Behind Bombeck's rather prudent, shrewd and guarded manner (described in the previous chapter), she is really kind, altruistic and idealistic. She is also much more vulnerable than she appears. She is very prudent and sharp in handling some of her affairs, but occasionally Bombeck's deep-rooted idealism can cloud her vision. Moreover, she may wage an internal battle, swinging between traditional, conservative pragmatism and lofty idealism.
At heart she is very gentle, impressionable and receptive - a dreamer. The world of her imagination, feelings, and intuition is as real to Erma Bombeck as anything in the outer world, though she may have trouble verbalizing or interpreting her inner experiences in a way others can understand. Mystical, artistic, musical, emotional and imaginative, she has a rich inner life, though Bombeck may seem rather unobtrusive and quiet outwardly. Erma Bombeck usually keeps to herself.
Erma shows great sensitivity and empathy toward others and often senses things psychically or intuitively which prove to be correct. She is tolerant, forgiving and nonjudgmental, accepting people unconditionally regardless of their flaws, mistakes, or outward appearance. Erma has deep compassion for the suffering of any fellow creature and she often feels the pain of others as if it were her own. Erma Bombeck sympathizes with the needy, the disadvantaged and the misfits of society. She is capable of giving selflessly, living a life of devoted and compassionate service to others, as a healer, physician, social worker or minister. However, Bombeck tends to give indiscriminately, to let others take advantage of her kindness, and to encourage the weak to remain so by becoming dependent upon her. Erma has little sense of boundaries, or of knowing when to say "no". Moderation and self-discipline are not her strong points.
She is a lover and a peacemaker rather than a fighter, and she tries to avoid open conflict. Bombeck will patiently ignore or "tune out" problems and hope they will go away by themselves, rather than confront them directly and Bombeck tends to lack the positive, fighting spirit that is sometimes necessary to overcome challenges. She is fluid, open, nonresistant and somewhat passive. Erma Bombeck does things in a subtle, often covert, manner.
Her gifts may also lie in the realm of the creative, artistic, or musical, for she possesses great sensitivity, inspiration and limitless imagination. Erma Bombeck has a strong affinity for beauty and love.
Her faults include a tendency to be lazy and negligent, and to wallow in self-pity rather than take strong, definite action to change her life for the better. She also tends to become so detached from her immediate environment that she lives in a disorderly, chaotic sort of hodgepodge, though this probably bothers those around Bombeck more than it bothers her.
Erma Bombeck has a clear sense of her own self and she therefore conveys a strong impression to others of who she is and what she wants. Assertive and self-motivated, Bombeck can be a leader - one whom others look to for direction - but she competes and often clash with other strong individuals. Erma Bombeck feels a need to be in control of her own life and she can be too self-involved, too immersed in her own interests, and oblivious to others at times.
She is direct, energetic, sometimes aggressive and combative. Erma Bombeck often feels that she needs to fight to get what she wants, and she tends to have a "me-first" attitude that angers or irritates others. She is hasty, restless, impatient and sometimes reckless.
She is blessed with abundant optimism, self-confidence and cheerful generosity. Her good will and friendliness win her many allies. Erma Bombeck also has grand visions and aspirations, and the desire to succeed in life in a big way. Erma expects the best, and usually gets it.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Capricorn and Sun in Pisces
Sun in Pisces
Sun in 1st house
Sun Square Mars
Sun Conjunct Jupiter