“As Above, So Within”

Rick DiClemente’s

Astrology Newsletter

Volume 68, October 2011

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Coming Soon!


You are not (just) your Sun sign!


The time has come for humanity to comprehend the full brilliance of the zodiac’s grand design. With the premise that the atoms inside our bodies are the same ones that comprise the universe, The Exquisite Zodiac reveals how every facet of the zodiac works in sync, and how we can apply the entirety of its intelligence and wisdom in a practical way.


The first step is to leave your Sun sign at the door. You will discover that each of us is a unique blend of every aspect of our natal charts. Then the authors mine deeper to explain why each sign is the way it is, and how all twelve are intricately related.


Why is Aries so impulsive?

Why are Capricorns so careful?

Why is Scorpio the sign of sexuality?

Why do Geminis have a split personality?

Why are Aquarians so idealistic?

And so on…


The Exquisite Zodiac bridges the gap between abstract, esoteric astrology books and those that are glib and misleading—thereby setting astrology on the proper track for our time. After reading this book, you will never view astrology—or yourself and your relationships—in the same way again.






(Otherwise known as synchronicity)


Do you think it’s a coincidence that they’re inspecting for cracks in the Washington Monument?

Do you think it’s a coincidence that the recent U.S. earthquake between Richmond and Washington, DC occurred precisely where a great number of Civil War battles were waged?

Do you think it’s a coincidence that the Mayan Calendar is about to end one major 26,000 year cycle?

Do you think it’s a coincidence that there have been major tornadoes, hurricanes and tsunamis just as Capricorn has inherited Pluto for 16 years?

Do you think it’s a coincidence that the stock market has been so unstable just as Uranus and Pluto have started to square each other?

Do you think it’s a coincidence that “Don’t ask, don’t tell” was repealed when Venus and the Moon were in an exact Grand Cross with the Pluto, and Uranus?

Do you think it’s a coincidence that the last time Pluto entered Capricorn, Britain lost control of the world just as is happening now with the USA?

Do you think it’s a coincidence that our international credit rating has gone down?

Do you think it’s a coincidence that people are starting to see the parallels between astrological positions and global events?


It Is Time



Things are very dire on this planet right now. Everyone knows that. We’re in the midst of a tremendous paradigm shift. We’ve never gone through this before. We were never ready before. Now, we are.


What’s true to the macrocosm must be the same to any and all microcosms, too. Synchronicity.




I have written for years about all of these heavy transits of the planets and have explained each one ad nauseum. So, what gives?


After a healthy vacation (putting the finishing touches on my upcoming book,) I return somewhat refreshed. This month’s newsletter is not only about what we can do about all of this but is a 180° change of perspective on all of the “problems” we face as a world, country, and individually. I am not a sociologist nor a philosopher, but somehow I’m mixed up in all of this. I cannot separate myself from this or that.


So, I got to thinking.


We’re dealing with a very serious Pluto energy which is squaring Uranus, another powerful cosmic force. We’ve just finished dealing with a very long-term T-square with Saturn too. Saturn has moved on to the latter parts of Libra, but is being replaced temporarily by minor planets in Libra such as Venus and the Sun. This will extend the T-square a bit, ending around Oct. 7. Sigh.


So, we are left not only with 13 more years of Pluto, several tough years of its square to Uranus and the sleepers, Neptune and Chiron traveling together for the first time EVER over the next few years. I know this is a bunch of astro-talk but after all, this is an astrology newsletter. Please bear with me.


While it is very clear that the Pluto presence in Capricorn since January 2008 has certainly signified a massive breakdown to our country’s structure as well as the whole globe, there are many other planetary stresses being exerted now, too.


Pluto has had the unenviable job of digging up the corrosion, uncovering corruption and eliminating the waste. Seen any corruption lately?


There are many inherent problems with explaining astrology to the masses, and this planet Pluto might be at the top of the list. You see, Pluto is primarily very fair and just and PURE. It may be debated as to whether Pluto enjoys burning towns to the ground or taking its sizable backhand and swatting tsunamis upon our shores. Nevertheless, Pluto is here to clean up and make things right.


Now, what does all of this mean for us, since we’re such an ego-centered race? We want to know. The reason we want to know is that we are looking for guidance, and in many cases, excuses.


When Pluto is pronounced in our collective world as it is now, it IS TIME for us to Pluto-fy our own life; our family’s life; our country’s life, and so forth. Pluto being where it is now means one thing: we are ready to take on the responsibility for our own footprint upon this wonderful Earth. That’s one of the things the planets “do,” they tell you when you have no more time.


They are our calendar.

Do you think it’s you that is picking the date for your wedding?

Do you think it’s you that is picking the date and time for your operation?

Think again.


As I said, do you think that it is a coincidence that all of this pre-cleanup is lining up perfectly with the end of the Mayan Calendar’s 26,000 year cycle?


The planets tell us when we can no longer take time off; when we can keep shoving things back further into our closets, etc. That’s the advantage of astrology. The human ego says we can keep on shoving things under the carpet forever, but you see, Pluto’s job is to put a stop to it. And I do mean a permanent S-T-O-P to anything we might be doing that jeopardizes our own evolution. Pluto doesn’t care who “wins.” Doesn’t it seem like the Earth is saying enough already!? Pluto is pro-evolution.


There, I said the nasty “E” word, evolution.


Just as Pluto identifies blockages or weaknesses that inhibit our growth that we’re all being affected by, we have to realize that THIS IS THE TIME for us to clean up INWARDLY TOO. Actually, it’s where it should start.


I’m not going to go off on a sanctimonious stance now, but I am attempting to show how the zodiac’s beauty and exquisiteness is telling us in its own way how we need to act now.


This is not a moral lecture. Pluto does not deal with lectures. It deals with purity vs. corruption. Period. And this is just one planet.


When a Planet “comes over us” as Pluto has been doing for almost 4 years now, it imbues us with its archetypal perception and power. We have been Plutofied. Who hasn’t become fed up in the last 4 years? What institution has not had significant amounts of its dirty laundry exposed during that time. You get the idea.


But the idea herein is to emphasize the positive aspects of Pluto’s archetypal energy; our only choice. Pluto is kick ass.


Now is the time for us to recognize and own our divinity. We are all divine beings having a human experience. Pope John Paul would have told us that; Jesus told us that; all the great saints knew the same thing. Our Neptunes teach us that.


“Only God can save us now,” is one way of putting it. And it looks like that is pretty much correct. Not some bearded man with a huge throne. The God within us, Jesus, Mohammed, The Buddha, whatever you want to call this life spark within us. Hatred must stop. Now. Judgment must stop. Now.


We all know this…. Or, we can just keep jaggin around and have cable TV put on a 6th show about towing cars and maybe a 5th one about the exciting tension that goes on around pawn shops. More cage wrestling.


You know what I mean. The point is this: THIS IS NOT A BEHAVIORAL IMPERATIVE.


Living out of harmony with each other, other countries, and nature itself HAS PUT US HERE arguing about whether there really is global warming or not as poor polar bears are slipping into the sea and drowning.


We have to stop being idiots. And we all know that the world is insane right now.


Do you think it’s a coincidence that the first Tea Party

came into being because of “taxation without representation”

while the 2nd one is demanding “representation without taxation”?


Are we nuts or not? I don’t have to tell you. Everything is bass ackwards.


Anyhow, as I have seen with SO many clients under Pluto transits, as soon as you find your courage and let go of the old system that no longer works for you, kazaam, your life goes straight up! I’ve seen it so, so many times. Hang on the old, and, well, it’s a sad result.


With Pluto, our courage is here. The collective is changing. Blogs and social media have made is less and less possible for us to BS each other anymore. Thank Goddess. You can make the changes you need to make. Fellow Americans are good people, just as they are in the Mid-East, and everywhere else: we will help each other.


Mothers across this globe must sign pacts to not allow

their sons and daughters to fight anyone any more.

For any lame reason.


Gandhi is back with us.


What I mean is that the force of Gandhi, his essence is back. Do you think that it is a coincidence that Uranus is back at 1° Aries where Chiron was in HIS BIRTH CHART? His God-informed attitude toward life is back because it is the only thing we can do now. We can’t fight Wall Street with nerf weapons. We can’t fight anybody with anything. FIGHTING IS NOT THE ANSWER on any level.


He knew the answer and brought down the world’s largest super power with non-violent civil disobedience. That’s WHAT TIME IT IS. IT’S TIME FOR CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE. If you want to get involved, go to: http://occupytogether.org/


The shadow side of Pluto has been representing, what else, an awful PLUTOCRACY that has got its claws deeply sunk into the health of all of America. We cannot fight back. They have bigger weapons INCLUDING DISINFORMATION TV NETWORKS and much more money.


The answer is not to fight. That’s why the monument is cracking.


We have to gather, organize with humane, loving intelligence. Power vs. Force. God cannot be stopped. There is no way I can possibly tell you what happens in your life when you own your own Pluto power. The difference it will make is the difference between life and death. Pluto is your passion. It is what you feel deep down, and usually gets stuffed. It is here for each of us now unlike it ever has before. One thing, Pluto makes you do it all by your lonely, too. It makes you stand up on your own, or fall down. But, the funny thing is, once you stand up, you’ll see all these other characters doing the same. Right now, they’ve started on Wall Street.


That leads me to talk about the marvelous Neptune-Chiron conjunction that is going on right now. I’ve written much about this God-send in past newsletters and I only want to mention here that Neptune is causing all of this uncertainty in the country right now because it has lifted off our veils and voila! What has it discovered within us? We have become spiritually bankrupt as a nation? No surprise. We bow only to the money. Always the money.


And, just like with Pluto, Neptune is here now with Chiron and that’s an absolutely wonderful powerhouse giving us a great ability for an absolute spiritual renaissance unlike has been seen before. Spirit is here. It always has been. Not all, but many Church myths are dying off because they have NO BASIS IN TRUTH. It’s that simple. Only Truth survives because as “A Course in Miracles” says, only truth is real. All else doesn’t exist. This is an exciting time for us to own our new spirituality, one based in truth and inclusive of all peoples; just like our teachers have emphasized. It is a new spiritual world – don’t you feel it? We are waking up at a faster and faster rate. Thank I-AMness. We still get a bit confused here and there but more and more, we’re getting with it. Truth (and the 2012 calendar) is swelling within us. That’s what time it is.


The power of Neptune and Chiron is hear as massive healing energy. Offer up your suffering and give it to them to be dissipated.


Enter Jupiter and Uranus into Aries recently and as was warned, the downside of these two radical planets is a knee-jerk know-it-all infantile reaction, “I want it now! I want it all fixed now! I don’t care what you have to do, but I want it now!” and “Keep your hands off of my Medicare at the same time that I’m going to vote to dismantle it! Then I’ll deny it.” Just nuts.


The good side of Uranus’ new ingress into Aries has been all of the new grassroots campaigns and people getting that feeling that, yes, I can do it myself. Look at how the revolutionary spirit has emerged from Egypt all the way across the continent of Africa. People are waking up. That’s what happens with Uranus – YOU BECOME READY. I’ve told you so many times before; Uranus makes you ready to get out from under repression. That’s happening everywhere especially individually and what have I warned you so may times about regarding Uranus, “Do not project that your repression is coming from ‘them’”. It isn’t. It’s within.


There is no “without.” It’s all “within.” Think about it.


So, Uranus will continue to feed us with the new spirit just as the two renewed monoliths rise in the skies above Manhattan. Find that in yourself. Believe me, it’s in there screaming. Do you really think it’s going to matter if we build the new Freedom Towers with better steel and more safeguards? It’s symbolic. I hope they stand tall forever, but, we need to stand tall within, not just in our skyscraper designs.


So many people I read for ARE SCREAMING TO GET OUT!!! Out of where? Out from within their own self-constraints. I don’t care if their repression came from a drunken father, a non-available mother, an angry monkey or an unfriendly Quija board. People want out. This is a new revolution – and- as I told you – Gandhi is back. He changed the collective mindset when his body was here. It doesn’t matter, the same mindset has been reborn as indicated in his natal chart which is eternal. Do you think HE is not aware of this right now? You wonder what your Pluto energy can do? He had natal Pluto opposite Venus & Mars in Scorpio! He knew he was needed then and he knows he’s being called upon now… Well, we SAY we believe in angels, don’t we?


Now we turn our focus to the planet Saturn and what it is doing. For the past 3 years, it has been facing off with Uranus, and that’s no easy task, not even for Pluto. Symbolically, that has been largely what has symbolized such a great schism in this country. (Monumental cracks.)


We have been warned and apparently only 2 or 3 people paid attention. These diametrically opposed archetypes must learn to work together. Else, we splinter. We saw what happened when President Obama tried bipartisanship. No matter what, taking sides or pointing fingers will not satisfy or heal our sick nation. We all know, we must loosen the grip that big money has over all of us whether you are pro-union or not. We all know we must break up this Plutocracy before it breaks us completely. Big money owns our government and our Supreme Court.


Now that Saturn has moved on in the latter degrees of Libra, it should be able to be quite productive. It is exalted in Libra and won’t have to directly “fight off” Pluto and Uranus as much for the foreseeable future. With Saturn strongly expressing its wisdom, we are now also being gifted with the discipline and stick-to-it-ness that the ringed planet offers. Many of us have been greatly distracted and unable to even concentrate for the last 3 years. That is over now and re-pursuing our missions with steadfast soberness is more readily available now. A loose and free Saturn is one big deal. He’s not always the most universally conscious, but he’s a helluva handyman. And, he’s the sanest of them all. We all could use a bit of sanity about now. Thank Universeness.


Now, we are left with Mr. Pluto squaring Mr. Uranus for quite a while. A very explosive combination.


The square we are experiencing is what astrologers call the opening square since its last conjunction was in the sixties. (October 8, 1965 to be exact). Yes, that time period gave us great civil unrest but also manifested the Civil Rights Act of 1963. Opening squares of any type ask the question, “Considering what we began (back in the sixties) has it worked?” Has racism ended? No. There is an African-American in the White House but what the question/trial really begs is, “Are we all really sharing equality?” A bit.


The last Civil War was about freeing the blacks.

This current Civil War II unfortunately seems to be

very much about getting rid of one single African American.

It’s just nuts.


So, you see how the planets work in their inherent natural brilliance. As we have failed to bring ourselves to equality, we have failed ourselves period. As we have been taught, what we do to others, we do to ourselves. Enough of that old reprise.


Now, the planets say, “Okay, now, looking back on the sixties, what can we do better?” Because of all the millions of 3-year-olds still fighting in the back seat… “Are we there yet? NO, we’re not!” We have to find ways to smooth our relationships between all races – now including Latin Americans. Pluto nor any of the outer planets will continue to allow us to survive with our hypocrisies. We’re either one people or we’re not. We can no longer be kinda sorta….


The reason we are falling apart is because

we haven’t been taking action to integrate,



There are no magic answers here. The BIG PROBLEM we’re facing now is that we’re being forced to be honest with ourselves now, if we can handle it. The planets say we can, that now is the time.


Still, many can’t. They are susceptible to disinformation and Kool-Aid parties too. Very dangerous.


So, as I see it, it is our job to stop the Kool-Aid. We have Gandhi’s collective wisdom back and don’t take that lightly. It is time to take to the streets – non-violently. It is time to stand up for teachers in Wisconsin, mine-workers in West Virginia, machinist in Ohio, and everyone else everywhere else. We all need to eat, we all need housing and access to medical treatment.


We used to be the envy of the world and now we’re more like the laughing stock. But, it is not too late.


When you add up all of the planets right now and what they are doing, it is uncannily clear. Everything is being prepared for December 21, 2012 at 11:11 am Greenwich Mean Time. Neptune and Chiron will be rising on the ascendant for the world exactly at the moment of the Winter Solstice (37 seconds later.) The end of a 26,000 year cycle and the beginning of the next. We have the knowledge; we have the skills; we have the ability; we know the rewards; we know the consequences; we have the technology; all we need is the will.


The planets are with us whether we like it or not. Whether we are afraid or not. Whether we are unsure or not. Without any guarantees. We have the gift of the grace of Neptune and that’s nothing to shake a cloud at. Neptune is God of the sea, the sea of Mankind.


We always have had the teachings, the teachers and the know-how.




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