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The new year is almost upon us, and with it will come new adventures, challenges, and experiences. Every day as a parent is new and exciting in some way, but have you ever taken a step back to consider how much astrology influences this journey?

Just as the energy from the stars and planets can have a noticeable impact on your relationships, your ability to communicate with others and more, it can also affect your life as a parent. Consider this, if Mercury, the Planet of Communication, is working in your favor then you will find yourself more equipped to explain your rule and expectations to your child. Meanwhile, if Uranus, the Planet of Rebellion, is throwing you for a loop then hold on! After all, this energy isn’t just going to impact your life, it can turn your child’s behavior completely upside down.

The key to better understanding the relationship between astrology and your life as a parent is to determine how its energies are going to interact with your zodiac sign directly. For example, looking at the month of January 2019, not only do we have the influence of the moon as it works it’s way through the lunar cycle, but we have a partial solar eclipse coming on January 5th and on January 21st we will experience a total lunar eclipse which will, in turn, bring it’s own energy into the mix. Not to mention the individual movement of each of the planets through the zodiac, shifting and altering their individual energies.

What does January 2019 have in store for you in your parenting journey? Find your zodiac sign below and read on…

Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

As you kick off the new year you may find yourself feeling a little ‘stuck’, searching for the solution to pull yourself free. Not only does this potentially rob you of having a little fun, but it also weighs on your self-confidence, preventing you from being the amazing parent that you are capable of being. The key? Find ways to get up and active together as a family. Get out and moving – hiking through the snow, skiing, ice skating, toboggan rides, etc. Not only will the kids have a blast and making lasting memories, but you’ll be mom or dad of the year.

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)

Your hard work and dedication are often revered by employers, but it also means you’re that one employee they can always trust to come through for them. This usually means they are going to shift a little more responsibility in your direction, which is a reality you’re really going to feel this January. With work dominating your time just to keep up with everything you may feel like you’re missing out on your child(ren)’s life, but a slight shift in your schedule can alleviate the guilt. Carve a little time into your routine each day for family time, even if it’s just a few minutes in the morning or right before bed.

Gemini (May 21 – Jun 20)

As a parent, its easy to fall into the trap of letting your children occupy every second of the day, forgetting about the relationship that started this whole journey – the one with your spouse. This January, its time to make your love life a priority once again. Make arrangements for your child(ren) to visit Grandma for the night or sleep over at a friend’s house, and then enjoy a weekend escape. You don’t have to go far – book a hotel room right in your local town for the night, or even make it a romantic weekend at home. Whatever you do, take advantage of that time to focus on the reigniting that ‘spark’ and connecting with one another on a deeper level.

Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22)

You’re going to feel energized and ready to go, as the stars and planets align to charge your personal batteries to the fullest. A boost of energy is always a great thing as a parent, as it will empower you to keep up with the little ones – let’s be honest, they’re ALWAYS on the go. If there are activities that you’ve wanted to try, this is a perfect time. Not only will the kids have a blast, but they will also learn valuable lessons through these new experiences. What better combination exists than fun and learning at the same time? Warning: As the month comes to an end, so too will this excess energy so prepare yourself with a little extra self-care.

Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Always the confident one, you love to create an image for yourself of being able to handle anything and everything without question. The truth, however, is going to be driven home during the month of January as you are forced to recognize and accept your personal limitations. Remember, this doesn’t make you ‘weak’ or ‘lesser than’ in any way – In fact, true strength comes from asking for help when it’s necessary. Not only will this help you to keep up with the demands of life as a parent, but it will teach your children an important lesson by setting an example for them.

Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept 22)

If you’ve been debating home renovations, or even some minor redecorating, this is the perfect month. You are going to feel the domestic energy at a high, encouraging you to focus your attention on creating the ‘perfect’ home for you and your family. However, while you’re all gung-ho when it comes to doing home renovations, you likely haven’t paid enough attention to how this might impact your daily lives. It’s never easy living through renovations, so don’t bite off more than you can chew. Stick to one major project at a time, and you’ll be surprised by how much you accomplish.

Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 22)

The movement of the planets during January 2019 will focus your energy and attention on your many relationships and connections. This includes propelling your career forward due to better working relationships with management and co-workers, but also the relationships at home. If you find yourself wanting to spend more one-on-one time with the kids but at a loss for what to actually do, this is a great time to tap into your creative side. Painting, dancing, crafting and creating music can all bring a smile to your face while creating those special shared memories.

Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

While January is going to be a time of fun and laughter for most of the signs, it’s going to be a little more challenging for you. You may find yourself feeling as though you are living in a bit of a fog, struggling to see things clearly or fully understand what is happening at any moment. You’re going to have to tap into your patience if you’re going to get through this unpredictable and challenging time. While there is no magical fix to make everything better, working on improving your focus and tackling just one thing at a time will at least make this time a little more bearable.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Your wanderlust is going to be at an all-time high, encouraging you to take a big trip with your family. This can be an amazing opportunity for your child(ren) as a well-planned trip can be both educational and a lot of fun for the whole family. This is the perfect opportunity to allow your love of adventure and excitement to expand your child(ren)’s mind(s). Who doesn’t love it when your own desires line up so perfectly with the needs and responsibilities of being a good parent? Don’t pass this one up!

Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

While most of the other signs love the escape from work and responsibility during the holiday season, it’s a situation you always struggle with a little. It is for this reason that you actually look forward to January and the return to your regular routine once again. This is the perfect opportunity to take a look at your life and highlight one specific project to dedicate your time and energy to during the early months. This could be job-related, but why not select something that your children will benefit from as well, such as a larger DIY project at home. Keeping them involved will also help to teach them the importance of following through on their efforts.

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

January is going to be an emotionally charged month for you, which can be a little challenging at times as a parent. If you find yourself feeling frustrated or annoyed, take a step back and take a few deep breaths before you react in anger and say something you’ll later regret. Remember, your children are watching you as an example of how to handle these situations appropriately. This same emotionally charged energy is going to encourage you to be more involved in your child(ren)’s life/lives. Embrace this, you will create memories that your children will hold onto for years to come.

Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Throughout this month you are going to have to actively work on remaining calm and avoiding feeling overwhelmed. Why? This year is going to kick off in full force, and you’re going to feel as though your many commitments are pulling you a hundred different ways. Your children are going to pick up on your stress level, so keep in mind that whatever you decide to do next, they are watching. Prioritize a little self-care to show them that they should always make themselves a priority, and you’ll even surprise yourself with just how much you can handle.