Your Astrology Key to Unlock the Power of Gratitude

You possess a magic key, issued to you at birth. It unlocks a door to improved health, wealth and more fulfilling relationships.  Everyone has such a key, but not everyone has mastered the art of turning the lock it fits.  Numerous studies confirm that cultivating feelings of gratitude and appreciation greatly improves one’s quality of life.  Sometimes, however, it’s just not that easy; we are conditioned to focus on problems rather than on the blessings we enjoy.

What do you love? What brings you back home to your soul?  To consciously focus attention on what you appreciate in life is one easy way to tap into the power of gratitude.  Another is to reach out to help someone else.  We’ve all experienced the fulfillment that comes when we uplift others in some way.  Nothing generates deep satisfaction like knowing you have helped make the world just a little bit better, and it’s a surefire way to beat the blues.

The gifts that come with your zodiac sign and other signs that influence you the most will indicate what’s likely to inspire appreciation and gratitude, or what type of service may resonate with you. Try using these zodiac keys to get into the gratitude zone.

Tests of courage that you have come through, projects you’ve pioneered or competitions you have dared to enter can help you appreciate the best in you and lead you to become who you are meant to be?  Give thanks for your adventures, for your victories, large or small. Services that help people develop courage or rebuild their lives may inspire you to get involved. or organizations that empower victims of abuse, like or Veteran Charities, have an Aries signature.

Anything that fosters a feeling of security can inspire appreciation for Taurus. What safety and comforts do you take for granted?  Give thanks for the sensual, simple, earthy pleasures you enjoy. A favorite perfume or a good meal, music that stirs your soul or just a walk in nature; all these things can help you to cultivate feelings of gratitude.  Services for the homeless, environmental causes and food pantries may be fulfilling for you to get involved with, such as  and

Have you been fortunate enough to travel at all? Or to study, to pursue what fascinates you? Any opportunities along these lines that come your way can stir appreciation and gratitude within you.  Likewise, friends with whom you share stimulating conversation, whose minds you respect, or great books that you love. Non-profits that focus on sustainability, like EARTHEASY may capture your interest – and how great would you feel knowing that you’ve helped girls get an education? does just that.

What aspects of your home or family do you cherish? It may be as simple as a recipe handed down from someone you love.  Gathering around a table to share a meal with friends can turn a crabby mood into a gift to appreciate.  A cozy corner sanctuary where you unwind, a friend you trust who’s there when you need them, digging out old photographs, all of which can call forth the healing power of gratitude., or Every Orphans Hope are great ways to uplift yourself through service.

Every Leo has their fans. Who values your contributions at work, or your stories, or the way you put together an outfit? Appreciate your audience, and the glow in your heart that comes from their loving attention. Revel in the opportunities you have to play, to create and clowning around with kids, which can all open the door to gratitude for you. A natural leader, you may be drawn to services that help build communities like and .

Think of the people who need you, who respect your integrity, intelligence, and skill. Try to appreciate yourself from their perspective. What healers or teachers are you grateful for? If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, bask in the joy of working the earth. Take the time for stress relief; no one appreciates the relief of a hot bath or massage like you can! Virgo shows the world how great it feels to serve; you may resonate with , EARTHEASY or Polaris Project.

Focus on the beauty available to you, whether it’s an environment you’ve created, a sunset, or at an exhibit or performance, which can move you into a state of appreciation.  What relationships are you especially grateful for?  Everything that brings you peace; music, meditation or fostering peace in the world – any of these can guide you into the state of gratitude. Helping others find harmony will do the same for you, Libra. Check out or .

What gateways to the mysteries of life excite your soul, Scorpio? You need intense and magical encounters. Deep and honest relationships are something to truly appreciate.  Take stock of the fears you have faced and conquered, you can feel grateful for your own courage and for others that have helped you through those challenges.  Organizations like Live Out Loud or are great ways for Scorpios to tap into gratitude through service.

Take inventory of everything that cultivates a sense of freedom within you.  What adventures or travels have you had the privilege to enjoy?  What journeys of the mind or spiritual quests beckon your soul? When you believe you can pursue these you activate appreciation.  You may feel grateful for strokes of luck in your life, or even a favorite pet.  Knowing you have helped defenseless animals may hold a special appeal. is a great fit for Sagittarius.

There’s always another mountain to climb, but take a minute to look back at how far you’ve come.  Appreciate all you have learned along the way.  Reward yourself for your hard work, and savor those moments of satisfaction. Get outside to enjoy life, nurture yourself and give thanks for the mentors that have helped you get where you are, as well as for your own dedication to achieve your goals. Helping others find opportunity would lift your spirits; or are great ways to do that.

When you realize that you don’t need anyone’s approval, Aquarius, you can appreciate and give thanks for the freedom you have accomplished to be truly yourself.  Be thankful for who or what in your life inspires you to express your individuality, or encourages your independence? There’s always something to feel grateful for! Contributions to society and community building will feed your soul and open the door to gratitude. Live Out Loud or have an Aquarian outlook.

What helps you to reconnect with the world beyond?  It could be a spiritual group or practice, or an avenue of creative expression. It’s important to honor your visionary imagination, Pisces. Perhaps a special friend or mentor or even your favorite movie gets you there. Appreciate how these rejuvenate your soul. You can feel gratitude taking a quiet walk in nature or soothing bath. Your heart soars through helping others; Every Orphans Hope, or Foodpantries.orgmay hold a special appeal.