approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of James' basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way James Joyce comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner James Joyce - 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 Joyce" 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 Joyce wears, his role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Cautious, prudent, and rather self-contained, he is a person who approaches life realistically and who is not inclined to take foolish chances or get carried away by the overly optimistic or idealistic schemes of starry-eyed dreamers. In fact, James Joyce frequently has a jaundiced view of such things. He is rather worldly-wise at a fairly young age, even somewhat of a cynic. Often the world does not seem like a safe, friendly place to Joyce, and he tends to approach life in a guarded, conservative manner. He is generally calculated and careful, and is rarely spontaneous, fluid, open, and childlike.
He is pragmatic, shrewd, and an excellent strategist, carefully planning his moves for maximum effectiveness and advantage. He is willing to work long and persistently for what he wants and he often does things the hard way. James does not expect others to take care of him and sometimes refuses or simply does not seek any outside help. He is often very ambitious, but quietly so. There is nothing flamboyant or flashy about his approach. He is very responsible, conscientious, and concerned with his duties to others and how he comes across socially - his "rank" so to speak.
To others James Joyce seems mature, serious, quiet, reflective, and emotionally detached. James dislikes sloppy sentimentality and will not openly display his feelings, especially the more tender ones. Joyce likes to always appear poised and in control; and he hates to show any weakness, vulnerability, or chinks in his armor.
James Joyce respects tradition and the time-honored way of doing things, and he feels that there is much to be gained from studying history and also by learning from older, more experienced people. A wise mentor or father is often Joyce's guide in life, and he in turn develops a great deal of hard-earned wisdom, which he likes to impart to younger people.
James Joyce has a stern, authoritarian, no-nonsense aspect to his personality. He expects much from himself and may not give himself enough leeway to experiment and make mistakes.
He also tends to be rather close-fisted, to save and conserve his money and resources rather than spending or enjoying them. James Joyce spends money on things of quality and of lasting value, things which are good investments, but not frivolous, temporary pleasures. There is a bit of the ascetic in him. James exercises great self-discipline and self-control and he can "do without" very well. His tastes are generally understated and simple.
Though he may have other, more colorful and imaginative sides, the face Joyce shows the world is modest and rather conservative.
James Joyce seems tolerant, broad-minded, and well-educated or as if he has traveled widely. He radiates a certain distinction, even nobility. Joyce is apt to have a significant impact on the people he encounters, without even realizing it - a positive, encouraging one.
There is an air of universal sympathy, gentleness, and nonjudgmental acceptance about James Joyce which draws people in need to him. Because he has a good deal of intuitive insight or psychic perceptiveness, James is able to say or do just the right thing for them. James Joyce needs to beware of fostering dependency in those people, however.
At times James Joyce may feels that he is all alone in the world and that other people only cause difficulties for him. Constantly bounced to and fro by others, James has a strong desire to free himself from his stressful surroundings.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Jupiter Trine Asc.
Neptune Trine Asc.
Asc. Opposition Saturn/Uranus