mental interests and abilities
He is more of a poet than a rational scientist, for his mind does not function in a strictly logical, linear fashion. The language of music, art or poetry comes naturally to John Boswell, and he is also able to think in highly abstract and symbolic terms. Translating his thoughts and impressions into concrete, everyday language may be difficult for Boswell at times he may consequently appear less intelligent or at least less quick-witted and verbal than others. This was especially true of John Boswell as a child, and he probably daydreamed a good deal as well. He is intuitive and able to sense the thoughts and feelings of others even before they say anything to him. John often forms an opinion about a person or situation without much factual knowledge of them, and his impressions are usually correct. Boswell can be somewhat absent-minded and he becomes so immersed in his own thoughts that he overlooks things in his immediate, tangible environment. John Boswell is extremely open-minded and believes that anything is possible. Intangible or spiritual forces seem just as real to John Boswell as anything in the concrete world. His imagination and sympathetic understanding of other people are two of his greatest gifts.
He is often involved in verbal exchanges, interviews, discussions, debates, counseling, negotiations, providing and obtaining feedback, and sharing information. John Boswell is drawn to intelligent and verbal people with whom he can communicate and from whom he can learn. John loves to have an audience to hear his ideas, and he also appreciates eloquent presentations by others.
He is a natural psychologist or counselor, interested in the inner motivations, feelings, personal life, relationships and problems of others. Boswell is a sympathetic listener and he also loves to (endlessly!) discuss his own experiences and feelings. John Boswell tends to be very personal and subjective in his point of view. He has a talent for getting others to talk about their lives, dreams, desires and other things that are meaningful to them. John Boswell could be an excellent interviewer, reporter or biographer. Idle talk and gossip are his vices.
The study of the past - history, archeology, genealogy, etc. - is of great interest to him. Psychology, symbolism, mythology and languages are also areas that John Boswell is drawn to.
His desire to make a point sometime overrides his receptivity to others' views. He can be a good listener, but John Boswell often finds it hard not to speak out.
John Boswell has a sharp mind and a sharp tongue as well, and he loves a vigorous discussion or debate. He expresses his thoughts in a clear, decisive, convincing style. John dislikes vagueness and fuzzy thinking, and is quick to point out the discrepancies in another person's argument. At times Boswell is verbally aggressive and abrasive toward others, and he tends to overstate his case or offend people with his unadorned frankness. John Boswell can be an effective spokesperson, lawyer or salesman. He has an aptitude for writing as well, particularly criticism or satire. Boswell enjoys mental challenges and mental work.
Even though Boswell can be a decisive and convincing speaker (as indicated earlier), he also has a highly imaginative and intuitive mind. This combination offers a number of possibilities: John could accurately articulate the images and fantasies he has, he could forcefully convince others of his own brand of idealism (or illusion!), or John Boswell may alternate from being very clear and direct to being rather evasive or poetic. The following describes the more fluid, non-rational aspect of Boswell's thinking.
Vague, confused thinking which can lead to miscommunication and misunderstandings can be a problem for John Boswell, and he has to work at being as clear, honest and unambiguous in his dealings with others as he possibly can. John also tends to "go off the deep end" regarding spiritual philosophies, imaginative ideas or theoretical speculation which may or may not have any true relevance or validity. John Boswell should try to critically test out his ideas, or seek out a person whose judgment and character he respects, to use as a sounding board.
John Boswell has a probing, penetrating mind and in his view, nothing is as simple, innocent, or straightforward as it appears. He may not totally understand the undercurrents he perceives, the secret machinations, the dark underside of a person or situation - but he is intrigued by them and John sometimes cannot stop thinking about them. Once Boswell's interest has been piqued, he can become obsessed with getting to the bottom of the matter. At times John Boswell makes more of something than is actually the case, like assigning dark, convoluted motives to a person where none exist.
John Boswell has a charming disposition and loves to socialize and meet new people. Boswell also likes to be surrounded by beautiful things and likes to talk to others about his views on love relationships problems as well as his views on beauty, fashion and art in general.
He is impatient, a bit nervous and easily irritated. Although he is sensitive to criticism, Boswell can also be insensitive to the feelings of others. John Boswell must consciously cultivate self-control in order to handle his somewhat quick temper.
He may have to deal with considerable nervous tension and is inclined to see everything a little cloudy. Expressing what is on his mind could be hard for John Boswell, and he could either intentionally or inadvertently deceive others, or vice versa.
Astrological factors in this Astro Profile section:
Mercury in Pisces
Mercury in 7th house
Moon Conjunct Mercury
Mercury aspects Moon and Mars
Mercury Conjunct Mars
Mercury aspects Mars and Neptune
Mercury Quincunx Neptune
Mercury Quincunx Pluto
Mercury Conjunct Sun/Venus
Mercury Conjunct Moon/Mars
Mercury Opposition Neptune/Pluto