Aries the Ram, March
Motivated, "happily argumentative," sees only black and
white of an issue, has a short fuse.
Taurus the Bull, April
Sensitive, inflexible, independent.
Gemini the Twins, May
"What you see might not always be what you get," alert
and serious, restless, "they want their parents to listen."
Cancer the Crab, June
"The soul of a comic," moody, mature.
Leo the Lion, July
"Rulers of their domain," idealists, "independent from
the very beginning of their lives," honor promises.
Virgo the Virgin, Aug.
"One step at a time," needs to learn to let go, proud
of their family, persuasive and determined.
Libra the Scales, Sept.
Tries to create a "harmonious environment," enjoys
sharing their lives with others, poised and charming.
Scorpio the Scorpion,
Oct. 23-Nov. 22
Emotionally intense, creates "nonverbal emotional
bonds," strong work ethic.
Sagittarius the Archer,
Nov. 23-Dec. 21
Outgoing, optimistic go-getters, high energy level,
wanders until they "see it all."
Capricorn the Goat,
Dec. 22-Jan. 19
Very serious, "strategic planners," feels a sense of duty and
Aquarius the Water
Bearer, Jan. 20-Feb. 18
"Bright and opinionated," logical thinkers, inwardly shy but
Pisces the Fish, Feb.
Sensitive, "natural caretakers," visionaries with a
strong spiritual core, builds protective walls.
For information about your family's
astrological chart, visit insighttrack.com.
If you think astrology is only for late-night
television and 1-888 dial-in numbers, think again. There's more to
how the stars align than just reading your daily horoscope. In
fact, astrologists believe your sign can help you understand your
own emotional and physiological makeup and that of your
It might even quell potential points of contention like
those nasty temper tantrums.
Sylvia Friedman, a certified graphologist in Chicago, is
the author of The Stars in Your Family. The book guides you
through all the signs of the horoscope and what they mean with
regards to the way you want to parent. It also provides a baseline
for dialogue and understanding between spouses who may have
compatible signs, but differing parenting styles.
Chicago Parent sat down with Friedman and her daughter,
Alissa, to discuss how families can benefit from charting their
I have to ask because it's an obvious question, how did
you get started in this field?
Sylvia: I've always been interested in
astrology. I had two kids to support after I got a divorce and so I
began to study the field. My interpretive skills developed after a
lot of study. And I have good intuition! Believe it or not, but
Carl Jung was very into astrology-he felt astrology provided a
tremendously valuable insight into human beings.
So what kind of information can our charts
Sylvia: The birthday, year, time and
place are all really important. The position of the 11 planets at
the time of your birth helps explain who you are in that it shows
fundamental traits and how you interact with the world. Kids will
grow up and will react based on their pre-disposed traits, which
are different for each of them.
What is your approach to evaluating a child's
Sylvia: You need to understand that your
baby is emotional and the parents are logical. If a parent looks at
things logically and the child responds emotionally and you don't
understand the emotional aspect, it will be troublesome. By
studying the astrological signs of personalities, I can help coach
parents because I know how each sign's personality approaches
Can you give me an example of this coaching in
Sylvia: I was at the grocery store line
checking out behind a mother whose toddler was screaming how he
wanted candy and she was telling him he couldn't have it. I asked
what his sign he was-a Virgo-and I told her Virgos are very
demanding and that if his demands were ignored and she was strong
with him, he'd stop crying. But the mother was a Pisces and
couldn't tell him no-Pisces are pleasers. Then I went on to tell
the boy on my own and he stopped crying. They both have to learn
each other's astrological-based personalities.
In that light, how have the two of you managed
each other's personalities amidst your differing signs and how can
our readers learn from your experience?
Sylvia: Our total charts have
compatibility, actually. I'm an Aries-I'm black and white and very
quick. Alissa is a Taurus where there is lots of gray. She is more
Alissa: I bring practicality and a
foundation to the business. We love and get each other, but still,
as a mother she's had to learn how to back off and not overwhelm
Sylvia: Sometimes I wish her to move
quicker! But that is a mistake-I had to understand that I was
raising someone that didn't approach life like I did.
Any advice for parents who may want to use
astrology as a guide?
Sylvia: It's a wonderful added dimension
to understanding your children that gives insight into their
personality so that you won't have to go and figure it all
Alissa: There are people who think it's
bunk, but it's not about predicting the future-it's about seeing
different patterns in people. It gives a base to understanding
special characteristics a person is born with.
Sara R. Fisher is a Chicago mom of two, a freelance writer
and featured blogger at ChicagoParent.com.
Sara Fisher is a mother of two living in Roscoe Village. She also blogs at selfmademom.net.
See more of Sara's stories here.
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