“Today we got the incredible news that our unemployment rate has fallen to 4.2%,” Biden said. “And we’re looking at the sharpest one-year decline in unemployment ever.” Christina Wilkie, “Biden Glosses Over Weak November Job Gains to Highlight Low Unemployment Rate,” December 3, 2021,

President Biden on Friday lauded a surprise decline in the nation’s unemployment rate last month, even though hiring severely undershot expectations with November marking the worst month for job creation this year. – Megan Henney, “Biden Touts Declining Unemployment Rate, Despite Huge Job Miss in November,”, December 3, 2021.

The above quotes illustrate the conscious disconnect between reality and reframed narratives of parallel reality that results in such low approval ratings for some world government leaders. Pluto is still in Capricorn. People want the truth, the entire story – or else they will reframe who and what you are, especially if it does not agree with their reimagined versions of the truth. And what is the truth? Unemployment is so low because people are quitting the workforce in droves, and not because hiring is on a tear.

Last week was centered with Neptune turning stationary direct on Wednesday, December 1. Whenever a planet is stationary (changing directions as seen from earth), it highlights the principles of that planet in the collective behavior. As discussed last week, “Neptune is a strange planet. It is very good at creating pictures or narratives in people’s minds that are very pleasant and persuasive. But it often lacks realism. It doesn’t do well under pressure. If the stock markets of the world are rising under a Neptune transit, they can stay elevated as investors “hope” for the best. But if conditions are stressful, a Neptune-highlighted period can coincide with hysteria and panic as everything spirals out of control – or at least many may think matters are spiraling out of control. The thing about Neptune is that you don’t really know, and in the absence of factual data, people begin to speculate, sometimes wildly, leading to panic. This may be in store for world financial markets next week.” It wouldn’t be far off the mark to suggest that the stock markets of the world are on the verge of hysteria, and maybe panic. The emergence of the new Omicron virus variant is leading to wild speculation, which in turn is affecting the outlook for the world economy and financial markets.

Most world stock markets are descending rather sharply from their multi-year and all-time highs of November 16-22. In less than two weeks, most have fallen 7-8%, which for many is near (or slightly beyond) their sharpest decline of the year, and at their lowest mark since the primary cycle troughs of late September, early October. Although the psychology of the masses and government leaders seems more reflective of Neptune, the actual market behavior is more like Saturn square Uranus, which makes its final exact passage on December 24. That is, the market moves have been very uneven but also very sharp and biased to the downside. Impressive rallies are short-lived and followed quickly by new selloffs to lower and lower levels.

The carnage of the stock market was exceeded in other markets last week. Crude Oil, which is co-ruled by Neptune, fell to 62.43 last Thursday, down 27% from its multi-year high of 85.41 only five weeks ago on October 25. Gold and Silver also got hammered. Gold fell to 1762 on Thursday, December 2, off substantially from its primary cycle crest of 1879.50 on November 16, just one day after our two-star geocosmic critical reversal date and its lowest level since the low of 1758 recorded on November 3. Silver declined even more. From its primary cycle crest on November 16 at 25.49, it fell to 22.03 on Friday, a loss of 13.5% and nearing its yearly low of 21.41. Bitcoin fell to 51,612 on Friday, its lowest price in eight weeks. It is now down 25% from its all-time high of 69,000 on November 10. Interestingly enough, Ethereum held its low of the prior week, so no panic there as of yet.


The Commerce Department said last week that it will double the average tariff on Canadian softwood lumber to 17.9% from 8.99%. – “Biden Joins the Lumber Tariff Wars: How Not To Fight Inflation – Raise Home Building Costs,” Wall Street Journal Opinion Page, November 26, 2021.

An interesting transit of Mars and Jupiter are taking place to the NYSE founding chart (May 17,1792). Next week, December 8-9, finds Mars square Jupiter at 27 degrees of Scorpio and Aquarius. The NYSE Sun is at 27 Taurus, thus forming a T-square. This weekend, Mars is at 23 Scorpio, forming a T-square to the NYSE Mercury square Pluto, at 23 Taurus-Aquarius. It is an important geocosmic time for the U.S. stock market, one that usually coincides with a low. But with Saturn square Uranus still ahead on December 24, it will be interesting to see it turns here or continues to plunge into the holidays.

In about three weeks, Jupiter will ingress into Pisces (December 28 through May 10). On April 12, Jupiter will conjoin Neptune in Pisces. The dynamics of these principles are each inflationary, while at the same time, world leaders are prone to exhibit a tendency towards exaggeration, misinformation, and possibly stunning miscalculation and inaccuracy.

With Neptune stationary now and Mars about to square Jupiter next week (December 8), we are getting a preview of what is to come over the next 4-5 months. On top of all that excess and exaggeration, we are now in the midst of a solar eclipse on December 4 in Sagittarius, the sign ruled by Jupiter and hence also prone to exaggeration and hyperbole. This is fine if you are a story-teller. But let’s talk about eclipses now, for it is a subject I often get asked about.

Solar eclipses occur about every six months. In simple terms, a solar eclipse happens when the Moon, in its orbit around the Earth, passes in front of the Sun, thereby blocking out the image of the Sun as seen from parts of the Earth. Some eclipses are stronger than others, depending on how far away the new Moon is from the Moon’s North Node. That is, a solar eclipse is always also a new Moon, a conjunction of the Sun and Moon. Only in this case of a solar eclipse, it is also a conjunction to the Moon’s North or South Node. The one taking place this weekend is a South Node eclipse, which in this writer’s opinion, is more challenging and difficult than a North Node eclipse.

If we understand that the Moon represents the past and the Sun signifies the future, then we can apply the mantra “Past, Pass, and Path” (yes, this is another Merriman original). The Moon (the Past) will soon Pass the Sun, leaving in its wake a new Path or future. In other words, one now has to deal with situations that are from the past (emotional ones, usually). But they can be resolved or let go. And when resolved or let go, the past has passed, and now one has before them a new path to embark upon.

This is why, when a solar eclipse occurs close to one’s birthday (or six months later in opposition to one’s birthday and natal Sun), a major life change in career, residence, relationships, or health often follows within the next few months. Actually, my observation is that the major life change can occur anywhere from three months before the eclipse through one year afterwards. Whether the life change is for the better or worse depends on one’s willingness to let the Past Pass, let it go, or resolve it, and embrace the opportunity for a new Path. This is especially true under a South Node eclipse because the South Node is symbolic of the path of least resistance, which is an oxymoron, because the path of least resistance is to do nothing, in which case one chooses not to follow a new path, but instead continue to be burdened by the emotional baggage of the past. The result can lead to separation, loss of job, poor health, and increased emotional difficulties.

Thus, like all matters with astrology, the outcome of one’s situation is dependent upon how one responds to the conditions brought to one’s life at a particular time, as shown by the cosmos. Every moment of time has its own unique qualities, and anything born into that moment takes on the qualities of it. This is the theoretical and spiritual foundation upon which astrology operates and has meaning.

With the solar eclipse in the philosophical and spiritual sign of Sagittarius, this is an auspicious time to contemplate these matters. It is also a time to let go of the past and discover a new path. “Past, Pass, and new Path.” Try it as a mantra – chant – this week and see what happens.


NOTE 1: THE DECEMBER ISSUE OF THE MMA Monthly Cycles Report will be released this week,  December 7th. With stock indices falling (as expected) as we head into the last Saturn/Uranus waning square and Venus retrograde this month, this becomes another important juncture for stocks. Every issue provides MMA’s intermediate-term and near-term 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.  Two weeks later, the new Monthly Cycles Report Plus+ (mid-month addendum) written by MMTA student Pouyan Zolfagarnia will be released, December 21st.

NOTE 2: The annual Forecast 2022 book is on schedule to be mailed out in one more week, December 15th! (print edition, eBook also). The book is completed – what a year ahead (as I see it)! If you want to receive a printed copy of the first mailing of the annual Forecast 2022 Book, you will need to get your order in by December 9th for the mailing house to mail. Otherwise, you will have to wait until the remaining books are delivered to us in Arizona before the second mailing goes out, sometime around December 20-27. And once they are printed, there are no reprints.

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 dangers that lie ahead for outer space exploration.

The New “Era of Moderation Brings Success” begins (and the dangers of the opposite in 2022-2023) 

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…

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!

This year’s printed and e-Book versions of Forecast 2022 will also be available in these languages from the below affiliates:




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, or $75.00 for all. Each is about 9-10 pages, with their monthly charts as of November 2021, and a list of their critical reversal dates for 2022. To order a copy of the 2022 outlook for all or any one of these additional markets, please click here. 

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 an excellent holiday gift for your family or friends who follow astrology. 

NOTE 5: THE NEW MERRIMAN ON MARKET CYCLES: THE BASICS book is out now! The second print edition is back in stock! This new edition contains the most comprehensive and modern listing of 175 long-, intermediate-, and short-term financial cycles in over 40 financial, currency, and commodity markets available anywhere! The book is a clearly written text on the MMA methodology for determining cycles periodicities and recognizing patterns within those cycles. It is a 72-page basic book for those who want to improve their timing skills by integrating cycles analysis with technical studies. It is a glossy softcover, 8-1/2” x 11” with illustrations to demonstrate the correct way to count cycle lengths, identify their phases with instruction on the trading strategies used to successfully trade each phase. The cost of the new version is $35. Order your copy now by clicking here.

NOTE 6: 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). For more information on each class and each course, please click here.

“As you know, I started MMTA the first week of last September, I barely finished all videos, I would like to deeply thank you for sharing your knowledge. Recently I have been trading MMA Cycles methodology on every time frame, even a 1-minute chart. My success rate increased a lot, more than that now I have a deep understanding of market movement with peace of mind, Thank you again.” J.H, MMTA student after viewing “first-year videos” and joining for the last course.

“Just wanted to say a big thank you as I really can’t believe the power of the material you are teaching us. I was always a little wary of short-term trading, but the past few weeks have been eye-opening.” P.Z. First-year MMTA student during Course 4.


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

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.