approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Harry's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way Harry Shoaf comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Harry Shoaf - 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 Harry Shoaf" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Harry a little better. This page describes the disguise Shoaf wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Modest, unobtrusive, and often rather quiet or shy, he is a person who is content to stay in the background or to serve as an assistant, in the supporting role rather than in the lead. He is quite humble in his own assessment of himself; he seeks perfection, with a tendency to be overly self-critical. No matter how well he does something, Harry Shoaf always sees the flaws in it and how it could be improved. Often Shoaf will simply refuse to attempt something because he feels he cannot meet his own high standards.
Harry Shoaf has an eye for detail and he gets upset when something is not done just so, usually something others consider rather inconsequential or trivial. He is hard to please and his relationships with others may suffer because of this. Harry Shoaf also has refined sensitivities and is very discriminating and particular in his choice of foods, clothes, friends, artwork, etc. Order in Shoaf's environment is very important to Shoaf.
Shoaf steps into situations rather cautiously, and not without realistically assessing all of the risks and potential advantages involved. Unless something is a safe bet, he is unlikely to dive into it. Harry Shoaf tends to underestimate his own capacities and to lack confidence and trust in life, which inhibits his spontaneity. Worrying is a bad habit of his. On the other hand, Harry rarely falls flat on his face and what he does, he does very well.
Others see Harry Shoaf as a self-sufficient and rather self-contained person. Shoaf has a strong sense of propriety. Politeness, good manners, and correct behavior are important to him. His clear, cool, objective and non-emotional attitude is apparent to others first, and though he is really quite helpful and caring, he does not radiate much sympathy and as a result, others may not see the helpful side as readily. Harry may seem more businesslike and factual as well as more conservative than he really is at heart. He is the person others might go to for technical advice or an unbiased opinion, but not for emotional support.
He is keenly observant, intelligent, and has a great desire for learning and for self-improvement, but he is not especially ambitious and is often satisfied with a rather simple, unglamourous position in life.
The initial impression Shoaf makes on people may be somewhat deceiving, in that the way Harry thinks and his true opinions are not always readily apparent. Harry Shoaf may try to clothe his ideas and thoughts in terms that tend to mute them rather than clarify them. For instance, he may have a very definite, unambiguous opinion, but state it in such a gentle, tactful manner that it seems that he does not believe it as vigorously as he does. This creates miscommunication or misunderstandings at times. On another level, Harry Shoaf tends to become scattered and nervous when he is out of balance. He needs clarity and order in his environment to be at his finest.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Mercury Quincunx Asc.