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Aires... Mar 21st - Apr 20th


Taurus... Apr 21st - May 21st


Gemni... May 22nd - Jun 21st


Cancer... Jun 22nd - Jul 22nd


Leo... Jul 23rd - Aug 22nd


Virgo... Aug 23rd - Sep 23rd


Libra... Sep 24th - Oct 23rd


Scorpio... Oct 24th - Nov 22nd


Sagittarius... Nov 23rd - Dec 21


Capricorn... Dec 22nd - Jan 20th


Aquarius... Jan 21st - Feb 19th


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Important Points of Reference (for astrologers):

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.

The Economy:

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 present themselves.

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 gathering storm.

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 good reason.

On July 25th, one of my favorite economists, Ellen Brown published an extensive article on her site, - "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.


Final Thoughts:

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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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.

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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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