approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Djuna's basic stance toward life, the way others see her, the way Djuna Barnes comes across, the face she shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Djuna Barnes - 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 Djuna Barnes" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Djuna a little better. This page describes the disguise Barnes wears, her role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Modest, unobtrusive, and often rather quiet or shy, she is a person who is content to stay in the background or to serve as an assistant, in the supporting role rather than in the lead. She is quite humble in her own assessment of herself; she seeks perfection, with a tendency to be overly self-critical. No matter how well she does something, Djuna Barnes always sees the flaws in it and how it could be improved. Often Barnes will simply refuse to attempt something because she feels she cannot meet her own high standards.
Djuna Barnes has an eye for detail and she gets upset when something is not done just so, usually something others consider rather inconsequential or trivial. She is hard to please and her relationships with others may suffer because of this. Djuna Barnes also has refined sensitivities and is very discriminating and particular in her choice of foods, clothes, friends, artwork, etc. Order in Barnes' environment is very important to Barnes.
Barnes steps into situations rather cautiously, and not without realistically assessing all of the risks and potential advantages involved. Unless something is a safe bet, she is unlikely to dive into it. Djuna Barnes tends to underestimate her own capacities and to lack confidence and trust in life, which inhibits her spontaneity. Worrying is a bad habit of hers. On the other hand, Djuna rarely falls flat on her face and what she does, she does very well.
Others see Djuna Barnes as a self-sufficient and rather self-contained person. Barnes has a strong sense of propriety. Politeness, good manners, and correct behavior are important to her. Her clear, cool, objective and non-emotional attitude is apparent to others first, and though she is really quite helpful and caring, she does not radiate much sympathy and as a result, others may not see the helpful side as readily. Djuna may seem more businesslike and factual as well as more conservative than she really is at heart. She is the person others might go to for technical advice or an unbiased opinion, but not for emotional support.
She is keenly observant, intelligent, and has a great desire for learning and for self-improvement, but she is not especially ambitious and is often satisfied with a rather simple, unglamorous position in life.
Djuna Barnes has a mature and rather heavy, solemn demeanor, and she tends to take herself and life too seriously. She possesses a great deal of self-control, self-discipline, and a very dominant conscience. She may be dogged by feelings of personal inadequacy and inhibition. Djuna Barnes seems authoritarian to others.
Despite the fact that her core self is quite a bit different from the face the world generally sees, Djuna Barnes has a strong desire to be seen and recognized, to be acknowledged, and to have a significant influence on people in her environment. She may do remarkable things in order to be noticed. However, Djuna Barnes often does not get the full recognition she wishes for.
Djuna Barnes has a sweet, appealing demeanor and seems instinctively to grasp the concept that "one catches more flies with honey than with vinegar". Her personal brand of charm is usually quite winning. Djuna coax rather than coerce. However, if she does not get what she wants, Djuna Barnes is likely to resort to insincere flattery, wheedling, whining, or pouting rather than stating directly what she needs, or doing for herself. Barnes seems to need others' approval first.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Saturn Conjunct Asc.
Sun Square Asc.
Venus Sextile Asc.