Friday, November 25, 2011

Signature Sagittarius Star Child: Violet Affleck

Violet Ann Affleck, daughter of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, is our featured Sagittarius "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!

In most of the public photos snapped of 6-year-old Violet, you will usually see her in mid-skip! It's no surprise to Mlle. Kiddie: Violet has a triple dose of Sagittarius in her chart: the powerhouse planets Sun, Moon, and Pluto. Sagittarius is a fire sign, and the fire signs have a lot of built in energy. It's not uncommon to find them constantly on-the-go, especially because not only do they have the energy of fire, but the restlessness of the mutable signs.

Sagittarians get the reputation of being the friendliest sign of the zodiac, but Violet takes the cake, with her Sun and Moon in the 7th house of relationships. From her Kiddiegram:

Sun in the Seventh House

Violet is a "people person" who may have little inclination or taste for solitude. Finding interesting things to do when she's on her own can be challenging. Companionship and friendship are everything to her, and she may not act very decisively unless she knows that at least one other person approves of her actions. Because of this, her friends and other significant people in her life can unduly influence her. She may also be a bit of a busybody, because she so much wants to be actively involved in others' lives. She will play advisor, peace-maker, go-between, or counselor to her playmates and friends throughout her life.

Read the rest of Violet's full-length Kiddiegram here!

Images of Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are licensed under the Creative CommonsAttribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license / credit Jen: Karon Liu; credit Ben: Angela George

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

"Jungle Girl" Bindi Irwin 5 Years Later

Bindi Irwin, now 13, has been in the spotlight from a very young age and is now confidently and earnestly continuing her father's legacy.

In a recent and lengthy interview, she shared her thoughts about her father, Steve Irwin, and continuing his work, as well as the broader issues she wants to tackle in her future.

"My Dad was such an incredible person ... when someone like that comes along and leaves such a huge footprint and imprint, you can't just let that die. You have to continue."

Bindi being born in the spotlight is reflected by her south node in the 11th house of the public, as the south node often represents what we carry forward from pre-life or early life, frequently describing circumstances we were born into. Being involved in the world and issues on a larger scale comes with the territory of the 11th house, whether or not fame is involved. But it's Bindi's passionate Aries Ascendant that reflects her 'powerhouse' approach to the world, and Jupiter lies close to the ascendant, in hopeful Pisces, providing the confidence and enthusiasm to continue burning bright and hot in whatever project she undertakes.

"The non-consumptive use of wildlife is a huge issue. But as I get older I want to tackle other huge issues, such as global warming and the human population - which I think is the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about.

I really do think of myself as a teacher, and I think I'm extremely lucky to be able to reach a wide audience. And the more people that want to listen, the better."

Bindi isn't just a teacher, but was born to defend and express what she beliefs in with the fervency of a preacher with Pluto in her 9th house of philosophy. Her dynamic Aries Ascendant and her charismatic Leo Sun and Moon make her full of the fire element, which can set others around them on fire.

Her Venus and Mars are in the sign of Cancer, a sign often concerned with nurture and family, in the 4th house of home, ancestry and family legacy, it's not a surprise that her love (Venus) and her passion (Mars) are directed in the work of her father, but she'll no doubt find her own spin and approach as she gets to know herself better.

Photo: Alex Coppel Source: Herald Sun

Friday, November 18, 2011

Model Nikki Taylor Welcomes Baby Number Four: Rex Harrison

Pisces Supermodel Niki Taylor's cup overfloweth! With twin teenage boys, and a two-year-old girl, she and her Leo husband Burney Lamar just welcomed their new son, Scorpio Rex Harrison.

Rex has a nice bit of compatibility with both mom and dad. Dad has a Leo Sun, which resonates with Rex's Leo Moon. Rex will deeply enjoy the attention he is paid, especially from dad, which will bolster his feeling of being appreciated. Leo is also a very playful sign, often physically, so one can imagine this daddy lion and his cub having a great time wrestling.

Mom's Moon, as well as her North Node and Neptune, is in the sign of Sagittarius* and Rex has Mercury, Venus, and the North Node in the sign of Sagittarius, making a nice match with mom. They're both learning a similar lesson in this life: the "just go for it" attitude of carefree Sagittarius. Mom's Jupiter in faith-filled Pisces forms a supportive trine to Rex's Sun, so she'll be a great source of encouragement as Rex discovers who he is and who he wants to grow up to be.

Congrats to this beautiful family!

*Niki Taylor's birth time is not publicly known, but the Moon remained in Sagittarius almost all day on the day of her birth, so it is highly likely she has a natal Sagittarius Moon. If not, it would be a Capricorn Moon, a nice match with baby Rex's Capricorn Rising.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Molly Shannon's Mischevious Tots

Molly Shannon (SNL) told Good Housekeeping that her kids were "mischevious," and that she wants to instill in them the values of being "silly and wild."
"My dad grew up as a real trickster, and I passed that on to my kids. They like to think of tricks to play. Once my son put an ice cube under my pillow.

"When they're older, it'll be much more serious. But now I want them to have fun — make mud pies, get dirty, ride bikes."

Comedy, whether physical comedy, telling jokes, or just having a great sense of timing, doesn't seem to come from just one place in a natal chart, but from a combination. Mercury likes to tell the jokes and reflects the nature of one's 'wit', while action-oriented Mars might be the one to know when the time is right to go for it and when it's passed.

If Molly might be raising a family of comedians, let's take a look at their funny bones!

Molly's son Nolan was born with Jupiter's jovial streak, as Jupiter sits right on his south node, which often describes a great deal of our personality orientation from early life onward. People with strong Jupiter signatures tend to have buoyant personalities and quite often more to laugh at and smile about than more serious signs or planets. With Mercury in Aries, he'll probably have a quick tongue, and his Mars in Capricorn can lend an appreciation of sarcasm (Capricorn appreciates droll humor and understated styles).

Stella was gifted with a Scorpio south node, so she may see the funny in the darker and more edgier side of life, but Mlle. Kiddie loves her Mars in Pisces, which will add some whimsy to balance the intensity of Scorpio. Her Mars is right on top of Uranus, so she'll have a knack for seeing the absurd in life. Uranus always adds the unexpected, so paired with Mars, Stella shoots from the hip. She may not know she's about to let 'er rip until the words are out of her mouth!

Birth times and locations for Nolan and Stella are not publicly known, so a noon chart has been cast for each of them, with no interpretation offered on the inaccurate components.

Image of Molly Shannon and husband Fritz Chestnut is licensed under the Creative CommonsAttribution 3.0 Unported license. Credit: David Shankbone

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Marcia Cross' Terrific Twins

Marcia Cross, recently interviewed for Scholastic's Parent & Child Magazine, says, as do most parents of twins, that Eden and Savannah, are "completely different!"

“Though twins, they’re completely different! One of them recently started karate and watching her first tournament blew me away. The other one is into dance. You have to be open to the different directions they take.”
It's been a long-standing theory among astrologers that twins, sharing practically identical birth charts, may live out different parts of the chart they share, in order to individuate. While a birth time is not publicly known for the almost 5-year-old twins, through their wealth of planets in Pisces, including creative Venus, one of the twins might be channeling that gentle and graceful Pisces into dance (probably Eden, is Mlle. Kiddie's guess from looking at pics like these) while the other adds a little kick-butt Aries Moon to the mix with karate.

Both of them may enjoy physical activity that has a clear structure and a goal, whether it's to continue to improve in skill or having their progress recognized by awards, with Mars in Capricorn, a sign that wants to excel.

Image courtesy of Scholastic Parent & Child

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Ali Larter's Flower Child

Theodore Hayes enjoyed his first Halloween dressed up with mama as a bumblebee last month, which apparently was a meaningful choice, as mom Ali Larter shared her love of bees in a recent interview:
“We actually just put in a garden in our yard and lots of lavender. There’s a lot of bees all over, and I believe in loving the bumblebees. I saw the bee documentary [Vanishing of the Bees] and I thought, ‘This is going to be our little family’s [thing].’

“I’m never going to be one of those moms that puts hand sanitizer all over my kid. I mean, hopefully, he’s going to be dirty in the playground or in the streams, hiking in the mountains. I want him to always be a child of nature.”

While any zodiac sign can be a nature lover, this is a great way for mom to nurture Theodore's Sagittarius Sun. It's often mentioned that Sagittarius loves travel to far-off places, but what really lies at the heart of Sagittarius is the spirit of adventure and the desire to expand one's horizons in any way, even if it happens in your own back yard.

Sagittarius is happiest learning through experimentation and experiencing, without being told what to look for or expect. Ruled by expansive Jupiter, it is a sign that wants to say Yes! to nearly everything. Even when they should probably exercise a little more caution so they don't fall off that cliff, they are usually able to roll with life's knocks and recover quickly, keeping themselves adaptable.

Growing up around nature and being free to experience it first-hand is a great way for a Sagittarius child to learn that their world is not something to be afraid of. Sounds like mom will be a great example!

Theodore's birth time was given as "early morning," so an approximation of 5 am has been used for the chart image; however, no inaccurate information was used in the interpretation.

Image of Ali Larter is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. Credit: pinguino/pinguino K

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Parenting with Astrology: Argumentativeness

Amy Herring has been a professional astrologer for 15 years and a proud mother for 6 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

Misa writes:
I am wondering why my 8-year-old son, Benjamin, seems to LOVE to argue. Even when he gets his way he seems to continue on (very passionately) about why he deserves to have what he wants. When he adamantly believes he is in the right he will absolutely let you know. He has done this with flight attendants, teachers, sales clerks, etc. He is an active and happy boy and I admire his bravery. I just wonder why he argues so much.

Amy answers:

Benjamin's Sun is in the sign of Aries, as well as his rising sign. The Sun in astrology represents what things are at the core in helping us build a strong ego and sense of identity. The rising sign represents how we 'come at' the world, both in the way that we come across to others and the way that we view the world around us. While not every Aries is bossy or aggressive as their stereotypes suggest, every Aries is learning something about how to assert oneself in the right way, whether it's to defend their personal boundaries by standing up for themselves, or go confidently after their dreams by learning to take action without hesitation.

For Benjamin, a core component of his identity is centered around practicing those lessons focused around assertiveness, and part of the source of argumentativeness, I would expect, comes from a need to make it clear that He Is Here, World! With both his Sun and Ascendant in Aries, he gets a double dose of this passion. His Sun is also in the first house, which is the house of self (as opposed to the seventh house, the house of partnership). He is naturally inclined to take up his share (or more) of space in the world, and is more focused on that outgoing energy than he is in making room for others. Quite likely, he will simply expect that others do the same by looking out for themselves. This isn't a malicious intent, merely a focus that sometimes excludes the awareness of his impact on others, as first house planets can tend to do.

Mars, the planet of action and will, is in Capricorn, a very driven and focused kind of energy, and it forms a square with his Sun; there's extra tension in him to defend his boundaries, and he may have a hair trigger here, with a heightened sensitivity to things that might trample his boundaries, which may be where some of the 'overkill' of continuing to argue is reflected.

Benjamin is also simply going to love to debate with his Moon in Gemini. Gemini has a joy of collecting information and turning it around in their mind and on their tongues until they've seen and communicated every angle (often more than once!) He isn't always looking for resolution of opinions as much as he might be enjoying the thrill of the debate. However, the great amount of Aries and Mars energy tends to give it that pushy edge that can overwhelm or frustrate others, and make him more unwilling to hear their points of view.

He may also be threatened by other points of view. The issue runs deeper into his chart, with Pluto in Sagittarius in his 9th house, and a Sagittarius south node. Pluto can represent the nature of our fears and what we may be heavily attached to in order to avoid facing those fears, like a security blanket. In Benjamin's case, the attachment is to certain ideas, beliefs, and concepts (Sagittarius, 9th house), and these are strong habits and comfort zones to his soul (south node in Sagittarius). Therefore, whatever opinions he forms via his life experiences or thought processes, he is likely going to want to cling to them.

His Saturn is in the sign of Gemini, and it's forming an opposition to Pluto in Sagittarius. Saturn represents things that are challenging for us to do and where we tend to have confrontations with external authorities and reality in general if we get too stuck and stubborn. This configuration in his chart illustrates a difficulty in recognizing that there may be more than one right answer, that different perceptions can be just as true as his, even if they seem contradicting. With his Gemini moon's love of information gathering, it'll help him to take in sometimes conflicting information and let it bounce around in his head, but it'll be hard work (Saturn) to allow it to change his perceptions and beliefs, so it can feel threatening. This will be doubly true if it's coming from someone else, because he'll have that tendency to want to defend himself from what he perceives as a threat to his intellectual 'security blanket.'

Because Benjamin has been gifted with such a strong will, he may sometimes learn to be more intellectually flexible when ideas or people crash through his intellectual boundaries, which won't typically be a pleasant experience. Seeing examples of others' being able to entertain points of view other than his own, especially examples of people he respects having the humility to do so, can be helpful over time. Also, channeling this natural, albeit zealous, talent into debate classes or something of that sort later on in school might be a great outlet, while also helping him learn the finesse and skills of discussion and debate rather than simply the brute strength of argument.

His chart doesn't show much in the way of needing to learn partnership and teamwork specifically, so other than those being basic, great life skills that everyone should learn to some extent, he certainly is here to take initiative, build and prove his strength in a lot of ways, so he's on the right track. He's just riding a bucking horse that he may have a hard time managing and may run others down sometimes!

One last thing: his Venus lies in Pisces, so his empathy for others can be appealed to if you can get through with an emotional appeal, but it might sometimes be after the defenses have been up, which can be more challenging since the passion of his responses to threats are impulsive and immediate, and he may attack before he's been able to calm down.

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. If you would like to submit a question for her monthly blog here, email her anytime!

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