A Virgo New Moon Tarot Spread

Hermit of the forest with lantern

ETA 6/9/18: The Virgo New Moon falls on Sunday 9 September, 2018. The exact time is 19.01 BST. Please ignore the data below which is for the Virgo New Moon in 2016. The Hermit’s Lantern Tarot Spread can be used for the Virgo New Moon of any year.

The Virgo New Moon is taking place at 10.03 AM GMT (1 Sep 2016) follow by a partial solar eclipse at 10.32 AM GMT. The ruler of Virgo is retrograde. All together, the theme of this constellation is one of purging our personality of anything that blocks it from being in alignment with our Higher Self.

In the Tarot, Virgo corresponds with The Hermit. This is our wise, inner self, capable of reviewing all of life’s lesson and integrating them with what we learn from traditional wisdom sources, so that we can keep growing and evolving, as well as disseminate what we have learned to others.

It is also the first day of meteorological autumn, so I have gone with an autumnal theme for the Hermit’s Lantern Tarot spread below. I almost feel I need to apologise for this because it seems summer only really just got going here in the UK last week…

The Hermit’s Lantern Tarot Spread


Other than The Hermit, there are four Minor Arcana Virgo energy cards in the Tarot deck: The King of Pentacles and the 8-10 of Pentacles. I thought it would be nice to look at which of these five Virgo cards Spirit would have you focus on between now and the Full Moon:

The Hermit – Spiritual matters, reading, contemplation
King of Pentacles – Work, my self-employment
10 of Pentacles (Mercury in Virgo) – Caring for family, creating a legacy
9 of Pentacles (Venus in Virgo) – My physical health and wellbeing
8 of Pentacles (Sun in Virgo) – Honing a skill, furthering myself with courses/certifications

There are two ways of doing The Hermit’s Lantern Tarot Spread…

  1. Method for using only one deck: Separate out the five Virgo cards and shuffle them well. Randomly pick one for spread position one and put the other four cards back in the deck. Shuffle the remaining 77 cards and place them around the first card, according to the layout above.
  2. Method for using two decks: Separate out the five Virgo cards from deck number one. Shuffle well and randomly choose one card for the first position of the spread. Put the rest of the cards of that deck to one side, shuffle and cut deck number two as usual and place the cards in positions 2-5. This method allows for a repetition, which can be quite interesting if it does happen.


1. Virgo Theme – This shows you what to focus on any time Virgo energy is strong for you. It could involve transits too so hold onto the spread – you may need to use it another time!

2. Action Advice – This is the most helpful, practical action you can take right now in order to perfect your Virgo energy in harmony with the card in position number one.

3. Shadow Influence – This is something you are not aware of within yourself but may be projecting onto others. This quality is holding you back from being successful.

4. Recent Past – Something that happened recently and has a bearing on your current situation/challenge.

5. Near Future – This is how things are likely to develop over the next two weeks, until the Full Moon in Pisces.

Virgo New Moon Eclipse Blessings!

)O( Lisa )O(