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Important Points of Interest (for astrologers):

Full Moon on July 1st at 9 degrees of Capricorn on the Mars/Pluto opposition square the Nodes and sextile Neptune, New Moon July 15th at 23 degrees Cancer square Uranus and trine Saturn, Full Moon July 31st at 7 degrees Aquarius conjunct Ceres which is inconjunct Venus at 00 degrees of Virgo that goes retrograde July 25th and goes direct September 6th.  July 1st Venus is conjunct Jupiter at 21 degrees Leo (the first in a series on Venus/Jupiter conjunctions the others being Aug. 4th at 29 degrees Leo and Oct. 25th at 16 degrees Virgo), Mars is opposite Pluto on July 15th and is square Uranus on July 25th just as Uranus goes retrograde at 20 degrees Aries, Mars is transiting Cancer until August 9th.


Venus  Retrograde Transits, Attacks on Local Economies, and Currency Manipulation:

Last month, our Congress granted the president the right to negotiate and "fast track" the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) whose contents are deliberately kept secret (although some aspects have been revealed by Wikileaks).  After this is fully negotiated, the president would bring it before the Congress for an "up or down" vote with no legislative authority to change it in any way.  This so-called treaty is said to literally subsume all rule of law by sovereign nations to a corporate backed international "tribunal" through which global corporations could sue a nation if its laws prevented the corporation to do whatever it wants to generate profits.  What we do not know is how this international tribunal would "enforce" its rulings.  Interestingly, the concept of "fast track"  was created back in the 1970s by Pres. Richard Nixon to prevent Congress from interfering with corporate-backed global trade agreements. 


Let's bring this" home"  as to what this means for you and for me.  Suppose an international gas company wishes to "frack" here where I live in New York State, depositing chemicals and waste products into the Finger Lakes and all adjacent aquifers, ruining one of the most valuable fresh water supplies (next to the Great Lakes) in our nation.  New York recently outlawed fracking, after our local communities passed laws against it and fought through the legal system and won the battle in court to uphold these laws.  The TPP gives the gas company the right to sue New York State through the international tribunal, for preventing them to profit from fracking here, overriding the local rule of law.   A recent example of this is the action of a Swedish company who manufactures nuclear plant equipment and who sued the nation of Germany when they decided to systematically shut down their nuclear plants after seeing the effects of the Fukushima disaster.


In addition, we all know that millions of jobs will be lost here in the U.S. as they were when NAFTA and CAFTA were passed and implemented.  All labor laws and environmental laws become useless and unenforceable.  Democracy is "tanked" as billionaire heads of giant transnational corporations (who  nobody elected) can do whatever they want wherever they want within the nations that are in this partnership and if individuals or nations protest, they are simply sued.  The implications of all this are enormous and the TPP has a way to go before it is passed, but "fast track" has already been passed by both houses of Congress. The consequences of this are dire.


Last month, the battle between the IMF, the European Union, and Greece emerged while other nearly bankrupt European nations are watching, as is Wall Street.  The issue is:  if or when these nations leave the Euro and the European Union, default on their loans, and go back to their local currencies, what would these currencies be worth and, most importantly, what would this do to the interconnected "web of debt" in the global economy. Puerto Rico's governor just announced they cannot pay their debts.  I mentioned in last month's newsletter that China may be attempting to give their currency "special drawing rights" or to be included as a  world reserve currency.  Meanwhile, the giant banks are blatantly  manipulating currencies, gold and silver, on the derivative exchanges.  On July 25th, Venus goes retrograde at 00 degrees Virgo and goes direct September 6th at 14 degrees of Leo.  The last time Venus went retrograde in Virgo was July 27, 2007.  This coincided with the beginning of the real estate "crash" due to the death of the sub-prime mortgage "bubble", which led to the 2008 Wall Street "crash".  This current cycle of Venus retrograde/direct goes over Jupiter three times, the last being in October.  Jupiter symbolizes "globalism and expansion". The stars do not bode well for economies, here and abroad.  Instability and confusion will be with us for a long while.  We will land with a "bang" the end of November as Saturn (reality) is square Neptune (fantasy). 


 Venus Rising, the Power of Women and the Meaning of Marriage:

Back in 2002, I wrote an article in Garden State Woman, a magazine in New Jersey about the times ahead that highlighted the rise of women into positions of global power.  It is my opinion that after thousands of years of men suppressing and  subjugating women, we are moving into a period where masculine and feminine energies will come into balance and power will be shared.  This does not mean one sex dominating the other, but a mutual respect of men and women for one another - the "divine marriage" of these energies, united as one.

 It is so interesting that here in America, we already have three  women Supreme Court justices,  Sen. Elizabeth Warren has emerged as a prominent and outspoken advocate for the people-at-large, Secretary Hillary Clinton is running for the presidency again, Janet Yellen was appointed Chairman of the Federal Reserve last year, House Minority Leader (who was the House Majority Leader) Rep. Nancy Pelosi wields enormous power in the legislature, just to name a few.  Interestingly,  Olympian Bruce Jenner very publicly transformed himself into a woman and claims he was female on the inside all along.

Many women have revealed that they have had to "behave like men" in order to rise in our modern society that is characterized by ruthless individualism and competition, the exercise of police and military force, and the ability to push sympathy and compassion aside.  Many men have expressed that they do not wish to be defined by these traditionally expressed so-called masculine characteristics. 

Since the 1970s, our culture has been struggling with what it means to be defined by our biological sex and pushing society's traditional boundaries.  Since the early 1980s , gay, lesbian, bisexual, and trans-sexual people have "come out" demanding to be treated with equality of opportunity and respect in every aspect of our lives.   The Supreme Court has now officially upheld that LBGT people have the right to be legally married in this nation. This is a victory for all of us.


The Supreme Court:

Last month, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, the Fair Housing Act, the Voter Rights Act, and legalized same-sex marriage.  They ruled against the EPA's anti-pollution ruling connected with removing Mercury and other toxins from coal stacks, stating that the EPA did not take into consideration the expense of doing so. They ruled against a Texas law resticting abortions.  June simply "made history", especially connected with civil rights and the people-at-large.  I expect major decisions to be made between September and October of this year as well, as Venus goes direct September 6th and transits over Jupiter October 18th.


War and Violence:

I predicted in last month's newsletter that there would be an increase in violence in the U.S. and involvements in the Middle Eastern Wars.  Two convicted killers launched a dramatic escape from a prison in New York State launching a manhunt consisting of 1100 police.  The middle of the month saw the murder of 9 innocents in a church in Charleston, So Carolina by a violent racist, that brought Pres. Obama to Charleston to deliver the eulogy for the murdered minister of that church and State Congressman Pinckney.  This has led to a nationwide outrage and demand that Confederate Flags be taken down at the state capitols that display them.  What we are seeing is the 60s revisited and it is connected to the Pluto/Uranus square that has been discussed many times in this newsletter.  What is shocking to many people is how filled this nation is with racist hatred and discrimination to this day and how the horrors of the American Civil War still linger in our society.  The recent shootings  by police officers of unarmed black men and boys has brought out how entrenched suppression and poverty for people of color are in our society and how far we need to go, even though a black man is now a U.S. President, singing "Amazing Grace" at the funeral.

In June, Tunisia, France, and Kuwait all suffered targeted terror attacks by ISIS on the same day. We need to be very careful this month since Mars is transiting Cancer (the sign of the U.S.A.) opposing Pluto and square Uranus.  Terror may visit our shores once again.  I am also concerned about September this year and the 9/11 anniversary, with the Solar Eclipse on our Neptune on the 13th and the return of both Mercury and Venus to their 9/11 positions.

The negotiations going on with regard to a U.S. Agreement with Iran are unlikely to be resolved this month.  The transits of Venus back and forth would point to delayed decisions until the period between September and October and, even then, questions will be raised with regard to the "enforceability" of the inspections of their nuclear sites.

Israel will likely object to Iran agreements and become even more contrarian since Mars will transit the sign of Leo Aug. 9th through Sept. 25th which is "warlike" in their birth chart.     


Weather and Natural Events:

July 15th, Mercury is conjunct Mars opposition Pluto, Mercury is square Uranus on the 19th, and July 25th Mars is square Uranus.

These dates show violent weather conditions, fires, explosions, and tectonic activity.  Global climate change is simply amplifying weather extremes that we would normally experience.  I would avoid extensive travel on these dates.


Final Thoughts:

Last month's transits of Mercury and Mars in Gemini and their aspects to outer ring planets symbolized a veritable explosion of historic issues and themes expressing themselves on the stage of history. Many were surprising, confusing, terrifying and inspiring.  My experience informs me that when challenges are exposed, confronted, and fully addressed, multifoliate solutions present themselves to us - an array of innovative ideas that are shared among ourselves and lead to real and substantive progress toward our collective salvation.


In the realm of civil rights and social progress, we seem to be reawakening the notion of "liberty and justice for all".  Not so in the core survival spectrum of national and global economies and who benefits from and controls them.  A cartel of transnational corporate heads and bankers are stamping out the ideals of democracy, shared prosperity, a balance of powers - all the original passions that motivated the founders of the U.S. and inspired other nations throughout the world to move toward democratic governance.  They are "unofficial", hidden, secretive, self-absorbed; and control 80 to 90 per cent of the world's wealth.  Too often, the public is "clueless" about who they are  and their planned agendas.  They have the power and resources to take us down.  Their "mistakes", especially in the world of derivatives trade and resources, have international repercussions.  They "buy out" legislatures, and control prime ministers, presidents, and kings.


We the people need to awaken.  Otherwise, it will take a monumental collapse to do it for us.  I think we are just beginning to open our eyes and come out of our long sleep.  The sun is rising and the clouds are parting.  Now is the time.


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."

- reviewed by Mary Plumb

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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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