Survive on your own terms
An extension of resource to complement solutions set forth
in Linda's book "What Next?"
Verse by Linda
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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.
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
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.
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
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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
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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.
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
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
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
(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
recognized as the best astrology magazine in the world.
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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