The air sign of the moon brings us to a more mental aspect to our feelings, and being able to verbalize and communicate whatever it is we’re feeling. And each sign does this when it comes to relating to their kids in distinct and wonderful way.
Before we continue, however, it’s important to highlight at this point the female and male language applied to the lunar aspects of our charts. The moon has traditionally been described as belonging to the mother. It’s where we’re supposed to meet that nurturing aspects of our energy patterns. And since our society has assigned this role to women of “mothering” and being the emotional units, men were more than encouraged to suppress that part of themselves. But despite this squashing down of that energy, that energy still exists and people everywhere still have a moon and that emotional element that needs to be used and explored and (most importantly) felt.
With Air, especially, there needs to be that sense of freedom to how these signs parent their children. There’s also this disattachment idea, where communicating and explaining how they feel is preferred over the showing. They’re able to parent best when they’re talking their way through their emotions…and it’s important they embrace this. Not everyone is made for the pie-making, forever warm and cuddling type of caring. And that’s ok, air sign. Take a deep breathe and know it’s fine.
Editor’s Note: We’ve divided this series by elements, since this also plays a strong role in how you relate and connect with your kids. Think of the element you’re working with and how it conducts itself in the natural world. Meditate on that element and what it means to be emotionally linked to that part of our universe.
Here’s a news alert for you (which might come as such a shocker), but not all the answers to raising your child will be found on online forums, books or magazines. Yes, they’re great for tips, crafts and cooking ideas, but when it comes to really connecting with your child, that part has to come organically from you. So if crying it out works for some, you’re sure of it… but you’ve read every book the best crying out practices, but there’s still something off about how you’re doing it with your child? That’s a key moment to take a step back, leave the books and articles behind, and hold your child close to you and see what answers come to you. It could be that the rational, Mercury-rule aspect of your moon will communicate loud and clear: “Let’s do this differently.”
Ways to Connect: Your pet project with your child should be a family library. Be intentional and selective about the books you read to your child nightly, and ensure there’s even a few bookcases available for your child to peruse and enjoy.
Yes, parenting is beautiful and life-changing, and you want to be but you need remind yourself that your relationship with your child will not always be roses and sweet kisses, and that there are grueling and often messy parts of parenting a child. Especially because there will be others involved, including your partner, your own relatives, in-laws… and being able to put your child’s own development and wellbeing first should be everyone’s only priority. But it’s important to not play nice just for the sake of playing nice with toxic, not well-intentioned relatives. Leave that type of relating at the door. Your child doesn’t need to, nor needs to be exposed to, relating for the sake of relating.
Ways to Connect: Create a family tree to display in your child’s bedroom or a space you all share together. Have pictures of grandparents, aunts and uncles, close friends, and anyone you feel provides your child with a safe, balanced love.
You’re doing the things no one said could be done or are still testing, before it hits the mainstream. And that’s great, but be mindful of your child’s temperament and how great they’ll be at trying new things. It’s important to expand your wings as a new mom, explore the world with your child, while also understanding they’ve only been around for a handful of year and need some sort of routine. We’re not saying stick a routine for live… because of course, children grow, they’ll no longer need naps and so on, but provide them with the stability of a consistent read-aloud period, time for you all to eat together and basics that they can count on. Now, what you do during those activities, whether reading James Baldwin poems or eating a variety of foods each week, that’s completely up to your eccentric moon.
Ways to Connect: Volunteer for a cause you deeply care about – feed the homeless, visit a nursing home or a local hospital. This will allow you to feed that Aquarian aspect of wanting a better future, while showing your child how this will also benefit them.