Due to the all-day workshop this Saturday, April 20, in Ft. Lauderdale and via Zoom, there will be no column per se this week. Instead, we will reprint below our “BRIEF NOTE TO INVESTORS AND TRADERS IN 2024” given in the Forecast 2024 book. This was written in October–November 2023. It is very pertinent to what is happening right now as Jupiter conjoins Uranus.

This 14-year cyclical conjunction will also be the central focus of our Saturday workshop, described in the ANNOUNCEMENTS section at the end of this excerpt. Or you can please click here.


by Raymond Merriman (  written in October–November 2023 )

Page viii except from Forecast 2024 book,

Let’s get right down to it.

My outlook and trading plans for 2024 will be primarily based around the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction on April 20-21, 2024, at 21° Taurus 50.’ I am looking for financial markets to spike sharply down or up into that period and then reverse.

I think some markets, like Bitcoin, may go up several weeks or months afterwards due to the halving phenomenon that is expected to occur around April 2024, especially given that the potentially explosive Jupiter/Uranus in Taurus unfolds then. Crude Oil, which is co-ruled by Jupiter, could also experience a parabolic move, but for different reasons related to supply and demand perceptions combined with world tensions. If you are a trader, this might be the most important part of this year’s book for you.

If there is a fundamental reason for any market to spike going into or coming out of the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction in April, traders should be aware of this possibility. I may be right, or I may be wrong. But suppose I am right about the correspondence of Jupiter/Uranus to explosive price moves in financial markets. Based on the history of this pairing, I think it could be an opportunity akin to a Gold prospector striking “the mother lode.” But if a big move fails to materialize, traders should fully understand that one could lose everything (and more) invested in a trade involving futures or options. One must understand the importance of risk management and risk/reward ratios.

So, let me say a few things about this subject too. In taking on any speculative trade, one needs to contemplate how much they can afford to lose without altering their lifestyle while at the same time understanding the possibilities of huge returns if markets behave as they often have in the past under this type of aspect. This is speculation. In my own personal case, and at my age (I am over 30), I can’t afford and will not risk more than 10% of my liquid assets. I can afford a 10% drawdown for a possible payout of 4-5 times (or more) of the position(s) I am willing to take on with futures (unlimited risk) or option strategies on futures (limited risks). Thus, readers might want to use a similar measure of risk management, regardless of their age. But do not risk your lifestyle on any trade!

I will also continue to purchase 5% or greater U.S. Treasuries/T-Bills for 6-month – 2-year maturities. And as long as this once (and still) proud nation can still pay its bills, that means my actual risk in 2024 around the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction in Taurus might only be slightly shy of 5%. I like that plan even better for a possible 4-5 fold return on the right trade, as I said before. That’s what I am looking for in proximity to Jupiter conjunct Uranus, and especially in Bitcoin and Crude Oil or whatever market looks like it might “explode higher” going into or out of that period.

In a perfectly orderly world based on simple astrology, markets would be expected to rise sharply into Jupiter conjunct Uranus and then move down just as sharply into the Jupiter/Saturn square, which will follow August 19, 2024, through June 15, 2025. But it will probably not be a perfectly ordered world or a perfectly related correlation. It may not be an exact repeat of the abstract cyclical outlook, but it could rhyme.

So, let’s start off this year’s Forecast Book with the simple idea of building a yearly trading plan around the 14-year geocosmic signature – Jupiter conjunct Uranus – because it has one of the highest planetary correlations to primary and even long-term cycles within a month. And it will ideally be followed by an opposite reaction into the Jupiter/Saturn waxing square that will follow.

Let’s go! Let’s find markets that are in their time band for 50-week or greater cycles near April 20-21, 2024. Read on for some ideas, and enjoy this year’s rendition of our astrological almanac. May it be a good one for you, all of us!


This is coming from the organizers of next week’s live event in Fort Lauderdale on April 20. It will be a hybrid! That is LIVE! IN PERSON! “FORECASTS 2024 AND THE APPROACHING ARIES VORTEX” at Nova Southwestern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, with Ray Merriman, and will also be broadcast via Zoom! The event will take place (live and online) from 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM EDT, with a 90-minute lunch break. I will also update the financial markets of Gold, Silver, Interest Rates, Stocks, Crude Oil, and Bitcoin, which are pertinent since next weekend will also be the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction date! The cost is $95. For further information and registration, please click here.

Also, you may wish to view these excerpts from an interview the organizers conducted with me last week:

Ray Merriman—Excerpt—Ray’s Approach to Financial Astrology, https://youtube/v29ZJJbt828
Ray Merriman—Excerpt on the Jupiter Uranus Dynamic

Hope to see many of you there! Online or in person!


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 NOTE 2: The MMA 2024 Investment Retreat Is Now Open For Registration!!! This special event will take place at the Rikli Balance Hotel, located in the Julian Alps region of beautiful Lake Bled, Slovenia. This will be MMA’s first investment retreat in Europe since 2015. You won’t want to miss this chance to hear the outlooks and wealth-building strategies using MMA market timing methods by top MMA analysts Raymond Merriman (USA), Gianni Di Poce (USA), Ulric Aspegrén (Switzerland), Pouyan Zolfagharnia (UK), Irma Schogt (Netherlands), Matthieu Kaiser (France), Rita Perea (USA), Vincent Wang (Singapore), Wyatt Fellows (USA), plus special guest speakers Claude Weiss (Switzerland) and Aleksandar Imsiragic (Serbia). Special attention will be given to the stock markets of the USA, Germany, China, and Japan, plus Gold, Silver, Copper, Bitcoin, Wheat, Crude Oil, Real Estate, and interest rates. There is nothing quite like a life-altering MMA Investment Retreat! The cost is $3500, but only $3000 if you register before August 1, live, in person, or online. Sign up early if you wish to attend in person to secure one of the limited rooms reserved for our group at the fabulous Rikli Balance Hotel right on Lake Bled. To register for this spectacular event, click here. To see the full brochure, schedule, topics, and speakers’ bios, click here.

NOTE 3: The MMA Weekly YouTube show, Geocosmic Week in Review and Look Ahead, with Gianni Di Poce, is conducted on Wednesday evenings! Each 5- to 20-minute FREE episode reviews the previous week’s market activity and offers a preview of the geocosmic signatures in effect for the coming week and beyond.

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 April 20, 2024: Live! In-Person! “Forecasts 2024 and The Approaching Aries Vortex,” Nova Southwestern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, with Ray Merriman. An in-person, live event, 10:30 AM–5:00 PM, with a 90-minute lunch break. We will also update financial markets that are likely to be at critical stages in their cycles then, which is pertinent since this is also the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction date! The cost is $95. For further information and registration, please click here.

May 18, 2024: Noon–3 PM EDT, The Annual MMA Mid-Year Market Update With MMA Market Analysts!!! Save the Date! This is the once-a-year midterm market update hosted by Raymond Merriman and covering the following markets: Stocks and Gold (Merriman), T-Notes and Bitcoin (Gianni Di Poce), Euro and U.S. Dollar (Ulric Aspegren), Copper, Mat Kaiser), Crude Oil and Silver (Pouyan Zolfagharnia), Soybeans (Wyatt Fellows). Registration details will be available in about one week. Get your intermediate-term position trading plan in order for the middle of 2024!

 September 19–22, 2024: MMA’s 2024 Investment Retreat. Save the Dates!!! We will be hosting our 2024 Investment Retreat in Europe for the first time since 2015. You won’t want to miss this chance to meet with the top MMA analysts (plus special guest speakers Claude Weiss and Aleksandar Imsiragic) live and hear our long-term investment and wealth-building strategies using MMA market timing methods. There is nothing quite like a life-altering MMA Investment Retreat! The location is the beautiful Lake Bled in Slovenia, a premier (and affordable) destination in the Julian Alps, with a historic castle nestled in the mountains where the Saturday evening banquet will take place. The cost is $3500, but only $3000 if you register early. Registration is now open! The event will be available in person or online, but registration is limited for those who want to attend in person. Sign up early if you wish to attend in person to secure your room at the fabulous Rikli Balance Hotel, which will be the site for this event. For a brochure of the event, click here.


Disclaimer and statement of purpose: The purpose of this column is not to forecast 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 often cite 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 may affect human activity in the times to come. The author (Merriman) will do this from the 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 their potential effect on financial markets.

 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 of this column assume any responsibility whatsoever for anyone’s trading or investment decisions. Readers of this report should understand that commodity futures and options trading are considered high risk.