REVIEW AND PREVIEW
“If Biden gets in, this market’s going to crash,” Trump asserted in an interview on Fox Business Network with host Maria Bartiromo. Invoking Biden’s tax plans, Trump also claimed that the former vice president would “tax this country into a depression like in 1929.” – Robert Schroeder, “Trump Claims Biden Win Would Crash Market, Cause Depression,” www.marketwatch.com, August 13, 2020.
It may be the middle of one of the most challenging geocosmic time bands of the year. And the world (and the union) may seem like it is falling apart with no chance of healing, while the sitting president of the United States is falling deeper and deeper in the polls with the election only three weeks away. But the stock markets of the world keep rising. It is like the markets don’t believe Trump can lose, for it is almost universally agreed that if he does lose, the stock market will fall into an abyss that will make last March’s decline look like some kind of an innocent fluke. Well, maybe the outlook of a Biden victory and a stock market panic is not universally agreed upon, but it is what the President stated this week (and many times before), and it is what many market commentators believe as well, including yours truly. Yes, historically, stock markets perform well under a Democrat presidency. But they don’t always start out so well, and their best performance is when Republicans control one or both branches of Congress at the same time.
The potent geocosmic time band was identified as mostly being in effect September 28–October 19, with a midpoint right about now. It appears an important low in many world equity markets happened on September 24, just two trading days before this period began with Saturn changing directions and squared by transiting Mars. Now we are in the middle of this time band and these same equity markets are soaring to their highest level in at least 3 weeks. In the case of India’s Nifty and Japan’s Nikkei indices, stocks are back to their highest levels since the pandemic crash began in February 2020.
Gold and Silver had positive gains last week too. After bottoming at 1851 two weeks ago, Gold was trading above 1930 on Friday. Silver was even more impressive. Silver completed a 27% decline over 7 weeks from its multi-year high of 29.91 on August 7 to its low two weeks ago of 21.81 on September 24. But by the end of last week, it reached 25.33, a gain of 16%. The low of the week was 22.96 on Tuesday, October 6. This was significant, for as stated on Monday evening in our MMA daily report, when Silver closed at 24.52, “Tuesday and Wednesday are critical days with the Sun/Moon both being in air signs, always a danger for Silver. Aggressive traders (may) buy back if there is a big drop to say 23.00 +/- .25.” So much for market analysts who continually and falsely claim that you cannot time markets. We do it often. But then again, they don’t have – or wish to learn – the tools that we have. Buy and hold strategies are so much easier for those who don’t really fancy rigorous work, study, and analysis.
Crude Oil and Bitcoin also had decent weeks. But the star performer last week was Soybeans, which exploded to 1080, its highest price in four years. With both Saturn and Jupiter conjunct Pluto in Capricorn in 2020, this fits the historical correlation of Soybean prices to geocosmic cycles very well.
SHORT-TERM GEOCOSMICS AND LONGER-TERM THOUGHTS
“The 20 – the 200 mil – the 200,000 people that have died on his watch, how many of those have survived?” – Joe Biden in the first presidential debate, as reported by Peggy Noonan, “Coronavirus Delivers an October Surprise,” Wall Street Journal, October 3-4, 2020.
This has already been an incredible geocosmic time band in terms of world and national activities. It started with the Presidential debate on September 29, that was unlike any other debate between two candidates striving to be the president of the world’s most powerful country, moving quickly into the announcement two days later that President Trump and the First Lady contacted COVID-19 (as well as several members of his inner circle), next there was the president’s decision to walk away from stimulus talks, but then two days later he announces he wants a very big stimulus package now, and to realize at the same time that this is only the halfway point of this remarkable geocosmic time frame. It’s not affecting the stock market adversely (yet), but it isn’t coinciding with a general feeling of buoyancy and optimism about the future either. In fact, I would argue that the collective level of stress and even desperation emanating from the political situation is increasing.
I received a lot of mail last week from Trump supporters who are very disappointed because I reported that almost all polls show that the president did not win the debate though he says he won it “big time, according to all the polls.” I look at the polls on Real Clear Politics, and especially the Rasmussen poll (which was the most correct of all major polls in 2016), and I noted that for the first time in the polling cycle, Trump had actually moved into to a one-point lead over Biden going into the debate. But since the debate performance, he has fallen behind Biden by double digits. Even Rasmussen has him down by 12% this past week. That doesn’t sound like someone who won the debate “big time.” It sounds like someone who lost the debate “big time.”
But for the Trump supporters who read my weekly column, there is still reason to be hopeful. Remember, it was about this time in 2016 that the “Access Hollywood” tapes came out and everyone thought it was all over then. Trump couldn’t possibly come back from that scandal and win. And then he did. It is also worth noting that if one candidate can fall over 12% in two weeks while the other rises that much, then a 12% deficit is also possible to manifest in three weeks.
Given that Mars is still retrograde through November 13, and Mercury turns retrograde this week, October 13 through November 3 (Election Day), and given that there is a full moon on October 31 conjunct Uranus, just three days before Election Day, I would not rule out more sudden changes that could reverse the trend. In other words, with all of these retrograde planets and the presence of Uranus highlighted right before and into the election, it is not over until it’s over. And it will likely not even be over then.
How will the stock markets behave under this Mercury retrograde, with Mars retrograde? Unpredictable, and probably full of whipsaws. The key words for the next three weeks are: bizarre, dramatic, stunning, unbelievable, maybe shocking. I think some very disturbing news events and accusations are still waiting in the wings to be released. Whether they are true or not is another matter. But I would continue with last week’s advice: don’t believe what you see, hear, or read. And as far as trading financial markets, I think the shorter-term your horizon, the better. Position trading on what you think is going to happen may be a painful experience these next few weeks, as the retrogrades of both Mars and Mercury (especially together) are well-known for their whipsaw-like behavior in markets. Of course, this correlates to the whipsaw-like events in the news, perhaps related to the reversals of policy announcements by world leaders, or other matters outside of one’s control.
NOTE 1: The MMA Monthly Cycles Report will come out this week, Monday evening. 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. Please note the subscribers are invited to attend this Sunday’s Q&A discussion with Ray Merriman at no charge. Please see special note below.
NOTE 2: SPECIAL NOTE TO ALL MMA SUBSCRIBERS:
1) MMA Active Subscriber Club: This week, all Active Subscriber Club (ASC) members received the recording of Ray’s presentation from October 3rd at Astrology University’s virtual summit on “Super Charged degrees and Pandemics.” If you want to know about Covid-19 and how Astrology has correlated with pandemics in the past, then you will want to see this Webinar. You can only gain access by becoming a subscriber. Our ASC members are also invited to this weekend’s live virtual Q&A with Ray for free. Plus, this week all ASC members and Forecast Fan Club members were sent an early released Chapter from Forecast 2021 on the coronavirus. Even if you sign up for a one-month subscription, you’re still part of the Active Subscriber Club for that month and enjoy all the added benefits. Unsure of which subscription to sign up for? Read note 3 below!
2) Forecast 2021 Early Released Chapter: All members of the Active Subscriber Club, Forecast Fan Club, and those who have pre-ordered Forecast 2021 received an early released Chapter from Forecast 2021 on the coronavirus. If you want access to this 20-page chapter where Ray describes how he sees Covid-19 playing out into 2021, pre-order Forecast 2021 today, or become a subscriber. This chapter covers the deadliest pandemics in world history and how the Tier One synodic cycles create “Super-Charged Degrees,” and how they were activated at the onset of COVID-19. This chapter describes when this signature passes out of effect and when the next one is due to arrive.
3) We have THIRTEEN FREE REPORTS available now: You know that now is the best time to sign up for a subscription because this is the only time of the year where you can get 10% off any subscription ($275+) with the purchase of the Forecast 2021 Book. If you are unsure of which subscription you want, start by viewing and downloading FREE sample reports from this summer to each of our thirteen subscriptions, through our website under each subscription’s product description. We also have a Subscription Matrix available to compare which markets are covered in each report.
MMA offers reports ranging from Daily, Weekly, and Monthly subscriptions. Each report can be subscribed to in one-month, three-month, or one-year increments. We offer both one-time-payment and auto-renewal options, so there is no long-term commitment. We also have a special write up from Gianni Di Poce on the Crude Oil report and why we feel that this commodity is more exciting than ever RIGHT NOW! Plus, Mark Shtayerman breaks down two ICR reports from this summer and shares what has unfolded since their publication. Normally, both of these write-ups are only shared with subscribers, but during our 10% off sale, we are making these special updates available to all readers of our Free Weekly Forecast. Enjoy!
NOTE 3: LESS THAN 3 WEEKS TO GO FOR BEST PRICES! The Forecast 2021 Book will end its Annual Forecast Pre-Order Event in just 19 days. Our preliminary outlook is that 2021 will be another very important year with the long-term Saturn/Uranus square aspect taking place. 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.
This pre-publication period will be in effect through October 31 and will include our once-a-year sale discounts on both the annual Forecast Book and MMA Subscription Reports. You may pre-order Forecast 2021 at the discounted rate of $45. After the pre-order event ends, the price will increase to $55 on November 1st. Order both an eBook and print book (Forecast 2021 Bundle) for only $65, a savings of $45 off the standard rates. Save 10% off any subscription ($275+) with purchase of Forecast 2021. Use code SALE2021 at checkout to receive the subscription discount.
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 will be written by Antonia Langsdorf-Merriman and myself. Antonia has written an annual Sun Sign book in German for the past several years, based on interviews conducted with me 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 and Trends for 2021 will also be available in these languages:
NOTE 4: 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! This is an intensive two-year program in the MMA Market Timing methodology of analyzing and trading financial markets as developed by Raymond A. Merriman, C.T.A. (registered Commodities Trading Advisor with the National Futures Association since 1982). There will be 8 courses, 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 to be accepted, please visit our MMTA page to learn more about this opportunity to learn market timing the MMA way.
I would like to share my belief that the future of education and career development, as well as personal control of your financial assets, will be greatly influenced by the outstanding opportunities to be afforded by online studies over this decade. The future of education (Jupiter conjunct Saturn in air signs now for the next 140 years) will be changing dramatically. This means the future of career development and financial management will be changing too, all as a result of the new era (we call it the “New Aira”) in human activity that is now underway, related to the Grand Conjunctions of 2020. Life as we knew it will never be the same in so many areas. Yet the opportunities to succeed are unfolding now as education and training shift rapidly to online learning venues. The MMA Market Timing Academy (MMTA) has a niche and a methodology of understanding markets that no other company or online school can match. Don’t miss your opportunity to get in on the ground floor of MMTA’s educational and training models if you are truly interested in understanding the principles and value of financial market timing. There is nothing else like this available today.
NOTE 5: 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 mid-November. The cost will be $24,95, but you may pre-order it at the pre-publication price of $19.95, starting now.
October 11, 2020: Special Q&A webinar for MMA Subscribers with Raymond Merriman! 4:30 PM, EDT, or 1:30 PM PDT, or 9:30 PM GMDT). This webinar is free to those who subscribe to any MMA subscription report, or $55 if not a subscriber. Subscribers may send in a question they wish Merriman to address ahead of time. The only requirement is that the questions be of general interest to everyone attending the Q&A. Questions about a specific market are fine if it is a market that Merriman analyzes (no individual stocks, please). It is possible there may not be enough time to address all questions, so they will be answered on a first-come, first-serve basis. This event will last 90 minutes. You must register to attend at least two days before the event and a link to enter the meeting will be sent to all registrants that week.
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.
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.