U.S. job growth unexpectedly accelerated in July, defying fears of a slowdown in hiring even as the labor market confronts the twin threats of scorching-hot inflation and rising interest rates. Employers added 528,000 jobs in July, the Labor Department said in its monthly payroll report released Friday, blowing past the 250,000 jobs forecast by Refinitiv economists. The unemployment rate, meanwhile, edged down to 3.5%, the lowest level since the COVID-19 pandemic began more than two years ago. The U.S. has now replaced all of the jobs that were lost during the pandemic. – Megan Henney, “U.S. Economy Adds 528,000 Jobs in July, Blowing Past Expectations.”, August 5, 2022.

In the week that witnessed the extremely rare conjunction of Mars, Uranus, and the Lunar North Node in Taurus on August 1 and our geocosmic critical reversal date of August 4, many financial markets exhibited interesting performances.

In Asia and the Pacific Rim, the Australian ASX, Indian NIFTY, and Japanese Nikkei indices all made new multi-month highs right on our August 4 critical reversal date. However, in Hong Kong and China, it was just the opposite and on August 2, the Hang Seng dropped to its lowest level since May 12th and the Shanghai Composite fell to its lowest price since May 31 two days later on August 4.

In Europe, each of the four indices we track made their new cycle highs also on the August 4 CRD (geocosmic critical reversal date).

In the Americas, the pattern was similar with new cycle highs last week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average topped out right on the August 1 conjunction. The S&P topped out on August 3, and the NASDAQ on August 4. In Brazil, the Bovespa rallied all week for its new cycle high on Friday.

The question now is whether these rallies can continue and actually breakout of major resistance, which oftentimes happens when Uranus is highlighted, or if they will instead reverse sharply lower next week, which is also a frequent pattern when Uranus is highlighted. With Uranus, you can never be certain which it will be, but the study of cycles and their patterns helps greatly in that judgment. A prime example is in the Japanese Nikkei index, where the yearly highs form a double top at 28,338 and 28,389 on March 25 and June 9. Last week’s high was very close at 28,190.

Precious metals also put in a most interesting week with a sudden reversal also on the August 4 geocosmic CRD. Gold soared to a high of 1812, up sharply from its recent low of 1678 on July 21. Silver rallied to a new multi-week high of 20.51 on August 1. On July 14, it was testing 18.00. However, both fell hard immediately after Friday’s employment reports were released. Crude Oil was another important market as it fell to a low of 87.01 on Friday, its lowest price in six months.


Most important, there is a political tradition in democracy that consists of these words: “That’s asking too much.” Don’t ask people for more than they can give. Don’t go too far, don’t lose by asking for a sweeping decision when people will be willing to go step by step. Ask for as much as they can give, pull them toward your vision, but don’t be afraid of going slow and steady, be afraid of overloading the grid. That’s part of what happened in Kansas: They were asked to take a step they thought extreme, and they don’t like extreme.  Peggy Noonan, “What Pro-Lifers Should Learn from Kansas,” Wall Street Journal, Aug 5-6, 2022.

The second diagram is impressive (Note: see page 151 of Planetary Cycles Mundane Astrology for diagram) with the great swing of the pendulum from the lowest to the highest point between 2018 in the peak of 2026, where here, conversely, there is a harmonic Saturn-Neptune conjunction at the central point of an encouraging double sextile to Uranus and Pluto which are trine to each other. It will probably be a change for the better when the headlines will be more agreeable and the civilization of our new mini Great Year, at last, becomes adult.” Andre Barbault, “Planetary Cycles Mundane Astrology,” The Astrological Association CIO, French Edition 2014/English edition 2016).

As powerful as last week’s geocosmic signatures were, next week’s lineup is every bit as intense.

It starts this weekend with Mars square Saturn, the second part of the Mars translation to the Saturn/Uranus square. With Mars in this relationship pertaining to aggression and possibly military rhetoric and combativeness, we note the conflict that arose last week caused by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to meet with leaders of Taiwan, despite the request not to do so by the Chinese government, with a warning that “those who play with fire will often get burnt.” That’s about as Martian a statement as one could imagine! If indeed there is to be a serious consequence associated with this event, it might be known before the end of this month, and possibly as early as next week, August 11-14, when the Sun will make a T-square with Saturn and Uranus. Even the week after that is fraught with the potential for aggressive actions or reactions when heliocentric Mercury enters Sagittarius, August 16-29, a time when Gold and Silver often exhibit strong price moves. If you think international tensions might be subsiding and the financial markets might be stabilizing, think again. Geocosmic signatures suggest otherwise.

Nevertheless, the next two months may be the climax of the socio-political tensions experienced over the past two years. Saturn will soon begin departing from its two-year (2021-2022) waning square to Uranus and will not return for the next 45 years. This is very potent cosmic symbolism of extremism that has been dominating the global narrative. Saturn moving away from this hard aspect to Uranus could coincide with “freeing up” the Jupiter/Saturn waxing cycle we have referenced frequently in this column, enabling the collective to move forward in its more natural cycle of moderation leading to growth and success. The middle path, the path of moderation, always seems to lead to prosperity during this phase as discussed before. It is interesting to note that this week’s column by Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal, quoted above, is also highlighting the importance of this movement from extremism back to moderation.

She is not alone, nor are we. Even before us, French mundane astrologer Andre Barbault also forecasted a similar social transition to take place by 2026 when Saturn conjoins Neptune, and both form a favorable sextile to Uranus and Pluto. In prior columns, we have referred to the cosmic alignment – when Uranus enters Gemini in trine to Pluto in Aquarius – as the next great renaissance period. I know the path of least resistance is to just give in and believe the world is doomed and the future will be bleak. Many believe this today, and for a good reason. There is war, inflation, political divisiveness, and the continued downgrading of future economic growth. Plus, we know that doom sells. The most followed commentators today and always are those who sell doom, gloom, and grievances.

But the message from the heavens is a little more hopeful about the not too-far-distant future. Yes, there is still a downturn likely into the 18-year cycle trough due sometime this decade. But once the 18-year cycle bottoms, history tells us that stock indices tend appreciate at least 225% and sometimes more than 700% in the following 9-20 years.

This is not the time to give up and give in to the media’s narrative of anxiety and hopelessness. The war will end and the economies of the world will rebound once we pass this cyclical phase. This is the time to build up your cash position (2022-2026) and be prepared to enter the markets at greatly discounted prices in time to benefit from the onset of a new renaissance – a revolution in the nature and quality of our communications – that is subtly starting to build its foundation. It will be evident once we end this period of political and military conflicts. These conflicts serve a valuable purpose. They imprint upon us just how important human life is, how resilient human creativity can be to find solutions to long-standing problems, and how much more these qualities will be valued once we pass this regression into a Neanderthal-like period. With all these planets now in Taurus, the message is “hold on.” That’s Taurus. Holding on.


NOTE 1: THE AUGUST ISSUE OF THE MMA Monthly Cycles Report will be released this week! With August-September containing the most intense geocosmic signatures of the year, this is a very important market timing period for many financial markets. Several may be primed to make a significant reversals of recent trends, including the U.S. stock market. Every issue provides an intermediate-term investors’ and near-term traders’ outlook for the U.S. stock market, Gold, Silver, Treasuries, Euro Currency, Crude Oil, and Soybeans. Each issue also contains MMA’s original geocosmic critical reversal dates (CRDs) and Solar/Lunar reversal dates over the next several weeks for DJIA, Gold, and Silver, complete with trading strategies for position traders during the next month. If you are not a subscriber to the monthly MMA Cycles Report and would like a copy of MMA’s outlook for financial markets, consider trying the August issue for only $35. For an additional $20, you can also receive the next issue, due in two weeks, of the MMA Monthly Cycles Report Plus+ edited by Pouyan Zolfagharnia, which has become a very popular addition to the MMA Cycles Report (less technical, more visual, high-quality analysis and update on MMA Cycles Report markets). 

NOTE 2: GET READY! FORECAST 2023 SPECIAL OFFERS ARE UNDERWAY! Written by Raymond Merriman, the preliminary outlook is that 2023 will be another very important year with Pluto starting its 20-year transit through Aquarius. Although 2022 is not yet over, several forecasts made in the 2022 book have already unfolded. For a review of the Forecast 2022 Book so far, please visit our Scorecard. It is impressive!

This Annual Forecast Pre-Order Event will run August 2 – October 31 and will include our once-a-year sale discounts on both the annual Forecast Book, print and eBook, and MMA Subscription Reports. You may pre-order Forecast 2023 at the discounted rate of $45. And the best deal on MMA Subscription Reports is offered at this time! Save 10% off any subscription ($275+) with purchase of Forecast 2023.

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We will again publish an individual book dedicated to the yearly trends for the twelve individual signs. The book, Trends for the Twelve Signs 2023, will be written by Antonia Langsdorf-Merriman and Raymond Merriman. Antonia has written an annual Sun Sign book in German for the past several years, based on interviews conducted with Raymond beforehand. We will follow a format this year where Langsdorf will cover the health and relationships outlook and Merriman will cover the business, career, and overall psychological outlook of each sign for the year. The cost of this book will be $25, with a further discount if ordered together with the Forecast 2023 Book.

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NOTE 3: LESS THAN 2 WEEKS! You asked for it and now it’s coming! The new MMA ETF Monthly Cycles Report will launch on August 17! Written by MMTA director Gianni Di Poce, this report will cover SPY (S&P stock market), GDX (Gold), BITO (Bitcoin), TLT (Treasuries), USO Crude Oil ETF), XLV (Health groups), XLK (Technology), and XHB (home builders, real estate). Now you can get our cycles and geocosmic outlooks for the most popular and traded ETFs, which trade like stocks on the major exchanges. A great compliment to the monthly MMA Cycles Report. For an overview from Gianni about what this new monthly report will cover, check out his newest ETF Episode on Merriman Market Analyst’s YouTube Channel. 

NOTE 4: TUNE INTO MMA’S NEW WEEKLY YouTube Channel on the geocosmic climate related to financial markets hosted by MMTA Educational Director Gianni Di Poce. New videos are recorded and released every Friday night. These 5-15 minute video presentations review market activity of the past week and offer a preview of the geocosmic signatures in effect for the next week and beyond. You may subscribe to MMA’s YouTube Channel today at no cost and get announcements when each geocosmic market review is ready for viewing! This week’s program will feature Ray Merriman being interviewed with Gianni di Poce, and will not only discuss the upcoming geocosmic climate, but also, review the Forecast 2022 Book with an eye towards Forecast 2023! To view this week’s MMA YouTube episode,  click here.

NOTE 5: ONLY 5 MORE WEEKS! THE MMA 2002 TRADING AND INVESTMENT RETREAT in Troy, Michigan. Hosted at the Michigan State University Education Center, this event will take place both in-person and virtual September 9-11, 2022. MARK THE DATE! This special 3-day event will feature a long-term, intermediate-term, and short-term analysis of several financial markets, including the U.S. stock market, Gold, Bitcoin, Euro, T-Notes, and Crude Oil, plus others to be determined. It will also go into depth with the MMA trading plan – how to use the daily and weekly report data points – and how we assess each market and determine the trading strategy for each day based on MMA’s cycles analysis, geocosmic studies, solar/lunar studies, combined with chart patterns, price targets, and technical studies. Raymond Merriman and Gianni di Poce will be leading these discussions and presentations.

Attendance of non-students will be limited, and special rates will be available to selected subscribers of MMA subscription reports. If you are a short-term trader, or an investor interested in the longer- and intermediate-term outlook, this is a special event you will not want to miss! It is an opportunity not only to see and hear the forecasts for several financial markets, but also an opportunity to connect with those who have studied and apply the MMA methodology of market analysis and market timing. It doesn’t mean you have to be a student to benefit from this event, but you will be able to hear the outlooks of those who do. This is a one-of-its-kind opportunity and a chance to really get deeply into the outlook for the next five years! For information and registration click here. Or drop us an email at An added feature will be “Determining Your Best and Most Challenging Times for Trading Via Transits to your Natal Chart.” 

Note: The MMA Investment Retreat is also available both in-person and as a virtual event via Zoom.

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ONLY 3 MORE WEEKS! AUGUST 25, 2022: 1:00 PM, Denver, CO, ISAR Conference, 4-Hour Pre-Conference Workshop by Raymond Merriman on “ASTROLOGY AND THE ART OF FINANCIAL MARKET TIMING: HOW TO FORECAST TRENDS AND MARKET REVERSALS.” Here is your chance to attend the only live one-day workshop on Financial Astrology that Ray Merriman is giving this year! Financial markets offer objective means to test astrological validity. The Moon changes signs every 2-3 days and is valuable for short-term trading. Planetary stations and aspects identify longer-term market reversals. Approximately 4-5 times/year, markets will form important highs or lows, which are the most favorable times to buy and sell for position traders. This course provides research studies showing the correlation of astrological factors to short-term and longer-term financial markets. These studies are important to one’s investment and trading planning. The focus will be on stock markets, precious metals (Gold and Silver), and Bitcoin, and how to integrate astrology with cycle studies to attain optimal market timing advantage. Visit for further information and register for a great event! For a video description of this workshop via interview between Ray Merriman and Conference Coordinator Laura Nalbandian, click this link:

September 9-11, 2022: THE MMA TRADING AND INVESTMENT RETREAT, Troy, Michigan. Hosted at the Michigan State University Education Center, this event will take place both in-person and virtual September 9-11. This special 3-day event will feature long-term, intermediate-term, and short-term analysis of several financial markets, including the U.S. stock market, Gold, Silver, Bitcoin, Euro, T-Notes, and Crude Oil, plus others to be determined. Led by Raymond Merriman, MMA President, and Gianni Di Poce, MMTA Education Director, this retreat will also go into depth with the MMA trading plan – how to use the daily and weekly report data points – and how we assess each market and determine the trading strategy for each day/week based on MMA’s market timing methods. If you are a short-term trader, or an investor interested in the longer- and intermediate-term outlook, this is a special event you will not want to miss! For information and registration, click here. Or drop us an email at 

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.