Checking the Signs

Checking the Signs

Welcome to "Checking the Signs," an enlightening new MLB.com monthly astrology column. 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 which baseball players share your special Sun sign. Let "Checking the Signs" guide you with your game!

May is Taurus time, bringing out the blossoms and beauty of the earth's bounty. Taurus combines practicality with the concentrated nature of a fixed earth sign. Taurus is the sign of the bull, steadfast and deliberate, carrying through to completion whatever's been started. There's a definite pride that takes place in the Taurean world of accomplishments, and Taurus folks are here to discover what's theirs.

San Francisco Giants All-Star shortstop Omar Vizquel, born April 24, 1967 in Caracas, Venezuela, brings 16 years of long-lasting skill to baseball, and is a perfect example of enduring Taurus energy. A skilled painter and inspired rock drummer, Omar embodies Taurus' love of artistry. Patient, determined, and reliable, Taurus has incredible endurance and a sharp business sense. Vizquel designed his own house, as well as his own line of designer clothing and nutritional food, as Taurus encourages a desire to keep physically fit. Other notable Taurus baseball players are New York Mets centerfielder Carlos Beltran, Milwaukee Brewers exciting first base rookie sensation Prince Fielder, and bullish-looking Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aaron Harang. Aaron, who's persevering to a fast start, even majored in graphic arts.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19): Romantic wavelengths prevail as Venus moves into your exciting sign on the 3rd, enhancing relationships. Whether it's love, or just the need to project your personality in the most charming way possible, you're at your best now. Money matters also receive a boost.

Florida Marlins' Miguel Cabrera is a youthful Aries, and one of baseball's best bargains this season for $472,000.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20): Happy Birthday, Bulls! It's your personal new year -- a cycle of rebirth with plenty of energy to spare. Full Moon in Scorpio on the 12th is a very spiritual time, perfect for meditation and contemplation. It may also enhance connections to powerful people. New Moon in Gemini on May 26 heralds new beginnings in communication and travel.

Off to a strong start, Arizona Diamondbacks ace pitcher Brandon Webb is a dedicated Taurus.

Gemini (May 21-June 20): Once the sun moves into Gemini on the 20th, the information superhighway opens and you're in demand. There's so much going on in your professional life, you may have to postpone vacation plans for a while. Although you love being in the midst of a frenzy of activity, take time and balance.

San Diego Padres Ryan Klesko is a restless Gemini, especially since his relegation to the disabled list.

Cancer (June 21-July 22): Food, family, and feelings are where it's at for Cancer. Venus in Aries this month enhances your relationships with co-workers and colleagues. Despite the concentration on career matters, you'll have plenty of time for a social life this month.

Back from the DL, Cleveland Indians pitcher C.C Sabathia is a tenacious Cancer, eager to make up for lost time.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): It's your yearly career peak, an excellent time to ask for a promotion or raise. As far as vocation goes, this is your best month to shine. The Sun in Taurus is in your 10th house of career through the 20th, and Mercury transits this sector as well, improving the way you communicate with those in authority.

New York Mets closer Billy Wagner, a fire-balling Leo, faces some challenging planetary aspects, decelerating physical energy.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Although things are relatively slow for you early in the month, by the 20th you may find yourself too busy to pay attention to things outside of work. New Moon in Gemini on the 26th begins another step up the ladder to success.

Cincinnati Reds infielder Rich Aurillia is a dutiful Virgo, who agreed to a contract in January 2006, three hours before the Reds would have lost the right to sign him until May 1.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23): Career responsibilities continue to make demands with Mars transiting Cancer all month. Money matters are also on your mind. When Neptune turns retrograde on the 22nd, you could find yourself disillusioned by a new love affair.

Pat "the Bat" Burrell of the Philadelphia Phillies has the charm Libras are famous for.

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21): It's a very hectic month. Areas of life that demand the most from you include family, career and personal growth. A good omen for keeping yourself fit and healthy occurs when Venus transits your 6th house of work, health, and service.

Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Shawn Green is a powerful Scorpio, who hit four home runs in one game, May 23, 2002.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): New Moon in Gemini on the 26th signals new beginnings in partnerships. It's a wonderful time for available Sagittarians to play the dating game. Although you have a breezy, casual attitude toward romance, someone you meet could be the perfect complement. If you have any artistic ambitions, you can benefit from Venus in Aries this month.

Oakland A's Gold Glove third baseman Eric Chavez is an optimistic Sagittarius, cracking a career high nine home runs in April.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Neptune turning retrograde in your house of finances may signal a lack of energy pulsating though this sector, and major cosmic uncertainty. Few people more frugal and responsible about money than Capricorn, and it would behoove you to keep vigilant.

St. Louis Cardinals Capricorn first baseman Albert Pujols had a sizzling April, crushing a MLB record-breaking 14 home runs!

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Nebulous Neptune turns retrograde in your sign on the 22nd. For the next several months, inward energy predominates. Despite the fact that you're a people person, there are times when you need to be alone with your thoughts. New Moon in Gemini on the 27th is a potent day for beginning a new creative endeavor.

Houston Astros Lance Berkman is an independent Aquarius, who had a career high of 29 RBIs for April.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20): Family matters are the focus, when the sun moves into Gemini on the 20th. Taking a brief getaway with a favorite relative can be a welcome respite from work. Pisces loves to escape, and the New Moon in Gemini on the 26th is a favorable time to begin a fun-filled vacation.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Mike Timlin, a kindhearted Pisces, is one of the nicest guys on the club, according to Red Sox nation. He also just made his 900th appearance, and is 3-0 with a 1.74 ERA so far this season.

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 All Night 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. Feel free to check out Andrea's sports astrology blog This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.