Full write up by Cafe Astrology: https://cafeastrology.com/thisweekinastrology.html
New Moon excerpt from Cafe Astrology (We have a HUGE New Moon Working to insert into the larger cycle work started two lunar cycles ago, btw):
The NEW MOON occurs on Tuesday, August 18th, 2020, at 12:45 PM EDT.
On Tuesday, the New Moon occurs when the Sun and Moon align in the sign of Leo.
The New Moon in Leo is an excellent time for formulating goals regarding “all things Leo.” We might concentrate on new ways to enhance our romantic life, creative endeavors and hobbies, and relationship with children, as well as to build our self-confidence and healthy pride in ourselves.
Some of Leo’s “lessons” include taking pride in ourselves as unique individuals, assuming more responsibility for our lives, and giving ourselves warmly and generously to others.
This New Moon period is an excellent time to meditate upon some of the characteristics of Leo. Keywords for this self-expressive Fire sign — such things as proud, noble, generous, hospitable, caring, warm, authoritative, active, and open — are traits that we might enhance, develop, and incorporate into our personalities.
We all have Leo somewhere in our chart, and we might use the coming month to improve those areas of life. It’s time to awaken our “inner child” and find ways to express ourselves creatively.
With this potent Leo energy, we have the chance to make significant changes in our lives that will benefit us well beyond this Moon cycle. It’s time to make some plans and to set the stage for reaping the rewards from our new beginnings, as little or big as they may be, in approximately two weeks after the Full Moon occurs.
There is stop-and-go energy with this lunation–something might be releasing but a block or obstacle can appear. These ups and downs may motivate us to begin anew or clean the slate.
The New Moon forms a trine to Mars and a quincunx to Saturn (the New Moon happens as Mars applies to a square to Saturn). It also harmonizes with the North Node.
New Moon in Leo Chart: August 18, 2020
This lunation occurs at 26 degrees and 35 minutes of Leo, affecting people with personal planets and points at approximately 23 to 30 degrees of the Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius) and 0 to 1 degree of the Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces) most significantly.
The above chart is excellent for seeing the fundamental influences and chart patterns of this New Moon. The chart below adds more details with additional points:
New Moon in Leo 2020 Chart, Additional Points
Moon Phase Cycle: Bigger Picture Aug 18, 2020, 10:42 PM, Sun Conjunct Moon (New Moon) Aug 25, 2020, 1:57 PM, Sun Square Moon (First Quarter Moon) Sep 2, 2020, 1:22 AM, Sun Opposition Moon (Full Moon) Sep 10, 2020, 5:26 AM, Sun Square Moon (Last Quarter Moon) Sep 17, 2020, 7:00 AM, Sun Conjunct Moon (New Moon)
(Times are Eastern)