Saturday, April 02, 2011

Parenting with Astrology: Fostering Talents

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

Petra writes:
I'm asking about my daughter, Magdalena. What will be her talents, so that I could direct her efforts in the right direction, in order to help her find her true vocation?

Amy answers:
Taking a look at her chart overall, with her south node in Cancer, this soul has become accustomed to life 'attached at the hip' so as a child, she may be more clingy and need reassurance, shelter, and comfort more often. Separation anxiety may be prominent and prolonged as she develops in her second year. But as she grows, she will become more accustomed to working with all her Capricorn and Aquarius energies, which compel her toward individuality, independence, and self-reliance. She will be learning to focus more and more on herself, learning to take her own needs and opinions seriously, rather than defaulting to what another person wants, whether it's a parent, a friend, a teacher, etc.

The south node is always strongest in childhood, and we can often see natural talents represented by the south node. She has a knack for taking care of others, always seeking to make another comfortable and shelter them. As she grows, she may have a strong affinity for pets, baby dolls, or even other, smaller children and babies, because she senses their vulnerability and their need to be protected. This talent will always be with her, even as she's learning to put it into perspective with her own needs so she doesn't give too much away to everyone else and leave nothing for herself.

Looking more closely at specifics in her chart to help her develop natural interests and talents, her Sun Venus conjunction stands out. The Sun, representative of the basic components of her sense of identity, is linked with Venus, the planet of beauty and the desire for connection. This could indicate an interest in artistic pursuits, coupled with her dramatic Mars in Leo, or it could be that she directs this energy more easily into relationship, teaching or working with others. This would go well with her already natural tendency to care for others. Venus also rules her Midheaven, which represents, in part, vocation, which elevates its importance in the theme of her chart.

Her 6th house, also often indicative of work and a clue to vocation, falls within the sign of Gemini, which draws our attention to Gemini's ruling planet, Mercury. Mercury is in the first house of self, right on top of Pluto. This can represent a strong voice, with powerful opinions and penetrating insights. As she develops self-confidence, her voice and her desire and ability to share it, will grow. Earlier in her life, she's not likely to be a very demonstrative girl, maybe even leaning toward the shy or reserved side. As she grows into her Sagittarius Rising and learns a thing or two about herself and the world, she will benefit from encouragement to share what she really thinks and the validation of her opinion--not that she is right, but that she has the right to have an opinion at all is the key for developing her voice.

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.
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