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Momstrology: What's Your Mom Style?


The way you parent is in the stars! According to a new book, Momstrology: The AstroTwins' Guide to Parenting Your Little One by the Stars, your sign can influence whether you're a creative, organized, or cautious mom and more. In addition to your regular sun sign, your astrology chart has 12 "houses," each representing a different quality. The fourth house is all about home, a.k.a. the "mommy house." Your sun sign determines what this mommy house is like—and tells you what kind of mama you are. Just look for your sign and read on for insight and guidance.

Excerpted from Momstrology with permission from It Books/HarperCollins Publishers.

1. Mom's Sun Sign: Aries (March 21- April 19) (Fourth House Ruler: Cancer)

Aries zodiac sign

Like a crab tightly clutching all that it cherishes, you're a tad possessive of your wee ones. Children bring out the mother hen in independent Aries, much to your surprise. Since Cancer is driven by emotions, kids can also evoke strong feelings (and at times, reactions, which isn't always a great mix for her Aries temper). Mushball alert: if you've always been the tough chick, prepare to meet your sentimental side.

2. Mom's Sun Sign: Taurus (April 20-May 20) (Fourth House Ruler: Leo)

Taurus zodiac symbol

Proud and regal, you're the queen of your clan. With showy Leo in the fourth house, you're likely to spoil your kids and brag about their achievements, putting every trophy and stellar report card on display. You might be the best-dressed mama at drop off or the PTA meetings—and if you're not, you child will certainly have serious kiddie style. Lavish birthday parties and elaborate holiday decorations are a given in your family.

3. Mom's Sun Sign: Gemini (May 21-June 20) (Fourth House Ruler: Virgo)

Gemini zodiac sign

With fastidious Virgo in the fourth house, freewheeling Gemini becomes surprisingly Type A. Virgo is the sign of health, so you might be a natural mom, into gluten-free alternatives, home birth, and eco-chic baby products. Watch a tendency to micromanage your kids, since analytical Virgo can make you a wee bit critical.

4. Mom's Sun Sign: Cancer (June 21-July 22) (Fourth House Ruler: Libra)

Cancer zodiac sign

Mommy and me! Libra is the sign of togetherness, and you can't get enough time with your kids. (Can you say, "joined at the hip"?) Being with your child can have a soothing effect on you both, and with patient Libra here, you love to experience every wonder through their eyes. Libra is an aesthetic sign, so you love shopping for your kid, decorating the nursery, and exposing them to the arts. Your kids will be well groomed and well mannered.

5. Mom's Sun Sign: Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) (Fourth House Ruler: Scorpio)

Leo zodiac sign

Leos already like to be in charge, and with powerful Scorpio here you're hands-on as they get. The difference? While Leo is known for courage and openheartedness, Scorpio energy is cautious, even suspicious. Your trademark "trust first, ask questions later" policy does not extend to childrearing. Scorpio is the sign of intimate and permanent bonding, making it hard to cut the cord. While your active involvement in every facet of your kids' lives is admirable, it can be too much. Learn when to step back and allow them to become their own people.

6. Mom's Sun Sign: Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) (Fourth House Ruler: Sagittarius)

Virgo zodiac sign

Micromanager no more! With worldly and adventurous Sagittarius in the driver's seat, you become a free thinker instead of a rigid rule follower. Sure, you may still fret over your kids' dairy intake or growth chart percentiles (you are a Virgo), but you also expose your children to the wider world, introducing them to cultural diversity, enriching activities, and travel. As a mom, you don't sweat the small stuff the way you normally do. No wonder motherhood is so enjoyable for so many Virgos—you actually let yourself lighten up and have fun.

7. Mom's Sun Sign: Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) (Fourth House Ruler: Capricorn)

Libra zodiac sign

Order to chaos? While airy Libras are known as scattered, you benefit from structured Capricorn governing your motherhood house. As a mom, you're suddenly able to set rules, follow a routine, and be an authority figure without worrying that your kids won't like you. Even the most conflict-avoiding Libra will deal with misbehavior in a firm and commanding way. With your sign's tendency to run late, parenting can even make you more punctual. Goal-oriented Capricorn can make you worry about status and your children's future. You'll be the first in line for preschool applications, or to butter up the admissions counselor at an elite private high school.

8. Mom's Sun Sign: Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) (Fourth House Ruler: Aquarius)

Scorpio zodiac sign

You're the zodiac's most intense sign, yet motherhood brings out a laid-back, bohemian parrt of your nature. With quirky Aquarius shaping your parenting style, you could be the hippest mama in town, dressing youthfully and being a friend and a mom to your kids. Dichotomy alert: while Scorpio gets intensely attached to people, Aquarius is the sign of emotional detachment. This contract can make you run hot and cold with your kids at times. One minute, you're possessive, the next, you're all "live and let live."

9. Mom's Sun Sign: Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) (Fourth House Ruler: Pisces)

Sagittarius zodiac sign

Freedom doesn't look quite as sweet anymore when your independent sign feels the bonding vibes of nurturing Pisces. While Sagittarians tend to be blunt, compassionate Pisces helps soften your edges, giving you a gentler touch. Under Pisces' influence watch out for maternal guilt and a tendency to get overwhelmed by the day-to-day details of motherhood. Your normally firm sign can also be a bit of a pushover with the kids, and setting firm boundaries could be a challenge. Your already generous sign might give a little too much; beware any "martyr mom" tendencies from this house ruler.

10. Mom's Sun Sign: Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) (Fourth House Ruler: Aries)

Capricorn zodiac sign

Who's the boss? Your Capricorn sun sign makes you a natural leader, but take-charge Aries adds an assertive punch. While Capricorn can be reserved, fiery Aries is impulsive and direct, making you a lot bolder in your mam life than elsewhere. You're also a strong and capable role model, trying things your cautious sign normally wouldn't. If you know you'll inspire your kids by taking a risk ,you'll do it. Both Aries and Capricorn are "masculine" signs, so you may end up being the family provider or disciplinarian, acting as stereotypical mom and dad in one.

11. Mom's Sun Sign: Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) (Fourth House Ruler: Taurus)

Aquarius zodiac sign

Who, you? Grounded and structured? Maybe not in your pre-mama lifetime, but when it comes to motherhood, yes! Freewheeling Aquarian mums become master planners under the spell of capable Taurus. Once impossible to pin down, you become a reliable go-to as a mother. Your latent type A inclinations can even come out full force with your kiddos. Elsewhere, your life status might be "It's complicated." Here, however, keep-it-simple Taurus helps you prioritize and streamline. It can also make you great with family budgeting, scheduling, party planning, nursery decorating, and keeping day-today routines running smoothly.

12. Mom's Sun Sign: Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) (Fourth House Ruler: Gemini)

Pisces zodiac sign

Mommy or BFF? While Pisces is an old soul, Gemini puts a youthful spring in your step, adding a playful twist to your parenting style. Your kids pull you up out of your emotional depths, making you laugh and lighten up. Since Gemini rules communication, open dialogue with your children is essential to you. You might talk for hours, share books and music, even dress alike, as Gemini is the sign of the twins. A natural nurturer, Pisces tend to overgive and even make excuses for bad behavior. Fortunately, Gemini is not pulled by its heartstrings the way Pisces is, so you're able to take a step back and recognize when your kid is taking you for a ride.

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