approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Bette's basic stance toward life, the way others see her, the way Bette Davis comes across, the face she shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Bette Davis - her real motivation, which describes the kind of person she is at heart and where her 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 Bette Davis" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Bette a little better. This page describes the disguise Davis wears, her role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
She is very strong-willed and proud, but intensely private and not easy to know well. Behind Davis' quiet exterior lies a great deal of emotional depth, sensitivity, complexity, and also fierce determination. When Bette Davis wants something she goes after it rather quietly but insistently and wholeheartedly - and what Bette Davis wants, Bette Davis usually gets.
She is not a person who lives haphazardly or superficially. Bette wants to live passionately and intensely and is not averse to challenge, danger, or to facing the darker side of life - human pain and struggle. Bette Davis functions well in crisis situations and she often seeks them out, for she enjoys the feeling of living at full capacity.
She is very intuitive about other people and especially about their unspoken feelings and hidden motives. Bette Davis usually has strong, immediate gut reactions, either positive or negative, which prove to be correct. Davis approaches life very instinctively and is not always fully conscious of why she feels or acts the way she does. Bette Davis also has a very strong affinity with animals - an acute sensitivity and a nonverbal rapport with them.
In new relationships she is rather cautious, sometimes even suspicious, until she gets to know and trust someone - and trust does not come easily to Davis. When Bette Davis commits herself emotionally to someone, be it friend or lover, she is intensely loyal and devoted to them and she also expects the same kind of unwavering, undying loyalty in return. If she is ever betrayed by someone she cares deeply for, Bette Davis is capable of hating and retaliating with as much fervor as she once loved. Nothing is done halfway. In fact, she is intensely involved and often jealously attached to whatever she cares about, be it person, idea, or cause. There is definitely a streak of emotional fanaticism in her.
Because of her natural reserve, others may see Bette Davis as something of an enigma. She is quite self-protective and often defensive. Bette Davis also has a very magnetic quality, especially to members of the opposite sex.
Bright, alert, quick of tongue and/or of movement, there is youthfulness about Bette's manner and appearance regardless of her chronological age. Bette Davis also always appears busy and active, and somewhat restless. Davis needs mental stimulation from her environment, or she will rapidly get bored.
Bette Davis appears to be unusual, highly independent, and a free spirit. There is a touch of brilliance, of the creative genius, in her manner. She is also restless and easily distracted, tending to fly from one thing to another, which may give the impression that Davis is unreliable.
The image that Bette Davis projects to the world and the person she really is inside, are considerably different. So much so that at times Bette may feel that people do not see or know the real her. They respond to the face they see, and the initial impression Davis makes may actually be misleading. Within her, also, there is much complexity and tension, and Bette Davis often feels that she needs to change herself in significant ways or that she continually holds back essential aspects of hers.
In significant ways, Davis' emotional nature and personal needs are at odds with the way she presents herself. As a result of this inconsistency, Bette Davis may be uncomfortable showing her instinctive responses and true feelings. She may put them aside, maybe even be ashamed of them.
When Bette Davis is in an emotionally charged situation, those who do not know her well may be quite surprised at her reactions or behavior. The real challenge, though, is to completely accept herself, so that she does not act as if her emotional needs and impulses did not count for very much.
Bette Davis has a strong desire to make an extra-ordinary or unusual impression on her environment. Bette has the ability to fascinate and sweep along others, but she can also be quite inconsiderate and ruthless.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Mercury Trine Asc.
Uranus Sextile Asc.
Sun Quincunx Asc.
Moon Quincunx Asc.
Asc. Opposition Sun/Pluto