Checking the Signs

Checking the Signs

Happy Birthday, Gemini! The final lap of springtime is here. Gemini is a changeable air sign, the communicator of the zodiac, and the sign of the twins (lower-case, not Minnesota). Geminis are weavers of thought with articulate minds, and make eloquent speakers and writers.

The 3 Ts -- teaching, talking, and traveling -- keep this busy bee of the zodiac buzzing like a whirling dervish of energy! Duality is the key factor that shapes the Gemini perspective -- there is always a need to explore both sides of life. Facing new situations and people is the lifeblood of Gemini. Curiosity and restlessness propel Geminis into fascinating life experiences.

Gemini time is also when one gets easily distracted, scattered or spread too thin. Stay focused and have fun!

Houston Astros pitcher Andy Pettitte is a Gemini, born June 15, 1972, in Baton Rouge, La. Variety is the spice of life for curious, ever-changeable Gemini. The constant mélange of baseball life staves off dreaded routine. Dexterous, with great sleight of hand, Andy's adroit pickoff move is one to behold!

Andy's driven to explore the depths with intense mental power; he approaches life and pitching with equal intensity, focus, and psychological stamina. Complex and naturally private, he can be quite mysterious, showing cool remoteness, yet great intensity. "Keep 'em guessing" is a Gemini adage, and does come in handy when facing opposing batters.

With Pluto (planet of power) opposing his sun, life may feel like a battle zone. His ability to remain calm is being tested. He may feel particularly volatile at the moment. It's helpful to remember that this is a time of transformation; it's opportune to shed skins of the past.

Aries (March 21-April 19): With the sun in Gemini transiting your 3rd house, this is the ideal month to take a trip with friends or family members. Aries loves adventure, like hiking the Grand Canyon or kayaking. Mars moves into fiery Leo on the 3rd, helping you harness the energy and commitment into finishing a creative project.

There are lots of Aries athletes on the baseball scene, including Seattle Mariners third baseman Adrian Beltre.

Taurus (April 20-May 20): This can be a stressful month, especially if you are feeling a little tired, overworked and unappreciated. Friendships can be as source of tension, too, especially after the 19th. This is an excellent time for meditation and relaxation techniques. Make your home your personal oasis to help relieve any stress.

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Frank Catalannato is a determined Taurus.

Gemini (May 21-June 20): Happy Birthday, twins! Witty, urbane and versatile -- you are at your finest this month. This is your yearly high point for your physical, emotional and spiritual energy. Put your best foot forward. During this cycle, you should be particularly successful initiating projects that require unusual attention.

Playful "Manny being Manny" Ramirez of the Boston Red Sox is a mischievous Gemini.

Cancer (June 21-July 22): Blessed summer solstice June 21 -- the first day of summer! New moon in your nurturing sign on the 25th highlights the acceptance of the emotional support you need. An astrological showdown may be brewing between you and a loved one regarding finances. Did you know there are more Cancer millionaires than under any other sign?

New York Yankees Derek Jeter is an intuitive Cancer.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): Commanding and demanding Mars in your assertive sign after the 3rd makes it easier for you to let others know your desires. You may experience some tension as you weigh your own needs against others, especially at home. With Saturn in your sign, limitations become your teachers.

Leo lion New York Yankees Melky Cabrera is now roaming the outfield.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Venus works her magic with flattery and finance this month. You are likely to be involved in an expansive work-related project, which can pay great dividends. The new moon in your 11th house of aspirations puts you in charge of life, outlining a personal vision of the future.

Oakland A's pitcher Dan Haren is a methodical Virgo.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23): A significant career goal is close to fruition when the New Moon shines in Cancer on the 25th. Yet, you may need to cut back on expenses. Libras like to go out and have fun, sporting the latest styles, as well as possessing the amenities that go with a satisfying social life. However, budgets can't withstand that sort of spending now.

Chicago White Sox pitcher Jon Garland is a cooperative Libra.

Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21): Career matters heat up, thanks to Mars in Leo in your 10th house, providing you with the drive in this essential area of your life. Despite your need to keep career first, Venus' presence in Taurus all month will help keep matters of the heart flowing between you and significant others.

Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is one powerful Scorpio!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): It's easy to ignore domestic matters for the free-spirited Sagittarian, but don't look the other way. However, that is not a good idea. Be diligent about home repairs, now! It's also not the optimum time to buy a new home. It may be necessary to postpone travel plans this month.

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino is a speedy Sagittarius, dubbed the "Flyin' Hawaiian."

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): A business venture has good potential when Mars enters Leo on the 3rd. While you have a sixth sense about business, make sure the downside is not too steep. Still, it's more about romance than money for you, with Venus transitioning Taurus all month, and the sun in Cancer in your 7th house after the 21st.

Although one of the "Baby Braves," Atlanta outfielder Jeff Francoeur is an old soul of a Capricorn.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Your career and partnerships vie for equal attention. There are many demands on your time and emotions now, and you're not sure how to deal with them without feeling as if you are neglecting some area of your life. Finances can get complicated as well.

Chicago White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye is a unique Aquarius.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): It's brains vs. brawn this month if any work you tackled during the month remains undone. Find a way to finish things off, as your capacity for work and organization is at a peak now. Perfect timing, as there are many career opportunities abounding.

Baltimore Orioles pitcher and native Canadian Erik Bedard is a water sign Pisces.

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.