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 Snyder comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Gary Snyder - 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 Snyder" 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 Snyder 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 Snyder's quiet exterior lies a great deal of emotional depth, sensitivity, complexity, and also fierce determination. When Gary Snyder wants something he goes after it rather quietly but insistently and wholeheartedly - and what Gary Snyder wants, Gary Snyder 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 Snyder 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 Snyder usually has strong, immediate gut reactions, either positive or negative, which prove to be correct. Snyder approaches life very instinctively and is not always fully conscious of why he feels or acts the way he does. Gary Snyder 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 Snyder. When Gary Snyder 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 Snyder 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 Snyder as something of an enigma. He is quite self-protective and often defensive. Gary Snyder also has a very magnetic quality, especially to members of the opposite sex.
Gary Snyder appears responsible, conscientious, and solid - qualities which encourage others to take him seriously. He is unlikely to present himself as more than he is, and this humility is often endearing, or at least appealing, to others. Even as a youth, Gary Snyder seemed mature for his age.
The way Gary Snyder comes across to others, particularly on first impression, tends to conceal certain important aspects of his. Specifically, what gives Gary pleasure, how he likes to give and receive affection, and what he seeks in friendship or love relationships are not at all apparent from Snyder's outward demeanor. Gary Snyder seems to send mixed signals, and this can create a bit of confusion for the people who are interested in getting close to him or knowing him on more than a superficial level.
He is intellectually alive, curious and willing to learn. Intellectually competitive, Gary Snyder is fond of debating with others and could have some stormy proceedings. Gary present his position skillfully, defends it ably and finds satisfaction in doing so.
Gary Snyder has a dynamic personality and great ability to improvise, but he is likely to surprise, perplex or confuse people in his relationships constantly. His somewhat eccentric, impulsive and hasty actions could lead to accidents if he is not careful.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Saturn Sextile Asc.
Venus Quincunx Asc.
Asc. Opposition Mercury/Mars
Asc. Opposition Mercury/Uranus