Checking the Signs

Checking the Signs

Welcome back to "Checking the Signs," an enlightening monthly horoscope. Spring is in the air, heralding the beginning of an exciting new baseball season. All is promising and vibrant with possibility as the Opening Night full moon synchronized with the Mets-Cardinals game. What are your choices for the season? Timing is everything, in our national pastime as well as in life. See what's on your horizon and which baseball players share your unique Sun sign.

In harmony with the season, Aries is the first fire sign of the zodiac -- ambitious, positive, with energy to burn. They make up their minds quickly, but leave room for change. While Aries can be the me-first poster child, more highly evolved Aries know how to lead by inspiring others, instead of with aggression.

Aries is the anti-couch potato -- an athletic, fearless warrior trailblazing through life. When the Sun is in Aries, it inspires courageousness, serving as an auspicious time to initiative projects. The youthful vigor of Aries energy is reflected in this season of springlike growth.

Aries is the sign of the Ram and rules the head. It's fascinating that the San Francisco Giants new manager, Bruce Bochy, an Aries, has a larger than normal hat size that created some challenges early in his baseball career. While briefly with the Mets, they couldn't find a helmet that fit, so he had to wait until one was rushed up from Tidewater, the Mets farm club. He eventually took to carrying a special-order size 8 helmet with him wherever he played.

Aries: Your indomitable spirit plays out on a big stage this month. It's your time to shine, and you have lots to accomplish. You're consumed by wanderlust, but may have too much on your plate to take that special trip. Bright ideas and new directions are featured, but balance optimism with reality.

Oakland A's outfielder Milton Bradley is an ardent Aries.

Taurus: Your social life is alive and well this month with Mars in the 11th house of friendship. You can depend on your friends to be a big source of guidance for you. Venus moves into Gemini on the 11th -- a good omen for both finances and self-esteem. Your month really gets cooking on the 20th when the Sun enters sensual Taurus.

San Diego Padres pitcher David Wells is a bullish Taurus.

Gemini: It's delightful to welcome Venus into your witty sign on the 11th. The harmonious vibe this planet sends your way dramatically improves relationships. This is especially helpful with professional relationships and networking. Though you may have to work longer hours, you have a clear idea of how to make career goals transpire.

Boston Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez is a playful Gemini.

Cancer: Spring is a wonderful time of year for you, reflecting a cycle when both career and social life are buzzing with opportunity. Set your sights on a step up when interviewing. Things come together during the last two weeks of the month, thanks to the new moon in Aries on the 17th. Though it's always wise to be thrifty, there's a bit more disposable income to play with.

Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson is a tenacious Cancer.

Leo: The concentration is on romance, social life, and career matters; you should excel in all this month. Reconnect with pals you've missed and widen your circle with new friends. Persistent Saturn turns direct in your focused sign on the 19th, giving you the green light to move ahead with important personal endeavors.

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Eric Milton is a determined Leo.

Virgo: Your career sector receives a boost when Venus moves into Gemini on the 11th. A raise or bonus can be yours later in the month. Finances are on the upswing as well. Saturn turns direct on the 19th, indicating many more opportunities for your professional success, status and promotion.

Daisuke Matsuzaka of the Boston Red Sox is a methodical Virgo.

Libra: You'll be more productive this month if you attend to your health. Mars moves into Pisces on the 6th and stays the rest of the month, which forces constructive steps in the right direction. Remember that more time on the treadmill equals better looks this summer.

Minnesota Twins infielder Jeff Cirillo is a harmonious Libra.

Scorpio: Always powerful Scorpio has Mars moving into Pisces this month, bringing more passion and intensity to love life. You may even find yourself being more competitive with loved ones. There's plenty of excitement to go around. Why not channel upbeat energies into competitive sports?

Detroit Tigers pitcher Jeremy Bonderman is a resourceful Scorpio.

Sagittarius: Stop and smell the flowers as Jupiter, your expansive ruling planet, turns retrograde on the 5th. Recently you've been working very hard, while also taking care of things on the home front. Be sure to plan a brief getaway; Sagittarians love to travel. Keep fit by joining a gym or jumping on your skates or bike.

Philadelphia Phillies infielder Jimmy Rollins is a flamboyant Sagittarius.

Capricorn: Attention turns to family matters after the 20th. It's a perfect time to redecorate and do some long overdue spring cleaning. Clear your space and let go. Frugal Capricorn knows you don't need a lot of money to make things appealing.

New York Yankees Carl Pavano can be a melancholy Capricorn.

Aquarius: It's a mixed bag of influences this month. With Venus in Gemini after the 11th, you may be under someone's spell. Since you're not the sentimental type, this can be a bit of a challenge to your stoic nature. Financial matters require your attention on the 6th, when potent Mars moves into Pisces.

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Eric Byrnes is an eccentric Aquarius.

Pisces: Mars in your perceptive sign goes a long way to bolstering self-esteem, giving you more energy and enthusiasm. You can keep up your level of endurance by committing to an exercise program, eating better foods, perhaps taking a yoga class. All this can go a long way to promoting a healthier lifestyle.

Kansas City Royals catcher Mark Teahen is an idealistic 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. Andrea was 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.