President Joe Biden will briefly transfer power to Vice-President Kamala Harris on Friday when he undergoes a “routine colonoscopy” at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the White House said. Biden, who turns 79 on Saturday, is the oldest person to serve as president, and interest in his health has been high since he declared his candidacy for the White House in 2019. – Zeke Miller, “Biden to Transfer Power to VP Harris Amid Routine Medical Procedure,” The Associated Press, November 19, 2021. 

Worn out by what they see as entrenched dysfunction and lack of focus, key West Wing aides have largely thrown up their hands at Vice President Kamala Harris and her staff… The exasperation runs both ways. Interviews with nearly three dozen former and current Harris aides, administration officials, Democratic operatives, donors and outside advisers reveal a complex reality inside the White House. Many in the vice president’s circle fume that she’s not being adequately prepared or positioned, and instead is being sidelined. And those around her remain wary of even hinting at future political ambitions, with Biden’s team highly attuned to signs of disloyalty, particularly from the vice president. – Edward-Isaac Dover and Jasmine Wright, “Exasperation and Dysfunction: Inside Kamala Harris’ Frustrating Start as Vice President,”, November 18, 2021.

It is interesting that Joe Biden went in for a colonoscopy on the day of the lunar eclipse, a full moon during the sun sign of Scorpio, which rules the colon. He was under anesthesia for a short time. And it was one day before his 79th birthday, so his solar return – a year ahead – could be like a colonoscopy and/or as if he is under anesthesia. For some, that may seem like nothing new. Full moons, and especially lunar eclipses involving Scorpio, are not considered the best of times for surgery or even a “routine” medical procedure. However, the Moon is in Taurus with this eclipse. In Taurus, the Moon is exalted, which is always a favorable placement by itself and it may overcome the “dangers” posed by this lunar eclipse, which happens to be historic as it is the longest lunar eclipse since 1440. The longer the eclipse, the longer the issue represented by signs persists. With Taurus and Scorpio, the issues are credit and debt, taxes, surveillance, spying and snooping, behind-the-scenes plotting, and any matters to do with the concepts of elimination, removal, and reform.

As far as financial markets go, the lunar eclipse can correspond with intraday volatility, especially when the Moon ingresses during the day from the steady sign of Taurus to the more erratic and attention-grabbing sign of Gemini, as noted on Friday. In fact, the entire week was a bit strange as the Sun and Mars ended their 2-week T-square with Saturn and Uranus in the middle of last week, just before the lunar eclipse. The S&P and NASDAQ made new all-time highs on Friday’s lunar eclipse, while the DJIA dropped to its lowest level in over three weeks, an example of the dualistic nature of Gemini, especially following a Mars/Uranus opposition. Gold and Silver made new multi-month highs on Tuesday, November 16, one day after our two-star geocosmic critical reversal date (CRD) of November 12-15. Both then declined to their weekly lows on Friday’s lunar eclipse.

The vulnerability of markets did not end there. Bitcoin made a secondary high of 66,150 on Monday’s CRD, November 15, but by Friday it had fallen to 55,571, its lowest mark in over a month, and a loss of 19.5% since its all-time high of November 10. For us, that’s fine. We were looking for a 20% decline following that high. But the most unstable market was probably the Euro currency, which fell to a new multi-year low of 1.1248 on Friday, its lowest level since July 2020. It is interesting that it should fall so dramatically when the German DAX recorded another new all-time high of 16,290 one day earlier on November 18. Crude Oil also has a difficult week, falling to 75.09 on Friday, its lowest price in a month. 


Since 1970, negative real Treasury bond yields typically have corresponded with a  plunging stock market. Today, real yields of negative 4.7% are the second lowest since 1970, yet the S&P 500 has risen nearly 30% over the past year. What’s different today? First, the U.S. Treasury bond market has been rigged and manipulated since the Federal Reserve’s second quantitative easing program began 2010… With rising inflation and big government borrowing, a spike in Treasury yields or a market driven tightening could trigger a financial crisis. Favorable funding will vanish , no longer shielding Treasury yields from large budget deficits. – Lawrence Goodman, “How the Fed Rigs the Bond Market,” Wall Street Journal, November 18, 2021.

Neither one (Jerome Powell or Lael Brainard) deserves the job (Fed Chair) if you judge them by how well they have performed in their main duty of maintaining price stability. The Powell Fed has presided over inflation that it failed to predict and has been slow to address. The Fed’s professed inflation target is 2%, but the consumer price index rose 6.2% in October above a year earlier. By any measure this is a historic failure. – Opinion Page, “Tweedledum and Tweedledee at the Fed,” Wall Street Journal, November 18, 2021.

Yes, of course, the Fed rigged and manipulated the Treasury Bond market, which has been anything but a “free market” where prices are dictated by buyers and sellers competing freely and fairly with one another. They are instead competing with the world’s largest banks – the central banks. Going against the Fed and its manipulation of the markets has been a losing proposition ever since the Cardinal Climax began in 2008 when Pluto (debt and manipulation) moved into Capricorn and the QE (quantitative easing) and ZIRP (zero interest rate policies) began, and probably even since the Black Monday sell-off in October 1987 when the Fed was given extraordinary new powers. Pluto leaves Capricorn January 22, 2024.

But wasn’t the idea to solve the “debt crisis” always going to be to inflate our way out of it? However, along the way, something happened that was not part of the calculation (it’s never part of the calculation because if it was, it would not be allowed). The Fed, the government, and its citizens all became addicted to the concepts under the domain of Pluto, instead of focusing on reform that represents the higher aspect of this planet’s dynamic. They administered the heavy medicine to relieve the pain, but now they can’t get off it without encountering the negative consequences of staying on the medicine of stimulus too long.

Pluto rules concepts like rigging and manipulation, just as it has ownership over corruption, coercion, and power. Once leaders get the power and start behaving in a corrupt and coercive manner with the public’s treasury (in order to maintain their power and position), it becomes an unstoppable force until … it is revealed and opposition forces bring it to an end. But at some point, all cycles end, and the end of a cycle – like life itself – is often a shipwreck, if not prepared for or thought out properly.

It is imperative to get this ship righted very soon. It does not have to end up as a shipwreck, because at the same time, most of the outer planets have just begun their waxing phase to one another that will last several years. There is a chance to reverse all this market manipulation in the next 6-18 months, but it will require policies and actions that are moderate (Jupiter/Saturn waxing), not extreme and manipulative (Saturn square Uranus with Pluto still in Capricorn). Otherwise, the cure may be worse than the problem.

In the meantime, this ship is still headed toward the third of three powerful periods as described in our Forecast 2021 webinars last February and May. In fact, we are in it now: October 29-December 31, and especially the last two weeks of December when Venus will turn retrograde and Saturn will make its third waning square to Uranus. The Venus retrograde takes place in late Capricorn, conjunct Pluto. Venus retrograde (December 19, 2021–January 29, 2022) often coincides with the Fed and other central banks of the world changing their monetary policies. This is even more likely this time because of its conjunction with Pluto which rules debt. Of great importance as we head into the end of the year will be the currency markets, and probably the cryptocurrency markets as well. In Capricorn, we may hear of new regulation efforts.

For this week, we note that the Sun and Mercury will enter Sagittarius for the next 3-4 weeks. This is usually bullish for world stock markets, as Sagittarius represents good will and joy. Let’s hope that theme repeats and is not interrupted with the Saturn/Uranus square of December 24.

U.S. markets will be closed on Thursday, November 23, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Stock markets are usually bullish during this period (day before, day after).


NOTE 1: The annual Forecast 2022 book is on schedule to be mailed out by December 15! (print edition, eBook also). The book is now completed – what a year ahead (as I see it)! If you want to receive a 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 have sold out.

We cannot guarantee domestic or international orders will be delivered by Christmas or Hanukkah. International orders can take up to three weeks to arrive, depending on their destination. Expect a longer lead-time, higher shipping rates, and possible additional import taxes that may apply upon receipt of product, depending on the country (all out of our control).

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, 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!

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NOTE 2: The Trends for the Twelve Signs 2022 Book is available now in eBook format! The print edition will be mailed out mid-December, the same time as the Forecast Book is ready. 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 3: THE NOVEMBER-DECEMBER ISSUE OF THE ICRs (International Cycles Reports) will be released this week, November 23-24. 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). This  month’s ICR commodities issue will contain a special long and intermediate-term report and outlook for Copper by Matthieu Kaiser, MMTA student and portfolio manager, from Paris, France. It is well worth reading. 

NOTE 4: THE NEW MERRIMAN ON MARKET CYCLES: THE BASICS eBook is out! The first printing sold out quickly and the second print edition will be available in late November! 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.

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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

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.  

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