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Aquarius New Moon 2016: Get Your Tribe On

Aquarius NEW MOON 2016  

By Tracy Cook

Many years ago I studied lunar phases with Robert Buz Myers.  It is my hope that he would be proud of my work today.  Blessings to you, Buz! 

What is a New Moon?

A new moon is the beginning of a 29-day cycle.  Technically, when you look up in the sky you only see a thin section of the moon illuminated.       

And the not so technical point of view?

Well, similar to farmers and indigenous people, who have used the eight phases of the moon for eons, astrologers also utilize the different phases of the Moon.  Certainly on the New we know it is time to plant seeds.  But the other seven phases are equally important.

Where should my focus be during this next 29-day cycle?

When we draft a chart for the new moon we can get a sense of the energy that will be up for processing for the next 29 days. 

Okay what is this cycle about?  High school is over. Stop being too cool for school.    Stop hiding your weirdness or your brilliance.   Find your inner weird kid, inner geek and go join the other weird kids at their lunch table. 


Sabian symbol:


A Large White Dove Bearing A Message






Aquarius New Moon

February 8

9:38am  EST

19 Aquarius 15


Aquarius New Moon


When was the last time you celebrated being weird or odd?  When was the last time you felt electricity running through you?  When was the last time you had a light bulb go off ?   When was the last time you gathered with others for a communal effort?   It has been awhile.  You know it and I know it.


Inside everyone is a genius.  I’m not saying that everything you do or say is brilliant. But occasionally you get something so right it is genius.    What is THAT impulse?     In everyone there is an activist.  I’m not saying you spend every day walking into a crowd shouting, “Union, union” but there are times when you know something is so wrong that you join with others to push on the status quo.  What is THAT impulse?   In everyone is a great friend.   I’m not saying that you bend over backwards every day of the week for a compatriot but there are times when you know you need to have a laugh, a drink, a cry, a connection with a good friend.   What is THAT impulse? 


Yes, welcome to Aquarius. 


During the Aquarius twenty-nine day cycle we explore these impulses. But let’s own it right now….these impulses  cannot be easily explained.     Seriously, how do you explain brilliance?  Or what activates a person to take up a cause?   Or how do you explain friendship?   Ask a person to explain why they want love or money and you’ll get an easy answer. Ask a person to explain why someone wants to be big shot and you will bump into an ego answer pretty fast.   And sure it is not too hard to explain why someone chooses empowerment or sex.    But how do you explain the human spirit when it pursues friendship, genius, brilliance and activism?     How do you explain being weird?   How do you explain that electrical energy you feel when you meet someone who is not a lover but they just effin’ get some part of you?   That, my friends, is Aquarius.   


Aquarius is the final air sign of the zodiac.   In Gemini, the first air sign, we are busy communicating with our neighbors, our siblings, enjoying gossip in papers and blogs.    In Libra the air is loftier and we are talking to our partner and figuring ways to find balance and reciprocity.   By the time we get to Aquarius, the air speaks to us in a universal manner.  It is how we find our humanity.     How do we connect with one another beyond the obvious?   Sure, find your wife or husband and you know how to connect.   Find your children and you know how to connect.   Find your boss and you know how to connect.  Find your minister or teacher and you know how to connect.  But how do you connect with other humans on an unspoken tribal level?   That is Aquarius. 


Like the twelve-chakra system where the eleventh chakra is above the body, Aquarius sends out a beep to the universe and waits to see who beeps back. 


In many ways the power of Aquarius is dismissed by people.  “I don’t like groups”  “Sure I have friends, but where am I going to meet my husband?!”  “Yeah, I guess that idea I had was brilliant but who cares I want a new house.”     It is easy to want the obvious like love, money etc.   But let me tell you, your life would be WAY more difficult if everyone marginalized Aquarius.   You would not be driving to the market, flying to Boston or surfing the INTERNET if people had not celebrated the weird ideas that brought us the car, plane and World Wide Web.  And you sure as hell would not be reading this article on a computer if it were not for Aquarian energy.    The people that made all of this so, all of them heard a beep and found their people.       What beep are you hearing?  Who are your people?


For this twenty-nine day lunar cycle I am going to ask you to not marginalize the Aquarian energy! 


If you bump into a brilliant idea pursue it.  And by the way many of you have issues in your life that need a brilliant solution so you might as well respond to your brilliant idea during Aquarius lunar cycle.  And heaven knows everyone has stuff going on that needs to be vented to a friend.   Not a lover but a friend.   So, reach out and find that person.  And for those of you who don’t think you need groups, you are blowing it big time.   You are cutting off a valuable resource.   If you have not experienced coming together with like-minded people you have ZERO idea what you are missing.   When you and your neighbors put up flyers that there is someone breaking into cars, or help produce a yard sale for a charity or when you go to your local school and help clean the yard for Beautification Day, these are small acts but they replenish your soul and psyche.  They remind you there is good in the world and you are part of it.  


For twenty-nine days get out of your home, stop watching TV spewing dark and direness.  (And yeah, TV is ruled by Aquarius).  There is a lot wrong with the world for sure but if you are not out there being part of a solution on some small way –then you are part of the problem.   And yes, sending a check to your favorite charity is nice but that is NOT the whole Aquarius picture.  It is the actual gathering with others and sharing communal ideas,  “I feel this way and you think the same” that is the Aquarius energy we are activating.  Remember, Aquarius is the water bearer.    People would gather at wells, springs and oasis to get their water supply and while they were together they would share the news.  In ancient days the highlight of the week could be the trip to the watering hole.   Not so much for the water but the shared moments with the other people.       


And by the way, Aquarian tribal energy and community is a non- family energy.    So many people use the family tribe as their community, which is fine on some levels but that is not Aquarius communal energy.   Pursuing energy outside of family is what we are talking about.  Remember the water bearer leaves the home goes out in the world and communicates with other people.    That circle is wider than family.  


This particular Aquarius New Moon has a nice aspect with Uranus which doubles down on our Aquarian energy since Uranus is the ruling planet.   Weird and brilliant moments and thoughts will be pronounced and celebrated both personally and globally.  Watch how the world responds to these moments and how you respond to them in your daily life. Please don’t ignore them.     


And during the twenty-nine day cycle you should DEFINITELY be ready for stuff to come out of the blue.  Like an Aquarian lightening bolt (Aquarius rules electricity)  some of it might shake us up but a lot of it will get the dust off our bones and remind us we are ALIVE.     And if you need help—Turn to others or your tribe or your group—Twelve Step groups, Weight watchers, Audubon Society, I don’t care what it is but find a group experience.  You don’t have to do it forever but give it a shot during this twenty-nine day cycle. 


Also on the new moon chart there is a square with Mars in Scorpio that will present some tension.   Both Scorpio and Aquarius are fixed signs and can get very stubborn.    Mars in Scorpio has a heat-seeking device for power and gets stubborn about giving up control.   And Sun/Moon in Aquarius can get so stubborn about its ideals that it loses the very thing it should be cherishing namely the human spirit.  “Are you a man or a machine?”   That question has been asked of many stubborn Aquarius.    We will see examples of the square in the world and our personal life.    If you are controlling and hanging on too hard to something and it is making you lose your light and brilliance then let it go.  If you are hanging too hard on to your brilliant ideals and are losing your empowerment then let it go.    Let things die and reborn and see if a new light gets turned on.   


In conclusion:  These are heady times we are in and there will be even more in the coming years.   In order to find our way through these times we will need to be connected to spirit, be light on our feet and know the importance of non-family tribe energy.   And  of course you can change tribes whenever you want it is the tribal experience that is important.   With that in mind we would all be served well to run with the Aquarius lunar cycles and not be afraid to be brilliant or weird and listen for beeps of other goofballs.   


Finally, I saw a posting on FB when David Bowie died that made me think of the Aquarius cycle.   It was a photo of Bowie and underneath it read:  “Thank you, from the weird kids.”  


Yep.    Download Major Tom and rock this Aquarius cycle!


I’ll see you in Pisces.  

From the weird kid. Tracy



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The 8 phases

Aquarius New Moon

Feb 8, 2016

12:38 pm EST

19 Aquarius 15



New moon: Plant seeds, make calls, activate, start projects.   Activate something that will ideally lead you to more.  This is the phase where INTENT is critical.  Even if the results are not immediate, the intent is there.  You may not have all the answers or road map but you should put out your Intent.


This focus:   Find your brilliance.  Find your weirdness.  Plant seeds that let you connect with groups.   Find like- minded people and see what it does for you and them.   Plant seeds that inspire you to be in the world with others.   Once again, you can be weird and unique but also with the rest of the world.   Do it for 29 days. 



Special Focus: 

2/9:  Venus Trine Jupiter:  Love and Money supported.  Both feel big.


Crescent Moon Phase

Feb 11, 2016

5:28pm EST


Crescent:  We will receive information, we will research a bit more, perhaps get feedback on stuff that we planted on new.  Perhaps get some information that will help down the road on a seed we planted a while ago.  We can collect some data now.  Even if you think you are not getting information, stop, and re-look at everything.  Who called you?  Even the silliest things, when they come up during Crescent are note worthy.  A parking ticket?  An argument with a spouse?  A refund check from the phone company?  All of it needs to be considered a message from the universe.  How can this information help you?


Focus on: What are you learning about your independence? What are you learning about what fires you up?  What are you learning about breaking out?   What are you learning about being a ‘force’ for you?



Special Focus:

 2/11: Venus semisq Neptune:  A wee bit ‘off’ on money & love. Values feel tweaked.   Things feel annoying. 

2/13: Mercury enters Aquarius

2/13: Mars sextile Jupiter: Energy and boldness are sparked.  Big actions.   Play big or go home.

2/13: Mercury semiSq Saturn:  harsh thoughts.   Constricted thinking.  Both get in our way.  So does depressing conversation. 


First Quarter Moon

February 14, 2016

2:46pm EST


First quarter: We do more actions based on the information that we just received.  Or we feel our instincts guide us on something.  We pursue again.  We make another call or we see someone. We mail something.  We stir the pot again.  This can be a time when we realize that the goals we planted on New need more action from us, perhaps actions that involve breaking away.   Are there people who say they have our best interest in heart but fear us growing away from them?  Maybe we need to get help from others not the usual suspects.  Some independence may need to be exerted.



Focus on:  What actions can you take that build on something? What actions can you take that are super stable?   What actions can you take show your ability to be patient?  What actions can you build on and build on and build on and build on? 


Special focus

 2/16: Venus in Aquarius



Gibbous Moon

February 18, 2016 

4:59pm  EST



We refine our information.  We pick and choose, we discriminate, and we organize to be ‘Virgo’ like.  We sort through details.  Have we missed something?  How are we sifting through the information?  Go back and make sure something hasn’t been neglected.  Refine our actions. 



Focus on:

What are you missing about your emotions?  What are you missing about your family?  What are you missing about roots?   What are you missing about your motivation?  


Special Focus:

2/18: Sun enters Pisces

2/20: Sun semisq Pluto.  Stupid ego moves give away power. 

2/21: Sun semisq Uranus.  Loss of self in chaos and confusion.




Full Moon Phase

February 22, 2016


3 Virgo 33


Full Moon:  We make the needed adjustments on the things we planted. Usually emotions are up and running and for those people who perhaps did not utilize the new moon and the rest of the waxing moon, this is when emotions can get the better of us.  There can often be a big emotional break, for no other reason than to get back on track.   Some partnership will offer up some balance.  The moon is bright and full and there is no room for shadows, what is reflecting on you? 



Focus on:   Full Moon in Virgo.   What the hell is going on with your daily life?   Little things make up big things.   What do the little things that you do or say and experience say about the big things in your life?   What does your schedule look like?    And how much does insecurity play a part in all of the above? 


Go to blog for full moon report.


Special focus:

2/25:  Mercury sextile Saturn.  Thoughtful.  Short conversations but well constructed thoughts.  Making small but significant connections.

2/26: Mercury sextile Uranus. Inspired conversations.   Brainstorms ideas and thinking.  Brilliance in the air.



February 26, 2016




Disseminating: Share information; find a teacher or someone who has more knowledge. Perhaps there was a big ol’ blow out on the full and one feels in need of support and help, this is the phase to reach out to one who knows more. This is when we find a rabbi or a minister or therapist who gives us more insight.   And of course, you too may be ready to teach and share your own information. 



Focus on:  How are sharing your ability to balance?  How are you sharing your understanding of relationship?  How are you sharing partnership?  How are you sharing fair mindedness?  How are you sharing diplomacy?  How are you sharing graciousness?  How is indecision being shared?



Special focus:

2/28: Sun conjunct Neptune.  Faith, spirituality, humanitarian focuses rise up. 

2/29: Venus sextile Saturn.  Making love work is supported.  Making money work is supported.  Making values work is supported.


Last Quarter Moon Phase

March 1, 2016

6:10pm  EST



Last Quarter moon:  Now we do the final adjustments to the seeds we planted on new. The final call, the final letters to send, we follow all the trails that came up that still make sense.  And we let the other parts lay fallow. It is a time of action but wise action.  It is a time for living  “The serenity prayer


God, grant me the Serenity
to accept the things
I cannot change Courage to change the
things I can, and the
Wisdom to know the difference.




Focus on:

What actions can you take that builds a bridge?  What actions can you take that show a sense of adventure?  What actions can your take that give you more freedom?  What actions can you take that stoke your curiosity?  



Special focus:

3/2: Venus sextile Uranus.  Creativity inspired. Love, Money & Values is inspired by something new.   A fun energy.

3/5:  Mercury enters Pisces


Balsamic Moon Phase

March 5, 2016

12:21pm EST


Balsamic:   We let go.  By releasing we can prepare for the new. 


Focus on We release our rebel without a cause.  We release hiding in a crowd.   We release our uncompromising attitude.  We release our stubbornness.   We release our tweaked eccentricity.   




Special focus:

3/5: Mars enters Sag

3/5:  Sun square Saturn.   What a skank aspect. Wound up tight,   Righteousness & victimhood acted.   Faith versus religion

3/6: Mercury semisq Pluto.  Little tiny harsh thoughts rub like sandpaper on the soul.

3/6: Sun sextile Pluto.   Inspiration activates


Pisces New Moon February 8, 2016 9:38a  (18 Pisces 55)  



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