|MMA Comments for the Week Beginning December 20, 2010|
|Written by Raymond Merriman|
Note: Due to the holiday seasons, the columns of the next two weeks will be very brief.
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With Mercury retrograde and the High Holiday season approaching, not even triple witching options expiration on Friday, or the Sun in a hard aspect to both Jupiter and Uranus , could jolt the equity markets into any kind of meaningful activity. The range for the week in most markets was surprisingly small. This is unusual because transits involving Jupiter and Uranus more often produce big range days, especially when the Sun is in the expansive sign of Sagittarius.
Several of the world stock indices did make new multi-month or multi-year highs in the past week, such as the German DAX, FTSE, NASDAQ Composite, and Dow Jones Industrial Average. But they did not follow through to the upside. Others fell slightly to new multi-month lows, like the Hang Seng of Hong Kong and Bovespa of Brazil. But they didn’t fall sharply. In other words, these “breakouts” to new highs or lows were not very impressive, which brings out one of the important characteristics of Mercury retrograde. That is, markets oftentimes do take out important support or resistance. But instead of being legitimate “breakouts,” these market moves fizzle and often turn into “fake outs.” This may be the case again, especially as we now enter the center of the retrograde time band.
Gold and Silver attempted to resume their bull markets early in the week, but they too fizzled out after Tuesday, December 14. Neither made a new yearly high. The picture was the same in foreign currencies against the U.S. Dollar, as well as Crude Oil. No new highs and no new lows. All in all, it was a week in which a lot of mundane and political discussion took place, but little to show for it in the market place.
The markets may appear to be hibernating, but the geocosmic activity is far from being quiet. More than likely, the relationship of geocosmic activity to human activity may be a reflection of contradictory forces in the heavens, and messages on earth.
Monday, December 20, finds Mercury at the midpoint in its retrograde time band of December 10-30. This is a point where reversals tend to happen in financial markets that did not reverse near the start of the retrograde. Are there any markets that have just continued to rise or fall in the past week? Well, yes. One could say the stock markets of the Untied States, Germany, and England have slowly continued to gain. According to this Mercury retrograde midpoint, they might be primed for a decline now. On the other hand, the stock markets of Hong Kong and Brazil have continued to fall. They might be poised to rally. Yes, I know, it sounds crazy, because they are all related. Mercury retrograde doesn’t care. A more interesting market to watch now might be the Treasuries (T-Notes and T-Bonds), which have fallen sharply since early November. They might be poised for sudden rally now. On Friday, December 17, one trading before the midpoint, that rally may have started.
After this week, our attention will focus on the third and final conjunction between Jupiter and Uranus, which takes place on January 4. With the Sun translating both Jupiter and Uranus in a square aspect, December 16-18, we may be getting a glimpse of what to expect right now. That is, if there is to be a mid-Mercury retrograde reversal this week, it may be brief, and prices might be right back again in the first day or two of trading next year. And then a more sustained reversal might commence.
A few weeks ago I was a special guest speaker for the traders of ICE (Intercontinental Exchange). I spoke on the future of the U.S. Dollar, which is one of their primary markets. When I introduced the subject of Financial Astrology as a correlate of cycles in the U.S. Dollar market, the questions came in earnest. I was quite amazed at their interest. They were quite amazed with my responses to their questions. It was a great interaction, but I thought I would share with you one of the areas that came up, which has nothing to do with finances. It had to do with the Star of Bethlehem. Yes, I was surprised too! Here I am, talking about cycles and the U.S. Dollar index, and they wanted to know about Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh, and the birth of Jesus. And so, since it is the Christmas season, let me share with you the Christmas story I discussed with them.
According to the Bible, the wise men (astrologers) saw a bright star in the sky, probably in the west. They believed from their studies (astrology) that it meant a king was to be born. The star disappeared for several months and then it reappeared in the east, brighter than ever, and they followed it to Bethlehem. Joseph and Mary were there too, for they had to pay their taxes demanded by King Herod. We have the same problem today, but that’s another story.
The bright star in the skies was most likely the 20-year conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, in Pisces, the sign of the fish. Jupiter and Saturn are the furthest out planets that are visible to the human eye, and until the discovery of Uranus in the late 18th century, were the most important of the planetary pair cycles to mundane astrologers. Pisces is the sign associated with spiritual matters, and even saviors or martyrs. Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions have long ago been considered the dynamics of sound and measured judgment, or wisdom. But it is believed by some that when their conjunction occurs in the sign of Pisces, it pertains to spiritual wisdom and the birth of spiritual and judicial leaders.
The conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in Pisces took place three times in 6 B.C. (May 27, September 29, and December 3), according to the Tables of Planetary Phenomena, written by Neil F. Michelsen in 1990, and published by ACS Publications of San Diego, CA. This is quite possible because Herod, the Roman King at the time who demanded his citizens pay their taxes in Bethlehem, died in 4 B.C. Jesus of Nazareth could not have been born after 4 B.C.
But if Jupiter and Saturn in Pisces comprised the “bright star” that the wise men followed, at what time of the year would “the birth” have taken place? You can forget about the idea that the birth occurred on December 25 (even though that is MY birthday), or the belief of many astrologers that Jesus was born under the sign of Pisces. There was no “bright star” in the skies then for the wise men to follow for a long trip to Bethlehem. A “bright star” of a planet is “brightest” when it in opposition to the Sun. That is, in the darkest part of the day (midnight), any star (or planet) in opposition to the Sun will be at its brightest. When the Sun is close to the same sign as the planet or star, you won’t see it for long, if at all, because it will rise and set with the Sun. So if Jupiter and Saturn were in middle to late Pisces in 6 BC, it would have shown in the night skies as a bright star when the Sun was within one sign of Virgo, the sign opposite Pisces. That implies the birth would most likely have taken place in August, September or October (Leo, Virgo, or Libra). It just so happens that Libra (along with Pisces) is known as the sign of Peace, which would be fitting for a historical character known as the “Prince of Peace.”
Now lest you think that Jupiter and Saturn oftentimes conjunct in Pisces, think again. Jupiter and Saturn conjunct in the same element for about 200 years at a time. That means they only conjunct in water signs (like Pisces) every fourth 200-year period. Once they leave the water element, they don’t return again for approximately 600-800 years. Following the 6 B.C. instance, Jupiter and Saturn did not conjunct in Pisces again until three separate passes in 729-848, followed by four instances between 1464 and 1643. It will be another two centuries before we get our next possible spiritual savior based on these astrological dynamics.
What does this have to do with Financial Astrology and today’s markets? Not much. But then again, there is not much happening in financial markets as we approach this current holiday season anyway. And so it gives me a chance to tell you the story about the most famous astrologers in history: the three wise men (Melchior, Gasper, and Balthazar), the star they followed (Jupiter and Saturn), and the course of civilization these factors spawned. And besides, the traders of the U.S. Dollar index on the ICE exchange wanted to know. To my most pleasant surprise, they were very open-minded and interested in the oldest study known to mankind: astrology. Truth never dies, and hope is eternal.
Have a happy and wonderful holiday season.
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