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   MAY 2015

Important Points of Interest(for astrologers):

Full Moon at at 13 degrees Scorpio on May 3rd, Mew Moon at 26 degrees Taurus on May 17th, Mercury is opposition Saturn on May 3rd, is square Neptune on the 9th, is trine the North Node on the 10th, and goes retrograde on the 19th (going direct on June 11th), Mars is opposition Saturn on the 15th and square Neptune on the 25th. Jupiter is inconjunct Pluto on the 21st and Venus is opposition Pluto on the 22nd and square Uranus on the 25th.  The transiting North Node of the Moon continues to be inconjunct Neptune through the 18th.


Truth and the Pillar of Salt:

The Biblical story of Lot's wife is worth examining today, as we watch so many parts of our beloved planet being destroyed in so many ways.  When Lot and his family fled from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, God instructed them to look ahead and not backward as their homeland burned.  Lot's wife disobeyed, looking back over her shoulder and was immediately turned into a pillar of salt.  This ancient accounting would assume that we mere mortals are incapable of looking directly at the truth and its consequences. 

 Another illustration of this is the ancient myth of Perseus and his quest to find and capture the head of the horrible Medusa, a former great beauty whom a jealous goddess turned into a hideous gorgon whose head was covered with snakes.  Any person who looked directly at her had the misfortune to be immediately turned to stone.  Perseus succeeded where others had failed by viewing her reflection in his polished shield and beheaded her backwards with his sword.  So the Greeks observed that you may observe evil indirectly rather than "head on" so to speak and win the day.

 The goal of this newsletter is to look at what is really happening to us today without turning to salt, stone, or losing our heads over the whole thing.  This month's movements of Mercury, the messenger planet, will likely enchant us, confuse us, and try our sensibilities to the max as different and exotic versions of "the truth" abound from the mouths of politicians to the main stream media's paid advertising.  Somewhere, amid all this, we need to see what is really going on and hope that humans have evolved far enough through the centuries to be able to handle the hot mess we have created and really, truly, heroically, come up with a polished shield, a sword and some brilliant solutions.


The Economy and Lunations in Taurus and Scorpio or what the Cartel will do for money: 

On April 15th, Truthout published an article by Ellen Cantarow entitled "Doing the Unthinkable:  Giant Gas Pipeline to Flank a New York Nuclear Power Plant".  The article reports that federal agencies have permitted the installation of a very large gas pipeline less than half a mile and, at one point, only 105 feet from the Indian Point Nuclear complex that stands in the town of Cortlandt in Westchester County, New York, just 30 miles north of Manhattan.  This is a plant whose infrastructure has been in trouble for years and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has wanted to close down, but NRC relicensing of the plant for another 40 years is underway.  The pipeline's owner, Spectra Energy is looking to pipe fracked gas north from Pennsylvania.  Recent history has presented to us pipeline explosions in East Harlem, NY, Edison, New Jersey, and San Bruno, California, to mention a few.  The article quotes Paul Blanch, a professional engineer with nearly five decades of experience in nuclear safety, engineering operations and federal regulatory requirements.  He states: " I've had over 45 years of nuclear experience in safety issues.  I have never seen a situation that essentially puts 20 million residents at risk, plus the entire economics of the United States by making a large area surrounding Indian Point uninhabitable for generations.  I'm not an alarmist, but the possibility of a gas line interacting with a plant could easily cause a Fukushima type of release."  I would recommend reading the whole article and you be the judge.

 On April 24, an article was published by Common Dreams by Deirdre Fulton entitled "Big Bank 'Crime of the Century' Results in Guess What?  No Jail Time for Anyone".  She reports that authorities announced that Germany's biggest bank, Deutsche Bank would pay $2.5 billion in penalties for "interest rate fraud" which consisted of manipulating the LIBOR ( the London interbank offered rate).  Regulators discovered "Pervasive fraudulent practices where traders gave false information about rates at which they borrowed or loaned money with other banks.... and that established false benchmarks on which other rates were based."  Traders have served up to 10 years in jail for insider trading in individual stocks, which is small potatoes by comparison.  The "too big to jail" banksters are getting away with fines and doing no time, once again.  Similar illegal manipulations by Barcklays and JP Morgan Chase were uncovered over the past two years with the accompanying fines and no jail time.

 Ellen Brown wrote on her Web of Debt blog on April 8th the following observation:  "According to a new study from Princeton University, American democracy no longer exists.  Using data from over 1,800 policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page concluded that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of -- or even against -- the will of the majority of voters.  America's political system has transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where power is wielded by wealthy elites."

 The current planetary configurations point to more banking scandals emerging this month and just how far "down the tubes" we have gone exempting the rich and powerful from the rule of law the rest of us must observe.  This includes the "fast tracking"of the disastrous TPP agreement.

 Financial markets will likely be subject to extreme fluctuations this month as Mars goes from Taurus into Gemini and Mercury goes retrograde. Oil and gas prices have been steadily rising again which will be likely to continue.  I think there will be a rise in gold prices in June when Jupiter in Leo is trine Uranus in Aries.

 Jupiter will go into Virgo Aug. 12th this year and will be there until September 9th, 2016.  This placement is not traditionally great for the stock market, but favors investing in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and "cleaning" technology such as water filtration and desalination companies.

 As I have stated in previous newsletters, the challenge to our entire banking and financial systems and its institutions will be in 2017.  To drive economic growth since corporations and legislators have nearly destroyed the middle class and the  decent jobs that would pay taxes into our infrastructure, policy makers have used systemic debt and tricky monetary tools to create economic activity.  This has resulted in excessive borrowing to support the buildup of social entitlement programs while exempting the rich (who hold most of the nation's wealth) from taxation.  Last month, the House of Representatives voted to end the estate tax on millionaires and billionaires, putting another "nail in the coffin" of this nation's ability to pay its debts.  Our government (in partnership with the big central banks) has refused to inform the public about the magnitude of these problems.

 The police shootings of young unarmed black men and boys from Ferguson to Baltimore has unleashed demonstrations not seen since the 1960s (which I predicted long ago in my books and on this newsletter).  This is not only about racism, it is about growing poverty, unfunded education in poor neighborhoods, and the massive and growing economic inequality in this nation. Apparently, Freddie Gray who was shot in police custody in Baltimore, suffered from severe lead poisoning - a frequent occurrence in impoverished inter-city neighborhoods.   I sincerely hope these massive demonstrations will wake us up.  I also hope people will understand what is behind it.  This is our only hope to stave off catastrophe.

 Good news has arrived.  Bernie Sanders has announced he will run for the Democratic nomination for the presidency.  He will bring all these these issues to the forefront in the coming debates.  He has been outspoken in the past and will likely force Hillary Clinton to address them.  She is coming around in that she recently suggested a constitutional amendment to take private money out of political campaigns.  Meanwhile, she and all the Republican candidates are forced to take massive amounts of money from the Cartel in order to even be in the game.

 The Environment and Natural Events:

Last month, referring to the March and April eclipses, I predicted a possible major earthquake of consequence.  We now all know of the devastating 7.8 earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal that was felt as far away as India and China killing around 4000 people and triggering a giant avalanche that ran down Mt. Everest.  A 6.3 earthquake hit Wellington, New Zealand, the nation's capitol.  The Chilean volcano, Calbuco erupted twice forcing major evacuations from the area.  Neptune's inconjunction to the North Node of the Moon is symbolic of this kind of instability and continues through the middle of this month.  For the past five years, I have warned of a significant increase in tectonic instabilities throughout the world in areas that tend to be most at risk.  

 This month's afflictions to Mercury in Gemini suggests high winds and extreme release of pollens into the air.  This also points to drought and fires in the Western U.S. as the consequences of climate change present themselves in ways we can no longer ignore.

 In my last book, Fast Forward, I described my experience in October 2012 in Lexington, MA with regard to a lecture given by a "geo-engineer" employed by our government who described to a room full of people from Harvard, MIT, and all the surrounding great universities that they planned to load up 747s with material resembling volcanic matter (which contain a variety of toxic metals) and dump this mix into the upper atmosphere in order to control weather brought on by global climate change.  Up to that point, I was of the opinion that all the lore around "chem-trails" was questionable, at best.  The audience at this lecture was filled with scientists and scholars who were overtly horrified at what they heard that night.  One man in the audience stood up and asked the lecturer if they realized they could destroy crops in India and Africa and could cause  serious droughts and other deadly consequences to unfold. The geo-engineer replied that this was to prevent worse outcomes that would arise out of global warming.   Since then, I read an article online entitled "Chemtrail Pilot Blows the Lid off Operation Indigo Skyfold" that contains testimony, pictures, and a detailed accounting of a military pilot stepping forward and blowing the lid off the unlawful and exceedingly destructive global chemtrail program.  He reports that that these toxic substances are being sprayed around the globe 24/7 with terrible consequences.  He also reports that the pilots who do this are told this activity is being conducted in the interests of "national security", which this person does not believe and thinks there are more sinister motives behind it. I would encourage my readers to do their own research with regard to these reports and come to their own conclusions.  We must remember that "absolute power corrupts absolutely".  


The Middle East:

Last month, I predicted that Israel would likely engage directly in combat between April and May.  They actually bombed the border regions of Syria last month.  There is a strong alliance between Israel and the Saudis that is part of the story around the development of various terror groups and ISIS.  There is more military activity there indicated in May through the middle of the month.

 As Mercury and Mars go over the Uranus and Mars in the chart of the U.S., there will likely be an increase in war activities for us.  We may engage ourselves not only with ISIS, but in the civil war in Syria.  It will be difficult to resolve the problems with our proposed nuclear agreement with Iran this month, but there may be some progress by June after Mercury goes direct. In Iraq, it has been reported that much of the success of ISIS is because Saddam's old military forces have joined up with them and lent their know-how to their efforts.  The U.S. will likely beef up its military involvement in Iraq between now and June.


Final Thoughts:

As I ponder the fates that seem to surround us, I truly wonder what we, as a species, will choose.  When faced with the ancient destructive powers that seem to control us, magnified with technological advancements that, if unleashed, could destroy  life on earth, will we simply turn to stone?  Will we look at ourselves "through the mirror darkly, and then face to face"? Or will we back off as just we reach the edge of the cliff, coming to a grand realization that, together, we can change everything?


I ponder this as the sun rises over the mountains and the birds sing.


What we choose is up to us.  The future is now.


Linda Schurman




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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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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."

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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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