What Kind of Grandparent Are You?

Kelli Fox

What kind of Grandma, Nana or Meme are you? What about Grandpa, Poppy or Pa Pa? Do you allow the grand kids to play their video games or text at the table, or do you live for now and just enjoy their company? Are you the tolerant, quiet grandparent or perhaps the more generous grandparent? In our complexities, do we project ourselves through our signs, and are we forgetting this isn't simply about generations, but also the signs of your grandchildren as well. These are your children, one step removed, "Just like little Johnny, only an Aries." Just like little Sue, only more ambitious or more stubborn. We love our grandchildren unconditionally, but how well can we relate to them?

Aries (March 20th - April 19th)

As an Aries grandparent, you're more tolerant to some of the newer ways, but you're also headstrong and up for any challenge, even those from an eight year old spoiled prince or princess. A Cardinal Fire sign ruled by Mars fuels your passions probably include your grandchildren. You crave excitement and for a grandchild, nothing could be better than a grandparent ready to share the world with them. The Ram often as not, wants its own way, even when it is not their providence. Your sense of excitement and warm-heartedness will be the center of attraction for your grandchildren; only don't push, love takes time.

Taurus (April 20th - May 20th)

Taurus is one of the strongest signs in the Zodiac, but they're generally easy-going and slow to rile. A Fixed Earth sign ruled by Venus, Taurus loves both love and pleasure and grandchildren can be sources of both. Sometimes your laid back attitude can be misconstrued as uncaring, but love comes naturally to a Taurus. Especially, a warm well-rounded grandparent who is not afraid to spend some cash. Don't overindulge in seeking affection. As a Fixed Earth Sign you’re dependable, be that stability, so often needed in a young life. You might not be the exciting grandma or grandpa, but you can be that calm confidant grandparent, the one your grandchildren feel secure in confiding in, in any situation.

Gemini (May 21st - June 20th)

Gemini's don't miss much, quick-witted and curious, a Mutable Air sign ruled by Mercury. You're all about communication and bursts of filigree. You can be indecisive, changing plans at a moment’s notice; don't let your impulsiveness affect the young hearts. You can also be the life of the party, if you don't let your intellect get in the way of having fun. Maybe you're not known for your sentimentality, but these are your children's children, that should be intellectually stimulating enough. Imagine the possibilities! Gemini's are twins, with the energies of two and the interests as well, make sure priorities are in order for opportunities which won't return.

Cancer (June 21st - July 21st)

Cancer carries its house with it, this Cardinal Water sign is ruled by the Moon. This caretaker of the Zodiac is deeply embedded with a love of family. A natural historian Cancer loves the continuity of life and of grandchildren. Because you're ruled by the Moon, you must keep your emotions in check. Because Cancer's can be introverted, it can sometimes be difficult for children to understand you and rarely will they understand tears of joy. Don't pull away; radiate the love you have inside. Draw the young hearts in to your house. They have what you need and they need what you have to offer, what a bargain!

Leo (July 22nd - August 21st)

Leo being a king or queen, also likes being the center of attention and if they are that wonderful, their grandchildren must be at least twice as wonderful. As a Fixed Fire sign ruled by the brightness of the sun, you like the excitement and you crave drama. Your devotion and loyalty to friends and families is your strong suit. Your inner insecurity and generosity might prompt you to try to buy love but you already have it at no charge. The largeness of your spirit and the warmth you exude makes you irresistible at twice the price. Restraint is the watch word; the neighbors don't want to see your grandchildren's photos again.

Virgo (August 22nd - September 21st)

As a Virgo you have the reputation of being reserved or letting others take the lead. How wonderful for a grandchild, to have an adult who actually wants to listen to them! Virgo is a Mutable Earth sign ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication. They're quick learners, willing to do anything for those they truly love. Your sensitivity means your refrigerator will be covered with amateur art projects and you'll gladly listen to a five-year olds ten minute explanation of their Play Doh sculptures. Don't let your own desire for perfection come across as knit-picking or fault-finding, grandchildren are already perfect, you just need to tell them so.

Libra (September 22nd - October 22nd)

Libra's live their lives seeking balance and equilibrium, with grandchildren especially, that equilibrium can sometimes be difficult to find. As a Cardinal Air sign, you're ruled by Venus, the planet of love. You love fun and good times and you seek to avoid confrontations, but you must sometimes put your foot down. Dance recitals on your mother's Hepplewhite table are inappropriate. Children need guidance as much as love and Libra's are uniquely gifted to supply both, find that balance between those young lives within your own.

Scorpio (October 23rd - November 21st)

What type of grandparent will a Scorpio make? Intensity is Scorpio's watch word, a Fixed Water sign ruled by both Mars and Pluto, means your emotions are both fiery and run deep. You're brave, passionate and fascinating to children, don't be possessive or controlling, little seeds need room to grow. Scorpio's long to connect and grandchildren can be among the greatest and most meaningful connection in life. Don't stand on formality and always remember the old adage about drawing more flies with honey than with vinegar.

Sagittarius (November 22nd - December 20th)

The Archer Sagittarius is a Mutable Fire sign, always willing to go with the flow. But Sagittarius has a tendency towards the grandiose, so no baseball gloves for infants, or new bicycles, at least, until the child is old enough to walk. You love life and experience and so you tend to sometimes miss the smaller details. You're a teacher and love learning and you love sharing, don't let your enthusiasm overwhelm your common sense. Slow down, give your grandchildren a chance to catch up to you and listen to them, they have as much to teach about life as you do.

Capricorn (December 21st - January 18th)

Capricorn is always climbing for the summit, being a Cardinal Earth sign makes them great planners. They're also hard workers but tend to be a bit analytical; grandchildren don't always follow the formula of hard work equals results. Don't calculate or analyze, just put yourself out there. Capricorn's are ruled by Saturn, the task master and discipline planet, you tend to like routine and organization. Throw away the rule book, some things can't be quantified, especially grandchildren. Use your natural sense of honesty to be your guide, teach your grandchildren those traits already inside you and that result comes from effort, and honesty is the best policy.

Aquarius (January 19th - February 17th)

Aquarius the Water-Bearer can be confusing to some; it isn't a water sign, but an air sign. Being ruled by both Uranus, the planet of rebellion, they're also ruled by Saturn, the planet of discipline, making for a complex personality. They seek freedom and stability all at the same time; indeed they are both great gifts to share with young hearts. Your loyalty and devotion will make you a loving grandparent; don't let your fear of one-on-one displays of emotion inhibit you. Aquarius wants to be with everyone at the party, but save some time for someone special.

Pisces (February 18th - March 19th)

Pisces is more than willing to go with the flow, this Mutable Water sign is a highly romantic sign. You love deeply and can be devoted to your grandchildren and their causes. Pisces lives by the adage it’s better to give than to receive, and the more you give the more you are rewarded. Ruled by Neptune, the planet of illusion, you're always ready with a bed-time story or moral lesson. Just shine, you are naturally warm and fun-loving, so just be yourself. Only, don't let your idealism blind you to the facts on the ground, don't let yourself be talked into things, simply because you want to help.

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