Hans Christian Andersen
Behind Andersen's upbeat, friendly, open manner (described in the previous chapter), there is a very competitive, me-first, play-to-win sort of person.
He is a person who thrives on challenge, and he often feels that he must battle his way through life, relying on no one and nothing but his own strength, intelligence and courage. Hans Christian Andersen believes in being totally honest, true to himself and his own vision and convictions, even if it means standing alone. Honesty, integrity, personal honor and authenticity are Andersen's gods, and he has no sympathy for weakness of character in others.
Hans Christian Andersen craves the freedom to do things in his own way, and he works very well independently. Cooperating with others or carrying out another's will is not his style. Hans Christian likes to be the chief - or to go it alone.
Hans Christian Andersen loves action and if others are settling down into a nice, comfortable little rut, then he is always ready to stir things up, do something new, make changes and introduce some fresh blood. Routine and sameness are tantamount to death for him. He is not afraid of trying something that has never been done before, and even though he may sometimes be perceived as a fool, Hans Christian Andersen also discovers, invents and initiates things that others will later emulate. Taking risks and following his own star are the breath of life for Andersen, and he wilts (or gets very frustrated and angry) if he cannot do this.
He is spontaneous, impulsive, direct, enthusiastic and assertive. Hans Christian Andersen believes in the power of positive thinking and positive action, and he perceives himself as a strong, even invincible, person. Hans Christian Andersen hates being ill or in a position of dependency. Accepting his own human limitations and emotional needs is often difficult for him.
He is basically aggressive in his attitudes and less adept at relating to others, picking up on subtle messages and nuances, listening, nurturing and harmonizing. He is often so fired up about his own projects or goals that he inadvertently runs over or ignores other people's feelings and interests. Being receptive and appreciative of others' contributions, ideas and feelings would be highly instrumental in improving Andersen's relationships. His impatience to get on with things causes Hans Christian Andersen to be rather insensitive, thereby alienating others unnecessarily. He also frequently tries to accomplish his goals through anger or temper tantrums. Hans Christian Andersen would gain much by learning to slow down, relax and sometimes just let things be, however his energetic, restless nature rarely allows Hans Christian Andersen to do so.
The urge to learn and to communicate is essential to Hans Christian Andersen, and he expresses himself very well through writing, teaching or sharing ideas and information. Andersen is persuasive and fluent with language.
Restless and inquisitive, Hans Christian enjoys being mobile and taking short trips and excursions in order to see for himself what is going on in the world around him.
Hans Christian Andersen tends to see things from his perspective only and to be rather subjective. He also enjoys talking and expressing his views but does not always listen as well. Hans Christian Andersen has a clear mind, a love of learning and new experiences, and he needs constant mental stimulation and activity.
He may have had a demanding and perfectionist or absent father. In any case, a lack of support and approval, a great deal of responsibility at an early age and an underlying feeling that he can never quite measure up may hold Andersen back. While he may encounter a great deal of adversity and struggle alone through many of life's trials, this makes Hans Christian Andersen tough and determined. However, Andersen should beware of becoming cynical, too hard on himself, and too demanding and critical of others.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Sagittarius and Sun in Aries
Sun in Aries
Sun in 3rd house
Sun Conjunct Mercury
Sun Opposition Saturn