Though Benny Goodman seems rather cautious and conservative (as discussed in the previous chapter), he has a much more playful, humorous side as well. Moreover, the combination of his attention to detail and cautious, circumspect approach to life, coupled with his youthful curiosity and quick mind makes Benny mentally sharp, articulate and clever.
Benny Goodman is, in many ways, an eternal child. His mind is bright, alert, curious, flexible, playful and always eager for new experiences - and his attention span is often quite brief. Goodman grasps ideas quickly and once his initial curiosity has been satisfied, he is ready to move on. Benny Goodman craves frequent change and variety, as well as new situations and people.
It may be hard for Benny Goodman to decide just where his talents and true vocation lie, for he has a multitude of interests and is loathe limiting himself by concentrating on just one. He is easily distracted by all of the other fascinating possibilities. His curiosity and restlessness propel Benny toward many different experiences in life, and he is willing to taste or try anything once. Doing the same thing over and over again, even if it is something he does well, is tantamount to drudgery for Goodman.
Benny Goodman lives in his head a great deal - reading, observing, thinking, spinning ideas around - and he needs mental stimulation every bit as much as he needs food and drink. In fact, if Benny had to choose between a good book or movie and a good lunch, he would very likely choose the former. Benny Goodman has a creative mind and he often lives by his wits.
He is also a very social creature, with a strong need to communicate and interact with people. He enjoys using and playing with words and has a real flair for getting his ideas across in a clever, interesting, articulate manner. Writing and/or speaking are areas he has talent for.
Benny Goodman also has a rather lighthearted and mischievous sense of humor, and often does not take anything too seriously. Though he craves emotional involvement, it is hard for Benny Goodman to achieve it, for he is frequently unwilling to commit himself to anything, to take responsibility or to limit his personal freedom and mobility.
His happiness lies in using his creativity and language skills to communicate something meaningful, teach, inspire, or bring people together. Benny has an unbiased mind and can usually offer a fresh, clear, uncluttered perspective. His faults are his lack of constancy and persistence, and his tendency to overlook or ignore deep emotional issues and other people's feelings.
Goodman is very attracted to world travel, foreign cultures and studies that expand his intellectual horizons and broaden his understanding of the world.
Benny Goodman is philosophically inclined and concerned with seeking answers to the big questions of life or getting an overall picture of any situation. Abstract concepts and/or plans for the future occupy his mind much of the time.
Benny has big aspirations and the desire to succeed in life in a grand way. Benny Goodman tends to exaggerate, promise more than is feasible and misjudge by being overly optimistic. However, he never gives up on his hopes for the future. Goodman tends to be restless and discontent with the responsibilities and limitations of life.
He is a bit impulsive and excitable and wants things done quickly. Benny Goodman tends to be very impatient with anyone who is slower or less energetic than he is. Goodman will fight for what he wants but should guard against mishaps or accidents.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Virgo and Sun in Gemini
Sun in Gemini
Sun in 9th house
Sun Square Jupiter
Sun Opposition Mars/Asc.