Inflation in the U.S. hit a three-decade high in October, delivering widespread and sizable price increases to households due to persistent supply shortages and strong consumer demand. – Gwenn Guilford, “Inflation Rate of 6.2% Marks A 31-Year High,” Wall Street Journal, November 11, 2021.

Joe Biden’s next political nightmare is inflation, a force that can destroy family budgets and political careers and is being driven by domestic and global factors tough for a president to quickly fix. – Stephen Collinson, “Why Inflation Is A Political Nightmare For Biden,”, November 11, 2021.

The higher inflation numbers weren’t so positive for stock prices last week, but they were very good for Gold and Silver prices.

Most world stock indices posted new cycle and even all-time highs late the prior week or early last week, then pulled back by the customary 3-5 trading days to a low in the middle of last week. There were some notable exceptions, as in the case of Germany’s DAX index, which just rose to a new all-time high on Friday, November 12, and the Shanghai Stock Composite (SSE), which fell to its lowest level since August 23 late last week, and then began to rally again.

Cryptocurrencies were stellar performers into the middle of last week, as both Bitcoin and Ethereum posted new all-time highs. However, on the same day they made new highs, they also had one of those very large selloffs again.

Yet the most bizarre market behavior was in the stable currencies and precious metals. Normally, when the Euro falls and U.S. Dollar rises, Gold and Silver fall. But we are in the middle of some serious Uranus-aspecting activity in the cosmos right now, and with Uranus, rules don’t apply.

The Euro plunged to its lowest level since July 2020. But at the same time, Gold soared to its highest level in nearly five months. Y’all can thank me now for discovering the Mars-in-Scorpio correlation to big rallies in Gold as described in detail in both the subscriptions reports (monthly, weekly, and daily) and the last webinar of September 3, correctly outlining the period to buy a low in the last two weeks of October for a big rally into November-December. And I will take your thanks because we all know that an analyst is only as good as their last call, and this was a great one, especially given that the Dollar was also rising. Just one week ago, on November 3, Gold was trading at 1758, testing its low of 1750-1760 of October 6 and 18. On Friday, November 12, it was up to 1871. I should retire right now. But the trade is still on and I might still break the bank. Then I can retire. Just kidding. I can’t retire. I am a Sun-Moon in Capricorn with Mars there, too. If I retire, I will turn into a stone. Or worse, a potato. I would not be happy. Not that a stellium in Capricorn could ever really, really, be happy. Well, maybe if he had a Venus/Jupiter conjunction in Scorpio in the second house, which, fortunately, I also have.

But enough about me. Let’s talk about Joe Biden.


First, however, let’s quickly review the cosmic situation for next week. It’s very active, and it ends the powerful Sun/Mars T-square to the Saturn/Uranus square of November 4-17. It ends with the earth-shaking Mars in opposition to Uranus on November 17. However, there might be some aftershocks with the full Moon of November 19. This is all in the last four degrees of Scorpio, where the stinger of the Scorpion is located. Living here in Arizona, I know all about the stinger of scorpions. You’ve got to keep your eyes on the ground now because you don’t want to step on one of those creatures and get stung, if you know what I mean. Just ask anyone who is trying to progress along in life. Joe Biden’s birthday will also take place then. He was born on the day of the stinger (November 20). But then the Sun leaves Scorpio on November 22 and enters the sign of Santa Claus, Sagittarius, typically a time of the year when goodwill and charity abound and stock markets rally in joy (so do retailers who make most of their money at this time of the year).

Now let’s return to the economic – and by extension, political – news of the day. The 31-year highs in inflation reported last week bring back memories of the Jimmy Carter era. You remember President Carter and our comments in columns stretching back prior to the 2020 election that Joe Biden, his policies, and performance would likely be the reincarnation of Jimmy Carter. This was based on the fact that Carter was elected president under the last passage of the 45-year Saturn/Uranus waning square cycle. Nobody thought so at the time. But then again, not many pay attention to the correlation of long-term planetary cycles and the cycles of economics and politics.

Carter bungled a plan to rescue American hostages in Iran. Biden’s military strategy to evacuate Americans and supporters of America’s military in Afghanistan received a similar review, even though Biden himself called the evacuation an “extraordinary success.”

Under Carter, the U.S. economy started out strong with record economic advances. It didn’t take long, however, before the U.S. embarked upon a huge inflationary spiral and the economy sank into a period of stagflation and low growth for several years, and into the remainder of his term. Biden also started out with a strong, record-breaking economy, but now it is overseeing another inflationary spiral that appears to be spinning out of control. The economy is still strong, but Biden has only been in office 10 months. He has plenty of time to right the ship with effective new economic strategies. Or sink it.

With Jupiter about to return to the water sign of Pisces, December 29, 2021–May 16, 2022, where it will join Neptune, god of the seas, it may be time to invest in life jackets. Jupiter and Neptune in Pisces point to the danger of drowning, both literally and figuratively. Once the tide (of inflation) starts coming in with Jupiter in Pisces, it can quickly swell to a tidal wave. Maybe it becomes a tsunami. With Jupiter, things can expand much greater than anyone projected. With Neptune and Pisces involved, boundaries and controls get lost and solutions become based more on hope and faith than science and reality.

The good news is that the fears and hysteria associated with Jupiter in Pisces are not long lasting. They end by the middle of May. The not-so-good news is that Jupiter then moves into Aries, which can be a whole lot of fun, but can also be a whole lot of anger, combativeness, and blame directed at those in leadership while the ship was headed for the iceberg. Fortunately, due to global warming, the iceberg probably will have melted before the ship got there, and the leadership will probably take credit for rescuing the vessel before the inevitable collision that wasn’t really going to happen. It was all another make-believe crisis blown way out of proportion. The real danger, down the road in the latter half of this decade, is still deflation.

Well, that does it for this week. I can’t promise there will be a column next week because the deadline to get the Forecast 2022 Book into the printer is next weekend if we want to have a chance of getting it printed and mailed out by December 15. The deadline is 10 days earlier than usual this year due to the disruption in supply chains (paper in this case) that has caused delays in printing and inflation everywhere. But despite the inflation, we at MMA are still holding to the same prices for the past ten years. I mentioned that I was a Capricorn, and sometimes we are known to be sure, steady, and slow like the turtle, but never like the potato.


NOTE 1: THE NOVEMBER ISSUE OF THE MMA Monthly Cycles Report was released last week. The last two issues have clearly identified the current rally in Gold, and this last issue discusses when it is due to end. 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, which will next come out November 30!

NOTE 2: The annual Forecast 2022 book is on schedule to be mailed out in mid-December! (print edition, eBook also). The final chapters are now being written and will be delivered to the printer in one week. At that time, we will turn in final numbers + 20% for the print edition. If you want to receive your printed copy of the annual Forecast 2022 Book, it would be wise to let us know no later than December 9th. Once they are printed, there are no reprints, and four of the last seven years sold out.

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, and fights between tech companies and government.

The New “Era of Moderation” begins 

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 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.

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





NOTE 3: The Trends for the Twelve Signs 2022 Book  eBook format will be ready early! The print edition will not printed until mid-December due to paper shortages and delays in the publishing industry. This is our very popular book on the individual Sun Signs forecasts for 2022. This annual outlook for each sign is written by Antonia Langsdorf-Merriman, Europe’s most followed professional astrologer on YouTube, and Raymond Merriman. Langsdorf covers the health and relationships outlook for each sign and Merriman delineates the business, career and overall psychological outlook of each sign for the year. 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 too makes for an excellent holiday gift for your family or friends who follow astrology. 

NOTE 4: THE NEW MERRIMAN ON MARKET CYCLES: THE BASICS book is out! The eBook version is now available! The first edition of print books sold out and we will have more available in early 2022. 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 5: The recordings of the first year of MMTA courses are now available! The courses are now completed and the recordings came out excellent! This is a fantastic way to learn the unique and market timing methodology of MMA! Each course contained 7 classes, and there were four courses in all. 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 course (28 in all), a workbook of 60-120 pages each 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. However, this does not mean the classes are boring. To the contrary, they were lively and exciting with great interaction and questions from the students (representing about 15 different countries) 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 are available for a discounted price of $6600 (save $600 by ordering the full set of four courses). For more information on each class and each course, please click here.


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! 

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.