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Fathers and Daughters

Strengthen your relationship with the guidance of Astrology

by Samuel F. Reynolds

The idea of "daddy's little girl" can work fine as long as the girl stays little. But, inevitably, the girl becomes a woman and there are necessary adjustments for father and daughter. Let's see how Astrology plays into it.

There's no doubt about the profound and healthy bond that should and can develop between them. But in the cross-hairs of daily life, it's sometimes hard to avoid power struggles and mixed messages between parent and child.

Astrology can help. The stars reveal the deep underlying patterns for our behaviors. This is especially important in the critical relationships between fathers and daughters. This brief guide will outline the key issues for each sign so fathers can be more aware of the impact they're having.

Aries Dad (March 21 - April 19)

Perhaps your deepest desire is that your daughter be Wonder Woman somehow, a true Amazon. It's highly laudable that you want nothing but strength, power and success for your daughter, but don't lose sight of the fact that she is a young woman. You can't refashion her into a boy, especially by believing that her gender doesn't matter. It's important to acknowledge her needs and desires may, in fact, differ from yours over time.

Taurus Dad (April 20 - May 20)

Your daughter can always count on feeling safe and secure around you, unless she's crossed you somehow. This is probably the most challenging aspect of your relationship with her: your temper. You want things to go a certain way, with the best of intentions for her, but you can't be too attached to the outcomes. Everyone's entitled to a life, so be sure to let her live hers on her own terms.

Gemini Dad (May 21 - June 20)

There's no question that you enjoy communicating and talking about the world to your daughter. She might not be able to chat with you like you are one of her girlfriends, but you could be dubbed an honorary one. The problem, though, is that you often find yourself facing the temptation to conveniently bend or re-shape the rules to smooth over some problem in the moment. Keep track of what you say and be sure you mean it as you say it.

Cancer Dad (June 21 - July 22)

Your focus and devotion to your children is slightly more heightened than with most other dads. You love to pamper your little girl, and your first priority is to protect her from harm. However, part of growing up is being faced with risks, and that goes for you, too. You can't minimize the chance of risks completely, so be clear on the levels of protection and nurturing you want to provide your daughter. Too much of a good thing could ruin her chances to be a fully functioning adult and independent woman.

Leo Dad (July 23 - Aug. 22)

There's no doubt in your mind that you're the king and she's your princess. But don't lose sight of the fact that you're raising a queen, not a princess. You don't always know what's best, and she sees that, despite your attempts to hide it. The soundest foundation on which to build your relationship with your daughter is trust, not power. Listen to her suggestions, as she truly adores you and only wants your respect in return.

Virgo Dad (Aug. 23 - Sept. 22)

It's beautiful that you approach being a dad with so much seriousness and diligence, but at times you come off as attempting to be a little too professional with the job. Don't try too hard to make everything perfect for your daughter. Once she's grown, it's not everything you did for her that's going to count most. It's getting to know you as a person and a father that's going to be most meaningful thing for her.

Libra Dad (Sept. 23 - Oct. 22)

You envision your daughter becoming a true lady -- cultured, urbane, attractive, independent and smart. These are very laudable things to be; however, your daughter may, in fact, act contrary to your wishes just to get an instinctual response from you. Be mindful not to insist too much on polite conversation over honest discussions with your daughter. She may find this stifling and controlling.

Scorpio Dad (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)

You may find that you and your daughter are able to communicate on many levels and often without words. You just seem to understand each other. However, you should be careful not to take this for granted and just assume that you're always on the same page. Never lose sight of the fact that as a parent you can help your daughter make sense of many of the feelings about life that she finds hard to describe.

Sagittarius Dad (Nov. 22 - Dec. 21)

You might be the original wild and crazy guy. Your daughter can certainly count on you to keep life interesting and can be inspired by your broad-minded approach to life. At times, it may even seem like you have it all figured out, but you don't. No one does. If you can keep this in mind, you might resist the Sagittarian impulse to persuade others about how right you are. Often your daughter needs to be loved more than she needs to know you're right.

Capricorn Dad (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)

You can be a great coach to your daughter as she climbs whatever ladder leads her to the sky. She's a great boon to you, since your daughter nurtures you and also gets to see more of your tender side than others. The challenge is that your own self-image and self-worth can be so hooked into how well your daughter does that it can be very emotionally draining for both of you. Cultivate unconditional love for your girl, so that no matter how far she climbs on her ladder of success you both are happy with yourselves.

Aquarius Dad (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)

You may be your daughter's first vision of what a knight in shining armor must have been like. There is a nobleness of spirit that you have and a genuine belief in truth and justice. However, what may be difficult for her is getting beyond your armor. You are available to her, but not necessarily emotionally. She might also feel like she has to compete with all the different things that can crowd your life at times: your interests, your friends, your causes, your work. Be sure to take as many private trips with her as you can to cultivate real intimacy with her.

Pisces Dad (Feb. 19 - March 20)

You are a deep listener, and your daughter may sometimes be amazed by how deeply you know her and appreciate her own mystery. The chief emotional economy between you is based on your profound levels of understanding of each other. However, be careful not to take this understanding for granted. You might always think that you're behaving in a trustworthy manner, but at times it's hard to know because your words may not always match up with your actions. Just knowing someone isn't enough. You also have to actively build greater levels of trust by being there and meeting all the responsibilities of being a parent.

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