What's Your Sign?

"We need not feel ashamed of flirting with the zodiac. The zodiac is well worth flirting with." - D.H. Lawrence

According to Wikipedia, my favorite go-to Web site for detailed descriptions, definitions and history, horoscope, in astrology, is a chart or diagram representing the positions of the Sun, Moon, planets, the astrological aspects, and sensitive angles at the time of an event, such as the moment of a person's birth. The word horoscope is derived from Greek words meaning "a look at the hours" (horoskopos, pl. horoskopoi, or "marker(s) of the hour"). Other commonly used names for the horoscope in English include astrological chart, astro-chart, celestial map, sky-map, star-chart, cosmogram, vitasphere, radical chart, radix, chart wheel, or simply chart.

It is used as a method of divination regarding events relating to the point in time it represents and forms the basis of the horoscopic traditions of astrology. However, no studies have shown any scientific support for the accuracy of horoscopes, and the methods used to make interpretations are, at best, pseudo-scientific.

I enjoy reading my horoscope from time to time, you can't pick up a magazine or newspaper without coming across it, but I don't put much stock into it. It is usually too vague to have any significance to me or what is going on in my life at any given moment. I do, however, find it interesting that some of the characteristics of a Cancer (June 21 - July 22), which happens to be my sign, I really do possess.

The symbol for Cancer is a crab and crabs live in the inter-tidal zone of the ocean, where tides rise and fall twice every day. Because of the constant change, Cancer develop a hard outer shell for protection. Cancer can use the hard outer shell of our home as protection. But it's more than just that. Typically, sensitive Cancer can hold feelings quietly behind our own walls.

Crabs also have large pinching claws, and Cancer can hold onto things, especially from the past. Cancer are fiercely loyal and have a difficult time letting go. But Cancer are also quick to bring those you love inside the safety of your outer shell while you nurture them. Cancer love is protective, but unless tempered, can be smothering.

Cancer motto could be, "A good defense is the best offense." Like a Crab in its cave, our attack can consist of baiting our opponent into our territory. What appears to be a retreat to others can be your best aggressive tactic. As we feel our way through life, building our security by developing your home and family relationships, remember that unexpressed anger can turn into resentment and depression, so find someone you can trust and share your feelings.

Yep, that pretty much describes me to a T!

You are a Gemini (May 21 - June 20) and the onesie that I bought for you before you were born and are wearing in the photo above says: "Born curious but keeps you guessing", which is cute and in your case very true. Your mood can change on a dime, but you are extremely focused and taking it all in. This frightens me a little and made me want to do a little further investigation into your sign.

From what I have read, Gemini go everywhere together, hand-in-hand, symbolizing your dual nature. Our world comes in pairs: good and evil, male and female, in and out, yin and yang -- and you Geminis are living proof. Some might say Gemini are an entanglement of paradoxes, but the truth is that Gemini have an easy acceptance of opposites. Gemini world is one of duality. Gemini can like this and that, one thing and its opposite. It's like you see your world through a radio and Gemini can tune experiences and points of view in and out as your interests change.

You Geminis are curious, talkative, versatile and mentally active. Your mind can bounce around from one topic to another with great ease, making Gemini the champion of cocktail party chatter and lighthearted social encounters. Others will think that Gemini are fun to be with, but your ability to change with the changing winds can also lead others to see Gemini as shallow.

Gemini motto might be "A rolling stone gathers no moss." You are the eternally youthful child, no matter your chronological age. A razor-sharp wit can have you verbally dueling with the very best of opponents, who moments later are your best of friends. As you fly through life, don't forget to take time to smell the flowers.

If this is true, could your dad and I could be in big trouble? Soccer one minute and piano the next? Knock-down drag outs over your freedom or lack there of? Oh boy... I suppose things could be worse.

What's your sign? Do you read your horoscope? Do you believe the characteristics assigned to your sign? What has been your experience with raising a child with a different (or same) sign than you or your spouse?

The best is yet to be.