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Moon Signs
By Sally Cragin

This week the moon is waning. It was full Feb. 16, and the last quarter comes Feb. 23. Pretend you're God standing over the solar system as if it were a big oval track on which every planet is trucking along. You'll see both the moon and earth move counterclockwise (yes, God doesn't really need clocks, but bear with me). Every night the moon is moving closer to the position of noon on that clock face, so that the dark part of the moon, which is on the right, constantly increases. That's how you know the moon is waning: it's darker on the right and the new moon's in sight. To continue with the track metaphor, this week energy is high and much gets done, particularly by fire signs who thrive on little sleep.

Wednesday, Feb. 19 Waning moon in Libra. If the first two days of this week made you feel like you were in an old-fashioned coffee grinder, do something relaxing today, even if it's only a furtive manicure while you're on hold, or your favorite Happycino hot drink. I know Cancers may find this a preposterous suggestion – Venus in Capricorn means you're in that "I don't deserve pleasure" mode.

Thursday, Feb. 20 Waning moon in Libra; sun enters Pisces. Bring on the beauty treatments, especially coiffures. That's one area in which you can probably get your own way without pain. Libras, you've probably been hoarse this month from so much chat – more to come today, but be discreet. You too, Leos, especially if you've been spendthrifts. VOC 8:29 p.m. to 11:09 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 21 Waning moon in Scorpio. Great day for working alone or in secret. Especially Scorpios, who may find communication awkward in the next two days. Are you saying too much? Or saying it the wrong way? Pisces, anxieties of the past four months could climax in the next 10 days. Use this moon sign (and Cancers) to gather information. Taureans, this is your time to rest.

Saturday, Feb. 22 Waning moon in Scorpio; Saturn moves directly into Gemini. From now through June, all the events of the past two years that have conspired to mature Virgos, Pisces, Sags, and, of course, Geminis are sliding from third into home. It's been a long haul, I know, and today is excellent for everyone to reflect, romance, or plan their next garden. (Even Leos and Aquarians, who are in the mood to be vexed.)

Sunday, Feb. 23 Last quarter moon in Sagittarius. Great time for hanging with the gang, especially if they're in the fire or earth categories. Sagittarians, don't hesitate to revise plans, prose, or projects in the next two days, no matter how "last minute" it seems. Libras and Aquarians, being persuaded isn't the worst thing. "Be open to the universe," as they'd say in a more loosey-goosey culture. VOC 11:15 p.m. to 12:46 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 24 Waning moon in Sagittarius. A great day for bravado, and excellent for fire- or air-sign folks who can show they think things through. Also useful for planning travel or other banquets. As for romance, the mood is more jocular than serious, and Pisces and Virgos could get their fins and feelings hurt. Aries, speak now; later in the week is more awkward for you.

Tuesday, Feb. 25 Waning moon in Capricorn. Small surgery (literal or figurative) could go well today and tomorrow. Think about what you want to cut out of your life. Capricorns could be the repositories of too many confidences – when's the last time you goats looked around your friendship corral and thought, "Wow, what a well-adjusted bunch?" VOC 3:50 a.m. to 5:11 a.m.
This horoscope uses the passage of the moon as much as the sun to provide a forecast, and thus it’s applicable to everyone. However, the specific signs mentioned in each day’s forecast are receiving special attention from the universe. Each week all 12 signs will be mentioned, usually more than once.

When the moon is in your sun sign, you are beginning a new 28-day cycle. During that period expect really wide emotional swings. When the moon is opposite your sun sign, expect difficulties with your preferred gender, authority figures, and your better angel. When the moon is in Aries, it opposes Libra. Other oppositions are Taurus-Scorpio, Gemini-Sagittarius, Cancer-Capricorn, Leo-Aquarius, and Virgo-Pisces. The moon takes about two and a half days to cruise through a sign.

Still with me? Finally, as the moon changes sign, it will sometimes become “void of course.” This means it ceases to make major angles to planets. Consider this a null time, and try to avoid business decisions until this period is over. If you’ve got to make a move, stay skeptical. But it’s terrific for making art. All void-of-course times are pacific daylight. Visit www.moonsigns.net for more information. .