MMA FREE WEEKLY COLUMN FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING JANUARY 31, 2022 ©

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The nation’s gross domestic product expanded 5.7% in 2021. It was the strongest calendar-year growth since a 7.2% surge in 1984 after a previous recession. In a statement, President Joe Biden said, “We are finally building an American economy for the 21st century, with the fastest economic growth  in nearly four decades, along with the greatest year of job growth in American history.” Paul Wiseman, “Economy’s Growth Fastest Since 1984,” Associated Press, January 28, 2022.

The global economy will expand a predicted 4.4% this year, the IMF said Tuesday in its World Economic Outlook. That figure is down from an estimated 5.9% in 2021. The decline will be steeper in the U.S., 4% in the coming year, a 1.2% downgrade from its October estimate – the largest downgrade for any major country for which the IMF provides forecasts. – Josh Zumbrun, “IMF Downgrades 2022 Growth Forecast,” Wall Street Journal, January 26, 2022. 

It was another wild and volatile week, just like Mercury retrograde, the Trickster, is known for, and especially following Uranus’ change of direction on January 18. Mercury retrograde is akin to someone scratching their head and wondering “What’s going on? This doesn’t make sense.” Uranus is its higher octave, and when it is highlighted it is more like “pulling one’s hair out.” Together they can equate to a feeling of insanity, instability, and chaos, as if the whole world has gone mad and lost all control. Continue reading…

MMA FREE WEEKLY COLUMN FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING JANUARY 24, 2022 ©

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U.S. stocks tumbled on Friday, closing out a losing week and continuing a rough start to 2022. The Nasdaq Composite was hit the hardest with Friday’s selling sending the tech-heavy index to its worst week since 2020. The Nasdaq is off to its worst start to a year, through the first 14 trading days, since 2008. – Maggie Fitzgerald and Pippa Stevens, “NASDAQ Tumbles 2% Friday, Notches Its Worst Week Since 2020,” www.cnbc.com, January 21, 2022.

It wasn’t as if one should be surprised. After all, a week in which both Mercury and Uranus changed directions, with Venus in the middle of her retrograde cycle, is a blaring advertisement for surprises. And last week’s column noted, “The fact that he (Mercury retrograde) returns with the Moon also in Gemini, his ruling domain, indicates a wild and erratic trading climate may be in store these next few days, even weeks. The potential for chaos is further highlighted by Uranus ending its retrograde cycle and turning direct on Tuesday, January 18. Mercury retrograde is trouble enough. Uranus changing direction is even more unstable and given to sudden disruptions and unexpected events. It can be like an earthquake…” After posting new all-time or multi-year highs just two weeks ago, many global stock indices were beaten up badly all week in what felt like the ground giving way. It was even more unstable for Bitcoin. Fear is quickly replacing greed, and urgency is replacing complacency in the psychology of investors of both stocks and cryptos. Continue reading…

MMA FREE WEEKLY COLUMN FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING JANUARY 17, 2022 ©

NOTE: U.S. markets will be closed on Monday in honor of Martin Luther King holiday.

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Inflation plowed ahead at its fastest 12-month pace in nearly 40 years during December. The consumer price index, a gauge that measures costs across dozens of items, increased 7%, according to the department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. On a monthly basis, CPI increased 0.5%. The annual move was the fastest increase since June 1982. – Jeff Cox, “Inflation Rises 7% over the Past Year, Highest Since 1982,” www.cnbc.com. January 12, 2022.

Wholesale prices rose at the fastest pace on record in December, the latest evidence that inflationary pressures are continuing to plague the U.S. economy. Megan Henney, “Producer Prices Soared by 9.7% in December, Biggest Gain on Record, “ www.foxbusness.com, January 13, 2022.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pledged to bring down his country’s soaring inflation, which hit 36% in December, as the country’s central bank gears up for another rate-setting meeting next week. – Natasha Turak, “Erdogan Blames Turkey’s Currency Problems on ‘Foreign Financial Tools’ as Central Bank Reserves Fall,” www.cnbc.com, January 13, 2022.

Here he comes again. Mercury retrograde, the Trickster, is back January 14-February 4. The fact that he returns with the Moon also in Gemini, his ruling domain, indicates a wild and erratic trading climate may be in store these next few days, even weeks. The potential for chaos is further highlighted by Uranus ending its retrograde cycle and turning direct on Tuesday, January 18. Continue reading…

MMA FREE WEEKLY COLUMN FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING JANUARY 10, 2022 ©

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Investors have been preparing for the Federal Reserve to start hiking interest rates. They also know the central bank is cutting the amount of bonds it buys each month. On top of that, they figured, eventually, the tapering would lead to a reduction in the nearly $9 trillion in assets the Fed is holding. What they didn’t expect were all three things happening at the same time. While the moves are designed to fight inflation and as the jobs market heals, the jolt of a Fed triple threat of tightening sent the market into a tailspin Wednesday. – Jeff Cox, “The Federal Reserve is Scaring Markets with the Triple Threat of Policy Tightening,” www.cnbc.com, January 6, 2022.

The U.S. economy added far fewer jobs than expected in December. Nonfarm payrolls grew by 199,000, while the unemployment rate fell to 3.9%, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. That compared to the Dow Jones estimate of 422,000 for the payrolls number and 4.1% for the unemployment rate. The numbers come at a crossroads for the U.S. economy as more than half a million Covid cases per day, many related to the omicron variant, threaten to stall an economic recovery that looks to accelerate in 2022. – Jeff Cox, “Hiring falters in December as payrolls rise only 199,000,” www.cnbc.com, January 7, 2022.

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MMA FREE WEEKLY COLUMN FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING JANUARY 3, 2022 ©

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South Africa has lifted a midnight to 4 a.m. curfew on people’s movement with immediate effect, believing the country has passed the peak of its fourth COVID-19 wave driven by the omicron variant, a government statement said on Thursday. “All indicators suggest the country may have passed the peak of the fourth wave at a national level,” a statement from the special cabinet meeting held earlier on Thursday said. – “South Africa Lifts Curfew, Says Omicron Wave Has Peaked,” Reuters, December 31, 2021

It was a good closing week on a good year for world equity markets.

After falling to multi-week lows on December 20, the first trading day after the very important Venus retrograde of December 19, the “Santa Claus,” “End-of-the-Year” rally finally kicked in. In some cases, like the U.S. and Switzerland, stock indices posted new all-time highs. In the United Kingdom, the FTSE soared to its highest level since the March 2020 pandemic crash. In most others, it was a secondary rally that fell short of making a new all-time high.

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MMA FREE WEEKLY COLUMN FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING DECEMBER 20, 2021 ©

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NOTE: There will be no report next week as we take a holiday break and wish everyone a happy holiday season and a prosperous and successful New Year! We had considered posting the Star of Bethlehem story again, but we did that last year under the Jupiter/Saturn conjunction, which was probably the real Star of Bethlehem that appeared, then disappeared, then reappeared in 7 BC, consistent with the retrograde patterns of Jupiter and Saturn in Pisces that year, especially during the sun signs of Leo, Virgo, and Libra when the “star” in Pisces would be its brightest in the night sky. We will reprint this story every five years.

The Labor Department said Tuesday that its producer price index rose 9.6% in November from the month earlier, the most since records began in 2010. – Gwenn Guilford, “Producer Prices Surged in November,” Wall Street Journal, December 15, 2021.

“Changes in the general level of prices have always excited great interest. Obscure in origin, they exert a profound and far-reaching influence on the whole economic and social life of a country.” – Economist Knot Wicksell in 1898, as quoted by Kevin Warsh, former member of the Federal Reserve Board, “The Fed is the Main Inflation Culprit,” Wall Street Journal, December 13, 2021.

The Senate passed a measure raising the government’s borrowing limit to $2.5 trillion.–  Andrew Duehren, “Senate Approves Measure to Raise Borrowing,” Wall Street Journal, December 15, 2021.

This is the weekend that the important 19-month Venus retrograde cycle unfolds. With an orb of up to 12 days, this is one of the strongest geocosmic correlates to the culmination of primary cycles in U.S. stock indices that we have uncovered in our research of daily DJIA prices going back to 1928. Continue reading…

MMA FREE WEEKLY COLUMN FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING DECEMBER 13, 2021 ©

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Inflation accelerated at its fastest pace since 1982 in November, the Labor Department said Friday, putting pressure on the economic recovery and raising the stakes for the Federal Reserve. The consumer price index, which measures the cost of a wide-ranging basket of goods and services, rose 0.8% for the month, good for a 6.8% pace on a year over year basis and the fastest rate since June 1982. ­– Jeff Cox, “Inflation Surged 6.8% in November to Fastest Rate Since 1982,” www.cnbc.com, December 10, 2021.

Last April, economist thought inflation would be around 2.5% right now. Instead, it’s over 6%. Even by the forgiving standards of economic forecasting, that’s a miss of epic proportions…. Meanwhile, faster inflation could become self-perpetuating through price and wage-setting behavior. Then, the solution to this unfamiliar inflation becomes painfully familiar: higher interest rates and perhaps a recession. – Greg Ip, “A Bout of Inflation That Defies Old Models,” The Wall Street Journal, December 9, 2021.

Last week followed the powerful solar eclipse of December 4 and started with big bang. How else would one expect the exaggerative nature of Sagittarius to behave? Continue reading…

MMA FREE WEEKLY COLUMN FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING DECEMBER 6, 2021 ©

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“Today we got the incredible news that our unemployment rate has fallen to 4.2%,” Biden said. “And we’re looking at the sharpest one-year decline in unemployment ever.” Christina Wilkie, “Biden Glosses Over Weak November Job Gains to Highlight Low Unemployment Rate,” December 3, 2021, www.cnbc.com.

President Biden on Friday lauded a surprise decline in the nation’s unemployment rate last month, even though hiring severely undershot expectations with November marking the worst month for job creation this year. – Megan Henney, “Biden Touts Declining Unemployment Rate, Despite Huge Job Miss in November,” www.foxbusiness.com, December 3, 2021.

The above quotes illustrate the conscious disconnect between reality and reframed narratives of parallel reality that results in such low approval ratings for some world government leaders. Pluto is still in Capricorn. People want the truth, the entire story – or else they will reframe who and what you are, especially if it does not agree with their reimagined versions of the truth. And what is the truth? Unemployment is so low because people are quitting the workforce in droves, and not because hiring is on a tear. Continue reading…

MMA FREE WEEKLY COLUMN FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING NOVEMBER 29, 2021 ©

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average – after briefly falling more than 1,000 points – ended the day down 905 points, or 2.5%, for its worst drop of the year in the shortened trading session on Friday (U.S. markets close at 1 p.m. ET due to the Thanksgiving holiday). The drop comes after health officials warned of a new variant found in South Africa that has a high number of mutations and has spread quickly among young people. – Megan Henney, “Dow Posts Biggest Single-Day Drop This Year as New COVID-19 Variant Triggers Market Sell-Off,” www.foxbusiness.com, November 26, 2021.

In a classic example of a Saturn/Uranus waning square “black swan” event, world stock indices cracked on Friday. COVID-19 reared its ugly head with yet another new variant from South Africa. This provides a stunning warning of what the Venus retrograde, conjunct Pluto, and the third and final exact waning square of Saturn/Uranus, December 19 and 24, is all about. Continue reading…

MMA FREE WEEKLY COLUMN FOR THE WEEK BEGINNING NOVEMBER 22, 2021 ©

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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,” www.cnn.com, 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. Continue reading…