How to Nurture Your Creativity with Astrology

3 08 2010

© August 2010 by Fabienne Lopez

Creative astrologyAre you creative?

When I ask this question, my answer is generally No!

But sometimes, just sometimes, it’s a Yes!

Even then, there might be a few seconds of delay, before I get the positive response delivered in various levels of conviction.

Remember when you were a kid and being a princess, a shiny knight, a super-hero was easy, fun and effortless? Do you still remember when you showed off your latest abstract wall painting or sculpture made with all sorts of pasta with the certitude that it was absolutely perfect? Back then, you could sing, dance, paint, draw and imagine without hesitation, doubt or fear.

So what happened?

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Water and Fire by Darby Costello – A Book Review (Sort of)

18 05 2010

© May  2010 by Fabienne Lopez

When I first started studying Astrology one of the first things I encountered was the 4 elemental signs: Fire, Water, Earth and Air.

Here’s a brief explanation of how the elements relate to different functions in our personalities and temperaments: Fire is linked to action; Earth to common sense; Air to the thinking function and Water to feelings. That was all I was exposed to. Maybe every now and then some article would list a few keywords but had no in depth explanations.

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Asterix and Astrology

29 04 2010

©April 2010 by Fabienne Lopez

Mystic Medusa’s posts on Astrology and cartoons inspired me to write a post with my own favorite cartoon characters. Being raised in a multicultural family, I came in contact with a variety of cartoons, so I assumed everybody knew the same characters as I did. Imagine my shock the other day when talking to G. and he didn’t know who Asterix was!

Over a cup of coffee, I happened to mention my love for Asterix the Gaul. He gave me a blank look because he had not, never ever, heard of this character before. As can be expected, I was shocked and horrified.

“How can you have never heard of Asterix?” I cried.

He looked a little alarmed at my outburst.

“Asterix is famous! He is everyone’s childhood hero. The books still make me roll on the ground with laughter.”

He gave me a polite nod, took a bite of his Danish, and changed the conversation.

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Confessions of another Astro-Nerd

25 11 2009

© November 25 2009 by Fabienne Lopez


I always enjoyed Neeti Ray’s comments in Donna Cunningham’s blog Skywriter. So I googled Neety and found her blog Then I discovered her astrological sense of humor.  She had this post entitled “Confessions of an Astro-Nerd”, where she quips on astrology. It made me laugh so hard, I had a belly ache at the end. She totally inspired me to do my own confessions about what I really thought of Astrology.


  • My Mars is a wimp. Tucked in the fourth house, in Cancer and out of bounds. For an Aries this is the kiss of death.
  • My Moon is in Libra. I admire her juggling act. She is “Cirque du Soleil” material!
  • My Venus is in detriment in Aries and retrograde. I’m jealous, yes, jealous of people with a sexy, sensuous, happy Venus. I want one just like that! Maybe in another life!
  • When I look at someone’s chart, anyone’s, I immediately start checking out how it links with mine.
  • When I talk to people, more often than not, I try to figure out their sun sign, ascendant and moon through what they are saying, and how they are saying it.
  • My favorite method when doing a client’s astrology reading is K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Silly) I don’t do asteroids, minor aspects, tertiary progressions (true or mean), midpoints, profections, etc…. Why? Too much information? Why? The client get’s lost in so much information. I do not want to rescue my clients. I want help them help themselves!
  • I love astrology. I just love it. It’s the only love in my life that has not betrayed me, cheated on me, dumped me or broke up with me. It has just given me as much I as have given to it. Or as I put it “tough love.” Sometimes, very tough love with her difficult transits to my natal chart.
  • I agree with Neety that psychology and astrology need to combine and have plenty of beautiful life coaching babies.
  • There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who, upon learning you are an astrologer, will try to get a free reading; and those who zealously will try to convince you that astrology is a form of superstition. The latter are called “scientists.”
  • I do not feel the need to prove that Astrology works. I know it does. That’s enough for me.
  • Through astrology I found my community, my voice and some seriously good friends.


What’s on your list?


And for those interested, I do astrological readings and life coaching. Send me an email:

Mars in Leo – A case study in progress

11 11 2009

©November 11, 2009 by Fabienne Lopez

Note. While this post is geared toward the student of astrology, it will be mostly in plain English with some “astrologese” thrown in.

In the November 5, 2009 post (, I explained the importance of Mars in Leo. This week, I will look at how Mars in Leo affects me specifically. While you read, think about your chart, and how Mars is affecting it.

This prolonged stay of Mars in Leo – from October 2009 to June 2010 – will be an interesting transit for me because of the positive effect this transit will cause on my own chart.

In my natal chart, I have Sun in Aries in the first house square Mars in Cancer in the fourth. In plain English, this means there is tension between my sun and my Mars, or between who I am and how I assert myself.

During Mars’ stay in Leo, it will be making a trine, or an encouraging aspect, to my sun. A reverse of sorts. As a person who pays attention to how her transits manifest in real life, I am wondering how it feels to be living the opposite of my natal aspect. What does it mean to have Mars in favorable aspect to my sun when my whole life I’ve had to deal with a square?

A Sun square Mars is not an easy aspect to live with. Suffice to say that I have had difficulties with being assertive, going after what I want and standing up for myself.

If I were to use a metaphor to describe this aspect I’ve been living with all my life, I would say it is like wearing a shoe that is too small for you. My toes do not have room to stretch. They constantly rub against the leather, causing painful blisters. I end up walking in discomfort, dying to kick them off. And why don’t I? Asks the reader? That’s when my problems with assertiveness kicks in, I answer. I rather put on a band-aid until such time I can safely discard the shoes without causing any confrontations, instead of just kicking them off.

If I continue with the metaphor, this Mars transit could be the perfect size shoe. How? By showing me a more positive way to negotiate my own internal conflicts — with assertiveness and personal goals. This transit could be the perfect shoe size by increasing my ability to establish boundaries and pursue my own self-interest with less self-doubt and vulnerability.

Although, for me, the transit will not go into full effect until mid-November, I can already feel its manifestation. This blog is proof.

As soon as Mars entered Leo, I launched Astrology Unboxed. Something that had been three years in the making! I just did it. Why?

Because now I found the courage to find my own voice, to develop my unique creativity. Something I always wanted and was too afraid to go after.

Being creative is something that I am doing with increasing confidence and gusto. My issues around assertiveness and creativity have not disappeared, but now the Mars energy in Leo helps me deal with those issues in a more constructive way.

My new-found confidence also comes from a conscious decision on my part to work with this transit, to take advantage of its positive energy. I want to make the most of it, so that in of June 2010, when this transits ends, I can look back and see how what constituted a hindrance in my chart became an asset.

Before I even launched the blog, the first step was writing a post and publishing it. A nerve racking experience ridden on a roller-coaster of anxiety! But sooooooo exhilarating! (My first post, on The Saturn-Neptune Quincunx and its Part in our Economic Woes

In launching my own blog I realized I had broken a taboo, I had gone against an unspoken rule in my family – Do not shine your own light, do not express yourself, do not stand out. Powerful message that I have been faithfully observing all my life. The underlying assumption was that expressing myself creatively would be akin to wearing a shoe too big for me.

Each of us has difficult aspects in our charts, each of us has unspoken rules that we are not supposed to break. But the beauty of the Mars in Leo transit described in my other post is to give us an opportunity to discover the upside of walking in uncomfortable shoes.

What is the upside? Empathy for yourself, for your struggles and for your need to assert your unique individuality. And the results, of course!

And for those wondering, yes I am a shoe fanatic.

How is Mars in Leo affecting you? How can you harness its energy – to get radical results and unleash your creativity with style, guts and super-charged energy? If you’re curious to know the answer to this provocative question, you can schedule an astrology reading to find out.

Fabienne Lopez reads and interprets astrology charts for inquisitive people across the country- Fabienne

Mars in Leo

5 11 2009
Mars in Leo: a warrior's time to play

A warrior's time to play


©November 5, 2009 by Fabienne Lopez

Mars entered Leo on October 16, 2009. It will stay in that sign for almost 8 months, until June 7, 2010. Mars usually remains in a sign for about 6 weeks, but approximately every two years retrograde motion makes it stay in a single sign for longer than usual. So what can we expect during this transit?

For the beginner astrologer, I will first define Mars, then Leo and finally Mars in Leo.

In astrology, Mars represents self-confidence, vitality, energy, ambition, courage, action, fight, aggressiveness, sexuality, desire, attraction, assertiveness, strength, and will power. In other words, it’s what makes you get up in the morning  and go about your daily business. Without it, no conquering of our heart’s desire is possible.

Leo is the sign of passion, courage, creativity, impetuosity, authority and pride. Leo is associated with the Higher Self and the  appreciation of who we are and how we express ourselves. Activities such as creating art, falling in love, starting a business, being with our children, entertaining and being entertained and above all having fun pertain to the Leo domain.

The combination of Mars in Leo will put a warrior in charge of going after what makes our heart beat faster and louder. It will give us the energy, drive, focus and daring to listen to our own drum line.

Expect this transit to push each of us to courageously stand up for ourselves and for our unique individuality, and to refuse to accept our own unhappiness about the way things are in our life. It will stimulate our ambition, aspiration, passion and  the need  to be  recognized for our own creativity.

In summary with a fire planet (Mars) in a fire fixed sign (Leo), get ready for a lot of assertive changes (Mars) in how you uniquely stand out (Leo).



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