Michael Balzary (Flea)
approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Flea's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Flea comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Flea - 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 Flea" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Flea a little better. This page describes the disguise Michael Balzary wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Forward-looking and progressive, he is a person who supports change, innovation, and human advancement, and Flea is often strongly committed to a humanitarian cause or social improvement. He is extremely aware of the interrelations between all people, and is always projecting personal issues unto a greater whole. Michael Balzary sees the political or social ramifications of personal actions, and he wishes to contribute something of value to the world, or at least to his community or group.
The ideals of equality, fairness, human rights, brotherhood, and social justice color Flea's whole outlook and approach to life. He is truly interested in the good of the whole and not only his own personal well-being.
Sometimes he may overlook or ignore his own and others' personal needs, desires, and feelings, especially if they do not conform to his ideals of how one should feel or act. Though he has little patience for conservative narrow-mindedness, Flea himself is sometimes dogmatic about his beliefs and ideologies.
He is attracted to the avant-garde, the latest advances in human thought and development, and he is eclectic and cosmopolitan in his tastes. He may consider himself a "global citizen" rather than claiming a narrow, limited identification based on nationality, race, familial heritage, etc. Flea is strongly influenced by his peer group and the flavor of the times in which he grew up, more so than by parental or family influences. He is involved and active in groups, community efforts, as well as cultural and progressive movements.
On a personal level, Flea is friendly and expresses a kind of impersonal good will towards others. Michael Balzary probably has many acquaintances but few really close friends, and much of Michael Balzary's relationships with others are based on a sharing of common ideals and principles, rather than on emotional ties. Others see Flea as a good friend and a comrade who is objective, fair and rather detached emotionally. Flea does not often show his emotions, and may be unsure about how to respond to others' emotional expression, for he tends to be very rational.
Flea is also very independent and refuses to be possessed by any individual. Flea is not comfortable with traditional sexual roles and is inclined to have "liberated" views about marriage, relationships, sharing of child rearing responsibilities, etc. Flea needs to have a life outside of the personal, domestic sphere and to be involved with people on a broader scale. The nurturing of family ties, and close, deep, personal relationships may take a back seat to Michael Balzary's work or outside social activities.
Flea has a mature and rather heavy, solemn demeanor, and he tends to take himself and life too seriously. He possesses a great deal of self-control, self-discipline, and a very dominant conscience. He may be dogged by feelings of personal inadequacy and inhibition. Flea seems authoritarian to others.
He may be seen as someone who provokes conflict because Flea likes to get everything out in the open and he generally does not avoid disagreeable issues. His relationships with others may be characterized by a great deal of competition, anger, or friction as a result. Or, Michael Balzary may seem to run into more than his share of inconsiderate, pushy people. Learning to harness his energies into cooperative efforts and shared work is Michael Balzary's challenge.
Bright, alert, quick of tongue and/or of movement, there is youthfulness about Flea's manner and appearance regardless of his chronological age. Flea also always appears busy and active, and somewhat restless. Michael Balzary needs mental stimulation from his environment, or he will rapidly get bored.
He may be seen as the wild card, the unpredictable or kooky one, because occasionally Flea does surprising things that are either totally out of character or are actually intended to shock people. There is an erratic quality or rebelliousness that comes across at odd moments. It seems to be Flea's role to shake things up a bit and he may not be entirely comfortable with this himself.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Saturn Conjunct Asc.
Mars Opposition Asc.
Mercury Trine Asc.
Uranus Quincunx Asc.