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moon signs

The sun and the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago ... had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.

Havelock Ellis

The Algonquins called this the "Thunder Moon," also the "Buck Moon." The Pima called this the "Moon of the Giant Cactus." For the Oto tribe, it was the "Buffalo Rutting Season Moon." Get the picture? It's a time when matters, projects, and relationships (including disputes) must be brought to a climax. The action this week is all about accelerating. Do more in less time, if you can, especially fire-sign folks, who are about to get much more impatient with dawdlers and delayers.

Wednesday, July 17 Waxing moon in Scorpio. Great for getting to the bottom of things, or cutting through the apcray, as my dad used to say. An excellent day for Scorpios to go undercover or to be in touch with others on a need-to-know basis. Aquarians, flirting with strangers could appeal. Go buy new music, as your usual dance of detachment needs a new soundtrack. Pisces may overreact to trifles – you guys are more sensitive right now. VOC 3 to 6 a.m.

Thursday, July 18 Waxing moon in Scorpio. Folklore says this moon phase is good for brewing. (Would that be beer or trouble?) Figure the latter for Leos and Aquarians, who could be beset by the fussies. Scorpios, speak up for yourselves during the next six weeks – practice today. Pisces may need a luxury fix – just avoid carbo loading. And if you need someone to be an arbiter, ask a Virgo or Capricorn.

Friday, July 19 Waxing moon in Scorpio-Sagittarius. The moon is void this morning, so hold off any activity involving the "surgical strike." Scorpios, let others speak first. Sagittarians, it's an excellent weekend for travel or beginning an educational project. Geminis, if you're lost or feeling lonely, here's a bridge over troubled waters: solitude or your most spirited old friend. VOC 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday, July 20 Waxing moon in Sagittarius. Exercise or another activity requiring exertion is irresistible. The accident prone should be warned, however. Doubly so for accident-prone Sadges. The happy news for the male archers is that you'll be willing to fight for what you care about during the next six weeks (females will do this with more angst). Virgos and Pisces may have their competitive instincts alighted.

Sunday, July 21 Waxing moon in Sagittarius-Capricorn. Bring the directions; don't rely on the GPS gizmo. Double-check your fluid level. Sagittarians could overspend or be overstimulated. Aries, the morning is your time for action, not later. Capricorns, don't give yourselves time to dwell on the iniquities of June and July. New day dawning, and it finds you looking fabulous, darling. VOC 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Monday, July 22 Waxing moon in Capricorn; Mercury moves into Leo. A solid if slow start to the work week. Domestic animals are entering the spazzy zone – late night howls or prowls. Capricorns, today and tomorrow are important for completing projects or enlisting others' help. But the wisest goats will leave time for frolicking, especially with earth or fire people who like your sense of whimsy. Taureans, double-check outgoing e-mail for tone.

Tuesday, July 23 Waxing moon in Capricorn. Again, another productive day, especially for projects that take a long time or aren't seen by the public (sorting code, shoring up the barn). Ordinarily, an excellent day for stopping a habit, but not for Aries and Libras. Cancers, hang with your fire-sign friends if you need distraction or approval. VOC 7 to 10:40 p.m.