approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of James' basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way James Taylor comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner James Taylor - 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 Taylor" 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 Taylor 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 Taylor always sees the flaws in it and how it could be improved. Often Taylor will simply refuse to attempt something because he feels he cannot meet his own high standards.
James Taylor 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 Taylor also has refined sensitivities and is very discriminating and particular in his choice of foods, clothes, friends, artwork, etc. Order in Taylor's environment is very important to Taylor.
Taylor 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 Taylor 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 Taylor as a self-sufficient and rather self-contained person. Taylor 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.
In significant ways, Taylor's emotional nature and personal needs are at odds with the way he presents himself. As a result of this inconsistency, James Taylor may be uncomfortable showing his instinctive responses and true feelings. He may put them aside and may even be ashamed of them.
When James Taylor is in an emotionally charged situation, those who do not know him well may be quite surprised at his reactions or behavior. The real challenge, though, is to completely accept himself, so that he does not act as if his emotional needs and impulses did not count for very much.
He may find it difficult to get ahead because James lacks the vitality to do so. James Taylor tends to wait for better conditions and has the desire to accomplish a lot without straining himself too much. Quite often, though, his plans just seem to hang in the air.
His family conditions may have been a bit oppressive, adding a note of gravity to James' personality. Somewhat insecure, James Taylor may feel that others restrain him. He has doubts about mankind in general and a fear of failure.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Moon Quincunx Asc.
Asc. Conjunct Mars/Neptune
Asc. Conjunct Saturn/Neptune