approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Artie's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Artie Shaw comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Artie Shaw - his real motivation, which describes the kind of person he is at heart and where his true priorities lie. Study this page and the next one and compare them - there may be significant differences between the two, in which case "the inner Artie Shaw" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Artie a little better. This page describes the disguise Shaw wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Modest, unobtrusive, and often rather quiet or shy, he is a person who is content to stay in the background or to serve as an assistant, in the supporting role rather than in the lead. He is quite humble in his own assessment of himself; he seeks perfection, with a tendency to be overly self-critical. No matter how well he does something, Artie Shaw always sees the flaws in it and how it could be improved. Often Shaw will simply refuse to attempt something because he feels he cannot meet his own high standards.
Artie Shaw has an eye for detail and he gets upset when something is not done just so, usually something others consider rather inconsequential or trivial. He is hard to please and his relationships with others may suffer because of this. Artie Shaw also has refined sensitivities and is very discriminating and particular in his choice of foods, clothes, friends, artwork, etc. Order in Shaw's environment is very important to Shaw.
Shaw steps into situations rather cautiously, and not without realistically assessing all of the risks and potential advantages involved. Unless something is a safe bet, he is unlikely to dive into it. Artie Shaw tends to underestimate his own capacities and to lack confidence and trust in life, which inhibits his spontaneity. Worrying is a bad habit of his. On the other hand, Artie rarely falls flat on his face and what he does, he does very well.
Others see Artie Shaw as a self-sufficient and rather self-contained person. Shaw has a strong sense of propriety. Politeness, good manners, and correct behavior are important to him. His clear, cool, objective and non-emotional attitude is apparent to others first, and though he is really quite helpful and caring, he does not radiate much sympathy and as a result, others may not see the helpful side as readily. Artie may seem more businesslike and factual as well as more conservative than he really is at heart. He is the person others might go to for technical advice or an unbiased opinion, but not for emotional support.
He is keenly observant, intelligent, and has a great desire for learning and for self-improvement, but he is not especially ambitious and is often satisfied with a rather simple, unglamourous position in life.
He may come across a bit scattered, nervous, or restless, as if he cannot sit still. Artie Shaw seems alert and quick, but sometimes a bit on edge. Artie tends to stay perpetually busy, and would find handiwork of some kind to be soothing.
He is charming and friendly to everyone, but may prefer more superficial and frequently changing relationships with people rather than steady and lasting friendships. Some of his meetings with others could come about suddenly.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Mercury Square Asc.
Asc. Opposition Venus/Uranus