challenges and difficulties
He is very self-conscious and has a great need for ego-affirmation and praise. Expressing himself freely and openly is not easy for Santana. Carlos Santana tends to work hard at playing and "having fun", rather than being light-hearted and spontaneous. Developing self-love and self-acceptance regardless of his "performance" is an important task for Carlos.
He is serious-minded and may have difficulty making light social conversation or participating in friendly, personal interchanges.
Carlos Santana tries to be strictly accurate and he is critical of people who exaggerate or talk on subjects they really know little about. Santana withholds his thoughts and opinions until he has thought everything through quite thoroughly, and sometimes Carlos' silence discomforts others.
His mental concentration is very good but his breadth of understanding may not be.
He is suspicious of groups, crowds, and social organizations. Santana is quick to pick up on social charades and insincerity and avoids the limelight and glamour. Carlos Santana is direct and to the point in speech and manner, stubborn and inflexible, and often unwilling to communicate his innermost feelings and thoughts.
He is inclined to feel inferior and may easily be taken in by others. Carlos has to guard against being deceived or used by others, though his intentions may be good. Carlos Santana must not let his desire to have things cloud his ability to see what is really happening.
Now we will discuss patterns of behavior which Carlos Santana instinctively and habitually reverts to when under stress - a mostly subconscious process that he is apt to over indulge in because it is so familiar and hence easy for him. The direction Carlos Santana needs to follow in order to develop balance, greater awareness, and wholeness is also described.
Carlos Santana needs to take what he has learned (either through formal education or his own questing and life experience) and share it with others, communicate it or express it in a way that can benefit others. Knowledge and understanding, which does not enhance either Carlos' quality of life or that of persons in his world, is of little real value. Putting Santana's understanding, philosophy, and convictions into practice in his daily relationships, and in the multiple choices he makes every day, will enable Carlos Santana to really test his belief system and discover more about life.
When under stress, Carlos Santana is apt to seek refuge in imagining that the grass is greener elsewhere, rather than working with what is at hand. Carlos Santana needs to cultivate his ability to live in the present!
It is in his relationships with others that he is most likely to wrestle with these issues. There is a dynamic balance (or conflict) within Carlos Santana between acting spontaneously and being true to himself versus modifying himself or his behavior to suit others. Carlos Santana seesaws between being inordinately concerned with his self to being overly conciliatory and concerned with others' needs, rights, or opinions about him. Learning to act authentically and forthrightly regardless of possible consequences is Santana's task.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Saturn in Leo
Saturn in 3rd house
Saturn Conjunct Pluto
Saturn Conjunct Mars/Neptune
N. Node in Gemini
N. Node in 1st house