Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Nancy Kerrigan's Gold Medal Girl

Olympic medalist ice-skater Nancy Kerrigan's daughter Nicole is only 3-1/2 but has been on the ice since she was just a year old. Is she the next Olympic medalist in the family?

Her mom, Nancy, has a hard-working Virgo south-node, a driven Mars in Capricorn, a committed Scorpio Moon, and a competitive Aries Rising. In Nicole's chart, she has a Virgo moon which will have her longing to be the best she can be, but is sensitive to the pressures of being perfect. Her Jupiter in Capricorn reveals that her potential is unlocked when she has clear goals and direction.

With Mars in Leo and a Leo south node, she is more likely to enjoy having fun and expressing herself, where she can stand out from the crowd rather than work herself to the bone. Her Sun and Venus in Taurus show she's more likely to enjoy a slow and steady style, with a desire for cooperation and teamwork, rather than competition. And finally, her north node in Aquarius reveals a need to be appreciated for who she truly is, so it's likely that she may find her path straying from her mother's shadow.

Sounds like that's fine with mom! Nancy says: "If that’s what she wants to do, I’m happy to help her!"

Monday, December 26, 2011

Larger Than Life: Monroe & Moroccan

Mom Mariah Carey says that her nearly 8-month-old twins already have larger-than-life personalities! In a recent interview special, Mariah says of son Moroccan:
"There's a picture of the two of us together and we look identical and we have the identical smile. I recognize the joy that's in him."
She also says he's "the life of the party," and that if you walked up to her son, he would "just smile and be your best friend." The twins have Mars and Jupiter close together in their natal chart, so Jupiter's joviality is easy to project into the world. However, Mlle. Kiddie suspects it's also a case of having mom wrapped around little baby's fingers! The Moon in a child's chart is the "mom connection," and the twins have charming Venus very close to the moon, so it's how they communicate with mom - turning on the charm!

Mariah calls Monroe (or Miss Monroe, as she's known), Miss Independent.

Sounds like Miss Monroe is already owning the boldness of her six planets in Aries, holding her own bottle and knowing what she wants, according to mom Mariah.

Read more about these adorable twins!

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Capricorn Signature Star Child: Vida Alves McConaughey

Vida Alves McConaughey, daughter of Camila Alves and Matthew McConaughey is our featured Capricorn "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 for parents.

Venus and the Sun are conjunct each other in Vida's chart. The Sun represents the things in our personality that we could say are at the core of who we are, so any planet conjunct it is very ingrained in our identity. Venus conjunct the Sun can indicate grace and an ability to relate well to others, and in Capricorn, she'll possess a certain refinement, even in youth.

Vida has a strong Venus in her chart because not only is it conjunct the Sun, but it is also the 'ruler of her chart' in that it is the ruler of Libra, her rising sign, which emphasizes her ability to relate well to others and she'll naturally know how to make others comfortable. Venus-ruled people are often easy to like, although they have to be careful that they don't compromise themselves too much in order to gain that approval.

That may not be such a problem for little Vida, however. Her Mars and Moon are in the sign of Leo, and are very close to one another. This duo makes for a very strong will and Vida can probably be quite demanding when she knows what she wants (and she almost always does!) In Leo, she might be a little bit of a diva but she's so charming, she'll almost always be able to get away with it, for better or worse! (hmm... Diva - Vida ... coincidence?)

Here's more from Vida's Kiddiegram:
Moon conjunct Mars

Feisty, temperamental, and often rash, Vida is not always an obliging or submissive child, and she should be given as many opportunities as possible to let off steam. Physical play is especially important to her; otherwise, she is likely to be irritable and impatient much of the time. Even if she is usually mild and peace-loving, she can lash out and be surprisingly forceful when she feels threatened.

Vida turns 2 on January 3rd, 2010. Those 'terrible twos' are probably going to take mom and dad for a spin!

Image of Camila Alves and Matthew McConaughey is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. Credit: Keith Hinkle

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Jayden & Sean Getting a New StepDaddy

Britney Spears announced her engagement to Jason Trawick this week, who she's been dating steadily since 2009. Already a stepdad-in-training, looks like they'll be making it official! Britney's ex-husband, Kevin Federline, has said that "the kids speak highly of him."

It's common to find the charts of parents and children reflecting each other, with a lot of similarities or dynamic opposites. Mom's sun is the same as baby's moon. Dad's moon is the same as baby's ascendant, and so on. Stepdad-to-be Jason seems to have that connection already reflected in the astrological connections he shares with Britney's sons, Sean, and Jayden.

Jason, who just celebrated his 40th birthday, has a Sagittarius sun (just like mom Britney), along with three other planets including jovial Jupiter, so not only is he probably going to be a fun stepdad, but he'll have that in common with his stepson Sean, who has Sagittarius rising. This connection is made even stronger because Jason's Sun lies practically on top of Sean's ascendant, with Jupiter close by. Jason will probably have a strong influence on Sean's outlook and approach to life, and can really be an exceptional source of encouragement, teaching him to leap into life and trust himself. Sean's Aquarius Moon (which he shares with mom Britney) lies right on to of Jason's north node, which represents a point where we have the most to grow. Looks like Sean might have a thing or two to teach Jason as well!

Jason and stepson-to-be Jayden also share a connection to Jayden's Cancer ascendant, through Jason's Cancer moon. Jayden may tend to have a more serious personality, and while Jason has a wealth of Sagittarian silliness and playfulness, he also has a very tender heart which can create a strong emotional bond between the two of them. Cancer moon people can be very loyal and protective, a dedication Jayden can appreciate.

Congrats to the Spears/Trawick family!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Diddy Daddy Disneyland

Twin girls D'Lila Star & Jessie James celebrated their 5th birthday with some good old family fun at Disneyland--or perhaps it was Diddyland for a day! Dad Sean Combs ("Diddy") tweeted a picture, saying "Me + one of the birthday girls taking a time out at Disneyland- Jessie Combs!! Happy Birthday to my babies!!"

D'Lila & Jessie were born two minutes apart, and share a natal chart. They were born on the winter solstice, just a day after the new moon in Capricorn and were obviously a special holiday gift for mom and dad! They have older and younger siblings, but with a Capricorn moon and rising sign, they were born with wisdom beyond their years and will probably not hesitate to impart that wisdom to others, whether they like it or not! Dad has already joked about their 'bossiness' in prior interviews:
"They are talking a lot more and they're very demanding. Sit down. Don't go anywhere, stay here, do this. They give me a lot of orders. When they tell me to sit down everything else gets put to the back burner."
~Diddy on his 2-year-old daughters

This powerful duo will be able to accomplish a lot. Not only do they have the goal-oriented focus of Capricorn rising, but they have Mars, the planet of drive, and Jupiter, the planet of growth and potential, in the 11th house of dreams and goals, and in Sagittarius, the sign of expansive enthusiasm. With the north node in their 2nd house, they are learning what they're really made of, and to trust that they've got what it takes if they are willing to risk for their dreams! A sentiment Walt Disney certainly shared!

Image of Sean "Diddy" Combs with sons Christian and Justin is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Credit: David Shankbone

D'Lila and Jessie not pictured.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Like Mother, Like Daughter: Stella Chestnut a Writer?

Molly Shannon is an actress who also became an author this year, thanks to the help of her kids, Nolan and Stella. Tilly the Trickster came out in September of this year, and is inspired by the bedtime stories she would make up on the spot for them. They also helped her choose the best illustrations for the book as it was being created.

Apparently Stella was so enthused by the process that she also "became inspired to write" and Mlle. Kiddie thinks she has the 'write' stuff! Mercury is in the sign of Virgo in Stella's natal chart, an indication of someone who thinks in an orderly way, and can do well with the skills needed to write a good story, such as the ability to organize one's thoughts and edit. It's also in a harmonious sextile with Saturn in Cancer, to help her to discipline her mind but bring in some of that Cancerian imagination.

Mercury is also in a square to Pluto, so Stella may have different stories to tell than the lighthearted tone that her mom's book title seems to suggest. Stella may find herself drawn to more intense and challenging subjects that aren't always easy to communicate. Regardless of the outcome, writing will probably be very cathartic for Stella!

Birth time and location for Stella is not publicly known, so a noon chart has been cast, with no interpretation offered on the potentially inaccurate components.

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

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Jolie-Pitt Kids: Astro Round-up

It's time for another Jolie-Pitt family round up! Mom Angelina Jolie is interviewed for the January issue of Marie Claire magazine, and offers tidbits about how her kids are growing:

On 3-year-old Knox: “Knox is very much a dude. Very physical, tough. He loves dinosaurs and swords."
On 3-year-old Vivienne: “She is so elegant and delicate. Vivi will pick flowers from the garden and put them in her hair. She likes to get her nails done and collects stuffed animals. It’s funny for me to have to buy all things pink and watch princess movies!”

Looks like the twins might be playing out the classic astrological theory about twins: owning and emphasizing different parts of their charts in order to establish individuality. Vivi, the sweetness of Venus in Cancer, and Knox, the exuberance of Sagittarius Rising. They share a Leo south node, which has been called a sign of royalty, so maybe it's as simple as the little prince and princess!

On 5-year-old Shiloh: “It’s very funny to watch Brad try to teach Shiloh [to ride quads] because she doesn’t want to listen. She doesn’t want Dad to sit on the back. She doesn’t want to learn about the brakes. She just wants to go!… it’s the combination of the two of us.”

Mlle. Kiddie wonders if Shiloh's reported time of birth isn't just slightly off. If she was born even one minute later, she'd have Aries Rising, attributing to the go-get-em, 'boyish' attitude and style she's known for. Aries Rising definitely wants to go go go! One doesn't have to look far, though, to see that her double Gemini (Sun and Moon) can have her fascinated, curious, and eager for new experiences, not wanting to put on the brakes.

On 6-year-old Zahara
: “She has found her thing [horseback riding].”

Mlle. Kiddie loves the poetry of a girl with 5 planets in Sagittarius, the centaur (half human, half horse) would love horses! Of course, many girls have a strong love of horses, but with the Moon and Mars in this sign, it's more than love, it's the freedom to run that probably sets her on fire!

On 8-year-old Pax
: “He is extremely wild, but he has a very, very good heart. You know, like those punk rockers – when you really get to know them and they are just pussycats. But at the same time, he is going to get in some kind of trouble.”

Pax's south node is in Scorpio, a sign known for its intensity and extremes. With his Mars in Pisces, he definitely has a soft spot for the underdog and a hint of Pisces poetry. Like his older brother Maddox, he has an Aquarius Moon, so he'll be learning appropriate detachment to ease some of the emotional turbulence through his adult years.

On 10-year-old Maddox
: “I’ll be doing something and I’ll be frustrated, and he’ll hold my hand and say, ‘Are you feeling tired? Is that why you’re upset?’ Yeah, he really does take care of me.”

As the eldest child, and a Capricorn south node to boot, Maddox is definitely going to be the responsible type, taking on adult burdens and grown-up worries all too easily. That Leo sun will help him learn that it's important for him to express and receive for himself as well.

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Thursday, December 08, 2011

"Fancy Naleigh" turns 3!

Mom Katherine Heigl told Ellen Degeneres that Naleigh, who turned 3 at the beginning of this Sagittarius season (November 23), had a big birthday party with a "Fancy Nancy" theme. Naleigh is actually a nickname composed of her first and middle names, Nancy Leigh, so of course they celebrated with none other than the fanciest of Nancy's!

Naleigh has a Libra moon, with a Leo south node, both being signs that enjoy the finer things in life, so the fancier the better! Guests enjoyed a pretend spa day and shopping spree. Judging from this earlier news, this fancy girl probably shopped for shoes! Mlle. Kiddie is loving this little fashionista's style.

Naleigh's birth time is not publicly known, but she's not only a Sagittarius Sun, she's got Mars in Sagittarius close to her Sun. Sagittarians love to have fun and are known for their friendliness and sense of humor, something that Katherine has definitely noticed about Naleigh: "She's fantastic, she's really kooky ... very sort of quirky sense of humor." With Mercury also close to the Sun in Scorpio, she's probably got an edge to her humor that gives it some extra oomph.

Happy 3rd birthday, Naleigh!

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Sunday, December 04, 2011

Double Digits Birthday Boy Dashiell Upton

Dashiell is the oldest son of actress Cate Blanchett and director Andrew Upton, who just celebrated his 10th birthday this weekend!

While Mlle. Kiddie doesn't know his time of birth, it's easy to see that he is a person of great passion. His Sun and Pluto are on top of each other ("conjunct") in the fire sign of Sagittarius. A Sun in Sagittarius person is likely to display an optimism and an enthusiasm for life, and Pluto there adds an intensity and a depth. Sagittarius can sometimes be too light-hearted - optimistic but a little naive - but that's not something to be said about Dashiell! He probably has penetrating insight that goes beyond his years.

Dashiell has a great deal of Sagittarius energy in his chart: his south node, Sun and Pluto, and also Mercury and Venus are all in this expansive sign. Jupiter, the ruling planet of Sagittarius, is conjunct his Cancer Moon. Having a Cancer Moon, his tender feelings run very deep and next to Jupiter, the planet that e x p a n d s whatever it touches, he probably feels things so intensely, with dramatic highs and lows.

His big Cancerian heart and all his Sagittarius planets can make it easy for him to dive quickly and deeply after whatever moves him, sometimes before he has a chance to think about it, but his Mars in Aquarius encourages him to act objectively, even though his heart may be doing jumping jacks!

The Kiddie blog is celebrating Sagittarius with a Happy Birthday to all Sagittarius celibri-tots and the Sagittarius Signature Star Child. Find out all about Sagittarius!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Parenting with Astrology: Testing Limits

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:
My 7 year old daughter Aeryn is normally a cheerful, happy-go-lucky child, but over the last few months, I have noticed a change in her behaviour. She has been acting out quite a bit - yelling, talking back, or ignoring us completely, and doing things that she knows she shouldn't do.

I don't know if she is just testing our limits, if she is picking up stuff from the older kids at school, or if something else is going on with her. I was wondering if there is anything in her chart to explain this behavioural change.

Amy answers:
Many times specific behaviors or moods can be explained away by a passing circumstance, or a planetary transit in the case of astrology, where the behavior or mood can be 'waited out' until everything seems to return back to normal. Many people find they get more anxious, emotional, or high-strung around the full moon every month, for example, and once the peak of the full moon passes, we can get 'back to normal.'

With children, passing moods and the full moon 'crazies' can be just as fleeting, but since they are participating in more rapid development on all fronts in their path to adulthood, some changes in children can be thought of as a developmental threshold, rather than a passing phase, where the change is integrated as the child moves forward.

This concept of the development shift is something I think Aeryn has experienced recently with Saturn. Saturn was in the sign of Cancer when she was born and from that moment, has moved through Leo, Virgo, and Libra, where it formed a square in relation to Aeryn's natal Saturn late last year and a second pass this summer.

This first Saturn square happens to all of us when we're about 7 years old, and represents one of our first encounters with 'growing up.' Sometimes this corresponds with external circumstances that oblige the child to take on an additional responsibility or be more self-sufficient, but internally there is a growing sense of independence from the established authorities in one's life (teachers, parents) as we take on a smidgen of self responsibility and personal authority. Because it's a square, this isn't always a comfortable process and can represent a period of disillusionment with the authorities in our life.

This is significant but mostly because it's contextual for a more obvious astrological trigger, which is Saturn forming an opposition to Aeryn's natal Mars position. Mars is our sense of personal will and power, and encompasses our ability to act on what we want and defend against what we don't want. When Saturn opposes anything, we may feel a sense of being limited, thwarted, or blocked. In a child's life, Saturn is most easily projected onto the parents or teachers, because they are the rule-makers, so when this happened this summer, she probably started to exercise her will (Mars) to push back at the rule-makers (Saturn) in an effort to gain a sense of her own authority and capability.

These two things happened for the first time in late 2010, but occurred again this summer, and they've been joined by two more recent events which might have made them more noticeable. First, her progressed moon, which represents her evolving emotional needs, is in willful Scorpio, and has just moved into the 5th house, which is about self-expression - to be seen and heard. Also Uranus, the planet of rebellion and sometimes feisty individuality, formed a trine connection to her own Moon, adding a dose of rebellion. The rebellion is about wanting to express herself authentically, and it's easy for children to feel that they need to back the authorities off to have room to do their own thing.

In essence, the very real feelings for Aeryn probably have to do with her wanting to acknowledge and express that she has an agenda, an opinion, and some power - "testing your limits" as you said. Dealing with it is the classic parenting dilemma of needing to give her as much room as you can to make her own decisions (and understand their accompanying consequences) while still setting boundaries of your own about the rules of the house and your own personal boundaries about how two people should treat each other in a relationship of any kind to maintain respect for each other.

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!