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The U.S. launched Tomahawk missiles against a Syrian air base Friday, targeting the Assad regime after a suspected chemical-weapons attack this week. Gordon Lubold and Dion Nissenbaum, “U.S. Launches Strike on Syria,” Wall Street Journal, April 7, 2017.


“Donald Trump was born under a full Moon, with the Sun at 22º 55’ Gemini and the Moon at 21º12’ of Sagittarius. Immediately we recognize that his Sun and Moon fall right in that critical 19-26º zone of mutable signs – the “war zone” – involving the USA and Iran’s natal Mars/Neptune square, as well as the Mars/Saturn square on Inauguration Day. Donald Trump is most definitely “on the wheel” as a potential USA president, especially if the USA is going to war. This is as close as one can come to making a prediction: if Mr. Trump is elected president, the USA’s probability for entering a war is extremely high, probably within his first few months in office.” – Raymond Merriman, Forecast 2016 Book, published in December 2015 (a year before the election).


Well, that was fast. Only 2-1/2 months into his presidency, Donald Trump initiates a “shock and awe” air strike against Syria that destroys two of that country’s major airports. On that news, Gold soared to 1273.30, its highest level since the week of the November 2016 election. Stocks, though, performed strangely, with the Japanese Nikkei stock index falling to its lowest level since December 8, but the Chinese Shanghai Index rising to its highest mark since November 29.


Gold is of most interest, because its new multi-month high on Friday, April 7, was not accompanied by a new cycle high in Silver, thus exhibiting a case of intermarket bearish divergence in a geocosmic critical reversal date (CRD) time zone (now). In fact, Silver ended up down 28 cents, closing below $18.00/ounce again. Given that this is one of the most important geocosmic critical reversal dates of the year, as outlined in this year’s Forecast 2017 Book and all of MMA’s weekly and daily subscription reports of late, this could prove to be every bit as profitable a call on metals (primary cycle crest) as our call for a primary cycle crest was in stocks on March 1. However, this does not negate our longer-term bullish outlook for metals. This is temporary, as described in these reports, and will soon set up another buying opportunity. When it does, we will issue a special buy alert to our subscribers, very possibly during this month.




U.S. government debt prices initially rose on Friday as investors digested the decision of President Donald Trump to launch strikes against a Syrian airfield and a soft jobs report… The U.S. economy added 98,000 jobs last month, well below the expected gain of 180,000. The unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent. – Anmar Frangoul, “U.S. Treasuries Jump After Syria Attack and Weaker-Than-Expected Jumps Report,”, April 7, 2017.


Where do you start with an analysis of so many geocosmic signatures occurring in such a short span of time? We could start with the idea that Venus ends its 6-week retrograde motion in one week, on April 15, which is a signature with a remarkable history of correlating, within 12 trading days, with either a primary cycle crest or trough in many financial markets. Or we could target Saturn turning retrograde on April 5, forming two square aspects with Venus, April 5 and 21, as both planets come to their stations. Both of these signatures (Saturn retrograde and Venus square Saturn) have very high historical correlations to primary cycles, each within 12 trading days. Additionally, we could focus on the Sun making an opposition to Jupiter on April 7, or the Sun’s conjunction with Uranus in the war-like sign of Aries (ruled by Mars) on April 14. Both of these aspects have an even higher correlation to primary cycles, within a maximum 10-14 trading days, than the Venus or Saturn stations, or each in square aspect to one another. In fact, the Sun is making a translation to the Jupiter/Pluto/Uranus T-square, April 7-14, a period that is expected to correlate with a major reversal in world financial markets. From the cosmic point of view, April 7-14 is extremely potent.


It is not just in financial markets that we see this convergence of energies ganging up all at once. The multiple dramas in the heavens correlate with the multiple dramas in human activity. Not only are we experiencing the threat of escalating military activity as a result of the USA bombing of Syrian airfields (following Assad’s use of chemical weapons on his own people), but also the “nuclear option” vote by the U.S. Senate Republicans to end the filibuster rule regarding the selection of the next Supreme Court Justice, Neil Gorsuch (following the Democrats own decision to invoke the nuclear option for judicial selections when they had the power to do so a couple of years earlier). Then there was also the announcement by Speaker Paul Ryan last week that the repeal and reform of the Affordable Health Care Act will be resurrected and presented again for a vote, after almost everyone recently believed that this act was dead. This was covered well in last week’s column, which stated, “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 9-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.”


And we haven’t yet discussed in depth that Mercury the “Trickster” will be turning retrograde on Sunday, April 9, and remaining retrograde through May 3. Not only is the world being bombarded with one incendiary act after another in rapid-fire motion (typical of the Sun in Aries), but now we have to endure the testing of credibility as leaders try to justify to their populations why they must decide on courses of action right now, before all the facts are known to make an informed or wise decision. This is a time when hurried decisions often lead to mistakes, due to lack of considerating the consequences of those decisions and actions. Those who are born in the Mercury-ruled sign of Gemini, like President Trump, Vice-President Mike Pence, and Chinese President Xi Jinping, are most vulnerable to errors in judgement now.


There is a lot at stake in the world at this time, and emotions are apt to run high. With Venus and Saturn stationary and square to one another, alliances and partnerships may be strained. If so, the same may be said of the world equity markets, for Venus rules both love and money. It is rare to have one under siege without the other. At the same time, however, all readers should remember one of our favorite market timing rules: any market declining into a Venus/Saturn hard aspect is a good candidate to complete a low and begin a healthy rally. On a personal level, if you find your own popularity and mood falling, do not despair. This is probably a low point from which you too will rebound, in love or money.

MMA Current Announcements

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The monthly edition of the MMA International Cycles Report (ICR) will be released this week to all of its subscribers. Each issue of ICR contains an in-depth analysis of: the XAU index (Gold and Silver Mining stocks), the U.S. Dollar (DXY), British Pound (GBP), Australian Dollar (AUD), the Australian stock index (ASX), the London FTSE stock index, the Russell 2000 U.S. stock index (RUT), Corn (C) and Wheat (W). The analysis of these markets is written by three of the top graduates of the Merriman Market Timing Academy (MMTA), including Mark Shtayerman (San Diego), Izabella Suleymanova (San Diego), Ulric Aspegren (Sweden), and yours truly, Ray Merriman, on the Australian stock and currency markets. The report of last month was exceptional, Mark Shtayerman forecasted the price target for a primary bottom in the XAU Gold and Silver Mining Index at 80.58,+/-5.11, and one of his targeted reversal dates was May 3. The XAU bottomed at 77.46 on May 4, creating a case of intermarket bullish divergence to Gold, which bottomed the following week on May 9. These reports are excellent. If you do not subscribe to this report and would like to, please go to, and select SERVICES or SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES and look up the MMTA International Cycles report.


The monthly edition of the MMA Cycles Report was issued last week to all subscribers of that report. This month’s report featured a special update on Gold. If you did not receive it, let us know at once. In addition to Gold and Silver, the monthly MMA Cycles Report also covers the outlook for U.S. stocks (DJIA and S&P futures), Treasuries, Euro Currency, Crude Oil and Soybeans, plus MMA’s original geocosmic critical reversal dates (CRDs) and Solar/Lunar reversal dates over the next several weeks. The monthly MMA Japan Cycles report also came out last week, and covers the Nikkei, JGB Bonds, and the Dollar-Yen. The MMA European Cycles Report was also released, covering the German DAX, Swiss SMI, and Netherlands AEX. If you are not a subscriber to the MMA Cycles Report, interested in metals, and wish a copy of this month’s outlook for financial markets – which will also include the two recent special reports issued on Silver – consider taking out subscription NOW. This is an excellent way to get the MMA overview on financial markets! For further information on these reports, go to


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June 3, 2017: DON’T MISS IT! The MMA Mid-Year 2017 Financial Markets Webinar! The subject of this webinar will be an update on “The Great Reset of 2017-2020,” where it stands now and what to expect this year. We will also update our most current analysis on the stock market, precious metals, US Dollar, crude oil, soybeans and possibly other markets and other economic and geopolitical matters of interest at this time, including the forthcoming solar eclipse, conjunct Mars on August 21, that will fall on Donald Trump’s natal Mars and Ascendant (and opposite Janet Yellen’s natal Moon). The cost is $45.00. All webinars have sold out in the past, so register early to make sure you have a place reserved in this special live webinar event. For information, visit or call 1-248-626-3034 or email


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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