Get tongue tied around a cute guy? Do you feel misunderstood? Does it seem like your partner is just not listening? Mercury, the minister of communication, is the fastest moving planet in the sky and he loves to throw us off balance with his quick-changing ways. But if you speak to your guy's particular style of communication, you can effectively get your message across. Here's how …
Aries is a youthful guy who sometimes childishly blurts out the thing that most adults would agree shouldn't be said. These utterances are coming from an honest place and are not intended to harm. When communicating with Aries, a direct approach is best. He can take the blunt truth, and prefers that others lead with the main point of the communication instead of tiptoeing around it with formalities.
Taurus responds well to sensory messages. Elaborating about the way things look, feel, taste and sound will make your message come alive in the Bull's imagination. If your topic is dry, juice it up with sensual adjectives (itchy, sticky, crisp, velvety, sweet, etc.) to capture Taurus's attention.
Gemini appreciates sharp wit. Incorporate humor in the message to hit a home run. The twins love complexities of language, though they still want the boiled down version. They live, listen and talk by the Shakespearean dictum that "Brevity is the soul of wit."
Cancer reads the emotional tone of a message, often giving the feeling much more credence than the actual words expressed. Therefore it's important to center yourself before talking with a Cancer, being careful to convey the intended tone. Note that email and text are not the best mediums for Cancer, who would rather experience the face and voice of the other person.
Leo wants every communication to be entertaining, since the cat is naturally inclined to make that kind of effort for his or her audience. Note that Leo is given to hyperbole and will sometimes exaggerate or minimize details for the best possible dramatic effect.
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Virgo will appreciate precision. Crisp diction, correct grammar and well-chosen words will impress this detail-oriented sign. Virgo wants to know what the bottom line meaning, theme or point of the conversation is as well. He's busy, and often just wants to get to the part of the communication that is actionable.
Libra feels comfortable within the guidelines of diplomacy and tact. You don't have to talk to him with the level of protocol reserved for presidents and kings, but just know that manners do matter to him -- it's a matter of respect.
Scorpio wants the unvarnished truth. If Scorpio hears messages that are inconsistent, it is cause for alarm to Scorpio. He's more perceptive than most and can detect lies more accurately than a polygraph machine.
Sagittarius loves colorful conversations so you can skip the boring details. This Fire sign would rather the story be exciting than precisely accurate. Also he tends to have a short attention span for conversation, so don't be offended if it seems like he'd prefer to be out experiencing life rather than talking about it.
Capricorn wants to know early on what the purpose of the conversation really is. This business-minded sign sometimes comes off as very professional even in a personal setting. Also, Capricorn can be aloof if the conversation goes on too long, as this sign is usually quite busy and prefers action to conversation.
Aquarius will gladly talk all around a subject and is adept at an intelligent kind of conversational dancing that may or may not have a point. Creative and broadminded, Aquarius can elevate conversation to the level of an art form. Furthermore, this sign is a good listener and can find a way to connect with people, regardless of how much or little they may have in common.
Pisces are adept at communicating in the more ethereal realms, which can be rather baffling for those who have a more practical approach. Pisces can be quite poetic, and in the way that some poetry is difficult to follow but doesn't have to "make sense" to, well, make sense.
Sherene Schostak is a Jungian psychotherapist, author and metaphysician who specializes in helping creative artists transform their addictions and blocks. She has been in private practice in New York City for the past 13 years consulting, writing and... read more