February 2020: Tarot spread for the new moon in Pisces

Tarot spread for the February 2020 new moon in Pisces
The February 2020 new moon falls in the sign of Pisces. The Pisces archetype is highly intuitive and very open to the flow of creative imagination. This is the sign of creative dreamers and mystics and visionaries, which makes this new moon an excellent time to flex your intuitive and creative muscles.

Spiritually, the Pisces archetype teaches the principle of unity, of recognizing the divinity within you. One way to understand this principle is by looking at creation - the creator {God, Universe, Source, however you wish to name it} created this earth, the rivers and seas, the trees, birds, insects, animals, man. Similarly, man has the ability to create - and to create consciously. It is this ability that points to the spiritual truth of Pisces, that we are spiritual beings having a human experience. It is by accepting responsibility for consciously creating that you connect most deeply with the creator. Needless to say, empathy and compassion are the cornerstones of the Pisces archetype.

The February 2020 new moon also highlights all of the things that bring us personal pleasure, creativity in all its forms – art, writing, our hobbies – anything, really, that brings us emotional satisfaction and a sense of fulfillment. This Pisces new moon is a playful one. It would be a great time to create some intentions around your creative pursuits, and to invite in all those little moments and  things that make your life beautiful.

Astro-tarot influences for the February 2020 new moon

To throw some more light on the astrology of the new moon in Pisces, let’s take a look at the astro-tarot influences of this lunation. The Pisces full moon falls in decan 1, which is represented by the 8 of Cups. This is to be interpreted in conjunction with The Moon, which is associated with Pisces.

The 8 of Cups represents a time when we realize that certain stories are no longer serving us. It is a call to let go of all those things and emotions and stories that only hold us back. It could also indicate a desire to set off on a journey to discover our own personal truth. The Moon rules our imagination, which can be both a wonderful and a terrible thing. The imagination is where we weave our beautiful dreams; the imagination is also fertile ground for our festering fears. The Moon is also mystery and magic; it’s the cycle of birth and death and re-birth; and a visual reminder of cyclical time.

This, then, speaks to the need to throw aside the habits and stories that hold us back. Often, these are self-created hurdles. We convince ourselves that we are not creative, without giving ourselves the tools, time and space to experiment with our creativity. We believe we don’t have the time to “waste” on our hobbies, not realizing that the time we spend on Netflix or scrolling through social media can be channelized into more productive pursuits. We tell ourselves that we will allow ourselves some play time when the needs of everyone else have been taken care of first, not realizing that unless we set some boundaries for ourselves, demands will constantly be made on our time and energy.

This is not to negate the lived experience of full-time care givers or parents with young children, who do demand a lot more attention in their younger years. This is simply a reminder that even caregivers and parents and people in other stressful or busy situations need some time to fill their own cup.

It may be impossible to find a large block of free time; how about short blocks of 5-10 minutes? You could spend that time on a mindful tea break, to quickly throw down a little paint or a quick sketch, or just to take a few deep breaths as you take in the night sky. {If you need some mindfulness suggestions, you can download The Mindful Break ebook here. Just scroll down to the page for the form to download the ebook.}

This new moon would also be an excellent time to dig a little deeper for your own personal truth. To tap into the intuitive, dreamy nature of the Pisces moon and reflect on your journey so far, and on where you want to head next.

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Sabian Symbol for the February 2020 Pisces new moon

The Sabian Symbol for Pisces 4 degrees is A Church Bazaar.

This image brings to mind the inherent romance of a Church Bazaar, which I personally view through the prism of the many books and movies I’ve read and watched over the years. It’s a sense of community; of home-made jams and cakes; of raising money collectively; and of providing shelter and succor to those in need.

There’s an old fashioned sense of values in this symbol, even for those of us who are not Christian and maybe even for those who have left the fold. Viewed from a more secular lens, I see this symbol as one that highlights the strength of community; of industriousness and creativity; a call for us to do our little bit to help those who may be less fortunate than us.

I think this symbol is also a reminder for us to support small businesses. If you think of a church bazaar, it’s run by parishioners who bake goodies at home, make handmade goods, crafts, etc. and sell them to raise money. Similarly, we can do our little bit to support small businesses; if we are in positions of privilege, we could try and support businesses run by indigenous folks, people of color, etc.

Tarot spread for the February 2020 new moon in Pisces

Here’s a tarot spread to tap into the energy of this full moon.

Tarot spread and journaling questions or the February 2020 new moon in Pisces
1. The Dream: Draw a significator for your deepest creative dream. This is an open-face draw. {Tip: For an open-face draw, the image and what it represents to you is more important than the traditional meaning of the card}

2. The Path: The action steps that you can take towards your dream.

3. The Obstacle: A mindset that is holding you back from truly going after your dream.

4. The Inspiration: The energy you can tap into to support you on your journey.

5. Mamma moon says: This is always a message of inspiration/motivation

Journaling questions for the February 2020 new moon in Pisces

You can use these journaling questions instead of the tarot spread, if tarot isn’t your thing. Cardslingers, you can also use these journaling prompts for further reflection:

How much time per week do you set aside for your hobbies and to learn about the things/subjects that interest you?

How can you cultivate a sense of play during this moon cycle?

In this increasingly global world, how can you cultivate a sense of community?

Can you do something during this moon cycle to root down into some old-fashioned values: bake a cake for a neighbour, treat your office colleagues to cupcakes, or anything else that perhaps your parents or grandparents used to do?

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