Saturday, October 29, 2011

Valentina: Like Mother, Like Daughter

Valentina is a young woman who knows what she wants! Mom Salma Hayek revealed Valentina's intended career plans in a recent interview:
"She told me two days ago, she was very serious looking out the window in the car, and she turned and said: 'You know what, mom? I want to be an actress, like now.'"
Valentina has a Capricorn Moon, which reflects a strong orientation toward setting and achieving goals, but it's in her second house of resources, so she will need to test herself to gain confidence in her abilities.

Luckily, Valentina's got a lot on her side. Not only does she have two successful parents, but Jupiter in her first house in its own sign of Sagittarius, which reveals an optimistic and confident personality. She'll almost always be inclined to believe in herself and try, try again. But she's not naive. Her hard-working Capricorn Moon is in an easy trine with her Virgo Sun in her tenth house of career, so she was born to shine (Sun) for working hard at her craft (Virgo, Capricorn).

Mom Salma is already working that humble and industrious Virgo:
"I like to teach her things like chores and to help in the kitchen and make her bed," she explains. "I think it's important to do those things. She's becoming a really good helper. I'm very proud of her. She's very organized, very neat."
A Virgo Sun very neat? To say the least!

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Signature Scorpio Star Child: Matilda Ledger

Matilda Ledger, daughter of Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger, is our featured Scorpio "Star Child."

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!

Matilda may have the best of both worlds: seeing and being able to handle the real, raw truths in life and the world through her Scorpio Sun, while retaining a naturally buoyant personality--hopeful and optimistic, via Jupiter right on her Sun. While she'll have the ability to look on the bright side, it won't typically be out of naivete, but simply knowing that tomorrow is another day, a good day to try again and hope for good things.

Jupiter tends to exaggerate whatever it touches, and in Scorpio, a sign of extremes, Matilda could have an intense or over-the-top personality, but her down-to-earth Virgo Moon will likely keep her in check. It's also Virgo humility that will balance the possible grandiosity that comes with Jupiter on the Sun. Classic Jupiterian luck coupled with a willingness to work hard (Virgo) will do her well. More about Sun/Jupiter in her Kiddiegram:

Sun conjunct Jupiter
Matilda is an optimistic soul, and her goodwill and generosity make her very well-liked. She enjoys life, expects the best, and freely shares whatever she has with others. Pettiness and smallness do not appeal to her at all. She can be extravagant and wasteful because she has the inner sense that she will always be provided for, or "there is always more where that came from." She needs to learn to have a sense of moderation and proportion, as she tends to overdo (for example, overeat, overspend, etc.).

*Matilda's s birth time is not publicly known, so a sunrise chart was created. However, an exact birth time must be known to calculate the houses and ascendant in a natal chart, so Matilda's Kiddiegram does not include that unknown information.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Happy Birthday Scorpio Kids!

The Sun is in Scorpio from October 23rd to November 22nd this year and Mlle. Kiddie wishes them a happy birthday!

Scorpio kids are not typically the brooding, intense, and moody stereotype that their sign gets labeled with. They can be just as cheerful and happy as the next sign! But their emotions certainly can run to extremes, either desperately loving something or viciously hating it. Kids typically experience life vividly anyway, but Scorpio adds a double dose.

Scorpio kids also seem to have that mythical 'sixth sense,' though there need be no mysterious explanation. They are simply wired to look more deeply and pay closer attention to unspoken signals than some people. They will be highly observant, not necessarily about insignificant details such as the color of a shirt or the time of day something occurs, but more about the subtle change in someone's tone of voice, or a pause before answering a question--reading between the lines, so to speak.

If you have a Scorpio child, think twice before trying to talk in code in front of them - they may be way ahead of you! Even if they are not sure what is going on, they tend to know something is. This is why it's often best to be as honest as you can with a Scorpio child. Although there are some topics and explanations that must be toned down to be age appropriate, they are likely to respond better to the truth than well-intentioned sugar-coating.

Do you have a Scorpio kiddie in your life?
Treat their parents to a tailor-made Kiddiegram!

Scorpio Sun Kids
Oct 28 Francesca (Jason Bateman & Amanda Anka)
Oct 28 James (Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick)
Oct 28 Matilda (Heath Ledger & Michelle Williams)
Oct 28 Beatrice (Peter McCartney & Heather Mills)
Oct 31 Willow Camille Reign (Jada Pinkett-Smith & Will Smith)
Nov 7 Sascha (Jerry & Jessica Seinfeld)
Nov 10 Ruby (Tobey Maguire & Jennifer Meyer)
Nov 20 Bronx (Ashley Simpson & Pete Wentz)

Moon Kids
Jul 7 Tennyson (Russell Crowe & Danielle Spencer)
Jul 9 Bingham (Kate Hudson & Matt Bellamy)
Jul 10 Harper Seven (David & Victoria Beckham)
Jul 12 Knox & Vivienne (Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt)
Sep 2 Ella Rae (Mark Wahlberg & Rhea Durham)
Oct 14 Lourdes (Madonna & Carlos Leon)

French First Baby Giulia Sarkozy

Ooo la la! French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy gave birth to a baby girl, Giulia, on October 19th.

A graceful Libra with a sweet-hearted Cancer Moon, this is a little girl her country is sure to adore! The moon, in its own sign of Cancer and in its most comfortable 4th house of home and family, has a lot of power in Giulia's chart. The 4th house is not always just about one's personal home and family and the allegiance and loyalty of one's clan, but also on that larger scale of a love for the land, people, and country of one's native birth. Mlle. Kiddie can certainly see how this little one could truly be the people's darling if they so choose, and Giulia will also likely possess the classic Libran social graces and elegance that can become polished with someone raised in the political public eye.

Giulia is not one to rest on titles and privilege, however. With four planets in her 6th house of work and service, she is going to inherently have a sense of fulfillment from offering what she can give, and not be afraid to roll up her designer sleeves. Saturn, the planet of duty and responsibility, lies in this house of work, and is close to her Sun, a planet of identity. Giulia will identify strongly as a person who accepts responsibility easily (sometimes too easily) and steps up to the plate. With her Taurus Ascendant, she will likely have a down-to-earth demeanor, coming across as sincere and accessible.

Her south node is in the 2nd house of resources, indicating that she can be quite a resourceful person as well. In Gemini, one of her best resources might be her voice. It's quite possible she may be a gifted singer, or find some other outlet for her natural talent, but it's also likely that she'll have a strong gift of persuasion. Mercury, the planet of the voice is close to Venus, which represents how we connect to and charm others. With Venus and Mercury in the sign of Scorpio, her penetrating insight will be quite apparent, and she'll often know just what needs to be said (and not said), especially as she gets older.

Welcome, Giulia!

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Astrology Basics: The Conjunction Aspect and Ryder Robinson

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. The connections between planets are called aspects.

Most aspects can be categorized as positive or negative in their effect. A trine helps two planets work well together, while an opposition gets planets in a tug of war. But a conjunction can be a devil or an angel, depending on the planets involved. Two or more planets conjunct each other (very close to one another as in Ryder's chart) can intensify each other, creating a sort of 'superplanet'. One planet, or part of that person, doesn't function without the other part--they are fused in their expression. This can lend a certain focus and intensity, but it also doesn't allow the planets to have any perspective. In an opposition, the planets duke it out, which can feel tense, but ultimately it helps us reign each planet in. Not so with the conjunction.

In Ryder's chart (son of Kate Hudson and Chris Robinson), we see Mercury in a conjunction with Pluto. Mercury is the planet of communication, learning, and point of view--how we think and how we communicate those thoughts. With Mercury in Sagittarius, Ryder has a tendency to think big, and to express what he's thinking with directness, in an unfiltered fashion. Mercury in Sagittarius likes to express itself rather naively and optimistically.

Add Pluto to the soup, and you'll get a deeper flavor. While Mercury in Sagittarius might be rather naive, Pluto, the planet of power and psychological depth, gives Ryder a certain penetrating insight that Mercury in Sagittarius might not have alone. It's hard to pull the wool over Ryder's eyes, as he is more likely to be looking for the story behind what he sees, not just accepting things at face value which is more in the style of Mercury in Sagittarius. He's also likely to have a sharper tongue, both in his ability to sting with his words if he chooses, knowing just what to say to really dig into someone, but also to probably stun all the adults around him with the level of maturity and awareness in his observations.

Other celebri-tots with Mercury conjunct Pluto: Benjamin (Tom Brady & Gisele B√ľndchen), Axel (Will Ferrell & Viveca Paulin), Zahara (Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt), and Margaret Grace (Mark Wahlberg & Rhea Durham).

*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 an opposition, locate any planet in a natal chart and note its degree number. Then count 6 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 an opposition! 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!

^Ryder's birth time is not publicly known, so a noon chart has been cast. This does not affect the planets placement in the signs, except possibly the fast-moving moon, so the planets in signs discussed are correct even without a birth time.

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Bieber Babies?

In a recent interview, pop star Justin Bieber talked about wanting to be a young dad (25 or so) and his 'traditional values':
"I know we are living in a modern world, but there is a nice way to do things. I am very traditional in that sense. I want the wedding and then I want the kids after that."

With his Taurus south node right on the cusp of the 7th house of partnership and his relationship-oriented Moon in Libra, Justin feels comfortable in relationships and easily gains a sense of stability from them, something that he no doubt enjoys with girlfriend Selena Gomez, as he hinted on future plans to marry her. With Venus, the planet of love, in the 4th house of family, and in the romantic sign of Pisces, it's no wonder he wants the fairy tale!

But Justin will probably learn as he grows that he is not as traditional as he might think. Hopeless romantic? Bien sur (of course)! But with an accommodating Libra Moon square the rebel planet Uranus, he'll be learning some important lessons about forging your own identity, even if it puts a strain on relationships that seem ideal when you're 17! His Mars and Mercury in Aquarius will also ensure many eye-opening experiences that help him discover his individuality, something challenging to do when you're a young celebrity, no doubt.

But ahh, young love!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hattie Margaret: And Baby Makes Three!

Tori Spelling and her husband, Dean McDermott, welcomed baby girl Hattie early Monday morning, which they announced via Twitter!

Hattie joins the ranks of Libra celebri-tots, and she's in fine company indeed! With three planets in Libra, including her Sun, as well as a Libra ascendant, she's sure to be a sweetheart. Libra knows how to charm and is often quite considerate of others, teaching us all politeness and sharing from a very early age (which some adults don't even know how to do, frankly!)

But don't be too quick to think she'll be a pushover. That volatile Aries Moon is made doubly so parked right next to feisty and rebellious Uranus! She'll certainly let her mom know how she feels in no uncertain terms, because Aries isn't meant to hold back and Uranus makes sure it's voice is heard.

Looks like Hattie entered the world already bearing a courageous heart in a sweet package.

Welcome, Hattie!

Image courtesy of Tori Spelling

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Suri Surely an Actress?

This summer, Katie Holmes told InStyle magazine that she thinks Suri will be an actress!

"She's an amazing athlete, singer and dancer, and I think she'll probably be an actress."

Of course, mom couldn't be biased about her daughter's talents, surely! But while many celebrity moms worry about their kids in the business, I guess the business has been good enough to Katie that she wouldn't mind it for her daughter. She's certainly got acting in her blood, but will she really be an actress?

Actors and actresses come with charts of all kinds, but it's not surprising or uncommon to find a Piscean and/or Neptunean influence. This planet and sign create fluidity in a personality, making it easier to become a chameleon. Like water filling a glass, a bucket, or a bowl, it takes on the shape of its container, just like an actor might with a role.

Suri has Neptune very close to her Ascendant. Any planet close to the Ascendant often colors the overall personality, style, and appearance of that person. Someone with Mars close to the Ascendant might be very driven or aggressive, for instance, while someone with Uranus close to the Ascendant will certainly stand out in a crowd, dressing and acting in a way that sets them apart from the norm. So Neptune, the planet of the shifter, the chameleon, often makes the person seem like a bit of an enigma. She may reflect the moods and expectations of those looking at her (can you say Quantum Astrology?!), which can be great for an actress, although challenging sometimes in real life.

Suri would probably be able to take on the different identities of her roles rather easily. And she certainly already has the wardrobe changes down pat!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Haven's 'Haven'

Jessica Alba and husband Cash Warren welcomed their second daughter, Haven Garner, just shy of two months ago. Jessica shows off her new baby in People, where the couple talked about the inspiration for Haven's name.

Haven was born in the caul, which means she was delivered inside the amniotic sac. Because she was "born in her safe haven," as dad Cash put it, they chose Haven.

Haven was born while Mars was in the sign of Cancer, so she'll definitely appreciate a safe haven. Perhaps that's why she decided to try and bring hers with her! But this little one was born with three planets in Leo, a sign of dynamic self-expression, and not one to hide their light under a bushel (or a haven, as it were). She was also born during a full moon.

The full moon, occurring when the moon is farthest away from the sun as depicted in an astrological chart, is fully illuminated and therefore bright and visible for all to see. These souls are often moved to extend themselves out into the world, whether it's socially, professionally, creatively, etc. Haven is not likely to stay in a safe haven for long, as she's going to have great gifts to share with us all!

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