Neptune signify passivity, withdrawal, wet and flooding conditions, and the wish for peace. The symbolism is that of an aggressor and an innocent, passive, victim. There could be an error, or a miscalculation, that results in harm or danger to others.


It doesn’t end on March 1. On March 2, the second of three passages of the Jupiter/Uranus opposition take place, followed by Venus retrograde on March 4. As stated in last week’s column, “The second passage of Jupiter/Uranus opposition (chaos) occurs March 2 and then Venus turns retrograde on March 4. Jupiter in opposition to Uranus is the strongest aspect we have uncovered in terms of a correspondence to primary or greater cycles in US stocks, within 12 trading days. Venus retrograde is nearly as strong, certainly one of the top five geocosmic correlations to primary or greater cycles, also within 12 trading days. These two signatures occur very close in time to one another, and within the week of the Solar Eclipse conjunct Neptune (February 26-March 1), which is yet another Level 1 signature. If we have chaos and confusion now, one can only imagine what might occur then.” This remarkable geocosmic period begins its orb of influence in less than two weeks. I don’t know how much better we can prepare investors/readers for this cosmic peak of energy. And there will be a secondary reaction April 5-21, when both Venus and Saturn change directions, and are in exact square to one another at 27° Pisces/Sagittarius, with Saturn in Sagittarius also being on the Galactic Center. More on this later.




“If the enemy makes a mistake, our roaring missiles will hit their targets,” Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, colander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Aerospace Force, said during air defense drills, the state-owned Fars News Agency reported. Iran also warned that of attacked, its missiles would target the U.S. 5th Fleet based in Bahrain, American installations in the Indian Ocean, and Tel Aviv. “These points are all within the range of Iran’s missile systems, and they will be razed to the ground if the enemy makes a mistake…” – Iran Warns U.S. Against Hostile Actions; China Tests Missiles,” Oren Dorell, USA Today, February 7, 2017.


In a recent conversation, former Defense secretary Robert Gates ticked off four areas most likely to produce the first national security crisis for a new administration:  confrontation with Iran in the Persian Gulf, a showdown with North Korea over its nuclear program, a clash with China in the South China Sea, or an encounter with Russia in the Baltic Sea… As Team Trump begins just the third full week in office, confrontation with Iran has clearly moved to the top of that list…” –

Gerald F. Seib, “Iran Moves Atop Trump’s Confrontation List,” Wall Street Journal, February 7, 2017.


“We made too many wrong mistakes.” – Yogi Berra


Valentine’s Day is coming up this week (February 14), but I don’t think Iran will be getting a Valentine’s Day card from President Trump, or vice-versa. They might send one another a missile, but it won’t be a missile of love or endearment.


In a theme discussed last week, tensions between the USA and Iran are escalating, just as we forecasted was likely to start shortly after the January 20 USA Presidential inauguration, based on the charts of the Inauguration day, Donald Trump, the USA, and Iran. In each of these charts 20-25° of mutable signs is highlighted, and that is exactly where the Mars/Saturn square took place one day before inauguration. Both the USA and Iran have their natal Mars there too, which rules a nation’s military or plans for a military confrontation. Donald Trump’s Sun/Moon opposition is there (he was born under a lunar eclipse), and nearby is the Sun of Chinese Premier Xi Jinping.


Based these geocosmic signatures, one should not take the recent rhetoric between Iran and the USA’s President Trump and his administration as idle threats. These are serious aspects, and this could quickly become serious business. With these cosmic conditions alone, Trump could easily become a “war president,” as discussed at length on this year’s Forecast 2017 Book. This does not mean there has to be war, for no one can “predict” with absolute accuracy (unless one is a prophet, and we are not). It does, however, mean that the possibilities are higher than usual based on our understanding of these cosmic principles involving Mars and Saturn, which are classical aspects historically ascribed to war-like themes by ancient astrologers.


What is the antidote, the way out? Simply, to not be the one to start a war. Exercise restraint, avoid disputes and arguments as much as possible, and seek resolutions (not escalation of tempers) that are not based on anger or revenge. Mars doesn’t have to wage war, aggression, or a “fight to win.” It can also represent new avenues of thought that create excitement and pioneering efforts in science and thought.

MMA Current Announcements


NOTE 1: Special Valentine Day’s sale, Feb 14-28, which will be a Special President’s Day Holiday sale this week, followed by a Special Solar Eclipse sale the next week. MMA is offering a special sale for the next two weeks only. Buy a Forecast 2017 Book between February 14 and 28, and receive a free MP4 recording (with 57 slides) of the Forecast 2017 Speech on “The Great Reset” by Raymond Merriman. That is a $100 value for only $55.00 (plus postage if you choose to receive any of the remaining hard copies of the Forecast 2017 Book). Go to sale at or Call 1-248-626-3034, or 1-800-MMA-3349, or email


The monthly edition of the MMA Cycles Report will be issued this week (Tuesday-Wednesday) to all subscribers. The monthly MMA Cycles Report covers the outlook for U.S. stocks (DJIA and S&P futures), Gold, Silver, Treasuries, Euro Currency, Crude Oil and Soybeans, plus our geocosmic critical reversal dates (CRDs) and Solar/Lunar reversal dates over the next several weeks. The monthly MMA Japan Cycles report also comes out this week, and covers the Nikkei, JGB Bonds, and the Dollar-Yen. The MMA European Cycles Report will be released this week too, covering the German DAX, Swiss SMI, and Netherlands AEX. For further information, go to If you are not a subscriber to the MMA Cycles Report and wish a copy of this month’s outlook for financial markets, consider taking out a 2-issue trial subscription for only $55.00 (first time subscribers only).


THREE MORE WEEKS! THIS IS THE MMA EVENT OF 2017 YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS! THE MMA 2017 INVESTMENT RETREAT IS GOING TO BE GREAT!!! This unique event is specially designed for MMA subscribers and independent investors interested in MMA’s outlook for next several years, based on MMA methods of market timing and trend analysis. The 2017 retreat will take place at the beautiful Kona Kai Resort on Shelter Island in the almost always sunny San Diego, California, March 9-13, 2017, located right on the Pacific Ocean. Featured presenters will include Ted Lee Fisher, money manager, former member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and a legend in Commodity Futures trading; Egon von Greyerz of Matterhorn Asset Management in Zurich, Switzerland, an asset management company based on wealth preservation principles that owns Gold vaults in Zurich, the Swiss Alps, Singapore and Hong Kong. Egon was one of the individuals behind the “Save Our Swiss Gold” referendum in Switzerland in 2015. Also on the program will be Robert Corre, financial astrologer and 25-year instructor at New York University's Stern School of Business. Robert topic will be “The Federal Reserve Bank – Its Ever More Important Role in your Future Financial Freedom.” Maria Schoeppel, financial astrologer and mathematics major from UCLA, will present her research and forecasts on “China 2019: Similarities to the 1997 Asian Currency Crisis” Along with Retreat Coordinator Raymond Merriman, the brightest minds from the MMTA (Merriman Market Timing Academy) will present their latest research on the best investment ideas of 2017-2018. These including MMA analysts Kat Powell (Soybeans and Silver) Nitin Bhandari (Crude Oil), British Pound and FTSE analyst Ulric Aspegren, and ICR editor Mark Shtayerman (the XAU and Russell 2000 Index). There will also be a 4-hour optional class on beginning astrology presented by MMTA graduates Richard Smoot, Darri Murphy, Izabella Suleymanova along with Robert Corre on Monday afternoon, March 13. MMA’s first Investment Retreat in September 2015 (Italy) was very successful, as it correctly forecasted long-term lows (and investment opportunities) that would rise in Crude Oil, Gold, and Silver in 2016. That happened. One of the features that makes this event so exciting is that speakers will be interviewed each day in an informal Q and A with attendees, emceed by Raymond Merriman and Henry Canciglia. For more info, where you will be able to register and see what our expert faculty views as the best investments for 2017-2018, and why. Do not miss this powerfully enlightening opportunity to connect with other investors and some of the best market timers in the world!


Our Forecast 2017 webinar of Sunday, January 29, at 1:45 PM, EST, went extremely well. MP4 recordings of this event are now available, and come with a copy of all charts and the power point slides (57 in all). As always, the live event sold out of all 100 seats available. The theme of this webinar was “The Great Reset,” which discussed the major geocosmic themes of 2017-2020 and how it will affect the Federal Reserve Board, currencies and precious metals. We also updated the shorter-term outlook for the USA and German stock markets, precious metals, US Dollar, Euro currency, and crude oil, plus about 20 questions from attendees. To order an MP4 recording, visit or call 1-248-626-3034, or email


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The Forecast 2017 Book is out! And what a year it going to be! For more information, please visit our YouTube video on the book and the important geocosmic patterns in effect in early part of the year – now! at and see what is coming up – like the cardinal T-square of November 2016 -April 2017.


Written by Raymond A. Merriman since 1976, this annual Forecast Book is one of the most unique, affordable ($55.00), and accurate glimpses into the coming year. Utilizing the study of cycles and geocosmic factors, the annual Forecast book outlines forthcoming trends pertaining to political, economic, and financial markets throughout the world. This book has an impressive history of insightful accuracy into world economic and financial market conditions that you will not want to miss! For further information, go to and click the banner (or click Products – Books). ORDER NOW AND MAKE SURE YOU RESERVE YOUR COPY BEFORE THEY SELL OUT!!! (note, we are down to our last 2 boxes now).


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Over the years, MMA/Seek-It Publications, have had books returned from customers that were damaged or scuffed from the mail delivery, or that had 1-10 pages missing from the printing process. The vast majority of these books are in good condition, and will be useful to those who wish the information, but at a greatly reduced price (50% or more off the listed retail price). Some of these include our more expensive financial market timing books, such as The Sun, the Moon, and the Silver Market: Secrets of a Silver Trader, and various volumes from The Ultimate Book on Stock Market Timing series. There are also many astrology books that Seek-It has published, including both the hard cover and soft cover versions of Evolutionary Astrology: The Journey of the Sul Through States of Consciousness, and The Solar Return Book of Prediction, both by Raymond Merriman, The Power of Pluto (Arlene Robertson), Astrology: Key to Holistic Health (Marcia Stark), Spiritual Astrology (the original book by Jan Spiller, who recently passed away), and many others. To see the entire list available at these greatly reduced prices, please go to, or our web site at, under Products, and then Discounted Books. Or, for a description of particular book’s description, call Lisa at 1-800-MMA-3349 or 248-626-3034. These make wonderful gifts as well!




March 9-13, 2017: The Second MMA Investment Retreat will take place at the beautiful Kona Kai Hotel right on the Pacific Ocean, in San Diego, California. Save the dates! It will be special. Cost is $4000. Go to for details, or on the MMA website at under the banner at the top of the page. Just click it. There is a special San Diego Bay boating excursion Thursday afternoon, and “Meet and Greet” dinner that same day, March 9, for those who wish arrive early.


June 3-4, 2017: It is on! Trinity College at Oxford University! Two-day workshop on MMA Financial Market Timing in Oxford, England. Cost is £995. With the British Pound so low, now would be a good time for non-UK residents to sign up and lock in the great currency conversion rate. For more information, go to This workshop will be an introduction to Financial Astrology and its value as a market timing tool. It will outline the manner in which we calculate critical reversal dates (CRDs) and apply them to the study of cycles in order to enhance entry and exit from various markets. We will give special attention to the London FTSE, British Pound, Euro, and Gold, and show how these methods project the future of prices in these markets. A complete schedule of activities and topics will be ready shortly, and posted on our website.


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 cycles’ 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 the 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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