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The U.S economy grew at a rate of 0.7 percent in the first quarter, the Commerce Department said. Economists polled by Reuters expected growth of 1.2 percent. – CNBC, April 28, 2017.


The weak GDP report pushed USA equity prices lower on Friday. However, it was still an excellent week for USA stocks as the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 392 points, with most of the gains coming from strong earnings reports Monday-Wednesday, combined with the White House announcement of a new tax proposal that – among other things – aims to reduce USA corporate taxes from 35% to just 15%. The NADSAQ Composite was also up sharply to a record high, closing above 6000 for the first time ever. All of this bullishness follows the prior week’s third and final Venus square Saturn aspect, which also ended the most potent geocosmic time band of the year, lasting from February 22-April 21. Much of this period also coincided with Venus retrograde, March 4-April 15. As discussed several times in this column, any market that is declining into a Venus/Saturn hard aspect is a good candidate to reverse and begin a robust rally. Also, any market that reverses its primary trend around the retrograde is a prime candidate to commence a counter-trend move until near the time it turns direct. The all-time high in the DJIA was March 1, just before the retrograde began, and the decline ended April 19, just after the Venus retrograde ended. Once again, these Financial Astrology rules served us well when combined with cycle studies, as the DJIA “gapped up” on both Monday and Tuesday of last week, registering gains of over 200 points each day.


The rally in equities was not limited to the USA, and the NASDAQ was not the only market to make a new all-time high last week, following the Venus/Saturn square and Venus retrograde period. New all-time highs also occurred in the German DAX, Indian Nifty, and Argentina’s Merval indices. However, China moved in contradiction to this. Its Shanghai stock index fell to its lowest level in over three months.


Gold traded in a relatively quiet $20 range last week, and crude oil only moved in $2.00 range. Silver was more interesting as it plunged below $17.20/ounce. Two weeks ago it was as high as $18.65. This is indeed interesting to us because we are nearing a buy signal on the basis of our Financial Astrology and Cycle market timing studies.




“When being loyal involves not stating obvious truths, maybe you are being loyal to the wrong thing.” – Peggy Noonan, “Republicans, Learn the Limits of Loyalty,” Wall Street Journal, April 22-23, 2017.


In a blow to millions of prospective American homebuyers, the U.S. Department of Commerce has imposed countervailing duties averaging 20 percent on imports of Canadian lumber to the U.S. Why should such a development be of concern to Americans? Because U.S. trade policy can have a direct impact on housing affordability. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is mistaken when he says the tariffs will have little effect on the cost of housing.” Granger MacDonald, “U.S. Homebuyers Foot the Bill for Canadian Lumber Tariff,” The Hill (, April 26, 2017.


“Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” George Santayana.


What would you do without me?


Actually, the more appropriate question should be: What would I do without you? And what would I do without the clear-cut advantage Financial Astrology provides for putting the pieces of the puzzle together to make forecasts, which in turn allows me (and others) to make decisions and plans about our financial future?


Many professional astrologers think that prediction is killing the integrity of astrology, and I agree with that view. However, when you can conduct studies that show high levels of correlation between geocosmic cycles and market moves, as well as mundane world conditions, you are not dealing with prediction. You are dealing with probabilities. And with probabilities, you can (and most of us do) make decisions regarding future plans, whether they be related to investments or trading decisions, or a host of other mundane factors like employment, marriage, and business matters. We are constantly fine-tuning our direction in life as more and more data come in for us to evaluate, and that evaluation takes into account our awareness of the “probabilities” of success for each available choice, whether due to something we read, studied, or personally experienced. Astrology is such a study in which such correlations (and hence probabilities) can be drawn, and which can therefore be a very valuable factor in personal decision-making and planning. This is the basis for the art of forecasting, not prediction, and it has so much more integrity than prediction, which totally discounts choice as an important factor in the ultimate outcome of any situation. Prediction invalidates choice. It empowers only the one making the prediction and disempowers everyone else.


Why do I bring this up now, following last week’s column about the probabilities of war? Last week, I wrote, “Speaking of war, I expect to be writing about this possibility several times over the next several months, for the solar eclipse of August 21 will conjoin Mars in late Leo – and on USA President Donald Trump’s natal Mars and Ascendant. For those who don’t know the language of astrology, that is a powerful, forceful, and aggressive dynamic. If not contained, it could lead to disputes and an increase in hostilities throughout the world, involving the USA.”


Now I would like to direct your attention to this geocosmic correlation to financial markets, especially the USA stock market. Many analysts are forecasting a powerful selloff in world equity markets this year. But they have been saying that for years. And here we are, after several weeks of declining stock prices, seeing a new powerful rally that is already carrying several world stock indices to new all-time highs, and the DJIA on the verge of doing the same. Everybody is looking for the same thing, but nobody knows when or why, and now so many people are confused – again. And here is why you need me - or rather, why we need to understand the correlation of Financial Astrology to financial market cycles.


The solar eclipse conjunct Mars – especially President Trump’s ascendant and natal Mars – also cuts its path of darkness right across the USA heartland, from west coast to east coast. And yes, in the study of astrology, this is considered a classical signature of disputes involving the USA, which can coincide with military or war threats involving the USA. But even without the solar eclipse, the simple Sun/Mars conjunction is one of our most important geocosmic correlates to 10% or greater reversals in the U.S. stock market, given an orb of 8° (and sometimes requiring as much as 12°). The Sun/Mars conjunction occurs on July 26. The 8° orb will begin June 29 and end August 21. Twelve degrees begins June 14 and ends September 5. This is the time band that coincides with 10% or greater reversals in US stock indices. Our studies also show that 67% of the time a 50-week or greater cycle (crest or trough) unfolded in this time band. If the market is making a new high then, we will look for a 10+% decline to start. If it falls at least 10% from a new yearly high into that time frame, then we will look for a bottom from which a 10+% rally will follow. The last time the Sun/Mars conjunction occurred was June 14, 2015. An all-time high in the DJIA occurred May 19 at 18,351, as the Sun was applying within 7° of the conjunction to Mars. That turned out to be the 6.5-year cycle crest. It began a decline down to 15,370 that ended with the 6.5-year cycle low on August 24, 2015.


Putting the pieces of the puzzle together, the reason for such a strong decline could be the escalation of a dispute (perhaps trade dispute?) involving the USA and its leadership with someone or some other country in the world. I only hope it is not Canada. Or Mexico. Or Russia. Or Korea. Or Iran (Iran especially seems highlighted).


So, dear reader, this is why you need me… or rather, why I need you and we need each other. If we can put the pieces of the puzzle together again, maybe we can begin to see how the writing in the heavens can tell the story of soon-to-be financial market movements, which in turn allow us to make trading and investment plans based upon such historical correlations, and the forecasts they lead us to consider.


NOTE: My son Sean is getting married next weekend and I host a rehearsal dinner and reception for guests on Friday evening. Thus, there may be no column next week. I will try to write something short, if time permits.

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.


This year’s printed version of Forecast 2018 will also available in three other languages, as follows:


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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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