NOTE: There will be no report next week as we take a holiday break and wish everyone a happy holiday season and a prosperous and successful New Year! We had considered posting the Star of Bethlehem story again, but we did that last year under the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction, which was probably the real Star of Bethlehem that appeared, then disappeared, then reappeared in 7 BC, consistent with the retrograde patterns of Jupiter and Saturn in Pisces that year, especially during the sun signs of Leo, Virgo, and Libra when the “star” in Pisces would be its brightest in the night sky. We will reprint this story every five years.

The Labor Department said Tuesday that its producer price index rose 9.6% in November from the month earlier, the most since records began in 2010. – Gwenn Guilford, “Producer Prices Surged in November,” Wall Street Journal, December 15, 2021.

“Changes in the general level of prices have always excited great interest. Obscure in origin, they exert a profound and far-reaching influence on the whole economic and social life of a country.” – Economist Knot Wicksell in 1898, as quoted by Kevin Warsh, former member of the Federal Reserve Board, “The Fed is the Main Inflation Culprit,” Wall Street Journal, December 13, 2021.

The Senate passed a measure raising the government’s borrowing limit to $2.5 trillion.–  Andrew Duehren, “Senate Approves Measure to Raise Borrowing,” Wall Street Journal, December 15, 2021.

This is the weekend that the important 19-month Venus retrograde cycle unfolds. With an orb of up to 12 days, this is one of the strongest geocosmic correlates to the culmination of primary cycles in U.S. stock indices that we have uncovered in our research of daily DJIA prices going back to 1928.

Last week was not a very good week for stock indices. It is true that the nearby S&P 500 futures index made a new all-time high of 4752.50 early Thursday, December 16 (4743.25 in March). So did the Zurich SMI. The other markets did not. By the end of the week – the next trading day – the S&P was over 100 points lower. Other markets were making secondary highs by the middle of last week, only to collapse into Friday. China’s Shanghai Composite, for instance, was nearing its highest mark in six years on Monday, December 13, but then fell the rest of the week.

However, the scenario was almost exactly the opposite in Gold and Silver, which completed important cycle and multi-week lows on Wednesday, December 15, then rallied sharply into Friday. Gold bottomed at 1753, probably its primary cycle low and just three trading days before Venus turns retrograde. Then, on Friday, two days later, it reached 1815, its highest price since November 26. Silver futures fell to 21.41 on the same day, December 15, which is the same price at which the primary cycle began on September 29 and the lowest level since July 2020. By Friday, only two days later, it was as high as 22.69. With this surge of inflation, precious metals may be returning to their historic “safe haven” status against rising consumer and producer prices.


Wallace’s work angered both conservatives and liberals. The Trump interview bruised the fragile feelings of the former president and his supporters who accused Wallace of being against Trump. And Trump’s detractors thought Wallace was a hero. Wallace was neither. “It’s silly,” Wallace, who came to Fox News from ABC in 2003, said of the reaction. “I’m not advocating a point of view. I’m simply trying to act as an umpire and call balls and strikes and, particularly if it’s a factual matter, to say, well that’s just not true. I don’t see that, frankly, as expressing an opinion or commenting.” – Bill Goodykoontz, “Chris Wallace is Leaving Fox News for CNN+. That’s Huge,” Arizona Republic, December 15, 2021.

This Venus retrograde cycle may be more important than usual because it also happens so close to the longest planetary cycle in effect in 2021: the powerful 11.25-year quarter cycle of Saturn and Uranus, known as a waning square, that also takes place next week, on December 24. Adding to the intensity of this cosmic set up, Venus will be in conjunction with Pluto, exact on December 11 and 25.

With this cosmic arrangement, financial markets are not only primed to reverse as did the S&P and precious metals last week, but strategic alliances may also be tested on the geopolitical front, for Venus rules both money and partnerships. On the money side, both economic and governmental policies may be seriously challenged, even endangered, in the coming weeks, if not days. Will world leaders be up for this challenge?

On the human and partnership side of Venus, will each of us, as individuals, be up to the challenge of realizing our shared common sense identity and purpose as part of the greater and more inclusive human race, or will we continue to be segregated by extremist thoughts that divide and exploit us based on our physical, anatomical, racial, nationalistic, and other differences? This is the challenge and opportunity presented not only by Venus retrograde, but also by Saturn (form) square (challenge) to Uranus (uniqueness versus sameness, diversity within oneness). We are all different, yet we all share a common purpose as part of the same race – the human race – that has guardianship over the well-being of this planet which sustains our existence, as long as we take that responsibility to one another and this planet seriously. But then, everyone with an ounce of common sense knows this. The only problem is that if you express such common sense thoughts, you will probably get the same reaction Chris Wallace received throughout his career for exhibiting his common sense approach towards interviews.

Now, let’s return to the more basic purpose of this column, which is to analyze the correlation of financial markets to movements and patterns that are unfolding in the cosmos. For after all, our work is based on the principle that cycles in the cosmos correlate with cycles in human activity. And Venus retrograde, December 19-January 29, is one of the most important of these correlations in regard to reversals, not only in financial markets, but as well in economic and banking activities.

In the current case, I think this Venus retrograde, which conjoins Pluto, combined with the final exact passage of Saturn square Uranus, will be the dawn of the realization by the masses that the monetary and fiscal miscalculations (or intentional neglect) by both leaders in banking and government are going to result in a serious economic slowdown, even a recession, possibly in 2022. We are not only entering a period of inflation, but this will likely soon turn into an environment of stagflation where growth slows as price increases remain relatively too high. In time, combined with the Fed’s new policy to shrink liquidity (i.e., stop their monthly purchases of treasuries known as “tapering”), this will not bode well for either the world economy or world stock indices, which have soared to new all-time highs under Saturn square Uranus, February 17-December 24, 2021. That cosmic cycle is about to end, and with it, possibly the easy-money support (i.e., abundance of liquidity) that has led to this huge asset inflation that is now expanding into rising costs of producer and consumer goods.

We are on the verge of moving out of the heavy Cardinal Climax period of Pluto in Capricorn, when all this monetary and fiscal stimulus activity began in 2008. We are also on the verge of Jupiter ingressing into Pisces (December 29, 2021-May 10, 2022) and headed toward the Jupiter/Neptune conjunction in Pisces on April 12, 2022. This cosmic shift actually started in May 2021 upon Jupiter’s first foray into Pisces for about 10 weeks. Inflation started to rise then, but no one paid it much attention, least of all the Fed and the White House, which still purports the belief (rather, hope) that it is transitory, but can no longer project an end date as to what “transitory” actually means. This meaningless undefined designation is very Neptunian and Piscean in its own right because one could very well say that everything is really “transitory.” Life itself, for that matter, is “transitory.” And so is every bull market in every financial category.

You may want to believe the bull market since 2009 will never end, but do not be surprised if that belief is shattered during this Venus retrograde time as it conjoins Pluto in Capricorn. Why? Because with Venus turning retrograde, conjunct Pluto, December 11-25, people will change their minds and world leaders in both banking and government will also change their narrative concerning the importance of inflation and its threat to economic stability. People may very well start to become frightened as they realize the mistakes these leaders have made in their incorrect assumptions about the consequences of their policies, which of course they will not openly admit. They will blame others for the turn of the tide that apparently no one other than Senator Joe Manchin had the chops to forecast honestly and accurately, for which he was roundly condemned by his own party as a traitor or obstructionist, and unbelievably, still is. Joe Manchin and Chris Wallace share something in common, and it is common sense, a quality that has sorely been lacking in the past several years, but which may start to regain its importance and value in society as Jupiter and Saturn are in the early stages of their waxing relationship, a 10-year period that favors the position of moderation and diminishes the tolerance for extremism, the latter of which is the nature of Saturn square Uranus, and especially Uranus.

But let’s get back to Jupiter about to ingress into Pisces, during the same period that Venus is retrograde conjunct Pluto, and Saturn makes its final waning square to Uranus. This is big cosmic stuff. It is all taking place in the next 12 days. Jupiter, which briefly entered Pisces May 13-July 28, 2021, returns again December 29, 2021 through May 10, 2022. This is a switch from prices struggling to get to 2% inflation prior to May 2021, to the possibility that inflation will now be in double digits by spring 2022. It doesn’t take rocket science to look back in history and see what effect a trend of sharply higher prices has had on commodities like Gold and Silver. It could possibly do the same in cryptocurrencies too.

Everything goes up in price, except stocks and treasuries. Until they don’t any longer. And when the rise stops, prices come down just as hard as they rose. This is the nature of Jupiter (expansion, inflation), in Pisces headed towards Neptune (lack of controls and belief that the sky is the limit). In reality and the study of geocosmics, Earth and Saturn are the limits. We will see those limits to Jupiter and Neptune when Saturn enters Pisces in 2023.

Until then, you may want to consider adjusting your long-term portfolio composition now. On a personal note, it may also be time to re-evaluate your own personal relationships and make necessary adjustments if they are starting to turn against your goals and wishes. Maybe it is time to get back to the qualities that attracted you to one another in the first place, if either party has drifted away from those values you once shared so passionately. The passion is still there if you both want to make it work. 


NOTE 1: TWO IMPORTANT MONTHLY REPORTS COME OUT THIS WEEK. The first is the mid-month addendum to the December MMA Monthly Cycles Report- MMA Monthly Cycles Report Plus+ written by Pouyan Zolfagarnia. The second is the final edition of the ICR International Financials and Commodities Reports.

The mid-month addendum to the MMA Cycles report is now available for subscription to those who also subscribe to the MMA Monthly Cycles Report. The special price to add this mid-month addendum is only $95/year or $45/three months, or $20.00 issue. These special rates will remain in effect until June 1, after which they will increase appropriately. Thus, this is an excellent time to subscribe and lock in these rates. If you wish to try this addendum, along with the December issue of the MMA Monthly Cycles Report, sign up online and select the subscription option: December Issue One Time Payment + Addendum for only $55. That will give you both the most recent copy of the MMA Cycles report and its addendum coming out this week.

Our MMA Monthly Cycles Report subscribers have received three complimentary issues of the mid-month addendum and the reviews have been very enthusiastic. Readers have found it to be very valuable because 1) it is well written, 2) it is less technical and yet provides an easy-to-understand synopsis of the MMA Cycles Report outlook ,and  3) it is graphically and visually very attractive, complete with market charts as well as astrological charts identifying the key areas of geocosmic factors now in play.

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THE FINAL EDITION OF THE ICR REPORTS WILL BE RELEASED THIS WEEK! Our heartfelt thanks to editor Mark Shyterman for overseeing this report over the past eight years. Editing two reports per month has been a very challenging task and he lived up to the demands and deadlines reliably every month, and now it is time for him to take on new challenges. The ICR Financials includes analysis on ASX (Australian Stock Index), RUT (Russell 2000), SSE (Chinese Shanghai Stock Composite), HSI (Hang Seng Index), AUD (Australian Dollar), DXY (US Dollar), and GBP (British Pound). The ICR Commodities Report includes analysis on LC (Live Cattle), MJ (Cannabis), XAU (Gold and Silver), KT (Coffee), KA (Sugar), C (Corn), and W (Wheat). These reports are written by MMA Analyst and editor Mark Shyterman (metals, stock indices, and soft commodities), MMA President Raymond Merriman (China’s Shanghai Composite Index), MMA Analysts Ken Liao (Hang Seng), Ulric Aspegrén, (Currencies), Isabella Suleymanova (Grains), and Gianni Di Poce (Australian ASX and Dollar, Cannabis, and Live Cattle). 

NOTE 2: The Forecast 2022 eBook is now available for immediate download! The printed edition has been delivered to the mailing house and is the process of being mailed out to all those who pre-ordered prior to December 9th.  We cannot control the date which the book will be delivered to you. Please note, mid-December is a very busy season, even for priority mail. If you want to begin reading Forecast 2022 as soon as possible, we recommend ordering the eBook or Forecast 2022 Bundle. We will not be refunding if books do not arrive in time for the holidays. How soon one receives the print edition now depends on the efficiency of one’s postal service in each country, state and locality.

What a year ahead (as I see it). In this year’s Forecast, you’ll discover:

The importance of the Pluto return in the United States’ chart and its conjunction to the U.S. natal Moon.

How Saturn in Aquarius square Uranus in Taurus will come close to an exact conjunction for the final time, and its relationship to protest movements, urge for individual freedoms and equality, fights between tech companies and government, and issues that lie ahead for outer space exploration.

The New “Era of Moderation Brings Success” begins (and the dangers of the extremism in 2022-2023 in politics, economics, and equity markets) 

The outlook for Financial and Commodity Markets in 2022, including The US Stock Market, T-Notes and Interest Rates, Gold and Silver, Bitcoin, Currency Markets, Grain Markets, and Crude Oil, Critical Reversal Dates for 2022…

Is the U.S. safe?

The Future of Inflation

PLUS! Much, much more. The Forecast 2022 Book makes for an excellent holiday gift for your favorite market follower or astrologer/student/friend!

The cost of Forecast 2022 is $55.00 plus shipping (no shipping costs for eBook version). Order both the print and eBook (Forecast 2022 Bundle) for only $75, a savings of $35. Order now before this year’s edition sells out!

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NOTE 3: Each foreign translation of Forecast 2022 has a section on that nation’s stock market that is not in the English or other nation’s Forecast Book. Yet we are aware that some readers and investors may be interested in the stock markets of these other nations, but do not wish those editions in the other nation’s language. Therefore, we make those stock market outlooks available in English as a separate service for $35.00 each. The overseas market reports for 2022 that are available separately in English include: Japan’s Nikkei, China’s Shanghai Composite, and the German DAX plus Zurich SMI indices. Each is available in PDF format at $35.00 each. Each report is about 9-11 pages, with their monthly charts as of November 2021, and a list of their critical reversal dates for 2022. 

NOTE 4: The Trends for the Twelve Signs 2022 Book is available now in eBook format! The print edition will be mailed out mid-December, at the same time as the Forecast Book. Find out what lies ahead for your sign in 2022! In fact, it identifies many specific birthdate ranges in addition to the 12 signs that are in store for a remarkable year. This very popular annual sun sign book is written by Antonia Langsdorf-Merriman and Raymond Merriman. Trends for the Twelve Signs 2022 covers the health and relationships outlook for each sign (by Langsdorf) and the business, career and overall psychological outlook of each sign for the year (by Merriman). The cost of this book is $25. You can save $10 by purchasing both Forecast 2022 and Trends for the Twelve Signs 2022 together, Forecast 2022 Ultimate Bundle for $70. This makes for an excellent holiday gift for your family or friends who follow astrology. 

NOTE 5: THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO REALLY LEARN MARKET TIMING AND FINANCIAL ASTROLOGY TODAY!!!Through the recordings of the first year of MMTA courses, which are now available! The first four courses are now completed and the recordings came out excellent! This is a fantastic way to learn the unique market timing methodology of MMA! Each course (four courses in all in the first year) contained 7 classes. The first year focused on market timing tools and skills, via cycles and geocosmic studies applied to long-, intermediate- and short-term trading time bands. In addition to the 7 recordings of each of the four courses (28 in all), a workbook of 60-120 pages of each course is included to follow along with the video recordings. This is not for the casual student, but rather for the serious individual who wishes to become a market timing analyst or trader. These classes were lively and exciting with great interaction and questions from the students who were present live while the classes were given by Gianni di Poce and Raymond Merriman. The cost for each course is $1800 (7 classes in each course, approximately 15 hours of recordings per course). Or the entire 4-course recordings of this first year are available for a discounted price of $6600. Save $600 by ordering MMTA2: Year One Recordings (Courses 1-4).

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January 14, 2022: Zurich, Switzerland: Trends for 2022, sponsored by AstroData, and featuring Claude Weiss, Alexandra Klinghammer, Monica Kissling, Verena Bachman, Antonia Langsdorf, Raymond Merriman, and others. This special event will be given online due to COVID-19 meeting restrictions that have been implemented in Zurich at the present time. For more information, contact AstroData at

February 20, 2021: The Annual Worldwide Webinar and Address on Forecast 2022 with Raymond Merriman. Save the Date! Details and reservations to be announced in early January.

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”

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. The focus will be upon stock markets, precious metals (Gold and Silver), and Bitcoin, and how to integrate astrology with cycle studies to attain optimal market timing skills. Visit for further information and register for a great event! You may click here too. 

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.