Rick DiClemente’s

Astrology Newsletter

Volume 42, June 2009

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Welcome (I think) to June. Boy are we in for a whammie of a month this time. With the birth of Summer and the New Moon triggering transiting Pluto and Uranus!? All kind of stuff is flying and hitting multiple windmill farms all at once. Pluto is at work on the international, national, local and personal levels. Simply put: don’t ignore what you have to deal with! It will come back to haunt you if you do. Yes, everyone I talk to is doing major house-cleaning in their basements (Pluto.) This cleansing has little to do with Spring either – tis Pluto’s effect clearing out old baggage of all types.


Look what it’s doing to our governmental, financial, and economic institutions! Speaking of which, please enjoy the wonderful new article by my partner, Cheryl Crise this month. She came up with a brilliant follow-up on Pluto’s latest antics covering its initial year and a half in Capricorn.


On the other hand, ladies, it’s time to have your babies! Really! The continuing Jupiter/Neptune/Chiron conjunction in Aquarius along with the transits of Venus and Mars in Taurus is going to grace us with some incredible youngsters born this month.


Have a great month. Enjoy.





“There’ll be nobody hiding when that rough god goes riding, riding on in.”

- Van Morrison


If, even after reading Richard Tarnas’ essential book, “Cosmos and Psyche,” you think the jury is still out about the validity of astrology, go back to January 25, 2008 and before, and read what astrologers were writing regarding the then-looming transition of Pluto from Sagittarius to Capricorn.


To capture the essence of what the next 16 years would be like, astrologers needed to combine the archetypal significance of both Pluto and Capricorn. As it moves slowly through the zodiac (taking 258 years to orbit the Sun), Pluto inexorably transforms whatever it touches in our individual and collective lives. These transformations usually occur at such primal, subconscious, collective levels, that when we are experiencing the process, we have difficulty understanding much of what is happening, let alone why.


Because Capricorn is a cardinal/earth sign, it is a given that during this transit Pluto is generating profound metamorphosis of all of our structures—things we were used to thinking of as immutable: importantly, our institutions, our social systems and belief systems. We also know, given Pluto’s association with primal forces, and Capricorn’s association with the Earth, that Mother Earth herself is a primary focus of these current transformative energies.


This major planetary transit happens as we stand on the cusp of the Age of Aquarius. Other significant aspects are also occurring under this umbrella, lending their own significance and influencing the ways in which Pluto in Capricorn is actually rendering itself into our lives.


When Rick and I first penned our thoughts on the subject (www.starself.com/apr08.html) we felt certain it was going to be a really big deal. However, actually experiencing the reality and rapidity of the change in our zeitgeist has been amazing! Pluto stepped into those steel-toed shit-kickers on January of 2008, and got down to its Pluto job with a vengeance. Reflect upon how deeply, and in how many ways, our little world has been shaken up and turned inside out in the past seventeen months.


If you are reading this you can probably count yourself fortunate enough to have decent food and shelter. Even so, your financial foundations are likely quivering, if not crumbling, from the global economic catastrophes that Pluto in Cap has ushered into our lives. The economies of our governments and other institutions are so intertwined that few people in the world remain unaffected by the financial morass in which we unceremoniously find ourselves.


If we follow the economic thread, or pick at random the thread of any other issue that seems to be currently overshadowing our lives, we soon arrive at a ganglion where all threads - poverty, intolerance, war, climate change and countless other causes of suffering - inextricably converge. 


Pluto is undeniably a “rough god” (to borrow Van Morrison’s phrase), and Capricorn makes it much rougher - fifteen more years of Pluto in Capricorn is going to be a looong time. And, not to make you nervous or anything, but we do seem to be at a watershed in the evolution of our species and our planet (not likely the end of the world, but undeniably the end of the world as those of us living have known it).



Our species has prevailed for thousands of years with a largely “us vs. them” mindset, competing and conquering, concerned for our own tribe and our own patch of land. And it’s not easy to be philosophical and open-minded, to trust and extend a hand, when such serious matters as we currently face can so deeply impact our very survival. One gets quite a claustrophobic feeling when we realize that our planetary resources are mostly FINITE, that there is NO ESCAPE. Pluto in Capricorn is making sure that we get the message: we must re-vision and re-form the institutions, habits and thought patterns that no longer serve us. WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO LEARN TO GET ALONG. And as Plato is commonly paraphrased, “Necessity is the mother of invention.”


The work that Pluto in Capricorn calls upon each of us to do is by nature, very, very difficult. Relationships between family members and friends have been sorely wounded as we each cope with this transition as best we can. Fellow Earthlings continue to suffer and die unnecessarily for want of nutritious food, drinkable water, more accessible health care, just social policies, and the fruits of enlightened diplomacy. At the same time we are trying to birth new ways of doing and being, we must cope with the death of our older, ineffective methods, which are habitual and comfortable. We are scared and nostalgic, and it’s very hard to let go.


These days, I am thinking especially about how our ancestors’ lives were pervaded by a sense of their real connection with the earth, water and sky. Archaeological artifacts speak of their respect for, and collaboration with, the universe that sustained them. As Pluto slowly circles the zodiac and revisits each sign, our species is challenged to re-learn the lessons of, and re-interpret the pertinent zodiacal archetype in ways meaningful to the times. This time, Pluto in Capricorn is telling us to get back to these very basics in a 21st century, high-tech, more socially responsible and more spiritually evolved way.    


Back before Pluto in Cap rumbled onto on our 21st century stage, Rick and I hypothesized about both the difficult and the positive developments that it would herald, because the seeds of solution are always intrinsic to the problem, and both are contained in the astrological archetype. We have been greatly heartened at the spontaneity with which antidotes are beginning to materialize out of the collective: countless grassroots efforts disseminating through our electronic media, brilliant individuals emerging and lending their genius, unanticipated opportunities blooming in the gaps created by the hastening decay of outmoded systems, all contributing to the healing, holistic solutions we now so desperately need. So many of us are full of great ideas and enthusiasm for a better future!


Your God wants to work through you! As tough as working with Pluto in Capricorn energies can be, it is immeasurably satisfying. And Rick and I assure you that being personally responsible for yourself, your species and your planet at this particular time in history is immeasurably important for us all.






Most people don’t understand astrology – so I use the following simple example. Due to less than insightful magazine articles and books referring to astrology, many folks simply have the wrong idea as to what astrologers can and can’t do. I’m quite sure many of them say they can do lots…


For example, an astrologer is like a weatherman. We can map what energies are gusting, gathering or weakening, and when their fronts will “hit” where. An natal chart (or radix chart) is a map of these forces only these archetypal essences ebb and flow within us. Many people think I can tell them “If they’ll get that job” or “If that marriage will last.” I can’t, they have free will. But, here is how it works, kinda (metaphorically speaking):


Client: I want to sail to Hawaii, can I go tomorrow?

Me: No, most likely not, the currents aren’t flowing towards Hawaii.


(In other words, the client can try to go to Hawaii and just may make it, but it’s highly doubtful and if so would require great amounts of stress and strain. It’s just not with the flow of nature.)


Client: Can I go the day after tomorrow?

Me: Maybe. The winds are heading exactly towards Hawaii then!

(However, that does not mean that they’ll make it. If I’ve examined their past 9 voyages and found that they’ve tipped over their boat 7 times, the Hawaiian trip becomes less than assured. On the other hand, if they have good experience sailing and have handled their own energies effectively, they’ll probably make it – and it looks good.)


I don’t know any other way to make it sound any simpler – bon voyage.





…Extreme Personalities…





6/7 Full Moon 17°`07’ 2:12p, T-squares Saturn in Virgo – This is a major lunation that will make us realize the need for more information. The Sun and Moon in Gemini/Sag expresses the lack of knowledge because of the square from ever-demanding Saturn-still-in-Virgo. Thank goodness for the toughness of Saturn’s placement now because it will make us tougher mentally and more backed up by facts. Watch the news media circus (like it’s ever anything else) as sides banter back and forth childishly over the other’s accuracy of reporting. “No, water-boarding is not torture, I just can’t breathe.” (Astrologically speaking: the water-boarding “issue” is dominant in the news lately strictly due to Pluto in Capricorn.)


6/9-10 Mercury squares Jupiter and Neptune and Chiron – A great, great time to make headway with your spiritual lessons. An ever-widening nexus is being formed now with a direct link to the heavens within and above. Watch out for the “lemming factor” however, self-delusion whenever Jupiter and Neptune are involved.


6/13 Mercury enters Gemini 10:47p – A tidbit of mental titillation lost amongst the clashing of these major big-boy planets. Kinda like someone playing in the sandbox while the building next door is being demolished.


6/15 Jupiter goes Retrograde 3:51a – This will be very hard to notice, but will be important nevertheless. Wiggling back and forth within its major conjunction with Neptune and Chiron, Jupiter will delay projects of growth. Big plans are tabled while cheerleader Jupiter gives it a second thought.


6/21 Sun enters Cancer 1:46a – 6/22, New Moona30’, opposes Pluto and T-squares Uranus – This one is SO major. You have a New Moon, and the Sun entering Cancer (as we welcome Summer,) all triggering the New Bride Pluto in Capricorn along with a zinger of a T-square sending all if the crazy energy to Uranus! O man. I don’t even know what to say about this one. I just hope things are calmed down a bit with North Korea by then. All the pressure going through Uranus? You’re going to see big-time opposition to North Korea and a revisiting of the idea of disarming nukes.


In your personal charts, all intense issues that have been gnawing at you since 1/25/08 rear their heads again. It ain’t over; you’re going to have to keep cleaning up your act on a large scale. Good luck with everybody’s health at this time. Definitely time for check-ups. Major lunations like this “shine the light” on things hidden beneath the surface. Don’t ignore health flare-ups at this time. Watch for major discoveries, major finds.





Gemini puzzle answer

Clint Eastwood, Vincent Price, JFK, Prince, Vince Lombardi & F. Lee Bailey


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