My friend, Cari Roy, is a third generation psychic. She’s kinda a big deal and I adore her. With Valentine’s Day coming up, we thought it would be fun to put together a little cheat sheet for parents and offer some insight into what to get our kids for Valentine’s Day based on their astrological sign.
One of the great things about knowing and understanding your kid’s astrological sign is that it gives you a personality blueprint. Whether you buy into this stuff or not, it’s something to throw in your parenting toolkit for those times you find yourself grasping at straws.
ARIES the Numero Uno (March 21–Apr 19)
As the first sign in the zodiac, your ARIES is your little #1 and extremely conscious of the self (think ME! ME! ME!). They love to be the center of attention and to be fussed over, so consider taking your little girl to get pampered with a mani/pedi or give your best little man a cool Fedora, superman shirt or pink bowtie – anything stylish or slightly flamboyant that is sure to garner him some attention/adoration.
TAURUS the Stubborn (Apr 20–May 20)
Your stubborn, er, strong willed bull has a deep appreciation for all things beautiful. After all, they are ruled by Venus. The Taurus loves music and art, so pick out something that is beautifully designed, or elegant—a lovely journal or beautiful notecards. They love to be soothed by music, so maybe an iPod or an iTunes gift card. The Taurus does not like to be rushed, so maybe a stroll through The Ogden or WWII Museum?
GEMINI the Multi-Tasker (May 21–June 20)
Your little multi-tasker loves gadgets and gizmos, so a gift that he can fiddle around with and figure out how it works is a great idea. The latest tech gadget or video game should be a slam dunk and since Gemini’s are such great communicators, a super cute iPhone case should cover all your bases! Gemini’s are also information sponges so anything that feeds the intellect like a good book on a new and interesting subject, a challenging puzzle, or a game like Trivia Pursuit or Battleship might be fun.
CANCER the Caretaker (June 21–July 22)
Doc McStuffins is probably a Cancer. These little nurturers and caregivers love to play doctor and patch up their dolls. They also love to be in the kitchen cooking with you. Consider a doctors kit or a set of pots and pans. Nurture their nurturing disposition.
LEO the Superstar (July 23–Aug 22)
Your Leo is a superstar and loves the limelight. Take her to the theater, get her some acting classes or give her a microphone ‘cause you’re gonna hear her ROAR!
VIRGO the Perfectionist (Aug 23–Sept 22)
You should never have to tell your little perfectionists to clean her room because she likes to have things in order. Take her to a florist and let her create her own Valentine’s Day flower arrangement. The Virgo child would love a set of stickers and a sticker book or box to keep them organized. Anything they can use to get organized, like a jewelry box, kraft/pencil box or a cool wooden box would be fun.
LIBRA the Peacemaker (Sept 23–Oct 22)
This is the peacemaker of the zodiac. Libras like everything to be harmonious, beautiful and peaceful. They know in utero the difference between a 200 thread count and Egyptian Cotton. Luxe soothes the Libra, so take her to high tea or let him pick out a fancy suit or tie. Also, Libras want to be with their best buddy all the time, so a special playdate at a fancy restaurant might be the perfect treat.
SCORPIO the Detective (Oct 23–Nov 21)
Scorpios are intense, love mysteries, and love solving mysteries even more. Outfit your your little detective with binoculars, a secret treasure box (like those wooden puzzle boxes), send him on a scavenger hunt or find a good mystery book you can read together. The Where’s Waldo books are great, too! For an itty bitty, give her a small box packed in a bunch of bigger boxes – something that she has to keep searching for to get to the end. Her heart will be all aflutter!
SAGITTARIUS the Eternal Optimist and Clown of the Zodiac (Nov 22–Dec 21)
Nothing makes a Sag happier than to make others happy. Your little archer is footloose and fancy-free and probably needs a butterfly catcher. The Sagittarius loves to travel so give him a cool backpack, suitcase, or globe. Fancy Nancy Explorer Extraordinaire is a great book and Little Passports, a magazine subscription travel program for kids, would be a perfect fit. As lover of animals, especially horses, a My Little Pony will delight her and a cool movie like War Horse or Black Beauty would make for a great family movie night. Or just take your explorer extraordinaire to the zoo! It’s important to note that the Sagittarius is fair to a fault, so that’s something to think about when you’re doling out gifts.
CAPRICORN the Old Soul (Dec 22–Jan 19)
Your family historian is fascinated by history and loves to be surrounded by pictures of family, both now and then. Tell her stories of when she was a baby or give him letters that your grandfather wrote to you while you were away at school or letters from war generals or past presidents. Anything that connects this old soul to the past is sure to delight. For her, a historic paper doll book or an antique tea set (you can pick up some mismatched ones at any antique store for $8) will bring a lot of joy.
AQUARIUS the Child of Tomorrow (Jan 20–Feb 18)
Your little Aquarius may at times seem aloof and detached but it’s only because she’s focused on the future and how she can make the world a better place. Have a family outing to a local food bank, like Second Harvest, to volunteer or help them set up their own food drive. Whatever you do, give your Aquarius something as quirky as he is—something unexpected and out of the ordinary. They love space (probably because it’s as “out there” as they are) so a telescope or map of the stars might be fun!
PICES the Empath (Feb 19–March 20)
Pices children are very emotional and sensitive and considered the most empathetic of all the signs. They pick up on everyone else’s emotions so to balance out their intense and uber emotions, these little feelers need solitude. An aquarium or fish will help to relax your Pices because he can just sit there and stare for hours. If that’s not an option, head to the aquarium late in the day when it’s quiet so you can take your time just staring at the fish together. Take a quick drive to Pass Christian and go for a long walk together on the beach. And on a side note, Cari tells me she’s never met a Pices who didn’t like a good pair of comfortable shoes.
This was definitely one of the most fun posts I’ve worked on. I learned a lot about my kids (Capricorn, Aquarius and Cancer). Cari really nailed them, which is just amazing. If you want to learn more about astrology and how to create your (or your kid’s) own generic horoscope, head over to her website. She offers some useful links for creating your family’s own generic chart, and you can even schedule your own consultation with her.
When I was in my early 20’s, I had my astrological chart done. In retrospect, it see now that it basically gave me a roadmap to the next 10 years of my life. I remember my astrologist telling me that she sees me surrounded by children. I believe her exact words were “Children are everywhere.” She also saw me as a writer and that my future would be filled with words. As a single gal at the time who had never held a baby in her life and who had only recently mastered the art of writing a good email, I couldn’t really imagine my life that way. Today, I have a blog and my life is consumed by the written word, and by virtue of my blog being a parenting blog, I am indirectly surrounded by many children.
Getting my chart done was a wonderful, fun, insightful experience. I can’t wait for Cari to map out my kids’ charts, so that I can have a better understanding of who they are, where they’re coming from, and how I can nurture their nature.
Just another tool in the parenting toolkit.