There's an authoritative New Moon in Leo coming up on August 2nd, at 10 degrees. Beginnings will be saturated with blazing creativity, pride and performance. This will be something for the audience, or something you create as an extension of yourself.
Despite Leo's celebratory vibe, this Moon will have focus, due to a trine with Saturn Rx, at 9 degrees Sagittarius. Saturn will ensure that what begins has the potential to last, and it will give the proceedings an air of authority. Think king or queen, rather than child. This Moon will be about achieving something that generates respect.
The Moon will square Black Moon Lilith, at 8 degrees Scorpio. There will be shadows behind the Sun, as Lilith's outsider status is illuminated. BML's destructiveness and fury at being unappreciated may be pronounced, due to her contrast with Leo's gold. But her power will also be pronounced, as the tension of the square triggers ambition. This could herald the birth of something potent, where uncomfortable truths are displayed and the outsider gains prominence. The power behind the dignified facade will be based in dark, wild energy.
Neptune Rx in Pisces (at 11 degrees) will have his wispy fingers all over the proceedings. Neptune will make an inconjunct to the Moon, a trine to BML, and a square to Saturn Rx. The hard square and inconjunct suggest panicky doubts, as certain rules are questioned. Any New Moon is a bit of a guessing game: no one can say for sure what the outcome will be. Neptune will enhance this, while reminding you that this is a brand new potential (Neptune's dissolution makes room for new realities). Do we know exactly how it will turn out? No. But you have to try.
Neptune's trine to BML is reassuring, and will take some of her edge off. She does better in a scenario where some of the rules are shifting, because she's never been part of the program. Here's encouragement to step outside the lines - if what's beginning is a bit inappropriate or uncomfortable, even better. Neptune's trine urges you to go with the flow. Just avoid the temptation to indulge in some of Lilith's darker tendencies; you're not out to destroy, manipulate or steal anyone's light.
Note that Mars' Sagittarius ingress will begin on the same day, making this a fiery start up, indeed. I'll write more about Mars into Sag in a few days.