approach to life and appearances
The following is a description of John's basic stance toward life, the way others see him, the way John Byrne comes across, the face he shows to the world. In the page about motivation you will read about the inner John Byrne - 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 John Byrne" may not shine through and others may be in for so a few surprises once they get to know John a little better. This page describes the disguise Byrne 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, John Byrne 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 Byrne, 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. John 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 John Byrne seems mature, serious, quiet, reflective, and emotionally detached. John dislikes sloppy sentimentality and will not openly display his feelings, especially the more tender ones. Byrne likes to always appear poised and in control; and he hates to show any weakness, vulnerability, or chinks in his armor.
John Byrne 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 Byrne's guide in life, and he in turn develops a great deal of hard-earned wisdom, which he likes to impart to younger people.
John Byrne 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. John Byrne 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. John 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 Byrne shows the world is modest and rather conservative.
He is mentally active and restless and he likes to talk, communicate, and exchange ideas with others. John Byrne expresses himself well, and is suited to activities that involve presenting ideas to other people, such as teaching and sales.
At times his feisty spirit, aggressiveness, and overly forceful approach get John into trouble. John Byrne 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. John Byrne needs to moderate his temper in order to avoid constant irritation with those in his environment.
John Byrne has a rather generous, open, broad-minded demeanor, and he likes to do things in a big way. If he does this primarily to impress others, John will find that many people prefer to avoid him. Even without meaning to, Byrne can seem a bit arrogant or preachy.
There is a certain depth and intensity about John that may be threatening to others. No matter how gentle or unassuming John Byrne may be on the surface, he is also a force to be reckoned with. John has causes, passions or desires that drive him and when one of these is aroused Byrne is quite zealous in his pursuit or defense of it.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Mercury Conjunct Asc.
Mars Square Asc.
Jupiter Square Asc.
Pluto Quincunx Asc.