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September 2014


Important Points of Reference:

Full Moon at 16 degrees Pisces Sept. 8th trine Saturn, conjunct Chiron, inconjunct the North Node with Venus opposition Neptune on the 9th; Mars reaches the critical 29 degrees of Scorpio on the 13th,  New Moon Sept. 24th right after the Autumnal Equinox at 1 degrees of Libra with Mars square Neptune on the 22nd; Jupiter is inconjunct Pluto on the 5th, Mercury is square Pluto on the 9th, Jupiter is trine Uranus on the 25th.


Blowback and the "Blame Game":

With the advent of ISIS, possibly the most destructive fundamentalist Islamist terror group in recent history, pundits in Washington and in the media are looking around to blame somebody for their incursion into Iraq, along with all the other nations in the Middle East (the largest being Syria) engaged in massively destructive civil wars largely of a religious nature.  It is currently fashionable to blame Pres. Obama, former Pres. George W. Bush (and former VP Dick Cheney).  The fact is, our government has exhibited a willingness to do anything in these nations to control and benefit from their oil production for the past 70 years.  Their economies are controlled by trans-national oil companies who pay off the local military dictators or monarchies with little or no benefit going to all these jobless young people who have taken to the streets and ultimately armed themselves to overthrow those in power.  Matters are becoming much worse as they become radicalized into joining ancient religious and ethnic groups who are more than willing to kill each other.  ISIS beheading of an American journalist is a tragic event and is now propelling us into an all-out war and the likelihood of our moving some portion of our war machine into Syria, as well as Iraq.  

Our addiction to fossil fuel to power our modern industrial societies has propelled the western world into the middle of these regions and into their wars, magnified and intensified since we invaded Iraq and Afghanistan in 2003.  Today, we can hardly distinguish our allies from our enemies and the blow-back from all this poses a threat around the world.  What is too often left out of the debates on these issues are the effects, ironically, of fossil fuel instigated global climate change that has hit this region with a sledge hammer.  The Tigris, Euphrates, and Nile Rivers that have watered these areas for thousands of years are drying up, making it difficult for the people to water their crops and forcing food prices up to unsustainable levels.  Throughout history, climate change has been the great disruptor and destroyer of civilizations.

The transit of Saturn in Scorpio, recently joined by Mars (war and violence) in Scorpio points to the "dark side" of the human psyche emerging with a vengeance. Mars goes into Sagittarius this month on the 14th, will square Neptune (confusion and deception) on the 22nd, will square Pres. Obama's Pluto (crisis/death) on the 23rd and the U.S. Uranus (Sibley chart) between the 24th and 25th.  All of this points to an expansion of the U.S. military engagement in this region, as well as increased pressure to engage in the Ukraine that is now officially been invaded by the Russian military. 

This same Mars transit in Sagittarius brings up the issue of immigration, especially from Central and South America.  A lot of "noise" will be made, but our elected officials in Congress will likely be unable to accomplish anything, being engaged in their own version of ethnic and ideological battles.  The recent killing by a policeman of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, MO, a giant public protest, and the coming trial is exposing not only the racist targeting by police of young black men, but the ongoing problem of economic inequity and poverty resulting in crime, violence, and death.  People of color are suffering the most, but there are greater forces at work.  The obvious glaring factor is the dominance of the trans-national corporate and banking cartels who have "bought out" our government, eliminated jobs, avoid paying taxes, and, like the tentacles of a giant octopus, are squeezing the life out of our nation.   Interestingly, in the 1960s, when Uranus was conjunct Pluto, Dr. Martin Luther King was turning our collective attention to these inequities that transcended race and ethnicity, resulting in the abuse of power.  Then, he was murdered.


The Economy:

Wall Street has continued to expand the stock market, in spite of all the bad news around the nation and the world.  Mars going into Sagittarius square Neptune between the 19th and 22nd of this month will likely trigger uncertainty, but its trine to Jupiter and Uranus in Oct. will lend a tone of optimism until the end of that month, when it reaches critical degrees that usually triggers selling.

Janet Yellen and the Feds have their fingers in so many dikes that they will soon run out of fingers!  Currency devaluations and instabilities (the dollar has strengthened because the European and Japanese currencies have weakened), massive unsustainable government debt, corporate off-shoring avoidance of taxes, structural and ongoing unemployment, infrastructure collapsing while mega droughts continue in the Western U.S., and unprecedented obstruction by Congress preventing the President from doing anything are all components in a toxic brew.  GDPs in Europe and the U.S. are falling.  Ironically, giant bankster J.P. Morgan Chase recently suffered a giant "hacking" invasion for reasons yet to be determined.

The chart of Japan exhibits some emerging crises in their economy and their political leadership as Saturn moves into another square with their Pluto this month , their Solar Arc Uranus is inconjunct Mercury, Saturn will inconjunct their Venus in October and square their Nodes in late November.  These placements could also symbolize more earthquake activity and trouble with their nuclear plants. 

The Jupiter inconjunction to Pluto between the 1st and 10th of this month is a "downer" for gold and the metals.  However, Jupiter is trine Uranus the week of the 21st that suggests a rise in the yellow metal.  Gold has been going through a series of "ascending lows" recently that points to a possible breakthrough to the up side.  This will depend on how long the Cartel can continue to obviously manipulate these prices down as nations like Russia and China continue their buying spree.  This same trine also suggests a rise in tech stocks and some stocks in the energy sector.  Inventing and maneuvering our way out of all these crises is not close at hand, but will likely emerge in the future.


Weather and tectonic activity:

Between the 21st and 22nd of this month, Mars is square Neptune and the moon is in Virgo, activating the aspects last month when a significant earthquake took place in Napa, California.  As I suggested in last month's newsletter that tectonic activity would increase, the Icelandic volcano is erupting again.  Mercury is opposition Uranus on the 13th and is conjunct the North Node on the 21st, suggesting some kind of extreme weather event and emphasizes an atmosphere of accident proneness.  Be careful while traveling on these dates.


Final Thoughts:   

It is often difficult for most of us to summon the creativity and imagination that it takes to solve the multiplicity of problems we face today when we are right in the middle of collapsing systems and structures that we have depended upon throughout our lives.  The temptation is to shut down; to hide out; to escape in various ways from the consequences descending upon us.  It would seem to many of us that these events have been instigated by powerful and violent people over whom we seem to have little or no control.  In addition, we are experiencing the worst heroin epidemic in our nation's history and a significant number of Americans are on various prescription drugs related to pain or depression.  Obviously, escape is not the answer.

I am seeing people mobilizing at the grass roots around the concept of "the commons", creating successful local enterprises and addressing the needs of the community-at-large.  Local organic farming built around community based agriculture, a real exuberance around solar and other sustainable energy production alternatives, local banks and credit unions that have separated themselves from the giant financial institutions are all emerging to create a new template for human societies.

Even more importantly, I am seeing people reach out to each other with a generosity and compassion and, most of all, a dawning realization that we are all made of the same cosmic substance.  We are born out of an ever changing violent universe and are made out of exploding stars.  The recognition that we are each other will be the beginning of the greatest light we have ever seen; the highest intelligence we have ever known; the most profound peace we have ever felt.

Stay tuned!


Linda Schurman



Note: I welcome all your comments whether they are critical or complimentary.  This site represents astrology as a tool for a deeper understanding of the themes and issues of our times.  This period in which we all live may be the most critical time for human civilization ever!  It is my wish that we all do our best with whatever talent we have been given, to further the survival and evolution of life on planet earth!

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I have been working steadily on this publication for nearly four years.  The 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.

Our journey 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!



 A Survival Guide to the 21st Century

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 daily basis.

"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 transition".

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 (  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.


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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 solar design.

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

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5.0 out of 5 stars 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.

Bonnie Neely

5.0 out of 5 stars 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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