February 2022: Tarot spread for the new moon in Aquarius

Plus some journaling questions, an astro-tarot forecast, exploration of the the Sabian symbol, mini ritual, and additional resources for the February 2022 new moon in Aquarius.

Tarot spread for the February 2022 new moon in Aquarius

The February 2022 new moon falls in the sign of Aquarius. The independent, free-thinking Aquarius archetype encourages us to examine our inner wild self and celebrate everything that makes us unique. It is the archetype of the reformer, the idealist who strives for tolerance, unity, and a better and brighter society. And despite these rather lofty ideals, the Aquarius archetype isn’t afraid to get in there and get its hands dirty.

Spiritually, the Aquarius archetype teaches us how to be true to our own voice, to listen to and follow the calling of our own heart and soul. By learning how to tune in rather than out, by being true to the things that make us unique, we undertake the journey to individuation.

This new moon is an excellent time to set some intentions around your creative, business, and career goals. If there are projects that are dear to your heart, this new moon cycle may be a great time to start them. If there’s been any heaviness or stuckness around your work life, that may be shaken up and shifted during this cycle. It could come in the form of forward momentum, or even sudden insights that may help you change your perspective.


Astro-Tarot influences for the February 2022 new moon

To throw some more light on the February new moon astrology, let’s take a look at the astro-tarot influences of this lunation. The Aquarius full moon falls in decan 2, which is represented by the Six of Swords. This is to be interpreted in conjunction with The Star, which is associated with Aquarius.

The Daily Pause Oracle Deck

I designed this beautiful, 40-card oracle deck to bring in some stillness, to give us a word or an idea to reflect on as we go about our day.

Supported by the four elements – earth, air, fire, water – and a carefully thought-out structure that connects the cards, The Daily Pause oracle will help you to listen to and trust your own inner knowing.

There’s no learning curve involved with using this deck. Just get quiet, shuffle the cards, pull one out, and reflect on the word you’re presented with.

Looking at the figure on the 6 of Swords immediately brings to mind the figure on the 8 of Cups. Both figures are going on a journey — though the circumstances seem to differ.

While the figure on the 8 of Cups appears to have set their ducks in a row before setting off in a new direction, I can’t help thinking that the one of the 6 of Swords appears a bit defeated. Her shoulders are hunched, her head bowed, and she’s carrying all of her swords with her.

That is one of the differences between these cards, and I think that’s the key. There are many ways in which we can start afresh. Many tactics we can use. Many tips we can implement. These two cards seem to be modeling two ways — one, where we fight (often ourselves) for a new way, and set off down that path with all of our baggage, and another where we take the time to listen, understand, make peace with ourselves before we set off down a new road.

So perhaps that is what is being brought up for our consideration during this new moon cycle. As we set our intentions and prepare to work on them during this cycle and beyond, these two cards can provide a helpful frame of reference as we cycle with the moon.

Are you bringing along all of your baggage on this journey? Would you be better served by setting down the fears, hurts, negative voices and venturing forward into unchartered territory?


Because here’s something I’ve learnt: it’s not easy to put our baggage down. Sometimes, we’ve been carrying around those stories for so long that we don’t know who we are or how we should show up without that story. Putting the baggage down means being willing to grapple with the uncertainty, until we start to find our footing again. And that takes incredible courage.

So maybe, what this new moon offers us, is the opportunity for some gentle healing. We are going on a journey, and chances are, we are carrying all of our baggage along. But what if we tried to set some of it down? What would that look like? Feel like? What would change?

Sabian Symbol for the February 2022 new moon in Aquarius

The Sabian Symbol for Aquarius 12 degrees is A Barometer.

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A barometer is used to check the atmospheric pressure, to help forecast both storms and fair weather. As a symbol, it indicates teasing out the environment around you — checking in with yourself on a metal, physical, emotional, and/or spiritual level — before taking action. Observing how others show up, taking in a variety of different viewpoints and examining them, to see how they resonate with you, is also a valid path to healing. We can learn a lot in this way — taking in different ideas and melding them together to form something that feels right and true to us.

This is also a good way to “set down baggage”. When something feels particularly heavy, look around for different view points and counter-culture narratives. Bring them into your lived experience and see if you can adopt, adapt, or recast them in a way that makes your load seem lighter. Sometimes, that is a gentler way of navigating through the turbulence that arises when we change our perspective and are grappling with the associated uncertainty.


Tarot spread for the February 2022 Aquarius new moon

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

You can do this spread for a particular situation you are working with, or for a more broader life view.

Tarot spread and journaling questions for the February 2022 new moon in Aquarius
  1. Excess baggage: What burden am I carrying
  2. Lightening the load: What new frame of reference would help me lighten the load
  3. Navigation tools: How can I navigate through the uncertainty of changing my mind
  4. Mamma moon says: This is always an encouraging message

If you share your spreads on Instagram, please use the hashtag #moontarotstories or tag me @moderngypsy.in so we can connect with each other.


Journaling questions for the new moon in Aquarius

Not a cardslinger? No problem. Here are some journaling questions for you instead.

  1. Do a 15-minute freewrite: I wish I could set down this load…. Keep your pen moving, go where your mind takes you even if its off on a tangent, come back to this starting phrase any time you feel stuck.
  2. Take a break – an hour, a day. Then come back to that freewrite and look at what jumps out at you. Circle it. Pick one to work with. Journal or contemplate these questions:
    • What would make this load feel lighter
    • Who would I be without this load?
    • If I were to look at this differently, would I choose to look at it differently? Explore the edges of what is possible.

Resources to support you during this new moon

The healing journey – a short post + links to some of the baggage I shed over the last year or two

Instructions for life – a prose poem to encourage you to walk your own path as it makes sense to you

Tracking the moon – Some notes on tracking the moon + a peek into my very first moon journal

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