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Important Points of Reference:
Full Moon Eclipse on October 8th at 15
degrees Aries conjunct Uranus, opposition Venus, square Pluto,
hitting the U.S. Sun/Saturn square, New Moon Eclipse on October 23th
at 00 degrees Scorpio conjunct Hillary Clinton's natal Sun, Mercury
retrograde at 1 degrees Scorpio October 4th through the
15th, Mars trine Jupiter on October 8th and
hitting an opposition and square on the U.S. Mars/Neptune square on
With Liberty and Justice for
. . . the One Percent
In past newsletters, I have
highlighted the present Saturn in Scorpio as a significant exposer
of corruption in both the public and private sectors of power.
I have also discussed the Pluto/Saturn square as revealing abuses of
the rich and powerful resulting in damage done to our society as a
whole. Bill Meridian in his October Dell Horoscope column reveals:
"There is one more note regarding the Lunar Eclipse. It hits
the U.S. Sun-Saturn square. This can test the U.S. justice
system, just as two of these eclipses did during the O.J. Simpson
trial. In addition, the stock market fell sharply on the days
of these 'O.J.' eclipses." The Citizens United Decision by the
Supreme Court allowing virtually unlimited financing of political
campaigns has paved the way for giant corporations and banks to buy
the government redesigning most of our legal system as a tool for
We have all been watching
events in Ferguson, Missouri accompanying the shooting to death of
an unarmed black teen by a policeman there and watching the American
justice system being challenged and tested. However, just days
ago, out of the blue, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder resigned.
He has allegedly been prosecuting the giants of Wall Street
throughout his term, although they have been issued
"slap-on-the-wrist fines" and none of the perpetrators are in jail.
Sept. 26th, the radio program "This American Life" aired
a startling program about Wall Street. According to an article
on "Bloomberg View, Wall Street", Michael Lewis wrote an article
with respect to this revealing: "The reporter, Jake Bernstein; has
obtained 46 hours of tape recordings, made secretly by a Federal
Reserve employee, of conversations within the Fed, and between the
Fed and Goldman Sachs." This is in reference to the period
after the 2008 financial crisis, in which the New York Fed, now the
chief U.S. bank regulator, commissioned a study of itself and
attempt to uncover why the massively destructive behavior inside the
big banks had not been revealed. Lewis goes on to say: "It's
an extraordinary document. There is not space here to do it
justice, but the gist is this: The Fed failed to regulate the
banks because it did not encourage its employees to ask questions,
to speak their minds or to point out problems. Just the
opposite: The Fed encourages its employees to keep their heads
down, to obey their managers and to appease the banks. That
is, bank regulators failed to do their jobs properly not because
they lacked the tools but because they were discouraged from using
them." There is also a report on a new Fed regulator hired in 2011,
Carmen Segarra, who was known as a qualified,
highly principled and independent-minded woman. Segarra, who
holds degrees from Harvard, Cornell, and Columbia apparently did not
"toe the line" and instead reported their violations of law,
continuing arrogance, and illegal machinations. She secretly
recorded meetings she attended at Goldman Sachs until she was fired
for reporting the truth to her boss. It would be worth your
effort to read the whole article and inform yourself about how our
justice system has worked very well for the one percent.
Finally, things are now emerging as to how corrupt the system is and
is not so complex to be incomprehensible.
Right after the radio show,
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren urged the Senate to
investigate the Federal Reserve about lax enforcement. For
years, she has strongly advocated for the consumer and real reforms
of the banking and financial system.
There is more!
September 8th, Ellen Brown, attorney and economist,
published a startling report on her blog "Web of Debt" entitled
"Preparing to Asset-Strip Local Government? The Fed's Bizarre
New Rules". Brown reveals: "In an inscrutable move that
has alarmed state treasurers, the Federal Reserve, along with the
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the
Comptroller of the Currency, just changed the liquidity requirements
for the nation's largest banks. Municipal bonds, long
considered safe liquid investments, have been eliminated from the
list of high-quality liquid collateral, assets (HQLA). That
means banks that are the largest holders of munis are liable to
start dumping them in favor of the Treasuries and corporate bonds
that do satisfy the requirement. Muni bonds fund the nation's
critical infrastructure, and they are subject to the whims of the
market; as demand goes down, interest rates must be raised to
attract buyers. State and local governments could find
themselves in the position of cash-strapped Eurozone states, subject
to crippling interest rates."
This is a looming disaster
and could point to collapses in the funding of our nation's
infrastructure of bridges, highways, water and sewerage systems,
etc. that is already lacking funding for repairs. Millions of
retired people own munis as a secure, interest- paying investment
for their IRAs. Again, the public commons gets hit so US
Treasuries and corporate bonds can benefit.
refers to an article by Pam Martens and Russ Martens in a September
4th article titled "The Fed Just Imposed Financial
Austerity on the States". They write: "The Federal
regulators adopted a new rule that requires the country's largest
banks - those with $250 billion or more in total assets - to hold an
increased level of newly defined 'high quality liquid assets'
(HQLA) in order to meet a potential run on the bank during a credit
crisis. In addition to U.S. Treasury securities and other
instruments backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S.
government (agency debt), the regulators have included some dubious
instruments while shunning others with a higher safety profile.
Bizarrely, the Fed and its regulatory siblings included investment
grade corporate bonds, the majority of which do not trade on an
exchange, and more stunningly, stocks in the Russell 1000, as
meeting the definition of high quality liquid assets, while
excluding all municipal bonds - even general obligation municipal
bonds from states with a far higher credit standing and safety
profile than BBB-rated corporate bonds. This, rightfully, has
state treasurers in an uproar."
Here the Federal Treasury is
pushing us into financing U.S. debt (in the mess it is in because,
among other things, the one per cent is off- shoring its tax
obligations while the rest of so many people don't even make enough
money to pay taxes) and, in addition, have the nerve to recommend
risky corporate stocks and bonds to manipulate that market upward.
I would suggest you read this superb article by Ellen Brown on her
Web of Debt Blog
ellenbrown.com as she often makes the complex and difficult
machinations of "the Cartel" comprehensible.
So frequently, people have
said to me that financial markets are being so obviously
manipulated, but have questioned how it is done. These
publications are explaining some of the many ways people in power
are pulling the strings. The gold and silver markets have been
controlled for many years, against all the odds concerning where the
real prices should be. If people rush into gold, it would
point to a near total loss in confidence in the dollar, an event
they will do anything possible to prevent.
Recently, an article in King
World News reported that the wealthy have been buying high end
expensive real estate in places like Manhattan and Silicon Valley in
California in a move into tangible assets. Similar buying
occurred in 1928 and we all know about the real estate bubble on
2000 - 2007 and the consequences of that crash.
Finally, Saturn in Scorpio is
doing its job. Mars will reach critical degrees of Sagittarius
the end of this month pointing to a stock market slide. The
great detective is shining his light on the sleaze behind closed
doors and how our government and justice system is embedded in all
this. Will Eric Holder's position in all of this be revealed?
The Life of Hillary
Hillary Clinton is getting a
Solar Eclipse on her natal Sun. This lends a lot of energy and
vitality to a new start and suggests a run for the presidency.
She has already said she will announce her intentions the first of
the year. Chelsea Clinton just gave birth to a daughter (Sept.
26, 2014, 7:03 PM), Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky.
The Middle East
our war machine, aligned with the Kurds in Iraq, Jordan, Saudi
Arabia and the UAE, is engaged with ISIS in both Iraq and Syria, our
attention needs to return to the dangers in Israel as the Lunar
Eclipse on the 8th sets off the April Eclipse that I
already pointed out coincides with Israel going to war. This
month's Solar Eclipse lands on Jupiter in the chart of the formation
of Hezbollah, a terror group that may be setting up an attack on
Israel. The Palestinian President, Abbas, has already stated he
cannot continue the peace process as long as the Israelis still
remain in the occupied territories. Saturn is hitting squares
in Israel's chart between now and December pointing to great
stresses on its leadership. They may, once again, feel
compelled to go into combat.
The Ukraine and Russia
that have been made recently will likely fall apart and have to be
renegotiated under the Mercury retrograde and Saturn's transit in
Scorpio. It is all about oil and gas pipelines, money,
sanctions, relations with Western economies, etc. Putin is
still in charge this month, but his control will start slipping when
Mars goes into Capricorn October 27th and transits
through this sign through December 4th.
time now, I have addressed what I believe are major issues for China
as The Saturn/Pluto square has hit their natal Sun and the current
Saturn in Scorpio has been square their Pluto. Now, there are
tens of thousands of protesters in the streets of Hong Kong
insisting upon democracy, and challenging the repression of
Communist dictatorship that is currently in power. The Oct. 8th
eclipse hitting their chart along with Mercury going retrograde this
month, making a direct station on their Sun on the 25th
would all indicate that these protests will continue. This may
be just the beginning.
The Ebola Epidemic
As the Ebola outbreak spreads
within Western Africa, projected into the millions, it reminds us
that when nations descend into chronic poverty, the healthcare
infrastructure also is extremely limited and epidemics spread,
effecting rich and poor alike. We must be reminded that when
wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few rather than shared,
there is a danger to all. My heroes are the doctors and health
care workers from other nations that risk their own lives to go into
the heart of the epidemic to save lives. This disease is not
incurable and scientists here are developing treatments.
My hope is
that this will be under control as Saturn leaves the sign of Scorpio
Dec. 23rd. It goes back into Scorpio June 15th
through Sept. 17th 2015 after which it goes into
The Climate Crisis March
September 21st, over 400,000 people marched in New York
City for addressing climate change, one of the largest protests in
US history. Pres. Obama made a compelling speech that same
week at the UN to bring nations together to reduce carbon emissions.
Many nations are already converting energy suppliers to solar,
windmill, and other energy technologies. Tesla Motors has
created an electric car and other car companies are following suit.
Elon Musk is also planning to construct the Hyper-Loop vacuum train
and other nations are considering this means of transportation.
Architecture needs to be addressed, i.e. building of super insular
housing that needs no central heat or air conditioning.
Germany and the Scandinavian nations are ahead of the curve in this.
Most of all, I believe that we will have nuclear fusion and be
creating infrastructures for this in the 2020s, ahead of what most
scientists expect. The Jupiter/Saturn conjunction in Aquarius
in 2020 will usher in this new age.
Highly esteemed astrologer
Robert Hand, PhD has written a scholarly article in the
October/November issue of "The Mountain Astrologer" entitled "The
Precession of the Capricorn Solstice and the Importance of 2017 to
Humanity". By pointing out significant years when the
Capricorn Solstice crossed through the backdrop of the
constellations, he finds correlations in history that point to what
we have to face today. Before, these important years that,
among other things, corresponded with the fall of the Roman Empire
and the rise and fall of the empires of Europe. He also points
to 1943 and its importance in developing the atomic bomb ushering in
our age of nuclear power and its evolving dangers. At the end
of the article, he states: "The general consensus in the scientific
community about climate change is that it is not quite too late.
Given the typical differences in time that I have found between the
exact dates of solstice transits over the stars and the dates of
historical events that can be correlated with them, if something is
not done by 2017, we have perhaps 30 more years. This is
simply because an ecological disaster does not occur overnight."
I think that the worsening of
this global depression and civil conflicts in nations around the
world will be the most intense between 2017 and 2020. Many
wrenching decisions will have to be made. A complete
reorganization of economies, moving inland to places of elevation
(above seas that are rising) with fresh water and farmland will
induce mass migrations off coastal regions and island nations.
Other parts of the world will be in mega droughts combined with
intermittent drenching floods, such as are present now in the
Western U.S. We will have to work together diligently to
reverse these trends and it will simply be too late for many people.
Recently, I had a
conversation with a friend who expressed his opinion that it would
take "an act of God" to reverse the harm humanity has done to itself
and to life on earth.
This may not be so far-
fetched or improbable as it seems. The Little Ice Age that
occurred in Europe and No. America for about 400 years cooled the
climate causing starvation for many but new technologies emerged to
improve the lives of others as people adapted. Some think that
the previous warming caused glaciers to melt, moving more fresh
water into the No. Atlantic and stopped the flow of currents such as
the Gulf Stream that warm us today. Recently, there have been
changes and interruptions in the Gulf Stream. Another
possibility that has been suggested was that an extended Maunder
Minimum took place. Maunder Maximums normally occur about
every 11 years when there are the most frequent and intense storms
on the sun. This leads to a warming of the temperature of the
earth. Maunder Minimums occur when there are very few storms
on the sun, causing a global cooling. We are supposed to be in
a Maunder Maximum now and there have been some solar flares, but, so
far, it has not been a major Maximum. Either of
these known but unexpected changes could occur, and either one could
cause a cooling of global temperatures to balance out the great
warming trend that may lead to an irreversible mass extinction of
Another game changer could be
eruptions of volcanoes that have been major climate disrupters
throughout earth's history. As we speak, volcanoes are
erupting in Iceland, Sumatra, and Hawaii. The eruption of a
volcano in the Philippines in the 1990s, caused a significant global
cooling for over two years.
We simply do not know all
there is to know. We are all living with all possibilities and
the unknown is much more vast and grand than the little we have
observed. Scientists tell us that most of the universe is
composed of dark matter and dark energy that are completely
invisible to us.
I do believe, however, that
the magical miracle of life itself defies all the odds and the
amazing power of our will and imagination to change course has
hardly been tapped. What could happen if we summoned a
universe of possibilities from within ourselves, tapping into the
ever expanding universe from without?
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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
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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.
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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
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Linda Schurman is facing
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There are several doomsday
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and a world that is imploding with new super bugs and looming
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civilization as we know it. This book, written by a well-renowned
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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
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