5 Tips For A Better Communication Using Mercury Retrograde

10 08 2010

© August 2010 by Fabienne Lopez

Mercury retrogradeMercury Retrograde in Virgo: Reviewing our Communication Patterns

Mercury retrogrades 3 or 4 times a year. The third Mercury retrograde will happen in Virgo (8/20/2010 to 9/12/2010). Combining Mercury (communication, thought) with the qualities of Virgo (precision, logical, quick, practical and common sense) and you have a recipe on learning how to communicate with less static in our daily communications. A good usage of Mercury retrograde in a Virgo period.

Communication skills are something we are always emphasizing in our workplace, resumes, daily life etc… But how many of us are really capable of effective communication? How many of us know how to communicate in a way that conveys the message clearly?

The Emotional Cost of Miscommunication

At the same time, we complain about being misinterpreted and misunderstood. Ineffective communication skills can cause havoc and impact the quality of our life. The book by John Gray, Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus, illustrated the difficulties and the cost both genders encounter because of poor communications in the increase of conflicts, misunderstanding, hurt and resentment. No wonder communication skills are so valued. So much can be lost in translation—the coding and encoding that is done between sender and receiver. Yet, our ability to effectively translate and to clearly convey our intention and message is extremely important in our daily life. It is this combination of both clearly conveying and accurately receiving that makes up effective communication.

Inspired by the upcoming Mercury Retrograde in Virgo, here are 5 tips to improve communication

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I Hate You / I Love You: My Struggle with Venus

13 05 2010

©May 2010 by Fabienne Lopez

I was struggling with my article about my inner/outer dialogue with  Venus.  Venus has always been my unlived planet and my writing is very rooted in my personal experience. Hard for me to write about Venus since I do not have a lot of experience with this planet.

Venus is ruled by Libra. But my Venus is in detriment – located in Libra’s opposite sign — in Aries. My Venus is also retrograde – meaning it seems from a geocentric point of view to go backwards in my birth chart. See Wikipedia: retrograde motion. Not a happy placement for Venus, where her qualities, as described in astrology manuals, are in conflict with the qualities  ascribed to Aries. Making difficult  for me to express both energies in a harmonious way. In astrology when a planet is retrograde, the energy of the planet is experienced in a more subjective, internal way. Thus your experience and expression of the planet’s energy is very unique to you. With Venus retrograde in my natal chart, my concept of beauty is different, comes from a different place, than those around me. Read the rest of this entry »

Writing during Mercury Retrograde: A Blogger’s Experience

19 04 2010

©April 2010 by Fabienne Lopez

Astrology Unboxed started during the Mercury retrograde in Virgo that happened September 6, 2009 through September 29, 2009. For this new Mercury retrograde transit in Taurus (from April 18 to  May 11, 2010) I feel the need to stop, reflect and review some thoughts and discoveries concerning the creative process.

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Skinny bitch, Fat cow – My inner/outer Venus dialogue

28 03 2010

© March 2010 by Fabienne Lopez

What’s your New Year’s resolution? I always have one. Not a conscious thing, but more an awareness of a personal development I have to work on for that year. The resolution generally pops on my mind out of the blues. This year it really surprised me. “I want to be beautiful, it screamed at me, really loudly in the middle of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. I had not a clue about what it meant for me. I knew it wasn’t just about physical beauty.

Then serendipity starts to happen, as defined by observing apparently innocuous facts and drawing a valuable conclusion from them. Read the rest of this entry »

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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