approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Cathy's basic stance toward life, the way others see her, the way Cathy Downs comes across, the face she shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Cathy Downs - 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 Cathy Downs" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Cathy a little better. This page describes the disguise Downs wears, her role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
She is a gentle, sensitive person with a deep understanding of people and a very tolerant, accepting, non-judgmental approach towards life. In a noisy, competitive atmosphere Cathy Downs is often receding and withdrawn for she is not an aggressive, forceful person, and she intensely dislikes conflict. In fact Cathy tends to be somewhat passive, to wait, watch, observe, feel and know much - but to act little. Letting things resolve or work themselves out in their own way, rather than directing or forcing her will upon them is often Downs' way of dealing with problems.
Cathy Downs may have a deeply religious or spiritual feeling about life, not in the orthodox sense necessarily, but an intuitive sense of the immensity and underlying oneness of all life, which makes so many human aspirations seem rather unimportant. She needs peaceful surroundings in order to flourish, and periods of quiet solitude are essential for Downs' emotional balance and well-being.
Cathy Downs is also very compassionate and cannot tolerate seeing any fellow creature suffer - be it human, animal, or even plant! As a child Cathy Downs probably cried very easily and became quite upset whenever others were hurt, physically or emotionally. The world of Downs' imagination and fantasy was also very real to Downs, a place to escape to when the outside world became too harsh, demanding, or simply uninteresting.
Because she is very giving and forgiving, people sense Downs' sympathetic nature and gravitate toward her when in need. Often Downs will continue to give to people even when she realizes they are taking advantage of her or becoming overly dependent upon her. Cathy Downs overlooks and makes excuses for other people's weaknesses, and for her own as well. Discrimination and self-discipline are not Downs' strong points.
Though she may be as intelligent as anyone else, she does not really have a rational, logical approach toward life, and trying to reach Cathy through logical arguments is often futile. Her feelings, intuition, and heart, not her head, lead her, which may infuriate or bewilder Downs' more rational friends. Cathy Downs certainly recognizes that there is much more to life than can be explained intellectually and categorized into neat little boxes, and Cathy Downs has an open, receptive attitude toward such areas as psychic phenomena, telepathy, parapsychology, etc. She is not as structured and rigid in her attitudes as many people are, which enables Cathy Downs to see many different points of view and to accept all of them as valid. This can lead to vagueness, uncertainty, and confusion on her part - or to a very flexible and holistic way of approaching any issue.
She is mentally active and restless and she likes to talk, communicate, and exchange ideas with others. Cathy Downs expresses herself well, and is suited to activities that involve presenting ideas to other people, such as teaching and sales.
Cathy Downs identifies with the progressive, innovative elements in society, and with being a rebel, reformer, nonconformist, or iconoclast. She enjoys being original, unpredictable, and spontaneous, and insists on doing whatever she wishes regardless of tradition, convention, or other people's wishes. Others see Cathy Downs as "different" yet interesting and exciting.
To others, Cathy Downs appears capable, mature and down to earth. Even when she was young, there was a certain practicality and responsible air about Cathy that inspired people to rely on her. Downs keeps her cool in most situations.
In significant ways, Downs' emotional nature and personal needs are at odds with the way she presents herself. As a result of this inconsistency, Cathy Downs may be uncomfortable showing her instinctive responses and true feelings. She may put them aside and may even be ashamed of them.
When Cathy Downs 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.
There is a receptive, elusive quality to Cathy's personality. Downs can be difficult to pin down, difficult to know, something of a mystery. At times Cathy Downs may feel frustrated because she feels that she is not being perceived very clearly, that she does not make a powerful impression, that she is easily overlooked or discounted. If she does not wish to be "invisible", Downs must make some effort to define and clarify - both for herself and for the rest of the world - who Cathy Downs is. On the other hand, Cathy Downs may purposely create illusions about herself with the intent to deceive - or entertain - others.
Cathy Downs has a dynamic personality and great ability to improvise, but she is likely to surprise, perplex or confuse people in her relationships constantly. Her somewhat eccentric, impulsive and hasty actions could lead to accidents if she is not careful.
Cathy Downs tends to be somewhat inhibited and does not want to attract attention. She is likely to think that other people are more important than she is and prefers to live in seclusion.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Mercury Conjunct Asc.
Uranus Conjunct Asc.
Saturn Trine Asc.
Moon Quincunx Asc.
Neptune Quincunx Asc.
Asc. Conjunct Mercury/Uranus
Asc. Opposition Saturn/N. Node