Behind Masson's open, enthusiastic, friendly demeanor (described in the previous chapter), he has a rather gentle, receding nature. He is much more sensitive and vulnerable than his outgoing demeanor would suggest.
Moreover, because his outgoing, enthusiastic approach to life is fueled by high idealism and a vivid imagination, Forbes Masson easily becomes enamored of a romantic or idealistic goal or vision without investing sufficient energy into analyzing, planning or working in order to realize his dreams. Too often Masson waits for the blessings of fortune to provide him with the resources needed rather than applying himself to the work that needs to be done. When properly channeled, Forbes' enthusiasm and vision can be an inspiration to others and an endless source of creative ideas that propel Forbes Masson toward very interesting, creative endeavors.
At heart he is very gentle, impressionable and receptive - a dreamer. The world of his imagination, feelings, and intuition is as real to Forbes Masson as anything in the outer world, though he may have trouble verbalizing or interpreting his inner experiences in a way others can understand. Mystical, artistic, musical, emotional and imaginative, he has a rich inner life, though Masson may seem rather unobtrusive and quiet outwardly. Forbes Masson usually keeps to himself.
Forbes shows great sensitivity and empathy toward others and often senses things psychically or intuitively which prove to be correct. He is tolerant, forgiving and nonjudgmental, accepting people unconditionally regardless of their flaws, mistakes, or outward appearance. Forbes has deep compassion for the suffering of any fellow creature and he often feels the pain of others as if it were his own. Forbes Masson sympathizes with the needy, the disadvantaged and the misfits of society. He is capable of giving selflessly, living a life of devoted and compassionate service to others, as a healer, physician, social worker or minister. However, Masson tends to give indiscriminately, to let others take advantage of his kindness, and to encourage the weak to remain so by becoming dependent upon him. Forbes has little sense of boundaries, or of knowing when to say "no". Moderation and self-discipline are not his strong points.
He is a lover and a peacemaker rather than a fighter, and he tries to avoid open conflict. Masson will patiently ignore or "tune out" problems and hope they will go away by themselves, rather than confront them directly and Masson tends to lack the positive, fighting spirit that is sometimes necessary to overcome challenges. He is fluid, open, nonresistant and somewhat passive. Forbes Masson does things in a subtle, often covert, manner.
His gifts may also lie in the realm of the creative, artistic, or musical, for he possesses great sensitivity, inspiration and limitless imagination. Forbes Masson has a strong affinity for beauty and love.
His faults include a tendency to be lazy and negligent, and to wallow in self-pity rather than take strong, definite action to change his life for the better. He also tends to become so detached from his immediate environment that he lives in a disorderly, chaotic sort of hodgepodge, though this probably bothers those around Masson more than it bothers him.
The urge to learn and communicate is essential to Forbes Masson, and he expresses himself very well through writing, teaching or sharing ideas and information. Masson is persuasive and fluent with language.
Restless and inquisitive, Forbes enjoys being mobile and taking short trips and excursions in order to see for himself what is going on in the world around him.
Forbes Masson is loving and well loved by others, and has a strong need for relationships that offer kindness, friendship and affection. His artistic and creative powers are also well developed and Forbes does everything in a harmonious, gracious, pleasing manner. Aesthetics are very important to Masson, as are his personal appearance and attractiveness.
There is an ongoing, subtle conflict within Forbes Masson between his conscious attitudes and aspirations and his deeper emotional and subconscious beliefs, needs and feelings. This creates considerable inner stress and sometimes paralyzing indecision, mostly due to the fact that Forbes may be trying to follow a path that is at odds with his subconscious desires. Chronic tightness or tension in his body may well be a signal that Forbes Masson is denying or suppressing the messages from his subconscious or emotional self.
Ideally, Forbes Masson will learn to accept and express these two different sides of himself. Should he fail to do so, Masson is likely to be drawn into many relationships with people who reflect his denied or repressed qualities and seem to make his life difficult. (Also read chapter 4 in order to get a better picture of the duality described here.)
Masson is very thorough and takes his time thinking things through. He enjoys games that require a lot of concentration and thought, like chess for example. Forbes Masson also could find traveling very rewarding.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Sagittarius and Sun in Pisces
Sun in Pisces
Sun in 3rd house
Sun Conjunct Venus
Sun Quincunx Moon
Sun Conjunct Mercury/Saturn