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Georgia Nicols horoscopes for Aug. 17

Moon Alert

Avoid shopping or big decisions from noon until 3:30 p.m. Chicago time today. After that, the Moon moves from Virgo into Libra.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

You start this week with an urge to pull your act together. This is excellent. Be aware of the Moon Alert because it will challenge your efforts to be on top of things. Nevertheless, in the big picture, this is a good day to make practical plans and do practical work.

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Today has creative possibilities. However, be aware of the Moon Alert. Someone older or more experienced might have advice for you. Listen to what is offered but don’t agree to anything important during the Moon Alert. Plans to make your home look more attractive look good.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Your communications to others are enthusiastic and strong. However, something at home looks a bit fuzzy during the Moon Alert time today. An older family member might want some input. This is a good day to make future plans if you avoid the Moon Alert time.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

Be careful today because you are active with financial transactions and cash flow, possibly aggressively so. Be aware of the time of the Moon Alert and avoid important expenditures then. You might see practical ways to deal with expenses for children or social events.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

You are powerful and aggressive now because the Sun and Mars are in your sign. Fortunately, Venus is there as well, which is an ameliorating factor. Financial decisions might arise today for now or in the future. If so, avoid making a decision during the Moon Alert.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

Today the Moon is in your sign for good part of the day, which can make you a bit more emotional. Avoid decisions during the Moon Alert. Later in the day, you will see a practical solution to a financial problem or potential purchase. Do not be hurried.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

This continues to be a popular time for you — plan on it. Not only social schmoozing but competitive interactions with others are likely. Today, you might feel like hiding to catch your breath a bit. Make an effort to make some plans behind the scenes. Be aware of the Moon Alert.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

You are highly visible right now, and you are ambitious. This means if someone throws you the ball, you’ll run with it. Interactions with others today, especially female acquaintances, are unpredictable. Someone younger wants your input. Keep your eye on the Moon Alert.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You are so eager to travel and explore opportunities in higher education, medicine, the law, publishing and the media. These areas will open up for you — no question. Today, personal information about your private life is accessible to others, especially bosses and VIPs. Caution.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

Shake up your daily routine today. Do something different to satisfy your urge for adventure and your desire to learn something new. Even though you’re juggling matters behind the scenes, especially related to shared property or inheritances, you are highly visible today.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

Remember to get more sleep now because you need it. Long-range plans regarding shared property, inheritances, taxes and debt need to be addressed. However, the Moon Alert today could create a few problems. Primarily, avoid acting during that time.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Your standards for efficiency and productivity are high right now. You want to get a lot done. Nevertheless, you have to compromise with others today because as the day begins, the Moon is opposite your sign. Someone older might have advice for you.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actor-director Sean Penn (1960) shares your birthday today. You have high-voltage energy, and you like to be in charge. At work you are earthy and powerful, but in your private life, you are often low-key. Settle your debts this year to prepare for financial accumulation in the next three years. To clear away indebtedness is the thrust of this year. Consolidate your affairs for future growth.