approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Gary's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Gary Merrill comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Gary Merrill - 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 Gary Merrill" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Gary a little better. This page describes the disguise Merrill wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
He is very strong-willed and proud, but intensely private and not easy to know well. Behind Merrill's quiet exterior lies a great deal of emotional depth, sensitivity, complexity, and also fierce determination. When Gary Merrill wants something he goes after it rather quietly but insistently and wholeheartedly - and what Gary Merrill wants, Gary Merrill usually gets.
He is not a person who lives haphazardly or superficially. Gary wants to live passionately and intensely and is not averse to challenge, danger, or to facing the darker side of life - human pain and struggle. Gary Merrill functions well in crisis situations and he often seeks them out, for he enjoys the feeling of living at full capacity.
He is very intuitive about other people and especially about their unspoken feelings and hidden motives. Gary Merrill usually has strong, immediate gut reactions, either positive or negative, which prove to be correct. Merrill approaches life very instinctively and is not always fully conscious of why he feels or acts the way he does. Gary Merrill also has a very strong affinity with animals - an acute sensitivity and a nonverbal rapport with them.
In new relationships he is rather cautious, sometimes even suspicious, until he gets to know and trust someone - and trust does not come easily to Merrill. When Gary Merrill commits himself emotionally to someone, be it friend or lover, he is intensely loyal and devoted to them and he also expects the same kind of unwavering, undying loyalty in return. If he is ever betrayed by someone he cares deeply for, Gary Merrill is capable of hating and retaliating with as much fervor as he once loved. Nothing is done halfway. In fact, he is intensely involved and often jealously attached to whatever he cares about, be it person, idea, or cause. There is definitely a streak of emotional fanaticism in him.
Because of his natural reserve, others may see Gary Merrill as something of an enigma. He is quite self-protective and often defensive. Gary Merrill also has a very magnetic quality, especially to members of the opposite sex.
The effect of his childhood experiences, and the beliefs and attitudes Gary learned while young, are clearly apparent in his demeanor. All is well on the surface, but when trouble arises, Gary Merrill seems childish and needy. When he is in calmer waters, he appears to have a vulnerable, trusting nature that brings out the mothering instinct in others.
Gary Merrill is extremely sensitive to all the impressions and energies around him and at times can be overcome or dominated by more forceful personalities. Learning to establish clear boundaries is important for him, as Gary Merrill tends to become enmeshed emotionally and/or psychically with whomever he is with. He may have the chameleon's trait of appearing to become the people or person he is with the most.
There is a certain intensity, charisma or compelling attractiveness about Gary Merrill that may have little to do with his physical features. It is energy, a subtle sexuality that he emanates. Moreover, Merrill 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.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Moon Opposition Asc.
Neptune Square Asc.
Pluto Trine Asc.