Checking the Signs

Checking the Signs

Welcome to "Checking the Signs," an enlightening new mlb.com astrology column. It's Spring, the astrological New Year, and the start of baseball season. Hope springs eternal! Timing is everything, in sports as well as life. By combining baseball and astrology into a magical blend, you'll see what's on your horizon and what baseball players share your special Sun sign. Let "Checking the Signs" guide you with your game!

Aries, the first sign of the zodiac, represents the exuberance of springtime. Aries is a fire sign, ruled by Mars, the planet of energy. Aries is dynamic, impulsive, even hot-tempered, but also extremely positive. The vibe Aries radiates is a lively one indeed. Aries is the stuff of heroes -- the sign of the Warrior. Born trailblazers, Aries thrive on challenge, often battling their way through life. The bases are loaded for Aries this April!

Aries (March 21-April 19) This is your time of year to shine, with the Sun in Aries the first three weeks of April. Mars in your 4th house after the 13th signals the importance of home and family. Single "rams" can expect a new romance to heat up. Mid month, expect important feedback regarding finances.
Aries baseball players include Pete Rose, Cardinals' Scott Rolen and A's Milton Bradley. Aries rules the head. Remember Rose's exciting headfirst slides?

Taurus (April 20-May 20) The sign of the Bull and a fixed earth sign, Taurean steadfast performance is legendary. Now's the time to start a project or renew surroundings through spring cleaning. After the 5th you can expect your social life to hit a feverish pitch. Go ahead and tattoo the ball -- you're feeling your best!
Mellow surfer and Cy Young winner, A's pitcher Barry Zito is a tranquil, yet determined Taurus.

Gemini (May 21-June 20) Stealing the show, Gemini is renowned for having great communication skills -- and they just got better! After the 5th, it's a good time to converse with business colleagues. Mars moves into your financial sector on the 13th, prompting you to work harder at boosting income.
Gemini rules the hands and Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada exemplifies that dexterity, as does Astros pitcher Andy Pettitte with his adroit pickoff move.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) Right off the bat, this is a high profile month for "crabs," with special emphasis on getting ahead in life as the Sun transits your 10th house of career. You may be working extra hours, but that's a small price to pay for having your tenacity and diligence noticed.
New York Yankees' Joe Torre, Brian Cashman, and George Steinbrenner all represent strong Cancerian loyalty and sense of family.

Leo (July 23-August 22) Saturn, the planet of limitation and karma, goes retrograde in your sign on the 5th. It may feel like things are on hold, slowing down, or just way too hard. Saturn is the cosmic cop of the zodiac and serves as a reality check. Have faith, as Leo has much confidence.
Barry Bonds is a dramatic, temperamental, spotlight-seeking Leo.

Virgo (August 22-September 22) Dutiful Virgos are diligent workers. At times they concentrate so completely on work that they deny themselves recreation. But this time, find a new and interesting pastime that offers relaxation from the rigors of work life.
Yankees' Randy Johnson and Padres' Mike Piazza personify the Virgo work ethic.

Libra (September 23-October 23) Swing for the fences -- the Full Moon in your affable sign on the 13th puts the focus on relationships. There's more time to socialize, too. On the flip side, career demands are more stringent. You'll be more productive if you take good care of your health.
Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki and Giants' Noah Lowry are harmonious Libras.

Scorpio (October 24-November 21) Jupiter, planet of good fortune, is in your charismatic sign this season, bestowing a commanding air. It's a grand slam for Scorpios in the career sector. You now have a clear playing field to work towards your momentous calling.
The Mets have cornered the market on intense Scorpio energy with their pitchers -- Pedro Martinez, Aaron Heilman, and Steve Trachsel.

Sagittarius (November 22-December 21) With Pluto, planet of transformation in your sign, you're working deep in the count. When things get rough, thoughts turn to travel. Fun loving and adventurous, Sagittarius is the sign of wanderlust, always looking for an excuse to spread their wings.
Oakland A's Eric Chavez has a refreshing frankness that is very Sagittarian.

Capricorn (December 22-January 19) The sign of the mountain goat, Capricorn slowly but surely reaches the top. Motivated Capricorns utilize the energy of Mars during the first half of the month, beginning a new diet or fitness program. After the 13th, there's more of a relationship focus.
Ambitious Jason Giambi is a striving Capricorn who left for greener pastures with the Yankees.

Aquarius (January 20-February 18) Eccentric Aquarians have one of the most unique personalities of the zodiac -- independent, eccentric, and bohemian - all wrapped in one. Despite the fact that you love people, more time is needed for yourself. You'll strike out if you don't steal some time away.
Unpredictable, circus-catch-making Diamondbacks outfielder Eric Byrnes is an unconventional Aquarius.

Pisces (February 19-March 20) Empathetic Pisces turns attention to finances through the 20th. Now is the time to take care of leftover bills or begin saving money for vacations. Romance is high on your agenda when single Pisces turns its eyes on double plays.
Padres' pitcher Shawn Estes has the elusiveness that Pisces are famous for.

Andrea Mallis, Sports Astrologer, is a devoted baseball fan and writer. Andrea has appeared on ESPN SportsCenter, ESPN News, ESPN2 Cold Pizza, Baseball Tonight and ESPN AllNight Radio. She's written for major league baseball magazines, ESPN.com Page 2, mlb.com, as well as appearing on local TV and radio shows. Recently featured in "FantasyLand," a book on fantasy baseball, for more information please visit www.virgoinservice.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.