approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of James' basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way James Cagney comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner James Cagney - 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 James Cagney" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know James a little better. This page describes the disguise Cagney 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, James Cagney always sees the flaws in it and how it could be improved. Often Cagney will simply refuse to attempt something because he feels he cannot meet his own high standards.
James Cagney 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. James Cagney also has refined sensitivities and is very discriminating and particular in his choice of foods, clothes, friends, artwork, etc. Order in Cagney's environment is very important to Cagney.
Cagney 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. James Cagney 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, James rarely falls flat on his face and what he does, he does very well.
Others see James Cagney as a self-sufficient and rather self-contained person. Cagney 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. James 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.
At times his feisty spirit, aggressiveness, and a too-forceful approach get James into trouble. James Cagney tends to take offense when none was intended. He may be viewed as a troublemaker, an upstart, or an egotist with little concern for others. James Cagney needs to moderate his temper to avoid constant irritation with those in his environment.
There is an intense and somewhat secretive or guarded quality about James Cagney which may make people around him distinctly uncomfortable. They may feel that James he is constantly scanning their inner motives, and he probably is. Cagney sees through anything phony, any false pretense - and he may or may not be above using others' Achilles' heels (which he perceives so clearly) against them. At times though, James Cagney may be too suspicious and assigns negative intentions to innocent people. James should avoid looking always on the dark side.
James Cagney has a tendency to live in a world of his own, a world that is likely to be far from reality. James wants to make a big impression, and with his dazzling personality he knows how to put on a brilliant show.
James Cagney has a strong need to influence others and to dominate his home or environment. He is likely to join associations with large groups of people and some of Cagney's relationships will be very important to him and possibly affect his future.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Mars Square Asc.
Pluto Square Asc.
Asc. Conjunct Jupiter/Neptune
Asc. Conjunct Pluto/N. Node