Linda Schurman


Linda has been a guest, multiple times, on
“Coast to Coast AM with George Noory”.

April 2012

Important Points of Reference (for astrologers):

Full Moon April 6th at 17 degrees Libra, New Moon April 21st at 1 degree of Taurus sextile Neptune and trine Mars, Mercury goes direct at April 4th at 23 degrees of Pisces, Mars goes direct on April 14th at 3 degrees of Virgo square Neptune and is trine Pluto on May 16th, Pluto goes retrograde at 9 degrees of Capricorn on April 10th, Venus goes into Gemini on April 4th (that goes retrograde May 15th, direct on June 27th staying in the sign until August 7th), Mercury goes over Uranus and is square Pluto between April 22nd and the 26th.

Legislating Pluto and the Military Industrial Complex

This newsletter recently reported the passing and signing of the National Defense Authorization Act that makes it legal for the military to capture and detain citizens without “due process”. The Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act has just been passed that essentially disallows our constitutional right to peacefully protest (protests can’t take place except on buildings and grounds) and will threaten both the Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Street protest movements. Last month, the National Defense Resources Preparedness Act was passed and signed that authorizes the President and cabinet officials to take over crucial parts of the U.S. economy not just in national emergencies, but in peacetime, with the spin with respect to fostering “cooperation between the defense and commercial sectors”. This raises another question. Could Pres. Obama assume the authority to make it illegal to hold gold, as did Pres. Roosevelt in the last great depression?

In an article in “” on March 15th, author James Bamford reported that “the NSA is building the country’s biggest spy center” in Bluffdale, Utah. He goes on to report, “A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece on a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign and domestic networks.” He goes on to report, “Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails – parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases and other digital ‘pocket litter.” Bamford’s research is extensive, and I would suggest you read the whole article in order to grasp just how extensive we have moved into a surveillance state, under military control

Pluto in Capricorn symbolizes a cycle of the ultimate in centralized control over the people-at-large. We now have an unholy alliance between transnational corporations, banking giants, and the government. The U.S. Military, the NSA, the CIA, and the FBI are increasing their power incrementally, with each piece of new legislation. The end result: our constitutional rights have been subverted. There are some people who say all this is necessary to catch and stop terrorists. There is merit to this, but not to the extent that we give up our essential rights and freedoms as a democratic republic. This rationale was used in Nazi Germany and Communist Russia and history has shown us the results. Uranus in Aries (the people) is forming an intense square (conflict) with Pluto. My take is that the government and powers-that-be know that this nation is descending into poverty and that discontent will prevail as people are emerging from a long “coma” of denial and compliance. They are making extensive preparations for protesters, both armed and peaceful.

The Economy:

This will be a month in which many plans that have been held up will move forward as Mercury goes direct on the 4th and Mars goes direct on the 14th. Stocks have moved upward last month, mainly because corporations were “buying back” their own stock. I think that there will be more hiring as Mars in Virgo (employment) moves forward into a trine with Pluto in May and Jupiter remains in Taurus through June 11th. Instead of people buying homes, investors will be buying properties to rent since this is a good place to be in these hard times when so many have gone through foreclosures and need a place to live. On April 10th, Venus will hit the Moon’s South Node and sextile Uranus. Venus, among other things, is the ruler of currencies and will set the stage for a shifting in the value of the dollar as the global currency vs. China’s currency, the yuan. Between the 6th and the 9th, Venus is square first Neptune and then Mars, all of which points to serious confusion around the value of currencies.

With Mars going direct, rumors about Israel going to war with Iran will multiply and major military operations may pick up speed between April and June. This will effect the already high price of oil and gasoline in anticipation of more instability in the Middle East, as Syria is still in a civil war and Egypt and Libya are still embroiled in internal conflicts. I have discussed this in previous newsletters, since Mars is moving over the U.S. Neptune/Mars square in June signifying confusing and undesirable military conflicts. Last month, a U.S. soldier killed innocent villagers in Afghanistan, unleashing public outrage and public motivation both in Afghanistan and the U.S. to exit this war, a conflict we can no longer afford. The coming eclipses in May and June are severe for the U.S. and emphasize more economic uncertainties. Investors will be very confused as to where to go and it is simply a trader’s market. Wild fluctuations in gold and silver prices will also discourage many from going into the metals. I would watch for some selling in gold and buy on lows, holding on for the long term.

Medical care is a huge portion of the U.S. economy and the system is tragically chaotic. As you all know, last month the Supreme Court accepted the case challenging “Obamacare”, but will likely not make its decision until June. The case challenges whether or not the government has the right to force people to buy health insurance. The law is far from perfect, but if it is overturned and found to be unconstitutional based on the requirement of everyone to buy insurance (except for those who can’t afford it who will go into govt. insurance), people will lose their right to be insured if they have a pre-existing condition, the option to keep their children covered into their 20s, and many other provisions people want. The system is so complicated and poorly explained, people think they do not want it, when they actually do want many of its provisions. The transit of Mars in Virgo is one of the primary astrological signs associated with the topic of health care and continues to pass through that sign until July 3rd. I am not optimistic that this law will be upheld.

Demonstrations & Protests:

Recently the tragic shooting of Trayvon Martin has unleashed massive protests across the U.S. that is a reminder of the Civil Rights movements of the 1960s. Racism is alive and well in America and people are making it known that justice needs to prevail here. The OWS movement will likely be out in force this month, even though the above legislation makes it much more difficult for them to launch their protests. Mars in Virgo has been an assist to activists and reminds us of the 60s Pluto/ Uranus conjunction in Virgo. Media coverage of OWS has been pathetically small. Back in 2003, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators against going to war in Iraq were out in major cities in the U.S. and throughout Europe. The media stayed away from these impressive protests and showed all of us how little free press is left in the U.S. that is not controlled by the corporations, especially those that benefit from war. Now we know that the Iraq war was a tragedy; both illegal and immoral on all counts. By June, Uranus will achieve an exact square (conflict) with Pluto that will be in effect through early 2016. I do not believe the protesters will go away.

Mystery may be solved:

The mystery around the massive dying out of bee populations (and bats and butterflies as well) may be solved. The March 31st “Common published an article; “Neurotoxic Pesticides. . .” that sites several important scientific papers that show deadly effects of neurotoxic pesticides called neonicotinoids, applied to seeds and that permeate the plants. When the pollinators land on the plants, they absorb this chemical that makes them weak and unable to complete their long journeys back to their colonies. Thus the colonies die out.

Weather, earthquakes, and travel:

I am quite concerned, as you know about increasing tectonic activity in this period. April 22nd through the 26th, Mercury goes over the Uranus/Pluto square which is the destabilizing square in effect till early 2016. Last month, there was a notable earthquake in the San Francisco area and a larger one in Mexico, two areas I have sited as being most vulnerable. This is a time period that these events may accelerate.

Mercury also signifies high winds, especially April 4th through 13th, as Mercury goes direct in Pisces inconjunct Saturn. These periods will be difficult for air travel.

Final Thoughts:

Recently, I saw an excellent film on PBS that depicted the story of Ann Frank, based on her now famous and inspiring diary written while she and her family were hiding out from the Nazis during WW 11. She was eventually discovered and put into a concentration camp where she died before the Allied Forces could rescue her. The Holocaust has left its imprint on all of us and many cannot conceive, even today, of the helplessness, horror, and darkness of this era. However, we need to know that, in the midst of all this, a teenaged Ann wrote in her diary that she did not believe this was the end; that it was “a phase” humanity was passing through; that most people are basically good.

Today, once again, we are in a “phase”. It would seem that global climate change, massive environmental pollution, endless wars, economic depression are devastating the earth and its human population. Most of these are consequences of human behavior and the abuse of power by those who have assumed it.

Somehow, I am touched by the young Ann, whose words ring down through the ages to remind us that we are basically good and, as never before, we need to reach deeply into ourselves to that divine spark of authentic truth that can light tour way out of the abyss. The constellations foretell an understanding that will change us forever. The time has come for us to embrace that promise.


Linda Schurman

Note: I welcome all your comments whether they are critical or complimentary. This site represents astrology as a tool for a deeper understanding of the themes and issues of our times. This period in which we all live may be the most critical time for human civilization ever! It is my wish that we all do our best with whatever talent we have been given, to further the survival and evolution of life on planet earth!

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