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Important Points of Reference (for
Full Moon August 10th at 19 degrees
Aquarius conjunct "Mercury" and square Saturn (this fall exactly on
Pres. Obama's Ascendant), New Moon August 25th at 2 degrees Virgo
opposition Neptune with Mars conjunct Saturn square Venus, Jupiter in
Leo is square Mars in Scorpio on August 2nd, the Sun in conjunct Mercury
and trine Uranus on August 8th.
The Coming "Black Swan" Convention:
The term "black swan" has been used
for years among financial prognosticators referring to a sudden emergent
event that people did not foresee that upset the markets and their
institutions. Since Saturn went into Scorpio in early October of 2012,
we have watched everything from Super Storm Sandy to the nations of the
Middle East, one by one, disintegrate into civil wars that are still
spreading and raging. In this newsletter, I predicted that Israel would
likely be in a war this summer based on the convergence of eclipses and
squares in April near the Jewish holiday which, historically, has
corresponded with Israeli wars. A series of events has moved Israel into
a war with Hamas, who initiated an attack on Israel. The response has
been all out war on the Palestinians, killing hundreds of innocent
civilians whose misfortune has been that Hamas has placed weapons sites
strategically in their schools and hospitals. Mars in Scorpio (transited
into the sign on July 26th) will be there through September 13th
increasing the challenges highlighted in Israel's natal chart. Israel is
our strongest ally in the Middle East and our efforts to forge peace
agreements have, once again, blown up.
The shooting down of the Malaysian
plane by Ukrainian separatists whose weapons were provided by Russia has
escalated their relationship with the West from bad to worse. We have
been watching the heartbreaking mass funeral in Amsterdam honoring all
those who died. I predicted in previous newsletters that we would likely
be in another "Cold War" with Russia in concert with the transit of
Saturn in Scorpio and being joined by Mars in Scorpio this month. Mars
has transited over the ascendant of Vladimir Putin, making him look like
a hero in the eyes of the Russian public that has long been suffering
from the collapse of the Soviet Union. However, he looks like a villain
in the eyes of most of the rest of the world. Since he has made deals
with China to sell his oil, he is minimally effected and he is making a
big deal with the BRICS as described below.
Markets did get shaky last month,
gold and silver went up briefly, but the Cartel has continued to
manipulate markets and keep them from major disasters, even though so
many parts of the world are going up in flames. However, between now and
October, events are emerging that could have the black swans flapping
their wings over the buildings on Wall Street.
Recently, it was announced that the
BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) are establishing
their own bank and monetary fund, comprised of their own currencies and
substantial stashes of gold. Germany may join them to form a new
currency bloc. This could be the biggest global financial event since
the Breton Woods conference in 1944 that established the American dollar
as the global exchange currency. That supreme advantage to the U.S. has
now come to an end and Americans simply do not know what this means for
us when our dollar, already weakened by our "swapping" and selling off
our gold and accumulation of massive debt, loses its edge abroad. Our
offensive hacking and spying on nations, even an ally such as Germany,
is a component in all this and reminds us that we cannot "push people
around" without consequences. This is most assuredly a black swan. If
the Federal Reserve is forced to raise interest rates to strengthen the
dollar, the bond market could react with major consequences - another
black-winged monster hovering, although an unlikely scenario. I think
the markets' reaction to these uncertainties will likely be in September
and October, the historical time of year when most financial crises
With the Middle East falling apart
and sanctions imposed upon Russia, the price of oil is likely to rise in
the fall. Because we are producing sizeable quantities of oil and gas in
the US, it would seem that we could counter this by exporting more oil
to Europe. However, as I pointed out last month, it is difficult and
expensive to export oil or gas across the pond to the Europeans. In
addition, the public outrage at the damage fracking and drilling are
doing to aquifers, farmland, ocean ecology, and tectonic plates is a
Signs of hope reside in the recent
upswing in investment in sustainable energies. Solar companies are
thriving and more and more solar panels are going up. However, not
enough states have laws that are friendly to solar and windmill
technologies and there is a problem with the utilities being able to
support themselves with more people supplying solar energy and eating
into their profits. In the 2020s, our entire infrastructure will be
redesigned but we are in a transitional phase at this point. At this
time, well capitalized and well-run sustainable energy corporations are
a good place to invest. New inventions are emerging and are yet to be
seriously implemented because of the power of trans-national oil and gas
companies to bloc them, as their lobbies are bribing legislatures to
continue subsidizing them.
With Jupiter now in the sign of
Leo, I am looking for a revival and increase in the dollar value of
gold, and the price of oil, especially in September. With all of the
above uncertainties in the value of currencies, gold will seem like a
safe haven. It also looks like there is a future for Bitcoin, especially
since banks are setting up sites to use them.
Jupiter is trine Uranus in
September. Uranus rules new technologies, especially those implemented
online and using remote devices. Interestingly, the future of banking
may be moving toward direct lending, crowd funding, local credit unions,
individual state- sponsored banks, all exhibiting a trend away from the
giant banks who have been buying and absorbing other banks that have
been in deep trouble and engaging in risky casino style derivative
trades. The younger crowd no longer trusts the banking giants, and with
On July 25th, one of my favorite
economists, Ellen Brown published an extensive article on her site,
http://EllenBrown.com - "You Can't Taper a Ponzi Scheme: Time to
Reboot". She is reporting on the recent meeting of U.S. Federal Reserve
Chairwoman Janet Yellen and International Monetary Fund Managing
Director Christine Lagarde. She states: "Among those hot topics was the
runaway shadow banking system, defined by Investopedia as 'The financial
intermediaries involved in facilitating the creation of credit across
the global financial system, but whose members are not subject to
regulatory oversight. The shadow banking system also refers to
unregulated activities by regulated institutions.' Examples given
include hedge funds, derivatives and credit default swaps." She goes on
to state: "If you think (the cash cushion from excess deposits) makes
the banks less vulnerable to shock, think again. Much of this balance
sheet cash has been hypothecated in the repo market, laundered through
the off-the-books shadow banking system. This allows the proprietary
trading desks at these 'banks' to use that cash as collateral to take
out loans to gamble with. In a process called hyper-hypothecation this
pledged collateral gets pyramided, creating a ticking time bomb ready to
go kablooey when the next panic comes around."
She also goes on to elaborate why
interest rates are not likely to be raised: . . ."they would make the
interest tab on the burgeoning federal debt something taxpayers could
not support. Higher rates could also implode the monster derivatives
scheme. Michael Snyder observes that the biggest banks have written over
$400 trillion in interest rate derivatives contracts, betting that
interest rates will not shoot up. If they do, it will be the equivalent
of an insurance company writing trillions of dollars in life insurance
contracts and having all the insureds die at once. The banks would
quickly become insolvent. Worse, our deposits would get confiscated to
recapitalize them, under the new 'bail in' scheme approved by Janet
Yellen as one of the Fed's more promising tools (called 'resolution
planning' in Fed-speak).
This would mean that all
depositors' money in the risk-taking banks could be "confiscated" to
save the bank, which would create a monumental economic collapse.
However, she points out that, historically, governments will, as they
have in the past, simply change the rules. Ellen Brown presents a list
of "solutions" and possibilities that could save the global economy,
especially here in the U.S. It is worth reading the whole article to
inform yourself as to the risks as well as the fixes that are possible.
This is a very big black swan and the question looms. Will governments
take aim and shoot it down? Stay tuned!
This month's transit of Mars in the
financial sign of Scorpio will, at best, challenge the system. Rupert
Murdock, who owns 21st Century Fox, is bidding to take over Time Warner.
He could possibly monopolize the media, since he already owns The Wall
Street Journal, USA Today, Fox News, etc. With the government no longer
enforcing anti-monopoly laws, this terrifying take- over could have
Murdock controlling cable television as well. So far, Time Warner has
turned down his bid, but that does not mean this deal is dead.
Health and environmental Issues:
Recently there has been a terrible
outbreak of Ebola in Western Africa and it seems to be spreading. Mars
recently went into Scorpio immediately square Jupiter and will not leave
the sign until September 13th. Scorpio seems to be associated with this
disease which came into public prominence in the 1990s when Pluto
transited Scorpio. Saturn leaves the sign December 24th.
Recently, it was announced that the
world is in danger of running out of potable water by 2040. Paul Faeth,
Director of Energy, Water and Climate at the CNA Corporation announced
that "water used to cool power plants is the largest source of water
withdrawals in the United States." In addition, ground water is becoming
dangerously contaminated by fracking. Only wind and solar voltaic power
could reverse these trends. Global warming is behind the enormous
increase in droughts in large regions throughout the world. I find this
information very scary. The present transit of Neptune in Pisces
highlights these concerns.
Weather and Travel:
Dates that are risky for weather
and travel are: August 2nd with Mercury and Jupiter square Mars, August
9th with Mercury square Saturn and August 25th with Mars conjunct
Saturn. With the Mars transit through Scorpio, there will likely be a
lot of rain throughout the eastern U.S. with fires likely in the drought
ridden west. Mercury is opposition Neptune on the 19th, often associated
with tectonic activity.
We are being inundated by summer
sci-fi movies and television shows predicting all manner of apocalypses
that present the threats of global climate collapse, asteroid
collisions, alien invasions, take-over of super computers and robots,
and global pandemics. We are also presented with "advanced" genetically
engineered humans (mostly women) who would be the "new human species"
with traits we currently think are "superior". This is comprised of
hi-tech intellectual genius combined with violent powers if you would
cross them in any way . . . sort of like all the previous super-heroes
but without a conscience or a need to "save the world".
These are sagas of repetition,
recycled ideas in new clothing, nothing really new. There is a startling
lack of imagination in these media presentations that, although
technically impressive and seen through 3-D glasses, take us nowhere. We
seem to be in a creative "dead end" with almost no depth of character,
no inspiration, no plummeting the human spirit for that which goes
beyond the walls of human society that we have historically constructed,
and in which we seem to be imprisoned.
It takes an enormous amount of
courage to step out of step - to walk away from an established path - to
face our demons and just say no. We are surveying a universe, maybe
multiverses, that call on us to reach from within as well as without. We
may summon demonstrations of self-sacrifice and compassion for something
or someone we love; even the radical notion that we could live in
concert with life on earth and in cooperation with one another to form a
human presence here that presents both truth and beauty - the two
notions that, as the poets say, are interchangeable. Could we?
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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
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She illustrates how we will likely invent our way out of the
looming energy crises. Her insights shed light on how to
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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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