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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

Stay tuned for a special MMA “Black Friday” book sale, to be announced on Wednesday, November 22, and lasting only six days, until Tuesday, November 28. It won’t involve the Forecast Book or any subscription reports, but it will be special, and just in time for the holidays. You will receive an announcement of this special sale shortly if you are on our email distribution list. If not, you go to our website at, and ask to “join” it.


You may still order the Forecast 2018 Book at the current price of $55.00 plus postage (or E-book with no postage). Keep in mind that there is only one printing each year, and the number of printed copies we order is 20% above the amount of printed copies pre-ordered by December 1. When they sell out, they are gone. In the last five years, the Forecast Book has sold out of all printed copies three times, including the past two years. Therefore, if you wish a copy of the Forecast 2018 printed edition, it is advisable to order soon.


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 Forecast book outlines forthcoming trends pertaining to political, economic, and financial markets throughout the world. Specific markets analyzed for the next year(s) include: T-Notes and interest rates, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Gold, Silver, Currencies (U.S. Dollar, Euro, Yen, Swiss Franc, and British Pound), Crude Oil, Grains and Weather. Each market contains the important geocosmic three-star critical reversal dates for 2018. Special sections also include the USA and world economy, the USA and world politics, the USA and its President. A 2018 ephemeris and calendar (one month per page) with geocosmic signatures is included, as well as descriptions of the Mercury, Venus, and Mars retrograde periods for 2018. 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 and click the banner.


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The monthly edition of the International Cycles Report (ICR) will be issued this week. 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 four of the top graduates of the Merriman Market Timing Academy (MMTA), including Mark Shtayerman (San Diego), Izabella Suleymanova (San Diego), Ulric Aspegren (Switzerland now), and Paul Davison (Australia). 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 third edition of The Ultimate Book on Stock Market Timing, Volume 1: Cycles and Patterns in the Indexes is now out! I am finding this book to be so valuable now as I write the annual Forecast Book. It is easy to reference with the summaries of each cycle and its pattern and the end of each section. This is the most comprehensive book ever published on the cycles of the stock market (DJIA and Nikkei), with analysis going back to the British stock markets of the 17th century. This is a must-have book if you are a serious investor, trader, or student of cycles. There is no other book like this available today. The cost of this book is $125. There is also a special $25 discount for those who also pre-order the Forecast 2018 Book. Call us to get this rate. The new material and tables on long-and intermediate-term cycles in the U.S. and Japanese stock markets are worth the cost of the book alone. For information, visit or, and check it out. You can also order now by e-mail to or calling 1-800-662-3349, or 248-626-3034. “The Ultimate Book on Stock Market Timing: Cycles and Patterns in the Index” is literally the ultimate book on the analysis of the stock market. We are especially impressed with various waves of long-term cycles for more than 200 years, which we have never seen.”  - T. Kaburagi, Toshi Nippou Ltd (Japan’s major commodity newspaper).


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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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