approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of Jean's basic stance toward life, the way others see her, the way Jean Arthur comes across, the face she shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner Jean Arthur - her real motivation, which describes the kind of person she is at heart and where her 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 Jean Arthur" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know Jean a little better. This page describes the disguise Arthur wears, her role in life, while the page about motivation talks about the real person beneath the disguise.
Cautious, prudent, and rather self-contained, she 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, Jean Arthur frequently has a jaundiced view of such things. She 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 Arthur, and she tends to approach life in a guarded, conservative manner. She is generally calculated and careful, and is rarely spontaneous, fluid, open, and childlike.
She is pragmatic, shrewd, and an excellent strategist, carefully planning her moves for maximum effectiveness and advantage. She is willing to work long and persistently for what she wants and she often does things the hard way. Jean does not expect others to take care of her and sometimes refuses or simply does not seek any outside help. She is often very ambitious, but quietly so. There is nothing flamboyant or flashy about her approach. She is very responsible, conscientious, and concerned with her duties to others and how she comes across socially - her "rank" so to speak.
To others Jean Arthur seems mature, serious, quiet, reflective, and emotionally detached. Jean dislikes sloppy sentimentality and will not openly display her feelings, especially the more tender ones. Arthur likes to always appear poised and in control; and she hates to show any weakness, vulnerability, or chinks in her armor.
Jean Arthur respects tradition and the time-honored way of doing things, and she 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 Arthur's guide in life, and she in turn develops a great deal of hard-earned wisdom, which she likes to impart to younger people.
Jean Arthur has a stern, authoritarian, no-nonsense aspect to her personality. She expects much from herself and may not give herself enough leeway to experiment and make mistakes.
She also tends to be rather close-fisted, to save and conserve her money and resources rather than spending or enjoying them. Jean Arthur 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 her. Jean exercises great self-discipline and self-control and she can "do without" very well. Her tastes are generally understated and simple.
Though she may have other, more colorful and imaginative sides, the face Arthur shows the world is modest and rather conservative.
Jean Arthur has a mature and rather heavy, solemn demeanor, and she tends to take herself and life too seriously. She possesses a great deal of self-control, self-discipline, and a very dominant conscience. She may be dogged by feelings of personal inadequacy and inhibition. Jean Arthur seems authoritarian to others.
She may seem to others to be very gentle, malleable, and easily taken in. As a result, people can take advantage of Jean Arthur, especially through her pity or sympathy. If Jean seems to be continually disappointed by or deceived by others, she should try to see how her own naiveté may be contributing to these situations.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Saturn Conjunct Asc.
Neptune Opposition Asc.