Astrology: What You Have to Be Grateful for, Based on Your Sign

On Thanksgiving, while you’re giving thanks for your family, friends, food, shelter, and practice, don’t forget to be thankful for YOU, says Debra Silverman, yogi Seane Corn’s astrologer and the author of The Missing Element: Inspiring Compassion for the Human Condition.

“The whole point is to be thankful, to accept your nature rather than to judge it,” she says. While many of us can be overly critical of ourselves, Silverman recommends setting an intention this year—just like you do in your yoga practice—to be grateful for the many things that make you you.

Below, Silverman explains why we should all be thankful for every sign of the zodiac this year and why you shouldn’t be so hard on yourself.

Take Silverman’s quiz: What’s your missing element?

Why We’re Grateful for You

Cancer

Why you’re hard on yourself:

Cancers feel like they are overly emotional and moody. They are homebodies, and they feel like they don’t get enough done.

Why we’re thankful for you:

Cancers know how to value family and love. We count on Cancers, especially during Thanksgiving, for their strong, healthy bodies and their “mom energy.” They never stop giving.

See also Yoga for Moms: Meditation for Enoughness

Scorpio

Why you’re hard on yourself:

Scorpios tend to suffer from depression and heaviness. They feel like they’re too intense.

Why we’re thankful for you:

We’re thankful for Scorpios’ focus, drive, and deep desire to make a difference. They never give up (Scorpio Hillary Clinton is an example).

See also Yoga + Activism: 4 Steps to Find Your Cause

Pisces

Why you’re hard on yourself:

Pisces cry easily and can be reclusive and introverted. They think of themselves as being a little too sensitive.

Why we’re thankful for you:

We’re thankful for Pisces’ gifts of art, music, beauty, and spirituality—and for being so sweet and kind.

See also A Creative Sequence to Help You Navigate Tough Emotions

Gemini

Why you’re hard on yourself:

Geminis feel like they talk too much, and they think they’re over-the-top and scattered.

Why we’re thankful for you:

We’re thankful that Geminis are so flexible. They can multitask, change their mind, and be lighthearted.

See also A Kundalini Meditation for Staying Grounded

Libra

Why you’re hard on yourself:

Libras feel they are co-dependent “pleasers.” They are hard on themselves for being indecisive and self-conscious.

Why we’re thankful for you:

We’re thankful for Libras because they are artists. They have a natural aesthetic. They are also very good at listening and being interested in others.

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Aquarius

Why you’re hard on yourself:

Aquarians judge themselves for being different and not fitting in. They might not even want to go Thanksgiving, or maybe they don’t want to eat turkey because they are vegetarians.

Why we’re thankful for you:

We’re thankful for Aquarians for bringing us the new and preparing us for what’s to come, rather than what was. We also love them for being unusual and out there.

See also 10 Ways to “Namaslay” and Be Yourself Authentically

Taurus

Why you’re hard on yourself:

Tauruses tend to beat up on themselves for being slow and boring.

Why we’re thankful for you:

We’re thankful for Taurus for being so patient, for their gifts of endurance and stability, and their appreciation of food. They are also durable and the most loyal.

See also 10 Ways to Love Yourself (More) in the Modern World

Virgo

Why you’re hard on yourself:

Virgo judge themselves all day long and tend to feel like they are not enough.

Why we’re thankful for you:

We’re thankful that Virgo has such high standards for themselves and such a desire for excellence. They also love to give and set a perfect Thanksgiving table.

See also Good and Bad Judgements: Remove the Ego to Create a Better Life

Capricorn

Why you’re hard on yourself:

Capricorns criticize themselves for being boring workaholics and know-it-alls.

Why we’re thankful for you:

We’re thankful for Caps for being serious, responsible, accountable, and for keeping everything organized and on time (they’re the ones who make sure the Thanksgiving recipes are accurate).

See also Meatless Feast: 10 Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

Aries

Why you’re hard on yourself:

Aries tend to think of themselves as being overly demanding.

Why we’re thankful for you:

We’re thankful for Aries for their ability to be so willful, energetic, excitable, and strong charactered. We’re grateful that they have the courage to stand up and fight, even when it’s unpopular.

See also Liz Arch’s Mantra for Courage in Challenge Poses and in Life

Leo

Why you’re hard on yourself:

Leos feel self-conscious about being so bossy, attention-driven, and strong-willed.

Why we’re thankful for you:

We’re thankful for Leos’ endless creativity and for their strong preferences and taste buds. They give us color, flair, style, and entertainment.

See also Use Your Yoga Wisdom to Keep the Peace at Family Gatherings

Sagittarius

Why you’re hard on yourself:

Sagittarius feels guilty about over-indulging, eating too much, and partying too hard (especially on Thanksgiving).

Why we’re thankful for you:

We’re thankful for Sagittarius for their incredible enthusiasm, their ability to make the party be a little louder, and their honesty. Their gift is being all the wild things that we need.

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Discover the ancient science of astrology with astrologer and psychotherapist Debra Silverman, as she shares wisdom from her 40 years of experience in these FREE training videos. By the end of this series, you’ll have your natal chart in front of you and you’ll have a better idea of how to read it. Plus, you’ll find your missing element and you’ll understand how Mercury rules your mind. If you want to better understand yourself and others, let astrology be the doorway to your enlightenment.