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December 2014

Important Points of Reference (for astrologers):

Full Moon at 14 degrees Gemini (on the Ascendant/Descendant Axis of the U.S.) on Dec. 6th in a trine/sextile to the moon's nodes and Uranus, New Moon at 00 degrees Capricorn right on the Winter Solstice, Venus is trine Jupiter on Dec. 5th and Mercury is trine Jupiter on Dec. 12th, Mars goes into Aquarius Dec. 5th through Jan. 12th, and Saturn enters the Sign of Sagittarius on Dec. 24th

Back and Forth - Forth and Back!

Saturn moves into the sign of Sagittarius Dec. 24th and will be there until June 16th when it retrogrades back into the critical 28-29 degrees of Scorpio. It remains in this region until September 19th when it moves forward to transit the complete sign of Sagittarius.

As I have written in past newsletters, these degrees frequently coincide with significant crises with U.S. presidents, and this period is no exception. Pres. Obama is being assailed and criticized on all fronts. The Democrats lost their Senate majority position in the recent mid-term elections, Republican obstructionism is the toughest that I have witnessed in my life time, and the Democratic leadership is moving in the direction of reformer, Elizabeth Warren, who has openly criticized the Obama administration for lax policing of the known criminal activities of the giant banks.

The President has announced a directive to reform immigration laws (one of the main issues of Saturn in Sagittarius), which he would take back if the Congress would pass the already existing immigration reform law passed by the Senate and which Majority Leader Boehner has not allowed to come up for a vote in the House. The Hispanic Lobbies think this is not enough and the anti-immigration folks think he should be impeached for over-stepping his authority. The Affordable Care Act has come under fire again for not living up to its promises and forcing the President to step in and "tweak" the law, which many people say is unlawful. The act is, once again, coming before the Supreme Court testing its legality. Obama's efforts at an agreement with Iran has made both Saudi Arabia and Israel hopping mad as they see this as against their interests and breaking promises made back in the 1970s when the petrodollar was created between the U.S. and the Saudis to stabilize the oil economy and make things easier for the U.S. Many people believe the President is not war-like enough since they see America as the law enforcer and military power in a world filled with "bad guys". Previous Secretaries of Defense Robert Gates and Leon Panetta have written books openly criticizing Pres. Obama for ignoring their advice, distancing himself from the Pentagon and ignoring what they consider a major problem, dealing with Syrian Pres. Assad, whose tactics resulted in the nation's civil war and the rise of ISIS. The liberal contingent see his withdrawals from Afghanistan and Iraq as over-due and his gradual moving of troops back into Iraq to help the fighting with ISIS as war-mongering and promise-breaking. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has just announced that he is leaving office while it turns out that Pres. Obama is not exiting Afghanistan this year after all.

The price of oil has dropped so low that many of the "fracking" and drilling operations in the U.S. are losing their funds. This is a choice the President made in a collaborative move with the Saudis to sink prices temporarily in order to punish Vladimir Putin and ruin the Russian economy that is nearly totally dependent on oil.

Unfortunately, both for Pres. Obama, and the nation, there is no relief in sight from the vast array of complications in governing this nation which is as difficult as the emergent issues of the Great Depression of the 1930s and the period preceding WWII. The Pluto/Uranus square continues through March 2015, which has characterized this historic period, which also resembles the civil rights protests of 1960s when Pluto was Conjunct Uranus. So far, the Plutocrats (the 1 %) and their interests are winning. In the now infamous Ferguson, Missouri, the Grand Jury decided not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for killing unarmed 18 year old Michael Brown. The violent protests that have ensued are not going to go away.

I do think a gradual change is taking place in the financial world, but the criminal activities of the giant trans-national banks are still going on without real justice being applied or real reform taking place. In 2017, the crash to end all crashes will likely occur, bringing all this down on the head of our next president. Good luck to all those who wish to be elected to this office!

The Economy:

Once again, I recommend that my readers read the article in Rolling Stone Magazine by one of my favorite journalists, Matt Taibbi, entitled "The $9 Billion Witness" or "Meet the woman JP Morgan Chase paid one of the largest fines in American history to keep from talking". Apparently, back in 2006 (remember the peak of the real estate bubble), Alayne Fleischmann, who was a deal manager at the bank, witnessed what she describes as "massive criminal securities fraud" in the bank's mortgage operations. She was promptly paid off to keep her mouth shut. Jamie Dimon late last year paid $9 Billion to keep the public from hearing this. Now, her conscience will not let her keep her silence and she has blown the whistle. This article will inform you of the details.

On November 20th, The Huffington Post reported " A Senate investigative report accused Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase and Morgan Stanley of using their involvement in the storing and moving of commodities such as aluminum to manipulate prices to their advantage." Senator Elizabeth Warren has been grilling the New York Fed for not policing these activities.

This newsletter has been predicting more and more scandals erupting under the Saturn in Scorpio cycle. Those of us who keep informed of the investment cycles are fully aware of the blatant manipulations of the big banks of commodities, including most certainly, gold and silver. President Obama's new attorney general appointee is on hold until next year and lends hope that she might do something about this, but the Republicans are set on obstructing nominees. We will have to wait and see.

I predicted gold and silver would turn upward last month and it did. How much longer the Cartel can control the paper market will remain to be seen. Russia has dumped American dollars, China is also dumping our treasuries, and our banks (last month's newsletter) have been pressured by the Fed to buy our treasuries (i.e. our humongous national debt). The Netherlands announced last month that they have repatriated 122 tons total of physical gold held outside the country. France has announced their intentions to do the same. Many people think we have almost no gold at all in our coffers in the US, at a time when currency instabilities are rampant, the paper gold Ponzi scheme is being discovered, and China, Russia and India have been buying up enormous stores of the yellow metal. I think that significant movements in all this will take place between January and February when both Venus and Mars transit the sign of Pisces.

This month's trines from Venus and Mercury to Jupiter early this month will make the general economy seem better and will be good for retail store holiday sales. Ironically, there will be more real buying of gold at this time, since Leo (Jupiter's present sign) is a sign associated with gold. This month's transit of Mars in Aquarius, along with Saturn going into Sagittarius will force a reorganization of transportation industries, including the airlines and the automobile industries.

Interestingly, Tesla boss and genius inventor, CEO and CTO of SpaceX and chairman of Solar City, Elon Musk in a recent address to students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has described artificial intelligence as a "demon" and the "biggest existential threat there is". Essentially, he thinks we could lose control of this technology to our detriment. This brings back the "Terminator" science fiction movies of the 1980s and evokes memories of "2001 - A Space Odyssey ", all warning us that our robots and computers could "take us over" and supplant us. Recently, Japan has decided to downsize its robots and replace them with humans, an unusual reversal of recent trends. Quality control has suffered, especially in the auto industries. An example of this is the recent massive recalls of cars with defective air bags.

Many of us have noticed that as computer technology is everywhere, human accuracy and control in its implementation has diminished. The medical field is an example in that so many mistakes are made with appointments, documents, records, etc. millions are complaining and costly mistakes are partly to blame for increasing costs. In banking and financial transactions, misunderstandings, wrong data, confusion abound. Try refinancing your mortgage, withdrawing IRA accounts, changing your investments, etc. We could blame the clerical help, but they are constantly confronted with their software being changed, hacked, updated, or their computers going down and records being lost, etc. I dread the new movement toward our making credit card purchases with our remote devices. All this makes us vulnerable to catastrophe with unknowable consequences. I think we need to ponder all this.

The Dark Side of Scorpio:

Scorpio is a sign often associated with the darkest tendencies of human sexual behavior. Any student of history knows that, through the ages, women have been the most oppressed, abused, and enslaved segment of human societies. In recent years, women have been rising into positions of economic and political power, reversing thousands of years of oppression. The Saturn in Scorpio transit has brought a series of women accusing icon, Bill Cosby, as being a serial rapist, and Rolling Stone Magazine published a female student's accounting of being gang raped at the University of Virginia with an indifferent response from the administration. For many years, women have been coming forward to report the prevalence of rape on college campuses. Last year, many women soldiers reported an actual culture of rape in the U.S. military that encouraged women not to report these assaults. This Saturn position, although extremely painful for us to confront, will bring all of this out into the open. Hopefully, the light of day shed on this horror will evoke important changes in our society and bring about real justice with zero tolerance.

The Environment:

The Carlsbad, New Mexico nuclear waste storage site has just had a serious localized Plutonium leak in which temperatures soared to 1,600 degrees F. This is truly scary and is another case for eliminating nuclear energy plants. Recently, 60 Minutes did a report of the lingering and deadly radioactivity left over from the infamous Chernobyl accident in 1986. In addition, a recent report blew the whistle on a scandalous repression of information from the infamous Three Mile Island disaster of the 1970s that includes many people suffering severe burns, illness, and death from radiation poisoning in the area. At the time, this information was repressed. All this should open up investigations of plants all over this nation and raise questions as to where the radioactive waste is being stored. We all know about the recent Fukushima accident following the Tsunami and earthquake in Japan. The leaks are still happening and radioactive cesium has moved through the Pacific all the way to the coasts of Northern California. The critical degrees of Scorpio, where Saturn is now transiting, seem to coincide with nuclear accidents and dangers.

Nuclear Fusion:

The good news is that real progress is being announced in the application of nuclear fusion, a subject I have written about in my book, Fast Forward, and in this newsletter. "Restarting The Atomic Age? Lockheed Martin Announces Break-Through in Nuclear Fusion" by science journalist Bodo Albrecht was published online on Nov. 24th. He announces: " In post-war USA, 'Skunk Works' was Lockheed Martin's near-autonomous research and development group that gave the country products like the U-2 spy plant or the ST-71 Blackbird, pushing technology to limits no one else had dared to explore before. A 'Skunk Works' team headed by Thomas McGuire, MIT graduate and aeronautical engineer at a division humbly named 'Revolutionary Technology Programs' recently presented their new 'Compact Fusion Reactor' (CFR), a device which Lockheed claims will be small enough to fit on an eighteen-wheeler and be capable of providing enough power for a city of a hundred thousand people". However, he goes on to say: "To be clear, what the Lockheed team achieved so far is to contain the plasma within the magnetic field. They did not accomplish an 'ignition' of the reaction which is the self-sustaining reaction required to make a practical energy source. This latter part is considered the much bigger challenge according to those who have failed. McGuire is optimistic, though. 'We would like to get to a prototype in five generations. If we can meet our plan of doing a design-build-test generation every year, that will put us at about five years...' he said in an interview. If all goes well, the technology may be ready for production in about 10-15 years.

As my readers know, I have predicted that, with the coming major transits into Aquarius, we would have this technology ready for broad application in the 2020s, faster than many have expected. This would end the age of fossil fuels and nuclear fission, all with very little pollution left. It would end the global energy crisis, along with our emissions of greenhouse gases and our digging and fracking operations that are devastating our environment in a multitude of ways.

Weather and Global Tectonics:

The first couple of weeks of Dec. will see milder weather. However when Venus and Mercury go into Capricorn from the middle to the end of the month, cold weather will prevail. The period from Dec. 21st through Dec. 24th will likely bring a severe storm to the northern U.S. and storms in the Pacific. Venus and Mercury hitting Pluto and square Uranus will increase earthquake and volcanic activity. Mars transiting Aquarius is a warning to practice airline safety.

Final Thoughts:

As we enter this holiday season and the Winter Solstice, it is time to ponder endings and beginnings. Societies through the centuries have celebrated this period as a chance to correct our course, put our mistakes and sorrows behind us, experience renewal and rebirth. This is the time of the Festival of Lights, the Birth of the Christ Child, the Solstice as the beginning of the Sun's expansion of light.

As bleak as the winter looks, as dark and endless as all the poverty, violence and war seem in this moment, hope abounds, people change, resolutions are made. Surprisingly, people show up who we never expected - visitors at our doorway singing songs new and old, people who actually care about our collective fates, those with breakthrough technologies that solve serious problems, young people with bright eyes and large vows to move humanity upward in the evolutionary spiral - the DNA ladder to the stars, the heart-centered civilization the ancient prophets promised.

O Come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant!


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!




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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 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.

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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