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Carl Boudreau’s Astrology Blog: The Astrology of January 2014 – A Bend in the Road

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Wednesday, January 01, 2014

The Astrology of January 2014 – A Bend in the Road


The Astrology of January 2014

A Bend in the Road

December 2013 Recap

December’s chart, like other recent charts, signaled a break with the recent past. They have all actively supported reform and renewal and changed the political dynamic.

In December, supportive and blocking aspects merged to engage us in soul-searching, ethical discussion and rational debate. This has led to reconciliations and realignments, large and small.

December brought notable examples of such events.

A major, if temporary, reconciliation: On December 10th, the US Congress announced a bi-partisan, 2-year budget deal allowing the government to keep functioning – for now. The deal also softened the effects of the sequester that had imposed damaging, across the board cuts, including painful cuts in important domestic programs.

A return to principles: At about the same time as the budget deal, US banking regulators implemented the Volcker rule. It blocks commercial banks from speculating with depositor funds. The process of reconciliation is a two-edged sword, though. Alliances based on unsound moral principles and faulty reasoning broke down.

Conflicts based on principles: “Establishment Republicans” are accusing Tea Partiers of pushing an unrealistic and destructive agenda to attract contributions. Tea Partiers are accusing Establishment Republicans of losing sight of conservative principles.
December’s chart, like other recent charts, also had a lot of power behind it. December carried forward the karmic account settling of the eclipses in October and November. It is also driven by the considerable force of the 2013 Winter Solstice.

January 2014

January’s chart, like December’s, also takes us in a new, and unexpectedly positive direction, and with surprising force.

The last several years might lead us to expect yet another attempted power play by the 1% against the 99%, or another divisive political confrontation with the 99% on the losing end.

Instead, January’s chart gives the 99% a leg up, and strongly supports inclusive dialog.


High Energy

January’s chart maintains the strong, positive energetic momentum of recent months. Normally, we experience one Full Moon and one New Moon.

In January 2014, there will be 2 New Moons and 1 Full Moon. The two New Moons will also be supermoons, which are not all that rare, but are intense. I believe this will supercharge put subconscious patterns in flux.

New Moon – January 01 [supermoon] Full Moon – January 16 New Moon – January 30 [supermoon]
When the energy is this high, it is especially difficult to see the order in or to predict events.

The dominant aspects heighten the underlying intensity and volatility.


A Very Angular, Very Cardinal Month

January is a month with a lot of turns in it.

January’s chart will will force important issues and block any false consensus or attempts to dodgeimportant issues.

In January’s composite chart, a Grand Cross primarily affects the cardinal signs. The cardinal signs are also in cardinal, angular houses: The Sun is in the 2nd, Venus retrograde and Pluto in the 1st; all are in Capricorn. Uranus is on the cusp of the 4th in cardinal Aries. Jupiter and Lilith are conjoined in Cancer in the 7th house, near the 8th house cusp. Mars is in Libra in the 10th. One of the oppositions in the body of the Grand Cross is between Uranus and Mars. It affects the vertical, power axis. The second opposition is between Pluto/Venus and Jupiter and affects both the relationship and the financial axes.
The Grand Cross, then, adversely affects the power axis and the financial and partnership axes. It will put a serious strain on those exercising power and on relationships, especially where these involve shared financial resources.

The issues are familiar: nurturance, personal freedom vs. government power, and the fair distribution of wealth, power and vital, shared resources.

Individual needs conflict sharply. Authorities clash with each other and with those under them. Governments are in conflict with those they govern.

The cardinal signs and angular houses require decisive, yes or no, up or down decisions. The hard aspects make such decisions almost impossible without significant change.

Compromise and half-measures, the usual means of avoiding conflict, won’t do in January 2014. The situation is volatile and frustrating.

However, the outcome will differ from what we have come to expect.


Get Real or Else

The aspect that offers the needed flexibility is a Kite, firmly rooted in the houses governing our identity, our personal lives and relationships in the community.

The Kite is made up of: Pluto, Venus retrograde, and the Sun, in Capricorn, straddling the cusp of the 1st and 2nd; Neptune, Juno and Chiron in Pisces in the 3rd; Retrograde Jupiter and Lilith in Cancer in the 7th near the cusp of the 8th; Saturn in Scorpio and Moon in Sagittarius straddling the cusp of the 12th. An opposition between Pluto and Venus retrograde in Capricorn in the 1st and Jupiter in Cancer forms the backbone of the Kite.

All of these placements positively affect the individual and the grassroots generally.

The Kite links the 1st house of the individual to the 11th house of philanthropic and community organizations, and the 3rd house of community relationships. The individual acting as a member of the community – not the individual per se – is empowered.


The Kite and the Grand Cross form a single, dynamic, high energy structure. Individuals can relieve the dangerous tensions in the Grand Cross by changing community values, attitudes and behavior patterns to accommodate emerging economic and political realities – in a principled way.

The Kite channels the severe tensions of the Grand Square into adaptability and creativity at the grassroots level. The resulting flexibility should enable those in power to begin resolving major conflicts.

A New Political Paradigm

January’s chart, again, leads to thoughts of yet another confrontation between the 1% and the 99%, with the 99% on the losing side.

Individuals, acting as members of their community, have the upper hand, however. Personal and community preferences will figure strongly in any outcome.

This, in turn, inspires thoughts of the 99% imposing their will on the 1%. But this chart is not about class warfare or turning the political tables. It draws the 1% and the 99% into active dialog.

This more wholesome and inclusive dialog will frustrate those trying to exploit the issues to promote a self-serving and destructive agenda

January’s chart grants power to individuals acting as part of a community, forming productive, adaptive alliances based on common sense and decency. (Remember the strong 11th and 3rd house influence in the Kite.)


God is in the Details

Listed below are a few individual placements that illustrate and reinforce the themes in January’s chart.

The North Node is in Scorpio (the Sign of collective wealth and power) in the 11th house, in the home of Aquarius, the house of sharing and brotherhood.
The North Node is too far away from the planets that make up the Kite and the Grand Cross to be included in either. When they are seen as part of a single, combined structure, the North Node becomes part of a larger stellium formed by planets from both the Kite and the Grand Square.

Thus, a current of conscience and common sense will run through January’s events.


Pluto in Capricorn in the 1st closely trines Pallas retrograde in Virgo in the 9th. Changes in subconscious thought patterns are surprisingly subtle and rapid, all the more so because of the three Moons in January – two of them supermoons. Mercury in Aquarius in the 2nd sextiles Uranus in Pisces in the 4th, near the IC. Innovative discussions on financial issues are driven by changes in home and family. The Part of Fortune conjoins the Descendant precisely. We are rewarded for creating relationships that accommodate change and also fulfill community needs and expectations.
Unleashing the Feminine

Women’s issues and issues traditionally linked to the feminine principle, and relations between the sexes are both foregrounded in January’s chart:

Neptune, Juno and Chiron are conjoined in Pisces in the 3rd house.
Juno governs state-sanctioned life-partnerships, like marriage. It is flanked on one side by a powerfully placed Neptune, which dissolves, spiritualizes and transforms what it touches. It is flanked on the other by Chiron, which breaks boundaries and destroys limitations.

Transformative influences now affecting marriage will peak – again.

Uranus is in Aries powerfully placed in the 4th house of home and family life.
The forces of change surge through our homelife and our family relationships.

Lilith is in Cancer, which governs the home and family, on the cusp of the 8th house, which governs collective resources.
Lilith governs the empowerment of women and the feminine in general. This placement indicates a new stage in the political and economic empowerment of women and the rising importance of family issues.

A Bend in the Road

The charts of November, December, and now January, mark a bend in the road. The past is disappearing from view. That past will not only lose its grip on our lives, but also lose its hold on our attention. We are leaving crisis consciousness behind for a new focus on rebuilding and renewal.

We can already see this happening. Using the so-called filibuster, the GOP had blocked Obama’s appointments pretty much since the beginning of his presidency.

Countless influential government posts have gone unfilled, preventing the implementation of new policies and programs. Numerous judgeships have remained vacant, weakening the court system and leaving outdated judicial philosophies in place, preventing relief through the courts.

In December, the US Senate limited the use of the filibuster. As of now, a wave of new Obama appointees are being approved, breathing new life into stagnant government agencies and the US judicial system. As these new appointees step into their positions, a wave of change will flow through the country.

That is only one example of the kind of thing we can expect to see in January and the months following.

It should be emphasized that the personal, psychological, political and economic changes January sets in motion will not be completed in a day, or in a month. We are talking about the emergence of a new era governed by a more constructive dynamic than the one just behind us.

Carl Boudreau at 11:09 AM

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“A Commune In Chiapas?”: An Exercise in Racist ‘Anti-Imperialism’

Thank you for posting this!

I personally feel that as valuable as socialism is as a critique of capitalism; both of them are rooted in a time and worldview that are passing away.

I believe that indigenism; of which the Zapatistas are but one fine example, is a philosophy that is rooted in the deepest hard won knowledge and wisdom of the past made flexible and adaptable to whatever the future may bring.

The fight over who controls the means of production-with all the myriad sub analysis of each fractionated detail of industrial colonized society is imho a dead end that plays directly into the hands of those who seek control over us all and the living Earth.

Industrial society is a dead end. Colonization is a dead end. Hierarchy is a dead end.

The Earth is alive and we are all living creative cells in Her body.

Without taking into account the basic facts that we do not exist independently of the larger systems of which we are and must be functional parts-no philosophy, no revolution, no government or economic system can long survive nor can WE survive using such partial and rudimentary structures.

Indigenism is the only political philosophy, other than perhaps deep ecology, that even accepts these facts or attempts to make them part of the governing structures.

To me this means that Zapatistas along with the Maori scholars and the Wetsu’weten (please excuse rotten spellings) and other indigenous anti fracking/land sovereignty activists from Canada to Borneo, South America, Africa, Australia etc are the actual cutting edge of political philosophy.

These people who are acting from both necessity and deep spiritual, tribal/familial/social concern and caring are using their bodies and day to day direct actions to map a philosophy that is rooted in something deeper and stronger than who controls money-which after all is only a mutually agreed upon illusion!

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Happy New Year to You From Trees Older Than The New Year!

Thank you Cindy! What a beautiful start to the new year:-)


They carry the scars to prove it,


which like all living creatures,


makes them beyond beautiful.


Despite the fires of time,


they thrive.


Thank you Jim for giving perspective once again.


From the living ancient ones,


and the ones who eventually succumb.


There is always new life waiting to reach the sky!

Happy New Year to you and may you hold the resilience of the Sequoias always in your heart.

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The Oracle Report Wednesday, January 1, 2014


New Moon Phase: begin, intend, initiate, set a wish or intention

Moon: Capricorn

Ruling Mahavidya: Kali

AUDIO RECORDING 12/31/2013 – Gregorian New Year – New Ruling Mahavidya – KALI (copy and paste the link)


Amidst the maelstrom of energies preparing to usher in the New Moon, the Sun released an M6-class flare yesterday (at 9:58 pm UTC/ 4:58 pm EDT), about 13 hours before the exact time of the New Moon today. It was an amazing thing.

If you’ve been following the Oracle Reports for the past several days you know about the energetics that have been in play. The heavy hitters Mars, Uranus, and Pluto, as well as mighty Mercury, are in aspect to the New Moon. But this is Pluto’s show because the Sun and the Moon have reached the position in the sky where he has been slowly churning for a long, long time – his domain, you might say.

Pluto’s domain is the underworld, and as such he is ruler of transformation. He wells from the depths. He is the king of kings in this context – Mercury, Mars, and Uranus being the other kings.

All of this tells us that the upcoming month will be deeply transformative for the human collective, and on a personal level everyone can expect expereinces that transform our lives and psyches. That’s the short version.

But the story is much deeper for those interested and it will take a while for me to explain, so the heart of today’s energy is above. For those with the time and inclination to follow deeper, welcome along.

The story is the timing of the flare. Those familiar with the story of the Fall of the Wisdom Goddess Sophia know that Sophia, the divine aoen embodied as our planet, is engaged in a collaborative endeavor with the Sun, Sabaoth, a divine being. The goal of the collaborative endeavor is to provide the opportunity for humanity to actualize the very unique, fantastic abilities with which it was endowed when it was created as a divine experiment in the Galactic Center.

The Sun, Sabaoth, operates deliberately. It does not release flares randomly. It does so to empower specific energetics that are happening. Astrology is one code to “read” the energetics. There are many codes.

The astrology of the exact time of the release of the flare activates Russia and the United States, specifically with the sacred masculine and feminine principles. I was talking a lot about Russia in the audio Andrew and I recorded, interestingly at the time of the flare. The audio is long and packs way more information than one can probably process, which of course is courtesy of Kali, this lunar month’s Mahavidya. (Believe me, she’s packed way more information into me that I can process. But it is a nectar, isn’t it?) I set discussion of Kali aside – for now.

The audio recording goes into much more detail about the energetics, but the addendum is the here solar flare. The people of Russia and the United States are meant to unite. When this happens, a harmonic will be bridged that will unite the minds – the frequencies and the brain hemispheres – of the people on the planet. When this happens – and I say when, not if, because it is ordained – the “New World Order” becomes the “Natural World Order.” Freedom of mind, body, and soul enables us to re-connect with the planet in ways unimaginable to us right now. This changes the way we live life. And it is beautiful.

So, of course, the very forces that ensalve the minds, bodies, and souls of humanity do not want this and are responding accordingly.

The Sabian symbol for the New Moon in Capricorn is “a student of nature lecturing and revealing little-known aspects of life.” This is all of us who love the planet. We are engaged in a mission to uphold the values of freedom and love, holding true as dark forces incite fear.

More as the story unfolds…

(Note for astrologers: At the time of the flare, in Moscow, the degree of Pluto and the New Moon was on the Descendant and in Washington, DC, the degree of the Eris Point was on the Descendant. Pluto and Eris – King and Queen of the Underworld – Sacred Masculine and Sacred Feminine energies of the planet.)