MMA Weekly Column: December 2, 2019


China threatened to retaliate after President Donald Trump signed two bills into law in support of Hong Kong protesters. “China firmly opposes Hong Kong Act. We have made stern representations & strong protests to U.S.,” Geng Shuang, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said in a briefing Friday. “It is a stark hegemonic practice & a severe interference in Hong Kong affairs, which are China’s internal affairs. China will take strong counter-measures.” Investors fear the signing of these measures could complicate negotiations as a key Dec. 15 deadline approaches. If a deal is not reached by then, an additional round of U.S. tariffs on Chinese products would take effect. – Fred Imbert, “China Threatens to Take ‘Strong Counter-Measures’ Against U.S. After Hong Kong Bill Signings,”, November 29, 2019.

“I signed these bills out of respect for President Xi, China, and the people of Hong Kong,” Mr. Trump said. – Lingling Wei, Philip Wen, and Chao Seng, “China, U.S. Aim to Save Trade Deal,” Wall Street Journal, November 29, 2019.

And so it goes, as Jupiter spends its last hours in the sign of Sagittarius. Jupiter and its ruling sign of Sagittarius both rule world trade and the hope for many during the last 13 months of this transit was that the U.S. and China would negotiate a major trade deal. It was supposed to be large, one of the grandest trade deals ever, which would have been consistent with the dynamics of Jupiter in Sagittarius. Both Jupiter and Sagittarius like things to be large. Everything is exaggerated and inflated as hopes can run wild. No room for small thinking under these two principles. But that all changes now as Jupiter advances into the much more demanding and realistic sign of Capricorn for the next year, starting on Monday, December 2.

Welcome the “Capricorn Stellium,” a one-year cosmic cycle where the world will now experience the consequences of all the setups – the planning, decisions, and behaviors – of the past 13 months. It is called the “Capricorn Stellium” because three of the five outermost planets in the solar system (Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto) will transit through the sign of Capricorn together until December 21, 2020. Capricorn is the sign that demands accountability. It is the sign that pays attention to detail and entertains only plans that are practical, have a chance of succeeding, and are not just positive-thinking soundbites. With Jupiter in Sagittarius during the past 13 months, everything was grandiose and presented as the biggest, largest, greatest. But Jupiter was square to Neptune in Pisces during most of the last year, and both Neptune and Pisces have an association with fantasies and/or delusions, the idea that you can make something great simply just by announcing that it will be great. In the end, it will end up being more like Saturn and Capricorn – very limited and a shell of what was promised. But a shell that can work, nonetheless.

Still, the President came down on the side of protesters in Hong Kong, which may end up being a brilliant political move going into the 2020 election in a country that has its own delusions about what it is (democracy, capitalism, freedom) and wants to be. But it is not a move that is going to lead to the type of trade deal with China that was promoted when the trade war began. We are a long way from that ideal.

Prior to the signing of bills supporting Hong Kong protesters, many of the world’s stock indices were rallying. All U.S. markets that we follow made new all-time highs on Wednesday, November 27, as Neptune turned direct, and well within the orb of geocosmic critical reversal date (CRD) of November 22-25 weekend. The decline in equity markets that followed the bill signing didn’t cause a panic in equities, and there is no serious damage to the underlying technical picture as of yet. But Jupiter is leaving the optimistic and hopeful sign Sagittarius for a one-year jaunt through the scrutinizing sign of Capricorn on Monday, December 2, and all bear markets must begin somewhere.


Whether the top of last week will mark the end of the longest bull market in U.S. stocks remains to be seen. It is too early to tell, but it is also extremely late in the historical cycles of bull markets. A top in this bull market is due, even overdue, and it will start somewhere – whether in the last days of Jupiter’s transit through Sagittarius, or closer to Jupiter trine Uranus (December 15), or Saturn conjunct Pluto (January 12), or even later. The thing about the start of bear markets is that they don’t announce themselves. There is no gong that sounds when they begin. But in most cases, they will begin when long-term aspects are in effect between Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and/or Pluto to one another. We have one of those approaching. In fact, its orb of influence is already in effect. It is the 32-37 year synodic cycle of Saturn conjunct Pluto, taking place in a single passage on January 12, 2020. The orb of time when a longer-term cycle ends can be up to 11 months either side, although most reversals occur within 5 months or less.

Another very important synodic cycle will occur on December 21, 2020, when Jupiter will form its 20-year conjunction with Saturn. This too often correlates with 4-year or greater cycles within 5 months. The last time that happened was May 28, 2000, very close to the then all-time high in many world stock markets that quickly collapsed when the dot-com bubble burst (January-March 2000). It may take until these two cycles overlap one another before the bear comes out of hibernation. That would be sometime between July-November 2020, just in time for the 2020 U.S. Election. Those cycles, and others, are covered in detail in the Forecast 2020 Book which is now written and will be ready for distribution in two weeks.

Speaking of which… this was the most challenging of all Forecast Books I have ever written. It is also the longest Forecast Book I have ever written, 250 pages in all. It was difficult because of the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto conjunction cycles taking place in the sign of Capricorn. That’s three synodic cycles of the outer planets unfolding in one year, something that is very rare and doesn’t have a lot of historical samples to draw from. But I know something about this long-term Saturn/Pluto planetary cycle, having been born under one. As the book illustrates, Saturn/Pluto conjunctions coincide with periods of heroes or villains. I am also convinced that Saturn and Pluto can pertain to superhuman efforts. Yes, I am now convinced that I am superman – a Saturn/Pluto superman, because I wrote a 250-page book in less than 4 months. It’s just not normal to do this – and also have it edited by five editors during the same time. They are supermen and superwomen too. The only thing I am not sure about is whether I am a villain or a hero. Right now, I am just fried. But I feel a little amazed that I could actually write a 250-page book of this scope in less than four months. It makes me think that if I put my mind to it, I can achieve anything I want. And maybe that’s the positive message of Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn in 2020. There is no limit to what you can accomplish if you are willing to be stay focused and work hard – and not croak or crack.

But now it is time to take care of myself and recharge, for the downside of any heavy Saturn aspect is burn out. For Saturn to continue to accomplish, one needs balance in life between work, rest, and social activity.


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