Sunday, June 26, 2011

Signature Cancer Child: Twins Vivienne & Knox Jolie-Pitt

Knox Leon & Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt are featured Cancer "Star Children" and Mademoiselle Kiddie is sharing their entire Kiddiegram with you. The Kiddiegram reports are the heart and soul of Kiddiegram, because they were created out of a desire to help you understand and nurture your precious one. A Kiddiegram is truly a "user's manual!"

Knox and Vivienne's Sun and Venus are both hidden in the 8th house, in the tender and protective sign of Cancer, which can make getting to know them on a deeper level takes some time. Even with normally outgoing Sagittarius Rising, they might be a little bit shy with new people as young children. When they get older, they will probably develop that Sagittarian openness and friendliness as they way they naturally greet the world, but the Rising sign is also how we seem to be to others, even if it's not the whole story, so Sagittarius it may make them seem more confident and like they are an open book, when really, they are far deeper than people may suspect.

There may always be a sense of intensity, intrigue, and mystery about them, though, with Pluto in their first house, a planet that carries a lot of gravity, figuratively speaking, considering its small size.

From Knox and Vivienne's Kiddiegram:
Pluto in the First House
Knox & Vivienne can be quite a force with which to be reckoned. They take life and themselves quite seriously and throw themselves into their activities with their whole heart and soul. Their quiet intensity and willfullness may put some people off at times. One thing to remember with Knox & Vivienne is that they do not like pretense. They sniff out hypocrisy or fakeness quite readily, and may not "smile for the camera" when you want them to.

Read more about them in their full-length Kiddiegram. Then click to instantly get a personalized Kiddiegram of your own!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Happy Birthday Cancer Kids!

The Sun is in Cancer from June 21st to July 23rd this year. Happy birthday to all those Cancer kiddos (and mommies and daddies)!

The symbol of the crab represents Cancer, which certainly doesn't sound flattering upon first thought, but it's an apt symbol when considering that a crab may be hard on the outside, but it is tender underneath, which can describe Cancer quite well. Cancer is a water sign and tends to have quite a big and deep heart, which it will reveal to you once you get under its shell. Cancer kids can be somewhat shy in general, though, taking awhile to warm up to new situations until they feel more confident and like it's safe to come out.

Children tend to be pretty openhearted as a whole, so they will be more likely to show their tender side. They love to nurture others and can be pretty good big brothers and sisters as a result, but they also take pretty good of their parents too. Show them anything vulnerable: puppies, babies, or even a sad parent who needs a hug, and their heart strings are pulled. Their sensitivity may befuddle parent personalities that are more outgoing, fiery, and/or rational and practical, as they may seem to get upset by the smallest things, but it comes with the territory when you have a big heart!

Marion and Tabitha Broderick, twin girls born via surrogate to Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, are a shining example of this sweet sign, having been born right on a new moon, with both the Sun and Moon in Cancer.

Children born under a new moon maintain their innocence, sense of wonder and enthusiasm throughout their life, not just in youth. The new moon carries an energy of youthfulness, and naivete. Mlle. Kiddie can imagine them giving their heart away to those they love and being a light in all lives they touch with that Cancer sweetness and innocence. They are also likely to be quite devoted in relationships with their friends and family, with the loyalty of Scorpio Rising, the devotion of the Cancer heart, and the steadfastness of Mars and Venus in Taurus, in the 7th house of relationships.

With that Leo south node, they entered with more charisma in their baby fingers than some people have over their entire lives, so they are certain to charm anyone and everyone, and be quite adored. However, with Pluto in the 2nd house of worth and in the opposite place as their Sun and Moon, they may deal with strong insecurities. Sincerity, tenderness, and reliability will go further to bolster their self-esteem than any empty flattery or applause at their antics.

Do you have an Cancer kiddie in your life?
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Cancer Sun Kids

June 21 Clementine Grace (Rachel Griffiths & Andrew Taylor)
June 22 Marion & Tabitha (Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick)
June 22 Taja (Sarah McLachlan & Ashwin Sood)
July 7 Levi (Matthew McConaughey & Camila Alves)
July 7 Sunday Rose (Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman)
July 7 Tennyson (Russell Crowe & Danielle Spencer)
July 8 Jaden (Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith)
July 8 Maya Ray (Uma Thurman & Ethan Hawke)
July 10 Quinlin Dempsey (Ben Stiller & Christine Taylor)
July 10 Ava Eliot (Hugh Jackman & Deborra Lee Furness)
July 12 Knox Leon & Vivienne Marcheline (Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt)
July 18 Clementine Jane (Ryan Shawhughes & Ethan Hawke)

Cancer Moon Kids
Jan 7 Ryder (Chris Robinson & Kate Hudson)
Feb 20 Cruz (Victoria & David Beckham)
Mar 16 Nahla (Gabriel Aubry & Halle Berry)
June 22 Marion & Tabitha (Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick)
Oct 9 Lou (Seal & Heidi Klum)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Malia Ann & Sasha Obama: Spotlight on the First Kids

As the United States' celebrates it's upcoming 235th birthday on July 4th, eldest child of First Lady Michelle and President Barack Obama, Malia Ann, will also celebrate her birthday (her 13th birthday, that is!) on the same day. Sister Natasha (Sasha) celebrated her 10th birthday on June 10th. Let's look at the astrology of these summer sisters:

Malia Ann
Natal charts come in all kinds of configurations; some have clusters of planets in only a few signs, and some, like Malia's, are very spread out. When charts are spread out like this, there can be a sense of many different interests and being pulled in many directions. Much is revealed in the connections, or aspects, between planets, to determine whether this is a well-rounded personality or more of a feeling of being always conflicted.

For Malia, she's got a little of both. Many trines can help her focus her desires and talents, such as the trine from Saturn in Taurus to her north node in Virgo, encouraging her to keep tenaciously at something (Taurus) so she can create what she wants in real life, not just to dream it, such as south node in Pisces might be used to. Learning that patience will be helpful to her, as her Mars squaring Jupiter can tend to have her biting off more than she can chew out of enthusiasm and then potentially getting bored or overwhelmed by the reality of what she signed up for!

One thing most striking about Sasha's chart is the conjunction of the Sun and Jupiter in her chart, which suggests an everlasting optimism. Anything conjunct (very close to) the Sun represents something that's deeply ingrained in our sense of who we are. Jupiter represents expansion--wanting to get bigger.

We can do this all sorts of ways and sometimes not as healthy, such as expanding our bodies by eating too much, or expanding our collection of stuff and going into debt, but Jupiter at its best is expanding our hearts, minds, and reach by employing some of Jupiter's gifts: hope, faith, and optimism. Sasha may be unsinkable as even when she's down, her Jupiterian qualities help her see the possibilities. While "Yes We Can" was dad's motto, and not a bad one for Jupiter, "Tomorrow is another day" might be Sasha's motto!

Photo: Obama Family Portrait, is in the Public Domain , used under the terms of Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 105 of the US Code
Birth times for the girls are unknown, so solar charts have been cast

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Army Wives' Catherine Bell: Big Sister and Little Brother

Army Wives' Catherine Bell recently talked with Parent & Child Magazine about her two kids, Gemma (8) and Ronan (almost 1):
"Our daughter Gemma is 8, and she’s self-reliant and can entertain herself, and then all of a sudden we had this little creature that you have to do everything for. But, I mean, obviously it’s wonderful. Gemma has grown into such a good big sister. She’s the best. She loves him so much; she’ll climb into his crib and cuddle with him."
Gemma has Mars in the sign of Capricorn, which makes for pretty good big sister material. She'll probably enjoy showing Ronan how to do big kid kinds of things, as Capricorn tends to enjoy taking on responsibility like the grown ups (and in fact, can sometimes seem like little adults!) Her Mars in Capricorn is very close to Ronan's Moon in Capricorn, so she'll probably be an influence that pushes him to always do his best.

Mom Catherine said that the family enjoys being outside, riding bikes or wake-boarding on the lake. Being an active Aries with an even more active Sagittarius south node, Gemma tends to get restless, so this is a great way for Gemma to work out all her exuberant energy! With Virgo Rising and a sensible Capricorn Moon, Ronan may be more of the indoor fun type, enjoying more low-key but creative fun, but he's got Jupiter in Aries in the 7th house of relationships, so she may be able to get a rise out of him and encourage him to try more adventure in his life.

Sounds like a fun family!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Astrology Basics: The Trine Aspect and Coco Arquette

A natal chart shows the placements of the planets in the sky at the time of someone’s birth. To the average person, it may just look like a lot of dots in a circle, but to an astrologer, it reveals the patterns and tendencies in that person’s behavior and needs. The planets, while very far apart in our sky, look closer together when placed in the natal wheel, and connections between them can be seen by tracing certain mathematical angles between the planets, such as the 90 degree* angle, called a square.

Mlle. Kiddie would like to introduce you to a particularly lovely aspect called the trine. A trine is created in a natal chart by two (or more) planets that make a 120 degree angle when a line is drawn across the shortest distance between them, like this:

A trine in a natal chart shows a harmonious connection between two planets, so it represents two facets of a person that work together easily. This can reveal natural talents in a person, things that they may do well and may even take for granted because they’ve got something going for them that not everyone has. Most people, although not all, have some kind of trine in their chart, although it will be different for everyone, just as we all have different talents.

Trines often work in harmony with the elements in astrology: fire, earth, air, and water. Planets that are trine each other will usually share the same element, revealing some of the ways they work together.

Birthday girl Coco Arquette (she’s 7 years old on Monday, June 13th), daughter of Courtney Cox and David Arquette, has a trine between three of her planets: her Mercury and Venus are close together in Gemini, and her Neptune is about 120 degrees away from both of them, in Aquarius. This is known as an air trine, since Gemini and Aquarius are both air signs.

An air sign trine tends to bring overall skill in communication and understanding ideas and concepts. Coco’s Mercury and Venus in Gemini illustrate not only her ability to communicate and probable love of learning (Mercury) but also her creativity and skill in communicating with some finesse and eloquence (Venus). Connecting that in a harmonious way through the trine to Neptune in Aquarius shows she’s likely to not only be creative, but highly imaginative (Neptune), and inventive in her thinking and expression (Aquarius). She may also enjoy reading (Mercury in Gemini) but perhaps be most excited by fantasy or science fiction stories as opposed to non-fiction, for example, because of her imaginative Neptune connection. She may also tend to daydream a lot, which may be a bit distracting but also can provide unending entertainment and food for her mind.

While some people may struggle to find creative ideas, it’s naturally easier for Coco. Trines reveal where we can take our gifts for granted if we leave them underdeveloped. Further practice and development of these gifts can reveal true, polished talent.

A degree is a unit of measurement. They are marked by the degree symbol following the numbers by each planet in a natal chart. There are 360 degrees in a circle. Each sign is divided into 30 degrees, so counting restarts at 0 when entering a new sign. To find a trine, locate any planet in a natal chart and note its degree number. Then count 4 signs from there in either direction and see if another planet lands in the same degree (give or take a few degrees) in the new sign. That’s a trine! If you’re not sure, or you don’t have a copy of your natal chart, you can calculate one for free instantly online at!

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Christina Aguilera's Son Max: Mommy's Protector!

During a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Christina Aguilera mentioned that her son Max is very protective of her:

“If he was here right now, when you shook my hand, he’d be like, ‘Don’t touch my mommy!’ He doesn’t get the whole thing yet that mommy is a public personality so he’s very protective."

“When I’m getting my makeup done, he’s like, ‘No! Don’t touch!’ It’ll be interesting to see how he reacts to a tour.”

Max doesn't have a lot of planetary placements in his chart that would tend to indicate possessiveness, but Mlle. Kiddie suspects that Pluto in Max's 4th House of Home and Family might be a clue to his behavior with his mother. Pluto intensifies and deepens whatever it touches, and in the 4th house, we forge our family connections, so while most children form a deep attachment to their parents, Max's may be even more intense.

More would be revealed if it was known whether this behavior started before Christina and Max's father, Jordan Bratman, split. Because Pluto can indicate a deep attachment to something (in this case, to mom, it being in the 4th house) it can also be a place where we develop a profound fear or longing if that attachment feels threatened. This is indicated in Max's Kiddiegram:

Pluto in the Fourth House

Max is apt to have a very intense relationship with one or both of his parents. It may be stormy and difficult, or it may simply be an unusually close, strong attachment of which he's very much aware. Max is affected by the emotional undercurrents, secrets, or power dynamics in his home. Healing or clearing away some old family business will a part of his life task.
With Mars in the opposite position from Pluto, and forming a square to his Ascendant, Max may be establishing himself early on as 'defender' of the family, reacting to his deep desire to stay safe with mom (or perhaps keep mom safe) by defending her against others' touch. The planet Mars is often known as the warrior planet, and many people think of it astrologically as how we initiate, or attack, going after what we want, but a warrior also defends, just as Max is doing. Mlle. Kiddie hopes mom Christina can ease Max into 'standing down'!

Photo courtesy of Raffaele Fiorillo
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Thursday, June 02, 2011

Parenting with Astrology: Terrible Twos Come Early?

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

Erin writes:
The terrible twos seem to have come early to my son, Javeth. It started I'd say a month ago and I have NO idea what sparks it. He'll be perfectly happy and then suddenly throw himself, very dramatically (but carefully so as not to hurt himself, so you know it's for show) and will carefully bang his head on the floor. There's also occasional throwing objects. When it turns to real tears, we comfort him and he's fine for a minute and then another five minutes of fit, and then a minute off. What's going on?

Amy answers:
The rise of frequency and intensity of these fits seems to correlate with the planet Pluto. It has been contacting a number of planets in his chart as it crosses over his Ascendant, a sensitive area in anyone's natal chart. Pluto has a number of complex meanings, but in a child's chart, the simplest and most relevant thing to say is that it brings a higher level of intensity of feeling and experience. What you may be seeing as he has his fits are the peaks, when the feeling wave breaks, so to speak, and overwhelms him. I hesitate to point to an exact trigger, but you might look for clues having anything to do with situations where he feels like his will is being thwarted, be it by another person, or even an uncooperative object.

Pluto has also been squaring his Mercury and at the same time, trining his Moon. A square is a tense energy; it represents two things that are having difficulty working together, like whenever we experience inner conflict or confusion due to conflicting desires. Mercury is how we express ourselves. Javeth may find himself frustrated by not being able to express how he's feeling in a way that can be understood. What is supported is his Moon by the trine, so it's his feelings where most of this Pluto juice can more easily express itself. It's sort of the path of the least resistance for this Plutonian intensity: feelings over words. A trine paves an easy path, so it all pours out his feelings. Given his age, he may not be talking much in the way of communicating his emotions anyway, only feeling them and crying or laughing, etc., so this might be all part of the impetus to learn how to develop the range of expression of his feelings.

The square to Mercury from Pluto can be very useful for development, as things that frustrate us often compel us to try and find a solution to resolve our inner tension, so squares can often produce the best breakthroughs. His progressed moon, which is often a clue as to where our attention and interest lies at any given time, is about a week away from moving into the sign of Gemini, so you can probably expect his communication skills to begin progressing quite rapidly, and his interest in books or any kind of media or even puzzles will likely increase, so he may be an early reader if you want to help him develop those skills. In November, his Moon will form a trine to Mercury, so you can expect another leap in his verbal/communication development then as well.

But back to Pluto and the 'fits'; due to retrograde motion (a planet appearing to move backward) Pluto will pass one last time over his ascendant in late December, never to return. It'll take a couple more months from there for Pluto to also initiate and complete it's next emotional connection to Javeth's Mars, which piggybacks on the current Mercury & Moon connections I've mentioned. During all these feelings of emotional overwhelm and frustration, helping him develop the abilities to express what he's feeling and what he needs may provide a useful outlet for his feelings, as he'll have the motivation to develop skills of communication with his progressed moon entering Gemini.

For now, I think helping him experience and express the emotions is probably the best thing you can do. When the Moon feels, it doesn't need to have a problem solved as much as it just needs comfort, nurturing, and a safe place to fall apart for a moment.

As always, a dose of 'kids will be kids' and 'make sure he's not ill or that nothing else seems to be wrong' always applies. Good luck 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.