Although Greta Garbo often seems light, flippant, and careless or carefree (as mentioned in the previous chapter), she also has a more conscientious, cautious and responsible side, as described below. Garbo is perceptive and clever and needs to guard against being sharp-tongued at times.
At heart Greta Garbo is modest and humble and rarely strives to be in the limelight or in a position of power. Greta Garbo has a sharp analytical mind, a keen eye for detail, and prefers to observe, dissect, and study life from a distance. Conscientious and conservative, Garbo can be relied upon to be cautious, efficient, and thorough in her work and she takes pride in a job well done. What she may lack in self-confidence Greta Garbo often makes up for in skills - fostering expertise, technical knowledge and competence in a specialized area. She is adept at using her hands to create or fix things, and meticulous attention to detail and careful craftsmanship are her forte. Some would say she is a little too meticulous, for Garbo can be extremely critical and petty if everything is not done exactly as she thinks it should be, and she worries about things that other people consider trivial and unimportant. Greta Garbo likes to organize, categorize and arrange everything into a logical system and is often distinctly uncomfortable when something does not fit into a neat category. Disorganization vexes Garbo. She probably wishes that she were not such a perfectionist, for besides being a stickler for details, Garbo can also be mercilessly self-critical. Whether in her environment or within herself, Garbo tends to focus on the flaws, with a desire to improve, refine, and perfect. She is strictly factual, truthful, and scrupulously honest in her self-assessment and often does not give herself enough praise or credit.
She is also highly discriminating and may be especially particular about her diet, hygiene, and health habits. Greta has high aesthetic standards and refined sensitivities, and is bothered by environmental elements (such as disorder, cigarette smoke, etc.) that others overlook. Her tastes are simple and understated, yet refined. She is truly offended by coarseness, bluntness and vulgarity. Garbo can sometimes be difficult to live with because of her fastidiousness, sensitivity and idiosyncrasies about food and cleanliness.
Though Greta Garbo seems rather cool and self-contained, she is very helpful by nature and enjoys serving others. She is content to play a supporting role rather than the lead. She is quietly devoted to the ones she cares for.
She is cautious, realistic and practical in her approach to life and disinclined to gamble. Greta Garbo analyzes before she acts. She is sometimes too serious. If Garbo allowed herself to play and make mistakes, it would be highly beneficial to her health!
Her energies are directed to either perfecting her techniques, skills, and abilities in work, or in "perfecting", refining, and improving herself as a person. Critical analysis and attention to minute detail are intrinsic in either process. The urge to bring about a state of wholeness or optimal functioning is a strong motivation of Greta Garbo's, and she is quite a perfectionist!
Garbo can easily become overly identified or involved with the function she performs, with her work, or with her own health and "growth process".
Greta has to overcome considerable hardship in order to fulfill her personal destiny. However, she does have the strength and stamina necessary to do so. Support and helpful guidance from her father or other significant men in her life may well be lacking. In fact, their disapproval of Greta and their harsh criticism are apt to be two of her greatest handicaps, and at times she may feel quite discouraged and alone. But true self-reliance and a solid sense of her own powers may well be the silver lining to that cloud in her life. Greta Garbo needs to learn to follow her own creative impulses and heart's desires, regardless of what her critics or the authorities say.
She is intensely willful, zealous, and fanatical though Greta often hides the intensity of her feelings and her personal motives and desires. Garbo is infatuated with power and has an almost compulsive desire for personal recognition and the desire to be "somebody". Greta Garbo tends to worship heroes who have powerful personal magnetism and charisma and often seeks to emulate them. Greta Garbo both fears, and is intensely fascinated with, death and the hidden, secret, dark side of life.
Greta Garbo has a great desire for freedom and independence and is subject to strong emotional tensions. She is very creative and forges ahead tirelessly. But Garbo tends to make the highest demands on her physical energy and is prone to over-stimulate her nerves.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Gemini and Sun in Virgo
Sun in Virgo
Sun in 6th house
Sun Quincunx Saturn
Sun Square Pluto
Sun Opposition Uranus/Pluto