Consumer prices in January surged more than expected over the past 12 months, indicating a worsening outlook for inflation and cementing the likelihood of substantial interest rate hikes this year. The consumer price index, which measures the costs of dozens of everyday consumer goods, rose 7.5% compared to a year ago, the Labor Department reported Thursday.– Jeff Cox, “Inflation Rises 7.5%, Even More Than Expected and the Highest Since 1982,”, February 10, 2022.

So, how’s the U.S. government’s grand experiment in modern monetary theory turning out? Not well…The (inflation) pain might have been lessened if the Fed had begun to withdraw its pandemic money rush more than a year ago. But Washington had grown to believe that a new era of cost-free spending and low interest rates had dawned. The old fiscal and monetary verities no longer held, and those who warned about inflation were proclaimed to be dinosaurs from the Reagan era. – “Inflation Haunts the Biden Economy,” Wall Street Journal “Review and Outlook,” February 11, 2022.

With Thursday’s ultra-hot inflation report during the mutable sign quarter moon in Gemini that same day, it was just too much for the recent rally off the low of January 24 (Mercury retrograde midpoint) to continue. It didn’t help that tensions also escalated surrounding the threat of a Russian invasion into Ukraine with the Great Bear’s “war exercises.” With all that mutable cosmic energy, plus Jupiter approaching its conjunction to Neptune in Pisces, the whipsaw behavior between the irrational exuberance and hysteria of investors led to a sudden jolt in global equity markets mid-week. First, the stock indices raced to their highest level since the lows of January 24. Then they abruptly reversed and fell hard on Thursday and Friday, but not without some short-lived efforts to rally along the way.

Now the worry is that the FED will raise interest rates as early as next month, and not by a modest 1/4%, but very possibly 1/2%.

As hard as that was for equity markets to digest, it was no problem for Gold. The combination of rising inflation and war threats jolted the yellow metal up to 1865 on Friday, its highest level since November 19. Just two weeks ago it was trading at 1780.

It was also no problem for Crude Oil, which also thrives on that combination of worries for investors. Crude Oil soared to a high of 94.66 on Friday, its highest level since August 22, 2014, and up nearly 50% from its primary cycle low on December 2. This is further confirmation the bullish effect of Jupiter in Pisces approaching Neptune. All of these are geocosmic factors related in the association with Crude Oil.

Bitcoin and Ethereum followed a course similar to stocks, with recovery highs reached on Thursday, February 10, after which they declined somewhat sharply into Friday. The question in both cryptos and equities is whether the rally is over and the next leg down to new multi-month lows is just starting, or will this decline just be a correction of the rally that took place over the past two weeks? And if the former, how much pain will the Federal Reserve Board be willing to let Americans experience before they change their mind and walk back from their intent to raise rates several times in the next few months?


Americans took on more new debt in 2021 than in any year since before the 2008-2009 financial crisis. Total household debt rose by $1.02 trillion last year, boosted by higher balances on home and auto loans. – Orla McCaffrey, “Household Debt Rose by $1 Trillion in 2021,” Wall Street Journal, February 9, 2022.

“A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.” – Yogi Berra

Pluto rules debt and pain, and the U.S. is now encountering its first Pluto return. So, let’s first off clarify a statement made last week that February 22, 2022, was the fourth passage of the 248-year Pluto return. That is not technically correct. It was the fourth passage of Pluto over the USA’s natal Moon/Pluto conjunction based on the July 2, 1776 founding chart that we use, which posits the USA Moon at 25°09’ of Capricorn and Pluto at 27°36’ Capricorn.

Pluto crossed the U.S. natal Moon’s position for the first time on January 30, 2021, shortly after President Biden took office. It will cross the natal Pluto position for the first time on February 22, 2022. The series of six passes over these two planets (three times over each Moon and Pluto position) ends on December 29, 2022. Yet, as with all matters involving a Pluto transit, the events associated with the decisions or choices made under a Pluto transit often take 1-3 years afterwards to manifest, as Pluto’s nature has an “incubation-like” process. For an in-depth discussion of what this means, please refer to the chapter on the Pluto return contained in the Forecast 2022 Book. In fact, the opening pages of that book also address the significance of Pluto transiting over its natal Moon/Pluto position in the July 2, 1776 chart, which is based upon the date when the vote for the Declaration of Independence was completed, and not July 4, 1776, which was when it was delivered to General George Washington and the U.S. War of Independence commenced.

We will have more to discuss about the USA Pluto  return in our February 20 annual webinar to the world. For instance, Pluto is in opposition to President Biden’s natal Jupiter, which is his ruling planet. It is also in a T-square to Vice-President Kamala Harris’ Sun/Moon opposition. As we have stated many times in this column, no one escapes a hard Pluto transit unscathed. President Trump did not escape it, and Biden, Harris, and the USA are not escaping it unscathed either. All will require a major adjustment – a radical transformation of their current path – in order to get through this transit stronger than before. In fact, it requires a surrender of the ego before the healing can start. Without a major change of behavior by choice, the choice will be made by others that can transform one’s path. With Pluto, one experiences the profound humility that comes from encountering this major life lesson.

Shorter-term, we are about to enter a very interesting and potentially positive period over the next three weeks. It begins with the first of two conjunctions between Venus and Mars in Capricorn on the full Moon of February 16, followed by the sextile of Jupiter and Uranus on February 17. Venus and Mars in Capricorn may relate to political efforts to negotiate an agreement to de-escalate the threat of military actions. Jupiter sextile Uranus indicates some new proposal that is inventive and original. It is a very clever and smart combination, offering up new and yet practical ideas that could result in an agreement.

It may take until the second conjunction of Venus and Mars in Aquarius, (sign ruled by Uranus) on March 6 to finalize. Thus, a two-step dance may be underway to manifest a rather brilliant plan to return to diplomacy, at least for a while. If not, then Venus and especially Mars conjunct Pluto in late Capricorn on March 3 may instead blow it all up. That’s what Pluto can do with Mars. The stakes are very high, but there is hope if all sides are really serious about reaching an agreeable compromise. Mars and Pluto aren’t always that willing, but Venus is usually open to compromise for the sake of peace. It’s right there and the cosmic energy switches as Venus and Mars ingress from Capricorn into Aquarius on March 6. That is the same degree in which the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction occurred on December 21, 2020 and began the “New Aira” in astrological terminology (a term invented by MMTA graduate Kat Powell because it re-started the series of 20-year Jupiter/Saturn conjunctions in air signs for the next. 140 years).

It’s all about the choices our beleaguered leaders make now, and Venus is the planet most representative of choices – and the one planet that has the most difficulty making a decision even though it wishes for choices. Given that President Putin is a Libra, which is ruled by Venus, one can only imagine the stress he (and all Librans) might be going through these next two weeks regarding their alliances. It is a make- or-break time for them, or anyone with natal planets in very late cardinal or very early fixed signs.

As the hippies and flower children used to say in the late 1960’s, this is the time to “make love, not war.” It makes one wonder “where have all the flowers gone” since then? 


NOTE 1: ONE MORE  WEEK! FEBRUARY 20, 2022: THE ANNUAL WORLDWIDE WEBINAR and Address on Forecast 2022 with Raymond Merriman. The broadcast starts at 10:30 AM, MST, which is 12:30 PM EST, 5:30 PM GMT, 6:30 PM CET. It will be very early in the morning in Australia, Beijing and Tokyo (4:30-6:30 AM).

In the comfort of your own home or office, you can tune into Raymond Merriman’s annual worldwide Forecast 2022 Webinar. This broadcast will address themes from this year’s Forecast 2022 Book, with updates on financial markets since the book was written in November 2021, including the U.S. stock market, Gold, Silver, Crude Oil, Euro, and Bitcoin. Cost is $55.00, and includes the slides of the presentation, plus access to the video recording of the event. Questions will be answered that are submitted by this Thursday, February 17, if they are deemed of interest to the overall audience. If unable to attend live, the video recording will be available the following day. For more information, go to Forecast 2022 Webinar.

NOTE 2: THE FEBRUARY ISSUE OF THE MMA Monthly Cycles Report will be released this week! Is the 23-month cycle completed? Is the next leg down underway? Is Gold headed to $2000? 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. 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 this issue for only $35. And keep in mind that subscribers to this report will also receive a complimentary addendum and mid-term report of MMA Cycles, written by MMTA student Pouyan Zolfagarnia, two weeks later.

NOTE 3: TODAY, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11, join Gianni Di Poce on MMA’s weekly 10-15 minute YouTube video on the geocosmic climate related to financial markets. These video presentations review the market activity of the past week and offer a preview of the geocosmic signatures in effect for the next week and beyond. Like this free weekly column, there will be no cost. You may subscribe to our YouTube Channel today and get announcements when each geocosmic market review is ready for viewing!

NOTE 4: There have been several updates recently added to the FAR for Galactic Trader software program. If you own this program, and wish these updates, please let us know at We have also completed an optional addition to the FAR program called “The Geocosmic Gold Plot Calendar Graph.” This is a visually attractive calendar graph depicting the geocosmic signatures for any period of time that have a high correlation to reversals in financial markets (especially stock indices) per the studies conducted in “The Ultimate Book on Stock Market Timing, Volume 3: Geocosmic Correlations to Trading Cycles.” This is the basis for MMA’s Level 1, 2, and 3 geocosmic signatures, and is used to determine our geocosmic critical reversal dates (CRDs). The cost of this optional program to the FAR software is $195. For more information and an illustration of the 2021 Calendar graph, please click here. 

NOTE 5: The Forecast 2022 Book is now out and nearly sold out! Only 21 copies remain as of Thursday, February 10. This will be the last announcement of this year’s book in this section of the weekly column. 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 the remainder of this year’s edition sells out! There will be no additional reprints. When they are gone, they are gone. And four of the last seven years have sold out.

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February 20, 2022: The Annual Worldwide Webinar and Address on Forecast 2022 with Raymond Merriman. Save the Date! Starts at 10:30 AM, MST, which is 12:30 PM EST, 5:30 PM GMT, 6:30 PM CET. It will be very early in the morning in Australia, Beijing and Tokyo (4:30-6:30 AM).

For more information and registration, go to Forecast 2022 Webinar. 

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! 


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.