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“In Jersey, anything's legal as long as you don't get caught.” – The Traveling Wilburys (Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynn, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, George Harrison), “Tweeter and the Monkey Man,” 1988.


Last week, it was the failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act that troubled USA equity markets. This week, it was the increasing clouds of investigations into the Trump campaign’s potential ties to Russian election interference, versus the Trump campaign’s claim that the Obama administration illegally spied on Trump and his advisers with wiretaps in order to keep track of his campaign’s movements. There are so many leaks, but everything remains mostly anonymous and hidden. Welcome to the second passage of the Jupiter/Pluto waning square (March 30), where the deeper you dig, the greater and darker the mysteries become. With Pluto, there is no bottom to the pit. It’s like a black hole in time and space, a void that seems to go on without end. The further you probe, the more that is revealed, but it is still a bottomless pit of more secrets, espionage, and dead ends. Along the way, there may be dead bodies too, or ruined reputations, but secrets will remain buried, just as they were in late 2007 and 2008 when the conjunction began this cycle between these two planets - and still to this date, no one has been found guilty or imprisoned for illegal acts that led to the greatest financial and housing crisis since the Great Depression. Its only legal if you don’t get caught…


Venus is also still retrograde (March 4-April 15), so equity markets continue to behave rather strangely. In alignment with the benevolence and good fortune usually associated with Jupiter, several stock markets were very bullish last week, such as the Australian ASX and German DAX, which soared to their highest levels since April 2015. However, it was more Plutonian in Japan and the USA, where stock markets fell to their lowest levels in over a month.


That was nothing, however, compared to the Plutonian experiences taking place in Venezuela, Brazil, and South Korea. In Venezuela, inflation is now above 400% and the president has stripped Congress of its powers. In Brazil, “… the former House Speaker who orchestrated the impeachment of former President Dilma Rouseff last year, was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison on corruption charges” (Wall Street Journal, March 31, 2017). And in South Korea, former President Park Geun-hye was arrested and confined to prison on accusations of bribery.


With Jupiter in square aspect to Pluto, it was certainly a week of reports of corruptions, espionage, and allegations of wrong doing akin to high treason. With Venus retrograde, one wonders if these conditions will stick or be reversed. In the meantime, don’t take anything as being finally determined, for under Venus retrograde, the narrative can change. Take the health care repeal initiative for instance. A week ago, it was considered dead. This week, it is being resurrected – a perfect combination related to Venus retrograde and Jupiter square Pluto. In the end, however, universal medical coverage may carry the day, for Neptune is in Pisces (until 2026). Despite the recent trend towards nationalism and conservatism, themes of socialism are probably stronger until Saturn and Neptune cross over into Aries together in February 2026. Then it swings back again.




“To silence criticism is to silence freedom.” – Sidney Hook, American Philosopher and Author (1902-1989), from the Arizona Republic March 29, 2017.


Here is why Obamacare is imploding. The insurance regulations – mandated benefits and a prohibition on medical underwriting – ensure that individual policies will be expensive and a bad deal for anyone who is healthy. Obamacare policies were attractive only to those who were heavily subsidized or seriously sick… The individual health insurance market under Ryancare would have imploded even quicker than it is under Obamacare. Robert Robb, “Blame the Senate Filibuster Rule for the Demise of GOP Health Bill,” The Arizona Republic, March 29, 2017.


I have my principles. And if those don’t work for you, I have others.” The Marx Brothers.


Just in case you were wondering why the Health Care Repeal and Reform Bill is needed and didn’t pass…


Of course, it may also have something to do with Venus retrograde and moving into the compassionate healthcare sign of Pisces on Monday, April 2. Venus will start slowing down as it approaches its direct station on April 15, in square to a stationary Saturn that turns direct on April 8. The square between these two planets will be exact on April 5 and April 21. That means the next three weeks will highlight issues related to Venus and Saturn – in square aspect. That is not an easy combination of dynamics to wrestle with. In fact, this is not a favorable time to wrestle with others at all, for there are no easy winners or solutions.


Consider that Venus rules the principles of agreements and support, whereas Saturn pertains to the themes of repression, denial, and criticism, especially when in a hard aspect, like a square. You need the support of others in order to finish the job (Saturn desires the completion of efforts). But you are dealing with people who are demanding and critical (Saturn too), who don’t necessarily want you to succeed, and hence you don’t look forward to engaging and interacting with these people. With Venus retrograde, you have a hard choice to make: do I want to get this job completed, this project accomplished, or not? If so, you may have to swallow your pride and principles, and make compromises with people who don’t share your values. You may not enjoy working with them. This can be especially difficult for a perfectionist or purist, and Saturn can be rather heavy with perfectionist and purist qualities.


Like people, markets also struggle under these planetary combinations. One of our “rules” is that any market declining into a hard aspect between Venus and Saturn is a good candidate to reach bottom and reverse back up. The same is true in life, too. If you feel beaten down during this period, cheer up. This is your trough. You are ready for a reversal back up. You will deserve it if you have worked hard and honestly on your project, for Saturn ultimately rewards those kinds of efforts. He doesn’t reward those who don’t earn it. That’s Saturn. You get what deserve, according to the effort and intention behind the effort. It is not a time to give up and dig your feet in as if you are going to stand your ground and hold the line rigidly, no matter what. It is a time to be patient, open-minded, flexible, and willing to compromise. It may not seem like it as you go through these next couple of weeks, but it is actually a time of opportunity for those who apply these suggested attitudes and keep their eyes wide open for a breakthrough.


Once Venus turns direct and makes her last pass of the square to Saturn (April 21), don’t be surprised if the idea of health care reform (and repeal) comes back with a new twist. But then, Mercury will be in retrograde (April -May 3), so there is still likely to be a lack of all the facts and information necessary to make an informed and wise decision. However, it won’t necessarily stop an impulsive decision, wisdom or not. Patience is still, unfortunately, in short supply when it is most needed.

MMA Current Announcements

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January 20, 2018: Phoenix, AZ. “FORECAST 2018 AND THE GREAT RESET.” 1:00 - 4:30, at the Granite Reef Senior Center in Scottsdale, AZ. 602-625-4721


February 17, 2018: Miami, Florida, “Forecasts 2018 and the Great Reset.” A three to four-hour presentation on the world and national political scene for 2018, plus an analysis of the Stock and Gold market, USA economy and housing market. Details soon.


March 3, 2018 and/or February 13: Atlanta, Georgia: “Forecasts 2018 and The Great Reset.” TBD. Presentation on the world and national political scene for 2018, plus an analysis of the stock and Gold market, USA economy and housing market. May be followed by a workshop two weeks later. Details as soon as we work them out.


May 23-29, 2018: The UAC (United Astrology Congress), Chicago, IL. The largest and most exciting conference for astrologers in the world takes place then. 15 tracks, over 200 of the world’s top astrologers making presentations. For more information, go to


June 21-24, 2018: AAGB (Astrological Association of Great Britain’s) 60th anniversary conference. Details to be announced soon, but I will be there conducting a special post-conference workshop on Financial Market Timing.


July 12-15, 2018: GLAC (Great Lakes Astrology Conference), Ann Arbor, MI. I will be there, conducting a special pre-conference workshop on “Mundane Astrology and The Great Reset.” Plus, the Keynote speech. For more info, contact, or call 734-434-0804.


September 15-18, 2018: 3RD MMA INVESTMENT RETREAT, Location to be announced shortly, probably somewhere in Europe. Tentatively being planned. Any great ideas?


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