approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Duncan's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Duncan James comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Duncan James - his real motivation, which describes the kind of person he is at heart and where his 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 Duncan James" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Duncan a little better. This page describes the disguise James wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Duncan James appears gentle and soft, and he acts rather reserved with others until he knows them well and feels it is safe to be open with them. Duncan has a strong need for emotional security and a sense of belonging, and is deeply attached to the past: his heritage, roots, family, cherished friends, familiar places, etc. Making radical changes or moves away from what is familiar and safe can be very painful and difficult for him. James tends to cling to people, memories and possessions of personal or sentimental significance. Having a home, a safe haven, is very important to James.
James approaches life emotionally and subjectively and he is sensitive to the emotional atmosphere, the subtle undercurrents of feeling in and around him. Instinctive and non-rational, Duncan James is often unable to give a clear, simple explanation for his actions. Something either feels right, or it does not.
His emotions and personal loyalties tend to color Duncan's thoughts and opinions. He views life from a very personal perspective and often cannot mentally detach himself from his own personal bias and prejudices. He is apt to be concerned primarily with how something affects him and those dear and close to him, rather than with the principle or the broader social implications. For instance, he may be very patriotic and feel that whatever "my country" does is right without really knowing much about the other nation's policies or point of view. Simply put: if it is good for Duncan and his near and dear ones, then it is good. If it is not good for him and his near and dear ones, it is no good.
He is tenaciously loyal, protective, and supportive of those he cares about, and has a very strong nurturing, paternal nature. Duncan James empathizes with others and intuitively senses the feelings and needs of other people. Compassionate and sympathetic, he is easily moved by others' pain, and Duncan James is often the one that others seek out when they need comfort, reassurance, or help.
His moods fluctuate and change frequently and he is sometimes open and sometimes withdrawn emotionally. Duncan James communicates nonverbally and appreciates a person who can pick up subtle cues and hints, rather than having to make everything explicit.
Duncan never forgets either kindness or unkindness shown to him.
He is rather easily irritated and is apt to strike out somewhat irrationally when the mood strikes him. Though basically kind and sympathetic, Duncan James will aggressively defend and protect those he cherishes (and his own interests). He may even be quite militant under the guise of standing up for his family, or country, or home team. James could also be an effective advocate for the rights and needs of children, mothers, and families.
He may come across as a bit scattered, nervous or restless, as if unable to sit still. Duncan James seems alert and quick, but sometimes a bit on edge. Duncan tends to stay perpetually busy, and would find handiwork of some kind soothing.
Duncan James has a strong desire to build an image that captivates everyone around him, and with his attractive and fascinating personality, he has the ability to influence many people. Duncan is likely to have some unusual love affairs.
Duncan James tends to be somewhat insecure in his relationships with other people and he strives for safety and security in his life. Acquiring possessions and property is important to Duncan, and he has a strong desire to make a distinguished impression on others.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Mars Conjunct Ascendant in Cancer
Mercury Square Asc.
Asc. Conjunct Venus/Pluto
Asc. Conjunct Jupiter/Saturn