Although Armand Carrel often appears self-controlled, disciplined, and even somewhat of an ascetic (as described on the previous page), there is also a pleasure-loving sensualist in him that thoroughly enjoys "the good life". He may sometimes feel torn between saving his hard-earned money and conserving his resources versus indulging himself and appeasing his appetite for pleasure and beauty.
He is a steadfast and patient soul, capable of tremendous devotion, dedication, endurance and constancy. The ability to follow through and stick with things is one of his greatest assets. Once Carrel's course is set, he pursues it tenaciously until it is completed, stubbornly resisting any attempts to sway him from his purpose.
Armand Carrel has a very practical nature; he wants to see concrete, tangible results for his efforts, and he is not one to concoct wild dreams that are unlikely to come into fruition. Most of his "wild dreams" have to do with material achievements, well-being and security, for he has a great love of the physical world and he wants to experience and enjoy it to the full. Though Armand Carrel will work long and persistently, he also has a strong sensual and comfort-loving side, and he wants to enjoy what he has worked for. In fact, Carrel can be enormously lazy at times and has a tendency to overindulge in good food and other earthly pleasures. Armand Carrel also loves the beauty of the natural world and he probably prefers a serene country setting to an urban life style.
Basically, his needs are simple and he is easy to please. Armand Carrel has a strong desire for security, stability and peace, and will rarely make changes unless he is forced to do so. He is not very demanding emotionally, though he does crave a great deal of physical closeness and affection. Because of his faithfulness, emotional steadfastness and gentle strength, others often depend upon Carrel for support. Though he hates upheaval and sudden changes, Armand Carrel usually maintains his poise and equanimity. Armand Carrel also has an innate sense of harmony with nature, allowing things to grow and unfold in their own time and the patience to nurture something into being - be it a garden, a child, or a creative project. He makes an excellent parent, especially if he follows his instincts more often than "the experts".
Armand has three major faults: one is his bullheaded obstinacy. The second is his unwillingness to deviate from his safe, predictable routine. And the third is Carrel's tendency to always insist upon realism and undervalue the imaginative, speculative, and fanciful - in other words, Armand Carrel lacks the ability to play with ideas and possibilities, and to open his mind to new horizons.
He is a private person and inclined to withdraw in very public and impersonal social settings. Armand Carrel prefers to work at home or in a very personal small business.
Carrel invests a lot of his creative energy into his home, family relationships, and inner life.
There is an ongoing, subtle conflict within Armand Carrel between his conscious attitudes and aspirations and his deeper emotional and subconscious beliefs, needs and feelings. This creates considerable inner stress and sometimes paralyzing indecision, mostly due to the fact that Armand may be trying to follow a path that is at odds with his subconscious desires. Chronic tightness or tension in his body may well be a signal that Armand Carrel is denying or suppressing the messages from his subconscious or emotional self.
Ideally, Armand Carrel will learn to accept and express these two different sides of himself. Should he fail to do so, Carrel is likely to be drawn into many relationships with people who reflect his denied or repressed qualities and seem to make his life difficult. (Also read chapter 4 in order to get a better picture of the duality described here.)
The unusual and unorthodox appeal to Carrel, and he does not allow tradition, convention or other people's expectations to dictate how he is going to live his life. Armand Carrel craves freedom, adventure, excitement and discovery, and is not afraid of change. Armand Carrel possesses inventive and creative genius.
Armand Carrel is extremely sensitive, compassionate and giving, often to his own detriment. His ideals and spiritual values motivate Armand Carrel, and he cannot live for personal gain or materialistic concerns alone. There must be an element of beauty, magic, imagination, inspiration or creativity in what he does. Otherwise Armand Carrel becomes listless and aimless. The arts, theater, music and/or charitable work are ideally suited to Armand.
Carrel alternates between aggression and apathy and sometimes feels that he is unable to meet all the demands made on him. Once Armand Carrel becomes aware of what he needs to do, however, he is capable of working long and hard, not giving up until his work is done.
Carrel has a strong will and great determination and is willing to work hard to reach his goals. Armand Carrel often takes on more than his share and labors untiringly, sparing himself no pain in his work. Armand should guard against over-exerting himself physically.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Capricorn and Sun in Taurus
Sun in Taurus
Sun in 4th house
Sun Quincunx Moon
Sun Trine Uranus
Sun Opposition Neptune
Sun Conjunct Mars/Saturn
Sun Conjunct Saturn/Pluto