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THE SOOTHESAYER INTERNET NEWSLETTER

Linda Schurman
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July 2016

.Important Points of Reference
(for Astrologers):

New Moon at 12 degrees Cancer on July 4th (U.S.A. Chart) trine Neptune, opposition Pluto, sextile/trine the Nodes, sextile Jupiter; Full Moon July 19th at 27 degrees Cancer square
Uranus and trine Chiron and Mars; Mars inconjunct Uranus between July 11th and July 16th; Mercury square Uranus July 10th, Mercury goes into Leo on July 11th and is inconjunct
Neptune on the 19th and inconjunct Pluto on the 21st and is Trine Uranus on the 26th; Venus Pluto on the 24th and trineUranus on the 31st.

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Pluto in Capricorn (2008 - 2024, Square Uranus 2011 - 2015)

The Global Elites and the Use and Abuse of Power:

Throughout the thousands of years that humans have constructed and lived in what we would call “civilization”, ruling elites have wielded power over their collectives, mainly through control over their economic resources and using propaganda and imaging to control their minds.  From tribal warlords, to kings, popes and emperors, to dictators, to elected legislators and prime ministers and presidents - all have framed economic conditions and controlled their subjects, determining who would and who would not survive.  For eons, life was short, miserable, and brutal for the majority of people on earth who slaved to survive under the rule of the heads of nation states and empires that waged lengthy wars.

As the old monarchies gave way to the notions of “the rule of law” and “democracy”, voting rights, the printing press, and later radio and television, and most recently, the Internet, sprung up in societies, the interests of the “people-at-large” have ostensibly been the concern of elected officials.  In addition, the “ideal” of capitalism has been that the free marketplace insures the economic well-being of most people.  There is no question that our rapid technological development has presented much of the world’s population with the highest standard of living ever known.

We are now coming to a realization that we “have been had.”   Global elites are alive and well today, engaging us in wars to control resources and manipulating markets that have turned into gambling casinos for their private use. Tax money which would finance the national commons (highways, bridges, public education, water and electrical systems, health care) is being off-shored so that the elites themselves, who now own 80 to 90 percent of our nation’s wealth, have gutted our formerly thriving middle class, and condemned the public to being mired in personal debt, joblessness, with an inferior education, a failing public infrastructure, and a corporate media that omits facts and information we need to know, substituting “infotainment”  that erases all critical thinking or genuine inspiration from the public mind.

All these policies implemented by a segment of the rich and the powerful have also resulted in mind boggling sovereign debt on a global scale never seen before and threatened the stability of the international economy.  Those of us who publicly protest are labeled as “isolationist” and against trade.  We are not and never have been against “fair” trade that insures the solvency of the citizenry of individual nations.

Last month, the world and financial markets were shaken by BREXIT; the U.K.’s citizen vote to exit the European Union.  Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation from office.  Why? Jobs have been “gutted” there as they have been here.  Destitute workers from Turkey, many African nations, and other regions have been brought in to work there at extremely low wages.  Refugees from the tragedy in Syria have flooded the cities.  Citizens have had their taxes raised and benefits reduced in attempt to pay off the debt incurred by the “Recession” of 2008-2009 created by the “banksters” there.  Thus, the prosperity of the so-called middle class has evaporated, as have their hopes for the future.

These policies formed by so-called global treaties and trade agreements have resulted in riots in Europe and the wild and angry U.S. presidential election cycle of 2016.  BREXIT represents a “sea change” back to democracy and populist governance and away from tax-evading transnational corporate rulers and their henchmen in the insider political class, whose favorite “whipping post” is entitlements (social security, medicare, etc.) that would easily be paid for if people had good paying jobs and the rich corporations paid their share of taxes.   The downside to this, unfortunately, will be the ensuing systemic collapse of global financial structures until a new vision is implemented.  My take is that it will be the 2020s under the transits in Aquarius that this may take place. 

 

Who are they?

The reality that has hit me over the past several years is that the public in the U.S. does not have a clue as to who the people are that wield the power.  We know the presidents and prime ministers and a few legislators who are in front of the cameras.  But the real Plutocrats reside comfortably behind the scenes, unaccountable to us because we pay little or no attention and rarely know them at all. Some of them reside behind the scenes and are hidden from public view.  A list provided by Jim Rickards in his newsletter “Strategic Intelligence” reveals a short list of some of these individuals who are hiding in plain sight:

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, Raghuram G. Rajan, vice chairman of the Bank for International Settlements and governor of the Reserve Bank of India, Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the Bank of Japan, William C. Dudley, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Agustin Carstens, governor of the Bank of Mexico, Janet Yellen, chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve System, Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, Zhu Min, deputy managing director of the IMF, Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of the People’s Bank of China, Jack Lew, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, and Robert E. Rubin, chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, and I would add Jaime Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase and Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs.

I would like to focus this month’s newsletter on Robert Rubin (born August 29, 1938 in New York, NY), whose enormous influence and power was wielded publicly in the 1990s when he was Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton administration and who was a major instigator of policies that have “come home to roost” at the present time, including the passage of NAFTA, ensuring the dominance of transnational corporate power.

Rubin is the embodiment of Pluto, the powerful ruler of the riches that line the coffers of the underworld.  According to Wikipedia, prior to his government service, he spent 26 years at Goldman Sachs, serving as a member of the board and co-chairman from 1990-1992.  He, as Treasury Secretary under Pres. Clinton, was the first to “bail out” a hedge fund in 1998 (Global Capital Management) with tax payer money and oversaw the loosening of financial industry underwriting guidelines (the Glass-Steagall Act) which had been present since the 1930s.  He and his co-Plutonians, Laurence Summers (Assistant Treasury Secretary)  and Alan Greenspan (Federal Reserve Chair), effectively deregulated the trading of derivatives in the U.S. turning the big banks and hedge funds into global casinos.   When Brooksley Born, head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in the 1990s, circulated a letter urging increased regulation of derivatives, Rubin publicly denounced Born and urged that the CFTC be stripped of its regulatory authority.  In 2001, Rubin, now a director and senior counselor of Citigroup, contacted a person in the U.S. Treasury Dept. and asked if the department could convince bond-rating agencies not to downgrade the corporate debt of Enron (remember that catastrophe?), a debtor of Citigroup.  The Treasury official refused, but Rubin was “let off the hook” for his request.  All of this, many argue, led to the “financialization” of mortgages and the housing collapse of 2007, the Wall Street crash of 2008, and what economists call “The Great Recession.”

Today, Rubin co-chairs the Council on Foreign Relations, arguably one of the most powerful positions in the world.  I do not have a time of birth for him, only planetary positions, but I can see his Solar arc Pluto is inconjunct his Uranus (sudden change) and is opposition his Saturn (structure and security),  both being squared by transiting Pluto (power) with his progressed Sun in Scorpio forming a square with his natal Mars (accidents/aggression) in Leo and his Jupiter in Aquarius that are in an opposition.  Transiting Uranus is currently opposed his Venus and will oppose his Moon next year (trouble with women).  (His Jupiter sits on the Moon of the U.S.A. Chart)...  All these configurations reflect the coming global economic crash due to unsustainable debt, derivatives trades going south in the hundreds of trillions of dollars, job losses, and a stock market with nowhere to go but down.  This “perfect storm” will lead to the emergencies arising in 2017 when transiting Saturn reaches 27-29 degrees of Sagittarius (the crash degree) and drastic inflationary measures may be taken, currency devaluation, and a temporary upswing in the dollar value of gold and silver.  The coming crises will hit him hard, but will hit global economies and the world’s people harder.  Is there justice here?  Only time will tell.

 

Hillary Clinton:

Since I concentrated on Donald Trump in my June newsletter, and the Democratic Convention is coming up this month, I will discuss the astrological chart of Hillary Clinton, who has been nominated by Democratic primary voters to be their candidate for President.  Even though many people have requested that I do this sooner, I have been hesitant to tackle it because there are two “declared” birth times for her, i.e. Oct. 26, 1947, Chicago, IL, at 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM.  I have chosen the 8:00 PM since this chart has been effective with respect to historic events that have taken place in the past.

Throughout her career, as a graduate of Wellsley College at the top of her class and getting her law degree at Yale (where she met Bill Clinton), to her position at the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock, AK to being an activist First Lady, to being the Senator from New York, to serving as Secretary of State under Pres.  Obama, Clinton has taken positions and stands with the Plutonians or what many call “the establishment.” 

She did some constructive things that are worth noting.  She and Bill Clinton reformed public education for the better in Arkansas when he was governor there and worked for the poor and disadvantaged.  Her husband put her in charge of health care reform when he was president, but her presentation came right out of “establishment” programs led by the people in that industry that created the problems in the first place.  Her program was voted down by Congress.  Although as First Lady, she had no official powers, it was under Pres. Bill Clinton that Robert Rubin got his way and Wall Street was deregulated and the NAFTA Trade Agreement was signed.  The Clintons are now considered “banksters” and felt to have sold out U.S. workers to transnational corporations who evade taxation and outsource to cheap labor abroad.  While serving as the Senator from New York, she did succeed with legislative programs by working successfully with “both sides of the isle.” New York voters overall approved of her performance.  However, once again, following “establishment” advice, she voted yes to the horrific decision by the Bush administration to go to war in Iraq.

As a Scorpio, her ruling planet is Pluto.  Her Mercury (active thought and communication) is in Scorpio square her Natal Saturn in Leo (careful and thorough, but fearful of anything “outside the box”.)  Since Mercury is the ruler of her Ascendant (outward appearance and personality), she is reserved and being constantly in the public eye in a campaign does not come naturally to her.  She has a tendency to “hide” information before revealing it, giving people the impression that she has something sinister to hide.  With Uranus in Gemini square her Moon in Pisces, technology does not come easily to her; hence her using her private email server while she was Secretary of State in the Obama administration.  This mistake may have revealed State secrets, even though, so far as we know, the information was not “classified” at the time.  However, it has been revealed recently that Russia may have hacked into her email which would have been more likely to have been “protected” if it had been a government server.  The Obama administration’s policy to unseat Ghadaffi in Libya resulted in a failed state and the murder of our ambassador there.  This led to another scandal that prompted a congressional investigation, that led to a conclusion there was no indictment necessary, but that there were bureaucratic problems connected with the military taking action there..  I think the concern should be about her influencing another bad decision and failed policy, similar to her voting for the war in Iraq.  Both Democrat and Republican administrations have been unseating various heads of state in oil rich areas for decades, creating endless military engagements, costing millions of lives and  trillions of dollars, and, mostly, made things worse in these regions.

Hillary’s Venus (connected to love and marriage) is in Scorpio square her Mars, Pluto and Saturn in Leo (Bill Clinton is a Leo); hence her having to endure the Monica Lewinsky scandal of the 1990s plus other affairs in which her husband likely engaged.  I suspect she was furious at all this, but Saturn (self control) prevailed and she stayed in the marriage to carry out all their joint ambitions.  Venus “rules” money and there are numerous rumors about the Clinton Foundation’s acceptance of monetary contributions from Middle Eastern monarchs and shady billionaires.  

Clinton’s Moon in the sign of Pisces (her daughter’s birth sign) shows that she has a nurturing motherly side to her nature.  I think she genuinely cares about the “downtrodden” and sees  herself as an advocate for children and women’s rights whose causes she espoused while she was First Lady.  The Moon is square her Uranus and her Ascendant.  When this is activated, there is a tendency to be accident prone and there may be an underlying health issue that she is carefully hiding (again) from the public.  Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, is in her 5th house and not prominent or near the angles of her chart.  The problem with this is that Neptune is the planet of “image” and has been prominent in the charts of 20th and 21st Century presidents.  In a media age, projecting a charismatic image is an essential part of getting elected.  She has the ability to “pull herself together” and present a calm, controlled, collected persona.  She is very intelligent, but not particularly imaginative or innovative.  I think one of her greatest difficulties, which is now coming back to bite her, is her willingness to “get in bed” with the Plutonians, i.e. The banksters, the giant corporations, and all the rich and powerful people who really run this world, for good or for ill.  She genuinely believes there is no other way and, in all fairness, history has proven her correct.  Remember that President Dwight Eisenhower warned us: “Beware of the military/industrial complex.”  However, at this historic time people are looking for “rebels”, outsiders,  and major turnovers in power.  The September 16th Lunar Eclipse in Pisces is right on her natal Moon square Uranus - a highly unstable aspect.  Transiting Uranus in Aries is, however, sextile her natal Uranus helping her move toward more populist ideas, such as those promoted by Sen. Bernie Sanders.  Although her credentials make her extremely qualified to be president, it will be an unending battle for her to win this election.

When Jupiter goes into Libra in September and Saturn moves forward in Sagittarius, they actually favor both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  This nation’s people at present, do not like either candidate and many feel they have a choice between a “sane crook or a crazy crook.”  We live in a time whose planetary pictures resemble the 1930s, when the Great Depression and the rise of the Third Reich in Germany dominated historic events.  Times like these have produced the rise of dangerous and war-mongering dictators.  In November, the voters will decide.

The Economy:

Mars continues in Scorpio this month, inconjunct Uranus between the 11th and the 18th, activating violent tendencies in those susceptible, and highlighting the issue around gun control which has been a huge concern in recent months.  I think this is another example of the Gun Lobby making lots of money when firearms remain unregulated and people are scared to be without guns.  The Democrats made a genuine attempt to pass gun legislation last month. The failure of Congress to do something about this is a disgrace, but so many congressmen (mostly Republicans) are paid off by the NRA that progress has been virtually stopped. The Democrats staged a “sit-in” for passing gun control legislation last month.  This challenge will most certainly emerge again this month.

There are many indicators right now that the economy is headed for a major decline.  The recent BREXIT, which crashed the British Pound and our stock markets the following day, may lead to many other European nations discussing leaving the EU, especially nations that are nearly bankrupt such as Greece, Portugal, Spain, and Italy.  In addition, there are movements to leave in France, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland.  Many Brits are now regretting their vote to exit when they saw the aftermath.  Unfortunately, too many of them voted out of Xenophobic anger rather than really understanding of how they got into the EU and what the consequences of leaving would be. 

 

Financial Facts:

Here in the U.S., industrial production has declined for 9 months in a row; U.S commercial bankruptcies are now up 51% since September; total business sales in the U.S. have been dropping since the middle of 2014; U.S. factory orders have been dropping for 18 months in a row;  JP Morgan’s recession indicators have risen to the highest level since the last recession; the Federal Reserve’s Labor Market Conditions Index has been falling for five months in a row; the employment numbers that the government released for May were the worst that we have seen in six years. And this is the tip of the ice burg.  Bad economic news out of Japan, China and many European nations all point to the inevitable decline ahead. 

Many people think that China, Russia, India banking alliances (the new Silk Road) heralds a major increase in their economic power.  I disagree.  As institutions collapse throughout the world, climate change accelerates, and we face the end of the age of fossil fuel, they will have no place to go.  This is a global upheaval and and will effect humanity as a whole.

My fear is directed toward the military alliances that are expanding.   History has demonstrated that when economies fail, wars frequently emerge.

Financial markets will be very uncertain again in July,  especially between the 11th and 18th.  However, they will likely rise the last week of July with both Mercury and Venus trine Uranus.  There may also be a new technology (possibly related to sustainable energy) introduced that will be a money-maker.  Bigger crises in markets will emerge in August and September, under the shadows of the coming September eclipses in Virgo and Pisces both of which are negative for jobs growth..  I think positions in gold, silver, and cash are still the safety plays.  I also will repeat my suggestion that getting into investments connected to the conservation and filtration of water will be good over the long haul.

 

Weather and the Environment:

There is good news and bad news pertaining to the environment.  The good news is the announcement that the Diablo Nuclear Plant in California will be closed down and replaced by sustainable energy sources.  The bad news was published in the June 15th newsletter Buzzflash that states:  “The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (announced) Monday to allow radioactive contamination in drinking water at concentrations vastly greater than allowed under the Safe Drinking Water Act.  The new guidance would permit radiation exposures equivalent to 250 chest X-rays a year.  Environmental groups are calling the proposal ‘shocking’ and ‘egregious’.”  The position of Mars in Scorpio this month would reveal more news stories of environmental contamination.

The drought in the Southwestern U.S. continues this month, especially in the second half of the month, emphasizing the Uranus in Aries that will trine planets in Leo, all hot and dry signs. There will likely be more storms and floods in the Southeast in the first part of the month, emphasized by Mars in Scorpio and Mercury and Venus in Cancer - wet signs.  Global climate change presents marked extremes in weather.  Last month, there were enormous floods in West Virginia and temperatures were in the 120s in the Southwest while ensuing wild fires appeared in many locations.

Interestingly, I have discussed the probability that we would be going into a prolonged “Maunder Minimum”, or a cycle of reduced sun spots or storms that usually results in a “cooling” of the earth’s temperatures.  It has recently been reported by global weather observation services last month that sun spots (storms) are slowing down and coming to a stop heralding our entry into a short-term Maunder Minimum..  Is it possible that we may get a “reprieve” from the extreme planetary warming we have produced and get a chance to clean up our mess and invent our way out of the crises?

 

Final Thoughts:

“Life either kills you or makes you a better man”

                                                               Mark Twain

I often ponder the wisdom in this saying. These words certainly resonate with the multitude of challenges in our lives, both individually and within the historic context of nations.  As we look around us at the civil wars, failed states, corrupted governments, mass shootings, millions fleeing their countries, millions of people losing their jobs and losing hope of any future employment, environmental pollution, climate emergencies, it would seem that humanity is committing suicide and taking most life on earth down with it.  We are truly experiencing a “dark night of the soul” and it may feel to many folks that life is killing us.

Based on years of personal suffering and surviving in my life and in the lives of the thousands of people I have had the privilege of serving for so many years, I actually am hopeful that we will create a better future, live richer and more meaningful lives, and exhibit a greater concern for one another.  We could make the choice to experience a grand shift in consciousness that has the potential to bring a new enlightenment to humanity.  Why?  Because this has happened to me, my family, my friends, and many of my clients.  I have witnessed truly grand transformations right in the middle of deep and painful confrontations with truths that need to be seen and felt.  Beyond all this struggle lies our “core self ” that is beautiful, eternal, and contains the ability to envision elegant solutions, no matter how complex.  Here lives the true “state of being” promised to us by the wise ones through the ages.

We do not have to wait for this.  The time is now.

Linda
 

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