REVIEW AND PREVIEW
Despite the uncertainty around the presidential vote, Wall Street notched its best weekly performance since April. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq jumped 7.3% and 9%, respectively, for the week. The Dow rose 6.9% this week. The S&P 500 also posted its biggest election week gain since 1932… Victories by Republicans in several key Senate races, thus lowering the odds of a “blue wave” and the potential for higher taxes and stronger regulations, have been cited by Wall Street strategists as a reason for the rally in stocks. – Fred Imbert and Jesse Pound, “S&P Posts Best Week Since April Even With Election Undecided,” www.cnbc.com November 6, 2020.
The Labor Department said in its Friday report that employers added 638,000 jobs last month, sending the unemployment rate down for the sixth straight month to 6.9%, topping Wall Street’s expectations. – Megan Henney, “Where Are All the Jobs?” www.foxbusiness.com November 6, 2020.
Living is easy with eyes closed
Misunderstanding all you see
It’s getting hard to be someone
But it all works out
It doesn’t matter much to me
Nothing is real
And nothing to get hung up about
Strawberry fields forever
– John Lennon, Paul McCartney, the Beatles, EMI, London, 1967
It was the week after the Halloween Full Moon conjunct Uranus on October 31. And as one might expect with both a Full Moon and Uranus highlighted, everything suddenly and unexpectedly reversed. The sudden changes in investor psychology were also indicated by Mercury changing directions on Tuesday, November 3, when the Moon advanced to Gemini, Mercury’s ruling sign, in time for the U.S. presidential election. Once again, pollsters were off (but geocosmic studies were right on) as there was no “Blue Wave,” and Democratic candidate Joe Biden did not win by double digits. In fact, as of this writing, no one has officially been confirmed the victor, right in line with our Forecast that the winner would not be known prior to November 6, and maybe not even before Mars turns direct on November 14. With Saturn square Uranus approaching on February 17, doubts about the integrity or accuracy of the election results may remain until then. Stability and a sense of security and national pride in the republic, its leadership, and its fellow citizens may still be elusive for a few more weeks. There may be more surprises yet to come in the next 1-2 weeks.
World stock indices soared last week, following the multi-week selloff that ended the prior Friday, October 30. Especially noteworthy were the rallies in Japan, India, and the U.S. The Japanese Nikkei index made a new two-year high and is now testing its highest levels since 1991. India’s Nifty soared to 12,280 on Friday, within striking distance of its all-time record of 12,430 made on January 20, 2020. And in the U.S., the NASDAQ Composite rallied to 11,974, only 100 points off its all-time high of 12,074 that took place on September 2.
Bitcoin also had a remarkable week, testing $16,000 on Friday, a level not seen since its all-time highs of December 2017-January 2018. Gold and Silver also posted strong rallies. On Friday, Gold surpassed 1960 intraday, up over $100 from its low of October 29. Silver tested $26 on Friday, its highest price since September 21.
In retrospect, it was a week that reflected the symbolism of the Full Moon conjunct Uranus and Mercury turning direct. However, the planetary arrangements for next week are potentially just as significant. Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride is not over. Surrealism continues to have its dominance over the realism we once knew. One can only imagine the level of surrealism that must be going through President’s Trump’s mind right now with transiting Neptune (sense of reality being challenged) in a T-square with his Sun/Moon opposition (core belief in oneself, one’s self-identity). This could be a time of transcendence or a full-blown disconnect between what he believes and what is real. Hence, it may be a surreal time for many people, but an extraordinarily surreal time for the President and his most ardent supporters if the voting trend continues in Biden’s favor. It is probably quite surreal for Joe Biden too, for other reasons. We will discuss that in future columns if he is indeed declared the winner of the 2020 election.
SHORT-TERM GEOCOSMICS AND LONGER-TERM THOUGHTS
Here (in Arizona), morality matters, and so does loyalty. President Trump’s attacks on the late Sen. John McCain infuriated many Republicans. McCain’s widow, Cindy, endorsed Joe Biden, as did more than 100 former staffers of the senator in an open letter… in a state that Mr. Trump carried by 3.5% in 2016 and that last went Democratic in 1996. – Masada Siegel, “Has Trump Turned Arizona Blue?” Wall Street Journal, November 6, 2020.
Democrats gained some ground in the suburbs and heartland in 2018, but they lost in many of these areas this year. One suggestion: Maybe try a more moderate message than defund the police. “A Democratic Flop in the States,” Wall Street Opinion page, November 6, 2020.
The astrological studies reported in last week’s column appear to have trumped the cycle studies. The astrological correlations presented pointed to a Biden victory. These included the Jupiter/Saturn synodic cycle of December 21, 2020 and the Saturn/Uranus square of February-December 2021. Each had a distinct correlation to the defeat of the incumbent party in the White House. The cycle studies that I cited pointed to a Trump victory. The final vote count is not complete as of this writing, but Biden is closer to the finish line than the president.
So, if the 20-year Jupiter/Saturn cycle, which is also known as the “Great Mutation” cycle this time because it makes a 200-year change from the earth to the air element, represents a “New Aira,” what can we expect over the next 200 years, and in particular the next 20 years? Will the beginning of the new air element series be more unifying for the U.S., for the world, than that of the earth element series? That’s the idea or at least part of the possibilities indicated by this huge cosmic shift. But the shift is not always obvious in the very beginning. It may take 5-10 years before the shift is apparent. This is a subject we will cover in greater detail in the Forecast 2021 Book, which will be out in a little over one month.
In the meantime, we have another cosmic gathering brewing over the next few days. Between November 9 and 19, Venus will be in opposition to Mars, and both will form a cardinal T-square to the Capricorn stellium of Pluto, Jupiter, and Saturn. In the midst of this cardinal T-square, Jupiter will also make its third and final conjunction to Pluto on November 12, while Mars ends its two-month retrograde cycle on November 13-14. These latter two signatures are extremely powerful. The Jupiter/Pluto conjunction of November 12 has an 88% historical correlation to primary cycles within 11 trading days. Mars direct on November 13-14 has a 75% correlation to the same within 11 trading days. Both are thus powerful Level 1 geocosmic reversal signatures. The lows in world stock indices on October 29-30 were within these 11 trading days orb of time and may have coincided with the primary cycle trough. But since the middle part of this heavily-laden geocosmic time band occurs this week and stock indices (and Bitcoin, currencies, and metals) are rising sharply into it, we cannot rule out the possibility of yet another sharp reversal.
How this all might play out in November and December will be the subject of this month’s MMA Cycles Report, to be released Monday evening in the U.S. For now, our collective attention is on the final days of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election and what it means for the cosmic rendition of a “New Aira.” Thanks to MMA market analyst Kat Powell for coining that phrase.
NOTE 1: The MMA Monthly Cycles Report will come out this week, Monday evening. If you are not a subscriber, this would be a good issue to start with, given that stock indices, currencies, and metals are all confirming the start of new primary cycles, Soybeans are rallying to multi-year highs, plus we have an important three-star critical reversal date (CRD) now in effect. Every issue provides MMA’s outlook for the U.S. stock market (DJIA and S&P futures), Gold and Silver, T-Notes, 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, along with trading strategies for position traders. If you are not a subscriber to the monthly MMA Cycles Report and wish a copy of our outlook for financial markets, consider a one-month subscription for only $35.
NOTE 2: A SPECIAL VIDEO ON THE MERRIMAN MARKET TIMING ACADEMY (MMTA) will be available for viewing next weekend, November 14. In it, Gianni Di Poce and Raymond Merriman will address many questions (FAQs) that have been asked about the forthcoming 2-year course. This will be the official opening of the enrollment period to the public.
THE MERRIMAN MARKET TIMING ACADEMY (MMTA) will offer its next series of courses starting January 16, 2021! This is only the second time it has been offered since the first class graduated in 2014! And there will not be another offering for at least two years (we have to complete this one first). MMTA is a rigorous two-year program in the MMA Market Timing methodology of analyzing and trading financial markets developed by Raymond A. Merriman, C.T.A. (registered Commodities Trading Advisor with the National Futures Association since 1982). There will be 8 courses in all, each consisting of 6-7 classes, lasting 2-3 hours each, on Saturday afternoons, starting at 1:00 PM, EST. There will be a one-month break between each course, and a 3-month break between the first and second year of courses. The classes will be offered live online via Zoom. The course will be taught by Gianni Di Poce, MMTA graduate and apprentice, and Raymond Merriman. The cost for the two-year program is $12,000, with a 10% discount if registered by December 14, 2020. It is also possible to sign up for one year ($6600) or even one course ($1800) at a time. For more information on registration and requirements for enrollment, please visit our MMTA page to learn more about this opportunity to learn market timing the MMA way.
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NOTE 3: The Forecast 2021 Book is on schedule to be released on December 15. The cost is $55.00 plus postage for the print edition (no postage, of course, for the e-Book edition). There is a discount for those who order both the print and e-Book editions together. Our outlook is that 2021 will be another very important year with the long-term Saturn/Uranus waning square aspect taking place. February through December 2021. Although 2020 is not yet over, several forecasts made in the 2020 book have already unfolded. For a review of the Forecast 2020 Book so far, please visit our Scorecard.
In addition to this year’s Forecast book, we are offering a separate publication for those who enjoy the yearly trends for the twelve individual signs. It is titled “Trends for the Twelve Signs 2021,” and written by Antonia Langsdorf-Merriman and Ray Merriman. Antonia has written an annual Sun Sign book in German for the past several years, based on interviews conducted with Ray beforehand. We will follow that same format for the Trends for the Twelve Signs 2021 book. The cost of this book will be $25, with a further discount if ordered with the Forecast 2021 Book.
This year’s printed and/or e-Book versions of Forecast 2021 will also be available in these languages:
NOTE 4: MMA is pleased to announce that it is publishing a new book titled Great Conjunctions: Shifting Times, by one of the world’s leading Mundane Astrologers – Chris McRae of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. This a fascinating book on the history of Great Conjunctions involving the outer planets throughout history. It is especially appropriate today because 2020 was such a year exhibiting Great Conjunctions. In fact, the grandest of all outer planet conjunctions – the Jupiter/Saturn synodic cycle – will take place on December 21, 2020, so this book is timely. The insights that McRae provides on these rare but remarkable configurations will make this one of the most valuable additions to the field of Mundane Astrology. The book is due to be released by January 2021. The cost will be $24.95, but you may pre-order it at the pre-publication price of $19.95 until further notice.
January 16, 2021: The first class of the 2-year program of the Merriman Market Timing Academy begins! For details, see the above announcement, or visit MMTA.
February 14, 2021: The Annual MMA Forecast 2021 Webinar. More on this later, but Save the Date for now. It is a Sunday.
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 a 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 hence potentially affect 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.