The Dow got a boost Thursday as investors rotated out of tech stocks and into blue-chips.  Despite the blips in the tech sector, overall earnings season has been terrific so far, boosting the broader market back to an all-time high following a two-month lull.– Tanaya Macheel and Hannah Miao, “Dow Closes at a Record,”, October 22, 2021. 

The end of Mercury retrograde last Monday, October 18, didn’t end the global stock market rally that started from lows nearby to when Mercury turned retrograde on September 27 or its midpoint of October 7-8. It didn’t end with the three powerful Jupiter transits October 15-19 either. However, several of the world stock indices did pause their rallies on October 20-21, while a few others just kept rising right until the end of the week. Overall, the market behavior last week was very Jupiterian. That is, stock markets were bullish, with some even reaching new all-time highs. The behavior of stock indices was not even across the globe, or within any of the major regions either.

In Asia and the Pacific Rim, the Indian NIFTY index soared to yet another new all-time on Tuesday, October 19. The Australian ASX, Japanese Nikkei, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng, and China’s SSE indices had corrective rallies but topped out well below their highs of mid-September.

In Europe, the Netherlands AEX exploded to a new all-time high on Friday, October 22. The German DAX, and Zurich SMI indices also rallied, but so far, their rallies were only a correction of their recent decline. The London FTSE made its post-pandemic crash high a week earlier, on October 15.

In the U.S., both the DJIA and S&P recorded new all-time highs on Friday, October 22. However, the NASDAQ rallied as well into Thursday, October 21, but is still well off its all-time highs.

Other markets again had noteworthy weeks. Bitcoin roared to a new all-time high on Wednesday’s full Moon (October 20), but Ethereum fell a little short, for a case of intermarket bearish divergence. By Friday, Bitcoin had fallen below 60,000, a loss of over 10% in two days. Crude oil soared to another multiyear high, hitting 8422 on Friday. Silver was a star, testing 25.00 again on Friday, which represents an appreciation of over 16% since September 29. Gold also had a good week, reaching 1815.50 on Friday, its highest mark since September 7. Our call for Gold made in our early September webinar is still on track as we head into the critical November-December period and the Mars effect outlined for then.


Rising inflation is triggering anxiety around the world as a surge in demand following the easing of COVID-19 lockdowns has been confronted by supply bottlenecks and rising prices of energy and raw materials.– Paul Hannon, Ryan Dube, and Stella Yifan, “Inflation Sets Off Alarms World-Wide,” Wall Street Journal, October 16-17.

Treasury wants to snoop on banks accounts to trigger more audits. This week Senate Democrats backed by the Biden Treasury released a revised proposal that raises the threshold for financial institutions to report to the IRS on individual accounts to $10,000 from the previously mooted $600. – “The $10,000 IRS Tax Dragnet,” Opinion page, Wall Street Journal, October 22, 2021.

You would think that new all-time highs in stock indexes would signal that the economic future of the world looks great, that the outlook for companies and individuals is very rosy. However, with the Sun leaving the diplomatic and willing-to-compromise sign of Libra for the less diplomatic and more probing and demanding-of-action sign, Scorpio, there is still a fair amount of worry afloat. There may also be a resurrection of investigations into wrongdoings in the past by political leaders of the world, efforts by governments to have their tax collecting agencies intrude into personal bank accounts, as well as another round of urgency regarding debt, deficits, and new tax proposals. These behaviors all fall under the sign of Scorpio and its ruler, Pluto. It just so happens that the U.S. is entering its 248-year Pluto return too, so this nation is very likely to experience new attention on these issues this next month.

As investors, traders, and market analysts, why do we care about this? It is simple, if you are also a student of history and its correlation to geocosmic cycles. For one, we know that the final passage of the 45-year Saturn/Uranus exact waning square is approaching on December 24, just one week after Venus turns retrograde while in conjunction with Pluto. The history of this (and all) Saturn/Uranus quarter cycles illustrates a high frequency of economic and market downturns 1-3 years afterwards when both have been rising going into the aspect. In fact, every other instance (90 years apart) of the Saturn/Uranus waning square has coincided with the two worst depressions in  U.S. history: (1930-31 and 1840). 2021-2022 is next in this 90-year cosmic phenomenon.

Secondly, as I write this year’s annual Forecast book, I discovered a correlation of severe market and economic declines occurring within the first two years of the 20-year Jupiter/Saturn cycle, which commenced December 21, 2020. It is not that these types of shocks have to happen, for after all, they are caused by either natural events outside of our control to which we were not prepared, or by the implantation of extreme policies and poor judgement (the downside of Jupiter) that did not work out well. Think September 11, 2001, and the dot com speculative bubble bust in the last instance, or the record-high inflation and interest rates the time before that, or the Bay of Pigs Cuban crisis before that, or World War II the time before that.

In addition, Jupiter will re-enter Pisces, December 29, 2021, through May 10, 2022. This is a combination that has historical correspondence to sharp and sudden reversals in a variety of financial markets, including Crude Oil and Silver. On a positive note, Jupiter will conjoin Neptune on April 12, 2022, in Pisces. This is a very charitable, compassionate combination which may bring people and leaders together in a large summit or conference, during which great visions may be shared, creating much excitement about the future. It’s not all bad news or depressing news, but it is apt to bring forth big ideas that will then have the challenge of “making dreams come true.” It will be a good time to believe in miracles and leave grievances behind, for at least one week. No one will want to hear negative warnings or depressing projections. It’s more of a time for a love fest. It is interesting that it happens nearby to Easter. Young people especially appear to be in a party mood this spring season. Watch out Florida and seaside destinations. With this aspect of group bliss also comes the potential for carelessness, but I promised not to bring up warnings, so forget what I just wrote (unless you care about your health).

Shorter-term, the Sun in Scorpio will activate the Saturn/Uranus square October 30-November 5, followed by Mars doing the same November 10-17. These are not aspects of smooth sailing for financial markets or socio-political matters, as the Jupiter/Neptune conjunction is apt to be in April. However, they may energize markets that rally strongly under the wish for a safe harbor in moments of turbulence. If you are prepared you may be able to capitalize on these sudden changes and sharp market moves.


NOTE 1: ONE MORE WEEK OF OUR ANNUAL FORECAST PRE-ORDER EVENT! This is the last week to pre-order Forecast 2022 for only $45 and save 10% on any subscription combination $275+ with coupon code: SALE2022.

This pre-publication annual sales event ends October 31st. This is MMA’s once-a-year sale on both the annual Forecast Book and MMA Subscription Reports. You may pre-order Forecast 2022 today at the discounted rate of $45. On November 1st, the price will automatically increase to $55. Order both the print and eBook (Forecast 2022 Bundle) for only $65, a savings of $45 off the retail rates. This may be a good idea as printers report they are 2-4 weeks behind normal completion schedules this year all over the country. The discount on subscription reports is even more valuable. You can save 10% on any subscription or renewal of a subscription report of $275+ with the purchase of Forecast 2022. Use coupon code SALE2022 at checkout to receive the subscription discount. Click here for more information about how to save during the ANNUAL FORECAST PRE-ORDER EVENT. As a BONUS, all those who pre-order Forecast 2022 before November 1st will receive an early released chapter from Forecast 2022.

This year we are again pleased to announce the publication of our Trends for the Twelve Signs 2022 Book, which will include the individual Sun Signs forecasts. This very popular book on the annual outlook for each sign is written by Antonia Langsdorf-Merriman and Raymond Merriman. We will follow a format this year where Langsdorf will cover the health and relationships outlook and Merriman will cover the business, career and overall psychological outlook of each sign for the year. The cost of this book will be $25. Save $10 by purchasing both Forecast 2022 and Trends for the Twelve Signs 2022 together, Forecast 2022 Ultimate Bundle for $60.

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NOTE 2: THE OCTOBER ISSUE OF THE ICRs (International Cycles Reports) were released last week. 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). Order now to make sure you get this month’s report! Consider the October Issue for only $35. 

Stay tuned as the ICR Commodities Report will soon add Copper to its analysis! Copper prices have long been considered a leading indicator for the economy. In May of 2021, they reached an all-time high. The research on Copper cycles by Portfolio Manager Matthieu Kaiser of Paris, and a current student at the Merriman Market Timing Academy (MMTA), is one of the finest studies on cycles I have seen to date. His research on Copper cycles is stunning. He is on schedule to issue his first analysis on Cooper via ICR Commodities newsletter issued in November. Sign up now to make sure you get this report- Matthieu’s work is amazing.

NOTE 3: THE NEW MERRIMAN ON MARKET CYCLES: THE BASICS book is out! The print and eBook versions are available! The first edition of print books is nearly sold out! 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 4: THE ADDENDUM TO MONTHLY MMA CYCLES REPORT GOES OUT THIS WEEK! We are adding a mid-month option to the MMA Monthly Cycles Report by Pouyan Zolfagarnia. This is for subscribers of that report only and will be issued as a complimentary addendum through December, after which there will be a charge of $95/year (or $45/three months, or $20/issue) to continue to receive it as an addendum to MMA Monthly Cycles Report. The first pilot of this addendum went out last month and the reviews have been extremely favorable from subscribers who received it. It has very attractive graphics, is clearly written with a little more emphasis on geocosmics (including charts) and is basically an excellent and not-so-technical update of the MMA Monthly Cycles Report. If you wish to receive a copy of this visually and analytically excellent report, you can simply sign up for a one-month subscription to MMA Monthly Cycles Report and you will also receive both the monthly cycles report and this mid-term addendum. As mentioned, this report will be delivered at no cost to subscribers of MMA Cycles through December 2021. To order click here.

Really excellent, with the color-coding and shading, etc. Nice complement to Ray’s work and obvious edge of experience. I would definitely subscribe to this. J.N, trader and subscriber. 

Just wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed the first issue of the MMA Monthly Cycle Report Mid-Month Addendum. I felt the analysis was clear and relevant. Looking forward to next month’s analysis. If the following months are as insightful as this issue, I will be a purchaser of this subscription. M.T. MMA Cycles subscriber.


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 

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.