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Important Points of Reference (for astrologers):
May 9th, New Moon Eclipse at 19 degrees Taurus conjunct the
South Node, Mercury and Mars; May 24th Full Moon Eclipse
square Neptune with Mars conjunct lethal fixed star Algol harshly
connecting with the Pluto/Uranus square.
The Power of Eclipses:
Last month’s Lunar Eclipse in Scorpio highlighted by Mars opposite
Saturn brought us the bombing of the Boston Marathon and the release of
news that Syria is likely using chemical warfare on its rebels. It also
was reflective of the severe earthquakes in Iran and China and
environmental disasters. It is ironic on Earth Day, humanity is not
only continuing but accelerating digging and “fracking” for fossil
fuels. The West, Texas explosion of a fertilizer plant destroying most
the town revealed to us the violations of code over many years that led
to this tragedy and is indicative of our multiple government failings to
enforce regulations, whether it is connected to the environment or the
banking and financial system. Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch
contributed to a “crash” in gold and silver that, interestingly, popped
back up afterwards. Many saw this as a buying opportunity as conditions
favoring currency devaluation still exist. The “cartel” will continue
its “war on gold” and will continue its exploitation of the global
financial system. However, the power of eclipses exposes the truths of
our times and more and more people are “waking up” to the unconscionable
deceptions and manipulations imposed upon us by those in power.
I am recommending
another article by one of my favorite young courageous journalists, Matt
Taibbi in the May 9 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine entitled:
“Everything is Rigged”. He writes: “Word has leaked out that the
London-based firm ICAP, the world’s largest broker of interest-rate
swaps, is being investigated by American authorities for behavior that
sounds eerily reminiscent of the Libor mess. Regulators are looking
into whether or not a small group of brokers at ICAP may have worked
with up to 15 of the world’ largest banks to manipulate ISDAfix, a
benchmark number used around the world to calculate the prices of
interest-rate swaps. Interest-rate swaps are a tool used by big cities,
major corporations and sovereign governments to manage their debt, and
the scale of their use is almost unimaginably massive. It’s about a
$379 trillion market, meaning that any manipulation would affect a pile
of assets about 100 times the sizes of the United States federal
budget.” Taibbi writes extensively about all this as he has over the
past several years, capturing, as he says, “the moral insanity of Wall
Street.” I would guess that since the Libor manipulation scandal was
uncovered by our government who gave the giant banks a “slap on the
wrist” fine with none of the CEOs going to jail, the same will likely
happen here. Taibbi further reminds us in his article: “But the biggest
shock came out of a federal courtroom at the end of March – though if
you follow these matters closely, it may not have been so shocking at
all – when a landmark class-action civil lawsuit against the banks for
Libor-related offenses was dismissed. In that case, a federal judge
accepted the banker-defendants’ incredible argument: If cities and
towns and other investors lost money because of Libor manipulation, that
was their own fault for ever thinking the banks were competing in the
first place. ‘A farce’, was one antitrust lawyer’s response to the
eyebrow-raising dismissal.” Pres. Obama and his administration seem to
have no appetite at all for holding the banksters accountable to a “rule
of law’. Neither does the judicial system. Their gamble will not pay
off. These guys will, undoubtedly permit collapses in the financial
system in ways that most people do not dare or care to comprehend.
This month’s eclipses are harsh and reflective of more tectonic events,
environmental disasters exposed, and upwelling of violence both here and
abroad. The current Saturn transit in Scorpio (Oct. 2012 – Sep. 2015)
brings our attention to the consequences of a corrupted system favoring
profits for Plutocrats over the interests of the people-at-large and the
sustaining of life on earth itself. I have predicted both in this
newsletter and in my interviews on Coast to Coast Radio that more
scandals will be exposed in the financial world. If our nation
continues to support the criminals, which seems likely at this time, the
99% will become fed up and the consequences may be severe.
Why the Violence?
We have witnessed young men, armed to the hilt, shoot, wound, and kill
people in schools, movie theaters, and most recently, at the Boston
marathon site. The motivations behind these events are complex. Most
gun violence takes place in poor intercity neighborhoods infested with
drug dealers and cartels. Not only are gun sales massively up, but
just about anyone can go into the internet and learn how to construct
bombs like the ones used in Boston. Our legislature cannot even pass
minimal background checks for the purchase of firearms due to the power
of the NRA gun lobby. The current Pluto/Uranus square has coincided
with violent civil wars in the Middle East and mass killings here in the
U.S. In my opinion, the planetary patterns hold the key and, as usual,
correspond with themes and issues we have to face here on earth.
Uranus in Aries symbolizes the public – the masses – the up-and-coming
young people who are not necessarily born into “elite” circumstances.
Uranus admires liberty and equality of opportunity; the principles and
ideals under which this nation was founded. Pluto in Capricorn
symbolizes the entrenched wealthy and powerful, holding elite positions
in their realms. It rules whatever is “big” – big government, big
business, big banking. Capricorn is a sign that frequently feels
“entitled” to what it has. Sometimes, it is deserved because of hard
work, talent, and commitment to its goals. Historically, it usually
plays out as a corrupted establishment that is self-interested at all
cost. The “square” or 90 degree angle between these planets symbolizes
frustration and conflict of the type that eventually “explodes” into
revolutions and confrontations. History shows us that rarely do these
actions result in anything constructive. In the nations of the Middle
East, despots are overthrown only to be replaced by religious factions
fighting among themselves and incompetent to institute real economic
reforms. The bottom line here is economic devastation and entrenched
unemployment accompanied by food and water shortages lead to the fall of
civilizations, over and over again. For the young people confronted
with this, they use violence because they cannot see any other
Many of our young people over the past decade have entered military
service often because no other opportunities are presented to them as
entrenched unemployment or low wage underemployment is pervasive. It
has been reported that military suicides topped combat deaths in 2012.
We have turned many of our schools from centers of education into
pathways to prison. In the U.S. we have over 10% of our population in
jail, the highest in the world! When young people are living lives
without real purpose whose future looks dark, history demonstrates they
are easily “radicalized” by extremist religions and organizations which
give them that purpose. Families have been going broke and breaking
up for years and the young pay the consequences. Violent films,
computer games, television shows, etc inundate our media and culture.
Is it surprising, then, that kids are going crazy, turning into
sociopaths, blowing things up? Is there more ahead? Time will tell.
Something Positive: Small is Better: Local Reform:
It has been recently reported that states and their governors are
beginning to pass laws and programs addressing the problems we all face,
i.e. decaying infrastructure, unemployment, health care. I have been
predicting for many years that “grass roots” reform will be the most
effective way out of the greater crises and it seems we are at the very
beginning of this movement. Local banks and credit unions are the place
to put your money and there are movements toward state (rather than
giant federal) banks. Many people, when polled, are happier by far with
their local government and angry and discouraged with respect to
Washington. They are starting to do something about it!
As far as investing in the markets, there continues to be no
relationship between what goes on on Wall Street and Main Street.
Periodically, it seems as if the economy is recovering as the housing
market improves in certain selected locations, then, as it has recently,
it fizzles. With a massive manipulation and gaming of the system going
on, I frankly, trust nothing. I think negative news on the economy will
be coming out in May. The eclipses certainly call our attention to
global instability and I think more nations in Europe will be in
significant trouble. As I have predicted in the past, China’s growth is
slowing and problems are popping out of their walls of secrecy.
Emerging markets are tempting, but usually not reliable. The recent
stock market surge is not involving retail investors; it is strictly
institutional. This is a very tricky month with the eclipses symbolizing
uncomfortable revelations. As most of you know, I am still optimistic
about gold, but we have to live through the fluctuations. Staying on
the sidelines looks attractive.
Weather and Natural Events:
This month’s Solar Eclipse is opposite the November 2012 Eclipse
suggesting a stormy month, especially in the later part of the month,
especially between the 24th and 31st. Taurus
eclipses suggest earthquake activity in addition to sink holes and earth
avalanches. Last year’s Lunar Eclipse square Neptune resulted in a
major earthquake in Italy. Flooding is another Neptune tendency.
This past month, I watched all the beautiful birds return to our trees,
blossoms blooming, grass greening, and the kids emerging in the
neighborhood biking and running around our street, having grown at least
an inch over the dark winter. I am reminded that life here on earth
emerges again and again in powerful surges and seasonal waves.
Looking outward into the cosmos, our telescopic instruments reveal wild
and violent explosions from nebulae patterning billions of stars and
planets within universes vast beyond our comprehension. Out of all this
we were born and have died and been born anew in different forms over
and over again. Something much larger than what we now see is at work
and can only be felt deeply within our hearts; creation, destruction,
and creation insisting on its emergence once more. Within this lies the
faith and hope that can sustain us, reigniting our passion for the lives
we are now living. If we are troubled, we can change everything or
simply be receptive as the miraculous change takes place.
The constellations promise us that greater things are to come. Let’s
get on board!
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research I have done has been a “wake-up call” for me as I have tracked
the historic trajectories that have led us to where we are now: at the
critical point of choosing either extinction or illumination.
However, I am
greatly encouraged at discovering that many people are developing new
and innovative technologies that can solve the coming energy crises and
are conceiving of new, more egalitarian economic systems and societal
transformations. These pioneers may help us to navigate this “age of
transition” from cannibalizing our planet to living in concert with the
earth and each other.
through the great constellations has taken us to this place in time,
this powerful historic point, this great challenge to human survival and
evolution. It will take great courage on all our parts to open our
hearts and minds to the level of truth needed to fulfill the great
prophecies given to us through the ages. I think we can do it!
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Since the turn of the Millennium, the
volume has been turned up. Global warming, species
extinction, economic catastrophe, political and corporate
corruption, terrorism and war all shout for our attention on a
“What Next?” calls for a stop to the
insanity. Author, Linda Schurman explains the history of
our times that led us into this seemingly uncharted territory,
by actually charting the planets and their personal message to
each and every one of us. She offers an unflinching
diagnosis of humanity’s current descent into the “end times” so
often referenced in books of prophecy. Her message informs
us we do not have to be casualties; that rather than marching
toward the “age of extinction”, we may be entering the “age of
Ms. Schurman has been predicting our
predicaments for over thirty years. She highlights how to
survive and thrive financially within an entirely new context.
She illustrates how we will likely invent our way out of the
looming energy crises. Her insights shed light on how to
restore health to the earth, inspiration to the individual, and
meaning to the community. She answers the question we are
all asking: “What can we do now?”
About the author:
LINDA SCHURMAN has had a private practice
in astrology for over thirty- four years. She serves an
international clientele that includes corporations, financial
service companies and private individuals. Linda holds a
B.A. in English and Education and is the author of numerous
articles. She is currently editor and publisher of the
newsletter “The SootheSayer” which is in print and online at
(http://soothesayer.com). A long-standing member of the
National Council for Geocosmic Research, she has appeared on
radio and television. A mother to five grown children and
grandmother to six, she resides in Ithaca, New York.
Mountain Astrologer is
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What Next? A Survival Guide to the 21st Century, by
Linda Schurman, Lazer Lady Publishing, Inc., 2505 Anthem Village Dr.,
Ste. E-165, Henderson, NV 89052 USA, 2007. Softcover—164 pp.—$15.95
(ISBN 978-0-9796900-2-0). Available from:
Linda Schurman has maintained a private practice in
astrology for more than 34 years. She is also a studious observer of the
larger world stage, including domestic and global politics, climate
change, financial markets, and social justice.
What Next? A Survival Guide to the 21st Century
is a concise book that addresses the daunting issues of our time.
This book is clearly written for non-astrologers. The specific astrology
in the text is minimal; however, the author offers an educated view of
the challenges we all face. The information, though directed to the
general public, provides a timely and useful context for the concerns
that clients bring to practicing astrologers every day.
The first chapter, “Pluto in Sagittarius (Nov. 1995
– Nov. 2008),” sets up the immediate background of where we are now by
recapitulating the big themes of these years — Globalization, Financial
Speculation, Religion, Law, Education, and the Media.
The next three chapters cover a similar range of
themes and are organized around the outer planets’ transits: Uranus in
Pisces (Mar. 2003 – Mar. 2011); Neptune in Aquarius (Jan. 1998 – Feb.
2012) (Septile Pluto 2001 – 2011); and Pluto in Capricorn (2008 – 2024),
Uranus in Aries (2011 – 2018), Neptune in Pisces (2011 – 2026).Schurman
also writes on the upcoming Jupiter–Saturn conjunction in Aquarius (Dec.
2020)and offers a chapter on “Sedna — A Planet of the 21st Century.”
Although the book is organized by astrological motif, and there are key
astrological charts in the Appendices, the body of the text is informed
by the work of (non-mainstream) journalists and economists.
Given the subject matter, Linda Schurman’s book has
a necessarily unflinching tone; she diligently refers to research on
global warming, the energy crisis, corporate and political corruption,
and other such matters. This author writes a large story in accessible
language. She combines a view of the forces at work in the greater world
with a positive and practical set of ideas for managing life in these
often overwhelming times. For example, Schurman makes “prophecies” and
suggestions throughout the book: Chapter 4 contains sections on the
Worst-Case and Best-Case scenarios, as well as “The Quiet Revolution —
Moving into the Solution” and “New Frameworks of Consciousness.” Chapter
3 includes some investment recommendations and has a special section on
Linda Schurman is facing reality and yet also holds
an impressively hopeful vision for the future. If you feel confused by
the complexity of the times, her book will help you to sort out what has
happened, who is responsible — and what we can do now (as she writes in
the Introduction) to help ourselves become “able to ‘invent’ our way out
of even the most profound set of challenges.”
— reviewed by Mary Plumb
by K. Diaz
A Practical and Spiritual Survival Guide for the 21st Century,
September 12, 2007
There are several doomsday books that have been
written that question our ability as a species to survive the threat of
global warming, the impending energy crisis and a world that is
imploding with new super bugs and looming pandemics, all of which are
eventually guaranteed to wipe out civilization as we know it. This book,
written by a well-renowned and incisive astrologer, not only points out
the harsh truth about what the future holds for our planet and its
people should we decide to continue our xenophobic thinking and
behavior; it also provides hope through concrete scientific information,
backed up by several references from well-respected professionals in
their specific fields. The author also shows, through previous
astrological patterns, how we are destined to repeat our mistakes with
much graver consequences unless we choose to raise our consciousness in
a way that connects us with every thread that runs through the universe
and to realize that we all individually and collectively play a part in
the future of our Mother Earth. The message that she brings to the table
is that we are all our brothers' keepers. The book is concise and easy
to read without the usual technical vernacular used in most astrology
books, although it provides charts of nations and events to prove her
points to the astrology student or professional. A beautifully written
book that provides hope for change and a different future for our
children and grandchildren in a world currently devoid of compassion and
understanding for one another.
Important NOW Book, August 28, 2007
What Next? by Linda Schurman is an astute account
of the world's affairs, political, ecological, and economic, as they are
today. Linda, a well-known astrologer makes dire predictions about where
we are headed as a world, but she emphasizes it is up to us...we have
choices, because although the planets and heavens have patterns that are
read as given proclivities to certain events, they are not absolute
because mankind's will can change events or prevent some. The book is
important reading for our time, because we are running out of time for
changing our fate. For professionals, Shurman gives official
astrological charts to back up all her predictions. For the general
public, we need this book to wake us up to what will likely happen if we
don't act now. A MUST READ! I highly recommend this book.
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