Though Djuna Barnes seems rather cautious and conservative (as discussed in the previous chapter), she has a much more playful, humorous side as well. Moreover, the combination of her attention to detail and cautious, circumspect approach to life, coupled with her youthful curiosity and quick mind makes Djuna mentally sharp, articulate and clever.
Djuna Barnes is, in many ways, an eternal child. Her mind is bright, alert, curious, flexible, playful and always eager for new experiences - and her attention span is often quite brief. Barnes grasps ideas quickly and once her initial curiosity has been satisfied, she is ready to move on. Djuna Barnes craves frequent change and variety, as well as new situations and people.
It may be hard for Djuna Barnes to decide just where her talents and true vocation lie, for she has a multitude of interests and is loathe limiting herself by concentrating on just one. She is easily distracted by all of the other fascinating possibilities. Her curiosity and restlessness propel Djuna toward many different experiences in life, and she is willing to taste or try anything once. Doing the same thing over and over again, even if it is something she does well, is tantamount to drudgery for Barnes.
Djuna Barnes lives in her head a great deal - reading, observing, thinking, spinning ideas around - and she needs mental stimulation every bit as much as she needs food and drink. In fact, if Djuna had to choose between a good book or movie and a good lunch, she would very likely choose the former. Djuna Barnes has a creative mind and she often lives by her wits.
She is also a very social creature, with a strong need to communicate and interact with people. She enjoys using and playing with words and has a real flair for getting her ideas across in a clever, interesting, articulate manner. Writing and/or speaking are areas she has talent for.
Djuna Barnes also has a rather lighthearted and mischievous sense of humor, and often does not take anything too seriously. Though she craves emotional involvement, it is hard for Djuna Barnes to achieve it, for she is frequently unwilling to commit herself to anything, to take responsibility or to limit her personal freedom and mobility.
Her happiness lies in using her creativity and language skills to communicate something meaningful, teach, inspire, or bring people together. Djuna has an unbiased mind and can usually offer a fresh, clear, uncluttered perspective. Her faults are her lack of constancy and persistence, and her tendency to overlook or ignore deep emotional issues and other people's feelings.
World travel, foreign cultures, and studies which expand her intellectual horizons and broaden her understanding of the world are very attractive to Barnes.
Djuna Barnes has a philosophical turn of mind and is concerned with seeking answers to the big questions of life or getting the overview of any situation. Abstract concepts and/or plans for the future occupy her mind much of the time.
Her life is apt to be blessed with more than her share of helpful friends, fortuitous relationships, and doors opening to her at just the right time. Because Djuna Barnes is usually willing to share and to give back to others in a generous way, she continues to generate successes in her life no matter how unfortunate prevailing circumstances are. Djuna should beware, however, of becoming an opportunist.
However she also has a more somber side, which keeps Barnes' optimism from becoming ungrounded or overblown. Djuna Barnes tends to seesaw between her faith, vision and high aspirations, and her caution and realism (or fear!). She cannot and does not rely on good luck or grace alone, and she accepts the need for hard work. Her skeptical or "somber" side is described below.
She is often plagued by feelings of personal inadequacy, inhibitions and self-doubt. Djuna Barnes has a cautious, realistic attitude toward life and is highly responsible and disciplined with regard to her obligations and duties. Djuna Barnes tends to work and struggle more than necessary and to take herself too seriously.
She is polite and gallant and makes a special effort to meet others half-way. Djuna Barnes has the ability to give and receive love. Nurturing friendships, personal love relationships and social life is important to her.
Her physical energy is strong and Djuna Barnes is able to make an extra effort and work quite hard at any task she wants to do. Barnes can act quickly and she gets a great deal accomplished in a hurry. But Djuna Barnes also has a tendency to be reckless and accident-prone.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Virgo and Sun in Gemini
Sun in Gemini
Sun in 9th house
Sun Sextile Jupiter
Sun aspects Jupiter and Saturn
Sun Square Saturn
Sun Conjunct Venus/N. Node
Sun Opposition Mars/Uranus