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October 2014


Important Points of Reference:

Full Moon Eclipse on October 8th at 15 degrees Aries conjunct Uranus, opposition Venus, square Pluto, hitting the U.S. Sun/Saturn square, New Moon Eclipse on October 23th at 00 degrees Scorpio conjunct Hillary Clinton's natal Sun, Mercury retrograde at 1 degrees Scorpio October 4th through the 15th, Mars trine Jupiter on October 8th and hitting an opposition and square on the U.S. Mars/Neptune square on October 16th.

With Liberty and Justice for . . .  the One Percent

In past newsletters, I have highlighted the present Saturn in Scorpio as a significant exposer of corruption in both the public and private sectors of power.  I have also discussed the Pluto/Saturn square as revealing abuses of the rich and powerful resulting in damage done to our society as a whole. Bill Meridian in his October Dell Horoscope column reveals:  "There is one more note regarding the Lunar Eclipse.  It hits the U.S. Sun-Saturn square.  This can test the U.S. justice system, just as two of these eclipses did during the O.J. Simpson trial.  In addition, the stock market fell sharply on the days of these 'O.J.' eclipses." The Citizens United Decision by the Supreme Court allowing virtually unlimited financing of political campaigns has paved the way for giant corporations and banks to buy the government redesigning most of our legal system as a tool for the wealthy.

We have all been watching events in Ferguson, Missouri accompanying the shooting to death of an unarmed black teen by a policeman there and watching the American justice system being challenged and tested.  However, just days ago, out of the blue, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder resigned.  He has allegedly been prosecuting the giants of Wall Street throughout his term, although they have been issued "slap-on-the-wrist fines" and none of the perpetrators are in jail.  

On Friday, Sept. 26th, the radio program "This American Life" aired a startling program about Wall Street.  According to an article on "Bloomberg View, Wall Street", Michael Lewis wrote an article with respect to this revealing: "The reporter, Jake Bernstein; has obtained 46 hours of tape recordings, made secretly by a Federal Reserve employee, of conversations within the Fed, and between the Fed and Goldman  Sachs."  This is in reference to the period after the 2008 financial crisis, in which the New York Fed, now the chief U.S. bank regulator, commissioned a study of itself and attempt to uncover why the massively destructive behavior inside the big banks had not been revealed.  Lewis goes on to say: "It's an extraordinary document.  There is not space here to do it justice, but the gist is this:  The Fed failed to regulate the banks because it did not encourage its employees to ask questions, to speak their minds or to point out problems.  Just the opposite:  The Fed encourages its employees to keep their heads down, to obey their managers and to appease the banks.  That is, bank regulators failed to do their jobs properly not because they lacked the tools but because they were discouraged from using them."  There is also a report on a new Fed regulator hired in 2011, Carmen Segarra, who was known as a qualified, highly principled and independent-minded woman.  Segarra, who holds degrees from Harvard, Cornell, and Columbia apparently did not "toe the line" and instead reported their violations of law, continuing   arrogance, and illegal machinations.  She secretly recorded meetings she attended at Goldman Sachs until she was fired for reporting the truth to her boss.  It would be worth your effort to read the whole article and inform yourself about how our justice system has worked very well for the one percent.  Finally, things are now emerging as to how corrupt the system is and is not so complex to be incomprehensible.

Right after the radio show, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren urged the Senate to investigate the Federal Reserve about lax enforcement.  For years, she has strongly advocated for the consumer and real reforms of the banking and financial system.


There is more!

On September 8th, Ellen Brown, attorney and economist, published a startling report on her blog "Web of Debt" entitled "Preparing to Asset-Strip Local Government?  The Fed's Bizarre New Rules".  Brown reveals:  "In an inscrutable move that has alarmed state treasurers, the Federal Reserve, along with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, just changed the liquidity requirements for the nation's largest banks.  Municipal bonds, long considered safe liquid investments, have been eliminated from the list of high-quality liquid collateral, assets (HQLA).  That means banks that are the largest holders of munis are liable to start dumping them in favor of the Treasuries and corporate bonds that do satisfy the requirement.  Muni bonds fund the nation's critical infrastructure, and they are subject to the whims of the market; as demand goes down, interest rates must be raised to attract buyers.  State and local governments could find themselves in the position of cash-strapped Eurozone states, subject to crippling interest rates."

This is a looming disaster and could point to collapses in the funding of our nation's infrastructure of bridges, highways, water and sewerage systems, etc. that is already lacking funding for repairs.  Millions of retired people own munis as a secure, interest- paying investment for their IRAs.  Again, the public commons gets hit so US Treasuries and corporate bonds can benefit.

Ellen Brown refers to an article by Pam Martens and Russ Martens in a September 4th article titled "The Fed Just Imposed Financial Austerity on the States".  They write:   "The Federal regulators adopted a new rule that requires the country's largest banks - those with $250 billion or more in total assets - to hold an increased level of newly defined 'high quality liquid assets' (HQLA) in order to meet a potential run on the bank during a credit crisis.  In addition to U.S. Treasury securities and other instruments backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government (agency debt), the regulators have included some dubious instruments while shunning others with a higher safety profile.  Bizarrely, the Fed and its regulatory siblings included investment grade corporate bonds, the majority of which do not trade on an exchange, and more stunningly, stocks in the Russell 1000, as meeting the definition of high quality liquid assets, while excluding all municipal bonds - even general obligation municipal bonds from states with a far higher credit standing and safety profile than BBB-rated corporate bonds.  This, rightfully, has state treasurers in an uproar."

Here the Federal Treasury is pushing us into financing U.S. debt (in the mess it is in because, among other things, the one per cent is off- shoring its tax obligations while the rest of so many people don't even make enough money to pay taxes) and, in addition, have the nerve to recommend risky corporate stocks and bonds to manipulate that market upward.   I would suggest you read this superb article by Ellen Brown on her Web of Debt Blog as she often makes the complex and difficult machinations of "the Cartel" comprehensible.

So frequently, people have said to me that financial markets are being so obviously manipulated, but have questioned how it is done.  These publications are explaining some of the many ways people in power are pulling the strings.  The gold and silver markets have been controlled for many years, against all the odds concerning where the real prices should be.  If people rush into gold, it would point to a near total loss in confidence in the dollar, an event they will do anything possible to prevent. 

Recently, an article in King World News reported that the wealthy have been buying high end expensive real estate in places like Manhattan and Silicon Valley in California in a move into tangible assets.  Similar buying occurred in 1928 and we all know about the real estate bubble on 2000 - 2007 and the consequences of that crash. 

Finally, Saturn in Scorpio is doing its job.  Mars will reach critical degrees of Sagittarius the end of this month pointing to a stock market slide.  The great detective is shining his light on the sleaze behind closed doors and how our government and justice system is embedded in all this.  Will Eric Holder's position in all of this be revealed?  We'll see. 


The Life of Hillary

Hillary Clinton is getting a Solar Eclipse on her natal Sun.  This lends a lot of energy and vitality to a new start and suggests a run for the presidency.  She has already said she will announce her intentions the first of the year.  Chelsea Clinton just gave birth to a daughter (Sept. 26, 2014, 7:03 PM), Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky.


The Middle East

Now that our war machine, aligned with the Kurds in Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, is engaged with ISIS in both Iraq and Syria, our attention needs to return to the dangers in Israel as the Lunar Eclipse on the 8th sets off the April Eclipse that I already pointed out coincides with Israel going to war.  This month's Solar Eclipse lands on Jupiter in the chart of the formation of Hezbollah, a terror group that may be setting up an attack on Israel. The Palestinian President, Abbas, has already stated he cannot continue the peace process as long as the Israelis still remain in the occupied territories.  Saturn is hitting squares in Israel's chart between now and December pointing to great stresses on its leadership.  They may, once again, feel compelled to go into combat.


The Ukraine and Russia

Agreements that have been made recently will likely fall apart and have to be renegotiated under the Mercury retrograde and Saturn's transit in Scorpio.  It is all about oil and gas pipelines,  money, sanctions, relations with Western economies, etc.  Putin is still in charge this month, but his control will start slipping when Mars goes into Capricorn October 27th and transits through this sign through December 4th.



For some time now, I have addressed what I believe are major issues for China as The Saturn/Pluto square has hit their natal Sun and the current Saturn in Scorpio has been square their Pluto.  Now, there are tens of thousands of protesters in the streets of Hong Kong insisting upon democracy, and challenging the repression of Communist dictatorship that is currently in power.  The Oct. 8th eclipse hitting their chart along with Mercury going retrograde this month, making a direct station on their Sun on the 25th would all indicate that these protests will continue.  This may be just the beginning.


The Ebola Epidemic

As the Ebola outbreak spreads within Western Africa, projected into the millions, it reminds us that when nations descend into chronic poverty, the healthcare infrastructure also is extremely limited and epidemics spread, effecting rich and poor alike.  We must be reminded that when wealth is concentrated in the hands of a few rather than shared, there is a danger to all.  My heroes are the doctors and health care workers from other nations that risk their own lives to go into the heart of the epidemic to save lives.  This disease is not incurable and scientists here are developing treatments.

My hope is that this will be under control as Saturn leaves the sign of Scorpio Dec. 23rd.  It goes back into Scorpio June 15th through Sept. 17th 2015 after which it goes into Sagittarius.


The Climate Crisis March

On September 21st, over 400,000 people marched in New York City for addressing climate change, one of the largest protests in US history.  Pres. Obama made a compelling speech that same week at the UN to bring nations together to reduce carbon emissions.  Many nations are already converting energy suppliers to solar, windmill, and other energy technologies.  Tesla Motors has created an electric car and other car companies are following suit.  Elon Musk is also planning to construct the Hyper-Loop vacuum train and other nations are considering this means of transportation.    Architecture needs to be addressed, i.e. building of super insular housing that needs no central heat or air conditioning.  Germany and the Scandinavian nations are ahead of the curve in this.  Most of all, I believe that we will have nuclear fusion and be creating infrastructures for this in the 2020s, ahead of what most scientists expect.  The Jupiter/Saturn conjunction in Aquarius in 2020 will usher in this new age. 

Highly esteemed astrologer Robert Hand, PhD has written a scholarly article in the October/November issue of "The Mountain Astrologer" entitled "The Precession of the Capricorn Solstice and the Importance of 2017 to Humanity".  By pointing out significant years when the Capricorn Solstice crossed through the backdrop of the constellations, he finds correlations in history that point to what we have to face today.  Before, these important years that, among other things, corresponded with the fall of the Roman Empire and the rise and fall of the empires of Europe.  He also points to 1943 and its importance in developing the atomic bomb ushering in our age of nuclear power and its evolving dangers.  At the end of the article, he states: "The general consensus in the scientific community about climate change is that it is not quite too late.  Given the typical differences in time that I have found between the exact dates of solstice transits over the stars and the dates of historical events that can be correlated with them, if something is not done by 2017, we have perhaps 30 more years.  This is simply because an ecological disaster does not occur overnight."

I think that the worsening of this global depression and civil conflicts in nations around the world will be the most intense between 2017 and 2020.  Many wrenching decisions will have to be made.  A complete reorganization of economies, moving inland to places of elevation (above seas that are rising) with fresh water and farmland will induce mass migrations off coastal regions and island nations.  Other parts of the world will be in mega droughts combined with intermittent drenching floods, such as are present now in the Western U.S.  We will have to work together diligently to reverse these trends and it will simply be too late for many people.    


Final Thoughts:

Recently, I had a conversation with a friend who expressed his opinion that it would take "an act of God" to reverse the harm humanity has done to itself and to life on earth. 

This may not be so far- fetched or improbable as it seems.  The Little Ice Age that occurred in Europe and No. America for about 400 years cooled the climate causing starvation for many but new technologies emerged to improve the lives of others as people adapted.  Some think that the previous warming caused glaciers to melt, moving more fresh water into the No. Atlantic and stopped the flow of currents such as the Gulf Stream that warm us today.  Recently, there have been changes and interruptions in the Gulf Stream.  Another possibility that has been suggested was that an extended Maunder Minimum took place.  Maunder Maximums normally occur about every 11 years when there are the most frequent and intense storms on the sun.  This leads to a warming of the temperature of the earth.  Maunder Minimums occur when there are very few storms on the sun, causing a global cooling.  We are supposed to be in a Maunder Maximum now and there have been some solar flares, but, so far, it has not been a major Maximum.    Either of these known but unexpected changes could occur, and either one could cause a cooling of global temperatures to balance out the great warming trend that may lead to an irreversible mass extinction of life.

Another game changer could be eruptions of volcanoes that have been major climate disrupters throughout earth's history.  As we speak, volcanoes are erupting in Iceland, Sumatra, and Hawaii.  The eruption of a volcano in the Philippines in the 1990s, caused a significant global cooling for over two years.

We simply do not know all there is to know.  We are all living with all possibilities and the unknown is much more vast and grand than the little we have observed.  Scientists tell us that most of the universe is composed of dark matter and dark energy that are completely invisible to us.

 I do believe, however, that the magical miracle of life itself defies all the odds and the amazing power of our will and imagination to change course has hardly been tapped.  What could happen if we summoned a universe of possibilities from within ourselves, tapping into the ever expanding universe from without?


Stay tuned!


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.

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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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