August 2022: Tarot spread for the new moon in Virgo

Plus some journaling questions, an astro-tarot forecast and an exploration of the the Sabian symbol for the August 2022 new moon in Virgo.

Tarot spread and astro-tarot forecast for the August 2022 new moon in Virgo.

The August 2022 new moon falls in the sign of Virgo. The Virgo archetype is logical and practical, with an eye for detail and the steadfastness to go after their goals. This is a sign that thrives on meticulous planning, on honing skills to perfection and gaining mastery over their chosen vocation.

Spiritually, the Virgo archetype teaches the principle of devotion. One way to understand this principle is by looking at it through the lens of one’s devotion to their craft. While all the buzz seems to point towards profiting from your passion, there are numerous examples of famous writers and artists who held down a day job for most of their lives. Franz Kafka was an insurance clerk, Harper Lee was an airline ticketing agent, Mark Rothko was an elementary school teacher and Paul Gauguin was a stockbroker. They could all have given in to the dull drudgery of making a living, but they didn’t – and the world is much richer for their devotion to their craft.


This Virgo new moon also invites you to consider what will take you towards more wholeness, happiness, and purpose. What is it that you want to focus on in the coming months or over the rest of this year? What are the values by which you want to live your life? This new moon is the perfect time to hone in on + act in accordance with those values.

Astro-tarot influences for the August 2022 new moon

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

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The 8 of Pentacles always reminds me to focus on what truly matters to me, beyond the dictates {in my case} of the 9 to 5 job. Culturally, we tend to romanticize the notion of jobs that we are passionate about, failing which, we turn our hobbies into side hustles, eliminating the notion of leisure from our existence. We’ve made bigger better and wear our busyness as a badge of honor. YouTube is littered with productivity gurus who tell us how to squeeze the most out of every single minute. Social media plays a rather significant role in pulling our focus away from what matters to us, and to what the world says should matter.

And yet, technology has made the daily living of life much easier and more efficient. In many ways it has made the world smaller — we can connect with people from around the world through tiny hand held devices connected to the world wide web. We can feed our curiosity at the tap of a button. And we can, at any point, be juggling a number of different goals and projects, along with managing the minutiae of daily life. We are at a stage of human evolution where we have an overwhelming array of choices open to us and, if we choose wisely, the time to pursue the projects and goals that matter most to us. But with those seemingly infinite choices and possibilities, comes paralysis. Because we may have a million choices, but we have a limited amount of time on this earth, which can sometimes make us too afraid to choose, to commit to a path, to go the distance.

But that is what the 8 of Pentacles asks of us. To choose. To focus. To master. And it begins with learning — or remembering — to say no to the many interesting things you do want to do, in favor of the ones that are the most alive and urgent in you.


Which is where The Hermit comes in, with the invitation to step back into yourself, into your own life, to focus on + get clear on what really and truly matters to you, and to go out and do more of that, unapologetically.

This Virgo new moon is one that can truly support the goals that are burning the brightest in your heart. And clearing out some of that external noise would help you to get clear on what you want to achieve and how you want to live your life.

Sabian Symbol for the August 2022 new moon

The Sabian Symbol for Virgo 4 degrees is A Person Becoming Aware of Nature Spirits and Normal Unseen Spiritual Energies.

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This symbol speaks to me of an inner awareness — of those moments of grace, when a piece of the puzzle that is you just clicks into place. The understanding and knowledge that arises unbidden sometimes, showing you the way forward, showing you what you truly long for.

This symbol serves as a reminder to pay attention to your surroundings, for it is in the things that you see and hear around you that you find insights and messages that are relevant for you. And as you bring these insights into your consciousness, they can help you get clearer on your feelings about your self and your life.

Tarot spread for the Virgo new moon

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

Tarot spread and journaling questions for the August 2022 new moon in Virgo.

1. What do I need to remember: This card represents something that’s important to you, something that you may have forgotten about in the daily grind.

2. What are my touchstones: Draw 2 cards. These represent daily actions that you can commit to over the current moon cycle.

3. Mama moon says: This is always a supportive message

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

Journaling questions for the August 2022 new moon in Virgo


Not a cardslinger? No problem! Here are some questions to reflect on instead.

What is the one thing that you truly want to achieve/feel/be/focus on in the coming months or over the rest of this year? Why?

How can you go about achieving this? Break your goal down into smaller steps or habits, and see how you can weave them into your days.

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