approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Jean Eugène's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Eugène Atget comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Eugène Atget - 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 Eugène Atget" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Jean Eugène a little better. This page describes the disguise Atget wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Modest, unobtrusive, and often rather quiet or shy, he 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. He is quite humble in his own assessment of himself; he seeks perfection, with a tendency to be overly self-critical. No matter how well he does something, Eugène Atget always sees the flaws in it and how it could be improved. Often Atget will simply refuse to attempt something because he feels he cannot meet his own high standards.
Eugène Atget has an eye for detail and he gets upset when something is not done just so, usually something others consider rather inconsequential or trivial. He is hard to please and his relationships with others may suffer because of this. Eugène Atget also has refined sensitivities and is very discriminating and particular in his choice of foods, clothes, friends, artwork, etc. Order in Atget's environment is very important to Atget.
Atget steps into situations rather cautiously, and not without realistically assessing all of the risks and potential advantages involved. Unless something is a safe bet, he is unlikely to dive into it. Eugène Atget tends to underestimate his own capacities and to lack confidence and trust in life, which inhibits his spontaneity. Worrying is a bad habit of his. On the other hand, Jean Eugène rarely falls flat on his face and what he does, he does very well.
Others see Eugène Atget as a self-sufficient and rather self-contained person. Atget has a strong sense of propriety. Politeness, good manners, and correct behavior are important to him. His clear, cool, objective and non-emotional attitude is apparent to others first, and though he is really quite helpful and caring, he does not radiate much sympathy and as a result, others may not see the helpful side as readily. Jean Eugène may seem more businesslike and factual as well as more conservative than he really is at heart. He is the person others might go to for technical advice or an unbiased opinion, but not for emotional support.
He is keenly observant, intelligent, and has a great desire for learning and for self-improvement, but he is not especially ambitious and is often satisfied with a rather simple, unglamourous position in life.
There is a certain intensity, charisma, or compelling attractiveness about Eugène Atget that may have little to do with his physical features. It is energy, a subtle sexuality that he emanates. Also, Atget tends to do everything wholeheartedly and with passion, which is quite fascinating to other people. His instincts and psychological perceptions about others are quite incisive.
The initial impression Atget makes on people may be somewhat deceiving, in that the way Jean Eugène thinks and his true opinions are not always readily apparent. Eugène Atget may try to clothe his ideas and thoughts in terms that tend to mute them rather than clarify them. For instance, he may have a very definite, unambiguous opinion, but state it in such a gentle, tactful manner that it seems that he does not believe it as vigorously as he does. This creates miscommunication or misunderstandings at times. On another level, Eugène Atget tends to become scattered and nervous when he is out of balance. He needs clarity and order in his environment to be at his finest.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Pluto Trine Asc.
Mercury Quincunx Asc.