Monday, September 27, 2010

Songbird Sunday Sings

There's no doubt that Sunday is mom's doppelganger but apparently it's dad's footsteps she'll be walking in, or at least trying his shoes on for size.

2-year-old Sunday ended up recording the ABC song and Twinkle Twinkle at her dad's studio recently, complete with headphones and microphone!

But is a music career in her future? With a Leo south node, Sunday has definitely come into this world with a desire to shine, which she'll do whether it's in music, art, acting, or something else altogether! Her Venus is also in soulful Cancer, so the ways she will express her creativity will always be from the heart. Venus is also in a comfortable relationship with Uranus, which is a planet of individuality, so she won't be afraid to stand out with what she does.

Whatever she does, she'll want to do with precision and skill. With three significant planets in Virgo, she'll always be striving to do her best and beyond. The good news is, it will drive her onward to accomplish whatever she sets her mind to in dedication. The bad news: out of a desire to do her best, she may never be satisfied with her efforts! Hopefully mom and dad can teach her how to let her spontaneity of Jupiter in her 5th house (play, creativity, being in the moment) come out and not worry about being perfect.

Photos: SplashNewsOnline, WENN

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Tom Colicchio's Little Chef Luka

Top Chef Tom Colicchio has had a lot of reasons to celebrate lately. In May he was the recipient of the prestigious James Beard award as the nation's top chef and his little Leo, Luka Bodhi, just turned 1 year old last month!

So will little Luka follow in Tom's footsteps and win a James Beard award like daddy?

With Venus in Cancer in the 5th house, he may be a bit of a foodie: taking comfort and pleasure in home (Cancer) cooking, but as for his career and how he lives his life, he's going to have his own way of expressing himself. With his Sun in Leo, he's going to love to perform and shine for those around him in some way, but his Aquarius rising sign shows that he'll have to balance the desire for others' applause (Leo in the 7th house of relationships) with his own desire to be true to himself, regardless of others' approval.

From Luka's Kiddiegram:
He has a distinctly original way about him that makes him seem a little different or unusual, and he enjoys being his own person rather than "one of the sheep." ... Also, he wants to think everything over and make up his own mind, and he resists being led.
Tom insists he isn’t dreaming of his sons taking over the family business. Instead his real hope as a father “is to raise children who go out in the world,” he says, “and do the right thing.”

Monday, September 20, 2010

The O'Connell/Romijn Twins' Sit-In Protest

The twins of Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell know what they want and aren't afraid to go after it! Rebecca says of her twin girls, Charlie and Dolly:
"The horrific, horrible terrible twos have already begun! If they don't wanna go, they'll just drop and wait, both of them! It's like a sit-in protest. They're like, 'Nope, we're doing a sit-in.' It's so annoying!"
These kids will only get more persistent in their ability to doggedly pursue what they want (and protest what they don't want!) With no less than six planets in Capricorn, they will develop the ability early on in their lives to set their sights on a goal or achievement and see just how to get there. Capricorn kids tend to be quite calculating because they have the gift of being able to see the practical steps to get from A to Z and will maneuver whatever they must to get there, in some cases. They also have the stamina to reach their goal rather than just dream about it. While their goals may be simple at this stage, they will become more ambitious over time and their ability to meet those goals will pace their ability to dream new ones up!

Mars conjunct Pluto in Capricorn is especially strong for these two. When two planets approach the same position (a conjunction), there is often still a small distance between the two of them. The closer they are together, the stronger their shared influence in a person's life. Dolly and Charlie's Mars and Pluto are as close as they can possibly get, shooting the planets' collective strength into the stratosphere.

Mars represents our will, passion, drive and ambition. It's how we go after what we want. It's in Capricorn as well, a sign that sets its sights and doesn't stop until its achieved what it desires (even if along the way it should have reconsidered!) With Pluto conjunct, it gives Mars extra oomph, which can be beneficial for achieving their dreams, but can often manifest a shadow side of behavior, one that is manipulative and driven to succeed no matter what the cost or who is hurt. Mom and dad will have to teach the twins to temper their desires with patience, humility, and compassion.

If mom and dad think they're seeing fleeting 'terrible twos' stubbornness, they're in for a surprise. These gals have not even begun to fight!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Happy Birthday to Britney Spears' "Twins"

Britney Spears, mom of two sons Sean Preston and Jayden James, has two reasons to celebrate this week, as both her sons had a birthday (September 14th and 12th, respectively). Sean is now 5 years old and Jayden is 4. Of the bond her boys share, Britney has said "They're almost like twins, they both take care of each other."

She's not kidding! The boys have a lot in common astrologically as well as biologically (being brothers, and all). They were born a year apart, but in the same week of the month and close to the same time of day, early morning. They share the same sun: a Virgo sun in the third house, the same Cancer ascendant, and their moons, while not in the same sign, are in a trine relationship with each other (both being earth signs, Taurus and Capricorn), which is a comfortable and compatible heart connection between the two boys. The sun, moon, and ascendant are often considered 'the big three' in astrology, and having strong links among all three between two people is an indicator of a strong bond that will go beyond family ties for these two.

They do not share the same south and north node, so their paths and lessons may be different but their personalities and the way they approach life will show striking similarities. A Virgo sun in the third house will reveal a desire to learn and make sense of the world around them by honing their ability to observe closely and pick up details that others around them might miss. Both boys have strong Mercury placements, both in Virgo and close to their sun (Sean) and south node (Jayden), so they will both identify easily with the analytical and objective approach to life, and probably have a lot to say to each other (Mercury is about communication and sharing what we know).

Sean will be the older brother in more ways than just chronologically. His Capricorn moon will encourage him to take the lead because he likes to nurture others by helping them, keeping them safe and on track, while Jayden's Taurus moon prefers to go along with the program. Sean's Taurus Mars falls right in the same place as Jayden's Taurus Moon, so Sean is likely to take on the role of Jayden's protector quite naturally.

Mlle. Kiddie sends happy birthday wishes to the two boys and a hope for many more!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Danica McKellar Gives Birth to a Dragon

Danica McKellar (known as "Winnie" on the popular television series, The Wonder Years) gave birth to a baby boy Tuesday night and named him Draco, after the constellation Draco, the Dragon, which is found hovering close to the north star, Polaris, and falls between Ursa Major and Ursa Minor. This constellation has been sometimes seen as a snake or serpent as well.

Bernadette Brady says in her book, Brady's Book of Fixed Stars: "In 2700 B.C., when it occupied the pole position, the Dragon rotated around the 'unmoving point of the world' like the hands of a clock, in a reverse direction, guarding its center." Dragons have been long seen as guardians of great treasures such as sacred golden applies, rowan berries, or gold and jewels.

Baby Draco has three planets in Virgo: Sun, Moon, and Mercury in Virgo. Draco will always have a strong urge to improve himself and constantly grow, and probably have a strong curiosity with Mercury so close to his Sun and Moon, which are some of the strongest planets in a chart in general.

When the Sun and Moon are conjunct each other, there is often an instinct for nurturing which is especially true for Draco since his south node is also in Cancer, a nurturing and protective sign. Perhaps there's some of that 'guardian' instinct showing through!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Katie's Light Suri

"I love being a mom. Suri comes to the set with me...She is amazing and it's really fun to share making a movie with her. She brings so much to it."

"She is such a light that you instantly feel better."

So says Katie Holmes of her 4-year-old daughter, Suri. It's no surprise that her daughter makes her glow, moms all over the world know that feeling. But astrology reveals just how bright that glow is!

Synastry is an astrological technique that compares one chart to another chart, to see how two people will get along and the effect they have on one another. It's common to see family patterns in the natal charts of parents and children of some kind.

The Sun is the planet that is most central to our sense of overall well-being, sanity, and vitality. It's where we shine and makes us glow. The Sun's warmth sustains life on this planet, and it's very similar to what it does for us in our natal chart. It's like the power center, or the battery, that keeps the whole system running.

In Katie's chart, her Sun is in Sagittarius, in the 5th house, so she naturally glows when she's creatively expressing herself in an uninhibited and playful way, allowing herself to just surrender to the moment in front of her and throw herself in wholeheartedly, being very engaged. The 5th house is known as the house of children, among other things, because children exhibit this behavior of playing and surrendering to the moment naturally.

In this case, the light of the Sun being lit up by her child in the 'house of children' can be taken quite literally! Suri's Moon lands right on top of Katie's Sun, so the Suri nurtures (Moon) Katie's sense of well-being and vitality Sun). Suri's presence naturally brings out Katie's playfulness and ability to express herself freely.

Suri's Jupiter also lands right on Katie's Venus. Whatever Jupiter touches, it expands and opens up, so Suri 'opens up' Katie's Venus. When someone connects to our Venus, we feel charmed by them and naturally attracted to them.

Sounds like Suri's got Katie wrapped around her little finger!

Friday, September 03, 2010

Parenting with Astrology: Teaching Respect for Boundaries and Fairness

Amy Herring has been a professional astrologer for 15 years and a proud mother for 5 of those years. She has joyfully accepted Mlle. Kiddie’s gracious offer to share her thoughts once a month here at Kiddie Star Signs. To find out more about Amy and her personal readings for parents and children, visit her website at

Money and fame don’t solve every problem. Celebrity moms have their hopes and worries for their children too. However, Mlle. Kiddie would like to offer ‘everyday’ moms a chance to see astrology put into action to answer their parenting questions. After all, famous or not, you’re the world to your kids! If you’ve got a question about your child that you’d like Amy to answer, send your questions any time to
Tracy writes:

My daughter Alice is 15 years old and is generally a good kid and an excellent student but she has problems respecting boundaries, except for when it comes to HER boundaries! For example, asking her sister to borrow an item of clothing when she's in a pinch and then not returning it for weeks or then helping herself to any other clothing she may want to wear...then refusing to allow her sister to borrow clothes in return because "she might stretch them out."

I know the obvious answer is that she's a teenager, but I really think it's more about personality as it predates the teen years. So I am wondering if there is anything you can tell us about our daughter regarding boundary issues, i.e., rules, possessions, limits, etc.

The root of the issue stems from, as is often the case, the south node. The south node represents the kind of 'predisposition' we enter the world with, the natural behaviors and comfort zones that we seem to be born with, almost like we inherited them (from a previous life?). We often fall back on the norms of our south node behaviors because they are what we know, and the more we live and experience, typically the more well-rounded and self-aware we become to be able to see outside of our unconscious patterns.

Alice's south node lies in Taurus in the 8th house, and is closely conjunct her Sun. Taurus has a deep need for stability and security, and so it can tend to be very possessive of the things it owns, because it's naturally wanting to guard against change, especially because change can often mean a feeling of instability, as well as a feeling of loss for what one is letting go of during change. It goes beyond possessions and objects of course--there's simply a deep rooted instinct to stay put and avoid change in Alice, but it can often revolve around resources and 'stuff' because sometimes it's easier to control stuff than our own feelings of insecurity or what's happening in our lives.

We find the south node also in the 8th house, and one of its ancient names can be useful for getting us started with its meaning: the house of Other People's Resources (I'm not even making this up!) This often used to refer to situations where we receive resources, often money, due to connections or relationships in our lives, such as inheritances or riches from marriage. But in every day living, there is a desire to access what other people have as a form of security as well. It's clinched by the Sun - Alice entered this life with a very self-referencing point of view, which a strong Sun can bring: an attachment to one's own ego and experience. Sharing for her is focused on what she can gain for herself and often people with a strong 8th house tend to benefit more easily from the shelter that others can provide rather than having to depend solely on themselves and their own resources for their survival.

What she's learning in this life is summarized in the north node's position: Scorpio 2nd house. As she grows into adulthood, she will (one assumes) start earning her own money which will help her recognize the value of things that she had to earn. At first, this is probably going to make her desire to capitalize off what she can get off of other people even more, because it's a resource you don't have to 'work' for, so to speak, but eventually it will complete one part of the puzzle: helping her see what she values and how she can earn it herself, giving her strength and empowerment that she doesn't get from dependence on others for her welfare. Giving her opportunities to learn the value of money or things that she earns with her own hands can be a start, although again, you may seem to see it 'backfire' at first.

The other part of this puzzle is wrapped up in an awareness and empathy of others. Her Venus and Moon are conjunct each other in Aries in the 7th house. The 7th house is the house of "the other" as in, learning to get along and share with others, trust others, and develop an empathy and awareness for their point of view. Venus and the moon are often the most receptive parts of us, because Venus wants to feel connected to others, and the moon is our emotional, vulnerable part of us, so in the 7th house, she does have a desire to connect with others, but in Aries, she may tend to take more of a dominant role and experience inequality in relationships first. Relationships where she experiences someone else as dominant can be quite tumultuous for her but important learning experiences, to help her realize when boundaries have been over run (like, her own)!

One of the key statements you made is that she is disrespectful of others' boundaries but very aware of her own being invaded. Her south node in Taurus in the 8th house suggests she may have had prior life experiences of benefiting from others' but also being tied to them or even feeling owned and restricted by those ties. To free herself and be her own person would also require her to lose what benefit she gains from those ties. But that's exactly a pivotal doorway she needs to walk through before she can start letting go of those behaviors, and it's represented by Uranus. Uranus is square her south and north nodes, which means it sort of hangs in the balance between the past and present. Uranus is our spark of rebellion, individuality and freedom. This is what you both experience when her boundaries (8th house) are invaded: she becomes indignant.

This indignance is a knee-jerk reaction and may be a useful place to address simultaneously with her learning the value of what she creates for herself. I'm sure this is something you may have already tried, but focusing on the indignance that she feels when she's invaded and turning that around to see how she invades others is the place to keep hammering at. The trick will be getting her to see something like her dad going into her room to get his possession that she borrowed as the same issue as her borrowing things but not returning the favor.

The other thing to try is to make sure the individual boundaries in the family are as strong as hers. Does her sister continue to let her borrow clothing even though it's not appreciated or returned? This can be a crucial piece of her seeing the problem, because she will experience the negative consequences of not being allowed to benefit from shared resources when no one will share with her (as a result of her inability to). You will need to walk the fine line between encouraging everyone in the family to be just as selfish as she can seem to be, which just makes enemies out of everyone and the very healthy intention behind it.

This is going to be one not swiftly fixed, as you've seen so far, because it is a root issue for her, and the adult world will be far less forgiving than a family can be. If you can gently nudge things toward more of what it would be like in the outside world and the natural consequences her behaviors might bring about there, this might be the best place to start.

Hope this has helped and thanks for your question!

Would you like some input on how to understand and nurture your child in the most effective way for their unique needs? Amy offers readings for parents and children; find out more at her website.