YOUR CHILD'S SUN SIGN
A Guide to Better Understanding
ARIES (March 20 - April 19)
Your Aries child will be assertive and independent, seeking new experience as the means to learning. From the very beginning this child’s wants and needs will be voiced loudly and clearly. Energetic Aries is gifted with an athletic body, which makes physical accomplish-ments natural and easy. He or she will be outgoing, competitive, and excited about the world. You’ll find your child to be precocious and anxious to take the next developmental steps. Don’t be surprised if your youngster is in a hurry to walk, wanting to get moving and out into the world! You can be of most assistance to this child’s needs by providing a safe environment where energy can be focused into constructive activities. Help your child to realize his or her potential by encouraging a responsible attitude to go along with a natural tendency toward independence. Teach the value of completing tasks and encourage sensitivity to others.
TAURUS (April 20 - May 20)
Your Taurus baby thrives on affection and creature comforts. Food and loving touch play important roles in meeting this sign's primary need: to feel a consistent sense of security in the world. A serene environment with dependable routines helps your child enjoy each day. Life runs smoothly unless he or she feels pushed or becomes attached to something that you don't support; stubborn and determined, your little Bull will hold out longer than you can imagine. To help develop positive personality traits and fulfill innate potential, let your Taurus child explore at his or her own pace. Your child is practical and productive; provide many opportunities to develop self-reliance and be sure to reward results. Help your child to understand the role that money plays in the material world. Releasing attachment to things can be tricky; you won't be able to throw out old shoes, clothes, or toys without arousing feelings of invasion or insecurity. The primary preoccupation of the Taurean is the continuity of loving; this is the best gift you can give this child.
GEMINI (May 21 - June 20)
Your baby will be mentally alert, responsive, and incredibly entertaining. Curious and adaptable, Gemini children prefer to be out in social environments and are treasured by the people they meet. However, this capacity for early mental and social development can camouflage emotional insecurities. Be flexible in scheduling rather than attached to routines. Avoid over stimulating this active mind; storytelling can help your Gemini child to relax. It is typical for a Gemini child to have too many interests going on at the same time, sometimes leading to a sense of distraction that can be a handicap in school. Create an atmosphere that supports concentration and inquisitiveness. An extended family can activate and encourage this child's variety of interests. And if he or she asks endless questions, teach your child how to find the answers. Be aware of which behaviors you reward; this clever child can also be tricky and mischievous. Remind your Gemini of the consequences that come with experimentation and encourage honesty.
CANCER (June 21-July 22)
You are in for a treat! The Cancer child is sweet, loving, and responsive to mom’s feelings. In fact, you might forget who the mother is here. Sensitivity, imagination, and an acute awareness of others’ feelings are typical characteristics of the Cancer child. Emotional bonding is essential and home and family provide a place of belonging. Due to your child’s hypersensitive nature, you’ll need to provide extra protection from the world’s negativity. Otherwise, he or she will create defense mechanisms for emotional survival. Hold your child as much as possible, letting your little Cancer know that you intend to create a safe place as long as need be; it’ll be clear when the time comes to help your child build a separate identity and greater self-confidence. Encourage your child to take creative risks. Although he or she relies mostly on intuition, memory will play an important part in success at school. Your child appreciates structure and guidelines from positive authority figures.
LEO (July 23 - August 22)
No matter how busy you get or how many other children you have, your Leo baby needs to feel special. This child looks to you for applause and appreciation. When feeling loved and adored, he or she overflows with exuberant warmth and generosity of heart. Confidence and self-respect are the primary tools for Leo; with these, your child can see the potential for creative self-expression and leadership. You can cultivate these attributes by providing honest feedback, praise, and attention. Be aware that competition for attention amidst family members could create complications in your Leo child’s future relationships. Teach your youngster how to resolve conflicts and give guidelines for the practical aspects of life while acknowledging the value of fulfilling one’s dreams. Demonstrate sympathy and understanding rather than indifference; otherwise, emotions will escalate until your Leo gets your attention! Allow room for mistakes; your child wants to feel proud and will be motivated toward self-correction.
VIRGO (August 23 - September 22)
Virgo children develop discrimination early. They are acutely observant, bright, and alert to subtle patterns, and want to understand how everything works. Only the highest standard is the model to emulate. Your Virgo may appear to be picky, but it's important to listen to this child's preferences; they are sensitive to criticism and attached to the idea of being right. As a parent, you should try to be a model of ease, acceptance, and forgiveness. Virgo children require efficient routines to feel safe and are happy to help out Mom and Dad around the house. Anything you do must be consistent and genuine; you can't pull the wool over this child's eyes. Virgo children need healthy habits, especially with food and sleep, as they are sensitive to physical imbalances caused by excess. Undirected mental activity can turn into worry and anxiety.
LIBRA (September 23 - October 22)
A flow of loving energy provides security for your Libra baby. Because this child is eager to please and tends to follow role models, his or her behavior could be based on other people's expectations. Teach your child what is socially appropriate while still emphasizing the significance of self-discovery and self-expression. Appearances are important, but not at the expense of the inner connection to one's own truth. Overly sensitive to harsh atmospheres, your little Libra will appreciate beauty, balance, and serenity. He or she will be loving and
responsive and in many cases will assume the role of the peacemaker. Librans have a natural inclination toward theater, music, art, romance, and happily-ever-after stories. As they grow older, their need for beauty, balance, and fair play becomes a motivation to enhance their lives and the lives of others.
SCORPIO (October 23 - November 21)
Don't try to hide anything from your new little detective -- especially your feelings. Validate your son or daughter by encouraging emotional expression; let your child know that by doing so he or she will not lose your love. The trusting child will share private feelings and will count on you to keep those secrets and respect personal likes and dislikes. With such a deep connection, this child will give you space to do what you want. A Scorpio is inquisitive about the mysterious forces of life, sex, and death; get ready to engage in profound discussions when your youngster can articulate thoughts and ideas. This child is not easily coerced into doing what others expect. You're better off winning a Scorpio's cooperation rather than going head-to-head with one; a predominant characteristic of this sign is a phenomenal amount of willpower. Never underestimate the power behind the intentions, even in that little body. Betrayal is not quickly forgotten, and resentment can lead to revenge.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22 - December 20)
Your Sagittarius baby won’t want to miss out on anything! Your child will be restless and inquisitive, filled with enthusiasm, and an inborn optimist. Don’t try to constrain this child too much; freedom is the thing he or she values most. Mediocrity and normal routines are confining to your small Sagittarian. Keep him or her entertained with the wonder of new experiences. Once able to walk, your youngster will be out the door and around the block before you know it! It is both a physical and a mental urge you are witnessing. Sagittarians have more unanswered questions to resolve than anyone you can imagine. This can be exhausting for you; set limits. Teach your child to deal with the negative as well as the positive, though he or she won’t easily accept “no” and “can’t.” This positive thinking attracts many opportunities. Things usually come without much effort for the Sagittarian. A sport or other activity requiring effort and self-discipline is a good foundation for your child’s future success.
CAPRICORN (December 21 – January 19)
Look into the eyes of your Capricorn child and you'll see an old soul. A deep sense of responsibility is the dominant characteristic of a Capricorn. In fact, the urge to grow up and take charge can interfere with the natural stages of childhood. Some daily structure will help provide a feeling of security. Even though he or she loves to appear useful and competent, don't push this child to be strong. Teach your Capricorn child the value of being touched, and held and how to receive comfort when feeling sensitive. As time passes, set up opportunities for him or her to be in charge of projects. A Capricorn loves to feel the reward of doing a good job and is so purposeful that children's play can seem frivolous. Encourage balance, ease, laughter, and risk-taking. As the parent of a Capricorn, you need to teach loving self-discipline with the use of time. Encourage realistic goal-setting, reinforcing the value of not only the result but what is learned along the way.
AQUARIUS (January 20 - February 17)
This free spirit comes to you with a gift of intelligence and an ability to adhere to his or her own uniqueness: You can't mold an Aquarian. The normal patterns of childhood development rarely apply to them; rather, it will likely occur in unusual spurts. As infants, they thrive on stimuli, unexpected change, and surprises; there is little need for routine. Aquarians are great observers and original thinkers. Give your child space to explore and you'll be surprised by what he or she invents. At school, Aquarians often require something other than the standard curriculum. Help your child to set up a firm foundation to bring those lofty ideals into the material world. Social interactions and friendships are very important, especially when an Aquarian connects with people of like mind. But a unique mental perspective can create feelings of isolation and loneliness, so your child will need your help to find his or her way socially.
PISCES (February 18-March 19)
This highly sensitive and psychic child requires a tremendous amount of love, care, and closeness in order to feel safe in this world. Your baby is receptive to the vibrations of everything and everyone, which can be overwhelming. There may be a tendency to withdraw, escape, or even become sick as a reaction to being so empathetic. A Pisces child will always be connected to the dream world, and will have an amazing imagination and link to the soul's wisdom. This is a child who will thrive on stories and creative play. Validate your child's intuition as this will become a guiding light through the chaos of ordinary life. Pisces children will appreciate order, structure, and assistance in setting goals. They may have a tendency to underestimate their own capacities while idealizing those of others; help your young Pisces to avoid placing him- or herself last. Gently reinforce steps toward greater independence, aware that your son or daughter may have fears that block progress. Listen carefully to encourage communication; you can provide perspective on a Pisces' innate understanding of spiritual matters.
May the Sun, Moon and Stars shelter you and energize you with love and peace,