mental interests and abilities
She is more of a poet than a rational scientist, for her mind does not function in a strictly logical, linear fashion. The language of music, art or poetry comes naturally to Cathy Downs, and she is also able to think in highly abstract and symbolic terms. Translating her thoughts and impressions into concrete, everyday language may be difficult for Downs at times she may consequently appear less intelligent or at least less quick-witted and verbal than others. This was especially true of Cathy Downs as a child, and she probably daydreamed a good deal as well. She is intuitive and able to sense the thoughts and feelings of others even before they say anything to her. Cathy often forms an opinion about a person or situation without much factual knowledge of them, and her impressions are usually correct. Downs can be somewhat absent-minded and she becomes so immersed in her own thoughts that she overlooks things in her immediate, tangible environment. Cathy Downs is extremely open-minded and believes that anything is possible. Intangible or spiritual forces seem just as real to Cathy Downs as anything in the concrete world. Her imagination and sympathetic understanding of other people are two of her greatest gifts.
Cathy does not speak up readily, even when she has a lot to say! Also, her mind tends to drift and Downs finds it difficult to absorb very factual material that does not have much color or imaginative appeal. Her intuition and first impressions are likely to be quite accurate, however, and Cathy Downs tends to depend upon this faculty when making decisions.
Cathy's emotions and logic are often out of sync. What Cathy Downs feels or subconsciously wants or believes is quite different from her conscious thoughts. Thus she may have trouble becoming clear about a given situation or making up her mind. Cathy Downs functions best when she takes the time to reflect, brood and incubate her ideas and decisions, thereby utilizing her intuition and emotions as well as her reasoning. If Cathy Downs studies her dreams and their messages she will be surprised to discover how often her true feelings about someone or something are significantly different from her conscious stance.
Putting her feelings into words does not come very easily, and Cathy Downs may feel awkward trying to articulate and communicate subjects other than those that are purely factual or intellectual in nature. However, finding an outlet through writing about or describing her feelings would be very gratifying for Downs.
Although she is perceptive and attuned to the personal, human side of any issue (as described above), Cathy Downs is also capable of considerable intellectual detachment and objectivity. Downs combines the qualities of being subjective and intuitive with a rational, analytical approach. Cathy has an introverted frame of mind and tends to dissect or deeply analyze her own inner life and experiences as well as those of others.
Cathy Downs possesses excellent powers of concentration and enjoys studying or deep thinking in solitude. Discriminating and highly rational, Downs gets right down to the bare bones in any discussion and is quick to see the fuzzy thinking or weaknesses in another's logic. She is well-suited to any work that requires organized thinking, precision and a methodical approach. She enjoys working on problems that others consider too tedious, repetitive or technical. Cathy Downs tends to become a specialist in a given field of knowledge and to become engrossed in all of the small details involved, sometimes unaware that only few people share her particular interest, especially to the extent that she does.
Downs will notice that the description below contradicts some of the statements made in the previous paragraphs. So far, Cathy Downs' thinking was depicted as careful, conservative, methodical and possibly narrow or rigid, while the following information defines her mind as quick and innovative. Both are true! Cathy Downs incorporates both ways of thinking - the inspired-inventive and the deductive-ordered. Here is a description of the more free-flowing aspect:
An independent and original thinker, Cathy is excited by new ideas, discoveries, and innovations. Her mind functions in an intuitive, nonlinear fashion and sudden insights and ideas often come to her "out of the blue". Cathy Downs grasps ideas very quickly and often becomes impatient with those who are slower or more cautious than he. More conservative minds deem her rather eccentric and unusual in her interests. Cathy Downs does well in an open, unpredictable atmosphere where flexibility and quick responses are needed. Cathy Downs has an aptitude for science, mathematics, electronics or astrology.
Although Cathy Downs' thinking is precise and logical, as described above, at times Downs can be quite the opposite. There may very well be periods of absentmindedness, building castles in the air, or ruminating over mystical, abstract or imponderable subjects, as discussed below.
Vague, confused thinking which can lead to miscommunication and misunderstandings can be a problem for Cathy Downs, and she has to work at being as clear, honest and unambiguous in her dealings with others as she possibly can. Cathy also tends to "go off the deep end" regarding spiritual philosophies, imaginative ideas or theoretical speculation which may or may not have any true relevance or validity. Cathy Downs should try to critically test out her ideas, or seek out a person whose judgment and character she respects, to use as a sounding board.
Cathy Downs forms her own conclusion about things and may have some difficulty in exchanging her thoughts and ideas with others, although they regard her ideas as having a good foundation. Most of her conversations tend to have a serious overtone.
Cathy Downs has a talent for organizing and the ability to sum up conditions quickly. She is curious and inquisitive, but tends to criticize others and to interfere in everything. Cathy has to learn to fight the tendency of finding fault with others.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Mercury in Pisces
Mercury in 12th house
Moon Quincunx Mercury
Mercury aspects Moon and Saturn
Mercury Trine Saturn
Mercury aspects Saturn and Uranus
Mercury Conjunct Uranus
Mercury aspects Saturn and Neptune
Mercury Quincunx Neptune
Mercury Opposition Saturn/N. Node
Mercury Conjunct Uranus/Asc.