James Cagney seems much more objective, unemotional and matter-of-fact than he really is. Despite his fussiness and perfectionism (described in the previous chapter), he is actually very caring and loving. James Cagney needs to make sure to openly express his feelings because otherwise, others do not realize how much he cares about them.
James has powerful emotional attachments to the past, his family, his childhood, places he associates with safety and security, and his beginnings. It is very important to Cagney to maintain a connection with his roots and heritage and keep family bonds strong. Loyal, devoted, and sentimental, Cagney tends to cling to whatever is dear to him - be it a person, a familiar place, or a cherished possession.
He is sympathetic, nurturing, supportive and very sensitive to the emotional needs of other people. James likes to be needed and to care for others, and he often worries about the people he loves. James Cagney has a very strong need for a sense of belonging and acceptance, and much of his life centers on his home. He is more concerned about people and their feelings than with power, achievement, or position in society. Kindness, consideration and tenderness are more meaningful to James Cagney than any sort of honor the world can bestow.
He is primarily emotional and his views are often dominated by his feelings and his own personal, subjective experiences, rather than reason, logic or abstract principles. It is difficult for him to judge situations fairly and objectively because his personal sympathies and loyalties usually factor in. James Cagney takes things very personally and sometimes builds a wall around himself to shield himself from pain and rejection. James Cagney feels rather shy and vulnerable at heart. He also tends to be moody and experiences frequent mood swings. James Cagney needs to have a place and time in his life to withdraw, introspect, dream and replenish himself; otherwise James Cagney becomes cranky and unhappy with those around him.
James Cagney functions in an instinctive, irrational manner and likes to immerse himself in creative activities where he can express his feelings, imagination and instincts. Cagney often loves to cook, since it can be both creative and a way to nurture and nourish others. James Cagney also has a great affinity for music, because it evokes and communicates feelings that may be difficult or impossible to put into words.
His compassion, sensitivity, and imagination are Cagney's strong points. His faults include an inability to let go of the past and move forward, clannishness and prejudice, and a tendency for self-pity when facing hardship.
Leading groups and classes, and being involved in community efforts, social activities, events or movements are areas where James Cagney really shines and expresses his creativity. An awareness of politics or the larger social impact of individual actions is natural to him.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Ascendant in Virgo and Sun in Cancer
Sun in Cancer
Sun in 11th house