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Important Points of Reference
Mercury goes direct at 24 degrees Gemini square the U.S. Neptune and
President Obama’s Natal Mars, Full Moon at 20 degrees Capricorn square
Uranus and the Nodes on July 12th,
New Moon July 26th
at 3 degrees of Leo square Mars going into Scorpio (remaining in that
sign through September 13th),
Jupiter goes into Leo July 16th
(transiting this sign through Aug. 11th
Jupiter in Leo – Children of the Light in the Village of the Damned
There are a substantial number of “elders” (in whose numbers I include
myself) who look out over the landscape of nations and civilizations
today engaged in devastating ethnic and religious civil wars, economies
that no longer work, climate emergencies engulfed by fires, drought,
super storms, floods, that are increasing around the world, and the
ongoing threat of our using weapons with such destructive capability
that their use would render our planet beyond restoration.
We see the rise of people into positions of power that are either
criminals “on the take” or are completely inept at grasping, let alone,
solving the problems that lie before them. Vision and imagination at
the top levels of governance seem to be missing. In the U.S., the
idealism and altruism that brought about the Voting Rights Act and the
Civil Rights Act 50 years ago seems to have died with a recent Supreme
Court decision that it is “not necessary” any more. An elitist class
consumed by greed and self-absorption control most of the world’s assets
and wish to either use a “serf” labor force or eliminate employees
altogether. In our hunger for energy for a population of 7 billion
people, we are drilling, fracking, and polluting ourselves into the next
great climate extinction of life. A real and present populist democracy
is now a distant memory.
As the nation of Iraq disintegrates before an organized terrorist group
of right-wing Sunni Muslims that have “spilled over” from the
nightmarish civil war in Syria, I am reminded of the Mars in Libra that
went direct in May, and that issue of this newsletter entitled: “The
Waging of Wars we do not Want.” What many of us do not realize is that
the Middle East, the world’s primary source of oil, is drying up! The
Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, the Nile River, and other aquifers are
severely diminished and what is left is frequently so polluted it is
dangerous to drink. Food prices are skyrocketing in these regions
because they can no longer water their crops and have to import their
food from abroad. In 2011, in Tunisia, a food vendor set himself on
fire in protest, an event that officially began the “Arab Spring” and
set off the revolutions throughout the region. These revolutions are
being led by the young, who see little or no hope for their future.
Here comes Jupiter, the planet symbolizing expansion of one’s
perspective, optimism, advanced forms of education, and travel. Moving
through the sign of Leo, symbolizing youth, vitality, creative
self-expression, it will put the spotlight on our youth, challenging us
with the mandate of offering our children a “better life”.
Simultaneously, we look around us at broken and impoverished families,
diminishing opportunities for an advanced education, jobs, economic
self-sufficiency, and even a planet that is losing its ability to
sustain life itself. Jupiter will inconjunct the present long-term
transit of Pluto in Capricorn that represents the old and “established”
societal institutions. This aspect is a “failure of connection” of
youth with age, new ideas with aging infrastructures, new technologies
with antiquated systems of education. However, Jupiter will also trine
(harmonize) with Uranus in Aries. This could bring out refreshingly new
groups and coalitions who would assist organizing around more democratic
governance, schools that would bring back civics, the creative arts,
critical thinking, and freedom of expression. This would overturn the
emphasis on a linear, boxed-in approach to mathematics and science
designed to “teach to the test”, which has frequently eliminated all the
subjects and reasons that would motivate a child to get up and go to
school in the first place. Since the turn of the 21st
Century, we have witnessed young
people throughout the world turn to violent terrorism, be victimized by
human trafficking, and way too many of our young showing up in public
places shooting people and then committing suicide. We supply our
children with arms without arming them with a decent family life and
Although this transit is little more than a year in duration, (July 16,
2014 through August 11, 2015), we have a window of opportunity to blast
holes in the media propaganda that would create a spectator society out
of our youth, seeing them as business commodities, moving them into
addictive consumerism, and writing them off as incapable of anything
else. Our young people are our most precious gift, our greatest hope,
our most profound responsibility. Some of these children will advance
the consciousness of humanity into realms we have historically never
seen before. Will they inhabit the Village of the Damned or will they
co-create a Heaven on Earth? Stay tuned!
Mercury goes direct July 2nd
and Jupiter finishes its transit through Cancer by the 16th.
Mars finishes its transit through Libra on the 26th
as it moves into Scorpio. All of this will create “finishes” in
movements. Thus, some sectors of the economy will reach highs and start
moving downward, while new sectors that have been going nowhere will
start going somewhere. Both Mercury and Venus will reach late Gemini
this month; Mercury between the 9th
and the 13th
and Venus between the 15th
and the 18th.
Look for downward movement in these short segments of time. However,
the Bull Run is not over. Jupiter in Leo, in the fall, will trine
Uranus and, ironically, both the stock market and gold and silver will
likely have a run upward. Things get tricky around the end of October
into November as pessimism prevails.
There are rumors about secret meetings concerning outsourcing the
implementation of Social Security to private firms, as planned shutdowns
of their offices are being put into place. Can you imagine elders and
the disabled trying to decipher poorly designed websites and talking to
people who barely speak English in a foreign country in order to get the
benefits assured them by law? There are also rumors of utility
companies converting to “holding companies” who would outsource their
services to other companies, thereby avoiding the responsibility of
informing the public why they would raise rates. We will soon see if
these rumors play out, as Jupiter in Leo passes over the Sun of the
chart for Social Security and activates charts of large gas and electric
utilities. Meetings and proposals for the Trans Pacific Trade Agreement
are being kept top secret and Pres. Obama is still trying to “fast
track” the signing of this agreement. Congress has held things up, but
this disastrous agreement would enable trans-national corporations and
banks to avoid paying taxes at all in the U.S. and they would all be
able to have “diplomatic immunity” from the use of serf labor and
environmental destruction on the lands of any nation who signs on. In
short, these giant corporations would be basically immune from “the rule
of law” and the rule of sovereign nations. Write your Congressman!
Last month, Janet Yellen did not raise interest rates and continued the
“as usual” approach. I laugh at the spin that there is no significant
inflation, while the turmoil in the Ukraine and the Middle East is
threatening oil supplies and oil and energy are rising. Food prices are
rising. Rents are rising. Debt is accumulating. Gold and silver
have shown signs of rising. There is still no place for the wealthy to
go with their money with nearly Zero interest rates accept into stocks.
Even the big banks are going there. However, this month, things will
be uncertain and shaky.
Middle Eastern Wars:
Through the years, I have predicted that Iraq had the makings of a grand
civil war and would likely break up into three nations: Kurdistan, the
Shia State, and the Sunni State. The current leadership refuses to be
“inclusive”. I think that Pres. Obama will do something military this
month as Mercury goes direct square his Mars and the U.S. Neptune/Mars
square. He is already sending armed drones into the area and may launch
targeted air strikes to diminish the strength of ISIS. By December of
this year, Saturn will sextile the Saturn in the chart of Iraq and the
metes and bounds, along with the leadership of this region will likely
be established. At the very least, it will likely morph into a
confederation of three separate states.
The war in Syria will still be raging this month and I see no hope for
new governance until late October, early November of this year.
Ironically, they are sending war planes into Iraq to fight ISIS. Iran
is assembling forces to fight ISIS. Our “enemies” are fighting our
“enemies”. The quagmire continues! Refugees will still be pouring into
Jordan and Turkey this month, overwhelming their resources. Libya,
already fragmented into multiple warring segments of the population will
likely implode this month.
Russia and the Ukraine:
Vladimir Putin will experience the Mars in Libra making its last transit
over his grouping of planets in his 12th
house in Libra. Decisions are already being made in this region. The
new president has signed an agreement with the European Union. Putin
will likely “appear” to work with the new leadership while still holding
onto Crimea and resisting the new leadership. This tactic will not
work, leaving the region destabilized. The end of this month, when Mars
enters Scorpio square a Sun/Jupiter conjunction in Leo, more violence
will likely be instigated by Russia. This is all about oil and gas
pipelines. There is also a risk of accidental explosions at this time.
Terrible conditions with economies, human displacement, and crime are
stimulating massive migrations of people into the USA, most recently
children, especially from Central and South America. As desperately as
we need immigration reform, it will not happen this month. It will come
up again in September and October, but nothing will be done until after
the elections in November.
Weather and Travel:
There will be a lot of travelers this month with Mercury going direct in
Gemini and Venus going through Gemini. However, watch out for high
winds and storms. A good time for travel would be between the 12th
Jupiter’s final transit through Cancer will bring more flooding in the
rivers of the Midwest.
Recently, on May 29th,
The Journal Science published a report that physicists at the Kavli
Institute of Nanoscience at Delft University say they managed to
“reliably teleport quantum information between two bits of diamond
located three meters apart.” This achievement of quantum teleportation
could prove Einstein wrong. We could be at the threshold of an entirely
new reality. Star Trek is back and the order rings out: “Beam me up
In this newsletter and in my books, I noted that this period of turmoil
in which the Pluto/Uranus square is framing our experiences, we would
likely make scientific breakthroughs as important as the splitting of
the atom when Pluto last was square Uranus in 1932-33. Already, we have
confirmed the existence of the Higgs-Boson Particle. Some observers
predict that this most recent discovery could lead to an “unhackable”
network of quantum computers. And this is only the beginning.
I think that most of us would agree that the world and its commonly held
beliefs about the reality we have known is coming to an end. Many
scientists think that humanity has set in place the next great
extinction of life and hold out little hope that we can reverse what we
have done to our planet. However, they do not talk about what is just
beginning – a new mind-boggling view of reality that could contain
within it the way we could correct our course. It could contain within
it brilliant insights into a reality that could lead to the re-creation
of it. We could change everything. And just maybe, we will!
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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!
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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
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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
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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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